Ithaca College Business Link recently welcomed Chris LaCroix ’79, Retired Partner at LSV Asset Management to host a presentation for students on the different directions their careers can take them. Mr. LaCroix and his wife, Kathleen LaCroix, offered valuable insight into the skills students need going into the workforce. They also shared personal stories of their success over the years and how their college years helped them. Mr. LaCroix stressed that students should be open to anything when searching for their first job. He assured the students that their first job will not be the perfect job, but that it is important to gain as much experience as possible. Both Mr. and Mrs. LaCroix’s personal stories and insight made it an enjoyable presentation for all in attendance.
Alumni Speaker and Breakfast
Recent Alumni Panel at Ithaca Today
Business Link Representatives in New York City Networking Event
Thank you reception for our dedicated advisor and faculty
Networking Dinner in Syracuse at Dannible & McKee hosted by Christopher Dido
Networking Nights: The networking Nights are a great opportunity for all students to meet with alumni, prominent business professionals and companies to make connections and potentially score an internship or job. Business Link really wanted to emphasize the importance and value of these so we promoted them in several ways with meetings, advertisements, word of mouth and on social networking sites. We also sent personal invitations to several alumni to attend and asked them to offer special additions to the networking night such as shadowing opportunities. Many alumni did offer their time up to do this too.
Presentation Given by Chris Lacroix: Chris LaCroix, ‘79 IC Alum and also now a member of the Business Advisory Council is a retired Partner and Managing Director of LSV Asset Management (which specializes in value equity management for institutional investors around the world) presented to us. He discussed the institutional investment/pension fund marketplace, gave LSV's prospect presentation and answered a slew of questions students had. Following the Q&A session there was a reception with light refreshments.
Mock interviews and Resume Critiquing: The Business Link Board, The internship Coordinator, Career Services and some professors offered their time for students to either drop by or make appointments to have the resumes and cover letters critiqued or to have a mock interview. Here students learned how well they were received on paper (resumes and cover letters) and in person (through mock interviews) and learned of some essential professional skills.
Business Advisory Council (BAC) Presentation: The BLINK board gave a brief Presentation to five of the Business Advisory Council members (The BAC consists of prominent alumni who provide a vital service to the faculty and students of the school, as well as other stakeholders. Through the advice and consultation it renders to the dean on issues related to strategic planning and management, curriculum design, mentoring of students, internships and externships, and in the efforts of the School of Business to produce prominent graduates.)as well as other organizations on the efforts we have made and our future goals and plans. We were received very well yet again by the alumni (as this was our second presentation to them). The BAC were happy with the progress we have made and supportive of BLINKs future endeavors. After the presentation we distributed cards for BAC’s involvement and many of the alumni volunteered their time to help in our efforts.
Networking Reception with Alumni: The Second Floor Atrium in the School of Business was reserved from 6-8 PM on an Thursday night in October. Here there were a variety of hors d'oeuvres, deserts and drinks for alumni and students to mal over as they conversed with one another. The event was a huge success! About 35 students attended and 8 Alumni (some accompanied by their spouse) and Dean Cordano. The students felt appreciated and cared for as they gained a lot of knowledge and connected with the alumni. The alumni were also extremely happy with the event and said they would love to have more events and felt privileged to be invited in the first place. The event ended with the alumni leaving for dinner together, many of who didn’t want to stop conversing with the students because they were enjoying themselves so much. And students ended up staying long after the event was over with.
Overview of Business Link and our Goals: All Ithaca College School of Business Students were invited to attend an informative presentation we put together. Here we discussed our mission, requirements, goals etc. This was our first introduction of Business Link and our mission to the business students at Ithaca College. Of the 40 interested students that attended, 30 joined right then and there. Many also asked how they could further their involvement in the organization.
How to Network: Our internship coordinator gave a great interactive presentation on how to network for students. This presentation was called, Your Networking Toolkit and can find it on the School of Business website under documents.