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Graduate School Dean visits Class and First Class Selfie!

Class Selfie with Dean Gemperline

Class Selfie with Dean Gemperline

Today was a very special day for my Professional Development Anthropology class. Our guest speaker, Dean Paul Gemperline of the ECU Graduate School, visited and gave a talk about the graduate school. Specifically, he highlighted the major steps involved in applying to graduate school and how graduate programs evaluate individual applicants to their programs.

For those who are truly interested in graduate school, Dean Gemperline suggested the following:

1. Do your homework on the specific graduate program that you’re interested in;
2. Research the specific graduate program;
3. Track placement of the graduates;
4. Apply to graduate programs when you are ready (either immediately after undergraduate degree or take a year off and then apply – it’s an individual decision);
5. Search the variety of options to finance your graduate school years; and
6. Find ways to distinguish yourself.

After Dean Gemperline’s talk, students asked several excellent detailed questions.

Once his talk had completed, I asked Dean Gemperline to take a couple of photos with me and the class. He gladly agreed and now we have our FIRST CLASS SELFIE with Dean Gemperline! Check it out!

ECU Career Center visits Professional Development Anthropology Class

Here is Mr. John Stowe lecturing to class.

Here is Mr. John Stowe lecturing to class.

Mr.  John Stowe

Mr. John Stowe

On February 26, ECU’s Career Center – Mr. John Stowe – gave our Professional Development Anthro class an excellent presentation emphasizing resume writing, career opportunities, and skill building. Without a doubt, Mr. Stowe’s presentation was well-received by the class and they took alot of notes on this very practical lecture.

In fact, Mr. Stowe highlighted such issues as resume writing guidelines, the four types of resumes, ECU Career Net, O-Net online, and Pirate Alumni.com. One of the areas of his presentation that I thought helped students the most was his mentioniong of “transferrable skills.” Transferrable Skills are portable skills that deliberately (or inadvertently) take with you to other life experiences. Graduating with an Anthropology degree which is apart of School of Liberal Arts, gives our anthropology students skills that other college graduates simply do not have. Thus, Mr. Stowe stated that those who graduate with a liberal arts degree will be highly employable when they graduate.

THIS IS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF INFORMATION THAT MY STUDENTS NEEDED TO HEAR!

Check out a couple of photos!