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At the EACE Spring Meet Up, A is for Awesome Assessment Track

Meaningful and innovative are two words that I would use to describe the work that the Outcomes and Assessment Committee has been doing since it was established in July 2016.  The Outcomes and Assessment Committee is currently working on several projects that will provide members with programming, practical information, and a space to contribute and retrieve materials focused around assessment effective practices for career services and recruiting professionals. The Outcomes and Assessment Committee has several sub-committees who are looking at: Professional development and programming, certifications, annual conference pre-conference programming, and technology and web resources. With each sub-committee there is a level of intentionality on how we can deliver meaningful information and content to EACE members.

I’m sure you are wondering, “What does all of this really mean for me?” Over the next few months, the committee will be sharing professional development opportunities and new tools focused on assessment through social media and the Trending Blog.  I am excited to be sharing this introductory blog, and to tell you about an upcoming event.

On March 14, EACE will be hosting a Spring Meet Up in Philadelphia at St. Joseph’s University. The Spring Meet Up is a single day professional development opportunity for EACE members. This year, the Spring Meet Up will feature an Assessment Track.  Janet Long and Debra Klokis from the Outcomes and Assessment Committee have developed a set of presenters who bring a diverse set of experiences with assessment.

The first session is called, “Make Assessment Engaging – Be Part of the Process.” Facilitated by two well-known faculty members and assessment leaders from Drexel University, the interactive session will feature the “Wizards of Assessment” (think Dorothy and the Scarecrow!) in a unique format that makes the assessment process both meaningful and – dare we say — fun. Janet Long shared that the session is, “designed around a familiar theme to make the material more accessible and less intimidating.” Attendees of this presentation will be given an assessment scenario and will work with a group to address an assessment related challenge.  This session will be helpful for recruitment and career services professionals.

The second session is a panel discussion called “Overcoming the Fear of the “A” Word (Assessment).” The panel will consist of Jennifer Grauso, representing best assessment practices at St. John’s University, and Dr. Jocelyn Manigo and Janet Long, both representing Academic Support Services at Widener University. Debra Klokis of The College of New Jersey will facilitate the panel which will include ample time for audience participation and questions.

We hope that you’ll join us for the EACE Spring Meet Up and Assessment Track. There’s still time to register!

Read more about the mission of the Outcomes and Assessment Committee.

Written by Dorothy Hayden with Janet Long

EACE Call for Proposals Tip Sheet

The EACE Programming Committee is now accepting proposals to present at the 2017 Annual Conference. We are looking for proposals to cover a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Assessment & Strategic Planning (best practices, new approaches to program assessment, learning outcomes, graduate outcomes)
  • Career Community Models
  • Career Coaching & Counseling (colleges: counseling students and their parents, employers: recruiting students and their parents)
  • Diversity & Global Issues
  • Marketing & Technology
  • Employer Relations & Recruiting (best practices for HR recruiters)
  • University Partnerships (faculty/academic & alumni affairs/development partnerships with career centers)

Tips for Submitting Your Proposal

  1.  GIVE IT TIME – A good proposal takes time to create! Set aside a few hours to review past proposals, draft out your presentation outline, and craft your title and session description.
  2. TAILOR YOUR SESSION – Increase your chances of being selected by aligning with one of our topics above and think about a format that involves the audience and stimulates discussions (instead of straight lecture).
  3. MAKE IT CATCHY – The title and description you create now will be listed in the app and booklet, so consider the audience, topic area and relevance to your presentation. Use action verbs and results-oriented words. Your title must be both attention-grabbing and give a good description of your session.
  4. GET CREDIT – Sessions that are NBCC or HRCI accredited have an increased likelihood of being selected for the conference, and tend to have higher attendance. Review the guidelines for HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute) and NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors).
  5. SHARE TAKEAWAYS – Think about the learning outcomes. What information will attendees learn? What new insights will you cultivate? What best practices or how-to’s will you share? Answer the following: “By attending this session, attendees will gain…”

CLICK HERE to download the EACE Call For Proposals Tip Sheet and view sample proposals.

 Additional Information 

  • Back by popular demand, EACE is offering ONE FREE conference registration per accepted break-out session. The free conference registration will be given to the lead presenter listed on this form and is non-transferable. This offer is not applicable to speed learning presenters. You MUST register by the early bird deadline (March 31, 2017) to take advantage of the complimentary registration.
  • Presentations are expected to stick closely to what is proposed on this form.
  • Presenters will not be compensated.
  • EACE provides presenters of break-out sessions with a projector and screen, but you should bring your own laptop and adaptor.

