Parenting for Student Success – Opportunities through Career Services

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					                                  Westminster Parents Association
                                    – Enhancing Student Life –

         “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.”
                                                  — Betty Reese

New Partnership with Career Services
Gives Parents Opportunities to Guide Students

Dear Westminster Parents & Families:

At our fall Advisory Council meeting, we heard a presentation from Westminster College’s Career Services
Department outlining exciting ways we as parents can volunteer to help students, especially with regard to
their prospective careers.

Here is how YOU can help, and keep in mind, no amount of service is too small.

Two immediate ways Parents Association members can help: provide internships in your place of
business and post job openings available in your company. These are effective ways in which you can
help all students on campus for years to come.

As you read further in this newsletter, you will see specific information from Meg Langland, Director of Career
Services, describing exactly how you can help.

Keep in mind that it is not too early for freshmen to look for sophomore year internships, and it is never too
early for upperclassmen to look for jobs. They can all use your leadership and guidance. Career Services in
partnership with the Parents Association will provide monthly updates on programs and resources available
to your students.

Please take a look at Meg Langland’s article below and consider helping the Career Service Department
secure internships and future employment for our very talented and capable Westminster College students.

Warm thoughts,
Kay Hoflander, President
Westminster Parents Association

                   “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
                                           — Winston Churchill

Parenting for Student Success –
Opportunities through Career Services
Meg Langland, Director of Career Services

Parents often wonder how they can help their son or daughter make a decision WHILE in college that will be
instrumental in them becoming successful AFTER college. After all, we as parents want our children to
succeed and although we know college is a great experience, we also know it will NOT last forever!

During my nine years as Director of Career Services at Westminster College I have seen hundreds of college
students wrestle with decisions such as what to major in, how to get the best internship, how to get into the
graduate school of their choice, or how to find that “perfect” job. I realize that behind every student’s
aspirations, are their family’s own hopes and desires. Often these desires are the same, however sometimes
they may be somewhat different.
How do you help your son or daughter make the right decision for them?
One of life’s most important lessons can easily be learned at college – to be successful one must take
advantage of available resources. When you moved to a new community you looked for the best bank,
restaurant and shopping center that met your needs. Students have multiple opportunities to develop
personally, academically and professionally both inside and outside the classroom, however where, when
and how they choose to take advantage of these experiences is up to them. How can you help them navigate
this college experience?

Encourage them to take advantage of what services are available. Below is a schedule of career service
events that are open to students that you might want to pass on to them (email “forwards” are often not too
overbearing!). Frequently these workshops or opportunities build upon themselves – one cannot interview
with a top organization unless they have had an internship or have learned how to write a resume. Encourage
your son or daughter to take “small steps” if they are new to this arena of personal career development, try
not to expect too much too quickly.

              Career Services Info Table                     Jan. 23      10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
              Resume Writing Workshop                        Jan. 30      12:00-12:50 p.m.
              Aetna Info Session                              Feb. 4      5:00-6:00 p.m.
              Aetna Interviews                                Feb. 5      9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
              Interviewing Workshop                           Feb. 6      12:00-12:50 p.m.
              Resume Blitz!                                  Feb. 12      3:00-6:00 p.m.
              Summer Internship Prep Workshop                Feb. 13      12:00-12:50 p.m.
              Dress For Success Workshops                    Feb. 15      12:00-12:50 p.m.
              Resume Blitz!                                  Feb. 19      3:00-6:00 p.m.
              How To Work a Career Fair Workshop             Feb. 20      12:00-12:50 p.m.
              Career EXPO                                    Feb. 26      10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
              Sigma-Aldrich Interviews                       Feb. 26      1:00-3:00 p.m.
              AXA Advisors Interviews                        Feb. 26      2:30-3:30 p.m.
              Mass Financial Group Interviews                Feb. 26      2:30-6:00 p.m.
              Target Interviews                              Feb. 27      9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

YOU can help – Volunteer and share your expertise!
Westminster not only has local resources willing to help our students, we have a wealth of experience and
opportunities that extend far beyond the physical boundaries of our campus. Besides employers, internship
sites, and alumni, we have a growing number of parents who have expressed a willingness to become
resources for Westminster students as they explore various career paths. Parents are an especially valuable
member of our campus community team as they represent a variety of organizations, come from a wide
geographic area, and have their own unique experiences and knowledge to share.

