Community invited to attend Technology and Career Expo

The community is invited to attend the 2011 Penn State Shenango Technology and Career Expo to be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, in the Penn State Shenango auditorium located on Shenango Avenue in Sharon, Pa. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. with opening remarks at 1 p.m.

Participants will learn what human resource professionals look for in prospective candidates and what they like to see in professional portfolios, or participants can attend one of several breakout workshops and learn about the “best practices” in the digital world. A “Mocktail” reception for networking with friends of Penn State and Penn State professionals will complete the day’s event, which is free and open to the public.

The Expo is sponsored by the Information Sciences and Technology, Career Services, and Development and Alumni Relation Offices at Penn State Shenango and the Technology Council of Northwest PA.

Beginning at 1 p.m., Tracy Bornick, supervisor, Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission, Inc.; Larry Gorski, senior vice president of Human Resources, First National Bank; Spike Mancuso, human resources director, International Timber and Veneer Company; and Christine Scherer, registered nurse/manager, St. Joseph Health Center—Urgent Care, will speak and field questions as part of the Human Resource Panel. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and gain insight into the complexities of the job search process.

At 2 p.m., guests are invited to attend one of the Futuristic Fab Four breakout workshops featuring how to create and upload video, titles, and descriptions on YouTube presented by Nick Smerker, Media Commons consultant, Penn State University; how to better secure your personal and professional information and computer presented by David Reeves, chief technical officer, Reeves Information Technology; how to improve your ability to communicate in a professional manner by practicing proper etiquette in the digital world presented by Heidi Friedrich, coordinator for Career Services, Penn State Shenango; and the Nittany Lion Career Network job search engine, where student resumes may be viewed by more than 13,000 employers, presented by Stephanie MeMaro, Job and Internship Development, Penn State University.

Starting at 3 p.m., participants will have an opportunity to attend a series of workshops pertaining to their major or area of interest. These workshops include Entrepreneurism presented by Maggie Horne, business consultant, Mercer County Small Business Development Center and Amy Weller, principal, Weller Business Advisors; Documentation and Confidentiality Practices presented by Mary Pollock, Outpatient Program director, and Maggie Mills, Wraparound Program director, Community Counseling Center; Computer Forensics presented by Cpl. Robert Pearson, PA State Police; and Digital Medical Records presented by Nickolaus Miehl, nursing faculty, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

The Mocktail reception will conclude the event from 4 to 6 p.m. in the auditorium.

For additional information, call Heidi Friedrich at 724-983-2844 or e-mail Lisa Bertin at

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Last Updated March 21, 2011