Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In times of crisis, we need people like you: Post University launches Emergency Management and Homeland Security program

With the countless threats facing our nation, from ISIS to Ebola, and many more, there’s never been a greater need for individuals with emergency management and homeland security training.

Post University’s new Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security program offers students the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to start an exciting career in the interrelated fields of emergency management and homeland security.  The program covers “all hazards” that threaten the safety and security of our nation, including natural disasters and terrorism.  These threats are examined within the context of the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

5 Questions with Gene Weiner: Foundations of an MBA program

1. You’re a member of the MBA Advisory Board of The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University. What made you want to be involved with this university, and the business school specifically?
I worked for MacDermid Corporation in Waterbury, Connecticut for 10 years and was familiar with Post. Twenty years later one of my son’s high school classmates who was attending Post asked if I would consider getting involved in some way with the business school, because I was involved in business in the area and still lived nearby. I looked into this and saw the administration at Post was talking about new programs like Entrepreneurship, Innovation and other courses that didn’t exist at schools in Connecticut and across the Northeast. As a business person I had a hard time finding people that had these skills and would sometimes have to train them for a year or two in the topics Post wanted to educate them on. I thought that was wonderful and a great organization to be involved in.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Narrow healthcare networks: what does that mean for you?

Julie is a close friend of mine who has always had problems with her feet.  As she’s gotten older, those problems began to cause back, knee and hip troubles.   So she decided to finally investigate what could be done.  Julie is over 65, has a Medicare Advantage insurance plan, is otherwise in excellent health, is still working full time, and is savvy about healthcare business matters.  She found an orthopedic surgeon in her area that specialized in foot and knee problems, had an initial visit to seek a diagnosis, discuss options for improvement, and developed a plan.  She would have day surgery mid-summer to allow plenty of time for healing before the weather in New England turned wintery and foot discomfort would make getting around more difficult.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Looking back at Post 50 years later

As Post University counts down to its 125th Anniversary next year, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on the wonderful experience I had at the institution some 50 years ago.

I attended Post Junior College, as the school was known then in 1959, right after graduating high school.  Harold B. Post was the President of the school and the building was located in downtown Waterbury. We walked through the doors of a brick building from the sidewalk and up the stairs to the classrooms. I took a business certificate course, after taking college preparation courses during my four years of high school, feeling it was practical to learn the ways of the business world. I learned to type and use a comptometer, which was one of the first key-driven mechanical calculators, though I’m not sure if anyone even knows what that is these days!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Post’s first M.Ed. graduate makes long awaited trip to campus

Four years after becoming Post University’s first ever Master for Education graduate, Joseph Vaughn visited the Post campus for the first time this month. Vaughn had been looking forward to the opportunity to meet Provost Jane Bailey, who led the M.Ed. program when Vaughn attended, and to see the campus in person since the day that he graduated.

Vaughn has achieved great success since earning his M.Ed. degree from Post, including garnering national attention earlier this year for leading an “At Risk Supper Program”, that provided over 40,000 hot meals to residents of his district. He currently serves as the Director of Child Nutrition and Extended Day in the Huntsville, AL school system where he runs several health and nutrition programs for a school district that has 42 schools and an enrollment of approximately 23,500.

Friday, October 3, 2014

5 Questions with Beth Johnson: the value of STEM skills to all undergraduate majors

1. What is STEM education and why is it one of the fastest growing fields in higher education?
The acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) was introduced in the early 2000’s by the National Science Foundation in an effort to bring greater attention to the education shortfall in the United States in these subject areas.  STEM education can refer to either the four separate STEM disciplines or to an integration of the skills associated with these fields into one aggregate STEM discipline.   In the last six years, President Obama has launched multiple initiatives, including Race to the Top and the “Educate to Innovate” campaign, to promote STEM education in order to meet the current and future employment needs of STEM occupations in the United States.  In the next decade, STEM jobs are expected to experience sustained growth upwards of 20%, as compared to the non-STEM job expected growth of approximately 10%.  In addition, graduates from STEM disciplines can expect to make approximately 25% more than those who graduate from non-STEM disciplines.  Number like these tend to get students’ (and parents’) attention, and have led to increased enrollments and program offerings in STEM disciplines in Higher Education.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Post in the Media: New Emergency Management & Homeland Security program and more

Post University and its faculty and staff have been in the news several times recently, offering up professional advice and contributing expertise to print and online publications across the nation.

Here's a recap of the latest headlines to hit the news: 

Post announces new Emergency Management & Homeland Security degree
An announcement on Post’s new Emergency Management & Homeland Security degree, beginning in January 2015, ran on Business Wire. The announcement explains that the program will provide students with a core understanding of the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. David Jannetty, who will lead the program as its Academic Program Manager, says it will address the growing need in our country for emergency management and homeland security professionals. He also discussed the lengths that Post went to find instructors that have a great deal of practical experience to bring to students in the new program.