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May 7, 2003
OSWEGO -- After SUNY Oswego's 142nd Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17, the nearly 1,400 graduates will head in literally hundreds of different directions.
Despite the tight economy, some of them have already lined up jobs in their chosen field. Laura Simpson, a biology major who grew up in Oswego, will begin a position at the Center of Psychiatric and Molecular Genetics at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.
Simpson said she will move into her job thanks to an internship in that office, made possible by what she learned in her classes. "Internships are a valuable experience because they make you aware of the skills you have as well as provide networking potential beyond that of college professors," Simpson said. "I have learned the DNA and lymphocyte extraction protocols and other jobs in the lab."
Aimee D'Angelo will take her bachelor's in marketing south to work for ExxonMobil in Fairfax, Va. The Albany resident also first became acquainted with the company through an internship. "I worked in the fuels marketing part of the company and really enjoyed it," she said. "Midway through last semester they asked me to put in an application through their Web site. A few days before I returned this semester, they mailed me an offer to enter their territory manager training program."
D'Angelo will begin the six-month management training program after receiving her degree. "I believe that my education was the most important thing in obtaining this job, because throughout my internship I utilized knowledge that I received throughout my education here," she said.
With his master's degree in hand, Jim Countryman is weighing teaching offers around the state ranging from the community college level to high school and middle school. His bachelor's and master's degrees in technology education from Oswego are hot tickets "especially downstate, south of Albany," the Kingston resident said.
"I know Oswego is considered the best in the state as far as technical education goes -- and one of the best in the country, as far as I know," Countryman said. "Most of the people out there in the field are often from Oswego, so they know our program." He credited the program's development of basic teaching skills and especially student-teaching experience as big factors in preparing him for a job next fall.
Thanks to a Fulbright study abroad grant, Nicole Darcangelo of Vestal will spend her first postgraduate year working on a research project and taking classes at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. As a human development major, Darcangelo created Mentor Oswego, a program placing college students as group mentors for after-school activities at the city's Butch Ponzi Recreational Center.
Darcangelo has an eye toward conducting a comparative study on child poverty issues between the United States and Canada for her Fulbright work. She credited psychology Professor Virginia Gregg for pointing her toward the program. "She called me one day and said, 'I just saw this flyer, and I know what you're doing next year,'" Darcangelo recalled.
Heather Stoffel will continue her studies after picking up her bachelor's in secondary education with an English concentration. But she won't go too far away: she plans to pursue a master's in English at Oswego. "I am young enough to continue with school and still establish myself after I finish my master's degree," the Rochester native said.
Stoffel said being eligible for a higher salary when she finishes her master's and a love of the classroom are both factors. After enjoying the English classes and faculty at the college, "I am not able to imagine being anywhere to continue my education other than Oswego," Stoffel said. "I plan to further my knowledge of English literature and language to not only expand my own personal passion, but to aid me in attaining that same passion in my future students."
In all, 1,188 undergraduate degrees and 216 graduate degrees and certificates will be awarded at the two ceremonies that make up Oswego's 142nd Commencement on Saturday, May 17. The 9 a.m. ceremony will honor School of Business, School of Education and Division of Continuing Education candidates for degrees, while College of Arts and Sciences candidates will participate in the 1:30 p.m. ceremony. Both ceremonies will be in Romney Field House on campus.
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