Monday, February 28, 2011

Highlights from the Peirce College Black History Month celebration

Earlier this month, the Peirce community gathered for a special event and panel discussion to celebrate Black History Month. Hosted by the Black History Month Committee, “Victory: A Celebration of African-American Achievements,” honored African-American leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, inventors, politicians, musicians, and performers.

The panelists were profound, insightful and inspirational. They shared stories of their journeys, which included their successes, obstacles, and people who guided them along the way. Displays were set up to celebrate African-American culture, representing everything from African-American literature, dance, performing arts, dolls, hair care and beauty, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), to famous athletes and President Obama.

As the celebration of Black History Month comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to share some photos and highlights from the wonderful event. A special thank you to all of our panelists and the Black History Month Committee for putting together such a great celebration!

Friday, February 25, 2011

U.S. News and World Report says Peirce is a college where older students can feel at home

Peirce made headlines this week as we were named one of the "10 Colleges with the Most Older Students" in a February 2011 list published by U.S. News and World Report.

It’s confirmation of something we’ve always known: Peirce is a college that really works for working adults. The student body has an average age of 35. But the numbers only tell part of the story.

To some, this might just look like another top 10 list. For Peirce students, it’s the acknowledgement of how hard the faculty and staff members have worked to consider the unique needs of adult learners.

Whether it's the degree programs we offer, class schedules, the availability of online courses, faculty recruitment, career development opportunities, community outreach, or financial advising and support, we cater to working adults. Being recognized by U.S. News and World Report for our unique student body tells us that what we're doing is working!

We don't have to tell our students and alumni that returning to school while working, raising a family, and dealing with the day-to-day stresses of life requires a special kind of support. That support must come from family, friends, and of course, the college itself. Support from the college is integral to working adult learners' success. Peirce students will tell you they found this in Peirce and that the faculty and staff here are dedicated to helping them get where they want to go.

Working adult students have already experienced the "real world." In some cases, they've dealt with the toughest versions of it. So when they start (or return to) their academic journey at Peirce, they bring something with them that you won't find at a traditional college campus.

These students understand what it will take to make strides in their careers, know that their sacrifices will bring great returns, and often have children who look to them for direction. This gives them a focus and drive that only comes with age.

Understanding that, and understanding what it means to live and work in Philadelphia, Peirce faculty and staff do everything in their power to make education work for our students. We help them figure out what degree will get them one big step closer to their goals, decide on a course load and schedule that will fit into their lives, offer academic support to make sure they get the most out of their classes, and make a plan to pay for it all. The result is an environment where working adult students can thrive more than they'd be able to anywhere else.

At Peirce, we've always called ourselves a place that understands non-traditional students. Now the whole world can call us that. Thanks to all of you who make Peirce a special place.

Monday, February 21, 2011

State Representative Babette Josephs visits Peirce College

Peirce College’s State Representative Babette Josephs, of the 182nd Pennsylvania Legislative District, recently stopped by for a tour and to learn more about the College. President James J. Mergiotti shared with Representative Josephs the history of Peirce and the impact we’ve had on the Philadelphia region.
Chuck Wright, State Representative Babette Josephs, Peirce President James J. Mergiotti

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Save the date for Peirce College’s 2011 Spring Reception

Take out your calendars and save the date for Peirce College's 2011 Spring Reception.

The event is scheduled for Monday, May 23 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the Peirce College Campus. Last year, hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the College joined us for a wonderful evening on Carlisle Street to celebrate the past, present, and future of Peirce. We’re looking forward to another memorable event, so mark the date on your calendar and join us in May!

Here are some anticipated highlights:
  • Celebrate the re–establishment of the Peirce College Alumni Association
  • Network with graduates from each program
  • Visit with friends, colleagues, classmates
  • Witness the unveiling of the new Peirce College brand
  • Enjoy a free festive cocktail reception

A formal invitation will follow in April. In the meantime, for more information, please e-mail the Office of Institutional Advancement or call 888.GO.PEIRCE, ext. 9003.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Learn to dress for success with help from Peirce’s Career Development Services

Your resume is perfect, your cover letter is ready to go, and you are confident that you have done all you can to prepare for the interview. You are ready to land that job! But there’s one last piece of the puzzle. What are you going to wear?

The Career Development Services (CDS) team is partnering with leading image management organizations and professionals to host a “Dress for Success” event that will clarify how to dress professionally for optimal impact.

Men and women will receive relevant image guidance that will help them select business wear that is ideal for their career needs, body type, and personality.

