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What does being a panelist
Volunteering to be a panelist entails approximately 1-1 ½ hours of
the panel length time, sharing with student participants your
experience working in Washington, DC as you offer advice and
suggestions. Students are coming to hear you discuss:
- How you obtained your position
- What it means to you to work in the nation’s capital
- Your recommendations and advice on how to obtain a position or
career in a particular professional field
- How your St. John’s University education helped to contribute
to your experiences after graduation
- Your own advice, recommendations and suggestions for the
Alumni panelists will be provided with an outline; however,
panelists should be themselves and treat their contribution like an
exploratory interview, being open to questions and offering helpful
How long will I have to
The panels are generally formatted with one alumnus serving as a
moderator or facilitator, and begins by having each panelist
introduce himself or herself and describe his or her current
employment position. Specific questions are then posed by the
moderator to the panel, allowing an individual panelist to answer
or defer to another. A question and answer period is then provided
so that students can feel free to ask any or all of the panelists
their own questions.
What will students expect from
Students will expect to hear your story, and for you to be
approachable and accessible to them. Although the Office of Alumni
Relations will have prepared student participants with many
networking techniques in an information meeting prior to the start
of the program, many students may still feel somewhat awkward
approaching alumni. Student participants are strongly encouraged to
gather business cards from alumni program participants and to
follow-up with you afterwards. Students will not ask you for
employment opportunities or internships; however, they are
encouraged to ask alumni how to obtain such roles.
If I cannot participate, is there
another way I can support the program?
Absolutely; there are two other important ways an alumnus
can support the Alumni Insider’s View…U.S. Capital program.
First, please consider making a donation to support any of the
- The Joseph P. Addabbo Scholarship Fund.
- Bus Transportation for the AIV…U.S. Capital Program.
- Overnight Hotel Accommodations for the AIV…U.S. Capital
The program overhead costs are funded by the Office of Alumni
Relations, the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences and
the generous support of our alumni.
Can I participate as a panelist but not
Student and Alumni Networking Reception?
We would love your participation in both, but your time and support
for St. John’s University students as a panelist contributes to the
success of the program. You can certainly make an impact as a
panelist without attending the
Student and Alumni Networking Reception; however, students
appreciate the one-on-one time with alumni that the networking
Can I attend the
Student and Alumni Networking Reception if I can’t participate
as a panelist?
Likewise, your attendance at the
Student and Alumni Networking Reception is a vital component of
our students’ overall positive experience during the Alumni
Insider’s View…U.S. Capital program. In the past students were
disappointed that there weren’t enough alumni to speak and network
with. Each alumnus has his or her unique story and experience to
share, so if you are unable to participate in the formal part of
the program, please consider joining us for the chapter Student and
Alumni Networking Reception, on Thursday, October 17, 2013.
Student and Alumni Networking
Who is hosting this
Student and Alumni Networking Reception is hosted by the
Washington, DC Alumni and Washington, DC Law Alumni Chapters in
cooperation with the St. John’s University Office of Alumni
Who is this reception for?
This reception is for all St. John’s alumni in the Washington, DC
and surrounding regions, as well as for those students who will be
in the area for the Alumni Insider’s View…U.S. Capital program. All
alumni are encouraged to attend and network with current St. John’s
students as well as other alumni who will be in attendance.
Recipients of the Arthur B. Carton and Joseph P. Addabbo
scholarships will also be announced.
For additional information please contact:
Office of Development
Suite B, University Center
Tel (718) 990-1992