Graduates of the Last
Decade, or GOLD, are using Oswego
degrees to do great things in every corner of the country. An Oswego Alumni
Association program will draw them together and keep young alumni well-connected
with their collegiate home.
The GOLD initiative
aims to strengthen communication, offer more events and tailor fundraising
campaigns for former students who are navigating a transitional time in their
The Leadership Council of
about two dozen volunteers met for the first time April 26 to begin building
the program. Representatives from each class year dating back to 1998 shared
ideas about the GOLD mission and how leadership will help accomplish the task.
Vice President for
Development and Alumni Relations Kerry
Casey Dorsey '81 greeted the group assembled in a Campus Center
meeting room. The GOLD network will establish a vital link between current
students, college staff and the dozens of older alumni classes, she said.
"The alumni who went
before you, the thousands and thousands alumni that we have, really set the
stage for your Oswego
experience," Dorsey said. "I think what I'm looking at here is really the
future of the college."
In addition to engaging
the college's youngest alumni, the GOLD program will eventually provide current
students with a network for internships, employment and practical guidance from
peers in their age group.
"I was very involved when
I was in school here and this sounded like something I'd like to do," said Vanessa Vair '06, a member of the
Leadership Council and GOLD Communications Committee. "I had such a wonderful
time here ... and this is one way to give back."
Dan Hilton '99, a legislative
assistant who traveled from the Washington,
D.C., area to participate in the
meeting, said popular perception suggests public colleges are completely
government-funded. In truth, public higher education needs a vibrant base of
support to enhance its programming and ultimately, each school's reputation, he
the expansion of government comes an increased competition for limited funding,
so it is important that Oswego
graduates, both young and old, realize that public institutions need our
sustaining support," Hilton said. "Quite simply, improvements in SUNY Oswego
equate to an increase in the value of our degrees."
The council drafted a
mission statement that commits the program to boosting communication,
fundraising, event attendance and volunteerism among Oswego graduates of the last 10 years.
Fundraising, Communications, Event and By-Laws committees will work in their
respective areas and prepare for the next face-to-face meeting of the GOLD
Leadership Council this fall.
For more information on
GOLD or to join a
committee, contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Tackett-Spinner '98 at
315-312-2258 or email@example.com.
-- Shane M. Liebler
A volunteer steering committee for the Graduates
of the Last Decade, or GOLD, program gathered in a Campus Center
meeting room April 26. Clockwise, from front right are: Chris Thuman '06, LeAnne St.
Gelais '07, Kelly Nickerson '04,
Craig Little '98, Chris Hockey '02, Tim Barnhart '02, Kevin
Sutherland '05 and staff member Jamie
Stack Leszczynski '04.
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