PC to Host January 30 Event
Hundreds Participate in Alumni-Student Networking Nights
More than 150 Providence College alumni offered insight and career advice to more than 180 PC students at Alumni-Student Networking Nights in Boston, New York City, and Southern California over winter break.
Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, the Career Education Center, and regional alumni clubs of the PC National Alumni Association, the January “Networking Month” programs allowed students to meet and hear alumni professionals from diverse fields.
The students embraced the opportunity to meet with alumni and hear how their education and experiences at Providence College prepared them for their career paths.
“I’ve gone the past two years with the Friars Club, so I kind of knew what to expect, but this was the first year I went solely for the purpose of networking. It was a great experience and extremely helpful,” said Katie Ferris ’13 (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), who attended the New York networking night.
“I am constantly amazed at how much interest PC alumni have in the lives of current students — it is refreshing to know that the ‘Friar Family’ continues to exist beyond the gates of our campus,” said Ferris, who is an American studies major.
Trevor J. Dougherty ’13 (Bayport, N.Y.), a humanities major, used the Boston event to make connections and departed with a better understanding of what to anticipate in his future career.
“I spoke with alumni whose career paths ranged from engineering to video media, and I gained a realistic perspective on what to expect in the coming years,” said Dougherty. “Regardless of differences in background, there was a common ground of personal responsibility that I believe is fundamental to a Providence College education. I am grateful for the alumni who took the time to support current students.”
All three events featured keynote addresses from alumni who have risen to the top of their respective industries.
In Boston, Jennifer O’Meara ’93, marketing director and director of client services at Flimp Media, was the guest speaker. New York’s networking event featured Thomas Fortin ’86, the global director of Black Rock’s Platform and Integration group.
This was the second year that a “Career Conversations” night was held in Marina del Rey, Calif. Addressing alumni and students was Ralph Fisco ’85, regional marketing manager for Toyota and Lexus Financial Services.
Alumnus networks, too
Current students were not the only ones who benefitted from the network night experience.
Preston Pero ’12 is now working as a staffing manager at Complete Staffing Solutions and has the distinction of having attended networking night as a student and an alumnus.
“I’ve attended for the past three years running, and I’ve never had the same experience twice. As a recent grad looking to expand my network in downtown Boston, events such as these have taken on an entirely new and unique level of importance that I truly appreciate,” said Pero.
Stacey Moulton, associate director for career education, encourages students to attend future Alumni-Student Networking Nights and cites the potential to establish lifelong relationships and experience the strength of the PC community first-hand as major reasons why.
“Students have the opportunity to speak to many alumni from various backgrounds and industries. This helps them to learn how their PC education is valuable in the professional world by learning how other Friars have leveraged theirs in their careers,” said Moulton.
Next stop: Providence
The final Alumni-Student Networking Night for the month will be held at PC on January 30 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Slavin Center ’64 Hall. The keynote address will be given by Caroline Scanlon Peucker ’84, chief operating officer of PMG, Inc., of Pawtucket, R.I.
Alumni interested in participating can register here. Students can sign up here.
— John Larson
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