Rahm Applies Her Skills to Make Things Happen
In coordination with the Recognition and Rewards
Committee of the ECU Staff Senate, the Pieces of Eight series honoring
exceptional ECU staff members recognizes Jane Rahm.
By Judy Currin
Two years ago, Jane Rahm received an e-mail from a friend who had
been deployed to Iraq. The friend was a recruiter she had worked with,
and he needed her help.
,National Guardsman Jimmy Smith was working in the Iraqi schools
with children who had little or no supplies,Š Rahm said. She contacted
Leslie Craigle in University Printing and Graphics. Together they
created the Iraqi School Drive.
,We put donation boxes all over campus and collected a van full of
paper, pencils, pens, crayons, you name it,Š Rahm said. The National
Guard picked up the supplies and shipped them to Iraq.
Rahm just has a knack for making things happen. She is the
recruiting coordinator for the ECU Career Center, serving as a liaison
for employers who want to connect with ECU students. Rahm sets up
employee information sessions and on-campus interviews, proctors
pre-employment testing and assists employers in the hiring process of
students. She is also the point person responsible for all career fairs
held on campus.
When Rahm began coordinating the fairs three years ago, they were
held on a small scale, but were always well attended. Today, ECU is
known for holding the largest career fair in the Southeast, she said.
Rahm attributes this growth to the leadership of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life, Sue Martin.
,Sue‰s experience, innovative ideas and desire to bring ECU to a
level of national recognition is contagious,Š Rahm said. ,Her
inspiration has brought our efforts to a new level.Š
Rahm organizes two recruiting seasons a year. The 2005 Fall Fair
brought together all majors and employers in one location, she said.
,This year, for the first time, the upper and lower concourse in Minges
housed 150 booths, 350 employer representatives and over 2000 ECU and
Pitt Community College students.Š
The Spring 2006 Fairs are directed toward individual colleges. Rahm
anticipates more than 300 companies and 500 representatives will attend.
,When our counselors return from national association meetings they
realize how ,cutting edge‰ we are,Š she said. ,We‰re very proud of
Despite her hectic schedule, Rahm makes herself available when
volunteer opportunities arise. Her husband, Scott, often accompanies
her. Scott is an instructor in distance education for Allied Health.
When Hurricane Floyd devastated eastern North Carolina in 1999, the
couple assisted students from their post in Sweethearts Dining Hall.
,We covered the front desk, answered phones and directed students to
the different areas offering assistance,Š Rahm said. ,It was a
rewarding experience for both of us.Š
Martin called Rahm ,a wonderful asset to the Career Center and to
the Greenville community....,She is knowledgeable, effective, thorough
and deliberate. Her insight and investigative talents serve us well,Š
Rahm was born in England, the daughter of an American father and an
English mother. She spent her formative years in Burlington, N.C. The
Rahm family, including daughter, Brittan (named after her English
grandmother), and son, Jeremy, moved to Greenville in 1998. They came
to town so that Scott could attend ECU for a master's degree in
Fortunately for ECU, they never left.