Professional Development Institute
The Professional Development Institute (PDI), is an annual event that offers an intensive professional development opportunity that engages alumni and College friends. The PDI aims to help students consider and prepare for "Life after K." Through reflection and discussion, professional networking, Guild gatherings, and more. Timed to align with Homecoming weekend, the PDI engages alumni and other professionals to provide networking opportunities, career information, and practical professional guidance for current students seeking to hone skills and deepen connections necessary for successful post-graduate pursuits.
PDI Dates for the 2013-14 Academic Year
October 18-19, 2013
Registration is now open.
To participate or to be a PDI guest participant please register at
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Friday, October 18, 2013
11:00 am–11:40 am
Community Reflection—More in a Lifetime
This reflection is part of the CCPD's Professional Development Institute and Homecoming 2013. Alumni recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award (Daniel Nepstad '79), Distinguished Service Award (Rick Halpert '69) and the Young Alumni Award (Jeff Marinucci '00) will share how their professional and personal 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.
12:00 pm–1:30 pm
Career and Professional Development Passions to Professions Lunch
Hornet Suite, Kalamazoo College Field House
Alumni of Kalamazoo College are in a unique position to understand and support the career development needs of current K students. Join us for an informal lunch where students have the opportunity to ask career-related questions and alumni have the opportunity to share their experience as well as assist with the career development of current students. Transportation provided by the Kalamazoo College bus from Stetson Chapel to the Hornet Suite at 11:45 am and then back to campus at 1:30 pm.
To view who is planning to attend the Passions to Professions Lunch click here.
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Say Cheese! Need a Professional Photo for your LinkedIn Profile?
Barrett Living Room, Weimer K. Hicks Center
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). 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.
4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Career and Professional Development Connection Reception
Banquet Room, Weimer K. Hicks Center, lower level
Join students, alumni professionals, faculty and staff at 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. This is a great opportunity to network and make professional connections. Co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo College Guilds and the Kalamazoo College Alumni Association Executive Board.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
11:30 am–12:30 pm
The Guilds foster mentoring relationships in which professionals share their experience, knowledge, and connections with students. Join us for an informal gathering for each Guild area and network with students as well as professionals in your industry. Guild Areas: Arts & Media, Business, Education, Health, Law, Nonprofit & Public Service, Science & Technology.