Home. It’s a word that means many things to people. It’s the place where you connect with family and friends. It’s the place where you can unwind and be yourself. It’s a place where memories are made and life’s most important moments are shared.
I hope you consider SUNY Oswego your home—the place where you have made lifelong friends, where you could not only be yourself but maybe discovered who you are; a place that is so full of memories you feel compelled to return and in doing so, you create more cherished moments. We hope you experience the life and vitality of this campus, realizing your own potential and how your presence and success nurtures others.
In this issue, we talk about the ties that alumni have to each other and to the students who are studying on our campus, and how those connections create a strong network of support to assist Oswego family members as they develop professionally. We highlight the career resources that are available throughout the lives of all members of the Oswego family, through the college’s Career Services office and the Oswego Alumni Association. To access them, all you need to do is visit the college—virtually or in person. Our doors (and resources) are open to you. See related stories on pages 24-34.
Like a home, the college welcomes all of its members to return whenever they can. We were fortunate this fall to welcome home Bob Moritz ’85, the chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, to meet and share advice with our students, faculty and administrators. As the head of one of the “Big Four” global professional services firms, he meets with princes and presidents in dozens of countries every year, and yet, he made time for a trip to visit his Oswego family. He reminded students that he once was in their shoes—trying to balance studies with social life, career options with life goals, ambition with humility and humanity. Read more about his visit on page 14.
Throughout the year, the college provides many opportunities to you to come home to visit. Each fall, we are building the Homecoming tradition to unite alumni and students, and encouraging them to share their Oswego pride. See coverage of our third annual celebration on pages 20-21. In June, we host the largest on-campus celebration for alumni during Reunion Weekend. Our next one is June 7-10, 2018, so mark your calendars. We also host more than 150 alumni each year through the Alumni-In-Residence program, which brings alumni back to campus to share their knowledge with students through in-class presentations and informal gatherings. The Oswego Alumni Association plans gatherings across the state and country to bring together alumni who may not be able to return to campus.
So as we wind down another calendar year, I hope you will make a goal for the new year to come visit all of us, your college family, at your SUNY Oswego home!
Deborah F. Stanley