Mark Shipps spent most of his professional career in the environmental services industry, specializing in engineering, design, and construction. After graduation from OWU, he served as an officer with the U.S. Coast Guard. Following senior leadership roles with several companies, Mark co-founded and was the President and Chairman of the Board of the American Environmental Group in Richfield, Ohio.
The Alumni in Residence program brings alumni back to campus (virtual or in- person) to help students. Alumni have the opportunity to choose ways in which they may assist. Some areas of assistance include mock interviews, career advice, and review of resumes and cover letters.
Jimmy applied for the summer on the Cuyahoga program where he was offered a Marketing and Events internship with DigitalC. After successfully completing the internship, Jimmy was offered his current position of Marketing Coordinator with a company called TravelBound in New York City.
Chip has more than 20 years of experience managing a wide variety of economic development fundraising campaigns at the county, metro and regional levels. Prior to joining Columbus 2020 full time, Chip managed more than 25 campaigns in markets throughout the US including – Detroit, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, New Orleans and Memphis to name a few.
Charlotte is Director of Government Affairs and brings fifteen years of Capital Square experience, from working in both state government and the private sector. She assists clients with furthering their legislative and regulatory interests before the Legislative and Executive branches of state and local government.
He spent more than 20 years employed as Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Assistant Principal/Activities Director and Principal at Lexington High School. He retired in 2011 after 11 years as principal. At OWU, Jim played on the basketball and tennis teams and was an active member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
In 2011, Jim was recruited to come back to his Alma mater where he was a successful Development Officer and the Associate Director of Alumni Relations. He “officially” retired from the university this past August.
Ginny Shipps has over twenty years’ experience teaching reading and language arts. She served as Language Arts Consultant, Literacy Coach and Reading Recovery Teacher with Stow City Schools before retiring in 2006.
Single Visit (on campus or virtual)
This is a single day commitment, in which students appointments are scheduled in advance. Prescheduled mock interviews, resume critiques, and conversations with students with a focus on your career experience and/ or organization. If desired, discussions may include possible employment opportunities with distinct alumni organizations. Career Services will promote these opportunities to the appropriate students as these opportunities become available.
Recurring Visits (on campus)
This set up includes multiple visits to campus scheduled in advance based on availability. Drop in visits will include spending time helping students with career- related questions that may not directly relate to certain backgrounds or organizations. Things students can bring to the table include resumes, interview questions, and job search advice. Alumni can be anywhere between 2 hours on 1 day or 3 consecutive months to a full day every week of the school year.
Virtual visits are a great way to connect with alumni in meaningful ways even though they are not able to be on campus. It allows for connections with students who may be studying abroad or away from campus to participate and get advice as well. This also allows alumni outside the greater Columbus area to offer advice about how to get jobs across the country.