If you would like to partner with Career Services to share your expertise, here are several ways you can help:
     ⇒ Volunteer to be a Mentor through eRecruiting, our internet based job searching tool open only to
        Westminster College students. This would involve providing advice, generally through email, to a
        student seeking information about working or gaining entrance to a particular field or discipline.
        Sometimes Mentors also volunteer to give helpful information to a student moving to an unfamiliar
        geographic area for their first job or a summer internship.
     ⇒ Post Jobs & Internships! Represent your organization’s hiring needs through electronically posting
        positions on eRecruiting. Students are always looking for new and exciting internships, part-time,
        summer or full-time positions! If you are not the recruiter for your organization, consider letting the
        person or department in charge of this area know how to promote opportunities to Westminster
        College students.
     ⇒ Recruit On Campus – Personally visit campus to recruit or promote your organization. Westminster
        College’s largest recruiting event, Career EXPO will be held on February 26 from 10 am to 2:30 pm.
        Recruiters from approximately 50 employers and graduate/professional programs will be on campus
        that day to meet our students. If you would like to represent your organization at the EXPO, or would
        prefer to come during another time of the year, let us know!
Ready to get started?
If you are interested in any of the above ideas to help connect your professional expertise and talents to our
campus, please contact Abigail Manwell, Employer Relations Coordinator, at Abigail.Manwell@westminster- or 573-592-5381 for more details.

If you have questions about upcoming events or how we may best serve your son or daughter’s career
development needs, please do not hesitate to contact me, Meg Langland at Meg.Langland@westminster- or 573-592-5381.

Financial Aid Application Deadline Approaching
To be considered for financial aid during the 2008-09 academic year, students need to complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15, 2008. If your 2007 Federal income tax return
will not be completed, please estimate your taxes and complete the FAFSA by the deadline, so your student
doesn't miss any opportunities for financial aid next year. The FAFSA is completed on-line at The Westminster College Federal School Code is 002523.

Financial aid award letters will be mailed to students' home permanent addresses in early June for the 2008-
09 academic year. If you have questions or need assistance with the FAFSA, please contact the Financial
Aid Office at (573) 592-5364 or

Congratulations to…
      The 310 students named to the Fall 2007 Dean’s List! View complete listing online
      New SGA Assistant Treasurer Karl Feigley
      The following Education majors passed the Praxis in December - Mary Florence Boone, Derick Heflin,
      Josh Pierce, Christie Plumley, Allison Redel, Dani Shannon and Ryan Veatch.

Blue Jay Sport Shorts
Basketball Honors
     Junior Ashley Stanfill has been named to the D3 Hoops Women’s Basketball Team of the Week for
     December 31-January 6. Stanfill is #1 in field-goal percentage in the most recent NCAA Division III
     basketball statistics.
     The Blue Jay men are #1 in fewest turnovers allowed in the most recent NCAA Division III basketball

Soccer Players Named to Regional Team
Westminster College men’s soccer players Matt Mercer and Jeff Chacko have been named to the 2007
NSCAA/Adidas NCAA Division III All-South Central Region teams as voted on by members of the National
Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Mercer, a senior forward from St. Louis, Missouri (Whitfield High School), is a first-team all-south central
region selection after earning second team honors as a junior. Mercer was a first team all-St. Louis
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection this season and led the Blue Jays in goals (23), assists (9), and
points (55). In the process, he set individual single-season school records for goals and points. Mercer
finished the season ranked third nationally in goals a game (1.28), third nationally in points a game (3.06),
and he finished 32nd nationally in assists a game (.50).

