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Creating Connections Empowered through Networking

By Emily Colon (@emimariec)

Creating Connections Empowered through Networking is a career event that will be hosted this spring for its second year on Wednesday, April 25. It is an event that is directed to students of color, women and LGBTQ students. The directive is aimed at them mainly because those groups are underrepresented in management positions. Employers who will be present are directly seeking these kinds of students. However, don’t get discouraged if you don’t fit into those categories. The event is open to everyone and I encourage everyone to come.

This event will be held in Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom 227. It will go from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will be split up into two sessions; one going from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and the other from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you should choose so, you may stay for the duration of both sessions. I know I am!

Employers who will be present include:

This is event is formal yet relaxed, allowing students to explore opportunities and build relationships with employers, so dress business casual. If building meaningful relationships with employers doesn’t allure you, I am sure the next thing will. We will have delicious free food for participants. It doesn’t end there, we also have door prizes! Two lucky winners will receive a $100 Reeve gift card each.

After reading all of that, I am sure you can’t wait for April 25th to get to the event. Well I am with you! I wish it was April 25th as well, but there are still some things to do first. First off, you have to register for the event on Titan Jobs. You can register for one or both time slots.

Second, make sure that you update your profile on Titan Jobs and upload your resume if you have one. After doing that, if you feel like you are nervous and don’t know what you will say to an employer, have no worries. We have an event that will serve kind of like a practice run for you, and it will be held just one week before the event.

Join us here at Career Services for our Networking Workshop on Monday, April 16 at 5:00 p.m. I Hope to see all of you there. To view photos from last year’s Creating Connections event, click here.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me at: colone98@uwosh.edu

Tables of Titans

Tables of Titans invites students to meet and have dinner with a variety of UW Oshkosh alums. This event provides a unique opportunity for students to network with alumni while exploring future career options in an intimate, friendly, and welcoming environment. The employer will cover lunch/dinner costs. Each event has a capacity of eight students each, so sign up quickly! Please be advised, that you are expected to attend if you RSVP. Your Titan Jobs account will be inactivated if you fail to do so. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with further details before the event.

When: March 8, 2012 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant
1501 Arboretum Drive, Oshkosh

Prudential companies have over $600 billion in total assets under management. This includes the Prudential Insurance Company of America, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States. They offer a variety of products and services including life insurance, mutual funds, annuities, pension and retirement related services and administration, asset management, securities brokerage, banking and trust services, real estate brokerage franchises and relocation services. They serve 15 million individual and institutional customers worldwide. They have approximately 39,000 employees.

Host: B.J. Helleson, Manager, Financial Services

I am currently a Manager and Financial Advisor with Prudential Financial in Wauwatosa, WI.  My responsibilites include growing the agency with quality advisors and providing the support and training that new advisors need when they first get into the financial services industry.  I started with Prudential right after I graduated in May of 2009.  I found that our training and development program and our compensation/benefits package is second to none, and can be a great opportunity for dynamic individuals to start off a great career.

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
When: March 13, 2012 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant
1501 Arboretum Drive, Oshkosh

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP is one of the oldest and largest certified public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S. As an independent member of Baker Tilly International, the world’s 8th largest network of accounting firms, we bring you access to market-specific knowledge in 120 countries. 

Baker Tilly originated in 1931 with a commitment to deliver innovative financial solutions and solid business strategies to our clients. We believe that an accounting firm should complement the business style it is serving. Our approach balances solid financial know-how with a talent for innovation and creativity. This “can do” philosophy has resulted in our position as one of the industry’s most progressive and respected accounting firms.

