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Monday, January 27, 2014

David Gilbert Kicks Off Villanova's 2014 Literary Festival

The 2014 Literary Festival begins with a reading from critically acclaimed fiction writer David Gilbert on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 pm at Speaker’s Corner in Falvey Library. 

Travis Foster Lecture: "Darwin, Jewell, Freud, and the Ecology of Queer Life"

Please join us this week to hear a lecture by Travis Foster, who teaches in the Graduate English department. His lecture is entitled "Darwin, Jewell, Freud, and the Ecology of Queer Life," and will take place at noon on Wednesday, January 29 in the Connelly Center.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BRIDGE Society Networking Event - January 30 at 6:00 PM

The BRIDGE society is hosting a networking event for those interested in banking, education, food & beverage services, health, hospital administration, intellectual property, investor relations, insurance, IT, law, marketing, pharmaceuticals, publishing, small business, or more entrepreneurial endeavors after receiving your degree. Research suggests that alumni networking is one of the most important avenues to securing a good job, and these events are a unique opportunity to take advantage of Villanova's professional alumni network.

INVITATION: BRIDGE Society LAS in Business Mentoring & Networking Event - Thursday, January 30th at 6:00pm

Dear Students,

You're invited to the BRIDGE Society Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in Business Mentoring & Networking event on Thursday, January 30th at 6:00pm in the Villanova Room. This event was designed in response to requests from our alumni and recruiters who recognize the value of your LAS degree in business-related industries and want to promote opportunities for LAS students. You’ll hear from alumni across LAS majors and from employers who are interested in mentoring and hiring LAS students. The conversations in the groups will center on how the LAS degree is valued in business-related positions and how to prepare and compete for these positions.

Over 35 alumni and professionals who work in business areas related to banking, education, food & beverage, health, hospital administration, intellectual property, investor relations, insurance, IT, law, marketing, pharmaceuticals, publishing, small business, and entrepreneurial endeavors from the following companies will serve as mentors:
  • Bloomberg
  • CB Richard Ellis
  • Citi
  • Give Back Brands Marketing
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Morgan Stanley
  • QVC
  • Sedgwick Law
  • St. Elizabeths Hospital
  • Thomson Reuters
  • US Bank
  • Vanguard
  • And more…
*You do not need to possess any business experience or familiarity with the business industries/firms who will be participating. An interest in learning about these businesses and connecting with the alumni and professionals are the only requirements; however, to gain as much as possible from the event, over the next week, I recommend reading The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Look up the businesses online to gain some familiarity with them before the event. Showing an interest in someone else’s work will enable you to connect with them more easily.

To register for this event, click on the Registration Form link and select January 30th on the drop-down menu:Registration Form. Register now -- Space is limited!

Register Here

DRESS CODE & CONFIRMATION EMAILProfessional style dress is required for this event. You will receive a detailed description of the dress code in a confirmation email two days before the event and the day of the event.

RESUMEResumes will not be evaluated at this event.

JOINING BRIDGEHere's the link to the BRIDGE application if you're interested in joining: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/undergrad/ous/lpdsociety.html

QUESTIONSPlease email aslp@villanova.edu if you have any questions. Thank you.

Friday, January 17, 2014

New Online Professional Networking Group for Villanova Gradauate English Alumni

Guest post by Dr. Heather Hicks.

As graduate director, I have searched for a viable means of helping alumni and current students to connect with each other for a number of years. After meeting recently with Kevin Grubb, an expert on social media at Villanova’s Career Services Office, I have decided that LinkedIn is the best platform for this effort. You can access our new networking group for current students and alumni of Villanova’s Graduate English Program by going to the LinkedIn site at https://www.linkedin.com/, and then searching for “Villanova Graduate English Program.” At the group page, you can request to join the group.

The group provides an ideal opportunity for you to see the range of careers that alumni of the program have pursued, and it gives you a quick and convenient way to benefit from their professional knowledge and experience. So far, close to 50 alumni of the program have joined the group, and I expect more to join in the coming weeks. The group will also allow you to keep in touch with your former classmates once you have completed the degree. The group offers me a convenient way to post job listings that have been sent to me by those seeking to hire someone with the skills our program cultivates. It may also give me the opportunity to reach out to you when I am seeking an expert in a particular field to give an alumni talk or participate in an alumni panel here on campus.

I’m happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about LinkedIn and the alumni group. Villanova’s Career Office now advises all Villanova students to establish a professional profile on LinkedIn because, with 260 million members, it has become an important way that potential employers advertise positions, search for prospective employees, and review job candidates. If you want to learn more about LinkedIn, you may attend the webinar the Graduate School is hosting on January 22nd at noon at the following link: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/218196366/106077190

I hope you’ll join, and again, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this new group.