By Holly Cardoza
W.B. Mason set up shop in Alumni Hall on March 30 for what was billed as the first annual“W. B. Mason and Stonehill Improv Boston” event.
Juniors and seniors were welcomed with an open bar, free appetizers, entertainment and a chance to network with some W.B. Mason employees.
W.B. Mason has been part of theStonehill community for over 30 years. When W.B. Mason CEO Leo J. Meehan graduated from Stonehill in 1975, he joined the W.B. Mason team and worked his way up the corporate ladder.
Now at the top of the multibillion dollar company, he has given back to his alma mater. The football stadium is named after the company and it also provides allof the paper used to print documents at Stonehill.
The event was not a typical networking event.
“We realized that the semester was coming to an end and that many students were going to be stressed out with papers, exams, graduation, etc. We wanted to put this event to relieve some of that tension and stress and instead enjoy a cocktail and have a good laugh,” said Stonehill senior, Jose Paz, an HR intern and recruiting ambassador at W.B. Mason.
The national touring company, Improv Boston, opened the eventwith a half-hour comedy show, in the style of “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” The five actors incorporated several aspects of Stonehill into their skits, including Lot 17, Ace the Skyhawk and Brother Mike’s. Several students were invited to the stage to perform with the comedians and were incorporated into several skits.
After the show, the floor was open for students wishing to speak to W.B. Mason employees at the event about working for the company. Many W.B. Mason employees are Stonehill alumni and said they were more than happy to talk to students about potential jobs and their experiences at Stonehill.
This was the first event of its kind put on by W.B. Mason.
“It was a learning opportunity for us to see what the students enjoy and hopefully create something even better next year,” said Paz.
Partnering with Career Services,W.B. Mason conducted on-campus interviews on Wednesday, April 8, with students looking for internships and full-time positions.