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Top 5 Reasons for Employers to Join EACE

By Zoe Makropoulos, Rutgers University

Calling all recruiters and employer partners! We’ve all been bombarded with a growing amount of professional organizations to join. But how do we really know which of these is worth our time? How do we know if one is a better fit than another? What are we really looking to get out of a professional organization? To all those questions, EACE may just be the answer we’ve been looking for. EACE, formally known as the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, offers a vast variety of professional resources and opportunities to connect to students and career services teams all with a regionally tailored audience. But let’s get down to what we really want to know, here are the top 5 reasons why you should join EACE:


  1. Connection to wide variety of regional schools!

EACE gives a one stop shop to connect with over 250 schools from Main to Virginia and everywhere in between. The organization has grown to over 1500 members over the years and includes representation from 2 year and 4 year colleges. Through EACE employers have found an ideal way to make connections with schools in their recruiting territories covering the North East and Mid-Atlantic regions. In addition to the EACE Annual Conference , EACE offers employers the opportunity to host Professional Exchanges at their offices to give career services representatives the chance to see first-hand what your company is all about!


  1. The best bang for your buck!

In comparison to other professional organizations, EACE offers an affordable membership package. Individual employer packages are $140 annually and group membership is $625 for an UNLIMITED amount of members. While it is not required to be a member to attend the EACE Annual Conference, members do receive reduced rates.  In addition, members receive exclusive access to a variety of resources (see reason number 4 for resource details).


  1. Opportunities to engage directly with students!

EACE offers several ways to connect directly with students from all of our member schools.  One of the most notable programs coordinated is the Road Trips to the Real World. Similar to professional exchanges, employers are able to open up their doors to EACE member school students for a day to see what your company is all about. This signature program has been connecting students and employers for over 15 years!


  1. A wealth of resources at your fingertips!

With the membership package, companies who join EACE can obtain access to our online employer resource center which covers a variety of trending topics in the recruiting field. In addition, EACE hosts webinars with industry professionals which offer flexibility to those unable to travel.  Community members can also tune into the EACE blog and monthly Twitter chats to see updates and hear from their fellow members.


  1. Receive HRCI & SHRM credit

As an added bonus, many of our recruiting and employer partners who attend the EACE Annual Conference receive HRCI and/or SHRM credit while attending conference workshops. Each year the conference covers a wide variety of topics and professional development opportunities. The EACE 2019 Conference will be held in Hartford, CT at the Connecticut Convention Center from June 24-26. We hope to see you there and at future EACE events!


“Zoe Makropoulos is a Program Coordinator at the Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick. As a recent alumni of RBS, she was active in the Career Management department as an undergraduate intern for nearly 3 years. Following graduation she joined the team full time and loves the fact that she is able to pay it forward to the Rutgers community that provided her with so many opportunities. Outside of the office Zoe is currently pursuing her Masters in Human Resource Management, teaches traditional Greek folk dance and loves to watch movies.”


Do you know a Digital Champion? The Deadline for Nominations is Nov. 15th!

Hello EACE Colleagues,

Greetings from one of your Spring Digital Champions! Before I brag about this fantastic opportunity, I want to share a bit about my own digital journey.

Launch Pad: EACE 2016, Philadelphia, PA, Newcomers Breakfast.

Setting: As newcomers were greeted at the door, it was requested of us to sit at a table labeled with a placard of an area of interest that you want to explore. I sat at a table with a jovial, energetic colleague, who warmly welcomed me.

Launch: @PatrickYoung, through his #TechnologySpeak and engagement around the breakfast table thrust me into a digital world that I dared not to embark on before. Of course, @Patrick Young had some friends that continued to encourage me to join the Technology Committee. Though “technology challenged”, @AmySmith and @RachelWobrak encouraged me to sign-up. Rachel then quelled my angst and guided me as I tackled my first major digital challenge- a Twitter chat.

Well, I’ve come a long way since that initial @PatrickYoung experience. I am thankful for the Spring Digital Champion recognition. Getting a “gold star” for my digi-efforts is significant. Although I’m not a digi-wizard, I am thrilled and humbled to have my efforts in this area acknowledged. With this said, I welcome each of you to the #EACE Digital Champions initiative!

