Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mark your calendars: Spring 2010 Career Development Services workshops

Looking for a new job but don't know where to start? The Career Development Services department is here to help!

Through career counseling, planning, and job search support, Career Development Services aims to assist students in making informed career decisions that are consistent with their values, skills, interests, and abilities.

An important part of our program includes workshops designed to support our students' career development skills. These workshops are offered throughout the academic year.

Here is the Spring 2010 workshop schedule. The following take place on campus between Jan. 13 and Feb. 22, 2010.

Mark your calendars: Spring 2010 workshops at the Walker Center for Academic Excellence

As promised, here is Peirce College's Spring 2010 workshop schedule for the Walker Center for Academic Excellence. A reminder -- the various workshops are hosted both on campus and online, so be sure to check the location. And did I mention -- they're all free!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Peirce College celebrates commitment to customer service at the 6th annual S.T.A.R. Gala

At Peirce College, we have always placed a great emphasis on customer service and dedication to our students. Every year our staff goes above and beyond, exceeding our expectations with their commitment to the Peirce community. What better way to celebrate the faculty and staff who exemplify these qualities than to praise them with awards and recognition in front of their peers.

The recent Service to Achieve Results (S.T.A.R.) Gala at Peirce College saw our biggest turnout since inception! Over 117 Peirce faculty, staff, and honored guests attended to give their support to the Peirce College employees who were nominated and who won a prestigious S.T.A.R. award for their dedication to our students and fellow employees.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Peirce College Paralegal Studies scholarship winner plans for the future

We caught up with Susan Witte, our award-winning Paralegal Studies student. Needless to say, she's been quite busy with finals and wrapping up her classes at Peirce. But we are so happy to hear that she had a wonderful time at the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) "Celebrate Success" awards luncheon.

Susan spent a few days in Portland, Ore. to attend the event, where she accepted the 2009 NFPA/Thomson Reuters Scholarship. Here is Susan (right) accepting her scholarship from a Thomson Reuters representative.

Susan was able to share her thoughts on the experience and her future plans with Peirce Connections. Read on below for her update. Thanks again, Susan!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Peirce Paralegal Student Association's symposium and networking event gives "view from the bench"

Thanks to the outstanding Peirce College Paralegal Student Association (PSA) leadership group and the participation of our professional guests, Peirce College's annual fall PSA symposium and networking event on Dec. 9 was a huge success! This year's theme was focused on judicial perspective, or the "view from the bench."

I'm sure you've heard it before, but I'm going to say it again -- networking is one of the most important things you can do to prepare yourself for a successful career. The mission of Peirce College's PSA is to provide students the tools and encouragement to be proactive and take initiative to make their careers happen. This event went a long way to help accomplish that mission.

My colleague Carol Sherman shared some great observations from the event. Here are some highlights.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Peirce College 2009 Delta Mu Delta induction

I'm happy to announce that this year, 55 Peirce Business Administration students became members of Delta Mu Delta, Kappa Nu chapter. Delta Mu Delta is the International Honor Society in Business Administration. Each fall, students who meet eligibility requirements (Business Administration majors with a minimum 3.3 GPA and 60 college-level credits) are invited for membership.

Our on-campus program was on Dec. 4, and our virtual program took place Dec. 5. Including the most recent inductees, the Peirce College Delta Mu Delta chapter now stands at 386 members!

Congratulations to Associate Professor Sheila L. Perkins, who was inducted into Delta Mu Delta as an honorary member. Sheila is a dedicated member of the Business Administration faculty, and has been instrumental in providing guidance to the program and its students. Thank you Sheila for your commitment, and welcome to Delta Mu Delta!

Freddy Flippen, April Collins, Jon Lenrow and Camille Pierre also deserve special thanks for all their hard work organizing the on-campus event (some photos included here). Fabulous job!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Peirce Scholarship Competition awards $60,000 to 23 students

On behalf of Peirce College's faculty members and staff, I want to take a moment and say congratulations to the winners of Peirce College's Fall 2009 Scholarship Competition!

