Graduate and career information sessions offer students guidance

Other events this week include Commencement Countdown, discussions of weapons of mass destruction | March 19, 2004

Two professional experience program talks hosted this week by the center for career and leadership development offer advice to students on how to find employment after graduation. The first session took place Monday, March 23, and the second is Thursday, March 25.

The center refers resumes of qualified students to employers to help them find part-time, internship and summer jobs. The talk on Thursday is from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the center’s offices in the Gallagher Student Center. For more information about the PEP talk program, call 513 745-3141 or e-mail csc@xu.edu.

Seniors getting ready to graduate in May can prepare for the big day with Commencement Countdown 2004, the annual graduation preparation program that takes place Tuesday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 24.

The countdown runs from noon to 7:00 p.m. each day on the concourse of the Cintas Center. It's designed to help seniors and their parents with pre-commencement responsibilities and provides information to help students transition to the world of work.

Students and parents can peruse information tables set up by departments from across the campus including: the legacy program for alumni donations, financial aid to pay off balances, graduation announcements for updated details about commencement, alumni All Card, graduate programs for continued studies, the center for career and leadership development, which links potential employers with graduates, and graduation portrait for that all-important last shot.

Other career-related events taking place include a Wednesday evening information session about the University’s nursing, criminal justice and M.B.A. programs which take place simultaneously at 6:00 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center. And on Thursday, the graduate program in education is hosting an information session at 6:00 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center. For more information, call the office of graduate services at 513 745-3360.

On a more global note, the office of international student services and peace and justice programs are co-sponsoring their weekly foreign policy discussion Great Decisions this week on the subject of weapons of mass destruction. The discussion is being held on Tuesday, March 23, from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Romero International Center, located in the Gallagher Student Center. All faculty, staff and students are invited to participate. The book cost is $5. To sign up or for more information, call Helen Dolive at 513 745-2872 or e-mail dolive@xavier.edu.

The peace theme continues Tuesday evening when the academic service learning semesters program presents “Living Simply…So That Others May Simply Live” at 7:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium. Mennonite peace workers from Colorado, Peter and Mary Sprenger-Froese, are speaking on the merits of living simply. For more information, call 513 745-3768.

And on Wednesday, March 24, this week’s coffee hour theme is Peru. The discussion is at 3:30 p.m. on the second level of the Gallagher Student Center. For more information, call 513 745-2864 or e-mail dolive@xavier.edu.

Beyond the men's basketball team's successes in the NCAA Tournament, other sports events this week include the baseball team traveling to Bowling Green State University Tuesday for a 2:00 p.m. game after losing three weekend games against the University of Toledo. Sunday's game against Toledo was postponed. The men’s tennis team travels to Butler University in Indianapolis on Tuesday for a 2:00 p.m. match. And Thursday, the women’s tennis team remains at home to play Butler University at 3:00 p.m.

For more information about any of the above athletic events, visit the athletics web site or call 513 745-3411.

Finally, the registration deadline to attend the Cincinnati alumni chapter's Lenten event featuring a talk by Sister John Miriam Jones, S.C., is Friday, March 26.

The 2004 Lenten Dinner & Lecture on Friday, April 2, at 6:00 p.m. in the Conaton Board Room in Schmidt Hall features Sister John Miriam Jones' discussion of her study of Celtic spirituality as detailed in her book "With an Eagle's Eye." The book depicts her passion and understanding of Celtic spirituality developed while traveling in Ireland. Her talk "A Celtic Spirit" includes discussion of the expression of faith in song, dance, art and relationships that are found in Celtic spirituality.

Limited seating is available. To register or for more information, call 513 745-3333.