SUNY Oswego May graduates preparing for future

More than 1,400 students are preparing to make their next steps in life after Oswego’s 150th spring Commencement on May 14, and a number have secured footholds toward successful, even prestigious, careers.

Graduates from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Communication, Media and the Arts will take part in the 9 a.m. ceremony in the Campus Center convocation hall and arena. School of Business and School of Education graduates will participate in the 1:30 p.m. Commencement.

Tiffany Chiu with Chuck Spector.Tiffany Chiu will take her combined master of business administration/bachelor in accounting to a job as an associate auditor at KPMG in New York City. She and other members of the program are successfully finding positions through the college’s network and alumni in the field, as well as dedicated and outstanding professors, Chiu said.

Chiu has worked for three years with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance project, most recently as co-president; has been president and treasurer of the campus Accounting Society; served as vice president of Oswego’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the international accounting honor society; is treasurer of Vega, the women’s honor society on campus; and is the Oswegonian student newspaper’s business manager. In the classroom, she has earned a number of academic awards and worked as a teaching assistant.

“Through all the clubs and involvement, I’ve developed leadership skills, communication skills and organizational skills,” Chiu said. “These skills are very valuable when it comes to job hunting, because they’re looking for not just people with a great GPA but someone who can be a leader and can handle situations effectively.”

Experience works

With a master’s degree in chemistry to add to her bachelor’s from Oswego, Joy Logan has already started work as the general chemistry lab coordinator at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. “It was my dream to find a job as a lab coordinator in a university in the Syracuse area,” Logan said.

After transferring to Oswego in spring 2006, “I was offered a work-study job in the chemistry department as a stockroom assistant to the chemistry lab coordinator, Kristin Gublo,” Logan said. “She taught me so many things beyond just chemistry that have more than prepared me for my current position, including time management and organization.”

The connections, she said, transcend what she has learned. “While I had wonderful and brilliant professors who were able to instill amazing amounts of knowledge into me, I was also provided the opportunity to develop relationships with my professors that extended beyond the classroom,” Logan said. “My professors were always available and willing to help with anything . . . . How many professors are willing to Skype you at home to help you with homework?”

Jennifer Mattice will start work with her bachelor’s in technology education as a high school technology teacher in Staunton, Va. Oswego’s program prepares technology students to teach in any number of areas, and she said the series of practicum placements made her feel ready.

Many outreach programs—including the Oswego Fall Technology Conference that expands knowledge and networks and the Youth Technology Day, where she could prepare lessons and activities for visiting youngsters—provided additional experience.

“I also have had the opportunity to work on Team Mini,” the miniature T-shirt-launching Zamboni that appears at hockey games and other events, Mattice said. “This has allowed me to be part of admitted student days and really explain what we as a department do and how our mini-Zamboni works. I feel that this helps me when I am teaching, because I have learned how to relate to the public and speak publicly.”

Benjamin Williams will move to Atlanta as part of AT&T’s Leadership and Marketing Team, where he will have a field leader position after training. His college years included earning a highly competitive paid internship with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles last summer. One day, he said, he hopes to have his own business and create his own brand—using his lessons from Oswego.

“SUNY Oswego has given me the necessary tools to succeed in the real world,” the public relations major said. “Thanks to the professors, especially Jane Winslow, I have come to narrow down my career path and have chosen to learn from big organizations to create my own one day.”

The commencement ceremony follows a long journey for broadcasting major Marie Villa from Hawaii. She entered Oswego’s online broadcasting program as a transfer student but chose to take this semester’s classes on the Oswego campus. (See video.)

Villa, who will next intern at Univision in New York City, raved about how helpful Oswego has been every step of the way, including Dave Buske of the College Store mailing books to her. Even when she received a book for the wrong class, it helped set up her current venture, the Hispanic News Network.

“He sent me a publishing book on how to create newspapers,” Villa said. “When I got laid off by the Pacific Business Journal, I created my own newspaper with the book he sent me by mistake.”

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PHOTO CAPTION: Great connections—Master of business administration/bachelor in accounting major Tiffany Chiu, who will start work this summer at KPMG in New York City, credits professors like Chuck Spector for providing lessons, advice and networking leads for her and other students to succeed. She is among the more than 1,400 SUNY Oswego students eligible to participate in the college’s May 14 Commencement events.

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(Posted: Apr 28, 2011)

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