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Class of 1964 Reunion

Reconnect with past classmates and make future connections. Join fellow classmates and enjoy the festivities for the Class of 1964 reunion May 16-17, 2014.

Reunion Information

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 16, 2014

Class of 1964 Dinner -  Robbins, 1810 Omro Road (just east of Hwy 41 on 21)

Reception at 5 p.m. and meal at 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

9:30 a.m. Bus Tour of Campus
Departing from Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, corner of Wisconsin and Pearl.

10:45 a.m. Luncheon Registration and Reminiscing
Alumni Welcome and Conference Center

11:15 a.m. Golden Titan Luncheon and Program
Alumni Welcome and Conference Center

1 p.m. Class Photo and Academic Regalia Robing
Class of 1964 members lead the 2014 Commencement processional (2 p.m. at Kolf). Special seating at Kolf will be provided for spouses and guests.

1:15 p.m Bus Transportation to Commencement

2014 Time Schedule still to follow. Will be similar to the schedule listed above.

Limited free parking will be available at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please avoid special marked spaces unless you have the proper permit. For more information, visit the Parking website.

Remember When?

  • Students and staff members moved into Halsey Science Center as the building began classes and research in spring 1964.
  • The 1964 Democratic primary brought George Wallace to campus and was met by vocal protests from students.
  • Russ Young took the reins of the WSU Football Team. The season proved to be a disappointing start with no wins, five losses and two ties.
  • In December 1963, the Oshkosh State College flying club became the first club on campus dedicated to providing flight training and experience to campus members. Twenty-eight members signed on and purchased shares of a Cessna 140.
  • That same month saw the creation of the OSC Ski Club, the predecessor to the long running Ski Heilers Club.
  • While tuition for in-state students was free, the estimated cost to attend OSC for full-time students living and eating on campus was $451 per semester.
  • Folk music resurgence was in full swing in Oshkosh with the Gaslight Singers of Chicago performing to a large college audience and “The Encour” student band performing on Milwaukee television.
  • Construction began in the winter for a major edition to Reeve Union that would more than double the size of the building.
  • The storied Oshkosh Trunk factory on High Avenue came down at the beginning of the school year to make room for parking for college students and staff.
  • At the same time several houses on Elm, Irving and Cherry were torn down so that construction could begin on Fletcher Hall.
  • A record enrollment of 3,803 students began school in fall 1963, a 14-percent increase from the last years’ totals. Forty new faculty members were added for the new school year alone. Oshkosh remained the largest state college in the System.
  • The spring graduating class totaled 393 students.  Delivering the annual address was John Gronouski, U.S. postmaster general and an OSC alumn.
  • An already scheduled late November performance of Mozart’s haunting Requiem was dedicated to the memory of the late John F. Kennedy.  The performance was recorded and pressed on vinyl.
  • The class of 1964 was the last class to graduate from the Oshkosh State College. Next year’s students would attend Wisconsin State University, Oshkosh.

 

Reunion Committee

If you'd like to serve on the reunion planning committee e-mail Christine Gantner at gantner@uwosh.edu or call (920) 424-0625.

 

Have photos or memorabilia to share?

UW Oshkosh is seeking photos and other items from the 1930s- 1960s' student life. If you have items to share, please contact University Archivist Joshua Ranger, (920) 424-0828 or email ranger@uwosh.edu.

As always, if you have questions about this event, please contact the alumni office by email or call (920) 424-3449 or toll free (877) 896-2586.

by Reineck, Allison A last modified Oct 24, 2014 12:25 PM