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Fun Things to do in Niagara Falls

By Stefano Verdesoto, Assistant Director of External Relations, The Career Center at Hofstra University

Less than a month away from 2017 EACE Annual Conference!  As my third conference, I am excited to reconnect with friends and colleagues and continue learning best practices and trends in our industry.  As someone who lived in the Buffalo/Niagara area for six years (undergraduate and graduate school at the University at Buffalo – GO BULLS!), I am even more excited to return to the area for a few days and catch up with old friends and visit a few of my favorite spots.  As we count down, pack our bags, and make our lists, see below for a few recommendations on fun things to do in Niagara Falls.

Cave of the Winds
Feeling adventurous?  Journey down into the Niagara Gorge for a one-of-a-kind view of the Falls with the Cave of the Winds tour.  Gear up in a souvenir rain poncho and sandals for the full experience.  Learn more here.  Waterfall

Niagara Skywheel
Bring your passport and get a different view of the falls from Canada!  Soar 175 feet above Niagara Falls for an amazing view. Check it out here. Ferris Wheel

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA
Leave extra room in your bags!  Take a quick 15-minute car/cab ride to the premier outlet shopping destination in Niagara Falls, NY, serving customers from Buffalo and upstate New York with 200+ designer brands.  Learn more here.
Outlets

Maid of the Mist
The obvious choice!  Hop on board and experience Niagara Falls.  Hear the waves, see the sights, and feel the mist!  Learn more here.  Maid of the Mist

Buffalo, NY
The not-so-obvious choice.  Visiting from out of town?  Make the most of your time in Western New York and explore Buffalo, a quick 30-minute drive from the falls.  With diverse neighborhoods, rich culture, and delicious food (they call ‘em “wings,” not “Buffalo wings!”), there is plenty to do and see in Buffalo.  Check out the visitor’s page and explore neighborhoods like Elmwood VillageBuffalo

Of course, there is plenty more to do while in town for 2017 EACE Annual Conference, but this is a good start.  What will you do while in town?  Share your plans and ideas on Twitter using #EACE.  See you soon and Cheers to 20 Years!

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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CSTM Wrap-Up 2016

What I enjoy most about working in an office that employs students is the fact that they are very honest when it comes to what’s considered “cool” or not. Before I embarked on the four-hour train ride to New York last week, I started to think about those words that one of our students left me with: “Don’t make us a Snapchat account, no one will follow it.”

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EACE Professional Development Grant

EACE Professional Development Grant awarded to: Madeline Goldman, M.Ed., Graduate Assistant, The Graduate School, Virginia Commonwealth University

 

I couldn’t believe I had received an EACE Professional Development Grant to attend the 2015 Annual Conference; I was so excited about the opportunity and knew it would mean great things for myself and my institution. I started the conference by attending the Newcomers breakfast and was able to network with newcomers from all over the East coast. We chatted about our different experiences in Career Services and enthusiasm about EACE. At my table was a board member who shared her experiences with EACE and encouraged us to become involved. She had signed up for two committees her first year and increased her involvement each year after that. She shared with us many stories about her fellow EACE colleagues who were now a valuable resource for her both personally and professionally. I could not wait to learn more about EACE so I signed up for the Public Relations Committee myself. I hoped it would help me with my state’s ACE marketing committee and enhance my marketing knowledge about Career Services.

I was also impressed with the employers that I met at EACE. I was able to learn about internships that were available to my students and discover new companies altogether. I relayed all of that information to the Director of Career Services at Virginia Union University (VUU) who was much appreciative and the Internship Manager at VUU began contacting people right away.  The Exhibitor connections were easily made as well; I gathered information on the different vendors and made suggestions to our director about what systems would enhance the Career Services experience for our students. We are in the process of reviewing all of the information and hope to make some changes soon.

The programming was fantastic. I walked away with an enormous amount of useful information that I plan to implement in Career Services. I particularly enjoyed the Networking Styles presentation and felt that something like that could be easily added to our Career Services programming. Students often seem intimidated by networking and this presentation listed specific concrete ways to network effectively. I thought it would be useful for myself and the students I work with.  I also enjoyed the speed learning sessions on Friday morning. The job shadowing model established at University of Pittsburgh seemed like a good idea for our office to follow.  There were so many other fabulous presentations and sessions; I can’t possibly mention them all here. But it has been great being able to access all of the presentations on the EACE Conference app; that made my job even easier and I have been able to follow up with presenters as well.

I enjoyed networking with other professionals from all over the East Coast. I had a fabulous dinner on the Duquesne Incline that gave us a beautiful view of the city of Pittsburgh overlooking three spectacular rivers. I met people from Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts to name a few. We had drinks atop a rooftop bar and I donated to the Boys and Girls Club; what a great cause for EACE! I think they raised almost $4000 for the organization. I liked making new connections and looked forward to seeing colleagues again at future EACE conferences and events.

Madeline Goldman, M.Ed.
Graduate Assistant, The Graduate School
Virginia Commonwealth University

2015 EACE Annual Conference – news

 

The EACE Annual Conference:  What was your favorite part?

