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Student gains non-profit experience for future career

March 22, 2011, Whitney Schaefer

${image-alt} Marketing senior, Sarah Fader

Active marketing senior, Sarah Fader, is doing all the right things to accomplish her goal of working within the non-profit industry. By gaining relevant experience through leadership positions in organizations as well as an internship, she seems to be on-track to land her dream job.

Fader is involved in many different organizations that support non-profit companies. She is on the executive committee for “Up ‘til Dawn”, a philanthropic event hosted by universities for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Supporting the American Cancer Society, she is a member and former officer for Colleges Against Cancer and is the “2011 Relay For Life of Jackson County Carbondale” Event Chair. Since Relay For Life is such a large event, she spends 15-25 hours per week on it alone.

Fader dedicates her time to Relay For Life because cancer has affected her family. One of her grandmothers passed away from the disease and the other was one of the first survivors of vaginal cancer in California.

Tiffany Dallas, Income Development Representative for the American Cancer Society, has worked with Fader for the past three years. “She began her volunteerism with our event as a subcommittee member and quickly progressed to the Event Chair position. In our 2010 Relay For Life season, the event won two national awards, out of more than 5,000 events nationally. Because of her enthusiasm, dedication, passion, resourcefulness, and leadership, our event has exceeded financial goals the past three years. Sarah is a powerful advocate for the American Cancer Society and our crusade to eradicate cancer,” she said.

Fader is also completing an internship at Allied Physicians and Rehab of Southern Illinois. Working in their marketing department, she runs the Wellness Foundation, a non-profit health care foundation that educates people about natural ways of healing the body. One of her projects within the foundation was to educate teachers about how to manage stress.

On top of everything she is involved in, Fader still manages to spend time on her hobby of dancing. Having started when she was 3-years-old, she has continued to dance throughout college by participating in the Southern Illinois Dance Company. She holds the position of secretary and will be performing in their semi-annual productions this year. In addition to the Company, she helps to coach the newly formed dance teams in Harrisburg, Illinios, at the high school and middle school.

After graduating in December 2011, Fader plans to apply to MBA programs as well as look for a job. However, she has already received job offers in Chicago and California. Whatever path she chooses, Sarah Fader will be sure to impress.