College to Corporate Symposium held at UMF

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FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington Center for Human Development recently hosted UMF’s third annual College to Corporate Symposium. This event brought more than 40 junior and senior business students together with corporate professionals from New England to discuss the job application process and today’s work environment.

From left to right: Chantal Dionne, UMF senior majoring in business economics; Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business; and Ben Saviello, UMF senior majoring in business economics, network with employers from New England businesses at UMF’s third annual College to Corporate Symposium. (UMF photo)

The evening began with a panel discussion including: Justin Hall, UMF class of 2005 alumnus and representative from Ameriprise Financial; Jen McEntee and Ryan Paczkowski from Barclaycard; Rick Martin from Comfort Inn & Suites; Mike Engert from Experience; Larry Stewart from Franklin Community Health Network; and David Michaud, Stacey Abbott and Peggy Willihan from Verso Paper.

Panel members explained the interviewing and hiring process and provided the audience with an inside look at how the practice compares among businesses. Employer expectations were reviewed regarding dress, decorum and written presentation of a resume and cover letter. Speakers at the symposium recommended that students research positions of interest and their companies thoroughly to achieve the greatest employment success.

Sponsored by the UMF Department of Social Science and Business, pre-MBA program and Barclaycard and Verso Paper companies, the evening concluded with dinner and a shared interest in continuing to network in the future. For more information, please contact Stephen Davis, UMF career counselor, at 207-778-7232, or

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