Karen Kirchof, third from left, with colleagues from Yale and Duke during the 20th Duke Yale Environmental Recruiting Fair in Washington, D.C, She was joined by Alyssa Student, left, Mariann Adams, Joanne DeBernardo, Ladd Flock, Kathy Douglas, Glenda Lee, and Rhonda Sarmento.

Remembering a Colleague and Friend at Duke

The Career Development Office (CDO) at F&ES has been fortunate to have a long-standing collaboration and professional relationship with staff from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. In 1996, CDO and Career Services at the Nicholas School collaborated to create the Duke-Yale Environmental Recruiting Fair in Washington, D.C., which brought together hundreds of students from both schools for a day-long event of interviews, information sessions, and a career fair, followed by alumni/student networking receptions.

The venture was started by Karen Kirchof, former assistant dean and director of the Nicholas School’s Career and Professional Development Center, and Peter Otis, former director of CDO at F&ES. Many of our alumni will remember the fair, and may remember Karen, who was very lively and outspoken as a co-leader of ceremonies for the annual event. We were very sad to learn that Karen, who became a beloved colleague and friend, passed away on June 20 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. [Here’s a lovely tribute published by the Nicholas School.]

After celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Duke-Yale Fair in 2015, F&ES adopted a new annual spring DC event model (F&ESinDC) to maximize our students’ access to targeted employers. Yet the F&ES CDO staff has remained close with our Duke counterparts, as colleagues, mentors, and friends. We share in their mourning.

[PHOTO ABOVE: Karen Kirchof, third from left, with colleagues from Yale and Duke during the 20th Duke Yale Environmental Recruiting Fair in Washington, D.C, She was joined by Alyssa Student, left, Mariann Adams, Joanne DeBernardo, Ladd Flock, Kathy Douglas, Glenda Lee, and Rhonda Sarmento.]