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Professional Networking Symposium


About the Professional Networking Symposium

The Professional Networking Symposium is designed to help students and young alumni better understand potential paths after graduation, including career and graduate school options. There are also many opportunities for students, alumni, and friends of Westminster College to meet and network with others in their field. The Symposium includes a career fair, three breakout sessions with a variety of specially designed tracks to choose from, a networking luncheon, and an off-site thank you reception for participating alumni and friends. Sessions are designed to address specific topics and interests, include participants with directly relevant experience, and are moderated by experienced professionals.


Registration for Alumni and Friends

Click "Alumni Registration" to register for the Symposium. Please note that not all fields will apply to all attendees. Guests are welcome to attend. As always, there is no cost to attend the Symposium, as we greatly appreciate the participation of alumni and friends of Westminster College. Your participation enables us to offer a differentiated experience to students and young alumni. You should also expect to be able to do some networking of your own and enjoy a post-event, tailgate reception prior to the football game!

Important Registration Note: The nature of this event lends itself to being transparent with those who plan to attend. As such, by registering , you're granting permission for your name to appear online as an attendee.


Career & Networking Fair

The Symposium includes a career & networking fair with tables still available to interested organizations. Hosts include some of the largest employers in the region, small entrepreneurial firms, and non-profit organizations. The career & Networking Fair is one of the best opportunities in the region to reach students and young alumni at the same event, and continue the conversation throughout the day during the various complementary sessions. For more information about the Career & Networking Fair and/or hosting a table, please contact Jennifer Hough, Director of the Professional Development Center, by telephone 724-946-7339 or by email.


Networking Lunch

A networking luncheon will be held free of charge for all participants. Some tables will be topic/area specific, while others will be open seating. It will be at the discretion of the attendee how they wish to utilize their lunch opportunities.


Celebrity Series

Arrangements have been made to prenegotiate discounted ticket pricing to the evening's Celebrity Series performance. We encourage you to contact the Ticket Office and cite the discount code "PNS" to receive a $8 discount per ticket (2 ticket maximum). To find out more about the performance, visit here.


Thank You Reception

A thank you reception for all alumni and friends (of age) will be hosted by the Office of Alumni Engagement at the Hop Asylum Brewery in New Wilmington. Appetizers will be provided.


Saturday, September 21

8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Alumni Check-in
Student Check-in

2nd Floor Lobby of McKelvey Campus Center (MCCC)
2nd Floor MCCC, Professional Development Center

8:15 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Career & Networking Fair

3rd floor MCCC, Witherspoon Rooms

9:40 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.

Opening Remarks & Alumni & Student Recognition Awards

3rd floor MCCC, Witherspoon Rooms

Session I:
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Leading Forward: Alumnae Experiences and Successes

Thompson Clark Hall 205
Entrepreneurship Center

2019 Westminster Research Summer Scholars

Patterson Hall 108

Advanced Practice Roles in Nursing

Hoyt 200

Thriving in Music Education

Patterson Hall 106

Careers in Sports Management/Information

Patterson Hall 207

Finding Success in the Accounting and Finance Industries

Hoyt, Dietz Sullivan Lecture Hall, Ground floor

WC to Work: WC Opportunities that Set You Up for Success in the Education Workplace

Patterson Hall 205

The Insurance Industry: Strategies for Success

Patterson Hall 110

Legal Roundtable

Thompson Clark Hall 211

Careers in the Humanities, Including Writing and Publishing

Thompson Clark Hall 315

Session II:
11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Resume Review

Patterson Hall 105

Electronic Interviews

Patterson Hall 205

Linked In/Social Media

Patterson Hall 207

Session III:
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Today’s Healthcare Environment

Hoyt 258

Finding Meaning through Service

Patterson Hall 108

Finding Success in Music Performance Careers

Patterson Hall 106

Harnessing the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Patterson Hall 207

Careers in the Government Sector/Washington DC

Thompson Clark Hall 205
Entrepreneurship Center

Careers in Professional Counseling, Mental Health Services, and Related Fields

Hoyt 200

Navigating the First Year After Graduation from the School of Education: Interview/First Year in a Job Tips

Patterson Hall 105

Finding Your Path in Marketing

Patterson Hall 205

Museums, Societies, Galleries and Archives

Thompson Clark Hall 315

Careers in Wealth Management

Thompson Clark Hall 211


12:30 - 1:20 p.m.

Networking Lunch
Lunch Breakout Tables: UPMC, BNY

3rd floor MCCC, Witherspoon Rooms
& 2nd floor Hoyt, Majoras Lobby

Session IV:
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Navigating Life's Stages with Financial Planning

Patterson Hall 108

A Different World: Life After Westminster as a Person of Color

Patterson Hall 106

Becoming an Empowered Titan Alumnus

Patterson Hall 210

Technology Roundtable

Patterson Hall 208

Early Career Development

Patterson Hall 207


2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Alumni Thank You Reception

Hop Asylum Brewery, Market Street


Additional Campus Happenings

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Campus Store

2nd Floor MCC

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

TG2 Mobile Store

Burry Stadium

1:00 p.m.

Westminster vs. Saint Vincent Football Game

Burry Stadium

7:00 p.m.

Roman Catholic Mass

Wallace Memorial Chapel

7:30 p.m.

Celebrity Series: An Evening with John Lloyd Young

Orr Auditorium