Spring 2017 Meeting Update

Dear Alumni:

Trying to inconspicuously blend in with the students, albeit with a few more wrinkles and the occasional gray hair or two – it was us, the alumni volunteers… The Alumni Leadership Council of the Oberlin Alumni Association (ALC) was back in Oberlin the weekend of 3-5 March for its spring meetings. 

Reconnecting with life on campus to try to see what it’s really like beyond social media and news articles was one of our top goals. Dining with students at the Pyle co-op, hearing the Obertones, chatting with students who helped cater our meetings, and listening to professors was a great way to get a little taste of all that. But it’s never enough. We can’t help it – we love Oberlin!

Some key ALC discussion topics: how to build a relationship of trust and good communication with the incoming president of Oberlin; strengthening support for multicultural alumni interest groups; alumni interactions on social media; and various governance topics. The Alumni Office updated us on the many activities they organize to engage alumni around the country and the world. 

Marvin’s presidency was toasted with a surprise party so well kept under the covers, he was almost upset with us until his gift showed up – a photo album of all our memories built together.

Wisr. You’ve likely heard about this tool that connects students and alumni to network and share ideas about work and life in general after graduation. We all remember the days when it felt weird to ask strangers for job opportunities, exploring whether to become a musician or a biologist, how to run one’s own small outfit that will change the world… Many alumni have already signed up and if you haven’t yet, we hope you will do the same.

Speaking of careers and life after Oberlin, we were amazed and inspired by the LaunchU student and alumni pitches for their startups. This campus-wide competitionhas become highly successful and very professional, with students and alumni presenting their startup business plans to a panel of experienced judges. We heard ideas for a venture to create underwear “outside of the binary organization system;” an existing public trash collection venture that saves on wasted time and resources with the use of technology, and more – all Oberlin startups!

We will be back on campus mid-July and look forward to reporting back to you on our activities.

Bálint Gergely ‘00
Paris, France
Secretary, Oberlin Alumni Association