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A group of Lycoming College students and faculty members visited The Vanguard Group, an investment management company located in Malvern, Pa., on April 13. With several alumni employed by Vanguard, the trip served as a networking opportunity and a chance for students to talk with industry professionals, including investment legend and company founder, Jack Bogle.
Students were greeted by Mark Ohlinger ’92, manager of retail sales innovation, who coordinated the trip with the College’s economics department. Ohlinger provided opening remarks and an overview of the company before introducing the group to Bogle. Bogle explained the origins of the company, and its deeply held work-place philosophy of “genuine caring” — both for shareholders and colleagues.
Shortly after, students attended a networking lunch, followed by a Q&A session with a panel of four alumni including Nate Ozeck ’03, Jennifer Tanner ’08, Evan Bennetch ’17, and Patrick Kalish ’14. At the conclusion of the Q&A, the group received a brief tour of the building before heading to P.J. Whelihan’s Pub & Restaurant for an alumni happy hour.
The day’s events provided numerous opportunities for students to connect with alumni, and ask questions pertaining to their field of interest. “Our visit to Vanguard was educational and eye-opening for the participating students in a number of ways,” said Mehrdad Madresehee, Ph.D., professor of economics and director of the Institute for Management Studies at Lycoming College. “They learned first-hand from industry experts about the index funds and how the concept was engendered. They also got a chance to meet with a group of Lycoming alumni, and were able to witness how well Lycoming has prepared its students to pursue a career in one of the most prestigious and challenging places to work, ultimately allowing these alums to climb the professional ladder so successfully.”
Student attendees included:
Jacqueline Palacio ’18, of Dover, N.J.
Georgios Charalabidis ’20, of Sewell, N.J.
Xingyou Chen ’18, of Chengdu, China
Vittorio DeParasis ’18, of Danville, Pa.
Keely Laidacker ’20, of Turbotville, Pa.
Adriana Manzano ’20, of Beachwood, N.J.
Neelesh Mykoo ’20, of Quartre Bornes
Mauritius; Charlie Overmoyer ’20, of New Oxford, Pa.
Krittapat Pornkumpolrat ’20, of Bangkok, Thailand
Sharvina Ramphul ’21, of Grand Port, Mauritius
Victoria Ricedorf ’20, of Liverpool, Pa.
Deborah Sharp ’18, of Randallstown, Md.
Nicholas Thornton ’20, of Wexford, Pa.