April 8, 2004

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Contact: Beth Peer, University Career & Employment Services, (785) 864-3624.

KU events to help graduating seniors adjust to life after college

LAWRENCE -- Backpacks to Briefcases, a University of Kansas series of events designed to assist students who are graduating as they transition from students to professionals, will offer two programs next week:

Etiquette Dinner, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union. To participate in the Etiquette Dinner, students need to RSVP and purchase a discounted $12 ticket for the three-course dinner. Cathy Corey with Cotillion will cover topics from introductions and office behavior to proper business meal manners. Career Services is the event host.

"Great Expectations," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Adams Alumni Center. An alumni panel will discuss "What I Wish I Would Have Known," regarding workplace realities, financial tips, networking and ethics. The panel will include alumni who work at the Douglas County District Attorney's Office; Sprint; Kansas Highway Patrol; KU Center for Research; Hallmark Cards; and Bayer Corp. Admission is free and open to all KU students. The Kansas Alumni Association is the event host.

For more information about the Backpacks to Briefcases series, visit www.ku.edu/~uces/backpacks/index.shtml.

The Backpacks to Briefcases series is supported by various campus offices, student organizations and Coca-Cola.

The Kansas Alumni Association has helped Jayhawk alumni remain a part of KU since 1883. To join the Alumni Association, to update an alumni profile or to find out more about alumni events and membership benefits visit www.kualumni.org/.

KU Career Services helps students learn about careers, prepare for their job search and secure employment while in school and upon graduation. Students can attend workshops or meet with an adviser to obtain information on creating job-winning resumes, developing dynamic interviewing skills, crafting job search strategies, networking and exploring career options. Career Services offers resume assistance and connects students seeking internships, part-time jobs or full-time positions with employers through the online database, Web job search resources and career fairs.

For more information visit www.ku.edu/employment/.

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