On the eve of the May commencement, alumni celebrate the passing of the torch of learning from faculty and staff to the newest class of graduates. Faculty and staff will lead students and alumni representing various past class years in a procession to mark the seniors’ last night as undergraduates. Free. 315-312-2106.
Location: Marano Campus Center
Friday, May 13, 9 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SUNY Oswego celebrates its 155th Commencement with three ceremonies: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at 9 a.m. School of Business at 1 p.m. School of Communication, Media and the Arts and School of Education at 4 p.m. Former Secretary of the Army John McHugh will receive an honorary degree at the 9 a.m. ceremony. Admission by ticket. Also webcast live from oswego.edu. 315-312-2106. https://www.oswego.edu/college-store/commencement
Location: Arena and Convocation Hall, Marano Campus Center
Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. St. John Fisher Scrimmage
Location: Laker Turf Stadium
Tuesday, Aug 23, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. St. Lawrence
Location: Max Ziel Gymnasium
Sunday, Aug 28, noon - 1 p.m.
Reunion Weekend 2016
Join us for the biggest alumni party of the year! Visit alumni.oswego.edu/reunion for the most up-to-date information.
Location: SUNY Oswego, 7060 NY-104, Oswego, NY 13126, United States
Friday, May 6, 5:55 p.m. - 5:55 p.m.
2016 Alumni Mets Game
Gather with NYC-area alumni, family and friends for a day at the ballpark! http://bit.ly/1RKCBib
Location: Citi Field 123-01 Roosevelt Ave New York, NY 11368
Saturday, July 9, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
FOLC 2014 Presenters
Keynote Speaker: Renee Marchak '94
HR Generalist at Haun Welding Supply Inc.
Current Position Description: Manage the day-to-day operations of the Human Resource office,
including administration of the human resources policies, procedures and programs. I carry out
responsibilities in the areas of departmental development, employee relations, training and
development, benefits, payroll/compensation, organizational development, and employment.
What advice would you give students preparing to graduate?
Graduation is just the beginning of your legacy. Think about the person you want to be both
professionally and personally, because in reality they are one in the same. Always strive to do
the right thing for the right reason....not because it sounds good or because it makes you look
good. Do it because it makes your heart feel good and in the process it helps someone else!
Alumni Break Out Session Presenters
Dick Farfaglia '73 Political Advisor
Past Position Titles, Time worked, and Descriptions:
Political Consultant (1/09 - 11/12) - Provided advice on campaign planning, management and strategy to candidates and organizations including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Congressman Dan Maffei and 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers Union.
Senior Advisor, 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East (1/06 - 12/09) - Served as a senior advisor to the President of the union on political and legislative matters.
Communications Director, NYS Council, Service Employees International Union (12/99 - 12/05) - Developed and directed campaign operations advancing the legislative and political agenda of SEIU in New York State.
Director, Department of Communication Services, NYS Assembly (1/81 - 11/99) - Served as a senior advisor on public policy issues to the Speaker of the Assembly and directed Assembly communication resources to assist the Speaker and individual Majority Members in developing and marketing their legislative agenda through a comprehensive communications/public relations program.
Director, New York Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee (DACC) (1/87 - 11/99) - Directed the campaign operations of DACC staff and volunteers on behalf of Democratic candidates for state Assembly.
Other Professional Activities:
Presenter, NYS Democratic Committee and County Committees(7/78-9/09) - Developed and delivered campaign training seminars entitled "The Elements of a Political Campaign" to candidates for state and local offices.
Seminar Leader, Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee Campaign Seminars (9/80 - 11/99) - Developed curriculum, recruited presenters and led workshops for annual day-long campaign schools focused on Democratic state Assembly candidates and their staff.
Presenter, Labor Union and Not-For-Profit Workshops and Seminars (1/76-12/09) - Developed and delivered presentations on "Effective Grass Roots Lobbying" regarding legislation before the NYS Legislature.
Communications: Jason Holder '05
Past Position Titles, Time worked, and Descriptions: Weekend Producer -- WABC TV -- June 2011-July 2013 (produced Saturday and Sunday 6pm &11pm newscasts) Senior Producer -- WBTV-TV Charlotte, NC -- March 2008-June 2011 (Produced WBTV Evening newscasts, developed and launched WBTV News First at 4, the first 4pm newscast in any major TV market)
Senior Producer -- WSTM-TV Syracuse, NY -- December 2004-March 2008 -- Produced all shows over the course of 4 years, mainly Action News Live @ 5pm. Conducted morning editorial meetings.
Education: Kristen Aust '95
STEM: Tom Antonoff '80
Current P osition Title: Remedial Project Manager - Corporate Environmental Programs, Legacy Site Center of Expertise
What advice would you give students preparing to graduate? Step outside your comfort zone when looking for professional opportunities for recognition. Take opportunities to speak to industry groups, clients or regulators. If you're not comfortable speaking, try small steps: do readings at church, teach the geology "belt loop" or merit badge to scouts, etc. When given tasks or projects at work, prepare yourself to be "the smartest person in the room" for that given project.