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Career Center “open houses” branch across academic departments | Features

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Many organizations on campus are experiencing a shift in location in light of the new school year. One of these big changes includes the move of the Career Center in May 2022. 

In response to the change, along with the new freshman class being inducted into the campus atmosphere, it was deemed essential to have open houses for each department during the first few weeks of school.

The open houses were held Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 (Tuesday-Friday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Career Center in the Harre Union. Throughout the week, each college had a day dedicated to their own open house. The College of Engineering kicked off the week, followed by the College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences and lastly the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

“The reason why we are having open houses right now is because we changed office locations. There have been a lot of office changes at the Union, so this lets sophomores, juniors and seniors know that we are up here as well as introducing the freshman to our space,” said Lori Miltenberger, Interim Director for the Center for Career and Professional Development.

It also serves as a way to meet the staff and get the Career Center name out there to both new and returning students.

“I think it’s a benefit for people to come in and know where they’re going and meet Janet [Lajcin] at the desk. It’s really just about letting people know where we are and just having a chance to say hello,” Miltenberger said.

Lajcin is the administrative assistant for the Career Center.

The open houses were also another way to address the fact that their location changed over the summer. 

“After graduation and everything in May, there was a big move before FOCUS started. In a nutshell, we know that the Office of Multicultural Programs moved over to Loke Hall. With that, they moved out of the space here [in the Union],” Miltenberger said.

The Career Center staff wanted to be able to move out in time before June, a busy month for the office, when FOCUS was scheduled and other necessary tasks the school needed to complete before the start of the 2022-2023 academic year.

Working closely with Alumni Engagement, the Career Center was shifted to the second floor of the Union, directly above their previous office space. Determined by the Vice President and Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Alumni Engagement and the Career Center were informed of the new space.

“As part of the university’s strategic plan, the office for the Center for Career and Professional Development and Alumni Engagement are merging, so we are going to be working together. How that looks is going to be worked on over the course of the next academic year. We needed an office space in which our two offices were together,” Miltenberger said.  

The Career Center will be hosting more events in the upcoming months as well. They will be conducting career fairs, resume workshops, internship fairs and mock interview sessions.

For any additional questions or information, contact lori.milteneberger@valpo.edu or visit Room 200 in the Union.  



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