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Professional Networking Symposium

Save the Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017


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 wine & cheese reception. Registered attendees are displayed on the right side bar of the alumni event’s page.


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 Career Center, by telephone 724-946-7339 or by email.



A networking luncheon will be held free of charge for all participants. Participants will also have an opportunity to have photos taken for use on LinkedIn.


Thank You Reception

A thank you reception will be held at the Fractured Grape Winery in New Wilmington. For all alumni, friends, faculty, and staff (21+) involved in the Symposium, the reception will give you an opportunity to interact with other professionals and give us an opportunity to thank you for spending the day helping students. Hors d’ oeuvres are complimentary and wine is discounted by the glass for attendees.


Schedule for the Weekend

Friday, September 15

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Ready Session—For first year students only

Students will learn about professionalism and what to expect from the Professional Networking Symposium that will be held on Saturday. They will learn the value of networking and develop their elevator pitch. Recommended attendance to both this session and at least one Saturday session.


Saturday, September 16

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

2nd Floor McKelvey Campus Center

8:00 a.m. - 12 noon


2nd Floor McKelvey Campus Center

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Career Fair

3rd floor McKelvey Campus Center, Witherspoon

9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

3rd Floor McKelvey Campus Center, Witherspoon

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

Session 1

Refer to day-of program for room and building location

10:50 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.

Break/Transition Time

11:05 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

Session 2

Refer to day-of program for room and building location

11:55 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Break/Transition Time

12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Session 3

Refer to day-of program for room and building location

1:00 p.m.

Choice of: Lunch in Witherspoon OR Box Lunch Employer Sessions in classrooms

2:30 p.m.

Thank you Alumni Reception

Fractured Grape

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Lakeside Vendor & Craft Fair

Brittain Lake


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.