Each quarter, the Technology Committee recognizes 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. The online nomination form is simple to fill out and the process is as easy as 1- 2- 3. The champion selected, will be recognized by the EACE community and the nominee AND nominator both win $25 Amazon e-gift cards!

The deadline for the Fall Digital Champion is fast approaching. November 15th is the deadline, so the time to acknowledge those exceptional digi-efforts is now. Thank you, in advance, for your participation in this #EACEExciting effort.


Warm regards,


Alicia Monroe, Ed.D.

Rowan University

#EACE Digital Champions Sub-Committee



On the Spot (Science Industry Prep)

by Shirley Farrar, Rowan University

The ON THE SPOT campaign is always in preparation for our next ‘Big Event” at the Office of Career Advancement at Rowan University. I was privileged to create and design the 1st Annual Science Industry Event on October 3, 2018, and to partner with the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM), and the American Chemical Society Club (ACSC). Our
efforts to provide our underrepresented science students and alumni an opportunity to network exclusively with 13 prominent science employers specifically hiring, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, and Chemical Engineering. Inside the state of the art Jean & Ric Edelman Planetarium, employers were afforded the opportunity to present a PowerPoint
presentation to students. With our limited marketing, this 1st Science Industry Event, yielded approximately 200 students. This was a great day for our students, which has reflected popularly on LinkedIn.

Prior to the event, I tried hurriedly to meet with my CSM students, to discuss mock interview questions, and to prep resumes. However, the planned science event was in haste to arrive, and there wasn’t enough time to prep and to meet all students. Being a part of a career center, always planning our next ‘Big Event’, the ON THE SPOT campaign partnered with the Chemistry and Physics advisors. If we were going to have our science student’s network with prominent employers, then we assuredly better equip them for the event. This process involved providing the convenience of Speed Walk-In days, for Advising and Career Counseling. There were two additional specialized Science Industry Prep days for resume critique which included the 30-Second Elevator Pitch.

Students were very curious about the ‘concept’ of the 30-Second Elevator Pitch derived, and I was obliged to tell them the anecdote. In 1852, an American Engineer, Elisha Graves Otis, invented a ‘locking system’ called an elevator pitch’. This device was used to catch and secure any elevator from plunging straight into the ground (NIHF, 2016). This same concept, “catch and secure”, is used in a career concept, “to catch the attention of the potential employer and to secure a networking opportunity”. This concept is being used to assist higher education students, particularly at Rowan University, and universally it’s called the “30-Second Elevator Pitch”. There is always a 50/50 split, of students believing this tale.

Previously in *Fall 2018, EACE, ON THE SPOT blog, I mentioned that I’m constantly reflecting on the data and preparing for the next year’s campaign. As a career counselor, in the Office of Career Advancement, we recognize the necessity for students to attend events such as workshops, career fairs, and industry events. More important they help to
engage our students with the career information we’ve provided them. Our career workshops are based on theory, framework, and concepts; in order to promote life planning, decision making strategies, career knowledge, and inner development to perform to one’s personal potential (Williams, 2012).

I’m very proud that our Rowan University students continue to remind me of my purpose at the university level. I look forward to “engaging with students, understanding and meeting their needs, and partnering with them on their college to career journey”. Thank you to all the ACS Club volunteers, participants of the 1st Science Industry event, who continue to inspire me with ideas to help my higher education community.
In the next few months ON THE SPOT campaign will expand its territory by partnering with several science organizations, advisors, and establish across campus collaborations. This process of discovery has intrigued me.

Shirley Farrar is a Career Counselor for the Office of Career Advancement at Rowan University. She has over ten years of community and faith-based advisement experience, a Bachelor degree in Psychology, a Masters in Higher Education in Administration, and a Masters in Counseling in Educational Settings. Shirley has a published thesis entitled Motivations for participation in adult education of predominately African Americans in a religious organization, in addition to an action research thesis entitled On The Spot Career Readiness Awareness. She is currently working on community consultation and education through a New Jersey 501C3 nonprofit organization.

