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Oberlin Connections

Clyde Owan and Susi Lanyi, the widow of his college mentor, professor of government George Lanyi
On behalf of the alumni association, I would like to thank the College--and especially President Nancy Dye--for publishing 9.11.01: Oberlin Reflections last fall. This publication united our alumni, students, parents, and staff and helped us collect ourselves in the aftermath of the September attacks. Oberlin Reflections also represented the Oberlin family's riposte to the attacks against humanity. In it, we celebrated the human spirit, extended comfort and encouragement, and reaffirmed our resolve to move forward, do good, and do right.

As you read the stories and class notes in this magazine, please consider the many ways Oberlin graduates and students are engaged in shaping our world during these challenging times. Their involvement ranges from the highest ranks of government policymaking, military operations, and humanitarian support to the grassroots defense of civil liberties and human rights. I hope that highlighting the works of our Oberlin family is a source of pride and inspiration. You can take heart knowing that the values you attribute to an Oberlin education are applied whenever Obies join with others to build a better world.

As president of the Alumni Association, I share this spirit of optimism and confidence to encourage you to stay connected to your Oberlin family. We know the Oberlin link is important to you. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Alumni Office e-mailed a message of concern to alums in the D.C. and New York City areas. Your reaction to this gesture and to the subsequent publication of Oberlin Reflections was overwhelmingly positive.

My message to you comes via the pages of the Alumni Magazine. This award-winning publication has been Oberlin's principal vehicle with which to share information and renew alumni connections with the College and other alumni. Yet, even as we regard this magazine as Oberlin's flagship publication, we are also cognizant that the breadth and speed of electronic communications offer expanded options for dialogue and outreach.

Your Alumni Association, through its Communications Committee chaired by Greg Pinelo '91, is working with the College to think through the transformation of both alumni communications and access to Oberlin-related information. Future possibilities include the dissemination of real-time class notes, the ability for alums to build new sub-communities of interest, the promotion of a wider range of local alumni activities, and the saving of trees and postage through increased use of e-mail. Committee member Hal Straus '79 observed that "people simply live more of their lives online these days, and happily we can see to it that interesting pieces of Oberlin are there waiting."

Regardless of wherever and however those "interesting pieces" are displayed, we in the Alumni Association believe that your connecting to them will remind you that Oberlin is an enduring part--and one of the best parts--of your lives.

Clyde Owan '79
President, Oberlin Alumni Association

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