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We would love to hear about your experience at the 2015 EACE Annual Conference. How great was Pittsburgh? Share your thoughts below in the comments box!

Take us over the top! Former EACE Presidents Join Together for a Great Cause

President’s Challenge…Commitment To the Future

EACE Blog contribution by John Fracchia, Associate Director of Career Services, Ithaca College and 2012-13 EACE President

 

Small Group of EACE Past Presidents Credit: Helen Brown

Small Group of EACE Past Presidents
Credit: Helen Brown

There are experiences in our lives that sometimes pay rewards, in unexpected ways long after the initial experience has ended.  Such was the case, recently, when EACE Community Service Co-Chair Beverly Lorig approached several former EACE Presidents with the idea of the “President’s Challenge…Commitment To The Future.”  The idea of the challenge was to get all former EACE presidents to contribute to a campaign to raise $2,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Western, PA.  The initiative builds upon an EACE tradition of supporting a charitable effort or organization in the community where the annual conference is held.  Past efforts have supported Veterans Employment in Portland, Maine, Habitat For Humanity in Atlantic City, and the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis.

While the roots of the association go all the way back to 1926, EACE as an entity has existed since 1997 and there are 17 past-Presidents.  Unfortunately, Beverly only had Read more

Take us over the top! Former EACE Presidents Join Together for a Great Cause

President’s Challenge…Commitment To the Future

EACE Blog contribution by John Fracchia, Associate Director of Career Services, Ithaca College and 2012-13 EACE President

 

Small Group of EACE Past Presidents Credit: Helen Brown

Small Group of EACE Past Presidents
Credit: Helen Brown

There are experiences in our lives that sometimes pay rewards, in unexpected ways long after the initial experience has ended.  Such was the case, recently, when EACE Community Service Co-Chair Beverly Lorig approached several former EACE Presidents with the idea of the “President’s Challenge…Commitment To The Future.”  The idea of the challenge was to get all former EACE presidents to contribute to a campaign to raise $2,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Western, PA.  The initiative builds upon an EACE tradition of supporting a charitable effort or organization in the community where the annual conference is held.  Past efforts have supported Veterans Employment in Portland, Maine, Habitat For Humanity in Atlantic City, and the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis.

While the roots of the association go all the way back to 1926, EACE as an entity has existed since 1997 and there are 17 past-Presidents.  Unfortunately, Beverly only had Read more

Former EACE Presidents Join Together for a Great Cause

President’s Challenge…Commitment To the Future

EACE Blog contribution by John Fracchia, Associate Director of Career Services, Ithaca College and 2012-13 EACE President

 

Small Group of EACE Past Presidents Credit: Helen Brown

Small Group of EACE Past Presidents
Credit: Helen Brown

There are experiences in our lives that sometimes pay rewards, in unexpected ways long after the initial experience has ended.  Such was the case, recently, when EACE Community Service Co-Chair Beverly Lorig approached several former EACE Presidents with the idea of the “President’s Challenge…Commitment To The Future.”  The idea of the challenge was to get all former EACE presidents to contribute to a campaign to raise $2,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Western, PA.  The initiative builds upon an EACE tradition of supporting a charitable effort or organization in the community where the annual conference is held.  Past efforts have supported Veterans Employment in Portland, Maine, Habitat For Humanity in Atlantic City, and the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis.

While the roots of the association go all the way back to 1926, EACE as an entity has existed since 1997 and there are 17 past-Presidents.  Unfortunately, Beverly only had Read more

2015 EACE Annual Conference

The Annual Conference Registration Deadline is Approaching..
Don’t Miss It!

The 2015 EACE Annual Conference will be held Jun. 17-19 at the Marriott Pittsburgh City Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Click here to view the registration fees. Space is limited; don’t wait!

The EACE Annual Conference committee and headquarters are working very hard to deliver an exciting program of events this year. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with career service and HR professionals and exhibitors from around the entire East Coast while attending a variety of sessions that are NBCC and HRCI approved.

We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!

Sincerely,

Samantha Camoni and Lakeisha Mathews
EACE Annual Conference Co-Chairs

NEW: The EACE Professional Development Grant

EACEb LogoWant to attend the EACE Annual Conference in Pittsburgh or see an interesting webinar topic coming up but don’t have the budget? Well…

The Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) is proud to now offer a professional development grant to our membership. Moving forward the board will offer up to a total of $2,500 annually to help defray professional development costs for members who would not otherwise be able to participate. Grant monies are to be used toward EACE professional development opportunities, such as the Annual Conference, webinars, and Professional Development events.

Application Timeline:

Applications for professional development grants are accepted on a rolling basis while funding is still available. All applications will be reviewed by the EACE Past-President and a recommendation will be made to the EACE board for final approval of grant money. Notification of awards will be given within 4-6 weeks of submittal.

How to Apply:

Final Report:

Following the event, the recipient is required to write a blog post that includes information both about the event and the impact of being a grant recipient. This post should be completed and submitted to the EACE Past-President and Bridges Co-Chairs within 1 month of the event covered by the EACE Grant.
Apply Now
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