Some gifts honor the past. Some offer new opportunities. Others are simply a way to say thanks. But all gifts help Denison move toward its future. Here, Denison donors share the reasons why they give back to the College.
Eric Zmuda, ’17 is living his career dream—thanks to his own hard work and a lot of help from Denison’s Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration.
Zmuda, now a strategy and operations consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP, fully immersed himself in Denison’s rich liberal arts experience during his four years at the college. On top of his economics major and mathematics minor, Zmuda played Big Red baseball. All the while, he kept his focus on his career goals.
Says Zmuda, “I think the vast majority of Denisonians attend a liberal arts school to get a well-rounded education, but upon completion of that degree, they want to be a in a job they love, and one that challenges them to use their skills to better the company and the world.”
At the start of his junior year, Zmuda visited the Knowlton Center for Career Exploration armed with research on his top career prospects kicking off a half-dozen meetings with Knowlton Center Assistant Director Zach Pavol, who coached Zmuda on skills like resume writing and interview techniques. Between the job-seeking skills and connections to Denison’s thriving alumni network, the efforts paid off. Zmuda landed a coveted internship with Deloitte the summer between his junior and senior years, which led to a full-time job offer with the company.
Because of these positive experiences, Zmuda looks forward to the day when he can give back to Denison’s students and the Knowlton Center. “There are few things more important to Denison’s future as an elite academic institution than having powerful career exploration programs. It all goes together—a stellar faculty and academic programs, and career services that link students to opportunity.”
Your philanthropic investment in career exploration connects Denison’s students and alumni to the rewarding post-graduate opportunities they have worked so hard to achieve.