Career Week activities set April 2-5 at Penn State York

Penn State York students will have the opportunity to network with business professionals in a variety of career fields during a networking event on Thursday, April 5 as part of a week-long series of events to help students connect with alumni and learn about careers through networking. The networking event begins at noon in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building.

Professionals representing career fields including human resources, engineering, nonprofit/community service, government, health care, business and management, law and legal, information sciences and technology, communications and journalism, marketing, and writing, will meet and talk with students about their career and what it takes to get a job.   Students have the opportunity to visit numerous tables and network during lunch in a low-key environment.

Speakers for the event  include Jeffrey Antolick, TRC Worldwide Engineering Inc., engineering;  Barbara Carbaugh, Radio Hanover Inc., communications; Alice B. Conner, BAE Systems, engineering; Karen H. Chronister, journalism, marketing and writing, The Wordshop; C. Stephen Erni, Pennsylvania, DUI Association, government; Miesha L. Hill, YWCA York, nonprofit and community service; Christine F. Knepp, Yorktowne Optical Company Inc., business and management; Edward A. Paskey, II, Esq., Kagen, McDonald, & France, P.C., law and legal; Kris Pollock, Catholic Harvest Food Pantry, nonprofit and community service; Darryl G. Uhler, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, health care; and Susan E. Zehner, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Ten of the 12 presenters are Penn State alumni.

Career Week kicks off on Monday, April 2 with a presentation by alumnus Jonathan J. Spanos, senior vice president of URS Corporation/Homeland Security Division. Spanos will discuss social networking and the potential impact an online presence can have on a person’s career. The presentation is from noon to 1 p.m. in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.

A Penn State alum, Spanos holds a doctorate in organization change development from Penn State, a master’s in education from Shippensburg University, and a bachelor of science in education from Penn State. 

Spanos is an accomplished homeland security public safety information technology (IT) director with more than 15 years of extensive organizational change development involvement supporting enterprise LAN, WAN, MPLS, wireless networks, and  "all-hazards preparedness."  He specializes in the continued strategic and enterprise review of post-September 11  preparedness-related activities to understand achievements to date and remaining areas of concern, with a particular emphasis on cost-effectiveness, public private partnerships, accountability, and efficiency.

His experience extends to implementing best practices to improve local, regional, statewide and nationwide preparedness outcomes. He has been responsible for procuring and managing hundreds of millions of dollars of grant funding streams. In addition, Spanos has briefed numerous committees and legislatures including the United States Congress on homeland security, system interoperability, and critical Information Technology (IT) infrastructure. He is a chair or member of several high profile committees within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA).

“Making the Most of the Career Networking Event,” is the workshop topic for students on Tuesday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m., in Room 112 of the John J. Romano Administration Building. Andrew Caldwell, career counselor at Penn State York, will discuss the importance of successful networking, etiquette and other tips to have a positive experience and get the most from the career networking event.

Career Week continues with alumnus Lee Rubin, who has had a successful career as a speaker, author, human resources professional and former Nittany Lion football player.  Rubin will speak at 6 p.m. in the Conference Center of  the Main Classroom Building, about his career path and the principles that have guided his success in his presentation “Don’t Just Play, WIN! (three traits that winners possess). Preregistration is required for this even online at bit.ly/yk12rubin. Please bring a canned good or nonperishable food item to be donated to the local food pantry.

Rubin holds a bachelor of arts degree in speech communications with a minor in business from Penn State. He received a full athletic scholarship to play football for the Nittany Lions under the leadership of legendary coach, Joe Paterno. Rubin not only emerged as a three-year starting free safety, he also became a captain of the team. His academic and athletic success has provided a tremendous opportunity to understand and communicate winning strategies and principles.

He is a board member of the Community Refuge Education Center, a nonprofit organization in the Central New Jersey area whose mission is to develop and implement programs that enhance skills, build self-esteem, and increase the overall productivity of the individuals they serve. Through this organization, Rubin has coordinated a variety of fundraising and college tour events.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in central New Jersey, Rubin and his wife, Carmen, have two daughters.

For more information on Career Week, please contact Andrew Caldwell at 717-718-6700 or apc2@psu.edu or Iona Conlon at 717-718-6781 or iona@psu.edu.

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Last Updated March 30, 2012