2018 Escape Conference

This year’s conference was held at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, NY on August 8th, 2018 from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

The ESCAPE Conference allows career services professionals an opportunity to offer sessions on best practices, new trends, emerging issues, and research findings; and is an excellent opportunity to network with other professionals throughout New York State.

This year's conference theme was  "Career Services in the 21st Century" with concentrations in career counseling, and employer and alumni relations. This conference will have a mixture of concurrent sessions, speed sessions, round table discussions, and a panel on the NACE Career Readiness Competencies.


8:30am-9:15am Registration and Welcome Breakfast, Dining Hall

9:15am-10:05am Concurrent 50 minute sessions: Choose 1

Doing Less with More: Advice on Getting Creative with Bandwidth & Career Services Programming, Student Center 201

One issue that many Career Services offices have to deal with in the 21st century is the bandwidth crisis. How can we help serve an increasing number of students while our hiring budgets are shrinking? As the Director of Career Counseling and the only counselor for 2,000 students, I have some creative advice for Career Services Practitioners who could use the help. In this session, I will inform Career Counselors and Practitioners how to maximize bandwidth and help engage more students in career preparation programming. This concurrent session will be broken down into two parts: (1) getting creative with band- width, and (2) getting creative with programming.

Presenter: Christopher Perrello, Director of Career Counseling, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

Resume Certification: Saving Your Students from Themselves, Student Center 202

Did you ever receive feedback from employers about receiving less than stellar resumes? Siena did and decided to do something about it. In August 2014, Siena College Career Education & Professional Development instituted a Resume Certification Policy. Four years later, it is now part of the Siena Culture reviewing approximately 1,400 resumes annually, and conducting several hundred in-person reviews. Come learn how one school did it!

Presenters: Suzanne O'Connor, Associate Director, Career Education & Professional Development, Siena College

Courtney Honeywell, Assistant Director, Professional Technologies, Career Education & Professional Development, Siena College

Kristy Luhr, Career Counselor, Career Education & Professional Development, Siena College

10:15am-11:05am Concurrent 50 minute sessions: Choose 1

Purposeful Advising through Collaboration: Integrating Career Development & Academic Advising, Student Center 201

Institutions of higher education face a cycle of challenges made up of students who need career exploration skills, faculty who respond to these needs primarily by referring students to career services, and career services professionals who are often overwhelmed with demand for superficial services (e.g., resume review, tracking internships). Recog- nizing that career advising is developmental rather than transactional and requires intentional collaborations across different divisions, the Office of Career Services and the Psychology department at Hartwick College developed and prototyped an approach that would integrate both the academic and career development components within a single credit-bearing senior capstone course. We will share information about our experiment and also to invite participants to provide suggestions on how to refine this approach to address ongoing challenges.

Presenters: Melissa Marietta, Director, Career Services, Hartwick College

Dr. KinHo Chan, Professor of Psychology, Psychology Department, Hartwick College

Brittany Beach, Internship and Career Planning Advisor, Career Services, Hartwick College

10:15am-11:05am (Continued) A Developmental Approach to Work-Integrated Learning, Student Center 202

Bennington College’s Field Work Term offers key lessons about a developmental approach to career education marked by a campus-wide strengths assessment strategy, an academically integrated advising structure, and progressive work-based competency development over four years. Bennington’s distinction is that it requires all undergraduates to complete a 7-week winter internship each year. Although this structure is unique and not replicable in most contexts, the lessons that Bennington has learned over 80 years and 100,000 internships can be broadly applied, even within resource limitations and institutional constraints. Drawing on this four-year developmental arc of Field Work Term, the facilitators of this workshop hope to share tangible, practical applications for a broader context.

Presenters: Faith McClellan, Director, Career Development and Field Work Term, Bennington College

11:15am-12:25pm (11:15am-11:35am, 11:40am-12:00pm, 12:05pm-12:25pm) Speed sessions and Roundtable discussions: Choose 3

Students with Autism - How Can We Guide Them?, Student Center 202

Suzanne O'Connor, Associate Director, Career Education & Professional Development, Siena College

Rob Bahny, Director, Office of Accessibility, Siena College

Overcoming Barriers to Applied Learning: Transportation, Student Center 201

Morgan Pellerin, Career Counselor, Career Development Center, SUNY Plattsburgh

Incorporating NACE Competencies into Daily Practices, Rite Aid Lounge

Carleen Pallante, Director, Office of Career Planning, The Sage Colleges

Amanda Shaw, Associate Director, Office of Career Planning, The Sage Colleges

Counteracting Vocational Identity Crisis and the Imposter Phenomenon for Recareering Adults, Katzman Lounge

Dawn Jones, Career Advisor, Career Services, Schenectady County Community College

Empowering Diversity: Student Programs that Champion Inclusion, Dining Hall - Upstairs

Tibisay Hernadez, Assistant Director of Employer Relations, Office of Career and Professional Development, University at Albany

Engaging Alumni in Internship Creation for Undergraduates, Dining Hall– Downstairs

Faith McClellan, Director, Career Development and Field Work Term, Bennington College

12:30pm-1:10pm Lunch, Dining Hall

1:15pm-2:15pm Marketplace, Student Center 202

Are you looking for an engaging and quick way to learn some best practices or discuss topics that are important to you and your campus? Join us as we host the “Marketplace” where you can propose engaging topics in a quick meet up fashion for you to join and stay for the hour or you can choose to float between discussions. Also, if you have a topic or best practice you would like to share, you can propose one and host your own!

2:15pm-3:30pm NACE Career Competencies Employer Panel, Student Center 201


Randi Blender, Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Holdings

Natasha Derby, PHR, SHRM-CP, Director of Human Resources, LeverPoint Management

Kathleen McCarty, Director of Internship Programs, New York State Assembly

Noah Simon, President, Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE); Director, Office of Career and Professional Development, University at Albany