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Building Communities and Experiences during Spring Break

By Vivian Lanzot, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Director, Civic Engagement

Many colleges and universities are in the midst of or are getting ready for Spring Break.  Although some of students are traveling and having the traditional “vacations” during spring break, many are looking for a way to make a positive impact on their communities during this time off.  More and more schools have encompassed the idea of an Alternative Spring Break program to provide students with opportunities to volunteer and build experiences.  At New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Alternative Spring Break was created in 2013 to assist communities in their post –Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.  During the first year of the program, over 567 college volunteers participated.  Students from NJIT and 23 other colleges as well as faculty, staff and alumni helped eradicate some of the devastation from Superstorm Sandy.  Over 600 registered to participate in beach sweeps and park cleanups, deconstructing homes or finishing work (painting or simple carpentry) and surveying communities.

ASB1Since 2013, Alternative Spring Break has continued as a tradition at NJIT.  Each year, students sign-up for volunteer projects throughout the local Newark community as well as at non-profits across the state.  Each service projects provides students with the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom as well as the important soft skills employers most seek such as leadership, ability to work in a team, initiative, communication skills, and interpersonal skills.  To date we have had a total of 1,541 student, staff and alumni volunteers impacting communities.  This year, we add 130 registered students with 16 community agencies for Alternative Spring Break 2018.   With the outcome of the latest disasters, domestic and beyond, NJIT’s Alternative Spring Break will continue to engage our students in service that impacts the community and will allow them to not only have an experiential experience but to have a lesson in citizenship.  It is a true part of a student’s career and civic development.  As a career center, we are happy to have helped support the community and student development.


Congratulations to our Digital Champion, Kasey Fausak!


Kasey Fausak (Fordham University) has been named our Digital Champion. Here’s what her nominator had to say:

“”Kasey, is one of the most innovative users of social media and technology that I have ever met. Kasey’s raw passion for helping students discover their unique skills and interests shines through in everything she does. Whenever Kasey learns about new tools or advancements in the field, she always shares her knowledge with the Career Services community. One such way she does this is through social media — both sharing her own content as well as replying and re-tweeting others’ articles. Kasey is always up on event hashtags, Twitter Chats, and other interactive technology initiatives. What I love most about Kasey’s digital innovation is that she does everything with the primary goal of serving students — her dedication and passion is extremely motivating to everyone who works with her!”

EACE Digital Champions are selected quarterly throughout the academic year. We are seeking nominations of those who utilize technology in new or innovative ways, are new to technology, but going full-force, or those who are engaging the EACE community through exceptional social media use. If you know an EACE member who is doing great things in this digital age, we want to hear about it.

Nominate someone today.

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Meet the 2018 EACE Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Recipients


Congratulations to Mohamed L. Sesay (Binghamton University) and Jasmin Senior (CSL Behring), 2018 EACE Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Recipients!

Scholarship in Memory of Rick McLellan: Mohamed L. Sesay
Mohamed Sesay explored career paths in education, marketing and publishing, before returning to Binghamton University as as Career Consultant. A former student staff member in the Fleishman Center, Mohamed now supervises the Senior Peer Assistants, consults students and creates career-oriented programs for university partner offices. He is goal-oriented and wants to coach students to achieve their goals and successes.

Mohamed has a Bachelor degree in English, and is currently pursing a Master of Public Administration. During his free time he enjoys traveling, museum and art exhibits, and listening to podcasts.

Scholarship in Memory of Ernie Andrews: Jasmin Senior
Jasmin Senior Bostic is the Global Manager of University Relations at CSL Behring located in King of Prussia, PA. In her role, Jasmin is responsible for the implementation and execution of University Relations and Recruitment strategy in the US, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Hong Kong. Prior to joining CSL, Jasmin spent 10 years in Campus Recruiting and Diversity at Comcast NBCUniversal and Ernst & Young.

Jasmin is passionate about community service and mentoring youth. She very involved in the Philadelphia area having recently served as the President of NExT (Network of Extraordinary Talent) Philadelphia, an affinity group of the Urban League of Philadelphia, Advisory Board Member of PHLDiversity, The Ivy Legacy Foundation and the Drexel University Employer Advisory Board. Jasmin resides in Philadelphia with her husband Atif.

For more information on EACE Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships, including previous recipients, please visit our website.

Building a Relationship with a New Employer – My Experience

By Ethan Selinger, Northeastern University

A major goal of career services professionals is to create and maintain vital connections with employers. It can be easy to focus on simply building an employer base with the institution. However, when working with employers, it is vital to remember that a match goes beyond just what’s best for the college. Employer relations is a two-way street. There needs to be a benefit to an employer to invest resources, such as time and money, offering positions and hiring students. According to NACE’s Job Outlook Survey (2017), 91% of employers prefer that recent graduates possess relevant work experience, and over half (56%) of employers prefer that graduates work experience come from an internship or co-op1. In other words, these experiential opportunities are important for both institutions and employers. There are a variety of reasons for employers to hire students as pre-graduates for internship/co-op opportunities, including mentorship opportunities and a talent pipeline to entry level positions in the company. However, without the necessary programs and structures in place by an institution, this connection cannot be established.