Come out on Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. and enjoy an interactive event with practical information, great guidance on how to select business attire that suits you, and a few surprise treats! Think fashion show with a career-based spin! The event will be held in Rooms 51 & 52 of College Hall. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Feb. 18, 2011.

As a reminder, the CDS department has resources to support you at every stage of your career development, whether you are interviewing for your dream job or looking to start fresh and change careers. If you can’t make it to Wednesday’s event, we encourage you to check out the CDS workshop schedule or send us an email to set up a one-on-one session.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Peirce is now a student chapter of the ACM

It’s official! The Peirce Information Technology Student Association (ITSA) has been formally recognized as a student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). We were chartered on Jan. 13, 2011. ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. Being a part of this premier national organization is exciting news for our Information Technology program as we strive to provide the best education and resources to students pursuing an IT degree at Peirce.

The ACM is the oldest and most respected organization of its kind in the IT industry. It serves its members and the computing profession with an abundance of resources intended to enrich the professional, educational, and research lives of its members and the computing profession. Among its many professional and student member benefits, ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library of computer science literature, offering access to leading-edge publications and online books and courses.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Join us for the Women in Leadership panel hosted by Peirce College

Career Development Services will host an esteemed group of professional women for a “Women in Leadership” panel on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Women from a variety of businesses, industries, careers, and leadership levels will join this interactive panel discussion to share challenges and successes from their respective professional journeys.

Among other things, the panelists will discuss leadership development, ideas on career management, and insight on how to navigate the business environment.

They’ll touch on challenges of special interest to many women in business, such as work-life balance, breaking the glass ceiling, networking, and diversity. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of and to network with the panelists following the event.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Peirce Celebrates Black History Month with a special panel discussion this Friday

In celebration of Black History Month, I'd like to invite all who are interested to join the Black History Month Committee on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. for "Victory: A Celebration of African-American Achievements." The event will include a panel discussion featuring industry leaders representing the arts, business, education, and finance.

Under the guidance of Juanita Wooten, Program Manager for Student Services, and the Black History Month Committee, the program seeks to recognize African-American leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, inventors, politicians, musicians, and performers. The event will be held in College Hall, Room 51, and light refreshments will be served.

All are encouraged to attend, but you must register before Friday! To do so, you can visit the Walker Center (2nd floor, Alumni Hall), or contact us at 888.GO.PEIRCE, ext. 9251, or We can also respond to your questions if you leave a comment below.

Further information about this or other Black History Month events is also available by logging onto the portal and clicking on the Student Services tab. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

When one door closes, another opens: Readmit student Nephetina Serrano shares her story

Nephetina L. Serrano is the complete package -- a mother, wife, daughter, mentor, and volunteer, just to name a few. But there was one thing missing, until recently, when Nephetina returned to Peirce College to follow her dreams of completing her education.

Today, Nephetina is pursuing her degree in Business Administration with a Management concentration, and she couldn’t be happier about her decision.

For Nephetina, the decision to return to school was about so much more than just finishing what she started. She is a firm believer that a college education not only opens the door for career expansion but also for personal growth and fulfillment, both equally important aspects of a full life.

Being able to advance her career and ultimately ensure a better future for her family is a strong motivating factor, but she recognizes now how much education contributes to her self confidence and self-worth.

“Education has given me more confidence in my own abilities and in who I am as a person,” says Nephetina. “This has positively impacted my professional confidence level. During interviews I find I’m calm and more sure of myself.”

The importance of role models, positive influences, and a support system has been instilled in Nephetina from a young age, as she grew up in a close-knit family environment. Her parents played an instrumental part in her success at school, and imparted on her a lifelong commitment to education. Today, she is still finding inspiration in her own mother who returned to school in recent years, earning her associate degree in Education, her bachelor’s degree in Social Services, and finally completing her master's just this past December!

Today, Nephetina credits her wonderful support system, including family, friends, church, and  her husband Richard (perhaps her biggest supporter) for giving her the confidence and drive to complete her degree. Another important source of support? The Peirce community, in which she has found that final piece of the puzzle that encourages her to keep going towards her ultimate goal -- a degree.

Peirce’s commitment to working adult learners, and the flexible curriculum that is delivered both on campus and online, made Nephetina feel at home right from the start, and she has embraced the community and supportive environment she found at Peirce. The personal attention from faculty, small class size, camaraderie with her fellow classmates, and wonderful staff were the icing on the cake.