Colgate’s passionate alumni network is a significant resource for students as they develop and learn to utilize a professional network in their chosen career field.


Colgate Career Services focuses much of its programming on creating opportunities for interactions between students and professional alumni. These interactions and collaborations with working professionals allows students to develop and grow their networks while learning about different industries and organizations.

The shared Colgate connection is an easy foundation on which to build relationships — especially given the passion regularly displayed by Colgate alumni for alma mater.

Networking Programs

Some of the opportunities for students and alumni to meet one another and expand their networks include:

A Day in the Life is the university’s longstanding job-shadowing program for first-year and sophomore students. Each student participant is paired with a professional to shadow for a day, receiving an introduction to the alumnus’s career and professional setting.

More about A Day in the Life

Students on immersion trips explore the professional world through employer site visits and networking events. On these trips, students learn about career options, experience cultural differences between organizations firsthand, and make networking contacts with high-level professionals in fields of interest.

In collaboration with the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement, these trips may be spearheaded by student organizations. Regardless of their sponsors, all trips are planned with student input. Past trips have highlighted finance, consulting, biotech, non-profits, and the arts.

About the Immersion Trips program

SophoMORE Connections is one of Colgate Career Services’ most popular and distinctive programs. It is an immersive, two-day on-campus program for students in their sophomore year featuring professional alumni panels, discussions, and networking events. Panels and discussions are led by more than 120 alumni returning to campus for the event.

The program provides sophomore students the opportunity to explore professional options, build networks, and learn what skills they may wish to develop in the junior and senior years to compete professionally after graduation.

More about SophoMORE Connections

The biannual Wolk Conference on Medical Education features panels and networking opportunities between students and alumni from various health professions. For more information, contact Career Services.

Michael J. Wolk ’60, MD, Conference on Medical Education 
"Health Care Delivery in the 21st Century"

October 18–19, 2019





Friday, October 18

4–6 p.m. Registration, Lobby of Olin Hall

4:15–4:30 p.m. Welcome: Dr. Douglas Johnson, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Curricular and Academic Affairs; Professor of Psychology

4:30–5:20 p.m. Keynote Speakers
Jon Sendach ’98, Deputy Executive Director, North Shore University Hospital
Sean Fadale, President and CEO, Community Memorial Hospital

5:30–6:15 p.m. A Conversation on the Changing Face of Medicine
Moderator: Timothy Mansfield, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations, Colgate University
Panel: Theodore Bass ’72, MD; Sean Fadale; Rubia Khalak, MD; Jon Sendach ’98; Michael J. Wolk ’60, MD

6:45 p.m. Reception for Wolk Presenters and Panelists,  Merrill House, Hors d’oeuvres and beverages

Saturday, October 19

7:45 a.m.–3 p.m. Registration, Lobby of Olin Hall

8–9 a.m. Breakfast, Ho Science Center Atrium

9–10 a.m. Panel of Physicians From Various Specialties
Moderator: Merrill Miller, MD 
Panel: Edna Akoto ’05, MD; Theodore Bass ’72, MD; Ruth Hart, MD; Barry Kraushaar ’86, MD; Kelli Wong Williams ’03, MD, MPH

10:15–11:15 a.m. Presentation: “Infection Prevention From Past to Present: How Much Can We Prevent and How Hard Should We Try?” 
Gonzalo Bearman ’93, MD, Richard P. Wenzel Professor of Medicine; Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases; and Hospital Epidemiologist, Virginia Commonwealth University

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Panel on Various Health Care Professions
Moderator: Courtney Aldridge, Career Adviser, Colgate Career Services
Panel: Brooke Blicher ’03, DMD; Lauren Lichten ’03, MS; Claire Lipschutz ’12, DPT; Emma Mangano ’05 NP

12:15–1:30 p.m. Lunch, 301 and 328 Olin Hall, Small group discussions with physicians and other health care professionals

1:45–2:45 p.m. Presentation: Applications and Admission to Medical School
Moderator: Julie Chanatry, PhD, Chair, Health Sciences Advisory 
Committee, Colgate University
Presenter: Rubia Khalak, MD, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Administration and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Albany Medical College

2:50–3:45 p.m. A Day in the Life of Medical Students
Moderator: Julie Chanatry, PhD, Chair, Health Sciences Advisory Committee
Panel: Maia Dinsmore ’17, MS3; Garrett Esper ’18, MS2; Andrew Thompson ’16, MS4; Andrew Motzer ’15, MS4; Jennifer Dias ’16, MS1; Shannon Dauscher ’18 

3:45 p.m. Summary and Adjourn
Michael J. Wolk ’60, MD, Cardiologist, Weill Cornell Medical College
Michael Sciola, Associate Vice President, Career Initiatives, Colgate University

An annual event, Prep for Tech connects students with alumni working in coding, programming, and technology to practice interviewing skills. The event draws alumni to campus both in person and virtually to provide students with mock interview opportunities.

This event is co-sponsored with the Computer Science Department and the STEM Professional Network.

Alumni Career Advisory Network (ICAN)

The Alumni Career Advisory Network — commonly known on campus as ICAN — is an online platform that provides students and alumni with the ability to find and connect with others in the Colgate community within industries or at specific employers of interest. With this tool, and the power of shared Colgate roots, countless students and alumni have found new professional contacts and opportunities.

Log into iCAN