Alumni Profile: Jeniva Quinones ’14

Jeniva Quinones

Please introduce yourself, the year you graduated, and what was your major when you graduated?

Raised in the Bronx and living in East Harlem, I am a contemporary artist working mainly in photography. I also have a background in mixed media, performance art, and spoken word poetry. I was initiated into the Gamma Class of the Alpha Chapter of Nu Rho Poetic Society in the Spring of 2013. I received my BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University in May of 2014.

What was your Syracuse University experience like when you attended?

To be completely honest college was hard for me. Coming from a large family and tightly knit group of friends, I found it very difficult to be so far away from everyone I love. Ultimately I decided to see it through and was able to form a new family of Orange women and men. I would say studying abroad in Florence, Italy and pledging Nu Rho are my most cherished college experiences. Spending a summer in Florence completely on my own taught me independence and it also taught me so much about art and where my passions truly lie. That summer truly shaped my style as an artist today. The induction process of Nu Rho Poetic Society instilled in me the sense of fearlessness with which I have approached everything in life since that point.

What did you do post-SU?

In the year (almost exactly) since graduation day I have made quite a few accomplishments towards my art career. I am a featured artist on BX200 The Bronx Visual Artist Directory. Recently, two of my photographs were accepted in to the Semblance exhibition at the Darkroom Gallery in Vermont. I released my first poetry chapbook called PART OF ME DIED WITH YOU, which chronicles an unrequited love story plagued, by deception and mental illness.

The book is available online at here and will also be available for purchase at the launch party/exhibition Part Of Me NYC on May 16th. I curated Part Of Me NYC to run along side the book launch in hopes of creating a fully immersive artistic and emotion experience for the viewer. The exhibition includes eight emerging Latino artists (including fellow alumni Misa Cabral and Jesse Ovalles) working in photography, painting, illustration, and cinemagraphs. You can find out more about the exhibition at http://www.jenivaquinones.com/part-of-me.

I am currently working on my first art book entitled Absence: La Mancanza, La Lontananza, consisting of mixed media collages originally created whilst studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I am also beginning work this summer on a collaboration project with fellow photographer Shaira Cher exploring the effects of gentrification on East Harlem entitled Not Your SpaHa.

What’s the best advice you would give to current students?

The best advice I could give a current student is to branch out, take risks, try new things. Do not become too comfortable or too afraid to take full advantage of all the opportunities Syracuse University has for you, especially as a student of color. I would have never been able to visit Italy at the age of 20 if I had not applied for the SU Florence summer program and that experience completely impacted not only my art career but also my life. I would not have had the courage and the technical skill to publish a poetry chapbook at the age for 23 had I not pledged Nu Rho Poetic Society, an organization founded at SU. There are innumerable resources and opportunities for growth all around you and it is your duty and your right as a student of color to capitalize on every single one.

What do you think about LANSU Scholarship?

I think it is an incredible opportunity for Latino Youth to supplement the ever-rising cost of higher education and avoid graduating with crippling student loan debt. I hope this scholarship changes the lives of many future Orange women and men.

Gracias Jeniva!

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6th Annual DC Orange & Blue BBQ | 7.26.14

 

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Once again the DC “CREW” of enthusiastic SU alum from the 80’s to Y2K’s have planned a SUmmer BBQ for folks in the DC area and beyond!! It will be a fun-filled day full of food and activities for the whole family to enjoy! Please RSVP with EITHER a monetary or food donation:

For more information and tickerts go to Eventbrite:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-dc-orange-blue-bbq-72614-tickets-11174626609?aff=efbevent

Giesboro Park
Bolling Airforce Base – Washington, DC
12 – 6pm

T-Shirts:

SHOW YOUR SU & DC pride by purchasing an official DC Orange & Blue BBQ T-Shirt!!! Available in Orange or Dark blue in the following sizes: Mens (S-XXXL), Womens (S-XXL), Youth (S-L). We also have Dri-fit shirts available! All orders must be received by midnight, July 13, 2014. Select either the orange and blue design. Don’t miss out even if you can’t attend the 6th Annual DC Orange & Blue BBQ. But really…we’d like to see you there!

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CBT 2014 NYC Reception

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The Syracuse University Office of Program Development cordially invites you to join fellow alumni in the Greater NYC area for a reception in celebration of

Coming Back Together (CBT) 2014
Celebrate, Inspire, Empower!
Celebrar, Inspirar, Empoderar!

Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at :

EVR New York
54 west 39th Street
Between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10018

UPDATE! RSVP IS CLOSED.

