"Everyone back away from the table," Dean Kate Hawkins called to a group of College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) students Friday. The students had just spent five hand-wringing minutes pitching their skills, know-how and personality to a professional seated across the table.
Hawkins smacked a hand-held bell to signify that time was up.
The purpose of the inaugural speed networking event on Heth lawn was to give CHBS students an opportunity to pitch themselves to and answer questions from successful Radford University alumni in quick job-interview-like sessions.
"This is a terrific opportunity for students to learn how to network, because we know networking puts them in position where they can get a job," said Hawkins, who organized the event as part of Family Weekend and Alumni Homecoming 2012. "This is an excellent opportunity for them to develop that skill set."
Participating students opened each five-minute session with a 30-second pitch to the professional sitting directly across the table. Once the pitch was completed, students fielded questions about their skills and career plans.