Change has certainly served as a major theme for me—both personally and professionally—over the last year.
Following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were finally able to return to an in-person format for Reunion Weekend in 2022—and seeing more than 830 alumni and friends back on the shores of Lake Ontario rather than on a computer screen was certainly a welcomed change of pace! We’re looking forward to celebrating our 2023 milestone classes and groups during Reunion this summer—so change whatever plans you have on your calendars for June 8-11, and join us for the biggest alumni party of the year!
Those who saw me at Reunion last June recognized that another big change was coming my way—my husband, Mike, and I welcomed our second son, Jack, in July! Since then, we’ve all adjusted to a change of schedule—as our oldest son, Callahan, began kindergarten in the fall, and Mike and I learned to navigate life with two “Kelly boys” as working parents … including a whole lot of diaper changes factored in.
Your alma mater wants to know what’s changed for YOU lately! Whether it’s a job change, a name change or a change of address, keep us posted by filling out a Class Note or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org! Or, if you’re yearning for a change but haven’t figured out what that might be yet, tap into our powerful alumni network of more than 92,000 alumni via the Alumni Sharing Knowledge program, regional or virtual events, or our Career Services resources to help you open new doors of opportunity!
There’s a lot more change to come at SUNY Oswego in the months and years ahead. A change of leadership, as we search for a new president; a change of scenery, as Hewitt Hall and other campus projects continue construction; and a change in the way we engage our alumni family—following the impacts of the last few years. But something that will never change? The pride our Lakers feel, and the support we provide each other.
As Bob Dylan famously hoped: “May you have a strong foundation when the winds of changes shift.” SUNY Oswego’s past has built a strong foundation for our future. We look forward to the opportunities ahead … and hope you’ll change into your green and gold attire to join us for them!
Laura Pavlus Kelly ’09
Oswego Alumni Association, Inc.