English Program Symposium Welcomes Alumni Back to Campus

October 6, 2017
The evening featured a keynote address by Millicent Bennett of Grand Central Publishing/Hachette and a chance to speak with current students.
alumni gathered in the art exhibit room

Faculty in the English program premiered a new English Department Symposium event this fall, inviting alumnae, alumni and current students to gather in Macmillan Hall for an evening of conversation and reconnection. Keynote speaker Millicent Bennett, executive editor at Grand Central Publishing/Hachette and former senior editor at Simon and Schuster, talked about her career path in publishing and provided advice to those who were curious about professional opportunities in the field.

Aside from Bennett's talk, there were plenty of opportunities from the moments the doors opened to speak with old classmates and current students about career paths and graduate school opportunities. Returning alumnae and alumni—about 17 in total and all former English majors—represented fields as diverse as public policy, journalism, legal practice, hospitality, teaching, and business.

The evening's program was open to all students on campus (especially those in the humanities) who came with questions about the career options that await them after graduation. All in attendance were welcome to engage in conversations and discussions, which are sure to continue long after the end of the event.

Thank you to the alumnae and alumni who came out to talk with students, to the English department for organizing the event, and to the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Engagement for providing gifts for attendees!

The image above is Julie Huang '15, Sabrina Lombardo '14, Judy Lavelle '13, Emily Ambrose '11, Rebekkah (McKalsen) Frisch '14, Kelsey McLean '17, David Foote '11, Karen Kramarsyck '15, Jes Lyons '14, Ryan Elsenbeck, Shilo McGiff '04, Carson Jordan '16, Missy Brewer '16, Alexis Boyce '04, Michelle Lee '16, Jillian Fields '14, and Kaitlyn Tharpe '12.

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