Chicago continues to draw Calvin grads

Second annual career fair demonstrates connection


Spring 2014

For the second year, the Calvin Alumni Association, the college’s career development office and Chicago businesses—alumni-represented in quite a few cases—connected students to that vibrant city and occupational opportunities.

Professionals from 14 employers met with 86 registered Calvin students to discuss potential jobs and internships.

Calvin alumni board member Russ Clousing ’87 once again headed up the business recruitment effort, while the career development office rallied students and arranged for transportation from campus to Chicago and back.

The setting was the storied University Club of Chicago, on the city’s picturesque Michigan Avenue downtown. After a couple of hours of interaction and networking, both students and business executives dined in the beautiful Cathedral Dining Room, joined by young alumni of the college who work downtown.

“I was impressed by the students’ preparedness and demeanor,” remarked Larry Otte ’90, who attended as a representative for Providence Life Services.

He added, “The career fair was a very rewarding experience for myself as an alumnus of Calvin.”

“It was nice to have such large number of quality students in one place,” said Justin Venhousen ’08, who met with students for Compass Mortgage.

Alumni board president-elect Chris Wiesehan ’05, who lives and works in Chicago, noted that the influx of young Calvin grads to the city, particularly the north side, has been pronounced.

“We’re seeing a marked increase in alumni choosing to live and work in the city,” said Wiesehan. “Our planned series of network events draws more alumni every time we schedule one.”

A third career fair is in the planning stage—for Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at the University Club. Chicago businesses interested in becoming involved can contact the alumni association at alumni@calvin.edu.