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VT-AMP Graduate School Preparation Retreat       

By Cathy Fernandez-Weston & Gordon M. Curry

 

Over 20 students and faculty from seven Virginia/North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation partner institutions took education to another level at the Virginia Tech- Alliance for Minority Participation Graduate School Preparation Retreat on September 26-28, 2008 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. Retreat goers received information demystifying the graduate school application process. Guest speaker Dr. Quincy L. Moore, former Vice President for Student Services at Palm Beach Community College in Palm Beach, Florida, enlightened students with tips on the graduate school journey. Other speakers included Marilyn Kershaw, Virginia Tech Director of Graduate Student Recruiting who addressed selecting and applying to gradate school and writing personal statements. Pam Herrmann, Senior Assistant Director for Career Services at Virginia Tech gave insight on writing a powerful curriculum vitae. Participants also enjoyed a formal meal, while learning about proper dining etiquette and networking. At the conclusion of the retreat, most students had completed a graduate school application; and faculty members left with valuable information to share with their home institutions. Anonymous feedback on the retreat was requested and the reviews were great: “It was much more than I expected. The speakers were amazing”, “I learned a great deal about graduate school and the tasks that should be completed” and “I learned a lot, especially about where I stand now and what I need to know”. VT-AMP thanks the faculty who assisted with the personal statement and curriculum vitae review processes-- Dr. Ruth Greene (VT), Dr. Sunil Gupta (JCSU), Dr. Rosalyn Hobson (VCU), Dr. Ali A. Khan (ECSU), Dr. Joseph Merola (VT), and Dr. Cristina Moreira (BC). (273 words)

 

 

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