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Month: June 2009 (Page 1 of 2)

Oregon Health & Science University Seeks Accounting Specialist

This position provides accounting and financial support to the administrative function within ITG.   Performs daily financial activities relative to inventory, billing, invoicing, purchase requisitions, purchase orders, operational and capital tracking and budgeting.  Supports Financial Business Partners and management.  Attention to detail is critical.

Primary Responsibilities:
Processes and resolves problems with invoices, purchase requisitions, and purchase orders.  Submits and tracks purchase requests.  Does the initial investigation of problems with invoices and PO’s.  Works with ITG’s Contracts to resolve issues.   Makes decisions daily about relationships between the many contracts ITG has and the Purchase Requisitions, Purchase Order, and invoices that result.  Does monthly accruals and prepays.    Assists managers and the finance team with financial issues and tracking.  Participates in and/or completes projects.  Supports the West Campus in financial processes.

The position is an Accounting Specialist who will work in the Information Technology Group supporting four Financial Business Partners. While the position’s title is “Accounting”, the expectation is that the position’s career path is on the operational finance side and not on accounting.

Candidates should apply on line at the web site.  The unique Job Posting identifier is IRC27669.

Recent Grad looking for Employment with a Stable Employer?

Are you tired of hearing of one company after another going bankrupt or having difficulties in this tough economy?  Consider working for one company that has been around for quite some time: the Federal Government.    The benefits are there as well as the demand for young and fresh employees.   Some estimates put that the Federal Government will be retiring nearly 500,000 baby boomers over the course of the next ten years so the need to fill roles now is paramount.

Here is one Federal opportunity design specifically for recent graduates:

Public Service Fellows Program

The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.


The Public Service Fellows Program is structured to enable each Fellow to significantly contribute to the Partnership’s work while gaining valuable experience.F ellows are assigned to one of the Partnerships teams based on their skill and interest match. During their tenure, fellows are fully integrated within the teams projects and meetings. Fellows may also be asked to lend support on projects for other teams, as needed, and to occasionally assist with administrative duties, such as mailings, greeting visitors, and directing phone calls.

Departments/Areas accepting fellows fo Fall 2009 are as follows:

  • Business Development/Fundraising
  • Communications
  • Education & Outreach
  • Government Affairs
  • Nonprofit Management/Accounting
  • Government Transformation
  • Research

QUALIFICATIONS:  Strong commitment to public service issues Desire to learn about issues affecting the federal government. Desire and ability to interact with other organizations including those in the non-profit, academic, private, media, and governmental sectors. Excellent writing and analytical skills. Good presentation skills. Ability to work well in a fast-paced ever-changing environment and to work on multiple assignments in a given time frame. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a member of a tea.  Current student or recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program. Proficiency in web-based research and Microsoft Office programs.

For full description of specific department, check out the posting on with ID#: 3155.

Can’t Shake College? Try Working in Higher Ed…

Although many higher education insitutions are cutting budgets here and there, this opportunity was recently forwarded to me by a colleague.  Yes, the job is in Georgia.  But, if you are considering working in higher education maybe this is a good opportunity to get your foot in the door.

Georgia Southern University is currently recruiting for an Activities Coordinator-Orientation & Parent Program with the Office of Student Activities.

Position Summary:

  • Provides assistance to the Assistant Director of Admissions in all aspects of planning, developing, and implementing all New Student Orientation, Parent Orientation, and Family Weekends.
  • Major responsibilities include planning and implementing the summer and pre-semester SOAR programs for first-year students, parents, and transfers which requires coordination of all divisions of the University.
  • Planning and implementing First Night Out at the RAC and Kids College; recruiting, selecting, training, and managing SOAR leaders and undergraduate and graduate interns; designing and preparing publications.

Minimum Experience Required: One or more years of work related experience; proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office Applications software, including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; effective communication (verbal and written), organization and human relations skills; ability to provide customer service; ability to work well in a diverse environment; successful completion of background investigation prior to employment.

When looking the job up on the website, use posting ID#: 0601908 . Closing date: 7-10-09

Social Media + Spokane+ Recent Grad= Internship Opportunity

purple-turtleAre you a social media wizard?  Can you Tweet and Facebook with the very best of them? Are you a recent GU grad hanging out in Spokane just waiting for an opportunity to knock on your door?  Well, consider this your knock on the door.

The Purple Turtle ,  a Spokane firm specializing in marketing, branding as well as special events, is looking for an intern for 20 hours per week. The Intern will primarily focus on social media marketing campaigns, event planning, various client and internal projects and assistance to other staff as needed.  They are looking for Business (Marketing/Advertising) or Public Relations/Communication graduates.

There is possibility of the internship developing into a full-time position, if the fit is there.

Interested?  Zap your resume and coverletter to Erin at

Deadline for submission is July 3rd.

Note: There are mulitple internship openings at this time.

Do you have a Jack Bauer Within You?

