By Kilee Brown | March 10, 2014
Well, it’s really not breaking news that spring break is next week. Over the past few years, I have stayed local for break due to tons of homework and work. But this year, I am venturing off to Mexico. Yes. The country. My father recently purchased a house there and convinced me to come down to experience the diverse culture.
I’m all for soaking up some sunshine and being at the beach. But to go travel to a foreign country for 10 days, travel alone, and be a part of a diverse culture and language is a little scary! I have never traveled outside of the United States (other than Canada) so this is a BIG jump out of my comfort zone. I am going to have very little communication to my family and friends here in the United States.
On the bright side, I am VERY excited to try new authentic Mexican food, explore the country, see my dad and just GET AWAY from the chaos of Buffalo, graduate school, work, and every other stress in my life.
I am looking forward to learning about the Mexican culture and their way of life and how it differs from the hustle and bustle of the United States. I also intend to find out more about the education systems, as well as what counseling is like in a foreign country.
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By Cody Elniski | March 7, 2014
With a heavy sigh of relief and satisfaction, I can optimistically say what a week! This week symbolized many things for the students of the One-Year MBA program. Firstly, this was our ‘midterm’ week. We had four exams in three days, and yes, you read that correctly! These exams covered various formats as they tested us on our knowledge of Marketing, Finance, Regression Analysis, and Operations Management. On top of our midterms, we had a marketing project and a volunteer activity we had to complete before the end of the week. For Marketing, our groups had to complete a SWOT analysis of the product we are researching. In regards to the volunteer activity, we had to act as ethics judges to determine which company out of a pool of candidates was the most ethical. This was both an awarding and enriching experience.
Alas, this week was more symbolic when looking at the overall arc of our journey in the program. One-Year MBA students are required to participate in courses that take place over three semesters, or forty-five weeks. Having said that, what makes this week so important? This is the eighth week of the second semester and twenty-third week of the program. This means that we are both half way through our second semester and the program as a whole! Another chapter written into a table of successful contents.
While the first part of the summer semester draws closer, the time has come to determine what courses we want to take. In the One-Year program, there are three concentrations to which your degree can be catered to. These concentrations include Marketing, Finance, and International Business. Your first summer schedule consists of three general classes all One-Year students have to take. There are then three class spots available for electives based on which concentration you wish to pursue. We’ll be receiving more information about this in the coming weeks. Good luck on your midterms if you have any and look forward the blog for next week!
By cole19 | March 7, 2014
I’d like to talk a bit about my experience moving to the internship phase of my program. I am in the Educational Leadership and Supervision program and working toward a School District Leader advanced certificate and NYS certification. Here are few things that I understand now, in hindsight, that I hope you find helpful:
1. Don’t be anxious about this! I felt unsure of myself and thought setting up the internship would require me having a sense of confidence about it – knowing where I wanted to do it, who I wanted to work with, etc. But the only thing that I knew for sure was WHY I wanted to do the internship – to experience what education leaders do and how things work in schools and districts. And guess what? Meeting with my advisor (Dr. Doug David) put me so at ease! It was an informal meeting where we chatted and he asked me questions in an open-minded and encouraging way. I got the sense that he really wanted to put together an internship that was right for me. And that we were a team, putting this together. Bottom line – your advisor is on your side and wants you to succeed.
2. Be yourself! This seems important to putting together an internship that feels right, one that might put you on the path you are meant to be on. Being ourselves isn’t easy. There are a lot of expectations and pressures out there – societal, in our profession – suggesting we should act a certain way, want certain things, and all the rest. Going into my internship meeting, I was thinking about things I should say and wanting to say the “right” things. Because my advisor was welcoming and encouraging, I ended up being honest about what I wasn’t sure about (a lot) and talking about educational ideas I’m passionate about. Doing so seemed to help generate ideas about internship possibilities that matched my interests.
