Alumni career panel followed by Biology Honor Society induction was an informative and fun event

The officers of Beta Beta Beta, The Biological Honor Society, organized an evening with a panel of alumni on Wednesday Evening March 28, 2018.  The event was cosponsored by the Biology Department, and the Ursinus College Office of Career and Professional Development.

It served as a great complement to the career panels held by the Brownback Anders Premedical Society and the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students which bring many alumni and alumnae doctors and other medical professionals to campus.  Alumni Alex Greenzweig ’14,  Rod Coplin ’13, Colleen Leahy ’98, and Meg Drescher ’02 answered questions posed by Tri Beta President Sara Vukas.  Alex is Regional Sales Manager at Microtrac, Inc.  Rod is Manager of School Operations at Woodrow Wilson High School.  Colleen is a Project Manager at Lockheed Martin.  Meg is a Project Manager at Merck.  The alums had the opportunity to describe their career paths, which professors had influenced them,  and also to provide some general advice to the students gathered for the panel. It was very interesting to hear about how participating in Teach for America made Ron realize how much impact he could have on young people through teaching.  Alex suggested that networking and being willing to try a job to see if you like it are both important to success.  Both Meg and Colleen emphasized the importance of team work, being able to communicate with people of all ages,  and the value of a liberal arts education in any career. 

The panel discussion was followed by the induction of new members of the Tri Beta Honor Society.  The induction ceremony was conducted by Tri Beta officers Sara Vukas, Amanda Srinivasan, Arianna Srinivasan, and Melanie Lee.  Jordan Carver, treasurer, registered the inductees in the Ursinus Rho Beta Chapter and the national Tri Beta Organization.  The new inductees and their families received congratulations and enjoyed cake after the event.