Meet the New Professional Staff in the CCD

The Center for Career Development is excited to share the news that we have a full staff!  This summer, we added three new employees to the office.  Learn about them below and come by to visit soon!

Assistant Director for Career DevelopmentTiffany Waddell | Assistant Director for Career Development | | 704-894-2191

Q: What piece of advice would you give to students who are looking to pursue their dreams?

A: Be open to experiential opportunities (internships, volunteering, networking) that will assist you in learning as much as you can about the  world of work.  Most career pathways are not linear – meaning, skill development and roles often call you to do a lot of different types of work, and work with different types of people.  Learn as much as you can and take advantage of the resources that are available across the college to develop yourself.  Most of these things are free, and many people are here to help make sure you succeed – visit us early and often.

Q: If you could be any animal for a day, which animal would you be, and why?

A: Although they frighten me just a tad, probably a giraffe.  I am sort of short – so the idea of seeing far and wide like giraffes might be cool.

Jamie Stamey | Assistant Director for Internships | Jamie | 704-894-2678

Q: What do you like most about Davidson so far?

A: I’m amazed at the dedication and thought that Davidson staff put into their careers.  It’s very clear that student success is top priority and it’s wonderful to work with colleagues that go above and beyond to create the best opportunities possible.

Q: What are you most passionate about?

A: The serious answer is my family.  The guilty answer is cinnamon rolls.

Kelly WeaverKelly Weaver | Recruiting Coordinator | | 704-894-2025

Q: Why did you decide to get into career development?

A: One of my favorite phrases is, “trust the process”, and I feel career development is just that, a process.  Working with employers and students through the process is rewarding, especially when everything comes together.  It is rewarding when a student accepts a position and knows their acceptance is due to the work they invested in the process.  It is also nice when employers find just the right fit with a student and express their satisfaction in the caliber of a student.

Q: If you could be any animal for the day, which animal would you be?

A: Having grown up in Florida and therefore spending a lot of time at the beach, I would have to say a pelican.  They glide with such grace just above the surface of the water while always looking below for fish.  When a pelican gets tired they rest on the posts of old docks or on the beach, not a bad place to take a rest.

To learn more about these staff members and the rest of the Center for Career Development staff, visit

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Erika Hernandez tells about her internship at Safe Passages in Rock Hill, SC

Erika Hernandez ’15, the author of this post, is one of four 2014 recipients of a South Carolina Internship Grant provided by Davidson College and The Jolley Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to allow students to participate in educational internships and to explore living and working in the state of South Carolina.

I’ve spent most of my summer in Rock Hill, about an hour south of Davidson, helping

Erica and her supervisor, Sam Berinsky, the Volunteer Coordinator at Safe Passage

Erica and her supervisor, Sam Berinsky, the Volunteer Coordinator at Safe Passage

around Safe Passage. Safe Passage is an organization that provides services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual trauma. Safe Passage also has an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence who are in imminent danger.

I remember the day that I was given a tour of the shelter. I felt pretty cool getting so much insider access to this program that has saved people’s lives. As I walked through the shelter, it was pretty quiet since there were only a few residents. I remember thinking, “I’m glad the shelter is empty, that means there aren’t many DV cases going on…” As though my supervisor were reading my mind, she told me that it wasn’t a good thing that the shelter was so empty. South Carolina is the state with the highest rates of domestic violence, including women who are killed by their intimate partners, and Rock Hill is on the top list within the state. So, having an empty shelter did not mean that domestic violence was not going on out there; it meant that those who were in dangerous situations were not seeking help.

It was in that moment that I realized how critical Safe Passage’s services are. One of them is a 24/7 crisis hotline where anyone can call to get help. I’ve spent a good amount of my time here inputting data on the crisis call database which requires me reading the stories of the women AND men who call, telling their stories of abuse and hardship. I’ve read about women who can’t call the police because their abuser IS the police, others who were being held hostage in motel rooms and even men who feel the need to defend themselves for asking for help with their abusive wives. In my mind, these were all stories that could only exist in a movie but it’s not like that at all. These were real people with real troubles.

While I encountered countless stories that were hard to wrap my mind around, I’ve come to realize that each phone call the crisis line receives is someone else breaking the silence in their abusive relationships. Many women have stood up after years and years of abusive relationships, tired of receiving treatment they don’t deserve. It’s that first step that really brings hope to women and men in these relationships but they’re places like Safe Passage that provide guidance for the steps to follow in regaining hope of a safe future.

