Meet the BRIDGE Society: Kate Keoghan ’18

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Kate Keoghan (’18) has served as the Secretary of the Bridge Society for two years. As Secretary, Kate keeps the e-mail list updated, sends out event reminders, and brainstorms ideas for Bridge Society with the other Board members. Additionally, Kate helps facilitate the monthly networking events to ensure they run smoothly.

Kate is a political science and economics double major, with a minor in business. On campus, she is a Global Key Ambassador for students looking to study abroad, as well as a member of the Villanvoa Consulting Group and Kappa Delta.

“Bridge is a great opportunity for underclassmen to practice networking and learn more about possible majors,” Kate stated. She feels that networking gets easier with practice and the skills learned at Bridge events can help land internships and even full-time positions.

Kate feels that Liberal Arts and Sciences has many majors and overlapping career paths. Bridge can help students sort through all these opportunities. While the alumni network for the College is large, Bridge provides a unique space for students to meet alumni who are passionate about the same careers as them.

Moving forward, Kate hopes to see the Bridge Society gain more alumni partners in order to expand their events. Bridge can continue to show students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences possible career paths that they had never considered before.

Meet the BRIDGE Society: Ashden Personius ’18

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Ashden Personius (’18), President of the Bridge Society, has served on the Executive Board for the past two years. As President, her responsibilities include leading the Executive Board members, communicating with Bridge’s advisor (Kate Szumanski), and continuing to grow the organization in ways that will best serve the students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova.

Ashden is a mathematics and environmental science double major, while also pursuing a minor in statistics. In her free time, Ashden is involved in Music Activities Stage Crew, Villanova Student Theater, Alpha Phi Omega, LEVEL, Villanova Club Running, and the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Her favorite aspect of the Bridge Society is the connections made at every Bridge event. From working with professionals, to meeting alumni, to sharing stories and working with Bridge members, “you meet amazing people everyday,” Ashden commented.

Ashden’s goal is that students gain confidence and connections from Bridge Society events. First, she believes it takes practice to be confident enough to step up and present oneself in a professional setting. “The Bridge Society is here to help with that learning curve,” Ashden added. Second, she describes the connections made at Bridge events as “invaluable.” Students are able to utilize these connections for years after graduation.

There are no other overarching professional development organizations specifically for Liberal Arts and Sciences students, which makes the Bridge Society so unique. Moving forward, Ashden sees the Bridge Society continuing to grow on campus and helping students achieve their professional aspirations.

Turner Broadcasting Site Visit for CLAS Students: Friday, April 25th

Here’s a SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for Liberal Arts and Sciences students! Turner Broadcasting in NYC is hosting a site visit exclusively for Liberal Arts & Sciences students on Friday, April 25th from 8:30am to 5:30pm. You will learn about the work of the Advertising Sales areas and meet Villanova alumni who work at the company. OUS Intern Jeremy Menninger, who interned at TurnerBroadcasting in NYC last summer, will be leading this site visit.

brand_stackTO REGISTER:

To register for the site visit, you need to email with the following information:

  • Name
  • Villanova email
  • Year
  • Major/minor (or intended major/minor)
  • Cell phone number
  • Emergency contact – name, relationship, cell phone number

This is a first-come, first-served sign-up. Students of all years are welcome to participate. On the morning of Tuesday, April 15th, we’ll share the list of students who have registered for the site visit. You will need to submit a deposit of $20 by Wednesday, April 16th to SAC 107 to hold your spot. The deposit will be returned to you on the trip.

Questions: Please email

BRIDGE Society Fashion Show Recap [Guest Post: Kristen Leen]

The BRIDGE Society hosted the “Dress to the Nines for Under $99” fashion show on Wednesday, April 3rd. Held in the Dougherty East Lounge, all the money raised was given to the Billy Zimmerman Scholarship Fund at Seton Hall Prep in memory of the Villanova student’s recent passing.

