The education and resources Keli Bonvillain received while pursuing a management degree now directly apply to her career in numerous ways – from making presentations to organizing data and even to landing her current position.
“My involvement with SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, allowed me to network with a wide variety of people in the community whom I still meet up with regularly in my professional career,” Bonvillain, resource development director for Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity, says. “The projects and presentations that I was required to complete in my management and marketing classes were a huge help; I still refer to some of those projects when preparing for presentations for my organizations.”
At Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity, Bonvillain develops fundraising and marketing plans and secures funding to support continuing home-building activities. She also organizes direct mail campaigns, sponsorships, planned giving, special events and public relations programs. In addition, Bonvillain is responsible for overseeing data entry and gift acknowledge activities and giving presentations on Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity to interested groups.
Bonvillain says she is proud to be an alumna of a university that gives back to the community. A Nicholls State University computer information systems class is currently working on designing a database for Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity, an non-profit organization, free of charge. Bonvillain is also grateful for the assistance Nicholls provided her in securing a job.
“The Business Communications class, BSAD 310, that I was required to take, taught me how to write a professional resume and prepare for an employment interview,” Bonvillain says. “Upon graduation, Career Services then set up numerous interviews for me with potential employers.”