Alumni Council Career and Employment Services Committee

The Alumni Council Career and Employment Services Committee (CESC) fosters a culture in which alumni are readily available to assist current students with career issues, supplementing and complementing the CES Office with resources to support students as they align with and compete for opportunities leading to satisfying professional lives.

Chair:
Andrea Tull '02

Committee Members:
Dr. Wesley Jordan '74, P '06 & '10
Lacey (Leffler) Wright '03
Margaret Nordstrom '02
Brooke Pfiele Rapf '02

Former Committee Members

Andrea Tull '02

Why did you join the ASK Network?
I benefited from it while a student, and I am always eager to talk with current students about their career and job search.

What would you say to alumni who are considering joining the ASK Network?
Every alum has something to offer current students. Often, students just want to be reassured that they will find a job after graduation. Many students want to hear about your own unique career path—it helps spark their ideas and shape their goals. We can all offer our time and unique story. 

Joining the ASK network is a way to give back your alma mater that truly makes a difference for students.




Wes Jordan '74

Wes Jordan '74

Why did you join the ASK Network?
I enjoy talking with students about their career goals. My job as a professor of the neurosciences at a college in Maryland has been very rewarding. I have watched dozens of undergraduates who conducted research in my lab go on to graduate school and successful careers in science. I wanted to help any Puget Sound students with similar interests.

What would you say to alumni who are considering joining the ASK Network?

Talking with students who have career interests similar to mine is a very rewarding experience. Give it a try!

 

Lacey (Leffler) Wright '03

Lacey Leffler '03

Why did you join the ASK Network?
I joined the ASK Network because it is a way for me to give back to the UPS Community and hopefully inspire and give students hope in the current job market.

Why were you interested in participating in the Career and Employment Services Committee?
Career and Employment Services was a valuable asset to me when I was a student. I found my first work-study job at the Broadway Center through Career and Employment Services and worked with the organization for three years as a student. After graduation, I was hired directly by the company and continue to work there today as the Associate Director of Marketing.

 

Margaret Nordstrom '02

Margaret Nordstrom '02

What would you say to alumni who are considering joining the ASK Network?
I don’t think most people get into the jobs they have today or into their careers by themselves—or make major career-oriented decisions completely on their own. I believe students, alumni, and all people, need to surround themselves with a community of others who can provide advice, share authentic stories, serve as models or mentors, and help with decision-making. Joining the ASK Network is an easy way for alumni to be involved in that community!

Why is it important for current ASK members to keep their ASK profiles up-to-date?
Change is ubiquitous and also allows us the opportunity to be constantly learning, developing, and gaining new experiences in the world of work. By keeping ASK profiles up-to-date, alumni can more readily offer a variety of connection points and can avoid being contacted about topics or organizations that they no longer have current information about or connections with.



Brooke Pfiele Rapf '02

Why did you join the ASK Network? 
I love what I do and feel like it is fun to share my experiences with others.

What would you say to alumni who are considering joining the ASK Network? 
It is a very minimal commitment and it is always fun to connect with students to hear what they are doing now and what they want to do with their careers.

 

Former CES Committee Members:
Ben Bradley '08
Arthur Campbell '50
Lael Carlson '02
Steven Harvey '84
Shannon Hughes '92 (Chair)
Ted Miriam '05
Pauline Seng '84
Callie Snyder '08
Matt Yarkosky '03, '05