Oberlin's May Day Switchboard Celebration Wins CASE Gold


We're thrilled to share that Oberlin's May Day Switchboard Celebration won a Gold CASE Circle of Excellence Award for student-alumni initiatives.

The May Day Switchboard Celebration, which connected students who needed advice with alumni who could help, was a collaboration between Advancement, Alumni Relations, Career Services, and Communications. It furthered the aims of each office by empowering students and giving alumni a way to connect with and give back to the Oberlin community.

Judges from the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations selected the program from among 17 entries in the student-alumni initiatives category. Here's what they had to say about their selection:

The Oberlin Switchboard—a virtual space for the Oberlin community to ask for what they need and offer what they have—celebrated its first anniversary by encouraging students (most importantly, graduating seniors) to ask for advice on May Day. The judges loved the clever play on the phrase ‘May Day,’ and how the institution created a virtual network among alumni and students.
— CASE Commission on Alumni Relations

You can read a complete writeup for the project here. Thanks to Ma'ayan Plaut, Oberlin's Manager of Social Strategy and Projects, for authoring it, and to her and all the other folks at Oberlin who made the May Day Celebration happen.