Alumnus to Students: Know Your Business

Alumnus to Students: Know Your Business

As vice president for the Syracuse-based company Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Tony Procopio Jr. ’85 navigates the intricacies of a complex insurance industry with precision, thanks to his Oswego roots. Procopio highlighted his formative experiences with School of Business students. “I was a kid from the city of Syracuse, one of seven children,” he said.

Commencement Eve Torchlight 2015

Commencement Eve Torchlight 2015

Oswego Alumni Association’s 2015 Outstanding Senior Laura Pavlus Kelly ’09 (left), alumni relations director, presents public relations major Bridget Jackson ’15 of Buffalo, N.Y., with the Oswego Alumni Association’s 2015 Outstanding Senior Award at the Commencement Eve Dinner on Friday, May 15. Jackson was selected based on her academic achievements, campus involvement and service to

Bridging the Chasm: Dyslexia Scholar Applies Research to Benefit Diverse Learners

Bridging the Chasm: Dyslexia Scholar Applies Research to Benefit Diverse Learners

As a newly minted Ph.D. graduate, Gordon F. Sherman ’75 was studying the donated brain of a dyslexic individual, and he and his colleagues at a Harvard University lab noted unusual clusters of neurons in the left hemisphere—the part of the brain responsible for language. But while the senior researchers were concentrating on those clusters,

Education Alumna Stays Active in Sunshine State

Education Alumna Stays Active in Sunshine State

Even though Marie Wise Ellis ’53 hasn’t visited her alma mater in a long time, she keeps up on all things SUNY Oswego by reading her copy of the OSWEGO Alumni Magazine “from front to back.” After a career in teaching, Ellis enjoys her retirement ballroom dancing, square dancing and—twice weekly—artistic dance roller skating. She

Naval Commander’s Success Provides Smooth Sailing for Other Women

Naval Commander’s Success Provides Smooth Sailing for Other Women

Retiring from the United States Navy as a commander in 1985 makes Carolina Clair Wylie ’63 a pioneer. When American women were advocating for workplace equity, she was finding her niche in the Navy, where equal pay for equal work was an established principle. “Leadership skills I learned at Oswego prepared me,” Wylie said. She

Communication Alumnus Commands Canals from Capital Region

Communication Alumnus Commands Canals from Capital Region

In 1905, Vaudeville Musician Thomas S. Allen wrote the famous song “Low Bridge” about the early years of the Erie Canal, which opened in 1825. As director of the New York State Canal Corporation, Brian Stratton ’79 probably relates to the song’s chorus: “Every inch of the way I know, from Albany to Buffalo.” Stratton

Visual Arts Alumnus Found Calling in Clay

Matt Wilson ’09 M’11

When Matt Wilson ’09 M’11 isn’t teaching middle-schoolers in Norwich, N.Y., about visual arts or coaching the varsity track and soccer teams, he’s experimenting with new ceramic techniques or creating, displaying and selling his artwork online and at galleries around the region. An Elmira, N.Y., native, Wilson found his passion in ceramics during high school.

Alumna Finds Home in Oz, Again

Alumna Finds Home in Oz, Again

For many women and children with unruly, curly hair, Tomasina Boyd Boone ’93 may be revered and considered the wonderful wizard of Oz. She launched an online haircare and beauty company, Afro Puffs (www.afropuffs.com.au), a division of Beauty Named Ltd., after trying for years to find haircare products in her new home in Australia (often

Political Science Grad Goes From Campus to the Capital

Nels Olson ’89

It’s a passion for Nels Olson ’89 to help others succeed. Olson splits his time between the Washing­ton, D.C., and New York City offices of Korn Ferry, the world’s largest executive talent firm, ensuring that the top-tier executives his team identifies and coaches are the best fit for his clients. Olson serves as vice chairman

Oswego Alumni Team Up to Win Onondaga County Sheriff’s Race

Benedicte Harris Doran ’91 (left) managed last year’s successful campaign for former DeWitt, N.Y., Police Chief Gene Conway ’77 in the Onondaga County sheriff’s race. Irene Scruton, who directs SUNY Oswego’s MBA program, is a former member of the DeWitt Town Board.

Gene Conway ’77 spent a lifetime in law enforcement, but didn’t know politics. When he ran last year for Onondaga County sheriff, he turned to Benedicte Harris Doran ’91, a veteran political consultant. It turned out to be a great move. Conway, a Republican, defeated Democrat Toby Shelley by a vote of 66,569-58,829. “I should