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Feb. 2, 2005
Contact: Mary Carlson, University Career Center, (785) 864-3624, or Jill Hummels, School of Engineering, (785) 864-2934.

KU center sponsors all-majors career fair Feb. 8-9; engineering fair to be Feb. 10

LAWRENCE -- The University Career Center at the University of Kansas is sponsoring the 14th annual All-Majors Career Fair from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, and Wednesday, Feb. 9, on the fifth floor of the Kansas Union. Students and alumni in all majors are welcome to attend.

It will be followed by the Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Kansas Union ballroom. The engineering and computer science fair also will feature a free Diversity Symposium given by Col. George Boyd, a Tuskegee Airman.

Developing contacts at a career fair can create a variety of opportunities that lead to a rewarding job after graduation. According to research conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the top five places employers look for new employees are:

1. on-campus recruiting
2. the organization's internship program
3. the organization's co-op program
4. employee referrals
5. career and job fairs

The all-majors fair, sponsored by the University Career Center, is expected to attract about 1,500 students and more than 100 companies and organizations. The event provides an opportunity for students to visit with employers about job options and to learn more about employment, internship and volunteer opportunities.

Some companies will conduct next-day interviews on campus Feb. 9 and 10. Many have on-campus interviews scheduled through March. A complete list of participating organizations and company profiles is available at www.ucc.ku.edu. For more information, contact the University Career Center at (785) 864-3624.

The all-majors career fair is sponsored by Philip Morris, Federal Express Ground, Pulte Homes, College Pro and Hertz Corp.

More than 40 organizations are expected to attend the engineering and computer science fair to recruit future employees with highly developed technical skills. The organizations look for students majoring in each of the engineering disciplines and computer science for full-time and part-time positions, summer openings, internships and co-op positions.

The fair is open to all KU engineering and computer science students and alumni.

Engineering Career Services Center in 1001 Eaton Hall is helping students prepare for the career fair. ECSC staff will review resumes and provide a variety of other services to help students present their best overall image. The center also will offer several workshops and be available to provide individualized consultation with students. To learn more about the center, its services and workshops, go to www.career.engr.ku.edu.

For the Diversity Symposium, Boyd, commander of the Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, will speak from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union. A veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, Boyd retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1991, having attained the rank of major. He has worked as a weapons system analyst for Boeing and helped design the corporate structure for the Life Air Ambulance System at Wesley Hospital. From 1981 to 1991 Boyd served as director of the Division of Aviation for the Kansas Department of Transportation.

In 1994, he received the Kansas Governor's Aviation Honor Award. In 1996, Boyd was appointed director of the Kansas Department of Civil Air Patrol. He was appointed commander of the Kansas Wing and promoted to the grade of colonel in 2000. Boyd earned a doctorate in public administration from LaSalle University. He is president of Boyd Systems Development Inc., a consulting company in Wichita.

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