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SHIP Alumni Career Newsletter

June/July Edition

June 18, 2013
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Employer Perspective: Professional Service Marketing
Virtual Job Fair-Registration OPEN now
Highlighted Job Postings
Alumni Perspective: My Journey since graduating from Ship
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Welcome to the early summer edition of the Alumni Career Newsletter!
 Employer Perspective

Professional Service Marketing, Building Relationships and Personal Connections. By Heather Sweitzer '04, CPSM, manager, Marketing & Business Development, Dawood Engineering

"How did you end up here?" is the question I'm often asked when I tell people that I'm in marketing and business development for an engineering firm. As Shippensburg Alum with a Political Science background, it's not quite the career path that was originally laid out in my mind, but it has fostered a successful career with a bright future. 


Professional Services Marketing is a niche that is not often taught or talked about in classroom settings. Our industry of Architects, Engineering, and Construction (A/E/C) is often laid out with two separate domains of marketing (branding, brochures, public relations, social media, etc) and business development (the one-on-one sales contact with a client or prospect). Those of us in the marketing department are often tasked with projects like developing proposals for potential work, writing marketing plans and budgets, planning events, or attending conferences. Just like the position, the needs of our fast-paced industry and clients change on a daily basis. 


Although my liberal arts education gave me a strong base in communication, organizational behavior, and critical thinking, the remainder of my education has come from work experiences, volunteering on non-profit boards and organizations, and through the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS).  My past work experience has given me a chance to build a network
of peers and professional acquaintances, which is essential for business development. SMPS National has a specific certification, the Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM), which has been invaluable to my continued marketing education. Investing in yourself and building your professional skills does not end with your bachelor's degree.

My education at Shippensburg has led me to be involved in specific projects related to local governments, specifically grant applications and administration and economic development. For any professional services path that you may find yourself following, I encourage you to get involved in your community, meet and engage people to build your network, and continue to build upon your resume. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more! 

Cumberland Valley Consortium (CVC) Virtual Job Fair

This event will run online from June 15 - August 15. Registration for candidates is open NOW and until August 15. The event is free for alumni job seekers from SHIP. Register for the event at: Contact for additional information.

Highlighted Job Postings

These companies are looking to hire SHIP alumni. You can find out more about these opportunities as well as other opportunities on College Central at you are a Ship alum and looking to hire other Ship alums or students, please contact us to highlight your job and post it on College Central. 

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Investment Operations Analyst, Exton 

Accusource is looking for qualified individuals that would match the below job description. Primary responsibilities will include: Data input and maintenance using Advent Axys or APX and various automated data download feeds; Reconciliation of position and transaction information; New account document management and setup; Performance file maintenance and troubleshooting; Assist with various special projects; Assist with monthly client reporting; Documentation of changes to written procedures. Minimum Qualifications: Proficient with MS Office applications, especially Excel; Strong oral and written communication skills; Ability to identify and resolve problems. Nice to have Qualifications: Experience with Advent, Portfolio Center, Moxy, GIM2, APL, Bloomberg, or other related software; 2-4 years' experience with investment operations. Interested candidates should contact Vanessa Mulligan at


Band Director, Pulaski County High School, Dublin, VA

20 minutes from Va. Tech and 10 minutes from Radford University. If interested please contact Michael Myers, Principal, Pulaski County High School at 

Alumni Perspective: My Journey Since Graduating from Shippensburg University

Melissa Mimna, 2008 Masters in Geo-Environmental Studies

The five years since I left Shippensburg University have been quite a journey, full of excitement, frustration, challenges, rewards, and everything in between. After receiving my Masters of Science in Geo-environmental Studies in May 2008, I was excited and ready to take on the world. Little did I know that the world wasn't quite ready for me and the economy wasn't going to cooperate, either. My first job offer was very tempting. However, it was located in D.C. and, after much internal struggle, my family and I decided that we didn't want to move to the D.C. area. Instead, we decided to move to the beautiful state of Colorado, where we knew we would enjoy living, and hope that an equally lucrative job offer would follow. And then the economy crashed. I couldn't find a job to save my life. 


After a few months, I finally got a job as Geek Squad Admin at the local Best Buy. And a few months later, I found a job in my field from a craigslist posting. I became a laboratory technician, performing Whole Effluent Toxicity tests. These are basically tests that subject water fleas and fish to an effluent water to learn whether the water is toxic or not. I learned a lot in my new job and quickly advanced to Lead Laboratory Technician and then to QA/QC Officer. Within two years, I was managing all aspects of the laboratory as the Quality Assurance Manager. While I was learning a lot and grateful to be working in my field, I knew that I was destined for a little more.


In November 2012, I was offered the position of Water Quality Analyst for the City of Boulder and I was thrilled to accept this position. Because I had suspected the City of Boulder would be a fantastic employer, I had been keeping my eye on the City's website for job openings. I've been with the City for about six months now and I couldn't be happier. I feel like my education and background were all in preparation for this position. I conduct a wide array of analyses in the laboratory everyday (ammonia, TKN, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate, BOD, COD, TSS, metals by ICP-MS, etc.). I also attend a lot of meetings on varying topics, from a regulatory focus to contaminants of emerging concern. Additionally, I head out into the beautiful sunshine once a month to collect water samples along Boulder Creek, ensuring that we are keeping the water here in this headwater state as pristine as possible. 


I'm so grateful to be a scientist for the City of Boulder. I am given the tools to excel and feel like the work I do and the data I produce is very important. It's an incredible feeling to be working in the field that is my passion and to be contributing valuable data. I'm also extremely thankful for the skills I gained during my education at Shippensburg University. I was given an extremely solid foundation in the environmental field and the skills necessary to excel in my career path. My experiences at Shippensburg also gave me the confidence in my abilities to adapt to new situations and circumstances and the confidence that I can do anything, if I put my mind to it.


If I could share any wisdom with current Ship students or recent alumni, it would be to enjoy the entire journey. It's going to be full of challenges and victories, frustrations and rewards. But, attitude is everything. With the skills developed at Ship, the confidence that builds over time, the right attitude, and some patience you can achieve all your dreams.  

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