Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development
The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development hosted its inaugural “Career Champions” recognition breakfast Tuesday, Nov. 17. This appreciation breakfast was created to celebrate University faculty and staff for their contributions in shaping students’ career development with their advice and expertise, thus helping extend the Fleishman Center’s mission and support of its “culture of career” initiative.
In total, 176 career champion nominations were received, 95 of them submitted by students. Nominated faculty and staff nominated were recognized as career champions by their nominators for outstanding mentorship, career advising, cultivation of internship and networking opportunities, and steadfast support of their career success. Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Don Nieman opened the event with remarks, followed by comments by Kelli Smith, director of University career services.
During the breakfast ceremony, a few students were invited to the stage to share their nomination submissions. Junior Brandon Hohenberg recognized Assistant Professor Dina Layish from the School of Management, whom he praised as being a “.... professor, advisor, mentor and friend. Professor Layish helped create an externship program where students in her financial statement analysis class would work with equity research analysts in NYC during the school year. Professor Layish has made an impact on my experience at Binghamton so far and helps prepare students for careers in the financial services industry.”
Lehman Hall Resident Director Josue Quinones was recognized by senior Sharix Alicea for promoting his “Success is a lifestyle” mantra to students and for taking an interest in their success. Alicea attested to Quinones’ personal investment in the welfare of his residents, saying that he “made himself available to [her] whenever [she] needed him to speak about either personal or professional matters. ... He makes a constant effort to remind everyone that success is a lifestyle and with the right attitude as well as consistent work ethic, we can all achieve greatness.”
The Fleishman Center, with the mission of leading collaborations with campus and community partners, alumni and employers to educate students and empower them to create connections for job success or advanced study, looks forward to continuing this tradition of gratitude each year.