Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New resource from Peirce College helps Philadelphia's working adults earn a degree

Peirce College has launched a new resource -- PhillyAdultLearners.com -- for working adults in the Philadelphia region who are considering going back to school. If you live in the Philadelphia area, you might have heard our radio spot advertising the website.

Philly Adult Learners gives prospective students in the Philadelphia region all the information they need about earning a degree, whether they're deciding if it's the right direction for them, applying to schools, or are already enrolled and looking for a support system.

Peirce looked at the local marketplace and felt that there was not enough information out there to help working adults figure out if they can make the leap to return to school. We decided to close that gap, and Philly Adult Learners was born.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Remembering the sacrifices of enlisted men and women this Memorial Day

Each year we kick off the summer season on the last Monday in May, hosting barbeques, heading to the beach, and enjoying time with our families.

But Peirce College hopes that each of you will also take time to remember and honor our military men and women who have pledged to protect our freedoms. They're our family members, friends, neighbors, and classmates.

So before you head off to your weekend celebrations, take a moment to remember and thank these brave men and women.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day holiday!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Announcing the winner of Peirce Idol 2011

The votes are in! And we’re pleased to announce that Morraye Berrios has been selected to lead us in singing the national anthem at the 2011 Commencement ceremony on Monday, June 13.

Congratulations, Morraye! We look forward to hearing you sing again when it comes time to celebrate the achievements of our 2011 graduates and this huge step they’ve taken toward a brighter future.

Check back soon to hear more about Morraye’s journey at Peirce as she prepares to graduate on June 13.

Finally, a special thanks to all of the other contestants who came out and auditioned this year. Peirce students never cease to impress and inspire us, whether it’s in the classroom, in your career, or in finding the time to share those special hidden talents!

Toss your caps! Philly graduates with Mayor Nutter

On May 20, Peirce students from the 2011 graduating class, along with members of the faculty and administration, joined Mayor Michael Nutter, U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah, Philadelphia Museum of Art Board Chair Connie Williams, and other students and educators from across the region at a citywide graduation celebration.

The event honored Philadelphians who have earned their college degree and celebrated the city’s focus on education and degree attainment. Among attendees representing Peirce College was the mother-son duo, Clarice James and Keith Carney, who will be graduating from Peirce together on June 13.

Reflecting on Startup Corps graduation event for Science Leadership Academy participants

While there are many individuals and groups doing very meaningful work educating high school students in the Philadelphia area, few do it as effectively as Rich Sedmak and Christian Kunkel of Startup Corps.

For the second year in a row, Peirce had the honor of hosting a graduation ceremony on its campus for students from the Science Leadership Academy who had successfully completed the program for the year. Once again, it was a fantastic experience to participate in the event.

When I attended last year’s graduation event, I knew very little about Startup Corps and what to expect. What I discovered was a one-of-a-kind program that teaches life skills, business skills, and social responsibility to high school students by facilitating their creation of businesses. Not fictitious or simulated businesses, but real businesses that positively impact students’ communities. This year, as one of the speakers at the event, I told the following story of my prior year’s experience.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Connecting with Alumni: Meet a graduate who works for the future of Peirce College

The Spring Reception is happening May 23, and during the event we’ll be presenting our newly rejuvenated Alumni Association -- a group committed to a bright future for Peirce College.

Current Alumni Association President Steve Wurtz, ‘08, made his first appearance on Peirce Connections back in March to tell our alumni about the plans for the group and to encourage alumni to get involved. Now new Association Board Member Holly Frey, ’10, is providing her unique insight on why alumni engagement is so important to the future of Peirce.

Watch her video to learn more about the Alumni Association and the ways you can get involved, both as students and alumni.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Peirce Idol voting extended to Friday, May 20!

Didn't get a chance to vote for Peirce Idol 2011? Well you're in luck! Voting will now be open until 11:59 EST on May 20. So check out the contestants and cast a vote for your favorite singer.

Professional development workshops for students and alumni at Peirce Career Day

Earning a degree unlocks many doors along the path to a new career. But finding and excelling in a new job takes more than an education.

It also requires an investment in personal and professional development that transforms you from a new graduate into a commodity on the job market.

That's why Career Development Services organized its first Career Day event in April. Peirce students and alumni attended several training sessions including:
  • Conflict management
  • How to use LinkedIn to get a job
  • Developing your brand
  • Navigating non-traditional interviews
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Professional networking
  • Negotiating your salary and benefits package
Two keynote speakers addressed the group during the course of the day. We started with Jim Smith Jr., President and CEO of JIMPACT Enterprises. This best-selling author and international speaker kicked things off with a high-energy presentation where he discussed the ways students and alumni can develop their personal brand.