Our clients are both privately held and publicly traded companies, and occupy all stages of development—from start-ups and family-run businesses to international corporations. They choose Baker Tilly because of our depth of experience, comprehensive service offerings, and commitment to their success. Many of the businesses we serve are closely held entities. A large part of our practice consists of providing tax and consulting services such as estate planning, succession planning, and owner buy/sell consultation to closely held companies.
Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a global network of high quality, independent accounting and business services firms. All Baker Tilly members are committed to providing the best possible service to their clients, in their own marketplaces and across the world, wherever help is needed. All firms within the network adhere to the same high quality standards and share skills, resources, and expertise to create best practices.
Host: Christina Stelter, Senior HR Generalist and Campus Recruiter
I am currently a Senior Generalist and a Campus Recruiter with Baker Tilly in Appleton, WI.  My responsibilities for campus recruiting include building relationships with professors, students and career services. As for my HR responsibilities, I work with our leaders and staff with succession planning, individual development planning, on boarding and exit process, and employee relations.  When I graduated from UWO, I start with Target Corporation as an Executive Team Leader – Human Resources and then joined Baker Tilly in fall of 2007.  I found that culture and a company’s appreciation of its employees is a major key to retention and overall employee satisfaction. I have found that both companies that I have worked for hold these qualities.

When: April 4, 2012 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant
1501 Arboretum Drive, Oshkosh

Cintas Corporation is one of America’s fastest growing and most respected service corporations. We are the largest company in our industry, and have an aggressive growth strategy focused on increasing our share of a $30+ billion market. We design, manufacture, and distribute products that are used by our customers for corporate identity and facility service programs throughout North America. Every day, more than 4 million people go to work in a Cintas uniform.
Host: Elaine Ruh, Human Resources Representative  & Health and Safety Coordinator
I am the Human Resources Representative for Cintas at the Greenville WI location and have been in  this role for the past 3 ½ years. Daily tasks and responsibilities that I oversee in the HR position are; recruiting, hiring,  benefits, payroll, training and development and fun team building activities.  As being the location’s Health and Safety coordinator, I manage all OSHA recordkeeping, implement new safety ideas, create awareness for a safe working environment and audit all training documents. Before starting at Cintas, I had two internships throughout my college career. I was the Sports Events Management Intern at Special Olympics in Appleton and an Office Manager/HR Generalist for a Regional Vice President for Primerica Financial Services.

Vote for your favorite CFOTF t-shirt design!

This year’s Career Fair on the Fox t-shirt is a sky-blue with yellow, orange and black bubble lettering. What will next year’s design be? YOU choose! Just log in to Facebook, “like” our Facebook page and then “like” your favorite photo in our “CFOTF T-shirt Design 2012-2013″ album.

Our Career Services street team will be in Reeve Union Concourse on February 28 and April 19 with FREE t-shirts and Jolly Ranchers. You can vote at that time to receive one of these cool blue shirts, or simply drop by our offices in the Student Success Center suite 125!

Possible t-shirt design for Career Fair on the Fox 2012-2013. This design will be camouflage playing off of Wisconsinites’ love of the great outdoors!

Possible t-shirt design for Career Fair on the Fox 2012-2013. This design features Foxy our mascot!

Possible t-shirt design for Career Fair on the Fox 2012-2013. Purple and orange t-shirt with a play on words!

Movers and Shakers: Former SOL President on Inclusive Excellence and Career Services

By Emily Colon

Last semester, Luis Barrios served as the president of the Student Organization of Latinos. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in December 2011 as a supply chain and operations management major.

Barrios has been the president of SOL for two and half years, taking one year off. He first ran during his sophomore year, and then his junior year. He decided not to run his senior year, but came back in 2011 for his fifth year and decided to run again and won. His motivation to run for president was to include more diversity and involvement into the organization.

He worked closely with the English and Spanish departments as well as admissions. His biggest struggles were recruitment and retention, Barrios said. His favorite part of being president was his personal development and the connections he made.

Barrios said that inclusive excellence is “a hard one” to define. When he thinks of inclusive excellence, he thinks of diversity. Barrios believes SOL represents inclusive excellence.

