Oswego Matters

Betsy Oberst I am delighted to welcome the newest members of our alumni and communications teams. Matt Cummins joined us this winter as associate director of communications and Mitch Galvin M’15 has just joined us this summer as assistant alumni director.

Matt brings a wealth of experience in marketing and social media and has already helped us grow our alumni followers on our various social media channels. As it becomes increasingly more expensive for us to utilize mailings to invite alumni to Local Laker regional events or other events on campus, we will rely more and more on communicating through social media and email.

So please make sure we have your current email address and “like” us on Facebook (Oswego Alumni), Twitter, Instagram, etc., so you don’t miss out on any news or events! All of these communication vehicles allow us to share more things with you on a regular basis, as well as connecting you to more Oswego alumni!

Mitch will work with our growing student programming, linking students to alumni and building that Laker pride, in addition to working with Reunion groups and other alumni programming.

Another staffing change for us is that our long-time in-house graphic expert, Creative Director for Alumni and Development Communications Jennifer Broderick, has taken on the design of this beloved magazine, effective with this issue. We had previously outsourced the design of the magazine. As Jennifer becomes more familiar with the complex design of this large publication, look for new innovations and improvements!

This magazine is about a lot of “firsts”… as you will read about Allysa Swilley ’15 and the birth of April the giraffe’s famous baby, followed by millions online, and our exciting SUNY Oswego Guinness World Record set on the Today show with Al Roker ’76 during Rokerthon 3.

Our own alumni director, Laura Pavlus Kelly ’09 and husband, Michael, welcomed their first child, Callahan Richard… who we assume will be Oswego Class of 2039! Congratulations, Laura and Mike, and welcome Cal!

On a personal note, Jerry ’77 and I were thrilled to be a part of the largest 40th reunion ever at Oswego—for the Class of 1977—in June. That phenomenal group of class volunteers has set the bar for all other classes. Please consider joining us as a Reunion 2018 volunteer for your class (or group). Or, come back to campus to speak in classes as part of our Alumni-In-Residence (AIR) program, sign up to help mentor students as part of the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program or join our growing Local Lakers network of volunteers to plan an Oswego event in your area.

Please take a few moments and help us by sharing your feedback on the 2017 alumni survey about all of the programs and services and communications that will serve you best. Our Oswego Alumni Association Board of Directors and alumni and communications teams really want and need your input! We’ll report back on the results of the alumni survey in an upcoming issue.

Hope to see you soon!

With Laker pride,

Betsy Oberst

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