A program sponsored by the Oswego Alumni Association and Career Services Office helps students make the sometimes intimidating transition from college to career. Recruiters, local experts, and Oswego alumni presented workshops to help more than 100 students forge a pathway to success.
Keynote speaker Kevin Sutherland ’05, a member of the Graduates Of the Last Decade Leadership Council, suggested students take every opportunity to network and get their résumé out to as many people as possible, including alumni.
“We are family, this is it, Oswego!” Sutherland said. Sutherland is the budget coordinator for Tompkins County, where he has worked for three years.
Interviewing is nothing to sweat about as long as you’re prepared, explained personnel coordinator for Maxim Healthcare Services, Renee Abstender Marchak ’94. Marchak said she has an array of experiences with the interview process and applies the knowledge she gained at Oswego when interviewing future employees. “Oswego did so much for me,” Marchak said.
Students stood wall-to-wall to hear Tim Barnhart ’02, a member of the Oswego Alumni Association Board of Directors, explain with honesty and realism about saving money and understanding financial planning following graduation. “As far as the education that you get, and the work ethic I was taught, I wouldn’t take another school over this school,” Barnhart said of Oswego.
Barnhart explained to students how to begin saving money, manage student loans, and still have a comfortable lifestyle after graduation. While attending Oswego, Barnhart interned with Northwestern Mutual, the company where he is now a managing director. He said that without taking the internship with Northwestern Mutual and exploring his career options in college, he would have never found his dream job.
-Brittany Hoffmann ’14
Crane has more than 30 years of experience in commercialization and business operations, primarily in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. She is a venture partner at Apple Tree Partners and head of commercialization for Apple Tree Pharmaceuticals. She previously served on the board from 2005 to 2012, is a former member of the School of Business Advisory Board and has participated in the Alumni-in-Residence program.
While studying communication at Oswego, Crane worked for The Oswegonian and was a Resident Assistant. She enjoys being involved at her alma mater and most recently returned to campus in April 2013 as the keynote speaker for the Honors Convocation. Crane is a staunch advocate for STEM education and has supported STEM career development through the Possibility Scholarship program together with her late husband Doug Crane ’80.
Doran has been actively involved at Oswego for many years, serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors as an officer and as the Alumni Association representative to the Oswego College Foundation Investment Committee and the Reunion Task Force in 2007-08.
He is also involved in the AIR and ASK programs and is an active participant with the School of Business Symposium.
As a student at Oswego, Doran studied business administration, was the men’s lacrosse captain in 1982, and participated in the alumni/mentor program.
Doran frequents Oswego alumni events in New York City, where he has been professionally located throughout his career.
With more than 25 years experience in investment relations, she is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Association of Investment Management Sales Executives and 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Most recently, Mochrie was the 2013 chapter inductee of Beta Gamma Sigma, the premier international honor society of AACSB accredited business programs.
Mochrie studied applied mathematics and economics as a student at Oswego and worked in the Continuing Education office. Through the New York City Career Connections program, she recently hosted SUNY Oswego business students.
Together with her husband, Chris Tuohy ’81, she maintains close ties with many Oswego alumni friends.
—Kaitlin Provost ’12
Students gained insight from Oswego alumni during the third annual Future Oswego Leaders Conference March 8 and 9.
This event, organized by Omicron Delta Kappa and co-sponsored by the Oswego Alumni Association, provided students the opportunity to network with alumni professionals.
Matt Weiller ’84 delivered the keynote address in the Campus Center. Weiller, a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State, has served as a U.S. diplomat since 1991, working both in Washington and embassies around the world.
A German major and Russian minor at SUNY Oswego, Weiller served as a resident assistant in Funnelle Hall.
“Being a resident assistant is surprisingly similar to working in an embassy,” Weiller said. “You work in close quarters with the same people night and day.”
Jackie Maguire ’13, a dual major in adolescent education and mathematics, said of the conference, “I liked how diverse the speakers were — each one came from different backgrounds.”
Following the luncheon, breakout sessions were hosted by Weiller, Saleem Cheeks ’01, management supervisor of public affairs for Eric Mower & Associates, and Sara Wallace M ’10, executive team member for DestinyUSA.
A political science graduate, Cheeks credits his role as president of the Student Association as a factor that landed him his first job with the New York State Governor’s office.
Wallace spoke of hard work and success at a young age. “It’s not just about getting the job,” Wallace said. “It’s about hitting the ground at 100 percent once you have landed it.”
Wallace studied history and political development as a graduate student at Oswego.
Wallace emphasized setting challenging personal goals, “Don’t settle for anything less; tell yourself, ‘Yes I can, and I will do this.’”
—Tyler J. Edic ’13
The online edition of OSWEGO alumni magazine, Oswego’s online annual report and a video promoting the theatre and music departments’ production of “Grease” were recognized in the 2012 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence competition, which highlights work by professional communicators across North America.
Those of you who read my column know that my best daily “thinking time” is on my 6 a.m. walks with our rescue dog, Bo. So my inspiration for this issue’s column came on one of my recent walks. Volunteering has been such an important and satisfying part of my life over the years — civic organizations, the PTA, church, my alma mater, our local Humane Society to name just a few. So what better theme than to talk about the myriad of volunteer opportunities we offer for Oswego alumni.
There’s a new face in King Alumni Hall — and soon at Oswego alumni events everywhere.
The Oswego Alumni Association welcomed three new board of directors members beginning July 1. They will each serve a three-year term.
More than 1,100 alumni and friends came to celebrate 150 years, see old friends, dance, dine and flat-out party in observance of SUNY Oswego’s 150th birthday at the Sesquicentennial Reunion Celebration June 10 to 12.
Whether through an Oswego Alumni Association Alumni-In-Residence presentation, an Alumni Sharing Knowledge mentorship or events like New York City Career Connections, alumni connections mean opportunities for current students.