FANs — Future Alumni Network — was formed
almost two years ago by the Oswego Alumni Association
to develop connections between current students and
alumni, enhance the lifelong link among the past, present
and future of the college, and create future alumni
(From left to right) FANs
Hidalgo '10, Michelle
Schlecht '08, Liz
Austin '08, Michael
LaMastra '08, and
'08 display their
regional awards during the ASAP conference.
Today, it is off to a great start.
The program recently received recognition for its accomplishments
during the 2006 academic year after entering several
categories in ASAP– Association of Student Advancement
Programs. Competing against 45 other schools within
the Mid-Atlantic District, FANs brought home four out
of five category awards.
FANs adviser and Associate Alumni Director Michelle
Tackett Spinner ’98 was nominated by FANs
students and received the outstanding adviser award.
According to Spinner, last year FANs had six students
participating whose focus was forming an executive board,
writing the program’s constitution, creating a
logo and attending conferences like ASAP to get ideas
and to plan for the 2006 year.
This year 20 students participated in FANs and came
up with an award-winning idea called the Oswego Challenge:
Can You Handle It?
The Road Rules-style game took place on opening weekend
and was designed to acclimate incoming students to the
Oswego campus through a scavenger-hunt-meets-team-building
Working in small groups, the students received a clue
that led them to a specific building on campus. Once
at the building, a FANs member provided them with the
history and use of each building. Buildings used in
the challenge were Penfield Library, Mary Walker Health
Center, Sheldon Hall, Tyler Hall and the new Campus
In order to move on to the next clue students had to
complete a challenge. Challenges included the human
knot, lining up in alphabetical order without talking,
hoola-hooping blindfolded, putting together a puzzle
blindfolded and finding a book shelved in the library.
Not only was the challenge a success on campus but also
off campus at the ASAP conference where it won the outstanding
external program award.
Students work to complete a human knot as part of the Oswego Challenge hosted by FANs—Future Alumni Network— during opening weekend.
The challenge was even presented by FANs students at
the conference for other schools to take on while modifying
it to fit their specific institution, Spinner said.
“It’s basically a signature program on this
campus,” Spinner said. “We created this.”
FANs also received an outstanding organization award
and Marybeth McMenemon ’07
was given the outstanding student leader award.
According to Spinner, there are currently two alumni
participating in the group and this year FANs will graduate
four more members. If you are interested in participating
in the many events that FANs plans, such as holiday
socials, T-shirt sales and retreats, contact Associate
Alumni Director Michelle Tackett
Spinner ’98 at (315) 312-2258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming FANs events include a kickball game and BBQ,
Saturday, April 28, from 12 to 4 p.m., and a Fajita
Grill fundraiser April 17. Ten percent of the profits
made at Fajita Grill between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m.
will go to help support FANs’ programs.
—Emily King ’05
To April 2007 E-Newsletter