3. Let your advisor help you! What I mean by this is, you don’t need to go into this phase of the program with all the answers. If you do have a well-developed sense of what you want to do, where, etc., that is great. But from my experience of not having the answers, I was happy to lean on the wealth of knowledge, contacts, and ideas that my advisor had to share. Your advisor has a lot to offer in the way of guidance, support, and ideas. Take advantage of it!Category: Educational Administration & Supervision, Uncategorized | No Comments »
By Amanda | March 7, 2014
Many programs at universities and colleges follow the same format. You listen to a PowerPoint or complete problems during class. However, classes in the Forensic Accounting Program are a little different.
One advantage of the forensic accounting program is having the opportunity to listen to various speakers. Last semester in my fraud examination class, Kelly Pope presented her findings from her interviews with famous white-collar criminals. Agents from the IRS investigation team also gave an interactive presentation.
Last week, in my financial statement fraud class, Rob Cavallari, who worked at Adelphia during the time of the financial scandal, spoke to the class. He was hired toward the end of the scheme and was not involved in any fraudulent transactions. He spoke of his experiences and the environment in which he worked in while at Adelphia.
His biggest piece of advice was to keep raising concerns until you get an answer if you are ever asked to do something in which you are uncomfortable. Once you engage in a fraudulent transaction, there is no going back. One must always question “the why” when doing something.
I would have not learned about his experience in a textbook or off of a PowerPoint slide. Cavallari’s presentation was a real world example that gave the class valuable information that we can take with us to the workforce. It’s just another example of how unique the forensic accounting program is at Canisius.Category: Forensic Accounting | No Comments »
By Kilee Brown | March 7, 2014
This is something that a former undergraduate friend of mine retweeted on Twitter. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. It was ironic because that day I had thought about what I was going to blog about this week and it was quite relevant.
Mental Health/School Counseling is often referred to as the “helping profession.” Counselors help people in many ways. This help is through individual and group therapy, advocating and finding resources for a client’s needs, collaborating with professionals to provide necessary and adequate services for people. Each day, even when I’m not in a school working with students and when I’m not in class, I still find myself behaving as a counselor would.
I do not work directly in a counseling field, but I do work as a care provider for people with disabilities. The house I work at serves up to 160 individuals and their families. Each day, families come in to pick up their child and express concerns for their child. These concerns range from the fact that their child is not receiving the services that they are entitled to, to the fact that a neighbor does not like the noise that their child makes due to their diagnosed disability. While my position at work is not to “counsel” families, I find myself providing information, direct resources, and emotional support right there in the doorway.
When I first began the program, my adviser told me to practice my counseling skills is my day to day interactions with people. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that this is what I do on a regular basis, oftentimes without realizing it.
Dr. Moll always says “Be who you are becoming.” This does not mean to sit in 50 minute counseling sessions with everyone that you meet. Instead this means to be present with your loved ones and work clients when they are upset, offer them support, and show that you care. Put yourself in their shoes .Category: Uncategorized | No Comments »
By April | March 5, 2014
Well, I have worked extremely hard the last 8 weeks, and I am just about done with my one class! Just part of the final exam is still left, but I am pretty much done! :) I do still have all my other classes and work each week so I will still be very busy, but hopefully one less class will help out! It’s crazy though how much work I have already done this semester at only half-way through! (I feel like it should be the end of the semester!) There are still so many large and difficult assignments to do this semester, I’m not really able to see the light at the end of the tunnel just yet! Ironically, the difficult class that is ending for me though is not really the class that I would prefer to end; I really enjoyed the professor and her warm personality. It’s the only class that actually went by fast for a 3 hour class plus everything we actually did in the classroom was meaningful and fair. There is one class that I feel we mostly do unnecessary learning and assignments; it’s not as useful as it could be. I think what really makes a difference for students here at Canisius is the professors you end up having for the courses. When you get a professor like I have for the class that’s ending, you really want to learn and have fun learning. Although, when you get a professor that’s not really accessible nor interested much in his or her students, it really doesn’t motivate you to learn the material whatsoever. I especially love when professors do personable things like bring in muffins and buy coffee for the class and invite you to their house to have tea and discuss a recent assignment… Just a few of the nice things my professor did recently. When professors can be more joyful and personable, it can really make a difference in the quality and effort that students put forth in their work!
