SoACE Kudos: December 2017 Edition

Communications & Marketing Team, SoACE

Thank you to everyone who served on the 2017 SoACE Communications & Marketing Team: Heather Scarboro, Rachel Wages, Golden Madume, Adbullah Kader, Michelle Passo, Karen Ivy, Samantha Meyer, Richard Combs, Grant Haver, Jessica Long, Kristy Cunningham, and Mary Beth Browder! I appreciate all of the extra time you took away from your busy days to make our association look good. I look forward to working with returning members in the year ahead!

Conference Committee, SoACE

What a great 10th Anniversary Conference for SoACE! The planning committee, board, and all presenters did an amazing job! I am already looking forward to next year in Atlanta!

Kudos to the conference committee for an outstanding time in San Antonio!

KG Leaders, SoACE

Thank you to all of the KG leaders who put in countless hours and tireless days for the conference planning and beyond. Your leadership is appreciated more than you know! You are all great examples of servant ship for our organization!

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Career Services Team

Congratulations to the Embry-Riddle Career Services Team for yet another phenomenal Industry/Career Expo! Thank you for putting in the hard work and dedication that goes into making the event a success time and time again.

LSU Olinde Career Center Team

A banner fall and exciting spring! Thanks for all of your hard work.

UNC University Career Services

I am proud to work with each and every one of you!

Alex Anderson, Southwestern University & Ashley Motley, Kansas State University

Thanks to Alex Anderson at Southwestern and Ashley Motley at KSU who volunteered several hours this semester serving on the SoACE Technology Task Force. Your expertise and enthusiasm enabled our team to make informed decisions and complete our work ahead of schedule. You rock!

Stacy Ballinger, Florida Gulf Coast University

Stacy met with me at the 2016 SoACE Conference as part of the Consulting sessions offered at the Conference. She provided guidance that changed my career path and my life. I appreciated her honesty and insight!

Katie Beach, Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development

Thank you, Katie Beach, for taking a great idea and making it happen with your Writing on the Stalls newsletter! Each issue has been so creative and informative for students, staff and employers. Nice work!

Stephanie Bird, UNC-Charlotte

Congratulations on a successful, fun, and informative conference! Your leadership made it happen. Thank you for all of the extra hours you put in to make the event so special. 2017 will be a year that members talk about for a long time to come!

Kaleigh Cotten, LSU Olinde Career Center

Congrats on launching the job shadowing program! Way to geaux!!!

Kathy Creel, Middle Tennessee State University

Kathy is a rockstar! Her student continuously rave about how much she supports them through their career development. She goes above and beyond and places high importance on developing collaborative relationships that benefit students. We are thankful for her at MTSU!

Andrea De La Cruz, Florida International University

Thanks to Andrea for supporting the Communications & Marketing team by taking photos at the SoACE Conference. It was greatly appreciated!

Allison Gardner, Northeastern State University

Allison and I have recently been working to launch a brand new internship program and while both of us were a bit overwhelmed in the beginning she has definitely stepped up and taken the lead. She has provided wonderful direction and a true leader and reliable coworker to have on the Career Services Team here. I can always count on her to check in with me and provide a source of encouragement as we are on separate campuses. Allison definitely deserves some Kudos!

Lisa Marie Gonzales-Hatfield, University of Houston-Downtown Career Development Center

Lisa is always willing to go the extra mile for her students. She is also a great motivator at work, serving as our #1 office cheerleader!

Vicki Hamby, University of South Carolina

Kudos for all you have done this semester for your staff. Your dedication and support is much appreciated!

Megan Hollis, Florida State University

Kudos to Megan Hollis and Matina Wagner for putting on an exceptional Drive-In Conference for FloridaACE at Florida State University. It was a pleasure to visit your beautiful campus and impressive career center!*

Kathy Jordan and Jenean Meadows, Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development

Thanks to Kathy Jordan and Jenean Meadows for their work to launch a new program for part-time co-op/intern positions. Excited to watch this new initiative grow!

