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Posted on: January 31, 2013

Looking for a mantra to get 2013 off on the right foot?  Ever visited Pinterest?  If so, you know the site is chock full of inspirational messages.  We’ve collected a few of our favorites from the past year to share with you.  If one of these quotes inspires you, take it as your own.  Print it out and pin it near your workspace, office, kitchen, laundry room, bedside table…or wherever you will read it frequently and remember its...

Posted on: January 31, 2013

The end of the year is always a good time to reflect on events of the past twelve months.  Challenges, changes, accomplishments, wins, losses... Earning your degree is no small feat; it can certainly feel like a struggle.  With burdens of work, family and life, you may start to feel like that diploma may never reach your hands.  When the going gets tough, try a simple reevaluation of your educational journey.   Is earning  your degree a “struggle” or “challenge”?

Struggles versus Challenges:...

Posted on: January 31, 2013

Interview Etiquette

Thinking of starting the job search in 2013?  Currently on the hunt for a new position?  Once you get the call to come in for that coveted interview, follow these steps to make sure you put your best foot forward!

Before the Interview:

  1. Resume:  Update your resume and print several hard copies to share with the interviewers. Organize any other materials such as portfolio items, and collect everything in a professional folder or briefcase...
Posted on: January 31, 2013

The Thanksgiving holiday represents a time to reflect and think back upon the year and life in general.  It is a time to ask ourselves – what are we thankful for?  As the faculty and staff of JIU we are thankful for many things, but mostly we are thankful for our students. 

Each year thousands of JIU students enroll in classes with our University.  These students represent curious minds, ambitious hearts, movers and shakers.  Our JIU students provide the University with an opportunity to share...

Posted on: January 31, 2013

Education; a lifelong passion

Dr. Toni Hull always knew she wanted to be an educator.  She says it’s her calling and her story proves it continues to be a source of passion that helps drive change across the nation. 

Toni‘s grandparents immigrated from Italy and as a boy, her father sold shopping bags and shined shoes to help his family.  As a result, he did not graduate high school.  He was determined and hardworking and eventually earned his high school equivalency and continued...