‘Do Something You Love,' Durney Tells Business School Honorees
"Do something you love. Work with people you like. Cherish your degree. Manage your career," was the advice Michael Durney '83 had for the 2011 class of Beta Gamma Sigma inductees gathered at the Sheldon Ballroom May 6.
The honor society dedicated to the values of honor, wisdom and earnestness in business inducted 43 juniors, seniors and graduate students this year.
The senior vice president of finance, chief financial officer and treasurer of Dice, Inc., Durney underscored the importance of coming back to Oswego, supporting the college and current students. "Every alum's dream is to have the school be better than when they were here," he said. "Oswego is far better today than when I was here."
He stressed the importance of managing career development by staying current, using social networks and remaining involved with the college, as students transition to the next stage of their lives. "Right now you may be looking for a job, but you are about to enter a career," he told the gathered honorees.
School of Business Dean Richard Skolnik praised Durney for his continued commitment to his alma mater. "He serves as a model, not just of professional success, but also of giving back and engagement."
Durney serves on the Oswego College Foundation board of directors and chairs the School of Business Dean's Advisory Board. He has returned to campus as part of the Alumni-In-Residence program and has served as a Reunion giving chair. He and his wife, Joanne Snyder Durney '84 were national co-chairs of the annual giving campaign in 2002. The Durneys are generous supporters of Oswego, contributing at a leadership level to both the Rich Hall reconstruction and the Campus Center.
Candidates for induction into Beta Gamma Sigma must achieve a grade point average that ranks in the top 10 percent of their class. That translated to a 3.6 GPA or above for this year's inductees. Only colleges with accreditation by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business may have Beta Gamma Sigma chapters. About one-third of U.S. business schools, including Oswego, are accredited.
— Michele Reed
Michael Durney '83 speaks at the 2011 Beta Gamma Sigma induction ceremony May 6.
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