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WIU 2015 CBT Professional Development Series

September 1, 2015


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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology (CBT) will host the annual Professional Development Series Sept. 10-25. The series is made possible with funding from John Deere North America Recruiting and Staffing.

Students are invited to register for the more than 20 sessions offered that are designed to prepare students for the job search and a career in business.

The schedule will be:

Thursday, Sept. 10
4-4:45 p.m. in the University Union Capital Rooms – The Art of Networking, presented by Laura Swanson Leezer, vice president and senior development officer for Citizens Bank –Professional dress is preferred for this session that will focus on questions to ask and not ask and how to network and build relationships in a professional environment.

5 p.m., University Union Brattain Lounge – A networking social will be held so students can practice their networking skills with community business leaders. Professional dress is preferred.

Monday, Sept. 14
10-10:50 a.m. or 11-11:50 a.m. in Stipes Hall, room 309 – Get Linked, presented by Michelle Howe, assistant director of the WIU Career Development Center (CDC) – Students will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of having a LinkedIn account and have time to created an account with the guidance of a CDC staff member.

1-1:50 p.m. or 2-2:50 p.m. in Stipes Hall, room 121 – Actions Speak Louder than Words: Nonverbal Communication in an Interview, presented by Erica Mitchell, admissions counselor at Culver-Stockton College – This session will focus on what to do and what not to do with nonverbal communication during an interview.

Tuesday, Sept. 15

9:30-10:45 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Stipes Hall, room 121 – Personal Finance-Life Just Got Real, presented by Ashley Riggins, account manager at Purdum Gray Indledue Beck, Inc., and Ryan Riggins, assistant vice president of lending at MidAmerica National Bank – Attendees will learn how to set goals, implement plans and apply strategies and tips for finances.

12:30-1:45 p.m. or 2-3:15 p.m. in Stipes Hall, room 121 – Managing Your Personal "Brand," presented by Bryan Langston, general manager of Illinois Warehouse at Dot Foods, Inc., and Suzy Kassing, director of personnel of Illinois Warehouse at Dot Foods, Inc. In this session, students will learn how the nation's largest food redistributor helps employees recognize the importance of managing their personal "brand" by making them aware of the impact of their professional behavior both inside and outside the workplace.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Noon-4:30 p.m. in the University Union Grand Ballroom – Supply Chain Management (SCM) Day Career Fair, hosted by the College of Business and Technology and the Department of Management and Marketing – The event includes an afternoon informal meet-and-greet opportunity with company representatives. To register, visit: http://www.wiu.edu/cbt/management_and_marketing/scm-day.php.

5-7 p.m. in the University Union Lamoine Room – Dinner with employer representatives, students, faculty and staff. Reservations required. Free of charge.

3-4:50 p.m. in Knoblauch Hall, room 152 – School of Agriculture Employer/Alumni Panel – This event offers students the opportunity to connect with career professionals and learn what they recommend for students to prepare for the job search. The employer/alumni panel includes: Robb Creasey, vice president of 1st Farm Credit Services; Christina O'Neill, doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) at All Pets Veterinary Clinic; Daniel Shaw, DeKalb/Asgrow district sales manager at Monsanto; Todd Steinacher, West Central Illinois regional agronomist at AgriGold; and Ashley Wall, Ag Services colleague development at Archer Daniels Midland Company.

Thursday, Sept. 17
9:30-10:45 a.m. in Stipes Hall, room 121 – Interviewing – Through the Eyes of an Employer, presented by Steven Rosso, Midwest region human resource client manager at J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. – Students can gain an understanding of the job search through the eyes of an employer.

12:30-1:45 p.m. in Stipes Hall, room 121 – Too Much Takeout, presented by Emily Shupe, assistant professor in the WIU Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality Department, and Kristen Conrad, owner of Make Fit Happen (American Council on Exercise personal trainer certified; TRX Group Fitness, Individual training and sports medicine and rehabilitation certified) – During this session, students will learn how to cut food costs by eating more meals at home and exercise with little to no cost.

