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K-State Today

April 27, 2016



Academic and Career Information Center selects new peer career specialists

By Jared Meitler

The Academic and Career Information Center, or ACIC recently selected four new peer career specialists for the 2016-2017 academic year. Peer career specialists assist Kansas State University students in the career exploration and planning process. They individually guide students through career assessments and help them connect career goals with academic majors, minors and certificate programs at K-State.

Career specialists fill an essential role in serving the K-State community. Studies suggest that 80 percent of college students change their major at least once, and the 2014 National Freshman Attitudes Report written by Noel-Levitz, indicates "21 percent of entering freshman report being very confused about which career occupation to pursue."

The new peer career specialists:

Zev Allen, junior in life sciences, Soldier; Sierra Grimm, sophomore in kinesiology, Olathe; Olivia Harding, sophomore in management, Shawnee; and Taylor Thompson, sophomore in communication studies, Abilene.

Ten peer career specialists from 2015-2016 are returning:

Jessica Ayres, junior in hospitality management, Wichita; Taylor Gnagi, sophomore in family studies and human services, Topeka; Megan Malm, sophomore in communication studies, McPherson; Shannon Oakley, junior in secondary math education, Wamego; Bailey Porter, sophomore in biochemistry and pre-med, Overland Park; Chris Reusz, junior in bakery science and management, Downers Grove, Illinois; Caylin Smith, senior in communication studies, Hillsdale; Amanda Stultz, senior in psychology, Andover; Savanah Thorne, sophomore in family studies and human services, Lee's Summit, Missouri; and Paige Wiley, senior in communication studies, Overland Park.

Jordan Dunn, St. George, will serve as a new graduate assistant while completing her master's in counseling.

Thanks and congratulations to our 2015-2016 graduates: Miranda Cook, marketing and management, Paola; Ellen Harley, family studies and human services, Olathe; Makenzie Hrabik, economics, Olathe; Olivia Miller, counseling and student development, Olathe; and David Zeiger, secondary math education, Overland Park.

As a reminder, the ACIC and Career and Employment Services will unite to form the Career Center after the completion of the spring semester, with an anticipated move to the newly renovated Berney Family Welcome Center scheduled for mid-May. Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students, wrote a letter to campus in March announcing the move.