By ALEX WHITE | Staff Writer

“Cast Your Net” will be hosted in the MUC Ballroom Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. the event.

The event is sponsored by the National Alumni Association, the APSU Office of New Student Programs, the Career Services Center, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Future Alumni Members or FAM.

“Cast Your Net” is an event in which APSU Alumni return to campus to offer career and professional advice for current undergraduate students.

The advice can range from simple, basic knowledge of a specific profession to the overall job outlook that a certain degree can offer after graduation.

This career networking event allows successful APSU alumni to interact with students one-on-one or in small groups, sharing their experiences, offering practical advice and giving students a realistic picture of their respective fields.

According to junior FAM member, Kelvin Rutledge Political Science and Sociology major, “alumni invited can range from graduates of the 1960’s up until recent graduates of the early 2000’s.

“It’s designed to highlight the versatility of the degrees offered here on campus and how people apply the degree differently.”

Esther Sooter, graduate assistant for New Student Programs said, “There will be over 70 alumni present at Cast Your Net this year.”

The event is very important for students for multiple reasons.

First, it gives current undergraduate students a chance to interact with alumni from the institution.

Second, it allows undergraduates the opportunity to have a real-life application of how a degree can be applied in the real world.

Third, “Cast Your Net” acts as an educational event for the value of a collegiate degree.

“The expected outcome of the event is that students will interact with alumni to show the value and future outcome of their degree,” Rutledge said. “This event is worth it. The alumni are honest and relatable. They give great feedback to students.”

Sooter said, “The event is open to all students on campus and has been held for several years at Austin Peay.”

While the event is only a few hours long, much can be gained by attending.

For more information, please contact any of the sponsors of the event or Esther Sooter in New Student Programs located in Marks 242 or by phone at 221-7607. TAS