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Writers @ Work: Four Years Out (April 4-6, 2019)

Writers @ Work: Alumni Writers-in-Residence series at the State University of New York at Fredonia will be hosting its third Four Years Out residency from Thursday, April 4, through Saturday, April 6. Four alumni from the Class of 2015 will host writing workshops, a panel discussion, and class visits. These alumni will describe their post-graduation experiences for current and prospective students and share how their time at Fredonia prepared them for success within their respective fields.


This year’s four alumni have a broad range of majors and careers. They are Andrea Vasiloff (Business Administration, ’15), channel account specialist, VMware/Ingram Micro (Buffalo, NY); Christopher Sanchez (Business Administration - Management, ’15; Economics, ’15), quality improvement project coordinator, Millard Fillmore Suburban and DeGraff Memorial Hospitals (Buffalo, NY); Maggie Gilroy (Journalism, ’15; Musical Theater, ’15), news reporter for the Press & Sun Bulletin (Binghamton, NY); and Naomi Coufal (BA English, ’13, MA English, ’15), technical writer, specialist for Hill-Rom/Welch Allyn (Skaneateles, NY).


These events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Naomi Coufal is a technical writer at the Welch Allyn branch of Hill-Rom (Skaneateles, NY) and is also the membership manager for the Central New York chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). Coufal graduated from The State University of New York at Fredonia first in 2013 with her B.A. and then in 2015 with her M.A., both in English. Those degrees led to her first job as a copywriter and her  success a year later as a technical writer for the medical device industry. In this role, Coufal writes operation manuals, work instructions, and service directions for different medical devices. Coufal emphasizes that technical writing allows her to do what she loves—write, edit, and research—while helping healthcare providers and service technicians better understand and use the equipment that is available to them.


Maggie Gilroy is a multimedia journalist based in Binghamton, New York. She’s a full-time news reporter for the USA Today Network’s Press & Sun Bulletin. She is also a freelance journalist specializing in theatre and the performing arts, with recent work featured in American Theatre Magazine and Irish Dancing Magazine. Maggie received her B.A. in theatre arts and journalism from SUNY Fredonia, M.A. in arts journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and was a 2018 fellow of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Critics Institute. Maggie’s work has also been published in the Elmira Star Gazette, the Ithaca Journal, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Playbill, and The Daily Star (Oneonta). At Fredonia, Maggie married her theatre and journalism majors to help hone her arts writing skills. She wrote for the News and Reverb sections of The Leader for seven of her eight semesters at Fredonia. She served as the paper’s Reverb Editor and Editor in Chief and also led the redesign from broadsheet to tablet in 2015. She also worked as a dramaturg for several mainstage productions including The Diary of Anne Frank, The School for Scandal, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rent, and Hair.


Christopher Sanchez began an unfamiliar journey at Fredonia. Over the course of four years, he learned that Fredonia would offer many opportunities to not only be a successful student, but become a leader; these opportunities both prepared him to enter the working world, and made Fredonia feel like home. Chris learned that the experience he would have throughout the course of his studies was his to shape, and that there was no limit to what he could achieve. Today, Chris takes the lessons he learned at Fredonia with him into his career at Kaleida Health. Working closely with administrative teams throughout the Kaleida system, he acts as an advisor on a number of different quality and patient safety initiatives. In his role, he leads teams of subject matter experts and front line staff to improve the overall patient and employee experience. Chris’s time at Fredonia and the leap of faith he took by leaving what felt comfortable has prepared him to work through many difficult problems and develop solutions to advance an organization.


Andrea Vasiloff is a 2015 graduate of Fredonia, with a B.S. in Business Administration. She is also an Enactus Alumna and founding member of ASQ Fredonia. A few months after graduation, she completed her 2-year management internship with Wegmans, and was offered a full time management position. Andrea declined the offer, as she had interviewed and received another offer more aligned to her field of study in manufacturing as an Operations Manager. A few months later, she left for personal reasons, and interviewed at Ingram Micro. Due to her leadership positions with the opportunities Fredonia had provided, she was offered a position as a Team Lead/Support Rep at Ingram for the Polycom vendor line. During this time, she had also completed her Project Management Certification at University at Buffalo. In October 2018, she was promoted to Channel Account Specialist on the VMware line where she continues to learn her business in a new role. She is involved in many facets of Ingram culture and spends much time networking and volunteering with organizations she is passionate about. Andrea now lives in Williamsville, NY, and in her free time, she loves to organize, travel and spend time with family.


More About Writers @ Work:

Writers @ Work is grateful for the support and sponsorship of the Faculty Student Association, the Fredonia Alumni Association, the Fredonia College Foundation, Fredonia College Foundation’s Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund, Fredonia Convocation and the Mary Louise White Fund. The series is organized by the following partners at the State University of New York at Fredonia: Admissions; Alumni Affairs; Career Development Office; the Fredonia College Foundation; and the Departments of Biology, Business, Communication, English, History, and Theatre and Dance.

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