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Buffalo, NY 14214
1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
Is it possible to hold down a demanding full-time job while attending graduate school? Shaun Seufert ’13 seems to think so, and makes the transition from professional to student look easy.
The Oriskany, N.Y. native recently became the communications and advertising manager at Five Star Bank, which serves the Western and Central New York region, where he manages the bank’s brand and image through event marketing, public relations, merchandising, sales referral programs, internal communications and advertising.
"I’m a pretty positive person...and lifelong learner," said Seufert, who looks forward to contributing to Five Star’s marketing/communications strategy. "I bring a fresh perspective to the bank."
Seufert may also be a familiar face, as he appeared in the local media as the spokesperson for AAA of Western and Central New York, where he served as public affairs specialist for four years prior to his position at Five Star. "Many of the interviews I conducted at AAA were about traffic safety, new legislation for motorists and gas prices," he said.
After receiving his associate of science in liberal arts from Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.Y., Seufert returned to college at age 25 and earned his bachelor of arts in communications and journalism from St. John Fisher College.
"I returned to school after finding a profession I knew I would enjoy," said Seufert, who also worked full-time at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester while holding down a full-time course load.
Ever the multi-tasker, Seufert chose Medaille because of its convenient MBA program that allows him the flexibility to fulfill his responsibilities, both in the office and classroom.
"It allows students to learn in a team environment and challenge each other’s ideas; it makes for a great learning experience," he said. "For someone like me, it presents opportunities to learn new skills not addressed in an undergrad setting but that are required for today’s business person."
- Tara Erwin
This content originally appeared in the winter 2011-12 issue of the Medaille Magazine.
photo by Kara Kane
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