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New alumni initiative pairs job-seeking students with potential employers and internships

Posted: Aug 22, 2012

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Mark Bundy ’11 (center) has a full-time position with CSL Behring as a direct result of the internship he held there. Pictured with Olivet’s new Director of Corporate and Community Engagement Jeff Williamson ’84 and CSL Behring Vice President/General Manager Wally Casey.
Olivet is launching a new cross-departmental strategy that will build and strengthen the University’s connections with business owners and successful alumni around the world.

The ultimate goal of these relationships is twofold:
1. to assist ONU students in finding internships and job opportunities, and
2. to help meet the business needs of Olivet alumni and friends around the world, particularly in the recruitment of quality interns and employees.

At the helm of this new initiative is Dr. Jeff Williamson ’84, who is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between higher education and the corporate world. Over the years, he has held key leadership positions, such as the academic dean of Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, professor of organizational leadership at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and director of admissions at Southern Nazarene University.

As the new director of corporate and community engagement, Jeff will be collaborating with various Olivet departments and divisions, including academics, student development and institutional advancement.

“The purpose is to more intentionally facilitate links between our students and alumni and friends of Olivet,” he explains. “This initiative will help students make employment connections during a time when the job market is challenging. It will also assist alumni and friends who are looking for high quality students with good character.”

“It’s a win-win,” Jeff says.

When he meets with a business owner or entrepreneur, Jeff simply asks, “What do you need from Olivet? How can we help you?”

Just weeks into the launch of this initiative, Jeff is already amazed by the response.

“Employers are eager to partner with our students. For example, I could already name specific people who have told me, ‘I could use a marketing intern right now.’”

“The possibilities are endless,” he concludes. “There is definitely a need that Olivet can help fill.”

For more information about the Corporate and Community Engagement Initiative, or if your company would like to partner with Olivet in recruiting quality interns and employees, contact Jeff Williamson at 815-939-5292 or jswilliamson2@olivet.edu.
 
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