When asked about his experiences as a diverse student on campus, he said that in the end he “learned how to manage.” Barrios said he was culture shocked when he first arrived at University. He overcame this struggle by joining organizations such as SOL, Omega Delta Phi, and accounting club and by making new friends

As a student in the College of Business, Barrios was required to use the resources offered by Career Services, but he used it for personal reasons as well. Barrios said he drafted his first resume with the help of Career Services. Career Services has been beneficial to him and he will continue to use Career Services in the future, Barrios said.

Barrios especially enjoyed the photo shoot he helped out with for Career Services. He said he would highly recommend Career Services to friends. Barrios believes that some of the information he acquired from Career Services will help him in his future.

While in school, Barrios interned at Miles Kimball. Through his internship, he received a job offer for a management position in Madison, his hometown.

Barrios said that he has used social media, such as LinkedIn, in his job search. A valuable tip Barrios learned in college that will stick with him for the rest of his life is “not to put the napkin on the chair when you get up,” he said.

WISCareers: “It’s your life. Login.”

By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)

WISCareers is a web-based career information system created by Wisconsin Careers. It is located within the Center for Education and Work at UW Madison’s School of Education. The easy-to-use website encourages a self-directed and engaged approach to career development and job search.

The WISCareers website is designed to help you. By taking its self-assessments you will become aware of yourself and explore how your unique
patterns of interests, skills and values can be applied in your career. Use the ePortfolio to become aware of the relevance of how your current educational experiences serve as the foundation for future career aspirations and life path.

With its many other tools and resources, you will develop the job-seeking skills needed to acquire meaningful employment and make successful transitions into and throughout the world of work. And the best part is it’s all FREE to you if you’re enrolled at UW Oshkosh!

Here’s what it offers:

• Self-assessments matching occupations to interests, values and skills
• Comprehensive information on more than 700 occupations and overviews of more than 450 specializations including: education required, pros and cons, salary ranges, job outlook, and where you can expect to work
• ePortfolio that helps you document your progress and can be shared with others

How to begin:

1.) Create your account:

• go to wiscareers.wisc.edu
• click on Register
• enter the *Registration Code
• click Submit
• create a Username and Password
• Follow the steps to complete the registration and enjoy!

*All UW Oshkosh students are provided with this Registration Code: osh-c427

2.) Access your account

• Go to wiscareers.wisc.edu
• Enter your Username and Password
• Click Login

3.) Transfer your account:

• Need to transfer your account to a new school or organization? Acquire the Registration Code for the new location, then follow these simple steps:

o Go to wiscareers.wisc.edu
o Click on At a new location?
o Enter your Username and Password
o Click Login
o Enter the Registration Code for the new location
o Click Register
o Confirm your new information
o Click Transfer

Movers and Shakers: Meet Kris Tucker, a Psychology major at UW Oshkosh

Alumni Career Services

Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, UW Oshkosh Alumni Career Services can help you reach your career goals.

Frank Holmes, alumni career adviser, has helped hundreds of alumni with career guidance. An enthusiastic attitude and industry knowledge are his tools for success.

What can Alumni Career Services do for you? Click here to listen to Frank Holmes describe the services offered.
Services offered include:
  • Career advising
  • Job search preparation
  • Informational interviewing and job shadowing
  • Resume and cover letter advising
  • Graduate school information
  • Career assessment inventories, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory ($25 test material, $20 follow-up career counseling)
  • UW Oshkosh Career Services – helpful tools and links for your job search
  • Campus e-mail search – remember that current faculty and staff can help with your professional networking needs. E-mail a message today to get connected!
  • Titan Jobs Online Career Connection – $25 (one-time fee) This software allows you to: upload your resume for employers to view; view and apply for jobs online; view and apply for on-campus interviews; access EmployOn, the largest job database in the industry; The BIG Guide to Living and Learning Overseas, an  international professional development database; Folio 21 to help build a portfolio for your job search.
    • Fill out the Titan Jobs alumni account request form, and return it and a $25 dollar check made out to Career Services.
  • Get Hired! career planning book ($10)
  • LinkedIn group for UW Oshkosh alumni. Join today by clicking here or e-mailalumni@uwosh.edu for more information.

