4th Annual College of Liberal Arts Symposium

The College of Liberal Arts Symposium is a conference 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 be hosting alumni panels so that students can learn about the rich career opportunities awaiting them. Additionally, the Symposium will offer a variety of sessions designed to help students think about their professional identity and learn ways to build their resumes through experiential learning. All sessions will occur in the new wing of McCormick, as well as the Andruss Schweiker Room and the 2nd floor Andruss Computer Lab. All attendance at the conference will be tracked by card swipe machines.

One new feature for this year’s conference will be tabling fairs. On Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the symposium will offer a Majors/Minors fair specifically related to programs within the College of Liberal Arts. Students will have the chance to learn what they need to know about curriculum and career paths offered by different majors and minors in CoLA. On Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. students may gain valuable information about experiential learning opportunities on campus. Some of these stations will include The Voice – BU Newspaper, WHSK – BU Radio Station, The Warren Literary Magazine, Digital Humanities Project, Center for Research and Community Engagement, and others. On Thursday, students will have the chance to gain a professionally taken LinkedIn photo in the upstairs McCormick lobby.

Key Events and Speakers


Film Screening – Why They Kill: The Creation of Dangerous and Violent Criminals

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Centennial 218
This documentary film is based on the book of the same name, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Richard Rhodes. Rhodes explored the life and theoretical work of renowned criminologist, Lonnie Athens, namely the four stages of “violentization.” Dr. Athens himself will be giving a keynote speech on his career on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in Centennial 218.

Jake Baigis, WWE Speaker

Key Speaker - Mr. Jake Baigis - "You do what?: Arenas, Airports and Tour Buses – A Touring Life with WWE"

Thursday, Oct. 24, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., McCormick 1303
Jake Baigis is a 2010 graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Theatre, emphasis in Design/Technology. He previously worked as Master Electrician for both Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and Bloomsburg University Players. He also has worked (and is a card-holding member) with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 636 based in State College, PA. While he is a native of Bloomsburg, he has called Nashville, Tennessee his home since 2014. For the past five years, he has worked on tour with World Wrestling Entertainment as a stage carpenter. He is currently the lead stage carpenter for the tour.

Artist Reception & Talk – Mr. Frank DiPietro, “Circle in the Round”

Thursday, October 24th, 1:15 p.m., Haas Gallery

Haas Gallery of Art will feature an exhibition of paintings by BU alumnus Frank DePietro (Art, ’87). These contemporary realist paintings of flowers in nature are informed by art history and are aesthetically rewarding. Frank will give a gallery talk about his work and the evolution of his career since graduating from BU.

Dr. Alexander Selimov, Professor of Criminal Justice

Key Speaker – Dr. Alexander Selimov, “The Importance of Language Learning in the Context of Personal and Professional Development”

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m., McCormick 2303
Alexander Selimov, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, will discuss the benefits of second language acquisition, including problem solving, the development of intercultural competence, the ability to navigate in cross-disciplinary environments, the employability of graduates with second language skills, its effect on cognitive abilities like intelligence and memory, while lowering risks of brain aging, dementia, and Alzheimer’s, and improved learning across subject disciplines.
 
 

Lonnie Athens, Professor of Criminal Justice

Key Speaker – Dr. Lonnie Athens, "The Enlarged Violentization Process: The New Fifth Stage"

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Centennial 218
Lonnie Athens, Professor of Criminal Justice at Seton Hall University, pursues research in criminology; domination, violence, and conflict; and naturalistic methods. He is the author of three books: Domination and Subjugation in Everyday Life, The Creation of Dangerous Violent Criminals, and Violent Criminal Acts and Actors Revisited. He also has edited or co-edited several anthologies, including "Violent Acts and Violentization: Assessing, Applying and Developing Lonnie Athens' Theories and Radical Interactionism on the Rise." Although Athens has spent most of his professional life in academics, he has also worked in a variety of capacities in the criminal justice system, including as an expert witness and consultant for the state and defense in murder trials. His work has been mentioned on episodes of the T.V. series, "Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit, Murder in the First Degree, and The Dr. Drew Show," as well as many times in the "New York Times."

