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Professional Networking Symposium

Save the Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018


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 Fair

The Symposium includes a career 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 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 Fair and/or hosting a table, please contact Jennifer Hough, Assistant 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.


Hospitality Area

A hospitality area will be available for all guests after our first session and run simultaneously with our Career Fair. An offering of light breakfast foods, coffee, and other refreshments will be available to all guests. We encourage you to use this time as an informal opportunity to engage with attendees and refuel for your next two sessions!


Thank You Reception

A thank you reception/pre-game tailgate for all alumni and friends (of age) will be hosted by the Office of Alumni Engagement at the Asylum Brewery in New Wilmington. More information will be forthcoming.


Schedule for the Weekend

Friday, September 28

The Witherspoon Rooms
11:40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

PNS Ready Workshop
Hosted by the Career Building and Professional Development Committee of the Alumni Council

All Day

Classroom featured speakers

Berlin Lounge
7:00 p.m.

Steel Blossoms Performance featuring alumnae Sara Zebley '11


Saturday, September 29

Please note that locations have been updated this year so be sure you are headed to the correct spot!

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Titan Gift Shop Open

8:00 a.m. - 12 noon

*Coffee available

2nd Floor McKelvey Campus Center

9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Session 1
*Coffee available

Thompson Clark, Patterson, McKelvey

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Career Fair and Networking Fair
*Continental Breakfast available


11:20 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Keynote Remarks


12 noon - 12:50 p.m.

Session 2

Thompson Clark, Patterson, McKelvey

1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Roundtable Meetups & Lunch


2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Session 3

Thompson Clark, Patterson, McKelvey

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Alumni Thank You Reception

Hop Asylum, Market Street


Additional Campus Happenings

1:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer Game

4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

TG2 Mobile Store Opens at Burry Stadium

5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Titan Gift Shop Reopens for the game

7:00 p.m.

Westminster vs. Case Western Football Game


Founding & Sponsorship

The Professional Networking Symposium was founded by Dr. Daniel Fischmar, Professor of Economics, Westminster College; Dr. Christie (Grewe) Nelson '06, Post Doctoral Associate, CCICADA, Rutgers University; and Ben Nelson '06, Vice President, Moody's Corporation. Dr. Fischmar, Dr. Nelson, and Mr. Nelson are the co-chairs of the Symposium.