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April 30, 2014
 

The AU Network @ Work: Kravet, Inc.


by Erin Donohue
What if your best friend from Adelphi became your business partner? What if your favorite Adelphi professor connected you to a job in your dream industry or helped you recruit fellow alumni to your company?

For a growing number of Adelphi alumni, these are far from mere fantasies. They are encapsulations of how the network they created as students has fueled them as professionals—and how it continues to nurture today’s students. 

Dale Flashner

Dale Flashner

When it comes to scouting for hires and interns, Jennifer (Hickey) Scarpella ’04, a graphic designer at 95- year-old Kravet, Inc. —a fabric and furnishings supplier in Bethpage, New York—turns to her alma mater. “The work we see coming from the Adelphi applicants is the most impressive,” she says. “Whenever we need to fill a permanent designer position or intern, Dale Flashner [Adelphi’s director of the graphic design studio in the art and art history department] is the person I touch base with first.”

Of four full-time graphic designers, three are Adelphi graduates, including Scarpella, Andrea Munera ’08 and Kelly Frezza ’13. Both Ms. Munera and Ms. Frezza were introduced to Kravet through Ms. Flashner.

Rounding out the Adelphi network at Kravet is Sarah Heinemann ’12, a former art and art history major, who works in the archival department, and Ivan Santos ’10, a former computer and management information systems major, who works on the company’s technology and is the in-house photographer.

Jennifer (Hickey) Scarpella '04

Jennifer (Hickey) Scarpella ’04

Andrea Munera ’08

Andrea Munera ’08

Ivan Santos ’10

Ivan Santos ’10

Sarah Heinemann ’12

Sarah Heinemann ’12

Kelly Frezza ’13

Kelly Frezza ’13

This piece appeared in the Adelphi University Magazine Spring 2014 edition.
 
 
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