NEW TV CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES
Autumn is a time for new beginnings in the academic world, as evidenced by the return of students to our main campus and the start of online classes with Mod 1. It's also the perfect time for Post University to roll out its new television commercial, a bright and inviting spot encouraging prospective students to consider Post when exploring their higher education options.
Filmed on our Waterbury campus, our new advertisement features members of our faculty and staff asking some of the important questions to consider when pursuing a degree: "What's your plan for the future? What are your goals? What are you really passionate about?" And most important, "How can we help you succeed?"
There are two versions of the commercial, and you may preview both on YouTube. For the shorter television version, click HERE. For the longer web version, click HERE. And feel free to share these links with friends and family!
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: NADIRA CLARKE
Nadira Clarke is the kind of person you want around when there's a project to complete. Never one to tackle a single task at a time, Nadira worked in two different departments while she completed her undergraduate degree, and graduated from Post University with a B.S. in Management and a minor in human resources. She landed not one, but two jobs upon graduation, eventually settling in as a Grant and Contract Manager at Yale University. And when Nadira decided to pursue her MBA through the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business (MBSOB) at Post University, she used the opportunity to also help develop a plan for her husband’s new business project. "It would be too easy to do one thing at a time," Nadira says with a smile.
As Nadira began work on her MBA program, her husband (an aerospace engineer), was developing a business idea involving aircraft engines. Nadira's multi-tasking mind saw an opportunity. She focused her course work on her husband's start-up business, and was able to complete projects based on an actual, developing business plan while figuring out what her husband needed to get the business started. She calls the opportunity, "a fantastic experience."
Nadira completed her capstone project in August of 2013, and speaks highly of the Post program and of the decision to continue one's education past the undergraduate level. "Telling people you're pursuing your MBA starts to open doors for you. It's eye-opening to your peers and supervisors at work, and they start asking questions…what’s your concentration, what are you learning? The leadership and management skills which came early in the program were all so helpful immediately."
During the MBA program, an opportunity arose for Nadira to showcase her new skills, and it paid off. Her department had been tasked with implementing a "trusted advisor" program, but no one in her group had heard of the term or had expertise in the subject, so the leadership team put out a call to all employees. Nadira responded, having studied trust and leadership in the MBSOB's "Virtual Teams" course taught by associate faculty member Susan Parente. In three weeks Nadira wrote a plan for the department and presented it to senior staff. "Now I'm leading a team of six people to implement my plan, and I've developed a program which no one here has done before…it's been awesome to use many of the skills I learned in the MBA program."
Nadira plans to walk in our May 2014 commencement ceremony, and hopes to soon begin a Doctorate program in either education or business administration. We promise to keep you posted on her progress...if we can keep up with her impressive pace!
CAN WE SAVE THE CORAL REEFS? POST UNIVERSITY'S "CITIZEN SCIENTISTS" TO THE RESCUE!
Scene: The Western Caribbean. Date: Mid-summer. The camera pans the ocean floor, finding a group of scuba divers holding a Post University banner beside a coral reef. Oxygen bubbles and the muted sounds of celebration float to the surface, where a boat waits to take the divers back to shore. Wondering how this scene came to be? I asked Beth Johnson, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, that same question after viewing the photo shared here. So, how did Post students end up diving among the coral reefs in the Caribbean, working to re-grow a devastated coral reef?
Dr. Johnson is well aware that 30% of the world's coral reefs are damaged, and up to 70% of reefs will be lost by 2050. Coral reefs may cover only 0.2% of the ocean, but they are home to 25% of the world's marine fish species. The only ecosystem with greater biodiversity is the rainforest. Add to that Dr. Johnson’s desire to find new ways to entice students to study science, and a plan is born. With the guidance of Dr. Johnson and our new Assistant Academic Program Manager for Environmental Science, Dr. Maura Bozeman, Post University now offers an Environmental Sciences concentration in Ocean Conservation. The department has partnered with CREW 3000, a local non-profit organization with a coral farm off the coast of Mexico currently under their care and restoration. Working together, Post students study the coral reefs, undergo basic scuba training here in Connecticut, and then travel with volunteers from CREW 3000 to complete their open water scuba training while also replanting and maintaining the reef. Two trips were made this past year, with another planned for Columbus Day weekend this fall.
CREW 3000's energetic co-founder Bill Zarillo is thrilled with the Post partnership, and is quick to stress the importance of the work being accomplished. "We have a 90% success rate in transferring new staghorn coral onto our reef, and we’re making our small but important contribution to this world-wide dilemma. The Post University students are becoming Citizen Scientists, and hopefully encouraging more citizens of the world to do the same."
Drs. Johnson and Bozeman will both travel to the coral farm this Fall, expanding on the 23 students, volunteers, faculty, and staff who made the trip this summer. A trip to Belize is in the works for the Spring, keeping our Citizen Scientists' eco-friendly agenda full for months to come.
INTRODUCING DIGITAL LIFE AND LEARNING, A NEW ONLINE JOURNAL FROM POST UNIVERSITY
The scholar-practitioners at Post University are always looking for new ways to expand and explore the boundaries of digital learning. This past year, Peter Chepya, Esq., Academic Program Manager for Post’s Legal Studies program, led a team of digital learning subject matter experts to create a new online presence for the University. The result is the website Digital Life and Learning (www.digilifelearn.com), the online academic journal of Post University. DL&L is also available on your smartphone, with a free app available for download.
As designed by Chepya and his team, DL&L's mission is to play an active role in the exploration of digital life and learning by offering a forum for new knowledge and visioning in an expansive selection of articles, reports, essays, book reviews, and digital art. "We are committed to the best scholarly standards and a multidisciplinary perspective in a rich media format which is aligned with our focus," says Chepya. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Comment on all aspects of life on the screen; designing, teaching, and learning with mobile Apps; eLearning; and, understanding digitization in relation to life and learning.
Visitors to the inaugural site will be greeted by a kinetic header of rotating lead articles. More articles follow below, along with a book review, digital art, a video showcasing 10 future technologies, and the DL&L Tech Newswire featuring an up-to-the-minute feed of relevant tech story links.
Submissions are welcome, and must be original in nature. To read DL'ss full submission guidelines, click HERE, or contact a member of the Editorial Board. They are: Peter Chepya, Founding Editor; Don McPartland, Publication Designer; Founding Editorial Board members Don Mroz, Jane Bailey, Katey Baruth, Tracy Ralston, Mike Statmore, Kelly Statmore, Mary Rigali, Jen Bouchard; and Associate Editors Jane Bailey, Katey Baruth, Jill Buban, Tracy Ralston, and Katie Zurlow.