Tom Zeni '71 talked about the importance of networking.
Kelsey Trundle '13 practiced her networking skills.
Randolph-Macon College’s Center for Personal and Career
Development provides students with the tools they need to succeed. On Wednesday,
November 2, 2011, current students and alumni met for a networking reception in
Students learned firsthand the finer points of networking as alumnus Tom Zeni
’71, former Finance and Business Services Manager at a refinery for
ConocoPhillips Co., offered advice on networking.
Zeni spoke to students about the importance of networking and offered examples on
how to develop a personal network.
“I urge that you take advantage of R-MC alumni and others in your network who can
assist you in your career search,” said Zeni. “They can introduce you to individuals
who are involved in the hiring process within their own companies and firms. Eighty
percent of all jobs are obtained through networking relationships.”
Zeni, who earned his MBA in 1975 from the College of William and Mary, says that
Randolph-Macon College helped pave the way for his successful career in business.
“I graduated at the very top of my MBA class,” he says. “I credit this to the liberal
arts education and rigorous academic standards at R-MC.”
Following Zeni’s presentation, students put into practice what they learned by networking
with Zeni and the other alumni who were in attendance: Bill Sprinkle ’67,
Senior Engineer, Virginia Department of Corrections, Scott Sutton ’87,
Director of Business Development, Froehling & Robertson, Inc., Cristin Traylor
’97, Attorney, McGuireWoods, and Molly Field ’04,
Administrative Coordinator and Columbarium Manager, University of Richmond.
Cathy Rollman, Director of the Center for Personal and Career Development, is thrilled
that students have the opportunity to learn from alumni.
“This is an invaluable experience for students,” says Rollman. “They learn from
alumni who have been in their shoes, and they realize that, through hard work and
good planning, there are no boundaries. Networking is an essential component of
career success, and I’m so pleased that our alumni and students have opportunities
like this one to meet and interact with each other.”