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Held Feb. 23 and 24 in Charlotte, N.C., about 50 students from the Athens and Lancaster campuses took advantage of this unique networking experience.

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This year saw the highest alumni attendance since 2009.

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Students from the College of Business and College of Education were able to explore the job market in Charlotte, meet with alumni and start their post-graduation job search.

Photo courtesy of: Alumni Association

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Students network with Charlotte-area alumni


The ninth annual Charlotte Networking Week (CNW) presented current students with valuable connections and job perspectives outside the state of Ohio.

Held Feb. 23 and 24 in Charlotte, N.C., about 50 students from the Athens and Lancaster campuses took advantage of this unique networking experience. More than 70 alumni attended the event, giving the program its highest alumni attendance since 2009.

Students from the College of Business and College of Education were able to explore the job market in Charlotte, meet with alumni and start their post-graduation job search. Various companies and school districts provided tours and shadowing opportunities for students during their stay.

Alumnus Ty Votaw served as the keynote speaker at the Annual Alumni Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 23, hosted at the Aloft Uptown Charlotte at the EpiCentre. Votaw, a graduate of the Class of 1984 and executive vice president of communications and international affairs for the PGA TOUR, imparted some words of wisdom with students.

“Start out with a plan, choose the path to get you to that goal, but always be willing to walk through the doors of opportunity that present themselves,” Votaw said.

Other activities during CNW included career-focused alumni panels, company tours, sightseeing and a happy hour. The breadth of the itinerary and the chance to immerse one’s self in the Charlotte job market caught senior Jessica Huizenga’s eye, enough so that this was her second year attending.

“After last year, it was a no-brainer on my decision to come back,” said Huizenga. “The Charlotte alumni are among the friendliest, most enthusiastic, and most helpful people I've ever met. It is so comforting to see past OHIO students succeeding in the ‘real world’ that I'll be entering this June.”

TJ Simonik, president of the Greater Charlotte Chapter Network, understands the impact CWN can have on a student and he hopes it will continue to garner positive reviews from its attendees in the future.

“Charlotte Networking Week introduced Charlotte to me as a student and now I’ve been involved for 5 years as an alumnus,” said Simonik “It is a lot of work planning and organizing both students and alumni, but it is a rewarding experience to be a part of. As long as students are interested in visiting Charlotte, [we are] happy to host the event.”

For more information, contact Associate Director for Regional Programs Dawn Werry at (740) 593-4302 or werryd@ohio.edu.