My Spartan Success with Matthew Dybus!


  1. When did you graduate and what was your major?I graduated in 2015, majored in Finance and Minored in Economics.

I graduated in 2015, majored in Finance and Minored in Economics.

  1. How did you hear about your current job?

I was working within the Catholic High System at my alma mater, Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary, as the Assistant Alumni/Advancement Director. A member of the Marsh Global Marine Team was an alumnus and sat on the Board of Trustees. After my multiple presentations to the board he recommended me to my current position.

  1. Can you explain the Interview Process?

It was an interesting experience going from a High School Administrator mindset back to my college finance and economics mindset. I utilized situations and obstacles I faced in both college and my job at Cathedral to parallel some situations and obstacles I thought I would face in the Global Risk Management market.

  1. Can you tell me a little about the position?

Since I have successfully passed my NYS Brokers exam, I require 1 years’ experience before become a full time broker Marsh’s Global Marine Program, specifically in Marine Cargo. Come December I will have fulfilled both requirements and be a fully licensed NYS Broker. My job is to support and service large conglomerates and other Global companies Marine Cargo Insurance programs. Marine Cargo insurance programs encompass all goods while are in transit all over the world. We create a risk management plan tailored to our clients based on their exposures. Furthermore, we negotiate policy terms and conditions to provide broadened coverage and negotiate premium pricing ensure our client is receiving a fair deal from the insurers.

  1. Can you share some of your current responsibilities/roles?

At Marsh, I have been able to support multiple clients that are major pharmaceutical companies, household product names, complex logistics companies, industrial and energy companies. This requires me to coordinate globally with insurers and other brokers to ensure regulation requirements are met. Other responsibilities I have are issue certificates of insurance, create and deliver innovative solutions for my exposure base.

  1. Did you have an internship before this position and how useful was the internship/s?

I had a brief internship at Northwestern Mutual prior to my senior year. As much as internships are extremely important, I realize now a lot of my skills developed from working as a Career Ambassador, a Student Ambassador, and my work study position and the IACBE Ethics Competition. Being actively involved on campus had a huge impact on how I approached people, situations and life in general.

  1. Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

Career Development was the first campus activity I was a part of at STAC. The opportunity gave me confidence and a genuine fulfillment because I was able to help students with their potential future.

  1. What is your favorite aspect of the position, can you give an example of what has been your favorite experience so far?

My favorite aspect and my least favorite aspect of my job is the uncertainty of what you are faced with on a daily basis. The is a sense of excitement in being part of the process of life saving drugs being shipped overseas to people that need them or renewable energy goods that are being shipped somewhere to power a whole country. Knowing that when I come home, the appliances, detergent or clothes were all shipped and my company could have possibly have had a hand in creating the risk management plan behind those products getting to where they are. The uncertainty of loss whether it is by theft or natural disaster or piracy is always a concern.


  1. What advice do you have for other STAC students looking for a job or internship?

First, I went to a small high school that had a graduating class of 27. Then, I went a to small college in coming to STAC. My advice is to think macro, think grand! Just because STAC is a small school doesn’t mean we aren’t making a big splash in this world! Finally, say “yes” to every opportunity you are given. Every time you say “yes” see it as an opportunity to enhance your skills, your resume, and make a big splash in this world.




My Spartan Success with Marie Clune!

image11. When did you graduate and what was your major?

I graduated in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. I will be going back to STAC in March to get my MBA.

2. How did you hear about your current job?

I work for Madison Square Garden and have wanted to for a while. I heard about their positions and departments by researching on their company website. I was on LinkedIn jobs, MSG’s career website and Indeed daily, looking for new finance positions. I heard about my specific role right now by networking. I kept in touch with someone I messaged on LinkedIn and after I interviewed for an internship at MSG, she recommended me for a full-time position.

3. Can you explain the Interview Process?

Always be ready for “Tell me about yourself” or “Walk me through your resume.” You will get asked this on every interview. I was not asked any difficult questions, I was asked about my previous experience and past education. I spoke a lot about my experience with sports and finance, because I had experience working in the accounting department for a minor league baseball. I would say try and get everything out there, you can talk about school, work, extracurricular’s, but make it worth it for the interviewer to listen. I knew I had to explain my past job responsibilities well, so my interviewer felt I could be a real asset to MSG.