We do this twice a year, and in this round we awarded a total of $60,000 in scholarship funds to 23 students. The Scholarship Competition is divided among three programs: Business Administration, Paralegal Studies, and Information Technology. Each program receives $20,000 to distribute at its discretion, so the number of recipients and the amount of each individual award changes from year to year.

If you're a student interested in entering the competition, or simply curious about the scholarship programs available at Peirce, I'll be sharing more details about the Peirce Scholarship Competition in the coming days.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Peirce giving: winter coat and toy drives

The holiday season is upon us, and so is the season of giving! As many of you already know, Peirce College is once again participating in the Greater Philadelphia Cares Winter Coat Drive.

Last year, your generosity allowed us to donate nearly 100 coats, making it possible for us to continue Peirce College's commitment to giving back to the Philadelphia community. We are so thankful for all of the support and generosity exhibited by the Peirce community. This year I'd like to challenge all faculty, staff, and students to exceed last year's total by donating "gently used" or new coats, now through January 4 (please note that gently used coats must be cleaned prior to being donated).

And just because I've seen how generous you all can be, and believe we can do even better, we've added a new initiative! This year, Peirce will also partner with the Youth Action Team in a holiday toy drive. From now through December 17, your donations of new, unwrapped toys (ages infants to 17 years old) will benefit children residing in local shelters.

All donations may be placed in the collection bins located in the lobby and lounge areas of College Hall. At the conclusion of the drives, all coats and toys collected will be distributed to those in need. If you have any questions about donations, please feel free to contact me directly at 888.GO.PEIRCE, ext. 9297, or vrchimenti@peirce.edu.

Please know that your contributions will go a long way to help make the holiday season a little brighter for many in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Thank you so much for your support, and happy holidays to all!

College tuition resources essential for continuing education students

My colleague Steve Bird has discussed in the past that there are usually two primary concerns that emerge when we talk with current and prospective students: time and money.

Interestingly, it seems that almost all college students share these concerns -- whether they're considering an accelerated degree program, business school, an IT degree, online accredited degree, or a traditional degree program.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Alumni open house reconnects Peirce to its graduates

The Peirce College alumni open house on November 19 was very well attended. It was great to host so many graduates and hear about their Peirce and life experiences.

Although we communicate with alumni on a regular basis (including through our newsletter, Peirce Perspectives), there is nothing better than getting together face-to-face to fortify our relationships and share our Peirce pride. Fortunately, pictures were taken that captured the essence of the evening, which you can view in a slideshow below.

Here are some of my observations from the event:

  • Peirce has a diverse group of alumni that represent the College extremely well in the workplace and the community.
  • It was particularly exciting to have Virginia Hurff Gilbert '33 (pictured with me to the right) and Enus Shupp '35 attend and actively participate. Peirce has a long, great history and these two individuals personify the Peirce College spirit and drive.
  • Every decade, from the 1930s through the 2000s, was represented at the event. Everyone, regardless of graduation year, demonstrated great enthusiasm for the College.
  • While Peirce alumni live all over the country and world, by and large, our studies show that 75 percent tend to stay in the Philadelphia area after graduation.
  • Those in attendance really cherished the time they spent at Peirce. Yearbooks and photos were displayed that sparked fond memories about their college days. It wasn't uncommon to see emotions surface when former classmates recognized each other. Many spoke of how their time at Peirce helped them in both their personal and professional lives.
  • Best of all, our alumni demonstrated that they are an engaged group with a desire for even more participation in the new era. They gave meaningful insight into a number of topics, which indicated how well they understand the value in our approach, and who our students are. Most notably, they expressed appreciation for how we mix the traditional, classroom-based model with online course delivery.
  • They also shared some constructive criticism. They suggested broadening our reach to include more traditional-aged students (18-24), in addition to working adults, and a desire for Peirce College to engage its alumni on a more consistent basis. They also commented on the importance of strengthening relationships with business and community leaders, offering expanded career services, and increasing recognition for the Peirce College name.
Feedback and insight from our alumni is invaluable, and they will continue to be a major part of Peirce College in the new era. Based on their feedback, more alumni-centered activities will be held in the future.

Thanks again to all the alumni and guests that attended the open house, as well as to the staff and faculty that helped make it a great night!

To view a slide show of the pictures taken at the open house, click on the photo below.