FAQs

Who can submit a proposal?
Anyone who has a relevant topic to share! We’ve had submissions from graduate assistants, faculty, career counselors, VPs, directors, recruiters and more.

Where is the Annual Conference?
Jun. 21-23, 2017
Sheraton at the Falls
300 Third St.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

How long should my presentation be?
Break-out sessions are 60 minutes, speed-learning sessions are 20 minutes.

When are proposals due?
The deadline for submitting a proposal is Nov. 1, 2016.

When will I know if my proposal was accepted?
You will be notified by February 2017 on the status of your proposal and if it was accepted as a break-out session or will be offered as a speed-learning session.

Who should I contact with additional questions?
2017 EACE Annual Conference Programming Co-Chairs:
Katie Scheuer –  katie.scheuer@temple.edu
Ali Woodworth – alison.woodworth@bc.edueace-call-for-proposals-tip-sheet_page_2

 

5 Ways to Market “Road Trips to the Real World” on YOUR Campus!

rtrwbanner2017EACE’s Road Trips to the Real World offers your students the opportunity to attend employer site visits for ONE DAY between January 4 – 13, 2017. Host companies will talk about their organization, industry, internships, and job opportunities This is a chance for your students to get the inside scoop and literally get their foot in the door at 40 participating employers across the northeast…BUT space is limited and spots fill up VERY quickly, so encourage students to register now! Registration opens today, October 17th, and closes on December 9th. Students can register at: http://bit.ly/RTRW2017

Here are 5 ways you can spread the word about Road Trips on your campus:

  1. Social Media: Check out our Career Center Marketing Toolkit which has sample tweets and Facebook posts ready to go. Follow the suggested timeline, copy and paste, and boom – your students will catch wind of the great sites participating this year. Attach our infographic for a nice visual.
  2. Campus Announcements: Use your school’s campus wide announcement system to post a message about Road Trips. We’ve drafted up a sample campus announcement template which along with our infographic or flyer will catch their eye.
  3. Targeted Emails: Send targeted emails out to various student groups (specific majors, professional clubs, faculty and academic departments, special student leader groups like RA’s, OL’s, student workers, athletes and coaches, etc.) Use our Student Email template and tweak accordingly.
  4. Career Management System Messages: Whether you have CSO, Handshake, or Simplicity chances are you can send mass emails out to students. Use our campus announcement template and send it out using your Career Management System.
  5. Good Old Word of Mouth: Talk to students during your one-on-one appointments, at events, over the phone, or during a workshop. When you have their undivided attention, they’ll be more likely to hear all the great benefits of participating in Road Trips!

If you’d like more help in marketing the Road Trips program on your campus, please contact Committee Co-Chairs Katie Vagen at kvagen@bridgew.edu and Kelly Bellew at klb261@psu.edu. This program would not be successful without the help of our amazing EACE college and university members!

SHARE YOUR FAIR CONTEST

It’s that time again. Career Fair season is here. Many career offices have been or will be hosting their annual Career and Internships Fairs this fall. Wouldn’t be great to win a prize for all your hard work and planning?

sharefairThe EACE PR Committee is excited to be hosting our Share your Fair Contest, which will allow you to show off your hard work and career center pride with #EACE. The contest will run through November 1st.

To participate just snap and post pictures of your fall career fairs! Creativity counts.  The most creative posts that use #EACE will win a Starbucks gift card for their office!

Enter to win prize for your entire office. Here are this year’s prizes.

  • 1st place: $100 gift card
  • 2nd place: $25 gift card
  • 3rd place: $25 gift card

Not sure where to start? Get your students and employers involved. Snap some pictures showcasing your talented students interacting with your employer partners.  Photos must be uploaded to an individual or career center Twitter and/or Instagram account to enter the contest, and the body of the post or tweet must include #EACE & #SHAREYOURFAIR. Photos can also be edited to include #EACE somewhere on the image.

Winners will be announced during the week of Nov. 7 and featured in the EACE Digest E-Blast!

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

Time-worthy Training

As a premier conference, EACE gives its members a chance to tap into the wisdom of like-minded professionals. That’s what makes attending the EACE conference so inspiring. It fortifies attendees with innovative ways to successfully propel each student through his or her own, unique career planning journey. The EACE conference is produced by industry experts who are dedicated to helping career development professionals reach their full potential.

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Company Site Visits: A Great ROI

Every summer, the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) hosts the Professional Exchange Visit program. This program provides companies the opportunity to host a site visit open to the EACE membership. Organizations can build relationships with members to meet its needs, whether it be recruitment, brand awareness, or business development. Site visits generally consist of a company overview, tour, Q&A session, and an employee meet and greet.

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