COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland had a younger look on May 2, 2014, when nearly 200 fourth- and fifth-graders visited the Smith School of Business for Career Day. The children, from Broad Acres Elementary School in nearby Silver Spring, Md., met a sportswriter, astronomer, 3D animator, police officer and many other professionals.
“These children live just up the street, but I realized they did not know about the University of Maryland,” said Smith accounting graduate Darren Womer, an investment banker who helped organize the event. “We wanted to open their minds to a range of career possibilities.”
Wendy Thompson-Marquez, another Smith graduate, shared lunch with the schoolchildren and talked about her role as CEO of Onyx Media Group and EVS Communications.
Other major participants included Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md., which sent a surgeon, nurse, pharmacist and nutritionist.
Victor Mullins, Smith’s associate dean for the undergraduate program, welcomed the students and set the tone for the day. “Explore, dream big and ask lots of questions,” he told them.
Pammi Bhullar, program manager for experiential learning at Smith’s Center for Social Value Creation, worked closely with Mullins, Womer and others from Broad Acres and the community to coordinate the event.