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Make Your Next Move Award

What are you going to do when you graduate? What’s next for you in the “real world”? Have you found a job yet? When will you hear back from that graduate school? How will you find an internship?

These are big questions that students at JMU face every day. Fortunately, they don’t have to navigate these questions on their own. Many JMU faculty and staff members find great joy in helping students make decisions and identify resources related to their post-graduate plans.

The Make Your Next Move Award, established in 2012, recognizes faculty and staff members each year for their “outstanding work helping students move forward with their career goals and plans”.

Career & Academic Planning solicits nomination of individuals who exhibit the following characteristics when working with students:

  • Nominees are passionate about and invest time in supporting students in their professional growth
  • Nominees help students make connections to prepare them for life after JMU.
  • Nominees provide opportunities for students to develop the skills they need to make their next move.
  • Nominees see potential in their students and provide support and opportunities for reaching that potential.

Prior to 2012, the Career & Academic Planning (CAP) department knew that faculty and staff were helping students in these ways, but there was not an award or acknowledgement in place for their efforts. CAP staff members established the Make Your Next Move Award to celebrate and formally recognize individuals who help students with their career plans. The final decision is always difficult to make, as all the nominations are inspiring and everyone nominated is very deserving.

The award is presented in April each year as a surprise to the winners. Career & Academic Planning gives each award recipient a plaque that reads, “For your outstanding work for helping students to move forward with their career goals and plans”.

Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Make Your Next Move award!

2014 Quotes from Nominations

“His passion for the novelty of research was contagious and I started seriously considering going to graduate school.”-Dr. Robert McKown’s nomination

“I can honestly say that this job has prepared me better for life after graduation than any classroom experience thus far.” -Frank Ameka’s nomination

2013 Quotes from Nominations

“I myself have had the opportunity to travel to Uganda with him, and experienced first-hand the wonderful work that is being done there. As a result of that trip, I have decided to pursue a career in counseling.”-Dr. Bill Evans’ nomination

“She always makes the time to sit down and talk about my future plans and concerns. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate her help and guidance.” -Holly Bailey’s nomination

2012 Quotes from Nominations

“Overcoming a challenge knowing that he believed in me was very rewarding. This wouldn’t have been possible without his support and encouragement.”-Dr. Ramon Mata-Toledo’s nomination