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Dragon Connection story featuring Chloe and Ryan

Hello Dragons! Vickie Wilkins here from the Alumni Office. I am so excited to share this Dragon Connection story with you! The Dragon Alumni Symposium is truly one of the highlights of Homecoming Weekend because it connects our alumni with our students. I am so proud that this event is making an impact in the lives of our students and alumni – and I cannot wait to share more stories like this in the future.

This Dragon Connection happened last fall at the annual Dragon Alumni Symposium, which is hosted on the Friday of Homecoming Weekend each year. The symposium’s goal is simple – to connect our students with our alumni for career and internship opportunities. This is exactly what happened for Chloe and Ryan.

“I’ve never been able to help a student like this. I was so giddy yesterday when I saw her shadowing Paula,” said TU alumnus and TU Alumni Emeritus Board member Ryan Pessell ’07.

Ryan continued, “As you may know, I met Chloe at the Alumni Symposium last fall when she approached me after the panel. She asked questions about an internship opportunity and sample interview questions that were discussed during the panel. We ultimately pinned down that she wanted to do HR management within the health and medical field. A customer of mine (NWO) was a better fit than what I could offer her, so I made the introduction to their CFO. She took the initiative to contact the employer and ultimately got the first true internship they’ve ever offered. This is a huge win for TU, Chloe and this event! Keep it up and continue to make it even stronger for years to come!”

Chloe is entering her senior year at TU majoring in human resources. She is a member of the TU softball team and a peer mentor in the first-year program. This summer she is working with NWO Orthopedic and Sports Medicine to complete her internship. “Sometimes it is who you know, not what you know,” said TU student Chloe Swaisgood.

We are always looking for ways to connect our current students with our alumni. Please contact Vickie Wilkins in TU’s Office of Alumni Relations at if you or your employer are looking for interns and full-time employment.

Interested in participating on the Dragon Alumni Symposium alumni panel this year? Contact Vickie Wilkins,