March 5, 2008
Nominate your Choice for Senior Awards
The Senior Awards Nominating Process has gone green. Nomore paper nomination forms. Nominate your choices for theSenior Awards today by visiting seniorawards.mercyhurst.edu.
Colloquism: Janisee Ray
Writer, naturalist and activist Janisse Ray will be the keynotespeaker when Mercyhurst College hosts its second Colloquiumon the Americas March 7 to 8.
Judge Dunlavey speaks
Erie County Judge Michael Dunlavey will speak about inter-national and Middle Eastern relations on Thursday, March 6, at7:30 p.m. in Mercyhurst North East’s Alex Theater.
Romero Award and Lecture
Kathleen Erickson, advocate for just immigration policy, willreceive this year’s Archbishop Oscar Romero Award from Mer-cyhurst. She’ll accept the award and deliver a lecture on “TheSpiritual Challenge of Immigration” on March 18 at 8:15 p.m.in Mercy Heritage Room. Free and open to the public.
Ken Carter, the inspiration behind the 2005 ﬁlm, “CoachCarter,” will bring his message of accountability, integrity, team- work and leadership to Mercyhurst on Monday, March 10, at 8:15p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. His speechis free and open to the public.
Cellist, Pianist Stage Recital
Cellist Jolyon Pegis, a member of the Dallas and ChautauquaSymphony Orchestras, will be joined by pianist Joel Schoenhalsfor a recital on Wednesday, March 5, at 8 p.m. in the WalkerRecital Hall.
Monday, March 10, Mercyhurst College President Dr. ThomasGamble will speak to the entire college community - Trustees,Sisters of Mercy, administrators, staff, faculty and students. Theforum will also be streamed to Mercyhurst North East andMercyhurst West campuses at 4 p.m.
The Mercyhurst Concert Choir, directed by Rebecca Ryan, willpresent a concert titled “War Reﬂections” on Sunday, March 9,at 2 p.m. in Mercyhurst’s Walker Recital Hall.
Maureen Yuen Recital
Maureen Yuen, instructor of violin and viola at MercyhurstCollege, will give a recital on Wednesday, March 19, at 8 p.m., inMercyhurst’s Walker Recital Hall.
Career Services guidesgraduating seniors
Graduation is less than fourmonths away.For seniors, this might beexciting, stressful, or worrisomedepending on whether they have secured a plan to take aftergraduating. The Career Services office,located in 204 Old Main, canhelp direct students into theprofessional world.Director of Career Services,Robert Hvezda, said opening acredential ﬁle should be a senior’sﬁrst priority at this time. The credential ﬁle is a ﬁle of recommendations from a variety of sources.“We would encourage seniors,even prior to opening up the ﬁle,to start to think about who they would use as a recommender,”said Hvezda.“We would recommend thatseniors obtain three to ﬁve rec-ommendations, and they couldinclude a letter or two fromfaulty, supervisor from an intern-ship, their work-study supervisor,or a reference from a manager ata summer job.” The credential ﬁle is an ongo-ing resource for students. As alumni, graduates can peri-odically update their ﬁle by faxing or e-mailing references. Whenever a reference isneeded, students need only tocontact Career Services. The resumé is another item onthe senior check list.“It’s important that seniorsmake or update their resuméif they haven’t already,”said Hvezda.“It’s important that they havea resumé whether they are going for employment, graduate school,law school, or a service corp.”Some students that go toCareer Services may be surprisedif their resumé is presented tothem in two pages. Although it may not be theformat that has been used in thepast, Hvezda emphasized thatCareer Services would not leadstudents astray.“I want to assure all of ourstudents that if they go onto asecond page, our staff will dothis because we find that ourstudents are doing more and wedo not want to sacriﬁce lengthfor substance,” said Hvezda.“Where a problem could ariseis if someone starts to put ﬂuff into the resumé to make it look longer,” Hvezda warned.“If there are two pages of realinformation in the resume, it is tothe students beneﬁt. I discussedthis with recruiters from someof the best companies in the world. They all said two pageresumés of relevant informationare acceptable.“The old school thinking of one page resumés is becoming just that, old school.“Marketing a college studentbegins with a resumé. So themore power on paper, the morecompetitive a student becomes,the resumé is an appetizer to theinterview,” he added.Students can also visit CareerServices for advice on interview-ing techniques or materials onproper interview dress.Hvezda said a suit is notoptional anymore, it’s expected. The traditional blues, blacks,charcoal grey, white shirt or white blouse is appropriate.If students need advice onlocating jobs to apply to, they canuse a variety of resources.“The Career Services Web sitehas job resources for students,”said Hvezda.“Students should also havea geographical area in mind of where they would like to work. The chamber of commercein the area where the student would like to work may have jobsadvertised. There are also jobfairs coming up, which studentscan ﬁnd out about on the CareerServices Web site.”Networking is another optionfor students if they do not ﬁndjobs on a Web site.“The three most popular words in the job search today are networking, networking,networking,” said Hvezda.“Those that are already in theprofession seem to enjoy broth-ering or sistering those that arecoming up in the profession.Don’t be afraid to e-mail themyour resumé, because they may think of you when they hearabout an opening.”Hvezda emphasized that nomatter what path students havechosen after graduation studentsshould answer any e-mails orphone calls from Career Servicesregarding their employmentstatus. The information retrievedis used to publish an annual100-page study from the CareerServices Ofﬁce. As students or alumni of Mer-cyhurst, services provided by theCareer Services Ofﬁce are free.Students should plan aheadand make appointmentspromptly.
By Jen Helbig
Resumé building, job hunting, networking