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Inside This Issue JMU Welcomes You................................... 1 Important Dates........................................ 2 A Note From ERR’s GA.............................. 3 Upcoming Conferences.......................... 4 Employers Partner With CAP.................... 5 Employer Sponsorship Program................6 Engineering At JMU...................................7 Do Downtown............................................9 Career & Internship Fair Recap...............11 The BIG Move............................................12 Student Shout Outs...................................13 Stay Connected with CAP......................14


JMU Welcomes You! A world-class faculty that stresses teaching and mentoring students. A curriculum that not only provides a well-rounded liberal arts foundation, but also emphasizes hands-on learning experiences that give a JMU education real-world relevance. An educational community that stresses teamwork, collaboration and strategic partnerships with business, industry and the community. And an ethos of public service that ranks JMU among the 8 percent of American colleges and universities designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a Community Engaged Institution.


- Pam Brock, Madison Magazine


IMPORTANT DATES APRIL 23-25 Virginia Association of Colleges and Employers Conference

MAY 5 Fall 2014 On-Campus Recruiting registration opens Fall 2014 Career & Internship Fair registration opens

MAY 28-30 Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers Conference

JUNE 9-11 National Association of Colleges and Employers Conference


SEPTEMBER 10 Meet the Firms

SEPTEMBER 11-NOVEMBER 7 On-Campus Recruiting Season

SEPTEMBER 29-30 Fall 2014 Career & Internship Fair

SEPTEMBER 29 Employer Networking Reception 2



My name is Kelly, and I am the Graduate Assistant for Employer

Relations and Recruiting Services (ERR) at JMU. What a year it has been so far! If you feel as though the past few months have flown by, I am with

you! Our center in particular has had an absolutely fantastic year filled with great On-Campus Recruiting visits, Career Fairs, Resume Reviews and all kinds of other events. As busy as this year has been, it is hard to

believe that in just two months the 2013-2014 academic year will be coming

to a close. For me, May not only marks the end of an academic year, but also the end of a 6-year journey that I have spent at the best university in the world.

Come May, I will be graduating from JMU with my Master’s degree

in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development. I am what some of us grad students will refer to ourselves as a “double Duke”, meaning I

completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at JMU. In the past almost 6 years, I have truly seen the meaning behind “be the change” (one of JMU’s favorite mottos), and have found a great sense of pride in being a JMU student. It was not until I began working in the recruiting center however, that I realized this place provides so many valuable opportunities for students who call JMU’s

campus home. The faculty and staff at JMU are so passionate about seeing the students here succeed, and

the ERR office is one place where that is blatantly evident. After spending almost two years with Denise, Emma,

Brady and Donna, as well as our various student assistants, I have seen true passion and dedication at work. The staff in ERR, as well as those in Career and Academic Planning as a whole are fully and entirely dedicated to

helping students achieve their career goals. I feel truly blessed that I have been able to experience the great things that happen in this department.

That being said, the success and achievement that JMU students have experienced through our programs

would not be possible without you, the employers. What a joy it is to have you all in our office each day. JMU students have genuinely enjoyed the experiences they’ve had with you (see “Student Shout Outs”, p.13), and they look forward to spending time with you while you’re on campus. Thank you so very much for your interest in and devotion to JMU students. It does not go without notice.

While my time with JMU ERR is coming to a close, I am excitedly looking forward to hearing about the

relationships and partnerships that will continue to grow between our program and yours. I hope you have

enjoyed your time working with JMU, and want to sincerely express that we have enjoyed working with you. Best,

Kelly Gooch

Graduate Assistant, Employer Relations & Recruiting Services



CONFERENCES VACE Annual Conference 2014 April 23-25 The Mason Inn Fairfax, VA Registration & Details

EACE Annual Conference 2014 May 28-30 The Westin Annapolis, MD Registration & Details

NACE Conference & Expo 2014 June 8-11 Marriott Rivercenter and Marriott Riverwalk San Antonio, TX Registration & Details




Check out these unique ways employers have partnered with our office this year!

