Fourth Annual Future Oswego Leaders Conference

Alumni and students network during a reception at the Fourth Annual Oswego Leaders Conference in the Campus Center’s Chu Atrium.

Alumni and students network during a reception at the Fourth Annual Oswego Leaders Conference in the Campus Center’s Chu Atrium.

Dozens of SUNY Oswego students attended the fourth annual Future Oswego Leaders Conference (FOLC) in March. The conference featured student and alumni presenters who celebrated and encouraged leadership roles among SUNY Oswego students.

Workshops informed students about resources and opportunities available on campus, such as the Compass and the Entrepreneurial Action by University Students club. Students in campus leadership roles were honored at a reception.

Renee Abstender Marchak ’94

Renee Abstender Marchak ’94

Saturday’s segment featured five returning alumni, including keynote speaker Renee Abstender Marchak ’94, human resources generalist for Haun Welding Supply, who shared how she learned the meaning of leadership through her efforts to raise money for cancer and her membership in Delta Phi Epsilon sorority at Oswego.

At alumni breakout sessions, five visiting alumni spoke of their success and leadership in their respective career fields.

In addition to Marchak, the following alumni were presenters:

  • Tom Antonoff ’81, a remediation and transactions project manager, General Electric, science;
  • Kristen Aust ’95, a systems manager of career services, Bryant & Stratton, higher education;
  • Dick Farfaglia ’73, a retired political consultant, political science; and
  • Jason Holder ’05, a line producer, WABC-TV, Eyewitness News at 11, communications.

“Knowing what I know now, I would have definitely taken advantage of events like the Future Oswego Leaders Conference when I was a student here,” Marchak said. “Networking is an incredible tool for students. I wish I had known about some of the campus resources when I was a student.”

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, the Oswego Alumni Association, Auxiliary Services, the Student Association of SUNY Oswego and Leadership Development sponsored the two-day conference.

—Sarah Turner ’16

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