Redefining the Classroom

Recruitment season in high gear at LSSU Career Development Center

Posted: November 12th, 2013

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University is in the middle of Career Development Week on campus with a number of activities being featured through its Career Development Center.

The center is hosting a number of special events through Nov. 15 that are designed to help students sharpen their job-hunting skills, but director Theresa Weaver said the center’s staff can help students anytime, and students should always be thinking about what they plan to do after graduation.

“We’ve already hosted several companies that are looking for graduates this semester, and we have more to come in the next few weeks,” Weaver said. “The City of Madison, Wisconsin, was here looking for future police officers and the Rehmann Group was on campus interviewing potential accountants. Still to come are 4D Systems, ADD Software, Gentex and JR Automation, all of which are looking for future engineers.”

LAKER RECRUITING LAKERS -- Representatives of Applied Manufacturing Technologies were on campus recently to discuss job options with LSSU engineering students who will be graduating soon. With the group was Todd Rockafellow, a 1995 LSSU alumnus and graduation ceremony speaker, who was recruited himself by AMT while he was an LSSU student. Rockafellow, in yellow shirt, is interviewing Randy Gee (r), a senior electrical engineering technology major from Monroe, Mich. Also at the interview table are AMT recruiters Diane Haig and Jason Markesino. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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Recently, Applied Manufacturing Technologies, which recruits at just a few college campuses, was at LSSU talking to engineering students.

“Even though our campus is small, companies make it a point to recruit our students,” Weaver said. “AMT only recruits at a few universities, and we are one of them. Their recruiters have said that they have a productive relationship between our Career Development Center and engineering professors, and that has made their recruiting at LSSU quite successful.”

That relationship was forged while AMT Senior Program Manager Todd Rockafellow was still a student. The 1995 LSSU graduate and speaker at commencement that year was recruited by AMT on campus and has worked with the firm ever since. Now, Rockafellow returns to campus to look for more Laker engineers.

Weaver credited LSSU faculty for prompting students to take an interest in the companies that come to LSSU to recruit.

“Prof. Jim Devaprasad always does a great job at engaging his engineering students in the career development process,” she said. “Our engineering information sessions and on-campus interview programs are always the best attended.”

Remaining events in LSSU’s Career Development Week include an introduction to an online career exploration tool called Sigi3 on Nov. 13, and an offering of the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, a tool that helps students find out how their personalities might fit with their career goals, on Nov. 14. Both sessions are offered from noon-1 p.m. in the center, which is in the lower level of the Shouldice Library. LSSU is also collaborating with the Michigan Collegiate Job Fair in Livonia on Friday, Nov. 15.

In addition, the center is continuing career forum discussions over the next several weeks. On Nov. 13, the topic is "What Can You Do with a Liberal Arts Education." Coming up on Nov. 20 and Dec. 4 are discussions on careers in biology and engineering, respectively. Forums start at 2 p.m. in room 303 of Crawford Hall.

Students may find out about Sigi3 and the Myers-Briggs Personality Test any time, as well as schedule appointments for career counseling, Weaver said. For more information, contact Weaver at 635-2898 or -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315;; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Theresa Weaver, 635-2733,