By Elizabeth Burke,
Stillman News Writer
During these past few weeks, The Stillman School of Business launched its third Annual Student-Alumni Dinner Series.
This dinner series included eight dinners thus far, hosted by various Stillman alumni.
Each of these dinners offered a time for current Stillman students to connect with Stillman alumni and successful executives in the various fields of business.
Associate Dean Leigh Onimus was one of the organizers of these dinners.
She said that each dinner “offered a tremendous opportunity to make a connection with accomplished, well-connected alumni” for current Stillman students. This opportunity is one that all promising students at Stillman are truly lucky to have.
When the students arrived at the restaurants, they were greeted by the respective alumni and were able to have casual conversation getting to know one another. As their conversations progressed, it started being geared towards business and their respective fields.
Students were able to question the executives on anything they wanted to know regarding their futures in the business world.
The executives provided the students with as much insight, guidance, and help as they could.
The students also did the same. These dinners are just as helpful for the alumni as they are for the students.
The dinner series provided unique ways for students to gain greater insight into the business world through these executives.
Different topics that these executives discussed with the students included the current market, current thriving companies, employment and internship opportunities, information on different fields of business, and current employers.
When students ask questions, it gives the professionals opportunity to not only answer the questions, but also to recount their own experiences and give personal knowledge and insight.
Luciano Cundari, freshman and member of the Leadership Development Honors Program, attended a dinner this past week with Mr. Sal Cocco of AXA Advisors.
When asked what he thought the purpose of the Stillman Dinner Series was, he responded, “That the purpose of the Stillman dinner series is to help connect alumni with students in order to: strengthen the “family” aspect of Seton Hall and Stillman, to help students gain knowledge from the alumni’s experience and for Stillman alumni that wish to give back, they are able to help out the future employees of their companies.”
According to Dean Onimus, the Stillman team is currently in the process of adding more dinners to the schedule.
Hopefully another eight to ten dinners will be added before the end of this academic year.
They provide such wonderful opportunities for Stillman students, past and present. More students should take advantage of this great opportunity and attend one of these dinners.
This is a great networking opportunity that makes Stillman unique in serving their current students as well as their past students.
Many students do not realize the endless networking possibilites that Stillman can provide them, especially with Stillman’s accomplished alumni.
This is truly a great way to build your professional network with Seton Hall alumni. This opportunity is also great for all students because it is never too early to begin building one’s network.
If you wish to sign up for a future dinner or wish to inquire more information about the Stillman Dinner Series, please contact Dean Onimus with your questions.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Apr. 7 print edition.
Contact Elizabeth at