The Gift of Giving

by Steven Bodnar

“My connection with the Colleges didn’t end at graduation,” says Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk ’98. “It’s a lifelong relationship that is part of my identity.”

Currently president of the William Smith Alumnae Association, Jarmoszuk’s deep appreciation for the Colleges began when she first arrived on campus. It was at the Colleges, Jarmoszuk says, where she discovered that with hard work and determination, she could achieve her goals.

“When I first visited HWS, I felt like everything fit the minute I walked onto campus,” says Jarmoszuk, a lifelong resident of New York City who serves as chief of staff for the senior vice president of development at New York University. “Now, when I return to campus – that drive back – in a way, it makes me feel like I’m going home.”

At HWS, Jarmoszuk served as a student trustee. She worked in the William Smith Dean’s Office, which in addition to her academic work as a political science major, gave her confidence and experience, as well as the chance to grow as a student leader. She was presented with the Gloria Robinson Lowry ’52 Award, established in honor of Lowry, the first African American woman admitted to William Smith.

“I definitely found my voice at the Colleges and honed in on the things that I’m interested in,” Jarmoszuk says. “I learned very early on that you have to play to your strengths and the things that you’re good at – the things one personally values.”

Even though her time in Geneva went by in a blink, she says that what she gained from the Colleges has stayed with her. “My education allowed me to accomplish a lot in my life, and I’ve carried the relationships I developed at the Colleges with me.”

Before joining NYU, Jarmoszuk worked on Wall Street for a decade, including as an investment strategist at Neuberger Berman and in various positions at Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank and Sanford C. Bernstein. She’s also the former director of Institutional Philanthropy at the New York Women’s Foundation.

Since graduation, Jarmoszuk has made an enduring commitment to the Colleges, serving on the William Smith Alumnae Council since 2009 and as a volunteer with the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, helping students land positions and internships at leading companies in the finance industry.

“I have always found it important to give back,” she says. “Specifically, to the Annual Fund.”

Jarmoszuk says that even in a city of more than eight million, seeing a reminder of HWS worn by an alum shows the depth and extent of the alumni and alumnae network. “The connections to HWS always pop up – whether it’s a fellow alumna wearing William Smith gear on a run in Central Park or spotting someone sporting an HWS hat at a Whole Foods.”

“The Colleges are a unique place,” Jarmoszuk says. “We have a rich and unique history and every single person who attends or graduates is part of that history and we take that with us along the way, wherever we go. We all share this common bond.”


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