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Professional Development Institute

The Professional Development Institute (PDI), is an annual event that offers an intensive professional development opportunity that engages students, alumni, and friends of the College during Homecoming weekend. The PDI aims to help students consider and prepare for “Life after K.” Through reflection and discussion, professional networking, mentoring, advising, and more, students and career professionals hone skills and deepen connections necessary for successful post-graduate pursuits. 

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October 23-24, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

11:00 - 11:40 a.m.
Community Reflection: "More in a Lifetime"
Stetson Chapel

This reflection is part of the CCPD's Professional Development Institute and Homecoming 2015. Alumni share how their K-Plan, coupled with their professional experiences, have helped shape career choices and personal decisions in their "Lives After K." Co-sponsored by the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) and the Office of Alumni Relations.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Say Cheese! Need a Professional Photo for your LinkedIn Profile?
Weimer K. Hicks Center, Bissell Theater

Don't miss this opportunity to have a complimentary head shot taken on-site at K by a professional photographer. This event is open to current K students only and registration is required. Thirty slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and photos are paid for by the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD). Students must sign up in advance here:

If you are unable to attend your scheduled session, a 24 hour notice to the CCPD is requested in order to avoid incurring a $10 charge.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Hornet Huddles
Weimer K. Hicks Center, 111 A/B

Students, enjoy a 1:1, face-to-face conversation with an alum working in your field of interest during Hornet Huddles! Each opportunity will last 20 minutes and reservations for student slots are now live. Students must sign up in advance here:

Note: If you’d like, bring a copy of your resume for a review. While there is no dress code for the Hornet Huddles, we recommend you dress to impress. Besides, the Connection Reception begins when these opportunities end, and most people at that event will be in professional attire.

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Career and Professional Development Connection Reception
Weimer K. Hicks Center, Banquet Room

Students, join alumni professionals (see list of those currently registered here:, faculty and staff for an informal networking gathering. Come prepared to share the story of your own career path, listen and learn from others’ work experiences, and explore professional possibilities both local and global. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and all students are welcomed. Students over 21 may enjoy an alcoholic beverage with proper identification. Co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo College Guilds and the Kalamazoo College Alumni Association Executive Board.


6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Alumni of Color Reception
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

Meet and network with alumni and faculty of color. A new mentoring initiative (MAPS: Mentorships and Pathways for Success) led by alumni of color will be introduced, and facilitated networking will help foster new relationships. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL), The Office of Alumni Relations, and the Center for Career and Professional Development.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

11 a.m. - Noon
Careers in Student Affairs
CCPD/CIP Resource Room, Dewing Hall

Learn about the career paths of alumni working in student affairs roles in higher education. A panel of alumni experts from K and WMU will kick of the conversation. Great opportunity to network and learn about ways to launch a career in student affairs. Co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo College Center for Career and Professional Development and Office of Student Involvement, along with the WMU Future Leaders in Student Affairs group.

Noon - 1 p.m.
"What I Wish I'd Known My Senior Year at K: Advice from the Class of 2010"
Weimer K. Hicks Center, Banquet Room

Members of the Classes of 2010 and 2016 are invited to come together for an informal lunchtime conversation about how to make the most of a senior year at K. Members of the Class of 2010 will offer their perspectives on what classes they wish they had taken, what skills they wish they'd developed, what experiences they should have sought out while still at K. Seniors have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from recent graduates. Free lunch (same picnic fare as served on the Quad) for all members of these two classes provided by the CCPD. Members of the Class of 2016 are requested to RSVP here. Member of the Class of 2010 may RSVP via the online Homecoming registration here.