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A small group of Lycoming College economics students, faculty and staff kicked off their long weekend in October in New York City’s financial district. Face-to-face meetings and networking opportunities with Lycoming alumni enabled students to consider different career and internship options and their educations progress toward graduation.
Accompanied by Mehrdad Madresehee, Ph.D., The Robert and Mary Jackson Shangraw Professor of Economics and the IMS Direct and Elizabeth Moorhouse, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and department chair, students began their day visiting WPP, an advertising conglomerate, where they attended a presentation given by Lycoming alumnus Shaun Chalk ‘93, who currently serves as senior vice president of the company’s health & wellness division. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion where students had opportunity to speak directly to Chalk ’93; Denise Carlin ’09, Talent Associate at Blockchain; and Steven Wolcott ’87, portfolio manager, CMBS at 400 Capital Management LLC.
Students used this unique networking opportunity to ask questions about jumping into the job market after college. Panelists also shared their own personal experiences of how Lycoming prepared them for their careers. They expressed that being involved on campus benefitted their ability to interact with administration, public speaking skills, and leadership abilities. As Chalk explained, a small college gives you the opportunity to interact with professors and administration.
After spending the morning at WPP, the group traveled to Wall Street for a walking tour of the financial district. Beginning at the New York Stock Exchange building, a guide thoroughly explained the history revolving around the buildings that were observed during the tour. Students were able to see structures that were once occupied by some of the greatest influencing companies in American finance, all who felt the effects of the financial crisis.
After a full day of experiential learning, the group enjoyed dinner from the vast selection of New York City restaurants, followed by the bus ride back to Lycoming. Overall, it was a very educational and fun experience for all participants.
Student participants included:
- Alex Boyer ’20 (Bellefonte, Pa.) – business major
- George Charalabidis ’20 (Sewell, N.J.) – business major
- Kira Christian ’22 (New Cumberland, Pa.) – actuarial math major
- Nam Do ’19 (Hanoi, Vietnam) – business and art major
- Elvin Fonjweng ’19 (Bear, Del.) – business and corporate communication major
- Rebecca Forbes ’19 ( Lititz, Pa.) – economics major; business minor
- Mackaella Goodwin ’20 (Madison, N.J.) – mathematics and economics major; music minor
- Keely Laidacker ’20 (Turbotville, Pa.) – mathematics and actuarial science major; accounting minor
- Casey Lane ’21 (Taylor, Pa.) – economics major; political science minor
- Adriana Manzano ’20 (Beachwood, N.J.) – accounting major; economics minor
- Linh Nguyen ’19 (Santa Ana, Calif.) – economics major
- Tung (Tom) Nguyen ’19 (Hanoi, Vietnam) – economics and business major
- Son Pham ’19 (Hanoi, Vietnam) – actuarial science and mathematics major; economics minor
- Luke Shepherd ’22 (Harwich, Essex, England) – business major
- Oliver Uy ’20 (Levittown, N.Y.) – business and economics major
- Gavin Williamson ’21 (Altoona, Pa.) – business major; entrepreneurship minor
- Aaron Willsea ’20 (Wellsboro, Pa.) – business major; Spanish and economics minor