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What does being a panelist
Volunteering to be a panelist entails approximately 1-1 ½ hours of
the panel length time, sharing with student participants your
experience working in Washington, DC as you offer advice and
suggestions. Students are coming to hear you discuss:
- How you obtained your position
- What it means to you to work in the nation’s capital
- Your recommendations and advice on how to obtain a position or
career in a particular professional field
- How your St. John’s University education helped to contribute
to your experiences after graduation
- Your own advice, recommendations and suggestions for the
Alumni panelists will be provided with an outline; however,
panelists should be themselves and treat their contribution like an
exploratory interview, being open to questions and offering helpful
How long will I have to
The panels are generally formatted with one alumnus serving as a
moderator or facilitator, and begins by having each panelist
introduce himself or herself and describe his or her current
employment position. Specific questions are then posed by the
moderator to the panel, allowing an individual panelist to answer
or defer to another. A question and answer period is then provided
so that students can feel free to ask any or all of the panelists
their own questions.
What will students expect from
Students will expect to hear your story, and for you to be
approachable and accessible to them. Although the Office of Alumni
Relations will have prepared student participants with many
networking techniques in an information meeting prior to the start
of the program, many students may still feel somewhat awkward
approaching alumni. Student participants are strongly encouraged to
gather business cards from alumni program participants and to
follow-up with you afterwards. Students will not ask you for
employment opportunities or internships; however, they are
encouraged to ask alumni how to obtain such roles.
If I cannot participate, is there
another way I can support the program?
Absolutely; there are two other important ways an alumnus
can support the Alumni Insider’s View…U.S. Capital program.
First, please consider making a donation to support any of the
- The Joseph P. Addabbo Scholarship Fund.
- Bus Transportation for the AIV…U.S. Capital Program.
- Overnight Hotel Accommodations for the AIV…U.S. Capital
- The Starving Student Program – An opportunity to host a group
of 4-5 Pharmacy students for a dinner following Thursday evening’s
Alumni Networking Reception.
The program overhead costs are funded by the Office of Alumni
Relations, the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences and
the generous support of our alumni.
Second, interested alumni are invited to participate in Thursday
evening’s Student and Alumni Networking Reception, held at B.
Smith’s Restaurant in Union Station on October 18, 2012 from 6 – 8
P.M. You will have the opportunity to network with our students,
share your experiences and provide them with guidance and
Interested alumni may also wish to host a group of students as
part of our Starving Student Program. Alumni who volunteer for this
initiative will take a small group of students out to a local
restaurant or eatery following the Student and Alumni Networking
Can I participate as a panelist but not
attend the Student and Alumni Networking Reception?
We would love your participation in both, but your time and support
for St. John’s University students as a panelist contributes to the
success of the program. You can certainly make an impact as a
panelist without attending the networking reception; however,
students appreciate the one-on-one time with alumni that the
networking reception provides.
Can I attend the Student and Alumni
Networking Reception if I can’t participate as a
Likewise, your attendance at the networking reception is a vital
component of our students’ overall positive experience during the
Alumni Insider’s View…U.S. Capital program. In the past students
were disappointed that there weren’t enough alumni to speak and
network with. Each alumnus has his or her unique story and
experience to share, so if you are unable to participate in the
formal part of the program, please consider joining us for the
chapter Student and Alumni Networking Reception, on Thursday,
October 18, 2012.
Student and Alumni Networking
Who is hosting this
This reception is hosted by the Washington, DC Alumni and
Washington, DC Law Alumni Chapters in cooperation with the St.
John’s University Office of Alumni Relations.
Who is this reception for?
This reception is for all St. John’s alumni in the Washington, DC
and surrounding regions, as well as for those students who will be
in the area for the Alumni Insider’s View…U.S. Capital program. All
alumni are encouraged to attend and network with current St. John’s
students as well as other alumni who will be in attendance.
Recipients of the Arthur B. Carton and Joseph P. Addabbo
scholarships will also be announced.
For additional information please contact:
Office of Development
Suite B, University Center
Tel (718) 990-1992