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2014-15 Davidson Internship and Job Challenge brings a new goal, increased focus

As we are approaching the start of the 2014-2015 academic year at Davidson, the Center for Career Development is gearing up for the fourth annual Internship Challenge.  This year, we are not only setting our sights on alumni, families and friends to offer quality internship experiences, we are also seeking supporters to recruit seniors for full-time positions.  For this year’s Internship & Job Challenge, our goal is to post 250 internships and full-time jobs, as well as to raise funds for students who cannot afford to pursue unpaid, high-quality internships.

Learn more about the Internship & Job Challenge on our Details about the Internship & Job Challenge website or contact Jamie Stamey, assistant director for internships, at 704-894-2678 / Send email to Jamie Stamey.

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Emerson Bouldin talks about her experience so far through an internship at Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree, SC.

Emerson Bouldin ’16, the author of this post, is one of four 2014 recipients of a South Carolina Internship Grant provided by Davidson College and The Jolley Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to allow students to participate in educational internships and to explore living and working in the state of South Carolina.

Williamsburg Regional Hospital Logo

Williamsburg Regional Hospital Logo

I am typing this blog post at my desk, or rather a folding table, in the office that I share with the Quality director. This ‘office’ used to be the patient chemotherapy room, and the curtain hanging in the corner and the old sink behind the door remind me of that. This summer, I have had the incredible opportunity to work as an intern at Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree, SC. I’m living in Charleston, which is about 70 miles away. It takes me about an hour and a half to get to work everyday. Mostly my mind wanders about getting more coffee, but the other week I caught myself thinking about the limited resources of Williamsburg Regional.

WRH is classified as a critical access hospital. Essentially, critical access hospitals are rural community hospitals that must meet certain criteria, one of which being that the hospital is at least 35 miles away from any other hospital. The director of Quality, who I share an office with, told me that there usually isn’t enough demand to sustain a critical access hospital. They exist because without them too many people would die, simply because they live too far away from a hospital. Therefore, these hospitals receive cost-based reimbursement in order to keep their doors open. More than most places, critical access hospitals feel the pressure of limited resources. My small office is a literal reminder of that.

During my first week, I found out that a significant number of employees did not have Microsoft Word because the program was too expensive. But Microsoft Word is the least of the hospital’s problems. There are daily concerns that revolve around Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements because even the smallest changes can have significant repercussions on hospital functions. I learned that larger hospitals often don’t worry if they cannot reclaim payments of $500 or less, but those lost payments make a serious difference here at Williamsburg Regional. Even patient care capabilities are limited because there are about 25 beds in the hospital, and only 6 of those of are Emergency Room beds. A bad car accident could easily overwhelm the ER. How do we balance maintaining cost-efficient facilities and also the capabilities to respond to serious emergencies? It’s incredibly difficult.

I have developed a tremendous amount of respect for the people that keep Williamsburg Regional running. We sometimes take for granted the availability of healthcare resources and forget how difficult it can be to maintain those facilities.

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Grace Balte reflects on her early internship experiences at Greenville Forward

Grace Balte, ’15, the author of this post, is one of four 2014 recipients of a South Carolina Internship Grant provided by Davidson College and The Jolley Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to allow students to participate in educational internships and to explore living and working in the state of South Carolina.  

Grace after harvesting garlic from the teaching garden

Grace after harvesting garlic from the teaching garden

When I am not studying at Davidson, I am usually at my home in Atlanta. This summer, I have the amazing opportunity to work at Greenville Forward, which is a nonprofit located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville Forward looks at Vision 2025—a document created by the citizens of Greenville that describes where Greenville as a community wants to have progressed by 2025—and monitors how far the community is progressing  and how to promote positive changes within Greenville County.

Before this summer, I have not really spent much time in Greenville, so it has been a great experience to learn about multiple aspects of the city as I am working here. On my second day in Greenville, I took a walking tour through downtown Greenville, seeing firsthand how downtown had been revitalized in the past ten years. I saw how much pride the people of Greenville take in their city, whether it be making the entire downtown area a pedestrian area or using Goodnight, Moon as the inspiration for Mice on Main, where bronze mice hide along Main Street, creating a scavenger hunt.

Greenville Forward is very interested in engaging with the community in ways that change Greenville for the better. They do this through talks with the community, film screenings, and working in community gardens, among other programs. During my first week here, we had a roundtable discussion about urban sprawl, an issue which greatly impacts Greenville. Instead of just talking in circles about how it was an issue, we discussed why urban sprawl exists and why it is so difficult to change it. It is discussions like these that have come to define my time and research at Greenville Forward. Instead of just saying that a problem or pattern exists in Greenville, I have been looking at why the problems and patterns exist and why it can be so difficult to change them and what change is possible.

