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CHSS Alumni Advise Students at Networking Event

Courtesy of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) recently treated students to a unique event, "Coffee & Conversations: CHSS Alumni Stories." The event was part of the College's Third Thursdays series, which aims to inform undeclared students about major opportunities within CHSS and to provide useful information to current CHSS students.

"Coffee & Conversations" was held in the new 40,000 Windows Café on the fifth floor of One Main Building in the W.I. Dykes Library. Alumni in attendance included Ami Hastings (English major and creative writing minor, Class of 2011), Sheena Childs (communication studies major, Class of 2005) and Shannon Smith (psychology major, Class of 1995). These generous alumni shared stories about life as a UHD student and how their experiences at UHD helped to prepare them for their current positions in the work force. Each alumna expressed how grateful they are to UHD faculty for inspiring and encouraging them as a student.

In addition, Hastings, Childs and Smith all gave helpful pointers to the students in attendance. Hastings, who is currently a technical writer in the software engineering department for National Oilwell Varco, encouraged students to learn how to market their degree and to use all resources available to them at UHD. Childs, the scheduling coordinator for Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez, also a UHD alum, stressed the importance of time management, prioritizing and the benefits of internships. Smith, a licensed behavioral health specialist with the Baylor College of Medicine, emphasized the versatility of a psychology degree and the fulfillment she experiences as a mental health professional.

This event was organized by Crystal Guillory, the new interim assistant dean of CHSS. A UHD alumna herself, Guillory plans to offer more opportunities for CHSS students to interact and network with former students. The next CHSS Alumni event, a "meet and greet," will be from 6-8 p.m. on April 25, starting on the seventh floor of the Academic Building and ending in the O'Kane Gallery where alumni will attend the opening of the annual student art exhibition.

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