More on my progress with classes and assignments soon! :)Category: Differentiated Instruction | No Comments »
By April | March 5, 2014
Well… I am hanging in there (sort of). I literally have been so busy and tired from work though; its definitely the most challenging semester yet to manage since all of my classes are challenging in the amount of work required in such short time periods! I feel like I am sick everyday, and I would really like to sleep for an entire week right now! (that would be perfect!)
Although, I am still trying to push through each day and keep getting work done..( I really don’t have much of a choice). All of my work is mostly tests, papers, writing discussion posts, reading and writing reflections, and just LOTS of reading! Although I am supposed to be working on this one presentation right now in which I will need to base a 15 minute presentation with an interactive activity, handout for all students in my course, and have to relate my activity to the other grade levels (tell how my activity could be used in middle and high school) and its based on the chapter in the book about cooperative learning for gifted students particularly. I really need to come up with a great activity and short PowerPoint on the key points of the chapter and my activity, but its hard to come up with something that will be good and informative for only a 15 minute presentation. Plus I don’t have the actual rubric since the teacher did not send it; I will have it less than a week before the presentation so I can look at that then to make sure my presentation is good just before I present…. Ahh well hopefully I get rolling on that assignment soon!
I also have lots of stuff to catch up on in my English Literacy class (write up a summary and reflection on our weekly readings) plus start the main task of this module which actually sounds kind of interesting to do, but I’m just not sure where to start with it. I know it needs to be on an unfamiliar word that you can find familiar words for, and you basically need to present the word/other words and come up with graphic organizers/teaching strategies in a fun and engaging PowerPoint presentation. There’s a lot of directions/rubric criteria for it that I need to look into still!
Well… next post I will let you know my progress on these assignments!
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By Lauren | March 4, 2014
I decided to write this post after reading an article published on Monday for SupplyChain247, which is an online business resource about transportation, distribution and logistics.
The article is titled, “Leveraging the Value of Supply Chain Education” and it is about the increasing value of having a supply chain specialization within an MBA degree. The article also mentioned things like certificate programs in supply chain management in order to, “…serve as “tangible evidence” that a formal effort was put out to enhance one’s education.” (Bridget McCrea) This got me thinking, “Okay, so how do you get this certification? Is obtaining it realistic if you are already fully employed?”
One of my jobs involves working for Graduate Admissions at Canisius College. Working there along with my other job has me going for 40+ hours/week. I am also in the process of pursuing my Master’s degree in International Business. I am taking 5 classes this semester, in addition to those 40+ hours that I work. So, in regards to my previous questions, I can use myself as an example; and my answer is, “You can get this certification or graduate degree from any accredited institution of higher learning, and it is absolutely realistic to obtain this degree/certification while working full time.”
However, you do not have to stress yourself out and take 5 classes/semester! Most colleges allow students to take as little as one course/semester, or up to 5-6 courses; it all depends on how quickly you want to complete the degree. (Except for those degrees that are specifically accelerated such a “One Year MBA.” That course structure is obviously rigid and requires numerous courses each semester.)
Many colleges are now offering online versions of their programs as well; my Master’s in International Business, for example, is a fully online program.
Side Note: Don’t worry if you have never taken an online class before! I never took an online course before starting this program, and I have to say that I do not feel any less challenged or less fulfilled! Navigation through the online teaching site is very simple, and the programs are easy to use for people of all levels of computer literacy. Online programs offer great learning experiences with the potential for many different projects, and also prepare students for working in a technology driven environment.
But, the next big question is: how affordable is it? Sure, the payback in the future will be good; as the article mentions, MBAs with supply chain concentrations can generate starting salaries in the $50s, and lead to six figure paychecks! But what if you just can’t afford that extra chunk of change required to initially take those courses? Rent, car payments, phone bills, utilities, $$$ can take a toll on your paycheck, and sometimes giving up your morning coffee from Tim Horton’s isn’t enough to save up for a college degree.
However, I really, sincerely believe that having a degree in higher education can help you do your job better. And who doesn’t want that??
