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3/6/2018

Life after college; prepared for success, this week’s topic on Infinite Opportunities

Public affairs program airs Sunday mornings on PCN


Contact: Kenn Marshall, (717) 720-4054 or (717) 329-0809
​Harrisburg – Three Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university alumni will talk about how their college experience prepared them to succeed in their careers, and how today’s soon-to-be graduates are being prepared for similar success on this week’s episode of Infinite Opportunities, which will air Sunday morning on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).
 
Laurie Carter, who graduated from Clarion University, is now president of Shippensburg University. Steven Crawford, who graduated from Mansfield University, is president of Wojdak Government Relations. Lynda Michaels, a Bloomsburg University graduate, is now vice president for alumni and professional engagement at her alma mater. The three will participate in a roundtable discussion with State System Interim Chancellor Karen M. Whitney. The show also will include video visits to the campuses of California, Cheyney and Shippensburg Universities of Pennsylvania.
 
Infinite Opportunities airs at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday on PCN. The half-hour, public affairs program features roundtable discussions with faculty, staff, students and alumni from the 14 State System universities talking about a range of higher education topics and issues. Each program also offers viewers the opportunity to “travel” back to the universities to learn more about all of the campuses.
 
This week’s roundtable discussion will focus on the many ways the State System universities prepare students for success after graduation, from offering them the opportunity to participate in practical, out-of-classroom experiences, including internships; to connecting them with already successful alumni who can assist them in helping to land their first job. The discussion also will include ways in which the universities provide special support and services to first-generation college students, as well as career planning and preparation to all students.
 
Each weekly episode of Infinite Opportunities is reshown at 6 p.m. the following Saturday on PCN. This program will be rebroadcast on March 17. Prior episodes, including those from the first three seasons, also can be viewed at www.passhe.edu/InfiniteOpportunities.
 
Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth, enrolling more than 100,000 degree-seeking students and thousands more in certificate and other career-development programs. Collectively, the 14 universities that comprise the State System offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas. Nearly 520,000 State System university alumni live in Pennsylvania.
 
The State System universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania. The universities also operate branch campuses in Oil City (Clarion), Freeport and Punxsutawney (IUP), and Clearfield (Lock Haven), and offer classes and programs at several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg and in Center City in Philadelphia.