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Yesterday, December 8th, the Minnesota Daily had an article on the job search seminar I have been doing for members of the fraternities and sororities at the University of Minnesota.

The article does not mention my participation in the Minnesota Greek Alumni Partnership (MGAP). One of the committees we have is collegiate relations and we are working with the students on career advice, job search help, and a job/internship database.

Over the past few years I have been informally working with students one on one. I changed the seminar into a more formal presentation and we are doing group presentations.

The next couple of weeks MGAP, Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council (governing bodies of the groups) will be contacting 1000+ companies with information on job/internship posting and the plan of a virtual job fair this spring semester.

MGAP is committed to do what ever it can to help the students in their networking process. I am very fortunate to be working with a great group of dedicated volunteers.

I would like to make a correction regarding the story. Kevin McCahill is a good reporter but I think part of my statement was taken out of context or I did not answer as well as I could have. He asked about the perception that non-Greek students may have about nepotism. The following is in the article but about 90% of my response:

DeBettignies said part of the greek community is building networks and helping students find jobs just like other groups do. He doesn’t think it’s unfair for greek members and alumni to work together to find jobs for students.

“I’m sure College Republicans do something, or the DFL,” he said. “Carlson (School of Management) has one behind a firewall, is that fair?”

It is fair, of course it is. I was just trying to show that schools within the university, student groups, alumni all are and should be doing as much as they can to support the students and that the work MGAP is doing is no different than anybody else.

I do appreciate that Kevin noted that this is not just something for the Greek community. I have done this seminar for student groups at area colleges and universities and by referral from professional networking groups, religious groups, and other community organizations.


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