Marketing Alumni Return to Campus to Reconnect and Network

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Marketing Alumni Day started three years ago with a one-day event for marketing department alumni to return to campus and network with fellow alums as well as current students.  It has been such a success that it expanded to a two-day event and includes more networking opportunities.

This year’s Marketing Alumni Days, held on April 2 and 3, brought nearly 30 alumni to BGSU.  The two-day schedule included alumni serving on career panels in marketing department classrooms sharing their insight and experiences after graduating from BGSU.  Students had the opportunity to learn more about marketing careers.

Marketing alumnus, Adam Davenport ’05, is president of Gorillas & Gazelles LLC, and he is excited to return to campus for this event. “I always love coming back and sharing the positives and negatives that I have seen and done since graduation.  It is amazing how much of your education that you utilize on a daily basis but may not even know about it.”  

Tiffany Dziak ‘11 is a strategic planning coordinator for Hyland Software.  “What a great experience! I had a lot of fun mingling with the other BGSU alums and hope I was able to provide current students with some beneficial advice.”

Mike Kister ‘91 is president and CEO of Acceleration Systems who also enjoys sharing his insight with students. “BGSU gave me a scholarship and an opportunity to go to college that I otherwise would not have had. Coming back to campus and helping students is a small piece of my repayment of that debt.  Helping students to bridge the gap from getting an education to starting a career will be the next challenge for the university. I am grateful to have the opportunity to contribute.”

Kister adds, “Connecting one-on-one with students, helping them gain perspective on the challenges that lie before them is incredibly gratifying.”

BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey gave her remarks during an alumni networking dinner at the Mileti Alumni Center.

Marketing Alumni Days is hosted by the Service Marketing Institute and organized by the Institute’s associate director, Christine Seiler, a Department of Marketing instructor and the BGSU sales coach.