CASSH Con 2020

Careers in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities

CASSH Con is designed to offer students within COLA, as well as any undeclared students seeking information about what COLA has to offer, two days of panels and workshops focused upon alumni engagement and professional development. Almost every program in the College of Liberal Arts will host alumni panels so that students can learn about the rich career opportunities awaiting them. Additionally, there are a variety of sessions designed to help students think about their professional identity and learn ways to build their resumes through experiential learning.

A chat with theatre alumnus, Jimmi Simpson

Friday, Oct. 16, 3 to 4 p.m.

Moderators: Faculty Emeritus Karen Anselm and Professor Ethan Krupp

Best known for his roles in television series such as It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Late Show with David Letterman, Psych, Breakout Kings, House of Cards, Westworld, Black Mirror, and Unsolved, Jimmi Simpson '98 has also appeared in film and on stage. His film credits include Loser (2000), Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), Zodiac (2007), The Invention of Lying (2009), Date Night (2010), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), White House Down (2013), and Under the Silver Lake (2018).

Jimmi Simpson

Thursday, Oct. 15

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

"Being an Ally in the Workplace"

Carolyn Taggart, LGBTQA Resource Center Coordinator, and Thomas Mannion, Women’s Resource Center Graduate Assistant

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

"History Alumni Panel" – Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Oast

Mark Hall (1986). Works as an Emergency Management Specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Zach Mrochko (2018). Works as a History teacher at Marion Catholic High School
Kenneth Ferguson (2004). Works as the Second Vice President for the Florida/Georgia Region Team for US Liability Insurance
Christopher Froelich (2000). Works as a Lawyer/Special Council for Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, & Hampton, LLP.
Christina Chandler (2007). Works as a Grants and Restricted Funds Manager at Princeton University.

"Music Alumni Panel" – Moderator: Dr. Stephen Clickard

Rachel Lipski (2017, Music Education). Works as a piano and ukulele instructor at Young Artists Music Academy.
Luke Nolan (2016, Music). Graduate student at University of South Carolina.
Christian Smith (2014, AV). Works as a Musical Director/Performer and Private Teacher.

"Psychology Alumni Panel" – Moderator: Dr. Mary Jo Larcom

Lydia Singley '83, Health Choices Program Director, Berks County
Maria McGinty-Ferris '01, Attorney, Swartz Culleton PC
Gil Brown '78, President & CEO, Hospice of Central PA
Paige Waenke, Human Resources Specialist, CleanEarth

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Communication Studies Alumni Panel – Moderator: Dr. Skye Chernichky-Karchner

Mark Dalessandro (2006). Works as Global Training Manager at LEGO.
Jennifer Inaba (2006). Works as a Special Publications Manager for Greenspun Media Group.
Giovanna Andrews (2017). Founder of Harper's Heart.
Jasmine Lee (2011). Works as Associate Director of Admissions, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

"A Stroll Around the Craft of Writing" by Andrea Zurlo" – Moderator: Dr. Amarilis Hidalgo-DeJesus

Sponsored by COLA, Department of Languages and Cultures, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs

"People Work: Preaching, Personnel Work, and Major Selling" (Sociology Alumni Panel) – Moderator: Dr. Kip Armstrong

Kristy Arndt (2003). Works as a Northeast Regional Distribution Specialist for 3M Electrical Division under the SIBG Business Group.
Margie Weiss (1976). A retired Pastor in the Lutheran Church in Danville, and one of its first women pastors.
Sarah (Burkhardt) Snyder (2010, BA Sociology; MA, Organization Psychology). Works as the Senior Talent and Employee Experience Generalist at Y Prime, a clinical trials pharmaceutical company.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

"Studying Languages and Working Abroad" – Moderator: Dr. Yahya Laayouni

Adam James (English BA, 2011; MA, Comparative History, Central European U). Works as a Senior Content Editor at OKEx, a cryptocurrency exchange company.
Liesl Driver (Spanish, 2010). Works as an English teacher in Mexico and Fulbright English teach in Brazil.
Giovanna Heanue (Art Studio BA, 2019). Works as a Teaching assistant in Spain.
Cassandra Souza. (Spanish and Arabic BA, 2017). Works as a study abroad advisor in Spain.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

"Economics Department Alumni Panel" – Moderator: Dr. Richard Paulsen

Cheryl Tedder (BS, Business Economics, 1997, BU; MS, Applied Economics, Rutgers U; JD, Villanova). Works for KPMG LLP, as Senior Manager, International Corporate Tax Services.
Brian Roadarmel (2008, BU; 2010, MEd, Business Education, BU; 2014, MBA, Penn State). Works as the CFO/COO at JDK Management.
Joseph Catanzaro (1988). Business owner of Catanzaro's Insurance and Financial Services, Ltd. Works as a Certified Financial Planner.

"Careers in Law Panel" – Moderators: Dr. Loren Selznick and Dr. Pete Doerschler

Cheryl Humes (top COLA graduate, 2002, Philosophy; JD, 2005 Widener University School of Law). Works at a Prisoner’s Rights Non-Profit in Lewisburg.
Eli Leggett (2020, Political Science). First year law student at West Virginia.

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Meditation Session by Dr. Shannon Musgrove

It’s mid-semester and you have a million things on your to-do list, possibly not getting enough sleep, and trying to find time to build meaningful relationships in a digital world. When is the last time you offered yourself a gentle pause, a relaxing breath, and moment of stillness? Join us for 30 minutes as you learn about the benefits of meditation practice and practice a short guided meditation.