Sports Illustrated’s Jack McCallum

Key Speaker – Mr. Jack McCallum, “Reaching the Pinnacle of the Sports Writing Profession: A one-on-one with Sports Illustrated’s Jack McCallum”

Friday, Oct. 25, 11 to 11:50 a.m., McCormick 2303
Moderator: Dr. Jason Genovese, Dept. of Mass Communications
Description: For those many students who aspire to work in the sports media, what better resource than someone who reached the pinnacle of the sports writing profession? Jack McCallum has written for Sports Illustrated for three decades and is still listed as a Special Contributor. Covering the National Basketball Association for most of his professional life, McCallum has written several books on the sport including the New York Times bestseller Dream Team about the 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team. He’s also co-written a basketball novel. Mr. McCallum hails from the Lehigh Valley where he earned his BA, Muhlenberg College, and Master’s, Lehigh University. https://jackmccallum.net

Thursday, Oct. 24


9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

“You do what?: Arenas, Airports and Tour Buses – A Touring Life with WWE” (McCormick 1303)

Alumnus Speaker: Jake Baigis, Lead Stage Carpenter, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
Description: Mr. Baigis will discuss his professional journey from BU Player technician to his current role as Lead Stage Carpenter with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on tour.

“Find Your Track: Is Graduate School for You?” (McCormick 1316)

Alumni and Student Panelists: Cody Dietz, College Student Affairs (English, ’15); Emily Rupp, College Student Affairs (Social Work, ’19); Sarah Goulet, Instructional Technology (English, ’19); Justin Anderson, MBA (Psychology, ’19); Samuel Nagle, MBA (Political Science, ’19)
Moderator: Candy Ryan, Director of BU Graduate Admissions
Description: This session will introduce you to some BU graduate programs that complement a Liberal Arts degree. Current students and alumni will discuss their experiences in the programs and the ways in which their undergraduate majors helped.

“Internships and Experiential Learning Student Panel” (McCormick 2303)

Student Panelists: Angela DiPasquale (Senior, Communication Studies), Event Planning Intern at Eventique; Kira Loux (Senior, Theatre and History), Nonprofit Board Experience at BTE and Research Experience; Clayton Newton (Senior, English), Intern at SEKISUI; Gabriel Miller (Senior, Communication Studies Major), Intern at Geisinger
Moderator: Ms. Lauren Kross Polinski, Alumni and Professional Engagement
Description: At BU, we believe that experiential learning can give students a new perspective on a potential career, understand the industry they plan to work in, and provide connections that can lead to an opportunity for postgraduation. Whether you are just getting started as a first-year student or nearing graduation, this panel allows you to learn about internships and experiential learning opportunities that you can take advantage of during your time at BU.

“Getting Involved with CGA” (Andruss Schweiker)

Description: Learn about the ways to get involved with student government at Bloomsburg University. Student panelists will discuss their experiences serving in various CGA positions and what it has offer them in terms of professional development.
Presenters: Krystal Garcia, CGA Vice President (ss); Sophia Robinson, CGA Exec. Assistant (Sophomore, Anthropology/Political Science); and John N. Thomas, Student Trustee (Senior, Criminal Justice)
Moderator: Luke Betley, Dept. of Academic Enrichment, COLA Student Success


11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

“Money Matters” (McCormick 1303)

Presenter: Dr. Kip Armstrong, Dept. of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice
Description: Dr. Armstrong returns for his 4th year in a row to discuss how money works. Talk will mention amount of debt in 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.

“Gain Confidence through Interview Practice” (McCormick 1316)

Session requires pre-registration (Limit 16)
Student Panelists: Communication Training in Organization Students
Moderator: Dr. Janet Bodenman, Dept. of Communication Studies
Description: Learn the basics of how to make a positive first impression in an interview for an internship or job. Participate in a mock interview with a communication coach.

“Theatre and Dance Alumni Panel” (McCormick 2314)

Alumni Panelists: Jake Baigis (Theatre Design/Tech, ‘10); Sera Doughton (Dance, ‘19); Renee Fawess, (Theatre Performance, ‘04); Charlsey Hunter (Theatre Design/Tech, ‘14); Abigail Leffler (Theatre Performance, ‘07); and Russ Walsh (Theatre, ‘69)
Moderator: Dr. Carrie Winship, Dept. of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Description: This session offers a moderated panel discussion with graduates from the Theatre and Dance program, covering a wide variety of topics and areas. One topic to be explored will be how their Theatre and Dance skills helped or improved their careers, even if working outside of the theatre. Other topics may include personal/professional life balance, “things I wish I had known when I was still in school” and how to leverage discipline specific skills and training in jobs and careers outside the discipline. Anyone with an interest in any aspect of careers in Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Film, Television, Themed Entertainment, and related areas is highly encouraged to attend. Students from any major or minor are welcome to attend…much of the advice in past panels has transcended specific areas and this year should be no different.

