SOU students look to the future

Michelle Glass is a dual student at Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University and volunteers for the Jackson County Headquarters.

Glass and members of Headquarters are looking for a few good students to get involved with voter education and were looking for volunteers Thursday at Southern Oregon University's annual career fair.

Students and alumni dressed to impress at the fair, held in the Stevenson Union from 11 a.m. to — p.m., and took advantage of job and internship opportunities from more than 50 businesses in the Rogue Valley.

"There's a student (Democratic) caucus looking for members," said Glass, who believes that the high school and college demographic is highly underrepresented at the headquarters.

"I would love to put a challenge out there to my age group to get involved," she said.

Jackson County Republicans were not represented at the fair but more information can be obtained from their Web site.

Along with Glass and the Jackson County Democrats, businesses offered employment in an array of different fields, from human communications and marketing to hotel management and criminology. There were also several resources for degrees of all areas, including Market of Choice in Ashland, Target Foundation, United States Marine Corps officer program, the Navy and Grayback Forestry. International Commodity Carriers Incorporated provides paid internships to students and alumni.

Senior SOU student Julie Maeda is graduating with a degree in communication in June and attended the fair hoping to find some good jobs available. Maeda commented that the fair was a way to "get the wheels moving," and find a job related to her degree.

Not all students attending were so close to graduation. Many students come to the fair to find summer employment long before commencement.

Senior Elizabeth Coates graduates next year, but was anxious to find a job for the summer months before her final year at SOU.

"Hopefully full-time and something well paying," she said.

John Glaser, general sales manager for KMVU-TV Fox 26 in Medford, represented one of the many employers on hand to answer student inquiries about internships and sales, which he said will help students get "their feet wet in media and get them used to the marketing side of television."

Glaser said he was surprised at the success of the event for businesses and employers.

"The turnout was better than expected," Glaser said. "I found a few candidates that I really want to interview."

SOU Career and Development Services Director Peter Weston said that most employers follow up with students with interviews after the fair and, according to employer feedback from the 2007 event, 73 percent of employers who interviewed students and alumni made an employment offer.

"Employer participation at the career fair really says a lot about their eagerness to seek out SOU graduates, especially now with our economy slowing down," Weston said.

For a full list of employers at the fair, visit and search "career link." For more information about how to become involved in local politics, visit or .

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