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Viking ConnectionsStudents working toward careers in business and the humanities honed their networking chops through participation in two recent “Viking Connections” events in Atlanta.

Piloted in 2014, this program allows students to build career connections with successful professionals – many of them alumni. The impressive roster of participating employers included Chick-fil-A, Turner Broadcasting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Invesco, Cox Communications, the Peace Corps, Jackson Spalding and AT&T.

“The primary focus of Viking Connections is helping students build relationships that will lead to jobs after graduation,” said Mark Kozera (79C), director of employer development for Berry’s Work Experience Program. “It’s also an excellent way to engage alumni, providing opportunities for them to assist students while also expanding their own career networks.”

The program has already borne fruit for students, with several securing summer internships through their participation in the 2014 pilot events.

Alumni interested in participating in future Viking Connections events or offering other types of career assistance for current students should contact Kozera at mkozera@berry.edu.

By Maxine Donnelly, philanthropic communications student assistant

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Chris Watters (89C)

Chris Watters (89C)

Spring has been a season of mixed emotions for Berry’s alumni staff, with the departure of one longtime servant and the arrival of another.

Chris Watters (89C) ended her six-year tenure as alumni relations director in March, moving to Pennsylvania with husband Mark (83C) and daughter Kristyn to take on a new challenge as senior associate director of alumni relations for on-campus programs at Bucknell University. Though excited by the opportunity to pursue her career goal of becoming a published researcher in the field of alumni relations, Watters voiced confidence in the organization she leaves behind and issued a charge for other alumni to continue the work of building connections that will keep Berry strong, just as she plans to do.

“I am forever grateful for the opportunity I had over the past 6.5 years to serve my Berry family,” Watters said. “My fellow alumni, I treasure the relationships and partnerships built during those years. I appreciate you and thank you for all you do. Even though I have chosen to follow a career opportunity that leads me away from Berry, rest assured Berry is always in my heart.”

Jennifer Schaknowski

Jennifer Schaknowski

As one chapter closes, another opens with the April arrival of Jennifer Schaknowski in the role of alumni development director, a position previously held on a part-time basis by Dr. Jackie McDowell, dean of Berry’s Charter School of Education and Human Sciences. The Rome resident brings an impressive mix of enthusiasm and experience to her position that will help her achieve the goal of taking alumni connectivity to even higher levels. Before arriving at Berry, Schaknowski distinguished herself as a brand and communications leader for Cox Communications and as owner of her own marketing company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Alma College.

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