ATHENS -– Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Omar Aboulhosn will be a participant in the first Concord University Alumni Career Symposium on Oct. 16.

He will take part in three panel discussions that day; one with law students, one with communication students, and one with political science students.

"I am looking forward to participating in this event at Concord," Aboulhosn said. "Concord is a great school, and they prepare the students well to succeed in today's world."

Tammy Monk, director of Advancement/Career Services at Concord, said the purpose of the symposium is multi-faceted. It will allow students to interact with Concord graduates and build networks that could lead to summer jobs or internships; encourage Concord alumni to become involved with students and give them insight on their career choices; and help the faculty stay current in their fields by interacting with employed graduates.

Another goal of the symposium is to show students how they can exhibit the concept of community service, which is a part of the Concord mission, and something Aboulhosn does routinely.

"I want to impart on the students the importance of volunteerism and community service," he said. "I am a blessed person because of the way that my community has blessed me in my profession. I believe I owe it to them to give back in some way, and I have chosen many different community service activities as my way of giving back for the blessings that I have received."

Aboulhosn graduated from Concord in 1989 with a major in political science and a minor in speech communications.

In 2008, Gov. Joe Manchin appointed Aboulhosn to be the third judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Mercer County. The position was one of three new circuit judge seats created by Senate Bill 291, which passed during the 2008 regular legislative session.

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