Connecting Alumni for Life
Moravian Connections Give Students a Strong Start
More than 100 Moravian alumni and students gathered in the HUB for the College's eighth annual Career Networking Reception, held November 11. The event allowed students to make professional connections that can help them prepare resumes, obtain internships, and, ultimately, find meaningful work. Alumni from the 1960s through the 2000s shared stories with students about their academic experiences at Moravian and offered advice about working outside the classroom.
"The Career Networking Reception has unlimited potential for bringing together Moravian College students and alumni," said Scott Shelbo '07. "Students can be confident that alumni are always here to help, guide, and coach."
Moravian Spotlight: William "Bill" Onofry '01
Seven years after graduating from Moravian College with degrees in Management and Political Science, and three years after graduating from Pace University School of Law, Bill Onofry is a practicing attorney for Bavoso & Plotsky in Port Jervis, New York, with a focus on wills, trusts, estates, and real estate. Bill has already been published by the American Bar Association, has lectured in Canada on matters relating to wills, and has served as a vice-chair in Real Property Trust and Estate Law Practice in the Young Lawyers section. "Even though I'm a small town lawyer, I've been able to get some national exposure through lecturing," he says.
Bill attributes much of his success to the strong foundation he received at Moravian. "I'm proud that I attended Moravian because it has an excellent academic reputation," says Bill. "The professors and courses were challenging, and Moravian gave me the opportunity to shine in whatever I chose to do." Bill says much of his learning occurred outside the classroom, as well. "Some might say I was overly involved, but I loved being active." As a student trustee to the College, "I had the opportunity to sit beside professionals making decisions about the College, and they listened to my ideas as well. Experiences like these prepared me for the real world in the field of law and as a consultant for my fraternity, Delta Tau Delta.
"The liberal arts education at Moravian allowed me to expand my horizons," he continues. "Having a liberal arts education opened my mind, enhanced my education, and broadened my interest in others and how they handle things in life. Overall, my courses at Moravian helped me apply what I learned in the classroom to everyday life."
"Having a liberal arts education opened my mind, enhanced my education, and broadened my interest in others," says Bill.
Professors Linda Ravelle and Peter Von Allmen were very influential figures in Bill's college career. Both Moravian professors offered Bill the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. Making investments through the Amrhein Investment Club with Ravelle and acting as research assistant to Professor Von Allmen top Bill's list of best experiences at Moravian.
Looking ahead, Bill hopes Moravian will stick to its roots—"I would like to see Moravian continue to attract high-quality students, as it has for hundreds of years."
Bill and his wife, Jennifer, whom he met in law school, have been married for two years and have a son, Liam, who is almost a year old.
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