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Annual Professional Networking Symposium to be held Sept. 23 on Westminster College campus

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Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2022

It is never too early for college students to start planning for their post-graduate careers by developing professional networks of industry. Westminster College’s Professional Development Center has high hopes that students will make lasting connections with experienced alumni at the annual Professional Networking Symposium (PNS)

The 2022 networking symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, on Westminster’s campus. Westminster undergraduates—and alumni seeking networking opportunities—from all disciplines will gain an understanding of potential paths for after graduation, including career and graduate school options.

This year’s PNS will feature a career fair, breakout panels and networking opportunities with alumni and multiple experienced professionals. Each session is designed to address specific topics and interests for students in all majors, include participants with relevant experience and moderated by field professionals.

Some businesses represented at this year’s career fair include: 31st Street Studios, 84 Lumber Co., BNY Mellon, Duquesne School of Pharmacy, JFS Wealth Advisors, Pennsylvania State Police, Ryan Homes-NVR Inc., Synergy Comp Insurance and Widener Law Commonwealth.

Students attending PNS will qualify to earn the Networking Award, given to outstanding students who demonstrate success in networking at the symposium. Applications are submitted by alumni and carefully reviewed by a team of evaluators. The winner will be announced at the opening remarks kicking of the PNS career networking fair.

The Professional Networking Symposium was founded by Dr. Daniel Fischmar, professor of economics emeritus at Westminster College, and alumni Dr. Christie Nelson ’06, assistant research professor at Rutgers University and research with the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence ( at Rutgers University, and Benjamin Nelson ’06, vice president and senior credit officer at Moody’s Investors Services and member of the Westminster College Board of Trustees.

All participating alumni are welcome to a casual post-event reception from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Hop Asylum located on 138 S. Market St., New Wilmington.

For more information about the Professional Networking Symposium, please visit or by contacting Jennifer Hough at