Are you going through withdraw of the familar tick-tock of the dynamic and fast-paced show “24”?  When you settle down for your favorite television show 24 so you secretly wish that you had a life or even career like that?  As long as you realize that Jack Bauer is fiction with the perfect example being that no one ever survives that many near death attempts, the Career Center may have a great opportunitiy for you.

Recently the Federal Bureau of Invesitagtion forwarded a lead to our office for  Staff Operations Specialist positions. The requirements are as follows:

  • Applicant must be a recent graduate (within the last two years)
  • Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Applicant must be a United States Citizen
  • Applicant must be able to obtain a TS-SCI clearance
  • Applicant must successfully pass the FBI background investigation to include compliance with the FBI drug policy.

Serving as a member of the Field Intelligence Group (FIG), you will provide direct support to Special Agents and Intelligence Analysts as the team works detailed cases and projects. In this important role, you perform a broad range of complex operational/administrative functions to include assessing case developments, recommending appropriate action, preparing/presenting oral briefings and written reports, and researching informational leads for credibility/value.

The FBI seeks proactive candidates with a solid understanding of data collection methodologies/techniques; strong analytical skills; and current knowledge of military, economic, cultural, geographic, and socio-economic conditions around the world.

Must possess the ability to learn the FBI’s various computerized database systems, and have exceptional strategic reasoning and superior communication skills.

For more information for jobs within the FBI, check out their site here:

All resumes need to be faxed to Vicki Thorness at 206-262-2046 by July 4, 2009.


Honey, I Think It’s Time You Admit You Have a Problem


Don’t look away from the screen like I’m not talking to you. Yes you, reader whose face is slightly blue from the screen reflecting from your radiant skin. It’s time to admit that you have a problem along with the rest of the Northwest.

Diagnosis: Caffeine Junkie.

Addiction: Mass amounts of No-Fat Caramel Lattes, and Extra Espresso Shots fed scolding hot directly into your buccal cavity.

I know this may seem like a way to wake yourself up, but a recent article in the Wall Street Journal (click here for the full article) has recently linked coffee, along with several others, as hindrances of your regular sleep patterns. Here are few questions for you.

Do you find yourself sleepy after a long nights rest? This is probably because even though you slept you did not receive adequate REM or deep sleep in the night because you were too busy thinking of that paper due tomorrow, or that assignment at work.

Or, can you find that you can sleep anywhere at anytime? No, you are not just a very talented individual, you are sleep deprived. This can not only make you yawn endlessly throughout the day, leaving your mouth open to catch flies and airborne pathogens along with other things, but sleep deprivation has been proven to decrease college student GPA, your level of work performance, and make you hungrier and feel less full.

So what can you do to help get a better deeper sleep?

1. Reduce noise, light, and disruptive behaviors before bed. That way there’s nothing disturbing you before bed.

2. Have a “power down” hour before bed, removing things like your cell phone, blackberry, e-mail and Internet before bed. This stops your brain and slows it down before bed.

3. Create a “worry Journal” and when you can’t get to sleep write everything that you are stressed about at the time. This way all of your problems are on that paper, and not in your head.

4. Read a book. If you are really trying to get to bed, read a non-exhilarating book, say Fluid Mechanics or Anna Karenina, and it’ll put you right to bed.

So before you pick up that next coffee, think about your sleep and maybe go for a decaf. You’ll think about the wonderful sleep you had, before you started balding or going through menopause because your deep sleep only goes downhill as you get older.

Written by Marvin Dumas, Class of 2011

“Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed (98 3/4% guaranteed).” – Dr. Seuss

dr-seussEvery once in a while I find myself needing to shake things up: Approach life from a new perspective or commit to a new challenge. Typically when this happens to me, I find myself making drastic changes in my life. From the small: learning how to knit, living in a barn, how to start a fire,shovel snow or cook (I am still learning how to master a few of these!). Or to the Big: changing careers, moving to a new city, traveling and working abroad on a cruise ship for two years. (That last change was a pretty drastic change… to say the least.)

By accepting new challenges (both the big and the small) you are constantly pushing yourself to discover what you are really and truly made of.

I have decided that the time has come to create a standing list, made famous by the recent movie, my personal Bucket List. We all know what a Bucket List is; it is your ultimate “Things to Do List” that trumps e-mails or memos. This is list about defining and redefining your life with goals, challenges and obstacles.

I have given this quite a bit of thought but to get my creative juices flowing, I looked up “100 Things to Do” and a great list popped up that inspired me to commit to finally write down the beginning of my Bucket List.

Here is my first 30, on my Bucket List.

1. Learn to play the piano.

2. Visit all Seven New wonders of the World: Machu Picchu, Peru; Petra, Jordan; The Great Wall of China; The Taj Mahal, India and Chichen Itza, Mexico. (I have 2 of the 5 down.)

