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NC State Paper Science Engineering kicked the 2015/2016 academic year off with a bang! The annual Pulp and Paper Foundation career fair and celebration banquet were both huge success and lots of fun. Alumni and Friends from all across the country were back in Raleigh, recruiting, networking, and celebrating 61 years of program success.
The Job Hunt
It always starts with the Paper Science Engineering career fair. This year we had 19 companies come specifically to recruit PSE students for permanent, co-op and internship positions. The best part, as a fifth year senior, was getting to meet with friends who graduated in May and were returning to campus to recruit me! While this was a bit surreal, it shows the paper science network is definitely a close knit family!
Sage Career Advice
The day after the career fair is the Pulp and Paper Foundation Meeting and Banquet Celebration. At this year’s meeting, Bob Feeser, WestRock EVP of Consumer and Global Paper Solutions, shared both the history of WestRock as a company, and his history and experiences as a paper engineer in the industry. There was also an engaging roundtable discussion with 4 PSE alumni from different aspects of the industry who shared their experiences and advice from their careers. There was definitely a lot of great information and counsel shared.
Celebrating our Industry
The night closed with the celebration banquet and honors. There are so many people who work really hard to make the Paper Science Engineering program a huge success, this was our chance to thank them. The highlight of this year’s banquet was definitely keynote speaker, Joan Sahlgren from the Paper and Packaging Board. Ms. Sahlgren is the Senior Public Relations Manager for this check off program that launched this past July. This organization is responsible for the “How Life Unfolds” campaign. This paper and packaging promotion campaign is designed to impact the public perception of the paper industry. It was very cool to be reminded how paper touches so many parts of our lives. It definitely makes me proud to be a NC State Paper Science student!
On behalf of the students in our program, we are very grateful and thankful for our faculty, staff, alumni, donors and friends who work tirelessly to make our program the best! THANK YOU!