“Music Alumni Panel” (Andruss Schweiker)

Alumni Panelists: Casey Carroll (Music Education, ‘13); Jennifer Wagner (Music Education); and Matthew McPeak (Audio Recording)
Moderator: Dr. Stephen Clickard, Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance
Description: BU Music alumni will discuss their careers, and answer questions about professional preparation and life as a working musician, audio recording technician, and music educator.

“Taking a Rhetorical Approach to Finding a Job Using Handshake” (Andruss CL 243)

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Petre, Dept. of Communication Studies, and Ms. Lauren Kross Polinski, Alumni and Professional Engagement
Description: Searching for the right job can be stressful for students, but taking a rhetorical approach is an effective way to discover if you are a good fit for the position. During this hands-on session, students will learn how to incorporate a rhetorical approach to finding jobs and internships using Handshake. Handshake is a valuable resource for students at any stage of the job search process, and this session will help participants learn how to navigate Handshake to find the job of their dreams. To activate your Handshake profile, visit: bloomu.joinhandshake.com


12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

"Internships in Policy and Politics: Former Harrisburg Interns Share Their Diverse Experiences” (McCormick 1303)

Alumni and Student Panelists: Cassie Hourlland, MSW (Social Work, ‘16), Policy Aide for the Office of Policy and Development at the PA Department of Human Services; Kaitlyn Floyd, (Political Science, Senior), intern for Gov. Tom Wolf; Molly Bitner (Social Work, Senior), current THIS Intern; Caroline Mathis (Social Work, ’18), West Chester MSW program
Moderators: Dr. Shiloh Erdley, Dept. of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice, and Dr. Jessy Defenderfer, Dept. of Political Science and Campus Coordinator of THIS Program
Description: The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) is an internship program for PASSHE schools each Fall and Spring. Bloomsburg University sends at least one intern each semester to live and work in state government in Harrisburg. This panel brings together several THIS participants to share their experiences in the Governor’s Office, the PA Department of Health, and more. Any BU student may apply for this internship—recent interns have hailed from Anthropology, Social Work, and Political Science. Please join us for this career-enlightening panel of opportunity.

“LGBTQA 101: A Beginner’s Guide to the Community” (McCormick 1316)

Presenters: Ms. Albra Wheeler, Coordinator for The Women’s Resource Center, and Dr. Craig Young, Dept. of Teaching and Learning
Description: In this interactive workshop participants will learn basic terminology and concepts, partake in a “Thinking Outside of the Box” activity, hear about the “Coming Out” process, and more.

“The Basics of Saving and Investing” (McCormick 2303)

Presenter: Dr. James Petre, Dept. of Communication Studies
Description: Establishing a successful saving and investing strategy early in one's life is of essential importance. Dr. James Petre will explain different aspects of saving and investing (i.e., strategies for saving, types of investments). There will be time for questions and comments from the audience following his remarks.

“Navigating Handshake” (Andruss CL 243)

Presenter: Brianna Fulp, Alumni & Professional Engagement GA
Description: During this hands-on session, you will have the opportunity to learn more about navigating your Handshake account. From job searching to researching employers to career resources, this session will allow you to maximize your account and get any questions you have answered.


2:00 to 3:15 p.m.

“Coming Down from the Academic Tower: Careers in Applied Anthropology” (McCormick 1303)

Alumni Panelists: Adrienne Mael (‘08), President and CEO, United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties
Moderator: Dr. DeeAnne Wymer, Dept. of Anthropology
Description: Anthropology alumni will discuss their careers, their strategies for obtaining their current positions, and advice for current students.

“Depolarizing Within: Becoming a Better Angel in Your Own World” McCormick 1316

Facilitators: Karen Ward and Karen Cotter, Better Angels
Description: Venting to your friend about all those idiots in the other political party quickly devolves into jokes and stereotyping. But it's what comes next that is downright scary, when you start to see "them" as enemies. Explore how this happens and what you can do to cure your inner polarizer!

