Cohen Center to be dedicated Saturday

  • Big welcomeThe Cohen Center's floor to ceiling windows invite students into a two-story lobby.

    Photo by Stephen Salpukas

    Big welcome
  • Different perspectiveThis second floor view of the lobby shows the spaces versatility - lounge meeting space by day, reception area by night. The lobby is pictured here during a student preview of the new facility.

    Photo by Stephen Salpukas

    Different perspective

The Sherman and Gloria H. Cohen Career Center will be formally dedicated at a Nov. 20 ceremony. The $7.9 million project was made possible by a generous $6 million gift by Sherman and Gloria H. Cohen as well as gifts from alumni, parents and employers.  Sherman Cohen, a New York City real estate developer, attended the College in 1938. Mr. Cohen and his wife, Gloria, and members of their family will be on hand for the dedication.

“Gloria and I are extremely pleased that the new, state-of-the-art Career Center is now open for business,” said Mr. Cohen in a press release when the Center opened. “We are confident that the center will lift the profile of William & Mary’s career services by drawing prospective employers to campus as well as allowing students and alumni to maximize the effectiveness of their job searches.”

In addition to providing students resources for making decisions about their initial career direction, the center also works with students, and alumni, to facilitate their skill development in the overall job search process. The new facility affords expanded space for workshops, mock interviews, and networking events. The Career Center officially opened in its new home Sept. 29.

A longtime resident of New York City, Sherman Cohen was born in Suffolk, Va., and grew up in Newport News, Va. Following in the footsteps of his brothers Mortimer and Edward, who attended William & Mary in the 1930s, Sherman attended the College in 1938. He withdrew from the College after a semester to pursue business interests.

The spacious new 11,000-gross-square-foot facility more than doubles the space the center previously occupied in Blow Hall. The building, nestled between Zable Stadium and the Sadler Center, features an open and welcoming reception area and resource lounge, 80 seat presentation room, offices for professional career counselors to meet individually with students and a recruitment suit on the second floor that includes fifteen interview rooms.

Mary Schilling, director of the Cohen Center, noted career awareness and preparation have become increasingly important in the last decade and even more so in the current economy and job market.

“Skillful advising, alumni networking, interacting directly with employers, and developing communication skills will give students that extra advantage as they determine their career direction and commit to the job search or to applying for advanced degrees in graduate and professional schools,” she said when the new facility opened in Sept.
Schilling added the new facility will allow even greater outreach, expanding services to first and second year students to get them thinking about their academic majors, internships and resumes earlier in their academic careers.

Last year Center personnel had more than 7,600 in-person contacts with students, helping them with career awareness and preparation. The amount of student interaction could double with the new facilities, officials said.