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March 17, 2008

Career Panel - A Networking Opportunity

Farmingdale State Alumni Association hosts panel discussion "Navigating the Career Maze"

A panel discussion --" Navigating the Career Maze "-- will be presented on Thursday, April 24 in the Little Theatre in Roosevelt Hall starting at 6:00 p.m. The event is designed to educate alumni on what the emerging industries are on Long Island, what skills are needed to transition to a new career, and what Long Island's employers seek in a workforce. The event is free.

This networking opportunity will be moderated by Scott Passeser, host of the popular News 12 show, "Jobline" and will feature experts in the field, including alumna Susan H. Gubing, '64, principal of CareerSmarts, and an education and industry consultant,

alumnus Clyde Vanel, '97/'99, lawyer, restauranteur and aviator and Long Island economist Dr. Pearl Kamer. Dr. Kamer is chief economist of the Long Island Association, Long Island 's largest business organization, where she monitors regional business activity. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park at Farmingdale State College and is vice-chair of the Route 110 Redevelopment Corporation. She also serves as an economic advisor to the Ways and Means Committee of the New York State Assembly. She is the author of two books: Crisis in Urban Public Finance and The U.S. Economy in Crisis: Adjusting to the New Realities.

"One of the biggest requests we receive from alumni is the chance to network with industry leaders," said Eileen Hasson , director of alumni affairs. "Farmingdale's alumni are valued by Long Island 's employers, and this is a great opportunity for our alumni to hear from the most knowledgeable people what's ahead of the regional workforce so they can be prepared to help their business, or help themselves."

With the college occupying a critical role in training the workforce for Long Island , Hasson said many additional networking events are planned. "There are two reasons employers value our students and alumni," Hasson said. "First, we always hear from employers about how well educated our students are. The other reason is, since most of our students and alumni are from Long island, they tend to stay on Long Island . That translates into a stable, reliable employee base."

For further information on this event, contact eileen.hasson@farmingdale.edu .