Visit from Roberta Barbieri ’88 drew enthusiasm from students at different levels and in diverse disciplines
When Roberta Barbieri first agreed to come back to UNH to talk with students about her career path, she didn’t realize how diverse her student audiences would be. A participant in CIE’s Happy Returns* program, Barbieri knew she would be talking to undergraduate students in international affairs and natural resources — the two programs from which she earned her undergraduate degree.
But Professor James Malley in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences also invited her to talk to undergraduate and graduate students from environmental engineering and related disciplines. From WSBE’s Department of Hospitality Management, Professor Nelson Barber requested that she speak to his Beverage Management/International Wines class, which includes students in the new UNH Eco-gastronomy program.
In addition to providing information about her current position as Global Environmental Program Director with Diageo in Norwalk, CT, Barbieri tailored her comments to the students’ situations, covering a variety of topics. For example, recalling her own terror of study abroad, a requirement for her undergraduate dual major in international affairs and environmental conservation, she talked with younger students about the great value of study abroad and speaking a foreign language. Giving resume and job search advice, she noted that regardless of the career choice, students would benefit from learning communication and project management skills.
Giving resume and job search advice, she noted that regardless of the career choice, students would benefit from learning communication and project management skills.
Whatever the focus of her discussion with students across the disciplines, Barbieri was very impressed by the conversations she had with them. “I was gratified to see how knowledgeable the students were on the environmental issues that face us today. I came away from my visit inspired and with a renewed sense of hope for the future.”
“I was scared about studying abroad and being on my own in a foreign country, but Roberta talked about breaking out of your comfort zone to grow and learn. Now I am thrilled for my study abroad experience in the fall. It excited me about the future!!”
“I was very interested in the conflict between marketing sustainability in the industry and the brand’s reputation.”
* Happy Returns is supported by gifts from the Class of 1954 Academic Enrichment Fund and the UNH Foundation.