NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.- Westminster College's Professional Networking Symposium (PNS)—the successful annual networking event for alumni and students—goes online year due to COVID-19 restrictions. But that means more opportunities for students and alumni from across the world to participate and connect. The College has canceled classes on the opening day of the event to foster richer participation form the student body.
The two-day virtual event will be held Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26, through Zoom sessions. Friday's sessions will give Westminster students a better understanding of potential paths after graduation, including career and graduate school options. The day will feature a career fair, breakout panels and networking opportunities with alumni and experienced professionals.
Saturday's events are designed specifically for Westminster alumni looking to network and speak with industry professionals worldwide. Saturday will also feature an awards ceremony recognizing alumni who have gone above and beyond to help with networking for Westminster students.
"We are thrilled to be able to continue to offer this program to our students through a virtual format. The digital approach has provided us with the unprecedented opportunity to involve alumni across the world as panelists and attendees, without the traditional barriers of distance and travel costs," said Westminster College Senior Director of Alumni Engagement Kara Montgomery.
Bryan Greig, a 2016 Westminster College alumnus from Northern Ireland, is one of those far-reaching alumni anxious to participate in this year's virtual symposium.
"I am involved in Westminster's Professional Networking Symposium because of how useful and inspiring I found the event while I was a student," said Greig, who currently is pursuing a post-graduate degree in software engineering and data science at Ulster University. "I am a very proud alum of WC. I view the College as a place that took a chance on me and would love to give back however, I can."
While there is no fee to attend the symposium, registration is required. Students, alumni and guests can register online at www.westminster.edu/pns. Zoom links to each session will be emailed the week of the event. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 18.