During a dessert reception held Friday, Dec. 15, in
the Sheldon Hall ballroom, students and families gathered
to celebrate the accomplishments of SUNY Oswego December
The crowd of 150 people was the largest to attend the
event since its start date five years ago, Associate
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Michelle
Tackett Spinner ’98 said.
Lisa Niescierenko ’04
was invited as the guest speaker for the event.
“Tomorrow you begin a new journey,” Niescierenko
said. “A journey into the world of professionalism
and a journey that your time here at Oswego has more
than prepared you for. But, when you pack up the car
or board the plane for a new chapter in your life, don’t
leave Oswego behind, stay connected to the Alumni Association.”
Niescierenko, a community enrichment coordinator for
the Rochester Institute of Technology, emphasized the
importance of being involved and staying connected to
the college. She encouraged the new graduates to volunteer,
become involved with ASK, the Alumni Sharing Knowledge
student mentoring network, or GOLD, the Graduates of
the Last Decade.
By staying connected through those avenues the graduates
could gain lifelong advice, friendships and memories.
“I find Oswego graduates everywhere I travel and
I know I can count on Oswego alumni for career advice,
life advice or a trip down memory lane, even if it is
someone I have never met before,” she said.
Through her involvement with the Alumni Association,
Niescierenko has formed close relationships with other
alumni, as well as faculty and staff and has been able
to find and reconnect with fellow classmates.
Families celebrate December
graduation at a dessert reception sponsored by
the Oswego Alumni Association.
Niescierenko expressed her pride as an Oswego State
alumna and urged the new graduates to continue their
support for their alma mater.
“I am amazed today to see the beautiful new improvements
on our campus and the direction the university is headed,”
she said. “It is truly a great time to be Oswego
Ryan Shaffer ’05
played the piano and all of the graduates who attended
the event where given a 2006 class mug.
“This is the way we welcome them into the Oswego
Alumni Association,” Spinner said.
As the event came to a close, those new alumni listened
as Niescierenko sent them into the real world with one
last word of advice.
“So, as you begin a new life journey tomorrow,
don’t forget where you came from. Congratulations
again to the Class of 2006 and good luck.”
—Emily King ’05
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