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Vic Massaglia Recognized for Lifetime Achievement in Career Development

APRIL 30, 2014—Law School career counselor and adjunct professor Vic Massaglia has been named the recipient of the prestigious Jules Kerlan Outstanding Achievement Award for 2014. The award, given by the Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA), honors an individual who, over a career of 15 years or longer, has demonstrated a strong commitment to human development, earned statewide or national recognition for his or her career development activities, and become an influential figure in the field. Massaglia was presented with the award on Friday, April 25, at the MCDA's spring conference.

Massaglia has extensive experience in leadership, career, and organizational development in both the public and private sectors. He joined the Law School's Career Center in 2005 after serving as associate director of learning and development in the Center for Business Excellence at the University of St. Thomas (UST) College of Business. He was a career counselor in UST's Graduate Business Career Services office as well. Before that he served as a personnel administrator in the U.S. Air Force, where he counseled and trained staff regarding their professional and personal transitions during deployments to 84 bases in 21 countries. He holds a master's degree in human resource development with a concentration in career development from UST, and a degree in English education from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

At the Law School, Massaglia provides counseling in job-search and career-path strategies and life-work balance for law students, alumni, and foreign-trained attorneys. He teaches and coaches leadership development for emerging international professionals, and he has facilitated multiple strategic planning initiatives. He is also trained as a Qualified Neutral under Minnesota Supreme Court Rule 114. Massaglia has served in a leadership capacity with several professional groups, including, most recently, a two-year stint on the board of directors of the National Association for Legal Career Professionals.

"I am honored to have been selected to receive the Jules Kerlan Award," said Massaglia. "Mr. Kerlan was known to be a champion of the field of career development, and he embodied the essence and importance of career and professional growth as well as community development. In this spirit, I am grateful to be recognized by my peers for developing my craft."

Vic Massaglia and Irene Rossman

Vic Massaglia and Irene Rossman, past president of Minnesota Career Development Association