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Thursday, November 2, 2000

"Career Week 2000 November 13-17"

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury State University students will explore job opportunities with SSU alumni on the front lines of everything from health care to dot.com start-ups during Career Week 2000 November 13-17.

"This is a way for alumni to interact with today’s students and help them prepare for the future," said Roy S. Perdue, director of alumni relations.

"We know that the education alumni receive here is important," said Perdue, "but their education continues as they follow their career paths. Students will have the chance to learn from others’ experiences."

Some 100 alumni will visit classrooms throughout the week to talk with students about specific careers: business/accounting; medicine; community service; social work and law enforcement; management information systems; environment; communications and media; politics, government and law; marketing; computer science; and education.

Workshops will also be held on interviewing techniques, resume writing and accessing the Work Information Network (WIN), as well as on-line chats between alumni and students.

Career Week’s busiest day will be Thursday, November 16--Career Day XIII--when over 50 alumni will participate in panel discussion designed to answer student’s questions about job

hunting, networking and careers in particular fields. Panels hosted by SSU faculty will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. in classrooms.

Lori Scott, a 1989 graduate who earned a B.S. in nursing, is now president of Omni Nurse Associates Inc. in Clarksville, MD. When she returns to her Alma Mater she will encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities SSU offers to individualize course work in the junior and senior years to begin charting a career path while still in school.

"Salisbury State was a great place to begin my nursing instruction and for its total education program," said Scott, who will be on a November 16 panel discussing health care careers. More important for her, though, were the nursing study options available, particularly community-based care.

"I designed my own unique final year of courses and internships, a network of linkages in community-based nursing which set the stage for my career," said Scott.

Karla Morgan, a 1992 communication arts major, returns to campus with an already impressive public relations and marketing portfolio. Following a PR stint for the Town of Ocean City, she and husband Tom (SSU Class of 90) headed south to Orlando, FL, to "expand our career opportunities in a young, booming market."

There she landed a job with Time Warner, where she was manager of community affairs, spreading the corporate communications giant’s community involvement commitment. Three and a half years later, she and Tom yearned to return to their native Maryland and Karla used her previous experience to break into cutting edge marketing, as an account manager for Oasis Graphics.com, a Web site designing company in Laurel, MD.

While she characterized her studies at SSU as the "backbone of my career," she says her advice to current students will be aggressively pursue your career aspirations. "The dream job is not going to come looking for you," said Karla Morgan, "you’ve got to go find it."

Career Week and Career Day are presented jointly by the offices of Alumni Relations and Career Services, which works with students on career planning throughout the year.

For more information, please call the Alumni Relations Office at 410-543-6O42 or visit http://www.salisbury.edu.

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