Malone Young Alumni’s annual Chocolate Fountain Networking Event is scheduled for Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Brehme Conference Center. All students are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring their resumes for informal critiques. Alumni from various programs will be on hand to answer questions from current students about securing internships, jobs and even developing as an emerging professional.
There are usually 75-100 students in attendance at the hour-long event.
Several students plan to attend including LeAndrew Woody, freshman sports management major. Woody said that he plans on going to “hear tips from past alumni, expand my own network and learn how to graduate and be successful.”
The Chocolate Fountain Networking Event was originally started by “Ystark!” a group of young professionals from Stark County. Several different schools in the area have done this event since, and this will be Malone’s seventh year hosting it.
The night will begin with alumni giving examples of their elevator speech, a clear and brief message about themselves. This will get students to think about how they will talk about themselves to prospective employees. The rest of the time is spent talking to different alumni in each field and seeking advice for finding jobs and expanding networks. Students can come up with their own questions, and there are question sheets provided. Many professors offer extra credit for attending.
Riley Escalle, junior business administration major, attended the event last year.
Escalle said, “It was a fun time, and I met a lot of good people there. I encourage everyone to check it out.”
Deb Robinson, director of alumni and parent relations and one of the organizers for the event, said she suggests that everyone should attend if they can.
“I really enjoy the interaction between the students because there’s a vibrant energy in the room. Young students enjoy it, too, because they know that they will be an alumni soon,” said Robinson.
Robinson said she also encourages those who plan to attend graduate school to come because many graduate schools host similar events.
Students will also be able to participate in fun games and win prizes as well as enjoy chocolate treats and desserts.
Joe Turner is a guest writer for The Avsio