For more information, please contact Frank Holmes via e-mail at alumnijobs@uwosh.edu or by calling (920) 424-2181.

Movers and Shakers: Meet Career Adviser Rich Marshall and learn about Inclusive Excellence

Rich Marshall, Career Advisor  – Thoughts on Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive excellence is a term that has received a lot of recent visibility around the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus. The Department of Student Affairs, in addition to a number of other departments on campus, established committees to focus on implementing inclusive excellence programs within their divisions. Through my role in Career Services, I have served on the Student Affairs’ Inclusive Excellence Committee for the past several years. Despite the increasing visibility of the inclusive excellence term, it appears that uncertainty exists as to the definition and ways to incorporate inclusive excellence into our personal and professional development.

Inclusive excellence stems from a more familiar term, diversity. The reality is that we all come from unique backgrounds and cultural perspectives. From the definition offered by the UW System, diversity is a term that reflects the ability to include individual differences (i.e. personality, learning styles and life experiences) and group/social differences (i.e. race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, ability and political, religious, cultural and other affiliations) in the process of learning. Inclusion is the active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity in ways to increase one’s awareness, knowledge and compassion for those with different perspectives and cultural backgrounds.

In simpler terms, diversity acknowledges and embraces the fact that differences exist in our personal and cultural backgrounds, values and perspectives. Inclusive excellence begins with the belief that these differences bring value to the greater community (educational, social and professional). It solidifies itself with a personal plan to increase one’s awareness and understanding of the cultural experiences and perspectives of others. These personal plans require stepping outside of one’s own reality and comfort zones.

I grew up in a rather non-diverse environment that embraced a very white and middle class perspective. I did not discover the existence of different cultures and perspectives until I entered college. I did not truly start to embrace and appreciate the differences in others until I started to step outside of my reality and comfort zone. College provided an excellent avenue to increase my experience and awareness. I attended speakers, events and student organizational meetings to interact with people from different backgrounds.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers an avenue to put inclusive excellence into action. Many student organizations and campus departments host multi-cultural events and speakers. OrgSync and university announcements are great ways to stay connected to the plethora of opportunities that exist right here within our university community. In fact, the InterTribal Student Organization is hosting Ariel Luckey, a nationally-known speaker who merges storytelling, spoken word poetry, dance and hip hop music into narratives of personal and political transformation, next Friday, November 18, at 6 P.M. More information will come out via university announcements next week.

I encourage each of you to look within yourselves, embrace diversity and put inclusive excellence into action.

Movers and Shakers: UWO alumna, Wanda Kern ’95 and ’00 MSE, takes fairy tale study trip to Europe

By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumna Wanda Kern ’95 and ’00 MSE, loves sharing a great story with her Jefferson Elementary School students in Oshkosh.

Through a grant, she and her husband, Mike, traveled to Europe this past summer to research two of the greatest storytellers of all time, the Brothers Grimm.

As Jefferson Elementary was celebrating its 125th anniversary, Kern’s curiosity about the fairy tale pioneers grew when she began researching the school’s rich history. Jefferson’s first students were recent immigrants from Germany. Their parents worked at sawmills in the area during the day, and attended the school at night to learn English and basic skills to pass citizenship tests.

The school’s goal for this year was to improve written and oral communication skills among its students, so Kern blended the two ideas together into one “grand educational journey.”

“I wanted to learn more about the inspiration behind the numerous Grimm fairy tales, and I wanted to see and connect with the land and people who had first entered Jefferson Elementary School in the 1880s,” Kern said.

She was delighted when she found out that she and her co-teaching partner, Jodie Kadonsky, were named the 2011 Fund for Teachers fellows.

“The Fund for Teachers Fellowship enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe,” Kern said. “Their travels are meant to impact their practice, the academic lives of their students and their school communities.”