NIHF, (2016) National Inventors Hall of Fame, Retrieved October 16, 2018
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EACE Virginia

by Mohamed Sesay, Mills College

As a relatively new professional in the field of career services, attending professional development opportunities such as conferences provide invaluable exposure to the different aspect of our field. I was able to engage in meaningful learning and networking with peers within career services and HR/recruiting attending the 2018 EACE conference as the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship recipient! Being able to learn, brainstorm, debate, bond, and even vent about the work we do was truly a great opportunity, and I would not have had this fabulous experience without the support of EACE!


A personal goal of mine for this conference was to branch out and learn more about the HR/recruiter perspective. As the majority of my role is consulting students, having a stronger understanding of the experience people who are on the hiring side will help me engage and educate students on what employers are looking for in talent. Attending the Confessions of Recruiters: an Interactive Panel was a great opportunity to hear first-hand from a diverse range of panelist who hire our students, and they provided invaluable information regarding best practices for their unique organizations. Additionally, engaging with the panelist and learning from the attendees in the room allowed me to understand how other employers and career services staff were managing recruitment in their own setting.


Attending the It’s the Law: Trending Issues Impacting Students and University Recruitment session was an additional highlight of the EACE conference because it allowed me to understand how current legislation impact student hiring, and how best to serve students regarding any situations that have legal implications. From reviewing the American Disabilities Act (ADA), Title IX, and a few risk management strategies regarding crafting your own in-house policy, I took away a wealth of knowledge that I will continue to draw on in my career going forward.


On a bittersweet note, bonding and spend time with my amazing Binghamton colleagues before moving across the country to start a new role was another highlight of the conference. Being able to Dine for a Cause/Charity, attend the Entertainment Night, and share our thoughts from the different sessions we attended was a great way to spend time together.


Attending EACE conference this year was a great professional opportunity, and I was able to walk away with new ideas that will benefit students going forward. Additionally, I am excited to be joining the Grants and Scholarships Committee this upcoming year to select the future recipients of the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship for the 2019 conference in Hartford, CT.  I know the future receipts will have just of an amazing time too!

Mohamed Sesay is the Assistant Director of Advising, Career, and Global Learning of Mills College. He previously worked as a Career Consultant at Binghamton University.

Coaching Students to Market Their International Experiences

By: Chelsea Keen, Penn State University

Students’ international experiences can be a secret weapon that make them a more marketable job or internship candidate. As career professionals, we have the opportunity to coach students on how to effectively integrate their experiences abroad – whether a semester-long program, an international internship, or a service learning trip – into their job search strategy.

As the world of work becomes increasingly globalized, employers are eager to hire individuals who can demonstrate intercultural communication skills, an appreciation for diversity, and the ability to adapt to new situations. Regardless of a student’s professional area of interest, they can leverage their international experiences by distinguishing themselves as a candidate who is culturally curious and maintains a global worldview.

Unfortunately, students too often mistake demonstrating their intercultural competencies with simply telling an employer about their sightseeing excursions. So how can we, as career professionals, help students to dig deeper and connect the professionally relevant skills they developed abroad to their future career?

Prompt students to reflect on their experiences abroad. A key part of coaching students to ace an interview or build their personal brand is helping them to recognize that they have a distinctively interesting story to tell – and international travel tends to be ripe with interesting stories. Encourage students to reflect on specific experiences that challenged them, changed their outlook, or taught them something new about themselves or the world in which we live. Workshops, individual appointments, and professional development courses are ideal settings for these reflection exercises.

Coach students to identify the skills they developed during those experiences. The stories about students’ time abroad become professionally relevant if, and only if, they can clearly articulate the skills that they developed during these experiences. Career professionals can help students to identify these skills by asking strategic guiding questions: “How did navigating a train station in a foreign country help you develop problem solving skills and the ability to think on your feet? What did your international travels teach you about different social, religious or political customs and becoming more open-minded? What did you learn about adapting to a new style of communication while interacting with a host family – and how will you demonstrate those communication skills in the workplace?”

