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Better Business Through University Connections

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Stony Brook presenters (left to right): Marianna Savoca, Kevin Moriarty, Angela Agnello, Pat Malone, Marie McCallion and Michael Standridge.

More than 40 companies attended the Stony Brook University Business Connections networking breakfast, “How to Tap University Resources,” on Friday, March 20, at the Hilton Garden Inn. The event was held in partnership with the Three Village Chamber of Commerce and opened with remarks by Michael Ardolino, their President Emeritus.

The program featured campus departments sharing detailed information on the ways local businesses can improve their bottom line by tapping into resources found at the University.

Managed by the Stony Brook University Office of Community Relations, the meeting provided a platform for Stony Brook to engage the business community. One participant who was very optimistic about networking with the speakers and learning about potential internships was Martha Stansbury, Business Manager at Gallery North. “By providing an opportunity to recruit highly motivated students for internships, Gallery North, in turn, can provide career-related experience and transferable skills for these students well beyond the classroom learning, which is essential in securing job offers after graduation,” said Stansbury.

Opening the presentation portion of the program was Michael Standridge, Associate Director of Purchasing in the Procurement Office, highlighting the ways businesses can become preferred vendors. His talk was followed by a panel of presentations led by Marianna Savoca, Director of the Career Center (internships and hiring SBU students and alums); Pat Malone, Executive Director of the Center for Corporate Education and Training (staff training and development); Marie McCallion, Manager of Marketing and Media Relations for the College of Business (MBAs and class projects); Kevin Moriarty, faculty in the Department of Technology and Society (training for engineers); and Angela Agnello, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Faculty Student Association (Wolfie Wallet program).

This was the fourth event held by the University in partnership with the Three Village Chamber.

Joan Dickinson

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