Upcoming Events - Writers @ Work

Second Annual "Four Years Out": April 5-7

Four Years Out 2018

Four successful alumni from the Class of 2014 will return to Fredonia to discuss their post-graduation paths and share tips about professional writing, especially social media, at the second annual Four Years Out residency, from Thursday through Saturday, April 5 to 7, as part of Writers@Work: An Alumni Writers-in-Residence Series in collaboration with the Convocation Committee.

Over three days packed with talks, class visits, a hands-on workshop and informal conversation, Erin Dorozynski, management development program coordinator at GEICO in Buffalo; Sylvana Dussan, social media coordinator at the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C.; Courtney Gfroerer, coordinator of public relations, marketing and communication projects at Elderwood Administrative Services, Buffalo; and Patrick Kennedy, communications director for New York State Assembly Member Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster), will share their post-graduation journeys.

Each will explore how their own experiences, both in and beyond classrooms at Fredonia, prepared them for success in their respective fields. Special emphasis will be given to the strategic use of social media – and the importance of professional writing more generally – in a variety of corporate and public sector occupations.

This year’s alumni contingent reflects the broadest range of majors and careers in the history of the Writers@Work series, which has brought 15 alumni writers to campus since 2016.

All events listed below are free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, April 5, from 7–8 p.m.

How to Succeed Four Years Out: Advice from Recent Alumni

In this public talk, Alumni will discuss their post-graduation paths and take questions from the audience. Emphasis will be given to writing for social media and other print and online spaces.

Location: Science Center, Room 105 (Kelly Family Auditorium)


Friday, April 6, from 2–3 p.m.

Social Media Workshop: How to Craft a Successful Social Media Strategy

In this students-only writing workshop, alumni will discuss the role of social media in their professions and share tips for crafting a successful social media strategy. Students interested in writing for other media are encouraged to attend as well and pose questions during the Q & A.

Location: Fenton Hall, Room 127 (English Reading Room)


Friday, April 6, from 3–4 p.m.

Gab & Grab: Open Office Hours with Young Alumni and the Career Development Office

(Cosponsored by the Career Development Office)

In this event cosponsored by the Career Development Office (CDO), grab a slice of pizza and have an informal conversation with these young alumni and with the CDO about how to land your first job out.

Location: Fenton Hall, Room 127 (English Reading Room)


Saturday, April 7, from 1–2:30 p.m.

Ask the Alumni: The Value of a Fredonia Degree in the Professional World

Prospective students and their families can ask these young alumni about their experiences at Fredonia and the value of a Fredonia degree in the professional world.

Location: Steele Hall Fieldhouse


Visiting alumni from the class of 2014:

Sylvana Dussan

Sylvana Dussan, who majored in International Studies, had minors in Communication, History and Political Science. She served as editor-in-chief of The Leader, was president and a founding member of the International Club and a member of the Model European Union and Colleges Against Cancer, as well as a student ambassador. Promoting the nation’s governors and the issues of concern to states through social media and traditional media is the focus of Ms. Dussan’s position with the National Governors Association. Dussan previously worked in the departments of communication at the Council on Foreign Relations and the European Union offices in Washington, D.C.

Courtney Gfroerer

Courtney Gfroerer, who majored in journalism and VANM, manages publicity for all 26 Elderwood skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living facilities across New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. She previously served as a marketing and community impact specialist at a small non-profit in Buffalo for over a year and worked full-time as the team photographer for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. Gfroerer is currently pursuing an M.A. in social and public policy, with a concentration in healthcare management. At Fredonia, she was managing editor of The Leader and a member of the swim team and the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Erin Dorozynski

In her position at GEICO, Erin Dorozynski is responsible for the professional development of approximately 50 future leaders at GEICO. She was hired for this prestigious program, which recruits individuals who exhibit natural leadership traits and academic prowess, before graduation. Dorozynski, who majored in Business Administration, had minors in Leadership Studies and Economics. She served terms as president and vice president of Student Association, was a member of the Fredonia College Foundation Board of Directors and vice president of FSA.

Patrick Kennedy

Developing strategic communications with local and state media and coordinating constituent services are duties of Patrick Kennedy, who majored in Political Science. As president of the Class of 2014, Kennedy directed the Senior Challenge Committee and organized fundraisers for the class gift. Following graduation, he has been active in local and state government in Buffalo.


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