“The Importance of Language Learning in the Context of Personal and Professional Development” (McCormick 2303)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Alexander Selimov, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies
Description: Professor Selimov will discuss the benefits of second language acquisition, including problem solving, the development of intercultural competence, the ability to navigate in cross-disciplinary environments, the employability of graduates with second language skills, its effect on cognitive abilities like intelligence and memory, while lowering risks of brain aging, dementia, and Alzheimer’s, and improved learning across subject disciplines.

“An Actor’s Approach to Engaging Presentations” (McCormick 2314)

Lead Presenter: Prof. David Miller, Dept. of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Student Presenters: Kali Morgia and Reagan Venturi
Description: Once you have created the content for a presentation, it's time to bring it to life. Just as in a play, simply reading a script does not engage an audience. In this hands-on workshop students will learn how an actor's approach to playing an objective can enhance any presentation.

“LinkedIn Lab” (Andruss CL 243)

Presenter: Brianna Fulp, Alumni & Professional Engagement GA
Description: During this hands-on session, you will have the opportunity to work on your LinkedIn profile and get on the spot feedback! You will also learn how to use LinkedIn to maximize your job search and connect with alumni.


3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

“Why It Matters to Study Abroad” (McCormick 1303)

Student Panelists: Abbygail Hill (France/Germany), April Merick (Puerto Rico), Grace Boon (Spain, Costa Rica--summer 2020), Grant Donner (Spain), Riley McSorley (Italy), Michael A. Lamberti (England), Ian Birdwell (Poland)
Faculty Panelists: Dr. Mykola Polyuha, Dr. Jing Luo, and Dr. Luke Springman, and Dr. Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus, Dept. of Languages and Cultures
Description: BU Professors who are leading study abroad programs and students who have studied abroad will talk about their trips, challenges, and study abroad experiences.

Friday, Oct. 25


9 to 9:50 a.m.

“Liberal Arts and Transferrable Skills in the Business World” (McCormick 1303)

Alumnus Presenter: Mr. Tom Mason (‘84), Second Vice President for Claim Management at Travelers Insurance
Description: Learn what managers in the “Business World” love about Liberal Arts Majors and the skill sets that they bring to the table for their company. Mr. Tom Mason, class of 1984, and Second Vice President for Claim Management at Travelers Insurance will share what he has observed in the students that he recruits from Bloomsburg University to join his team at Travelers. Learn about career opportunities that exist for Liberal Arts Majors in the insurance industry and beyond.


10 to 10:50 a.m.

“English Alumni Careers” (McCormick 1303)

Alumni Panelists: Phenom People; Keara Hozella (‘14), Corporate Storyteller, SEKISUI SPI; Steven Kotch (‘10), SEO Copywriter, Web.com; Jennifer Melzer (‘06), Freelance Author and Editor; Seth Nolan (‘15), Newspaper Journalist, Williamsport Sun-Gazette; and Lisa Regan (‘02 and ‘05), Author
Moderator: Dr. Tina Entzminger, Dept. of English
Description: Alumni panelists will discuss their career paths and the many real world applications of a degree in English.

“Strategies for Inclusive Communication in Culturally Diverse Environments” (McCormick 1316)

Presenter: Dr. Erin Brummett, Dept. of Communication Studies
Description: This session will discuss how students can become effective communicators in and outside of the college classroom. A specific focus will be given to strategies students can use to improve interpersonal and intercultural interactions on the college campus, while learning how to understand, appreciate, and celebrate difference.

“Careers in Emergent Media” (McCormick 2303)

Alumni Panelists: Darren Reighard (Mass Comm, ‘92), Founder and CEO of WaltCannon LLC, produce of “Cars of Carlisle” podcast (www.CarsOfCarlisle.com); Taylor Yandle (Mass Comm, ‘16), Social Media Associate with Crayola; Audra Ortiz (Comm Studies, ‘17), Digital Marketing Specialist with Mid Atlantic Retina
Moderators: Dr. Dennis Frohlich and Dr. Dave Magolis, Dept. of Mass Communications
Description: Digital technology has revolutionized the media industries, and career opportunities abound! Our graduates are finding careers in social media, content production, web design, radio, television, publishing, and more. An alumni panel of industry professionals will share what it takes to break in and thrive in this industry!

