University Advancement and The Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development collaborated last Friday to kick off The University’s second annual Toast2Scranton event. The McIlhenny Ballroom of The DeNaples Center was filled to the brim Friday night with hundreds of passionate undergraduate students and alumni.
Upon arrival, I was handed a “passport” to complete for the night. The passport had nine different circles on it to complete. Some of the circles included “Talk to an alumnus who works in a healthcare profession,” “Take a picture in the photo booth” or “Toast a marshmallow.”
The objective was simple and fun: talk to alumni who love The University as much as you do. Once you completed a task, you were handed a sticker. If you received four stickers, you could get a T-shirt. If you completed the whole passport, you could be entered into a raffle to win prizes, such as a Scranton beach towel, blanket or shirt.
The evening kicked off with The Center for Career Development briefing students and alumni on how to network with one another.
Each staff member of the center gave a little tidbit of advice on how to appropriately and effectively talk to alumni. Chris Whitney, the director of The Center for Career Development, provided insight and humor while briefing students on conversations with alumni, saying, “Don’t blatantly ask them for a job.”
It was an evening of food, fun and mingling with alumni. I had the opportunity to chat with a lovely woman named Lynn Volk at the event.
Though she was not an alumna herself, she shared that her husband was. She wanted to get a chance to connect with undergraduate students at Scranton and hear about our experiences. She shared that she was an accountant for 30 years and traveled all throughout the world with her husband for his job in the military. She spent several years in Germany and other beautiful countries.
She is now retired, living in Pennsylvania and has picked up a new hobby of planting and selling flowers. Volk explained that she had spent 30 years in a chair meticulously working as a Certified Public Accountant, and this is a hobby she enjoys immensely.
All members of The Center for Career Development are alumni of The University. The Center for Career Development offers many resources for students such as resume help, mock interviews, dining etiquette and much more.
The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located in Ciszek Hall. The Career Expo will be Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Byron Recreation Center. Over 75 employers will be there such as Deloitte, Coca-Cola Refreshments, PwC and Geisinger Health System. Stop by and take a look! Your future employer awaits!