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Baruch College Staff Members Receive Alva C. Cooper Awards for Excellence in Career Development

Dr. Ellen Stein and Jun Ishidoya from the Starr Career Development Center Earn Recognition

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NEW YORK, NY - March 27, 2013 Baruch College is proud to announce that two members of its Starr Career Development Center (SCDC) received the Alva C. Cooper Awards for Excellence.

The Alva C. Cooper Awards for Best Practices in Career Development are granted by the Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officers Association (MNYCCPOA). Each year they request submissions from career development professionals in the tri-state area.

Dr. Ellen Stein, Deputy Director in the SCDC, was selected the first place winner for her submission of the Peers for Careers blog, “Starrlights: Peers Speak Careers.” The Peers for Careers is a highly trained group of student leaders who provide resume reviews, cover letter critiques, and mock interviews. In addition to writing Starrlights, Peers also write a weekly Career Corner column in The Ticker school newspaper, and facilitate a variety of career-related workshops and presentations.

Stein oversees the Center’s Career Counseling Services. She is also the founder and coordinator of the Peers for Careers Program.

Jun Ishidoya, Assistant Director in the SCDC, was the third place recipient for her work on the Rising Starr Sophomore Program. The program, now in its third year, was developed to maintain student involvement with the Starr Center after their freshman year. As Assistant Director, Ishidoya provides career counseling to students while serving as liaison to student clubs on career issues and managing special career programming including panel and speaker events.

The Starr Career Development Center is the primary provider of career services to Baruch College undergraduate students. Students are encouraged to come to the Center from the time they are freshmen through senior year graduation and for selected career services as alumni. The staff of the SCDC is dedicated to assisting students in all aspects of their career development as they make decisions about majors, apply to graduate and law school, prepare for internships and jobs, and develop the soft skills necessary to become successful in their chosen future careers.



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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