3:30-4:45 p.m. in Stipes Hall, room 121 – Drawn From My Life … The "Art" of Business, presented by Susan Morrison, American Master Wildlife artist, author and environmentalist – Join award-winning and nationally acclaimed wildlife and landscape artist, poet and environmentalist Morrison as she shares how she succeeded in business as a professional fine artist.

Monday, Sept. 21

9-9:50 a.m. or 10-10:50 a.m. in Stipes Hall, room 309 – LinkedIn Pro: Job Search, Network and More, presented by Michelle Howe, assistant director of the WIU Career Development Center – Students can learn how to use a LinkedIn account effectively to job search, network and more.

Noon-12:50 p.m. or 1-1:50 p.m. in Stipes Hall, room 121 – CBT Alumni Panel – CBT alumni will be present to answer students' career questions. Alumni will include Ty Beckmann, region manager at Multinational Technology Company; Emily Doubet, client insights analyst at IRI; Caleb Markey, financial advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors; and Ketra Russell, residential facilities assistant director at WIU Housing and Dining Services.

2-2:50 p.m. in Stipes Hall, room 121 – Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement – Meet individuals who promote quality of life in their communities through social responsibility and civic engagement. The panel of community leaders present will be Kassie Courson, director of Courtyard Estates; Cathy Early, insurance agent at Cathy Early State Farm; Casey Grant, assistant vice president and loan officer at Citizens Bank; Al Reusch, CPA at Reusch, Butler & Associates.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Stipes Hall, room 121 – Employer Panel – Join a group of employers for a panel discussion about what they look for in a successful candidate. Employers will be Elmer Heikes, human resources director at Vaughan and Bushnell Manufacturing; Lisa Irish, human resources representative at NTN-Bower Corporation; and Tobie Richey, recruiter at McDonough District Hospital.

Noon-12:50 p.m. in Knoblauch Hall, room 105 – Employer Panel; engineering technology, construction management and graphic communication focused – Join a group of employers for a panel discussion about what they look for in a successful engineering, engineering technology, construction management and graphic communication candidate. Employers present will include Andrew Asbury, sales and marketing manager at Royal Printing Company; Dan Bentz, general manager at Fusion Tech Integrated, Inc.; Stefanie Fenimore, professional engineer at Benton and Associates, Inc.; Dave Kostello, corporate general manager of human resources at NTN-Bower Corporation; and Ben Van Zante, senior engineer/team leader of plant processes at Pella Inc.

5-7 p.m. in the University Union Lamoine Room – Etiquette Dinner, presented by Susan Creasey, assistant professor in the WIU Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality – In this session, students will learn dining etiquette for a professional setting. Reservations and professional dress are required. Cost is $10 per person. Pay online or in the dean's office in Stipes Hall, room 101.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

9-9:50 a.m. or 10-10:50 a.m. in Stipes Hall, room 121 – Legal Issues in Social Media, presented by Ryan Hunt, associate professor in the WIU Department of Management and Marketing – Students will learn about what posted information employers can legally consider in the hiring process and in the employee evaluation and promotion process.

1-1:50 p.m. or 2-2:50 p.m. in Stipes Hall, room 121 (for women) and Stipes Hall, room 501 (for men) – Dress for Success, presented by Shanna M. Bruer, visiting professor in the WIU Department of Management and Marketing, and Ryan Riggins, assistant vice president of lending at MidAmerica National Bank – Attendees will learn about professional dress in this session in order to present a good first impression.

Thursday, Sept. 24

9:30-10:45 a.m. or 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Stipes Hall, room 121 – Résumé Writing-From Lemons to Lemonade, presented by Kim Matteson, nationally certified résumé writer/owner of KWM Résumé and Career Solutions – Get the advice needed from one of less than 40 nationally certified résumé writers with more than 10 years of experience in career services.

Friday, Sept. 25

11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the University Union Brattain Lounge – Meet the Firms – This unique career fair offers students majoring in accountancy, finance and information systems to have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with employers who are specifically looking to fill job openings and internships in these disciplines. For more information, visit wiu.edu/cbt/accounting_and_finance/bap/firms.php.

Students should register for sessions as soon as possible to guarantee seating and bring their WIU ID to each session for attendance tracking purposes. For more information and registration instructions, visit wiu.edu/cbt/career.

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