Each year in the spring, the Guidance and Counseling Department welcomes several professionals to MSM to discuss their careers. Students have the benefit of hearing first-hand information about what it’s like to work in a particular field. Students are encouraged to attend more than one visit, gaining exposure to information about more than one career area.
PLEASE COME TO THE CAREER CENTER TO SIGN UP!!!
(Accounting/ Math Careers)
Ms. Melinda Janik – Former Chief Financial Officer at New Media Investment Group
*Ms. Janik is an alum of MSM who will be discussing careers in the finance and accounting field as well as other math related opportunities. In her experience working for Fortune 500 companies she has been able to apply her knowledge of Math, Accounting and Finance. Please take this opportunity to learn more about this interesting career area.
March 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am -12:20 pm in the Career Center
(Law/ Legal Careers)
Ms. Megan Gomez – Senior Legal Counsel for Excellus Health Plan, Inc & Mrs. Margaret Phillips – Department Chair and Professor of Paralegal Studies at Daemen College
*Ms. Gomez is an MSM alum who attended St. Bonaventure University and then went on to The University of Buffalo where she received her Juris Doctorate. She will join us to talk about the life of a lawyer as well as the many types of lawyer one can be. Mrs. Phillips will join us once again to help distinguish the many ways to work in Justice other than as an attorney. Mrs. Phillips is the Department Chair of the Paralegal Department at Daemen College and will talk all about the versatile and practical field of paralegal studies.
March 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Career Center
(Living @ College)
SENIORS: Ms. Julie Moslow – University at Buffalo Residence Hall Director
*Ms. Moslow is an alum of MSM who will be discussing the transition from living at home to living on a college campus. How is it different? What is expected of you and what you can expect from the experience. If you will be residing on campus at college you need to attend this visit.
March 12, 2018 @ 11:00 – 12:20 pm in the Career Center
(Application Helpful Hints)
SOPHOMORES/JUNIORS: Ms. Elizabeth Culliton – Director of Alumni Engagement at Canisius College
*Ms. Culliton is an alum of MSM who will be discussing the ins and outs of applying to college. Her valuable insight can help make the college application process much easier. Please take advantage of this opportunity to gain a head start on the college application journey.
March 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Mount Gymnasium
(Physical Therapy, OT, AT etc.)
Ms. Melissa Bulas, PT DPT – Physical Therapist with Buffalo Rehab Group
*Ms. Bulas is an alum of MSM and will be speaking about the profession of Physical Therapist and what it entails. She will also clarifying the differences and similarities between Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Athletic Training in general. If you are interested in a field of therapeutic intervention please attend this visit.
March 15, 2018 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Career Center
(Engineering and Computer Science)
Dr. Marina Blanton
*PhD from Purdue University (2007); MS from Purdue University (2004); MS from Ohio University (2002) Her interests are centrally in information security, privacy, and applied cryptography. Recent projects span across areas such as secure computation and outsourcing, integrity of outsourced computation and storage, private biometric and genomic computation, privacy-preserving systems for medical and social networks, authentication, anonymity, and key management.
March 20, 2018 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Career Center
(Application Helpful Hints)
SOPHOMORES / JUNIORS: Ms. Megan Hoover – Admission Counselor – Niagara University
* Ms. Hoover is a professional Admissions Counselor who has reviewed applications from Mount in the past and will for the up coming year. We value her opinion and look forward to her advice.
March 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Mount GYMNASIUM
(Communication Careers/ Journalism)
Ms. Qina Liu – Digital Engagement Editor at The Buffalo News & Mr. Tim O’Shei – Features Journalist for the Buffalo News, Teacher and Mentor at MSM
*Ms. Liu is an alum of MSM who will be discussing the field of Communications. Qina graduated from MSM in 2009 and went on to study communications at Ithaca College. After graduation from Ithaca, Qina worked at YNN Buffalo at Time Warner then she interned for The Tablet in London, England. After returning home Qina continued to grow her career at Buffalo Business First before heading off to California to work for KCBS. After returning home once more Qina has settled in at The Buffalo News. Qina has experience in so many areas of Communication, please take advantage or this opportunity to learn about this wonderful career area.
