Inspiring! That is the best word to describe both the accomplishments and the remarks of our first three Sewickley Academy Science and Technology Hall of Fame inductees. On October 2, 2015, Reunion Weekend kicked off with the induction of Mark E. Shafer, Ph.D. ’75, Carolee T. Bull, Ph.D. ’81, and Beth Willman, Ph.D. ’94 into the Hall of Fame in Rea Auditorium, with Middle and Senior School students in attendance. Mark, an inventor, engineer, and entrepreneur speaking about his work, shared one of his favorite quotes: “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried,” highlighting the fact that if one is truly stretching boundaries and venturing into uncharted territory, one will not get things right every time; one will fail. The key is to keep trying and to learn from failure.
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A recent Forbes article reported that these days more than 70% of jobs are being found through person-to-person networking. Today’s tech-saavy young graduates are particularly poised to utilize the bustling super-network of professionals, known as LinkedIn, to build their networks and jumpstart their careers. Before you dive into the virtual candidate pool, here are five tips for using LinkedIn the right way and avoiding some common pitfalls.
1. Keep it professional.
LinkedIn has many of the same features as other social media platforms like Facebook, however, its purpose is absolutely unique. Unlike Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites, LinkedIn is purely and solely professional. And thus, when using the site, it is really important to keep it that way. One really easy way to ensure that your LinkedIn profile and networking efforts remain pristine is to avoid oversharing via other social media platforms. Don’t link your LinkedIn profile to a personal Facebook or Twitter account. All of your posts on LinkedIn are cached on your profile and accessible by any employer that might be checking you out online. An inadvertently unprofessional moment on Facebook or Twitter could find its way into their research and reflect poorly.
For Class of 2004 alumna Elsa Heffernan, the heart of Sewickley Academy’s mission to inspire its students to pursue their full potential in the service of a greater good continues to play an important role in the way she lives her life and supports her community.
On April 21, Elsa will run in the 118th Boston Marathon as a member of the HealthWorks Community Fitness team. In doing so, she aims to raise awareness and funds for its community fitness centers that cater to women and children in under-served communities throughout the Boston area. We are confident that Elsa’s passion for fitness and health and desire to make an impact in her community will carry her across the finish line – Go, Elsa!
How did you first get involved with Healthworks Community Fitness (HCF)?
A friend informed me that I could get involved in HCF through its marathon fundraiser. I was itching for a chance to run, and because it would be for a cause that means so much to me, I applied and was accepted to be a member on the four-person team.
She also has a galaxy named after her. Seriously! It's called Willman 1. In this blog, we pick her brain about her Academy experience and her career.
Nikki Becich (Class of 2009) is our Alumni Spotlight this week. She is currently living in Ecuador working at the Bioparque Amaru Zoo. She has an amazing story and passion for conservation - and it all started here at Sewickley Academy!