4. Can you tell me a little about the position?

I work in the Teams-Finance department at MSG. This includes the NY Rangers, Knicks, and Liberty. What I really enjoy about this position is I work with a small team, so we are all close and I can help anyone who needs it. I am an associate and a lot of what I have been doing as a new hire, is helping my boss prepare because it is the beginning of both the Rangers and Knicks seasons. I complete a lot of the small parts of an overall assignment for my manager and other colleagues.

5. Can you share some of your current responsibilities/roles?

Here at MSG I am responsible for entering my managers expenses, checking invoices, creating check requests, charges and issuing refunds for any camps or events. I manage salary and expense payments, and keep spreadsheets up to date regarding players, staff, and workers comp. I also update player binders with new contracts and payroll slips. Players come and go frequently so we need to stay on top of every team and update as necessary. Overall it is nice to work here specifically for a sports fan. It makes finance more exciting.

6. Did you have an internship before this position and how useful was the internship/s?

I had three internships before I graduated, and they were all very different. This was beneficial because it helped me figure out what I wanted to do after I graduated. Working at a minor league baseball team made me realize I wanted to stay in sports, and it taught me a lot about accounting and finance within a team as well. Although at MSG I am dealing with a much larger scale of money, responsibilities, people, etc, my previous job helped me get this position. I recommend completing a few internships while you’re in college, it will show you what you can do with your major.

7. Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

I got my job by networking at STAC. The business club hosted a panel of speakers and that is where I got to talk to someone from MSG. From there, I was able to connect on LinkedIn with someone else from the finance department who later recommended me for the position I am in now. Take advantage of any networking events at STAC.

8. What is your favorite aspect of the position, can you give an example of what has been your favorite experience so far?

Working at MSG has been great for me especially because I am a big sports fan. My favorite part of this job is that I am very passionate about my work and it has really made it enjoyable. I have had a few great experiences, my first week here I got to go into the arena for a Q&A with the new Rangers coach. There are little events like this that have been really cool for employees. MSG also does a lot for charity and sick children through their Garden of Dreams Foundation. This is something I admire about the company and look forward to volunteering my time here in the future.

9. What advice do you have for other STAC students looking for a job or internship?

Most people you talk to will tell you to network, that is advice I always got. I agree, since networking is the reason I got the position I’m in. I also would apply to one job or internship every day, I probably applied to over 40 positions throughout college so definitely get your resume out there as much as you can, it is not easy getting a job. Also, don’t be afraid to smart small. I worked for a minor league baseball team for a year and I can say this is the reason I got the job at MSG. I had other experience, like working at a bank for example, but it is so much easier to connect with an interviewer when you have already worked in a similar role you are applying for. Keep applying and use any resources you can. I didn’t know how much LinkedIn would help me, so definitely take advantage of what it has to offer. Lastly, I went through 4 rounds of interviews and was denied when I applied here a few years ago, so never give up on a dream job you want.

Welcome Back Spartans!

The Career Development Office would like to wish everyone here at STAC a warm welcome back!  Don’t forget to get involved with events here on campus.  This semester, the Career Development Office has a bunch of events planned.  See below to check them out.  Students, start building those resume’s!  There are trained students who are more than ready to help build resumes or work on the current one you have.  If you need any assistance, please come see us in the Career Development Office, located in Romano student center, across from the bookstore.

Fall 2018 Career Development Events Flyer (as of 9-11-18)


STAC Students experience the full Good Morning America Experience!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Last Friday, April 13th 2018, a group of STAC Students had the opportunity to go to a live show of Good Morning America.  Students got a tour and a behind the scenes look at how much work and collaboration goes into the two hour show we see on our screens every morning.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Students were included as a part of the live audience and got to experience what it feels like to be on TV!  The whole experience was surreal, especially if you have never been on TV  before.  As a student who attended the trip, I was astonished at how much work and communication goes into a show like GMA.  There is not one person who does not have a job and everyone involved, including the TV anchors are genuine people who love what they do.  This was a once in a lifetime experience and a lot of fun, nonetheless!


A special thank you to Eddie Luisi, Stage Manager of GMA for showing us the ins, and outs of this fabulous show.  We appreciate all of your hard work and for taking us along with you!  The Career Development Office at St. Thomas Aquinas College, and all of the students involved, would like to send a big thank you to Elizabeth Luisi, professor at STAC for accompanying and directing us on this trip, as well as Maureen Mulhern Director of Career Development, Linda Hayden, Office Assistant, and Norman Huling, Associate Dean for Student Development.  Thank you!!

