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Bucky’s Career Closet open to students in need of professional clothing
Erin Whitley, outreach and employer services coordinator with ETSU University Career Services, sorts through shoes and boots in Bucky's Career Closet.

JOHNSON CITY (Dec. 4, 2017) -- Bucky’s Career Closet, a new non-profit at ETSU, is officially open to help students acquire professional attire for internship and job interviews.

Located on campus in Nell Dossett Hall, Bucky’s Closet offers an array of business suits for men and women, as well as accessories such as ties, scarves, belts and footwear for students facing financial hardship.

“We know our students are prepared academically, but we also want to make sure they represent ETSU and themselves with the utmost pride,” said ETSU First Lady Donna Noland, who proposed the idea for Bucky’s Career Closet earlier this year following the success of Bucky’s Food Pantry to help feed students and staff in need.

In order to receive one free professional outfit from Bucky’s Career Closet, students will be asked to sign a form stating that they are financially unable to purchase appropriate interview clothing. Students must also identify the intended use of the clothing by noting upcoming interviews and employers they will visit.

Hours at Bucky’s Closet vary, so students are encouraged to make an appointment by contacting ETSU Career Services at 439-4450 or .

University Career Services provides students with job-related resources including career exploration and planning, employer research, job search, resume help and interview practice.

“Knowing business etiquette is critical to career success, and that includes being dressed appropriately,” said David Magee, director of University Career Services. “We’ve not had the resources available to ensure students have the opportunity to dress well when they are not able to afford dress clothing and now Bucky’s Career Closet meets that need for ETSU students.”

Bucky’s Career Closet still needs donations of new or gently used professional clothing including men and women’s suits in navy, gray or black, blouses, shirts, ties, bowties, belts and shoes. Clothing must be in ready-to-wear condition, clean or dry-cleaned, and on hangers. Students will be able to keep the clothing they obtain from the closet, and a steady supply of donations from the community, faculty and staff, and other students will be required.  

Donations can be dropped off at Bucky's Food Pantry, 439-4234, located at 325 Treasure Lane near the Buc Ridge Apartment Complex. Bucky’s Food Pantry is open Monday from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:45-5 p.m. A detailed map and directions are available online at

Bucky’s Career Closet is supported by the Bucky’s Food Pantry board, University Career Services, the College of Business and Technology Career Services, Housing and Residence Life and Facilities Management.

For more information about Bucky’s Career Closet, contact University Career Services at or 439-4450. Hours of operation, as well as a detailed list of items accepted for donation is available on the Career Services website at

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