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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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Naing OoAs a graduating senior, Naing Oo (13C) was profiled by CNN.com and featured in Berry magazine as one of seven former refugees who found success as Berry students. Today, he is putting his education to work and indulging his passion for global affairs through service in the Peace Corps. The international studies major and public relations minor is currently stationed in the western African nation of Burkina Faso, working in the community economic development sector.

A native of Burma and a charter recipient of the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship, Oo’s unique perspective and natural leadership abilities served him well as a Berry College presidential ambassador and resident assistant in Dana Hall. He credits Berry’s unique mission of educating the head, heart and hands for properly preparing him for his new international journey. His jobs at Berry helped refine his interpersonal communication skills.

“I am representing the United States to the locals in my village, just like I was representing Berry College as a presidential ambassador,” he said. “When the locals see me, they see all of America through and in me. I am so thankful for my experience at Berry for preparing me for this monumental milestone in my career.”

When Oo completes his Peace Corps training, he will be sent to a village called Gabou in the south Sahara. He plans to work with villagers by applying practical public relations and marketing strategies in hopes of increasing sales of the village’s cattle.

Story by Public Relations Student Supervisor Hayden Sloan.

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