Virtual Events Library


Welcome to the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association Virtual Library

Below you will find links to programs from our Campus to Careers and Red Dragon Live series.  Be sure to check back often as we will continuously add recordings as more opportunities arise. If you have ideas for programs you would like to see in the future, email your suggestions to and check our events page for upcoming programs!

Watch the replay of this discussion panel featuring higher education professionals as they share how the pandemic has affected their roles at their respective institutions. The COVID-19 health crisis has reshaped higher education and the industry is pivoting and evolving every day.  Join us as we delve into some critical questions facing higher education professionals across the country. This panel was moderated by Monica Grau '88, Interim Director of Resiential Life and Director of New Student Services at SUNY Oneonta.

Join fellow alumnus, Nick Preddice '90, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Affinity Group, LLC in this Red Dragon Live session as he shares how his philanthropic efforts have not only been personally rewarding, but has also defined him professionally.  Learn more about Nick's experience with various non-profits and charitable organizations.  Nick shares his past, how he got to be the co-founder and leader of a reputable company and how his experience at SUNY Oneonta impacted his path.

Watch the replay of this session of Academics to Agencies with alumna Alice Maggiore '10, Director of Communications for the Downtown Committee of Syracuse.  Alice shares her path from SUNY Oneonta to where she is today and talks about the work she does to revitalize and keep Syracuse a strong, thriving community.  Communications majors tuned in to learn how SUNY Oneonta helped shape Alice's career and prepared her for the demanding role she is in today.

Join fellow alumni, students and faculty for this session of Backpacks to Briefcases which covers the many aspects of project management. Remi Farnan '15 Assistant Project Manager, Sciame Construction; Tom Glennon '09 Director- Project Management, Live Nation Entertainment, and Drew McKay '05 Project Manager, Hunter Roberts Construction share wisdom and insights about project management in general and how it specifically relates to the business they are in. With many simliarities, and just as many differences, you will learn more than you ever could have imagined about their challenging role.

Watch the replay of this Red Dragon Live to hear how small business owner and alumni Elizabeth Raphaelson started her own vintage clothing boutique right here in Oneonta. Elizabeth also talks about how she had to pivot her way of doing business due to COVID-19 and how she’s keeping her store running during these trying times. Between new safety protocols and shifting to more online sales- things have had to change quite drastically but one thing remains the same- she has a really cool store. Tune in for a tour!


Join Andrew Tejada ’13 Freelance Writer and Editor for and Kyle Beckley ’08 Owner, Full Out Creative, in this engaging session of Goodrich to Broadway where they share their stories of their paths from SUNY Oneonta to where they are today. Learn more about different opportunities in the field of theatre and production that you may not have even known was a possibility. Enjoy their funny, engaging and entertaining banter- watch the replay now.


Watch this replay of Rich Saperstein '81 Founder and Chief Investment Officer at Treasury Partners as he offers valuable advice to current students during this session of Backpacks to Briefcases. Rich challenges the students to think critically about their professional futures and discusses ways in which they can position themselves best for the career of their choosing.

Tune into this virtual Backpacks to Briefcases session with Peter Butchen '84, Vice President-Pricing and Inventory, National Football League as he discusses his career and how it has changed over time and specifically as a result of COVID. Working for the National Football League has its unique challenges and rewards.  Learn more about the advice Peter shared with our current Business Economics students and faculty.

Join Christy Lamagna '90, CEO and Founder of Strategic Meetings and Events during this session of Academics to Agencies as she offers professional and life advice to our communications majors.  Christy covers her path from SUNY Oneonta to where she is today, offers tips and strategies for students to develop their professional skills and also helps students focus and kick off their own career search.  Tune in to learn from one of the best event planning specialists in the business!

Maria Mateo from human resources introduces SUNY Oneonta alumni: Larry Pestana ’11 Regional Operations Director in Boston, Stiven Hunter ‘17 Operations Support Manager for WeWork Account who talk about their work at ABM across NYC, Boston and Upstate New York to meet their mission to “make a difference, every person, every day.”




This semester's eMpowerment Monday is inspired by the six steps for success from Kinky Boots. The program has special guest speakers interspersed with coaching sessions from our friends at Collegiate Empowerment. The kickoff will be a discussion between Hal Luftig ’79, Tony Award winning producer of Kinky Boots and Jerry Mitchell, Tony Award winning director and choreographer. Kinky Boots is a shining example of how theater can inspire social change.