Tuesday, December 31, 2013

3 academic resolutions you can keep in 2014

Almost all of us begin a new year with new goals. Many in our community have career aspirations they’d like to attain, others want to dedicate more time to achieving the work-life balance. In addition, most of our students set academic goals they want to meet, if not surpass, in the New Year.

Someone who knows a bit about helping students meet their academic goals is Mariesa Hinchey, a Walker Center for Academic Excellence Counselor and Advisor. Below she lays out three New Year’s resolutions to help you meet your academic goals in 2014.

It is important to start the New Year with reflection to learn from the successes and challenges of the previous year. As it is also the middle point of the school year, it is the perfect time to reflect and grow from your educational performance of the previous session and make resolutions to improve in the New Year.

Many people make unrealistic New Year’s resolutions and few of those resolutions last. Here’s three academic resolutions that you can keep this year.
  1. Set realistic expectations for yourself. We think it’s fantastic that you want to go for straight A’s this semester. But if that’s your goal, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself by signing up to handle a big project at work, becoming a room mom in your child’s classroom, and volunteering to help at your church three nights a week. Decide what’s most important for you and your family, and then set a realistic expectation for what you can achieve.
  2. Make small tweaks to improve your educational strategy. We wouldn’t recommend vowing to study in the morning if you know you’re a night owl, or taking four classes if two classes last session felt like all you could handle. Instead, take this time of reflection to resolve to make small changes in your education. For example, this is the perfect time to commit to attending one or two workshops and events offered by the Walker Center. Look over next session’s schedule and write the dates and times in your calendar now so you don’t make other plans. Make your changes small, and find the perfect mix that works for you.
  3. Expand your skillset and knowledge base whenever you can. This doesn’t have to happen overnight. Vow to stretch yourself in new ways in 2014. Have you been afraid to ask for help? Take us up on a tutoring session so you can improve your academic skills. They’re offered in individual and group formats, as well as online and over the phone. Are you looking to brush up on your leadership skills in preparation for a promotion at work? Consider attending the Annual Student Leadership Retreat hosted by the WCAE in March. It will be held in Honesdale, Penn., and will focus on unlocking your leadership potential.
As we start the New Year and continue our school year, I hope that you are able to reflect on the year that has passed so that you can embrace this new term. As Morihei Ueshiba said, “Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something,” In this New Year, learn from the past and be more successful than ever.

Monday, December 30, 2013

How you can keep your New Year's job resolutions in 2014

What are you resolving to do in 2014? We know many of our students are looking to change their career path or progress in their current one in the New Year. We're introducing a new schedule of workshops to support you in achieving these goals. From help applying to graduate school to the best ways to use social media in the job search, we're offering a wide variety of events aimed at career development. Check out our offerings for Session 3 below.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

What everyone should know about domestic violence

About one in three women is the victim of domestic violence worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. And this violence doesn’t discriminate based on economic status, race, or religion. Any woman can experience this abuse, and there are often no warning signs at the very beginning of the relationship. The violence typically begins once the couple has formed a strong bond between them.

Women in abusive relationships often struggle to address the issue because of fear, doubt, and many other reasons. To help women understand how to recognize and deal with domestic violence, we recently invited Azucena Ugarte, Director of Education and Training at Women Against Abuse, to present at the College. Her insights not only helped our community become better informed about this issue, but were especially useful for students in our criminal justice program, who may start a job that involves working with victims of domestic violence. Azucena was kind enough to share some information from her presentation with us for our blog readers.

Q: What is domestic violence? I’ve also heard of intimate partner violence. What’s the difference?

A: Domestic violence and intimate partner violence both refer to a pattern of behavior that one partner uses to gain power and control over the other partner. When people use the term, “domestic violence” they usually refer to a couple that lives together or to family members, but intimate partner violence can refer specifically to any couple. They can be living together, not living together, married or dating, and with or without children.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Charitable donations from the Peirce community will benefit over 250 Philadelphians this holiday season

We hope you're enjoying this festive time of year. We want to thank our Peirce family for all you've done to help those in need over the past few weeks. Here's a look at all the ways we've been giving back during our Season of Giving.