“Combating College Stress through Movement I” (McCormick 2314)

This session is fully enrolled.
Instructor: Ms. Shannon Musgrove
Description: Do you know the many benefits of yoga? In this session we will explore the many benefits of yoga and how it can help you combat college stress. You will also learn some restorative poses and breathing techniques that can help you regulate your sleeping patterns, move stress out of your body, and help concentration and test anxiety.

“A Virtual Chat with Washington Center Program” (Andruss Schweiker)

Presenter: Ms. Keyana Young, The Washington Center Recruiter
Moderator: Ms. Lauren Kross Polinski, Alumni and Professional Engagement
Description: The Washington Center is an immersive, holistic internship program in the heart of Washington DC. Partnered with over 600 organizations in the DC area, you’ll be connected to an internship site that matches your interests and goals. The program itself goes beyond internships to give you the professional development, connections, and guidance you’ll need to pursue a fulfilling career. Learn more about how you can take advantage of this exciting opportunity. For more information: www.twc.edu

“Navigating Handshake” (Andruss CL 243)

Presenter: Brianna Fulp, Alumni & Professional Engagement GA
Description: During this hands-on session, you will have the opportunity to learn more about navigating your Handshake account. From job searching to researching employers to career resources, this session will allow you to maximize your account and get any questions you have answered.


11 to 11:50 a.m.

“History Careers Alumni Panel: Where Do History Majors Work after Graduation?” (McCormick 1303)

Alumni Panelists: Casey Leighton (‘18), Abstractor, Cornerstone Settlement; Jerome Manley (‘10), Principal of Student Engagement, Bloomsburg High School; Michelle Swartz (‘11, MA ’14), Former BU Coordinator of Supplemental Learning and Developmental Math Support; and Logan Hetherington (’15), Associate with McNees Wallace and Nurick LLC
Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Oast, Dept. of History
Description: History alumni will discuss their careers, their strategies for obtaining their current positions, and helpful advice for students.

“Networking: Do I Have To???” (McCormick 1316)

Presenter: Ms. Melanie Sanchez-Jones, Partner Career Support Manager at LINC http://www.linc-lv.com/about-us/staff/
Description: Does Networking seem like a four-letter word? When you hear the word, do you feel excited or put-off? In this session, you will learn that you already ’network.’ You’ll learn how to apply what you already know to your professional career. Networking is a powerful way to explore career options, connect with people who can help you, and find internships and full-time jobs. It is a skill that will be useful for your entire life.

“Reaching the Pinnacle of the Sports Writing Profession: A one-on-one with Sports Illustrated’s Jack McCallum” (McCormick 2303)

Moderator: Dr. Jason Genovese, Dept. of Mass Communications
Description: For those many students who aspire to work in the sports media, what better resource than someone who reached the pinnacle of the sports writing profession? Jack McCallum has written for Sports Illustrated for three decades and is still listed as a Special Contributor. Covering the National Basketball Association for most of his professional life, McCallum has written several books on the sport including the New York Times bestseller Dream Team about the 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team. He’s also co-written a basketball novel. Mr. McCallum hails from the Lehigh Valley where he earned his BA, Muhlenberg College, and Master’s, Lehigh University. https://jackmccallum.net

“Combating College Stress through Movement II” (McCormick 2314)

Instructor: Ms. Shannon Musgrove
Description: Do you know the many benefits of yoga? In this session we will explore the many benefits of yoga and how it can help you combat college stress. You will also learn some restorative poses and breathing techniques that can help you regulate your sleeping patterns, move stress out of your body, and help concentration and test anxiety.

“LinkedIn Lab” (Andruss CL 243)

Presenter: Brianna Fulp, Alumni & Professional Engagement GA
Description: During this hands-on session, you will have the opportunity to work on your LinkedIn profile and get on the spot feedback! You will also learn how to use LinkedIn to maximize your job search and connect with alumni.


12 to 12:50 p.m.

"Getting Involved in Research: URSCA Program, Grant Opportunities, and Community Engagement" (McCormick 1303)

Panelists: Dr. Heather Feldhaus, Graduate Programs; Dr. Kai Kuang, Dept. of Communication Studies; and Dr. Sue Dauria, Dept. of Anthropology
Description: In this session, the panelists will discuss different ways in which undergraduate students can get involved in research projects on campus, collaborate with community groups, and apply for funding for their research.

