SoACE Kudos: June 2017 Edition

Scott Maynard, Mississippi State University

After 22 years in career services and 29 years at MSU, congratulations to Scott on his retirement! Thank you, Scott, for all you have done for the field of career services, and your service to SACE and SoACE.

Heidi Thuesen, Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development

An outstanding new professional who is a strong team player, has exceptional organizational skills, a passion for the career field, and is an ALL AROUND GREAT PERSON. Kudos to Heidi!

Kertesha Riley, University of Tennessee Center for Career Development

Kudos to a fantastic career consultant who created outstanding programming last year – and is preparing to begin her PhD in the fall! You are a rock star – you’ve already done so much good, can’t wait to see all that is to come!

Clint Careens, Communication Career Services/UT Austin

For having been in CCS only three months, Clint has done a tremendous job climbing the new employee learning curve, which can be quite challenging when coming to a large university like UT. His insight and input thus far has been a tremendous asset for our office and we all appreciate his dry sense of humor. Thanks, Clint!

Jessica Harrington, Arkansas State – Career Services

Jessica is always willing to assist me in the office whenever I need help! I appreciate coming to work with her every day and value her support.

Tiffany Johnson, Arkansas State – Career Services

Shout out to Tiffany for becoming the Secretary for AACE!

Jill Boatright, Loyola University New Orleans

Great job to your and your team, Jill, for another great ER Summit!

Jill Boatright, Loyola University New Orleans

Kudos, Jill, for planning a fantastic ER Summit!

Danielle Golinski, Elon University

Mad props to Danielle for hosting a great Strengths Quest workshop. It was well-run and very informative. Great job organizing!

Career Services Team, The University of Tampa

Congrats on a successful year and thanks for all your hard work. Awesome colleagues who lead the way for our students!!

Tim Harding, The University of Tampa

Congrats on being named to the NACE Board!! Well deserved.

Dr. Kate Brooks, Vanderbilt University

For delivering an awesome keynote address at the SoACE Employer Relations Summit!

SoACE Employer Relations Summit Planning Team

Kudos to the 2017 SoACE Employer Relations Summit Planning Team for their hard work and for putting on the best ER Summit yet!

SoACE 2017 Employer Relations Summit Team

Congratulations to the SoACE 2017 Employer Relations Summit Team for a successful meeting in June. With your efforts we were able to “stay in tune” in Nashville. Thank you! Jill Boatright, Loyola University, Chair, La’Endia Buchanan, Belmont University, Annie Cutler, Trinity University, Bethany Ferrall, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Co-Chair, Bevley Green, University of South Alabama, Rochelle Harris, University of North Texas, Jennie Marchal, Vanderbilt University, Kim Satz, Texas Christian University, Stephanie Stuckey, University of South Carolina, Special thanks to Corinne Earle, CMC Global, for all her support for this event.

Bill Blank, UCF

Congratulations to Bill Blank at the University of Central Florida for receiving the FloridaACE President’s Award alongside Stacy Lanigan from Lynn University for their many above and beyond contributions over the past year to FloridaACE.

Melanie Brown, University of Central Florida

Congratulations to Melanie Brown at the University of Central Florida for receiving the FloridaACE New Member Award for sharing her graphic design talents with the organization over the past two years.

Julia Ruddock, The University of Tampa

Congratulations to Julia Ruddock from The University of Tampa for receiving the Colleges of Central Florida Career Consortium (CCFCC) Member of the Year Award. Julia was selected because of her tireless efforts in planning the annual CCFCC Career Expo.

Cathy Green, Mississippi State University Career Center

Cathy is the person you want at the front desk, welcoming your students and employers.  She is sweet, kind, and doesn’t think twice about giving anything she has to help someone in need.  Thanks, Cathy, for being such a great example of service.


Great job to everyone who is associated with FloridaACE! It was another amazing conference!


Congratulations to our 2017 SoACE Professional Development Scholarship Winners!

Stacy Shields
Donna Srader
Valerie Kielmovitch Mandel

Each year, SoACE offers scholarships to our career service professionals and employer members. These scholarships provide a maximum of $1500 for a professional development program, event, certification, resources, or tuition toward the activity of the recipient’s choice. This year we had a strong pool of applicants and enjoyed reading about all of the opportunities our SoACE members have to continue growing and learning. Typically, we award two scholarships each May. However, this year we are fortunate to fully fund two requests and partially fund a third.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

Valerie Kielmovitch Mandel, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Donna Srader, Texas Tech University

Stacy Shields, University of Houston- Clear Lake

Stay tuned and later this summer, we will hear more from our recipients about the exciting opportunities that resulted from this year’s scholarships!

Letter from our President – Mary Mahoney

Mary with husband, Ken, at Neyland Stadium

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are having a good summer. Each year I look forward to summer getting here thinking it will be calmer and I can catch up on all those things I have been putting off or saving for “summer projects”.  Then June comes with freshman orientation sessions which everyone in our office now participates in and people are taking vacations and there is the NACE Conference, the Employer Relations Summit and before you know it fall has arrived and it is time to start all over again. When did our lives get so busy?!

I feel like I just started as your SoACE President but in reality my term is coming to an end on June 30. At that time I move into the Past President role serving for one more year overseeing Awards and Nominations. I have enjoyed serving as your President. We have an amazing organization that truly cares about its members. Everyone at some point should have the opportunity to sit in on a Board meeting as we debate, discuss, analyze and decide what is best for the members and the organization as a whole. We really can get intense sometimes as we try to make decisions that are best for the overall association and are fiscally sound. I am honored that I was a part of the Board. I appreciate all the hard work that our Board, Conference Committee and members who volunteer their time on various committees do to make the SoACE organization strong. Individuals from other associations have often commented on how friendly and welcoming SoACE is. It truly is our southern hospitality, and you the members, that makes SoACE special.

It is exciting that we will celebrate our 10th year as SoACE this December 10-13 in San Antonio, Texas. I was there for the first SoACE Conference in San Antonio, and it was a wonderful experience to see the blending of two organizations come together to create SoACE. SWACE and SACE were both good organizations, but together we became even better and stronger. I hope you plan to be a part of SoACE for many more years to come. Dust off your boots and cowboy hat and get ready to boogie or do whatever they are planning for us. I know Stephanie Saunders Bird (yes she got married!) and her Conference Committee are working hard to have a memorable Conference for everyone.

Thank you for being a part of this great association! I have enjoyed meeting many of you throughout the year and look forward to continuing those relationships. Have a wonderful summer and take some time for yourself!

Mary Mahoney
2016-2017 SoACE President
The University of Tennessee
Center for Career Development