2014 Award Winners!
The EACE Awards and Research Grants Committee announced the 2014 Award Winners and the results are as follows:
Walter Tarver, Stockton University
Member since 1999. Walter was the College Member Services Director for two years (2009-2011) and is currently the Progam Co-Chair for the 2014 conference. He also co-chaired the Diversity and Inclusion committee, has been on the Conference Entertainment committee at least twice.
Walter L. Tarver, III has been providing career development and graduate school preparation services for almost 20 years. Currently, he serves as Director of the Career Center at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey after having served in two previous roles at Stockton as Coordinator of Career and Employment Services and Assistant Director of Career Services.
Walter has been a member of EACE for the past 14 years. During this time, he has co-chaired the Diversity Advancement Committee and served on the EACE Board as Director of College Member Services. In addition, he has been a part of several conference planning teams, where he has worked with site, entertainment, sponsorship, and programming. In 2008, he was presented with the EACE Tribute Award. Last year, his service to EACE was acknowledged with a Presidential Citation for Outstanding Volunteer.
Tammy Samuels, Duke University
From the very beginning of her involvement with EACE Tammy has been a true champion of the organization. She makes a committed, personal effort to reach out to her large network of colleagues and friends to help market all of the wonderful programs and services we offer. More importantly, she has assumed a number of leadership roles with EACE during her tenure including involvement on the PE committee, annual conference committee, and most recently co-chair of the diversity and inclusion committee. Beyond this, she has presented at the annual conference numerous times. She is a true professional who leads by example and has made EACE a priority in her professional life.
Bio: Tammy Samuels is an Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services at Duke University Career Center. Prior to joining Duke she worked at her alma mater (class of ’97) Rutgers University Career Center for 5 years where she implemented and managed a university-wide credit-bearing internship program taught online. Shortly after earning her Master’s degree from Montclair State University in 2002 she served as a Director of Career Development and Dean of Students at Wilson College. Tammy has worked in higher education for more than 15 years and has continued to stay actively involved in her professional associations throughout the years, including EACE, NCACE, NJACE, and NJCEIA where she was recognized as Practitioner of the Year in 2010. Tammy enjoys exploring the Raleigh-Durham area, spending time with family, shopping, and attending the theater. She and her husband enjoy days at the park with their three girls.
From the very beginning of her involvement with EACE, Tammy has been a true champion of the organization. She makes a committed, personal effort to reach out to her large network of colleagues and friends to help market all of the wonderful programs and services we offer. Tammy’s involvement in EACE over the past several years has been the following: Co-chair, Diversity & Inclusion, 2013-14; Co-chair, Exhibitors – EACE Annual Conference 2012-13; Member, Sponsorship, 2011-12; Member, Awards & Research, 2010-11, 2011-12; Member, Professional Exchange, 2 years 2009-10, 2010-11; and Presenter, EACE Annual Conference 2012 and 2010.
Outstanding New Member
Christine Falcone, St. Joseph's University
Christine has made great contributions to career services as a newer professional, primarily through her remarkable way of connecting with people. A member of EACE since 2011, Christine has exhibited leadership ability as an active member of the Professional Development Committee and as the 2014 Conference Exhibitor Co-Chair, where she is implementing new ways to engage Exhibitors at the conference. Colleagues privileged to work with her routinely characterize Christine’s style as approachable, collaborative and innovative. As a career counselor at Saint Joseph’s University, Christine employs exceptional counseling skills and leads students in supportive and challenging ways. Beyond her counseling work, a chief way in which Christine connects with students so effectively is through service. Whether moderating the Thanksgiving Dance, an event that connects students with elderly individuals, or traveling to bring aid to post-Hurricane Sandy NY, Christine is a servant-leader who is committed to service and an inspiration to others.
