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Office of Career & Professional Development
Darwin V. Kysor
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Campus Employment Specialist
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The outstanding career and life achievements of our graduates since 1889 clearly demonstrate that the UPIKE education and experience leads to success. Your UPIKE education prepared you for a lifetime of fulfillment in a variety of endeavors.
We want to continue to build on that tradition of success with our alumni. If you need personal support in your job search or career and professional development, we continue to be available to you after graduation. The Career & Professional Development Office provides lifetime service to alumni including resume writing, networking, job search and graduate school assistance.
We also seek alumni support as we help current University of Pikeville students with their career development, internships, full-time employment and graduate/professional school needs. If you’re in the position where you want to recruit your fellow alumni or a current student, please visit Handshake to promote your position(s) and connect with students and recent alumni.
UPIKE is known for a robust and loyal alumni network and we are here to assist you. We offer you the same career counseling services that current UPIKE students receive. We will be happy to help you develop or update a resume, practice interview skills, apply to graduate school, and/or establish contacts with the UPIKE Network and develop your next steps. Career Advice available via email, telephone or in-person
Questions – call 606-218-4467 or email email@example.com to get the conversation started.
Assisting graduating students and alumni in their job search is one more way to demonstrate your commitment to the UPIKE community.
The Employ a UPIKE Bear initiative is simple. If you are aware of any internship, entry-level job or experienced job opportunities with your company or organization, please let us know.
If you have any questions or need any additional information on our Employ a UPIKE Bear initiative please call at 606-218-4467 or email Darwin Kysor.
Assisting students in securing an internship is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to the UPIKE community.
If you are aware of any internships with your company or organization, please let us know.
If you have any questions or need any additional information on our Offer an Internship initiative please call at 606-218-4467 or email Darwin Kysor, Director of Career & Professional Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Darwin Kysor has over 30 years of experience in higher education and has been a member of the professional staff at the University of Pikeville since 2020, serving as Director of Career & Professional Development. Previously, he was the Director of Career Services and Internships at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, Coordinator of Job Placement & Cooperative Education at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD and the Cooperative Education Coordinator/Career Counselor at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.
Darwin graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and M.A. in Counselor Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University where he wrote his dissertation on the career benefits of cooperative education/internship experiences. He has been a National Certified Counselor since 1998 and in 2007 was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in the U.S. – Germany International Education Administrators Program.
Professionally, Darwin is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, National Career Development Association, Kentucky Association of College and Employers, Kentucky Career Development Association and the American Counseling Association. He is a Program Reviewer for both NACE and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Darwin’s family includes spouse Patricia, daughters Riley and Summer and sons Roman, Connor and Pierce.
Sonia Smith, M.A
Sonia has more than 10 years’ experience in higher education, providing career guidance to students on their journey as they explore how they want to live and craft a meaningful life. Utilizing reflection, listening, curiosity, questioning, experiential learning, and holistic exploration she has developed opportunities and created and managed programs for students to connect their studies, major, interest, responsibilities, work and what they are curious about doing in the world in order to better design their life. Sonia integrates and utilizes her background and experience in ministry, human resources, work with non-profits, internship and job development, volunteer services, and student employment to engage students, connecting their desire for work with interests in studies and life.
Guided by a professional interest and emphasis on “How Do I Do What I Say I Believe in the World,” Sonia enthusiastically works with students to design a life with purpose and meaning. Sonia has certifications to work with and interpret the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory in addition to grant writing. Her educational background includes psychology, understanding human development and counseling as well as teaching and administration along with curriculum development. She holds a M.A.C.E. from Union Seminary and B.A in Psychology from Meredith College. Professionally she has taught college classes and presented at conferences for organizations including the national conference for the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) “Fostering Student Vocational Discernment through Clearness Committees” (also awarded a grant for this) and Career Development Professionals of Indiana, state conference, on a marketing case study.
At the University of Pikeville, Sonia enjoys helping students find where they are supposed to be as they connect their education with employment. She served as a mentor for the national NASPA Undergraduate Fellow Program (NUFP) and oversees the university’s participation in the “Student of the Year” national award including winning the KY state award two years in a row. For fun, Sonia appreciates cooking, reading, traveling (in person and virtually) domestically and internationally, spending time with friends and family, and keeping up with her nieces, ages 6 and 21.
To contact Sonia: email@example.com or 606-218-5223