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New Member Spotlight – “We Are EACE” – Meet Kimberly Helmle, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Enterprise Holdings

EACE has been asking new members to share some fun facts about themselves. Here we get to know Kimberly Helmle from Enterprise Holdings

Where are you originally from?
Springfield, PA

Where do you live now?
Downingtown, PA

Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do?
I love to use my time by spending it with family or friends. I think it’s important to have an experience and share with those that mean the most to you. That way, you can create memories to recall those moments in the future. I also love to travel!  I’m always trying to plan weekend adventures or put thought into a destination that I’d like to cross off of my list of places to visit. Lastly, I love things vintage that has a story behind it. On the weekends, I venture to different Antique Stores and to find hidden treasures anything that have a piece of history associated with them.

Why do you do what you do?
I enjoy recruiting and would like to continue a career path revolving around my role, but ultimately to advance in a leadership position as a Talent Acquisition Manager. I feel much fulfilled in my job. The chance to meet people, share my story, make a connection all with the hopes of giving someone the same amazing opportunity that Enterprise gave to me 10 years ago when I started in our Management Training Program.

What is your educational background?
I graduated from Shippensburg University in May of 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication & Human Studies. I decided to continue my love of traveling by studying abroad my Junior Year of College at the Leicester University, UK where I completed a minor in Sociology.

What was your first job?
I’ve had a strong work ethic instilled in me from a young age. My father owned his own cleaning business so technically, aside from working some odd side jobs, babysitting or helping him after school I’ve learned the value of making money early on. My first official job was working at Drexeline Supermarket in their corporate office. I had advanced from a front desk representative to handling and quickly transitioned to their Cash Department handling the company’s revenue. With some more work experience from there I advance quickly and assisted the Owner of the company with other office responsibilities pertaining to the business. I adapt quickly, and like a challenge, which is a skill that has helped me throughout the years. I’ve never turned down an opportunity to learn something new and grow personally and professionally from it.

What is the best advice you ever received?
I’ve been given a lot of wonderful advice over the years from my several mentors that I’m very grateful for and believe that feedback is so important. I’ve always remembered one resonates with me, which was to be selfish. At first, I thought well that’s terrible. Why would I be selfish? My job is to help people. I’ve always been a hardworking and humble person. I enjoyed putting others needs in front of my own or saying “Yes” to too many things. I’m passionate about being a team player and making my business successful. All things that I’m extremely proud, but at  that particular time in my career I never realized that I needed to also make myself a priority. I being selfish can be positive when it comes to your career desires, pursuing goals and how you have made accomplishments to your business and impacted people along the way. You have to BRAG Book and convey those things.

For someone starting in your field, what advice would you give?
I would tell a person starting out to not be afraid of making mistakes or to fail. For it is in those moments of weakness you find your true strength. You make the decision and how you want to react to it. Will you let it define you or use it as an experience to learn from? I would say that life happens at the end of your comfort zone. So, don’t take it personally and get uncomfortable…You might just surprise yourself.

What is something that might surprise us about you?
Some fun facts about me… I love art and have been drawing or practicing art from a young age. I have a twin brother and 1 of 5 siblings. At the age of 17, I was nominated by my high school choir director and made my first trip oversees. I traveled to 5 countries to perform with the American Music Aboard program. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’ve also had the privilege of backpacking through Europe for 3 weeks at the age of 21. Aside from those experiences, one of my many favorite memories was skydiving in the Swiss Alps. You feel so small with the world around you.

Lastly, at the University of Leicester, UK I was the only American student apart of LUST (Leicester University Student Television) as their on campus TV Host. I was able to get into their venues and interview students and special quests. How ironic. I love to make people laugh, so I can always be counted on to brighten anyone’s day when they need it even if it’s at my own expense.

New Member Spotlight – “We Are EACE” Meet Claire Kilbourne, Armstrong World Industries

EACE has been asking new members to share some fun facts about themselves. Here we get to know Claire Kilbourne from Armstrong World Industries:

What do you do in your current position?
I am the Talent Acquisition Manager. That means that I work with a fantastic group of people to bring outstanding talent into the organization.