One afternoon last week, I worked in the community garden harvesting some garlic. Although there are many community gardens located throughout the community, I was working in the teaching garden. While I have had some experience gardening, I learned so much more just on one afternoon than I have just gardening on my own. The entire experience was great; I got to meet many other people who were also interested in gardening as well as the best way to pick kale.

I am currently about halfway through my time in Greenville and I have enjoyed every minute of my experience so far. The best part of my experience, right now at least, is learning about Greenville both from an outsider’s perspective and from an insider’s. For example, driving through town and walking along Main Street has given me a great chance to see exactly how Greenville has changed and grown in the past ten years. By working in Greenville and getting to know the community both through my research and through my time involved with Greenville Forward’s programs, I get to know a different side to Greenville, one that as an outsider I probably wouldn’t be able to see. Although I will only be here for a few more weeks, I hope that during my time I will be able to keep discovering new things about Greenville, by both living and working here.


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Xzavier Killings shares impressions at the midpoint of his internship at St. Luke’s Free Clinic in Spartanburg,SC

Xzavier Killings ’16, the author of this post, is one of four 2014 recipients of a South Carolina Internship Grant provided by Davidson College and The Jolley Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to allow students to participate in educational internships and to explore living and working in the state of South Carolina.  

Xzavier with Executive Director of the clinic, Patsy Whitney

Xzavier with Executive Director of the clinic, Patsy Whitney

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to intern at a medical clinic? To see a patient in dire need of your help and you have the knowledge and skills to help them? To hear the applaud and admiration of doctors and nurses for doing a good job? Well my experience is nothing like that, but I have been fortunate enough to turn everything I hoped for into reality.

Vital Signs —Before coming to St. Luke’s I knew I wanted to be a doctor,  but I didn’t have much experience in different areas of medicine. One might even blame this lack of experience on my knowing nothing about vital signs. I knew they were important because they had the word “vital” in them, but I thought that understanding them was a complicated process that only doctors and nurses knew how to decode. Luckily, I was wrong. My first patient was an elderly woman who was easy going. I feel that she sensed I was green behind the ears and she helped me through the process.  I learned that patients help healthcare providers just as much, if not more, than healthcare providers help patients. First we measured her blood pressure, it’s important to note that placement of the sleeve is key! After fiddling with what I thought was the right place, I pressed the button on the machine and it started beeping; it worked! Next we conquered the weighing scale which was pretty self-explanatory. The real challenge came with measuring blood sugar. Once I was over the fear of hurting her from the puncture of the needle, I was able to help. With each new patient, I am reinvigorated to record their signs because I feel it is their body’s way of communicating with me.

Free Food – I bet you’re wondering how free food is connected with my experience in health care. (If you’re not then I don’t understand why you don’t.) Well I’ll tell you, every Tuesday and Thursday St. Luke’s holds a night clinic for patients who aren’t able to attend the day clinic. Church volunteers started a tradition to prepare a meal for the doctors and volunteers who work the night clinics because most of them would leave their practices and regular jobs and come straight to St. Luke’s without eating. By providing a meal it showed the doctors that their time and skill were valued and this created a great relationship between doctors and St. Luke’s. Since I started my internship I have worked every Tuesday and Thursday night until closing at the clinic and have constantly been inspired by the compassion and humility of others. I didn’t expect random acts of kindness to go so far but they really make a huge impact. In the night clinic I’ve had the opportunity to shadow dermatologists, family physicians and orthopedists and have had first-hand experience with patient interaction. I really appreciate how these doctors provide excellent care to patients and communicate with them to the point where they leave knowing everything they talked about and their plan of action for the future. I’ve never seen a patient leave confused or still questioning his/her healthcare. However, I have seen a few leave angry and unsatisfied because they didn’t receive the medicine they wanted or because they weren’t prescribed the treatment they wanted…but that’s a story for next time.

