How do you transition from being a PhilaU student to graduating and working at your dream job? This year’s “The Real World” Graphic Design Communication Alumni Panel will bring former PhilaU students back to campus to answer that question and others, talking about their transitions from school life to the work place.
The panel will be held on Friday, March 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. in The Tuttleman Center Auditorium.
“It’s a great opportunity to hear from successful alumni about their transition from school to the ‘real world’,” said Frank Baseman, graphic design communication program director. “They will share the good, bad and the ugly about their experiences — the horror stories and the successes.”
Each of the eight alumni panelists will give a short talk about the work they are doing now and the path they took to their current position, followed by an informal question and answer session with the audience.
The event is free and open to the University community and the general public. And, while the panel is geared toward graphic design majors, Baseman noted that it could be interesting and beneficial for all design students. “A digital design student’s process of finding a job will be very similar to what a graphic design major goes through, for example,” he said.
The graphic design communication program has hosted an alumni panel nearly every year for the past 10 years, hoping to build the University’s network and give students a chance to meet successful professionals who used to be in their position. This year’s panel includes a range of alumni, from recent graduates to those with more than 10 years of experience in the field.
Panelists will include:
- Sarah Busbey ’09, distribution coordinator at Cradles to Crayons/The Giving Factory in West Conshohocken, Pa., who formerly participated in Americorp
- Clinton Clarke ’01, design director with Siegel & Gale in New York, one of the largest branding firms in the country
- Meghan Gibson ’09, publications and web assistant at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa.
- Melissa Levenduski ’07, owner and creative director of Inverse Paradox in Bensalem, Pa.
- Colleen Miller ’99, principal of Landers Miller Design, New York, who is MFA candidate at School of Visual Arts in New York
- Mike Norcross ’09, graphic designer at House Party in New York
- Rob Salit ’99, design director at Anthem Worldwide in New York
- Jonathan Weed ’09, junior art director at MRM Worldwide in Princeton, N.J.