Where are you originally from?
Lancaster

Where do you live now?
Lancaster

Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do?
I love to read! I work out faithfully, which I really enjoy. I’m a huge Phillies fan so go to games as I can. My favorite thing to do is hang out with family and friends whether it’s here or we’re taking trips together — especially in warm weather!

Why do you do what you do?
Because I think it’s the best job in the company! Being able to find great people for the company and see how those people grow and contribute is so exciting!

What is your educational background?
BS degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations.

What was your first job?
Well, when I was 14 I had my first job at a farmer’s market vegetable stand. My first “real” job was an account payable clerk.

What is the best advice you ever received?
Never compromise who you are. If you give that up, you will never be happy or successful. That has been true in my work and life!

For someone starting in your field, what advice would you give?
Be open to anything! If you’re in HR there are so many possibilities. Explore as many as you can. And learn, learn, learn!!!

What is something that might surprise us about you?
I graduated from Barbizon School of Modeling when I was 43. And in 2015, I became a certified bartender.

clk  Claire Kilbourne has worked in human resources for over 25 years. Since December 2015, Claire has worked for Armstrong World Industries as Talent Acquisition Manager. In this role she is responsible for overseeing the team that recruits great people into the company. This also includes building and executing a university relations strategy. Also in her role, Claire facilitates leadership training for teams across the company. Prior to Armstrong, Claire worked at The Hershey Company in a variety of roles, the last one being Manager, University Relations. She has held roles in Employee Relations, Training, and Talent Acquisition as well as HR Business Partner roles supporting HR and North America Manufacturing and Supply Chain. She was also an HR Manager at the Hershey Plant for 5 years. Prior to Hershey, Claire was the Manager of Staffing at Book-of-the-Month Club. She has also held positions in Sales, Accounting and IT.

Claire received a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations from St. Francis University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ball State University. She also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)/ SHRM-SCP certification.

In addition to her work at Armstrong, Claire is involved in her community. She currently serves on the board of the Red Land Community Center, supporting a $3.1 million capital campaign to build a new community center. She is also involved with the Capital Region Partnership for Career Development and is a facilitator for the Lancaster SHRM study group. 

 

Launching Your Legacy with EACE

Jeffery Alston is the Assistant Director of Employer Relations, The College of Brockport, Office of Career Services. He received the EACE research grant in 2016 for work on “Ethnic Minority Student Usage of Career Services .” We can’t wait to hear more on Jeffery’s research when he completes the project at the end of June 2017. Until then read up on Jeffery’s thoughts and progress.

jeffrey-alston-headshotReceiving the EACE Research Grant is a tremendous accomplishment.  Creating content that contributes to the field of Career Services is exciting.  As I encounter students in various places on campus, I’m amazed at the questions that pop into my head.  One of those questions was how do ethnic minority students use Career Services on their campus.  Since starting my doctorate education at The University of Rochester, this has been a guiding question for me.

Currently, I am still in the early phases of the research study.  There is a group of people called “IRB” and sometimes they can be viewed as the rabbit hole of the academic research world.  I took the initial leap and I’m still tumbling down.  It feels like the rabbit hole because there are revisions or request for additional information.  I say to myself, “didn’t I already send you this” or I say, “I said this already”.  As I make the adjustments and continue on with the study, there is this other factor that creeps in; LIFE and this activity I do 5 days a week called my JOB.  

Although I’m experiencing these things, I understand it’s only making my research study stronger.  This experience is also providing insight into what life will be like as a scholar/practitioner.  The goal from this point is to pull myself up by the bootstraps and get through this IRB process.  Thinking about it, it might be challenging to pull myself up after Thanksgiving, but it will only make my research muscles that much stronger.  

Until next time EACE’ers.  

Submitted by: Jeffrey Alston

launchlegacyHow will you #LaunchYourLegacy? Learn about the Research Grant and Apply by March 1, 2017.   The EACE Research Grant is designed to encourage research and assessment within our field and share models that demonstrate design and outcomes.  The research grant, in the amount of $2,000, will assist EACE members in conducting research and assessment within the field of career services or recruiting. Proposals for the research grant will include an outline for the year-long time frame as well as a plan for execution of the research, and methods for assessment of outcomes.

