College communications win honors

College communications win honors

The online edition of OSWEGO alumni magazine, Oswego’s online annual report and a video promoting the theatre and music departments’ production of “Grease” were recognized in the 2012 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence competition, which highlights work by professional communicators across North America.

OSWEGO’s website, launched in spring 2011, was among seven Awards of Excellence winners in the “Magazines and Journals: Electronic and Web” category. APEX had honored the print edition the previous six years.

The college’s latest annual report, “A Tradition of Learning in the World,” was among seven honored. The Office of Public Affairs produced the winning “Grease” video, one of seven winners in the YouTube category.

Oswego Matters

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.

Oswego’s Sesquicentennial Reunion rocked

Oswego’s Sesquicentennial Reunion rocked

More than 1,100 alumni and friends came to celebrate 150 years, see old friends, dance, dine and flat-out party in observance of SUNY Oswego’s 150th birthday at the Sesquicentennial Reunion Celebration June 10 to 12.

Guests made “celebrate” the operative word, pouring into a Friday night concert in downtown Oswego and dancing the evening away following the Happy Birthday Bash dinner Saturday in the Campus Center.

Alumni connections spell success for students

Outside of CBS studios

Whether through an Oswego Alumni Association Alumni-In-Residence presentation, an Alumni Sharing Knowledge mentorship or events like New York City Career Connections, alumni connections mean opportunities for current students.

Joe Yacura ’74 was looking for someone to do research into wineries’ presence on the Internet in preparation for the launch of his new website, winerypatron.com. So he contacted School of Business Dean Richard Skolnik. It wasn’t the first time Yacura had given students an opportunity for real-world experience. Two years ago he had three business majors doing research into the wine industry in the Finger Lakes area.

Oswego Matters

Betsy Oberst

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.

Coming to Your City

Coming to Your City

Coming to Your City…

The Oswego Alumni Association’s popular
“Welcome to the City GOLD Parties” return
this fall with an expanded roster of locales.
Save the dates and visit oswego.edu/gold for
reservation information.

These networking events give recent grads
a chance to mingle with fellow alumni of all
class years in an informal setting.

Sept. 1 Buffalo
Happy Hour Networking Social and
Buffalo Bisons Game

Sept. 10 Rochester
Barbecue in Webster Park

Sept. 17 Washington, D.C.
Potomac Riverboat Tour and
Happy Hour Networking Social

Sept. 29 Albany
Happy Hour Networking Social

Oct. 7 Syracuse
Happy Hour Networking Social and
Wise Guys Comedy Show

Oct. 20 New York City
Beer Tasting and Food Pairing Networking Social