‘Oz Virtual Village’ Highlights Alumni Special Talents, Interests
With the dramatic cultural shift stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, the Development and Alumni Engagement Office launched a new initiative to highlight alumni talent while also uniting the community via virtual platforms.
In June, the college shared its first Oz Virtual Village e-newsletter that invited alumni to enroll in free online lifelong learning courses, watch a Facebook live performance of musician Cam Caruso ’17, join in on a free yoga class taught by Becca Howe ’16 (pictured below) or listen to a podcast of first responder Mike Russo ’20 discuss being an EMT during the COVID-19 crisis on Long Island, among many other offerings.
“The idea of the Oz Virtual Village is to celebrate the opportunity to connect online with our Oswego family more readily and in innovative ways,” said Laura Pavlus Kelly ’09, director of alumni engagement. “Whether you’d like to host an online cooking class, present tips on coping with stress, deliver a formal lecture about optimizing a website for better search engine results, perform a concert or demonstrate tools to organize our digital lives, we’re ready to help you share your passion and your talents with other SUNY Oswego alumni.”
The alumni office will compile and market alumni-led workshops, presentations, workouts, concerts or other virtual offerings monthly through the Oz Virtual Village e-newsletter and other outlets.
Alumni are also invited to connect with students, as mentors, guest speakers or employers. You can even create a micro-internship (a paid, project-based work experience) for students. Learn more at alumni.oswego.edu/ask.
Check out the archive of past Oz Virtual Village sessions at alumni.oswego.edu/virtualvillage.
If you have an idea or an interest that you’d like to share with the Oswego community, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-312-2258.
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