UMF brings students and business professionals together

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From left to right: Joseph Gallant, UMF senior with the business psychology program; Justin Hall, UMF class of 2005 alumnus with Ameriprise Financial; and William Griffiths, UMF junior with the business economics program, gather to discuss current business expectations at UMF’s recent College to Corporate Symposium.

FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington recently featured its fourth annual College to Corporate Symposium. Hosted by UMF’s Business Economics and Pre-MBA programs and the University’s Center for Human Development, the forum brings junior and senior UMF business students together with Maine business professionals to learn about current practices and expectations and to create pre-professional networking opportunities.

Six professionals from leading Maine businesses participated in the evening’s panel discussion and networking session, including: UMF class of 2005 alumnus Justin Hall, from Ameriprise Financial; David Herring, from Maine Huts & Trails; Rick Martin, from Comfort Inn & Suites; Diane Rogers, from Wright Express; Kimberly M. Smith, from Enterprise Rent-a-Car; and Bob Burdick from Reed & Reed, Inc.

Panel members explained the hiring and interviewing process to the participants, providing the audience with a unique glimpse of how the process compares among various employers. The audience, which included the UMF Business and Economics faculty, was treated to a full range of expectations about dress, decorum and written presentation of both resumes and cover letters. The employers emphasized the importance of researching the company and position individuals are interested in applying for and preparing thoroughly for any interview.

Justin T. Hall; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Wright Express; the UMF Division of Social Sciences, Business & Global Studies and the UMF Pre-MBA Program sponsored the event. For more information about this event or any career-related programs or services at UMF, please contact Stephen Davis at 207-778-7232, or

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