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Career Expo Draws Hundreds to Campus

Shamus Crean, Matt Szarleta and John Hess of Tam Ceramics meet Kade McGarrity at Expo.

Shamus Crean, Matt Szarleta and John Hess of Tam Ceramics meet Kade McGarrity at Expo.

More than 200 Alfred University students and more than 40 potential employers gathered Friday in the Joyce and Walton Family Center for the Spring Career Expo. The event was sponsored by the Robert R. McComsey Career Development Center, at Alfred University, and Kohler Co.

Students attending the event came from a wide range of majors, according to Corey Fecteau, Art Advisor/Service Learning Coordinator for the CDC. Companies and organizations attending the Expo were present with a mix of full-time and part-time jobs, co-ops and internships.

Fecteau noted the spring event differs significantly from the fall career fair, which focuses primarily on engineering positions for undergraduates. While engineering firms such as Kohler and Owens Corning were represented Friday, there were also representatives from organizations ranging from New York State Police to Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp, in New Milford, Conn., to Hornell Area Concern for Youth.

The event also provided an opportunity for Alfred University alumni to return to campus and discuss their own work experience with undergraduates. Eric Teller ’14, representing Owens Corning, had an opportunity to discuss a possible fall co-op with undergraduate David Guapisaca, while Shamus Crean ’11 and John Hess ’85, representing Tam Ceramics of Niagara Falls discussed job prospects with undergraduate Kade McGarrity.

In addition to helping coordinate the event, the Robert R. McComsey Career Development Center also provides counseling and assistance to students exploring the job market. Its services include resume reviews and even proper table manners for job interviews that mix questions with eating.