URI’s College of Business to hold Career Day conference, Oct. 24

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — October 9, 2014 — The University of Rhode Island’s College of Business will bring scores of alumni back to the Kingston Campus to share words of wisdom with more than 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students currently working to earn their degrees.


The College of Business will hold its 8th Annual Career Day on Friday, Oct. 24, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Run like a professional conference, the day will open with a keynote address at Edwards Hall, and feature numerous breakout sessions and workshops throughout the day at the Ballentine Hall and the Memorial Union.


The Apollo Group Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer Fred Newton ’78 will deliver the keynote address to all at 9 a.m. in Edwards Hall. Newton has more than 25 years of human resources experience from a variety of industries including retail, energy and consumer products. Newton received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Business Administration in Labor Relations from San Diego State University. He currently is a trustee and serves on the URI Foundation Executive Board and is a member of the College of Business advisory council.


After Newton’s talk, business alumni including representatives from Google, Christian Dior, The Jones Group, Inc., CVS Health, Alex & Ani, Textron, Georgia Pacific, the Cleveland Cavaliers and more will then share real world tips on career paths and the job search in Ballentine Hall at 10:15 and 11:15 AM.


In the afternoon, students may participate in skills development sessions, informational and mock interviews and “What Do Employers Really Look for in New Hires?” Freshmen and sophomores may learn how they can help to build their resume through leadership in clubs and organizations and current students will share news about their study abroad experiences.


With an emphasis on innovation and collaborative learning, great internships and on-site career resources, undergraduate business students may major in accounting, entrepreneurial management, finance, general business, global business, marketing, or supply chain management. Graduate students may seek an MBA in Strategic Innovation, General Business or a Master of Science in Accounting or a PhD in Business Administration.


The URI College of Business Administration, with more than 1,700 undergraduate students and 275 graduate students, has served as the leader in business education, research, and outreach for the State of Rhode Island since it was founded in 1923. It is the first accredited business school in Rhode Island (1969) and has the first accredited accounting program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Northeast (1993).