Throughout her career, Dr. Zimpher has been a strong advocate for cooperative education and other forms of experiential learning. Perhaps most significant was when she served as President of the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Chancellor of the State University New York (SUNY). In her role as President of UC, she oversaw and provided leadership of the first cooperative education program, and one of the largest in the world. Her emphasis on the importance of work-integrated learning not only propelled the program at UC, it also had a significant impact on the business community. As the Chancellor of SUNY, Dr. Zimpher initiated an effort to compel all of the 64 higher education institutions for which she was responsible to expand or establish work-integrated learning programs. This multiyear project required her to enlist the support of not only the educational community, but also garner the support of state, political and business leaders.
Dr. Zimpher has provided significant service and leadership in the advancement of the field. In addition to her leadership role in higher education, she has served as member of the board of directors for the National Commission for Cooperative Education and The World Association of Co-operative Education. She has been a keynote speaker and presenter at conferences worldwide, including serving as a keynote speaker at the CEIA Annual Conference. She has earned an international reputation as one of the foremost leaders and spokespersons for work-integrated learning. She has frequently been featured in news publications and broadcasts. She continues to work to promote work-integrated programs and is currently working with WACE to establish a partnership with CEIA.
Dr. Zimpher holds a bachelor’ s degree in English Education and Speech, a master’s degree in English Literature and a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Higher Education Administration, all from the Ohio State University. She has authored or co-authored numerous books, monographs and academic journal articles on teacher education, urban education, academic leadership and community engagement.
Dr. Ralph Brigham is the Global Director of Campus Relations for Southwestern Advantage. For the past 17 years he has traveled to over 200 universities in North America, Europe, Africa and Austral- ia coaching hundreds of corporate recruiters, speaking with cam- pus officials and addressing many student classes and clubs. Most recently he was in Bulgaria, Slovakia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and the Czech Republic.
Dr. Brigham holds a doctorate from Montana State University.
Prior to his current work with Southwestern, he spent 25 years in various administrative positions in higher education, most of them as Career Services Director at Montana State University. His most fun job, though, was working for a ski resort on the highest mountain in Germany.
Dr. Brigham has served as president of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and in 2013, he was inducted into the NACE Academy of Fellows, the organization’s highest honor. Dr. Brigham currently sits as Professional Vice President on the National Council for Pi Sigma Epsilon, the collegiate sales fraternity. He’s also served as president of the Rocky Mountain Association of Colleges and Employers.
Ralph is a certified Life Coach and works with college students and professionals about such topics as goal setting, self-talk, attitude, focus, career, vision, passion, motivation, and life balance.
Ryan Knudston is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in B.S. Packaging. While at Wisconsin’s polytechnic university, Ryan was recognized for his success in the classroom while being awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence during all seven semesters on campus. As a result of his strong grade point average, Ryan graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. Professionally, Ryan completed his co-op experience at Johnsonville in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. In his role of R&D Packaging Engineer, Ryan managed a multitude of domestic and international projects to improve processes and production, lower costs, and drive innovation. He also coordinated and communicated with many cross-functional teams within the organization including marketing, sales, product developers, and purchasing. Furthermore, he built an extensive network of suppliers and worked with these groups on many innovative projects. As a result of these relationships, he had the opportunity to participate in numerous supplier courses, plant trials, and R&D experiments and tests. Ryan also worked at Liberty Carton in Golden Valley, Minnesota, as a Packaging Structural Design intern. During this experience, he designed corrugated cases, trays, displays, inserts, and other packaging formats for companies all over the United States.
Beyond these experiences, Ryan’s passion for the packaging industry has grown and developed through national student competitions. He has participated in multiple national packaging competitions and received the 2018 Association for Salad Dressings & Sauces Package of the Year, 2017 Flexible Packaging Association Student Design Challenge 2nd place, and 2016 Flexible Packaging Association Student Design Challenge 2nd place.
Danyale Kellogg is a Midland, Texas native and a senior at South- western University in Georgetown, Texas where she majors in His-tory and minors in International Studies and German. Before interning with The Charles Group, she interned with the US House of Representatives- Office of Congresswoman Diana DeGette, the Texas Legislature- House Committee on Human Services, and with the US Department of Homeland Security- Homeland Security In- vestigations SAC El Paso through the Secretary’s Honors Program. She has also studied abroad at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea and Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile.
Danyale is an alumna of The Fund for American Studies’ Institute on Economics and International Affairs and Institute for Leadership in the Americas. She also is a Texas Civic Ambassador with the Annette Strauss Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. On campus, she works as a paid intern with Southwestern’s Free Speech and Civil Discourse Program, sits on the University Honor Code Council, and is involved with the mock trial team and German club. She is also a Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholar, has made multiple appearances on the Dean’s List, and has been in Student Government. In her free time, she likes to practice Chinese and Korean, go to the gym, read popular war history books, and keep up with current events. She is currently completing independent studies on German war narratives in the 20th century and German Foreign Policy, working towards presenting a previous research project on German security policy post-9/11 at undergraduate conferences, and writing her history capstone on the Chinese intervention in the Korean War. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school before pursuing a career in national security. She is specifically interested in studying nuclear security, intelligence, US defense policy, East Asian international security cooperations, and cyber security.
Katrina Haase is a fourth-year student at Northeastern University studying International Affairs. She believes that cross-cultural encounters drive meaningful impact. This value has driven her to work and study across Latin America, Europe and the Middle East during her time at Northeastern.
Most recently, Katrina completed a co-op with Fundacion Antonio Nunez Jimenez de la Naturaleza y el Hombre (Antonio Nunez Jimenez Foundation of Humankind and Nature, “FANJ”) in Havana, Cuba. During this time Katrina assisted the Foundation’s International Relations department in affirming UN accreditation, participated in an event addressing civil society responses to environmental crises along the Gulf of Mexico and traveled with a team of ecologists to survey sustainable tourism options for provincial communities.
