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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.

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 speaking at our 2018 event!

Afi Ahama '17, financial control analyst, JP Morgan Chase & Co

Kate Allenbach '17, governance and special projects manager, Girl Scout of Eastern Pennsylvania

Amanda Alexandre, PULSE fellow, Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Experience

Lindsay Bailey '11, genetic counselor, Geisinger

Jennifer Rojek '98 Barton, product director, Accolade

Brad Barton, product manager, SCOIR, Inc.

Valarie Bastek '06, director of product management and business solutions, Wyndham Hotel Group

Laura Baumann '13, senior project manager, Lightspeed Health

Sam Berger'15, budget analyst, Mayor's Office of Management & Budget, City of New York

Aaron Billger '91, senior director, corporate communications, Highmark Health

Amy Bischof '95, director, The Hershey Story

Brad Bishop '90, executive vice president, production, Critical Content

Rhonda Bowen '81, cross cultural communication coach, Bells (

Kelly Bugden '02 Breckenridge, freelance writer, Susquehanna University

Ben Capozzoli '16, graduate student, immunology, Villanova University

Ryan Clouser '98, D.O. critical care/neurocritical care, assistant professor of medicine, Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, University of Vermont Health Network, Regional Transport System Medical Officer

Daisy Condua '06, obstetrics and gynecology resident physician

Courtney Conrad '13, pharmacist, Walmart

Jeff Cooper '94, president and CEO, Expo Logic

Molly Crouser '13, special events & marketing manager, Lancaster Chamber

Matt Curran '92, senior vice president, QBE North America

John D'Anna '10, vice president, Executive Monetary Management

Jessica Dartnell '17, client relations assistant, Ingram Content Group

Dan Decker '07, senior sales consultant, DePuy Synthes Spine

Noah Diaz-Portalatin '17, veterinary medical student, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Danielle Ditty '14, international admission counselor, Susquehanna University

Cortney Shipe '99 Dominguez, vice president, Global Business Services, World Fuel Services Corporation

Aileen Carlson '06 Dreibelbis, vice president, social strategy, Digitas Health

Pierre Duy '84, international economist, U.S. Department of Commerce

Colin Eberhardt '16, clinical data analyst, HealthFirst

Luke Eddinger '00, real estate, owner and director, Robert C. White & Company

Ben Eiben'01, vertical horticulture manager, Amazon

Emily Flickinger '76 White: Attorney/Employer; Self-Employed

Megan Will '09 Flower, owner, The Law Office of Megan E. Will

Lauren Flynn '14, program coordinator, Wolf Trap Foundation

Margaret Pierce Frantz '96, director of Alumni Affairs, Thomas Edison State University

Todd Frantz '97, environmental consultant and project manager, Parsons

Whitney Frederic '16, research technician, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dawne Fritz '86, Veet engineering analyst, Three Mile Island 

Scott Frost '84, vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, Weis Markets

Alina Gayeuski '09, pastor, Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church

Matthew Gilbert '98, assistant professor of medicine, University of Vermont

James Hahn '16, experience assurance associate, PwC

Donald Hamlin '70, first vice president software engineering (Retired), Bank of New York Mellon

Jada Handiboe '17, associate, Boyer & Ritter, LLC

Scott Heller '82, partner, attorney, Rosenberg, Jacobs, Heller & Fleming, P.C

Emily Hibshman '15, communications, public relations, kultivate

Jamie Malachowski '09 Hindman, senior global internal auditor, DuPont

Stephanie Schneider '16 Howson, radar algorithms design analyst - Apl, Johns Hopkins University

Tori Hull '02, quality assurance manager, Chickasaw Nation Industries

Craig Housenick '98 owner, designer, lighting director, CMH Design

Lawrence Hutchison '80, owner and president, LifeStage Personal Finance Consultants

Rachel Jenkins '16, SEO content writer,

Kellie Kremser '06 Karschner, registered nurse, Geisinger Health System

Pam Keilig '12, research assistant, Population Council

David Kitchen '14, strength coach, University of Las Vegas

Carol Sensenig '72 Klein, president and co-founder, The Writing Center, Inc.

Mikaela Klimovitz '16, freelance fashion stylist and photographer.

