Members of OCC’s Class of 1965 came together for a 50th class reunion Friday, July 17. Attendees were welcomed by College President Dr. Casey Crabill, toured the campus and were treated to lunch in the Bistro at the Gordon Student Center.
Among the attendees was Nicolas Habayeb, a Class of ’65 member who holds the distinction of being the College’s first international student toi earn a degree. Habayeb and his wife arrived in Syracuse from Israel October 1, 1962. He started class that day. “When I see this school and what it has become it is fantastic,” he said. “I am very proud to have been a student here.” Hyam Habayeb also attended OCC and graduated in 1968. You can read more about the Habayeb’s journey to the United States and the foundation they built at OCC here.
Also in attendance was Phil Klein, a retired Music professor who spent 22 years instructing and assisting students. Klein owns the distinction of being the author of OCC’s alma mater. “Shortly after I started teaching here I was asked if I would write an alma mater,” he said. “I had been writing music so it came to me pretty quickly. I wrote the music first then added the words. I’m proud it’s still here today.”