The Back Desk – The first day I got to St. Luke’s I was put in a position to sink or swim. I was literally thrown into the action when the nurse placed me at the nurse’s station, aka back desk, and told me my task was to update patient charts after they had seen the doctor, schedule future appointments, and start their referral application to outside offices. I personally like to call the back desk “hub city” because it is the central area of communication throughout the clinic. One day you could see volunteers talking with doctors or the executive director of the clinic chatting with nurses. (Shout out to Patsy Whitney, executive director of St. Luke’s, for helping turn my dreams into a reality by allowing me to intern at St. Luke’s this summer.) My adventures at the back desk include being relocated to the third floor of the clinic to do administrative tasks where I file charts, update patient’s medication into the computer system and update patient’s re-applications. I’ve actually gotten a head start on learning some of the, nearly impossible to pronounce, medicines like amlodipine and omeprazole. My adventures also include being relocated to the front desk to help with patient check-in and patient application reviews. One of my most memorable experiences at the back desk includes meeting a Davidson Alumnus who also volunteers at the clinic; even though we are small in number we make a big impact (#greatdaytobeawildcat). The back desk has brought many great memories and I’m looking forward to those to come in the following weeks! Who would have thought that St. Luke’s had all this in store for me? Until we meet again….

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead


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Thank You 2013-2014 Internship Challenge Participants!

Thank you to the alumni, parents and friends of Davidson that participated in the Davidson Internship Challenge last year.  We will be announcing some exciting changes for the upcoming  year, so be on the lookout! Read more on our website or contact us at 704-894-2132 /

1.  Bob Penny ’76: The Penny Group (Charlotte, NC)

2.  Zama Coursen-Neff ’93: Human Rights Watch (New York, NY)

3.  Andy Allen ‘02: U.S. Department of State (Washington, DC)

4.  Jason Carlock ’97: Red Ventures (Charlotte, NC)

5. Will Cowan ’97: Jefferies & Company (Charlotte, NC)

6.  Kwame Som-Pimpong ’09 and Whitney White Som-Pimpong ’08: Afara Global (Atlanta, GA)

7.  Embry Howell (Friend of the College): The Urban Institute (Washington, DC)

8.  Scott Keeter ’72: The Pew Research Center (Washington, DC)

9. Robert Pittenger (Davidson past parent): U.S. Congress (Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC)

10. Kim Burke (parent) and Andrew Dugan ‘13: Jones Lang LaSalle (Washington, DC)

11. Rob Hutchinson ’77: Goldman Sachs (multiple locations)

12. Blake Poole ’08, Peter Anderson ’13, Matt Martin ‘12: JP Morgan (Private Bank) (multiple locations)

13. Mike Kaplan ’03: JP Morgan (Investment Banking) (New York, NY)

13. Wilson McCrory ’07: McKinsey & Company (multiple locations)

14. Peter Paras ’13 and Nick Hansell ‘04: Deloitte Corporate Finance (Charlotte, NC)

15. Burton Vance ’81, Scott Irvin ’90, Paul Elizondo ’93: SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (Atlanta, GA)