Laura Kalb, Trinity University

Laura not helped organize two pre-conference sessions for the SoACE conference in San Antonio, but she has also proven to be a rock-star in her regular contributions to the Technology KG and Trinity University as a whole.

Kathy Knapp, University of Houston-Downtown Career Development Center

Kathy is a great collaborator. I appreciate her enthusiasm and willingness to creatively tackle group projects. Thanks, Kathy!

Hon Lam, University of Texas – Austin

Congratulations to Hon for winning the Twitter social media contest and for supporting SoACE through our social media channels year-round. Keep up the great work!

Patrick Madsen, UNC Charlotte Career Center

Patrick is such an amazing leader in career services. We are so blessed to have him as our director here at UNC Charlotte!

Danny Pape, University of Tennessee

Danny took on the role of Associate Director for Employer Development in July, and he has done a great job! His hard work and vision are allowing us to connect with more employers and create opportunities for students. Thanks for leading our employer relations effort, Danny!

Michelle Passo, University of Texas – San Antonio

I cannot say enough great things about Michelle! She took on the conference exhibitor video as well as the videography project at the conference. She came up with a smart plan and implemented it during the event, putting in extra hours with the help of Ben Klinkenberg, a student from Trinity University. I am excited to see the final product when they are done with it. I have no doubt it will be outstanding!

Julie Pendergraph, UNC University Career Services

You never cease to amaze us with your adaptability and institutional memory!

Ashley Pinney, Elon University

Ashley has been an absolute joy to work with. She is full of energy and always has creative ideas. She builds relationships with others so easily and connects with employers so well. She has been a true asset to Elon.

Heather Scarboro, Florida State University

Heather Scarboro did a phenomenal job leading social media efforts during the 2017 Conference. She anticipated our needs, was on point with messaging, and made it a priority to communicate timely information to those “watching from home” as well as to those attending the event. She is absolutely wonderful to work with and we are grateful to have her leading social media efforts for SoACE moving into 2018!

Alex Smith, St. Edwards University

Alex has single-highhandedly developed an outstanding Pre-Law Advising Program at St. Edwards University. Along with creating curriculum for a first ever Career Services-hosted pre-law course, he is constantly collaborating with law schools to have them recruit our students by hosting information sessions or participate in panels. In addition, he researches several recruitment opportunities for students to conduct law school tours, in which he himself drives large groups of students to. This is his 2nd year as a career counselor and Pre-Law advisor and he has really helped put the program and office on the map!

Emmanuela Stanislaus, Florida International University

For her dedication and time to bring up the professional level at SoACE.

Tara Stevenson, Flagler College

Congratulations to Tara Stevenson for all of her hard work to upgrade FloridaACE’s MemberClicks system! It was a lot to take on with everything else she had on your plate but she did an outstanding job. Thank you, Tara!

Stephanie Stuckey, University of South Carolina

Stephanie has been our Employer Relations Team ROCK this semester. She has been a steadfast team leader over the past two years. She has gone above and beyond, and then some,caring for her team here at Carolina. Her implementation of our Partnership Program will be instrumental in helping ensure that our Gamecocks get excellent career opportunities.

Heidi Thuesen, Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development

Congratulations to Heidi Thuesen for a successful networking event for Veterans. We appreciate the time and effort you have put into special programming for Veterans at Virginia Tech this year.

Rachel Wages, UNC – Charlotte

I cannot say enough great things about Rachel and the amazing job she did with conference communications this year! The newsletter was a great idea that we will continue moving forward. Rachel is responsive, innovative, and extremely talented. We are lucky to have her serving as our Conference Marketing Liaison!

Brent Winner, Robinson Career Advancement Center

Brent is a rock star on our team! He consistently goes above and beyond to make sure our department is running efficiently and effectively. He is always willing to step in to help solve an issue or to simply fill in where there is a need. He is an invaluable member of our team due to the care and commitment he shows for our employer, students and team!

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.

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!