University Celebrates New Career Services Center
Career Services and the University community celebrated the grand opening of Saint Louis University's new Career Services Center (CSC) in Griesedieck Hall with an inaugural celebration on Thursday, Sept. 5.Christopher Collins, S.J., vice president of mission and identity, gives a blessing Thursday, Sept. 5, at the opening of the new Career Services Center in Griesedieck Hall. Looking on, from left, are University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., SGA representatives Maleah Fallahi and Jordan Glassman and Interim Provost Chester "Chet" Gillis, Ph.D. Photo by Jeff Ackels
The event offered SLU students, faculty, alumni, staff members and friends of the University their first taste of the exciting possibilities housed in the newly-renovated, expanded center.
The new Career Services Center (CSC) features an array of amenities to help students and alumni on their journeys to their dream careers. The center is part of the transformation and innovation of SLU’s career services offerings laid out in the University’s strategic plan.
Students, faculty, staff members and alumni gathered to tour the center’s spacious reception area, private and group work stations, its six interview rooms.
Career Services staff members and Jeffery Jackson, SLU’s new associate provost for career development, provided glimpses of the new resources available to help Billikens plan their future careers.
University leaders including Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., Interim Provost Chester “Chet” Gillis, Ph.D., and Christopher Collins, S.J., joined representatives from the Student Government Association, Faculty Senate and other guests before a formal program featuring remarks and a blessing of the space.
Jackson said Career Services staff would be courageous in pursuing opportunities and intentional in their relationships with local, national and international partners. He told those gathered that he learned to live a life true to himself early, growing up listening to the stories of his elders.
"What I heard were stories of missed opportunities and dreams," he said. "I want to help SLU students live lives devoid of missed opportunities."
- The opening's formal program began with a prayer and blessing of the new center by Collins.
- Pestello offered brief remarks followed by Jordan Glassman, SGA vice president for academic affairs, and Gillis.
- Gillis introduced Jackson who spoke about the new center and direction of Career Services.
- Jackson presented Kim Reitter, Ed.D., director of Career Services, with an award for her years of service to the University and praised her for helping him as he transitioned back into life at SLU.
Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic institutions. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering history as the first university west of the Mississippi River, SLU offers nearly 13,000 students a rigorous, transformative education of the whole person. At the core of the University’s diverse community of scholars is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares students to make the world a better, more just place.