We collected 22 pints of blood during our annual American Red Cross blood drive. One donation can help save the lives of up to three people, according to the American Red Cross, so this small gesture has the potential to save the lives of over 60 people.

Our Health Programs Student Association sponsored a canned and dry goods donation drive to support the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center, Inc. We collected six boxes of nonperishable food items, which will help many veterans and their families enjoy a hot meal this holiday season.

Peirce College President & CEO Jim Mergiotti; Stephanie Donovan, Faculty Chair, Health Programs; Luanne Amato, Assistant Professor, Healthcare Administration; and Kathleen Watson, Assistant Professor, Healthcare Administration pose with Kent Milliken, Director of Economic Development and Jaclynn Ries, Perimeter Program Coordinator of the Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center.
We also collected 52 toys and books for at-risk children and teens through the Youth Action Toy Drive. These gifts will go primarily to children and teens living in area shelters or transitional and crisis housing in Philadelphia, and hopefully brighten up their holiday seasons.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Peirce College holiday break reminders

I hope you’re getting ready to enjoy the holiday break with family and friends. As a reminder, the Peirce College campus will be closed from Tuesday, Dec. 24 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, reopening on Thursday, Jan. 2 with regular hours. There are no on campus classes scheduled during this time. However, all scheduled Session 2 Interim online classes will continue while the campus is closed. So remember to keep up with your studies if you signed up for an online interim course.

There will be members of the College available if you have questions that need to be addressed or wish to register over the break. The Advising Center, Admissions department, and Office of Financial Aid will be available to assist you by phone or in person on Dec. 27 and Dec. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Business Office will also be open to assist you during this time via phone. To contact any of these offices, call us at 888.467.3472, followed by:
  • The Advising Center: ext. 9177
  • Admissions Department: ext. 9214
  • Business Office: ext. 9600
  • Office of Financial Aid: ext. 9370
Students who need technical assistance accessing their online courses between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1 should contact the Peirce Help Desk by emailing HelpDesk@peirceonline.net, calling 877.670.9189, or by using Live Chat through the tech support link on the online course website. Faculty members teaching online courses during this time will be available through their normal means of communication.

If you have an immediate need during a time our offices aren’t open, please call 888.467.3472, ext. 9284, and a team member will be available to help you.

We’re wishing you a safe and happy holiday season! See you in the New Year!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy holidays from Peirce College!

The holiday season is a perfect time to express our gratitude to the wonderful students, alumni, faculty, and staff who make up the Peirce College community.

Many thanks to our exceptional students. Thank you for choosing Peirce College and inspiring us to fulfill our mission of transforming lives. We are privileged to serve you.

Alumni, we’re so very proud of everything you accomplish after you’ve left 1420 Pine Street. We are honored to have you represent the College in your community, workplace, and the world.

To our faculty, staff, administration, and board members -- your dedication to helping adult learners succeed continues to inspire those around you. Thank you for all that you do.

We couldn’t do what Peirce does best without your support. On behalf of all of us at Peirce College, I wish you the very best this holiday season!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How you can help young Philadelphians achieve their college dreams too

Anything that helps young people in Philadelphia gain access to educational resources and support has our attention. So when we heard about Mayor Nutter’s Graduation Coach Campaign, we knew the Peirce community would want to get involved. Read on to learn how you can help a young person achieve their dream of going to college, as contributed by Sayeh Hormozi, Director of the Graduation Coach Campaign.

Growing up as an Iranian-American had many advantages. I could speak more than one language, I got to celebrate American and Persian holidays, and more. Being Iranian is a facet of my life of which I’m very proud, but it also posed great challenges for me. Especially in school.

My parents went to school in Iran. They didn’t navigate a typical American public school curriculum. They didn’t take the SATs, and they certainly didn’t apply to college in this country. So despite the emphasis on education in my house, my parents could only tell me that I should graduate high school and go to college, not how to make those things a reality. This left me somewhat alone in my efforts to filter all the information I was hearing on those subjects at school.

