SoACE Kudos: October 2017 Edition

Rachel Wages, University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Kudos to Rachel Wages for all of the amazing work she is doing to market the upcoming SoACE Annual Conference. She has gone above and beyond and is always extremely responsive. Thank you!

Toni McLawhorn, Roanoke College

Toni is a servant leader who is always ready to volunteer and support others. She continues to volunteer to help SoACE in so many ways even though she has a long list of service including serving as a president. She is a perfect example of being engaged in your profession. Thank you for all that you do!

Stephanie Bird, University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Stephanie is providing exceptional leadership to a motivated 2017 SoACE conference committee. She inspires her team and is dedicated to a memorable 10th anniversary conference. Big thanks for your leadership, Stephanie!

Amy  Pogue, Louisiana State University Olinde Career Center

A fall full of events handled with grace – geaux Amy Pogue!!

Amy Skelton, Mississippi State University

Kudos to Amy for surviving the heat of recruiting season with poise and grace. This semester was Amy’s first fall career fair, and she was consistently ready and willing to help any person who came through the door. It takes a lot of endurance to maintain that kind of energy day after day during recruiting season, but Amy clearly has what it takes.

Career Services Team, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Great job in the Fall 2017 Industry/Career Expo!

Career Services Team, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Great job to the amazing Career Services team at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for another outstanding Fall Industry/Career Expo! It is a pleasure to work with such an outstanding team.

Kent Phillips, Disney

Kent has been an amazing partner for me. We have worked together on behalf of 2 university’s. He is responsive, informative and always ready to share ideas. His upbeat personality and creative spirit have proven invaluable.

Emilio Lorenzo, Nova Southeastern University

Emilio has always been an outstanding contributor to the NSU Career Development office, but this kudos is specifically for his tireless efforts this summer to grow the vision of the office, services offered, and support given to students. This summer, Emilio did all of that and more, working efficiently and collaboratively to develop and launch a new “World Ready Competencies” initiative, which will now shape the rest of our Career Development programming and assessment. He collaborated to design new ways to engage students, and developed and delivered an exceptional new-employee training for our staff of new GAs. Emilio’s constant eye on the big picture ensured that he was the go-to idea innovator this summer, and his attention to detail ensured that his new staff had everything they needed to get off to a good start. We definitely had some long days of planning where we were rubbing our eyes staring at spreadsheets and training calendars, but to see all that our office has accomplished, thanks in no small part to his dedication and commitment, is a reward all in itself. Emilio: Thank you for all that you do!

Elizabeth  Marcum, Kentucky State University

Thanks Elizabeth for your committed efforts to plan and organize as much of the Career Fair logistics as possible BEFORE you left for medical leave. Having so much completed allowed us to continue the day to day operations and be seamlessly prepared for the Fair! THANK YOU!

Dionna  McDonald, Kentucky State University

Dionna, without a doubt you are an extraordinarily wonderful colleague. Your involvement with every aspect of the operation of our Center while simultaneously assisting other units across campus is amazing. THANK YOU for leading our progressive efforts!

Danielle Golinski, Elon University

Thank you for helping with the Production Career Trek! I really appreciated the help!

Rachael Rysz and Rachel Brown, Elon University

Thank you for driving a van for the Production Career Trek. I really appreciate the help!

Sarah Schanck, Wesleyan College

Sarah does an amazing job of guiding her office, investing in students, and implementing programs to benefit campus!

Tonya Nations, Millsaps College

Tonya Nations exudes confidence, joy, and passion in her profession. Not only is she a great counselor and educator she is an even better individual. Tonya, was my first glimpse into the high ed professional and quickly I began to be passionate about the work I was doing and the students I was serving. Everyone deserves a Tonya Nations in their work environment!! Thank you Tonya for your kind actions and infinite amount of wisdom. It will never be forgotten!

Heather Scarboro, Florida State University

Kudos to Heather Scarboro for all of her hard work ensuring SoACE members are in the know via our social media platforms! We appreciate you so much!

Grant Haver &  Jessica Long, SoACE

Special thanks to Grant Haver and Jessica Long for doing such a great job with the SoACE blog! Our viewership has more than tripled over the last year. Thank you both for all that you do! (Editorial Note: Thanks guys!)

Golden Madume, Lee University

Thanks to Golden Madume for everything he does to support Communications and Marketing for SoACE! The words “no” and “can’t” are not in his vocabulary and it is appreciated very much!

Aracelia “Sally” Perez-Ramos, St. Edward’s University

Great leadership of the SoACE Technology KG! We will miss her as our lead.

Rachel Wages, UNC Charlotte

Rachel has taken on a brand new role within SoACE’s Marketing committee to act as a liaison to the Marketing Committee and the Conference Committee. With a lot of moving pieces and things to market, Rachel has transformed how the conference sends communication to the members. She created new approaches to ensure everyone stays up to date with what is happening and how to prepare for the 10 year SoACE Conference in San Antonio! Be on the lookout for her latest creation, the SoACE Conference Newsletter! Thanks for all you’ve done and will continue to do, Rachel!!

Donna Srader, TTU Career Center

Donna goes above and beyond in serving our students, promoting our services and welcoming new staff aboard. She’s knowledgeable, kind-hearted and tremendously fun to work alongside.

Jean Keelan, University of South Florida

This kudos is to recognize the time and effort that Jean put in on the re-launch of the USF Major Expo! After an absence on campus of ten years, Jean worked as part of a campus-wide team to pull together a wide number of colleges, academic departments, and student services offices for a one-day expo event to help our students select (or re-select) a major. With over 300 students attending and nearly 100 offices, departments, and employers exhibiting, this was an amazing inaugural event!

