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Jane Rahm, recruiting coordinator for the ECU Career Center, makes things happen both at work and in extracurricular activities. Studies have shown her efforts at ECU are paying off. ECU is known for having the largest career fairs regionally and the largest numbers of recruiters coming to campus. (Photo by Judy Currin)


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 that.Š

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 she said.

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 heathcare administration.

Fortunately for ECU, they never left.

12/6/05
This page originally appeared in the Feb. 3, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at http://www.ecu.edu/news/poe/archives.cfm.