Students & Residents are Invited to Attend

The future of our industry is as important as ever, and NYSFDA is committed to cultivating relationships with mortuary science students, registered residents, and recent graduates. We’re excited to announce the 2021 NYSFDA Student Week – a virtual, week-long event designed for students and residents to connect, network, and learn from one another and licensed funeral directions.

The event will kick off Monday, April 19 and run through Thursday, April 22 with all sessions running from 3-5pm. Each session will include the opportunity to connect with one another in small group networking breakouts, the opportunity to hear from NYSFDA President William J. Villanova (Frank E. Campbell The Funeral Chapel) and other leaders, an open Q&A period, and educational workshops designed to prepare you for your early career as a funeral director. Plus, each night there will be a drawing for 3 “swag” packages and a chance to win a free hotel stay during the NYSFDA Annual Convention in Saratoga Springs this August 22-25!

Workshop Topics:

  • Monday, April 19: Use of Technology & Social Media: The industry has rapidly changed in the past year and understanding the use of technology and social media platforms for professional use is critical. During this session we’ll discuss Zoom and other live streaming services, videos, and the various uses of social media.
  • Tuesday, April 20: First Call: The moment the phone rings, your job begins. In this session we’ll review first call situations, pose different “what would you do?” scenarios, and go over transfers.
  • Wednesday, April 21: Techniques & Tips: Funeral service is a very hands-on profession. Session 3 will walk participants through everything from removal (proper techniques when using church trucks and stretchers) to setting up for services, including: cremation, casket navigation, flag presentation, and flower arranging.
  • Thursday, April 22: Professional Preparation: In the final session leaders will cover dressing for success and professional etiquette and share job search advice and networking and interview tips.

Program Details

Dates & Time: April 19-22, 2021 | 3-5pm each afternoon
Attire: Business
Location: the comfort of your own computer (Zoom links will be provided)
Registration: Free! Click here to register