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5-year increase in degrees awarded: 50%
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24 Credit-bearing internships in 2016-17

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Diverse faculty:
8 countries of national origin


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5-year enrollment growth: 50% (through 2016)

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Number of students: 790

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Students completing an internship of any kind by graduation: 47%

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Increase in number of full-time faculty over the past 5 years:
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Bob Gallagher

Bob Gallagher [PHOTO]

The SEB Distinguished Speaker Series featured Bob Gallagher (’75) on Oct. 19. He explained to a large audience of students, faculty and staff how his career path led to the position of Chief Information Officer of Dell Services.

He spoke of the challenges along his career path that would lead him to eventual success. Gallagher described how changes in jobs and relocations led to promotions, but also posed some challenges for his family life. He and his wife, Laura, are strong supporters of the college. Gallagher is also a member of the SEB Business Advisory Council.

Scott Salmirs

Scott Salmirs [PHOTO}

Scott Salmirs (’84), CEO and President of ABM, made another appearance in the Distinguished Speaker Series on April 13. His presentation focused on his company and the steps he took to become the CEO of this Fortune 500 firm. Salmirs stressed the importance of developing one’s own core values; without them he would not be where he is today. He also explained how careers may go in any direction, but if a person has strong core values, that person will end up in a place where they are happy and will take pride in their work. Salmirs answered numerous questions from students, and, prior to his talk, held a resume workshop. Salmirs is a longtime member of the SEB Business Advisory Council. He and his wife, Marcy, enjoy returning to the campus to support student success.



The dean and faculty of the SEB selected the following students to receive this year’s outstanding senior awards. One outstanding student from the school, as well as from each department and major, was recognized in a ceremony on May 12.

Outstanding Seniors and Academic Achievement Awards

SEB: Jessica Dominianni

Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting (EFA): Joseph Matzel

Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems (MMI): Ryan Hanley

Business Economics Major: Jessica Dominianni

Professional Accounting Major: Taylor Burrows

Economics Major: Joseph Matzel

Robert B. Carson Award: Anna Lin

Additionally, this year’s Academic Achievement Award winners include Jessica Dominianni, Ryan Hanley and Colten Steinbrecher (MMI); Taylor Burrows and Joseph Matzel (EFA).

BGS Global Leadership Summit

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) members Taylor Burrows and Ryan Hanley traveled to Dallas, Texas, to attend the BGS Global Leadership Summit. Along with over 300 other BGS members from around the world, the students worked to improve their leadership skills through presentations, team-building exercises and networking events.

New SAC Members Appointed

The School of Economics and Business welcomes Sabrina Andersen, Kenny Bacdayan, Ethan Cerio, Daniel Furtado, Sarah Hagag, Nicole Johnston, Erin Nicolai, Dana Matedero, Bridget Terken, Anthony Tommasiello, Odalis Umana and Anthony Vecere to the Student Advisory Council.

Tim Distler and James Garzia Awarded Grant for Innovation Center

Students Tim Distler and James Garzia received a Strategic Allocation of Resources (StAR) grant from the college to fund an Innovation Center on campus aimed at promoting creativity, enhancing problem solving skills, and preparing students for careers in business through internships and project-based learning. The center will foster collaboration across majors in an entrepreneurial atmosphere that links students with businesses in the Greater Oneonta area and the Mohawk Valley.

OnMark Students Attend AMA Conference

The American Marketing Association’s (AMA’s) Annual International Collegiate Conference is a three-day event in which marketing students attend presentations conducted by speakers in the field, network with other AMA chapter members, and compete in numerous competitions.

Under the advisement of Drs. Stephen Walsh and Wilson Lin, OnMark was once again recognized as one of the top 10 chapters in the AMA, finishing in seventh place in the annual report competition. The chapter has been in the top 25 since 1998, the top four twice, and finished second in 2001.

In the competition, each school is judged on its annual report, which details the fundraisers, membership drives, community service events and other activities that the club engages in throughout the year.

Students participate in SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC)

The SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) is a multidisciplinary event showcasing the research of undergraduate students throughout the SUNY/CUNY system. This year’s event featured approximately 240 student projects and took place in April at two locations concurrently: SUNY Fredonia and Suffolk Community College. Four SEB students presented their projects at the conference and are listed below along with their faculty advisors.

Brian Adrian, The Effect of Craft Breweries on Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities: Evidence from State-Level Panel Data (Dr. Philip Sirianni)

Celena Chiu, Dina Rose Cornell, The Influence of Cause Marketing Alliance on Donation Types (Dr. Wilson Lin)

Christian Lopez, Financial Motivations of Cause Related Marketing Campaigns (Dr. Kai Chen and Dr. Wilson Lin)



The SUNY Oneonta Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program continued offering free tax assistance to qualifying households in the Greater Oneonta area. The Oneonta VITA site is the product of the combined efforts of the CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Coalition and our dedicated advisement coordinator, Lecturer William “Jeff” Weinell, with students from the School of Economics and Business. The coalition is led by the United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties in collaboration with Catholic Charities of Delaware and Otsego Counties, CDO Workforce, Fidelis Care, SEFCU, Delaware Opportunities, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, and the Internal Revenue Service. The United Way is the lead agency, Catholic Charities handles the scheduling, and the Methodist Church in Oneonta provides the facilities, but it is SEB students who provide the income tax services. In the current academic year, nine students completed the training—six of those for internship credit— and over 150 tax returns were completed by SEB students.

In April, SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College teamed up to host a Relay For Life event in the Alumni Field House. SEB students raised $450 for the event, which generated nearly $40,500 for the American Cancer Society.

The SAC held its first annual handball tournament to raise money for Opportunities for Otsego. Additionally, BGS hosted a dodgeball tournament that helped to raise $285 for the Safe Water Network. The SAC sponsored a team to compete in this tournament.

Members of the SAC and BGS participated in the Into the Streets event hosted by SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community. The students painted picnic tables and contributed to the “spring cleaning” at Fortin Park in the town of Oneonta.

The SAC teamed up with other clubs and organizations on campus in the Yards for Yeardley event to help raise awareness of relationship violence.

In May, SAC members Anna Lin, Andrew Jensen, and Tim Distler volunteered their time at Charlotte Valley Central School in Davenport, New York, where they discussed with the junior class what to expect when going to college, as well as the different types of financial aid available to them.

SAC members volunteered their time to assist the staffs of the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society and the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in the fall and spring, respectively.