Career Services Upcoming Events


2017-2018 Career Exploration Guest Speaker Series 

Unsure what career path you are on? Want to hear from seasoned professionals? Attend this valuable Career Exploration Guest Speaker Lunch Series.

Jody GrahamDate: November 8, 2017
Time: 12pm-1pm
Location: Library 144
Please RSVP to careerservices@uscb.edu 

Kristin Swisher-McFadden
Regional Sales Coordinator Aflac Insurance


I graduated from Ball State University in 2006 with a major in Telecommunications and Marketing with a minor in Spanish. I worked as an account executive at the largest radio station in Indianapolis, IN. from 2006 to 2008. A friend and colleague at Aflac reached out to see I was interested in making a career change. Though I was nervous leaving a company and career I loved, after a few interviews, I took the leap of faith to begin a role with Aflac as an Associate.

As an associate with the company for 6 months, the focus was building a book of business of businesses…IE.) companies that wanted to make Aflac available as a benefit solution for their employees. My goal to transition to a leadership role with Aflac was realized when I was promoted to a Coordinator in Training and then promoted to District Sales Coordinator, managing a team by my 1.5 year anniversary with Aflac. I was a District Sales Coordinator with Aflac for just over 4 years, leading one of the top District Teams in the state of Indiana, producing 1.4M a year in sales for the Company. A dear mentor of mine reached out in early 2013 and asked if my husband and I would be interested in looking at an opportunity with Aflac in the Charleston, SC market. After a couple flights and meetings, the rest is history. I have now been a Regional Sales Coordinator (RSC) with Aflac for 4 years.

This amazing company has afforded me the opportunity to travel to a multitude of places as a "prize" for working hard. We have been blessed to travel to: Chicago, Maui, Vegas (twice), Honolulu HI (3 times), Whistler Canada, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Cabo, San Francisco, Cancun and a soon to be Alaskan Cruise in 2018.

Jody GrahamDate: October 31, 2017
Time: 12pm-1pm
Location: Library 144
Please RSVP to careerservices@uscb.edu 

Jody Graham
District Team Leader, francesca's




I grew up in Conway, SC and graduated with a B.A. in English from Furman University in 1992..

After deciding not to pursue a teaching career, I became interested in business management. I wanted to use my natural leadership skills in an environment where I could thrive. A friend's mom suggested that retail may be a great fit for me, so I decided to give it a shot. I was hired at The Gap as an Assistant Manager in 1994, and since then, I've enjoyed a fantastic career building teams, developing leaders, and driving results. I've been blessed to experience different facets of the retail industry at four fantastic companies: 8 years at Gap, Inc. (6 of those as a General Manager); 9 years as a District Manager at Hot Topic; 3 ½ years as a Store Manager at Kohl's; and the last three years as a District Team Leader with francesca's.The retail industry has given me space to learn and grow as a leader and as a person.

I am adept at managing resources, deadlines, and multiple priorities in a fast paced environment. I've been recognized for building a people first culture in which our guests and teams are treated with respect. All of these skills have been cultivated in the retail environment, where we thrive on training and developing team members to reach their potential. I'd love to speak with you about how francesca's can help shape your career, no matter where you are heading. The skills we teach are applicable and transferrable to any role in any field. And, if you love fashion…francesca's just may be a great career option for you, so please stop by and see what we have to offer. I look forward to seeing you!

Date: January 17, 2017
Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm
Location: Sand Bar Dining Hall Private Dining Room
Please RSVP to careerservices@uscb.edu 

Jeffrey Aita, D.C
Doctor of Chiropractic and founder of Bluffton Family Chiropractic

Dr Aita is originally from New Jersey. He graduated with a B.S. in physiology from Rutgers University in 1976. Problems with his own spine led him to an interest in a career in chiropractic. He attended the National Chiropractic College and graduated in 1979 with his Doctorate in Chiropractic. He ran a successful practice in the mountains of North Carolina for 22 years before falling in love with the Lowcountry and started his second practice in Bluffton in 2003. He continues to practice the profession with his duaghte Dr. Kathleen Houpt, his son Dr. John Aita and Dr. Courtney VanAcker.

Date: February 21, 2017
Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm
Location: Sand Bar Dining Hall Private Dining Room
Please RSVP to careerservices@uscb.edu

Herbert Ford
Hilton Head Island Public Service District Commissioner

Ford's career includes 30 years with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency where he served in a variety of domestic and international security roles, including Division Chief and Group Chief in the agency's Office of Security. His community involvement also includes serving on the board of the Coastal Discovery Museum. Ford's leadership expertise includes crisis and risk management, human resources development, strategic planning and budget and resource management.

Terrilyn Sassmann | Manager of Volunteer Services, Tenet HealthDate: September 13, 2016
Time: 
12:15pm-1:15pm
Location: Sand Bar Dining Hall Private Dining Room
Please RSVP to 
careerservices@uscb.edu

Terrilyn Sassmann
Manager of Volunteer Services, Tenet Health

Terrilyn Sassmann has had an interesting career beginning with receiving her degree in Elementary Education in 1980. Upon returning to Pittsburgh there were no teaching jobs available so she took a job with a restaurant chain in their Human Resources Department. In 1983 she became a stay at home mom for the next 11 years with her 3 children. In 1993 she went back to school and became a medical assistant and worked for a Family Practice physician for 6 years. As a single mom at that point she also picked up work doing bookkeeping for her father's Real Estate Company and got her Real Estate License to fully understand the business. In 1999 Terri went back into education in different capacities until she took her dream job at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in the Volunteer Department.

Terrilyn Sassmann | Manager of Volunteer Services, Tenet Health Date: October 4, 2016
Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm
Location: Sand Bar Dining Hall Private Dining Room
Please RSVP to careerservices@uscb.edu

Ashley Gruber, MA, LPCI
Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and Dementia Care Specialist, Memory Matters

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Ashley graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology from Clemson University. During her college years that I was first introduced to the world of dementia when she heard author Joyce Dyer speak about her book, In a Tangled Wood: An Alzheimer's Journey. Inspired, she volunteered weekly at a local nursing home where I painted fingernails and sang songs with cognitively impaired seniors. At 18 years of age, my purpose became undoubtedly clear-- to bring hope and support to those battling the ripple effects of dementia.

She received a M.A. in Clinical Counseling from The Citadel and was honored by faculty with the distinction of Outstanding Student of the Year. Memory Matters' Board and staff warmly welcomed her as a graduate intern before providing me the offer of a lifetime to officially join the team in June 2013. I invite you to walk through Memory Matters' doors to experience the amazing work, positive environment, and imperative mission fulfilled here every single day!

Herbert Ford | Hilton Head Island Public Service District Commissioner Date: This event will be rescheduled for the Spring 2017 semester-check back for the new date.
Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm
Location: Sand Bar Dining Hall Private Dining Room
Please RSVP to 
careerservices@uscb.edu

Herbert Ford
Hilton Head Island Public Service District Commissioner

Ford's career includes 30 years with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency where he served in a variety of domestic and international security roles, including Division Chief and Group Chief in the agency's Office of Security. His community involvement also includes serving on the board of the Coastal Discovery Museum. Ford's leadership expertise includes crisis and risk management, human resources development, strategic planning and budget and resource management.