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URI Passport to Employment career a major success 1,000 job-seekers meet with employers at Ryan Center

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 4, 2004 -- The largest career fair held by the University of Rhode Island on April 24 was a major success with 1,000 job-seekers meeting with 170 representatives from 80 companies and agencies.

It was the first job fair at URI to be held on a Saturday, the first held in the Ryan Center, and the first advertised and promoted publicly.

"It was a dynamic day for our students and alumni and students from other colleges who took advantage of the many opportunities we provided at this venue," said Bobbi Koppel, director of Career Services at URI. "We were busy from the moment we opened the doors at 11 a.m. until the time we closed them at 3 p.m."

Koppel said many of the employers had high praise for the Ryan Center, which provided a spacious exhibit floor and more intimate surroundings for the workshops on the carpeted concourse.
"Attendees responses from a random sample and employer responses from evaluations all rated the fair as excellent or good," Koppel said.

She added that comments from attendees included "best job fair Iíve been to," "phenomenal organization," and may spoke about the number of companies represented.

"Most employers found the candidates qualifications good to excellent," Koppel said. More than 300 job-seekers also posted their resumes for electronic delivery to employers.

"This event was a credit to the Career Services staff, the Ryan Center staff, other members of the University community and especially our major sponsors, URIís office of the president, MonsterTRAK, Walgreenís Corp. and Vector Marketing."

Those still looking for employment can access contact information from the Passport to Employment Job Fair at http://career.uri.edu/jobfairs.html. In addition, UIRI students and alumni should continue to consult the BEACON main menu for the latest listings of full-, part-time and summer jobs, internships and mentor opportunities.

For further Information: Bobbi Koppel 401-874-5177