Tune in Tuesday: Message from the President

3c05226I hope the beginning of the fall semester is going well for everyone! It’s a busy time for both career services professionals and recruiters alike. I hope that in all of the craziness that comes with a new academic year, you are able to make some time for yourself and your continued professional growth and development.

Your FloridaACE board has been busy as well. We met last month and are finalizing plans for the very first FloridaACE Drive-in Conference. If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time, as we only have 15 seats left as of today. The event will be held Friday, November 4th from 8am-12:30pm at the University of Central Florida. Speakers include keynote Calvin Williams (Florida State University), an employer/faculty panel moderated by Barbara Cambia (Lynn University), and breakout sessions presented by Tim Harding (The University of Tampa), Melena Postolowski (Stetson University), and Lonny Butcher and Doris Alcivar (University of Central Florida). Cost is only $25, plus the price of on-campus parking, and includes breakfast. Registrants must be current members of FloridaACE. Special thanks to Kim Franklin, Bill Blank, Stacy Lanigan, Emmanuela Stanislaus, Tara Stevenson and Melanie Brown for their initiative and hard work to make this happen!

During our meeting, we also spent time reviewing the feedback received from the 2016 conference survey and are working on some modifications for next year to make your 2017 FloridaACE Conference experience even better! Please save the date for June 14-16, 2017 at the beautiful Saddlebrook Resort & Spa in Tampa, FL. Registration will open early next year. In the meantime, be on the lookout for a draft schedule-at-a-glance, call for programs and round table sessions, call for nominations for our annual awards, information about President’s Council sponsorship opportunities and an announcement regarding membership renewals.

In other news, I am excited to announce that FloridaACE is partnering with CCFCC to co-sponsor the President’s Reception entertainment at the SoACE Conference, December 4-7 at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale. Did you know that Florida is second only to Texas in membership numbers for SoACE? Since this year’s conference is in our backyard, we hope you will join us to represent our great state! FloridaACE board members will be welcoming conference attendees before the reception. If you are able to make it, please stop and say hello!

Thank you for allowing me the honor of serving as this year’s FloridaACE President. You will surely benefit from the energy and enthusiasm that our new and returning board members bring to the association’s leadership. The board is fully committed to providing value-added opportunities for member engagement and professional development. This is YOUR association and we want you to get the most out of it. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have ideas or an interest in volunteering.

Most sincerely,

Alicia Smyth
2016-17 President
Florida Association of Colleges & Employers


Conference Update from our Vice President

floridaacePlease don’t forget that registration is open for the 2015 Florida Association of Colleges & Employers Annual Conference! This year’s conference will mark our 50-year anniversary as an association, so it is fitting that a historical event be held in a historical city. Please join us in St. Augustine, FL June 17-19 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort & Convention Center, where our theme will be “Honoring the Past * Treasuring the Present * Charting the Future”.  Registration is $275 for members. The non-member rate is $325 and includes a membership through January 1, 2016. Your fee includes:

  • Presentations and two very special keynote speakers, along with breakout sessions for Career Services and University Relations/College Recruiting professionals
  • President’s Reception (Wednesday)
  • Business Meeting Breakfast (Thursday)
  • Awards Luncheon (Thursday)
  • Golden Gala Banquet (Thursday)
  • Brunch (Friday)
  • Networking opportunities with professionals in Career Services and University/College Relations
  • Much more, including a St. Augustine trolley tour!

