Career Builder Workshop Series
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What is Career Building?
From the first job to the last, professional development never stops. This series is Workshops and so much more meant to help our students find that first job, our early career professionals find that dream job, and our late career professionals find a venue to share their decades of knowledge! This series features a variety of presentations, workshops, and panels where folks who want help building their career can connect with people who have advice and opportunities to offer. But we also know that the connections that our Western Section members make are some of the most valuable benefits they get from being associated with our organization, so in addition to the more structured presentations, workshops, and panels that we offer as part of this series, we are also hosting more casual networking events we call fireside chats. Though these may have a theme, they are meant to be a discussion among peers as opposed to a group of presenters and a group of receivers. These events are MONTHLY and they are FREE!
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About your Student Affairs Co-Chairs
Shannon Lemieux (she/her)
Shannon graduated summa cum laude from Oregon State University with her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. During her studies, she was awarded a position as a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates intern at the Bermuda Institute if Ocean Sciences (BIOS). At BIOS, she collaborated with reef biologist Dr. Eric Hochberg to continue research being done on coral phenology and helped compile benthic surveys for Bermuda Electric Light Company. Shannon has also traveled to Chile where she worked alongside University of Chile students to collect field data for ongoing ecological research. As she continues to pursue a research based career post-graduation, Shannon will also continue her career as a professional dancer. Some of her credits including projects such as Paula Abdul’s Straight Up Paula Tour, The Price is Right, and Broadway to the Rescue’s Big Fat Christmas Show. With dedication and passion for both of her careers, Shannon hopes to push the boundaries both in the field and on stage.
Lizzi (Elizabeth) Meisman (she/her/hers)
Katie Rock (she/her)
Katie Rock graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2021 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. During her time in college she was an officer of the Cal Poly SLO student chapter of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society for three years. In her senior year she was the Cal Poly SLO student chapter representative and was thus able to act as a member of the section board. After graduating, she had to step down from her student representative role, and began working at HDR as a biological consultant where she has been able to broaden her experience working as a wildlife biologist. After a year break settling into her post college life Katie has rejoined the section board as a student affairs committee co-chair. She hopes to help students find their place in the wildlife field just how the section helped her when she was still a student. Katie has a particular interest in herpetology and has two pet snakes herself named Udon and Soba (after the noodles). She hopes to continue to broaden her knowledge of herpetofauna while also gaining experience with a wide variety of wildlife including, bats, fungi, and mosses. She plans to apply to wildlife conservation Master’s programs in the near future once she feels ready to take that next step.
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