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Smithtown Company's Edge: Stony Brook Student/Alum Employees
Eduware, an educational software company, recruits primarily from SBU through the Career Center

Eduware office assistants and Stony Brook students Jon Calderon (left) and Rohit Kaushik perform a task on the Wizard Testmaker.

STONY BROOK, NY, October 31, 2011 – Hiring Stony Brook University students is essential for one local business owner, who this semester alone has added five more to a staff that consists of more than 25 Stony Brook students and alumni. Eduware, a Smithtown-based educational software company, recruits SBU students through the Stony Brook University Career Center for a variety of roles, including, computer programming, graphic design, office management, customer support, social media advertising and more. Owner William Stevens actually relocated his business from Huntington to Smithtown three years ago to accommodate employees traveling from the University.

Stevens, a retired public school teacher, has hired more than 50 students and alumni in the past three years and hundreds since he began recruiting through the Career Center in 2000. Today, his staff consists of 26 SBU students, many of whom come from the Computer Science Department; some are also pursuing degrees in business, sociology or one of the sciences, and some are alumni.   

A portion of the Eduware Crew, pictured from left to right (kneeling): Jason Weisburd; Sarah Photiadis; Pavel Jamal; Waseque Qazi; William Stevens, Eduware President; Mallory Vallier; Rong Zang; Xiao Qiang Wu; and Tianyu Huang. Back row standing, left to right: Alicia Kanauer; Charles Chen; Tim Vallier; Rohit Kaushik; Matt Kalick; Greg Cordts; and Jon Calderon.

“The Career Center has been essential in helping me find exceptional employees,” Stevens said. “It’s a good business practice and a win-win.” Hiring organizations like Eduware find talent through the Career Center’s on-campus recruiting sessions, job fairs, company informational meetings, career panels and job postings. 

The Career Center provides assistance to hiring organizations in accessing and leveraging student talent. “We work closely with employers to ensure that their position descriptions are effective,” said Marianna Savoca, Director of the Career Center. “Ultimately, it’s up to the company to interview and decide which candidates are viable.” 

Stony Brook University students and Eduware programmers from left to right are: Waseque Qazi, Tianyu Huang, Charles Chen, Xiao Qiang Wu, Greg Cordts and Pavel Jamal (sitting).

Pavel Jamal, an Eduware employee and SBU Computer Science major pursuing his MS degree in the five-year BS/MS program values the experience he is gaining at Eduware. He was hired during his freshman year through a connection made at the Career Center. “When I joined Eduware, I knew the bare minimum about making a website,” he said. “Through my studies and after working here for the last four years, I’ve gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in web development. I can definitely call myself a professional web developer.” 

Savoca noted that the Career Center is an invaluable resource for students to explore career and educational opportunities, find internships, receive career counseling and connect with employers. “Our primary goals are to educate, prepare and connect students to opportunities available for them,” she said. “Whether a student is seeking an internship, deciding on a major or thinking ahead to life after Stony Brook, we can help them make informed decisions.” 

About the Career Center 
The Career Center supports the academic mission of the University by educating students about the career decision-making process, helping them plan and attain career goals, and assisting with a smooth transition to the workplace or further education. The Center provides individual career counseling appointments, self-assessments and career tests, résumé and cover letter review, mock interviews, access to thousands of companies through the ZebraNet job & internship bank, corporate and non-profit recruiting sessions, Job & Internship Fairs, community service opportunities, AmeriCorps & other outreach programs, a Diversity Professional Leadership Network and much more. For more information and a list of upcoming fairs, workshops, events and programs log onto www.stonybrook.edu/career.