Fleishman Center dedicated in ceremony at Homecoming
By Steve Seepersaud
As a student, Judith Garczynski Fleishman '90 had no idea where the University's career center was located until her senior year, and never imagined it would bear her name as well as that of her husband, Steven Fleishman '91.
"I had been planning to go to graduate school, and it never occurred to me to go to the career center," she said. "[Steve] was looking for an internship, and said 'We should go down there.' I said, 'Where?' The staff was fabulous and helped me get ready for the GRE and with preparing for interviews."
In appreciation for the assistance the career center provided them, and wanting to fuel the dreams of current and future students, the Fleishmans made a generous philanthropic gift to the center which has been renamed the Steven Fleishman '91 and Judith Garczynski Fleishman '90 Center for Career and Professional Development.
At Homecoming 2014, the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development was formally dedicated in a ceremony held outside its new space in the renovated University Union. President Harvey Stenger joined Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Rose and Fleishman Center Director Kelli Smith in unveiling a plaque with the Fleishmans' names that will be permanently placed in the Union.
Pictured above: Brian Rose, Judith '90 and Steven '91 Fleishman, President Harvey Stenger and Kelli Smith
"When people walk though this building, they'll recognize this is a special site," Stenger said. "They'll ask 'Who are the Fleishmans and why did they name this?' For every tour that travels across campus, the first stop will be a place where parents can see that someone is worried about their son or daughter getting a job, and I think that will register significantly [with prospective students]."
Rose said the Fleishmans' gift will help the University improve career services, provide more experiential learning and increase the number of high-tech spaces on campus for existing and new students.
"Steve's and Judy's generosity has allowed us to come to this point where we celebrate bringing all three of those themes together in the space that we dedicate today," Rose said.
Smith said the transition out of the Library Tower basement to a state-of-the-art and visible space is already paying dividends.
"We have seen a 15-percent increase in the number of appointments compared to this time last year," Smith said. "We wouldn't have that if we didn't have this space."
Steven Fleishman said the career center staff gave him valuable advice on interviewing and writing cover letters and résumés, joking that they advised him on the type of paper that should be used – something almost never discussed today.
"The career center made a mark on me," he said. "I spent a lot of time there, and I didn't care that it was in the middle of a basement, but a lot of people didn't know about it. When Brian [Rose] came to me with a vision of what would happen, I was immediately interested and thought it was one area where Judy and I could really make a difference."
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