Thursday, October 31, 2013

4 daylight saving safety tips

SAFETY TIPS: 4 tips for staying safe in the city
With daylight hours shrinking as daylight saving time comes to an end this week, we wanted to use the occasion to remind students of several safety tips they should always keep in mind. Read on for our four daylight savings safety tips for college students.
  • Stick together. Everyone has heard that it’s usually safer to travel in groups. Not only is this safer than traveling alone, it’s a great way to get to know your peers from class. Find a few people who travel the same way that you do – whether that’s on public transportation, walking to the parking garage, or heading home on foot. Meeting up can become a fun part of your routine while helping you stay safe! And whether or not you’re traveling in a group, it’s usually best to stick to areas with many other pedestrians and cars around when walking.
  • Stay aware. It’s very important to be aware of your surroundings. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by texting or listening to loud music. And if you find yourself in a situation that gives you a bad feeling, remove yourself from it as quickly as possible.
  • Be prepared. Keep your cell phone charged, and your car keys or train pass in your hand long before you need to use them. Become familiar with the routes you take to class, the train, or your car, and feel confident about them. Lastly, keep up with your vehicle maintenance to avoid becoming stranded before or after class.  
  • Use Peirce’s services. Our students can benefit from the safety services we offer as well. We recently implemented PEIRCE ALERT, a text messaging service to let Peirce students, faculty, and staff know about emergencies and weather closures quickly. If you feel unsafe or have any questions about something on campus, reach out to our Security team at 215.670.9284. We are here to protect our students' and staff’s well-being, and to make their experience at Peirce is pleasant, safe, and comfortable.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to use these tips to stay safe! Feel free to share them with friends and family who might benefit from them.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Police Deputy Commissioner spotlights Philadelphia law enforcement trends

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Deputy Commissioner Bethel
and I posed for a photo
We recently had the pleasure of welcoming Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel of the Philadelphia Police Department to the College. He came to speak to Peirce Criminal Justice students, Paralegal students, and faculty about charting a career in the law enforcement profession, and what students need to do to be successful in the field.

Deputy Commissioner Bethel ignited a very engaging conversation, and he covered key topics that students pursuing careers in law enforcement should be aware of. For those who weren’t able to make it to the event, here is a snapshot of a few subjects that he covered.
  • The evolution of GIS mapping and its increasing importance to the profession. Geographic information systems (GIS) mapping refers to using data-driven analytics to examine the geographic features of locations for solving crimes and preventing them from happening. The Philadelphia Police Department began using this technology to map crime trends and allocate resources to counter crime in those areas. This is becoming an increasingly important part of law enforcement, and those looking to get into the field should be well versed in the benefits of this technology.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The UPCEA names Peirce’s Dr. Cathy Littlefield Outstanding Continuing Educator New to the Field

ADULT EDUCATION: Many thanks to the UPCEA for
this honor!
The UPCEA (University Professional & Continuing Education Association) is a leading association for supporting educators who serve adult learners. It holds nationwide conferences and offers other support services to ensure faculty members at colleges and universities such as Peirce are prepared with the skills necessary to support their adult students.

It also recognizes accomplishments of educators in the industry, and I was extremely honored when a professional colleague, Karen Chiarini, nominated me for UPCEA’s Outstanding Continuing Educator New to the Field award this year. And I was even more honored when I learned that I had been selected!

As I sat at the awards luncheon on Oct. 10, I couldn't help but reflect on how I got there. About 20 years ago, it became clear to me that I belonged in higher education. But I also knew it was important to bring more to the classroom than just a few college degrees.

Nearly eight years ago, I enrolled in a higher ed doctoral program, and as a seasoned business professional, I began to transition my career and achieve that dream. After immersing myself as an adjunct instructor six years ago, completing my doctorate, and now working full-time in higher education, I found the award ceremony very humbling, but extremely rewarding.

