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            Spring Career Development Series: Speakers

            Thank you for your interest in our Spring Career Development Series sponsored by ADDSTAFF, Inc. Please see information about each event speaker below.

            Resume and Interviewing Workshop
            THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE SNOW CLOSURE | This event is full. Email alumni@uccs.edu to be added to the waitlist.

            Employers often receive hundreds of resumes for each position they post. How can you stand out in this competitive setting? Learn tips that will help you to rethink how you promote your skills and experience on paper. Then, when you get an interview, we'll help you hone the behaviors and demeanor that will get you noticed and make you unforgettable.

            Speakers (click name to learn more):

            Caron Allen, Lieutenant, El Paso County Sheriff's Office
            Rev. Caron Allen obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Southern Colorado (CSU) and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Currently she is pursuing a doctorate in Biblical Studies. She has continued her commitment to UCCS by serving on the Alumni Advisory Board as well as is in a limited teaching capacity.

            A 32 year law enforcement veteran, Rev. Allen is a lieutenant with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

            As a member of the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, she serves in various capacities. under the spiritual leadership of Rev. Cleveland A. Thompson, Senior Pastor.

            A native of Georgia, Rev. Allen grew up during the turbulence of the Civil Rights movement and embraces the lessons of that era. Committed to community involvement, she participates in organizations that promote minority youth development and empowerment. As a community activist she addresses the issues of leadership, career development and women's issues in the criminal justice system.

            A published author, Rev. Allen has written articles for various professional and academic publications. Most notably, in 2009 she completed the autobiographical account of her family in a work entitled From Whence They Came; the Genealogical History of an African American Family. In From Whence They Came, Ms. Allen documents the struggles and triumphs of eight generations of her family, beginning with her great-great-great grandmother, Eular, a slave on a plantation in Virginia.

            Additionally, she has developed and presented workshops for professional, non-profit and Christian organizations. Two of those presentations are The Pursuit of Excellence and How to Prepare for and Successfully Execute a Dynamic Interview.
            Rev. Allen is a member of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the National Sheriffs Association (NSA) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

            Maria Lampman, Coordinator, Talent Acquisition, Lockheed Martin Corporation
            Maria Lampman is a 2008 graduate of UCCS with a Bachelor's Degree in History. I started my career four years ago with Lockheed Martin as a Human Resource Assistant Senior, helping out with the staffing, interviewing and hiring functions of the company. This lead to me going back to school to obtain my Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource, which I completed in June of 2012. On a daily basis, I review more than 100 resumes looking for potential employees. I look forward to the opportunity to review, and give advice, on proper resume etiquette to my fellow alumni, as well as current students of UCCS.

            Standing Out at a Career Fair
            Thursday, February 28, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Register Now

            Even for seasoned professionals, career fairs can be overwhelming. Learn how to prepare in advance so that you can make the most of conversations with potential employers and build the skills for successful follow-up after the event. We'll also share great stories about what to do and what not to do from career experts with years of experience in their fields.

            Speakers (click name to learn more):

            Bev Kratzer, Director, UCCS Career Center
            Bev Kratzer is an alumnus of UCCS with degrees in Counseling and Psychology.  She began her second career at UCCS in 1997 and was an academic advisor and nursing liaison until 2006 when she took over the Career Center. Bev is an experienced counselor with the ability to adeptly assess and guide students at every intersection of their career paths, utilizing her in-depth knowledge of academic programs at UCCS to make specific recommendations relating to chosen career paths.  Extremely capable of creating and maintaining relationships with employers as a means of furthering opportunities for students and alumni of UCCS as well as enhancing community relationships with employers, she relishes her role as Director of the UCCS Career Center.

            Cyndi Parr, Employment Services Coordinator, Community Outreach, Inc.
            Cyndi Parr is employment services coordinator for Community Outreach, Inc., helping applicants with disabilities access the workforce since 2005. She is also the 2013 president of Colorado Association of People Supporting Employment First, serves on the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region board, and is past chair of the 2011 Chamber Rising Professionals. Cyndi is also a UCCS alumnus.

            Niki Roberts, Staffing Manager, ADDSTAFF, Inc.

            Niki Roberts is a Staffing Manager at ADD STAFF, a staffing company, where she provides staffing services for companies throughout the Colorado Springs area.  Niki graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2012, with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication, with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.  While at CU, Niki was a member of the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.  Currently, Niki serves as secretary of the Topclass Toastmasters Chapter in Colorado Springs.  In her spare time, Niki is planning her wedding in this coming June.

            Cari Shaffer, President, ADDSTAFF, Inc.

            ADD STAFF has enjoyed unparalleled success in the Pikes Peak Region since Cari Shaffer founded the staffing organization in 1984.  Since then, over 42,000 individuals have been employed by ADD STAFF, working job assignments with the area's best employers in most all industries.  This has given ADD STAFF a high profile as a trusted resource for talent acquisition, for regular full time career placement, including temporary, contract, and temp-to-hire positions. ADD STAFF specializes in accounting, administrative, engineering, executive, information technology, and medical positions. The ADD STAFF staff consists of 17 dedicated professionals ready to recruit, qualify, and staff job openings throughout the area.

              Transitioning to Financial Indpendence
              Tuesday, March 5, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Register Now

              Are you a recent graduate wondering how you'll manage paying off your loans? Join us for an information-packed session that will cover strategies to manage your money effectively and avoid debt. We'll have an honest conversation about being proactive with loan consolidation and understand strategies for responsible loan repayment. In addition to discussing loans, we will also establish practices for evaluating needs vs. wants in everyday life and understand realistic options for developing your savings and planning for your future.


              Nicholas Goodsell, Director of the TRIO Student Student Support Services Fedreal Grant Program, Trinidad State Junior College
              Nicholas Goodsell is currently the Director of the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) federal grant program at Trinidad State Junior College. Previously, Nicholas has worked for two other SSS programs at Colorado State University - Pueblo and Pueblo Community College. He received his BS degree in Political Science from Colorado State University - Pueblo and his MA degree in Leadership - Student Affairs in Higher Education from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

              Nicholas serves on the Executive Alumni Board for UCCS and participates with various alumni activities in an attempt to motivate alumni to give back to UCCS. Nicholas plans to make Higher Education a long standing career and is currently researching Doctoral programs for Higher Education Administration.