In 2016, Mark launched an ambitious plan to elevate NDSU’s Career Center to become one of the country’s strongest for integrating holistic career preparation into everyone’s NDSU education. One of his goals was, and is, to produce highly employable graduates–not only in the months following graduation, but for a lifetime. The Career Center is living out a ‘career everywhere’ model, bridging academic departments, staff departments, student groups, alumni, and employers in a unique way that charts new ground internationally in the university career services sector. Some of the innovative initiatives include: expanded team from 16 full-time professional and part-time student staff to 39, grew 2 career satellite locations to 6 satellites spread across campus, transformed central office to become more alive with the reception area run 100% by trained student career peers, now employ a large 30-student trained career peer and career peer advising team, developed rubric-driven advising tools, launched online career curriculum modules accessed by all students via any platform including cell phones, created a central office with a coffee shop feel with streaming music curated by the community that strives to catalyze career conversations in a more casual way than traditional career centers–including serving pour-over coffee during career conversations, ~8 career expos/fairs run annually–some of which attract 2,000+ students and 300+ employers, and run a robust co-op/internship program which monetarily incentivizes academic program partnerships.
Mark and his wife Jenny moved to Fargo from Los Angeles in July 2016 where he served as Director of Biola University’s Career Center. He has worked in managerial and teaching roles for the past 17 years in public and private universities in the US and overseas. Prior to working in higher education, he worked in business for 10 years in companies ranging from entrepreneurial startups to multi-billion dollar enterprises. Mark holds a Master of Arts from Biola University, a Master of Business Administration from Marylhurst University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University. When not working, Mark engages in a variety of activities including exploring new places locally and internationally, walking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, espresso, hidden eateries, wild rock concerts, and reading ancient texts in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin.
Assistant Director of Career Education & Internship Program
Jerry South is the Assistant Director of Career Education & Internship Program. His mission is to help develop students into professional employees by engaging them from their first introduction to NDSU through graduation and beyond. Jerry oversees an extremely motivated and talented staff driven to help prepare every student for the evolution from a classroom to a ‘career everywhere’! He holds a Master of Science from DeVry University in Educational Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts from Chapman University, California in Social Science. Jerry recently moved to Fargo from the San Francisco Bay area where he served as Chief of Education & Training at Travis Air Force Base, CA. He retired from the Air Force in 2012 after 23 years of service. He has worked in educational roles for the past 14 years teaching military students and managing five college satellite campuses serving the educational needs of the military, their families, and retired veterans. Jerry and his wife Jennifer are trained financial coaches and enjoy teaching Financial Peace University classes through church and spending time with family.
Specialities and InterestsCollege of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural ResourcesCollege of EngineeringGraduate SchoolExploratory Area STEM
Assistant Director of Employer Engagement
Smita Garg works with a resourceful, talented and hard-working team in engaging with internal and external stakeholders to prepare NDSU students for maximum employability. She understands the value of building relationships and is passionate about creating opportunities and connections to fulfill the Center’s ‘career everywhere’ vision, locally and globally.
Smita holds an MBA in International Marketing from Temple University, Philadelphia, and her career has ranged from being a ‘domestic engineer’ to working in the manufacturing sector, language service business, market research industry, immigrant serving agencies, and various aspects of the career services field at a direct service, project and policy level. In her most recent role with government, her primary accomplishment was the development and implementation of an Immigration Action Plan for the City of Saskatoon.
Multi-lingual, with an interest in culture, travel, and unity in diversity, she has lived in six countries over four continents. She recently moved to Fargo with her husband Adi. Their three daughters, Aditi (Chris), Avni and Aneri who live in Canada are her inspiration. Whether you are a student, an alum, a faculty member, or an employer, she encourages you to explore this website and invites you to visit her at 306 Ceres Hall – she looks forward to connecting with you!
Coordinator of Employer Engagement & Technology
As the Coordinator of Employer Engagement and Technology, Kim Domholt provides leadership for employer engagement programming including coordination of career fairs, supervision of recruiting functions and administrator of CAREERlink and other technology used by the Career Center. Kim also compiles data for the annual career outcomes report and coordinates the career peer program. She has worked in the Career Center for over 20 years. Her bachelor’s was earned from Minot State University in management information systems and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership at NDSU. Free time is spent with her husband and three children enjoying time at the lake, traveling and appreciating the quiet, fulfilling moments in life.
As the Administrative Assistant, Larissa is responsible for maintaining budgets, finances and administering payroll. With attention to detail and well-documented records, her focus is to maintain office efficiency and ensure finances and personnel records are in order. Larissa has over seven years of higher education experience working as a Program Assistant and GPIDEA Coordinator at South Dakota State University, and as an Associate at NDSU One Stop (formerly NDSU Bison Connection). She has gained experience in financial management, reporting and payroll supervision. Larissa graduated with a B.S. in Public Relations & Advertising and a minor in Business Administration. She is currently a part-time graduate student pursuing a M.S. in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Organizational Communication. Her passion is giving back and she serves as Faculty Advisor for NDSU Colleges against Cancer, volunteers for the American Cancer Society and Hospice of the Red River Valley. Friends, family and faith are very important in Larissa’s life. She loves early morning workouts, watching classic movies, trying new things, sports (#gobison), and is an avid Dan Patrick listener. If she is not in the office, she may just be chasing down the next ice cream truck.