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Mount Union Launches Networking Site

May 10, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union recently launched a cutting-edge networking site, Exceptional Connections, in an effort to provide career-mentoring opportunities for Mount Union students. The site will help strengthen relationships by allowing users to connect with Mount Union students, alumni, faculty and friends of the University.

The purpose of the site is to increase student preparedness upon graduation as it relates to their professional development as well as provide enhanced opportunities for alumni to be involved at the institution. The site is similar to other online career networking sites in that alumni can connect professionally with current students, but the program is unique in that it is only available to those with a Mount Union connection. Alumni and friends can serve as mentors, participate in networking events, speak to a class or student organization, help students secure internships, offer assistance and guidance and help them find permanent employment after graduation.

To participate in the Exceptional Connections community, users can create a profile, upload a bio and resume, select the areas they wish to participate in and register for events. Alumni and professionals can sign up for the types of connections that fit their lifestyle. Students can then search for registered professionals in specific programs and further filter results by major, career, location or position. Students may then request to connect with the alumni and friends they find on the site. Exceptional Connections will automatically send an email indicating a connection is requested, which the professional can accept by logging into their account.

The program was spearheaded by Randall C. Hunt ’75, chair of the University of Mount Union’s Board of Trustees and shareholder of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. He believes that Mount Union’s successful alumni have much advice to offer the younger generation about the job market and life in general. Exceptional Connections was developed exclusively for Mount Union and designed to highlight programs and services that Mount Union has to offer.

“Here at the University of Mount Union, we are always trying to find new ways to create exceptional connections and use technology to strengthen our relationship with our proud alumni, friends of the University and our outstanding students,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the University. “We hope everyone finds our new and innovative outreach to be beneficial and enlightening.”

To register for an Exceptional Connections account and participate in networking opportunities with other members of the Mount Union community, visit connect.mountunion.edu.

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