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Break Through events connect you to alumni who have been exactly where you are and who want to help you as you move toward graduation and beyond. Take a Career Trek to visit alumni working in major cities, or let them come to you during the student-alumni networking conference held on campus each year.
Either way, you'll get tips on everything from how to make the most of your college experience to making friends after graduation and landing your first job. Whether you are in your first or last year at Susquehanna—or somewhere in between—Break Through has something for you.
Take advantage of these FREE networking opportunities, open to all majors in all class years.
And who knows? It might lead to an internship or even a job!
Find out more and sign up for your next Break Through opportunity on River Hawk Recruiter.
Each year in February, alumni converge on campus for the annual Break Through student-alumni networking conference. And there's something for everyone during this multi-day event, from career-specific panel discussions and money management advice to résumé tips and how to brand yourself online.
Check out the 2017 conference at a glance! Here's what some students had to say:
"Having a genuine conversation with someone who was once in your shoes is an amazing experience."
-Christina Martin '18, political science and public policy
"Being involved in these events helped to answer many of my questions about the business community and what life is truly like outside the safe haven (of) school."
-Alex Wager '20, business administration
"I attended a panel on working in the nonprofit sector, where they spoke a lot about working with the Peace Corps. It's something that I've thought about before, and after what I heard it's something that I am really looking forward to [pursuing]."
-Lauren Berkel '19, business administration
Check out some of the alumni speakers from our 2017 event!
Amanda Abrams '16, laboratory technician, Sanofi Pasteu
Jose Arrieta '03, director for the office of IT schedule contract operations, General Services Administration
Laura Baumann '13, quantitative project manager, Lightspeed Research
Michelle Bayman '14, editorial assistant, Pearson Education
Whitney Bibeau '14, community manager, Source Life Radio
Amy Bischof '95, director, The Hershey Story Museum
Brad Bishop '90, executive vice president of production, Critical Content
Timothy Botts, branch management trainee, Northumberland National Bank
Rhonda Bowen '81, owner and cross culture communications coach, Bells in (Germany)
Tearsa Brown '11
Derek Butler '15, graduate assistant at Seton Hall
Michelle Kreger '93 Cavanaugh, physician, Susquehanna Health Family Practice Center
Sarah Chaffee '16, photographer for LifeTouch
Jeff Cooper '94, president and CEO, Expo Logic
Molly Crouser '13, special events & marketing manager at Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Jen Cullin '09, membership recruiter, Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA
Matthew Cultrera '16, self-employed photographer
Matt Curran '92, senior vice president, QBE North America
Christine DiFucci '13, assistant buyer, Horizon Media
Kelly Doerr '04, global channel sales manager, Sorel
Meghan Dorr '97, vice president, JPMorgan Chase (Texas)
Cameron Dougherty '14, audit senior, Deloitte & Touche
Kristin Drabik '15, account manager, The S3 Agency
Jermaine Edwards '03, financial consultant, Fidelity Investments
Casey Ellison '14, editorial production assistant
Kathryn Falvo '11, ABD graduate student, Penn State University
Alison Fatzynytz '16, senior account executive, Octagon
Katherine Ford '13, international programs officer, Charles University (Czech Republic)
Alexis Gargin '16, permissions assistant, MacMillan Learning
David Getz '78, attorney, Wix, Wenger & Weidner
Brad Graham '98, account manager, ABF Freight
Allison Grebe '94, senior associate director of annual giving, Trinity College
Jennifer Gurdock '10, customer sales executive, The Hershey Company
Vicki Gee'96 Guyer, counselor, Behavioral Specialists
Aaron Haines '14, live event operator, Verizon Digital Media Services
David Haklar '11, environmental technician, Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Kristin Erdman '92 Hambleton, vice president of business development, Continuum CRM
Samantha Harclerode '11, associate director, annual fund, University of Pennsylvania
Maxwell Heider '15, museum assistant, The Phillips Museum of Art
Holly Hans '93 Henry, vice president of medical education strategies, CCG Metamedia Inc.
Lois Heckler '94 Lander, genetic counselor and information specialist, National Institutes of Health
Larry Hutchison '80, senior vice president, American Medical Equipment
Mikaela Klimovitz '16, lead generator, Waterworks
Haley Klosky '16, VISTA legal needs assessment coordinator, Prairie State Legal Services
Casey Koch'11, human resource specialist, Weis Markets
Review the full 2017 conference schedule here.
Janet Wyllie'86 Lambert, senior financial analyst, Children's Specialized Hosp.
