Are you familiar with the Career Development Staff? Now’s your chance to know a little bit about them.
I’ve been in the Career Development office at Chestnut Hill College since 1996, starting as Assistant Director. In 2002, I was promoted to Director. My previous experience has been in human resources and marketing, which provided a natural progression to Career Development. My Bachelor’s degree is in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and I have a Master’s in Education from Chestnut Hill College. I love my job and working with everyone connected to CHC—students, alums, faculty, employers, staff and other career professionals. I have been very active in various initiatives with our Consortium–SEPCHE (the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education) including working with faculty and staff on teaching methods utilizing metacognition strategies as well as a shared teaching initiative with ARAMARK. This field has dramatically changed in the past 15 years, mostly due to technology. This is a very dynamic field and requires constant education on my part which I find very stimulating. I recently achieved certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator. I love being a life-long learner and sharing my expertise with all of our constituents. The Career Development office provides career counseling, workshops, job fairs and many other opportunities for professional and personal growth and helping everyone to be successful in bridging the world of learning with the world of work.
Ashley Reichenbach, Assistant Director of Career Development, joined the Office of Career Development in August 2010 after graduating with her Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. She spent her graduate assistantship in Career Services learning how to critique résumés and cover letters while helping students with job and internship searches. At CHC, Ashley continues to do those cornerstone activities with students from all three schools and alums. Every February, she helps organize and plan the month-long program series, Backpack-to-Briefcase, in addition to the College’s annual job fair in March. Ashley teaches the five-week Career Success course twice a semester with colleagues in the Office. Besides this course, she has co-taught First-Year Initiative and presented in classrooms about the career development process. She also helps with the Office’s assessment through the Undergraduate Follow-up Report (surveying recent alums) and creating the Annual Report. A big part of Ashley’s work is providing training to the Office’s paraprofessional staff, the Career Development Assistant and Social New Media Assistants. She manages the student workers’ schedules and helps them understand career exploration. One day is never like the next in the dynamic field of Higher Education!
MacKenzie Lovell, the Student Life Assistant, came to Chestnut Hill College in August 2009. She spent her first year working as an Americorps*VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America), working with the Service-Learning department. In her second year, she continued to work with service-learning, but split her time between that office, and Student Activities. Now, in her third year, she works part-time in Service-Learning as she completes her Master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania. In May, MacKenzie will receive her Master’s of Science in Education degree in Education, Culture, and Society with a concentration in Higher Education. MacKenzie works with many students participating in community service projects. She is a liaison between the Office and Service-Learning faculty. She also works closely with the Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania, and Americorps Education Award program where students pledge to complete 300 or 450 hours of community service in one calendar year. These students participate in leadership, professional, and personal development initiatives with MacKenzie. These students also act as liaisons between service-learning students and the office. Besides this course, she has co-taught First-Year Initiative (with the Assistant Director Ashley) and presented in classrooms about the career development process and the service-learning program. MacKenzie works with office assessment and retention initiatives, and hopes to get new programs for students started in the coming months. MacKenzie is excited to be a part of the Chestnut Hill College Student Life team, and considers herself lucky for having been able to get involved in the field of Higher Education so early.
Ryan Murphy has worked at Chestnut Hill College since October 2005. After eight months serving in a dual role in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Campus Ministry, Ryan joined the Career Development Office in July 2006 as the Manager of Experiential Education, coordinating the internship and service-learning programs. Ryan has held his current role of Director of Service-Learning in the Career Development Office since February 2010, following four years of increasing levels of responsibility and program growth in the areas of community engagement, reflective practice and service-learning. In addition to his role in Career Development, Ryan also teaches a Global Awareness Seminar course about poverty to undergraduate students at Chestnut Hill College.
Prior to working at Chestnut Hill College, Ryan served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in Philadelphia immediately after graduating college. Following that volunteer experience, he began working at Saint Joseph’s University in Residence Life as an Area Coordinator supervising three high-rise apartment buildings housing more than 550 undergraduate students.
Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree (2002) in Food Marketing and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice (2007), both from Saint Joseph’s University. Ryan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University, where he hopes to conduct research into urban poverty issues, especially those surrounding food insecurity.
Feel free to stop in the Career Development Office on the 3rd Floor of St. Joseph’s Hall at Chestnut Hill College! You’ll get to meet some really great people.