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Career Resource Center: Not just for students anymore

The Career Resource Center bridges the gap between college and the working world for New Paltz students and alumni, but what some on campus don’t realize is that the center’s resources extend to faculty and staff members.

Connecting people with community service opportunities is a key component of what the center does. A committee of service groups on and off campus is working to create a Center for Community Service that would be open to students, faculty and staff. It would serve as a central hub for faculty and staff to connect students with service learning opportunities.

Career Resource Center Staff
The Career Resource Center staff is (front row, l-r): Erica Wagner, receptionist; Latricia Mills, career and academic planning advisor; Judy Tozzi, office manager; Cathy Parker, graduate assistant; (back row, l-r): Dawn McCaw, assistant director; Birgit Klosterman, credentials/AmeriCorps secretary; Beth King, internship and service learning coordinator and Tonda Highley, associate dean of student advising and director.

Also, Volunteer Connection, formerly known as Job Connection, has been retooled to provide the campus community with an online resource for posting and searching for community service activities (see

Tonda Highley, associate dean of student advising and director of the Career Resource Center, said service learning is a way to gain leadership experience and develop civic responsibility.

Since the center helps educate students about the programs of study available on campus through seminars and workshops, the staff keeps abreast of what is happening in academics. A faculty advisory committee was set up to gather direct feedback from the college’s schools regarding the career needs of students and recommendations for better serving faculty and students.

Highley also meets each year with the deans to determine student and faculty needs from each school.

The center coordinates the Major Connections program, which enables academic departments and student clubs to create programs that foster social interaction between faculty and students.

The collaborative initiative between the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs is funded through a special grant from Campus Auxiliary Services and monies from the Office of the Provost. Major Connections supports more than 40 programs each year.

“Connecting with faculty outside the classroom can foster better relationships and make students feel more connected to the academic community,” said Highley.

The staff is also available to host information sessions if a class is canceled. Other services for faculty and staff members include departmentbased career presentations, career-related research services, resource material development and academic advisement support.

To contact the office, call x3265 or visit the Web site at

November 20, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 22

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