Ashley Lutz - 9.12.19

Goal in the Grove introduces students to more organizations and resources around campus.

Students gathered in the Oak Grove Thursday for the Career and Professional Development Center’s (CPDC) annual Goal in the Grove event. 

Each fall, IUP’s CPDC hosts Goal in the Grove to get students to learn more about the CPDC’s programs and services and know more about certain IUP-ran organizations on campus. 

This event is held to benefit students so they can get more information on all the resources, organizations and events that the CPDC, Student Philanthropy Council (SPC), peer mentors and the Ambassadors have to offer. 

“This event is a great way for us, the CPDC, to reach out to students about our office and what resources we can offer to them,” said Kelsey Thompson, assistant director of the CPDC. “It’s also a fun way to kick off the fall semester with great giveaways and food to enjoy.” 

The CPDC is in 302 Pratt Hall by the Hadley Union Building and Whitmyre Hall. 

“The CPDC has amazing opportunities and services,” said Bill Carney, a CPDC worker, “so please stop by and see us.” 

The CPDC has resources to help build your professional development and agenda. They have services and professionals to that help with resumes, interviews and graduate school and career opportunities. 

“I am a senior, and I didn’t know how to start a resume until I started working at the CPDC,” Mia Santucci (senior, marketing) said. “The CPDC helps with finding opportunities in the workforce and helps you better prepare for the professional future. I’ve started to really utilize LinkedIn this semester.” 

Booths were set up in the Oak Grove under a tent to help interested students explore different options of services, resources, programs and organizations they could join. 

A booth for IUP National Student Exchange was there promoting a program in which students can go and earn the minimum of 13 credits, which transfer to IUP before they go. It’s a domestic exchange program throughout North America with about 200 universities participating. 

For more information about this program, contact Jan Shellenbarger at or visit the National Student Exchange website

Another program the CPDC was promoting is the Disney College Program, which is a program in which students can go to Disney and work for a summer. It’s a way to get real-life experience and meet and live with people from different places. It’s also a leadership and communication program. 

Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) was also at the event promoting its club and its new project, Pick Your Passion. 

Pick Your Passion is a project in which students can donate money to a college of their choice. So if they’re in Eberly College of Business as a marketing major, they can have their money go to that specific college. 

“New members are welcome and encouraged to join this club,” said Rachel Poffenburger (SPC president and senior, general management/human resource management). “It’s a great resume-builder and a great way to get involved on campus.” 

IUP’s Ambassadors had a table and were promoting their upcoming events, Young Alumni Achievement Awards (YAAA) and the Alumni and Student Networking and Business Card Exchange event. 

YAAA is an event the Ambassadors host at which one alumni from each college attends a networking dinner and recognizes IUP graduates who are outstanding in their fields. This event is a great way to meet former IUP students who have had success and achievement after graduation.

The event is open to any IUP student. The application process is 

The Alumni and Student Networking and Business Card Exchange is an event that is hosted in Pittsburgh where alumni come from all over and talk to students. 

“I highly recommend it,” said Colleen Jarvis (senior, human development and family science). “It’s a great way to network.” 

The event seemed to be a success, with students showing interest in the services, programs and organizations that were offered. 

“We do this event annually because we want students to be aware of the CPDC and the programs and services we offer to help them find their professional success,” said Tammy Manko, director of the CPDC. “We want to literally meet students where they are, and that’s why we do it in the Oak Grove.” 

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