“Developing Connections played a pivotal role in assisting me with exploring opportunities as an emerging HDFS professional. As a veteran student, I can say that the event is very advantageous for all students within the HDFS major. As an intern, I was able to share insight with HDFS students who were preparing to undertake their own internship experience. Furthermore, I can positively say that the event is well organized and extremely successful at putting HDFS students on the right path for their first job post-graduation. Not only does the event help students secure an internship, it also gives them the opportunity to network with various organizations, peers, faculty and alumni throughout the event. As an emerging HDFS professional, Developing Connections lead me to an amazing internship experience that helped prepare me immensely for my future career.”
Taylor Hertzfeld ’18 HDFS major
Developing Connections allowed me to see so many of the different avenues that HDFS majors can take when choosing their future careers. It is a low-stress environment where internship sites and other peers are there to help us learn and grow as young professionals. I took advantage of the mock interviews and I am so glad I did because I learned so much about professionalism and key phrases to use while interviewing. After Developing Connections, I felt more excited and prepared than I ever had before."
Margo Burkholder '19 HDFS major
“We have participated in Developing Connections the past two years, and look forward to this year’s event. The event is a great venue for us to help HDFS students become aware of our programs and services, and to recruit and interview potential interns. Because of this event, we have provided internships to 15 HDFS students over the past year and a half, and have been very pleased with the quality of students.”
Brenda Oyer, Ed.D, Associate Director of Research and Data, The RIDGE Project, Inc.
Guest speaker: Doris Herringshaw
Wood County Commissioner
Doris I. Herringshaw has two graduate degrees from Bowling Green State University, including a doctorate in education, and an undergraduate degree from Kent State University. She was appointed commissioner on January 10, 2013, to fill the unexpired term of Tim Brown. She was elected to serve her first full term in 2015. Prior to becoming commissioner, Herringshaw completed a long career with Ohio State University Extension in Wood County and was an area leader, working with county commissioners and Extension educators in a 10-county area. She and her husband Paul reside in Liberty Township and have two adult children. She attends Portage United Methodist Church.