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GACE Gazette

Fall 2016


Letter from the President
Thank you for the privilege of serving as your GACE president this year! Having been a GACE member since 2010, GACE has given me so many opportunities to develop both personally and professionally. Whether you are a new or renewed member of GACE this year, I hope you will consider the many options available for getting involved with this great association. I encourage you to consider joining a committee, and you can easily let us know how you might be interested in helping through our website here.

As we begin the 2016-2017 year, the GACE Board and Committee Chairs have set a goal of increasing employer membership by at least 10%. It's important that we consistently provide value to all of our members, and we hope to continue to improve upon our offerings for our employer members. If you have any suggestions for how GACE can improve in this area, I encourage you to join a committee, to share your ideas with the GACE Board, or to reach out to me directly (along54@kennesaw.edu).

We look forward to bringing you another great year of professional development opportunities, networking, and a great statewide career fair and annual conference! None of this would be possible without our executive board and committee chairs, who I would like to recognize and thank in advance for all that they will do for us this year:

  • Amy Lancaster, Metro Atlanta Chamber (President Elect and Marketing & Communications Co-Chair)
  • Amy Taulbee, Georgia Southern University (College Director and Sponsorship Co-Chair)
  • Barbara Furlow-Smiles, Cox Communications (Professional Development Co-Chair)
  • Bridgette McDonald, Clayton State University (Treasurer)
  • Brittany Kinard, Piedmont College (Secretary)
  • Caitlyn Cofer, Georgia Southern University (Conference Co-Chair)
  • Charlene Leach, Mercer University (Archives Chair)
  • Dawne White, West Georgia Technical College (Technical College Liaison)
  • Elena Comperatore, Hire Heroes (Employer Director and Awards Chair)
  • Heather Kahl, Enterprise (Vice President - Employers and Membership Co-Chair)
  • Jenny Jang, Metro Atlanta Chamber (Employer Director and Statewide Career Fair Co-Chair)
  • Laura Garcia, Emory University (Marketing & Communications Co-Chair)
  • Lyn Riggsby-Gonzalez, Columbus State University (College Director and Experiential Learning Chair)
  • Michael Dutcher, Kennesaw State University (Membership Co-Chair)
  • Michelle Berg, Georgia State University (College Director and Technology Chair)
  • Nick Levan, Turner/CNN (Employer Director and Conference Co-Chair)
  • Paul Fowler, Emory University (Vice President - Institutions)
  • Philip Bruce, Georgia Southern University (USC-CACE Liaison)
  • Roslyn Brown, Clayton State University (Statewide Career Fair Co-Chair)
  • Tonya Moore, Gordon State College (College Director and Professional Development Co-Chair)
  • Tricia Herold, Emory University (Past President)

And of course, I would also like to thank YOU. GACE would not be possible without the dedication, time, and participation of its members. I thank you for your continued support of GACE, and I look forward to connecting with you at one of our upcoming events.

Amanda Long, Kennesaw State University

GACE President, 2016-2017

GACE Statewide Career Fair - Volunteers Needed!

We are gearing up for the 12th Annual GACE Statewide Career Fair. Looking for ways to get involved with GACE? The Statewide Career Fair committee is still in need of volunteers for the following committees: Student Registration and Student Program. If you or someone from your school/organization would like to volunteer, please contact Roslyn Brown RoslynBrown@clayton.edu and/or Jenny Jang JJang@macoc.com

Partner with GACE


Interested in creating brand awareness to all Georgia Colleges and Universities? Have an amazing product or service that you want to market and you can't get Career Services to return your call? We can help! For more information on how you can partner with GACE, please visit www.gace.org/Partner or contact Sponsorship Chairs, Amy Taulbee, ataulbee@georgiasouthern.edu or Kenji Terawaki, kenji.terawaki@gatech.edu.


Have you log into the GACE website lately? Do so today to update your information for your GACE membership. Heather Kahl from Enterprise Holdings and Michael Dutcher from Kennesaw State University are looking forward to assisting you with getting the most from your GACE Membership.

Experiential Learning Committee 

The Experiential Learning Committee invites member schools/employers to share web links and resources related to internships, co-ops, externships, or other experiential educational opportunities through the new experiential learning resource page on the GACE website.  If you would like to share an experiential learning resource or include your company/institution as an example, contact Experiential Learning Committee Chair Lyn Riggsby-Gonzalez at LRG@ColumbusState.edu

College and university staff, faculty, and administrators:

Please join us for the 2nd annual Summit on Race at Emory University, facilitated by three nationally recognized educators:

  • Dr. Gregory Ellison, II – Author of Cut Dead but Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men.
  • Ed Lee – Award-winning debate coach and a regular CNN commentator for U.S. Presidential Debates.
  • James Roland – One of the nation’s most sought-after debate coaches and debate advisor to the U.S. State Department and multiple Urban Debate Leagues.

During this presidential election season, volatile topics like race, class, and gender are amplified on university and college campuses. The Emory Institute of Higher Education presents an interactive day-long workshop to equip faculty and staff campus leaders in developing just responses that counter hostility and injustice with strategic practices that build community. This workshop will draw upon the collective wisdom of participants and utilize full-sensory training modules developed by two grassroots organizations -- Contested Conversations and Fearless Dialogues -- that specialize in creating unique spaces for unlikely partners to discuss difficult issues and taboo subjects.

Please forward this email to friends and colleagues who may be interested.

Click the button below to learn more and register for the Summit on Race.

Member Resources

Member Directory

Presentations from Conference

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GACE Calendar

Technology Committee 

What’s New: All submitted 2016 conference presentations are on the website (You must be signed in as a member to view presentations.)

Thank you to Michael Dutcher and Heather Kahl with the Membership committee for assisting with member email template updates!

What’s in the Works: We are updating the website with this year’s committee information; will continue to work with Sponsorship committee to make it easier for employers to become GACE partners and sponsors on the website and with the Awards committee to make sure all awards are updated on the website.

What’s Next: Will be adding information about GACE history to the website. If you have historical information that you would like included, please contact Michelle Berg.

Help us out! Do you have colleagues that might be interested in helping with the Technology committee? No coding necessary! Contact Michelle Berg.

Resources & Events

Your Talent, Your Future

So many open jobs in Georgia. So many new graduates. So why are some graduates having a hard time finding jobs?

The Metro Atlanta Chamber and Accenture looked into the skills gap to see why supply and demand for jobs in Georgia aren’t always aligned. Some students graduate with degrees or certifications in areas that are in low demand by employers. Alternatively, many employers are eager to hire talent but have trouble finding applicants with the right degrees or skill sets.

Check out the full report here


Health IT Internship Summit - Dec. 7, 2016

More details will be posted at:


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