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Career Services reorganizes to better serve students

November 21, 2008 12:00AM

Barb Roberts, PSU career counselor and student employment coordinator

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This reorganization gives us the chance to generate more opportunities for our students while assuring we have a career counselor available to assist them. "
~ Mindy Cloninger, director of career services
a new career counselor for students and reorganization to the office, Career Services at Pittsburg State University is aiming for better efficiency when it comes to helping students find jobs.

The office recently announced the hiring of Barb Roberts as its new career counselor and student employment coordinator. Roberts will be responsible for assisting students in the job search process, specifically in areas of campus student employment and off-campus part-time jobs and internships. She will also meet with students to discuss the career decision making process and will serve as coordinator of career fairs sponsored by the Office of Career Services.

Roberts, a former social sciences teacher with the Seneca (Mo.) School District, oversaw student leadership at the district's high school. She worked with the school board and city council in forming an interactive class called "Civil Leadership." She also coached the varsity volleyball and girls basketball teams. Most recently, she worked as a curriculum specialist for Pitsco, where she was responsible for aligning the company's curriculum to various state educational standards.

Roberts received her bachelor's degree in secondary education from Missouri Southern State University in 1999, and is currently working on a master's degree in school counseling at PSU. As an MSSU alum, Roberts was a finalist for the university's New Teacher Award, handed out each year to one recent education graduate. She was also a Best Practices Presenter for the Seneca School District. Roberts and her husband, Scott, live in Pittsburg with their two daughters.

With Roberts in place, Career Services Director Mindy Cloninger said David Hogard, who has served the office for more than a decade and was recently promoted to assistant director for employer relations, will have more time to focus on relationships with area employers. Hogard will work with companies to locate full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities for students. He will also continue to work with upperclassmen on the job search process and coordinate on-campus interviews through Gorillas4Hire.

"David is going to be doing far more outreach throughout the Four State area than has been done in the past," Cloninger said. "This reorganization gives us the chance to generate more opportunities for our students while assuring we have a career counselor available to assist them."

For more information on opportunities available through the Office of Career Services, call 620-235-4140 or go to

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