"Gibbons was such an influence on my development personally and professionally, so this is the least I can do to give back," Kristen DeMaria '12, a project coordinator at Red Hat.
Thirty alumni returned to Gibbons recently to "Help Shape the Future" by offering career and other advice, sharing stories about their jobs, and offering recommendations to current students at the Tenth Annual Alumni Career Day. The alums, working in over 20 different occupations, spoke with students in the main lobby during lunch periods. Some of the alums - representing graduation years 1978 to 2012 - came for the first time; others for the tenth straight year.
The event also included a new feature called Internship Alley. Essentially, local companies that have committed to hiring our students as interns were on hand to discuss internship opportunities.
Recognizing that teens face tough decisions as they contemplate the future, the event is intended to help students decide which classes to take in college, and which careers to pursue. Doing so, alums as well as business leaders said, is a way to give back and engage with Gibbons.
This is the first time Kristen DeMaria '12, a project coordinator at Red Hat, participated in the event. "Gibbons was such an influence on my development personally and professionally, so this is the least I can do to give back," explained DeMaria.
Junior Meredith McElroy (Pictured right with Jason Brown '03) appreciated engaging with the alums. "They shared their gifts and talents and helped me see the many different opportunities that are available to me when I graduate," McElroy said, adding that she "especially loved" chatting with Jason Brown '03 of the Raleigh Fire Department and trying on the firefighting outfit.