Michelle Kokolis '97, director of programs & operations, Rock Creek Conservancy

Kristen Konski '01, senior analyst brand strategy & performance, Jaguar Land Rover, NA

Lois Heckler '94 Lander,genetic counselor, information specialist, National Institutes of Health

Leah Leahy '16, technical writer, Listrak

Olivia Lexo '17, analyst, Market Metrics

Jason Long '15, graduate student in cell biology, Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Jason Mammen '00, executive producer, creative director, Showtime Networks

Cori Martin '01, functional analyst, ViPS, A GDIT company

Ryan McFadden '07, digital literacy coordinator, Pennsylvania College of Health Science

Rachel Procopio '10 Maryan, associate, Rawls Law Group

Andrea McDermott '16, agency administrative coordinator, Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters

Steven McDonald '16, registered nurse, Geisinger Medical Center

Jennifer McGonigle '95, Gs1 lead & demand planning manager, Teleflex Medical

Melinda Scovell '77 McGrory, attendance officer, South Brunswick Board of Education

Jeff McGrory, realtor, Century 21 Real Estate

Cynthia Mentch '16, physical therapy candidate, University of Pittsburgh

Kelsey Miller '16, board liaison, Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art

Andy Nagy '08, senior specialist, Volunteer Services, American Red Cross, Eastern PA Region

Caitlin Newman '09, Thistle family planning and reproductive health research advisor, USAID

Melissa Himmelreich '89 Nicholson, co-founder and executive director, Gamut Theatre

Chris Noah '88, executive vice president, director of Client Services, Citi Consumer Bank, Publicis Advertising

Jennifer Novick '17, human resource intern, Sidly, Austin LLP

Kelly O'Mara '92, Whites Assistant Special Agent in Charge/Employer: US FDA Office of Criminal Investigation

Christiana Paradis '11, director of the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, grant program coordinator, Susquehanna University

Anne-Marie D'Andrea '02 Peterson, IMO business manager, United States Healthcare

Christine Pulice '08, pediatrician, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Peter Rendina '93, inspector in charge, Postal Inspection Service

Kyle Robertson '11, associate, JP Morgan Chase & Co

Ainsley Rossitto '13, product manager, Great Minds

Megan Rudloff '17, publicity assistant, Simon and Schuster

Kelly Davitt '09 Ryan, physician assistant, Coordinated Health

Rachel Sauer '14, learning & development associate, EY

David Seaborn '92, senior project manager, Resource Environmental Solutions LLC

Ken Selinger '68, president, CCI Communications, Inc.

Dane Seltenreich '16, digital advertising czar, Morey Publishing

Tyler Shields '15, quality, health, safety and environmental director, Bingaman Lumber

Kristen Shimmel '08, applications consultant, Instrumentation Laboratory, A Werfen Company

Jasmia Small-Jarrett '15, administrative assistant, Higher Hope International Ministries

Bethany Slear '16, coordinator, Union Snyder Agency on Aging

Eryn Spangler '14, press writer, Senate Democratic Caucus

Erica Weaver '00 Stephenson, institutional research analyst, Susquehanna University

Madison Summers '16, communications and governmental affairs, The Broadway League

Elisa Swartz '04, project management coordinator, Advance Bioscience Laboratories

Alexis Adamovich '01 Thornton, French and Spanish teacher, Putnam Valley Central School District

Paul Thistle '09, 7/8 grade social studies teacher, Washington Global Public Charter School

Jameson Troutman '02, managing director, corporate development, JPMorgan Chase

Samantha Turino '15, client services coordinator, MLB Advanced Media, L.P.

Joanne Marquardt '00 Troutman, president and CEO, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way

Michael Ubbens '09, supervisor of special education, East Penn School District

Steve Urena '11, copywriter, WWE and freelance writer

Jayanthi Jayawardena '96 Wolf, associate director, biologics safety, Merck & Company, Inc.

Mary Kate Wright '07, school psychologist, Lower Moreland Township School

Rob Zajdel '15, systems analyst, GEICO Insurance

Brian Zuidervliet '14, environmental engineer II, CDM Smith

Andrew Zwally '15, associate, Greenlee Partners

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.

Check out the results of the 2017 trips to Washington, D.C., and New York City.

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

  1. Can describe at least one way they can better prepare for a job or internship search.
  2. 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. 

2018 Conference Schedule

See what's on tap for the 2018 conference, scheduled for Feb. 15-17.

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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

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