Honors Convocation to recognize 90 students

student award presentationAbout 90 students will receive awards at SUNY Oswego’s Honors Convocation at 3 p.m. Friday, April 24, in the Campus Center arena and convocation hall, said Mike Flaherty, chair of the Public Ceremonies Committee.

The featured speaker will be Suzanne Castrigno Sack, who was the first woman president of Oswego’s Student Association in 1983-84 and has worked in the financial industry for the past 25 years.

Vega, the women’s honor society at SUNY Oswego, and the Public Ceremonies Committee put on the annual convocation. The ceremony begins and ends with a formal academic procession of robed faculty and administrators. Academic departments present the awards to outstanding students in recognition of academic achievement.

Honors Convocation is one of the featured events of a week of activities devoted to recognition of academic achievement. Among the events are Quest, Oswego’s annual symposium of presentations by faculty and students of their research and creative projects, on April 22 and ceremonies inducting students into various honor societies or recognizing their attainments.

In addition to delivering the Honors Convocation address, Sack will speak to a finance class as part of the Oswego Alumni Association’s Alumni-in-Residence program, said Michelle Tackett-Spinner, associate alumni director.

Sack said that achievement through learning—in particular learning about business matters, the way things work, professional relationships and personal development—is her greatest passion.

She is a wealth management and private banking specialist who has held leadership and management roles at such high-profile institutions as Smith Barney, Wachovia Securities and, most recently, Bank of America, where she was managing director of alternative investment solutions.

The Long Island native earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Oswego in 1984 and later received a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Academic achievement—Meagan Smith (right) receives an award from Kathy Evans, director of the Student Advisement Center, at the 2008 edition of Honors Convocation. Looking on in back are, from left, Susan Coultrap-McQuin, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Kerry Dorsey, vice president for development and alumni relations; and Linda Rae Markert, dean of the School of Education.

(Posted: Apr 15, 2009)

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