There’s a 13-hour time difference between Japan and the U.S., but Southern alumnus Austin Auger, currently living and working in Tokyo, is happy to talk by phone about his alma mater — even if it is 10:30 p.m. his time. Though he lives far from Connecticut, Auger is still able to visit occasionally, and has helped the School of Business in years past, speaking to students and holding classes on campus. Read more.
Beacon Wealth Management founder and CEO Mark Germain, class of 1979, was born in Vermont, but spent many of his formative years in or near Wolcott, Conn. The third child of nine siblings, he describes his upbringing as “blue collar.“ His early aspirations leaned toward the study of architecture; however, such an education was not feasible due to cost and distance from home. Read more.
Growing up, Craig Clarke didn’t dream about going into business. “I was interested in the sciences,“ he says. “Biology, chemistry, physics. I wanted to be a doctor.” But upon entering Southern as a freshman, he was “bitten by the entrepreneurship bug,” and wanted to learn about starting and operating a business. Craig never lost his love for medicine, however, and after earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he was able to align his education and degree with his passion. He is now the director of pharmacy and retail operations for the Delaware-market area of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. There, he works on strategies and business integration for 74 stores, including all self-service, retail pharmacies, clinics, and specialty pharmacy units. Craig was introduced to the company through an internship at a New Haven Walgreens’ store, set up by Southern’s Center for Career Services while he was a student in the early ’90s. Read more.
Sergio Mendes, more than most, understands what it means to have a full schedule: “I was working full-time, and taking three or four classes each semester,” he says, referring to his time studying at Southern. A first-generation college student, he commuted daily between home, work, and Southern’s campus for the three years of his MBA program. Read more.
Todd and Lynn Grisco never had doubts about their chosen career paths. From as far back as they could remember, they both aspired to be coporate executives. The two haven’t wasted any time in fulfilling their childhood goals. Both earned degrees in business administration from the SCSU School of Business. Read more.
Dan Moscatiello, ’88, transferred to Southern after earning an associate degree at Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, where he grew up. “I wanted to go away for school, but not too far away. I still wanted to be within reach of nearby cities,” he says. Read more.