Nearly 100 students gathered in the Betty R. Tipton Room on Nov. 14 to hear six alumni talk to students about what it takes to successfully land a good job in today's economy. The presentation, "Leap into Leadership," featured Roger B. Boucher, Jr '95, pathologist assistant at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital organ and tissue recovery specialist and resident anatomist, Lifenet Health, Inc.; Dannika Byrd '02, assistant director for student affairs and registrar for the Physician Associate Program at Yale School of Medicine; Bonnie Edmondson '87, education consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education; Peter McDevitt III '88, parole officer with the Department of Correction; Kevin Reese '01, veteran radio personality with CBS Radio, and certified holistic health coach and detox specialist; and Victor Thomas '01, business development and marketing manager for the eGovernment Applications Division at PCC Technology.
"In March 2001, I sent my demo in about 28 times and finally got an interview with Victor Starr, program director," said Reece. "Victor asked me why I should be hired and I explained to him how hard I worked at Eastern in the TV and radio station. He listened and said 'you are hired!'"
Thomas is responsible for half of PCC Technology's $30 million business. His advice: "Have a plan - even a three-month plan." He challenged students to ask themselves, "What motivates you? What fires you up? What are you passionate about? Ultimately do what you are passionate about; make some money; give back; and never forget where you came from."
Edmondson challenged students to "Dare to dream and set high expectations for yourself." The Leap into Leadership Series is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, Center for Internships and the Office of Institutional Advancement.
Above, left to right, left to right: Candace DeAngelis, associate director of student activities; Peter McDevitt III '88; Bonnie Edmondson '87; Roger Boucher, Jr '95; Victor Thomas '01 Dannika Byrd ' 02; Kevin Reese '01; Carmen Cid, dean of Eastern's School of Arts and Sciences.