Part of utilizing my teachers and counselors as resources meant asking them questions; but the problem was that I didn’t know which questions to ask. And when I did ask questions, I still wasn’t capable of combining that information with my personal goals to know what steps I needed to take … much less to where.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Welcoming our 2013 Delta Mu Delta inductees!

We’re extending a warm welcome to the 38 Peirce students who were recently inducted into Peirce’s Kappa Nu chapter of Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society in Business Administration. Delta Mu Delta recognizes students who display academic excellence in bachelor’s, master's, and doctorate business administration degree programs at ACBSP-accredited schools, such as Peirce.

Students must be enrolled in either our Business Administration or Accounting bachelor’s degree programs, have already earned 60 college-level credits, and must maintain a GPA of 3.3 or above to be eligible to join. They can take their classes either on campus or online. With our 38 additions, Peirce’s Kappa Nu chapter of Delta Mu Delta boasts 712 members since our chapter was installed.

This year’s on campus induction ceremony took place on Friday, Dec. 6 and a virtual program was held on Saturday, Dec. 7 for those who are enrolled online or couldn’t make it to campus. Check out some of the photos we snapped during the on campus ceremony.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Special thanks to Michael Schirmer, Tara Gilmatin, Michael Bentil, Katie Taylor, Ajeenah Nuriddin-Little, Uva Coles, Adrian Zappala, Freddie Flippen, Camille Pierre, Natalie Price, and Randy Coverdale. Also, thank you to all the faculty and staff who attended the event.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Helping heroes in Philly’s backyard

Sandy Romaszewski helps prepare essential
legal documents for first responders
Sandy Romaszewski was sitting in the Ottsville Volunteer Fire Company in Ottsville, Upper Bucks County, Penn., with one of the town’s volunteer firefighters and his wife. The couple have children, but they didn’t have any type of estate planning in place, not even a will.

The firefighter is a first responder, meaning he is the first to run into a dangerous situation, whether that’s a house fire, accident scene, or natural disaster. Without a will, living will, or power of attorney, he has no assurance that his family affairs would be in order if a tragedy struck.

Suddenly, he and the rest of his fellow firefighters, who were also there getting their estate planning documents, get a call from the 911 dispatcher that there was a barn fire nearby. The firefighters are gone for hours, and Sandy and her fellow volunteers aren’t sure when they will return.

All of the firefighters came back a few hours later, dirty from soot and smelling of smoke, but fortunately unharmed. It doesn’t happen often that the firefighters and other first responders need to respond to calls while they are getting their estate planning documents prepared, but that day clearly stressed the importance of having their estate planning in place.

And that’s where Sandy comes in. As a co-coordinator for Wills for Heroes in Bucks County, Sandy and many other volunteers help first responders prepare these essential legal documents for free. Through community events, first responders respond to a questionnaire that assesses their needs, and lawyers like Sandy prepare wills, living wills, or durable power of attorney documents in about an hour.

Friday, December 6, 2013

4 ways to turn a professional holiday party into a networking opportunity

NETWORKING: How to turn a professional party into
a networking opportunity
You probably have an invitation to a professional holiday party this season. Even though it’s a time to unwind and celebrate, holiday parties are a valuable networking opportunity, whether you plan to attend your own work function, an industry event, or go as a date to someone else’s celebration.

It’s important to understand how to navigate these events so you can network effectively and build connections. This knowledge can also come into play at parties with friends and family. Here are four ways to turn your holiday party into a networking opportunity.

Identify who you want to speak with. If you’re attending a larger holiday party, it can be the only time you get to speak with certain individuals in attendance. Research who you want to speak with in advance that aligns with your interests. If you’re attending your work holiday party and are currently looking for a promotion, be sure to chat with your department head. If you have your eye on switching departments, use this time to get to know the people in that branch. If you’re at an industry event, make sure you circulate and speak with as many individuals as possible to build connections down the road. Just ensure that you’ve completed some research in advance to understand who you want to speak with and the role they play.