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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 3:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh alumni will be gathering next weekend for the annual reunion.

Members of all class years can attend the Clambake and the Red and White Night at the Boathouse at Valcour Conference Center, both taking place Saturday, July 13, featuring music, food and guest appearances by President John Ettling and the campus mascot, Burghy.

Alumni from class years ending in three and eight are invited to a wide range of other reunion festivities July 11 to 14, including wine tastings, a barbecue at the Naked Turtle and a tour of the region given by former Vice President of Student Affairs Bill Laundry.


“We’re very excited to welcome alumni back to campus to enjoy the beautiful North Country summer weather,” Joanne Nelson, director of alumni relations, said in a news release.

“There are so many things to do and see in Plattsburgh in July, and we’ve designed a great reunion program for all returning alumni.”

As in recent years, the reunion will coincide with Plattsburgh’s annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta and Festival, which will host outdoor concerts featuring the bands Enter the Haggis and Gas House Gorillas. The festival also includes the Mayor’s Cup Fun Run 5k, the annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta, fireworks and numerous family-friendly activities.


Members of the Class of 1963, celebrating their 50th anniversary, will be treated to special events, including a reception, a dinner and induction into the Golden Anniversary Club during a breakfast with Ettling.

Alumni who want to relive their college days in another way can register to spend the night in Macdonough Hall.

“This is a really popular feature of reunion,” Nelson said. “Who doesn’t want to go back and visit their old residence hall? And for several years, Macdonough was the only residence hall on campus.”

Alumni are encouraged to register at or by calling 564-2090 before July 8.


Among the scheduled events are:

Thursday, July 11: Reunion Wine Tasting, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Champlain Wine Company, 8 City Hall Place.

Friday, July 12: Explore the Works of Rockwell Kent, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Burke Gallery, Myers Fine Arts Building; Admissions Open House and Campus Tour, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. (tour leaves at 2:15), E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall; Nursing Program Open House, 2 to 4 p.m, Nursing Department, second floor, Hawkins Hall; Golden Anniversary Club Reception, 5 to 6 p.m., Nina Winkel Sculpture Court, Myers Fine Arts Building; Reunion Barbecue at the Dock, 6 to 9 p.m., The Naked Turtle, 1 Dock St.; Class of 1963 Dinner, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Yokum Hall, Room 200.

Saturday, July 13: Golden Anniversary Club Breakfast, 9:30 to 11 a.m.; Macdonough Hall; Plattsburgh Bus Tour with Bill Laundry, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., bus departs from Angell College Center; Reunion Clambake, noon to 3 p.m., lawn at Hawkins Pond; and Red and White Night: La Dolce Vita, 6:30 to 8 p.m., The Boathouse at Valcour, 3712 State Route 9, Peru.

Sunday, July 14: Farewell Continental Breakfast, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Macdonough Hall.