Friday, April 24, 2015

Social media being used to gauge “pulse” of city

There are new uses for social media and it has nothing to do with being social.  What if your social interactions on public media sites were captured, collected and shared with city government officials, state officials, or other governing agencies? Would you post comments differently?

That is exactly what the city of New Haven, CT is doing. It is the first city in the nation to take part in a study by Yale Researchers called: The Digital Life of a City. This Human Ecosystems study captures emotions from citizens of New Haven by gathering real-time public conversations occurring on social networks. These interactions can be deciphered in 29 different languages and then are visually represented on a map of New Haven. Posts from public social media sites are collected and categorized into various emotions such as joy, love, sadness, and hate.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Post Experience: Sathaphone Phophantasak, across the world in pursuit of a dream

At 17 years old, Sathaphone Phophantasak, known by her classmates and teachers as Soi, departed her home country of Laos for the United States in search of education. With a limited knowledge of the English language, she left her family and everything she knew behind and headed to Fresno, CA as an exchange student.

“In Laos education was just a dream,” she said. “My parents couldn’t afford to send me to one of the few strong schools, so they used every last bit of money they had to send me to the U.S. For this reason, I’ve always held my education in the highest regard and never took anything for granted.”

After starting her schooling in California, Soi relocated to Rhode Island, where she finished high school and earned her diploma. Upon graduation, Soi aspired to attend a U.S. university, but that dream was dealt a significant blow with the untimely passing of her father.

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Finance of Terror: Recognizing and derailing the terrorist gravy train

(Part I of II)

          -US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, October 16, 2003.

Where does the money come from?

Terrorists utilize a variety of means to fund their operations.  Money may be derived from legitimate sources (e.g. business operations or private donations) and/or criminal activity (e.g. fraud schemes, drug trafficking, and other criminal acts).  Surprisingly, terrorist operations do not require large amounts of money to achieve their end goals of inflicting mass casualties/damage and generating widespread fear.  As evidenced below, the direct costs to finance terrorist attacks are frequently very low compared to the devastation they inflict.   

Friday, April 17, 2015

Five ways to prepare for a career long before graduation

When I meet students who are beginning college for the first time, they always ask, “When should I visit Career Services?” The short answer is, freshman year. By coming to Career Services long before you need us, we can help guide you in the direction you will need depending on your career choice. Although, we do offer yearly timelines on our website which outline what students should accomplish each year., It’s never too soon for a student to begin a conversation with their career services office.

While it doesn’t make sense to begin looking for a job and applying to companies as a freshman, it does make sense to begin gathering information on what careers require and what employers expect from college graduates.  By researching, asking questions, compiling relevant work accomplishments and getting good grades, you can help build a robust résumé and get ahead of the game.  With that, here are five things that can help students get started long before they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Three ways to make the most of your tax refund check

At this time of year, many working Americans have filed their Federal and State income tax returns.  For most tax filers, the process of filing a tax return has become the first step toward receiving back the excess money they’ve paid in taxes every year.  In fact, recent data shows that over 75 percent of all income tax filers receive a refund check, and the average amount was just over $3,000.  So, let’s look at three ways to put our tax refund windfall to work for yourself or your family. 

At the moment, I will refrain from asking all you wonderful tax-paying folks why you insist on making an interest-free loan to anyone (Government notwithstanding) on an annual basis.  Instead, let’s consider three of the Personal Financial Planning needs commonly faced by most families, and develop simple strategies to put your return-of-capital (aka: your refund check) to work. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Twelve ways teachers can use technology to teach

In 2012, the National Education Association (NEA) updated its 21st Century Learning framework that identifies the “Four Cs” – critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity as essential skills for students to possess and teachers to teach. The NEA report, “Preparing 21st Century Students for a Global Society” identifies these skills as those that learners will need to possess to be successful in the workplace. This framework is really focused on the K-12 environment, but it is applicable to any institution where learning takes place – including higher education and corporate training.

Since these skills are considered to be essential in the workplace, teachers and trainers should be sure to place emphasis on them in a variety of ways through their teaching techniques and methods. They can easily employ the use of technology tools to help learners achieve these essential skills.  Here are some suggestions that educators might want to try out to reach this goal. Just like in my last blog post, these are all free tools:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Post adds men’s and women’s hockey programs

Post University continues to grow, and as it does, so does the athletic department. It was announced this week that men’s and women’s ice hockey programs will be added beginning in the 2015-16 academic year. With the addition of ice hockey, Post now boasts 20 NCAA Division II athletic programs, a sprint football team, and three equestrian teams, making it one of the largest athletic departments in the Northeast.

The athletic department has added seven new programs, including hockey, since 2013. Men’s lacrosse was added in 2013, but played its first varsity season last year. Track and field for both men and women became varsity teams last season. This year, women’s golf and bowling both made their debuts. Adding hockey will be a huge undertaking as the average roster size is between 20-30 student-athletes.

University president, Dr. Don Mroz said he feels Post has a great coach in place to start the program.