16. Peter Hoffman ’00: Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Charlotte, NC)

17. Alice Ankamah ’08: Bipartisan Policy Center (Washington, DC)

18. Steven Westerfield ’10: Morgan Stanley (New York, NY)

19. Jean Reynolds ’98: Morgan Stanley Investment Management (multiple locations)

20. David Schermbeck ’13: Cisco Systems, Inc. (Raleigh, NC)

21. Will Funderburg ’09: Jabian Consulting (Charlotte, NC)

22. Pete Benbow ’07: Garretson Resolution Group (Charlotte, NC)

23. Mark Filipski (Parent) and Will Marshall ’12: Credit Suisse (New York, NY)

24. David Rosenberg ’01 and Mike Noonan ’91: RBC Capital Markets (New York, NY)

25. Brett Holloway ’10: Evercore Partners (New York, NY)

26. Doug McClure ’08: BMO Harris Bank (Chicago, IL)

27. Gardner Rordam ’07, Revenue Analytics (Atlanta, GA)

28. Michael Tellis ‘07, Kwasi Kyei ‘12 : UBS (multiple locations)

29. Iris Leung ’12, Emanate Public Relations (New York, NY)

30. Ivon Rohrer ’64:  Development Management Inc (Charlotte, NC)

31. Ed Harris (Friend of the College): Davidson Historical Society (Davidson, NC)

32. Marcie Gordon (Davidson parent): North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh, NC)

33. Winn Maddrey ’91: TEDX Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)

34. Andy Schwab ’93, 5AM Ventures (San Francisco, CA)

35. Lawrence Cann ’00, Street Soccer USA (New York, NY)

36. Mike White ’93: Raymond James (St. Petersburg, FL)

37. Lloyd Chapin ’87: Barclays (New York, NY)

38. Camila Domonoske ’12: NPR (Washington D.C.)

39. John D. Breidenstine ’84: U.S. Commercial Service (London, UK)

40. Dr. William Elliott ’96: The Meridian Freedom Project (Meridian, MS)

41. Michael Sargent ’13: The Heritage Foundation (Washington D.C.)

42. Ross Saldarini ’91: Mountain Khakis (Charlotte, NC)

43. Mark Nesbitt ’12: Oliver Wyman (multiple locations)

44. Kaitlyn McElwee ’13: Dog as a Second Language LLC (Matthews, NC)

45. Deepak Talwar ’89: Talwar Gallery (New York, NY)

46. Laura Raney ’86: USAID (Washington, DC)

47. Ben Young ’08: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (Winston-Salem, NC)

48. John Odell ’83: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (Cooperstown, NY)

49. Madeline Parra ’09: Twizoo (London, UK)

50. Flaviu Simihaian ’08: iMedicare (New York, NY)

51. Tom Noyes (friend of the college): CommerceSignals (multiple locations)

52. Dan Murrey ’87: OrthoCarolina (Charlotte, NC)

53. Greg Macnamara ’12 and Paul Britton ’12: Analysis Group (Washington D.C. and Boston, MA)

54. Ryan Ferrier ’03: 60-Day MBA (San Francisco, CA)

55. Tim Ritchie ’83: The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose, CA)

56. Mark Williams ’86: R65 Labs (Durham, NC)

57. Lowell Bryan ’68 and Jack DeLoach ’12: Tresata (Charlotte, NC)

58. Andrew Lovedale ’09: Access to Success (Nigeria/Davidson, NC)

59. Laura Schisgall (Davidson parent): Societe Generale (New York, NY)

60. Elizabeth Brigham ’04: Jive Software (Palo Alto, CA and Portland, OR)

61. Virginia Summerell ’80: Tanger Outlet Centers (Greensboro, NC)

62. Dave Boldridge ’77: Cabot Microelectronics (Aurora, IL)

63. Hadley White ’08: Aspen Institute (Aspen, CO)

64. Stephen Block (Davidson parent): Harry Fox Agency (New York, NY)

65. Peter Martin ’00: Esquire (New York, NY)

66. Andy Kifer ’98: The Gernert Company (New York, NY)

67. Richard Thurmond ’94: Charlotte Magazine (Charlotte, NC)

68. Emmy Scandling ’08: Meredith Xcelerated Marketing (Washington, DC and New York, NY)

69. Gray Robinson ’12: Village Capital (multiple locations)

70. Amelia Lumpkin ’13: The Theater Offensive (Boston, MA)

71. Lila Allen ’09: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)

72. Ali Gores ’10: Coleman Research Group (Raleigh, NC)

73. Kelly Thompson Vaughn ’93: SpecialOlympics North Carolina (Morrisville, NC)

74. Mille Snyder ’87: Myers Park Presbyterian Church (Charlotte, NC)

75. Chan Sheppard ’92: Preston Taylor Ministries (Nashville, TN)

76. Claire Naisby ’12: Essex (Atlanta, GA)

77. Kate Minogue ’05: Millennium: the Takeda Oncology Company (Cambridge, MA)

78. Timothy Ogden ’95: Financial Access Initiative (New York, NY)

79. Audrey Edmundson Lenhart ’97: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, GA)

80. Gil Capps ’91: Golf Channel (Orlando, FL)

81. Bill Gullan ’96: Finch Brands (Philadelphia, PA)

82. Wilson McBee ’06: The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

83. Chris Pearson ’02: Two Points Hoops (Italian company; student will work in Lake Norman)

84. Justin Hartanov ’05 & Andrew Pickens ’05, Market Track (Chicago, IL)

85. Ann Clark ’80: Office of Deputy Superintendent and Billingsville Elementary/ Education Scholars Program (Charlotte, NC)

