Colgate '73 50th Class Reunion


Reunion Update from Bill and Ron

May 13, 2023

Welcome to our updated 50th Reunion class website. We can’t believe our 50th Reunion is almost here!

Here are the latest updates:

  • With just 17 days remaining until the first day of reunion, Thursday, June 1, we are thrilled to announce that our Class of 1973 has surpassed the previous 50th reunion registration record of 133 classmates set by the Class of 1969. Our class total now stands at 140 classmates and 80+ spouses, partners, and friends returning to campus for our golden anniversary reunion. To quote a Lionel Ritchie tune, “Oh, what a feeling, we’ll be dancing on the ceiling!”
  • If you waited until the last minute to register, please call Jillian Cole in the Alumni Office at 315-228-7700 to sign up today. The final registration deadline is May 15. This is a reunion you’ll want to attend!
  • Printed copies of our 50th Yearbook are in all your hands by now, and the reviews have been outstanding. Our apologies to Stu Mittleman, who had submitted his profile before the November 2022 deadline, for inadvertently omitting his profile. Read Stu’s life update, including his remarkable running accomplishments, here.
  • If you missed last November’s deadline for submitting a personal bio for our 50th Reunion Yearbook, here is a final opportunity to share your bio and get it posted on this website for classmates to read before reunion. Please convey your bio electronically to by May 25. There is a 400-word limit.
  • Our class gift has reached nearly $4.5 million and that total is climbing rapidly. If you have not donated to our class gift yet, it is not too late, especially because there are two significant incentives to be supportive by reunion weekend:
    • Ten class challengers will match your gift or pledge, dollar for dollar, doubling your gift’s value.
    • If our Class of ’73 can reach 73% class-donor participation, those same class challengers will give Colgate a combined $173,000 extra bonus gift. We stand at over 64% participation today (220 class donors so far). We need 31 more class donors to get that extraordinary bonus. Interested in being counted? Go to or contact Jen Stone at Please help us move the needle at this 11th hour. This is an urgent plea to those who have not yet given. Gifts of $13, $73, $173, or frankly any amount, get us one donor closer to 73% class participation and that HUGE bonus gift.
  • Whether you are driving or flying to our reunion, enjoy some musical entertainment along the way. Our class music guru/curator, Keith Sinusas, has put together a music retrospective playlist of the tunes of our time at Colgate. Download the playlist found in the music section of our class website and sing along to the tunes as you find your way to Colgate for our reunion. 
  • Curious where to go to check in at reunion and get your housing assignment? Start at the Student Union where you will be greeted with a traditional Colgate “Hello”, issued your name tag, directed to your room, and offered a printed reunion weekend schedule.
  • Speaking of that schedule, here are some Reunion Weekend event highlights (but be sure to review the entire schedule to see every available opportunity, times and locations):
    • Thursday afternoon: Golf at Seven Oaks, followed by a President’s Circle reception, during which all early bird classmates will be honored guests.
    • Friday morning and afternoon: More golf in a morning shotgun at Seven Oaks; a full lineup of Reunion College events; a panel discussion organized by our class on the state of the media today; a faculty panel featuring all-stars from our era; and a class panel on the music of our times at Colgate led by Keith Sinusas.
    • Friday evening: President Brian Casey will host our class for a reception and dinner at his home above the Coop. That will be followed by the Torchlight Ceremony led by our Class of ’73; then music in our tent featuring classmate Frank Meyer’s Trio and guest appearances from talented class musicians.
    • Saturday morning: A Memorial Service for our deceased classmates, followed by our class photo on the Quad; a State-of-the-College presentation by President Casey; the reprise of the famous Honcho rocket launch; the Colgate Awards Ceremony that honors Fausto Miraglia; and more. The festivities are all topped off by our 50th Reunion cocktails and dinner in the Class of ’65 Arena and a new and inspiring class reunion video from the incomparable Pete Stassa, our longtime class videographer.
    • Throughout the weekend, there will be plenty of time to roam the campus, visit the village of Hamilton, and connect with classmates and friends. You can set your own reunion pace and focus as you choose.

The theme of our 50th Reunion Yearbook is “Come together”, borrowed conceptually from the famous Beatles tune. We are quite excited that so many classmates and others are indeed “coming together” in the Chenango Valley for this rare milestone in our lives.

We look forward to greeting you and offering our own genuine Colgate “Hello”.

Ron Joyce, 50th Reunion Chair
Bill Barnaskas, 50th Reunion Webmaster

It’s Been Too Long

Enjoy this video that Pete Stassa prepared to accompany a beautiful song written and performed by Steve Worthy.

It is sure to evoke memories of our days together.

We hope you can share your memories in person with us at our 50th Reunion this June.

We’ll see you soon!

Or call Colgate Alumni Relations Office at 315-228-7700

Over 140 classmates have already registered!

Reunion Radio

Tune in monthly to catch the latest playlist curated by our own Keith Sinusas.
Each month Keith will drop a new playlist with a different theme and a podcast that discusses the music on that month’s playlist.