As of today, 113 people have registered for the 2015 FloridaACE Conference.  With the conference a little less than 2 months away, we are very excited about the turnout so far and look forward to many more registrations in the coming weeks.  So far, we have received registrations from the following institutions, employers, and vendors:

  • 12Twenty
  • Broward College
  • Career Fair Plus
  • CareerShift
  • City Furniture
  • CSO Research
  • Disney Worldwide Services, Inc.
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Flagler College
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Polytechnic University
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Florida State University
  • Herzing University
  • Kettering University
  • Lake-Sumter State College
  • Lynn University
  • Masco Contractor Services
  • New College of Florida
  • Northwest Florida State College
  • Northwood University
  • Palm Beach State College
  • Saint Leo University
  • Seminole State College of Florida
  • St. Edward’s University (Texas)
  • St. Johns River State College
  • St. Petersburg College
  • State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
  • Stetson University
  • The University of Tampa
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of South Florida – Tampa
  • University of South Florida – St. Petersburg
  • University of West Florida
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Valencia College

Conference Hotel Update

As of this week, over 225 room nights have been booked at the Renaissance World Golf Resort.  We have exceeded our room block, but the conference rate will be honored as long as there are rooms still available.  If you have not reserved your room, you are encouraged to do so ASAP.

Reservations can be made at the Renaissance World Golf Village by calling 800-391-6389 and requesting the FloridaACE conference rate or by visiting the Renaissance World Golf Village‘s special website for this event.  The conference room rate is $129 per night.

Update from Programs Committee

We had a great response of program proposals for our annual conference.  The program committee has been working diligently to finalize the schedule and hope to send it out in the upcoming weeks.  We are excited about the topics and hope that you will enjoy the breakout sessions from our extremely talented FloridaACE members.

President’s Council

Each year we ask members to support our annual conference by contributing to the President’s Council. These monetary donations help us to provide the best possible workshops, keynote speakers and networking activities. Your organization and its’ gift will be recognized in our conference program, meeting announcements and on our website. For more information about the President’s Council, please visit the FloridaACE website or contact Robert Liddell via email or at 352-588-8346. Remember, your support makes a difference!

Conference Bags and Door Prizes

We would appreciate any addition your organization can make to the conference welcome/check-in bags (literature, coupons, branded token items, etc.). Providing this allows you to promote your organization or product to a large audience of career professionals throughout the state. For more information regarding welcome bags, please contact Valerie Kielmovitch, Conference Registration Chair.

We are also collecting door prizes to be raffled during the closing session of the conference.  If you would like to donate one or more, please contact Adam DeRosa, Conference Chair.

Social Media

Look for up-to-the-minute conference updates on our Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts, and through our FloridaACE Blog.

Tweet or Instagram the conference using #FloridaACE15 and follow conference tweets easily by visiting http://twubs.com/FloridaACE15. Hint: there will be another hashtag contest this year!


We will see you in June!


Adam DeRosa, Conference Chair
Vice President
Florida Association of Colleges & Employers

2015 Annual Conference Closing Keynote Announced!

We are excited to share that our closing keynote speaker for our conference will be motivational speaker and author, Fawn Germer.  She has traveled the world to speak to organizations including but not limited to Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co., Cisco, Novartis, NASA, Boeing, and Motorola.  She also spent some time as a journalist covering higher education so she will be a special treat to have address our conference attendees.

Please read Fawn’s bio below to learn more about her.fcpa

Fawn Germer will reach inside of you and pull out your best self by showing you how to get beyond the self-limiting behaviors that hold so many of us back. She once had a boss tell her that she’d never be more than she was at the time — a reporter — and she sure showed him. Fawn is a four-time, Pulitzer-nominated investigative journalist and the author of seven books including the Oprah pick Hard Won Wisdom.

Fawn interviewed more than 300 of the most accomplished leaders of our times, including everyone from Hillary Clinton to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. She has talked to Olympic athletes, CEOs, prime ministers, presidents, Academy Award winners and many other trailblazers who shared with her the secrets of true success.

From them, she learned that success is born in risk, and power comes from the self-awareness that disables doubt and self-esteem issues.

Her first book was rejected by every major publisher in the United States, but Fawn persevered until it was a bestseller. She wrote 29 letters to Oprah and something broke through, with Oprah holding up Hard Won Wisdom and telling the world how “Very inspiring” Fawn’s work was.

Her newest book, Work-Life Reset, shows how to refocus and re-balance to live a more fulfilling and productive life.

