Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Advice every businesswoman should know

SECRET TO SUCCESS: Professional women from across the
Philadelphia area joined us to discuss leadership, success, and motivation
Ninety-four students, faculty members, staff, partners, and alumni came out for another successful Women in Leadership panel discussion here at the College on April 16. We heard a lot of positive feedback from attendees. In fact, many said the Women in Leadership event is their favorite event of the year, and this year’s was the best one yet.

There was great synergy among our panelists, and our moderator, Sara Lomax-Reese, President of WURD Radio, LLC, kept the discussion moving. Our panelists this year were:
We shot photos throughout the event of our panelists and audience members their views throughout the night, and wanted to share them with you.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Welcoming 24 new Peirce students into the National Paralegal Honor Society

I’m very happy to announce that 24 Peirce students have now been inducted into the National Paralegal Honor Society. They’ve joined the Peirce chapter of the organization -- Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX). The induction ceremony took place on April 19, and we were proud to add these high-caliber students into Peirce’s LEX chapter, which now has 120 members.

Pictured left to right, front row: Kelly Blair, Mark D'Annunzio, Ann Marie DeLawrence, Danielle Desipio, Wayne Gibbons, Brianne Harper, Prof. Carol J. Sherman.
Middle row: Sarah Johnston, Karen Lorenzon, Samantha McCurdy, Nadine Mitchell, Pierrette Pearson, Jessica Reider, Kathryn Salvaterra, Vasfie Tabaku.
Back row: Catherine Choi , Melissa Howes, Karen Kapsimalis, Kathleen Moran, Gayle O'Donnell, Rashika Small, Tasha Lee Vazquez-Santiago, Rebecca Watson -- Honorary Inductee 2013 and Peirce alum, Prof. Edwin Miller, Babette Pace -- Honorary Inductee 2012 and Peirce alum, Prof. Cynthia Gentile.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The essential leadership workshop for men

LEAD IN BUSINESS: Our Men in Leadership event will
cover issues that speak to men today and how those
issues impact their lives. 
Peirce’s annual Women in Leadership panel discussion is one of our most popular events. After seeing the positive response from the community, many of our male students thought it would be great to add another event that fosters leadership, covers issues that speak to them, and focuses on how those issues impact their lives. So with the hard work of our Student Leadership Program, we’re happy to introduce our first Men in Leadership event, which will be completely facilitated by men here at the College.

The Men in Leadership event will be held on April 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in rooms 51 and 52 and is free for Peirce students. The workshops will help prepare attendees for their academic and career journeys and provide the opportunity to network. Each attendee can choose to attend two of the following workshops:
  • Networking and Business Etiquette. Even the most skilled business professional might pick up something new from this workshop. We'll cover how to network in any setting, the do's and don'ts of professional attire, and how to prepare for new business trends.
  • Chartering Your Career and Preparing for the Next Step. How can you make decisions in your career now that you can build on down the road? This session will cover the topic of chartering your career, as well as how to structure a strong, current resume that represents you, your experience, and your goals. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Get a head start in the health field with Peirce College’s Health Programs events

LEARN TOGETHER: Our cancer registry
training was a success!
Our Health Programs events are in full swing to help students learn about health career possibilities in Philadelphia and help them begin getting involved in the industry.

Peirce College recently hosted a two-day training course for Peirce students to learn about a career as a cancer registrar and the basics of cancer data collection. Twenty students and four health programs faculty members participated in the training, and we were thrilled at their overwhelmingly positive response.

If you’re wondering what a cancer registrar is, it’s a person who’s highly trained in data collection and management. It’s their job to report cancer statistics and they are employed at every level in the cancer surveillance community, including hospitals, state cancer registries, regulatory agencies, accrediting organizations, researchers, pharmaceutical firms, software vendors, and contract service providers. Many people don’t know about the career path of cancer registry, but it’s a growing field with tremendous opportunities for certified professionals.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Announcing Lisa Nutter as Peirce College’s 2013 Commencement speaker

PHILLY'S FIRST LADY: Ms. Lisa Nutter will be
Peirce College's 2013 Commencement speaker
We’ve been hard at work finalizing our 2013 Commencement program, and are very excited to announce who will be giving the keynote address on that special evening in June. Our 2013 Commencement speaker will be Lisa Nutter, President of Philadelphia Academies, Inc., and the First Lady of Philadelphia.

