Students Selected for Inaugural Career Immersion Excursion
Dec. 22, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Twenty Illinois Wesleyan University students have been selected
for the University’s inaugural Career Immersion Excursion trip to Chicago over spring break.
The four-day experience provides students with the opportunity to get a closer look
at entrepreneurship and the fields of marketing and public relations during visits
to nearly a dozen Chicago employers. Students will visit Google’s Chicago office;
several public relations, marketing and media firms including Weber Shandwick, Foote,
Cone & Belding, and Kelly Scott Madison; and the 1871 Entrepreneur Hub, along with
other prominent employers and organizations.
The students selected are: Tara Adams ’17 (Tinley Park, Ill.); Moyo Ajayi ’17, (Ile
Ife, Nigeria); Jordan Hassan ’18 (Wheaton, Ill.); Lesly Ingram ’18 (Wadsworth, Ill.);
Paxton Johnson ’18 (Paxton, Ill.); Olivia Kief ’17 (Morris, Ill.); Michaela Lamczyk
’18 (Mt. Vernon, Ill.); Scott Mitchell ’17 (Darien, Ill.); Jihoon (John) Park ’18
(Gwanyang-dong, Korea); Stephon Rudicil ’17 (Bloomington, Ill.); Max Scholle ’17 (Foristel,
Mo.); Spencer Seibring ’17 (Normal, Ill.); John Shipman ’17 (Elmhurst, Ill.); Jonathan
Slupski ’18 (Mt. Prospect, Ill.); Jack Sweeney ’17 (Lake Zurich, Ill.); Laurel Turner
’17 (Lindenhurst, Ill.); Sarah Udelhofen ’17 (Chicago); Jasmine Wright ’17 (Chicago);
Emily Yerkes ’18 (Naperville, Ill.); and Linda Zhang ’18 (Shijiazhuang, China). The
students will participate in case studies and other hands-on activities, network with
alumni through small group dinners and receptions, and hear personal stories of career
paths at panel discussions.
Staff from the Hart Career Center will accompany the students. The entire program is made possible by the support of
the family of Cathy Carswell, an IWU Trustee and 1965 graduate of the University.
Students contributed only $200 each toward program costs, which include hotel accommodations,
meals, programs and transportation. Laurie Diekhoff, associate director for career
engagement at the Hart Career Center, said more than a dozen IWU alumni have actively
participated by sharing time and resources. Several, however, have taken leadership
roles to make the program a success, including Chris Bisaillon ’93, a co-owner of
Bottleneck Management; Chad Maxwell ’02, senior vice president at Starcom MediaVest
Group; Marc Talluto ’94, CEO of Fruition Partners; and Joni Williams ’82, president
of Kelly Scott Madison.