SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — In an effort to incorporate fresh ideas and implement practices that will better support students and recent graduates, Wittenberg University’s Career Center has created an advisory council of alumni, faculty, campus staff members and area business leaders in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Wittenberg students will also be invited to serve on the council.
Stephanie Ford, director of the Career Center, and Judith D. O’Connor, assistant provost for off-campus programs, spent a year in planning and adapted several “best practices” of advisory groups from other universities.
The advisory council, which met for the first time in November 2004, is broken into four committees. They include:
O’Connor wrote the master plan and shared it with each potential member as she recruited the initial volunteers.
“Bringing together a balanced representation of both professional and regional areas was a priority,” O’Connor said. “It is a long-term building process.”
Members will advise ways to assess and shape a dynamic office to keep the Career Center informed of new developments in the business and non-profit sectors and to remain abreast of career development practices and issues.
In addition to the continued development of campus resources, the council will be involved in activities to develop community awareness of the Wittenberg Career Center and to suggest ways to promote the program through speaking engagements, partnerships and media supporters, such as alumni, employers and local community members.
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