Empower students to market their skills to future employers. We can support students in becoming more marketable job candidates by encouraging them to internalize and incorporate their intercultural skill set into their job search strategy.

  • Remind students to add study abroad to their resume and LinkedIn profile, and to include bullet points expanding on the cultural or academic value of the experience.
  • Coach students to strategically weave their cross-cultural skills into their elevator pitch.
  • Encourage students to leverage their cultural curiosity during networking opportunities – you never know who has also studied in Brazil, or always wanted to visit Greece.

As career professionals, we can help students use their international experiences to their advantage as they pursue their career goals – and maybe even jet off on a few adventures of our own!

Chelsea Keen, M.Ed., is a career coach at Penn State University, specializing in promoting professional development through international experiences. She is passionate about empowering students to identify and articulate the valuable, unique skills they bring to the table.  

Recharged and Reengaged in Reston: #EACE18 Recap!

Recharged and Reengaged in Reston: #EACE18 Recap! By Kasey Fausak, Fordham University Last year, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the EACE 2017 Annual Conference at Niagara Falls. This was my first conference at that scale, and I was blown away by the sheer quantity of wonderful new ideas, programs, and techniques being […]

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We’re All in This Together

by Amanda Machonis, Assistant Director, Twardowski Career Development Center, West Chester University

I found out about EACE’s professional development grant for newcomers to attend the 2018 conference the day before the deadline for applications.  Earlier emails had likely slipped through the cracks during the semester, but when I was home at the end of December, I got a reminder.  After finding out I was eligible to apply, I completed the questions that afternoon, sent everything in.  I was planning to attend the conference anyway, but I held off on registering on the off-chance I would receive the grant.

Just over a month later, I got a congratulatory email stating I had indeed been chosen to receive the grant.  I was excited, as were my colleagues when they found out.  Most of them had attended EACE conferences in the past and raved about them.  I registered and began to eagerly await the end of June.

The first highlight of the conference for me happened the first day.  Hearing Jeffrey Selingo kick off the conference was thrilling to me.  I read his book “There is Life After College“ just after I graduated with my master’s and was starting my first position at a community college.  His concept of Sprinters, Wanderers, and Stragglers resonates with me to this day.  The fact that Sprinters are far more likely to have at least one internship in college is not surprising.  The ones that need our help more are the Wanderers and Stragglers, who may not have as many connections as Sprinters and need some help knowing their options.

The other part of the conference I really enjoyed was the newcomers’ breakfast on the second day.  It was great to connect with colleagues who I may not have met otherwise.  Many of us (about 45% of the total attendees) were at the conference for the first time, so the room was full of people and enthusiasm.  I was able to chat with someone whose presentation I saw the previous day and an outgoing member of the board of EACE.

Overall, everyone’s passion for the field was heartening to me.  Supporting students is vital in our profession, and we should also be supporting each other.  At the conference this year, I met many people who could empathize with the challenges of working in higher education, whether their office is housed within student or academic affairs.  I hope to continue connecting with those folks because sometimes the helpers need help too.  We should work to continue the community formed at the conference.

Amanda Machonis is an Assistant Director in the Twardowski Career Development Center at West Chester University in PA.

Practicing What I Preach: EACE 2018 Professional Development Grant

By Cheryl Rotyliano, Ithaca College

My professional career, like many others, has taken different directions over time. I have worked to support undergraduate students with mental health, supported active duty military members relocating to a new duty station, managed a caseload of chronically homeless veterans, calculated GPA’s for a college admissions office, rented apartments, started my own business, and for the past 2 years, I am very happily a Career Coach!

Through this winding road, there is a common theme: I need to help others and I have deep passion for teaching others how to utilize the resources that surround them. As it says in my LinkedIn profile, “I like to lead and coach by example.”

As a Career Coach, or really anyone in a helping profession, I believe practicing what you preach is so important. If I tell a student to have a professional and attractive LinkedIn profile, what message am I sending if mine is plain and outdated? Involvement in professional organizations is something I believe is extremely important for professional development in any field.

