Cynthia Gale greets students on a UD Career Services Center trip to New York City, where they visited her firm, GeoArt by Cynthia Gale.

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UD Career Services Center sponsors New York trip for students

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11:22 a.m., Oct. 21, 2011--Twenty-seven University of Delaware students took a "road trip to the real world" with New York City the destination in a UD Career Services Center-sponsored event held Oct. 13.

Upon arriving in New York, the students were split into two groups, with one visiting the corporate offices of GeoArt by Cynthia Gale and the other visiting J.P. Morgan.

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Cynthia Gale is a UD alumna whose business specializes in artisan-crafted sterling silver jewelry. Social responsibility is a keystone of the company, which features a green line of jewelry. Gale was a panelist at the April 2010 President's Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship held on the UD campus.

The site visits introduced UD students to internship and full-time career opportunities offered by each organization.

That evening, the students attended a special networking event -- Conversation and Connections -- presented by UD's New York City Alumni Club and sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations with support provided by the UD Alumni Association.

Conversation and Connections was hosted by Citi in the heart of Tribeca and the students participating in the UD Career Services Center trip enjoyed a night of networking with the 75 alumni -- including Richard Greenberg, a 1977 UD graduate and global chief of staff for Citi's Institutional Recovery Management group -- who were in attendance.

Featured speaker at the event was Michael Geltzeiler, a 1980 graduate who is chief financial officer and group executive vice president of NYSE Euronext.

Additional speakers included Grace Thompson Leong, a 1988 graduate and managing partner of Hunter Public Relations; Lester (Tony) Farthing, a 1980 graduate and U.S. Census Bureau regional director; Wendy Goldberg, a 1996 graduate and an attorney with Sullivan and Cromwell; Matthew Seltzer, a 1981 graduate and senior vice president of Cassidy Turley; and Greenberg.

Bruce Weber, the new dean of UD's Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, also spoke.

Student reaction to the trip was positive, according to Matthew Brink, director of the UD Career Services Center.

One said, "Overall, the trip to their headquarters solidified my interest in working for JPMorgan. I loved going to the root of the corporation, and observing a corporate workplace firsthand. That's what I loved about this New York trip -- it wasn't just about feeding students information, but it included an experience. Walking through the Park Avenue building gave me a taste of what I could possibly have if I work hard to get there. This opportunity to go to New York was one of the most informative and convincing recruitment events I have ever attended."

Photos by Evan Krape

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