First held in the spring of 2004, the forum is made up of an hour-long panel discussion with Ole Miss students and six to eight successful Ole Miss graduates from diverse backgrounds, ages and career fields. Question and answer opportunities are provided, followed by an hour-long reception that gives students quality one-on-one networking opportunities.
“Students seek advice from alumni in their field of study while discovering new experiences and challenges,” said Sheila Dossett, senior associate director.
The purpose of Bridging the Gap is just as its name suggests: to bridge the gap between Ole Miss’ past and present. In serving this purpose, the program functions as a networking tool as well as providing real world advice from successful business professionals.
The panel discussion allows students to ask questions and receive advice, including tips on how to prepare oneself for a successful career, how to balance family life and professional life, the do’s and don’ts of the corporate world and how to find the job of his or her dreams, just to name a few.
“The networking reception gives students the opportunity to have one-on-one interaction with multiple alumni and area professionals,” said Dossett. “The goal of Bridging the Gap is to have Ole Miss students leave the university prepared for the world through first-hand advice and information from those that have gone before them.”
While students receive the greatest benefit from this program, the university also benefits by bringing its alumni and student body together. The students are able to utilize this networking opportunity to supplement what they have learned in the classroom, with the goal of ensuring a legacy of success among the Ole Miss family.
This year’s Bridging the Gap was held on October 31 featuring panelists Josh Davis (BBA 99), Kelly English (BSFCS 02), Mary Ann Hancock Fruge’ (BA 66, MA 70), Armintie Price-Herrington (BA 07) and Randy Long (BBA 79, JD 83).