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June 6, 2001
OSWEGO -- In SUNY Oswego's business program Mae Squier-Dow found a "home within a home." That's why the 1983 graduate, now head of a major voice and data communications company, and her husband, 1983 graduate Thomas Dow, chose to donate $40,000 to the renovation of Rich Hall as the future home of the School of Business.
In recognition of her gift, the space for the Business Administration Student Advisement Center, where she served as a student adviser, will be named in her honor.
"The business program at Oswego was like a home within a home. The curriculum and course work was interesting and challenging, and the professors were like a family," Squier-Dow recalled. "There were numerous extracurricular opportunities to promote my growth in the concept of business/industry as well as to test our creative tendencies as they related to the business world.
"At the center of this was BASAC, where all business majors could find respite, resources and advisement. As a student adviser, I have fond memories of my time spent at the center and the faculty that promoted the business program," she said.
BASAC is staffed by full-time professionals and upper-class peer advisers who provide students with information about the opportunities available to business majors, as well as pre-registration for business classes, record-keeping and answers to employer and graduate school inquiries. Students also have a faculty adviser, or mentor, for career orientation, placement and other issues of concern.
"Mae is among the first donors to step forward and support our efforts to turn Rich Hall into a state-of-the-art home for the School of Business," said Kevin Mahaney, vice president for development and public affairs. "This is the first time that Oswego has sought private support for a major capital project, and we are honored to have Mae's name associated with the School of Business."
Squier-Dow is a founder and co-chief operating officer of Choice One Communications, an integrated service provider, which provides voice and data communication solutions to small and medium-sized businesses in 11 states in the Northeast.
"I am truly proud of how our School of Business has catapulted over the last 20 years to become the progressive and comprehensive learner-centered program it is today and encouraged by the quality of our Oswego grads as our nation's future business leaders," she said.
Squier-Dow graduated from Oswego magna cum laude with a major in business administration and began her career as a sales representative for Frontier Corp.'s long-distance division in Syracuse. She moved to ACC Corp. and was a member of the start-up team for ACC's successful market entry into Canada in 1992 and the United Kingdom, where she lived from 1993 to 1996. In 1996, she was named president of ACC in the United States.
She was recently elected president of the board of the Oswego College Foundation to begin a two-year term on July 1. She is national fund-raising chair for SUNY Oswego through 2002.
The Rich Hall renovation will convert the 40-year-old building into the new home of the School of Business. The $8 million renovation is funded through the SUNY Construction Fund. Oswego is seeking additional private funding for technology to make Rich Hall a state-of-the art facility.
Work on the project is scheduled to begin this fall.
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