Convocation 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 12:00 p.m., 

Featured Speaker

Dave Ortendahl '05

Dave Ortendahl

Dave Ortendahl is an experienced manager and marketing professional in the non-profit and higher education management sector. From an internship at Mass MoCA, to the leadership of a non-profit in Berkshire County, to leading the corporate relations efforts of a Top 5 Career Center in the US, Dave is grateful for the career start that MCLA provided.

During his first year, Dave worked with fellow students to found the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He served as a Resident Advisor for 3 years and Student Trustee for 2 years. In 2005, Dave received the prestigious Dean’s Medallion and graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration and Fine & Performing Arts. He then obtained his Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University in 2007. Dave now serves on the MCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors as Chair of the Outreach Committee.

Dave began working in the Career Development Center (CDC) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2008. Dave has worked for a decade building partnerships with a variety of organizations including Amazon, General Electric, Google and SpaceX. He became Director of Corporate Relations at the CDC in  2014 and in August, 2017, the CDC office was ranked a Top 5 career services in the US by Princeton Review. A native of Fredonia, NY, Dave married his college sweetheart, Melissa (Gumlaw) Ortendahl ’05 ten years ago and they now reside in central Massachusetts with their three sons.

Convocation - Join our Traditions

Convocation symbolizes the official beginning of your academic career at the college and your acceptance into our community of learners. It is a time when we gather together to welcome new students into our community, and instill the value of your education and the significance of being part of a community of learners, where knowledge and scholarship are valued.

As part of Convocation, you will walk through the College gates. These gates are opened only twice a year. You will pass through at Convocation and again at Commencement when you conclude your academic career at MCLA. Faculty, staff, administrators, and College trustees in full academic regalia are there to show commitment to our new members of the MCLA community.

Convocation is a time to celebrate. We celebrate the excitement of a new academic year as we welcome you.