CAP Tailgate- This past September, JMU CAP

Make Service Your Career Panel- In November,

partnered with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to host a

panelists from Teach For America, the Peace Corps,

football tailgate for the JMU-St. Francis game. The

Big Brothers Big Sisters and Urban Teacher Center

event brought in 350+ students, who had fun

attended to inform students about life working in hanging out, playing games, eating food and asking the service industry. The students who attended questions. were very interactive and asked great questions!

Want to learn more about these events? Have partnership ideas? Let us know:

CAP Business Attire Fashion Show- A brand new event for CAP, the Business Attire Fashion Show was held the week before the Spring Career and Internship Fair. CAP partnered with Kohl’s to show students what types of outfits they should wear for business events including career fairs, interviews, work days, and business outings. The models in the show were made up of student volunteers from various student organizations across campus, and they wore outfits contributed by Kohl’s. Kohl’s also provided gift-card giveaways that were raffled off throughout the show.

GAINING ACCESS TO OCR If you wish to set up an on-campus interview with a student and they are indicating that they are experiencing an issue applying, please ensure that they have done the following: • View the Recruit-A-Duke online tutorial. • Once the tutorial is viewed, students must complete a short quiz • Students must allow 1 business day to gain access to apply for OCR positions Students who do not complete these steps will be unable to access any of the On-Campus Recruiting opportunities.


Alumni now have access to OCR for up to 1 year following graduation! 5



JMU’s Career and Academic Planning has developed an Employer Sponsorship Program for employers who want to maximize their recruiting efforts and enhance their presence on campus by increasing exposure to James Madison University students, alumni, faculty and staff. Enjoy these benefits when you become an Employer Sponsor! Sponsorship opportunities (available as single or packaged opportunities):

Option 1: Logo Have your company logo appear on Recruit-A-Duke’s homepage – visible to all students and alumni! Your logo is guaranteed to include direct access to your company’s website or career opportunities page as well. Your logo can also appear on a self-designed eboard promoting your company within the new and improved Interview Center for the entire academic year! Get your name out to students and alumni with this eye-catching opportunity! Cost: $500

Option 2: Resources for CAP Have your company recognized for sponsorship of various resources to be utilized within Career & Academic Planning such as ipads, a flatscreen TV, promotional materials such as T-shirts or interview room artwork. Resources will visibly acknowledge the generous employer donor. Make your mark with this unique opportunity to support JMU students through resources that will assist them in their career explorations! Cost: Ranges based on resource(s) donated.

Option 3: Programming and Events Partner with CAP to create/sponsor unique programs and events during the academic year! Just a few of the unique ways that employers have partnered with our office include sponsorship of a student tailgate, participating on a service career panel and hosting a business attire fashion show! Stand out by taking advantage of this opportunity to connect with a vast JMU audience in a creative way! Cost: Ranges based on program/event sponsorship level.

Package Want to take advantage of all 3 of these opportunities? Go for it! Create your own sponsorship package and get Option 1: Logo for FREE! If your company is interested in learning more about the program, is ready to become a sponsor or would like to discuss additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact Career & Academic Planning at or 540-568-6229. We look forward to partnering with you!



Senior Engineering students share their Capstone Projects at the 2013 Capstone Symposium

Since August of 2008 when the inaugural freshman class was accepted, the Department of Engineering at JMU has grown 270%, now having more than 400 students. With the appointment of new Department Head Dr. Kurt Paterson in the fall of 2013, the program continues to develop. In a note addressed to the university, Paterson explains how the engineering program at JMU is unlike those at other universities. Dr. Paterson states, “Rather than splitting into separate departments that address the sub-disciplines of the engineering profession, we offer a single, integrated, engineering degree that focuses on sustainability, design, and systems analysis in order to educate and train ‘engaged engineers’ who can address the wide range of ever-changing engineering challenges of the 21st century”. According to Assistant Professor of Engineering, Dr. Kyle Gipson, students in this program are directly engaged in making a better quality of life, and figuring out how to create sustainability. Dr. Gipson explains that students do so by learning how to ask the right questions. The engineering program at JMU incorporates design as early as the freshman year. During their first year in the program, students encounter hands-on, experiential learning. They begin to explore the connections between what they learn in JMU’s general education courses and what they learn in engineering courses. Going into their second year, they are exposed to ways in which they can create change and make an impact by participating in service learning projects in the local community. Through these programs they not only develop solutions to a presented challenge, but also develop relationships with the public. Starting their junior year, engineering students choose their 2-year capstone project, which is completed with project partner companies or non-profits. Students are fully immersed in their capstone projects while taking courses. Here you can view capstone abstracts completed by students in the spring of 2013.

