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Student Alumni Association to Offer "Networking 101"

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"Networking 101," an alumni panel discussion focusing on proper networking techniques, will be offered to Westminster College students Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.

"Now, more than ever, networking is an important way to build connections leading to internships, employee opportunities, and career resources," said Mary James, Westminster's director of alumni relations and a 1984 Westminster graduate.  "This event, hosted by the Student Alumni Association, is an opportunity for students to learn about successful networking and to begin building their network through connections to alumni."

James and Kati Edmiston, associate director of Westminster's Career Center and a 2000 Westminster graduate, will share networking advice.

Westminster junior English major Chelsi Cannon, a daughter of Jeffrey and Lynn LaMantia of Midland, will moderate a panel of Westminster alumni that includes:

Rob Jackson, a 1991 graduate, CEO of the Grove City Medical Center and member of Westminster's Board of Trustees;

Jason Kalajainen, a 1997 graduate, executive director of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency;

Becky Rickard, a 1998 graduate, group sales and audience development manager for Pittsburgh Public Theater and a member of Westminster's Alumni Council.

Panelists will be available during dessert to chat with students about their areas of expertise.

The Westminster Student Alumni Association works to build connections between students and alumni and increase awareness of alumni support of Westminster.

Contact James at (724) 946-7363 or e-mail mjames@westminster.edu for more information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.