PSU Career Services employee earns statewide award 

Kim Hull, assistant director for career development and student employment, has been recognized with a statewide award for her contributions to her office and to Pittsburg State University. 

Hull (BA '05, MS '07) was given the Brad Barackman Bridge Award at the recent annual conference of the Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers, an association in which PSU holds membership.  

The award is given to a member who in the past year implemented an outstanding program that served as an effective bridge between employers and career services. 

Hull, who joined PSU’s Office of Career Services in December 2010, has helped students who are unsure about their career path focus on career development, and most recently began working with employers to develop crucial connections to PSU so that they can find qualified employees. 

“I love being able to help students reach their goals,” Hull said. “We all have goals that we want to accomplish so to be able to be a part of that process for them is a great feeling.” 

The office recently experienced a transition in which two of its five staff went on to new opportunities, including its director, leaving a team of three for several months. Career Services still operated as if it were fully staffed, with Hull taking on additional roles. 

During the worst of the pandemic, the team also was innovative to continue to reach students and employers. 

“Over the last few years, it seems like most things were changing and the way we used to operate changed,” Hull said. “So, the thing that I am most proud of from working in Career Services is the flexibility and innovative ideas we implemented to still provide necessary services to students.” 

Jaime Dalton, director of the Office of Career Services, nominated Hull for the award.  

“I nominated Kim because of the outstanding work she did this year in not only ensuring our office continued to move forward, even with such vital vacant roles, but she was able to do so in a way that benefited our students and employer relationships without missing a beat. Our office, and the university overall, are lucky to have her on this team, and I could not be more grateful for the work she has done.”  

Being named the award recipient was an exciting moment, Hull said, but she typically avoids the spotlight. 

“Once I got past that moment, I felt honored to be amongst the previous recipients and also being able to represent our office.”

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