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and academic progress monitor at Western New England
RACHEL EVANGELIS TA (criminal
justice) is a transportation security officer at Bradley International Airport in Windsor
Locks, CT. She was most recently a registered pharmacy
technician at Westown Pharmacy in Manchester, CT.
ERIC MACDUFF (criminal justice) was sworn in as a full-time patrol officer for the
Lyndeborough (NH) Police
Department. He had been a
security guard at Lowell (MA)
MAUREEN NELIS (integrated
liberal studies) traveled to the
Dominican Republic several
times with the Community
Baptist Church in Manches-
ter, CT for volunteer activities
that have included building
a church annex, delivering
water filters, distributing
anti-parasite medicine, and
handing out toiletries, blan-
kets, and fresh food.
RENISE WASHINGTON (
psychology) is a teacher/dorm staff
member at The Grove School
in Madison, CT. She was formerly a graduate assistant of
residence life at the University of Hartford.
ALICIA GARCIA (management)
is an electronic health
records application specialist
at Women’s Health USA in
Avon, CT. She was previously
a wholesale accountant at
Brooks Brothers/Retail Brand
Alliance in Enfield, CT.
ANNE MERCER (marketing
is the content manager at Titan Web Marketing Solutions
in Murfreesboro, TN. She is
also a freelance copywriter.
WASHINGTON ’ 13 MERCER ’ 14
MACDUFF ’ 13 NELIS ’ 13
Why did you choose to pursue Human Resources? Did anyone
inspire you during your college years?
I was the first in my family to graduate high school and college, and
I never had much of a role model. I taught myself how to dream
big—it’s something I’m proud of, and something I’m sure others out
there are experiencing. However, without someone to turn to for
advice, I felt unsure about which career path to head down. I didn’t
always know that Human Resources was what I wanted to do. I
switched my major two or three times.
It wasn’t until I took a business law course with Professor Harvey
Shrage that I started down the HR path. Professor Shrage took the
time to ask simple questions, such as, “What is it you like to do?” It
helped focus my career aspirations, and between my response and
his guidance, that jump-started my academic career.
What does your day-to-day work entail?
My primary goals include building and enhancing the company’s
college recruiting programs, managing the recruitment process for
new college graduates and summer interns, and helping to develop
strategies for attracting talent. A few of my favorite aspects are
building relationships with professors and universities, as well as
hosting student development sessions and providing career counsel.
I enjoy working with the students to help them translate their
academic strengths to future employment opportunities.
How has your experience at Western New England helped you
relate to the students you work with today?
Western New England University’s professors, career services, and
the Office of Diversity Services all served as role models for me. They
took the time to support and prepare me for the real world through
key classes, assistance obtaining an internship, and providing ca-reer-related advice. Having the relationships with those areas was
critical for my success and I now share their advice and have
adopted their sincerity with the students I help now.
Do you have any advice for students pursuing a career?
Begin your career search during the first year. The workplace is
competitive and it’s important that you not only maintain a solid
GPA, but take the opportunity to build a résumé early on and attend
career events. Obtain an internship relatable to your major or gain
exposure in a work setting that will help round your skills and
prepare you for your chosen career path.
Get involved with community and campus activities and organizations.
Many major employers lead by example and are heavily involved in
the community, and look for those qualities in prospective employees.
Also, maintain key relationships. Whether it’s with professors,
volunteer organizations, or past employers—they can help you
prepare for your employment endeavors.
Norma Ortega ’93
Manager, University Relations—
Traveler’s Companies, Inc.