Humanities Institute's Panel on Careers and Liberal Arts, March 22
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Humanities Institute's Panel on Careers and Liberal Arts, March 22

Next Tuesday, March 22, graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences will return to campus for a special panel presentation on careers & the liberal arts. 

Jointly sponsored by The Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences, The Career Planning Center and the College of Arts and Sciences, the event will take place in the Kelley Center at 7 p.m. and feature Fairfield Stags talking about the positive impact of a liberal arts degree on their careers. 

Dr. Ronald Davidson, professor of religious studies and director of the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences said, “This is an excellent opportunity for students to reenvision their careers, to see that a major in the humanities and social sciences can be part of an extremely satisfying and highly successful life. If, as one student recently said, the humanities represent ‘everything awesome in life’ then the panel will demonstrate that personal satisfaction in a major, and career success after graduation, are attainable goals for motivated Fairfield students." 

Panelists include: 

Ashley Allen ’01, President at 24/7 Wall St.
Major: Religious studies and philosophy 

Jen De Simone ’08, Talent Acquisition Recruiter, Corporate Finance NBC
Major: Psychology 

James Martin ’94, Deputy Editor, ESPN
Major: Politics 

Matthew Ryder ’07, Senior Consultant, Digital Operations at IBM
Major: Individually designed major that concentrated on Chinese Studies.
Minor: Philosophy and religious studies 

Aaron Seymour ’05, COO of the Trading Department Bridgewater Associates
MBA ’00, MS’05 

Lauren Shortt ’91, Vice President of Corporate Marketing; National Director of Retail Marketing, First Republic Bank
Major: Art history and psychology 

Kimberly Nickolenko, director of internships and student support in the Career Planning Center, said, “It is great to partner with the Humanities Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences on events like this. It helps students see that there are many resources here at the University and alumni willing to support them in their career journey and in exploring opportunities after graduation.  We have amazing alumni who are able to share their career paths and experiences with our students.” 

Dr. David Gudelunas, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said, “Training in the liberal arts prepares students for careers that quite literally haven’t been invented yet. Our students have gone to take their degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and use it not only to secure a profession, but a fulfilling life as well. It is always great to welcome our aliumni/ae back to campus to share their success stories with our current students from all majors in the College.”

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