The purpose of the fashion show was to show Villanova students how to put together professional outfits on a college budget. Male and female models each walked the runway twice, first flaunting what TO wear, then showing what NOT to wear to an interview.

Here is a recap of the tips shared.

For Women:

  • IMG_1730copyCover up! No cleavage and show minimal skin.
  • Invest in a great pair of black slacks. They can be dressed up or dressed down.
  • Try a pop of color, a print, or an accessory- but only one! You don’t want to distract your potential employer with a bright print, so pick the bright color OR the print.
  • Keep your jewelry simple. You want them looking at you, not your chunky necklace.
  • Wear that LBD (Little Black Dress), but only if it’s not too tight and not too short. Be sure to class it up with a pair of textured tights or a blazer.
  • Never ever have your bra straps showing. Invest in a Strap Perfect for those tricky tops.

For Men:

  • IMG_1663copyYou can never go wrong with a great blazer or sport coat.
  • Play to your personality with a colored shirt or cool tie. Statement pieces can make a lasting impression.
  • Save the patterned shirts and pants for the summer. Striped pants or Hawaiian button-ups are never acceptable for an interview.
  • Looks can kill, and so can shoes! While Villanova men love their Sperry’s, trade them for loafers when meeting a potential employer.

The fashion show was successful in giving students some ideas of what is appropriate and what is not. Several members of the audience won raffle prizes donated by local businesses like Maloney’s, Gullifity’s, and Skirt and yummy refreshments were provided, making for a great event!

This Week’s [OUS Events]

Welcome back from Easter Recess!  

A reminder that Wednesday, April 3rd is the LAST DAY TO WX.

1. BRIDGE Fashion Show: Dress to the Nines Under $99
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Dougherty Hall East Lounge

  • Fashion forward into your career with these sophisticated styles on a college budget!  We are delighted to invite you to “Dress to the Nines for Just Under $99” featuring a fun-filled evening of fashion on a dime!

2. Leadership, Professional Development & Internships: The Place to Begin
Friday, April 5, 2013, 2:30pm-3:30pm, SAC 300

  • This workshop covers the necessary steps to build a strong foundation for professional development and future success. Career searches, informational interviews, leadership opportunities, networking, recommendations, and cover letters will be discussed.

This Week’s [OUS Events]

Four OUS events this week and two other events supported by OUS…something for everyone!

1. BYOL: How to find a Summer Internship
Monday, February 18, 2013, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Falvey Library Room 205


  • Attend an informational workshop on how to follow up with employers you met at the Career Fair (Feb. 5th and 6th).  Learn how to draft a professional email to express your interest in a company and potential internship opportunities.

2. VIP (Villanova Internship Program) Mentors Student Panel: Law, Politics & Government
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Garey Hall Cafe.

  • Attend an informative panel discussion of current Villanova Arts & Science students who have or will soon be conducting internships in the area of Law, Politics, and Government. Panelists have internship experience at organizations such as the FBI, Senator’s Offices, the Villanova Minimester Program, and the Public Defender’s Office. Attendees will be welcome to ask questions following the panel discussion.

3. Athletic Internship Panel
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Driscoll 132.

  • Attend this event to hear from a panel of current student-athletes who represent a disverse population of academic majors and internships completed. Attendance will count towards one hour of study hall. This event is co-sponsored with the College of Arts & Sciences, VSB Clay Center, the College of Nursing, the College of Engineering, and the Career Center.

4. 5th Annual Business of Sports Conference
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 5:00pm-8:00pm, Villanova Room

  • Is a career in sports your goal? If so, you don’t want to miss this terrific opportunity to learn from the experts! At the 5th Annual Business of Sports Conference “Money Talks: The Economics of Lockouts”, sports industry professionals will examine why they happen, who “wins,” what affect they have on the fans, & more. Event will culminate w/a Networking Reception. Business casual or professional attire. (BD-approved: Track II)

5. The Washington Center Information Session
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Falvey Library Room 205

  • Attend an informational session to learn about the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars: an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. and London, England, for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has 70 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

6. Nonprofit Mentoring & Networking Event
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Dougherty West Lounge

  • Learn how alumni and professionals have incorporated their mission-oriented values in their professional choices. Students will be grouped with a professional mentor to discuss the industry and their individual career journey, followed by an open networking event for all attendees.

