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EACE Member Spotlight: “We Are EACE” – Meet Lauri Blessing, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

EACE has been asking new members to share some fun facts about themselves. Here we get to know Lauri Blessing

What do you do in your current position?
At HU, I work as the Experiential Learning Coordinator. In this role, I serve as the direct point of contact for all undergraduate students, specifically as it relates to experiential learning. At HU, all students are required to complete 13 credits of experiential learning, which includes four seminars, two projects, and one internship. I teach one of the seminar courses to second year students as well as, advise, review, and approve project and internship contracts for all students wishing to complete their Project I, Internship, or Project II.

Where are you originally from?
Mechanicsburg, PA

Where do you live now?
Still live in Mechanicsburg, PA

Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do?
Some of my favorite things to do outside of HU include coaching field hockey, exercising, taking my dog on walks, traveling with family & friends, and just being adventurous.

Why do you do what you do?
I love working with young adults as they begin their career journeys. My journey was not as straight as I thought it would be, so I love the opportunity to assist students as they forge their own paths to find their niches and passions.

What is your educational background?
Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Science Education; Master of Arts in Higher Education – both from Messiah College.

What was your first job?
Teaching a Child Development course and a Culinary Essentials course to 9-12th graders.

What is the best advice you ever received?
Nothing worthwhile happens in your comfort zone – outside of your comfort zone is where the real learning and growth occurs!

For someone starting in your field, what advice would you give?
Obtaining experience and knowledge is a process and there are plenty of opportunities and individuals to learn from, so long as you form relationships, show up, and never stop learning.

What is something that might surprise us about you?
I am in my first, full-time position within Higher Education and would love the opportunity to meet as many EACE colleagues as possible to get to know and learn from them! Coffee, anyone?

 

 

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Last Presidential Flashback until CONFERENCE!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey looking back at the organization through the eyes of our past presidents and I hope you are getting packed and ready to journey to the falls and help us cheers to 20 years of EACE!

Our last Presidential Flashback takes us from 2012 – 2015 as we highlight Adrienne Alberts, Jennifer Barr, and Scott Rappaport (left to right), who’s picture features 2 past presidents and our future president Stacy McClelland!

 

Adrienne Alberts: 2012 – 2013
American Red Cross

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    My first conference was in 1998 and I believe it was at the conference center at Georgetown University. I was a DAC scholarship award winner and I was elated to be at the conference.
    P.S. EACE still offers scholarships (and grants!) Check them out on eace.org under “Scholarships, Grants & Awards”.
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    I have so many proud EACE moments, but one that I fought hard for was the exploration of employer engagement vs. solely looking at membership. In my time as president, we like all other associations, were grappling with how to increase employer membership. Having made the transition from higher ed to corporate and understanding the pressures with budgets and providing ROI on investments, I knew that my organization may or may not invest in a membership but they would absolutely support my attendance at a conference or engagement at worthwhile events. All of that participation is engagement and exactly what college members were looking for. So after several intense discussions, we agreed as a board to measure engagement while continuing to work to improve membership. The infographic at that year’s conference was like a gift. It truly showcased how engaged employers are in EACE and I was extremely proud. Capturing the right metric to truly tell a story is something we all work on as leaders. This one was important to me and I believe beneficial to EACE and I remain very proud of our willingness to see things through a different lens and push boundaries for EACE and our profession!
    P.S. Check out the legacy of Adrienne’s proudest EACE moment at this year’s conference where you will find the “EACE 2016 – 2017 Year Wrap Up”!

Jennifer Barr: 2013 – 2014
Haverford College

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    My first EACE conference was the first Danvers, Mass. conference. I distinctly remember being swept into an amazing group of EACE members that included Matthew Brink, Amy Feifer and Sam Ratcliffe. There may have been a boat to Maine involved, as well as a drive to Portsmouth, NH. Most of all, I remember the incredible welcome that I received, and the commitment everyone had to the organization. As a result of that first conference, I was eager to be involved.
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    There are so many! The moments that pop into my head include Road Trips to the Real World – a program I started during my first chair experience with what was called the Liberal Arts Network. I am also so proud of introducing Group Membership during my time on the Board as the Director of Membership, which other Regional ACEs have now adopted. Finally, I am incredibly proud of my time as President. I have so many proud moments during the 2013-2014 year, but most important to mention is that everything we accomplished was because of the wonderful Board Members that supported me. EACE works best when volunteers work together, and some of my proudest moments are because of that great collaborative spirit!

