The Oswego Alumni Association is pleased to welcome
Melissa Manwaring ’01
as the new associate director of alumni and parent relations.
Manwaring will be responsible for regional alumni clubs,
the Oswego State Fall Classic, the OsweGoConnect online
community and other alumni activities, and hopes to
bring renewed vitality to the association.
“This is a great opportunity to be involved with
our alumni,” she said. “We will be reaching
out to get their feedback about what type of events
would work in their areas.”
As an undergraduate, Manwaring worked for the Office
of University Development in King Hall as an office
assistant, Fall Classic reservationist and development
intern. She said that having the opportunity to work
while taking classes at Oswego provided her with a strong
foundation for a successful career.
“Business classes prepared me for what I’m
doing now,” she said. “I was able to apply
what I was learning to my part-time job in the development
Manwaring also started the Oswego Lakers Synchronized
Skating Team and was an active member throughout her
undergraduate years. She now acts as one of the team’s
coaches, preparing the skaters for collegiate competitions
throughout the Northeast.
The Office of University Development hired Manwaring
as a development assistant after she graduated in 2001
with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
She was promoted to development associate and assistant
director of development, and assisted former Associate
Director Jeff Pratt ’94,
M’97 in the transition of the online community
before Pratt left Oswego in June.
The OsweGoConnect online community is a Web-based resource
created exclusively for Oswego alumni. The Oswego alumni
magazine address label includes a nine-digit identification
number above an alumnus’ name that doubles as
an initial OsweGoConnect password. Once the community
is accessed, alumni can create or update a personal
profile, search for lost friends, post class notes and
post or search for job opportunities. Alumni are even
offered a free, permanent e-mail address.
“The great thing about working at the college
is the ability to work with so many different groups
of people,” Manwaring said. “Faculty and
staff, students, alumni and volunteers — I don’t
get two days in a row that are the same.”
Manwaring hopes to extend the arm of alumni solidarity
by creating reunion focus groups, supporting the online
community and traveling to alumni events as possible.
Plans for a Buffalo Bills tailgate party and for a gathering
at the Kingston Chilifest are in the works.
“I’m looking forward to this new job, a
new school year and meeting our alumni,” Manwaring
said. “We want to re-energize our regional alumni
With her fresh ideas, enthusiasm and dedication to success,
Manwaring in certainly equipped to achieve that goal.
In other alumni staff news, Michelle
Tackett-Spinner '98 was promoted to Associate
Director and will continue to oversee student/alumni
programs, such as Alumni-in-Residence, Alumni Sharing
Knowledge, Alumni Admissions Network, Senior Class programs
and programs for Graduates of the Last Decade
To September 2006 E-Newsletter