Friday, November 30, 2012

If you’re a poet, come show it at our Poetry Slam

POETRY: Join us on Dec. 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,
in Room 41 of College Hall
The following is a guest post from Robyn Edelstein, Professor, General Education at Peirce College

We have a great event coming up on Friday that lets students tap into their creative side and show their passion for poetry. Mark your calendars for our second Poetry Slam event, Dec. 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in Room 41 of College Hall. The Walker Center for Academic Excellence will co-host the event.

Here’s how the event works: The Poetry Slam is open mic, which means anyone can read to the group. You can choose to read your own poetry, or some of your favorites by other authors and poets. The event is very informal and fun; and all Peirce students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and family members are invited to attend. We’ll be serving hot chocolate and dessert to all attendees.

We always encourage students to come together outside of the classroom to share common interests and improve skills, and events like these help students be a part of the Peirce community and get to know faculty and staff members in an informal setting. And poetry, when I have used it in my classes, is an incredible tool for critical and analytical thinking, reading, and writing.

Over 30 enthusiastic Peirce students, faculty, and staff attended our first Poetry Slam in August, and we want to keep this new tradition going. The atmosphere of our Poetry Slam is very relaxed and creative, and a fun way to work on your listening and creative skills. So we encourage you to come out, bring some friends, get to know new members of the Peirce community, and enjoy some poetry over hot chocolate and dessert. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to Natalie Price or me at I hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wishing luck to Jim Vitale on his retirement

BEST WISHES: We wish Jim Vitale the best in his
retirement from Peirce College after 12 years of service. 
It's with mixed emotion that we announce the retirement of Jim Vitale, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration here at the College. Jim retires tomorrow after 12 years of superb service at Peirce, where he was responsible for the Business Office, Enrollment Services, the Office of Financial Aid, Admissions, Information Technology, and Auxiliary Services (including campus facilities and security).

He retires having made Peirce a better institution for our students and graduates, and we are very fortunate to have experienced his outstanding leadership and extraordinary commitment to the College. I asked Jim to share a few short thoughts with us as he prepares for the next chapter of his life.
"I'm sad to leave Peirce, and I'll miss being part of such a dedicated team. But I'm looking forward to retirement. My short term plans are to travel to Florida for a few weeks of vacation. After that, I'm excited to spend more time with my family, especially being able to attend functions at my grandchildren's schools. Beyond that, I'll just be taking it one day at a time. 
My parting words for my fellow employees are that you should feel good about the direction that the College is taking. Jim Mergiotti has assembled a talented management team that is positioned to ensure that the College achieves even more success than we have already."
Thanks Jim, for your hard work and dedication to Peirce over the past 12 years. We'll miss you, and wish you the best in your retirement.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We’re ready for spring classes … are you?

Peirce faculty members have already scheduled their classes for the spring -- have you looked into scheduling yours? Scheduling early can help ensure you get your favorite professor and a class schedule that works with your life. And if you register now, you can rest assured through the holiday season that your classes are taken care of for the spring.

To get started, check out to see what courses your professors are teaching and then be sure to register yourself. If you’d like to talk to someone for additional support, schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss what classes will keep you on track for graduation. Call 888.467.3472, ext. 9177, or email to schedule an appointment.

Come join us this spring and schedule your spring classes now. We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Peirce event job seekers shouldn’t miss

networking skills at CDS' Mocktails event
If you're searching for a job or think you might be looking for a new one in the future, it's always a good idea to brush up on and hone your networking skills. That's why we created our Mocktails networking event, hosted by Career Development Services.

This annual event gives Peirce students and alumni hands-on experience in developing their networking skills. This year's Mocktails event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in classrooms 51 and 52. All Peirce students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. To add some real-world experience to the mix, some 20 employers from the Philadelphia region will also be in attendance.

These employers come from a variety of industries, including the paralegal field, information technology, business, and healthcare. In fact, we already have RVSPs from Independence Blue Cross Blue Shield, employees from the City of Philadelphia, recruiters from non-profit staffing firms, and more. We'll be publishing the full list of attending employers closer to event time.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

4 online resources to improve your job search

ONLINE RESOURCES: Use these to maximize the impact
of your job search process
Most job seekers are using the Internet to search for and find new jobs. But few job seekers are using it to its full potential. If you are just searching for and responding to job ads on individual employer websites or aggregate job boards, you could be missing out on some great opportunities.

