First Friday Honors Convocation to feature professor as speaker

imageDr. Paula E. Bobrowski, newly named director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Auburn University, will speak at SUNY Oswego’s Honors Convocation at 3:15 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the Hewitt Union ballroom.

The annual Honors Convocation is put on by Vega, the women’s honor society at SUNY Oswego. For the first time, it will take place on a Friday afternoon so that students’ families can more easily attend.

“There will now be a special day at Oswego that gives recognition to students with academic honors,” Vega President Cindy Aquilina said. The ceremony will “showcase academics at Oswego State and students’ hard work in their academic fields,” she said.

Nearly 100 students will receive awards at Honors Convocation for their achievements. Academic departments present the awards, said Mike Flaherty, chair of the college’s Public Ceremonies Committee. The ceremony begins and ends with a formal academic procession of robed faculty and administrators.

“The purpose of the convocation is to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of our students, and there are many types of awards,” said Dr. Marilynn Smiley, professor of music and adviser to Vega.

Currently on leave from SUNY Oswego as a professor of marketing, Bobrowski continues to teach an online graduate course in international business and directs Project Globalization, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop international business education at SUNY Oswego.

She represents SUNY Oswego on the board of governors for the North America Small Business and International Trade Educators Association.

She joined Oswego’s School of Business faculty in 1996 and formerly chaired the department of marketing and management. She received both the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at SUNY Oswego and is a former adviser to Vega.

She has over 15 years of work experience in the health care industry, including extensive international experience. She was a researcher and consultant for a number of years in Saudi Arabia and a Fulbright Scholar in Japan. She has taught and traveled throughout the world. She has been invited to Prague to present a three-hour seminar to health care executives in May.

She received her doctorate in marketing from Syracuse University, her master of business administration degree in international business and marketing from the University of Oregon, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center.

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(Posted: Apr 05, 2005)