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Elon University has welcomed its ninth president, Connie Ledoux Book to take the stage, and in the past few weeks, I’ve appreciated seeing her bright and smiling demeanor engaging with faculty, staff, and students alike. Her presidency at Elon signifies a first, not only for the University, proudly advocating for its first female president, but also for President Book herself as she embarks on her first collegiate presidential journey.
I anxiously had the opportunity to introduce myself to her during a snowy spring semester day (March 12th, in case you’re wondering), and one of the first things she mentioned was how she enjoys following the Career Fellows’ blog. I thought to myself, well, now that she knows I am slacking, I had better get a move on my March post!
I could not think of a better topic to discuss than the concept of ‘togetherness’. During her speech addressing the Elon community on October 9th when she was announced to be the next president, she closed her remarks with,
“Together we will advance Elon’s future.
Together we will continue building the best learning environment in the country.
Together we will set the next horizon for Elon’s destiny.
Together.”–Dr. Connie Book, E-Net News Article, Owen Covington
Her first few weeks in her presidential term have thus been filled with the notion of ‘beginning together.’
I think many of us can relate to the theme of togetherness, but I feel this especially strikes a chord with me in my role as a Career Advising Fellow in the Student Professional Development Center.
In my role as a Fellow, I have seen the hard work that goes into planning our bi-annually Job & Internship Expo. Our Career Advising team relies heavily on the Corporate and Employer Relations team to engage with employers and convey pertinent information about what said employers are looking for in students. It’s our job in the SPDC to collaborate and be adaptable.
In addition, I had mentioned in an earlier post that my co-fellow, Rachel Brown, and I had been interested in enhancing our relationship with the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education. She has recently partnered with the Michael Spencer in The Doherty Center for Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship to co-sponsor a great panel entitled, ‘Black Innovation Matters’ as part of CREDE’s Black History month initiatives in February, which certainly emphasized togetherness.
In my own journey, I have been working steadily with faculty in Elon’s College of Arts & Sciences to assist with various workshops and aided Jon Metzger in planning an annual Alumni panel for the Music Department. I’ve also benefited from co-teaching a Transition Strategies course with Amy Hogan from the Psychology Department, where we’ve relied on each other to bring our own sent of expertise to the classroom.
Finally, I will be attending my first conference with NCACE in May. This year, North Carolina is joining with Colleges & Employers from South Carolina; the theme, as you may have guessed, is “Better Together”.
As my Fellowship is now entering its eighth month, my thoughts are enveloped in the notion of continuing to strive towards togetherness, in whatever form that may take.