Hempstead, NY - On Monday, March 11 the Hofstra University Department of Athletics hosted its Seventh Annual Mentoring Night, sponsored by Capital One Bank. The event brought back alumni and friends of the University from a variety of industries to meet with current junior and senior student-athletes. Mentors shared their stories of success and advice for those looking to get their careers started in the near future.

"We are thrilled to have once again hosted our annual mentoring night as we prepare our student-athletes for entry into the job marketplace,” commented Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. “We extend our sincere appreciation to Capital One Bank for sponsoring this important event. It was a tremendous and enriching evening for all involved. Hofstra University looks forward to future professional development sessions which will assist our student-athletes' transition from successful academic and athletic careers to the workplace where they will continue to benefit from their educational and athletic experiences here on campus. Our professional development and life skills programs provide unique opportunities for our student-athletes to be fully prepared to be successful after graduation."

The evening began with a welcome from Hathaway, who thanked all of the mentors and encouraged all student-athletes to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Hathaway gave a special thank you to Jeff Glass, Hofstra MBA graduate and long-time corporate executive, for all of the work he has done in getting our student-athletes prepared for job searches and the interview process. Glass has led several professional development sessions throughout the academic year involving resume writing, interview techniques and communication skills.

Lauren Vallee then addressed all those in attendance as this year’s Young Alumni Speaker. Vallee, a 2012 graduate of Hofstra, was a four-year member of the field hockey team and graduated with a degree in international business. Vallee shared her story of being a Division I student-athlete while preparing for a career upon graduation. Vallee currently works as a commodities operations analyst for Goldman Sachs & Co., and did a tremendous job encouraging current student-athletes to maximize their collegiate experiences by taking advantage of all of the resources that Hofstra has to offer.

The keynote speaker of the night was Steve Oliveri. A 2006 graduate of Hofstra, Oliveri was a member of the baseball team and earned a degree in speech communications and rhetorical studies. He shared his story of competing as a student-athlete at Hofstra and being unsure of what came next. Oliveri explained how he was able to begin his career upon graduation by being prepared with the proper social and communication skills to impress potential employers and keeping an open mind. Oliveri also encouraged all student-athletes to be prepared for any professional opportunities that may come their way. Oliveri is currently a sales representative at the Cintas Corporation.

After hearing from the two speakers, student-athletes broke into small groups led by mentors in various professions. Student-athletes had the opportunity to meet with mentors in their desired professional areas where they were given advice on getting a career started and becoming successful in their respective industries. Conversations were in-depth and student-athletes had the chance to ask any questions they had about life after college. The evening was a tremendous experience for both the student-athletes and mentors who participated.

Jim Belling (men’s soccer, 1991); Emery & Associates, Financial Advisor 
Jenna Connell (volleyball, 2010); Brandywine Realty Trust, Lease Administrator
Mark Cox (football and men’s lacrosse, 1992); Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, Chief Development Officer
Patrick Friel (baseball, 1998); Commack School District, Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics
Alexandra Hannon (women’s lacrosse, 2011); Honeywell, Accountant 
Maddie Hannon (women’s lacrosse, 2011); Guidance Corporation, Account Coordinator, Recruiter, Social Media Manager
Richard Hess (baseball, 1986); East Meadow School District, Business Teacher, High School Coach 
Elena Ivanova (women’s tennis, 2012); Hofstra University Graduate Assistant, Graduate School Student
Matthew Mazzilli (men’s soccer, 1989); Accessory Technologies Corporation, Vice President/Principal
Bettina Mianulli (women’s lacrosse, 2011); West Essex School District, Health & Physical Education Teacher
Steve Oliveri (baseball, 2006); Cintas Corporation, Sales Consultant
David Taylor (men’s soccer, 2001); Diefendorf Capital, Partner
Lauren Vallee (field hockey, 2012); Goldman Sachs & Co., Commodities Operations Analyst
Colonel David Woycik (men’s lacrosse, 1977); Senior Trial Attorney, Sanders, Sanders, Block, Woycik, Viener & Grossman, P.C.