3. Drive a race car.

4. Learn how to cha-cha and then maybe salsa.

5. Go on a safari.

6. Learn how to speak Italian.

7. Swim with sharks, and then dolphins.

8. Attend a NCAA Championship Basketball game. (Ideally, the one Gonzaga is playing at.)

9. Go sky diving.

10. Visit all 7 continents. (I have 5 down!)

11. Drink vodka in Russia.

12. Become a collector of glass art.

13. Spend days(s) at: the Louvre, Uffizi Gallery, British Museum in London and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

14. Travel to all 50 states in the U.S.

15. Attend the opening ceremonies for both summer and winter Olympics.

16. Finally read War & Peace.

17. Scuba at the Great Barrier reef.

18. Learn how to fly a plane.

19. Ride on a motorcycle.

20. Enjoy Mardi Gras.

21. Bungee jump.

22. Get a Masters Degree.

23. Find the love of my life and get married.

24. Go to Disney World.

25. Learn how to take care of my car, including changing a tire!

26. Write and publish a book.

27. Watch the 100 greatest movies of all time. (I only have 30 left, I just need to finish it!)

28. Visit the hometowns of my paternal and maternal ancestors. (In Italy & Germany!)

29. Create a home with an inviting, joyous, comfortable, loving atmosphere.

30. Listen and document the stories of my parents as children.

And I am just getting started…

Still stumped?  Here are questions ask yourself when creating your bucket list:

  • If you had a year left to live, what would you do?
  • If you won the lottery, where would you go?
  • If you were lying on your deathbed, what would you most regret not having done?
  • If you had an upcoming high school reunion, what would you like to be able to tell your former classmates that you’ve accomplished?
  • What do you need to have more of in your life?
  • Who do you admire? Why?
  • You’re sitting with your grandchildren on your lap telling them about your exploits. What stories are you telling them?
  • You’ve died and are listening to your eulogy. What are your friends and loved ones saying about you?
  • If a genie granted you three wishes, what would you ask for?

Now here is the fun part. Start writing your bucket list, right now! Don’t wait or put it off. Creating new life challenges will inspire you to continually define who you are and what you want to achieve.

So I have to ask, what are you top 5 Things to Do? Post them here share them with the blogging world!!

Portland Internship Still Open!


This job was forwarded to me by a fellow Alumni who wants to see more ZAGS working with her in Portland.

Job Title

Summer 2009 TV Production Internship – Comcast SportsNet-NW

Job Responsibilities

This is an unpaid, temporary internship opportunity for a current college student to participate in the production activities of Comcast SportsNet in Portland, OR.

Responsibilities may include some or all of the following:

  • Logistical assistance: label, log and/or organize tapes and other media
  • Assist with transportation and operation of video equipment both in studio and in a field environment
  • Assist in editing video and audio
  • Shadow producers to learn and observe functions that contribute to the production of television programs
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Minimum requirements

  • College undergraduate status
  • Study and/or experience in broadcast journalism or related field
  • Positive attitude, desire to learn and ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Flexible hours to include occasional nights and weekends
  • Must be enrolled through college/university for college credit and will need to provide a letter from school confirming receipt of credit for experience

Send cover letter and resume to:

Comcast SportsNet-NW

Internship Program

300 N. Winning Way

Portland, OR 97227

Or Fax to: 503.736.5135

Don’t Be A Prisoner of Azkaban


Sometimes I can’t help but link my life to Harry Potter. I don’t know how many of you have a similar problem, but there are so many Dementors, Voldemorts, and riddle spitting mythical creatures in my life that I am about to just drop out of Hogwarts. Psh, like my parents would ever let me do that.

However, after perusing the internet I have found at least one partronus that can help us all tackle one particularly bad Dementor: The Tough Interview Question. Who would think that your employer would ever ask you, “What sea creature defines you the best, and why?” or the ever popular, “Why should we hire you for the job?”

Well I, along with the help of Yahoo!hotjobs, have the answer for these questions so next time you won’t faint and need to be rushed to the nearest candy shop for a large piece of chocolate.

The “Why Question” or “Why Should we Hire YOU?”

Firstly KNOW the fine line between boastful and confident and DO NOT cross it. You are here to sell yourself, but do not come across as if you already have the job. Remember to highlight the specific aspects of your experience that pertain to this job.

The “Future Question” or “Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?”

Remember not to get too detailed, and tell them what is important to you professionally and how you plan to achieve your goals.

The “Salary Question” or “How Much Do You Plan To Make?”

First, try and gently deflect the question and ask them what about the salary for this job, but if they pressure you for an answer give them your range. Know that this question can and will be asked, and be prepared to offer a well thought out answer so you seem knowledgeable of the field and it’s typical pay.

The “Silly Question” aka “Which Country in the UN Describes You and Why”

First things first, DO NOT blow this question off. The employer uses this question to see how you react under pressure, and you should not take too long to think this over, but make sure you pick a creature or country that fits you well. For instance, take an animal like a ferret, and say how you always look for BRIGHT SHINY new ways to push yourself to new boundaries, and you get along great in a “business of ferrets” always helping your entire business to succeed.

So there you have it, a lovely business of ferret patroni to help you conquer your next job interview.

Written by Marvin Dumas, Class of 2011

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