If I’m being honest, reading the EACE email with promotion for the Professional Development Grant wasn’t happenstance. I had been paying attention to EACE emails because I was impressed with the quality of information and programs the organization had been producing. Moreover, I always make time to dig online for resources and read new information. When I saw there was an opportunity for a grant, I thought to myself, why wouldn’t I apply for this? Of course, there were many other things on my plate, but in valuing practicing what I preach, I made time because it was a valuable opportunity (and it didn’t require very much time at all considering the benefits.)

The EACE conference was the most valuable conference I’ve attended in my career to date. From beginning to end, it was a welcoming environment that was large enough to be effective with networking, yet small enough to not get completely lost in the shuffle. The conference is a “fit” for many different constituents, which increases the value. I was able to hone in on coaching skills and strategies, learn new programming and event ideas, have conversations about diversity and inclusion, gain perspective from employers and recruiters, and network with other colleges and universities who are implementing a career community model.

In an attempt to vocalize the way the conference made me feel, I would say: inspired by innovation, better educated, and more connected to networks and resources. That’s the elegant way of saying “mind blown.” I am still processing a lot of the information and finding ways my Career Center can utilize these new insights. If I listed all the sessions I enjoyed or got something out of, you’d find a list of all the sessions I attended! With that said, I found my favorites were the sessions regarding career communities/clusters facilitated by professionals at the College of Holy Cross and Rutgers University, a session on employer outreach strategy by Princeton University, and a session about service delivery efficiency practices (VG1) by Stockton University.

I’m excited to become more involved in an EACE committee in the upcoming year. I’ve seen the value first hand, and I want to ensure others have the same opportunity to have a great experience. High-fives all around for a great conference, and continuing to all practice what we preach!

Cheryl Rotyliano is a Career Coach and Community Developer at Ithaca College

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Squad-Care: Self-Care, But Not Alone

By Ana Clara Blesso and Lisa Famularo, Center for Career Development, University of Connecticut

We believe that #SquadCare is where it’s at.

In the field of higher education especially, there exists a great emphasis on self-care, or activities that deliberately and purposefully support mental, physical, spiritual, professional, or other aspects of wellness in ourselves. There is much to be said for taking time to focus on our wellness, through massages, manicures, vacation, reading for pleasure, enjoying a delicious meal, etc. As we struggle with burnout and taxing situations, however, it can be easy to see how self-care alone might not suffice. Don’t get us wrong – we love a good meal and a pedicure; but to rely solely on ourselves is limiting.

Think of a time when you experienced stress, a difficult life moment, or a professional challenge – you might find that you looked to others for support, advice, and encouragement. In enters squad-care, or collective care: the concept that care is not solely an individual initiative. Instead, it utilizes a network of colleagues, family, friends, and/or allies, to support, encourage, and lift us up during both trying and joyful times.

The benefits and advantages of squad-care can actually be traced back to the world of healthcare. If you think about it, we rely on a variety of different doctors to keep ourselves healthy because their unique areas of expertise go beyond our own; the same idea applies to relying on different members of a squad for different types of support.

Despite its roots in healthcare, we were introduced to the idea of squad-care by Melissa Harris Perry, a writer, professor, and political commentator, who shared a story of how squad-care helped her through a low point in her life (trigger warnings: sexual violence, mental health challenges). Harris Perry argues that it is impossible for us to rely entirely on self-care to support our own well-being; instead, there is no shame in leaning on the mutual and symbiotic relationships we are part of for support when we need it (Harris-Perry, 2017). Other research shows that squad-care can create a community of support that reminds individuals they are not alone in facing challenges (Elizarde-Miller, 2018) and help prevent burnout in the short and long-term (Ilyas & Cordero Velázquez, 2017)


Lisa: As a graduate student, I certainly saw the benefits of leaning on my squad. I processed through challenging grad school moments with a cohort-mate, disconnected from class altogether with a friend who lives across the country during monthly FaceTime chats and a visit during Spring Break, and took advantage of a number of professional opportunities thanks to a wonderful sponsor in my assistantship office (thanks, Ana!). As a new professional, leaning on my squad has also been essential in navigating the many transitions that have come with starting a full-time job, both personally and professionally.

