Communications, technology professionals connect with Mount seniors

March 01, 2017

Jeremy Smith ‘06, manager of Cloud Operations at Traveler’s Insurance, gave current Mount Saint Mary College students plenty of advice on how to be successful in the work world.


Mount Saint Mary College’s “Real World Connections in Communications, Marketing, and Technology” event on February 28 gave graduating seniors the opportunity to network with a plethora of professionals.

Hosted by the college’s Career Center, the Real World Connections series unites seniors of all majors with professionals in a variety of fields, including high profile recruiters and successful alumni. The reception-like gatherings provide a low pressure environment for students to mingle with the professionals.

Nine professionals, including three Mount alumni, networked with dozens of Mount students. The professionals were:

  • Kevin Gould ’94, a systems software engineer at IBM
  • Kenneth Luis ‘12, an IT manager at Sono-Tek corporation
  • Jeremy Smith ‘06, manager of Cloud Operations at Traveler’s Insurance
  • Steve Shultis, chief technology officer at NPR
  • Anthony Church, VP of client operations at Interact Marketing
  • Kaitlin Gisolfi, marketing business coordinator at D'Arcangelo & Co., LLP
  • Kurt Praschak, VP of public relations at Success Communications Group
  • Joe Gargiulo, senior vice president of Coyne Public Relations
  • Elizabeth Rowley, president and CEO of Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan

Smith credits the Career Center with helping to land him an internship at a branch of Traveler’s in Connecticut. By the time he graduated from the Mount, he had already received a full-time job offer. He’s been working for the company ever since.

And with the aid of their Mount education, Smith and his wife, Lizette Smith ’07, recently founded 5kyWire, a mass electronic messaging company.

“Be passionate about knowledge,” Smith told the Mount seniors. “A lot of the skills you can acquire can be self-taught and a lot of the content is readily available online. You can supplement some of your coursework and lectures at the Mount with other content. Make reading part of your daily routine.”

Gould’s advice was powerfully simple: “Networking, networking, networking. The more contacts you have, the better. Sometimes when you need to get your foot in the door, it’s not what you know, but who you know.”

Steven Fejes of Stony Point, N.Y., and information technology major, came ready to follow Gould’s suggestion.

“This is a great networking opportunity,” he said. “I was also hoping to see what kind of jobs are out there for my major and find out what employers are really looking for [in a job candidate].”

Upcoming Real World Connections programs will include professionals in the fields of nursing, public relations, marketing, and more.

The Mount’s Career Center prepares students for varied career opportunities in the Hudson Valley, New York City, the Capital Region, and beyond.