When working with employers, I always try to keep the fact that a successful partnership is a two-way street in mind. I cannot imagine my pitch to any employer being effective without a major emphasis on the benefit to the company. Before I work with any employer, I take some time to research the company, scanning their website to gain an understanding of services offered, team structures, etc. and articulate specific examples of programs offered by the college and how the skills and concepts being taught could potentially fit the hiring needs of the employer. Though my ultimate focus is on developing opportunities for my students, my emphasis is on the benefit for the employer during calls, meetings, etc.

I have also found the importance of focusing on skills and concepts over a major or program of study when working with employers. From my experience, employers are more focused on traits and abilities then the program of study itself. I mention programs we offer, but always make sure to discuss how the employer could benefit from the content of the program, or how multiple programs could be of benefit.

I am continually building on my skills in working with employers. As with interviewing, repetition is key. The more employers I work with, the more natural it becomes. Though I have only worked in the field for a couple of years, I have worked to develop a variety of opportunities with new employers that have hired my students. Seeing my students hired, and knowing I played a major role in building the relationship is immensely rewarding.

EACE members, what are your best practices for working with employers and creating new relationships? Employers, what do you hope to see from institutions and career development professionals?

1. NACE Staff, “Employers Prefer Candidates with Work Experience,”, last modified April 05, 2017,

Ethan Selinger is currently a Cooperative Education (Co-op) Advisor at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science

My First Year on the EACE Board of Directors: Don’t Forget to Vote!

By Zachary Saeva, Director of Public Relations & Communications, EACE

Well EACE members, it’s that wonderful time of year where we vote for the future leadership of our organization! What a great time to look at what it is like to be on the board. This is my first time serving on the board and I’m in my first term. At first I was intimidated to serve. I’ve only been working professionally for four years and I wondered how I could contribute at the board level. Working as a co-chair was rewarding and within my skill set, however I thought the board would push me more outside my coCC1A1158mfort zone. I also feared that volunteering at this level would require a great deal of time and that I would struggle with balancing my full-time role and this responsibility.  In the end, I thought it was worth taking a step of faith and I am glad I did.

Working alongside current board members has been rewarding and supportive. Getting to know my colleagues is probably my favorite part. It’s neat to hear what’s going on in their region and their organizations.  I can see how we all are working toward the common goal of making EACE a better organization for our members. We discuss strategic initiatives and brag about the great innovative things our committees are doing. We challenge one another’s ideas and thoughts with the goal of progressing ideas to actionable steps. Our meetings and conference calls are productive and I feel like it is time well spent. I’ve enjoyed connecting with my co-chairs and providing them with support to reach their goals as well.

Serving on the board for EACE is a rewarding work. It does take time and energy but it has been worth it for me and I know it can be for the future board members as well. I wish you all the candidates the best of luck in this upcoming election!

The election for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors is now open.  Help create the new board and support the future of EACE.  All EACE members are eligible to vote by going to  Voting closes on Friday, March 16th at 3:00 PM. 

Zac Saeva is the Career Coach for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Social Work at Nazareth College.   

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Why Students Skip Info Sessions, And What You Can Do About It



A few months ago, I attended a graduate business career services bench-marking meeting (say that three times!). During our discussion, many group members expressed concern over declining attendance numbers at corporate info sessions. At the MBA and MS level, we welcome a good number of firms to campus to present, year in and year out. However, numbers keep declining, and the reasons why keep growing.


  • First, students might perceive the presentations as boring and a “waste of time.” Why dress up when they can browse a firm’s career site while half-watching a show from home?
  • Second, students often times express frustration over their inability to stand out from the crowd, make genuine connections, and ask individual questions. What is the point of attending an hour-long presentation to feel awkward at the end and unable to ask questions?
  • Last, students may not feel committed to attend if they will not face any consequences for not showing up. Unlike missing a ticketed event, class, or doctor’s appointment, there may not be any real harm in missing a career center program. Why show up to an info session if there is nothing to lose?


With these and many other challenges, what may be the alternative to these programs? Long story short – it depends. What works on one campus, may not work on another. Our student populations, including their demographics, preferences, and career aspirations, vary widely. Therefore, it is challenging to prescribe a one-size-fits-all approach. However, here are a few things to consider:


  • Push for more specialized and, if appropriate, more casual programs on campus, including coffee chats, meet-ups, round-table discussions, and meet the recruiter/representative office hours. These smaller, more intimate programs might appeal to students who feel left out in bigger presentations.
  • Educate your students on what to expect during info sessions. Manage expectations and let them know that if a recruiter or presenter shares contact information, it is okay to follow up via email to e-introduce themselves and ask questions.
  • Revisit your career center program policies and processes, if any. If a student does not show, consider tasking a student assistant with following up, asking if everything is okay, informing them of your no-show policy, and marking a record on file, as appropriate.


What else? How do you tackle declining numbers, keep things relevant, and maintain your programs? Share your thoughts in the comments below or let’s connect!












About the author: Stefano Verdesoto serves as Assistant Director of Employer Relations at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College.  In his role, Stefano leads accounting employer relations and co-manages on-campus recruiting (OCR), as well as supports student organizations in coordinating information sessions and networking events with firms. Prior to Baruch, Stefano worked in career services at Hofstra University and at the University at Buffalo. While pursuing his undergraduate and graduate degrees, he also worked in admissions and recruiting, alumni relations, new student programs, and college communications.  Follow him on Twitter @gsverdesoto.

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