BRIDGE Society Event Recap [Guest Post: Samantha Marinelli]

Below is a guest post by Samantha Marinelli, a member of BRIDGE Society and the BRIDGE Social Media Committee.

Last Thursday, the BRIDGE Society held a Networking and Mentoring event in the West Lounge with professionals in the fields of Psychology, Sociology, and Education. Over forty students attended to hear from these professionals about respective fields and to ask questions about their experiences—professionally or even personally.

photo2The room was set up very comfortably for conversation. There were small circles of chairs where several students sat with a few professionals in each groups. In my particular group, we had professionals who were all associated with the educational system Katina Sawyer, a Villanova alumna, and now a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University, shared her experiences about deciding on her undergraduate major, which ultimately led to where she is today. Through her professional career Katina has obtained a dual-Ph.D. in “I.O” or Industrial Organizational Psychology as well as Women’s Studies. It was fascinating to learn how Katina combined the industrial and corporate aspect of Psychology with the treatment of women in the workplace. The majority of her researched focused on this combination of topics. This was fascinating and showed that any combination of majors or specializations IS possible, if that’s what you’re interested in.

We were also joined by Seton M. Feeney, a Villanova alumna who majored in English, who went on to Columbia to obtain a Masters in Social Work. Her work now, at Oakland Public Schools in New Jersey, assesses students in pre-school through eighth grade to determine their needs for special education or case management programs. This was a very different road to take from her previous desire to work in journalism or public relations with her English degree.

Kelly O’Leary, also a Villanova alumna, works as Principal of St. Martin de Porres Academy in New Haven, Connecticut. This faith based, volunteer and fundraising driven, academy helps to break the cycle of poverty through education. Ms. O’Leary received her undergrad at Villanova in Biology. She found of her love for service through Campus Ministry and was inspired to take a gap year to volunteer; photothis ultimately became her fulltime job after receiving a Masters in Teaching.

Each of these women, and the other professionals, gave us plenty of insight on not only maneuvering the professional world, but how to get the most out of our time spent at Villanova.We were encouraged to take advantage of all of the great experiences right at our fingertips. Below I’ll highlight some lessons that stuck out for me. I jotted down these quick tips and quotes , as they really rung true to me:

• Don’t burn your bridges. You never know when you might need someone’s help down the road.

• You never know where opportunities are going to develop. Let them!

• Be self aware. Know the kind of person you are, your likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and play off of those. “Stupider people than I have attempted.” You can do it!

• Playing off of that, “assume competence.” You can do just about anything you set your mind to.

• Consider other points of view. No matter your major or field of study, you will work with other people some day with differing opinions than yours. Have an open mind.

• Show up on time, always! Be polite in the work place and respectful to co-workers. And definitely do not text on the job.

• Learn the expectations at a place you are or wish to be, and exceed them. This will help you become a leader.

• Get involved! Make choices that will benefit you and show that you are a leader. Take every opportunity to get.

So get out there and seize the opportunities, `Nova students! Be sure to check out all of the other cool opportunities The BRIDGE Society has planned for this semester.

This Week’s [OUS Events]

Four OUS events this week…something for everyone!

1. Career Fair 201: How to Follow Up After the Career Fair-1
Thursday, February 7, 2013, 3:00pm-4:30pm, SAC 300

  • Attend an informational workshop on how to follow up with employers you met at the Career Fair (Feb. 5th and 6th).  Learn how to draft a professional email to express your interest in a company and potential internship opportunities.