*Mr O’Shei is a teacher here at MSM as well as an acclaimed Journalist. He will join Ms. Liu (his student at one time, and now colleague) in explaining the similarities and differences between Communications and Journalism. We are so grateful to have access to such a talented journalist.
March 22, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Career Center
Mr. Cameron Garrity – Professional Graphic Designer and Animator
*Mr. Garrity is an alum of Canisius High School and Daemen College. He is a Kenmore native and currently works with the Diocese of Buffalo. If you have any interest in Animation, or Graphic Design and would like to learn more about this career field, sign up in the Career Center.
April 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Career Center
(Application Helpful Hints)
JUNIORS: Mr. Dean Whitcomb – Admissions Counselor St. Bonaventure University
*Mr. Whitcomb is a professional Admissions Counselor who will share his insight regarding college applications, essays, and recommendation letters. Juniors should attend this session to gain a better understanding of what college admissions counselors look for in applications.
April 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Mount Auditorium
(Psychology/ Social Work and Mental Health Counseling)
Ms. Chelsea Howarth, BSW, MS-LMHC
*Ms. Howarth is a Licenced Mental Health Counselor who works with the Juvenile Justice System. She will speak about the differences and overlapping areas of Psychology, Social Work and Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Howarth has years of experience working with young people and will be able to explain the various areas of services provided by mental health professionals. If you think you may be interested in mental health or social services, this is the career speaker visit you should attend.
April 12, 2018 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Career Center
(Dietetics and Nutrition)
Dr. Carol DeNysschen, PhD, MPH, R.D. – Western New York Dietetic Association Career Guide, Department Chair and Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Buffalo State College
*Dr. DeNysschen has an extensive research background and tons of experience in this field. She also teaches or has taught the very classes required to become a Dietitian. If you have ever been interested in helping people to eat better, and feel better through sound nutrition; or maybe someone you know if ill in some way, a change of diet may be a step towards getting better. If that sounds fascinating, then you should come to this visit to learn even more.
April 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Career Center
Ms. Carolyn Williams – Salon Professional Academy
*Ms. Williams is a professional Educator who will share her insight regarding the field of Cosmetology and Salon Professions. If you are interested in this creative and hands – on field this is the Career Speaker for you.
April 23, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Career Center
(Theater and Performing Arts)
Mrs. Kelly Copps
*What can we say Mrs. Copps is a MSM Alum, Theater Owner, Actress and Dancer. She has blessed the MSM community with her talent since she was a student here. We look forward to welcoming Mrs. Copps to the Guidance Department to talk all about theater careers. Please join us if you have any interest in Acting, Singing, Dancing, Theater Management, Production Design, Costuming, Make-Up etc. All are welcome!
April 27, 2018 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Career Center
Maria Patnella (Pharmacy Internist), pending PharmD
*Ms. Patnella is an alum of MSM currently in her final semester at Ohio Northern University. She will graduate this summer. If you want to know what studying to be a pharmacist is really like, she has a first hand account. Please sign up for this visit if you have any interest in Pharmacy
May 16, 2018 11:00 am- 12:20 pm in the Career Center
United States Army Reserve Unit will be available in the Career Center for any interested students from 9-12th grade.
*Staff Sargent Jenney or Staff Sargent Golden will join us during lunches to talk about the many different ways to serve. Please come up and check it out… Visit for information purposes only!
May 17, 2018 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Career Center
(Nursing RN, BSN, MSN, Nurse Practitioner)
Mary Evanco-Caryk, RN, BSN
* Mrs. Evanco-Caryk is a wonderful representative of the Nursing Department at Buffalo’s own D’Youville College. She has the knowledge and passion about the field of nursing to inform the next generation of health care professionals. Mary has been a terrific resource to the many Mounties who have investigated nursing programs. We welcome her back!
May 18, 2018 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in the Career Center