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Cliff Mirman
Cliff Mirman

Rebecca Pritchard
Rebecca Pritchard

Lee Rush
Lee Rush


Career Services selects recipients
of ‘Target’ faculty, adviser awards

April 26, 2010

NIU Career Services has announced the recipients of the “Target” the Faculty/Advisor Awards for spring 2010.

Career Services, through the Target Campus Grants program, has recognized three NIU academic advisers or faculty for their partnership with Career Services in promoting experiential learning opportunities for NIU students.

Cliff Mirman from the Department of Technology, Rebecca Pritchard from the School of Nursing and Health Studies, and Lee Rush from the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education each were presented with a $500 grant to be used for expanding or enhancing experiential learning opportunities in their academic area.

The recipients of the “Target” the Faculty/Advisor Awards for spring 2010 were selected based on how their partnership with Career Services has furthered the impact of work experiences within their academic college related to curriculum, programming and the enhancement of student learning outside the classroom.

Awards are funded through Target Campus Grants for the purpose of developing business and community leaders, and were presented by Target’s Hope Heiser at the Friday, April 9, Internship/Co-op Student of the Year awards ceremony.

Mirman is the chair of the NIU Department of Technology in the College of Engineering and Technology.

Career counselor Bob Norwood stated in his nomination letter that “each semester, in his presentation to the ‘Introduction to Engineering’ classes, Dr. Mirman explains the importance and value of co-ops and internships. He emphasizes that, for an engineering education, co-ops and internships play a key role in applying classroom and laboratory instruction to business-world environments. He also is a regular attendee at the Career Services Internship Fairs with students in tow to meet with employers.”

Pritchard is community health practicum coordinator for the NIU School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Barb Fouts, career counselor, wrote in her nomination letter that “Becky strongly advocates for early career related experiences to build the knowledge, skills, and abilities of future public health professionals. As a result, Becky has developed a strong collaborative relationship with Career Services through workshops, referrals and the use of many resources.”

Rush is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education.

Joyce Keller, associate director of Counseling and Internships, stated in her nomination letter that “Dr. Rush has partnered with Career Services staff to provide an outstanding experience for CAHC 511 teaching interns, which in turn has created extraordinary learning opportunities for hundreds of CAHC 211 undergraduate course participants. Dr. Rush coordinates a rigorous and rewarding internship experience in which graduate students in NIU’s counseling program teach sections of an undergraduate career planning course.”

NIU Career Services is part of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

For further information regarding these awards, as well as other programs offered by Career Services, call (815) 753-1641 or visit