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Introducing the Office of Student Engagement and Professional Development

The office will connect students with opportunities in and outside of the university

| Author: Logan Pellegrom | Media Contact: Logan Pellegrom

New to Central Michigan University this fall is the Office of Student Engagement and Professional Development – otherwise known as “The HUB.”

The office is housed in the  College of Business Administration and aims to help CBA students develop as leaders and professionals inside and outside the classroom. Resources offered at The HUB include workshops, corporate site visits, leadership development programs, assessment programming, connecting and mentoring with the college’s vast alumni network, and experiential learning activities including student competitions, conferences, and consulting projects with local businesses and community service organizations.  

“We want to be a resource for students,” said Amy McGinnis, Director of Student Experience for the College of Business Administration. “To encourage them to opt-in to all of the amazing opportunities for growth here at CMU, through alumni, corporate partners and so much more. We are here to help provide the best experience possible for our students.”

The new office will also integrate into several courses throughout the CBA curriculum as students progress toward graduation. First-year students receive a professional headshot plus guidance in creating and maintaining a resumé and a LinkedIn profile. Second-year students focus on leadership styles and self-assessment tests. The office will work with third- and fourth-year students to continue sharpening these skills and assets as they prepare to successfully transition to life after college.

“We believe in the holistic development of our students beyond the critical applied learning and support provided by our faculty in classes – we also want students to focus on their well-being and become lifelong learners and future leaders in their communities,” said Chris Moberg, dean of the College of Business Administration. “In collaboration with our three new, required professional development courses and our strong academic advising team, The HUB provides the structure and resources to help students develop intentional and customized plans for experiential learning, professional development, and service while at CMU and beyond.”

The office will work closely with the Business Residential College and partners throughout the university, such as Admissions for student recruitment, the Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute and the Career Development Center.