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A Night of Connections With English Alumni

A Night of Connections With English Alumni

November 13, 2017

By Sara Weidner ‘18

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Moravian College English Alumni returned for the Coffee and Connections networking event to provide wordsof advice for current English majors and minors. The event took place in the Afterwords Cafe in Reeves Library where the three panelists, Keri Lindenmuth ’16, Courtney Wright-Werner ’06, and Matt Caltabiano ’95 answered questions mediated by Nicole Tabor, associate professor of English.

Lindenmuth works as a web content and social media writer at KDG, a software development and web design company in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and serves as the company’s marketing manager. She writes press releases, blog posts, social media posts, and more. She is also a freelance writer for Northampton County’s The Home News, as well as for an online human rights website.

Lindenmuth’s advice for students on where to look for jobs was to check everywhere, even sites that might seem unreliable. “I’ve used sites like Indeed.com, Ziprecruiter, and even Craigslist,” said Lindenmuth. She found her current job at KDG on Craigslist.

She also explained the value of how she used her Moravian College portfolio to show writing samples, even if she didn’t have all the experience the job required.

Upon graduating, Wright-Werner earned her MA in Rhetoric and Composition at Texas State University and her PhD in Rhetoric, Literacy, and Social Practice from Kent State University. Now, she works at Monmouth University as an Assistant Professor of English and faculty advisor for MU’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.

Wright-Werner’s advice to students was to look at the Modern Language Association (MLA) website for job listings, as well as other college websites.

She also noted the importance of making personal connections when meeting people. “Talk about what they are doing and open conversations. Find their niche,” said Wright-Werner.

Caltabiano graduated in 1995 with a BA in English Language and Literature. He first worked at Villanova University Law School Library as a collection technician and then took a job as a technical editor at Lucent Technologies in Allentown. Today he works as a compliance specialist at Olympus Corporation of the Americas.

Caltabiano stressed that students should feel confident and not be afraid to be themselves. “Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and embrace who you are,” he said. “It’s better to be more honest with yourself when you’re out there working than to pretend to be something you’re not,”