Oswego Matters

A few months ago, we asked alumni how you’d like to stay connected to SUNY Oswego and with each other. I would like to thank all of you who took the time to answer the survey—there were hundreds of responses! We are busily reviewing the data and will share the results of your feedback in our
next issue.

Betsy Oberst

While the current logistics of keeping our more than 78,000 alumni connected are certainly complex, the fundamental mission of the Oswego Alumni Association continues as it began in 1868:

  • Inform and interest a diverse constituency in the life of the university
  • Create partnerships that encourage involvement and enhance loyalty
  • Serve the current and future needs of the institution and alumni

I see it every day in my dealings with Oswego alumni: Whatever brought students here to study at Oswego, it becomes a part of their being. It keeps them coming back—whether physically to our beloved lakeside campus or to alumni gatherings around the globe. These
connections keep that unique Oswego spirit and pride alive, recalling where each came from and helping us to see where we are going.

The Oswego Alumni Association, with its committed Board of Directors, seeks to improve and enhance traditional opportunities for alumni connections, like Reunion Weekends and regional alumni programs, while creating new opportunities for alumni to connect, such
as Oswego Alumni Facebook and LinkedIn groups and our online alumni community, OsweGoConnect.

The Oswego Alumni Association has a long history, dating back to the first alumni event organized by school founder Edward Austin Sheldon in 1875—an excursion up the Saguenay River by chartered steamer. The first alumni meeting was held on July 9, 1867, and the Oswego Normal School Alumni Association was formally established in 1868 with 108 members.

We will continue to solicit your feedback and welcome your engagement in the current life of SUNY Oswego to help us enhance our and your passion and purpose and to encourage your support and participation in events and programs that keep you connected and coming back.

We look forward to seeing you at an alumni event and to receiving your updates on your pursuits and your successes post-Oswego.

With Oswego Pride,

Executive Director Betsy Oberst

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