Making connections: Mount hosts Real World Connections event for college seniors

March 02, 2018

Mount students network with professionals in the fields of marketing, communications, and technology at the recent Real World Connections event.

Mount students network with professionals in the fields of marketing, communications, and technology at the recent Real World Connections event. 


Dozens of graduating Mount Saint Mary College seniors had the opportunity to connect with leaders in their industry at a recent Real World Connections event.

The networking event, which was coordinated by the college’s Center for Career and Experiential Education, featured professionals in the fields of marketing, communications, and technology. The program, which is held several times during the year with focuses on different industries, offers networking and opportunities for personal connection that larger job fairs often can’t provide. 

Mount students benefited from the expertise and advice of:

  • Joe Gargiulo, senior vice president of Coyne Public Relations
  • Jeremy Smith ’06, director of Engineering at Travelers and owner of 5kywire, a mass media messaging company
  • Barry Lewis, executive editor of the Times Herald-Record newspaper
  • Anthony Church, vice president of Client Operations at Interact Marketing
  • Kevin Gould ’94, systems software test engineer for IBM
  • Kurt Praschak, vice president of Public Relations for Success Communications Group
  • Steve Shultis, chief technical officer for New York Public Radio
  • Kaitlin Gisolfi, business coordinator for D’Archangelo & Co.

Lewis encouraged students to tout real life opportunities to help highlight past work experience. 

“I have never hired anyone because of their GPA,” he explained. “Everyone here will have graduated. I want to see what makes your résumé stand out.”

Shultis, who has hosted tours of the New York Public Radio station for Mount Information Technology and Communications students in the past, was impressed with the opportunities the program offered to students.

“I have a list from our HR department of 20 job openings right here in my pocket,” he said. “A program like this exposes students to a number of very real opportunities, all in one night.”

Gisolfi never saw herself working as an in-house marketing professional, but has loved the experience, especially being able to wear all of the many hats of a marketer as a one-person operation. 

“You don’t have to do marketing in an agency,” she explained to the students. “You can do in-house [marketing] in a field you never would have thought of.”

For the students, being able to make one-on-one connections and receive personal advice gave them more confidence for their final semester at the Mount. 

“Attending Real World Connections helped me prepare for life after graduation because everyone I talked to gave me useful advice,” said Nathan Herring, a senior Media Studies major with a concentration in Journalism from Pleasant Valley, N.Y. “They all recommended networking with as many people as possible because you never know what connections they might have.”