UAlbany Athletics Hosts Annual Alumni Career Panel
ALBANY, N.Y. – On Tuesday, April 25th, UAlbany Athletics hosted its annual UAlbany Athletic Alumni Career Panel. The event, hosted by the Office of Student-Athlete Academic Services and the Great Dane Athletic Club (GDAC) featured a panel of five former UAlbany student-athletes, who offered their experience and career advice to current UAlbany student-athletes.
The panel was moderated by Rich Becker, who currently serves as director of corporate and foundation relations at UAlbany and previously spent 25 years as a local television sports anchor.
The five panelists covered a broad range of class years, sports played and career experience. The event was open to all current UAlbany student-athletes, and the participating panelists highlighted their own career paths, and advice to students as they get ready to transition to life beyond the classroom and playing field.
““We were fortunate to have so many incredible alumni return to campus and share their life after athletics experiences with our current student-athletes,” said UAlbany associate AD for academic services Lori Friel.
Throughout the night, several themes emerged. Among them, “networking is key,” said Chrissy Klepper '12/'14, a soccer alum who currently works as communications manager for The Bapis Group at High Tower in New York City.
Fellow panelist John D'Anna '82, a football alum and lead development director at McDonald's, agreed adding that “the Purple Family is strong and networking is strong among our student-athlete alumni.”
Lori Cohen '83, an attorney in New York City, highlighted that skills gained by student-athletes easily convert to the workforce. “Every person I have ever hired was a former student-athlete. Your experience in athletics will translate into your real life,” said Cohen, who earned nine varsity letters in softball, volleyball, soccer and track & field at UAlbany.
Field hockey alum Tovah Lisky '00 pointed to another trait gained through collegiate athletic competition. “You will be told no and have doors closed, but student-athletes are resilient and can overcome obstacles.” Lisky serves as senior district & development director at Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York, Inc.
The youngest member of the panel, football alum Jacob Meek '14/'15, suggested that students “start the process early.” Meek, assurance experienced associate at PwC, added, “Attend career fairs or other business related events on campus whenever they're available.”
The evening concluded with several questions from student-athletes in the audience, who also had an opportunity to network with the panelists following the presentation.