Bio: Christine Falcone has been employed since December 2010 in the Career Development Center at Saint Joseph’s University where she works as a career counselor. In her role, she works 1:1 with students and alumni to discuss their career needs - topics range from indecision in regards to major choice to career transitions. In addition to her counseling role, Christine also acts as the office’s liaison between student organizations, Residence Life, Greek Life, Student Government, Campus Ministry, and the Education Department. In her liaison role, she works to provide career-related programming to groups based on their interests and needs. Christine became a member of EACE in 2011 when she attended her first conference in Hunt Valley, MD. From there, she became a member of the Professional Development committee, where, in collaboration with the committee, she helped plan a webinar series as well as drive-in opportunities for EACE members. Christine also attended the 2012 conference in Portland, Maine. This year, Christine co-chaired the Exhibitor Committee for the 2014 Conference. The committee worked to meet their goal of having twenty exhibitors present at the conference. Through marketing and collaboration, the committee met their goal, and hopes that everyone has had the opportunity to speak to the exhibitors who attended this year. Christine looks forward to continued participation with EACE as well as other professional affiliations as her career continues.
Sara Jaques, Stevenson University
Sara has done an amazing job as co-chair of the Professional Development committee for the last two years. New initiatives such as the Winter Splash events and the Administrative Professionals spring event have happened during the last two years under the direction of Sara and her co-chair, Linda Lenoir. These women have worked well with their committee members to assign responsibility for different areas of work. Committee members are engaged and things are happening! They also worked collaboratively with the Membership Committee to host an event for prospective members and are currently working collaboratively with the Technology Committee to present a webinar on how to write a blog. Their vision for professional development and collaborative approach are resulting in increased professional development opportunities for EACE members! Sara also served on the Conference Program Planning Committee in 2011 and presented at the 2013 Conference in Atlantic City, NJ.
Bio: Sara Jaques has been an active member of EACE since 2010 when she started her first full-time position in Career Services at Stevenson University. A mentor recommended that she join the Programming Committee for the 2011 EACE Conference in Hunt Valley. The following year, Sara was selected to serve as the co-chair for the Professional Development Committee. Her committee was asked to “think outside the box” when it comes to professional development. Her team successfully planned, marketed, and coordinated the first series of Winter Splash Networking events. The Winter Splash events allowed nearly 100 EACE members to connect and share best practices at the start of the New Year. The Winter Splash events have now been accepted as a signature EACE event.
Building on the successes of their first year, Sara and her co-chair, Linda LeNoir, decided to lead the EACE Professional Development Committee for a second year. Over the past year, Sara and her co-chair collaborated with the Membership Committee to coordinate an employer networking event, doubled the size of the Professional Development, and organized a successful drive-in conference for career services administrative professionals.
Sara is honored to accept the Outstanding New Member Award and is looking forward to continuing to contribute to the organization.
Innovation in Assessment Award
Leslie Stevenson and Megan Wallace
University of Richmond
Office of Alumni and Career Services
The Office of Alumni and Career Services (OACS) uses various forms of assessment to inform career programming, advising, alumni services, and employer relationship management. The OACS Strategic Plan serves as a guide for data collection and metrics reporting to various stakeholders. The metrics in the Strategic Plan are tracked in an Excel based Dashboard that houses data from 2011 – present. In addition to a living plan, the office created an assessment committee comprised of cross function team members that meet on a monthly basis to review and revise the way the office thinks about and uses assessment data. The committee developed a stakeholder matrix to ensure we are collecting, evaluating, and disseminating the appropriate information about our office and to explain our return on investment to our constituents. Data is a key factor in decision making about the services provided by our office and how we collaborate with campus partners. Office effectiveness is measured through qualitative and quantitative assessment tools including, but not limited to, student learning outcomes, the Career Interest Inventory, pre and post trip and program evaluations, cap and gown first destinations, summer experiences , alumni gap assessment, and employer segmentation and satisfaction.
