July 19, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Kathleen O’Keefe, director of the Career Center (left) and
Ellen Bourhis Nolan, associate director (right), will roll out new
initiatives this academic year to further assist Mount Saint Mary
College students in obtaining internships, networking with local
employers, and more. They are seen here hosting last year’s Senior
Professional Development Conference.
As Mount Saint Mary College students look forward to the start
of a new semester in August, the college’s Career Center is gearing
up to provide them with enhanced internship options, new networking
opportunities, and more.
The upcoming academic year brings updated programs and
initiatives to the Career Center, which prepares students for
varied career opportunities in the Hudson Valley, New York City,
the Capital Region, and beyond.
“Our main focus will be employer relations – continuing to work
with our established connections and building new relationships
throughout the tristate region,” explained Kathleen O’Keefe,
director of the Career Center.
O’Keefe and her team are also developing a new Career Center
Advisory Committee. The committee will bring Career Center staff,
faculty, and employers together to discuss workplace readiness,
industry and hiring trends, and opportunities for undergraduate and
graduate students and alumni.
The Career Center will continue to offer a variety of programs
that have proven popular and effective. Mount seniors can look
forward to the Real World Connections networking series and the
annual Senior Professional Development Conference. Juniors will
have the opportunity to connect with successful Mount alumni
through Knight Shadow. And as always, all students can explore
careers and industries through internships and workshops with local
O’Keefe recently became the director of the Career Center upon
the retirement of Janet Zeman, who laid the groundwork for the
center more than 25 years ago.
O’Keefe has a long history with the Career Center: After working
with the Mount’s Cooperative Education Program in the 1990s and
taking some time to care for her newborn son, O’Keefe returned in
2005. She was promoted to associate director in 2012. All three of
her children are Mount graduates.
In addition, longtime Mount employee Ellen Bourhis Nolan has
assumed the role of associate director of the Career Center, and
Heather Fitzsimmons and Robin Rosenberg have earned the title of
Career Counselor. Regina Eisenbacher will continue to provide
administrative support for the center.