The next panel,
"Diversity of Employment Opportunities in Washington, DC"
offered alumni presenters an opportunity to describe their
individual careers and the pathways that led them from St. John's
to Washington. The professional variety of the alumni panelists
served as a strong indication of the enormous opportunities
available to young men and women seeking to work within both the
public and private sectors. Students were continually reminded to
do something meaningful with their lives and make a difference for
others both personally and professionally.
"It's important to be passionate about what you do, to
find something that interests you and that you enjoy," said
panelist Ryan Randall '07Ed, an Elementary School Teacher in
Prince George's County Public Schools. "To be able to wake up in
the morning and do something you love is important. I hope the
students take that into account as they listen to all the panelists
Following lunch, the focus of the day changed as students
proceeded to the third panel on the non-stop agenda, entitled
"U.S. Military and Challenges of the 21st Century". Alumni
panelists, including both civilian and military personnel,
presented the students with information about topics not usually
associated with the traditional activities of the Armed Forces.
They spoke of the challenges associated with recruitment during a
period of armed conflict around the world, and indicated that the
extended services currently provided to military personnel, both
active and discharged, provided a wealth of career opportunities
for college graduates.
The panelists stressed that no matter what degree a student is
pursuing, he or she will find a vast array of exciting and
meaningful careers within all areas of the military. They also
reminded students that the Armed Forces are constantly changing,
both ideologically and operationally, and that additional career
opportunities frequently become available at a moment's notice.
The final panel presented specific information about the
various career opportunities available within the healthcare
industry. "There's a lobbying group here in Washington for every
conceivable organization that you can imagine," said panelist
John Coster, Ph.D., R.Ph. '84P,
Senior Vice President, National Community Pharmacists Association,
"and there are great career opportunities within each one. That's
what initially drew me to Washington, and I feel that I'm making a
difference that means something to many people within our
The panel was moderated by Laura Cranston, R.Ph. '84P Executive
Director, Pharmacy Quality Alliance, Inc. A member of the
University's Board of Governors and Washington, DC Alumni Chapter
Leader, she remarked that, "A lot of students are afraid to make
the jump to DC for their careers. It's important that they know
that there is a large St. John's alumni network here to support
Students experienced that supportive network firsthand as the
day concluded with a
networking reception that offered opportunities for additional
alumni from the region to meet and mingle with the students and
Welcoming the attendees, Nicholas A. Legakis '97SVC,
'07MPS was effusive in his appreciation for the alumni who, year
after year, make the program such an overwhelming success. "Coming
down to Washington with such a special group of students was a
fantastic experience," he said. "The students gained so much
knowledge from our dedicated alumni who took time out of their busy
lives to offer them advice. It's easy to see why this program has
been so successful over the last 30 years."
The reception concluded with the presentation of the Arthur B.
Carton '25C, '29L and Joseph P. Addabbo '46L, '84HON Scholarship by
Laura Cranston. This year's scholarship recipients include Mohammed
Farooqui '10C, Jamasee Lucas '11CPS and Kristina Ebanks '11C.
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