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Omicron Delta Kappa to Host First Workforce and Graduate School Seminar

RELEASED: April 11, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — In conjunction with Honors Week at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, The Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary will hold its first Workforce and Graduate School Seminar, "Where to Next?" from 2-5 p.m. April 22 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

"This is ODK's first Honors Week event and we are excited about providing students information they can use for planning life after college," said ODK president Claire Couillard.

UW-Eau Claire faculty, alumni and graduate students, as well as business leaders and community members, will make presentations on a variety of topics, including how to negotiate salary and benefits, what type of jobs are available, tips for personal statements and preparing for the GRE, timelines for applying to graduate school and financing a graduate education.

"We have speakers from all over the Eau Claire area," said Joe Glatczak, ODK vice president. "This is a great opportunity for students to meet people who have been there, get some tips and do a little networking."

Following is the schedule of events:

2-2:50 p.m.

  • Personal Statement and GRE Tips Workshop , Dr. Patricia Quinn, director of Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, UW-Eau Claire. Ho-Chunk Room
  • What jobs can I get with my degree? , Kristin Blake, admissions counselor, UW-Eau Claire; Bruce Neeb, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources government outreach supervisor, West Central Region, DNR; and Barbara Weisenberger, print shop coordinator, Community Health Partnership Inc. Oneida Room

3-3:50 p.m.

  • Time Line for Applying to Graduate School/Financing Grad School , Dr. Kathryn Hamilton,associate lecturer of psychology, UW-Eau Claire. Oneida Room
  • How to Negotiate Salary/Benefits , Wendy Kamerling, principal, Bridges Consulting LLC, Ho-Chunk Room

4-4:50 p.m. Alumni Panel — Grad Students, Ho-Chunk Room. Presenters are:

  • Jessica Gardner, undergraduate degree in marketing from UW-Madison; currently pursuing master of business administration degree at UW-Eau Claire.
  • Allen Ramsey, undergraduate degree in history from Winona State University; currently pursuing master's degree in history from UW-Eau Claire.
  • Kent Emerson, undergraduate degree in English literature from UW Superior; currently pursuing a master's degree in English literature from UW-Eau Claire.
  • Laura Weisenbeck Dragseth, undergraduate degree in psychology from UW-Stout, master's degree in guidance and counseling from UW-Stout; currently completing a post-graduate internship at UW-Eau Claire's Career Services.
  • Nichole Ray, undergraduate degree in political science and American Indian studies from UW-Eau Claire; currently pursuing master's degree in history with an emphasis on American Indian history and graduate assistant in the history department for Dr. Rick St. Germaine at UW-Eau Claire.
  • Claire Roder, u ndergraduate degree in English from Winona State University; currently pursuing master's degree in English from UW-Eau Claire.

Second Alumni Panel — Workforce , Oneida Room. Presenters include:

  • Brent Hafele, executive director, Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, master's degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary's University.
  • Aurora Krajnikconde, music teacher, Chippewa Falls School District.
  • Christena O'Brien, reporter and editor, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.
  • Miranda Cross-Schindler, career counselor/grad student/HR assistant-Manpower; currently pursuing MBA with an emphasis in organizational change and leadership.
  • Eric Swanson, vice president, business loans, Royal Credit Union.
  • Erik LeMay, applications support manager, RCU.

"Where to Next?" is sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and Career Services.

For more information, contact Couillard at



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