DOUG DIBBERT ’ 70, president
STEVE SHAW ’ 82, director of finance & administration
LISA BEERS, controller
LINWOOD BLALOCK, mail room, 962–3979
MARYCATHERINE KURZENSKI, alumni center coordinator
SUSAN LANE, accounting assistant
TOM MAY, printshop coordinator
ELIZABETH MORGAN, telephone receptionist, 962–1208
JENNY ROUTH ’ 82, assistant to the president
Membership and Marketing
STEPHANIE MILLER ’ 83, dir. of membership & marketing
DIANA KOONCE ’02, coord. of membership administration
SARAH LAMM ’ 99, manager of marketing
JORDAN MYERS ’08, coord. of membership services
RICK DAVIS ’ 85, director of enrichment programs
ANN-LOUISE AGUIAR’ 76, manager of alumni education & travel
KAT BUTLER ’07, coordinator of student programs
LINDA CONKLIN, manager of alumni career services
C. HAWKINS ’00, coordinator of student membership
STEFFI KINTON ’05, coordinator of alumni education & travel
TANEA PETTIS ’ 95, coordinator of affinity reunions &
alumni admissions programs
CASEY PRIVETTE ’01, coordinator of alumni clubs
LINDA RAINEY ’ 95 (MA), manager of alumni activities
LAURA SHEPPARD ’08, programs assistant
ANITA WALTON ’ 92, manager of homecoming & affinity
reunions; email@example.com; 962–3582
REGINA OLIVER ’ 75, editor
KATE NEWTON ANTHONY, art director
SARAH MCCARTY ARNESON ’ 96, associate art director
DAVID BROWN ’ 75, senior associate editor
DAVE DRAKE ’ 92, online coordinator
ANDREA IDE ’08, advertising account representative
KEITH KING ’ 82, associate editor
Records and Information Systems
ROGER NELSEN, director of alumni records & info. systems
TRACY CHRISMON, records assistant
STARLA GLENN, records assistant
JULIE GONYA, network administrator
COURTNEY KROLIKLOSKI ’07, records assistant
JEREMY MCCAMIC ’03, records assistant
MARTHA MILLS ’ 80, records assistant
RACHEL ORR, records assistant
JOAN PENDERGRAPH, assistant director of alumni records
KEMESHA D. STANLEY ’08, records assistant
Lost in Transition
Our nation is in a state of transition,
including a new president, an uncertain
stock market, rising unemployment and a
credit crisis. Transitions are never easy and
can throw us for a loop, creating acute feelings of stress and helplessness. Consider
how these ABCs can help you more effectively deal with a transition.
Attitude is everything. Whether you
believe you can or you believe you can’t,
you are right. Beware of self-defeating
thoughts. Stifle your personal gremlin.
Believe in yourself at all times. Your talents and your strengths are enduring. Keep
an inventory of things that make you feel
proud. When doubt creeps in, use the list to
remind yourself of your accomplishments.
Choose wisely. The choice you make
today will affect the rest of your life.
Deliver the right results, at the right time
at the right price. In the world of work, you
don’t get an A for effort. Find out what is
important to your boss and do it.
Express gratitude for all that you have,
what is working, what is wonderful. Count
your blessings every day. Avoid comparing
what you have to what others have. People
who appreciate what they have are more
likely to be happy than those who actually
have the most.
Forge strong relationships, both personal
and professional. Build your network before
you need it. Ask for the support you need
Give without an expectation of gaining
or receiving. Cultivate an attitude of giving.
Health. Take care of yourself mentally,
physically and spiritually. Take your vitamins, exercise, meditate.
Inhabit all of your life. Find a way to
honor and use all of your talents. Create an
environment in which you can be successful.
Just do it. Do one thing every day that
will move you forward. Focus on results.
Make a plan and stick to it.
Know yourself. Know your strengths.
Know how you add value. Self-knowledge
makes the unknown manageable.
Learn something new each day — a
new skill, a new perspective, a new fact.
Mistakes. Learn to view your mistakes
not as failure, but as learning experiences.
Network, network, network — it is still
the most effective way to find a job.
your mind to positive thoughts.
to your time, money and talent. Put time
and energy into the areas that are most
important to you.
Quit blaming others. Take responsibility
for yourself. Self-reliance builds a sense of
safety and security.
Realistically assess your goals. Throw out
the ones that are not working for you, and
set new ones that are compatible with your
Switch gears. The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over and over and
expecting different results. If your current
life strategy is not working, consider taking
a different approach. Do things differently.
Target companies that can use your
skills and experience. Even in down times,
there are still companies looking for good
Useless worry. Focus on what you can
control, and let go of what you can’t.
Visibility. Increase your visibility to
increase your worth. Take on a new project, solve a problem, give a presentation or
write a report.
Winners. Surround yourself with people who have achieved what you hope to
achieve, people who are optimistic and
have high self-esteem.
(E)Xtreme self-care. Nurture and replenish yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of others.
Yield. Do not become attached to one
Zap harmful tolerances. Amp up your
positive energy by eliminating the things
that drain your energy. Get rid of stuff you
don’t need. Get rid of commitments you
don’t want. Get rid of relationships that
Linda Conklin, GAA manager of Alumni Career Services,
provides career coaching and monthly teleclasses.
The Feb. 16 teleclass will be “Create Your 30-Second
Commercial.” Conklin’s advice and other career-related
information can be found on the Web at
alumni.unc.edu/career. Contact her at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 962–3749.