Career Connect honors Distinguished Connect Partners at inaugural event

Career Connect recently held its inaugural awards ceremony to recognize Distinguished Connect Partners. The event was held April 6 to recognize faculty members who have made program contributions.

Karen Anderson-Lain

Interpersonal/Organizational Principal Lecturer and Basic Course Director, Communication Studies

Karen Anderson-Lain and the Communication Studies Department are recognized for their support as an early adopter of the Career Connect organization and its suite of services. Anderson-Lain successfully launched a service learning activity with her students through a project: Advocacy in Action. Nearly one thousand students over two semesters have been given the opportunity to grow their teamwork skills while partnering with and serving a variety of organizations within the community. Her continued work with the program has provided a model for how to incorporate Career Connect across large-section classes.


James Thurman

Associate Professor, College of Visual Arts and Design

James Thurman and the College of Visual Arts and Design are recognized for their collaborative efforts with Career Connect. The partnership allowed students to have access to the program benefits earlier in their academic careers. Thurman has worked with the program in other ways that have also been beneficial for his students, helping over 400 students with their relationship with Career Connect.


College of Engineering

The College of Engineering has implemented the program throughout the college in order to support the development of engineering students. The efforts ensured that current seniors are allowed an opportunity to take advantage of the services that Career Connect offers, despite the program being in the early stages.



Orientation and Transition Programs

The program gives students an opportunity to work through different mentoring programs on campus, such as the Orientation Team, the Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) Emerging Leaders Series, Access Mentors and Transfer Ambassadors.  Students who participate in these programs are allowed to not only gain leadership skills, but also build an ePortfolio that can be used to market themselves in the future.


Talia Weltman-Cisneros

Assistant Professor, Spanish

Talia Weltman-Cisneros is one of the earliest partners of the Career Connect program. She has worked alongside the Spanish Department in order to engage her students in a community-based service project that provides a unique learning experience. This allows her students to be able to meet their class requirements and help give back to the Denton community.