Chacko, a freshman midfielder from Little Rock, Arkansas (Catholic High School), is a third team all-south
central region pick. Chacko was named Co-Newcomer of the Year in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference this past season and he was a second team all-league pick. Chacko appeared in all 20 matches
this season and finished third on the team in goals a game (5), second in assists a game (5) and third in
points (15) in his first year of play at Westminster College.

Westminster finished the season 10-10 and placed second in conference play at 7-2. The Blue Jays finished
13th nationally in scoring offense, averaging 3.35 goals a game. The Blue Jays recorded a national team-high
18 goals in an 18-0 win over Lincoln Christian College. The team also recorded the 8th highest national
offensive output in a 12-0 win at Eureka College.
Academic All-Conference Recognition
Nine members of the Westminster College men's soccer, women's soccer and volleyball teams have earned
academic all-conference honors by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. To be eligible for
academic all-conference recognition, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point
average, be at least a sophomore in academic standing and have at least one full year of residence at their
current institution (first year transfers and true freshmen are not eligible).

        Men's Soccer: Mthokozisi Dlamini, Nenad Stamatovic, Michael Tulley
        Women's Soccer: Maegan Buzzetta, Meaghan Jones, Margaret Larkin, Tara Olendorff,
        Volleyball: Shanna Crafts, Elizabeth Jansen

Faculty/Staff Updates
      Enrollment Services is proud to welcome back Kristen (Leone) Jackson ‘06 and Nick Diefenbach ’07
      as a part of the recruitment team. Both are originally from St. Louis and will be recruiting from our
      campus office.
      The State Department has approved Dr. Rob Havers' request to remain in the U.S. This is good news
      for the Havers family and for the Westminster community. Thanks go out to everyone who worked so
      hard to advocate on behalf of Rob, the Churchill Memorial, and the College.

Campus Construction Update

                                            New Residence Hall
                                       Roof trusses and decking installed
                                          on east section of building

                                         Beta House Construction
                                       Main level metal decking installed

2008 Symposium Announced
Symposium On Democracy III: Citizenship in the Age of Globalization will examine the roles and
responsibilities of citizens in a global community and the demands today’s global community places on
individuals to meet not just the challenges of a home nation, but the challenges of a home world. The
sessions will focus on the leadership issues of both people and nations and how the politics, science,
technology, religion, economics, history, and culture of a nation shape the leadership decisions people
make. The 2008 Symposium will be held October 1-2, 2008.
                 We need your assistance with suggestions for speakers and sessions.
                                Email Kris Lensmeyer with your ideas.

Alternative Spring Break Trip – March 16-21
The Alternative Spring Break Trip is a great way for students to spend spring break in service to
others while getting to know fellow Westminster students!

Where: Spring Breakers will be working with Heartland Habitat for Humanity in Kansas City
(, and will be staying at the Heartland Center (a Presbyterian camp and conference
center in Parkville, MO). Participants will be required to attend 1 to 2 meetings prior to the trip for orientation
to service-learning and Habitat for Humanity.

Cost: The cost for students is $100. This will help to cover the cost of transportation, food, and other
expenses. Students will need to bring spending money for meals on the road, snacks, one meal “out on the
town,” etc. A $50 non-returnable deposit is due by Friday, February 8th at 4:30pm.

For more information, contact Chaplin Brad Sheppard at or 573/592-

Upcoming Dates
        February 18       President’s Day – No Classes/Offices Closed
        March 17-21       Spring Break – No Classes
        April 16          Undergraduate Scholar’s Forum
        April 25          Last Day of Spring Classes
        Apr. 28-May1      Final Exams
        May 2-3           Commencement Weekend

Please be sure not to schedule family events or vacations while classes are session – this puts both
your student and the faculty in an uncomfortable situation and will result in unexcused absences.

           For more future dates view the Important Dates section of the Parents & Family website.

 Parents Association Contacts
 Questions or comments? Contact the Westminster College Parents Association by email at or 573-592-5319. Visit us online at

                                    Julia Dunlap, Parent Coordinator

          Kay/Harold Hoflander, President                 Steve/Betsy Humphreys, Vice President

            Bill/Chris Daniels, Treasurer                       Pat/Armond Liebling, Secretary