A Special Interest Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management



Join the Staffing Management Association (SMA) and the Connecticut Cooperative and Education Internship Association (CCEIA) for a breakfast meeting to meet career services representatives from some of the area’s colleges.  Learn how CCEIA is building campus to career partnerships to develop a strong workforce and keep Connecticut college graduates here in Connecticut!

Leading the way to workforce readiness – CCEIA includes employers, two-year and four-year colleges and universities with active experiential learning programs including cooperative education and internships. 

The program will include a brief presentation by CCEIA President, Rick DelVecchio of Quinnipiac, along with a panel discussion and Q&A that will include career services representatives from the area colleges and CCEIA partner employers.  This is your opportunity to hear directly from the colleges and learn how to recruit the top talent of tomorrow! The event will conclude with a “Reverse the Search” career fair style open house with the participating college representatives available to speak with attendees from their respective college booths conveniently located around the room.

You will learn:

  • About the goals and purposes of CCEIA and the benefits to us as employers
  • How to create successful internship and co-op programs
  • How to develop effective partnerships with college career centers to establish meaningful linkages between education and employment –including effective job postings, on-site recruiting, student referrals, resume database, career fairs and more!

CCEIA panel members will include member representatives from: Quinnipiac, CCSU, UConn, the University of Hartford and Foresters Financial.

Paul “P.J.” Rossitto has been in higher education since 2008 and currently serves at the Manager of CCSU’s Career Success Center in New Britain, CT.  PJ works with both students and employers assisting with filling job and internship positions as well as assisting with all on-campus recruitment events and programs. Paul serves on the CCEIA board as Secretary.

Jason Phillips has been in the financial services industry since 1999 and currently serves as the Branch Manager of one of Foresters Financial Services in North Haven, CT. One of Jason’s primary responsibilities is attracting and developing entry level talent including direct from campus hires and running and educational internship program that serves as a talent pipeline.  Jason serves on the CCEIA board as Employer Relations Manager.

Rick DelVecchio has been in higher education since 2005 and currently serves as Director of Career Development for the College of Arts & Sciences at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. Prior to joining Quinnipiac he served for nine years as the Director of Career Placement at Sacred Heart University, serving as the primary contact for employer recruitment. He is also currently serving on the NACE “Future of We” task force focusing on ways to leverage college-employer partnerships over the upcoming decade. Prior to his work in higher education, he worked for ten years on the business side of professional sports in marketing and operational roles, including hiring and management for internship programs.  Rick serves on the CCEIA board as President.

Kristen Soprano is a Career Consultant at the University of Connecticut where she manages the Practice Interview Program and is consistently looking for innovative ways to helps students prepare to make their best first impression on an employer. Prior to working in higher education, Kristen spent the majority of her career in talent acquisition for a large insurance company where she gained significant experience in high-volume and college recruiting. Kristen enjoys combining her HR experience and career coaching mindset in ways that help students and employers meet their career and recruiting goals.

Kate Darcy Hohenthal, Ed.D. is the Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Experiential Education at the University of Hartford. Her doctoral dissertation focused on a 360 degree perspective of stakeholder (professor, student, brokering program representative, and community placement site director) perceptions involved in student service-learning experiences. Previously, a Director of Corporate Human Resources, she has developed and managed summer internship programs from an employer’s perspective.  In addition to career counseling, Kate has managed employer on-campus recruiting events, Resume Boot Camps, employer site visits and lunch-and-learns. Currently, Kate is leading the development of the Learning Community for internship coordinators across the University of Hartford’s seven schools and colleges.

New Britain, CT

Parking is available in the area lots in front of the bookstore as well as in the Student Center Garage. You can find a campus map here: http://www2.ccsu.edu/campusMap/

When searching for a location in your GPS, please search for the CCSU Student Center parking lot off of Ella Grasso BLVD. When you arrive on campus, please look for the Military Flag Pole Circle to know you are in the right spot. You are looking for a greyish/white building labeled Memorial Hall this can be visible from the other side of the Student Center. Memorial Hall is located right in the heart of campus next to the coy pond. If you are directly in front of Memorial Hall, the door to the CT Room is located on the left side of the building. Signs will be posted leading you from the parking lot to the CT Room.

8:30 - 11:30am
8:30 - 9:00 - Registration, networking, breakfast buffet

9:00 - 9:30 - Welcome and SMA/CCEIA updates and introductions
9:30 - 10:30 - Panel discussion
10:30 - 11:30 - "Reverse the Search" open house tables

Menu: The Blue Devil Buffet includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, bagels, home fries, French toast, coffee, tea, a variety of juices and seasonal sliced fresh fruit and berries.


This event qualifies for 1.5 SHRM Professional Development Credits.

This event, has been approved for 1.50 HR (General) recertification credit hours towards aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


SMA Chapter Members: $30.00
Guest: $40.00
In transition Chapter Members: $20.00


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