CE&D PACE Newsletter

Spring Semester, 2014

PACE Newsletter

In an effort to keep you updated on CE&D and student activity without overloading your inbox, we have decided to make these semester newsletters instead of monthly newsletters. Please enjoy these updates on the work of CE&D, how we are partnering with alumni and parents, and the success of our students and recent graduates. As always, feel free to contact us if you have ideas or want to get more involved.


Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) is a unique summer internship program open to students of Case Western Reserve, Colgate, Cornell, Denison, Ohio Wesleyan, Smith, University of Chicago and Yale. The program brings together 50-70 students for an intensive summer immersion program designed to help interns explore the professional, civic, and social offerings of the Cleveland area. SOTC offers students challenging internships, community introductions, alumni connections, and group housing for the summer.

To recruit talented college students for summer internships and a unique immersion into the community with the ultimate goal of having graduates build networks and permanently locate in Greater Cleveland.

A summer in Cleveland will be a summer to remember! Students get to experience the very best of this major-league Midwestern city. Students have the opportunity to land a PAID INTERNSHIP with a great company, enjoy FREE HOUSING, meet other students and alumni from all over the world, and experience a summer filled with fun and enriching events. All internships will be posted in DULink and the SOTC website, where students can register to apply with NO FEE.

CE&D would like to give a HUGE thank you to the alumni - Doug Price, Jill Clark, Matthew Liebson, Collin Hanson, Evan Zuzik, Michele Abraham and Jon Bridge - who worked very hard to make this a reality.

Here is what CE&D has done so far this year....

CE&D is excited to report strong growth in several of our key student activity metrics. For example, 2013 student traffic to DULink has increased 301%, total student advising contacts are up 83% and workshop attendance has grown 44% during the same time period compared to 2011. While we have not yet reached our ultimate goals, we are excited by the positive momentum. As we grow and expand our student preparation for life after Denison, this information below, along with other similar data, will help as we strategically plan for the coming months and years.

Special Thanks To:

As shown in the graphic above, we had more than 60 students complete externships during the latest winter break, an increase of 50% over last year (the first year of the program).

Thank you to the PACE members who offered Externships, along with their affiliated companies.

Craig Robertson Accenture

Susan Booth Alliance Theatre

Douglas Price Capital Advisors, Ltd.

Grant Hartanov Department of Defense

Patrick Sahm District of Columbia Retirement Board

Jim Kernohan Milton Academy

Nic Covey The Nielsen Company

Anne Taylor Ohio State University

John Langeler Optima Fund Management

Martin Jones Oregon Episcopal School

John Nussbaumer Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Externship Success Stories - Student Feedback

Gwen Gunter - Nielsen

Going into this externship, I was really unsure as to how my major in psychology could relate to work at a company such as Nielsen. However, the externship showed me how diverse a company it really is and how applicable psychology is to what they do every day, analyzing data and learning how to best present it to clients.

This experience showed me a career completely outside of the health field, which is what I'm currently considering going into after graduating, but this really presented a different but interesting path my career could take.

Jaime Zito - GSW

I learned so much about healthcare advertising and was able to ask all of the questions I wanted to, from day to day activity to what values guide their work. I felt such a good energy from the company and from the people we got to meet, so I'm very glad to have had the opportunity. I also connected more with a Denison alum in the office and am planning on meeting up with her to get coffee and ask more questions about the company. I feel like it was an excellent networking opportunity and amazing way to learn about all of the different components that go into advertising and marketing.

Another Thank You:

To Zach Nixon (pictured below during a 2012 externship, far right) who works at Google for recently sharing job opportunities that are now posted in DULink.

Get Involved!

CE&D still has several needs and upcoming events happening next semester that we need alumni or parents to support. Below are a few of our top priorities - and your top opportunities

1) Full-Time Jobs: Spring Semester can be a very busy and stressful time for seniors, especially those still seeking full-time opportunities. If your organization hires recent college graduates for full-time opportunities, we would greatly appreciate your help connecting with relevant audiences at your organization. As always, feel free to send people to our employer page (www.Denison.edu/employers), which outlines the process and resources for recruiting Denison students, and/or contact us at the information listed at the bottom of this newsletter. Thank you to Geoff Dennis at KPMG and to Spencer Bolgard at Phoenix Contact USA, Inc. for reaching out last week to connect our office with your organizations' recruiters.

2) Career Connections Talks: If you are planning to be on campus or in the Central Ohio area during the next few months, please reach out if you are willing to talk with students and share your career advice.

Please Help Us Grow PACE

PACE offers a unique way for parents and alumni to become involved and help impact lives. While we are making a great effort to help provide every student the chance to pursue their dreams post-graduation, more help is always appreciated. If you know of other alumni and parents who may be willing and able to help in that effort, please encourage them to join PACE. You can send them here to learn more and to sign up.

As you know, the goal of PACE is to make sure Denison graduates find opportunities to thrive and to offer support as they launch their careers. We do not expect members to do everything or to be active the entire time, but to listen, read, and be willing to be ASKED to help out. If you have an idea or a position you would like to promote to students, please contact CE&D using the information below.