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“There are No Limits”    



Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 10:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.     


Keynote Speaker: John Schlimm ‘99-’01   

John Schlimm is the international award-winning author of The Tipsy Vegan, The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook, Twang: a novel, and has written several other books. He earned his dual secondary education certifications in English and speech communications from Pitt-Bradford and later taught in the Communication Arts Department.
During his career, John served in the Vice Presidential Communications Office at The White House where he worked with Tipper Gore, worked in production and scriptwriting for the national radio series Enterprising Women, was a fundraiser for various national and local nonprofits, and served as a celebrity publicist at FrontPage Publicity in Nashville.
He has traveled the country speaking about cooking, entertaining, and public relations; and has appeared on several national programs, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, QVC, NPR, Martha Stewart Living’s Everyday Food, and Fox & Friends. John also holds a master’s degree from Harvard University. 
Follow John on Facebook at and Twitter @JohnSchlimm.  For more information, visit

Schedule of Events     


10:45 to 11:00 a.m.-  Registration and Continental Breakfast 

11:00 to 11:10 a.m. - Welcome

11:20  to 12:00 p.m.-  Session I Workshops  

·The Internship Advantage
Holly J. Spittler ’89, associate dean of student affairs, Pitt-Bradford, and Linda Devlin, executive director, ANF Visitors Bureau     

·The Winning Resume
Mark McFadden ’80-’82, director of career development, Alfred University 

 Graduate School: A Higher Degree of Success
Nicole Amrhein ’08, attorney
Dr. Jesse Steinberg, assistant professor of philosophy

12:00 to 1:20 pm.  Networking Luncheon & Keynote Presentation by John Schlimm ’99-’01 

1:30 to 2:10 p.m.  - Session II Workshops  

·Managing Your College-to-Career Transition
Josh Bridge ’02, economist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

·How to Become the Indispensable Employee
Winnie Rajakumar ’06, financial advisor, Merrill Lynch 

·Interviewing Strategies
Chris Luke ’94, senior vice president/director of marketing, PNC Investments  

2:20  to 3:00 p.m.   - Session III Workshops  

·Surviving and Thriving in “The Office”
Carma Horner, Disability Resources and Services Coordinator, Pitt-Bradford, with Caitlyn Catalfu ’11 and Heather Snider ’11 

·The Power of Pitt: Be an Advocate for Your School, your Organization and Yourself!
Danielle Munksgard ’08, trust officer, Northwest   Savings Bank, Dr. Stephen Robar, associate professor, political science, and Erik Austin ’12, SGA president 

·Linked In or Left out: Social Media & Your Job Search
Jason Cercone ’03 and Jason Collins ’03, founding partners, Linxone Solutions; Jeremy Callinan ’04, Protocol 80; and Lyndon Orinion ’11, website content editor, Wesley Theological Seminary   

3:00 to 3:15 p.m. – Closing Session and Door Prizes

This program is free for Pitt Students and December 2011 graduates and $10.00 for non-students. Participants will receive a complimentary lunch and career resource materials.  Please dress appropriately. 

You may Register online or for more information you may contact Holly Spittler at the Office of Career Services at 362-7657 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

Co-sponsored by Northwest Savings Bank, Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association, Career Services, Alumni Relations.