SYE Conference: Program Descriptions


The SYE December 6th, 2014 conference is being postponed to the Spring 2015 semester. We will send out information about the Spring conference as soon as we are able to set a date.
We hope you are all able to attend at that time. 

Thank you,
SYE Conference Committee


Below you'll find brief descriptions of some of the programs, workshops and presentations that are being offered at the December 6, 2015 Senior Year Experience: Bridge to the Future conference. Click the following links to jump to a particular section.

  • Registration for the conference is open from 1-2
  • Opening remarks will begin at 1:45
  • Dinner will begin at 6pm


Opening Remarks - Closing Speaker - Career - Graduate School - Life Skills - Money Matters - Staying Connected

Opening Remarks

A warm welcome to all seniors for attendance and participation in the SYE Conference. We will give a brief overview of the program and the scheduled activities throughout the conference.

Please stop by the Student Financial Services and Alumni Relations tables after you check in to the conference and during the breaks.

Closing Speaker

 TIm Massie


Writing Matters: Strategies for Effective Workplace Writing
Angela Laflen, Associate Professor of English
Are you prepared for the writing you might be expected to do in the workplace? Do you know how to format a memo, when it's appropriate to send an email, and which grammar rules professionals believe are most important? This panel will focus on how to use the writing skills you've developed as a college student effectively in the workplace and how to improve your skills in areas where you might need strengthening. It will introduce you to some of the workplace genres you are most likely to encounter, general principles that can guide your workplace writing, and strategies you can use when encountering unfamiliar or new workplace genres or writing conventions. It will also discuss which grammar errors employers consider most serious and offer tips for avoiding these errors.

Women in the Work World Today
Dr. Nancy O’Donnell, Adjunct Professor of Psychology
This presentation will cover changes in the work world in the USA over the past few decades and how these changes have impacted families, women, and men both positively and negatively. Sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace will also be discussed.

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Graduate School

Preparing for Graduate School / Graduate Programs at Marist
Mallory Maggiacomo, Senior Assistant Director of Admission & Brian Scott, Associate Director of Graduate Admission
This session will address commonly asked questions about the graduate school admission process. A graduate education is an investment that requires patience, planning, and perhaps some sacrifice. But it is an investment that will reward you with a lifetime of intelligent living, responsible citizenship, and a higher standard of opportunity for career and social success. This presentation will also briefly review the graduate programs offered at Marist

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Life Skills

Expectation vs. Reality: The Apartment Search
Kait Smith, Manager, Student Experience Communications at Babson College
The thought of apartment hunting can be exciting, but also scary, stressful, and filled with a lot of rookie mistakes. This sometimes funny, sometimes serious presentation will aim to remind students that after graduation, housing can be tricky, and where you end up living isn’t based on your GPA, your activities, or your disciplinary history. In this session we’ll take the “what ifs”, “if onlys”, and other stories of apartment-related regret and turn them into lessons and tips to help future grads on their search.

I’m Gonna Graduate, Now What?!
Sara Nowlin, Adjunct Professor of Communications
Knowing you are about to step into the “Real World” is often daunting to have so many choices to consider, and can create anxiety, sometimes severe anxiety. How will I get a job? Is my résumé going to be enough? Will I move back home? How will I pay my bills now? There are more questions than answers. This interactive program will give you the clarity and tools to face your fears and create your personalized path to success with a sense of calm and confidence.

Self-Actualization: The Life-Long Journey
Dr. Linda Dunlap, Professor of Psychology
This workshop is designed to evaluate factors, including one’s job, that allow each individual to reach one’s full potential in all aspects of life. In addition, discussion will include development of attributes that help support movement towards self-actualization, as well as factors that potentially block movement toward self-actualization.

Reinforcing the Bridge to the Future with Concrete Ethical Standards
Pamela Harper, Assistant Professor of Marketing & Rena Hill,
Reinforcing the bridge to the future with concrete ethical standards is a workshop facilitated during the Marist College Senior Year Experience: Bridge to the Future conference. This interactive workshop provides students an opportunity to reflect on their personal ethical standards, to review those adopted by professional organizations and institutions and to practice important ethics skills for life after graduation. In addition, students articulate their high aspiration and commitment to operate in their respective fields with integrity, professionalism, and leadership through a personalized standard for ethical and professional behavior Oath.

Dream Your Future - make it Happen!
Dr. Melinda Weisberg, Visiting Assistant Professor Organizational Behavior, School of Management
This workshop focuses on a unique and creative planning process called SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results) that enables the participant to envision a future built solidly on past successes.

Managing Life Transitions
Brother Sean Sammon
This workshop will deal with the nature of transitions in life, and in particular the transition from college to life after college. Areas to be considered include the challenge of letting go of the college years; tasks of early adulthood including identity formation, issues of intimacy, deciding on a life's work and finding appropriate mentors to help with these tasks will be examined. Some time will be spent on the practical aspects of transitional living; issues such as how to set up temporary structures, deal with feelings like disorientation, disengagement, loss of role, etc.


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Money Matters

Financial Literacy
Philip LaRocco, Professional Lecturer of Accounting & Brian Haughey, Assistant Professor of Finance
This presentation is intended to make basic financial topics accessible to non-finance majors. It focuses on bank accounts, borrowing, budgets, planning, investing, and saving for retirement and taxes.

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Staying Connected

Network News: The News about Networking "working the room"
Deidre Sepp, Co-sponsored by Student Affairs
Developing the skill of networking at a reception can be key to your success in searching for internships and jobs. During a mock-tail and hors d'oeuvres reception, seniors will be asked to ʺwork the roomʺ to identify networking contacts among other attendees. They will learn how to balance a beverage and an hors d’oeuvre while still having a hand free to shake someone else’s. Several other key points about networking at social gatherings will be presented.


SYE Conference Sponsors


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