“Military Green Zone Training” (McCormick 1316)

Presenter: Mr. Bob Heckrote, Academic Advisement
Description: The purpose of BU’s Military Green Zone training is to help faculty, staff, and students better understand and work with students who have a military background. The training is modeled in part from “Safe Zone” programs, and LGBTQA Ally trainings. The goals of the training are to expose the BU community to common military culture, considerations when working with military connected individuals, and military related issues/concerns to keep in mind. The BU Military Green Zone training also serves to expand our network of support through creating Green Zone Allies. Upon completion of the training, individuals will receive a Green Zone placard to post in their office or area to help military students identify additional resources.

"Strategies of Debate" (McCormick 2303)

Student Panelists: Taylor Baker (Political Science), Joe Touey (Marketing), Noah Roux (Political Science), and Shawn Edwards (Marketing)
Moderator: Dr. Neil Strine, Dept. of Political Science
Description: This session presented by the BU Forensics Team will feature a parliamentary debate on the topic: "Be It Resolved: The Democratic nominee for president will beat President Trump in the 2020 presidential election." Dr. Strine will provide some commentary on debate practices and strategies.

“Mastering Your Body Language” (McCormick 2314)

Presenter: Prof. Julie Petry, Dept. of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Description: Body language (and body use) impacts every part of life from the personal to the professional, yet most of us lack the tools and wisdom to take full advantage of this important resource. Come find out more and begin your path to greater self-awareness.


1 to 1:50 p.m.

“Sociology Alumni Panel: Life after Sociology, Making It in the Real World” (McCormick 1303)

Alumni Panelists: Susan Decker (‘09), Contract Therapist for DHS; Sherry Moroz (‘80), Forensic Interviewer at the Child Advocacy Center of the Central Susquehanna Valley in Sunbury; and Lisa DeMelfi (‘12), Market Researcher at Fors Marsh Group
Moderator: Dr. Kip Armstrong, Dept. of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice
Description: Three former Sociology majors will discuss their careers as a counseling psychologist, child advocate who interviews abused children, and market researcher and how their BU educations aided them in finding their careers.

“Woven into the Fabric of the Community: The Harry L. Magee Digital Archives” (McCormick 1316)

Presenters: Dr. Safa Saracoglu, Dr. Michael Hickey, Dept. of History, Tyler Specht (History, ’18), Instructional Technology Graduate Student Intern, Andrew Woerner (Senior, Education/History), Sarah Zechman (Senior, English), Student Assistant
Description: This session will present the Digital Humanities Initiative at BU, explaining the work they do and how they build the Magee Digital Archives.

“An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding Police Fatal Shootings: Developing Crime Analysis KSAs in the Liberal Arts” (McCormick 2303)

Moderator: Dr. Bob Moscgat, Dept. of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice
Description: The Police Fatal Shooting Research Group will highlight interdisciplinary skill sets in researching police fatal shootings. Careers in crime analysis will be discussed including developing KSAs through liberal arts coursework.

“Economic Education: Job Opportunities in Domestic and International Economies” (McCormick 2314)

Panelists: Dr. Saleem Khan, Dept. of Economics, and Zachary Porreca (Senior, Economics)
Description: This panel will explore the value of an economics degree.

“Light Up Your LinkedIn Account: A Workshop on Designing an Effective LinkedIn Page” (Andruss CL 243)

Presenter: Dr. Shavonne Shorter, Dept. of Communication Studies
Description: In recent years LinkedIn.Com has become the premier place for online professional networking. It has also evolved into a well-known place to apply for internships and jobs. It is important that all Bloomsburg University students create a profile on the website to take advantage of these opportunities. In this workshop you will learn the components of a profile and how to create a strong one that will make you stand out from the rest.


2 to 2:50 p.m.