After accompanying a U.S. congressional delegation at the University of Havana, Katrina began researching the role of cultural encounters in U.S.-Cuba normalization. Upon her return to the U.S., Northeastern University selected her to receive the Undergraduate Research Grant to continue her research. Since then, Katrina has traveled to Washington D.C. twice to interview members of Congress, diplomats, scholars, and thinktank leaders. In December, she conducted a two-week follow-up investigation in Havana, where she interviewed Cuban academics and former diplomats. Katrina hopes to publish her research, calling upon both the U.S. and Cuban governments to engage in cultural encounters motivated by curiosity, not political upheaval.
Currently, Katrina is completing her final co-op as a U.S.-Canada knowledge team member at McKinsey & Company. Since her experience in Cuba, Katrina has also interned at the U.S. Department of State where she helped coordinate an inaugural exchange between U.S. and Chilean officials on cybersecurity.
As she progresses in her career, Katrina recognizes the role her experiences with FANJ played in her professional development. Living in Cuba has transformed the ease in which she approaches complex problems, but mostly has informed her understanding of her own country. While Katrina already considers herself a citizen diplomat, she hopes to one day carry these learnings into a career as a Foreign Service Officier.
Manuel Turrubiartes is currently employed at Sun Prairie High School. Some of his positions include Front Office Assistant, Study Hall Supervisor, Cardinal Chess Coach, Latin Culture Club advisor, and Activities and Games Staff (Game Manager) for after school athletic events. It was always a goal for Manuel to work for SPHS. Manuel is an accomplished student in the Administrative Professionals degree program at Madison College, where he has three Dean’s list appearances, and was the recipient of an Academic Achievement Award as an Exemplary Learner. During his time at the college, Manuel completed an intern- ship at Sun Prairie High School, which ultimately led him to a position within the school.
Manuel started pursuing the Administrative Professionals path in the Fall of 2016. His father passed in the Summer of 2016. Prior to his passing, Manuel’s father, Antonio, was an Administrative Assistant at Sun Prairie High School in the front office. People always told Manuel that he resembled the charisma and notable smile of his dad; that is the reason why he sought out to be in the position he is in now. Having a goal like that has kept Manuel motivated and driven throughout the past three years.
Outside of work, Manuel has a passion for music. Prior to pursuing the Administrative Professionals degree, he had planned on seeking a Musical Education degree. He is the former lead singer of a Mariachi band that was made up of high school and college students. Manuel is also an avid bowler, which is a hobby he used to do with his dad as well. Even though life has had its rough patches for Manuel, he feels good about where he ended up. Manuel is very thankful to all of the people that have supported him through his journey.
Melanie Buford is a Writer and Assistant Professor of Career Education at the University of Cincinnati. She teaches and advises students across industries to promote self-discovery and the pursuit of authentic and meaningful work. Prior to her role at UC, Melanie served as a career advisor for liberal arts students at Wesleyan University, and prior to that, worked as a program manager and data analyst for a variety of non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Melanie was named a YWCA Rising Star for social equity leadership in 2016 and is a 2010 AmeriCorps alumna of Public Allies San Francisco. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wesleyan University and a Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Mei Tang, Ph. D., LPC, is a Professor in the Counseling Program of University of Cincinnati. She has been teaching and researching career development and multicultural issues for twenty years. She was Associate Editor for the Journal of Counseling and Development, and on the editorial board of Career Development Quarterly. Her most recent research includes application of ecological counseling in career planning, counselor education and international students’ career development. Dr. Tang has collaborated with local schools to provide services to diverse populations in urban settings.
Susannah Coaston, Ed.D., LPCC-S serves as an assistant professor at Northern Kentucky University. She is an independently licensed professional counselor and supervisor in the state of Ohio and the Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association. Her research interests involve wellness, particularly occupational wellness; counselor development; and creative teaching and counseling interventions. Dr. Coaston’s most recent publications focus on integrating self-compassion in supervision and counselor training.
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Karsten is Editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, co-editor of the International Handbook on Cooperative and Work-integrated Education, vice-president of New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education, board member of the World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE), and Vice- Chair (Oceania) of the WACE International Re- search Committee. In 2013, he was the recipient of the CEIA Ralph W. Tyler Award for Outstanding and Distinguished Research, and in 2015, the recipient of WACE Donald McLaren Academic Award for Professional Achievement in Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education.
Dress to Impress is a professional development event hosted annually by the Lindner Career Services Center for business students at the University of Cincinnati. Over 50 combined employers and alumni partners connect with students, increasing brand awareness for their organization and teaching students about various professionalism topics by means of a Career Fair set-up. This event includes an alumni networking reception area, and table booths on creative topics such as Business Attire on a Budget, LinkedIn headshot/profile critique, Networking Conversation Starters, Elevating your Elevator Pitch, and much more. Dress to Impress is attended by over 600 students, the strong majority of whom are first- year business students, who are new to the world of business etiquette and communication standards. The Lindner Career Services Center has a dedicated team of four professionals who help plan, market, and run Dress to Impress. Lisa Forbes, On-Campus Recruiting Manager, recruits and finalizes the employer representatives and their professionalism topics.
Carly Trimboli, Associate Director, oversees and organizes the fashion and appearance partner organizations. Amy Marcrum, Assistant Director, creates marketing materials and makes all the campus administrative arrangements for facility usage and technology support. Keith Sun, Assistant Director, recruits and arranges the alumni guests for networking practice with current business students. Finally, only with the additional staffing help of the remaining Lindner Career Services team is this Dress to Impress team able to successfully execute an event of this magnitude.