 

Membership Spotlight: Dawn Lazar

Excited for one of our 1st new #EACE member spotlights feat. Dawn Lazar of Cenlar FSB. #WeAreEACE

profile-pic_2What was your career path to get your current role? My career path is funny because I looped around a bit, but recruiting has always been the reoccurring theme.  As an undergrad at Florida State University (FSU), I had the unique opportunity to work in the admissions office as a telecounselor.  It was probably the coolest job ever at the time.  I called high school students and I spoke to them about the application process and why they should pick FSU as their school of choice.  From there, I did a stint in the staffing industry doing technical recruiting.  Agency wasn’t really my thing, so I moved back into higher education and spent 10 years of my career there focusing on admissions, academic advising, continuing education, and finally once I completed my master’s degree, I landed in career services.  After 5 years of building the undergraduate wing from the ground up as an assistant director in career services at the College of Business Administration at Florida International University (FIU) I felt it was time for a change.  I spent so much time advising companies on campus recruiting best practices, I wanted to switch to the other side and just do it.  I worked at BlackBerry running their US Internship Program for 18 months, moved on from there to start the university relations program for the Retail Marketing Division of Bluegreen Vacations and personal reasons brought me to the Northeast earlier this year and now I truly get to merge my experience advising, coaching, training, and developing young career seekers with my love for recruitment as the Program Manager – Talent Development for Cenlar FSB.  My primary responsibilities include overseeing all program planning, development, and recruitment for our Summer Internship Program and Leadership Development Program.

What was your first job?  First job out of college – Technical Recruiter for TEKsystems / First job ever – cashier at Publix (grocery store in the South)

Why did you choose this career?  I love working with people, helping them discover their passion and coming up with a plan on how to get there.  I am especially drawn to working with those early in their career, because I feel college students and recently college grads are at such a pivotal point in life where the possibilities are endless if they just take advantage of the resources allotted to them.

What is the skill that is most important in your current role?  Listening intently and then taking action.  It seems simple, but I feel it’s really important in any role, not just mine.

How did you develop this skill and how do you fine-tune it regularly?  In every role, not just in our field, it’s important to listen in order to truly help someone get to where they want to be and truthfully in order for everyone to win.  I learned early in my career that in order to successfully recruit, coach, advise, develop someone you need to listen to what their wants and needs are before acting, otherwise you will sell someone on something that they don’t really want and in the end everybody loses.  Life moves so quickly sometimes things happen that remind you to go back to this basic principle in order to stay on track, so yes I would like to think I’m constantly evolving and trying to get better with it.

Did you have a mentor? Yes, I have several.  I think seeking out mentors and accepting those that offer mentorship is a key ingredient in being successful.

What is your biggest career accomplishment?   Building a department that didn’t exist prior to my arrival in a position.  I’ve done this 3 times in my career (2 at the university and once in corporate).  I think being able to leave a legacy behind is something I’m most proud of. 

What is your advice to students looking for their first job?  Take full advantage of the resources afforded to you at your college/university career center and NETWORK!  Get involved in organizations both inside and outside of school that are aligned with your interests and career goals.

What is your advice to young professionals in the field who aspire to your current role?  Network, ask a lot of questions, join professional organizations get involved as much as possible, set informational interviews with those that have the position that you aspire to have, and continue your education.  All these things will make you more visible and more marketable in the long run.  Be willing to take chances and open to relocating. 

What was the best career advice you have ever received? You don’t get what you don’t ask for….this goes with everything in life and I really try to live by it.

What would you like colleagues to know about your organization? Cenlar FSB, is a national leading loan servicing provider, engaged in mortgage loan servicing and subservicing as a core business for more than 40 years.  Located in the greater Trenton area, we are an employee owned company, that is currently growing exponentially.  As a result of this, talent development has become a major organizational focus which opens doors for not only internal employees but for recent grads and other driven newcomers that wish to truly have a career path.  Two college programs that are a part of these initiatives include the Summer Internship Program and Leadership Development Program which start each May/June.  Feel free to reach out to me with questions.

