March 01, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
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
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
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
- Steve Shultis, chief technology officer at NPR
- Anthony Church, VP of client operations at Interact
- Kaitlin Gisolfi, marketing business coordinator at D'Arcangelo
& Co., LLP
- Kurt Praschak, VP of public relations at Success Communications
- Joe Gargiulo, senior vice president of Coyne Public
- 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
“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
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.