86. Eliza Hadjis ’13: BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company (Charlotte, NC)

87. Kat Lehman ’87: The Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem (Bethlehem, PA)

88. Ryan Zirkle ’09, Leigh Feldman ’13, and Joe Craven (parent): BlackRock (New York, NY)

89. Adair Armfield (friend of the college): Greenhill (Greensboro, NC)

90. Elizabeth Freeze ’06: Planned Parenthood (Greensboro, NC)

91. Lisa Zook Sorensen ’09: World Vision International (multiple locations)

92. David Slenzak ’99: Williamsburg Regional Hospital (Kingston, SC)

93. Robert Rostan ’93: Training the Street (Charlotte, NC)

94. Ivon Rohrer Jr. ’64: Development-Management Inc. (Charlotte, NC)

95. Matt Ferraguto (spouse of alum): Eckel and Vaughan (Raleigh, NC)

96. Prem Manjooran ’92: The Capital Group Companies (Los Angeles, CA)

97. Lori Cook ’99: San Francisco Department of Public Health (San Francisco, CA)

98. Chip McArthur ’09: Argus Information & Advisory Services (White Plains, NY)

99. Brent Hilleary ’82: Royce Too LLC (Winston-Salem, NC)

100. Laura Leibfreid ’96: Law Offices of Laura Leibfreid (Brooklyn, NY)

101. David McManama ’06: KeyBanc Capital Markets (Charlotte, NC)

102. Chloe Holderness ’98: Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

103. Russell Stall (Davidson parent): Greenville Forward (Greenville, SC)

104. Lee Bruner ’04: Avenues: The World School (New York, NY)

105. Ed Murphy (Davidson parent): Merrill Lynch (Bridgewater, NJ)

106. Roshan Paul ’02: The Amani Institute (Nairobi, Kenya)

107. Paul Watson ’02: Ledbury (Richmond, VA)

108. Cristina Wilson ’10: Charlotte Observer Magazine Division (Charlotte, NC)

109. Jim Vail ’76 and Jamie Vail ’07: Mainstay, Inc. (Chicago, IL)

110. Adam Hill (friend of the college): Packard Place (Charlotte, NC)

111. David Oyler ’04: Faulkner Organization (Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA)

112. Johan Galeota-Sprung ’13: South Bronx Health Center (Bronx, NY)

113. Aubrey Proud ’96: Crozer-Keystone Health System (Upland, PA)

114. Ben Gitis ’13: American Action Forum (Washington D.C.)

115. Eric Sapp ’98: The Eleison Group (Washington D.C.)

116. Myki Bajaj ’13: Gran Via Productions (Los Angeles, CA)

117. Lynne Ford ’84: Calvert Investments (Bethesda, MD)

118. Julie Earles ’90: Florida Atlantic University Psychology Department (Jupiter, FL)

119. Jim Patterson ’89: ACN Opportunity, LLC (Concord, NC)

120. Amanda Britt ’01: Panzanzee (Chicago, IL)

121. Pat Millen ’86: E2D – Eliminate the Digital Divide (Davidson, NC)

122. Connie Buehler ’82: Harris Williams & Company (Richmond, VA)

123. Will Brawley ’96: Consolidated Claims Group (Charlotte, NC)

124. Lee James ’89: Mythic (Charlotte, NC)

125. April Hanson ’89: Christopher and Banks (Plymouth, MN)

126. Susan Campbell ’85: Council for Children’s Rights (Charlotte, NC)

127. Jenny Everett ’97: Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (Washington, D.C.)

128. Philip Dunklin (Davidson parent): Chartwell Inc. (Atlanta, GA)

129. Michele Houck ’87: Carolina Raptor Center (Huntersville, NC)

130. Marilu Hernandez (Davidson parent): Rainforest Alliance (New York, NY)

131. Leila Salisbury ’93: University Press of Mississippi (Jackson, MS)

132. Richard Busby ’88: Novella Clinical (Research Triangle Park, NC)

133. Jordan Starck ’12: Youth Development Initiatives/Education Scholars Program (Charlotte, NC)

134. Janeen Bryant ’04: Levine Museum of the New South/Education Scholars Program (Charlotte, NC)

135. Allison Jones ’12: YMCA/Education Scholars Program (Charlotte, NC)

136. Bobby Pittenger ’02: Robert Pittenger Company (Charlotte, NC)

137. David Kerns ’08: The Pete Holmes Show (Los Angeles, CA)

138. Simmons Lettre ’94: Charter Board Partners (Washington, DC)

139. Dave Oxner ’02: Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Washington, DC)

140. Randall McLeod ’08: Pulmonary Hypertension Association (Washington, DC)

141. Nafisa Isa ’08: Meridian International Center (Washington, DC) and Busboys and Poets (Washington, DC)

142. Anne Hedgepeth ’07: American Association of University Women (Washington, DC)

143. Mackenzie Warren ’10: Oxford University Press (Cary, NC)

144. Jake Leonard ’11: Volvo Trucks (Greensboro, NC)

145. Laura Rankin-Allen ’78: Charlotte Community Health Clinic (Charlotte, NC)

146. Kate Reutersward ’09: PR Collaborative (Washington, DC)

147. Roy Alexander ’64: Davidson Lands Conservancy (Davidson, NC)

148. Ed Spauster (Davidson parent): Richmond Community Services (Mt. Kisco, NY)

149. Johannes Zwick ’07 and Brad Batten ’09: Zwick Partners LP (Charlotte, NC)

