Happy Valentine's Day!

In the spirit of the holiday, here are some Oswego love stories from 2014.


Julie (McEwen) Garone '08 and Greg Garone '08 were introduced through mutual friends in February of their senior year. They began dating at the end of April 2008 knowing that graduation wasn't far off where they would soon be returning to their hometowns nearly 400 miles apart. After almost 1 year of a long distance relationship the two moved in together and were married 5 years later! 
 
Jim Wisniewski ’89 and Lisa Frattare '89 met the first weekend of freshman year, and have been together ever since. This September will mark their 29th dating anniversary and this summer will be their 20th wedding anniversary. 4 states, 3 kids, 4 pets, and a boatload of friends later, they could not be happier. Thank you, Oswego, for bringing us together!

Joe Finan '09 and Alaina Bergerstock '08 met shortly before Alaina graduated from Oswego in 2008. They actually lived a couple houses down from each other off campus. They will be together 6 years in March and are getting married in May this year!

Robert Savicki '98 and Beth (Kotary) Savicki '97 - Robert lived in room 202 in Seneca Hall - Beth lived in 208. They met on the second day of school, freshman year and have been together ever since! 21 years later they are married with an eleven year old daughter. Every valentine's day they celebrate at the Oswego Sub Shop then enjoy a trip down memory lane and walk through campus! They hope their daughter will one day be a Laker!

Nathan Roder '08 and Sarah Boutwell '12 - On Sarah's first day working at Disability Services her freshman year, she was greeted by the graduate assistant, Nathan Roder. From that day on, they became great friends! There was an age gap, and they were both in other relationships, but neither of those things got in the way of their friendship! After the year they enjoyed working together, they were separated by Nate graduating. After that, they stayed in contact through facebook messages every once in a while, just to check on each other. It wasn't until the summer of 2011 that things really took off. While reuniting once again at the Disability Services Office, they struck up a conversation and learned that they were both single! That summer, they hit things off and things looked promising until Nate accepted a job as a math teacher in Charleston, SC. Because Sarah had already committed to chiropractic school, they said their good byes and life moved on. After Sarah graduated in May 2012, she had a change of heart. She realized that Nate was far more important to her than becoming a chiropractor!!! She moved down there to be with him, and it is the best decision she has ever made. They will be getting married on June 14th of this year, and it would have never been possible without SUNY Oswego!!!! They love their alma mater as much as they love each other!!!! GO LAKERS!

Michael Kassal '98 and Susan (Davis) Kassel '95 met at the Psi Phi House in Spring 92 during an attic party! She had just finished pledging Phi Lamb, what better place to celebrate?

Harvey Susman '76 and Renée (Kavanagh) Susman '75 met in Mackin Dining Hall, Fall 1972. They started dating December 1 at a Lakeside Beer Blast. They decided to get married almost immediately, but waited until after graduation, 1976. They have been married 37 1/2 years and both agree that "that no one else would put up with us", but "we're perfect for each other."

Justin Reitz '07 and Vanessa (Vair) Reitz '06 - It was a freshman orientation when Justin and Vanessa met. Everyone made quick friends. They saw each other once a semester or so around campus but didn't start dating until the last week of classes, junior year. Their first date was watching the sunset by the lake. He moved her out of my dorm room and she stayed after finals to celebrate his 21st birthday. It was obvious from the start that they were really into each other. They dated for four years, moved to Greater NYC and were engaged July 2008. Originally from Buffalo and Rochester, they decided to have their wedding in Buffalo Thanksgiving Weekend 2009 with 20+ Oswego Alumni among the guests. In August 2010, they moved to Buffalo and welcomed their son, future Oswego class of 2034, Victor Thomas Wolfgang in March 2013. They will celebrate five years of wedded bliss this Thanksgiving!

Joe Wegman '09 and Rosanne Luis-Wegman '09 - Joe and Rosanne met during their freshman year, in Fall 2005. They were both on a intercollegiate retreat sponsored by the Hall Newman Center. When they first met, they had awful first impressions of each other! Joe thought Rosanne was a fast-talking city kid and Rosanne found him to be too dorky and annoying. Nevertheless, they became friends and found out that they had more in common than they thought. Over the next four years in Oswego, Joe and Rosanne spent a lot of time with each other, playing video games, hanging out with friends and going on more retreats. Sometimes, they had heart-to-heart conversations with each other, and that drew Rosanne closer to him. However, it wasn't until their senior year that she realized she had feelings for him. She had figured this out exactly one month before they were graduating. Deciding it was now or never, she took Joe on a walk and timidly admitted her feelings for him. To her surprise, he felt the same way! They started dating the next day. Joe and Rosanne will celebrate being together five years, this coming April. They were married last year and most recently, welcomed their daughter, Amelia, this past January. When they are not changing diapers, singing lullabies or being up all hours of the night, they reminisce fondly of our time at Oswego. They can't wait to take Amelia back to Oz, so they can experience her first Oswego sunset together---as a family.

