Alumni connections spell success for students

Outside of CBS studios

Whether through an Oswego Alumni Association Alumni-In-Residence presentation, an Alumni Sharing Knowledge mentorship or events like New York City Career Connections, alumni connections mean opportunities for current students.

Joe Yacura ’74 was looking for someone to do research into wineries’ presence on the Internet in preparation for the launch of his new website, So he contacted School of Business Dean Richard Skolnik. It wasn’t the first time Yacura had given students an opportunity for real-world experience. Two years ago he had three business majors doing research into the wine industry in the Finger Lakes area.

‘Do something you love’ Durney tells Business School honorees

Mike Durney

“Do something you love. Work with people you like. Cherish your degree. Manage your career,” was the advice Michael Durney ’83 had for the 2011 class of Beta Gamma Sigma inductees gathered at the Sheldon Ballroom May 6.

The honors society dedicated to the values of honor, wisdom and earnestness in business this year inducted 43 juniors, seniors and graduate students, who rank in the top 10 percent of their class.

‘Give back,’ Egan urges

Jocelyn Egan

Discovery Communications executive and April 15 Honors Convocation keynote speaker Jocelyn Sokolski Egan ’84 reminded more than 100 of SUNY Oswego’s top scholars of their potential and urged them to follow their respective roads to success, bumpy though they may be. “Some paths are easier than others; few are level,” said Egan, senior vice president of Discovery Solutions, the Discovery Communications division dedicated to network-wide advertising sales and partnerships.

Alumni named to the School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board

Business Dean's Advisory Board

Four new members joined the School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board this spring. From left, they are: Curt Schultzberg ’87, vice president of corporate development for AXA Advisors; John Wooley ’78, the human resource director for Alcatel-Lucent; Jocelyn Sokolski Egan ’84, the senior vice president of Discovery Solutions, Discovery Communications, Inc.; and Greg Suarez ’09, a personal banker for JPMorgan Chase.

Newsmaker – Tom Walpole

Tom Walpole '79

Tom Walpole ’79 has been named senior vice president, global manufacturing excellence, and president, Novelis Asia. The president of Novelis Asia since 2007, Walpole assumed additional responsibilities to increase the speed at which the company integrates its global manufacturing operations through common standards, policies and practices. He will also oversee execution on the company’s overall improvement goals for its manufacturing assets over the next three to five years. In addition, he will be responsible for helping the company achieve world-class employee health and safety performance and for implementing global standards for all new major capital investments.

Walpole has more than 30 years of aluminum industry experience. Prior to the Novelis spin-off from Alcan Inc. in 2005, he held a number of international positions with Alcan including vice president of sales and marketing for the rolled products operations in Korea and president of the lithographic, can and painted products business in Europe.

In addition to his accounting degree from Oswego, he holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

He resides in Seoul, Korea.

World-Class Love, Business Education Found at Oswego

Pei-Chang "Jessie" Wu M '03 and Saawan Pathange M '02

Saawan Pathange M ’02 and Pei-Chang “Jessie” Wu M ’03 traveled the world to meet, fatefully, at SUNY Oswego. Specifically, their world-class romance developed in Penfield Library.