Bio: Dawn Lazar has dedicated over 15 years of her career to career services, recruiting and talent development roles. She’s had the pleasure of working on both sides of the house, spending 10 years of her career in student/employer services at Florida International University and later taking a leap over to corporate managing the US Internship Program for BlackBerry, building the University Relations Program for the Retail Marketing Division of Bluegreen Vacations and now managing the University Talent Development Program for Cenlar FSB.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Florida State University, Master of Science in Adult Education from Florida International University, and holds the SHRM recognized, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification from HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

You could be next! Tell us about yourself using this easy new Google form: http://ow.ly/ZcKU3065LdI

Double Dog Dare

By Megan Wolleben, Assistant Director at Bucknell University and EACE Board Member. 

I know we are all in the middle crazy times for our members – from putting on career fairs (remember the #ShareYourFair social media campaign!) on the college side to going to them week after week recruiting on our employer side – and the last thing you want to do right now is to say yes to something else. But that’s exactly what I’m going to ask you to do. Do you remember how we wrapped up the EACE conference in June? With the amazingly energizing Lu Ann Cahn!  That energy has stayed with me and now I want to know if you’ve done what you dared yourself to do that day?

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First dare in the books and 1st in my age group!

At our table I shared my dare: complete a Sprint Triathlon. My brother-in-law had been bugging me to do one with him but the timing and the location was not working out. Saying no had left me with a nagging feeling that I was avoiding a challenge. So when I saw that I would be home for one in my own town I thought how could I say no? But I still hadn’t committed to it. Sharing my dare aloud made it real and after the conference I registered. That was actually the hardest part – well actually the run was pretty bad that day because of real feel temps pushing over 100! – but seriously taking the step to commit myself to this dare was the first challenge to overcome. I knew I could do it but I don’t like to “just do” things. I like to do them and do them well. I – like many millennials (and people) – get paralyzed by the fear of failure. But by daring myself I took off some of that pressure; my first step would now be trying it out. You can’t be bad at something you never try, right? (Try? Tri? The double entendres are endless.) It was freeing. I also had the pressure of returning to the EACE conference next year (Niagara Falls, who’s comin’?!) without having done my dare. No way that was happening.

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Second dare – and 102 miles – in the books!

And then a funny thing happened – before I even crossed the finish line for the Tri I had already found my next dare: biking 100 miles! This one I was so proud of and, if you let me, I could go on and on about it. But I know you are busy so let me just wrap it up and say Lu Ann was right!  One dare begets another; an inch out of your comfort zone once gives you confidence to go a mile out of it next time. I know my dares were more physically challenging than professional but the mindset – of saying yes before you say no, of not holding yourself back, of finally trying things you’ve said for years you wanted to do – all that can easily transfer over to work. Maybe it’s a new big idea you’ve been scared to bring up, maybe it’s a course you want to take, maybe it’s saying no to something that just isn’t working any more. The possibilities – the dares to try – are endless. 

Given that Lu Ann originally dared you consider this a double dog dare. Yeah, I am serious! Do your dare, share your dare, do another dare!

I know I’m not the only one out there, have you completed your dare? Share it with us by sending in details to the PR team. Want to write a post about it? Do that too by using this form. We can’t wait to hear from you, share your dare and celebrate your accomplishment!

 

Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present

Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present by EACE Conference 2016 Grant Recipient, Melissa Burgess

Thank you, EACE Grants Committee, for allowing me the opportunity to honor my past and treasure my present. The 2016 conference was uniquely special to me: just over a year ago, I left Philadelphia to return to my home state of New York and left behind a wonderfully supportive, compassionate, and intelligent network of colleagues. Returning to EACE this year, for me, felt like a homecoming. I was able to catch up with old friends and shake hands with new ones, and through conversation I found myself brimming with renewed passion for my work.

While grabbing a bite for lunch before the kick-off keynote, a gentleman approached my table to ask if guests seat themselves or if he needed to wait to be seated. A few minutes later, he asked if the restaurant provides a menu or if he needed to order at the counter. Sensing nerves and noticing a familiar blue and orange lanyard, I challenged my comfort zone (which prefers eating alone with a book to read) and did something we teach our students: I networked. I asked if he wanted to join me and he did. It was a small win for my introverted psyche.