Millena Wilson, LSU Olinde Career Center

You’ve made a huge impact from the minute you’ve joined the team! Thank you for challenging, asking questions and pushing our office to new heights.

Lynn Chisholm, University of South Florida

This kudos is for Lynn and the entire Internships and Career Readiness Team at USF who planned and implemented our first ever Experiential Learning Expo at the beginning of October. This event featured multiple offices coming together from across the university to share information about the various programs and services they offer our students in order to build or enhance their skills outside of the classroom. The event was well attended by both offices and students and will serve as the model for future Experiential Learning Expos at USF!

Consultants , University of Tennessee Center for Career Development

I work with the most awesome group of individuals who comprise our Consultant team at the University of Tennessee Center for Career Development. They are a fun group but serious about helping students make career decisions. I can always count on them to be there and ready to do whatever needs to be done at any time of day. Thank you all for being true CCD Vols!

Tamara Taylor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Career Services

Thank you for leading the way in innovative and creative programs and ideas for student engagement. From updating the career exploration course to implementing The LinkedIn Experience. Your work ethic and dedication is inspiring and motivating.

Conference Happenings!

Monday Morning Wellness Activity – December 11, 6:30am-7:30am

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), located in San Antonio, is a long-time supporter of SoACE.  SwRI

operates a full-service onsite fitness center as a benefit for its employees.  SwRI wants to provide one of their amazing group exercise instructors for the Monday Morning Wellness Activity.  At no additional costs, you are welcome to join your colleagues for a low-impact cardio session.  We are looking forward to this morning workout and getting our metabolism off to a great start.

Fun Run – December 12, 6:30am-7:30am

If you’re ready to start your day right with a run or walk along San Antonio’s beautiful river walk, then make plans to attend the SoACE Fun Run/Walk on Tuesday, December 12, at 6:30 am.  Our group will meet by the coffee shop in the lobby and will leave the hotel at 6:30 sharp.

We will cross East Commerce street once out of the hotel and take the stairs down to the river walk.  We will follow an out-and-back path for a 3 mile total distance, but feel free to shorten or lengthen your distance as needed.  The river walk path is paved for several miles.  This map  gives you an idea of the location.  For reference, our starting location is at the top of the page near the Rivercenter Mall.


This year, the first 10 fun-run registrants will receive a free fun-run t-shirt! If you have any questions about the fun-run, please contact Charlie Wilder at


Tuesday Evening Event – Night in Old San Antonio featuring The Spazmatics – December 12, 6:30pm-10:30pm

The 2017 Tuesday Night Event will showcase the rich history of San Antonio by recreating an annual

festival called “Night in Old San Antonio” (NIOSA).  NIOSA (nI-oh-Sah) blends Texan and Mexican

cultures for a memorable night under the Texas stars.  You will enjoy an authentic atmosphere of the best that San Antonio has to offer.  Your money or tickets will not be good at this event…just bring your name badge and your Tuesday Night Evening ticket.  To top it all, we will have The Spazmatics for entertainment.

The Spazmatics will play hits from the 80s and will keep us pumped up throughout the night even if you don’t remember when the Rubik’s Cube came out or watched “Back to the Future” in a movie theater.


Reflections from our 10th President – Mary Mahoney

It has been fun and informative to read reflections from those who have served as President of SoACE over the last 10 years. For me, having served as your President in 2016-2017, it has been an honor and privilege to be a part of such an esteemed association and colleagues. Being in SoACE is being a part of a larger family who shares your daily challenges, frustrations and rewards. It’s having colleagues you can reach out to and say, “How did you handle this?” and know all are willing to share whatever information, experiences or suggestions they may have.

Reflecting on the upcoming 10th anniversary of SoACE takes me back even further in time. I have been around for quite a while and remember the decision to merge two organizations to form a new, larger association with a shared vision and passion to serve our career center and employer HR/college relations members.  I remember the apprehension of leaving behind an association that existed for over 50 years and itself been through many changes. I needed to learn another new name and acronym. Over the years I have been a part of SCPA (Southern College Placement Association) which I joined in the early 90’s; from there we changed our name to SACE (Southern Association of Colleges and Employers). The name changes were reflective of the path that NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) took over the years.

The first Conference Committee had strong intentions of being inclusive of values and incorporating fun things from each association, so we chose to have dual representatives: one person from each of the previous SWACE and SACE associations. I fondly remember planning meetings held at the Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk and the lasting friendships that were made. It was a large committee but one that wanted to be sure the first SoACE Conference was one to be remembered and one which would set the tone for the future of the new association. I believe we had close to 700 attendees at that Conference. An amazing Conference, amazing time and many amazing new friends. I still, to this day, reach out to those friends and colleagues for their professional opinions and personal friendships.

So many memories and so many places we have met over these 10 years: exploring Disney, riding the monorail and partying at the Animal Kingdom; dancing at the Opryland Hotel and meeting Dolly (yes, she was an impersonator but it was fun!); deep dive fun at the aquarium in Dallas; dancing on the beach in St. Petersburg; another Riverwalk but in Savannah; SnowACE in Chantilly, Virginia; bats in Austin and cruising on a yacht in Ft. Lauderdale. What a 10 years we have had! I can only hope that as we begin our next 10 years we will continue to grow and develop lasting relationships—both professional and personal. I’m looking forward to seeing  you all in San Antonio – renewing friendships and making new friends. See you all soon!

Mary Mahoney, SoACE Past-President 2017-2018