My Spartan Success with Jeffrey Garcia!

image copy
1. When did you (plan to) graduate and what was/is your major?
I graduated from STAC December 2017, with a major in communications.
2. How did you hear about your current job?
I heard of the job opportunity with Spectrum NY 1 because I interned for them over the summer. The supervisor for my position, Jason Palladino and I stood in contact after my internship. When I graduated, he recommended to me that I apply.
3. Can you tell me a little about this position?
I work in the Master Control room as Technical Operator, which means I work with the cameras, sound mixer, and the teleprompter. My position also required me to do setups for different shows and segments.
4. Can you explain the Interview Process?
The interviewing process is very professional, well dressed with a resume always in hand. The interviewing process was not bad because I already knew since I interned for them over the summer.  They knew what I have done before and my work ethic.
5. Did you have an internship before this position and how useful was the internship?
I interned with Spectrum NY 1 before and that allowed me to gain hands on experience. The internship allowed me to make mistakes and grow from them.
6. Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?
STAC helped me in many ways, especially with Dr. Durney, Professor Winship, and Professor Prior. Their classes and their willingness to help me outside of class made this possible for me.
7. Can you tell us about some of your current responsibilities / roles?
Camera Operator- I make sure the anchors are at a medium shot and make sure they are center in all the cameras. If needed, I would adjust the shots during or after the segments.
Sound Mixer- I control the mic level from the anchors that are in studio or outside on the field. As well as changing the levels on clips and music during the program.
Floor Manager- I’m on set and I cue the host and guest by counting them down when we are going on air.
Setups- I switch the monitors and cameras when we are switching from one show to another.
Teleprompter- Have the script ready on the teleprompter for the host/ anchor.
8. What is your favorite aspect of the position, can you give an example of what has been your favorite experience so far?
My favorite aspect of this position is that the news changes every day, so the stories change and it’s not the same.
My favorite experience so far was when I was doing the sound and camera while being live on TV. It was exciting because all the pressure is on you and you really can’t mess up at that moment.  When I finished, they told me how good did.  It just gave me all the confidence in the world that I know I can do this well.
9. What advice do you have for other STAC students looking for a job or internship?
First, make sure you have a resume and be prepared for the job you are applying for. Don’t be afraid to get turned down, just use that as motivation. Know everything about the company and if you end up doing an internship, work harder then everyone.  When you least expect, someone is always looking at you and that shows them that you cared about the job. Always ask a question, that shows that you are interested and that you want to get better.

Now, it’s her turn! Erin Albin on her Student Teaching thus far…


1.     When did you (plan to) graduate and what was/is your major?

I will be graduating with my Bachelors of Science in Education in May of 2018. I studied Childhood Education 1-6 and received a Middle School Extension to extend my certification up through ninth grade. I am also apart of the Five Year Dual Degree program in which I will also obtain my Masters of Science in Special Education in May 2019.

2.     How did you hear about your current job?

I am currently Student Teaching and through the support of the local school districts, our amazing School of Education, and Clinical Experience Director, I was able to get a placement in the schools I went to as a child.

3.     Can you tell me a little about this position?

Student Teaching has been the ultimate learning experience. It has allowed me to put what I have learned at STAC from classroom work to fieldwork, into action. Working side by side with cooperating teachers I have begun to flourish and have watched myself grow as a teacher. After this it is my hope to further my teaching experience and my relationships in local districts by applying to be a daily or long term substitute or even a full time teacher if the opportunity arises, while I complete graduate school and move towards a lifetime teaching career.

4.     Can you explain the Interview Process?

The student teaching interview process is unique. It varies from school to school, district to district. The School of Education and the Clinical Experience director support you 100% and make sure you are prepared. Checklists and check ins are a big part of the lead up to the final submission of you Student Teaching paperwork. I was grateful to have so much support.

5.     Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

Career Development is a huge asset to our campus. Prior to submitting my student teaching paperwork I had Maureen and her wonderful staff look over my resume and help me build and appropriate cover letter to send along with my papers to the district. The support from the entire STAC community especially the School of Education and all their staff was comforting and much appreciated.

7.     Can you tell us about some of your current responsibilities / roles?

Student teaching has been an amazing journey thus far. I have been able to plan and execute lessons in different subjects, attend meetings with the grade level team and meetings with the faculty, interact with students, and so much more.

8.     What is your favorite aspect of the position, can you give an example of what has been your favorite experience so far?

So far, my favorite thing about student teaching has been watching the growth of the students and figuring out how to accommodate multiple learners. Its amazing to see in action how kids learn and how differently they learn and then being able to go back to the drawing board and say “Okay, that worked for this child but not so much for that one, what am I going to do about that?”