Gerohn Lanns '06, staff accountant, Ernst & Young
Tony Lentini '92, branch partner, New America Foundation
Samantha Lewis '16, public relations coordinator, Victorinox Swiss Army
Winnie Keller '84 Madden, accounting manager, Nitron Group
Jason Mammen '00, senior writer and producer, Showtime
Kaitlyn McCaffrey '14, freelance photographer, KAMera photographer and marketing coordinator, FOX Rehabilitation
Steven McDonald '16, BSN student, DeSales University
Ryan McFadden '07, online education coordinator, Pennsylvania College of Health
Kaitlyn Mcinnis '07, Digital Media Director, Horizon Media
Alysha Melnyk '14, forecast clinical writer, ECRI Institute
Kegan Moesta '16, cyber security portfolio specialist- federal, IBM
Heather Moore '12, associate merchandiser, Macy's
Brett Moyer '13, investment bank treasury associate, JPMorgan Chase Bank
Chuck Muzzy '86, director of human resources, Hanover Foods
Lauren Nalls '07, direct sales manager, The Hershey Company
Victor Northern '10, advancement officer, Susquehanna University
Maura Olsewski '13, marketing specialist at Main Entrée
Gina Palazzi '13, doctor of podiatric medicine and surgery student at Barry University
Joe Palmieri '00, senior vulnerability intelligence analyst, Strategic Operational Solutions, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Andrew Parrish '15, technology consultant, Hewlett Packard
Joel Patch '09, associate attorney, Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP
Aly Reichenbach '16, Sunbury Broadcasting Company
Ashley Reichenbach '02, hair and make-up supervisor, Palace Theater
Kaitlyn Reese '12, staff accountant, Baker, Tilly, Virchow, and Krause, LLP
Kyle Robertson '11, associate, JPMorgan Asset Management in London, England
Scott Sagar '98, museum curator, Lycoming County Historical Society
Rachel Sauer '14, learning and development associate, EY
Kelsey Schneider '15, associate of human resources, KPMG
Meghan Scott '01, senior advisor for oversight, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Dane Seltenreich '16, digital advertising czar, Money Publishing
Tyler Shields '15, graduate student, State University of New York (SUNY)
James Skidmore '87, vice president of Blue Bay Technologies, Cyber Security
Daniel Sosa '13, outreach and enrollment specialist, SouthEast Lancaster Health Services
Tom Stanley '07, public relations and social media coordinator, Penn Museum
Megan Steese '07, intervention specialist, Shikellamy School District
Logan Sweet '15, public relations and social media specialist, CreAgent Marketing
Caitlin Newman '09 Thistle, technical advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Paul Thistle '10, 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher, Washington Global Public Charter School
Matthew Triaca '93, managing director, The Harbour Group
Devon Turner '13, gallery guide, Barnes Foundation; box office and communications officer, Astral Arts
Jeff Warehime '87, chief executive officer, Hanover Foods
Cory Wyman '08, corporate communications specialist, Geisinger Health System
Robert Zajdel '15, systems analyst, GEICO
The Break Through program kicks off each year with Career Treks to major cities in the Northeast, including New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
There you'll break into small groups for lunch and company tours with alumni hosts working in each city. Following the tours, everyone reunites for an evening networking reception with alumni from the regional alumni chapter for each city. During the course of the day, alumni and their colleagues
- Help you explore different career paths.
- Show you how to differentiate yourself in the workforce.
- Give you advice on how to make the most of SU's programs.
- Offer you tips on getting your "foot in the door" in different industries.
Here's what some other students have to say about the trips, too:
"The alumni who help at this event are the reason Susquehanna University students are so successful. I, for one, know that I will be reaching out to the people I met for future help." —Emma Kirbis '19
"I think it's incredibly useful for students to see and experience a day with an alumna/nus who is working in their potential field. Besides the insights learned on-site, the connections that can be made at the evening reception are equally valuable to a student." —John Mazuire '20
In May 2017, we matched 15 students to 14 alumni hosts working at 13 different organizations in New York City. The students spent the day job shadowing alumni at companies like
- L'Oreal USA
- American Express
- Cosmopolitan magazine
- Deutsche Bank
- TED Conferences
As a result of their job shadowing experiences, all of the students said they
- Can describe at least one way they can better prepare for a job or internship search.
- Feel better-prepared to identify and articulate what they want and do not want in a work environment.
Get all the details and see what students had to say about the trip.
Easing Students' Minds
I wanted to make sure to cover any reservations they might have about the future, and allow them to speak freely so that we could get to the root of their fears and try to ease their minds about the future.
Andrew Parrish '15
Technology Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Giving Back Support
Really enjoyed connecting with students and being able to give back in some way since I received so much support and mentoring as a student.
Sara Jane Luley '08 Baublitz
New Business Development Manager, Lutheran World Relief
On a Personal Level
Helping the students was extremely valuable and fulfilling. Just talking and connecting with them on a personal level was the most important aspect of the whole event.
Andrew Culbertson '15
Business Systems Analyst, AIG