Friday, April 18, 2014

5 steps to keep the workplace safe

If you own or manage a business and are wondering what you could do to keep your workplace safe for employees, customers, business partners, and visitors, there are relatively easy and cost effective steps you could take to do so.  Not every business needs a fenced in property with motion sensing cameras and armed guards to be safe and secure.  Here are 5 steps you could take to ensure a safe workplace:

Check before you hire

The most important preventative measure is to not hire people who have a history of violence or who are prone to violent behavior.  For a relatively small fee, businesses can conduct criminal background checks on potential employees or vendors through state and local police departments or by using background investigation services.  Most background services could also check names through sexual offender databases.  Further, past employers and references could give a better picture of the person’s demeanor and behavior.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Building relationships across the Atlantic

They spoke the same language, they studied the same topics, they were pursuing the same degree, but Post University students and their recent visitors from across the Atlantic learned fast that what the two sides were doing was hardly business as usual.

A contingent of students and professors from the Limerick Institute of Technology, an honors college in Ireland, got a taste of U.S. business practices during a visit to Post last month, learning things can be very different on the other side of the pond.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Welcome back to Arrowhead!

This past month has been incredibly nerve-racking and exciting for a number of reasons. First and foremost was the event I had been planning for the last 6 or 7 weeks. It came and went on March 14th and, as I’ve been told by several of my fellow co-workers and my supervisors, it was a success.

I was tasked with organizing the bulk of the event logistics including securing the venue, making sure valet parking was established and available, ordering the food and setting up the drink tab, and even playing the part of party bouncer. I had the help of some fellow interns on the day of the event (shout out to Alexis Brunk, Chris Kerford and Alex Fahnders), which made things much easier once the day finally arrived. There were a handful of VIPs scheduled to show up, including a few players and coaches, but the primary focus was on our suite holders and partners.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Post Leaders Share Their Expertise

As the Post community gears up for our Commencement ceremony in May, I wanted to share some words of wisdom provided by our faculty and staff, which has appeared in various media outlets this past month.

In case you’ve missed them, here is a recap of the latest headlines…

Screenshot of Mainstreet.com web page. How to Land the Big Job

Doug Brown, Academic Program Manager for the Online MBA Program offered through our Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, was quoted in a Mainstreet.com piece entitled “Six Figure Jobs in 2014 Seek Special Tech Talent.” Brown explained how six-figure range positions are a much higher risk for the employer and that prospective employees should target or niche market themselves into a particular industry or role to obtain one of these sought-after positions. Brown was also quoted in an article entitled “Are managers on the endangered list” published on RealBusiness.com, and another feature entitled “Top executives move without caution and stir innovation” which ran in Investor's Business Daily. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

5 reasons why you need to research before your interview

As a hiring manager, nothing frustrated me more than when I sat down to interview someone for a job and he or she had no knowledge about my company.

It just felt like a waste of time for me and the interviewee. No matter how impressive their resume looked, if applicants knew nothing about the company it showed me that they didn’t take the time to go above and beyond to try and set themselves apart from other applicants.

Friday, March 28, 2014

5 steps to stay safe during an active shooter incident

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably thought about what you would do if there was a fire in your home. You may have worked out a plan that your family has practiced, or at least considered the best escape route to take should you find yourself trapped by a fire. But have you ever thought about what you would do if you found yourself in a violent situation in your workplace, or on a school or college campus?

Perhaps you should.

Sign: Keep Calm and Stay SafeSchool shootings and workplace violence incidents have certainly become more prevalent.  It’s hard not to read your Twitter news feed or watch your favorite news channel without learning about another tragic event.  Even with these violent acts occurring so frequently, the odds are you will never personally experience such a traumatic incident in your lifetime.  That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t think about how you will react in these life threatening situations.

 In the off chance that you do become involved in such an incident, how prepared are you to protect yourself and others from harm?

Monday, March 24, 2014

“Life has been good” - Meet Post University’s Oldest Living Graduate (so far)

As we begin our year-long countdown to Post University’s 125th Anniversary, we want our celebration to include not only our current students, faculty, and staff, but also the many alumni throughout Post’s history that have helped to shape the university we are today. So, we are reaching out to our alumni who attended Post University throughout its history— to ask for their stories, their memories, of Post through the decades.  We will spend the next year collecting these stories through print, and audio and video recordings that we will share as part of our 125th Anniversary celebration. If you would like to participate in our “Post Through the Years” project and share your memories of your time as a student at Post, please contact Bob Sembiante at bsembiante@post.edu.

To kick off this project, we decided to start with a search for our oldest living graduate.  Within days of promoting the search through our blog and the media, we heard from several Post alumni in their nineties. In the weeks to come, we’ll be sharing their stories with you; all have special stories to share of their experiences at Post. But we were particularly delighted to hear from Helena Distefano Summa, who will turn 101 this year and graduated from Post College in 1931. Below is her story of her time at Post College when Harry Post served as the school principal.  She also shares some wonderful insights on the changes she’s seen throughout her extraordinary life.  I know you will enjoy reading this story, and encourage you to share your own story with us if you’re a Post grad.  Whether you’ve attended Post or not, I invite you to join us as we embrace our rich past and celebrate all the wonderful things that are happening right now at Post University.   

Don Mroz, Ph.D.
President of Post University