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.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Re-energize your career: Become an intrapreneur

Many Americans are unhappy at their jobs. Nod if you're one of them! You might dislike the work, your boss, your coworkers, your clients, the environment -- any number of factors. You might be thinking that you'd like to work for yourself and throw all the corporate politics and structure away. Before you quit the day job for the "freedom" of entrepreneurship, you should do your research, talk to people in business, and seriously consider opportunities to become an "intrapreneur" in your organization.

Being an intrapreneur can help you exercise your entrepreneurial spirit, increase job satisfaction, break into new leadership roles, and potentially earn more money without the inherent risks of entrepreneurship. Companies and organizations need this spirit and drive to foster new ideas, create new products, and spearhead innovations.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

7 steps for building a strong Internet brand

New grads and job seekers, take a moment right now to Google your name. Why? Because chances are, prospective employers are doing it too. A Microsoft survey found that some 79% of employers Google a job candidate's name during the evaluation process. They are analyzing what's called your "Internet brand," which is your image and reputation online.

The importance of your Internet brand can't be underestimated when searching for jobs and internships. Consider these statistics from Mashable.com:

Monday, May 20, 2013

Are you in our Commencement 2013 photo slide show?

If you haven't seen Post University's Facebook page recently, we have a boatload of photos up from Commencement 2013. There are a lot of great shots from the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies that speak more than 1,000 words!

Grads and families have been posting a lot of their own photos on our Facebook graduation event page too. We've assembled several of them here to make sure your part in our 123rd Commencement has the chance to be seen by our community at large. We also included some of our favorite shots from our archives, and even a photo from one of our grads who partook in our online Commencement (whose son generously lent him his Chuck E. Cheese crown to wear as a cap)!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Couple pairs up on earning master's degrees

PAIR OF GRADS: Bill and Teressa Tanner earned
their master's degrees together
Married couples have a number of tasks and activities they do together -- raising a family, running a household, managing finances, and hopefully taking some vacation time in between! But it's not often you find a couple that goes back to school together to earn their master's degrees.

Yet Sgt. William Tanner (who goes by Bill) and his wife, Teressa, did just that. The Danbury, Conn., couple and parents of three walked home from Post University's 123rd Commencement on May 4 with master's degrees in hand. Bill graduated from Post's Online MPA Degree Program and Teressa earned her Master of Science in Human Services Degree (MSHSV).

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Giving iPads to kindergartners

ENGAGED: There are some good ways to encourage
kindergarteners' iPad and technology use
Computers, SmartBoards, iPads, and other technologies are increasingly becoming a part of daily learning for kindergarteners at home and in school. It's more common than ever to see a kindergartener -- even a toddler -- playing with Mom or Dad's smartphone and tablet. Many schools are also equipping their kindergarten classrooms with iPads. City Springs Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore and St. Francis School District 15 in Minnesota are two I read about recently.

These schools are starting to see significant benefits from using iPads in kindergarten education. City Springs says iPads make learning fun and more engaging. St. Francis School District 15 reports that iPads are stimulating kindergarteners' mental growth, building and reinforcing skills, and supporting students' varied learning styles. GlobalPost reported several other benefits in an article too, sharing insights from Post University's Jill Buban, Academic Program Manager for our Teaching & Learning and Online Teaching programs.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business earns ACBSP accreditation

The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University accomplished a major achievement. We've earned accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The organization is known internationally as a gold standard in business higher education accreditation, and earning the recognition is no easy feat.

ACBSP accreditation for the degree programs offered through our business school is in addition to the University's accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), which the University has held since 1972.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Ex Post Facto


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Post University cartoon by Dave Blazek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at http://blog.post.edu.

Who are Post University's 2013 graduates?

The Post University Class of 2013 will be our largest, most diverse graduating class to date. Our 989 graduates came to Post with myriad backgrounds, aspirations, and goals, and they are taking the next step in their lifelong learning journeys as enriched people and professionals.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Post University graduation 2013 updates

In just a couple of days, we'll be recognizing the achievements of nearly 1,000 Post University graduates at our 123rd Commencement -- our largest class ever! To be exact, our graduates on May 4 will include 135 main campus students and 854 Online Education Institute students, for a total of 989 graduates. We have everything just about squared away, and we wanted to update you on how the day will go.

Since the Class of 2013 is so large, we are holding two ceremonies this year -- one for graduate students at 10 a.m., and one for undergraduates at 3 p.m. If you can't attend Commencement, don't worry -- you can still partake in the celebration! Anyone who cannot attend will be able to watch the ceremonies via a live video broadcast. Grads may also order a commemorative video from either ceremony via our online store.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Name that cartoon caption!

It's time again for another cartoon caption contest on Post University's blog! This time, our inspiration for the contest comes from our recent podcast interview with Dan Pink, which has gotten a lot of listens.

In our interview, we discussed Dan's best-selling new book, "To Sell is Human," which covers why every one of us is a salesperson, whether you fill a traditional sales position or not. Selling permeates many aspects of our lives -- from trying to sell our skills in a job interview, to winning new business, to persuading our kids to do their homework!

To help highlight why being a better salesperson is important, we are launching a cartoon caption contest inspired by Dan's book and our interview with him. The always-trusty Dave Blazek, who draws the Ex Post Facto cartoon series for our blog, has created a comic that pokes fun at learning how to be a better salesperson. Your mission is to devise the funniest punch line you can think of. In fact, we want you to sell our judges on why your caption is the best!

Meet the Class of 2013 co-valedictorians!

Our long-awaited 123rd Commencement is just a few short days away, and the excitement is palpable here at Post University! We wanted to take a moment amid the buzz and preparations to congratulate two very special members of Post University's Class of 2013 -- our co-valedictorians, Jessica Curtis and Tina Pugliese. These ladies have worked hard to excel in their chosen fields of study, and their achievements are admirable. Round of applause, Jessica and Tina!

Over the last few weeks, I have gotten to know more about Jessica and Tina, and I have found their journeys to be truly encouraging and enlightening. We think you'll see some of yourself in their stories, and hope they are inspiring to you. We're looking forward to hearing more from these ladies during Commencement on May 4!