Saint Mary’s Career Crossings Office aids in student job hunt

first_imgDirector of the Career Crossings Office (CCO) Stacie Jeffirs said according to the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI), hiring of bachelor’s level college graduates is up seven percent this year over the last year.“Although the increase is slight, the job outlook for college graduates has been making a steady and gradual comeback since the recession hit in 2008 and 2009,” Jeffirs said.Jeffirs said the College’s graduate destination survey showed that approximately 73 percent of the class of 2014 intends to pursue employment opportunities while almost 40 percent intend to pursue graduate or professional school or other studies. A little more than 12 percent intend to pursue internships or externships and 6.8 percent intend to pursue post-graduate service or volunteer opportunities.The survey results overlap in some categories, as some graduates intend to pursue graduate or professional school or other studies in addition to employment or other activities, Jeffirs said.Senior Gianna Burkhardt will attend King’s College in London after graduation to work towards a masters in English literature with a focus in literature from the 1850s-present.After studying abroad in Rome during her sophomore year, Burkhardt said she knew she wanted to travel post-graduation.“Prior to studying in Rome, I thought I was bound to the United States, but after, I have discovered a whole new world waiting for me to explore it,” she said. “If it hadn’t been for my education and experience at Saint Mary’s, I’m not sure if I would have the courage to follow my passion.”Burkhardt said she hopes to develop her love for English literature in a place so rooted in its history while using the skills she developed during her time at Saint Mary’s.“I will be studying English literature, which I think will be a richer experience because I’ll have many of the documents I will be studying right at my disposal at the British Library,” Burkhardt said. “King’s also offers internships as a part of their grad studies at places like the Globe Theater and British Museum, so I will be looking to participate in a more well-rounded experience in that way. “I also think living abroad teaches you a type of independence that can only come from being abroad.”Jeffirs said the liberal arts education Saint Mary’s provides gives students the necessary tools to be competitive and relevant in today’s economy.“The College prepares students to be global citizens and to be able to respond to the ever-changing workforce not only through classroom experiences, but also experiential activities and campus leadership opportunities,” she said.Burkhardt said her Saint Mary’s education has made all the difference in allowing her to craft and follow her dreams.“I think my English professors as well as the Saint Mary’s study abroad program have prepared me so well for the next part of my journey,” she said. “My professors have given me the tools that are necessary to create thoughtful and scholarly insights on literature and how to stand on my own in class discussion.”Jeffirs said CCO has been a valuable resource for many seniors this year, providing students with education and resources to aid those looking for a job.“We assist students in the entire job search process including networking strategies, connecting students to alumnae through our Alumnae Resource Network and LinkedIn, researching employers and options, writing resumes and cover letters and honing interviewing skills,” Jeffirs said. “We teach students the job searching and decision making skills they can use throughout their entire life.”Jeffirs said CCO will be open all summer. “Our office offers lifetime services to alumnae and is here to help graduates even after commencement,” she said.Tags: 2014 Commencement, employment, Saint Mary’s Career Crossings Officelast_img read more

William Maclay Architects win green design award for NRG building

first_imgWilliam Maclay Architects & Planners won first place in the large buildings category of the Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design 2009 competition for their work on the recently completed green building for wind manufacturer NRG Systems. The Waitsfield architectural firm was recognized by the judges for their “innovative and integrated design approach towards energy efficiency and high performance building.”The second of two NRG Systems buildings designed by William Maclay Architects & Planners (WMAP), the new building is almost completely powered by renewable energy. Ninety percent (90%) of the building’s electricity is expected to be produced by a 70.6-kilowatt (kw) solar photovoltaic (PV) system and 95% of the building’s heat is provided by renewable wood pellets. The building is also more energy efficient than the first LEED gold-certified building on the company’s green campus in Hinesburg. Compared to a typical commercial building built to current energy codes, the new 31,000 square foot building is expected to cut the company’s carbon footprint by 88,000 pounds annually through such features as a super-insulated building envelope, the solar PV system, a wood pellet boiler and a radiant heating and cooling system.“NRG Systems wanted to go even further with renewables and energy efficiency with this second building,” said WMAP President William Maclay, AIA, LEED® AP. “Thicker walls and cellulose insulation make the building tighter and more energy efficient. It goes way beyond current energy efficiency codes and serves as an excellent model for where our buildings need to go.”With the 70.6-kw solar PV system on NRG Systems’ second building, the company’s green campus now boasts the largest solar PV system in the state at 149.1 kilowatts. The building also makes extensive use of natural daylighting through the use of clerestory windows, skylights and the orientation of the building on the property. Whimsical floor tiles crafted by local artists and an exterior courtyard and labyrinth add unique design elements to the building’s overall award-winning design. A gold LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council is anticipated for the building.The Design Competition winners were announced at the Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design Conference. William Maclay Architects & Planners received first place recognition in the large building category and were one of two firms that received first place recognition overall. A total of nine design entries were judged.Founded in 1982, William Maclay Architects & Planners is a Vermont-based architectural firm specializing in innovative, sustainable design for individuals, businesses and organizations seeking to create vibrant places for life, work and play. Firm founder and president, William Maclay, has worked in sustainable design since 1971, bringing his lifelong passion for the environment into his work through the design and creation of beautiful, sustainable buildings. Through its team of LEED-accredited professionals, WMAP offers a full-range of architectural services for all phases of residential, commercial and institutional projects. Recent projects include master planning and design for the expanded green campus of wind manufacturer NRG Systems in Hinesburg (VT), the net zero energy design and construction of the Putney (VT) School Field House and the interior design and renovation for Seventh Generation’s Burlington (VT) headquarters. For more information, visit www.wmap-aia.com(link is external).# # #last_img read more