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40 alums return to APSU to offer career advice to students

Forty Austin Peay State University alumni have volunteered to return to campus to talk with and offer career advice to students.

The APSU National Alumni Association, Office of New Student Programs, Career and Advisement Center and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society are sponsoring the 2006 Career Networking Seminar, Cast Your Net, on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in the University Center Ballroom. The seminar will be held in two sessions: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m.
Forty Austin Peay State University alumni have volunteered to return to campus to talk with and offer career advice to students.

The APSU National Alumni Association, Office of New Student Programs, Career and Advisement Center and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society are sponsoring the 2006 Career Networking Seminar, “Cast Your Net,” on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in the University Center Ballroom. The seminar will be held in two sessions: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m.

Shelia Boone, director of alumni and annual giving, encourages students to take advantage of the opportunity to network with successful, professional alumni, ask questions about their career fields and discover how each attained success.

“Our alums will discuss career paths and strategies for advancing in the professional world,” Boone said. “This is a rare opportunity for students to gain valuable insight from successful professionals who once were APSU students.”

APSU alumni scheduled to participate are the following:
Physics
*Dr. George Edlin ('60), chief scientist, Alpha Technology, Huntsville, Ala.
*Mike Mobley ('68), radiation safety consultant, Mobley and Associates, Clarksville
*Dr. Ron Miller ('65), physicist/senior intelligence officer, Defense Intelligence Agency's Missile and Space Intelligence Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

Foreign languages
*Kimberly Grant Silvus (‘01), law clerk to the Hon. Frank G. Clement Jr., Tennessee Court of Appeals, Nashville
*John Cobick ('91), pricing manager, Performance Chemicals Business Units, Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport

Marketing
*Jeff Bibb ('76), managing partner, BLF Marketing, Clarksville

Legal/History
*Nick Tooley ('94), attorney, The Law Office of Nick Tooley, Clarksville

Accounting
*Brandon Harrison ('04), Health Care Services associate, Horne LLP, CPAs and Business Advisors, Nashville

Business owners
*Michael Calderelli ('88), president of Presto Services Inc., Clarksville
*Nathan Deer ('82), managing owner, Clarksville Athletic Club
*Dewayne McKinney ('74), vice president/partner, Handling Systems, Nashville
*Charlie Gentry ('74), business analyst, Clarksville Gas and Water Department
*Jim Holvey ('74), project manager, Clarksville Gas and Water Department

Social services
*Vianca Reed ('96), director, Montgomery County Health Department, Clarksville
*Evelyn Vaillencourt ('93,'97), county public health director, Stewart County Community Health Center, Dover

Education
*Carlton Flatt ('65), athletics director/teacher/head football coach, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy
*Rhonda Kennedy ('83,'86), principal, Barker's Mill Elementary, Clarksville
*Linda Barfield ('77,'84), special education department head, Northeast High School, Clarksville

Forensic science
*Joe Minor ('75), special agent/forensic scientist/DNA technical manager, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Nashville DNA supervisor

Physical therapy
*Dr. Beth McKinney ('00), physical therapist, InMotion Rehabilitation, Hopkinsville, Ky.

Biology
*Kellie Wallace Wilding, M.D., resident physician, UT Family Practice, Jackson

Nursing
*Elaine Busey ('89), health sciences teacher, Rossview High, Clarksville

Medical
*Michael Carrigan, M.D. ('73), medical director, Premier Medical Group, Clarksville

Optometry
*Cliff Sites ('73), D.O., owner, Site Vision Clinic, Clarksville

Communication/broadcasting
*Lee Peterson ('90), community affairs director, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Nashville

Fine arts/performing arts
*Rollow Welch ('85), creative director, Strong Design Graphics, Adams

Social work
*Barbara Beswick (‘96), job-training coach, Tennessee Department of Children's Services, Clarksville

Banking
*Julie Tarrents ('80), branch manager, US Bank, Oak Grove, Ky.

Computer science/information technology
*Mike Wright ('85), vice president/co-owner, Quality Manufacturing Systems Inc., LaVergne

Higher education
*Dr. Bob Adams ('73), vice chancellor for business and finance, Tennessee Board of Regents, Nashville

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
*Seldon Sledd ('65), retired FBI agent and owner, Sledd Private Investigations, Hopkinsville, Ky.

Engineering technology
*Dr. Sampson Gholston ('91), associate professor, department of industrial and systems engineering and engineering management, University of Alabama-Huntsville

Agriscience
*Bob Hogan ('78), owner, The Hogan Co., Springfield

Criminal science/Homeland Security
*James Walker ('81), director of Alabama Department of Homeland Security, Mobile

Geosciences
*Kevin Latham ('87), project geology, QORE Property Sciences, Nashville

Politics
*The Hon. Don Trotter (‘70), mayor, Clarksville
*The Hon. Doug Weiland ('66), mayor, Montgomery County

Theology
*The Rev. Paul Gardner ('78), pastor, Blakemore United Methodist Church, Nashville

Stockbroker
*Ed Sneed ('67), branch manager, Raymond James Financial Services, Clarksville

ROTC
*Representative to be decided

Mortgage banking
*Ken Daniel (‘71), mortgage banker, Franklin American Mortgage Co., Clarksville

There is no admission fee to the seminar. However, there will be an invitation-only luncheon with keynote speaker, Fred Landis ('69), senior vice president for marketing, F&M Bank, Clarksville.

For more information, telephone Boone at (931) 221-7979. — Dennie B. Burke