“The work world is shifting to a competency-based model — students need to be able to demonstrate they can do something of value with what they know. Fortunately, our curriculum is built upon learn-by-doing through a year-long sophomore design project, two-year-long capstone design experience, and hands-on learning throughout. Our students graduate with practical know-how and many experiences in collaboration, adaptability, humility, and self-directed learning. The rich liberal arts foundation, systems approach, and interdisciplinary nature of Madison Engineering positions our students to be effective project and team leaders.” -Dr. Kurt Paterson, Engineering Department Head 7

...AT JMU Following graduation from the program, JMU engineering students have a wide array of options to pursue. While many graduates continue their education by enrolling in advanced degree programs, others explore the various career opportunities available to them. Many students begin interning at various organizations early on in their college career, leading to job offers following graduation. Others take on opportunities with law offices, civil engineer programs, civil infrastructure systems, the government, non-profits, and much more. Assistant Professor of Engineering, Dr. Jacquelyn Nagel says, “Madison engineers are well prepared for entering the workforce in a variety of industries. They have honed their technical/analytical as well as professional skill set through active engagement in short, semester, year-long, and two-year long course projects throughout the curriculum. Our students gain valuable experience in working with clients, engineering analysis to inform design decisions, justification of engineering decisions, and oral and written technical communications”.

“Engineering graduates are desirable by many industries because of strong analytical, communication, and teamwork skills that enable them to formulate and solve problems. Through the Madison Engineering program, our graduates demonstrate that they can apply those skills to solve diverse, complicated, real-world problems and work to implement their solutions.” -Dr. Elise Barrella, Assistant Professor

Students see their Sophomore service project put to use

Regardless of the field they go into, employers are reporting that JMU engineering students offer immediate contributions. These include project formulation and execution, application of knowledge, significant design skills, identifying, formulating and solving engineering problems, and understanding the impact of engineering solutions in a complex global, economic, environmental and societal context. Nagel confirms, “Madison Engineers are not your typical engineers. They are adaptive problem solvers that understand the broader and ethical impacts of engineering decisions and are well positioned to be leaders”. The engineering program at JMU is accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, which guarantees high education quality standards. This means students are well-prepared to pursue a professional career upon graduation. Students in the program are surrounded by faculty and staff who are professionals in the field, and they are exposed to a broad scope of engineering to help them identify their own individual interests. Students graduate with a rich professional portfolio of real projects, meaningful professional relationships, and a significant professional reputation.

A senior shows off her capstone project at the Symposium

For more information on JMU’s Department of Engineering and what its students have to offer, please visit the JMU Engineering website. 8



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Capital Ale House Regional fare bar, traditional American food, room for reservation, seasonal outdoor dining; 41 Court Sq Harrisonburg, VA 22802, (540) 564-2537 ($$)


Clementine Seasonal menus and live music, with basement lounge available for events; 153 S Main St, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 (540) 801-8881 ($$)

Blue Nile Ethiopian cuisine and inspired pub fare, live music, bar, and space available for reservation; 181 N Main St Harrisonburg, VA 22802, (540) 432-6453 ($$)

Union Station Restaurant & Bar New versions of family favorites served in the renovated historic Wetzel Seed Building; 128 W Market St Harrisonburg, VA 22802, (540) 437-0042 ($$)

Downtown Harrisonburg has several great restaurants to choose from! Whether you’re hosting a networking event with students or just need to grab a bite to eat while you’re in town for recruiting activities, these locations are great picks!

Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza Farm-to-table thin crust pizza, wood fired; 80 W Water St Harrisonburg, VA 22801 (540) 422-2102 ($$)

Grab a bite: Rick’s Cantina Historic Downtown Harrisonburg’s only Tex-Mex & Tequila Cantina, seasonal outdoor dining; 14 E Water St Harrisonburg, VA 22801, (540) 434-1637 ($$)

Cuban Burger Cuban restaurant with sandwiches and burgers; 70 W Water St Harrisonburg, VA 22801, (540) 860-0855 ($$)

Billy Jack’s Wing & Draft Shack

Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

Chicken wings, chicken sandwiches, “leghorns”, chili cheese fries, and daily specials. Several rotating draft selections 92 S Main St Harrisonburg, VA 22801, (540) 433-1793 ($$)

Wagyo beef burgers, regular and sweet potato fries, fried oreos, and an extensive beer list, seasonal outdoor dining; 80 S Main St Harrisonburg, VA 22801, (540) 433-5225 ($$)

Benny Sorrentino’s Pizza slices the size of your face. Small dining atmosphere, delicious pizza; 64 S. Mason St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801, (540)-432-6400 ($)

Local Chop & Grill House Locally-grown meats and produce, extensive beer and wine selection, lounge with live music, seasonal outdoor dining; 56 W Gay St Harrisonburg, VA 22802, (540) 801-0505 ($$$)

For special hours, restaurant websites and other dining options, click here!




This was our bi-annual 2-day career fair event open to students of all majors! 149 employers registered for the event! Following the fair was a networking reception in the Leeolou Alumni Center Great Room. 56 employers, JMU faculty, staff and senior administration attended the event!

View our photos from the Career & Internship Fair and Networking Reception!

Thanks to all the employers that attended this spring!


A 2-day event with different employers BOTH days! There will be plenty of space to mingle with fellow employers, and most importantly students, in the Festival Ballroom. The first day will be followed by a Networking Reception to give employers more time to connect with JMU faculty, staff and senior administration. Personal invitations to follow.

Registration begins May 5th, 2014! on Recruit-A-Duke 11




It’s almost time for JMU Career and Academic Planning (CAP)/ Employer Relations and Recruiting Service’s (ERR) BIG MOVE! Starting in the fall of 2014, CAP will be located in the newest addition to campus: the Student Success Center (SSC). Located in Constitution Hall on the north side of campus (where the former Rockingham Memorial Hospital was), this center will be the new home for several learning, health and service organizations including CAP, Disability Services, Orientation, the Learning Centers, the Health Center, Judicial Affairs, and much more. The new ERR/interviewing center will be located on the 3rd floor of the building, and allow all CAP offices to be in close proximity to one another. The SSC will provide employers with close access to large amounts of student traffic, which will lend itself well to promoting your company’s positions and events. Also, for you coffee lovers, rumor has it there will be a Dunkin Donuts in the building! We in CAP are very excited about this move, and are looking forward to working with you in our brand new location! Keep an eye out for more information on our BIG MOVE as we draw closer to the fall recruiting season.


STUDENT SHOUT OUTS JMU Students Love Our On-Campus Recruiting Partners!

Dixon Hughes Goodman appeals to me in a variety of ways. Specifically, the emphasis on personal relationships, professional development and commmunity outreach stood out to me.

GSA is a remarkable company that I would be honored to work for and help to continue growing.

I was pleased to learn about the great opportunity of IT consulting positions CapTech provides, and they are very different from any of my previous experiences.

The main reason I loved PWC is the fact that there are so many opportunities to learn.

I look forward to building a career within this company and am so thankful for recruiters and current Marriott employees who come and invest in the students from the program. 13

APEX seems like a great organization to work for that strongly emphasizes the importance of company culture that is very appealing to me.

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Check out our Online Recruiting Guide! Good luck with the rest of your recruiting season. We look forward to seeing you in the fall! 14

Employer Newsletter Spring 2014  
Employer Newsletter Spring 2014