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Dana Hamdan Named Director of Career Development Center

Dana Hamdan Named Director of Career Development Center

September 20, 2019

Dana Hamdan has been hired as executive director of the Career Development Center after serving in the position in an interim capacity during the 2018–19 school year. As director, Hamdan will collaborate on the implementation of recommendations made by the Academic and Administrative Program Review last year. Many of these recommendations involve better preparing Oberlin students for their professional lives after graduation and will directly impact the career center’s role on campus. “Oberlin is ...

Winter Term to Be Restructured With AAPR

Ella Moxley, Senior Staff Writer

April 26, 2019

Oberlin administrators have been working to create a more structured, equitable Winter Term model in response to the preliminary AAPR recommendations first detailed in March. Future changes include increasing the number of students and professors on campus and increasing the breadth and variety of courses offered. AAPR steering committee members hope that as many as one-third of the student body may remain on campus during future Winter Terms. “[An increased number of students on campus is] a way to maximize use of the institution’s resources and to build a stronger sense of community through shared experiences and organized social events,” according to the AAPR’s Summary of Work to Date document, made public to ...

Associate Dean of Students Dana Hamdan explains the Career Communities initiative at an information session Wednesday, Dec. 5 in King Building.

New Career Communities Pilot Announced

December 7, 2018

Associate Dean of Students and Interim Director of the Career Development Center Dana Hamdan unveiled the pilot for the Career Communities program in a series of four information sessions earlier this week and last. The program will launch this spring and will allow roughly 120 juniors and seniors to participate in a one-credit, co-curricular course that culminates in a funded summer internship. “The Career Communities initiative makes it possible for us to address Oberlin’s ‘mi...

Graduate School Connections Vital for Student Development

Editorial Board

September 14, 2018

We must turn our gaze outward. That was President Carmen Ambar’s message as she prepared to ship a group of nearly 1,000 people — including first-years, Peer Advising Leaders, staff members, and volunteers — to Cleveland for the inaugural Connect Cleveland trip during New Student Orientation. The pilgrimage was part of Ambar’s initiative to build stronger ties with the Northeast Ohio community. In a massive 20-bus caravan, students connected with local organizations and alumni all over the city, visiting a total of 39 different sites, including the public radio and television broadcaster Ideastream, the Cleveland Museum of Art, an urban farm, and a Cleveland food bank, to name a few. The goal was to help st...

Career Center Supports Entrepreneurship

Taiyo Scanlon-Kimura, Student Engagement Fellow, Career Center

April 7, 2017

To the Editors: I write in response to Katie Lucey’s article last week (“College Lacks Opportunities to Study Business”). As a recent graduate and staff member of the Career Center, I wish to clarify some additional opportunities to study business and entrepreneurship and speak to Lucey’s insight into a fear of failure among students. First, Lucey argues that Oberlin’s lack of major in business or entrepreneurship is a sign of limited opportunities to study these subjects. Oberlin actually created a program 13 years ago to help fill this gap: the Business Scholars program, which trains 12 students in business, finance and leadership fundamentals before sending them to learn firsthand from prominent alumni in ...

Career Center to Assess Student Needs

Sydney Allen, Production Editor

April 22, 2016

The Career Center’s “needs assessment” — an initiative looking to identify ways for the center to improve its facilities — is the first step in the College’s stated endeavor to improve career services for students and recent graduates. The survey portion of the assessment, which comes on the heels of the Strategic Plan’s commitment to help students and recent alumni achieve “meaningful career objectives,” will soon be administered to current juniors and seniors. “I knew coming in that I wanted to be informed about what was really happening with students and recent alumni and what their biggest needs are — to help empower, enable and prepare them to make a successful transition into the workplace,”...

Local News Bulletin

April 15, 2016

Survivor Support Week Survivor Support Week is a series of events put on by College senior Amethyst Carey, College senior Zia Kandler, College junior Laura Shriver and College junior Lexie Bean. The week, April 11–16, is centered on healing for survivors of sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and the students organizing the series found it important to provide educational resources that recognize the needs of survivors. Activities include support groups for survivors to discuss their experiences with others and panels where others share their stories of survival. Career Center to Conduct Needs Assessment The Career Center is conducting a nee...

Lori Young, Career Center Director

Off the Cuff: Lori Young, Director of Oberlin College Career Center

February 5, 2016

Lori Young is the new director of the Oberlin College Career Center. She comes to Oberlin from ReadyNow!, a leadership training and consulting business that she founded in 2014. Young holds a BA in communications from Ashland University and a master’s in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. She has worked in career services at Case Western University, Baldwin-Wallace University and the University of Georgia, and in leadership development departments at the Cleveland Cli...

Local News Bulletin

September 25, 2015

News briefs from the past week Career Center Names Interim Director The Career Center named Gayle Boyer its interim director on Tuesday following former director Richard Berman’s departure. Boyer came in as the Center’s department technician in 2011 before taking on the role of operations manager in 2012. While the search for a permanent director continues, Boyer will manage daily operations and help maintain the Oberlin Business Scholars and Alumni-Student Mentoring programs. She will also act as an advisor for students interested in pursuing careers in law. Police Chief Announces Structural Changes Oberlin City Council unanimously approved Police Chief Juan Torres’ plan to restructure certain aspects of the Oberlin ...

Richard Berman, director of Career Services, stares contemplatively into the distance during his talk, Zero Bullsh*t: The Truth About Finding a Gig After Oberlin. The administration has recently placed increased emphasis on helping recent Oberlin graduates with their careers.

Seniors Contemplate Life After Oberlin, Career Opportunities

April 10, 2015

Outside Craig Lecture Hall on Thursday, seniors chatted while waiting for the doors of the lecture hall to open for Zero Bullsh*t: The Truth About Finding a Gig After Oberlin, a talk by Career Center Director Richard Berman, one of multiple talks in the Career Center’s Life After Oberlin series. The series is part of the administration’s increased attempts to connect students with career opportunities and comes as seniors are increasingly preoccupied with figuring out what to do after accepting...

Winter Term Creates Air of Detachment

Margo Josephson, Contributing Writer

March 6, 2015

Oberlin fluctuates between a place of safety and an isolated hub of culture trapped in the Midwest. I return to campus each semester with a different mindset. Sometimes I crave the seclusion of the College and its fierce social justice spirit. Other times I panic at the thought of being in the hinterlands, past cornfields and plains of soybeans, remote from city life and up-tempo society. I stayed on campus the entire fall semester, with no desire to return home to NYC. The high pace of the city and urban mass of people speeding from one place to the next was unappealing next to Oberlin’s quietude. When I returned for Winter Term, my concept of the city changed. I fell in love with New York again. I was enchanted...

Lack of Internship Funding Presents Accessibility Issue

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor

December 12, 2014

Getting a job is largely dependent on the quality of one seemingly simple document: the résumé. Yet for many college students, résumé building comes at a price. Internships, aside from being personally rewarding, are advantageous in accruing a body of work experience; however, students who struggle to afford the steep costs of transportation and housing are limited in the opportunities they can pursue. About 80 percent of Oberlin students receive financial aid to pay for tuition. Despite the roughly $30,000 in aid students receive each year on average to attend Oberlin, the journey to funding internships frequently results in a financial dead end. Every student who attends Oberlin undoubtedly deserves the same...

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