I serve as the executive director for career and civic engagement at Moravian University. My journey in higher education began when I obtained my master’s degree in student affairs from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2005. During my time there, I held a graduate assistantship in the career center. It was during this experience that I discovered my passion for assisting college students in uncovering their career interests and guiding them in navigating their path to success, not only for their initial postgraduation employment but for their future career endeavors as well. The dynamic atmosphere of a college campus energizes me, and I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to interact with, assist, and learn from the diverse student body.

Of your accomplishments thus far in that role, which is/are most meaningful to you?

Beginning my journey at Moravian in July 2023, my primary focus was to foster connections with my team and earn their trust, assuring them of my dedication to nurturing their career development and providing avenues for expanding their knowledge to better serve our students. I am genuinely appreciative of the opportunity to collaborate with such a remarkable group of professionals and students within the Center for Career and Civic Engagement. Their openness in communication and willingness to share ideas have swiftly cultivated a warm and evolving relationship among us.

Share something about yourself that people may not know.

During my 20s and 30s, I had an immense passion for competing in triathlons—thoroughly enjoying swimming, biking, and running. One of my proudest achievements occurred in July 2015 when I successfully completed a Half Ironman (70.3 miles). However, due to several knee surgeries, I am no longer able to run. Nonetheless, I now cherish spending ample time cycling on the road with friends.

What is your favorite space on campus?

While my team and I are temporarily working in the lower level of Reeves Library during the HUB renovations, I have discovered the most magnificent room. The John S. Groenfeldt Moravian Collection is a room on the lower level that not only houses some of the oldest books but also features a wooden rocking chair positioned right by a large window, allowing sunlight to pour in. It is incredibly serene to sit in that rocking chair, working on my laptop and enjoying the warmth from the sun, not to mention watching the occasional squirrel gatherings outside.

What is your favorite Moravian tradition?

My favorite Moravian tradition is serving Thanksgiving dinner to the Moravian students. This past November was my first time, and it was an incredibly enjoyable experience. It allowed me, as a new community member, to get to know my colleagues better. Being present for the students, serving them turkey and stuffing with lots of smiles, made it a memorable and heartwarming occasion for me.

Kristin Eicholtz, executive director of career and civic engagement, loves spending her free time with her husband and two stepsons.

What is your favorite thing to do with your free time?

I spend as much time as I can with my husband, two stepsons, and our tiny pup, Sunshine, whom we affectionately call Sunny. Our favorite activity is sitting on our deck and watching the sunset during the summer, while indulging in our favorite summer treats.

I can never resist a good ________.

Chocolate chip cookie.

Who inspires you and why?

My mom is one of my biggest inspirations. So much of who I am today is because of what she has taught me in life. She has instilled in me qualities such as confidence, independence, compassion, hard work, and creativity. She has also shown me how to be a good pet mom, as well as a stepmom. Most importantly, she has taught me to never give up on myself!

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Every day may not be good, but there is good to be found in every day.

Share something that makes you happy.

There is just something super special about receiving a MoPaw!