Meeting Minutes – November 29, 2007

Present– Co-Chairs: Lane Neubauer, Lou Lamorte; Members: Mike Bachman, Jay Boney, Kara Branz, Genevieve Carlton, Mary Dorr, Phenix Frasier, Kathi McNichol, Susan Mudrick, Julie Valenti

  • Review and approve Stage 3: Explore through Experience (Junior Year)
    • The tasks for this stage will include the following:
      • Meet with **Faculty Advisor to discuss practicum, internship, co-op, and clinical opportunities
      • Discuss experiential education and graduate school opportunities with Career Services
      • Utilize eXplorenet to search for and apply to internships & co-op opportunities
      • Continue building, updating and diversifying your resume/portfolio
      • Review resume/portfolio with Career Services
      • Utilize Majors & Minors Fair for dual majors/minors consideration
      • Assume leadership in student/ campus organizations and/or community service or service learning projects relating to your future aspirations.
      • Participate in networking events both on and off campus
      • Get involved in career and research related projects
      • Participate in the annual Career Expo for
        • potential internship and job opportunities
        • graduate school information
        • networking with La Salle Alumni
      • Register to take grad school entrance exams
      • Set up informational interview with an Alumni in the career you are considering
      • Visit the Vault.

    ** The Explore U team recommends that each department have an ‘Experiential Education Coordinator’ but until that is in place, the step would be to talk with faculty advisor.

  • Develop Checklist for Stage 4: Exploring the Paths to your Future (Senior Year)
    • The tasks for this stage will include the following:
      • Refine resume/ curriculum vitae and/or portfolio
      • Review resume with Career Services
      • Post resume on eXplorenet
      • Write cover letter and review with Career Services
      • Set up a mock interview with a Career Services staff member or alumni mentor
      • Attend Career Expo for networking and job opportunities
      • Participate in on and off campus networking events
      • Select and apply to graduate schools
      • Identify potential reference resources
      • Insure that all degree requirements will be met and apply for graduation
      • Arrange final internship experiences
      • Develop job search strategy with a Career Services counselor
      • Set up appointment with the Career Services Center or Student Counseling Center to discuss transition issues.
  • Assessment of Freshmen Advising/Explore U Pilot – update
    • Almost all FYO sections have completed the evaluations. The few that are left will be completing them this week.
    • Phenix, Lane and Lou will meet with Mike Roszkowski to identify data comparisons that will be helpful to evaluating the Explore U pilot.
    • It was recommended that we collect additional data relevant to the pilot to inform decisions as we move forward
      • Feedback from the Freshmen advisors in the pilot should be solicited.
      • Data on retention specific to AEP students and Undecided Arts and Sciences students should be compared with past years to see if Explore U impacted this.
      • Data on students declaring or changing majors after Freshmen year with the same populations as above should compared to previous years.
  • Passport & Planners
    • Lou shared examples of how we could set up the passport. Phenix provided a professional binder which she got at a conference that the committee all felt was a great idea to keep the passport in as well as other handouts and Explore U materials.
    • Dr. Cicala via email in response to reviewing the November 15th Explore U minutes suggested “consideration of producing the ‘passport’ in some electronic version, perhaps on jump drives with Explore U logo and pre-loaded with other Explore U and career/ academic exploration materials or perhaps preloaded on first year students notebooks”.
    • Suggestion from Steve Fabiano in response to above was the possibility of ‘lotus notes to do list’ . Steve responded via email that this “sets a note in your calendar reminding you each day that you have outstanding tasks”.
    • The committee ran out of time to discuss this so this will be carried to the next meeting
  • Other agenda items
    • The committee discussed the importance of bringing in students to give feedback about the model and its implementation as well as possible ‘passport’ ideas once decisions about implementation are further developed.
    • Kara Branz shared an idea that had been brought up in the Commencement Year Team about the distribution of a book published by ‘Cap and Compass’ about preparing for life post graduation. She suggested that this might be an initiative that could be co-sponsored by Explore U. This will be discussed further at the next meeting.
  • Next meeting will be Dec. 13th 3 p.m. McShain conference room.

Respectfully submitted by Lane Neubauer Ph.D.

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