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Fleishman Center's Top Highlights of 2016

While 2016 may be coming to a close, its successes and strides are here to stay. The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development experienced many new accomplishments this year and its staff are very grateful for all the positive changes. Here’s a look at the top accomplishments of 2016 for which the Fleishman Center staff are thankful.

1. New Staff Members

The Fleishman Center welcomed new staff members over the summer of 2016 who took on new roles to best serve our students. Mohamed Sesay acts as a liaison for other support services on campus and spearheads programs for students of color and LGBTQ students, and Cassie Spencer provides walk-in sessions, appointments and professional development programming. Paul Deamer is the new employer and alumni outreach consultant who develops relationships with companies looking to recruit Binghamton students. Alissa Strong is the assistant director of marketing and technology and is rebuilding the Fleishman Center website. Shannon Rinker is assistant to the student enhancement team, in which she helps students in the Career Development Centralized Internship Program. Colleen McAvoy is the new face at the front desk, where she will be setting up appointments for students with career counselors and inputting events into B-Engaged and hireBING.

2. Record-high Number of Successful NYC Employer Site Visits

Every winter break, career partner offices work together to host employer site visits with students in NYC, and January 2016 marked the highest number of visits to date: 60 employer site visits with an average of 20 students per visit. 439 students explored  various work environments and industries, learned about career paths, and formed connections with alumni and recruiters. Each visit consisted of an employer information session, employee panel, company tour and a Q&A session.

The next series of NYC visits are taking place Jan. 9–13, 2017.


NYC Visits


3. Planning for New Washington, D.C. Visit Program

Due to the tremendous success of the NYC employer site visits, the Fleishman Center put in motion groundwork to expand in to the Washington, D.C. area, home to many great opportunities for a variety of career paths. From April 9 to 12, 2017, the Fleishman Center will be taking 20 students to historical Washington, D.C. for an opportunity to expand their professional networks, explore employers and gain insights about various industries during spring break. To learn more about this new program, attend one of the upcoming information sessions.


washington dc

4. Career Champions

2016 marked the second year of the annual Career Champions Recognition Event, an event that recognizes the network of experts who mentor students and help guide them to career readiness. The program grew even larger this year, as 74 career champions were awarded for empowering students to reach their goals and solidify future professional plans. These faculty and staff members excel in their roles beyond the classroom and one champion in particular who embodies such traits is psychology professor Dr. Yao-Ying Ma.

career champions event

5. Received Four Awards for Outstanding Programs

Binghamton University’s Division of Student Affairs received awards for two Fleishman Center signature programs in October 2016 from the State University of New York’s Chief Student Affairs Officers and Office of University Life.

The collaborative program, Binghamton in the City: A Week of Connections was recognized for Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award in the category of Careers, Academic Advising and Support, Service Learning, Community Service, and related.

The Career Consultant in Residence Program was also recognized for an Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award in the category of Housing, Residence Life, Contracted Services, Judicial and related.

Additionally, the Fleishman Center received two awards in June 2016 from the SUNY Career Development Organization.

Connections for Success received an award for Excellence in Programming in the category of Career Planning and Development Program.

The Career Champions Recognition Event received the Committee's Choice Award for Excellence in Programming.



6. Expansion of Career Consultant in Residence Model

This award-winning program, in which our expert career consultants’ offices are in the residential communities, is one of the only residential career consultant programs in the country. It brings services such as exploring majors, developing resumes and cover letters, searching for jobs and internships and exploring graduate school options to students right where they live. Because of last year’s success of Laura O’Neill’s hard work as the only Career Consultant in Residence, the program has been expanded to include Lexie Avery as a second Consultant in Residence. Laura provides expertise and services to students in Hillside, Susquehanna, Mountainview and College in the Woods. Lexie assists students in Hinman, Newing and Dickinson.

7. Passport to Career Success

The Passport to Career Success is a new initiative that helps guide students through all four years of college. The passport includes achieving goals such as exploring your skills, deepening connections, gaining experience, and securing post-graduation plans.



8. Record Breaking Attendance at Fall 2016 Job and Internship Fair

Each semester, recruiters from over 100 corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies come to meet students from all majors who seek full-time employment or internship experience. With 2,492 students in attendance at the 2016 Fall Job and Internship Fair, it was our most well-attended fair yet!

Save the date, the Spring Job and Internship Fair will be on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Binghamton University Events Center.

9. Engaged Alumni: Cool Connections, Hot Alumni

In 2016, the Fleishman Center collaborated with the Office of Alumni Engagement to deliver 29 Cool Connections, Hot Alumni programs. These programs enable students to hear about alumni experiences and opens a conversation about majors, Binghamton experiences, and career paths. Alumni share insight about the steps they took since graduation that led them to their current roles and careers.

Cool Hot ALumni

10. New Program: Connections for Success

Connections for Success is a new program that helps students develop skills related to professional development and leadership. Led by alumni, employers, and staff, this weekend retreat prepares students with the necessary tools to be a competitive applicant for internships, jobs, and life beyond Binghamton University.

Connections for Success


11. Launch of Instagram page

The Fleishman Center’s Instagram page launched last December and is constantly growing. With a balance of advice and humor, @bingfleishmancareer increases the ways that students and alumni can keep up with the Fleishman Center. Follow us if you aren't already!