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NODA Special Projects Fund - Senior Transitions Conference

Thursday, December 17, 2015   (0 Comments)
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More than 110 students from numerous colleges and universities, along with 50 professional volunteers participated in the 3rdAnnual Senior Transition Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on November 7-8th.

We are proud to announce this year’s conference was open to all Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Students from Mansfield University, East Stroudsburg University, Lock Haven University, Millersville University, Cedar Crest College, Lycoming College, Penn State Harrisburg, HACC Community College, and Lebanon Valley College were all represented at this years conference. The two-day event was lead by Mansfield University’s Nichole Lefelhoc, Director of the Career Center and Andee Dunham, Associate Director for Student Life and Student Transition.

The conference opened with keynote speaker, Mary Falkenstern, Professor, Speech-Language Pathologist and Communication Coach from Iona College who presented on a critical component of being a powerful leader "Effective communication in the workplace”. Following this, students were allowed to choose one of four possible workshops at three different times resulting in three hours of conference style presentation covering topics such as evaluating the job offer & benefits package, student loans, personal finance and much more. The first day of the conference ended with the opportunity for students to network with volunteer professionals.On the second day students were given the opportunity to work on interviewing skills, and get advice on resume building, all leading up to a mock interview with the professionals from various businesses.

"Coming together with multiple schools and professionals in the workforce from all different fields allowed us a window to post college life. This was a valuable exchange of ideas and skills to enhance our professional toolbox,” said Kurtis Morgan, Mansfield senior in Environmental Science.

"The Senior Transitions Conference was definitely eye opening. I believe that I gained skills from this conference that I haven’t learned throughout my four years of classes at Mansfield. I am beyond glad that I took the first step toward my future by attending this conference,” said Elizabeth Quillinan, Mansfield senior in Business Administration.

The presenting sponsor of the Senior Transitions Conference was the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU). Nationwide Insurance, Enterprise Holdings, State Farm, Liberty Mutual, Hersey Entertainment & Resorts, Next Step Test Prep, and NODA generously sponsored the conference as well.

Anyone wanting more information on the Senior Transitions Conference and the Mansfield University Career Center can go to For more information on Mansfield University please visit



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