Oswego Matters: Fall/Winter 2015

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This issue talks about one of the favorite topics of Oswego alumni … winter weather! I often say this is one of the common bonds that unites Oswego alumni over the generations!

Winter weather stories … including the mythical “ropes,” girls getting blown away, cars being buried, classes being cancelled, sledding at Fallbrook and more … are all a somewhat magical part of the Oswego student experience.

The other thing that binds alumni together over the years is, of course, our legendary sunsets and our majestic “Great Lake!” How lucky we are to share these special experiences.

The other main feature this issue talks about is our student/alumni connection between Oswego and LA. This brings to mind another enduring hallmark of our Oswego Family … helping students and recent grads launch their careers through alumni connections.

There are many ways you can—and do!—support these efforts. You can volunteer for the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program to speak with current students interested in your career field. This can take several forms—from speaking on the phone, critiquing resumes, meeting in person, hosting a student at your workplace … whatever works for you and the student.

Making us aware of internship or co-op opportunities at your workplace and helping current Oswego students apply and get selected for these important hands-on learning opportunities are also invaluable to helping them prepare for the world post-Oswego.

And finally, letting us know about job openings at your employer and trying to help other alumni get a foot in the door—or reaching back to give a hand up—are ways you can and do support and give back to your alma mater and your fellow alumni.

We also offer opportunities for alumni to come back and speak directly to students—in classes or on panels or other student events on campus. We truly value and thank you for this alumni volunteer service.

So, now as I look out my window at King Alumni Hall at the beautiful fall foliage, I know our winter weather will not be far behind. And so the cycle continues!

We encourage you to continue to share your Oswego stories with us, through the alumni magazine, on our social media channels or in person back here on campus. And that you continue to help our current students and fellow alumni through career networking opportunities.

We all hope to see you in person soon … on campus or at one of our regional Local Lakers events.

–Betsy Oberst

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