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2015 Award Winners
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The EACE Awards and Research Grants Committee announced the 2015 Award Winners and the results are as follows:

Tribute Award

Stacy McClelland, Enterprise Holdings

As a Group Talent Acquisition Manager for Enterprise Holdings in Philadelphia, Stacy McClelland oversees the selection and hiring process for the company’s Alamo Rent a Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands, as well as Enterprise CarShare in the states of Delaware, South Jersey, Philadelphia as well as some of the surrounding counties. McClelland has been recognized as a three-time exceptional achievement award winner for her performance as a Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise.

In 2004 McClelland earned her PHR certification from Villanova University, in 2007 she served as the Secretary at PennACE, in 2010 she was the co-chair of the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers Conference and in June 2012 McClelland was then elected to the Board of EACE. In 2014 McClelland was elected to the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network and in 2015 she started serving on the Mainline Chamber of Commerce Talent Pipeline Steering Committee.


Tribute Award

Gerald Tang, Baruch College


Gerald Tang is a social media & technology enthusiast with 8 years of experience working in the university career services industry. Currently, Gerald works at CUNY, Baruch College as an Associate Director of digital media, marketing and assessment for the STARR Career Development Center. Prior to Baruch, he worked in the career services offices at Columbia University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University.
During this year, Gerald served as co-chair for EACE’s PR committee and the Conference Publicity committee, where he revamped and provided leadership for the organization’s social media accounts. In the past, he served on EACE’s Professional Exchange, Professional Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Technology, Networking committees and on the Board.


Outstanding Member

Tracey Cantabene, Stevenson University


For the past five years, Tracey has created and implemented career events and marketing campaigns for the Office of Career Services at Stevenson University. Prior to arriving at Stevenson her 20+ years of event planning and marketing had been with a Fortune 500 company, non-profits, and various sport-related organizations. In addition to marketing and event planning at Stevenson, she is the liaison to the School of Education, sits on the Employer Relations Team, coordinates social media efforts, and presents frequently on LinkedIn. She has attended the EACE Annual Conference in Baltimore and Annapolis and is the co-chair of the two-person membership committee. When not at work, she enjoys following the Stevenson University Field Hockey and Men’s Lacrosse Teams, gardening, and coaching soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse for her son and daughter’s teams. She will be leaving Stevenson at the end of May but hopes to become an employer member of EACE.



Outstanding New Member

Katie Vagen, Bridgewater State University


Katie Vagen is the Career Development Coordinator at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. In this role, Katie counsels students and alumni from all majors and backgrounds helping them to set and achieve career related goals. She coordinates several signature programs including the BSU Etiquette Dinner, Alumni Career Panels, and the Education Career Fair while serving on several campus wide committees and supervising her student workers. Beyond the office, she volunteers as the campus Club Advisor for ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting) and has participated in several Alternative Break Trips to Phoenix, NYC, and D.C. serving the homeless. Katie became a member of EACE in 2013 when she attended her first Annual Conference in Atlantic City. She quickly became connected and was asked to serve as the Co-Chair of the EACE Public Relations Committee for the 2014-2015 year. In this role, Katie co-led a committee of 11 professionals in using diversified communications to increase member engagement in EACE’s signature programs and services. She helped to create a strategic process for developing, managing, and delivering content to members and had a large hand in several campaign contests on Facebook and Twitter that grew new followers.



Innovation in Assessment Award

Mansoor Khan and Michelle Kyriakides
St. John's University

Bio for Mansoor Khan:
Mansoor has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration. Prior to joining St. John’s University, Mansoor served as the Director of Data Management and Enrollment Reporting at Hofstra University. He has also previously worked at New School University, New York Institute of Technology and Metropolitan College of New York, in the areas of recruitment, enrollment management, student services, and advising, with a specialization in data analysis and database design. Mansoor currently leads St. John’s Career Services’ assessment of employment outcomes and other data reporting, and also oversees the office’s social media efforts.