There are lots of important online resources job seekers should be aware of and using to maximize the impact of their job search process. Today, we're shining the spotlight on four of them.
  1. LinkedIn for professional networking. Many students don't realize the real value that LinkedIn can provide to their job search and networking endeavors. That's why we did an entire workshop on LinkedIn this past spring, to teach students how to use it for making connections, networking, and staying up-to-date on industry news and trends. It is a fantastic tool for professional networking and connections, and can even serve as a news platform for you to see what individuals in your network are discussing and posting. Create a profile if you don't have one and start building your connections. One of the easiest ways to do that is to have LinkedIn search your email for contacts and invite those individuals to connect. Whenever you meet a professional contact, invite them to connect on LinkedIn, either right away or later that day. You never know who you might connect with that could lead to a job opportunity down the road. Also, your connections can recommend you publicly. Individuals who could be good targets to reach out to for connections include your professors, advisors, and past and current employers. These recommendations are valuable references for future job opportunities.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Get to know our newest Career Development Services bloggers

Career development advice and information is some of the most popular content on our blog and we want to ensure we're providing our readers with all the resources we can. To accomplish that, we're adding two new bloggers from the Career Development Services (CDS) team who will be bringing you new insights and perspectives on career development in upcoming blog posts.

You may have seen them on campus or in the CDS office before, but we wanted to introduce Robyn Dizes and Ed Hill on the blog, just in case you haven't met them yet.

First up is Robyn, Manager of Career Development Services.
CAREER CONNOISSEUR: Robyn will be offering her insight
and advice on honing your career-related skills.

Q: Robyn, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: Hi! I'm Robyn Dizes, Manager of Career Development Services. I have over seven years of experience in academic advising, career counseling, and business development. I earned my bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, a master's degree in Higher Education, and a Noel-Levitz Enrollment Management Post-Master's certificate.

Q: How long have you been a member of the CDS team, and what important things have you learned along the way?

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Peirce College season of giving is in full swing

SEASON OF GIVING: Help us help others this holiday season! 
We hope you’re getting excited about the upcoming holiday season. We are too, and we’re getting in the spirit with activities aimed at helping those in our community. We’re sharing a few of these upcoming events here on the blog, so you can get involved too!

American Red Cross Blood Drive. We’re once again partnering with the American Red Cross to host our annual blood drive on Monday, Nov. 26, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., in rooms 51 and 52 in College Hall. Hurricane Sandy has made the need for donations even more urgent this year. Over 450 blood drives were cancelled due to the storm, and even more were called off in the aftermath due to power outages and flooding.

The Red Cross lost over 11,000 donations due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. We’ve set a goal of collecting 25 donations in this blood drive. Help us reach it! Sign up for a time slot to donate. Walk-ins are also welcome as the schedule permits. For more resources about blood donation from the Red Cross, read its website for first-time donor information and eligibility requirements to donate.

The Youth Action Toy Drive. We’re collecting new, unwrapped toys for children ages infant to 17 through our Youth Action Toy Drive. We've worked with Youth Action, a not-for-profit organization run by Philadelphia high school and college students that aims to promote youth advocacy and help others, for the past four holiday seasons.

Youth Action partners with area schools and community organizations to collect toys for children in need in Philadelphia during the holidays, particularly those living in area shelters or transitional and crisis housing. Since 2007, Youth Action has collected and donated upwards of 8,500 toys to needy children in the greater Philadelphia region. The collection box this year is located in the lobby of College Hall, so be sure to bring a gift for a child in need. We’ll be collecting toys until Monday, Dec. 3.

We hope you’re enjoying the season of giving as much as we are. We’ll be following up with the results of these efforts in the upcoming weeks, so keep your eyes here!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Advice from one working adult to another on earning a college degree: 'Just do it, don’t be afraid.'