Scott Rappaport: 2014 – 2015
University of Delaware 

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    My first EACE conference was in Pittsburgh in 2004, when we returned in 2015 I was president of the association 🙂
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    While I hope all the formal things that I have done with EACE have a lasting impact, I honestly feel my proudest moment from EACE was seeing so many EACE folks at my wedding. EACE is all about relationships, I have built relationships that will be life long friendships. I couldn’t ask for anything else.
    And on that note we wish you many congrats on the birth of your child earlier this month!

We hope everyone has enjoyed this look back at the presidents of our organization and that now you will recognize their faces at the conference and go introduce yourselves – especially all you newcomers!

Get tips on your trip to help you pack and get organized! See you in Niagara Falls!

Presidential Flashback: 2009 – 2012

We are barely a week away from conference! I am getting excited to see my EACE friends, catch up [IRL] with some of the past presidents we have been highlighting, and meet as many of the 146 newcomers [!!!] as possible. Hope you are all packed and ready to go…or at least registered.

Our Presidential Flashback takes us from 2009 straight to 2012 as we highlight the following fearless leaders of our organization: Helen Brown, Deborah D’Attilio, and John Fracchia (left to right).

Helen Brown: 2009 – 2010
Vector Marketing

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    2002 in Danvers, MA
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    Finding a new management firm for EACE. Both of the conference chairs in 2010 are presidents. (Stacy and Scott)

Deborah D’Attilio: 2010 – 2011
Enterprise Holdings

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    White Plains, NY
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    Helping rebrand the organization and transition to our new management company.

John Fracchia: 2011 – 2012
Ithaca College 

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    My first EACE conference was in Seven Springs, PA (2000) when I had just shifted from Residential Life to Career Services. My biggest memory is that it rained the whole week! I think of Norfolk 2003 (my second conference) as my first, because it was the one where I really started to engage with the organization and met so many good friends.
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    Proudest moment is a tough one . . . Being a person-centered organization is something I’ve always valued about EACE and I tried to make it a central tenet of my presidential year. I heard so many comments after our conference in Portland, ME, about how connected and included people felt and if there’s a “proudest moment,” that’s probably it.

Presidential Flashback – A Decade Apart

A decade apart in leadership our next Presidential Flashback features Nancy Dudak and Donna Ratcliffe.

nancyNancy Dudak: 1998 – 1999
Villanova University

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    My first conference was in 1983 at Seven Springs, PA right outside of Pittsburgh. It was MAPA at the time. We had our annual conferences in the fall back then and I had only been on the job for about 2 months.
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    My proudest moments were speaking to the newcomers at the conferences. Most of them were young, new professionals and I enjoyed seeing their enthusiasm and energy for the career development profession. I spoke to them about the rewards of becoming involved with professional associations and of course the best one (MAPA ->MAACE -> EACE)

donnaratcliffeDonna Cassell Ratcliffe: 2008 – 2009
Virginia Tech 

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    My first regional conference was in 1988 in Baltimore, MD (Middle Atlantic Placement Association MAPA – later merged with another association to create EACE). That year I received a MAPA Research Grant for my dissertation research and had the opportunity to present my dissertation topic, research process and outcomes at the annual conference. I remember someone coming up to me after my session who said “It is rare to attend a conference and have scholarly work presented.” Made me smile.
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    In 2003 the EACE Board decided to move from a single employee model of support to an association management firm to provide financial, technical, and other support services to the board, committees, and members. Known as EACE Headquarters (HQ), this company was located in Wisconsin. With the exception of two HQ staff members who attended board meetings, we interacted with the others by phone or emails to conduct association business. During my year as President Elect, board members and committee chairs were challenged by communication, quality, and timeliness of services issues with HQ staff. With the goal to improve relationships and productivity, I decided that my first board meeting as EACE president (summer of 2008) would be in Oak Creek, WI to meet all HQ staff face-to-face. Strategic planning meetings, tour of the office, meeting in teams with HQ staff, an afternoon cookout and an evening at a Brewers baseball game proved to be beneficial to EACE business.