150. Anne Lambert ’86: Harvey Gantt Center (Charlotte, NC)

151. Todd Newnam ’92: Encore Technology Group (Greenville, SC)

152. Jeff Larrimore ’04: Federal Reserve Board (Washington, D.C.)

153. Ryan Patterson ’97: Global Endowment Management (Charlotte, NC)

154. Sarah Lanners ’13: Community School of the Arts (Charlotte, NC)

155. Johan Galeota-Sprung ’13: South Bronx Health Center (Bronx, NY)

156. Shelby Wagenseller ’13: Joe Trippi & Associates (Washington, D.C.)

157. Kristin Kelly ’89: Charlotte Rescue Mission (Charlotte, NC)

158. Eric Sapp ’98: The Eleison Group  (Alexandra, VA)



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Empower High School Students to Create a Healthier America with HealthCorps

Presenters Madeline Dick-Godfrey '12 (left) and Robin Joseph (right)

Presenters Madeline Dick-Godfrey ’12 (left) and Robin Joseph (right)

HealthCorps, a health education program founded and developed by Dr. Oz, is hiring program coordinators for the 25-30 positions available in low-income high schools across the United States. These coordinators teach HealthCorps curriculum (fitness, nutrition, and mental resilience), organize after-school programs, and coordinate school-wide events to promote living a healthy lifestyle.

The coordinator position is a two-year long commitment with a full salary and health benefits, as well as a four-week training.

Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA, a passion for health and education, strong interpersonal skills, and must be organized, proactive solution seekers. Spanish language skills are a plus but not required.

Applications are due by April 30, 2014. The application consists of a questionnaire form, a resume, two 300-500 word essays, and a video promoting your own designed FitTown project. Selected candidates will be called for an in-person group and one-on-one interview.

For more information please visit the HealthCorps website here.

You can also contact our presenters, Madeleine Dick-Godfrey ’12 ( and Robin Joseph (, to inquire about their placements in Charlotte.

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Parent’s Council Hosts Banking, Medicine and Law Panels

—By Valerie Slade, Minisha Lohani, and Alina Gomez

On Friday afternoon, members of the Parent’s Council held panels on banking, medicine and law for interested students.

Mark Bye, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, and Stewart Burton, Vice Chairman of BBC Capital Markets, met with students to discuss possible careers in banking and finance. Both parents of first-year boys, Mr. Bye is an operating partner in a private equity group and Mr. Burton works with senior client companies and investment banking. As Mr. Burton explained, “I do the selling and he does the buying.”

Mr. Burton (left) and Mr. Bye (right) discuss careers in the banking sector.

Mr. Burton (left) and Mr. Bye (right) discuss careers in the banking sector.

After briefly explaining the paths they took to the banking sector, Mr. Bye and Mr. Burton fielded student questions. Both emphasized that liberal arts students are not disadvantaged against those with business majors; Mr. Bye stressed that Davidson students have the communication and interpersonal skills that many business students lack. He also noted another skill Davidson students possess: “One of the biggest mistakes young professionals make is that they talk too much. So much can be gained by listening.”

Mr. Bye and Mr. Burton told students to find a path in banking that they love, whether that be in analysis and spreadsheets or a more sales-oriented position. They also highlighted the importance of networking and distinguishing yourself from the competition.

In the medicine panel Dr. Mirin, Director of Healthcare at Navigant Consulting, Dr. Grayson, an ophthalmologist and developer, and Dr. McKenna, psychiatrist at Harvard, met with over forty students to discuss a career in healthcare. The three doctors spent time answering a broad range of questions, ranging from what a typical day entailed, technology breakthroughs, and gender and work-life balance. Each had a different story regarding how they got to where they are now.

Students listen as parents present on careers in medicine.

Students listen as parents present on careers in medicine.

Davidson students were also interested in hearing about the future of the healthcare industry as a whole from the doctors on the ground. In a day and age where Obamacare and topics such as end of life care or medical marijuana stymie and cast a shadow of doubt on our system, these doctors don’t feel the shadow or hear the whispers.

