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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 (www.bowen-crossculture.com)
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, WebstaurantStore.com
Kellie Kremser '06 Karschner, registered nurse, Geisinger Health System
Pam Keilig '12, research assistant, Population Council
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
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
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.
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