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2015 Fall Career Development Series

Nov. 23, 2015

EASTON, Pa. -- Lafayette College's Maroon Club, in conjunction with the Office of Career Services, sponsored the Career Development Series for Lafayette Student-Athletes: From the Gym to the Job -- Pillars of Success on How to Win a Job on Oct. 22 in the Marlo Room of Farinon Student Center.

Current junior and senior student-athletes were invited to attend the panel that included several Lafayette alumni. The ongoing initiative, also held in the spring for first-years and sophomores, provides student-athletes access to information, resources and contacts, while enabling them to experience the journeys of former student-athletes.

"This was one of our best panels that we have had back for a career development series in my time at Lafayette. We always look to put together a panel that includes both young and experienced alumni who are not only in a position to potentially interview student-athletes for jobs and internships, but also help our student-athletes figure out how to network, present themselves and translate the skills they have learned in athletics into landing a job or internship," said Maroon Club Executive Director Joe Giaimo. "The Lafayette alumni network runs deep, and the Career Development Series is an example of the way alumni want to help our current student-athletes take the next step in their lives."

The alumni panelists in attendance included Dr. Susan Cooley '79 (Women's Basketball -- Medical Doctor at Coventry Eye Associates), Bethann Coradino '13 (Cross Country/Track & Field -- Leasing Associate at Brandywine Realty Trust), David Crean '02 (Men's Lacrosse -- Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch), Deborah Horrigan '91 (Swimming & Diving - Principal, Fixed Income Sales at Piper Jaffray & Company), Brian O'Reilly '91 (Men's Soccer - Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer at Philadelphia Life Insurance Companies), Katy Rooney '15 (Volleyball - Consultant at IBM), Mike Tortora '06 (Men's Soccer - Leveraged Finance at Citi Capital Markets), Drew Weisman '04 (Men's Lacrosse -- Managing Director at Jefferies Finance), Eric Vacca '04 (Baseball -- Mortgage Lending Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch), Joe Heaney '85 (Men's Lacrosse -- Founder and Principal at Walden Environmental Engineering) and Rosie Bukics (Lafayette College Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Professor of Economics).

The Maroon Club Career Development Series is one of many events that help solidify Lafayette College as a nationally-renowned academic institution. Lafayette College's athletic programs had the third-highest total in the nation in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) according to the NCAA's annual report released last month. Lafayette boasted a 97 percent GSR overall for its 18 sports measured and a total of 12 Lafayette programs registered a graduation rate of 100 percent.