All three agreed: “It is a burgeoning field that is continuing to expand—with incredible flexibility and an unending number of opportunities,” said Dr. McKenna, current psychiatrist at Harvard. She added that it is one of the most rewarding jobs as the act of essentially saving another persons life is the ultimate display of selflessness and compassion.

Ultimately the one sentiment echoed was how important it was to go out and spend time with a doctor and see if it is something you can envision yourself doing.  Each of the doctors said they would be happy to have students shadow them. If you would like to contact them or a number of other doctors and medical professionals in the area, contact Frances Alexander at for more information.

At the Law School Talk with students, parents and alumni, three parents addressed the audience.  They shared their personal stories and advice for students considering law school.

Mrs. Pamela Martinson shared her experience with working in the business and financial sector before attending Harvard Law School.  She moved to Silicon Valley and continues to live and work there in a large firm.  Mrs. Andrea Lairson worked as an analyst at Nike, a career placement adviser at Lewis and Clark, and a few other jobs between earning her English degree at Mount Holyoke and attending law school at the University of Washington School of Law.  She clerked in a circuit court of appeals, which she strongly recommends, after law school.  That led her to work in a large firm in Seattle and now she works almost entirely pro bono helping entrepreneurial non-profit organizations implement governance that helps keep them sustainable.

Lairson’s husband, Mr. Robert W. Gomulkiewics went to college to be a junior high teacher because of his passion for human rights.  He was encouraged, instead, to attend law school and realized this would be best for him, so he attended the University of Washington Law School, where he simultaneously earned a Master’s degree in International Studies.  After law school, he worked at the law firm owned by Bill Gates’ father, where he became interested in software and Intellectual Property law.  He then worked at Microsoft, where he participated as counsel on some of the most prominent cases for the company like one against Apple.  He is now a professor at University of Washington Law School, where he founded the LLM program in Intellectual Property Law.

While in law school, the panelists told the students to be very active in extracurricular activities aside from earning high grades.  Join activities that help develop skills as a leader, writer, thinker, and speaker.  Network while in law school in order to optimize  chances for the best jobs.  They also told students to try out different kinds of law while in law school so that they can decide what they do and do not like, as well as involved in clinics to get hands-on experience.

Remember, there are many different paths to law school and after law school.  The panelists advise that students find something they really love and that makes them valuable to a firm or company.

Thank you to all of the parents who spoke to students about careers in banking, medicine and law.

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Caroline Buxton Avinger ’90 Hosts Annual Etiquette Dinner

photo 1 (1)On Wednesday evening, Caroline Buxton Avinger ’90 hosted the annual Etiquette Dinner in the 900 Room. Mrs. Avinger is president of Protocol, LLC, as well an president of The Buckley School of Public Speaking in Camden, South Carolina and a freelance speech writer and copy editor. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson and a master’s degree in education from Converse College, Mrs. Avinger received training and certification from The Protocol School of Washington, the nation’s only accredited business etiquette institution.

Almost ninety students attended the four-course dinner, during which Mrs. Avinger explained proper dining etiquette in a business setting. She noted that companies are increasingly incorporating meals into the workplace, such as interviews over lunch, cocktail parties, or corporate Christmas parties. Knowing the proper protocol for these occasions makes them easier to navigate.

photo 2 (1)Mrs. Avinger roamed the room answering questions while students dined on soup, salad, stuffed chicken with green beans and roasted potatoes, and chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. For those who could not attend the event, the following comprise a few of the evening’s lessons:

  • Take a seat from the right. Women should not expect to be seated by men, but should not refuse if offered.
  • Unfold your napkin in your lap and place the crease toward your body.
  • If you must leave for any reason, simply say, “Excuse me.” Do not go into detail.
  • Any business event is about the conversation, not the meal. Be sure to eat slowly.
  • At a restaurant, go for a meal in the mid-range price point. Do not order appetizers unless the employer offers.
  • Do not take leftovers to go unless the employer offers.
  • In a family-style setting, offer to the left, pass to the right.
  • If you are giving a toast, “Keep it short. Keep it simple. Sit down.”
  • If you are the recipient of a toast, do not drink to yourself and do not touch your gphoto 3lass.
  • In an interview, do not feel the need to fill the silence.
  • Do your homework so that you can contribute to the conversation.
  • Let the employer lead the conversation, remain professional, and do not get overly comfortable.

Thank you to Mrs. Avinger for hosting this popular event, once again. And thank you to Dining Services for providing students with a delicious meal and great service.

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