Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 10/8/13
Jeff Feist ’06 (from left), Jordan Pesce ’12 and Pete Lega ’85 sit at a table in front of a classroom.
 

ABOVE: Jeff Feist ’06 (from left), Jordan Pesce ’12 and Pete Lega ’85 shared their expertise with Moravian students at an event titled 'Careers in Computer Science," hosted by the Computer Science program and the Career Center. (PHOTOS BY RACHEL KRESGE '17)

 
 

Computer Science Alumni Return to Share Insight

On Oct. 1, the College’s Computer Science program, in cooperation with the Career Center, brought together alumni and students in an event titled “Careers in Computer Science.”

Pete Lega ’85, director of emerging technology at Merck & Co., Jeff Feist ’06, associate director of mobile architecture at Merck & Co., and Jordan Pesce ’12, applications engineer at Lutron Electronics, formed a panel to answer questions during the evening, and approximately 10 other alumni joined in the discussion. In total, nearly 40 computer science students were on hand to gain insight from the Moravian graduates.

The discussion, which was moderated by Ben Coleman, associate professor of computer science, touched on a wide range of topics from recommendations on course selection to interview strategies and career advancement advice. After the panel discussion, participants had an opportunity to network with each other. The Career Center provided business cards for the students in attendance, setting up a wonderful opportunity for students to start making connections that could lead to their first job. The alumni were eager to share their experience with the students, but they also enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with their peers.

Students sit in the front row during the panel discussion. President Grigsby leads a group of students during the Moravian Mile Class Walk.

ABOVE: More than 40 Moravian College computer science students attended the Oct. 1 panel.

ABOVE: Scott Hughes, Moravian's chief information officer, addresses students during the computer science panel.

“We could not have been more pleased with how the event turned out, with alumni and students getting an opportunity to get to know one another,” Coleman said. “To see the support our alumni are willing to provide to current students is really quite inspiring. I’d like to especially thank Pete, Jeff and Jordan for serving as the evening’s panelists and helping lead the discussion.”

This is the second event this year that the Computer Science program and Career Center have jointly hosted. At the first event, five current students discussed their internship experiences from last summer. Future events will focus on resume and cover letter preparation, mock interviews and other skills students need to obtain internships and/or jobs.

“We truly appreciate our alumni returning to campus to pass on their expertise to today’s students,” said Pat Murray Hanna ’82, assistant director of career and alumni services at Moravian. “To hear about their successes, struggles and triumphs will go a long way toward helping our students achieve their own career goals.”

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