April 15 2006
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - An Indiana State University alumnus is doing what he can to give ISU students more opportunities to apply the knowledge they've learned in the classroom to today's business world.
Columbus businessman Rex E. Breeden is providing assistance for the ISU Career Center to educate faculty members, students, and employers about the importance of serving internships and how business and industry can play an important role in educating tomorrow's leaders and innovators.
The first Rex Breeden Internship Institute on April 20 will feature keynote speaker Diane Iseminger of Clarian Health Partners discussing internship partnership between higher education and industry, such as the partnership Clarian has with ISU.
Student sessions will cover disabilities in the workplace, internship resources for international students, career development resources for African American students and a panel discussion made up of students who have completed internships.
Employers will learn about how to recruit the best and the brightest from their internship program to fill full-time positions from Kristi McNally, human resources manager at Deloitte.
Awards for outstanding interns and employers will be presented during a luncheon recognizing all ISU internship partners and the students who successfully completed internships with them. The day-long event will conclude with students, faculty and employers participating in a forum discussing what steps students should take in preparing for professional employment.
Kent Waggoner, director of ISU's Career Center, says the Internship Institute benefits everyone - students, faculty and employers.
"It takes all members of this team working together to make a successful partnership for everyone. By bringing students, faculty and employers together at one event we can ensure students will have the solid work experience to contribute right away in their first professional position," he said.
The event, held at Hulman Memorial Student Union, is free and open to Wabash Valley college students, faculty members and employers.
Breeden, a 1942 graduate of ISU, served as a member and past president of the ISU Board of Trustees from 1973 - 1992 and was honored in 1988 with the ISU Distinguished alumni award. Breeden established an endowment in 1991 as a scholarship for eligible students from Columbus East High School, Columbus North High School and Springs Valley High School enrolling at ISU.
After serving in the Pacific during World War II with the U.S. Navy, he returned to Columbus to begin a successful career in business management and ownership. He worked in the management of Breeden, Inc. and other companies in Central Indiana for 25 years.
For more information or to register for the Rex Breeden Internship Institute, contact the ISU Career Center at (812) 237-5000.
Contacts: Kent Waggoner or Dianna Cooper-Bolinskey, ISU Career Center, (812) 237-5000
Maggie Slaven or Kevin Hoolehan, ISU Foundation, (800) 603-6299
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or firstname.lastname@example.org