Lane Community College
Andrea Newton is the Executive Dean of Academic Affairs at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She provides leadership for all of Lane’s Career and Technical/Workforce programs, as well as Cooperative Education and High School Connections. For the ten years previous to this 3 year assignment, she served as Division Chair for Lane’s cooperative education faculty and staff who serve over 2,000 students per year. Before coming to Lane in 1998, she spent 26 years in K-12 education as a Director of Professional Technical Education,, a middle school and high school principal and vice principal, a work experience coordinator, and a business education instructor.
In 2000 she received the Oregon Outstanding Service Award in Professional Technical Education from the Oregon Council of Career and Vocational Administrators and in 2008, the James E. Lawson Outstanding Service award from the Northwest Career Educators and Employers Association. She is a past president of the Work Experience Coordinators of Oregon and was Vice-President for Region 7 on the CEIA board for 5 years. Her board participation has included Oregon Career Information Systems, the Workforce Quality Committee, and the Lane Business Education Compact.
She has a master of education degree from Oregon State University, a bachelor of science from Western Illinois University, and an educational administrator license from the University of Oregon.
Director, Internship Development
Michael is the Director of Field Internship for Northwestern Mutual. He has been one of the chief stewards of the company’s 43 year old sales internship program, which has been ranked as One of America’s Top Ten Internships for the past 15 years by Princeton Review/ Vault.com. A product of the internship, he joined the company in 1984 as an intern.
The Northwestern Mutual internship program was established in 1967. Since then, more than 31,000 students from over 600 college campuses have participated in the internship and have learned more about themselves and whether a career in the financial services industry is a fit for them.
Michael is a member of Midwest Cooperative Education & Internship Association, (MCEIA) and a past board member from 1994-2000. He has been a workshop presenter and keynote speaker at MCEIA conferences (1992-2008). In 1997, MCEIA named Northwestern Mutual the Employer of the Year.
Currently he serves as a Professional Vice President for Pi Sigma Epsilon’s national council. PSE is a national professional fraternity for sales and marketing He has served on the national council since 2004. In April 2010, he was awarded Honorary Life Membership. He is the 24th individual in fraternity’s 53 year history to receive the honor.
Over the past 20 years he has guest lectured on more than 200 colleges and universities. He has authored articles or has been interviewed by Employment Management Today, Forbes.com, Sales & Marketing and Management, Best’s Review, GAMA News Journal, and Market Facts from LIMRA
Michael is married to Beth, and they have three teenage children, Jansen, Leif and Elle. Regarding personal accomplishments, Michael completed his 1st marathon in November 2003, running the original marathon course, starting at the battle field in Marathon, Greece and finishing in the 1896 Olympic stadium in Athens.
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Penn State University
Employer: GlaxoSmithKline & Fox Chase Cancer Center
Daniel Matasic, of West Chester, PA, is a senior in the Science B.S. / MBA program at Penn State University. This program integrates undergraduate science coursework with a two year business program, and his focus is in biochemistry and molecular biology. Dan completed three co-op rotations, two with GlaxoSmithKline, and one with the Fox Chase Cancer Center. He was also selected as the recipient of the Penn State 2010 Eberly College of Science Co-op Student of the Year Award.
Dan was nominated for this award by Dr. Kevin Thorneloe of GlaxoSmithKline, and the Penn State Science Career and International Education Office. Dan served as a co-op student in GlaxoSmithKline’s Biology – Heart Failure Drug Development Performance Unit during the Spring and Summer of 2010. His greatest achievement was spearheading the improvement of an in vivo pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic model to evaluate drug efficacy. He developed, validated and implemented the new procedure currently being used to assess potential candidates as heart failure therapeutics in the department. A publication based on his work is currently in preparation. Dan also contributed to work involving the testing of biomarkers to be used for preclinical and clinical drug assessment.
