Friday, February 5, 2016

My Post Experience: Equine major Rachel Draper, going above and beyond

By: Dan DeBlasio

A traditional internship experience usually consists of part-time work with an accumulation of three or four credit hours. Equine major Rachel Draper didn’t want the traditional experience, she wanted more.

Draper recently concluded a full-time, 12-credit independent study semester interning at Camp Jewell YMCA Outdoor Center in Colebrook, CT. During the extensive internship the senior worked in the horseback riding program, conducted research for her Capstone Project and evaluated certain aspects of the camp’s management structure.

“Being able to combine what I’ve learned at Post with the real world experience at Camp Jewell was incredible,” she said. “I’m excited to take everything I learned back into the classroom, because so much was relevant to what we’re doing in the Equine Program.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Post providing tuition grants for residents of Connecticut city

By: Dan DeBlasio

Post University is partnering with a Connecticut city to help make earning a degree more affordable.

Through Post’s Partners in Education program, all residents and employees of the city of Derby, CT will be eligible for a 15 percent tuition grant.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Navy Offensive Coordinator Joseph Taylor named Post’s Head Sprint Football Coach

By: David Ambrose

Post University athletics announced some exciting news Friday, as Joseph Taylor was named Head Sprint Football Coach. Taylor spent the last three years on the coaching staff of the Navy sprint football team. He also played with the Midshipmen varsity football team from 2005-09.

Taylor most recently served as the Offensive Coordinator for Navy for the past two seasons after joining the staff in 2013 as the Quarterbacks Coach. Navy led the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) in total offense last year with 377.4 yards per game. In each of his three seasons in Annapolis, Taylor’s offense had the top rushing attack in the conference. Navy captured the CSFL Championship in 2014 with a 7-0 record.

While Coach Taylor strives to put a great team on the field, he also wants to make sure his student- athletes work hard and are prepared for life after college.

Friday, January 22, 2016

My Post Experience: Louis Santa Barbara, unmatched experience

By: Dan DeBlasio

If experience is the best teacher, Post student Louis Santa Barbara Jr. has had some exceptional instructors. Few Post students have garnered more experience than junior Santa Barbara, who inside the classroom is an honors student and double major in Accounting and Finance, and outside the classroom is going on his third internship in as many years.

Santa Barbara began interning with companies in the second semester of his freshman year, and he hasn’t looked back since. He started as an intern in the Grants and Operations Audit Department at Waterbury Hospital in Spring 2014. Santa Barbara assisted in the process of applying for grants and working with the expenditures associated with the different activities and programs funded by those grants.

Louis Santa Barbara Jr. at an accounting event.
Louis Santa Barbara Jr. 
“The most satisfying piece of this experience was seeing the many individuals that benefited from the programs, in the hospital as well as within the Waterbury community,” he said.

Following this internship Santa Barbara completed a yearlong internship with Fortune 50 company United Technologies Corporation (UTC). Working in the Treasury Services Department allowed Santa Barbara to experience the ways UTC managed cash, credit and various forms of risk.

“The internship at UTC introduced me to the overall corporate environment and taught me important strategies relating to both project and time management,” he said.

This semester, Santa Barbara has begun an internship in the Assurance & Advisory Services Department at Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP (FML). FML is a medium-sized public accounting firm in Glastonbury, CT, and it felt like a perfect fit immediately for Santa Barbara.

“FML’s nature of being small and personal to clients, yet competent and experienced really made me feel as though it would be a terrific place to learn and grow,” he said. “I am enjoying it very much so far.”

Santa Barbara specifically chose to pursue an internship in public accounting because it aligned with his goal to pursue CPA licensure upon graduation, but also, it was a matter of following his heart.

“Accounting is the subject that I have known that I wanted to continue learning for the longest time,” he said. “It’s so exciting to be getting "real-world" experience in the subject that I have loved since I was a junior in high school.”

As an intern in FML’s Auditing Department, Santa Barbara has the opportunity to travel to different businesses and observe their accounting and financial reporting processes. FML has clients in many different industries and Santa Barbara feels it will be great exposure to observe the different processes and requirements.

“The experience will help me in my career by being exposed to a plethora of different business environments as well as the documentation and reporting procedures that are required in each,” he said. “I’ll also have a better idea of what to expect with regards to the CPA firm environment.”

Despite his many internship experiences and areas of study, Santa Barbara has not wavered from his longtime interest of public accounting and can’t wait to launch his full-time career in the field.

“I’m focusing on continuing to learn as much as I can with respect to the practical and technical skills that are needed in the public accounting industry,” he said. “My aspiration is to work hard and earn an offer for continued employment at FML at the completion of this internship.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Athletics Roundup: Men’s basketball atop CACC North

By: Dan DeBlasio

Men’s Basketball – With wins over Pace and Wilmington University after the holiday break, the Eagles sit atop the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CACC) North Division at 9-6 overall, and 5-3 in the CACC. Post enters a very tough stretch of schedule with five of their next seven games on the road, including two against CACC South Division leaders Philadelphia University and Holy Family University. With four players averaging double digit points, including sophomore guard Tyler Desrosiers, sophomore forward Matt Mareno, freshman forward Tamas Okros and redshirt sophomore guard Jah’sheme Ringgold, Post will look to continue to spread the scoring around and maintain their lead in the CACC North.

Friday, January 15, 2016

5 Questions with Shane Lockwood: Peak flu season is approaching

1. Flu activity peaks in February and can last into May, according to the Center for Disease Control. As the brunt of flu season approaches, what tips should all adults keep in mind to try to avoid getting the flu, and to keep children from getting the flu?
I want to remind everyone that it is not too late to get a flu shot. Ideally, we encourage people to get their flu shots in late September or October for greatest efficacy. The peak of flu season is typically near the end of January, beginning of February, so getting the flu shot now will still provide some protection. The other best defense against the flu is proper handwashing. Proper handwashing consists of soap and warm water. You should rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds when washing your hands as the friction releases dirt and germs from your skin.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

My Post Experience: Jody Nellessen; the foundation for something great

By: Dan DeBlasio

In 1972, Jody Nellessen was unsure if she was prepared for a traditional four-year college. After an extensive search, she chose Post Junior College in Waterbury, CT, a two-year institution that she hoped would be a good fit for her.

Forty years later, it turns out that Nellessen made the right choice, and she has a successful career and several lifelong friends to prove it.

“My guidance counselor was the first person that recommended Post Junior College to me,” she said. “Coming from a small town in New Jersey I wasn’t looking for a large school. After visiting the campus, I felt like it could be a very nice fit for me, so I made the decision and enrolled.”