Fred Festa Receives SUNY Oswego Presidential Medal during December Commencement

Fred Festa ’81

During December Commencement, SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley awarded the Presidential Medal to Fortune 100 business leader Fred Festa ’81. “Your success as a business leader has been extraordinary,” she said. “What’s more impressive, however, is your ability to look beyond the bottom line to the backbone of any successful venture—the people. Throughout your

Photo: Festa Graduate Leadership Fellows

Photo: Festa Graduate Leadership Fellows

Graduate students who completed intensive summer internships or work projects under the Festa Graduate Leadership Fellowships program pose Dec. 15 with Lorrie Clemo, right, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs. From left are Cala Glatz ’05, M ’11; Alex Klatsky M ’12; Julia Kester ’10, M ’12; David Stone M ’12; and Jessica Korkue M ’12.

Alumni share leadership advice

Fred Festa

Refining and growing a tolerance for the unknown and never giving up were just two of the many tips W. R. Grace CEO Fred Festa ’81 imparted to students assembled for the first Future Oswego Leaders Conference April 8 and 9 on campus.

Festa offered the keynote address at the two-day conference, which drew 162 students to the Campus Center and Sheldon Hall to hear presentations from fellow students, develop their own unique strengths and network with alumni from various career fields.