Ana: As a more seasoned professional, I find that utilizing a group of friends and colleagues for professional support is also essential. As I work to navigate higher education systems with colleagues at other universities, avoid burnout by engaging with friends outside of the field, and develop a strategic expertise by gathering feedback from those with unique lived experiences, I often find I need others’ voices to help me develop as a strong professional. I can rely on friends and colleagues to help me celebrate victories and to share more vulnerable moments of stress and challenge.

If you are interested in building a squad, you must be thinking: how do I get started? Well, keep in mind that there is no definition of a perfect squad; your ideal squad depends on your individual circumstances and the type(s) of support you may need. However, as you start to build your squad, you may want to consider including some of these individuals:

  • A mentor: finding a trusted individual who can share in your vulnerable moments and add insight based on their professional experiences can be essential in feeling heard and developing insight
  • A sponsor: being thought of for projects, having your name come up during crucial conversations, and being supported for promotions can be imperative – and a sponsor is an individual who will consistently think of you when opportunities arise
  • A friend: connecting with someone who knows you well outside your world of work can be a great way to disconnect, avoid burnout, and develop a strong identity
  • A mentee: mentoring someone often requires you to reflect on your past experiences, which can be helpful in learning from your past and guiding your future goals
  • A colleague: a coworker who makes you feel seen and heard can be crucial for workplace engagement and enjoyment
  • An ally: when adversity strikes, it can be essential to have an individual in your squad who will stand up for you and advocate for causes that are important to you

Finally, you don’t work in higher education without hearing the word “assessment.” But, hear us out – it’s really helpful to evaluate your squad and assess how well it’s supporting you over time.

Consider asking yourself these questions periodically and making adjustments if needed:

  1. Lisa & Ana 2Have goals for each relationship been met?
  2. Are there any relationships that need to change or be adjusted?
  3. Are there any areas I wish were represented differently or more?
  4. Do I feel heard and supported by the members of my squad?
  5. When was the last time I evaluated my squad and its purpose?
  6. What is my biggest need right now? Is it being met?

There’s a famous (and wonderful) African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We believe this sums up squad-care quite nicely; it might take a little time and effort, but the payoff and sense of community can be huge. Who is part of your squad, and how do they support you? We’d love to hear from you on Twitter with #SquadCare!


Elizarde-Miller, T. (2018). When self-care becomes collective care. Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence. Retrieved from:

Harris-Perry, M. (2017). How #squadcare saved my life. Elle. Retrieved from:

Ilyas, M. & Cordero Velásquez, T. (2017). Collective care in human rights funding: A political stand. OpenGlobalRights. Retrieved from:

Lisa Famularo HeadshotLisa Famularo is a Career Consultant in UConn’s Center for Career Development with a focus on the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS). In this role, Lisa coaches CLAS students and alumni in major and career exploration, professional development, and employment-obtaining strategies. Lisa also works with CLAS faculty, staff, alumni, and employers to develop collaborative programming and identify networking and employment opportunities for CLAS students. Lisa holds a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Student Affairs from UConn and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ithaca College. Lisa can be found on Twitter at @lisamfamularo.

Ana Clara Blesso HeadshotAna Clara Blesso serves as Assistant Director for Experiential Learning at UConn’s Center for Career Development. In this role, Ana Clara serves as the departmental lead on internship and co-op-related programming, initiatives, and information. Ana Clara teaches the Center’s two internship courses, plans University-wide events related to experiential learning, and partners with fellow UConn offices and teams to develop robust on-campus internships. Prior to her time at UConn, Ana Clara worked as Assistant Director of Fairfield University’s Career Planning Center. She is a National Certified Counselor, an AAUW Salary Negotiation Facilitator, and has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Wake Forest University, where she also serves as an online practitioner instructor for career counseling courses. She can be found on Twitter at @anaclarablesso.

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