SUNY Oswego May Graduates Preparing for Next Stage

Monday, May 4, 2015

Source: SUNY Oswego

More than 1,700 SUNY Oswego students are eligible to take part in the three Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16, with many already set on their next stage of life.

Central New York residents will start recognizing meteorology major Molly Mattot as the weekend morning meteorologist for WSTM-3/WTVH-5 and on the CW-6’s 10 p.m. newscast Mondays through Wednesdays, a job she has begun but will take on full time after graduation.

“My time at WTOP-10, both on-air and as a manager, is irreplaceable and priceless,” she said of the college’s student-run TV station. Through the college’s storm-chasing course and lake-effect OWLeS research grant, she “got to do tasks that I now do every day at my job, and learned which I liked, disliked, which were easy and which I needed to improve on … I made professional connections with professors and alumni that helped me get the job I have now.”

Five-year accounting/MBA major Dianora DeMarco earned a competitive one-year post-graduate technical assistant position (one of only six nationally) with the Financial Accounting Standards Board, a private-sector organization that establishes financial accounting standards governing the preparation of nongovernmental entities’ financial reports.

“Oswego connected me with Big Four recruiters, which allowed me to complete two summer internships in New York City, one with KPMG and the other with PricewaterhouseCoopers,” DeMarco said. “SUNY Oswego’s Honors Program provided me with a structured environment to complete an undergraduate thesis. It was because of my undergraduate thesis that I became interested in the regulatory component of accounting and the policy side of the financial industry in general.”

Many School of Business graduates already have jobs at Big Four accounting firms after graduation, several in New York City with KPMG and PwC, because of the school’s reputation, internships and outstanding alumni network, said Dean of Business Richard Skolnik.

Professional positioning

Technology education major Julie Lundgren earned a teaching position at Liberty High School in Virginia thanks to preparation and networking at a national conference in that state as a member of the Oswego Technology Education Association.

She credits the technology department that is “like a family” to her, has an outstanding reputation in the education field and provided countless opportunities. “Your professors are like parents and your classmates are like siblings,” Lundgren said. “It’s so rewarding to be in a program like that. We have small class sizes and lots of one-on-one work. You’re encouraged to be creative. The amount of growth you can achieve there is motivating and inspiring.”

Public relations major Anja Godlewski-Dykes will work as communications coordinator for the MedTech Association, managing the association’s social media accounts, website and other member communication, plus helping with health advocacy with elected officials.

“During my time at Oswego I completed a handful of internships and was able to gain experience in higher education (Alumni Sharing Knowledge program), advertising (Pinckney Hugo Group) and healthcare (MedTech Association),” she said. “Additionally, I was very active in organizations on campus, specifically the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the Future Alumni Network (FANs),” learning from leadership positions in both.


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