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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 alumni and friends of the College. The PDI aims to help students consider and prepare for “Life after K.” Through reflection and discussion, professional networking, Guild gatherings, mentoring, advising, and more, students and career professionals hone skills and deepen connections necessary for successful post-graduate pursuits.

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October 16-18, 2014

 If you are interested in being a PDI alumni guest participant,
please complete the PDI interest survey.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Homecoming Pep Rally

The Quad

Visit the CCPD’s table on the Quad during the Homecoming Pep Rally. You will have the chance to pick up some CCPD “swag” and learn about our Professional Development Institute as well as our upcoming events for the academic year.


Friday, October 17, 2014

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 2014. 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 – 4:00 p.m.
Say Cheese! Need a Professional Photo for your LinkedIn Profile?
Weimer K. Hicks Center, Rm. 110

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).
To register visit -
Say Cheese Registration Instructions 

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, Upper Level

Students, enjoy a 1:1, face-to-face conversation with an alum working in your field of interest during Hornet Huddles! These 20-minute chats run 2-4 p.m., and reservations for these slots are first-come, first served. If you’d like, bring a copy of your resume for a review. To register visit - Hornet Huddle Instructions.

Note: Students, meet your alumni connection in front of the student workroom on the upper level of Hicks. 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. 


4:00 – 6:00 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. 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.

While all Kalamazoo College students are welcomed we encourage you to RSVP at

View who is planning to attend the Connection Reception.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

11:00 a.m. – noon
From K to JD:  Careers in the Legal Profession
Weimer K. Hicks Center, 111 A & B

Featured guest alumni attorneys and legal professionals share stories of their career paths with students and alumni. Join this informal gathering and discussion on entering the legal profession, offer advice to students and network with students and alumni. Co-sponsored by the Pre-Law Society and the Law Guild.

A list of featured guest alumni coming soon.