Friday, May 31, 2013

Hats off to Post University faculty and staff!

Post's Dr. Kevin McGinniss, new
Commissioner of the Eastern
College Athletic Conference
The faculty and staff at Post University are some of the most dedicated leaders I've had the pleasure of working with. They continue to embark on new endeavors to do more for their students, industries, and communities, and I'm always impressed when I hear about the latest accomplishments from the team. I wanted to round up some of the most recent achievements by the Post University faculty and staff, and the differences they're making for others.

Industry recognitions

To kick things off, Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss was named Commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the nation's largest athletic conference and the only multidivisional conference. Dr. McGinniss is an Associate Faculty Member in Post University's Bachelor of Science in Sport Management Degree Program (part of The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business). His 35-year career in athletics and new position at the ECAC will provide real-world insight and context to our students, which is crucial in this competitive field.

Promotions

Stephanie Dionne has been promoted to Director of the University Learning Center. She is an ideal match for this position. Stephanie has worked at Post University since January 2012 as a member of the Associate Faculty for English. In September 2012, she became a Learning Center writing coach. Before coming to Post, Stephanie spent two years as the Director of Education for Sylvan Learning Center in Hamden, Conn.

Stephanie Dionne, Director of
the University Learning Center
Community Accolades

Several Post University faculty are raising the bar in their communities. Senior Writing Coach Bonnie Odiorne was recently re-elected First Vice President of the Naugatuck Valley Project (NVP), a community coalition of member churches, community organizations, unions, and other groups. NVP was founded in 1983 when the area's brass mills were closing and displaced workers needed a variety of services, including negotiating for the chance to buy a mill. A group of clergy assembled to assist them and the Naugatuck Valley Project was born.

In other fields, Legal Studies Assistant Academic Program Manager David Smith was recently elected as National Judge Advocate of the Catholic War Veterans of the USA, Inc., a Congressionally Chartered Veterans' Organization. As National Judge Advocate, David volunteers his time as legal counsel to the National Board of Officers and as an appeals officer.

And Professor of Art John Rohlfing is showcasing some of the ceramic artwork he created under the Connecticut Commissions Artists Grant Award at The Gallery at Constitution Plaza in Hartford, Conn. The exhibition is running through July 5, and includes work from six Artist Fellowship Recipients.

Awards

Sandra Wilson, Academic Program
Manager for Criminal Justice
Post University nominated Criminal Justice Academic Program Manager Sandra Wilson for the 2013 Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Administrative Leadership Award. The award is presented by the Connecticut ACE Women's Network, a network of women, faculty, and administrators who support higher education in Connecticut. The organization recognized Sandra's nomination at its spring conference in March.

In addition, Connecticut ACE Women's Network has asked Cheryl Braxton, Ph.D., MSHSV Academic Program Manager, to serve on its team.

Speaking engagements

Reference Librarian Stacey Bleistein was selected to speak at the 3rd Annual Connecticut Information Literacy Conference, "Hunters and Gatherers: Teaching Information Literacy Skills for Life," in Hartford, Conn., on June 7. Her presentation is entitled, "A Cure for Search-Box Syndrome: Empowering a Google Generation Through Information Literacy." Looking forward to it!

Congratulations to all our faculty and staff who've made new strides recently! We hope to share more great accomplishments soon.