With funds secured for her learning quest, Kern and her husband jetted away in late July. Their adventure began in Luxembourg, Germany. They paid their respects to fallen soldiers at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, and then traveled to Hanau, the birthplace of the Grimm brothers.

They continued along the German Fairy Tale Road and visited Gelnhausen.

“Gelnhausen was a charming city filled with half-timber-styled houses,” Kern said.

Kern and Mike spent a night in the castle that inspired the Rapunzel story. The castle, located atop a huge hill, is known as Castle Trendelburg.

Traveling through many small villages and hamlets, the couple arrived in Bremen, where the famous Town Musicians of Bremen story was set. Kern described it as a gorgeous and bustling city. From Bremen, they traveled to Hamelin, where they found the Pied Piper directing tours through the city.

As the couple left Germany, they visited the site of the Battle of the Bulge and again paid their respects to the thousands of soldiers who gave their lives for freedom. The couple also visited a war cemetery in the Netherlands.

Making their way to Amsterdam, they visited an open air museum dedicated to Dutch history and explored the canals and lively streets of the city.

“We adored the city of Brussels, Belgium, and even spent six hours in Mets, France — just to be able to say we had been to France,” Kern said. “Our trip concluded back in Luxembourg for our return flight. It was an extremely busy 12-day journey filled with beauty, learning and discovery of ancient and historic buildings and land.”

From her journey, Kern learned about the historic cities. As she visited sites that had inspired stories told for more than 150 years, she gained a deeper sense of appreciation for recording family stories. Upon returning to the U.S., Kern decided to have her students and their parents record some of their family history in written form to be preserved and shared with future generations.

During her time in Europe, she studied culture, politics, geography and cuisine. Although not the original intention of the grant, Kern learned much about the great sacrifices of WWII soldiers.

She also learned how to rely on the kindness of strangers and to admit to not knowing or understanding everything.

“In reality, I was shown how connected the world is, and I was touched by how kind people are all around the world.”

With all of her new knowledge, Kern hopes to apply her research in her classroom.

“I will be connecting my travel and learning experiences to our writing and oral language lessons,” she said. “We will be reading and learning about some of the lesser-known Grimm fairy tales and connecting with written responses to them.”

Kern enjoys helping her students make individual gains both academically and socially.

This year marks Kern’s 16th year teaching at Jefferson Elementary. She loves hearing that her students enjoy school and thinks of them as her “second-grade family.”

In a fairy tale of her own, Kern and her husband live in Oshkosh with their children and pets. In November, the couple will celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary.

Kern was a freshman at UW Oshkosh when she met Mike. He had just graduated from UW Oshkosh with a double major and was working as a financial analyst at a local bank. Kern was working at the same bank as a teller. The two were hired within a week of each other, and the rest is history.

“We have been blessed with three children,” Kern said. “We also have a silly and wonderful cat that we rescued from the Oshkosh animal shelter and a naughty golden retriever.”

UWO students to discuss journey to China

Telling the stories that happen outside of the classroom is important to Grace Lim and her journalism students.

“I teach students who want to be journalists. For them to be journalists, they have to do journalism,” said Lim, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh journalism instructor and editor of Beyond Classroom Walls, an online publication that highlights the excellence in teaching and learning that occurs at the University.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12 two of Lim’s former students and multimedia interns – Tom Hanaway and Kristen Manders – will have the opportunity to share their story of a three-week journey to China through a presentation, The Midwest in The Far East. Hanaway and Manders were among more than 30 math education and business/economics students who made the educational trip to China last summer.

“This is, without a doubt, one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had in my life,” said Hanaway in a Behind Classroom Walls video, which was created from atop the Great Wall of China.

The Midwest in the Far East will be held at Reeve Union Theatre at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 and is open to the public. Manders and Hanaway will answer questions following their presentation. (Read more by Amanda Wimmer)

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