Only a few more weeks until we are all together in Niagara Falls to celebrate 20 Years of EACE! I hope you are all signed up for conference and getting excited by these fun things to do in Niagara Falls. See you on the Maiden of the Mist!

Past Presidents Flashback

Before we head out for a long weekend we’ve got another dose of our presidential flashbacks with one of my favorite images sent in by Tom. I love that you can see the history of the organization in ONE image and so many of the people captured in this snapshot are still so active in EACE. It warms my heart to see the longevity of this organization and the friendships forged.

EACE picture - BeckyBecky Weir: 2004-2005
University of Maryland

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    My first was EACE’s first in Danvers, MA. I’m not sure if any of the other Past Presidents can say that they attended all of the EACE conferences that have been held these past 19 years, but I can. I plan to attend number 20 in Niagara Falls, too!
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    • Looking back, a major accomplishment during my presidency (2004-2005) was having the annual conference in August. That was the year NACE shifted to an annual meeting format from its every three year model, and EACE experimented with an August date and a site near New York City (Westchester, NY). The conference theme “INVEST 2005” (Innovation – Networking – Value – Excellence – Strategies – Training) would be as appropriate today as it was back then. Not only did we successfully increase employer membership numbers that year, we also had a strong employer focus during the annual conference itself. Starting with a one-day program option targeted for employers, a keynote panel of human resource executives, multiple site visits including Bloomberg, the New York Stock Exchange and TVI Actors Studio, and then concluding the conference with Kwame Jackson, “The Apprentice,” attendees had opportunities to invest. We capitalized on the location for fun, too. Some attendees went to a Yankees game while others saw “The Producers” on Broadway, and all of us enjoyed being entertained by a steel drum band. Of note, a number of EACE leaders emerged from committee roles they served in that year, including our current president, Walter Tarver III, who was the site liaison for the August conference.
    • A first during that year was the inaugural use by our association of the “webinar” format for professional development programs. (It seems hard to believe that there was a time when this popular methodology did not exist.) Other technology-based developments included online membership registration for new members, an online process for award nominations and the redesign of the EACE website.
    • Throughout my involvement, I have found that a major strength of EACE is that it provides opportunities to stay connected with colleagues and current issues in the field, to network and share best practices and benchmarking information and to learn from leaders in our profession. Serving as President was an honor and privilege that I’ll always cherish.

Adam Forbes lowres_Nov2012 (1)Adam Forbes: 2006-2007
Honeywell

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    Bryn Mawr & Haverford College – 1997
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    During my presidency, we took on the task of re-evaluating the board structure and annual conference model. IN both cases, we had two committees, which brought forward proposals, which were then adopted by the association. The board had positions re-aligned to best support the future direction of EACE at the time, and the conference model, focused on more disciplined professional development and learning, while still preserving the social/networking benefits the conference brings.
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From Tom: “Here is one of my favorite pictures.  It is often said ‘it takes a village.’  Well, here is a community of familiar faces; all who share in their friendship and work for EACE. “

Tom Tarantelli: 2007-2008
Retired, [Formerly] RPI

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    Seven Springs, PA. I won’t tell you how many years ago that was but many of the first time attendees that year served on committees and the Board with me. We taught each other. We supported each other. We became life long friends.
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    There are many proud moments. I had the honor of attending the Conference last year in Philadelphia. I met so many young, talented professionals representing the field and EACE. I am immensely proud of how far EACE has developed and how brilliant the future looks. You all are my proudest moment!

Past Presidents Flashback: 2002 – 2004

I hope you have enjoyed our flashbacks so far. I know it’s been great seeing how much EACE has grown in the past 20 years – and who was integral in that progress. Our next two presidents served from 2002 – 2004.

