Oswego Matters – Spring 2015

Oswego Matters – Spring 2015

Coming home. For many of us, that evokes feelings of comfort, warmth, special memories and family. That’s one of the reasons the Oswego Alumni Association is relaunching an annual Homecoming program this fall. Unlike our annual Reunion Weekend held every year in June, which is targeted to milestone anniversary classes and affinity group reunions, Homecoming

Oswego Matters – Winter 2015

Executive Director Betsy Oberst

Oswego Pride. Thanksgiving. These two seemingly unrelated random thoughts are both on my mind as I write this issue’s column. Thanksgiving is a time when we celebrate family and the many blessings in our lives. I think often of how thankful I am for the privilege to work at SUNY Oswego, engaging members of our

Oswego Matters

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

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Betsy Oberst Signature

By Executive Director Betsy Oberst As we put together this issue of the magazine, it was hard for me to believe that almost 30 years ago I excitedly started my new part-time job in the Alumni Office. Our oldest, Caitlin, was just a year old. As Megan and Connor added to our family, the kids

Oswego Matters

Oswego Matters

Oswego Pride filled my fall. As you can see in our cover feature, we dedicated our fabulous new state-of-the-art Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation in October. There was great pride in honoring my long-time friend, Dr. Barbara Palmer Shineman ’65 M ’71 and her late husband, Dick, (along with the Richard

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Executive Director Betsy Oberst

Relationships. Connections. These two ideas came to life for me in very meaningful ways starting with Reunion 2013. This was my husband Jerry’s ’77 35th cluster reunion, so many of our long-time Oswego friends returned to campus, and we shared memories and laughter galore, the joys that really only happen with those people with whom

Oswego Matters

Oswego Matters

One of the most common requests we get from alumni is that they want to reconnect with former classmates, teammates, floor mates, fraternity brothers, etc. So, more than 10 years ago in the “PFB” era (aka pre-Facebook!), the Oswego Alumni Association was one of the early leaders in establishing a password-protected online alumni community called

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Betsy Oberst

There continues to evolve a myriad of ways you can stay connected to your alma mater and to fellow Oswego alumni. Two current priorities in the Oswego Alumni Association strategic plan address this. We are launching a new and improved OsweGoConnect alumni social network. Look for news about our exciting new online community later this spring!

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Betsy Oberst

Those of you who read my column know that my best daily “thinking time” is on my 6 a.m. walks with our rescue dog, Bo. So my inspiration for this issue’s column came on one of my recent walks. Volunteering has been such an important and satisfying part of my life over the years — civic organizations, the PTA, church, my alma mater, our local Humane Society to name just a few. So what better theme than to talk about the myriad of volunteer opportunities we offer for Oswego alumni.

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Betsy Oberst

When any of us look back, our life is really a series of transitions. Like me, some of your big life transitions may have included going away to college, getting married, having kids, losing a parent, becoming an empty-nester… as well as the transitions throughout our professional careers.