Arkansas Adventure Stop #2: University of Central Arkansas

University of Central Arkansas

Conway is a growing and vibrant community and the campus of the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is no exception.  EHS was on campus just days before the spring semester officially began and we could feel the excitement in the air on the warm winter day.  The career services office is an important part of student success at UCA, in fact UCA has a dedicated staff person to assist student with internships in the career services office.  Maybe they even helped alum Scottie Pippen start his career with the NBA!

Did you know?

– The University of Central Arkansas continues to rank among the best institutions in the South, according to the 2012 Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report released Tuesday.

– UCA ranks 23rd in the category of “Top Public Schools” among regional universities in the South. The university remains the highest ranked Arkansas public university in the region.

We’re impressed! We had a great visit and hope to come back again soon. Thanks, UCA!

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Arkansas Adventure Stop #1: Hendrix College

After an afternoon on the campus of Hendrix College, located in Conway, Arkansas, we quickly learned that the Office of Career Services is the place to go when you are doing anything related to internships.  A well-oiled program at Hendrix College, all internships run smoothly through one central location.  With a sizable amount of Hendrix College students interning throughout  the fall, spring and summer semesters, this is a busy office.  Hendrix is additionally attractive because of amazing programs like its experiential Odyssey program.

Hendrix College services do not stop there.  The Office of Career Services was able to provide Educational Housing Services with some excellent restaurant recommendations in nearby Little Rock.  They included Flying Fish, Juanita’s, Boulevard Bread and Loca Luna. We will have to make a trip back soon to make sure we can try them all! We had a great time and can’t wait to come back for another visit soon.

Central Michigan University… Go Chips!

Central Michigan University

It was a cool duo of days on our visit to the campus of Central Michigan University (CMU) .  Located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, CMU is home to the Chippewas.  Go Chips!

EHS was able to meet with a variety of campus staff and faculty that are dedicated to assisting students with internships (as almost all student majors require an internship for credit before graduation) and careers.  We were able to spend a bit more time with the CMU faculty and staff due to it being finals week on campus.  We learned about all of the job fairs, interviewing and job shadowing trips, one on one students consultations, mock interviewing, etiquette dinners and much more during our visit.

If you are ever in Mount Pleasant and are looking for a good meal, we recommend the Brass Café!  And if you are looking for a few notable CMU alumni, check out the NFL commentating booths and HGTV for Ray Bentley and Carter Oosterhouse, respectively.  Fire Up, Chips!

It’s Lovely in Lawrence: The University of Kansas

University of Kansas

With a number of arts per capita that rivals NYC, Lawrence, Kansas–nicknamed the City of Arts–is a great learning environment for University of Kansas (KU) students, faculty and staff.  The staff at each of the Career Services offices on campus also provide a host of job fairs, employer interviewing sessions, resume workshops, internship fairs, mock interviewing and a resource area for students who are looking to plan for their professional future while they study.

With such notable alumni as Clyde Tombaugh (the man who discovered Pluto), Neil Labute (acclaimed playwright and filmmaker), Sheila Bair (Chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), Paul Rudd (actor), Rob Riggle (actor/comedian of “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show”) and Wilt Chamberlain (basketball star), it is easy to see where the cross between a culturally aware city and a university full of staff and faculty dedicated to student success will lead.

Of course, we made sure to check out the KU basketball team in action before we left, too. We look forward to welcoming KU students to stay with us in NYC this summer!

(We’re Sad to Say) We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

Kansas State University

Located in the heart of Manhattan…Manhattan, Kansas that is, Kansas State University is a beautiful campus with hills and great surrounding areas.  Our visit to K State started off on the right foot with breakfast with a K State professor.  The Chef Café (featured in Food Network Magazine) was a delicious place to dine and a great place to learn about K State.  When it comes to career fairs for students, K State leads the way.  With at least four career fairs each semester, K State students are lucky to have such a dedicated team of career services staff on their side.  With an active Facebook page, listserv, resource page and exemplifying relationships with faculty, staff, alumni and of course, students, the Career Services staff at K State really is impressive.  This Manhattan may be very different from the Manhattan that EHS knows, but it certainly has its own charm, prestige and wonderful people.

Kansas City Art Institute


At our recent visit on the campus of Kansas City Art Institute, we were able to meet a dedicated group of faculty, academic directors and career services staff who go above and beyond to assist the students.  The culinary staff informed us that after the culinary students (who make up over half of the student body population) gain their practical experience working in the on campus restaurant, many are looking for employment and internship opportunities outside of the Kansas City area.  Culinary and  Baking & Pastry students are always looking for staging opportunities in NYC. This fresh, new campus has grown tremendous since opening its’ doors just a few years ago.  It was a pleasure to be on campus and to be surround by so many students studying many diverse are field.

Thanks to both schools for making our trips so fun (and delicious!). Looking forward to welcoming Kansas students at Educational Housing Services.

Arizona State University

OK, quiz time. Did you know the following facts regarding the success of recent Arizona State University graduates?

