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Lafayetteís celebration of Black History Month will include a special Career Night where students will meet and network with alumni at 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, in the auditorium of Kirby Hall of Civil Rights.

Participating alumni will be Gerald Tozin í90, a former investment banker and current Internet entrepreneur; Tracy Roberts Walker í89, an account manager who works out of her home for McNeil Consumer Healthcare Products; and Leroy D. Nunery ’77, vice president of business services at the University of Pennsylvania. They will discuss their careers, answer questions, and speak with students individually. Refreshments will be served.

Robert E. Bedford, assistant dean of students and director of intercultural development, says, “The format is designed for more diverse students and their particular needs. There will be an intimate atmosphere that will allow for engaging interaction. Students will feel more confident in asking the necessary questions and getting the answers they need.”

“The benefit for diverse students is that they have a chance to hear from diverse alumni about any specific challenges they faced in their job searches or on the job, and how they dealt with them,” adds Susan Heard, associate director of career services. “Students will have a wonderful opportunity to network with alumni. Networking is a key element for any job search, and the Lafayette connection might help a current student gain a position in an alumni participant’s company.”

“We need to be constantly aware of how we are preparing Lafayette College students for their life after graduation,” says Bedford. “It’s important to work on this during each year of our students’ development — not just the senior year — so they are holistically developed and confident when they interview for jobs.”

The event is sponsored by Lafayetteís Career Services, and four student organizations, the Association of Black Collegians, the Brothers of Lafayette, the Minority Scientists and Engineers, and Nia. For more information, call Bedford, (610) 330-5556.

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