Zachary Wehrman took time to network during the event.
Heather Nelson '12 and KPMG's Peter Bartok
Tom Brannock '08, Casey Kaufman '13
and Katelyn Burner '13<>
Randolph-Macon College hosted a CAREER 15
Key Employer Panel on Friday, September 30, 2011 in Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center
for the Performing Arts.
CAREER 15 is a unique resource that connects students and graduates of 15 Virginia
liberal arts colleges with human resources staff looking for potential interns and
employees. It was created by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC)
to expand the career opportunities of students attending one of its 15 member colleges,
and to serve the workforce needs of its corporate partners. The recruiting network
brings together a small group of student job seekers and the hiring managers of
top-tier, Fortune 1000 level companies.
“This is a top-notch networking event that provides the opportunity for students
to interact with representatives of companies who wouldn’t normally recruit at smaller
schools such as Randolph-Macon College,” says Director of
Career Services Cathy Rollman. “CAREER 15 offers students a venue in which
they can interact with employers on a personal level.”
Each member institution selects students who represent their college or university,
based on criteria set forth by the employers and the VFIC. “Selection criteria require
that students be juniors or seniors, have demonstrated leadership skills through
participation in clubs, sports, volunteer work or campus events, and have enthusiasm
about working for at least one of the key employers,” says Rollman.
Altria, SunTrust, Dominion, KPMG, MassMutual, Genworth and Virginia Asset Management
executives gave presentations and networked with students at the event. Alumna
Sarah Morehead ’10 was one of the representatives from Altria and alumnus
Tom Brannock ’08 was one of the representatives from Virginia Asset
The afternoon session, held in Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, was organized
like a mini career fair, and students were able to interact with and submit résumés
to the companies in which they were interested.
Altria Scholar Ashley Lambers ’12 was one of the CAREER 15 participants.
Altria Scholars are nominated by the president at each of their schools and must
demonstrate leadership potential and leadership skills; exhibit career, work and
life skills; and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The following R-MC students also participated in the event: Katelyn Burner ’13,
Casey Kaufman ’13, Michael Leber ’12, Duy
Nguyen ’12, John Coleman ’12, Bethany Schaeffer ’12
and Heather Nelson ’12. Alumni Calvin Fleming ’11
and Zachary Wehrman ’11 also participated.
R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren serves on the VFIC board of directors and the
VFIC Career/Workforce committee, which oversees the CAREER 15 program. Founded in
1952, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges is a nonprofit fund-raising
and programmatic consortium supporting the programs and students of 15 leading private
colleges in the Commonwealth: Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College, Hampden-Sydney
College, Hollins University, Lynchburg College, Mary Baldwin College, Marymount
University, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, Shenandoah
University, Sweet Briar College, University of Richmond, Virginia Wesleyan College
and Washington and Lee University.