UNCP Hires Assistant
Director for Career Services
Pembroke's Office of Career Services has hired Lori
Ann Bumgarner as assistant director. The position at the office was
created to accommodate a growing student body.
Under the guidance
of 16-year veteran Lisa Schaeffer, the Career Center is ranked number
one for student satisfaction in annual surveys of all graduates in the
University of North Carolina system.
to be at this school and working with Dr. Schaeffer," said Ms.
Bumgarner. "We have so much in common, it's almost scary."
Ms. Bumgarner comes
to UNCP from Methodist College, where she was director of the Office
of Career Services.
helps all students, not just seniors," she said. "We start
with freshmen, getting them acquainted with the services. Then, we do
career planning with sophomores and help juniors with internships."
Of course, seniors
trickle in the office when they realize there is a world beyond cozy
college life. The center prepares them with mock interviews, resume
assistance, career fairs and on-campus recruitment.
"We are always
trying to provide more services and programs, especially now that the
university is growing," Dr. Schaeffer said. "One area we would
like to focus on is internships because gaining experience in student's
major area is important in the career decision-making process."
Ms. Bumgarner has
set goals for the Career Center, including creating an on-line graduate
survey and changing the school's current computerized job search tool
to e-Recuiting. Most importantly, she wants to introduce the career
center to new students with more interactive presentations.
fun while they are learning about what services are available to them,"
At Methodist, Ms.
Bumgarner created an interactive game designed for freshmen seminar
classes called "Who Wants to be a Survivor?"
is really interested in the idea," Bumgarner said. "It's definitely
something we could do here."
A Cherryville, N.C.,
native, Ms. Bumgarner completed her undergraduate degree in psychology
and a minor in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
She headed to The University of South Carolina for a Master of Education
degree, and returned to North Carolina to work at Methodist College.
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