This Month's Podcast:

Reunion Roadtrip

Host Keith Sinusas is joined by guests Ron Joyce and Frank Meyer for the final podcast.
The final playlist is a greatest hits version of all ten of the previous playlists. We hope you play it in your car on your trip to Hamilton, NY. The playlist includes 75 tracks and runs for 4 and 1/2 hours which should cover a good portion of most folks’ journey.
Featured in the podcast are Ron Joyce, our reunion chairperson, and Frank Meyer who will be performing Friday night in the tent and will be hosting an open mic. Watch the podcast for details on how you can be part of the musical entertainment. Also check out Frank’s webpage at and scroll down to his June 2nd performance information.
On Saturday night in the tent we will have a turntable and some LPs to spin. Feel free to bring some of your own classic vinyl (if they aren’t too scratched from overplaying). We would love to hear some obscure classics.

For the playlists and instructions on how to listen to them, visit the Playlist page.

In Our Own Words

Our Colgate Memories and Reflections
(included in entries for our 50th Reunion Yearbook)

I had the obscure honor of hosting an early-morning radio show on WRCU under the moniker of "Dicky Deke" – and it was in that vinyl-crowded broadcast room that I became familiar with British rockers like Humble Pie, Bloodwyn Pig, early Free, Mott the Hoople, and Soft Machine. I usually opened with Peaches en Regalia from Frank Zappa's Hot Rats album – which was brilliant by the way – may he rest in perpetual peace! It was always a gas getting pre-dawn requests for Jumpin' Jack Flash!

Bill Grotevant

Colgate was still in the throes of the hippie era in 1973 when two former Phi Gamma Delta guys and I rented a little farmhouse in Solsville for $75 from which we commuted along the winding country road to campus. Having gone to an all-girls’ boarding school and then for the first two years to Skidmore, I found myself suddenly in a distinct minority with almost all men in my English and Philosophy classes. Somehow it seemed natural; I didn’t experience any visible discrimination from my teachers or fellow students. Colgate taught me the benefits of coeducation and prepared me to enter an academic profession where I insisted on being treated equally.

Eleanor McNees

When Tari and I got engaged at Christmas time in 1972, I returned for the Jan Plan and received a special engagement gift from some of my brazen Dodge Halls freshmen. I won't name names, but several broke into the Hall of Presidents and removed the portrait of Ebeneezer Dodge, presenting it as a gift at about 2 a.m., one January morning. I hid President Dodge in my room for several months (despite inquiries about the purloined art from Jack Clifford, Director of Security!). Mysteriously, President Dodge reappeared in the Hall of Presidents just before the end of the semester, none the worse for wear.

Ron Joyce

Thank you and RIP, Classics major Aaron Pritchard '71 for introducing me to Colgate, and my first drink, which helped prepare my Colgate experience.

Steve Worthy

Time has shown the benefits of a liberal arts education. The world continues to change at ever-increasing speed. I sincerely believe Colgate's education prepares students to be able to adjust and succeed in such an environment. My appreciation of a Colgate education only increases over time.

Bill Barnaskas

Olin had given us a building, and a new electron microscope. I was one of the first five students allowed to touch it. One spring weekend, nano preparations and imaging demanded 72 hours straight processing, maybe 8 to 10 hours sitting to slice off a 1200 angstrom thin sample. I was the only guy to get an image. When the electron microscope marathon was over, I felt great. I thought “Geez, I’m so sorry it took 3.5 years to discover something that I love so much and can be really good at.”

Sean Hallahan

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Photo Gallery

Visit the Photos page to view the full photo gallery and the Videos Page to view classic Pete Stassa videos. 

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Thank You

Our Reunion Volunteers

Executive Committee:

Ron Joyce (Committee Chair)
Bill Barnaskas (Webmaster)
Mike Barnes (Reunion Attendance)
Andrea Brown (Program)
Roger A. Ferlo (Yearbook Editor)
Jim Geiger (Reunion Attendance)
Marc Gettis (Class News Editor)
Susan V. Mahoney (Program)
Eleanor McNees (Yearbook)
Fausto V. Miraglia (Gift Committee Co-Chair)
Paul Raeder (Planned Giving)
Howard Schiffman (Gift Committee)
Tom Seligson (Gift Committee Co-Chair)
Keith Sinusas (Music)
Kevin Sio (Social Media)
Jim Sowers (Program Chair)
Pete Stassa (Video)
Michael Walsh (At large)
Patrick White (Reunion Attendance)
Steve Worthy (Yearbook)

Class Captains:

Bill Barnaskas
Mike Barnes
Dave Brask
Debbie Ciampi
Bill Cornachio
Bruce Feron
Rob Gould
Leslie Hathaway
John Hecker
Jerry Jasko
Tony Johns
Bill Johnston
Ron Joyce
Bob Litts
Steve Maloy
Michael Marinaccio
George O’Shea
Daniel Ornt
Rich Sarajian

Golf Tournament Organizer:

Rob Ackerman