If you’re working a full-time job, raising a family, or both, you might think earning a degree at the same time is out of reach. But if you saw a friend or family member balance full-time employment, family obligations, and earning a degree, would that change your mind? It has for many. In fact, quite a few of our working adult students refer their family and friends to Peirce after seeing firsthand that it can be done!

We like to share these stories to show that you can fit earning a degree into a busy life. Today, we’re highlighting Shamar and Barbara Durham, a mother and daughter who are both attending Peirce, completely online.

Shamar Durham is a single mother who works a full-time job in the healthcare field. She attended community college for a short time, but left when she wasn’t able to balance her course load and the full-time job she needed to support her family. But her goal of earning a college degree was always in the back of her mind.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Supporting the military in ways big and small

helped put together this year's Veteran's Day brunch
Veteran's Day is a special day for the Peirce community as many of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are veterans or current members of the military. So we're really passionate about thanking them for their service and providing them with opportunities for transition into civilian life. One of the ways we do that is by hosting an annual brunch on Veteran's Day with students, faculty, and staff in College Hall. Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) annually supports and attends this event.

Peirce military students and members of the VUB program came together for this year's brunch on Monday. Peirce student Diana Kirkland spoke about her experience transitioning back into the academic world, and Peirce faculty member Marguerite Pannell spoke about her journey from the Navy to student, and then from student to faculty member.

The event also provided students from both programs with the opportunity to network and share experiences. Check out our pictures from the event.

We believe education is a vital step for military members in their transition to civilian life. Most military members have been out of the private job market for years, so a college education can play a crucial role in helping them find their footing in the workforce. Getting a college degree after serving also helps military members hone the skills and experiences they gained while in the armed services and apply them to civilian jobs.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Healthcare students: Join this association – stat!

One of our core educational beliefs is that students should participate in real-world experiences to help hone their skills and better understand how classroom teachings apply to their careers. For students in our health programs -- Health Information Technology, Health Information Administration, and Healthcare Administration -- our Health Programs Student Association is an important way we expose our students to these experiences.

Students who enroll in one of our Health Programs become immediate members of the Health Programs Student Association. The association meets monthly, on campus and at local healthcare-related organizations, and gives students context to what they're learning from their instructors. Our latest meeting took place on Oct. 11 at Pennsylvania Hospital, the oldest hospital in the nation.

16 students and two faculty members (myself included) participated in a historic tour of the hospital, which was led by Stacey Peeples, the organization's archivist. The students who attended told us how much they enjoyed exploring the history of medicine and seeing how it shaped the delivery of care in our nation today.

After the tour, we continued our discussion in the classroom and focused on how quality standards, first established 300 years ago, shape the patient care guidelines currently in use today. Here are some photos from our tour which capture some of the rich historical items we saw.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Peirce College adds some trick or treat to its latest student meet and greet

PARTY-GOERS: Our masquerade party is one mixer event
we hold for first-year students to get to know one another. 
Most masquerade parties keep party-goers identities in the dark. But when we held our masquerade party two weeks ago, our goal was quite the opposite. We wanted to throw a creative event where our first-year students could get to know each other, so we hosted a masquerade party to kick off this year's First Year Initiative (FYI) program events.

The FYI program is a support system that helps meet the needs of first-year students by providing academic advising, tutoring, and financial aid support. We hold events throughout the year to help students meet one another and get more information about the College. All new students are automatically enrolled in our FYI program and invited to attend FYI events.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Philadelphia Business Journal names Peirce College a top 25 college in Philadelphia

We're regular readers of the Philadelphia Business Journal, a major publication here in Philadelphia, and one of the features we look forward to most is its annual ranking of the top 25 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region. The Philadelphia Business Journal creates its list based on total student enrollment for the academic year.

The editors recently released their 2012 list, and when we opened the paper to see who was on it, we were excited to spot Peirce College! This is the second year the Philadelphia Business Journal has included us in its ranking.

Being a part of the list is evidence of students' continued interest in our programs. This achievement wouldn't be possible without our faculty and staff, who help ensure our programs are high-quality, career-oriented, and academically rigorous. So a big thank you is due to our faculty and staff for their continued service to the College, and to our students, for choosing us as a partner in their education.