In preparation for the conference, I had glanced through the workshop descriptions and marked down the seminars I planned on attending. It wasn’t even a question whether or not I would attend the opening keynote; I always did. So I skimmed the bios without paying a lot of attention. I’m glad I skimmed! I was eating lunch with Dr. Rob Bell, EACE’s opening keynote speaker! #celebritymoment

We chatted about EACE: what are some of the challenges we face? What are some of the things we most look forward to while attending our annual conference? The parade in Cleveland celebrating the Cavs’ first title win ever was playing on the cafe television and we talked about Lebron James and his crazy amazing career. We touched on the mental preparation required to achieve goals, collective goals like winning the first title for your sports team and individual goals like landing your first-choice internship. It was a down-to-earth conversation about real things, an easy connection to make and remember. In other words, it was networking at it best (and least scary!).

Upon returning to Cornell University, my new home, I am excited to offer creative thoughts on our future programming, share knowledge that I learned through workshops and keynotes, and bring personal anecdotes to my conversations with students. Thank you, EACE, for providing a space that encourages our past to mingle with our present and in doing so, empowers us to transfer knowledge, participate in brainstorming sessions, and accomplish personal growth milestones. #EACE16

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Melissa Burgess is currently Assistant Director of Career Services for Industrial and Labor Relations students at Cornell University. Melissa’s background includes working for a community college in southern Maine, creating innovative career development programs at Cabrini College (now University!), and volunteering to teach kiddos in southern Peru. She earned a Bachelor’s in Communication and Psychology from the University at Buffalo and a Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

PD Grant Plug: EACE is now accepting applications for the Professional Development Grant as well as the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships.

 

Reflections of a New Attendee

By: Jenny Roxas |  LinkedIn  |  Twitter  |  

“You are where you are because of the decisions you’ve made. The choice has always been yours to make. Either choose to be great or choose to be waste.” – Rocky Balboa

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I think it’s appropriate to use a Rocky quote since our conference was in Philly.

I would like to first give a shout out to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for awarding me the Rick McLellan Scholarship that allowed me the ability to attend the EACE Conference. Just to give some background, I’m originally from California. I moved last year to the East Coast for my current position as a Career Development Specialist at State University of New York at Oswego. I know you must be wondering why I would go from sunny California to snowy New York. Well the opportunity to specialize in the career development of students who want to pursue fine & performing arts, media, and entertainment industries was hard to pass up! My love for the arts and my experience of building a youth employment training program (OYE – Oakland Youth Engaged) with my former supervisor, Melecia Navarro, made my current position the ideal job! In a nutshell, this is what I do now.

As a new NY resident, I wondered how I would be able to gain more connections in the East Coast. My friend and coworker, Mallory Bower, showed me the application for the scholarship I applied for. She told me that it would be a great opportunity to attend EACE. She was definitely keeping it 100% with me.

I truly appreciate the sessions that challenged me to think of what I’m currently doing and how to be more intentional. I want to give another shout out to Justin Brown and his diversity workshop. It was one of the most engaging workshops that I’ve attended. In addition, I’d like to thank Nayelli Perez for her fear presentation and assessment resources. I’m hoping to utilize them this upcoming academic year.

I enjoyed the vendors who were present. Our office is currently looking at different options to help us increase our efficiency. Therefore being able to meet with the employees, test out the products, and ask questions was very helpful!

I was grateful to have many opportunities to be able to network with other colleagues in the field. I enjoyed going to the events and enjoying meals with others that allowed me to learn more about their position and how their universities function. One particular event that stood out to me was the Thursday Night Entertainment. It was my first time in Philadelphia, so I enjoydinoed being able to network outside of the conference center. Career Services folks definitely know how to have fun!

I’m glad that I had the opportunity to meet other colleagues from throughout the East Coast. I’m looking forward to continuing to build relationships with those I’ve met and build a network of people whom I can count on in our field. Thanks to everyone who put in all the time and energy to make this conference go well. My first time at the EACE Conference will definitely be memorable!

