Three University of Wisconsin Oshkosh human services alumni will return to campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, to share their experiences during a panel discussion and networking event with current students in the major.
The Human Services Leadership 3 Under 30 event, a partnership between UWO Career Services and the Human Services Leadership Organization, will be held at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. The event is open to all majors as well as human service leadership alumni faculty and staff.
The panel discussion will include recent graduates Greg Cooper ’12, Appleton, a professional service recruiter with Aerotek; Jackie Paplham’13, an English teacher in Thailand; and Eric Salwedel ’11, Columbus, president/cofounder of Project Volunteers and event coordinator for the Oshkosh MDA Bowl-A-Thon.
Paplham, who majored in human services and minored in psychology, women’s studies and social justice with an emphasis in prejudice and discrimination, graduate in May 2013. She left for Thailand at the end of August. After getting certified to teach English in a foreign language, she began teaching at the SCL International School in Koh Samui.
She is happy to be giving back to students at her alma mater. “I plan to speak about how my journey began while I was at UWO and the courses, professors and experiences that led me to choose options abroad,” she said.
“My two main pieces of advice are the importance of networking and to so something you are scared of. I believe students need to realize that the only limits that are ahead are the limits they create for themselves.”
After graduating, Salzwedel spent a couple of years in the sales and marketing field. He became interested in working on philanthropic projects and soon dove further into the nonprofit sector with his organization, Project Volunteers. He also serves as the marketing and development coordinator for REACH-a-Child, which gets books in the hands of first responders to share with children in crisis.
“I believe that the things I got involved in during college and what I did to grow personally and professionally before I left school have benefited me tremendously,” he said. “I continue to strive to make a bigger impact in the lives of those that I come across every day and hope that my actions inspire others to do the same.”
Following the 3 Under 30 panel discussion, the event will be open for networking. Drinks and dessert will be served. Students will also have the opportunity to have professional head shots taken for their portfolios or LinkedIn profiles in the Career Services photo booth.
Interested students are encouraged to register for the event in Titan Jobs.