She travels the globe with her message of viability, performance and power. In recent months, she keynoted for Cisco, Pfizer, Hallmark, Deloitte, Kimberly Clark, Xerox, Bayer, AIG, the Network of Executive Women, Harvard, the UCLA Anderson School of Business, the Wharton School of Business and many others.

Fawn is an avid kayaker, cyclist and adventurer who lives in Dunedin, FL with her dog and a few cats who showed up on her porch knowing she is a sucker for a stray.




Membership Renewal NOW OPEN!

Megan Waldeck, Florida Association of Colleges and Employers

The FloridaACE membership renewal period is now open for 2015! Current members can renew their membership by logging on to their FCPA account (https://floridaace.memberclicks.net), powered by MemberClicks (2014 memberships expire January 1, 2015). In addition to membership management, MemberClicks also offers features such as exclusive members-only content, discussion boards, email final3listservs and a social networking platform to enhance your membership experience.

FloridaACE provides professional networking with Florida-wide visibility, enhances professional development through leadership opportunities, delivers updates on Florida workforce initiatives and trends, and promotes recruitment resources and strategies. Some other advantages include: Continue reading

2014 Conference Breakout Spotlight Announcement

Emmanuela Stanislaus, Professional Development Chair, Florida Association of Colleges and Employers

I know that everyone has been on pins and needles waiting for us to announce the UntitledBreakout Spotlight.  Well, wait no more…the top rated program from the 2014 annual conference was Ready, Set, Grow: Providing Seniors the Tools for Success by presenters Robin Kazmarek and John Sheehy from Stetson University.  Congratulations to the pair on an awesome presentation!

The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 6th from 12pm-1pm.  Be sure to mark your calendars.  This webinar is sponsored by FloridaACE and open to all FloridaACE and SoACE members.  Information about the webinar will be sent through the Florida ACE list serve.

Kayla Murphy of Flagler College Awarded 2014 Student of the Year

Tara Stevenson, Private College/University Representative, Florida Association of Colleges and Employers

photo 2Kayla Murphy interned with Flagler College Career Services this past spring and proved to be an integral piece to the success of our office.  She plans to go into the field of Student Affairs following her graduation in December with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.  This semester Kayla is interning in Student Activities to add more experience to her resume.

As an intern with Career Services, Kayla’s responsibilities included:  Continue reading

Tara Stevenson Wins 2014 FloridaACE New Member Award

Tracy Joinson, 2014-15 Past President, Florida Association of Colleges and Employers

She was off and running almost from day one.  Tara Stevenson, Director of Career Tara Stevenson HeadshotServices at Flagler College, joined FloridaACE in 2012 and became immediately active in the organization.  She very quickly joined a conference committee and although not the chair of the group, took the lead in efficiently organizing an activity.  Maybe she caught the FloridaACE bug (or is it more of an addiction???) because after the conference was over, she again quickly responded to a call for volunteers for a new standing committee of the organization, the Communications & Outreach committee.  It was obvious Tara was making a more long-term commitment to the organization because it was clear that this wasn’t a “temporary” committee.  It was no surprise that when the new Committee members were solicited for chair/co-chairs, Tara did not hesitate to be a co-chair, and remains as such today.  As part of that Committee’s work, she started FloridaACE’s first Facebook page in late 2013 and continues to manage it always looking for interesting content and postings to engage members.  Who doesn’t love her #TBTs or Friday Fun posts?

There must have been more than one person noticing Tara’s quick involvement and contributions because she was nominated and elected to the FloridaACE board of directors as the Private College/University representative at the 2014 annual conference.

Although we have MANY wonderful and dedicated members in FloridaACE, it seems Tara is just the type who was in mind when the New Member Award was created in 2010.  She joins the ranks of (illustrious!) past winners:  Valerie Kielmovitch (2013), John Sheehy (2012), Lisette Guillen-Dolby (2010), Eric Hall (2009) and Jennifer Browning (2008).