January 14, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-This January, the Amherst College Career Center is offering students an alumni appraisal of the value of a liberal arts education and an opportunity to explore careers in business.

The Versatility of the Liberal Arts Experience, a program designed specifically for first-year and sophomore students, is now in its second year. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, its purpose is to enhance and complement academic advising for students who are faced with choosing a major. Toward achieving this aim, the Dean of Students Office, the Career Center, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs is sponsoring an interactive two-day conference on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 13 and 14, during Interterm. Current students engage alumni in conversations about the short-term dilemmas and long-term advantages of choosing liberal arts majors. The alumni are invited because they are willing to talk frankly about the perils and passions of deciding on a major, in addition to their postgraduate experiences.

The Pre-Business Groups's 2005 Pre-Business Seminar, from Jan. 18 to 21, is bringing together liberal arts students from the Five College area and beyond to learn from and interact with top alumni and executives from a variety of business fields and industries. This seminar includes lectures and discussions on diverse topics, and participants take part in a networking and interviewing workshop. Admissions directors from well-known MBA programs are at the seminar, and students can try an actual case study led by a professor from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A career fair concludes the seminar, at which participants will meet recruiters from a variety of firms.

Bernard Voyer, a globally renowned adventurer, explorer, and corporate leadership speaker, will deliver a keynote address on "Leadership: Top-Down or Bottom-Up" on Friday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m. in the Stirn Auditorium. Voyer's talk is free and open to the public; the other seminar events are open only to paid participants.