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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 14-15, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

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 2016. 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. Featuring:

  • Samantha Weaver '08 - Senior Renewable Energy Strategy Analyst, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Calvert Johnson '71 - Professor Emeritus of Music, Agnes Scott College
  • D'Angelo Bailey '05 - Compliance Coordinator for Patient Privacy and Security at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

1:00 - 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). Registration for this event is now full.

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
Commons and Community Room, Hicks 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:

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 at 5 p.m., and most people at that event will be in professional attire.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Big Apple to K: Working in Finance, Economics, and Business in New York City
Dewing 103

Last March seven students traveled to New York to meet with a score of alumni to learn about their careers in finance, business, and economics. Now several of these same alumni are traveling to campus for their reunions, and have agreed to share their stories with more students at this networking/panel event. Alumni interested in learning about careers in finance, economics and business and/or living/working in New York City are also welcome to attend.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Career and Professional Development Connection Reception
Weimer K. Hicks Center, Banquet Room

Students, join alumni professionals, faculty and staff for an informal networking gathering. NEW! See current list of attendees (as of 10/11) here! 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 CCPD and the Kalamazoo College Alumni Association Executive Board.

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

Join us for an opportunity to meet and network with current K students and alumni of color. NEW! See current list of attendees (as of 10/10) here! Learn about the new Intercultural Center on campus. 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 (CCPD).        

Saturday, October 15, 2016

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: "What I Wish I'd Known My Senior Year at K: Advice from the Class of 2011"
Weimer K. Hicks Center, Banquet Room

Members of the Classes of 2011 and 2017 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 2011 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 2017 are requested to RSVP. Members of the Class of 2011 may RSVP via the online Homecoming registration.