Leader Within


Jackie Starr ’18

TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language)

Oz Leads Graduate and Class of 1954 Scholarship Recipient

Fueling the flame: Bill Spinelli ’84; Robert Allen ’54, Curtis Matterson ’54 and Stanley Levenson ’54

“The things I have learned and the people I have met through Oz Leads are invaluable, and I can’t emphasize enough how much this program has the potential to change lives. It’s been a wonderful and well-spent year!”


For a dedicated group of 16 SUNY Oswego students, Monday nights came to represent an opportunity to learn from and network with leaders from all walks of life, a chance to build friendships with motivated peers and, oh yeah, a lot of hard work.

They had spent nearly every Monday evening together for a year after the program, Oz Leads, launched in September 2015.

Culled from an applicant pool of more than 50, these 16 students attended weekly workshops that were designed to help them develop their identity and potential as a leader. They learned from guest speakers and leaders, including such notable figures as Peter Bocko ’75, retired chief technology officer for Corning Glass Technologies, and Josie Alquist, an international leadership speaker.

Hearing of the program ignited a spark within William Spinelli ’84, then chair of the Oswego College Foundation Board of Directors and president of Titan Custom Homes in Naples, Fla. His passion is to support Oswego’s students with leadership programming, so providing funding for the non-credit bearing leadership institute was a perfect fit.

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