A Year Abroad and a Perfect Season
In July, 34 alumni of the 1969–70 Wagner College Bregenz Program gathered in the Poconos at the home of George Laszlo ’72 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their year studying abroad in Bregenz, Austria. Wagner offered a study abroad program in Bregenz from the early ’60s until the ’80s. Using Facebook as a networking and organizing tool, the class located almost all of its 63 members, who now live around the world. The Skype Internet-based video call program enabled some to connect from afar.
“The group (shown above) is still basking in a warm afterglow from a truly memorable event, and exchanging even more pictures and stories through the Facebook group,” says Erik Unhjem ’72.
In September, another group of alumni gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a Wagner athletic milestone: the first unblemished football season in school history. In 1960, Wagner set a then-school record of 256 points while rolling to a 9-0 record. At the Seahawks’ 2010 home opener against Cornell, 1960 team captains Wally Pagan ’61 and Charlie Jopp ’61 served as honorary game captains, and all returning team members were honored at halftime. (Shown below, members of the 1960 team Joe Amato ’63, Neil Johnston ’62, head athletic trainer John Knudson ’57, Art Penchansky ’64, Tony Franchina ’61, Frank Melos ’62, and Al Palladino ’61 walk on the field for halftime honors.)