STEM Programming Success

On September 2 &  3, 2015 the Office of Career Services hosted the 2015 Fall STEM night and STEM Career Fair. We were fortunate this year to welcome 11 distinguished panelists from a variety of STEM industries to participate in a Q&A with students from all Colleges about the value of taking advantage of experiential learning opportunities while in college. Additionally, 15 employers conducted information sessions on their companies and discussed current openings, company culture, and answered questions from students.

The following day, the STEM Career Fair boasted 86 total employers and over 600 students attended to network, apply for open positions, and meet recruiters from a variety of companies in the STEM fields. Some of the more recognizable companies that were in attendance included: GM, Textron, AT&T, Gulfstream Aerospace, CDC, KIA, Norfolk Southern, CSX, Frito-Lay, and Delta Airlines.


 STEM CAREER FAIR COMPARISON REPORT   Fall 2013    Fall 2014      Fall 2015
# of Registered Employers        40          54          86
# of Student Attendees       262        453         618


Developing Talent

At Campus Recreation & Intramurals, the training and development of our Graduate Assistants is our number one goal.

Our graduate assistant development program is centered around providing graduate students with a developmental learning environment that is collaborative and experiential. Through applied learning, managed challenges, assigned task, professional development and personal growth, we provide exemplary learning experiences that serve as a solid foundation for obtaining their career aspirations. Our success rate in placing our graduate assistants in relevant full-time positions is 100%.

Some examples of our past graduate assistants and their current positions:

Ellen Whitney Kinsey: Coordinator, Indian Creek Recreation Area at Georgia State University
Jim Baker: Intramural Coordinator at Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Chris Butler: Director of Digital Marketing at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
Adam Sardinha: Marketing and Communications Specialist at NC State University Recreation
Matt McBride: Race Director at Pink Gorilla Events LLC, a running events company co-founded by Jason Bakewell (CRI graduate assistant 2004-2006)
Eddie Simmons: was a GA at Southern 1991-1993. Currently Associate Director of University Recreation at Appalachian State University
Kurt Frederick: Communications Specialist, College of Arts & Sciences at University of Nebraska at Omaha
Megan Maransani: Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness at Kansas State University
Alicia Day: Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Education in Littleton, MA
Kelly Danison: State Programs Manager, Council of Development Finance Agenices, Columbus, OH
Sean Stake: Director of Marketing – Special Olympics Tennessee in Nashville
Keegan Ashbee: Coordinator of Competitive Sports – University of Florida

Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management • PO Box 8063 • Phone (912) 478-5256