Friday, May 22, 2015

5 Questions with Maura Bozeman: Climate change in the U.S.

1. Increases in temperature are expected to accelerate throughout the next century at a rate faster than anything that has occurred over the last 1,000 years, according to a study released this month by the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. How concerned should we be about this finding, and the rate of acceleration of climate change?
We should be very concerned, but not defeatist.  The Earth is warming at an increasing pace and with it comes problems that we need to deal with.  The earlier and stronger we react to the challenge, the less detrimental the results of global warming will likely be.  
The worry is that we as a nation are doing relatively little to change our habits and the effects of global warming, such as sea level and temperature rise, tend to be delayed.  As a nation as we begin to perceive the negative consequences of global warming, we will already have committed ourselves to even greater negative effects. 
An important point to remember is that what occurs locally may not be what others are experiencing.  For example Boston, Massachusetts received over 110 inches of snow this winter.  In contrast, the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California is ~6 percent of a normal year.  This low water availability triggered Governor Jerry Brown to issue an executive order in April that requires a 25 percent reduction in urban water use.  These situations have not been directly linked to global warming, however they remind us that people not too far away may be experiencing very different weather conditions than we are. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Former WNBA All-Star named Post Women’s Basketball coach

The Post University athletic department made an exciting announcement this week as it named former WNBA All-Star Taj McWilliams-Franklin the new Head Women’s Basketball Coach. She brings an impressive resume to Waterbury that includes over 29 years in the game of basketball.

“I am humbled and honored to be picked as the new servant leader of women’s basketball here at Post University. I want to thank Dr. Mroz, Provost Bailey, Don Kelly, Karin Mann and many others that were involved in allowing me to fulfill my dream of being a head coach. I will never take the confidence shown in me for granted,” said McWilliams-Franklin.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Post in the media: Networking, volunteerism and 125 years of higher education

Post University and its faculty and staff have been in the news several times recently, offering up professional advice and contributing expertise to publications across the nation.

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

Post celebrates 125 years of higher education
Post University is celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2015. President Don Mroz authored a piece in Evolllution on the steps Post has taken to get to where it is, the innovative culture it has created, and how the university hopes to advance into the future.  Mroz also discussed the changing trends within higher education and how Post has adapted throughout the years.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The art of agile project management

In today’s world of fast paced technology and continually changing requirements and project scope, the need for agile project management has greatly increased.

The work of a project manager (PM) is akin to jugglers, constantly keeping the plates spinning, and juggling the project constraints of time, cost, scope and quality. How do they do all of this? Projects have much uncertainty, from start to finish. In particular, projects have the most uncertainty at the beginning of the project, making planning critical. Agile methodologies can be very helpful in managing some of this uncertainty.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Finance of Terror: Recognizing and derailing the terrorist gravy train (Part II)

-Attorney General John Ashcroft, October 25, 2002

Part one of this two part discussion focused on the methods that terrorists utilize to finance their activities. Part two is a follow up on the available resources that can help identify and derail the terrorist funding process.

What legislation assists in this effort?

A number of legislative measures have been enacted to mitigate money laundering perpetrated by criminal enterprises. These same laws are utilized to counter terrorist financiers. Some of these laws include The Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, which requires financial institutions to report cash transactions in excess of $10,000, via the Currency Transaction Report (CTR), and The Annuzio-Wylie Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1992, which requires financial institutions to file Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR).

Friday, May 8, 2015

Meet the Class of 2015, Post’s most diverse graduating class

Covering all 50 states and 11 nations the Class of 2015 boasts the most diverse graduating class in Post University’s 125 year history.

The graduates also span over five decades, and the 1,345 students ranging in age from 20s – 70s, with 590 students over the age of 35.

The Class of 2015 truly knows no bounds and we congratulate all of the students, far and wide, young and old, on their remarkable accomplishment.

Here is a look at the breakdown of the 2015 graduating class: 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Post’s ADP co-valedictorian makes it a family affair

Hundreds of Main Campus and ADP students, who have shown a commitment and dedication to learning throughout their degree programs, will be honored Saturday at Post University’s 125th Commencement ceremony.

I’d like to share the story of one of those exceptional students, Post’s 2015 co-valedictorian, Colleen Briggs, who completed her degree through Post’s Online Education Institute.  

ADP Valedictorian, Colleen Briggs

It’s extremely rare to be named a college Valedictorian. Most universities bestow the honor on just one or two students each year. Well, in the case of Colleen Briggs, Post University’s 2015 Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) Valedictorian, she is one of two Valedictorians living under the same roof.