The EACE Awards and Research Grants Committee is Proud to Announce the 2017 Award Winners:
Distinguished Leadership Award
Dr. Alicia Monroe
Assistant Director, Rowan University Office of Career Advancement
First Star & STEAM Academy
Dr. Alicia Monroe developed and implemented two successful college Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics transition partnership programs (First Star & STEAM Academy) between secondary and higher education institutions. These programs help underrepresented students transition from high school to college, and achieve both career and academic success. Also, she developed interactive techniques for helping students in selecting a career choice, along with coordinating activities that involved self-assessment, career testing and understanding their learning styles. Because of the program's success, it has now has now become a model for other institutions in the southern New Jersey region.
About the Recipient
Dr. Alicia Monroe serves as Assistant Director for the Office of Career Advancement at Rowan University. Notably, in this role, she developed and taught the college preparation and career readiness course for the Rowan University STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) Academy. In addition, through a partnership with the South Jersey First Star Collaborative, Dr. Monroe designed and implemented the Rowan First Star STEAM Academy; a pre-‐college transition program designed to engage foster youth in college and career discovery, exploration, counseling, and planning. Other special initiatives that she has championed are the Cooperman College Scholars Program-‐ Urban Education course, Pre-‐Med/Dentistry as well as Engineering Mock Interview events, and TD Bank Disability Mentoring Day. Collaborative planning and engagement with Rowan University faculty, staff, students, and alumni as well as employers and community stakeholders has been critical to the success of the pre-‐college transition programs and initiatives that she leads.
Alicia’s signature hashtag, #itsALLaboutthestudents, genuinely reflects her heart and commitment to education. With nearly 20 years as an educator, Dr. Monroe has served as classroom teacher, supervisor, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, adjunct professor, and education consultant. Dr. Monroe is also an ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) faculty member and an esteemed speaker for several education and professional organizations. Her nationally recognized research, Co-‐Creative Dialogue in Culturally Proficient Schools, provides a glimpse into the socio-‐dynamics of school communities and methods of self-‐correction that will support student achievement. Her research along with her expertise in creating equity and access models that frame educational opportunities for all students are the core of the ongoing support and professional learning she provides to school districts throughout the country. Dr. Monroe has facilitated professional learning for national education associations, state DOEs, district administrators, and school-‐based educators.
Monroe received a Doctorate of Education and earned the coveted Larry Marcus Medallion for Excellence in Doctoral Studies from Rowan University, a master's from Pratt Institute, and a bachelor's from the College of the Holy Cross. She proudly serves on four EACE committees: Diversity and Inclusion, Awards and Research Grants, Outcomes and Assessment, and Technology.
*This award honors outstanding and lasting contributions of such magnitude and quality to both EACE and the advancement of the field at-large as to merit public recognition and acclaim. This special award, although not necessarily presented every year, honors members whose leadership in strategic alliances/partnerships and/or literary and scholarly contributions have an impact regionally, nationally or internationally.
Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Award
Assistant Director of Employer Relations & Diversity, Stony Brook University Career Center
Diversity Career Preparation Program Series
In response to a growing need to support employers with diversity recruiting initiatives, and Kimberly Dixon’s passion to prepare underrepresented students for the world of work, Kimberly developed the Diversity Professional Leadership Network (DPLN) in 2008. Students are paired with professionals for mentoring, and guaranteed interviews with partnering organizations to pipeline talent. Past participants have gone on to work at organizations including Barclays, GE, Viacom, NBA, Texas Instruments, and Target to name a few. Based on the outstanding results as well as positive feedback from our corporate sponsors, the Diversity Career Preparation Series will continue to be showcased as a signature diversity program on campus.
About the Recipient
Kimberly Joy Dixon is currently the Assistant Director of Employer Relations & Diversity at the Stony Brook University Career Center. With over 16 years of experience in career services, her expertise is on developing and enhancing employer recruitment relationships and helping employers design specific recruiting/branding strategies. In tune with the importance of diversity in the workplace, she strategically cultivates programs that generate a diverse talent pipeline aligned with industry diversity recruiting initiatives.