 

Alumni Profile: Patricia Dominguez ’99

Patricia Dominguez

Please introduce yourself, the year you graduated, and what was your major when you graduated?

I am half Colombian/half Dominican and I was born and raised in New York City.  Currently, I am a licensed veterinary dental technician specialist on the Upper West side of Manhattan.  I work at Gotham Veterinary Center doing dental work on cats and dogs primarily.  I graduated from SU with a degree in Biology and Spanish Literature.

What was your Syracuse University experience like when you attended?

My experience at SU was phenomenal!!! I loved every second of it and try to go back as much as possible. :)

What did you do post-SU?

After SU, I attended SUNY Delhi and got my degree/licence in veterinary nursing.  Once I got my licence, I started practicing on the upper west side of manhattan.  I got specialized in Veterinary Dentistry and have been doing dental work ever since.

What’s the best advice you would give to current students?

The best advice I could give current students is:

1) Enjoy every single moment you are there

2) Stay in school as long as possible

3) Take advantage of every single resource SU has to offer

What do you think about LANSU Scholarship?

I think it is an amazing opportunity.

Gracias Patricia!

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Alumni Profile: Frances Gonzalez ’13

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Please introduce yourself, the year you graduated, and what was your major when you graduated?

My name is Frances Julian Gonzalez and I was born and raised in the South Bronx. I graduated in 2013 from the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.

What was your Syracuse University experience like when you attended?

As a first generation Latino student hailing from the South Bronx, it was hard attending a predominantly white school that was 4.5 hours away from home. Truthfully, it was a culture shock at first, as I had trouble branching out of my comfort zone. I joined several organizations such as National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE), and even co-founded the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) at SU in order to develop connections with people that I was accustomed to hanging out with back home. I quickly learned that in order to succeed at SU, I had to get out of my comfort zone and expand my network of acquaintances and friends. It was ultimately through my involvement with the engineering organizations and after joining La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. that I broke out of my shell. As a leader on campus, I worked with several other students to organize various events at SU and give back to the community. I was glad that I was able to not only grow as a person, but also as a leader. I am eternally grateful for not only the opportunities I was afforded as an undergraduate, but also for the life long friends and connections I made at Syracuse.

What did you do post-SU?

Upon graduating from Syracuse University, I accepted a full-time position at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of military and commercial helicopters. Sikorsky is also a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (UTC).

I had the opportunity to intern at Sikorsky because I was a participant of the Igor Sikorsky Scholarship Program (ISSP), a highly competitive program in which I was accepted during my spring semester in 2011. The program allowed scholars to intern or co-op for the company during the school year or in the summer. My affiliations with the scholarship program made it possible to not only land a full-time position with the company, but to also make the transition from college to the corporate world easy.

Beyond work endeavors, I serve as one of the selected recruiters for the ISSP, which grants me the opportunity to interview and recruit highly talented undergraduate engineering students at different universities and conferences across the nation.

More recently, I have been working on establishing a mentoring program at a local Boys and Girls Club through my involvement in organizations within Sikorsky, such as the Hispanic Leadership Forum (HLF) and the professional Connecticut chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). I believe in “lifting others as you climb” and helping the next generation of college students to get where I am now and go beyond.

What’s the best advice you would give to current students?

Network! I was able to land a full-time job before I graduated because of the people I knew within the industry. I was blessed with the opportunity to intern for a Fortune 500 company, but it was because I worked hard to establish great relationships with the UTC recruiters at all the SU career fairs. My relationships with the recruiters helped me when I applied to the ISSP.

I also suggest that students start looking for internships as early as possible. As an undergraduate, I practically lived in the L.C. Smith career services office. I always tried looking for ways to improve my resume, took tips from Karen Davis on how to speak to recruiters, etc. The advice I received from Davis helped me land the scholarship opportunity, which translated into an internship opportunity. Companies are more likely to higher those who have internship experience.

Most important of all, take advantage of the resources you have at SU. You are paying over $50,000 a year to go to one of the most prestigious universities in the nation. Study abroad, join clubs and organizations, explore the local Syracuse community…you get the picture!

What do you think about LANSU Scholarship?

As a benefactor of scholarships, I think that the LANSU Scholarship is a great idea. However, I believe that more alumni like myself would donate to the cause if there was more significant advertising. We need to pave the way for our future Orangemen and Orangewomen. What better way to help current undergraduates than with a scholarship to help with the financial burden of paying for college?

Gracias Frances!

You can follow Frances on Twitter.

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