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Oswego Students Network with Alumni and Explore Careers at NYC Event

On Jan. 9, nearly 200 students traveled to New York City for a day trip to tour and visit with a few well-known employers and to network with Oswego alumni who live and work in the metro-New York area.

The New York City Career Connections event brings together Oswego alumni who work in the metropolitan and surrounding New York area to speak with current students about their careers, how they got to their current positions, job search processes and relocating to the area.

The first half of the day included a visit to one of four employers: Madison Square Garden, a sports, music and entertainment venue; Kellen Communications, a national public relations agency hosted by Joan Reinhart Cear '80 and Stephanie Meyering '08; KPMG, a global network of professional audit and tax firms hosted by Bob Garrett ’83; and FOX, an American commercial broadcast television network hosted by Bill Shine ’85. The visits are tailored to students’ academic field (e.g. business or communications).

The daylong trip culminated with a gathering of Oswego alumni and students in the Great Hall at the Fashion Institute of Technology for a networking fair. Unlike a recruiting fair, this event provides an informal and informative way for current students to learn about networking and about different professions in the New York City area.

Fox Networks Group Talent Acquisition Manager Emanuel Adjekum ’05 delivered the keynote presentation. Adjekum, who holds a B.A. in broadcast journalism, launched his career as a programming content associate at ESPN. He then transitioned into human resources at ESPN and began recruiting talent to such employers as ESPN, NBC Universal and most recently Fox Networks Group.

Following Adjekum’s talk, approximately 30 other alumni participants introduced themselves and the fields in which they work. Gary Morris ’88, director of Oswego’s Career Services at the Compass, shared some networking tips for students, and then the students were given a few hours to put their new skills to work, connecting with the alumni participants and learning about life and work in the NYC area.

“SUNY Oswego alumni from the New York City metropolitan area represent a wide range of careers, including advertising, public relations, banking, marketing, finance and communications,” said event organizer Shaunna Arnold-Plank M ’04, associate director of alumni and parent relations. “New York City proves to be the location where students find exciting internships at such employers as MSG, FOX, Kellen Communications or KPMG.

“Often students cultivate relationships with individuals that will lead to internship opportunities and entry level jobs,” she said. “Even though this is not a job fair, it provides students with the ability to communicate and network with alumni in the area. My hope is that this event will result in some great relationships being built between employers and students.”

For more information about NYC Career Connections, visit the web site.