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Relationship-Building at Rockford University leads to Career Success at Chamber of Commerce

04/12/2021 12:19 pm

When Rockford University alumna Carmen (Brenz) Kellerman ’18 was evaluating colleges, she knew she wanted her college experience to be similar to that of high school.

One of the main reasons she choose RU was the small class sizes. “Smaller classes meant more classes with the same people and professors,” said Kellerman. “This allowed me to create friendships and relationships with my peers and professors.”

Now, as the event and program coordinator at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Kellerman uses the relationship-building skills she learned at RU to forge connections with co-workers, local businesses, and young professionals in the area. As part of her role at the Chamber, Kellerman helps run IGNITE, a young professionals group.

“This role has taught me so much; how to be a leader, how to be a successful young professional, and all the great ways our young professionals are connecting with the community,” said Kellerman.

During her time as a student, Kellerman was involved in many organizations on campus and in the community, from serving as a student orientation leader to interning at the Boone County Council on Aging. Kellerman’s favorite memory from her time as a student was being part of the RU Psych Society’s Giving Tree program for Christmas, which provides families at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center with presents during the holiday season.

“I helped run it all four years and missed it instantly after I graduated,” said Kellerman. “I love giving back to my community and this allowed me to do that. Knowing that I was helping children get gifts for Christmas was something I looked forward to every year!”

During her time at RU, Kellerman’s love of volunteering grew and she now serves on the advisory council for the Institute of World Affairs and Trade (IWAT) at Rockford University.

Kellerman’s advice for current and future students is “to keep an open mind! By that I mean, don’t be afraid to ask questions, try the opportunities given to you and be open to learning about the world around you.”

Kellerman also shares her love for Rockford University with her sister, a current RU student.