ASU ranks 5th on a list of the top universities favored by employers for job recruiting, according to a new survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal that aimed to identify “the majors and schools that best prepare students to land jobs that are satisfying, well-paid and have growth potential.”

Despite an unsteady economy, the majority of ASU’s MBA graduates were hired in 2010. An article on job placement for MBA graduates in U.S. News & World Report says, “Schools like the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, for instance, claim the overwhelming majority of their M.B.A. students were hired in 2010. The school had an 89 percent job placement rate three months after graduation among its May M.B.A. graduates, far outpacing the national average, and up from 78.3 percent in 2009.”

We learned of these facts after a visit to the sunny Tempe campus of Arizona State University!  The personal and tailored career services that the staff on this campus provide are to be commended.  Great job, Sun Devils!

EHS’s Connecticut Visit Marathon…

Since many of our posts have been about our western jaunts, we’ve decided to feature a PACKED trip we made not too long ago to nearby Connecticut. Enjoy!

First we visited the University of Connecticut Located in Storrs, the UCONN Dairy Bar was a highlight of our visit, second only to the wonderful hospitality of everyone we met with! The UCONN dairy bar and creamery are part of the Dept. of Animal Sciences. Taken from website: The Creamery was established in the early 1900s and ceased the majority of its operations in 1991. At its peak, the Creamery employed more than 25 full-time employees, grossed over one million dollars per year, and supplied the UConn dormitories and other state agencies with daily deliveries of fluid milk, sour cream, cream cheese and ice cream. Today, the Creamery manufactures ice cream according to its original and highly popular recipe; this delicious product is sold at the UConn Dairy Bar.  We sampled Maple Walnut-awesome and Chocolate Brownie Fudge. Yum!

Next, we stopped at Trinity College. Trinity has a 100 acre hilltop campus, located in Hartford, halfway between NYC and Boston. Despite it’s Episcopal roots, the college is an independent, nonsectarian school. It is also one of the oldest colleges in the country, founded in 1823. Long Walk is considered to be Trinity’s masterpiece, the only example of noted English architect William Burges, has been called the best example anywhere of Victorian Gothic Collegiate Architecture.

We also made a stop at nearby Fairfield University. Founded in 1942 by the Jesuits. The Office of Career Planning is located in the colorful and welcoming Kelley Center. Located just one hour from NYC, Fairfield is a quaint New England Town.


We also headed to Wesleyan University. Wesleyan has a beautiful campus that overlooks the Connecticut River and is named for John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.  Fun facts: In the latter part of the 19th century, Wesleyan was a pioneer in coeducation. In September 1872, four courageous women entered the previously all-male university. All graduated in the Class of 1876 and were elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Although three other New England colleges admitted women at about this time, the Wesleyan “experiment” was the most viable because it was the first time in the region that more than one woman continued beyond her first term. Male alumni pressured the administration to stop accepting women in 1912. In May 1968, however, trustees voted wisely for the resumption of coeducation. We were so inspired we decided to buy a Wesleyan sweatshirt!

 

Next, we headed to Connecticut College: a 750-acre arboretum campus in New London, Conn., overlooking Long Island Sound. Interesting tie-in to Wesleyan: The College was founded in 1911, but its history began in 1909 when Wesleyan University announced that it would no longer offer admission to women. At that time, more women than ever were seeking higher education and demanding the right to vote. A committee was formed and towns across the state of Connecticut began offering prospective sites. A New London hilltop, later described as “the finest college site in the world,” was the committee’s first choice, and they asked New London to raise $100,000 to ensure that their proposal would succeed. A 10-day fundraising campaign exceeded the goal by $35,000. Nearly a third of the inhabitants of the city and the surrounding communities contributed, including many children, along with virtually every business and organization. What a story! We’re glad we stopped by to learn more about it.

FINALLY, we stopped by beautiful Yale University. There is so much to write about, but we will try to keep things brief!

Let’s start with the delicious parmesan/truffle fries and salmon burger at Prime 16 in New Haven (pictured… yum!). Also, went to see an old friend (Cindy Thomas) perform in Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Long Wharf Theatre. Cindy and the entire cast were outstanding!

Yale’s roots can be traced back to the 1640s, when colonial clergymen led an effort to establish a college in New Haven to preserve the tradition of European liberal education in the New World.  In 1718 the school was renamed “Yale College” in gratitude to the Welsh merchant Elihu Yale, who had donated the proceeds from the sale of nine bales of goods together with 417 books and a portrait of King George I. Yale’s 260 buildings include contributions from distinguished architects of every period in its history. Styles range from New England Colonial to High Victorian Gothic, from Moorish Revival to contemporary. Yale’s buildings, towers, lawns, courtyards, walkways, gates, and arches comprise what one architecture critic has called “the most beautiful urban campus in America.”

Funnish fact? Yale Symphony Orchestra had a sold out show on Halloween night. The symphony accompanied the student made silent film “Midnight in New Haven”, a take on movie “Midnight in Paris” and featured a cameo appearance by Woody Allen. The scenes with Woody Allen were shot in NYC (of course!).

20 Yale students lived with EHS last summer, so we look forward to welcoming more back in 2012! What an amazing trip.