Friday, January 28, 2011

Post University makes headlines

Post University faculty and students have been doing some great things lately, and the media is taking notice! Read on to see the stories that have recently appeared in the news. (Some stories didn't appear online, so unfortunately we don't have a link to share for them.)
  • OurBlook hit Jane Bailey, Ed.D., Dean of the School of Education, with eight questions about online education, including its advantages, disadvantages, keys to maintaining academic quality, and more.
  • "Good Morning America" featured Post graduate Christine DeJesus in its story about new U.S. Air Force recruits. Christine earned her bachelor's degree in marketing from Post, has worked in Post's admissions department, and will soon begin Air Force training. We talked to her recently about her story, and will be sharing our podcast on our blog soon.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Military couple stays committed to higher education

Our country's military personnel are a big part of the Post University family. Our military program is directed by Ed Lizotte (LTC-ret.), and was created with the help of faculty and staff who have also served in our Armed Forces. We have so much to share about our military program and the students in it, so I thought we'd start with the story of one of our soldiers stationed in Kuwait.

Sergeant 1st Class Bryan Donisi has served in the Army full time for 11 years as an armament and equipment inspector. He started at Post University in June 2009 to earn his bachelor's degree in business administration. His wife, Verlean, would help him study, and it wasn't long before she decided to attend Post too to earn a Human Resources Management Certificate.

The Donisis are one of Post University's military couples

SFC Donisi and Verlean are now enrolled in Marketing 101 together, which just started about a week ago and runs through Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day!) and into March. SFC Donisi is taking the course online from his barracks in Kuwait, while Verlean is taking it from their home in New Hampshire. SFC Donisi is due to return to the states in April.

We always like to keep in touch with our students -- present and past, wherever they are! I have been talking with SFC Donisi over e-mail to learn more about his story, and I thought our readers would find it particularly interesting. I asked SFC Donisi if I could share his latest note with you on our blog, and he agreed.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Post University's undergrad law library now the largest in Western Connecticut

If you're looking for a book on legal statutes, codes, case reports, regulations, criminal trial procedure, or almost any law topic thereof, there's a good chance you'll find it in Post University's legal studies library.

It's now the home to over 4,000 law books, thanks to a generous donation by Connecticut attorney Tim Moynahan of Moynahan and Minnella Attorneys at Law here in Waterbury. Tim is also a member of the Post University MBA Advisory Board.

His recent donation of more than 2,000 books doubled our collection, making Post University's library the largest undergraduate legal studies library in Western Connecticut.

Our blogging team caught up with Tim today to talk about why he donated these books to Post and how he hopes his donation will help Post students. Take a listen below. You'll also hear Tim explain why he believes Post's Legal Studies program is top-notch -- a sentiment shared by his peers in the local legal community. Post University's Legal Studies program was recently voted the bronze winner in the Connecticut Law Tribune's 2010 readers' poll.



Last week, we held an official "passing of the books" ceremony to celebrate Tim's donation. Here are a couple of shots from the event.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Basketball coach Al Sokaitis cautiously optimistic after Eagles' win against Felician College

Eagles' Garvin McAlister pulled down a team-high seven rebounds against Felician College
Post University's men's basketball rocked Felician College 65-48 Thursday night in Orangeburg, N.Y.

The Eagles' Garvin McAlister scored 22 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while Geraldo Fernandez swatted six of nine three-point attempts for 18 points in his second career game with the Eagles.

The win brings Post University to 7-7 overall and 5-1 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). But even though the Eagles' confidence is running high after downing the Golden Falcons, Coach Al Sokaitis remains cautiously optimistic about the team's chances of taking home the league title.

Our blogging team snagged a few minutes with Coach today to talk about his thoughts on the Eagles performance against Felician, how he's feeling going into their next match up this Wednesday against Concordia College (4-11, 3-4 CACC), and what he thinks it will take to pull out on top of the league.



More on Post University's win against Felician College can be found on the Eagles website. There you can also find more information about Post University men's basketball and other athletics. Post University competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, an NCAA Division II conference, and the Collegiate Sprint Football League.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Making an MBA manageable: Post University's Online Discussion Forum Guideline

Online discussion forums are crucial to engaging students. They are a primary part of our online MBA program (for which I'm an Academic Program Manager). On average, about 40 percent of our students' final grade is determined based on their contribution to our online discussion forums.

