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FMU to hold "Connections to Success" event for students, March 6

            FLORENCE, S.C. – The “Connections to Success” event will bring together Francis Marion University students with the local business community, Thursday, March 6 in Lowrimore Auditorium at FMU.

            Admission is free for FMU students.

            The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for students to learn from the experiences of FMU alumni and the business community, gain insight into potential career paths, and promote greater involvement of stakeholders in developing students for the marketplace.

            Three sessions will be held, with topics including interviewing, professional behavior and dress, entrepreneurship, career opportunities in non-profits and medical fields, professional certifications, and international exchange programs.

            “This is a first for our community and certainly a first for Francis Marion,” said Mary R. Dittman, FMU marketing instructor and coordinator of the Connections to Success program. “We are honored to have five CEO’s take the stage to help our students understand what it takes to be successful in today’s economy.”

            Session One is from 9:55 to 11:10 a.m. and will feature five local leaders of major corporations. Scheduled to appear are Hal Campbell, president and CEO of ACS Technologies; Jeff Hoffart, senior vice president and general manager of ESAB Welding & Cutting Products; Tom Marschel, president of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce; Jim O’Loughlin, CEO of Carolinas Hospital System; and Rick Saunders, president and CEO of First Reliance Bank.

            Session Two, “How to Deal With Difficult People” is from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Session Three is from 2:10 to 3:25 p.m. and offers an opportunity for FMU alums to share their experiences since graduating.

            The event is sponsored by Delta Sigma Pi and the faculty of the FMU School of Business. For more information, call FMU marketing instructor Mary Dittman at 843-661-1495, email

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Last Published: March 4, 2008 9:42 AM
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