I would also like to thank SUNYCDO (State University of New York Career Development Organization) members who selfieattended the EACE conference. I appreciated all of you showing me around the city and introducing me to others throughout the conference. Cheers to building relationships with new colleagues!

 


Jennifer Roxas, Career Development Specialist. State University of New York at Oswego

Jenny Roxas earned a B.A. in Anthropology, with a Certificate in Applied Cultural Anthropology, and a minor in Italian from California State University, Chico. After graduating, she worked with probationers, foster youth, the gang-affiliated, and undocumented high school students, which led her to pursue an M.S. in student affairs and higher education at Indiana State University. Currently she is a Career Development Specialist at State University of New York (SUNY), Oswego. She is excited to build the foundation for forums to engage students, faculty, employers, and community partners within the arts, media, and entertainment industries. Jenny enjoys reflecting with students about their experiences and helping them see their untapped potential into their future dream career.

 

EACE Conference Takeaways by member Donna Brooks

The EACE Annual Conference, my take aways….

I have had the opportunity to be offered a new career position which is very inspiring.  I’m not content in a position unless I can learn and grow from that experience.  Having over 10 years of working in the field of Human Resources, I have transitioned into the field of Career Development at Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT.  I’ve seen many resumes in my day, produced job announcements and participated in many search committees.   So it appeared, this job is not going to be that difficult, it’s going to be somewhat easy..  WRONG!  I couldn’t be more mistaken!

I have found that it’s not easy to help create a resume and cover letter for a student who is in their first year of college and has never had a job before.   It is challenging to help a 1st year student in selecting a career path.  It’s difficult to encourage a student who after time and time again of submitting a resume, feels that the resume is ineffective. As a Career Coach I’ve experienced students whose momentum are low, feeling deeply discouraged and futures feel bleak.  I’m thinking to myself, what did I get myself into?  How will I learn to develop the expertise in this field so that I can both utilize my past experiences in HR and allow it to merge with my new position as a Career Coach.  It was apparent there were other things I needed to learn.

donnablogI participated in several workshops at the EACE conference which were informative and provided direction on best practices in the field. Attending the 2016 EACE Annual Conference was very stimulating.  My mind is still synthesizing with all that I absorbed in such a short period of time.  The EACE Conference was non-stop with workshop sessions, lectures, discussions, keynote speakers, activities and exhibits, which were very informative.  I got the chance to meet experienced and tenured people, with diverse backgrounds who came to learn and take on best practices just like me.

I am so thankful and grateful to be chosen to participate as the Diversity & Inclusion Ernie Andrews Scholarship Winner.  I truly do not believe I would have otherwise had this understanding had it not been for this scholarship and those who felt that I deserved it.   I can’t thank the committee enough as I was transformed, I am now inspired to push through my limits and take on the challenges that I face and network with others.  I also want to get involved as EACE has motivated me and has given me so much that I wish to give back therefore, I’ve signed up to participate Awards & Research Grants Committee.

donnablog2Moving forward, I’m hoping to develop relationships and networks in order to maximize what I have learned to service our student’s population and perhaps those in the profession.  Thank you again for helping me to transition and gain the knowledge and skills that I needed.

Donna Brooks

EACE – Ernie Andrews Scholarship Winner – 2016

EACE 2016 Reflection from member Steve Savitsky

This year’s EACE conference was my second time in attendance and one that I felt such a strong connection to. I remember how welcoming everyone was to me as a newcomer in Pittsburgh in 2015, and was eager to pay it forward this year. As a member of the Entertainment Committee I encouraged newcomers to enjoy the conference. Here are some highlights.

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Congrats to the 2016 EACE Award Winners

In case you missed the May EACE Update we wanted to make sure you saw the exciting and innovative programs your fellow EACE members are up to. Join us in congratulating the 2016 EACE Award Winners. Make sure to register for the conference and attend the Awards Luncheon where the winners will be recognized and presented with a plaque. Until then a shout-out on your favorite social media platform using #EACE will suffice!

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