MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Junior and senior Central Michigan University student-athletes received valuable career advice from over half a dozen former student-athletes Monday at the third annual Chippewa Connections Conference hosted by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The event is a career fair for student-athletes, and gives them the opportunity to gain real-world insight and knowledge by participating in breakout sessions and a panel discussion held by alumni student-athletes from different career fields.
The former CMU and College Football Hall of Fame coach Herb Deromedi introduced keynote speaker Bob Stebbins, who was a four-year letter winner as a CMU football player, Academic All-American in 1987, and Academic All-MAC from 1984-1987. Stebbins is now a partner at the prestigious Willkie Farr and Gallagher Law Firm in New York City.
"I’m excited to be back, seeing old coaches and friends. It brings back memories. The facilities are amazing here, it's come a long way since I was here," Stebbins said.
In his address, he gave the athletes valuable tips on how to be successful in the real-world and emphasized that, "Employers want to hire student-athletes because they know they have a strong work-ethic and know how to be successful."
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from each team and is headed by Brendan Emmett, a senior baseball player.