9.     What advice do you have for other STAC students looking for a job or internship/student teaching?

Use your resources! Talk to Maureen, get out in the community, look for opportunities, go to the career fair! Specifically for  School of Education students, follow the Student Teaching checklist, get your Professional Developments done early, take your certification exams.

10. What surprised you the most about student teaching?

What surprised me the most about student teaching is truly how much I felt prepared. I shouldn’t say it surprised me, I knew I would be prepared because STAC has an excellent reputation and I know my curriculum classes and professors extended so much knowledge that I was going to be just fine. But getting in the classroom, putting it all together. I felt confident, not a moment of doubt or nervousness like I expected to have embarking on a new journey, I was comfortable and I was able to feel that way because of the amazing preparation I had.

11. Where are you student teaching and what grades? 

I am student teaching in SOCSD and am currently in my first placement with 2nd graders and in March will move to my second placement with 4th graders.

#MySpartanSuccess with Alexandra Vippolis!

fullsizeoutput_1bd4.jpegWhat is your name and year here at STAC?

My name is Alexandra Vippolis and I am a third-year undergrad (junior) here at STAC.

Describe your overall experience at STAC.  What are you involved in here?  Are you an athlete?  Major? Clubs/activities? The grade you will teach? Etc.

My major is English with an Adolescent Certification and I am in the Education program here at STAC. I am also a member of Sigma Tau Delta, an English Honor Society. I aspire to be an English Secondary teacher to high school students. I am a student-athlete and am apart of the Field Hockey team here at STAC. Being a member of the Field Hockey team is the greatest decision I have made thus far in my collegiate years. Being a member of the Field Hockey program has been a great experience and makes me an active member of the community through the engagement of volunteer work.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?

One thing people may not know about me is that I make it a goal to always give a smile to those I encounter in hopes to get a smile in return and brighten someone’s day.

How did you know teaching was the profession for you?

I knew teaching was the profession for me when I realized how important it is to me to make a difference in people’s lives. I discovered I wanted to be a teacher when I realized that each mind is unique and extraordinary in their own individual way. It is a privilege to be able to work with these young minds, encourage their intellectual thought, and be able to help them develop skills that they can use for the rest of their life.

When will you be student teaching and where?

I will be student teaching in Spring of 2019, most likely at North Rockland High School where I graduated high school from.

What are some of your favorite things about STAC?

Some of my favorite things about STAC include the people at STAC and the size of the school. There are a lot of great people that I have met at STAC and see around campus a lot. However, I am still able to constantly meet new people as well which is a great mix. I appreciate the small size of each class and the opportunity to form relationships with my professors and peers.

Did the Career Development Office at STAC help you in any way?

The Career Development Office at STAC continues to be very helpful to me. The Career Development Office has helped me build and improve my resume. The Career Development Office also informs me of interesting newsletters and tools that help me find job opportunities as well.

What is the best piece of advice you can offer to others following in your footsteps?

The best piece of advice that I can offer to those following in my footsteps is that it is never too early to gain experience in the field and to prepare yourself for your career. I highly recommend engaging in fieldwork to get a feel for the teaching profession as soon as possible. Also, I recommend to introduce yourself to your community to get your name out there and form new relations. Lastly, utilize the guidance and tools that the Career Development Office offers you because they are very helpful and informative.

What is your favorite thing about teaching?

My favorite thing about teaching is the potential to change a student’s life. I also appreciate that each class I teach will be different from one another, which will always keep teaching interesting.  

What faculty member has been a mentor to you during your time here at STAC and why?

Maureen Mulhern has been a mentor to me during my time here at STAC. Mrs. Mulhern has continually gone out of her way to prepare me for interviews and introduces me to several tools to explore different job opportunities that are fit for my major. Mrs. Mulheron also helped me in building my resume and I know that I can always count on her for support, professional guidance and advice.

What has been your greatest achievement here at STAC?

My greatest achievement at STAC is being a student-athlete. The demanding schedule of school and sport has been a challenging one but I would not change it for the world. I am proud to say that I have consecutively earned a spot on the Dean’s List in past semesters as well as a Captain title. I take pride in the hard work I put in the classroom and on the field. My achievement of earning a Field Hockey scholarship is one that I have immense gratitude for because I really couldn’t ask for a better team to be a part of. My teammates have become my sisters, and the memories and experiences I have with my team will last a lifetime.