Later in the day, Andrea Agnew, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Comcast Cable Communications, spoke about the business value of diversity in the workplace. She also helped participants understand the relevance of diversity and inclusion in everyone’s career path.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Vote now for Peirce Idol 2011, student singer of the national anthem at Peirce College Commencement

As Peirce students know, going back to school to get your bachelor’s degree is not an easy decision to make – especially when you have to balance the responsibilities of home life, work life and family life. Peirce’s 2011 Commencement is a time to celebrate, to say yes – you can do this – and to reflect on these students who overcame all obstacles in their lives so they can advance in their career through the accomplishment of a bachelor’s degree.

In keeping with this celebration, we’re continuing a new tradition we started at Peirce last year, where we offer our student body the chance to help us commemorate the achievement of earning a degree by competing in Peirce Idol for a chance to sing at our commencement ceremony.

Four students auditioned before a panel of judges last week in hopes of becoming this year’s Peirce Idol. There wasn’t a single performance that didn’t give the panel goosebumps! They each casted their votes, and now it’s time for you to cast yours to select the student who will sing the national anthem at this year’s Commencement.

Below is a video where you can watch all four auditions. In order you’ll see:
  1. V. Shayne Frederick
  2. Marc Davis
  3. Raven Holloway
  4. Morraye Berrios

Please be sure to listen to all of the auditions before casting your vote – the deadline is May 18 May 20! Once you’ve decided on a favorite, VOTE to let us know who you think should be Peirce Idol of Commencement 2011! Your votes will be combined with the judging panel’s to select the winner.

A special thank you to all our contestants who were willing to share their talents, and best of luck to all! We’ll announce the winner at the end of the month, so be on the lookout for another post from me.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Don’t miss the 2011 Spring Reception on May 23

We’ve been telling you about this upcoming event for some time now, and the date is finally drawing near! So remember to join us in celebration of the New Era of Peirce College at the 2011 Spring Reception, held on campus Monday, May 23.

Don't miss the festivities as we present the revitalized Peirce College Alumni Association and showcase the new Peirce brand. The event will include a cocktail reception, degree program networking receptions, and more!

There are only a few days left to R.S.V.P. To let us know you'll be attending, call 888.GO.PEIRCE (888-467-3472), ext. 9003, or e-mail the Alumni Association by Friday, May 13!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Startup Corps program highlighted in Philadelphia Inquirer

We recently shared some highlights from our visit to the Science Leadership Academy to meet with students participating in the Startup Corps program, the group for which Peirce College serves as educational sponsor.

We were excited to open up Tuesday's Philadelphia Inquirer to see a feature story by Staff Writer Mohana Ravindranath that highlights these inspiring students and the Startup Corps program. Check out the story on Philly.com:

The committment and creativity of Startup Corps co-founders Rich Sedmak and Christian Kunkel, the entrepreneurship concept that drives the program, and the passion of the students tells a great story about the importance of fostering the entrepreneurial spirit and encouraging students to be active, engaged participants in their own education. Peirce College is proud to support the program as sponsors and mentors.

We can't wait to see the outcome of the student projects when they present their business plans at Peirce during the Startup Corps graduation hosted on campus on May 10!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Inaugural induction ceremony for Peirce paralegal honor society a success

Read on below for a guest post from Assistant Professor Cynthia Gentile and Associate Professor Carol Sherman, as they share highlights from our recent LEX induction ceremony on behalf of the entire Paralegal Studies Program.


We’re happy to report that our first Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) National Paralegal Honor Society induction ceremony was a huge success! We recently celebrated the achievements of our 73 inductees with an event on campus, followed by a virtual induction ceremony for those who were unable to attend in person. Another proud Peirce College tradition has begun!

Recognizing the achievements of our students is so important, and it was great to see their pride and excitement, and learn about how Peirce College helped them achieve their career goals and transform their professional lives. This group of exceptional students and alumni has worked extremely hard to achieve this type of academic success, and we are proud to have them represent the Peirce College Paralegal Studies program.

As Ed Miller, Professor and Assistant Dean, Paralegal Studies, noted in welcoming the crowd, “this inaugural induction is a reflection of just how much our students have achieved, and a culmination of the efforts of our Paralegal Student Association who put the wheels in motion several years ago to make this happen today.”