March 31, 2015

From the Director

Megan Wallace, Director of Employer Development

Spring is finally here!

As another school year comes to an end, we take time to reflect on the many successful events we had throughout the spring semester and are continuing our work with helping students secure jobs and internships.

During Winter Break, students traveled to New York City for the annual Spider Road Trip: Spiders in Marketing & Communications, where they visited J. Crew, Facebook, Hall & Partners, JWT, Microsoft, LeadDog Marketing, Hearst Magazines, mcgarrybowen, Edelman Public Relations, and The Huffington Post. The trip provided the opportunity for students to not only network and learn from employers in the industry, but also to immerse themselves in the organizations’ culture and atmosphere. Many alumni graciously hosted stops on the trip, and came to the networking reception, as a way to give back to their alma mater and show their Spider Pride.

Additionally, during the trip, 17 students and 12 alums participated in a pilot Spider Shadowing day jointly sponsored by the Alumni Association, Office of Alumni & Career Services, and student government associations. This initiative allows students to spend a “day in the life” with industry professionals. Positive feedback was garnered by participants and we look forward to working towards its continued development

In February, the Spring Spider Career Expo attracted over 50 organizations from a variety of industries, including Altria, Capital One, CEB, Deloitte, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Genworth, PwC, TEKsystems, and the U.S. Department of State.

Before the Expo, we hosted a Diversity Networking Luncheon in partnership with the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Common Ground, the Academic Skills Center, and the Richmond and Westhampton Colleges. Students of diverse backgrounds were invited to join employers for lunch and networking.

In addition to on-campus expos, students also had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for the Government and Nonprofit Expo and the Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference (SINC). The SINC conference, a new opportunity we participated in, was a two-day event dedicated to educating students and young professionals on the business side of sports.

Recently, the office hosted its Deconstructing Marketing and Communications event, which featured sessions on advertising, brand management, business development and sales, digital marketing, fashion/retail marketing to merchandising, market research, and public relations and corporate communications. Alumni and friends of the University from 26 organizations including, American Express, Clinique, Dow Jones, and Ledbury shared industry knowledge and career advice to over 100 students.

During this past year, the office hosted over 200 unique organizations that participated in recruiting activities, like the ones mentioned above, and posted over 3,675 opportunities in our SpiderConnect database. To learn more about our office’s achievements from the past year, please take a moment to view our 2013-2014 Annual Report.

We introduced new members into our Career Services Advisory Council (CSAC), chaired by Mark Hickman, ’07, Program Manager, Government & Community Affairs for the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and held one of our biannual meetings in March to discuss the academic upcoming year and receive their advice on potential programming. We look forward to our continued collaboration. See a full list of members and learn more about CSAC.

We at the Office of Alumni and Career Services want to thank you for another year of amazing work and for your continued effort to Hire Spiders!


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Megan Wallace

Director, Business Development
Office of Alumni and Career Services
University of Richmond

Upcoming Events and Information:

Reunion Weekend 2015
May 29 - 31 | Pick up your registration packets at the Jepson Alumni Center!
Every five years, the University honors your graduating class with a long weekend of special events. Reunion is the perfect opportunity for you to catch up with old friends, and reminisce about your days at Richmond in the company of your former classmates. Return every five years to be reminded how far you have come. Learn more and register online.

Fall Spider Career Expo
September 10 | 12 - 4 p.m. | Robins Center
Organizations from a variety of industries will share full-time and internship opportunities with over 300 undergraduate students of all majors and class years. Register here or call (804) 289-8656. Registration is required and space is limited. Organizations that register by August 27 will be listed in the booklet distributed to students at the Expo.

2015-2016 On-Campus and Remote Interview Program
Fall Semester Interview start date | Friday, September 18
Spring Semester Interview start date | Wednesday, January 27
To request your preferred interview dates, whether on campus, or via Skype, phone, or video conference, please log into SpiderConnect. Please note that you can request Information Session dates when you request your preferred interview dates.

Student Preparation and Success
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Emily Gitman, '16, accounting major and member of the women's tennis team, is named University of Richmond's first-ever Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Carrie Friedrich, GB'15Richmond MBA student lands coveted position at top social networking company
Carrie Friedrich, GB'15, moves to San Francisco to embark on her new career as a product marketing manager at LinkedIn.
 UR Alum's study abroad experience leads to starting his own businessAfter studying abroad in Madrid his junior year, Jay Ternavan,'00, knew that traveling was something he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
After studying abroad in Madrid his junior year, Jay Ternavan,’00, knew that traveling was something he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Chris Hamby, '08After winning the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, Chris Hamby, '08, left for BuzzFeed News.
Chris Hamby, '08 received the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for his yearlong investigation on how doctors and lawyers withheld evidence of black lung and denied miners' benefits. He now works for BuzzFeed News.