Alabama Association of Colleges and Employers


In this issue...

  • Letter from the President
  • Career News
  • Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
  • Summer Conference Sneak Peek
  • College Member Update
  • Employer Update
  • Membership Update
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Letter from the President

Hello AACE members,

I hope your year has gotten off to a great start. I want to thank each and everyone of you for making the decision to become a part of AACE and give a special shout out to all of our new members and to those who decided to rejoin for 2015-2016. If you haven’t renewed your membership, please do so by the conference. Membership renewal is available online or by mail.

Our board officers and committees have done a great job so far with planning our membership drive, Annual Workshop, held in January, Annual Conference, and Publications (newsletter, website, etc.). Serving as president has been a rewarding experience for me. Any time I needed help, I was able to call on many of you and you were there to offer your time and assistance. Special thanks to those of you who have stepped up to take on responsibilities of other board and/or committee members who were not able to complete the remaining year. You could have said no but you said yes and you have done an awesome job.

I encourage our new and old members to take part in AACE. Whatever your skill or expertise, the association can benefit from you. I look forward to the remaining year for AACE and all that is to come. Do not forget about our Annual Summer Conference, which is Tuesday, July 26 – Thursday, July 28. Registration is open and proposals are being accepted. Please be mindful of deadlines. For more information visit www.aaceal.com. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Let us make this year the best year ever for AACE in attendance.

Once again, thank you all for what you do for AACE.

See you in July.

Baisha Woody

2015-2016 AACE President

Career News

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Save the Date: Ties that Bind

The annual conference will be held July 26-28, 2016 in Gadsden, AL. For conference information including the presentation proposal deadline and sponsorship opportunities, visit aaceal.com/conference.

Upcoming Professional Development

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Florida ACE Webinar: Creating a Winning Employer Brand Campaign and Stategy

Thursday, April 7th, 11am-12pm

This is an online event.

This presentation covers the Enterprise Employer Brand Campaign and our recruitment strategy for hiring top talent across two of our three main referral sources - the internet, and on college campuses. We will discuss how Enterprise has partnered with Career Services at local schools, and how that partnership has helped enhance our efforts in providing career opportunities to students.

Date & Time: Thursday, April 7 @ 12:00pm EST | 11:00 am CST
Presented by: Jessica Baez, Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Please click here to register.

SoACE: Using Instagram in Career Services Offices

Friday, April 8th, 11am-12pm

This is an online event.

In an ever-changing landscape of social media, it is often hard to decide where to focus your efforts as a career center or recruiter. Statistics show that students are leaving Facebook in droves for a new friend called, 'Instagram'. As the fastest growing social media platform, Instagram is now one of the best places to engage millenniums. In this session, you will understand the value of a reputable Instagram presence and learn how the UGA Career Center increased its Instagram following and engagement by 435% in just three months. Whether you are familiar with the platform or not, walk away with practical tips and tricks to get you well on your way to Instagram success.

Presented by: Whitney Prescott, Terry College of Business, UGA

Date: Friday, 4/8/16
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm EST

Please click here to register

Spring Career Fair Reflections

Spring career fair season is winding down. A few members shared their career fair experiences for the spring newsletter.

Athens State University

Shared by: Saralyn Mitchell

Athens State held their Spring Career Fair on March 31st, 2016. It is a combined Teacher Recruitment and College to Career event. On a morning filled with rain and thunderstorms, we welcomed sixty-two employers and school systems who shared information about internship programs, full and part-time positions, and their interviewing process. It was a great learning opportunity for the over 160 students and graduates who attended. They made valuable connections. We were thrilled with the event results considering the terrible weather and challenging conditions. Here are some comments from the day:

  • “Excited about talking face to face with school administrators” - student
  • “Great opportunity to network” – student
  • Organized, students well prepared” - school system
  • Friendly busy event, would have liked sunshine!” - employer

Auburn University

Auburn University made a few changes to the spring career fair line-up in 2016. Two big changes brought to Auburn's campus were the renaming of the Engineering and Technical Career Expo and the offering of a new combined All Majors career fair hosted by several offices. The STEM Career Expo, formerly known as Engineering and Technical Expo, was held February 9th and featured 98 companies recruiting students for the science, tech, engineering, and math industries. The event was renamed to better capture students in science fields outside of engineering. The AU Career Center, College of Agriculture, Harbert College of Business, and College of Liberal Arts partnered together on February 17th to host the Auburn University Career Fair which featured 96 companies recruiting students of all majors.The Employer Relations Team also supported several other events on campus by managing the employer registration through Tiger Recruiting Link (TRL) and student check-in.

Employer Update

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Verizon Wireless

The recruiters from the Verizon Call Center in Huntsville have been working on a series of recruiting events geared towards students, alumni and military candidates.

In March they hosted an Open House which consisted of an Employee Panel and networking. The Employee panel highlighted employees from the center who have progressed to various positions such as HR, Tech Support and Leadership. Each employee were alumni from local colleges and universities such as Calhoun Community College, Athens State, UNA, UAH, A&M and ITT Tech. The panel spoke about their experiences and career progression within Verizon and how their education had assisted them with their careers.

Verizon will also be hosting an “Externship” on April 15th at the Huntsville Call Center. This will be a half-day event in which candidates will hear from representatives from various departments in the business, such as Retail, B2B, Customer Service, Tech support and Events & Planning. One of the Verizon Solution Architects will be onsite to demonstrate some of the technology and business solutions the company offers. The event will also include some fun games and prizes!

For more information on these recruiting events, please contact:

Chris Whitaker; Christopher.whitaker@verizonwireless.com

Dawnyale Oliver; Dawnyale.oliver2@verizonwireless.com

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Welcome New Members

We are excited to welcome several new members to the organization! Thank you for joining AACE and supporting the partnership between education and industry.

Auburn University

Megan Ross, Mike Stover, and Dori Weldon

Auburn University at Montgomery

Arnesha Hogans and Bradley Robbins


Mike Rausch

International Paper

Mandy Ledkins

Jacksonville State University

Becca Turner

Lawson State Community College

Dorian Waluyn

University of Montevallo

Angie Kelly

Shelton State Community College

Amy Henderson

Springhill College

Jeremy Moore

Verizon Wireless

Dawnyale Oliver

Thank you also to all of our returning members for your continued support of AACE! To view the complete membership list visit the AACE website.

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