junior delgado & the cow pasture

Junior Delgado is the director of the Career Center at Westfield State University, a mid-sized college in Westfield, Massachusetts. He started as the coordinator of senior programs 18 years ago and nine years later he started his current role. The center is staffed with 13 people who oversee career services for undergraduates, graduates, and alumni. Junior discusses how the university uses the platform Handshake to promote one on one connections and as a tool to host networking events. His signature lesson topic to prepare students is to have them think about life after Westfield.

Links to cool stuff

dee goines & the student affairs wrestling kliq

Dee GoinesDee Goines is Director of Residence Life, Housing and Conference Services at The University of North Texas at Dallas. During the show, Dee introduces Lougan and Jackie to the Student Affairs Kliq, a Facebook group for fans of WWE in Student Affairs. UNT Dallas has recently completed it’s first residence hall, so Residence Life is a relatively new department. As such, Resident Assistants are a new concept to the institution. Dee talks about his process for hiring new RAs and about the structure of his new department.

Links to cool stuff: 

brian keiser & the higher ed social merch store

Brian Keiser is the director of academic advising at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Brian’s path has been a winding one. He originally went to college to study meteorology, and after several changes in major graduated with a degree in communications studies and a master’s in educational psychology. He’s currently pursuing his Ph.D. in child development and early childhood education, which he claims has nothing do with his job. On the show, we discuss Brian’s work leading Bridgeport’s advising and retention efforts that are funded by a Title III grant from the Department of Education.

Links to cool stuff: 

janell mora & it’s pi day

Janell Mora is the Associate Director for International Student Professional Development for Arizona State University. Her position falls in the Career and Professional Development Services office where she works with international students and alumni, employers for global corporate engagement, and international policies. We discussed a wide range of topics including government regulations, communication between students and employers and utilizing Brazen to host a virtual career fair. As well as a discussion of how your major can give transferrable skills for your career path.

Links to cool stuff
Janell on Linkedin
Janell’s Work Authorization Video
ASU Now article discussing the work of ISAAT

chrissy montelli & the gold lasts forever

Chrissy Montelli is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst earning a Masters of Fine Arts in writing specializing in poetry. By day, she is a graduate assistant for Student Activities as programming counselor for events on campus. Currently, she is working on her thesis, a series of poems that examines mental illness and how it influences relationships. Chrissy decided to pursue her MFA in creative writing after realizing she didn’t want to teach high school English. She loves how sees the growth in the students she advises.

Links to cool stuff

brenda ice & the award for the most tired

Can you believe it?  We’ve made it to episode 100! Our guest this week is Brenda Ice, the director of campus life at Scripps College in Claremont, California. The West Coast transplant oversees resident life, the office of student engagement, orientation, and leadership. Right now, Brenda is overseeing the overhaul of orientation. Brenda also implemented a program called Tu Well Be Well to benefit the mental health of resident advisors.

Links to Cool Stuff