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Scholarships and fellowship awards: $68,000

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5-year increase in degrees awarded: 80% (through 2017)

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24 Credit-bearing internships in 2017-18

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Diverse faculty:
9 countries of national origin


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5-year enrollment growth: 22% (through 2017)

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Number of students: 776

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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:
33 %


Funded (in part) by the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association through charitable gifts to the Fund for Oneonta.

James Ajello ’75

James Ajello ’75

The Student Advisory Council in September teamed with the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association and SEB to host another speaker in the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series. James Ajello (’75) joined faculty members from a variety of disciplines, including Economics and Environmental Studies, for a panel discussion on energy-related topics. Mr. Ajello was previously the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Hawaiian Electric Industries, one of the largest energy producers in Hawaii. A variety of issues were addressed including how long it will take to reliably convert to only renewable energy sources, potential implications of cyberattacks, and the practicality of using microgrids. A question-and-answer period with students focused on how students could be more marketable entering the workforce and how personal connections can be useful to advance in a career.

George Iwanicki ’83

George Iwanicki ’83

George Iwanicki (’83) visited with students and faculty in February to lead a discussion about how to survive in asset management. Mr. Iwanicki, Managing Director at J.P. Morgan, is a portfolio manager and global macro strategist within the Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific (EMAP) Equities team based in New York. Topics for discussion included globalization, central bank action, monetary policy, and quantitative/momentum investing. Members of the Student Advisory Council, Beta Gamma Sigma and Fed Challenge Team had the opportunity to continue the discussion during a luncheon held after the event.

Rory Parness ’86

Rory Parness ’86

In April, Distinguished Alumni Lecture of the spring semester featured Rory Parness (’86), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Foursquare Labs, Inc. He leads the company’s financial planning, accounting and operations. Prior to joining Foursquare, he served as the CFO of several companies in the technology, healthcare and music industries. He has been an advisor to several start-ups in the technology and fashion industries. Mr. Parness shared the fifteen lessons he found to be invaluable for his success including the importance of networking, accepting failure and being humble. After the presentation, students asked questions concerning internships and jobs and explored in greater detail the culture at Foursquare.


The Dean and faculty of the SEB selected the following students to receive this year’s outstanding senior awards. The outstanding student in the school, as well as in each department and major, were recognized in a ceremony on May 11.

Outstanding Seniors and Academic Achievement Awards

School of Economics and Business (SEB): Connor Killane

Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting (EFA): Anthony Vecere

Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems (MMI): Joseph Pirro

Business Economics Major: Connor Killane

Professional Accounting Major: Michael McDonnell

Economics Major: Cassandra Alexandre

Robert B. Carson Award: Thanh Nguyen

Additionally, this year’s Academic Achievement Award winners include Kevin Stearns and Anna Lin, (EFA); Darnel Rogers Richards, Connor Killane, and Breanna O’Shea (MMI).

BGS Global Leadership Summit

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) member Kevin Yue traveled to Orlando, Florida 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 welcomed Leah Baratz, Kadidiatou Diallo, Nathan Doody, Lesya Dubee, Zach Gerfo, Angelina Naula, Mykel Roche, Peter Small, and Heather Van Zile to the Student Advisory Council for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Omicron Delta Epsilon Induction

On May 11, the Alpha Lambda of New York Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon held its induction ceremony. Chapter advisor, Dr. Michael McAvoy, and chapter officers Kevin Stearns, Peter Small and Robert Cannizzo welcomed 14 students and 1 faculty member. To qualify for ODE, a student must major in economics or have a finance concentration, junior standing or higher, completed 18 hours in economics courses, and earned overall and Economics GPAs of 3.0 or better.

The following members were inducted.

Fall 2017 semester: Robert Cannizzo, John Danielo, and Peter Small

Spring 2018 semester: Cassandra Alexandre, Matthew Eicher, Anna Lin, Anthony Messina, Carly Neugebauer, Thanh Nguyen, Anthony Vecere, Melissa Voyer, Justin Whitney, Brittany Williams, and Alan Wynne

Faculty: Dr. Christine Storrie

OnMark Students Attend AMA Conference

OnMark Students Attend AMA Conference

SUNY Oneonta Marketing Club (OnMark) was once again selected as one of the top ten collegiate chapters by the American Marketing Association (AMA) at the 2018 AMA’s Annual International Collegiate Conference.

Under the advisement of Drs. Stephen Walsh and Wilson Lin, OnMark finished in seventh place among the 400 competing colleges and universities, making this the third year in a row OnMark has placed in the Top 10. In this competition, schools are judged based on their accomplishments. Each chapter submits an annual report detailing the fundraiser, membership drive, community service event, career development workshop, and other activities in which the club participated throughout the year. During the conference, OnMark was recognized in several categories including the Student Research Posters Competition (second place), Website Competition (honorable mention), and Mary Kay Case Competition (commendable).

Dr. Wilson Lin with students, Michael Hennessey and Joseph O’Dea, were awarded second place for their Student Research presentation, Are You with Me or Leading Me? The Influence of Goal Types on Brand Roles Preference.


The SUNY Oneonta Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, with the leadership of Mr. Jeff Weinell, continues to offer free tax assistance to qualifying households in the greater Oneonta area. Together with a coalition of not-for-profit agencies and government agencies, students from the School of Economics and Business completed 151 tax returns. During the current academic year, 12 students completed the certification training and 5 students received internship credit for their experience.

On April 16, members of the Student Advisory Council and Beta Gamma Sigma participated with other groups on campus in Yards for Yeardley, an event held on campuses around the world to raise awareness about relationship violence. Together, members of the campus walked over 2.5 million yards.

Beta Gamma Sigma, with participation by the Student Advisory Council, sponsored a Dodgeball Fundraiser Tournament in December 2017, raising $133 for the hurricane clean-up efforts in Puerto Rico.