The Power of a Connection—PRSSA & Communications Department Host Successful Networking Event on Campus

December 02, 2015

women at "Night to Network"

Kendall Bauer '16 recaps the “Night to Network”

"Networking, networking, networking. It’s the key to your success here at Simmons and beyond," advises Simmons College Communications Professor Andrew Porter.

Professor Porter urges his students to make as many connections as possible during their time on campus to open doors as they prepare for internships and the post-grad job search. He even sponsors a friendly competition for a Dunkin Donuts gift card to the student who collects the most business cards at certain events. But Professor Porter says it’s not always the quantity of business cards you gather that makes you a networking pro—one simple, but solid, connection could be the key to your success.

Members of the Simmons College chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) worked this fall to offer an opportunity to build connections with alumnae/i and students at their 2nd Annual Communications Networking Dinner, "A Night to Network." The framework for "A Night to Network" began several years ago as a panel of alums and professionals gathered to share industry insight to students. Over the years, with the dedication of the students and Communications Department, the event has evolved into one of the most anticipated PRSSA events of the academic year, followed by their annual New York City trip to Omnicom in the spring.

To kick off the night, more than 40 students from both the Communications Department and the School of Management, dressed in their business-best, were seated among 20 alumnae who shared similar career paths and interests. Dinner was served while attendees chatted and swapped stories about their time at Simmons, and the remaining hour of the event was spent on mingling around the Kotzen Meeting room.

The connections made at this event continue to prove that Simmons alumnae/i have a genuine interest and willingness to help students in any way they can. Looking ahead, seniors who cross the stage this December and May will be on the guest list for next year’s event, so they too can contribute to this great tradition as Simmons alumnae/i.