Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Six common sense ways to stay healthy during the Ebola outbreak

With the World Health Organization estimating over 10,000 confirmed Ebola virus cases worldwide and almost 5,000 deaths, people are understandably concerned about the impact of this outbreak on their personal health.  Some of our fears may be allayed with the understanding that the virus is mainly transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of a contagious personThe virus cannot be spread through water, air, or food.  Knowing this, there are basic steps you could take that won’t necessarily hamper your regular routines, but will lessen our chances of getting sick.  Most of these steps are derived from what public health officials have been telling us for years.

Here are six common sense ways to stay healthy during the Ebola virus crisis:

1. Wash your handsMake it a practice to vigorously wash your hands with water and soap, especially before you eat or after you care for a sick person.  Carry hand sanitizer with you and sanitize your hands after every time you enter a public place, especially if you use mass transportation or visit a healthcare facility.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Post in the Media: Post gains NEASC reaccreditation, the benefits of mentorship and more

News of Post University’s NEASC reaccreditation and insights from its faculty and staff has appeared in publications across the nation.

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

Post University gains NEASC reaccreditation
An article ran on BusinessWire.com announcing Post University’s re-affirmed accreditation, by the New England Association of School and Colleges (NEASC) through its Commission on Higher Education. In the report, NEASC commended the institution for the “entrepreneurial energy and collaborative culture (which) has built the needed structures and systems to become a major provider of online education while continuing to maintain its small, traditional campus-based programs.”

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.