Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Five ways teachers can use Twitter to enhance classroom experience

Are your students obsessed with their phones? Do you find that your students are “nonstop” texting every chance they have? Have you ever thought students’ cell phones are a distraction in your class?

What if you utilized a creative way to let students use their cell phones while engaging in classroom discussion?  You may be thinking, “How can students use their phones to enhance classroom discussion”? The answer is TWITTER! Twitter is a social media application that allows users to send messages that contain 140 characters or less. These messages can also contain links to articles, pictures, or other webpages. Twitter takes about five minutes to set up, and can be used on all Wi-Fi devices: phones, computers, and tablets.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Winter storm preparedness: Are you ready?

Even though the Northeast has not seen a major winter storm yet this season, as New Englanders we know it is only a matter of time before the big one hits us.  As we know from past storms, we should not rely on the power company or our local or state government to come rescue us in the days immediately following a crippling storm.  We have to be self-sufficient for at least 48 to 72 hours while roads are cleared and power is restored.  That could mean a period without electricity, gas, or public transportation and going without heat, refrigeration, and viable means of communication.  To be ready for these conditions, we should engage in personal preparedness efforts.  Besides clearing the grocery store shelves of milk and bread the day before a major winter storm, there are a number of simple things we could do to prepare for that time period:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Big data: What is it and why should I care?

I am writing this article with one thought in mind, you, like many of us, are not a data scientist, econometrician, statistician, or database developer.  You are a business owner, a manager, or perhaps an executive, but you all have one thing in common; you are looking to fundamentally grasp the concept of big data before jumping on the band wagon.  Those professionals mentioned previously many times have a slightly different take on what big data is, but their perspective often has very little to do with your business.

Ever since the first business became a business, the person who manufactured, marketed, sold, and serviced the first wheel let’s say, businesses have gathered, stored, and analyzed data to make informed business decision that would positively affect their profitability.  After all, most businesses are in business to make money!  Thus, our journey begins with data, nothing more noting less, just data.  I am simply talking about the same data that you have been collecting in your organization, the same data that you have been analyzing to make informed business decisions, just data.  With that concept firmly established, the question still remains, what is BIG data, and why should I care?

Friday, January 16, 2015

5 Questions with Steve Paulone: Effect of falling oil, gas prices

1. The price of oil fell below $50 a barrel in January, which represents a 50 percent price drop since June 2014. What has caused the plummeting oil prices, and does the latest January reduction show that prices will continue to decrease throughout 2015?
The interesting thing about oil prices is that they are not only subject to the supply and demand of crude oil and the products of crude – price is also affected by the value of the dollar since most of the world-wide contracts are denominated in dollars. 
This latest drop in oil prices is actually the result of falling demand worldwide, increased supply mainly due to U.S. fracking and natural gas substitutes and the strengthening of the U.S. dollar.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Post Experience: Julia Slyaktina; busy days bring success

Contributing to a Fortune 500 company is something many businessmen and businesswomen dream of. It’s something current Post student Julia Slyaktina has already done…twice.

A senior accounting major and international student from Moscow, Russia, Slyaktina came to Waterbury, CT in her sophomore year and has made her mark on the Post campus and beyond. She chose to study in the U.S. to pursue her love of volleyball and to learn in the small campus setting that Post was able to provide.

Slyaktina’s days are filled with classes, volleyball practices, Honors Program events and Business Society meetings – for which she is the co-founder and President.  She is also a student worker in the admissions office at Post.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Post in the media: Homeland security, holiday layoffs and hiring hikes

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: 

Hiring the right person for the job

President Don Mroz shares his insights on how businesses that are bouncing back from the “Great Recession” are approaching hiring new talent in an article for MainStreet.com. Mroz explained that a high school degree, or even an undergraduate degree in some cases, is not enough, and that businesses want to add highly skilled, critical thinkers to their workforce. This article also ran on Philly.com and Morning Sun.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Five reasons why public administrators need good writing skills

Humorist James H. Boren once wrote: “Bureaucrats are the only people in the world who can say absolutely nothing and mean it.”  

Bureaucrats, more kindly known as public administrators, implement policy and manage programs at all levels of government.  They work in nonprofit service organizations administering programs that depend on public funding.  Boren’s quip reflects general consensus that public administrators need to develop better communication skills.  While many factors contribute to effective communication, the ability to write, and to write well, is a critical communication skill for public administrators.  Here’s why: