The Oberlin Review

Alumni Network Offers Students Great Benefits

Carol Levine

May 13, 2018

We are so close to the end of the semester. Some are closing in on graduation. This is a time for institutional change, yet it is also a time for immense personal growth, exploration, and trying to make sense of one’s place in the world. How will we make our mark, our difference? Will it be on an individual or local level, or widespread and global? Will we help a friend or community? Will we make an imprint on our environment, for better or for worse? At a more personal level, how will we make friends once we are out of the Oberlin cocoon? How will we introduce ourselves in this fluid yet rigid world? How will we continue to support ourselves? How will we remain a part of Oberlin, and Oberlin remain a part of us?...

Alums Disrespected, Tricked By Oberlin Alumni Association

Stan Robinson

March 30, 2018

To the Editors: A word to the wise from a 1962 alumnus: After graduation, prepare for a lifetime of slick marketing and disingenuous representations by the Oberlin Alumni Association. I’m one of 1,720 alumni who just learned the hard way not to trust OAA’s promises. OAA has just reneged on a promise it made roughly 15 years ago, which 1,720 of us chose to rely on, and it’s hitting me like a ton of bricks. OAA’s promise was a permanent free email forwarding service. This is different from a normal email address. It invisibly forwards all messages it receives for you to your actual email address, which can, and often will, change from time to time. People change their email addresses, or adopt additional ones, ...

Campus Should Cooperate During Polarizing Time

The Alumni Leadership Council, Oberlin Alumni Association

March 11, 2016

To the Editors: We, the members of the Alumni Leadership Council of the Oberlin Alumni Association, are pained that a number of events have polarized our beloved Oberlin community along racial, religious and cultural lines. These events compel us to confront issues of bias, discrimination and harassment. First Lady Michelle Obama implored us during her 2015 Commencement address: “Run [to, and not away from,] the noise.” Now is the time for the Oberlin community to do just that and unite around this place we all love. Our academic training and commitment to respectful dialogue place the Oberlin community in an ideal position to grapple with these sensitive issues. Let it be our shared resolve to be engaged members...

Networking – a New Year’s Gift to Yourself

Lorri Olan

December 7, 2012

Networking is often perceived as a dirty word. Some feel uncomfortable “working a crowd” or think that “networking/making connections” is disingenuous when what you really want is a job. On the other hand, we all know natural “connectors” who enjoy meeting new people. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, networking is crucial to your job search and professional development. Job candidates spend most of their time submitting blind applications to job postings, but research shows that approximately 70 percent of those who secure a position used personal connections. This might mean learning about a position before it is posted, having someone submit your materials on your behalf or leveraging an alumni...

Hargrove, Hseih Elected as 2012 Class Officers

Kira McGirr

April 27, 2012

To the Editors: Results have been tabulated from the election for the Class of 2012 Alumni Class Officers. Rebecca L. Hargrove has been elected President and Terry Hsieh has been elected Vice President. For your information, the alumni class president is a member of the Alumni Council and returns to campus each fall for its weekend-long meeting. Each year, after the Alumni Council meeting, the class president writes a letter to members of the class reporting on Oberlin and on alumni activities and programs. The vice president is the person to whom the president turns when he or she is unable to attend the Alumni Council meeting or write the annual letter. If for any reason the president is unable to carry out his...

Prepare to Become an Alum

Rick Pender

April 20, 2012

To the Editors: Although I’m certain you’re getting an excellent education at Oberlin, I want to tell you something you might not have learned yet: You’re officially on your way to becoming an alum. That’s right — by virtue of your enrollment, you’ll be part of the Oberlin Alumni Association, an institution that dates back to 1839. For 173 years, graduates of Oberlin have been uniting to appreciate and support the institution that’s turned them into people who make a difference in the world. I graduated from Oberlin in 1971 with a degree in English, thinking I would teach. I’ve done that, to be sure, but so much more. Using fundamental skills I learned during my undergraduate years I’ve worked...

Alumni Encourages Admissions Volunteer Work

Andy Rowan

April 15, 2011

To the Editors: Hey seniors! After you leave Oberlin, you may find yourself longing for a way to maintain a connection to the place that has changed you so much. One way to stay connected is to become an alumni admissions volunteer. Our alumni volunteers do a lot to help the admissions office with recruiting efforts. They attend preview events (often casual gatherings in someone’s home) to talk to prospective students and their families. They represent Oberlin at college fairs that the staff cannot get to, and they interview students who can’t arrange a campus visit. Last year, alumni volunteers covered 77 college fairs (about a third of the total) and interviewed 1,300 students (about one out of every five...

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