Recharged and Reengaged in Reston: #EACE18 Recap! By Kasey Fausak, Fordham University Last year, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the EACE 2017 Annual Conference at Niagara Falls. This was my first conference at that scale, and I was blown away by the sheer quantity of wonderful new ideas, programs, and techniques being […]
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by Amanda Machonis, Assistant Director, Twardowski Career Development Center, West Chester University
I found out about EACE’s professional development grant for newcomers to attend the 2018 conference the day before the deadline for applications. Earlier emails had likely slipped through the cracks during the semester, but when I was home at the end of December, I got a reminder. After finding out I was eligible to apply, I completed the questions that afternoon, sent everything in. I was planning to attend the conference anyway, but I held off on registering on the off-chance I would receive the grant.
Just over a month later, I got a congratulatory email stating I had indeed been chosen to receive the grant. I was excited, as were my colleagues when they found out. Most of them had attended EACE conferences in the past and raved about them. I registered and began to eagerly await the end of June.
The first highlight of the conference for me happened the first day. Hearing Jeffrey Selingo kick off the conference was thrilling to me. I read his book “There is Life After College“ just after I graduated with my master’s and was starting my first position at a community college. His concept of Sprinters, Wanderers, and Stragglers resonates with me to this day. The fact that Sprinters are far more likely to have at least one internship in college is not surprising. The ones that need our help more are the Wanderers and Stragglers, who may not have as many connections as Sprinters and need some help knowing their options.
The other part of the conference I really enjoyed was the newcomers’ breakfast on the second day. It was great to connect with colleagues who I may not have met otherwise. Many of us (about 45% of the total attendees) were at the conference for the first time, so the room was full of people and enthusiasm. I was able to chat with someone whose presentation I saw the previous day and an outgoing member of the board of EACE.
Overall, everyone’s passion for the field was heartening to me. Supporting students is vital in our profession, and we should also be supporting each other. At the conference this year, I met many people who could empathize with the challenges of working in higher education, whether their office is housed within student or academic affairs. I hope to continue connecting with those folks because sometimes the helpers need help too. We should work to continue the community formed at the conference.
Amanda Machonis is an Assistant Director in the Twardowski Career Development Center at West Chester University in PA.
By Cheryl Rotyliano, Ithaca College
My professional career, like many others, has taken different directions over time. I have worked to support undergraduate students with mental health, supported active duty military members relocating to a new duty station, managed a caseload of chronically homeless veterans, calculated GPA’s for a college admissions office, rented apartments, started my own business, and for the past 2 years, I am very happily a Career Coach!
Through this winding road, there is a common theme: I need to help others and I have deep passion for teaching others how to utilize the resources that surround them. As it says in my LinkedIn profile, “I like to lead and coach by example.”
As a Career Coach, or really anyone in a helping profession, I believe practicing what you preach is so important. If I tell a student to have a professional and attractive LinkedIn profile, what message am I sending if mine is plain and outdated? Involvement in professional organizations is something I believe is extremely important for professional development in any field.
If I’m being honest, reading the EACE email with promotion for the Professional Development Grant wasn’t happenstance. I had been paying attention to EACE emails because I was impressed with the quality of information and programs the organization had been producing. Moreover, I always make time to dig online for resources and read new information. When I saw there was an opportunity for a grant, I thought to myself, why wouldn’t I apply for this? Of course, there were many other things on my plate, but in valuing practicing what I preach, I made time because it was a valuable opportunity (and it didn’t require very much time at all considering the benefits.)
The EACE conference was the most valuable conference I’ve attended in my career to date. From beginning to end, it was a welcoming environment that was large enough to be effective with networking, yet small enough to not get completely lost in the shuffle. The conference is a “fit” for many different constituents, which increases the value. I was able to hone in on coaching skills and strategies, learn new programming and event ideas, have conversations about diversity and inclusion, gain perspective from employers and recruiters, and network with other colleges and universities who are implementing a career community model.
In an attempt to vocalize the way the conference made me feel, I would say: inspired by innovation, better educated, and more connected to networks and resources. That’s the elegant way of saying “mind blown.” I am still processing a lot of the information and finding ways my Career Center can utilize these new insights. If I listed all the sessions I enjoyed or got something out of, you’d find a list of all the sessions I attended! With that said, I found my favorites were the sessions regarding career communities/clusters facilitated by professionals at the College of Holy Cross and Rutgers University, a session on employer outreach strategy by Princeton University, and a session about service delivery efficiency practices (VG1) by Stockton University.
I’m excited to become more involved in an EACE committee in the upcoming year. I’ve seen the value first hand, and I want to ensure others have the same opportunity to have a great experience. High-fives all around for a great conference, and continuing to all practice what we preach!
Cheryl Rotyliano is a Career Coach and Community Developer at Ithaca College
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
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.
“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
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 enjoyed 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 attended 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.
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.
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.
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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post by Lisa Sydney, Career Counselor, Career Services Center, University of Delaware