The recognition of UPCEA validated my decision to not only transition careers, but also confirmed that I am in fact in the right place, doing the right thing, and I wouldn't change a thing. There are so many worthy education professionals, and I am thrilled to be considered in their company.
Many thanks to the UPCEA for its recognition!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

From military to college, commitment knows no bounds

COMMITTED STUDENT: Sergeant Stephen
Cowperthwait is dedicated to earning his
college degree in Information Technology
It’s a great honor for us that we’re able to support our active military members and veterans in earning their college degrees. Today we’d like to introduce one of them to you -- Sergeant Stephen Cowperthwait. Along with being a former member of the Marine Corps, a current member of the National Guard, and an Information Systems Analyst with the U.S. Army, he is also the seventh recipient of the Peirce College/Pennsylvania National Guard Scholarship. We learned more about Stephen’s story when we interviewed him for our blog. Here’s what he told us.

Stephen grew up in Susquehanna, Pa., a small suburban town outside of Scranton. After graduating high school, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Management from Penn State University. He got a taste of several different business experiences through internships, including ones at the school newspaper, career development services, and Walmart.

However, upon graduation, he was unsure where he wanted to hone his business focus. But he also recognized that he could strengthen his skills through joining the military, and felt the Marine Corps was a perfect fit. So he made the decision to serve in the Corps for the next four years.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2 new members join Peirce’s Board of Trustees

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to the two newest members of Peirce College’s Board of Trustees -- Tom Karinshak and Linnette W. Black.

Tom Karinshak serves as Senior Vice President of Customer Experience for Comcast, where he and his team work cross-functionally to ensure a superior experience at every point in Comcast’s relationship with its customers. He brings business and information insight from one of Philadelphia’s largest employers to our Board.

Monday, October 21, 2013

How HIM students and professionals can prepare for AHIMA’s national convention

QUESTIONS TO ASK: What to find out when
choosing an HIM program
AHIMA’s annual national convention for health information management (HIM) students and professionals is right around the corner. This week-long experience includes informative sessions, professional speakers, networking events, and many opportunities where attendees can learn more about HIM innovations and educational programs.

It’s also a great opportunity to meet faculty members from colleges and universities nationwide who lead academic programs in the HIM field. They’re wonderful resources to tap if you’re considering furthering your HIM education. There are also a few important questions you should ask to see if a program is a fit for you and your educational goals.

I wrote about the questions you should ask in an article to "For The Record," a publication for industry professionals. Even if you’re not planning to attend this year’s AHIMA convention, you should include these questions in your thought process when researching HIM academic programs.

Are you planning to attend the conference this year? If so, will you be using the conference’s resources to consider continuing your HIM education? If you have questions, feel free to ask in a comment below.

Friday, October 18, 2013

How to negotiate a better salary for a job offer

NICE NEGOTIATING: Negotiating with your future employer
on salary doesn't have to be a tense moment 
You’ll probably encounter this issue at least once in your career: You found the perfect job, aced the interview, and got the call that they’re offering the position to you -- but with a salary that is less than you expected or not what you believe you should be paid for the position’s responsibilities. Now you have to negotiate for a better salary with your future employer, without insulting them or settling for less than is fair.

Negotiating for a better salary may feel forward, but it’s very important to your career. About half of all new employees never negotiate their salary, but one study conducted by George Mason University and Temple University found that negotiating just $5,000 more for a starting salary was worth more than $600,000 over the course of a career. Although the difference between $50,000 and $55,000 might not seem like much, it adds up in the long run.

Salary negotiation seems to be something that comes easier to older male workers. Fifty-five percent of workers 35 or older typically negotiate the first offer, while only 45 percent of workers ages 18-34 do the same. Men (54 percent) are slightly more likely than women (49 percent) to negotiate first offers, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington. But this is a skill that everyone can benefit from.

So how do you go about negotiating your salary? First, be prepared. Know the value of the position to the organization and industry. Is it a position the company could fill easily, or does it require a specific set of skills that only a certain group of workers possess?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Celebrating Philadelphia Association of Paralegals' 40th anniversary!

