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September 20, 2018

Honors Convocation to celebrate students, feature successful alumna


OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s annual Honors Convocation will celebrate student academic achievement at 3 p.m. April 17, in the Marano Campus Center arena and convocation hall, with a keynote by 1987 graduate Stephanie Pianka, treasurer and vice president of financial operations at New York University.

Stephanie Pianka

Stephanie Pianka

Honors Convocation will recognize the achievements of around 115 students throughout the disciplines.

Sponsored by Vega, the SUNY Oswego student women’s honor society, the event takes place during Oswego’s Honors Week highlighting the outstanding accomplishments of students and faculty.

Awards from academic departments, the Oswego Alumni Association, Oswego College Foundation and Division of Extended Learning, as well as the Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence, will mark this celebration of academic success.

Members of the campus community, family members and friends are invited to attend the admission-free event, which also includes free parking.

For NYU, the nation’s largest private research university with more than 52,000 students, Pianka oversees the offices of the treasurer, controller, purchasing, employee and financial systems and services, and insurance and enterprise risk management. She is also tasked with transforming NYU’s existing financial systems and processes into a state-of-the-art set of global service-oriented business information and support services.

At Oswego, Pianka was involved with the Alpha Sigma Chi sorority. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from SUNY Oswego and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. She is a member of the Oswego President’s Circle gift club.

An avid triathlete and board director for the Phoenix Footwear Group, Pianka has held financial and operations leadership positions for Fortune 500 technology companies and was the chief financial officer for a technology startup. She worked at General Electric for 14 years, capping her time there as managing director for GE Capital Financial Guaranty Insurance Company.

For more information on Honors Convocation, call 312-2290.

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