Alumni Share Insights at Leadership Conference

Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Matt Weiller '84Students gained insight from Oswego alumni during the third annual Future Oswego Leaders Conference, or FOLC, which took place on campus March 8 and 9. This event, organized by Omicron Delta Kappa and co-sponsored by the Oswego Alumni Association, provided students the opportunity to network with alumni professionals and learn from their experiences.

Matt Weiller ’84 delivered the keynote address in the Campus Center during the FOLC luncheon. Weiller, a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State, spoke of how his time at Oswego has impacted his career. He has served as a U.S. diplomat since 1991, working both in Washington and embassies the world around.

A German major and Russian minor at SUNY Oswego, Weiller also served as a resident assistant in Funnelle Hall. “Being a resident assistant is surprisingly similar to working in an embassy,” Weiller said, “You work in close quarters with the same people night and day.” He stated that his experience as a student has influenced both his career and goals.

Students packed the Campus Center Jackie Maguire ’13, a dual major in adolescent education and mathematics, attended the conference. “I really liked how diverse the speakers were – each one of them came from different backgrounds,” Maguire said, “I would love to be able to come back in the future to share my experiences.”

Following the luncheon, breakout sessions were hosted by Weiller, Saleem Cheeks ’01, management supervisor of public affairs for Eric Mower & Associates, and Sara Wallace M ’10, executive team member for DestinyUSA. These small sessions allowed students to interact and ask questions of each host.

A political science major at Oswego, Cheeks spoke during his breakout session of being involved on campus. Cheeks credits his role as president of the Student Association as one of the factors that landed him his first job after graduation with New York State Governor’s office.

Wallace spoke of hard work and success at a young age. “It’s not just about getting the job,” said Wallace, “It’s about hitting the ground at 100 percent once you have landed it.” Wallace studied history and political development as a graduate student at Oswego.

Wallace emphasized setting challenging personal goals, “Don’t settle for anything less; tell yourself, ‘Yes I can, and I will do this.’”

Tyler J. Edic ’13

Matt Weiller ’84, a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State, delivered the keynote address in the Campus Center during the Future Oswego Leaders Conference luncheon.
Students packed the Campus Center for the Future Oswego Leaders Conference March 9.

Photos by Tyler J. Edic '13