PHILLY PARALEGALS: Friends and colleagues from
Peirce were in attendance at PAP's 40th anniversary gala
The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals (PAP) has consistently been one of the strongest allies and supporters of our Paralegal Studies program. So when the organization celebrated its 40th anniversary last month, we were excited to be part of the festivities.

The gala was held on September 19 at the incredible Bistro St. Tropez, which has amazing views of Philadelphia. The room was filled with energy and enthusiasm, and many current Peirce students, alumni, advisory committee members, and colleagues from the legal community were in attendance.

One of my favorite parts of the evening was getting to meet the very first President of PAP, Anne M. Gay. It was a pleasure to be able to share in her joy at how the Association has grown and the role it has played in the paralegal field.

It was also quite an honor to be included as an award recipient that evening for Student Paralegal Professional Development. Yes, yours truly, was recognized along with Philadelphia District Attorney, Seth Williams, and The Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP. It was a humbling experience … one that will always hold a very special place in my heart.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Learn to use LinkedIn to improve your job search

LEARN LINKEDIN: Brian Wiggins of the PBJ will
help Philadelphians improve their LinkedIn skillset
You never know when you’re going to need to tap your professional network for a career-related opportunity. And today, one of the best places to access that network is on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn now boasts 228 million users, including job seekers, recruiters, employers, and professionals. That means it’s more important than ever to have a presence on LinkedIn to control your online reputation and manage the information you want the world to see about you.

But if you still don’t know how to set up a LinkedIn profile with your up-to-date professional knowledge and accomplishments, we have a place where you can turn! Philadelphia Business Journal is hosting a "LinkedIn for Job Seekers” event on Oct. 16 here at Peirce College.

Whether or not you’re currently looking for a job, you’ll learn a lot from this seminar. Brian Wiggins, Audience Development Director for Philadelphia Business Journal and PBJ.com, will lead the event. He’ll cover:

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Shining the spotlight on our star Year Up students

Recognizing the hard work and dedication of students can have a huge positive impact on their continued success. So we love shining the spotlight on students who exemplify these traits while in pursuit of a college degree.

Every few weeks, Margaret Rizzo, Associate Director of Operations and People Development for Year Up, will be highlighting a few students who deserve kudos for their stellar attitude and motivation in our Professional Training Corps program. Keep checking back here for updates!




Elesha Merritt has already established herself as a beacon of positivity for the class. Her positive energy and bright smile fuel the class on a daily basis. Elesha, from North Philadelphia, is the embodiment of what it means to seek to understand before being understood. She has consistently shown that she is a role model by bringing her best self to the table in each interaction; she brings out the best in others simply by being herself.



Jeshaiah Nixon, from Northeast Philadelphia, is a creative thinker who does not shy away from providing his fresh perspective. He actively participates in activities and goes the extra mile to engage in all discussions. He brings a ton of fresh enthusiasm, and it is clear that Jeshaiah is committed to excellence in all that he does.



Angel Ponce is originally from North Philadelphia and is a member of the National Guard. He has already proven himself to be a hard worker and leverages his positive leadership style to motivate others. Angel excels at accomplishing his tasks through a commitment to respecting and valuing others and striving to learn.

Friday, October 4, 2013

6 strategies for success in your first year of college

SUCCESSFUL STUDY STRATEGIES: 6 ways to help you
ace your first year of college
It’s perfectly normal to feel a little bit overwhelmed by your first semester of college. After all, it’s going to take some time to adjust to new classes, professors, and demands on your time, especially if you’re trying to balance them with your career, family, and other responsibilities.

But there are certain strategies that can not only make your first year less stressful, but help you set the foundation for success for the rest of your college career. Here are six strategies that our students have found helpful in the first year of their degree program.

Success strategy #1: Establish goals. What do you want to get out of your college experience, beyond earning your degree? Do you want to maintain a certain GPA? Take part in a set amount of internships? Be more involved in the college community? Network with colleagues, faculty, and area employers? Whatever your goal, just make sure it is right for you. An easy acronym to determine this is the SMART approach. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.