College Celebrates Sheldon’s Birthday
OSWEGO, NY – Hundreds of people “dated” themselves Tuesday on the SUNY Oswego campus.
Faculty, staff, students, as well as elected officials and others assembled in the form of the year “1861” for a photo to commemorate the occasion of the birthday of the college’s founder, Edward Austin Sheldon.
Sheldon was born on Oct. 4, 1823.
The event was part of the all-campus celebration of the 150th anniversary of Sheldon’s founding of what is now SUNY Oswego.
“This is part of history; we’re part of the 150 years of this college’s history,” said student Lisa Bryan as she waited in line to get a commemorative T-shirt before finding her place in one of the numbers outlined in chalk near Glimmerglass Lagoon. “We’re celebrating Sheldon’s birthday. Students and faculty and staff – everybody is taking part, that’s what makes it so special.”
John Hughes, a senior, added, “I’m excited, too. It’s my last year and to be part of this, part of the legacy of SUNY Oswego is really special. It’s really good to see everybody out here; not just faculty and staff but all the students, as well. There’s a real connection here.”
“I’m excited about it. We’re celebrating 150 years. We are going to be part of the picture that’s going to be around for a long time. It’s part of the college’s history. Today is Sheldon’s birthday so it makes all the more significant,” said Brittany Siragusa, a graduate grad student.
Following the “1861” photo, an all-campus picnic was held in the academic quad from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with the giant “150th birthday cake” being unveiled at noon.