History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 41

41 the “University Placement Office” be officially recognized as the centralized placement operation for UF. At that time, Mayberry’s title of “Placement Officer” became “Placement Director.” In 1967, the College of Education transitioned placement services to the University Placement Center. By Summer 1967, all college placement activities were centralized with the exception of the Colleges of Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Health-Related Professions, Pharmacy, and later the College of Veterinary Medicine. Eventually the Career Resource Center transitioned from a placement model to a recruitment services model by providing employers the benefit of recruiting talented candidates from UF. F i n d i n g A d e q u at e S p a c e t o S e r v e S t u d e n t s In 1966-67 during the final stages of construction of the new student union, President Reitz changed the original plans in order to dedicate 2,500 square feet of space to placement services. The University Placement Center moved from its original site in Temporary Building H to its new home in Suite G-22 of the new student union (later named in honor of President Reitz). In 1981, the Career Information Library, student interview sign-up activities, and service activities were moved to the basement in Suite B-1, while the executive, counseling, and computer programming operations were located directly above in Suite G-1 on the ground floor. In 1990, an expansion of the G-1 office occurred by enclosing about 1,400 square feet of open patio space. In 1996, a further expansion of the office’s space resulted in approximately 15,700 square feet of consolidated services. B e c o m i n g t h e “ C a r e e r R e so u r c e C e n t e r ” By 1971-72, the University Placement Center’s scope had broadened to include career planning services. The office became the Career Planning and Placement Center. Subsequently the Center absorbed programming from other colleges such as the Cooperative Education Program from the College of Engineering. In 1975, the office’s name officially changed to the Career Resource Center (CRC) to reflect the three closely related roles of responsibility: career planning, experiential education, and placement. Other activities in the 1970s – 1990s included ongoing pilots and upgrades of computer software and hardware to automate services; targeted services to minority students and women; career Depa rtment histor ies : C ar eer Resour ce Center