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Catarina Caulfield and Zachary Stager, industry-to-campus connectors with the Rutgers Office of Career Exploration and Success, receive professional awards 

The Hire Big10+ Career Consortium, a network of career-services professionals from Big Ten schools, has honored two Rutgers University employees as top professionals.

Catarina Caulfield
Catarina Caulfield
Rutgers University

Catarina Caulfield, an industry-to-campus connector at Rutgers–New Brunswick, received the Outstanding Career Services Professional Award. Zachary Stager, also an industry-to-campus connector, received the Outstanding New Career Services Professional Award.  

The awards presented July 14 at the HB10+ Allerton Conference, which was hosted virtually by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Both Caulfield and Stager are part of the Industry and Student Connections team within the Office of Career Exploration and Success at Rutgers–New Brunswick.  

Caulfield earned a master of labor and employment relations degree and a bachelor of arts degree in Portuguese, economics and labor studies at Rutgers. As a connector, she works with employers to build recruitment strategies and help them secure top Rutgers talent.  

She also is the primary contact for fraudulent job reporting and investigation, is an employer liaison for the Rutgers Internship and Co-Op Course (RICC) and leads biannual diversity recruitment events. She is the past president of the New Jersey Career Center Consortium and is a member of the Hire Big 10+ Consortium Vendor Committee. 

"Catarina has broadened her skills and leadership through her involvement with professional organizations,” said Janet Jones, director of industry and student connections at Rutgers. “She is a true team player and consummate professional who consistently exceeds standards in all areas of her work."  

Zachary Stager
Zachary Stager
Rutgers University

Stager earned a master of human resource management degree from Rutgers and a bachelor of arts in marketing from The College of New Jersey. In addition to crafting recruitment strategies for employers, Stager assists in programming for student interest groups, is an employer liaison for RICC and heads the employer engagement portion of the Rutgers Summer Service Internship Initiative

"In a short period of time, Zachary took on this initiative and developed over 100 internship experiences for our students,” Jones said. “He has also made significant inroads working with faculty and student organizations in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. His ability to connect, assess and deliver recruiting solutions to our employers has been impactful and effective." 

"I’m incredibly proud that two of our own were recognized by the HB10+ Career Consortium for their work connecting students to opportunities,” said William Jones, the executive director of Career Exploration and Success at Rutgers–New Brunswick. “Zac and Cat both represent the dedication and passion students and recruiters will find when they connect with the Office of Career Exploration and Success."