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Meditation Session by Dr. Shannon Musgrove

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

"Social Work Alumni Panel" – Moderator: Dr. Shiloh Erdley-Kass

Joan Bradbury, MSS, MLSP (BSW, 2011). Works as Executive Director at Pennsylvania State Senate
Michael Regan, MSW (BSW, 2014). Works as Supervisor of Special Education at Newburgh Enlarged School District
Carla Fuentes-Rodda, MSW (BSW, 2014). Works as Assistant Program Manager at Women President’s Educational Organization
Grant Mercer, MSW (BSW, 2016). Works as a Skill Building Specialist, Autism Diagnostic and Evaluation Resources.
Wanda Tarvin (BSW, 2018, BU; MSW anticipated 2020). Works as a Americorps Member.

"Competing with the Best of the Best and Everyone in Between: Becoming a Media Professional in the Age of Coronavirus" – Moderator: Dr. Maria Mendoza-Enright

Kimberly Cox (2013, Public Relations). Works as Associate VP for Braithwaite Communications.
Joseph DiGiacomo (2010, Telecommunications/Media Studies). Works as Supervising Editor for Sesame Workshop, CT.
Gina Girio (2016, Telecommunications/Media Studies). Works as a Manager at Global Programming Services, A&E Networks, NY.
Julie Gould (2014, Journalism/English minor). Works as Managing Editor for Population Health Learning Network, HMP Global.
Marie Lewis (2013, Mass Communications). Works as a Social Media Manager for FOX SOUL, CA.

Friday, Oct. 16

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

"Art and Art History Alumni Panel" – Moderator: Associate Professor David Kube

Michael Kalmbach (2003). Founder of the New Wilmington Art Association.
Matthew Dercole (2003). Works as an Instructor at the Hartford Art School.

"Money Matters" by Dr. Kip Armstrong

Description: Dr. Armstrong returns for his fifth year in a row to discuss how money works. His talk will focus on the amount of debt in the nation, state, and people’s lives and continue with suggestions of how to prepare for retirement through effective saving and spending strategies. Also included will be suggestions about buying a house and car. It will explain how to think about money, so it works for you, not against you.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

"What Does it Mean to be ‘Woke’?: Social Justice and its Impact on Students and Professionals" by Dr. Shavonne Shorter

Description: On social media and in real life people are quick to tell you that they are a social justice warrior. But what exactly does this really mean? In this workshop we will discuss the true origins of social justice, what it means to be privileged, and what you can do to promote equity in your role as a student and future professional.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

"Recognizing Bias in the Workplace Alumni Panel" – Moderator: Kristen Austin Ed.D. (2002, Social Work). Works as the Senior Director of New Student Programs, West Chester University

Jomyra Crespo (2009, Political Science). Works as Director of Post-Secondary Services.
Ken Lastowka (2006, Music Education). Works as the Assistant Director of Housing at Northhampton Community College.
Hiram Martinez (2000, Political Science). Works as the Assistant Director of Diversity, West Chester University.
Lamar Oglesby (2007, Business Administration). Works as the Director of Grants and Accounting at Rutgers.
Anastasia Demopoulos (2016, Communication Studies). Works as the Diversity Equity Inclusion Talent Partner at Button.
Juli Miller ’92 – VP and Global Leader at Johnson & Johnson, Major: Business Administration

What You Can Do with an English Degree …" – Moderator: Dr. Christina Francis

Adam Beck (2012, English & Psychology BA, BU; MBA, Liberty University). Works as …
Adam James (2011, English BA, BU; MA, Comparative History, Central European U). Works as a Senior Content Editor at OKEx, a cryptocurrency exchange company.
Joslyn Neiderer (2004, BA English: Creative Writing, BU; 2016, MA Science & Medical Writing, Johns Hopkins U) Works as Project Outreach Coordinator, the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center, Penn State and Adjunct Professor of Public Relations, the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Penn State.
Jessica Weber (2011, Creative Writing; 2013, MA, Composition, Language & Rhetoric; 2020, PhD, Technical Communication and Rhetoric). Works as a Senior Writing Center Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

"Anthropology Alumni Panel" – Moderator: Dr. Sue Dauria

Kristal Metzler (2020). Works as a Front End UI Developer (Technical Lead) at Anthem Inc. and is an International Bestselling Author
Adrienne Mael (2008). Works as a President & CEO for United Way of Columbia & Montour counties.
Richard White (1995, BA; MA, University of Leicester). Works as an Archeological Principal Investigator for A.D. Marble.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

"Careers in Politics" – Moderator: Dr. Jessy Defenderfer

Emily Kinkead (2009). Running for PA State Representative in District 20.
Ray Zaborney, member of the BU Council of Trustees.

A Chat with Theatre Alumnus, Jimmi Simpson" – Moderators: Faculty Emeritus Karen Anselm and Professor Ethan Krupp

"20/20 Foresight: Working Outside the Box . . . Media Beyond the Mainstream" – Moderator: Maria Mendoza- Enright

Kevin T. Brooks, CIC, CPCU (2013, Telecommunications). Works as VP for JKJ Private Client Group
Meg Meehan Sheeley (2005, Telecommunications). Works as Acting Dean of Enrollment Management & Coordinator of Student Life, SUNY Ulster
Jaison Williams (1993, Telecommunications). Works as Global Head of Talent Management @ Fitbit