Sam Ratcliffe 01-13 (4)R. Samuel Ratcliffe, Ph.D.: 2002 – 2003
[Formerly] Virginia Military Institute

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    My first EACE conference was at Tarrytown NY in 1997 and my first MAPA conference was in 1983 at Seven Springs PA.
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    A couple of items from my presidency:

    • Transition of the EACE administrative support model from an administrative director to an association management organization.
    • As member of multi-association presidents’ roundtable had key role in regional association cooperative initiative that eventually led to merger of six regional associations into the four current regional associations, among other collaborative opportunities.
    • Developed a technology strategic plan for EACE

Bonus: Catch up with this past president by attending Sam’s Pre-Conference workshop “Shaping Your Center’s Success Story,” register here.

marianneMarianne Tramelli: 2003 – 2004
Columbia University

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    My first EACE conference was back in 1985 at The American Great Gorge in New Jersey.
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    Being honored to serve as President of EACE from 2003-2004. Also, co-chairing the first EACE conference in 1997 that celebrated the union of ECPO and MAACE into EACE.

Did you know Niagara Falls is only 25 minutes away from Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)? It’s easier to get to than you might think so I hope you’ve registered to attend.

If not I will leave you with a fun fact to help entice you…

Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the U.S. Established in 1885 as the Niagara Reservation, it was the first of several such reservations that eventually became the cornerstones to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Past Presidents Flashback: 2000 – 2002

Our second post of our past president series is from the year 2000…

linda_KentDr. Linda Kent Davis: 2000 – 2001
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    It was the ECPO Spring 1989 Conference at Roger Williams College (now University!) many years prior to the merger of the Northeast and Atlantic regions and the birth of EACE. I was hooked! A year later I was the hospitality co-chair at the Spring Conference at Mt. Holyoke and continued to be actively involved through my presidency and beyond.
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    I am proudest of EACE volunteers! During the first few years of EACE, much of the Board’s attention was focused on how to blend two very similar yet simultaneously very dissimilar associations structurally as well as culturally. By the time I became president much of that work was solidified and I was in the fortunate position to choose what I wanted for the focus of my presidential year. I chose volunteers … expanding the pool of volunteers, encouraging newer professionals to take the plunge and engage, and formalizing support for them. It is fun to see how many of those then newer professionals embraced leadership roles within EACE and the profession and to see how they in turn catalyzed new generations of volunteers.
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The picture was from the June 2002 Annual Conference in Norfolk VA on the boat cruise.  Pictured are Sam Ratcliffe (President-Elect),  me (President), and Donna Cassell Ratcliffe (who later became EACE President).

Amy Feifer: 2001-2002
Haverford College

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    Hershey Hotel, Hershey, PA in September 1984 – Middle Atlantic Placement Association (precursor to EACE). My first EACE conference was in September, 1997 at the EACE “Kick-Off” Conference at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in White Plains, NY.
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    The first face-to-face Board meeting I hosted as President of EACE was at Haverford College on September 11 and 12, 2001. At the beginning of the meeting on 9/11, my assistant called the meeting room to tell me something happened in NY, and we then proceeded to continue with the meeting. Shortly after that, she called again to let us know about the second attack. Needless to say we stopped the Board meeting. These devastating events occurred within the EACE region, board members had family who lived near the Twin Towers, and we all needed to grapple with the events personally. I am proud how the Board pulled together to support each other that day and, later, how we supported members and member organizations who were directly affected by the tragedies. Despite not having a September meeting, the EACE leadership team ended up accomplishing impactful and innovative things for EACE in 2001-2002, including a short-term restructuring of administrative services and restructuring the Board to include Technology Director.

See you back here next Friday when we hear from 2 more presidents! You’ve all signed up for the conference right?! Make sure you book your hotel before the May 26th when our discounted room rate expires.

Past Presidents Flash Back

This year’s conference is a BIG DEAL – and not just because we get to see some of the most powerful waterfalls in North America – but because we will be celebrating 20 YEARS as an organization! That is something powerful. Almost as powerful as the flow of the falls (which is the highest of any waterfall in the world!). So to mark this anniversary we are going to take a plunge (see what I did there?) into the past and check in with some of the presidents of the organization. Starting each Friday, from now until the conference, we’ll be highlighting the fearless leaders that first dared to dream of merging two organizations into one powerful cascade of professional development.

We asked each past president just two simple questions:

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?