As President of Philadelphia Academies, Inc. -- a non-profit youth development organization that works in Philadelphia's public high schools to motivate young people to stay engaged in school -- Ms. Nutter aims to expand economic opportunities for students and set them on a positive path. Prior to joining Philadelphia Academies, Inc., Ms. Nutter worked in a variety of industries, including education, community organizing, human services, community development, and arts and culture.

Ms. Nutter is passionate about issues related to social change and youth development, and is active on a local and national scale. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Women's Community Revitalization Project, Big Picture Philadelphia. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.

Ms. Nutter’s commitment to education and community building makes her the perfect fit to speak to the Peirce community on Commencement day, and we couldn't be more honored to have her. We believe she’s making great strides for the City of Philadelphia, and we’re excited to hear her speak on the Kimmel Center stage.

Peirce College’s 2013 Commencement will be held on Monday, June 10 at 6:45 p.m. at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Keep your eyes on the blog for our continued coverage leading up to and after the big event!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Auditions are open for 2013 Peirce Idol! Prizes for all entrants!

BE AN IDOL: DeShayla Avant was our 2012
Peirce Idol. Will you be the 2013 singer?
If you love to sing, want to represent your school, and would love to own a brand-new iPad mini, come out and audition to be Peirce College's 2013 Peirce Idol. We're selecting one lucky student from our student body to sing the national anthem at this year's Commencement ceremony on June 10, and can't wait to see who comes out to auditions.

It's easy to set up your timeslot. Just email your name and phone number to us, and we'll set up your audition on Wednesday, April 24. You'll sing before a panel of judges composed of Peirce faculty and staff. We'll also be recording tryouts so that your peers can watch, listen, and vote to choose their 2013 Peirce Idol for Commencement.

Everyone who auditions will receive a Peirce prize pack and a $10 gift card to Starbucks. And the lucky student chosen to sing the national anthem at Commencement will also receive an iPad mini. More details about where to watch the audition videos and the voting process will be coming soon here on the blog, so stay tuned!

Last year's winner was DeShayla Avant, a 2012 graduate with her bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies. Our 2011 Peirce Idol was Morraye Berrios, a Business Administration student. And in 2010, Raymond DeShields, a married father of three pursuing his degree in Business Administration, took the stage. But who will it be this year? Will it be you? Set up your audition to find out!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Featured Learner Series: After battling addiction, grandmother and veteran goes to college and inspires others

OVERCOMING ODDS: Diana Kirkland has overcome many challenges
in her life to earn her college degree at Peirce College
Some people are naturally upbeat and spread their positive energy to those around them. Diana Kirkland -- mother of six, grandmother of three (soon to be four), military veteran, Peirce student, and our next Featured Learner -- is one of them. We recently sat down with Diana to hear more about her story.

Diana first learned about Peirce in the late 1980s when a family member attended the College. Although she was interested in a college degree, she decided to enlist in the United States Navy instead. She served on active duty from 1988 to 1991 and in the reserves from 1991 to 1994, before becoming a mother and raising her six children in Philadelphia.

But life became a struggle for Diana as she battled an addiction to drugs and alcohol. College was still on her mind, and she began an educational program to earn a paralegal certification at Berean Institute. Unfortunately, her addiction didn’t allow her to complete them.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Youth Action recognizes Peirce College with its 2013 Inspiring Service Award

Youth Action is a local non-profit organization making significant headway in our area by inspiring Philadelphians to make a positive impact on the community. It's a mission that we support at Peirce College, so we were honored when Youth Action bestowed us with its 2013 Inspiring Service Award for our significant contribution to shaping communities.

