Lawrence Scholars program invites alumni and local business leaders

Maisha Rahman

The development office and the Career Center have organized another Lawrence Scholars Program for Saturday, Feb. 4. These programs are designed to bring in accomplished alumni from different fields, exposing students to different possible career paths. The program also aims to familiarize alumni with recent happenings at Lawrence.

According to Mary Meany, dean of career services, “The alumni take off time from their current jobs and come and are willing to do anything and everything they can to help the current students understand and expand upon their liberal arts education.”

The Lawrence Scholars Program will start with a keynote address focused on research and discovery by Kurt Albertine ’75, at 1 p.m. After that, panels will run from 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The Lawrence Scholars panels will represent four areas: business, arts and entertainment, law and medicine.

There will also be a new addition to the program, which is a one-on-one networking reception with the alumni and local business leaders from the U.S. Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank. Associate Director of Alumni and Constituency Engagement for Career Services Erin Chudacoff said, “Students wished they had a little bit more time to chat with the alumni after the sessions,” and that is why this reception has been introduced this time. Résumé reviewing and mock interviews will also be offered and can be reserved on the LUWorks website.

Evidence of the Lawrence Scholars Program’s benefit to Lawrence students can be seen through Angela Ting ’11, who met Lawrence alumnus William J Baer’ 72 at the first Lawrence Scholars in Law summit, and is now working with him as a legal assistant at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C.

Calvin Husmann, vice president for alumni, development and communications, encourages everyone at Lawrence, from freshmen to seniors, to attend these programs. He said, “These programs will help everybody think differently about their future and will help them make the transition to life after Lawrence much more successfully and painlessly.”

Career Services will also begin the Think Globally, Explore Locally campaign this week, which will involve a series of visits to profit and nonprofit organizations within a two-hour radius of the campus. The first visit will be Feb. 9, to the West Business Services located in Appleton. Students who are interested may reserve spots on the LUWorks website.