May 21, 2013
St. John’s focus on the professional success of its graduates
was celebrated as students, faculty and administrators gathered at
Chiang Ching-Kuo Hall on the Queens campus for
the May 6 dedication of a new, state-of-the-art space for
University Career Services.
Guests at the dedication were treated to tours of the sprawling
new space, which features six interview rooms; a high-tech
conference area for workshops, employer-sponsored training and
networking events; and amenities including a hospitality pantry for
corporate partners who recruit on campus.
Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President of St. John's,
presided over the ceremony and blessed the facility.
Hutchinson, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs, said she
appreciates the Center’s location at the heart of the campus. "It’s
important that career preparation and planning be top of mind for
all members of the community,” she said. “This location at the
crossroads of campus will help to keep this goal in the
consciousness of all." The facility is only steps away from the
photo gallery of the dedication.
That sentiment was echoed by
Denise Hopkins, Executive Director of University Career
Services, who observed, "The decision was made to place University
Career Services in a high-traffic, visible location to increase
student traffic and symbolically represent the centrality and
importance of career development as an integral part of a St John's
Dr. Hutchinson added, "Collaborations between University Career
Services, deans, the Colleges, faculty, Alumni Relations and
employer partners provide a network of support that our students
need to successfully navigate the path from selection of a major to
employment in the industry of their choice."
Student speaker Nicole Mastrangelo '13CPS told the gathering of
the overwhelming support she has received from the Career Services
staff. "They were key contributors to my undergraduate success,"
she observed, noting that they helped her obtain internships
throughout her St. John's career, beginning with the spring
semester of her freshman year.
"That first advisement session was the true beginning of my
journey to mapping out my educational goals and finding a
professional path," she stressed, adding that she visited Career
Services on a regular basis for assistance with her résumé,
interview preparation and internship assistance. She also
frequently attended Career Services site visits to prospective
employers throughout New York City.
"I'm so pleased with the opening of this new space," Mastrangelo
said. "Now, other students will have enhanced access to all the
wonderful services available through Career Services."