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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 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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Stefano Verdesoto: Grant allows for best newcomer experience… EVER.

Do you remember your transition between school and the working world? I do... mostly because I am living it right now! Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the EACE annual conference for the first time, and I honestly cannot even begin to express how thankful I am for the opportunity.

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Paul Gagnon: Past, Present and Future at the EACE Conference

Paul Gagnon is a Career Consultant at UConn and one of this year's EACE professional development grant winners. Read about his conference experience

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It’s Show Time! Career Services Support Professionals Drive-In Conference

credit: WTTV, PBS Chicago affiliate

credit: WTTV, PBS Chicago affiliate

Fuel up your tank and rev up for the Career Services Support Professionals Drive-In Conference, a special event for our hardworking support professionals sponsored by your EACE Professional Development committee.

May 29, 2015 from 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. in two convenient locations:

Philadelphia area:  Penn State University, Brandywine Campus, Media, PA

Baltimore-D.C. area:  University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Connect with fellow professionals and learn how to continue to navigate the workplace as you grow in your role.  The agenda specifically addresses the opportunities and challenges that Career Services Support Professionals face every day.

Featured topics will include: Navigating Difficult Personalities, Marketing & Social Media, Data Collection & Assessment, Key Administrative Roles in Career Services, and Your Career Development.  Plus, we’ll hear keynote addresses from two career services thought leaders, Robert Orndorff, Senior Director, Career Services at Penn State University and Matt Brendt, Vice President of CSO Research.

Register today:  http://www.eace.org/?page=2015AdminConference

Questions?  Contact Program Chair Christina MacGill via email at macgill@psu.edu

Submitted by Janet Long, Widener University, for EACE Professional Development Committee

New to you from the Professional Connections Committee

The Professional Connections Committee (PCC) provides programming and services aimed at supporting members’ needs in relation to their professional life cycles through various learning and relationship building opportunities. Check out our EACE page: http://tinyurl.com/PCCPrograms


We offer one-on-one advising for members going through or about to go through a professional transition through our Professional Connections Advising program. In up to three discussions, the advisee will be able to discuss his or her concerns, goals, and questions. Discussions will be confidential. Fill out our survey: http://tinyurl.com/PCCofferings to participate. We are looking for members who would like to be advisors on topics they feel they have extensive experience around to sign- up as well as individuals who would like to be advised on a specific topic.

PCC also provides discussion groups on specific professional transition topics that are member generated.
Fill out our survey: http://tinyurl.com/PCCofferings to participate. There is a space for individuals to note if they would like to be a participant or a leader of a transition topic-specific discussion group.

 
EACE Pittsburgh: We are offering discussion groups at the EACE Conference in Pittsburgh Wednesday evening as part of the dinner on your own option! Sign-up through the survey before the conference or on our sign-up sheets in the hospitality suite the first day of the conference! Last year in Annapolis we had a great discussion about changing from industry to career services.
 
If you would like more information about upcoming Professional Connections events and programs or to join our committee please contact Lisa Sydney at: sydney.lisa@gmail.com.

post by Lisa Sydney, Career Counselor, Career Services Center, University of Delaware

 

It’s Show Time! Career Services Support Professionals Drive-In Conference

credit: WTTV, PBS Chicago affiliate

credit: WTTV, PBS Chicago affiliate

Fuel up your tank and rev up for the Career Services Support Professionals Drive-In Conference, a special event for our hardworking support professionals sponsored by your EACE Professional Development committee.

May 29, 2015 from 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. in two convenient locations:

Philadelphia area:  Penn State University, Brandywine Campus, Media, PA

Baltimore-D.C. area:  University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Connect with fellow professionals and learn how to continue to navigate the workplace as you grow in your role.  The agenda specifically addresses the opportunities and challenges that Career Services Support Professionals face every day.

Featured topics will include: Navigating Difficult Personalities, Marketing & Social Media, Data Collection & Assessment, Key Administrative Roles in Career Services, and Your Career Development.  Plus, we’ll hear keynote addresses from two career services thought leaders, Robert Orndorff, Senior Director, Career Services at Penn State University and Matt Brendt, Vice President of CSO Research.

Register today:  http://www.eace.org/?page=2015AdminConference

Questions?  Contact Program Chair Christina MacGill via email at macgill@psu.edu

Submitted by Janet Long, Widener University, for EACE Professional Development Committee

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.
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Making the Most of EACE – Tuesday, May 5th at 12 pm

Making the MostThe Professional Development Committee is pleased to present a new webinar designed especially for EACE newcomers and members who would like to get more involved with EACE. Spread the word!

So you’ve registered for the EACE conference and now you’re feeling a little nervous: ”What sessions should I attend? How will I meet new people? After the conference, how do I stay involved?”

If you have any of these questions, you won’t want to miss Making the Most of EACE, a free webinar on Tuesday, May 5th at 12pm. We’ll hear from 2015 EACE Conference Co-Chairs Sam Camoni and Lakeisha Mathews about tips for picking conference sessions, pre- and early-conference activities, and the inside track on networking opportunities. In addition, current EACE President Scott Rappaport will share the bigger picture of all that EACE has to offer: our mission, the roles of board members, and the wide range of committees to join and events to attend year round.

We’ll also be joined by Katie Damon Scheuer, Professional Development Co-Chair, who will offer highlights of her first conference experience, networking tips, and how to join and benefit from EACE committee membership. There will be lots of time for Q&A, so bring all of your questions and prepare to feel great about the answers.

Make your (first) EACE conference the best ever. REGISTER TODAY!

Submitted by Janet Long, Widener University, for EACE Professional Development

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