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Dare to Dream: Putting Your Passion to Work
October 9, 2017
Doudna Performing Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University

Doudna concourse 

At the CAH Career Exploration Day you will be able to speak with upward of thirty alumni who are putting their EIU degrees to work and who are eager to talk to prospective students and majors about how you, too, can get a job with a degree in the Arts and Humanities: Art, Communication Studies, English, Foreign Languages, History, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Theatre Arts, Africana Studies, Film Studies, Latin American Studies, Medieval Studies, Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies.

We’re also offering special tours of the Doudna facilities for Music, Art, and Theatre; the Journalism studios; and the Tarble Arts Center. See where our students are putting their dreams to work! Tours will begin at 1:30, 2:30, and 4pm.

For more information about the schedule for the day and to plan your trip to attend, see our parking map and a detailed schedule.

Highlights of the Day

You’ll want to attend one or more informational sessions for current and prospective students and their families:

"What do employers want? Marketing Your Arts and Humanities Degree" by Bobbi Kingery, Director of Career Services (1pm & 4:30 pm)

  • Bobbi Kingery is the Director of Career Services at Eastern Illinois University. In her work she regularly gives presentations on career topics off and on campus as well as counseling individual students. She has worked as a career counselor for Eastern Illinois University for over twenty years, and has a Master’s of Education in College Student Affairs and a Bachelor’s of Music with a focus on vocal performance, both degrees from Eastern Illinois University. 

"Why Teach? Benefits of Careers in Education and How to Get the Job" by Ted Walk, Superintendent of Sullivan Schools (1:30pm & 4pm) 

  • Dr. Ted Walk is the Superintendent at Sullivan’s Community #300 School District. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Eastern Illinois University in 2006, earning EIU's Outstanding Student Teacher Award.  He taught Chemistry and Physics at Sullivan High School, being named EIU's Outstanding Practicum Teacher in 2009 and Distinguished Graduate Student in Educational Leadership in 2012.  He served as Sullivan's Assistant Principal, Principal, and now as Superintendent.  He earned a Master's Degree in Natural Science, Master's Degree in Educational Administration, and Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, all from Eastern Illinois University.

"Humanities Degrees as Preparation for a Career in Law" by Charles Foy, 2pm & 3:30 pm

  • Prior to becoming a historian, Charles Foy had a more than twenty-year career as an attorney during which he was involved in recruiting and hiring attorneys for both governmental agencies and a private firm. He started his legal career doing civil rights litigation for the City of New York, subsequently supervised the City’s Zoning and Building Code litigation, and then was the General Counsel of New York City’s Department of Buildings. After his tenure with the City, Dr. Foy was a partner in a major New York City law firm, where he specialized in land use and zoning matters. 

"Moving into the Business World with a Humanities Degree" by Angela Scalpello, 2:30-3:30pm

  • Angela Scalpello is currently a consultant to CEOs and other senior executives and most recently was SVP of Organizational Development for UBM, one of the largest event organizers in the world.  She has also held other senior HR positions for global organizations such as Ogilvy Advertising, Ogilvy Public Relations and PR Newswire.  Angela has worked with the leadership of these companies to unlock the power of their people to drive change and transformation. She has also ensured that these organizations are hiring, developing and retaining their best talent and creating a culture of inclusion, strong performance, transparent communication and business results.  Angela speaks widely on how to manage one's career with a special emphasis on progressing more women into leadership roles. Angela has a humanities BA and strongly believes that it provided her with a strong foundation for a career in business.


Participating Alumni

Austin Alexander, Social Studies Teacher

Kayla Blue, Theatre Teacher and Employee, American Shakespeare Center

Jami Brookman-Smith, Regulatory Administrator

Kristy Brownfield, Health Alliance Writer

Mackenzie Buob, Customer Service Bank Representative

Vern Cisney, Philosophy Professor

Michael Compton, Technical Director Rose Hulman Institute

Kelsey Cox, Art Teacher

Neil Dahlstrom, Manager, Corporate History & Archives Deere & Co.

Jamie DeAnne, Graphic Designer

Josh Doniek, Art Teacher

Amanda Feder, SACIS Preventionist

Garrett Goben, MFA Candidate

Kelli Halfman, Admissions Counselor

Cathryn Harshman, Spanish Teacher

Lori Henderson, Publicity/Promotions Specialist

Kelly Ann Hennessy, Marketing Specialist

Chris Houchens, Director, Charleston Carnegie Public Library

Heather Lamb, English Instructor, Editor, and Content Creator

Jordan Landeck, Communication and Event Director

Theresa Lipinski Ham, Freelance Costume Designer

Grace Majors, Music Teacher

Emily McInerney, Docent

Andrea Morgan, Social Studies Teacher

Alyssa Obradovitch, College Instructor

Samantha Osborne, Marketing & Design Manager

Sarah Ruhol Sehy, Lawyer

Samantha Sarich, Coordinator, Community-Based Learning and Civics

Maura Shephard, Music Teacher

Haley Titsworth, Training Content Developer

Ashley Wiberg, English Teacher


To see profiles of some of our Alumni, click here
To see video profiles and stories about some of our Alumni, click here.