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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

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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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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

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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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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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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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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.

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net·work / [net-wurk] verb (used without object): to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally, especially in finding employment or moving to a higher position. We invite you to join Oswego’s “Get Work Network!” With our ever-growing database of 75,000-plus alumni, your Owego alumni network is a powerful tool for expanding your cache

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Sometimes I struggle with what to write about in this column. On my 6:00am walk with our “rescue” dog, Bo, it hit me! What do I love about Oswego? The answer is longer than this space allows, so I’ll try to recap a few of the things that I love about Oswego.

I was hired 27 years ago (along with my colleague, Lisa Potter!) in a part-time position as advisor to a student group in the Alumni Office. Those “kids” I worked with are now going on 50 years old — I’m not sure how that happened! I also never imagined when I took that part-time job, that it would become my life’s work and passion and prove fulfilling in a way that many people only dream of. As I say time and again, it is truly a labor of love to work in the Alumni Office and with Oswego alumni.

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While I write this, the snow is still on the ground here, but the sun is out and we’re busy finalizing the plans for our special Sesquicentennial Reunion Celebration 2011, scheduled for June 10-12. A record-breaking crowd of alumni and friends is expected to return to campus to reconnect with the college and with friends to celebrate 150 years of Oswego’s rich history of education, service and making a difference.