Get Involved

Alumni Engagement 101 is a quick lesson in the process and procedures used to partner with the Office of Alumni Engagement. We look forward to collaborating with your department. Contact us to start a discussion about how we can assist you with alumni events, guest speakers, and more. For more information about the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association or the Office of Alumni Engagement, visit us on campus at 128 Alumni Hall or online at oneontaalumni.com. You can also call (607) 436-2526, or email alumni@oneonta.edu.

The Office of Alumni Engagement

The Office of Alumni Engagement is the central point of contact for staying connected to alumni. Our mission is to connect, engage, support, and celebrate the students and graduates of SUNY Oneonta and cultivate pride in their experiences here.

We organize several programs and events that promote our mission including:

  • Reunion Weekend
  • Distinguished Alumni Lectures
  • Campus to Career Programs (e.g., Backpacks to Briefcases, Goodrich to Broadway, Campus to Capital, and Mixing Board to Management)
  • Red Dragon Networking Events
  • Recent Alumni Dialogue Series
  • Regional Events
  • Affinity Group Reunions
  • Campus Traditions (e.g., Pass through the Pillars, Battle of the Red Dragons, and Battle of the Hills)
  • Alumni Association Awards and Alumni of Distinction Program

Alumni Information and Updates

All faculty, staff, students, and affinity groups are encouraged to share with us positive news and updates regarding alumni. All public alumni news is shared in the Class Notes section of Reflections magazine. Alumni accomplishments and milestones are acknowledged by handwritten notes. Some news is also shared on social media.

The Division of College Advancement maintains and manages the alumni database. The Office of Alumni Engagement coordinates all written and electronic communication to alumni from all academic units, offices, and affinity groups.
ALL ALUMNI CONTACT INFORMATION collected by a department, sports team, student club, or Greek organization should routinely be sent to the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Events, Mini-Reunions, and Requests for Speakers

Whether you’re planning a small class reunion, larger affinity reunion, or a huge event involving an alumni speaker, our office will help to identify venues, provide additional resources, review contracts, and promote the occasion to alumni.

Alumni Engagement can:
  • Promote the event on our website, on social media, and on campus
  • Share best practices in alumni event planning
  • Create online registration forms and attendee lists
  • Manage registration fees and coordinate payments (if necessary)
  • Potentially provide gifts for alumni guests and speakers
  • Review contracts with vendors
  • Suggest alumni as potential speakers
You will be asked to:
  • Assist us with contacting key campus constituents to promote and plan the event
  • Personally reach out to alumni you are in contact with to encourage their attendance
  • Share any alumni contact information with us before invitations are sent
  • Provide our office with final attendee list and related information.

Hosting Alumni on Campus

Our highest priority is alumni guests! Please let us know about alumni visitors at least a week in advance.

Alumni Engagement can:
  • Provide a gift for the alumnus/a prior to his or her arrival
  • Advertise the visit (when appropriate)
  • Share the visit in Reflections and on social media
  • Provide photography for the eventMay be able to arrange overnight accommodations
You will be asked to:
  • Share information collected about the alumnus/a with the Office of Alumni Engagement
  • Thank the alumnus/a in person and in writing for his or her support.