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Excellent Expo

Written by Mike Thee
April 24, 2012

By every measure, SU's April 11 Career Expo was hugely successful. Nearly 80 employers were represented (compared with about 60 last year). 

Hosted each spring by SU, the Expo is a collaboration between Career Services and the Albers Placement Center. Organizers were expecting a robust crowd of 300 students and 50 alumni. Instead, many more-about 350 students and 100 alumni-attended. 

And they did more than just show up. "Our mission was to prepare students for the Expo," says Alissa Strong, assistant director of Career Services. "We received a lot of good feedback from employers that our students had done their research." 

Three Employer of the Year awards were presented for the very first time at this year's Expo. The award for the private sector was given to Boeing, and received by Paul Pasquier, vice president global engagement, an SU alumnus, who heads up a group of SU graduates at the company. (Pasquier is pictured above with President Stephen Sundborg, S.J.) The company employs 2,500 SU alums, and this summer 10 students will join Boeing as interns.

The two awards in the public sector were given to the offices of U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. SU graduates Sergio Cueva-Flores and Christian Cale accepted on behalf of Murray and Cantwell, respectively.