Our students and instructors post hundreds of substantive and relevant contributions every week to our online discussion forums, covering academic information and practical work experience. This asynchronous teaching model gives students time to reflect, research, and support their postings with references and citations.

However, we've found that contributing to and managing the online discussion forums can be a challenging task from a time and workload perspective. There is a rich volume of content that our instructors need to manage and evaluate every week.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Post Theatrical Players present Neil Simon's 'Rumors'

The Post Theatrical Players are some of the most creative students on our Waterbury, Conn. campus. And this past December, with the help of faculty and staff volunteers, the group came together to put on "Rumors," a comedy by Neil Simon.

The Players love meeting other theatrical students looking for a creative outlet. Interested in learning more about them and what they do? Check out this video featuring footage of their performance, interviews with the cast, and some behind-the-curtains shots. If you'd like to know more about being a Post Theatrical Player, contact BTansley@Post.edu.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Master of Education degree online?

When you're the first person to accomplish a particular task, you feel pretty amazing. Because from that moment on, no one can take the feeling of being "the first" away from you. I think that's how Joey Vaughn is feeling right now. He is the first graduate of Post University's online Master of Education degree program. So big congrats are in order for Joey!

Joey was joined by 100 other students who earned a diploma from Post University this holiday season. We are so proud of Joey and all our students. We issued a press release noting their accomplishments, which you can read here.

We're also going to be interviewing Joey soon about earning his degree, so you can hear first-hand what his experience was like. Watch our blog for our podcast!



Post University's First-ever Master of Education Graduate Among 101 Students to Earn Degrees This Holiday Season

WATERBURY, Conn. -- (Dec. 20, 2010) -- Post University announced today that 101 of its students will receive an extra-special gift this holiday season: a diploma. Joey Vaughn from Scottsboro, Ala., is the first to complete the University's online Master of Education (M.Ed.) program that was launched about a year ago. Another 100 undergraduate and graduate Post University students also will receive diplomas.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Post University reorganizes into four new schools

Post University is on the move. We've grown tremendously over the past few years, developing new programs and increasing the size of our student body.

Enrollment this past fall was up significantly over the previous year, making Post University the fastest-growing institution of higher learning in Connecticut.

Not only did we welcome the largest freshman class to our campus this fall, we've also seen growth in our online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. We introduced our Post University Online Master of Education degree program in fall 2009, and we had our first graduate this December. We look forward to welcoming him and several more of our online M.Ed. students to our campus in May to participate in the University's 121st commencement ceremony.

In 2007, we launched Connecticut's first completely online MBA degree program, which also was awarded a Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Silver Innovation Prize in 2009. This month we're adding a Master of Public Administration degree program.

To make sure we can continue to provide the high quality education and support services our students rely on, we've reorganized Post University into four schools that reflect our core academic disciplines. Post University now has a School of Business, School of Education, School of Public Service, and an undergraduate Post College.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Our first Post University post

There are a lot more posts where this came from!
I'm so excited to welcome you to Post University and our new blog! Here you'll find a melting pot of news, perspectives, ideas, and advice from the many wonderful instructors and students who make up the Post University family.

From student success stories, to faculty interviews, to sports coverage, to first-hand accounts from our military students stationed overseas, to our leaders' unabashed takes on what's happening in education, we're going to cover it all! Career advice, outtakes from our theater productions, expert opinions on industry research, you name it, we've got it!

But that's just the beginning! As an institution of higher education, Post University plays a role in a variety of sectors. So our blog will also feature exclusive interviews and insights from the movers and shakers in areas including education, business, and politics. We aim to bring you names and personalities from the mainstream, as well as those who might be off your radar.

Our goal is to tell the stories that matter most to our readers in the Post University and broader education communities. And that brings me to the next important point I want to make. We welcome and encourage contributions from our readers.

We publish nearly all manner of digital content -- text, photos, podcasts, videocasts, presentations, etc., etc. If you want to share something that you think would be of interest to our readers, just contact us with your idea and/or whatever it is you'd like to share. Our blogging team reviews all submissions.

I'll wrap up by saying that Post is such an important part of my life -- I'm not only the school's Director of Communications, I'll also earn my master's degree in education from Post in May. Woo hoo! I hope our blog shares the passion that all of us here at Post have for our school, for our students, and for higher education.

Welcome, welcome, welcome!