WMU News

Professional development workshops slated for graduate students

Jan. 22, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- A series of professional development workshops exclusively for Western Michigan University graduate students will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Jan. 27-30, in the Bernhard Center.

Reservations are not required for any of the four two-hour events, which are being sponsored by WMU's Graduate College, Graduate Student Advisory Committee and Career and Student Employment Services.

"How to get the Most Out of Your Graduate Degree" will kick off the series Jan. 27 in Room 210. Three Graduate College staff members will present the program: Dr. William Wiener, dean of the college; Dr. Marianne DiPierro, director of the Graduate Center for Writing and Proposal Development; and Kevin Vichcales, director of awards, training, and special projects.

The Jan. 28 program in Room 210, "Career Options for Graduate Students," will take the form of a panel discussion. It will feature Jim Taylor, dean of health and sciences at Kalamazoo Valley Community College; Grace Williams, assistant director of human resources at KVCC; Beth Kraemer, an assistant professor at Oakland University; Jason Allen, hardware products business manager for Stryker Instruments; and Beth Douglass-Potter, senior accountant for the Bronson Healthcare Group.

On Jan. 29 in Room 242, Lynn Kelly-Albertson, executive director of professional and career development at WMU, will present "Building Electronic Portfolios to Enhance Your Career." Resume critiquing by the University's career advisors also will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. in Ellsworth Hall's Career and Student Employment Services office.

The final workshop, "Graduate Get It Together," will take place Jan. 30 in Room 208 and feature career advisors who will help graduate students prepare for WMU's annual Career Fair on Feb. 6. Advisors also will be on hand to do resume critiquing from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 209 Bernhard Center.

For more information, contact Marcel Brouwers at (269) 387-8207 or <GSAC@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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