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Centenary's Summer Culture and Language Program Conducts Mock Interview Exercise

08/21/2014, 01:56 PM

Hackettstown, N.J.– Centenary College recently conducted a Mock Interview exercise in which the 47 students from Korea, China and Georgia enrolled in the School of International Programs Summer Culture and Language Program learned from local business executives how interviews are conducted in the United States.

To prepare for the exercise, students participated in a résumé writing workshop and interview informational session.  For many of these students, it is their first experience learning about the interview process. 

“The international students were very impressive, enthusiastic and a joy to work with,” says Julianne Loveland Gunst, Training Coordinator for RoNetco Supermarkets.  “I found the opportunity to be very worthwhile and found it satisfying to share my expertise with the students.”

Outside representatives who served as interviewers, in addition to Loveland Gunst were as follows: Audrey Bonoparte-Watts ‘78, Senior Sales Director, Mary Kay, Inc.; Amanda Dunphy, Trainee, RoNetco Supermarkets, Inc.; Carol Fitzpatrick, Interviewer/Recruiter for the United Parcel Service (UPS); Sanford Josephson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Matheny Medical and Educational Center; Andrea Kirchuk, Co-Owner of Computer Images Web; Liz McDonough, Member Development Representative of Visions Federal Credit Union; Betty Schultheis, Impressions by Ron, LLC and Mayor of Allamuchy Township; Yolanda Sheffield Williams‘06; Director of Major Gifts, Easter Seals;  Steve Van Houten, Director of Human Resources, Nisivoccia & Company, and Sue Zukoski, Director of Sales and Marketing, Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc.  Dr. Marianne Pratschler, Associate Professor of Education at Centenary College also participated as an interviewer in this exercise. 

Centenary College’s Summer Culture and Language Program brings students to the Hackettstown-based campus from many countries to learn about American culture and the English language.  It also provides them with the opportunity to participate in cultural and educational trips to Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City.

On the academic side, they participated in an English pronunciation enrichment program during their six-week stay and took a four-credit Intensive English as a Second Language reading and writing class.  They also took a four-credit American Culture class that provided them with an understanding of America today and cultural life on American college campuses.  Students with exceptional English skills participated in a literature and writing course. 

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.