Mercyhurst communication students host 'speed networking' event

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Speed Networking is just like speed dating, but with professionals. Mercyhurst University students will have the opportunity to network with eight different professionals from the Erie area and learn about advertising, broadcasting, event planning, health communication, journalism, marketing, public relations, social media and more on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m. in Mercy Heritage Room.

Sponsored by the university’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), the event is formatted so that six students spend five minutes at each table with a professional. At the sound of the bell, conversations will wrap up and the professionals will rotate to the next table.

Not only does this event provide the opportunity for students to network with a variety of professionals, but also to gain contacts and polish their networking skills, said Joseph Pudlick, MercyhurstPRSSA president.

The professionals slated to attend include Michele King representing Channellock, Inc.; Matthew Cummings, Erie School District; Tammy Roche, Greater ErieYMCA; Lou Baxter, WJET 24 & FOX 66; Mike Smiley, PAPA Advertising; Laura Schaaf, City of Erie Mayor's Office; Sean McCracken, Erie Times-News and Charles “Boo” Hagerty, UPMC Health Plan.

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