Andy McIIwraith '01 and Chrissy (Scofield) McIIwraith '01 - Andy and Chrissy had a Spanish class together the first semester of their freshman year, and while they noticed each other right away, they didn't officially meet until late in their junior year, when they were both selected to be Student Orientation Leaders. They hit it off as friends right away, but their friendship grew into love as they spent the summer in Funnelle Hall, welcoming incoming freshman to the Oswego family. After sharing a canoe on a team building field trip one sunny June afternoon, they knew they would never be apart again. They have been together nearly 14 years and will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary this August in Florida, where they live with their two little boys. They are extremely grateful to have found each other. It is one of the many reasons they look back so fondly on their Oswego college experience.

Ross Goldberg '88 and Allison Goldberg '88 met first semester Senior year in their Nutrition, Exercise and Aging class. They have now been together for 26 years, married for almost 22 years. They have 3 children and 4 dogs, time does fly when you are having fun!!

Lee Hyde '80 dated Doris Hyde '78 whenever she had a slot in her schedule from the time they met in 1976. Doris was the original "Bachelorette," playing a large field but committing to no one. Lee kept in touch after she graduated, visiting Ithaca and inviting her to Fulton. She attended his wedding in '83 to his first wife, as a guest of his best man. He joined the Army, had 3 kids & got divorced. She moved to NC (where the Army left him) to help w/ the kids. They proposed to us on New Year's Day 1998, and we were married during Harborfest at sunset in front of Seneca Hall. Doris & Lee have been married over 15 years, but have been friends for over twice as long!

Renee '94 and Jim Marchak '94 met at the end of their junior year at Oswego when they were introduced by Renee's sorority little sister in DPhiE. Their first date was on May 12, 1993 over an ice cream at Bev's where they attempted to watch a sunset. Unfortunately it poured so they just sat in Jim's car talking and eating ice cream. Then they went and played a game of pool at The Sting. On graduation night in May of 2014, Jim and Renee's families met for the first time and agreed Jim and Renee were the "real thing". 5yrs after meeting Jim took Renee back to campus to take a trip down memory lane. They ended up at Bev's where this time they got a sunset and Renee got a ring!!! Jim and Renee were married September 25, 1999 and have 3 amazing boys, James (born 2000)and twins, Brady and Kyle (born 2003). They currently reside in Brewerton, NY. They are both incredibly grateful for their time at Oswego and enjoy reminiscing about the good ole days!


More Oswego love stories from 2013.

Cat ’10 and Andy Wilson ’91 I first attended SUNY Oswego from 1989-1993, but for several reasons did not graduate. The Internet was not well-known outside of academic, business and government circles in those days, and in fact were not given out by default, although they were easy to get if you asked. The World Wide Web would not be invented for several years. I got an account in 1990 or so, and in 1992 online I met a person from Indiana who would become a friend and eventually my husband. Andy and I were married in 1998. I always missed Oswego something fierce, but I had been told (not by someone at Oswego) that my credits had expired. One day when I was missing it particularly acutely I sent an email asking how long the University held credits before they expired, and was astonished to discover they had not. With enthusiastic support from Andy I re-applied and was accepted. Since I live in Albuquerque I ended up spending two semesters living on campus and finally graduated in May 2010.

Don Kraft ’81 and Nancy Pelson-Kraft ’83 met at Oswego when Nancy was a sophomore and he was a senior. They both lived on the 4th floor of Hart hall. They started out as friends and were reluctant to take it any further since Don would be graduating. While on a walk by lake to watch the sunset they decided to take a chance and enjoy the time they had. They started dating and on April 28th of this year we will be married 29 years. They have 2 great children and we owe it all to that romantic sunset at Oswego!

Jacqueline ’02 and Brian Wallace: Faculty and Staff find love here as well... :) I met my now husband while working for Residence Life & Housing. We are both still here, I work at the Compass and he is the Manager of the Fitness Centers. We even got married at Fallbrook in June 2011.

Joy (Westerberg) ’92 and Mark Knopp I fell in love with Oswego when I attended an Admissions Open House. We were five minutes into the campus tour when I told my mother This is where I am going to school to which she replied We have only been here 5 minutes, it is too soon to make that decision. I knew right then and there that Oswego was the place for me. I was so comfortable on campus and spent 4 amazing years there as a student. I was lucky enough to meet my husband Mark during my senior year and we have been married for over 18 years. We have 3 wonderful children. I can truly thank Oswego for the blessings in my life!

Dana (Segall) Murphy ’99 and Daniel Murphy ’99 Loved watching the sunsets over Lake Ontario...Love the life-long friends I met...meeting my future husband in Hart Hall, who I love so very much!

Brent '97 and Michelle (Tackett) Spinner '98 met at the start of Michelle's freshman year (Brent's sophomore year) as they both lived in Scales Hall. Turned out they had a lot more in common than just where they lived...they both played trumpet for the various music ensembles, they both got involved with the outdoors club, and he became Michelle's tennis practice partner on the courts. Best friends at the start; now about to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary!



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