Alumni-In-Residence: Michael Climek ’05

Alumni-In-Residence: Michael Climek ’05

Michael Climek ’05, the operations manager of Public Policy Research Lab at Louisiana State University, talked to Professor Leigh Wilson’s Introductory Fiction Writing class Sept. 28. His visit was part of the Oswego Alumni Association Alumni-In-Residence program, supported by The Fund for Oswego.

Author Finds Inspiration in the Performing Arts

Author Finds Inspiration in the Performing Arts

For Jennifer Thompson Jackson ’94, the process of writing books is “only one piece of [her] own artistic puzzle.” “There’s no one right way to be a writer,” Jackson told more than 100 attendees at an Artswego Living Writers Series public event on Sept. 9. She returned to campus through the Oswego Alumni Association’s Alumni-In-Residence

PHOTO: Speech Expert Leads Workshop for Theatre Department

PHOTO: Speech Expert Leads Workshop for Theatre Department

Noted theatre voice and speech specialist Barry Kur ’74 spoke in classes in the college’s lab theatre in Hewitt Union on Aug. 28. A professor emeritus of theatre at Penn State, Kur is a master teacher of Lessac training for improved voice and body work and director of certification of the Lessac Training and Research

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.

NYU Treasurer Addressed Honors Students

NYU Treasurer Addressed Honors Students

Stephanie Pianka ’87, treasurer and vice president of financial operations at New York University, addresses the Honors Convocation on April 17 as keynote speaker. Pianka, a computer science graduate from Oswego, oversees finance for the nation’s largest private research university. Sponsored by Vega, the SUNY Oswego student women’s honor society, the Honors Convocation recognized the

Three Alumni Provide Inspirational Send-Offs to New Graduates at Commencement Ceremonies

Three Alumni Provide Inspirational Send-Offs to New Graduates at Commencement Ceremonies

Three distinguished alumni were the featured speakers at SUNY Oswego’s three 154th Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 16 in the Arena and Convocation Center in the Marano Campus Center. The speakers were: Margaret “Peggy” LaTulip Focarino ’77, now retired commissioner for patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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

Alumnae Stress the Value of Clean Resume, Professional Online Presence

Alumnae Stress the Value of Clean Resume, Professional Online Presence

The Public Relations Student Society of America’s fourth annual “What’s Next?” seminar featured five panelists, including alumnae Mary Jo Godnick ’14, brand strategist for Tera­keet in Syracuse, N.Y.; Traci Legonelli ’12, an associate public relations manager for Tipping Point Communications in Rochester, N.Y.; and Meghan Wells ’11, event manager for the OnCenter in Syracuse. The panelists

Take Advantage of Hands-On Experiences, Broadcasting Alumni Advise

Take Advantage of Hands-On Experiences, Broadcasting Alumni Advise

The first Oz Empire State Panel, co-sponsored by the student-run TV station, WTOP, and the Oswego Alumni Association, featured meteorologist Patrick Cavlin ’13, post-production manager Barry Gliner ’84, broadcast engineer Ben Gordon ’13, reporter Tammy Palmer ’98 and media adviser and instructor Marie Villa ’11. Marissa Sarbak ’15 served as moderator. The alumni, reflecting on their

Alumna Encourages Grads to Pursue Their Dream Job

Cathleen Richards ’09 tells the 2014 Commencement Eve Dessert Reception attendees that the seeds for all of her successes were planted at SUNY Oswego.

Cathleen Richards ’09 remembers waking up to the sounds of Italian pop music one morning and realizing that she has her dream job. “It’s been five years since I was sitting where you are now, and though it took longer than I thought, I have my dream job,” Richards, an Oswego Alumni Association board member,