|Alumni leader seeks Obie advice
To the Editors:
Finding out whats happening on campus is easy while youre a student,
but it has been something of a challenge to get timely information after graduation. In the past,
the college has largely depended on mailing letters and the Oberlin Alumni Magazine, as well as
scheduling appearances by the president, faculty, and staff members periodically around the country.
In these days of Internet communications, its much easier to keep alumni abreast of campus
developments and to connect students to alumni who can provide helpful career and job-search advice.
Many students may not be aware that the Oberlin Alumni Associations web page is known as
ObieWeb. Simply by surfing to www.oberlin.edu/alumni, you can find out about alumni events happening
all year from coast to coast, get access to contact information for tens of thousands of alumni
including 600 career mentors read profiles of some prominent alumni and use a career
services section where alumni can post and search jobs.
The Communications Committee of the Alumni Association is now studying how to improve this site.
Wed like the ideas of students and others in the college community. We know that most of
your attention is focused on current studies, but many of you will be joining our association within
four months and the rest of you not too many years later.
What might you want to see on our Web site? In addition to the database of alumni, would you be
interested in a live chat feature? Message boards? Instant messaging? We want to respond to your
current and future needs as alums in an increasingly technological world. As many of you know,
our alumni have a wealth of experience to share with younger (and older) generations.
We are seeking better ways to do this. For example, at a recent committee meeting, we talked about
not only broad communications concepts but also practical steps, such as making it possible for
interested students and alums to be notified by e-mail when an alumni career mentor has newly volunteered
in a specified professional field. Of course, the communications between students and alumni arent
all career related. We want to make current students and alums of all ages more aware of our programs
of educational, social, and public service activities in many cities.
Because of some contractual considerations, we must decide in the next few months on what changes
might be feasible to make early in 2004. So now is the time to make any suggestions on what you
think would be most useful. Your comments need not be limited to Web sites. We also advise the
college on the alumni magazine and other communications to graduates. Dont hesitate to message
me at email@example.com with any thoughts.
Ted Gest, OC 68
Chair, Communications Committee
Oberlin College Alumni Association