August 17, 2011 12:00AM
Students on the hunt for jobs and internships got in the spirit of environmental sustainability as they visited with more than 70 employers at the annual Spring Career Day event.
Organized by the Office of Career Services, this semester's job fair welcomed employers connected to nearly all the university's academic areas, including technology, health, business, and arts and sciences. The event featured the theme "Show Me the Green" - a play on words that represented not only helping students find employment and internships, but also the encouragement of environmental friendliness.
This year while screening companies interested in attending the event, businesses were asked what they do to help the environment. Employers had a wide range of answers, from adherence to LEED criteria to supporting company-wide recycling efforts.
"With our own commitment toward becoming a more sustainable campus, we thought it was important to help our students get connected with companies that share those values," said Mindy Cloninger, director of Career Services.
More than 550 students attended the event. To go along with the green theme, paper handouts were replaced with an informative slideshow. Refreshments were served on paper products rather than plastic, and companies were asked to leave cardboard boxes and materials for recycling.
"We know that the job market is still competitive, so it's important that we do everything we can to help our students make connections for life after graduation," Cloninger said. "We are convinced by the increase in employer attendance and hiring opportunities indicated that the job market is beginning to make its slow recovery."