Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rising health insurance costs and the Affordable Care Act mean re-negotiating collective bargaining agreements

The past few years have seen state and local governments looking for ways to manage ever-rising health insurance costs.  With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (the “ACA”), public administrators face new challenges. From the cost of retiree benefits to the so-called “Cadillac tax”, the Affordable Care Act and rising insurance costs mean re-negotiating collective bargaining agreements.  Here’s why.

1. Healthcare benefits are a mandatory subject of bargaining. This means that parties are required to negotiate in good faith and refusing to do so is an unfair labor practice.      

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

More than just an opportunity: Inspiring better horsemanship through equine studies DVDs

Sometimes good things happen when you least expect them . . . and if you aren’t open to the possibilities for change, they often pass you by.

Two years ago I got an email from a Connecticut woman asking if I’d be interested in participating in an educational DVD that would study the horse’s respiratory system. While I was intrigued, the invitation came at an inopportune time. I was juggling family and job responsibilities with the added stress of completing a Master’s Degree in Education. It would have been easy to say no to a stranger. After all, this was a start-up company with no track record or guarantee for success.  But knowing how scarce good educational programming is for the equestrian market, I agreed to meet with her to learn more.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Virtual teams have become a necessity for business collaboration

Working in virtual teams used to be an exception in everyday business collaboration. In our current age of social networking and global businesses, knowing how to work successfully with virtual teams has become a necessity!

A virtual team is a group of individuals who work across different time, space and organizational borders using communication technologies to interact with one another. You may not have worked on a team that was defined as virtual, but have you considered that your current team works virtually, even if you are working in the same location?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Post Experience: Right at home, halfway around the world

Post University junior Peter Fanous is a Resident Assistant, a participant in the Honors Program, a Senior Student Ambassador, a member of the tennis team, and former Orientation Leader and EPIC team member. He even spends his summers working in Post’s admissions office giving tours to interested students and families. So fully immersed in the university, Fanous looks right at home as he leads visitors across the campus grounds, so much so that it’s hard to believe his real home is over 5,000 miles away.

Fanous is an international student from Cairo, Egypt currently double majoring in Sport Management and Interactive Communications and is one of the most involved students on the Post campus. He came to Post to fulfill his dream of playing college tennis and because of the welcoming feel the school offered. It wasn’t easy at first though, for the student leader to adjust to life as a college student in America.

Friday, July 18, 2014

5 personal strategies for public transportation safety

As more and more people rely on the use of public transportation due to high fuel prices and heavily congested highways, there is critical need for passengers to take certain precautions and become more aware of their overall safety.  As a passenger, you should stay informed of important safety information, become aware of your immediate surroundings, think ahead about how to react in a dangerous situation, report suspicious persons and circumstances, and be willing to take action if necessary.  The following steps could keep you and others around you safe during an unforeseen accident, criminal act, or from incidents of terrorism:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Big changes in Post Athletics Department

Post University head baseball coach A.J. McNamara stepped down from his position on Monday after eight years at the helm. He’s not going far though, as he has been promoted to a newly created position within the athletics department, Athletics Operations Manager. In this role he will assist in all aspects of administration within the department.

Of the 14 schools within the Central Atlantic CollegiateConference (CACC), Post has the largest athletics department, with 18 NCAA Division II programs, a sprint football team and three equestrian teams.  Due to the size of Post’s athletics department, newly appointed Athletic Director Mike Mannetti felt the department could use additional support in some areas. The newly created position will address the areas of contest management and internal management operations in terms of games, schedules, contracts, game day operations and supervision.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Post on-the-air: Miss Connecticut scholarship winner eager to attend Post

Last month, Krystie L. Seese of Naugatuck, CT was awarded a full tuition scholarship to any online graduate degree program offered by Post University through the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Corporation. The current Miss Greater Watertown title holder, Seese was selected the winner of the competitive scholarship opportunity by a pageant committee, based on her work experience, college transcript, resume, and essay creation. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Recent Post graduate earns dream job with FBI

Not many students get their dream job right out of college. So it’s not hard to believe that when recent Post University graduate Kelsey Knecht got a phone call from her dream employer just days after graduation – she was rather speechless.

“When I got that call I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t even know what to say,” said Knecht. “The fact that it was that agency, and it was in that location, which I wanted so much; it was amazing, and such a sigh of relief to have a job like that after college.”

That location would be Jacksonville, Florida, and that agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Knecht, who earned her Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and her Bachelor of Arts in Child Studies in May, will be working in the Communications Department of the FBI’s Jacksonville Division.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Interactive Communication is the way of the future

How often do people communicate?  Whether they text, tweet, call, email, Facebook chat, or speak in person, one thing is certain: they cannot not communicate!

Post University is now offering a Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Communication on the Waterbury campus and online. The field of Interactive Communication is a blend of psychology, sociology, marketing, journalism and business.  The new program focuses on how technology influences various types of human communication, such as intrapersonal, interpersonal, mass, group, and organizational communication. Using both traditional and emerging technologies students will explore how instant access to information has changed how people communicate.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Post in the Media: Risk compliance, tips for new hires and more

Post University faculty and staff have been lending their professional expertise to several media outlets nationwide recently. Here’s a recap of the latest headlines to hit the news:

What not to say
Chris Szpryngel, Acting Dean of the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, shared a few phrases he feels businesspeople should avoid for the sake of workplace productivity in a print edition of Job Week. “We’ve always done it this way” and “When I was at my previous company”, are two phrases Szpryngel feels reveals a stuck-in-a-rut mindset and can hinder new ideas and efficiency. This article ran on several local affiliates including Summit Daily, NR Today, and The Aspen Times

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Managing a project means managing risk

Everyone has projects, whether it’s a project that lasts 10 years or one week. Whether or not you complete your project within the scope, time, and budget planned for- determines if you accomplished effective risk management.

Last month I led a Risk Management Professional Certification prep course at Post University in conjunction with Off Peak Training. The course is specifically for those seeking PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) certification via the Project Management Institute and was designed to educate project management professionals seeking a higher understanding of risk management. Several of the themes that were covered in the course are ideas that are being taught at Post every day.

When students participate in the Project Management concentration within the MBA program at the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business there are several benefits. The program is part of an integrated MBA learning experience focused on many aspects of leadership, risk management, virtual teams, and application of project management tools and concepts.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Buban to take on innovative new role as Assistant Provost for Post

In an effort to continually raise the bar in online education, Post has created a new leadership role focusing on enhancing and expanding the online academic reach of the university.

Jill Buban, Ph.D., former Dean of the School of Education, was recently named the Assistant Provost for Research and Innovation for Post University and took over this role on July 1.

Buban has been focused extensively on online teaching while guiding the School of Education and serving as the Academic Program Manager for the Teaching & Learning and Online Teaching concentrations of Post’s Master of Education program. She has a deep interest in using the current tools offered to enhance adult student learning and has encouraged online learning for children of all ages.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mike Mannetti named Post Athletic Director

Post University athletics has a new leader. After spending last year in the interim role, Mike Mannetti has been named Post’s Athletic Director. Also serving as the university’s sprint football coach, Mannetti has his hands full gearing up for the new athletic year.

The Waterbury-native has been entrenched in the city’s sports community for many years. A graduate of Holy Cross High School, Mannetti was a star center on the Crusaders football team as he earned All-City, All-Naugatuck Valley League, and All-State honors over his career. He later spent 10 years on the coaching staff at his alma mater and helped lead Holy Cross to five playoff appearances, including the Class SS State Championship in 2006 and the 2011 Class S State Championship.