Events include Paralegal Open House, National Nurses Week

Clarion staff report

Undeclared students and paralegal students and alumni are invited to attend the paralegal program’s upcoming open house on April 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will take place in the new electronic courtroom (E-Court) in room 241 in the Protective Services Center on the Truax Campus.

Attendees will also get to see the law office, law library and jury deliberation room. Sub sandwiches, chips, desserts and beverages will be served.

The open house will provide undeclared and new students a chance to meet and speak with paralegal faculty, current students and program alumni. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions about the program and life after graduation.

The open house will highlight exciting new classrooms that provide realistic working environments. The E-Court is a state-of-the-art electronic mock-trial courtroom that allows events inside it to be projected onto a large screen for group and one-on-one evaluation. The jury deliberation room, law library and law office also give students exposure to the professional settings where they will work in the future. Civil litigation and criminal law classes will be taught in the courtroom, with other classes having access to the space as well.

There are many reasons for students to consider a career as a paralegal or legal assistant. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegal job openings are expected to grow by 18 percent by 2020. The average median salary is $47,000 per year. Finally, more than 90 percent of Madison College paralegal alumni are employed or furthering their education within six months of graduation.

Madison College’s paralegal program provides top-notch instruction from experienced attorneys and paralegals and is approved by the American Bar Association. Internships, flexible scheduling and scholarships are made available. Academic excellence is a cornerstone of the program as well. In fact, students who excel may join Lambda Epsilon Chi, a national honor society specific to paralegal education.

All of these factors help students in their eventual job search. Program graduates can build crucial skills in investigation and legal research, litigation support technology, interpersonal communication and management of case loads and documents.

Those interested in attending should RSVP by April 25 to paralegal faculty member Norma Kropp at [email protected].

Student Nurses Association Celebration
The Student Nurses Association welcomes current and prospective Nursing students to Nurses Week Celebration. Madison College’s Student Nurses Association (SNA) will be hosting a nursing celebration in honor of National Nurses Week, which occurs the first week of May. The event will take place on May 6 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Truax Campus in the Health Education Building near the grand staircase. Included in the festivities will be nursing themed games including “turd toss” and “pin the IV on the patient.” Those who turn in a game completion sheet will enter a drawing to win a $100 gift card to Life Uniform.

There will be free pizza for any SNA member and additional slices will be sold for $1 per slice to prospective and current nursing students. Information will be provided at the event about the amenities included in a membership. These opportunities include increasing your nursing related knowledge, strengthening your resume with extracurricular involvement, and expanding your professional social network. SNA also encourages all students to attend the blood drive hosted by the American Red Cross, which is also happens May 6 in the Truax Student Lounge. Anyone who donates blood can stop by for a free piece of pizza.