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Feb. 25, 2005

By Stephanie Malenich '05

LEWISBURG, Pa. - "Here's the thing we all have in common. We go, or went to, Bucknell."

Mitchell Goldman, a 1992 Bucknell graduate, spoke about the importance of networking at the fourth annual Student Leadership Conference held by the Career Development Center on Feb. 12 at Bucknell.

Networking was a theme that ran throughout the day as students attended seminars ranging from public speaking and event planning to motivational skills and interviewing skills.

A related message was that by being at Bucknell students were establishing roots and making connections that could go a long way toward supporting their journey beyond the university.

"Because you go to this school, you fall into a category of people doing amazing things in the world," said Goldman, the founder of Finally Famous Films in New York.

He, and other guest alumni speakers, told the students that just by being Bucknellians they have a wealth of networking possibilities. It was a point he had the chance to underscore when he provided the name of a business contact in the water purification business to a student with that career goal.

Garry Thaniel, a 2004 graduate, had a similar message and gave students tips on marketing themselves to prospective employers.

"Although you are out of the bubble, you will never really be out of the bubble," he said. "We are a really tight-knit family of alumni."

An assistant buyer for Lord & Taylor, Thaniel told students that while he graduated in May he has already achieved success in the business world. "I was in your seats last year," he said. "Bucknell prepares you for whatever any job may ask of you."

Other alumni speakers included J.D. Moriarty, a 1994 graduate and vice president, finance, with Merrill Lynch, and Herman Weimer, a 2002 graduate who is with Philadelphia Mixers.

Stephanie Malenich is a senior at Bucknell who previously served as an intern with the university's alumni publication, Bucknell World.


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