Meet Our Staff

Hours of Operations

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mission

Weaving lifelong career confidence & readiness into the full college experience and beyond

Pillars:

  • Exploration of selves & world of work: Invite students to be curious about themselves, the world of work and how they might design their lives through career education and networking.
  • Practice Engaging & Exposure to options: Provide opportunities for students to practice engaging with professionals, and to learn about career options.
  • Teach Career & Self-Development: Teach students to identify, build and articulate their self-awareness, career competencies, ability to navigate the world of work and advocate for themselves. (Adapted from NACE, 2021)
  • Collaboration with skill developers: Work with skill developers (i.e., faculty, employers, organization leaders, etc) to connect students to opportunities to build & articulate skills.

Services

Office Locations

Arkansas Union Career Connections
Nola Holt Royster Suite 607
479.575.2805

Career Studio
CORD - 1st Floor

Bumpers Career Connections
CORD - 3rd Floor

Education and Health Professions Career Connections
CORD - 3rd Floor

Engineering Career Connections
BELL 2258

Fulbright Career Connections
CORD - 3rd Floor

Walton Career Connections
George W. Edwards Jr. Career Suite
226 Willard J. Walker Hall
479.575.6100

Career Connections Organizational Chart


Career Connections Administration

Ally Sanford Ally Sanford

Ally Sanford

Office Manager/Career
Events Assistant
ARKU 626
479-575-2805
Debbie Ritter Debbie Ritter

Debbie Ritter

Employer Relations Coordinator
ARKU 625
479-575-2804
Erica Estes Erica Estes

Erica Estes

Assistant Vice-Chancellor
& Executive Director
ARKU 619
479-575-2805
KayLee Simmons KayLee Simmons

KayLee Simmons

Director of Career
Events
ARKU 614
479-575-2805
Kuatbay Bektemirov Kuatbay Bektemirov

Dr. Kuatbay Bektemirov

Associate Director
of Career Data
ARKU 620
479-575-8652
Trish Nicholson Trish Nicholson

Trish Nicholson

Fiscal Analyst
ARKU 613
479-575-2805
Ty Beringer Ty Beringer

Ty Beringer

Marketing Communication
Specialist
ARKU 621
479-575-4075
Yu Ning Yu Ning

Yu Ning

Webmaster and
Technology Manager
ARKU 623
479-575-2805

Campus-Wide Career Connections

Aviance Taylor Aviance Taylor

Aviance Taylor

Director of Career Education
CORD 303
479-788-7676
Cecilee Essary Cecilee Essary

Cecilee Essary

Associate Director for
On-Campus Student Employment
CORD 332
479-575-7594
Emerald Hames Emerald Hames

Emerald Hames

Associate Director of
Inclusive Career Design
CORD 343
479-718-3815
George Winter George Winter

Dr. George Winter

Career Counselor
CORD
479-575-6201
Marshall Carter Marshall Carter

Marshall Carter

Career Counselor
CORD 234
479-575-4341
Riley Barry Riley Barry

Riley Barry

Assistant Director -
Career Studio
CORD 109
479-575-4183

Engineering Career Connections

Kelsey Lavigne Kelsey Lavigne

Kelsey Lavigne

Director of Employer
Relations - College of
Engineering
BELL 2258
479-575-6265
Robyn Williams Robyn Williams

Robyn Williams

Associate Director of
Career Engagement -
College of Engineering
BELL 4155
479-575-4660
Sarah Langley Sarah Langley

Sarah Langley

Career Coach -
College of Engineering
BELL 2258
479-575-2288
Caleb Hatz Caleb Hatz

Caleb Hatz

Career Connections
Coordinator
Bell Engineering 2258B
479-575-2422
Mary Mosely Mary Mosely

Mary Mosely

Data & Projects Assistant
Zayna Abu-Safe Zayna Abu-Safe

Zayna Abu-Safe

Data Project Intern
William Bounsavy William Bounsavy

William Bounsavy

Data Project Intern

Education and Health Professions Career Connections

Mary Keith Mary Keith

Mary Keith

Director of Career
Initiatives for COEHP
Grad Ed. Room 302
479-718-3838

Fulbright Career Connections

Michelle Pribbernow Michelle Pribbernow

Michelle Pribbernow

Director of Career Initiatives
for Fulbright STEAM
CORD 303
479-575-7963
Xavier Smith Xavier Smith

Xavier Smith

Assistant Director of
Career Counseling and
Student Success Initiatives
CORD 333
479-575-5164
Sarah Denison Sarah Denison

Sarah Denison

Director of Career Initiatives
- Fulbright College
CORD 304
479-575-7909

Bumpers Career Connections

Janet Collins Janet Collins

Janet Collins

Director of Career Initiatives
- Bumpers College
AFLS E216
479-387-3801
Hayden Lucas Hayden Lucas

Hayden Lucas

Career Counselor
- Bumpers College
CORD 344
479-575-2423

Career Studio Peer Mentors

Abby Goldsmith Abby Goldsmith

Abby Goldsmith

Career Peer Mentor
1st Floor CORD
479-575-2805
Audrey Williams Audrey Williams

Audrey Williams

Career Peer Mentor
1st Floor CORD
479-575-2805
Grant Aboytes Grant Aboytes

Grant Aboytes

Career Peer Mentor
1st Floor CORD
479-575-2805
Masheyat Rahman Masheyat Rahman

Masheyat Rahman

Career Peer Mentor
1st Floor CORD
479-575-2805
Madalyn Carroll Madalyn Carroll

Madalyn Carroll

Career Peer Mentor
1st Floor CORD
479-575-2805

Walton Career Connections




Offices of Career Connections

Arkansas Union Nola Holt Royster Suite 607

CORD 1st and 3rd Floors

BELL 2258

479-575-2805

career@uark.edu

HOURS

Monday - Friday

8am - 5pm

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