Westminster College Department of Economics and Business to Host Alumni Panel and Networking Session

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Department of Economics and Business will host an Alumni Panel for students Saturday, April 13, at the McKelvey Campus Center Lounge and Mueller Theater. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.

The purpose of the event is to allow students to network and interact with alumni, broadening their understanding of hiring practices and professional development. Over twenty alumni will participate. Opening remarks will be made by Dr. Daniel Fischmar, economics and business professor, followed by two panel sessions students can choose from based on area of interest.

The first session includes a panel on accounting/finance with alumni Cody Donaldson `12 and Ryan Brucker `12, or government/non-profit with alumnus Lee Scott `07. The second session includes panels on business/entrepreneurship with Mark Drabick `10, or human resources/hiring with Scott. Brunch will be served between the two sessions. At the end of the panel students will be given an opportunity to participate in mock interviews, branding, and resume critique.

"This event is a great opportunity for students to meet dedicated Westminster alumni and start building the type of relationships that will help them land internships and full-time jobs," said Ben Nelson `06, a Youngstown, Ohio, native and a lead credit analyst with Moody's Corporation in New York City.

"It's a marvelous opportunity for students to network with professionals in their field and get their advice on resume writing and interviewing skills," Fischmar said.

The event is being coordinated by Fischmar, Nelson, Brucker, Donaldson, Drabick, Scott, and student Harry Bittle.

"Face time with experienced professionals in the business not only helps students establish a network of potential employers, it also helps establish a better internal relationship with the company they're interested in," Bittle said. "In a job market dominated by electronic resumes and online applications, having a face to face conversation with someone within the company can really bring your resume to the top of the list."

Bittle, a junior financial economics major, is a son of Robert and Marianne Bittle of Sicklerville, N.J., and a graduate of Winslow Township High School.

Contact Karen Coulter to register at (724) 946-7373 or email 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 and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" 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.