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The Career Speaker Series

Students from all fields of study: What is your plan for life after college? How do your dreams influence your decisions about choice of major, courses to take and experiences to pursue inside and outside of the classroom? How can you find out what kinds of career opportunities are out there? How can you find an exciting and beneficial (usually paid) internship?

Each semester, Keene State hosts a variety of speakers who talk about their companies, their career paths and the world of employment and business. From biotech and information systems to advanced manufacturing and finance as well as a range of career opportunities in the non-profit world, these talks are terrific opportunities to learn about businesses, internship (many are paid) and employment opportunities from a wide range of employers in and around New Hampshire!

Check out the brief descriptions below, as well as the companies’ websites (see hyperlinks below) prior to the presentations, and come prepared with questions! If you are seriously interested in the company, bring your resume!

Spring 2017 Speakers

Tuesday, Feb 7, 6 pm Rhodes S203: W.S. Badger CANCELLED

Ever used Badger Balm to heal your cracked, chapped hands? In 1995, founder and CEO Bill Whyte, then a carpenter, began making small batches a concoction that came to be known as Badger Balm in his kitchen in nearby Gilsum. Today, Badger has over 60 employees and 100 products, all organic and made in Badger’s beautiful post-and-beam facility in Gilsum. Badger is a "B Corp", a special legal status which puts people and the planet ahead of profits. The company is known for its family-friendly work practices and innovative workplace benefits, including babies at work, near-site childcare, and paid extended parental leave. Badger donates 10% of before-tax profits to charity, with a focus on children and the environment. Bill Whyte will be here to talk about the company, its values, needs and opportunities.

Who should come? All students, all majors and years and especially students interested in the manufacturing, marketing, management, environment, safety and industrial hygiene. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

Tuesday, Feb 21, 6 pm Rhodes S203:National Institute of Standards and Technology - NIST

Keene State alum Ron Boisvert (‘73) is the Chief of the Applied & Computational Mathematics Division at NIST and will be joining us to answer the question: What is it like to work in a research lab in the Federal government? NIST is part of the US Department of Commerce and is the national metrology institute for the U.S. Its mission is to advance the science of measurement in support of both commerce and industrial innovation. This work is quite varied, from helping to define the standard SI units (e.g., the second, meter, kilogram, …) to setting Federal standards for cryptography. Ron will describe the work of NIST and provide examples of how computer scientists and mathematicians contribute to it. In doing so he will provide a glimpse of what such staff members do each day, and what background and training is needed to work there. And, along the way you’ll learn why NIST sells peanut butter, bullets, dust, and urine!

Who should come? All students, all majors and years and especially students interested in the math, computer science, chemistry, physics and manufacturing. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

Tuesday, Feb 28, 6 pm Rhodes S203: Triumvirate Environmental

Triumvirate Environmental is an environmental consulting firm based in Sommerville, MA with offices across New England and the Atlantic States providing a range of services including enterprise waste management and environmental services to Healthcare, Education, Life Sciences, and Industrial markets. Bennett Evans ‘05 will be here to talk about Triumvirate and careers in environmental consulting.

Who should come? All students, all majors and years and especially students interested in the environment, safety and industrial hygiene. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

Wednesday, March 1, 5-7 pm Science 101 & Lobby: Internship Showcase and Reception hosted by Academic and Career Advising

Why should I do an internship? How do I find one? How do I prepare?

Please join us to talk with students and employers about their interesting and varied internship experiences. This event will include a panel discussion, as well as a poster session and reception. Open to all students, faculty, employers, and the community.

Tuesday, March 21, 6 pm Rhodes S203: Corning Specialty Materials

Headquartered in New York, employing 40,000 people and with operations around the world, Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. From the original glass encasement for Edison’s lightbulb in 1879 to Gorilla Glass used in the iPhone, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed lives. At its Keene operations, Corning Specialty Materials employs about 140 people and manufactures highly sophisticated optical components and subassemblies used in defense and aerospace, including components in the NASA New Horizons mission that recently travelled past Pluto.

Who should come? All students, all majors and years and especially students interested in optics, physics, manufacturing, material sciences, computer science, management, environment, safety and industrial hygiene. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

Tuesday, March 28, 6 pm Rhodes S203: Echo Group

Echo develops, builds and sells America’s coolest electronic medical records software for the behavioral health market. In addition to its headquarters in Conway, NH, Echo also has an office in California and has customers in forty states. Founder and CEO George Epstein is a terrific and inspiring speaker. Regardless of your major, you will enjoy his talk.

Who should come? All students, all majors and years and especially students interested in management, psychology and computer science. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

Tuesday, April 4, 6 pm Rhodes S203: Biotech Day!

New Hampshire is home to a number of exciting and successful biotech companies, many of which have come out of the Dartmouth Medical and Engineering schools and are based in Lebanon, NH. Senior representatives of Adimab, Avitide, Celdara Medical and ImmuNext will be here to talk about their businesses and biotechnology in NH. These are cutting-edge companies engaged in intellectually stimulating and exciting biomedical applications. Several Keene State biology alumni work at Adimab and have distinguished themselves (and Keene State) in their work.

Who should come? All students, all majors and years and especially students interested in biology, chemistry and computer science. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

Tuesday, April 11, 6 pm Rhodes S203:Cirtronics

Cirtronics is an employee-owned contract manufacturing company based in Milford, NH. Gerardine Ferlins was a sociology major and social worker when she founded the company 37 years ago. Her influence on company organization and culture make this company unique and an excellent place to work. Cirtronics manufactures a range of products including the Roomba from iRobot.

Who should come? All students, all majors and years and especially students interested in physics, manufacturing, computer science, management, environment, safety and industrial hygiene. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

DATE AND TIME TO BE SCHEDULED: David Bonnette ‘92, CEO of Lanyon Solutions, Inc.

David was a management major at Keene State who took an entry level sales job at Oracle right out of Keene State. From Oracle he has gone on to become CEO of Big Machines (which Oracle bought) and now Lanyon. David will tell his story about how Keene State helped him, and what it took to launch his career. He will also talk about Lanyon (software for event marketing, strategic meetings management and corporate travel) and opportunities there and elsewhere in the world of software.