Dan also completed a summer 2009 co-op rotation with Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Medical Oncology Department under Dr. Martin Belinsky. Fox Chase Cancer Center is an independent nonprofit institution located in Philadelphia and committed exclusively to cancer treatment, research, and prevention. His work there involved DNA mutational analysis of genes with copy number aberrations in human gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). GISTs have an occurrence of roughly 5,000 to 6,000 cases a year in the United States and are the most common mesenchymal cancer of the gastrointestinal tract.
At Penn State, Dan works as a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. James Marden (Biology Department) assisting in studies involved with the gene expression traits of the Melitaea cinxia butterfly, a model species for ecology and evolution.
When not in class or at work, Dan volunteers at a local hospital in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, assisting patients who have undergone surgical procedures. He recently earned his certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) and volunteers as an EMT for Penn State’s University Ambulance Service.
Dan will complete his undergraduate coursework this year and will enter the Smeal Business School MBA program in Fall 2011. After completion of his studies at Penn State, Dan hopes to enter medical school to pursue a career as a physician-scientist (MD/PhD).
Business & Communications, Southwestern University
Employer: Port of Houston Authority
D’Artagnan Bebel II is a marketing, communications and social media enthusiast from Houston, Texas. He is putting the finishing touches on his degree from Southwestern University where he is double majoring in Business and Communication Studies. Bebel has been a leader in the classroom as well as on the tennis court serving as Team Captain for Southwestern’s Intercollegiate Tennis Team for the last 3 years.
Bebel is an active member of the Southwestern University Student Congress and Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He is currently Vice President of Finance and Operations for EBONY, the black student organization on campus. Following graduation this spring, Bebel is considering options to put his writing and marketing skills to work or pursue graduate level study. His long-term career goals include owning and operating an NBA franchise.
Current Two-Year Student Acheivement Award Recipient
Two-Year Student Achievement Award
Horticulture, College of DuPage
Employer: Schwarz Nursery
Peggy Kotecki, winner of the CEIA Two-Year Network Award, is a Horticulture major from College of DuPage. She interned last summer with Schwarz Nursery in Addison, IL. This family owned business is a complete garden center, offering sales of all home garden merchandise as well as landscape design and installation.
During her internship, Peggy designed sales displays, offered recommendations to customers for their home landscape problems and designed planters for corporate clients. She was allowed to follow a passion of hers by developing sales brochures on the many native plants carried by Schwarz Nursery. She was highly valued for her initiative and performance by her supervisor, Karen Heier, manager of the garden center. Peggy also received the Striving for Excellence Award at the College of DuPage, which recognizes her hard work in the field of Horticulture.
Peggy is returning to College of DuPage for a second career, after raising three children and working as a Kindergarten Aide. During her time in school, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA, was a contributing team member for the design of the new Horticulture Lab, and won top honors for landscape design from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association and Illinois Landscape Challenge Day.
After graduation, she plans to use her education to become a Landscape Designer who specializes in native plant design and shoreline restoration. Peggy desires to show others that native plants can be beautiful, beneficial and have a significant purpose in the natural world.
Best Practice Current Award Recipients
Wichita State University Cooperative Education &Work Based Learning
Wichita State University’s (WSU) Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning program is the largest of its kind in Kansas. The office is comprised of nine full time employees and six part time employees who serve WSU’s six degree granting colleges (Business, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Fine Arts and Health Professions). During the 2009-2010 academic year the WSU Co-op office had 970 placements involving 697 students who earned 54,643 academic credit hours. These students earned $84,936,249 in wages, and worked 333,193 hours in their positions.
Wichita State University’s Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning office saw a need to better prepare students to interview for co-op and internship positions. After receiving feedback from employers, they knew that their current interview preparation process was not doing enough to strengthen students’ interviewing skills. The staff as a whole began brainstorming how to help our students by way of updating techniques to serve the ever-changing millennial generation. They created dynamic interview videos encompassing the support, ideas and innovation of employers and students. These videos have engaged their students, and vastly improved their interviewing skills. The WSU Co-op office has obtained many positive reactions from employers about students’ improved interviewing skills.