Career Connections Staff Members Awarded at Arkansas Colleges and Employers Conference

Robert Ellis, Robyn Williams and Nakell Baker, who were awarded at the AACE spring conference.
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Robert Ellis, Robyn Williams and Nakell Baker, who were awarded at the AACE spring conference.

Several representatives from the Offices of Career Connections recently attended the Arkansas Association of Colleges and Employers spring conference. This conference provided opportunities for higher education career services, industry members and workforce development organizations to network and collaborate in the interest of a successful college-educated workforce. The conference was held in Hot Springs on May 17-19.  

Notably, Career Connections staff not only participated in the conference but were also active leaders, and several staff members were awarded for their contributions.  

Career Connections staff who received awards include:  

  • Robert Ellis, Arkansas Star Award 
  • Robyn Williams, Diversity and Inclusion Award 
  • Nakell Baker, New Professional Award 

Many Career Connections staff have also played important leadership roles on the AACE Board of Directors. Individuals who served in this capacity for the 2022-2023 term include:  

  • Robert Ellis, president 
  • Margot Purdy, four-year college director 
  • Robyn Williams, historian and content director 
  • Madelyn Jones, secretary 
  • Debbie Ritter, secretary after Jones' departure from the university.  

For the 2023-2024 term, Purdy has been elected as the student relations director, and Ritter as the historian and content director. Ellis will serve in an advisory capacity as immediate past president.  

This high level of involvement and recognition demonstrates Career Connections' commitment to advancing the success of students and alumni through comprehensive, innovative and inclusive career services.


Ty Beringer, marketing communications specialist
Offices of Career Connections


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