2. BRIDGE Society: Psychology, Sociology & Education Mentoring & Networking Event
Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Dougherty Hall West Lounge

  • This is an opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced industry professionals. Students will be grouped with a professional mentor to discuss the industry and their individual career journey, followed by an open networking event for all attendees.

3. The Scientist’s Guide to REU Programs
Friday, February 8, 2013, 1:30pm-3:00pm, Mendel 103

  • An informational workshop for students to explore the highly competitive NSF: Research Experiences for Undergraduates sites across the country. Learn what the program entails, where to find a listing of all sites, and how to be a competitive REU applicant.

4. Law School Basics Workshops
Friday, February 8, 2013, 2:00pm-4:00pm, SAC 300

  • “The First Step to Exploring Your Interest in Law School and the Legal Profession” for Freshman/Sophomores is from 2:00pm-3:00pm.
  • “The Law School Application Process, Recommendation Letters & Personal Statements” for Juniors/Seniors is from 3:00pm-4:00pm.

This Week’s [OUS Events]

This is the last week of OUS events until the Spring Semester: 4 different events!
Also, there are some academic notes below and The Startup Ventures Resume Book from the Villanova Career Center/ICE Center.

1. The Place to Begin: TODAY
Monday, November 12, 2012, 4:00pm-5:00pm, SAC 300

  • Start your professional development plan!
  • Discuss career searches, international interviews, leadership opportunities, networking, recommendations, cover letters, and more!
  • Registration required: please complete the form here.

2. Entrepreneurial Internships for A&S Students: Informational Session
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 3:00-4:00pm, SAC 300

  • Learn about the Villanova Center for Innovation, funding opportunities, and how to best leverage your A&S degree for a career in Entrepreneurship.  This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week
  • Refreshments will be served.
  • For more information:

3. BRIDGE Society Lunch: Organizational & Personal Leadership Strategies: Gain an Understanding of How to Develop Both
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 11:30am-12:30pm, Falvey Library Room 205

  • Presenter: Tommy Re, Chief People Officer at Lonesource, Seton Hall University, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, 1984, and Master’s in Corporate and Public Communication, 1993.
  • Spots are limited, registration required: please complete the form here.

4. BYOL: How to Find an Internship
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 3:00pm-4:00pm, SAC 300

  • Bring your own laptop and learn how to use social media to find an internship and create an online presence.
  • Refreshments will be served.
  • For more information:

Academic Notes from OUS:

1. 11/14 & 11/15 Office for Undergraduate Students Extended Hours

  • OUS will be holding extended hours to assist Freshman with online registration. Please stop by SAC 107 with any questions on Wednesday, November 14th and Thursday, November 15th until 9:00PM.

2. Final Exam Schedule

  • Please consult the Final Examination Schedule located at the below link BEFORE making your travel plans at the end of the semester. Final exams CANNOT be changed due to travel plans as the Final Examination is available well ahead of time. If you have more than two exams scheduled on any given day, you have the right to reschedule one of them. Speak to your professors now to determine which professor can best accommodate you. Plan now if this is an issue. No exceptions will be made except in extreme circumstances about which documentation can be provided.

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This Week’s [OUS Events]

This is the second to last week of events for this semester, so stop by!

1. BYOL: Leveraging Social Media to Get an Internship
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 3:00pm-4:30pm, Falvey Library Room 205

  • Bring your own laptop and learn how to use social media to find an internship and create an online presence.
  • Refreshments will be served.
  • For more information:

2. Law Advising Workshop Series: Law School Basics

  • For Freshmen & Sophomores!
  • Thursday, November 8, 2012, 4:00pm-5:00pm, SAC 300.
  • A computer is required for all workshops!
  • To sign up for a workshop, please complete the form here.

3. Law Advising Workshop Series: Application Process, Recommendations & Personal Statements

  • For Juniors & Seniors!
  • Thursday, November 8, 2012, 5:00pm-6:00pm, SAC 300.
  • A computer is required for all workshops!
  • To sign up for a workshop, please complete the form here.