Bio for Leslie Stevenson:
Leslie is the Director of Career Development at the University of Richmond. In this capacity, she partners with faculty and staff, employers, graduate/professional schools and families to assist students in reaching their career goals. With nearly 20 years of higher education experience, she's held leadership positions in the career centers at the University of Baltimore and University of Virginia. Leslie is well-versed in a variety of educational settings and also held posts at the University of Maryland and Prince George's Community College. Leslie has also been involved with external review/strategic planning efforts at several universities in Virginia. Leslie received a Fulbright Educational Administrator award in 2008 and participated in an educational exchange in Germany. Recently, she was an invited presenter at the inaugural Asian Pacific Career Development conference in Seoul, Korea. She remains actively involved in a number of professional organizations including the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (former board member) and the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Leslie has held a variety of EACE service since 1998, including serving on and chairing several committees including Diversity Advancement, Long Range Planning, Nominating, Awards/Research, Conference, and Consulting. Presented at several conferences. She has served on the EACE Board as Director of Professional Development. Past recipient of the Ernie Andrews Diversity Advancement scholarship, Presidential Citation for Outstanding Volunteer, and Award for Diversity Innovation.
Bio for Megan Wallace:
Megan Wallace is the Director of Business Development in the Office of Alumni and Career Services. Wallace manages recruiting relationships with employers and leads a comprehensive strategic employer development and stewardship plan. She also serves as a key leader in setting metrics for outcomes, program assessment, documentation and evaluation. Wallace was assistant director of career development at Wake Forest University School of Business. She previously was an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and the account director of member services for Corporate Executive Board. Wallace earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, computer information systems, from James Madison University and a master’s degree in education and human development with a concentration in student affairs from The George Washington University.
Megan attended the 2013 EACE Conference as a new member and participates on the Professional Exchange Committee.
Innovation in Program Development Award
Jeanette Doyle, Springfield College
The goal of Career Olympics was to increase student awareness of the Career Center programs and services and further introduce students to our newly launched online career services management system in a fun, interactive program. Students participated in teams of three and selected a country to represent their team. All three students from a team were required to attend the “Opening Ceremonies” to complete their first task of registering on our online career services management system. Students received a Career Olympics handbook that included the various career tasks to be completed by a specified deadline. Each task was assigned a point value. The teams with the top five scores were invited to participate in the final competition which involved creating a video commercial for the Career Center in order to market the Career Center to current students as well as prospective students. Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners were announced at the “Closing Ceremonies” hosted by our College President. Gold medalists each received an iPad, Silver medalists each received a Kindle Fire, and Bronze medalists each received a business portfolio, business card holder, and resume paper
Bio: Jeanette has over 20 years of experience in career development within higher education at public and private institutions, with experience in student and alumni counseling & programs, cooperative education, employer relations & recruiting, program development and overall career center supervision & management. She is currently the director of the Career Center at Springfield College. The Springfield College Career Center was selected as a Finalist for 2013 NACE Innovation Excellence Award in the category of Student Engagement—Small College. Prior to Springfield College, she was the director of the Career Development Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where she has also held the positions of associate director and assistant director. The WPI Career Development Center was awarded the 2012 NACE Innovation Excellence Award in the category of Marketing and Branding. The WPI Career Development Center was ranked 17th in the Nation in 2011 and 20th in the Nation in 2010 for Best Career Services by the Princeton Review. She spent five years at The George Washington University Career Center with a focus on cooperative education and on campus recruiting & employer relations. In addition, she worked as a career counselor/assistant director at Fitchburg State College. Jeanette is a graduate of the NACE Management Leadership Institute. She holds a Master of Education degree in Student Personnel Administration from Springfield College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Framingham State College.
Jeanette has been an active member of EACE since 1994. Most recently, she has been a member of the EACE Consulting Committee from 2008-2013.
Congratulations again to EACE's 2014 Award Winners!
Thank you to all who participated in the Award process.
In your service,
The 2013-2014 Awards and Research Grants Co-Chairs,
Anne Scholl-Fiedler, Stevenson University
Jessinia Morales, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.