“Psychology Alumni Panel” (McCormick 1303)

Alumni Panelists: Janet Rarig (‘80), Executive Director of Wellness; Kimberly Abney (’09), School Counselor with Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI); Alphonso Nathan (’09), Vice President/ Lead Home Based Clinician at Brightside Counseling Services LLC; Olivia Best (‘17), Psychiatric Technician, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Andrew Corbin (‘03), Therapeutic Recreation Services Supervisor, Danville State Hospital; Keri Everitt (‘16), Lead Counselor, Genesis House; Michelle M. Dermes (‘03), HR Associate/Volunteer Coordinator, Philhaven Behavioral Healthcare; Salvatore Nardini (‘16), Prevention Coordinator, Center for Humanistic Change; and Kristen Stepanczuk (‘07), Counselor, Lehigh Valley Premier Counseling
Moderator: Dr. Mary Jo Larcom, Dept. of Psychology
Description: Oh the places you'll go. . . with a psychology degree! Learn how majoring in psychology prepared BU Alumni to pursue their career goals.

“Communication Studies Alumni Panel” (McCormick 2303)

Alumni Panelists: Karin Suttman (‘85), JL Media Inc. in NYC; Kristen Cheek (‘05), Talent Acquisition Partner for QVC in Philadelphia; and Valerie Fessler (‘03 and ‘09), Community Engagement and Development Officer, American Rescue Workers
Moderators: Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Skye Chernichky-Karcher, Dept. of Communication Studies
Description: This roundtable discussion will feature several graduates of the Communication Studies program. They will discuss their current occupations and how the Communication Studies major helped them discover their path. There will also be plenty of time for questions and comments from the audience.

“Gap Year Experiences: Taking a year ‘ON!’” (Andruss Schweiker)

Presenters: Ms. Lauren Kross Polinski, Alumni and Professional Engagement
Description: Are you considering taking a year or two before going back to school or entering the career field? Interested in doing a year of volunteerism or service? This session will help you understand what a Gap Year Experience is, what you can learn from doing one, and how the application process works.


3 to 4 p.m.

“Law School and Legal Careers” (McCormick 1303)

Alumni Panelists: Adam Black (Political Science, ‘07); Alisa Petersen (Political Science, ‘17); and Elizabeth Wood, Esq. (Philosophy, ‘04)
Guest Panelist: Judge Mary Jane Bowes, Chair, BU Council of Trustees
Moderator: Dr. Loren Selznick, Dept. of Accounting and Law
Description: In this session, BU alumni from Philosophy, English, and Political Science, who are pursuing law school or have gone on to successful careers in the law, will have an open panel discussion to talk about law school, legal careers, and how students can succeed. Sponsored by the BU Diehl Center for Law.

“Social Work Jobs that Inspire and Change the World” (McCormick 1316)

Alumni Panelists: Laurie George (‘06), Policy, Program and Staff Development Manager, North Central Secure Treatment Unit; Cassie Hourlland (‘16)*, Policy Aide for the Office of Policy and Development at the PA Department of Human Services; Nakiah Moore (‘19), Counselor Assistant III, Gaudenzia Berwick OP; Stephanie byers (‘17)*, Quality Improvement Coordinator with Centurion, Inc. at Philadelphia Department of Prisons; Cherie Bloomfield (‘15)*, CASA Supervisor; and Alison Farley (‘15)*, Geisinger Medical Center Maternal Fetal Medicine Social Worker (*Indicates MSW also completed)
Moderator: Dr. Shiloh Erdley, Dept. of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice
Description: Interested in a job growth rate of 11.5% by 2024; becoming one of the lead mental health providers in the country; and completing a fast track to an MSW in 18 months? Come and visit with our social work alumni panel to learn more about this diverse and rewarding profession.

“College of Liberal Arts Young Professionals Panel” (McCormick 2303)

Alumni Panelists: Justin Moranski (Art History, ‘05, MSIT ‘06), Client Success Manager at Cornerstone OnDemand; Lisa Bielen (History, ‘06) Contracting Officer at the National Cancer Institute; Katelyn Caralle (Mass Communication, ‘17), US Political Reporter at Daily Mail; Kourtney Miles (Mass Communications, ’18), Charitable Foundation Specialist for Mi Windows and Doors
Moderator: Marv Meneeley (’85, ‘87M), Sales Specialist for Higher Education North Turning Technologies
Description: A few years ago, they were in the same position as you. Now, they are working for organizations big and small, taking on challenges every day, and using their liberal arts degree to impact their communities. Learn about the transition from student to professional, insight on success and challenges in life as a postgrad, and action steps to consider before graduation!