The organization sent us a letter congratulating us on this achievement, and we wanted to share an excerpt from it with you:
"This award acknowledges your steadfast commitment to supporting student civic engagement since your beginnings. The phenomenal mentoring and resources you provide to students generates their enthusiasm for leadership and service. This acknowledgement congratulates you for your achievements in service to Greater Philadelphia and ongoing support of the service work of Youth Action within our 10 years of existence … 
We have an enthusiasm for individuals and organizations that support/share our mission to empower underserved students. From its inception in 1865, Peirce College has been passionate about equipping its students to make a difference in their communities, workplaces, and the world. YA admires your work in helping students develop into socially conscious leaders. It is our pleasure to honor the amazing work you are doing."
Youth Action is a student-led, non-profit organization that is designed and managed by high school and college students. Youth Action was launched in 2003 with a vision of inspiring fellow students to empower communities through civic engagement programs and service. 10 years later, that mission still exists and more than 150 members of Youth Action and 5,000 students have been impacted by its service programming.

We feel fortunate to have received this honor from Youth Action, and will be attending the organization’s 10th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, May 3 to receive the award.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Network and learn from Women in Leadership at Peirce College’s annual panel discussion

LEARN TOGETHER: Our audience from last year's Women in
Leadership discussion had many questions for our panelists
We often hear that members of the Peirce community want to improve their leadership skills. So we're bringing back one of our most popular events that will help do just that -- our Women In Leadership panel discussion. Each year, accomplished women from the area come to Peirce to talk about their personal and professional goals, challenges, and achievements.

We've found in the past that sharing stories with like-minded attendees can motivate and inspire students to achieve their business goals. This year's discussion will be on April 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in rooms 51 and 52, and is sponsored by TD Bank. We're delighted to have an array of panelists from different industries, including business, non-profit, and education. They are:

Friday, April 5, 2013

Food, fun, prizes, and more at the Peirce Student Services Fair!

Here at Peirce, we offer an array of student services that can help you improve your academic skills, learn about internship and career opportunities, hone your leadership skills, and more. So we're urging students to come out and learn about all the programs we offer at our Student Services Fair.

The Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the College Hall Lobby. You'll have the opportunity to meet with representatives from different College support services that are here for you every day. The Fair will have food, the chance to win prizes, and special surprises at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. You'll have to join us to find out what that is!

If you have questions, contact the Walker Center at 888.467.6472, ext. 9251, or WCAE@Peirce.edu.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Get the answers to your grad school application questions

APPLICATION PROCESS: We're sharing tips on
how to apply to a graduate program at Peirce.
We recently hosted a graduate admissions seminar at Peirce to help current and prospective students navigate the graduate school application process. For those who weren’t able to make it to the event, I wanted to share some takeaways that might help you if you’re thinking about or are currently applying for admission to a graduate program at Peirce.

Q: What do I need to apply to grad school?

A: To fulfill the application requirements here at Peirce, you’ll need:
  • Completed application and fee
  • Current resume with education and employment
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Two completed recommendation forms
  • A professional essay
  • An interview with the Dean of Graduate Studies
  • 2.75 or higher undergraduate or graduate GPA
You can submit your application electronically to Masters@Peirce.edu or in hard copy to the Graduate Studies Admissions Office, Peirce College, 1420 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Students! Get real-world job experience by interning through Philly StartUp Scholars

INTERN: Get hands-on experience at a Philadelphia start-up
company this summer
Interning at a start-up company can give you the opportunity to get hands-on experience, collaborate with others, and contribute to building an organization from the ground up. One opportunity to do just this is right here in our own backyard this summer: Philly StartUp Scholars, created by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP) and Campus Philly.

The purpose of Philly StartUp Scholars is to offer college students paid internships at growing Philadelphia technology companies in BFTP’s portfolio this summer. Subject areas will include science, technology, engineering, mathematics, investment, marketing, computer and life sciences, and social media/communication. Applicants who are chosen will work within these start-ups to gain experience and network with their colleagues for future job opportunities.

You’re eligible to apply for one of these internships if you’re a current student at Peirce, or one of Campus Philly’s partner colleges and universities. Stipends of $4,500 per student will be offered to nine students selected to participate. Internships will be full-time, start in June, and run for 10 weeks.

Visit Campus Philly’s website to read more about the program and company internship opportunities, as well as to apply. And remember, Campus Philly also offers job and internship opportunities year-round, so visit its Careers page for additional postings.

Are you planning to secure an internship this summer? What would your dream internship be?