Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Backpack to Briefcase Dinner Gives Seniors the Opportunity to Look Beyond the Classroom
Thursday, 20 October 2011 15:33

A senior in college has a lot to worry about. Not only are there senior level classes, internships and getting ready to say goodbye to your home for the past for years, but job applications, interviews and a new wardrobe are all waiting just around the corner.

Manhattanville College has found a solution to help avoid pre-graduation dread.

The 5th Annual Backpack to Briefcase Senior Fundraising Dinner was held on October 19, in the West Room of Reid Castle. The dinner, which was designed to assist students with the transition from college to career and graduate school, sold out.

"It gives the students the opportunity to start to get a picture of what life is going to be like after school," Christine Podber, a Career Counselor at the Center for Career Development on campus and organizer of the event, said.

The event was co-sponsored by Alumni Relations, Center for Career Development, Dean of Students, the Manhattanville Young Alumni Society, Office of Student Activities and WMVL Radio.

The evening included two guest speakers, David Kittredge and Kimberly Campbell. Kittredge is the founder of financialfootprint.com and spoke on smart financial planning after graduation. Campbell is the Public Affairs Manager for Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc, as well as the director of the Metropolitan New York chapter of the U.S. National Committee for U.N. Women; she spoke to the students about giving back to the community through their jobs and lives.

"We thought that based on all the stuff she (Kimberly) does outside of her job that it would speak to getting involved, which is really what this school talks about," Podber said. "The mission really is about staying involved."

Members of the Young Alumni Society showcased a professional "Dress to Impress" Fashion Show, including outfits for interviews, corporate jobs and casual Friday.

A commemorative journal was given out to seniors during the evening, including a schedule and congratulatory messages to students from parents, faculty and staff. The Class of 2012 journal raised $2,750, which is the highest amount earned by a senior class in the history of the program. The proceeds from the journal go to the Senior Class Fund, which is used for senior week and the class gift.

"It's a good place for seniors to interact," senior class president Warda Khan said. "It helps reunite the class and bring us closer together."