Let’s start at the very beginning, shall we?

marvaMarva Gumbs Jennings: 1997 – 1998
The George Washington University Center for Career Services

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    Can’t remember! (We will forgive you Marva – I can hardly remember yesterday let alone where I was in 1997!)
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    I am proud of being the first President of the newly merged EACE organization (merger of ECEN and MAACE). This involved the merger of two distinct operational cultures and successfully leading the Board, committees and the membership through the first year of transition.

Manny Photo copyManny Contomanolis, PhD: 1999 – 2000
RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    First “EACE” meeting was a MAPA ISTP conference at Franklin & Marshall College in 1981 or 1982.
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    My proudest moment came as EACE President when I handed out the various awards for service to the association. To me, that was representing the association and the profession in the most essential and important way – by recognizing the volunteer leaders who make us all successful!

Tune in next Friday when we hear from 2 more of previous presidents of EACE!

Membership Spotlight – “We are EACE” – Meet Mallory O’Neil, Vector Marketing

EACE has been asking new members to share some fun facts about themselves. Here we get to know Mallory O’Neil.

Employer
Vector Marketing

What do you do in your current position?
Campus Recruiting Manager, Vector East

Where are you originally from?
Marlton, NJ

Where do you live now?
Voorhees, NJ

Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do?
I love dancing, running, singing, reading biographies and nerding out on World War II and American history. I also spend a lot of time volunteering with the Special Olympics track and bowling teams.

Why do you do what you do?
I’m a huge believer in the opportunities that Vector offers students. We’re not just a direct sales company. We’re teaching students skills for life. Within a few short months with our company they can gain experience and confidence in public speaking, sales, customer service, networking and most impressively, running their own business. The change I see in each student that works with us is always astounding. I love working with colleges to share our growth opportunities with all of their students.

What is your educational background?
I graduated with honors from Monmouth University with a bachelor of arts in communication and a minor in history. While at Monmouth I was an active member of my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, a coordinator for the student ambassador program and an adviser for first-year students.

What was your first job?
My first job was as a production assistant on Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsay. (Yes, he is much nicer than he seems on TV!) It was such a cool experience working in reality television. I worked with Kitchen Nightmares for 3 seasons which opened the doors to work on other shows such as Master Chef, Real World and Bad Girls Club.

What is the best advice you ever received?
Never stop learning. I’ve always been a very curious person but I was taught never to trick yourself into thinking you know everything. There are always opportunities to learn and grow. Read, explore and listen as much as you can.

For someone starting in your field, what advice would you give?
Building relationship and networking are the key to any profession but especially recruiting. Be kind and professional and you will have no problem building relationships with your colleagues.

What is something that might surprise us about you?
This probably isn’t surprising to anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes with me because I’m constantly singing or humming but I would love to have my own variety show a la the great, Carol Burnett.

New Member Spotlight – “We Are EACE” – Meet Jill Pajak, Employment Coordinator, Stevenson University

EACE has been asking new members to share some fun facts about themselves. Here we get to know Jill Pajak from Stevenson University.

What do you do in your current position?
I am the Employment Coordinator, so my job is to connect the students with employers to get them hired.

Where are you originally from?
Baltimore, Maryland

Where do you live now?
A tiny town called Hampstead, Maryland

Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do?
My favorite thing right now is called “Lunch Around the World” where I invite my family and friends over once per month to celebrate a different country’s cuisine. We all have to make a recipe from scratch to share with the group. So fun and educational!

Why do you do what you do?
My number one value in the workplace is “making a difference.” I feel like I do this every day at Stevenson. My team works really hard to connect our students with the exciting world of work!

What is your educational background?
I have a BA in English from Towson University (Towson, Maryland) and I’ve started taking courses toward an MA in Human Resources Development.

What was your first job?
Counter Girl for a local pizza joint.

What is the best advice you ever received?
Don’t ever ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.

For someone starting in your field, what advice would you give?
In higher education, you gotta bring passion. None of us are in it for the money. We’re here to make a difference in students’ lives. So listen to the needs of others and try to make connections where they make the most sense.

What is something that might surprise us about you?
I was the Homecoming and Prom Queen of my high school. I’m still so humbled by that. Never saw it coming.

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