Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Volleyball poised for NCAAs, winter seasons get underway

By: Dan DeBlasio

Here’s a look into each active Eagles team:

Volleyball They’re a fall sport, but Post volleyball is playing into the winter after capturing their second straight CACC Tournament title and earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles swept Bloomfield College 3-0 to take the conference title and earned an eighth seed in the NCAA East regional. Post will play top-seeded Adelphi University this Thursday, December 3 in Garden City, NJ. Junior Skylar German was named CACC Player of the Year for the second straight season, and freshman Brianna Root earned CACC Rookie of the Year honors.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A child’s language journey from birth through age five

By: Deborah Watson

One of the first experiences young children have is listening to their environment, especially to the voices of their parents.  Even while in the womb, babies are hearing and learning the nuances and rhythm of the language(s) spoken by their families and communities. Newborns often recognize the sound of familiar voices. A colleague was commenting just this past week that her nephew, although in a neonatal unit, recognized the sound of his father’s voice when he came to visit!  This newborn, Sammy, actually turned toward his father as he grasped his father’s finger! 

In an earlier blog, I urged all parents to talk with their children as often as possible.  It is widely recognized that parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. Sammy’s relationships with his parents are at the heart of his development and learning. The interactions parents have with their child are powerful and long-lasting. Thinking of Sammy’s reaction to his dad, it’s readily apparent that his family began speaking to him while he was still in his mother’s womb. Sammy’s family will continue to speak to him every day, all day long. He will learn that language is a reciprocal relationship because he’ll coo and his parents will respond. This back and forth exchange is sometimes referred to as the “serve and return” process. Harvard University’s Center of the Developing Child does extensive research on the developing brain

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Post launches Master of Science in Quality, Improvement and Innovation program

By: Dan DeBlasio

To continually move forward in 2015, individuals and companies must be constantly improving. With this in mind, Post University has recently launched a Master of Science program in Quality, Improvement and Innovation.

This program is designed for individuals in every sector of business, and covers the entire quality cycle, including innovation, design and continuous improvement. The program also includes preparation for three industry acknowledged certifications: Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Design for Six Sigma Black Belt and TRIZ Practitioner.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Engage your learners: Nine free content design tools

By: Linda Kaiser

When we talk about student engagement, we are talking about learners who spend time with course content because they want to – not because they have to.  An engaged learner is excited about learning and finds the materials interesting and compelling. They pay attention to the topic and materials for longer periods of time, and they can make personal connections between what they are doing and their real world experiences. The way we present course content to these learners should ideally catch (and hold) their attention.  But how do we do this?

Did you know that some sources suggest that up to 50 percent of your brain is used for visual processing and that 70 percent of your sensory receptors are in your eyes? We process a vast amount of information much more quickly though our eyes than through any other sense. Researchers have proven that color and visual images increase engagement with reading by 80 percent. To see a visual representation of these and other compelling numbers, check out this particular graphic.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Perez behind turnaround season for Post women’s tennis

By: Dan DeBlasio

After several years of losing seasons and failing to reach their conference tournament, the Post women’s tennis team surprised many this season by going 11-5 en route to their first appearance in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) tournament last month. Junior Diana Perez, who competed in the top singles spot for Post all season, was one of the leading contributors to this season’s success.

Perez, a transfer student from Miami, FL, went 13-2 in singles matches and was recently named to the First Team All-CACC. Teammate Liza Dubrovskaya joined her on the first team and head coach Rob Howard received the conference's Coach of the Year award.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Honoring our veterans this Veterans Day

By: Charles Young

In the wee hours of a cold winter’s morning, a soldier stirs from his bed and wanders into his kids’ rooms.  He kisses his sons gently on their heads and then picks up his newborn daughter gently from her crib.  He holds her and tells her he loves her no matter what, and to be good for mommy.  A tear rolls off his cheek as he lays her back down and tells her he has to go away and doesn’t know when (or if) he is coming home.  Down the hall the phone rings.  He knows what it means: the order is confirmed, time to suit up and leave.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Post men’s hockey earns program’s first win

By: Dan DeBlasio

It didn’t take long for the Post men’s hockey team to get in the win column, notching their first victory in the program’s inaugural game last weekend.

The Eagles, who formed quickly after announcing the hockey program in April, erased a third period deficit and scored the game winner in overtime to triumph over the previously unbeaten Eastern Connecticut State Warriors at the Bolton Ice Palace on Saturday.

“Without the support of the University, none of this would be possible,” said head coach Pete Whitney. “As for the win, of course it’s always exciting to get that first win. It was incredibly special and humbling at the same time.”