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Nov. 12, 2010

EASTON, Pa. - Student-athletes from Lafayette's spring and winter teams participated in the Maroon Club's Career Development Series on Thursday night in Pfenning Alumni Center. The event was designed to prepare student-athletes for life after Lafayette through shared professional experiences and networking opportunities with 11 alumni student-athletes.

The alumni panel included: Maroon Club President Hal Kamine '78 (Baseball), Maroon Club Vice President Cindy Oaks Linville '80 (Women's Lacrosse), Barry Bregman '77 (Men's Lacrosse), Angela Coxe '03 (Track and Field/Cheerleading), Dr. Catherine Hanlon '79 (Women's Lacrosse), Dr. Wilbur Oaks Jr. '51 (Men's Soccer), Steve Oplinger '79 (Football), Pete Reinke Jr. '85 (Men's Basketball), Lewis Stival '79 (Baseball), Michael Whitman '82 (Men's Basketball) and Michael Winograd '92 (Men's Soccer).

The panel members described their careers as student-athletes on College Hill and how those experiences shaped their professional lives. They emphasized that those student-athletes who are confident, strong and competitive hold the components necessary to be successful.

"Lafayette student-athletes know how to manage their time and are well-rounded individuals," said Oplinger, Managing Director at Credit Suisse.

Dr. Hanlon, the Chairman of the ER and Director of Hyperbaric Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center added, "Being a student-athlete taught me how to work as a team. In the hospital we all have to come together and make life and death decisions in a split second, we trust each other."

When talking about the best advice to give to today's student-athletes, there was a consensus on the panel. "You have to believe in yourself and always remember to have fun," said Dr. Oaks from Oaks Associates PC.

"It is important to follow your heart and what it tells you," said Coxe, from Hoffmann & Baron, LLP. "Also, do research. You have everything you could ever need at Lafayette, so take advantage of internships, externships, the career center, your coaches and professors."

Junior Joelle Neilson of the track and field team wrapped up the event.

"It is about time for us to tackle our homework and get ready for tomorrow," said Neilson. "What is the most important thing we should walk out of here knowing?"

Kamine, Maroon Club President and CEO of KDC Solar, answered the question by explaining how Lafayette student-athletes are competitive, understand how to win and lose with class and know how to work together in a team environment.

"I cannot stress enough that it is important to utilize all that Lafayette has to offer," Kamine commented. "Always ask questions and never give up on your dreams, no matter how many you may have."

The next Maroon Club Career Development Series alumni panel will be held during the spring semester.