Meet the new faces in the Career Counselor and Veteran Services positions – Rhia Batson and Will Willett.
Both share the UI&U mission of mission of engaging, enlightening, and empowering adult students to pursue a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.
Rhia’s goals are to guide students and graduates to sell what is different about them. “I want to help them discover the unique skill-set they bring to the prospective employer.”
She will focus on the improvement of the delivery of career services through accessibility, create special topic webinars on career pathways, improve the job board offerings, and be inventive in her approach to reaching out to students, alumni, and staff.
Rhia has been with Union for almost two years and was formerly the program advisor for psychology and social work students. She is fulfilling her career dream of serving in higher education.
“My career goal has always been to serve in higher education. I believe education is the best platform to make a difference. This new position offers the opportunity to look at students’ needs as a whole and that is exciting.”
Will is a Marine Corps veteran who served one tour in the Air Wing of the USMC and credits the experience with his fortitude.
“Basic training was one of the hardest things I ever had to do in my life, but having accomplished that I gained confidence and discipline. The military may not be for everyone, but I believe those that did serve should be treated properly by their country and government. There are wounds that you can see, and ones that you cannot; but both should be treated equally.”
Will’s objective is to connect with as many veterans as possible.
“I want to let veterans know about the innovative Veterans in Union program, help inform them about the best ways UI&U can help maximize their service-related educational benefits, and to help them get as many Union-related grants, scholarships, and stipends as possible.”
Rhia holds a Master’s of Science in Education from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wilmington College.
Will holds three degrees from Miami University of Ohio; A.S. in Engineering Technology (mechanical focus), a B.S. in Engineering technology (mechanical focus), and a B.S. in Aeronautics with a minor in Decision Sciences.