Ms. Dixon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College at Columbia University. A native of Queens, NY and currently residing on Long Island, Ms. Dixon has been married for 18 years and has a beautiful 13 year old daughter.
*This award honors EACE members who have made outstanding contributions and demonstrated innovation in work with diverse populations.
Innovation in Program Development Award
Springfield College Career Center
- Scott Dranka, Interim Director
- Nicole Gauthier, Career Counselor
- Sherry Gomez, Career Advisor
- Michael Hill, Associate Director
- Laurie Wrona, Assistant Director
Peer Referral Program
Among career services practitioners, it has long been lamented that the students who utilize our services reap the benefits, but how do we reach the students who do not? The Career Center at Springfield College has developed a Peer Referral Program that is rewarding the students who are engaged with the Career Center. This is accomplished by utilizing students as paid Peer Career Ambassadors to hype services and events, rewarding engaged students for referrals, facilitating raffles for first-time users, launching a t-shirt campaign and implementing a Refer-A-Peer Day.
Springfield is capitalizing on the idea that “word of mouth” and viral marketing are the best strategy for reaching this underserved demographic. This program is achieving its goals, is easily replicated and cost effective.
*This award honors outstanding program development by either recruiting or career service members that can serve as a model program for others in the field to replicate.
Director, Center for Cooperative Education & Career Development, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Robbin Beauchamp has been an active member of EACE since joining in 1999. She presented at the conference during her first year of membership and has continued to be involved. Each year, Robbin has been on a committee, chaired a committee or served on the board. Robbin's committee work includes: Road Trips to the Real World, Professional Exchange, Professional Development and Sponsorship. Robbin was elected twice to the board in two different roles: Director of College Member Services and Director of Leadership Development. Robbin has twice been awarded a Presidential Citation for her contributions to EACE. She was instrumental in beginning the Director's Forum at the annual conference and worked to ensure that the conference could award NBCC and HRCI credits.
Robbin joined Wentworth Institute of Technology as Director of Cooperative Education and Career Development in Boston in September 2014 with over 25 years of college career services and human resources experience. She grew up in Winsted, Connecticut and went to Emerson College for her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication and Television Production. She obtained her Masters degree in Administration/Organizational Policy from Boston University. Robbin previously worked at Stonehill College and was the Director of the Career Center at Roger Williams University for 12 years.
Unique fact: She began her professional life in Hollywood working on television shows and returned to Boston to work in local television and radio.
*This award recognizes members who have consistently contributed to EACE through service and participation on committees, presentations, and conferences. The recipients of this award have had at least 6 years of involvement within the organization.
Outstanding Member Award
Assistant Director for the Student and Alumni Success Team, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Christine Cervelli has worked at New Jersey Institute of Technology – Career Development Services for 18 years. She is currently an Assistant Director for the Student and Alumni Success Team where she advises and plans programming for STEM students as well as students from the College of Science and Liberal Arts. Christine has been involved with EACE since 2013 when she joined the Membership Committee. Since then, she has served as co-chair of the Membership Committee as well as the Trending/PR Committee. She has presented speed learning sessions at EACE Annual Conferences for the last 5 years.
In addition to EACE, she has held executive board positions with the New Jersey Cooperative Education and Internship Association and was a co-founder of the New Jersey Career Center Consortium. She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Moravian College and a Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University.
*This award recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions through their involvement in EACE with a membership of at least 3 years or greater.
Outstanding New Member Award
Assistant Director of External Relations, Hofstra University Career Center
Stefano Verdesoto works at Hofstra University and co-manages on-campus recruiting, as well as leads employer development and marketing efforts.
He joined EACE in 2014 during his time in graduate school and currently serves as the 2016-2017 Public Relations Committee co-chair. In this role, he collaborates with EACE committees to elevate and maintain the EACE brand and promote organization events and resources through mass communication, including social media.
*This award recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions through their involvement in EACE within the first 3 years of membership.