Bio for Michelle Kyriakides, Ed.D:

Dr. Kyriakides has 15 years of experience in career services administration. Prior to joining St. John’s University, Michelle worked for IRTS, serving the NYC and national media industry as their internship programs coordinator. Michelle has extensive experience developing effective partnerships across departmental and divisional boundaries, and has been recognized for her work with Faculty Engagement and Division I student athletes with various professional associations, including N4A, NACE and LICSPA. With an academic background in data analysis and program evaluation, Michelle leads St. John’s Career Services’ assessment of learning outcomes. Her research has focused on academic and career achievement models, specifically about the measurement of parental expectations in academic achievement studies (findings presented at AERA and ECHA), and applying the Munich Dynamic Ability-Achievement Model to Howe’s Theory of Deliberate Practice as they relate to career achievement in a variety of fields (published in: Excellence: Essays in Honour of Kurt A. Heller.)



Innovation in Program Development Award

Karin Asher, Alyssa Canerota, Alyson Kavalukas, Allie Zalar
University of Pittsburgh

(Photo left to right: Karin Asher, Allie Zalar, Alyson Kavalukas. Not pictured: Alyssa Camerota)


DiscoverU Day at the University of Pittsburgh is a collaborative program that is planned by a core team within the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance, and executed with close collaboration with the Office of First Year Experience. In addition to being recognized at EACE and Pitt Student Affairs’ own Excellence Awards, the staff is proud of DiscoverU Day’s honorable mention status for the 2015 NACE Chevron Award.


Alyssa Camerota joined the CDPA team as a Career Consultant in March 2014 working specifically with undecided students. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Westminster College and her M.S. in Professional Counseling from Carlow University. Her background includes mental health counseling and both social and clinical research, and Alyssa enjoys using the MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory with her student portfolio.


Allie Zalar has served as an Internship Associate in the office since 2013, delivering both group and individual assistance to students participating in the University’s Internship Preparation Program. She earned a B.S. in Communication from Slippery Rock University. Prior to joining Pitt’s team, Allie worked for Best Buddies International and InVision Human Services in employment development.

Alyson Kavalukas joined the CDPA staff as Internship Coordinator in 2012 and has been with the University since 2004. Alyson has a B.A. in French and is proud to be a Pitt alumna. In her role, Alyson is responsible for oversight of Pitt’s Internship Guarantee and Internship Preparation Program, ensuring experiential learning opportunities for all undergraduate students who seek assistance with their search process.

Karin Asher serves as the Associate Director of the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance. Karin’s 12-year career in Student Affairs has also included work in Residence Life and First Year Experience, contributing to her interest in engaging freshman students in career development. Karin holds a masters degree in Counselor Education from Penn State University and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.



Innovation in Program Development Award

Bill McCarthy, Binghamton University


Bill McCarthy is a 25 year career professional who has worked at 3 colleges. The last 15 years he has worked at Binghamton University, a highly selective public university in Binghamton NY. He has successfully helped employers recruit college students for jobs and internships to grow their organization. He has also enjoyed setting students up for professional and career success through career planning advice and education. Bill has previously presented at both EACE and NACE.


Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Award

University Relations and Recruiting Partnership Team, Vanguard

(Photo left to right: Stephanie Angellotto, Kory Collins, Amy Todd. Not pictured: Karen Fox, Kurt Styers, Eunice Cardenas, Rebecca Taylor)



The University Relations and Recruiting Partnerships (URP) team is a key component to Vanguard's overall talent acquisition strategy. The team consists of seven dedicated resources who are focused on promoting Vanguard as a best place to work to all prospective candidates. URP is responsible for developing innovative strategies that attract the best talent for Vanguard's leadership programs and specialized hiring needs. This team of relationship managers and specialists partners with hundreds of universities, leadership and diversity talent groups, and career management organizations across the country. Vanguard is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment, and the URP team strives to make that a focus in their strategy. In the 2014-2015 season, the team attended or facilitated nearly 100 diversity related events! The team has set a precedence for employers in regards to diversity and inclusion practices, and continues to identify and create additional opportunities to find top diverse talent.



Congratulations again to EACE's 2015 Award Winners!


Thank you to all who participated in the Award process.


In your service,

The 2014-2015 Awards and Research Grants Co-Chairs,
Donna Ratcliffe, Virginia Tech
Amy McPherson, Virginia Tech


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