So, from a lot of personal experience and a little more research, here are some helpful resources for you to determine how to earn these higher degrees, and how to afford it:
How to find a master’s program that is right for you:
· Click here to see all colleges that offer online master’s degrees
· Click here to find colleges based on your specific search criteria (ex: MBA, online, NY)
· If you know what college you want to attend (as I knew that I wanted to attend Canisius because I loved my undergraduate experience), simply visit the college’s website and sign up for their mailing list. It’s free, and you will receive up to date information about all of the programs that you show interest in.
· Look for institutions that have required internships and field experience in the curriculum. For example, if you are looking for a teaching degree, make sure that the college is accredited and offers meaningful practicum experiences. The same goes for counseling, MBA students, etc. Schools that require practicum experiences and internships have connections with businesses in the area; so not only do you get a richer educational experience, but your school requirement could lead to a job offer after graduation!
How to afford a master’s program:
· For those people with 3+ years career experience, one of the most feasible things to do is talk to your employer about tuition reimbursement. The linked article here provides tips on how to talk to your boss about this; most times it takes a compelling argument about how the degree will substantially increase your skill set, allowing you to better serve the company. Here is another helpful link.
· Here is a list of businesses that already offer tuition reimbursement to their employees.
· Once you decided on your college and degree that you want to obtain (using the above lists and tools!), dig through the college’s tuition, scholarships, and financial aid pages. Check to see if there are any scholarships that you can apply for, either directly from the college or from an outside source. Many schools offer scholarships based on GPA alone, but many times they also have links to different local scholarships opportunities like TEACH grants.
o Also look for assistantships. These are great if you are able to get by on one part-time job. Assistantships are typically an exchange: if you work 10-20 hours/week for a department within the school, you will receive 1-2 course tuition waivers (and in some cases a stipend as well, depending on the various positions available). If you can work the 10-20 hours/week and hold a second job that generates income, it makes the college experience much more affordable.
· You can also look into programs run through Professional Development Centers. I’m going to use Canisius as an example because I am the most familiar with it and can speak confidently about it:
o The Canisius Center for Professional Development offers a wide array of speaker series, mini-programs, custom program options, certificate programs, test prep courses, etc. Many of the speaker series are free, and they provide an opportunity to receive business advice from highly accredited professionals in the field.
§ Take a look at all of these affordable course listings!
§ As an example, they have an upcoming program for Lean Principles Certification. It is two days long, 9am-5pm and costs $995 (lunch included). That is roughly about the cost of 1 ¼ graduate courses; but you can complete a certificate in a weekend! So, maybe this is the right option for you.
§ They also offer many discount opportunities, such as veterans, not-for-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, etc.
· Many schools now offer substantial discounts for veterans, people who served in the Peace Corps, Americorps, etc.
· Also, if you work for a diocese, check with a private religious institution such as Canisius College, Nazareth, etc. Many times they offer tuition discounts to people that work for a diocese (within the school district for example).
I’m sorry about all of the hyperlinks, but they really do lead to VERY helpful information.
I know that I am more knowledgeable due to my master’s degree, and I know that I will be able to do a better job in my career because of it. I want everyone to be able to experience this and pursue the challenging and meaningful career that they want. Please use this information to find the best degree and/or professional development fit for you!
People who say it cannot be done
should not interrupt those who are doing it.
~ Author Unknown ~
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By Taylor | February 28, 2014
1. Went to the BPO | 2. Packed the KAC | 3. Caught a stunning sunset at the Erie Basin Marina | 4. Heard Dr. Butler’s address at the AJCU Honors Conference | 5. Made a quick jaunt down to Pittsburgh | 6. Watched endless hours of House of CardsCategory: Communication and Leadership | No Comments »
By Kilee Brown | February 28, 2014
Have you ever worked at a place or been in a situation where the people around you were only telling you the things that you were doing wrong? I know I have. But in the Mental Health/School Counseling program, I am finding that I am experiencing the opposite.
Sure, hearing what we need to work on and what we’re doing “wrong” is important to grow, but what about the things we’re doing correct? As a counselor-in-training, we have to participate in group and individual supervision where we receive professional feedback after practicing our counseling skills either in a situation at our internship/practicum sites or in a session with a colleague. During these supervision sessions, we are asked by our professor “What did you do well?” and we focus on strengths of our skills. And then our colleagues answer the question to give feedback and then we’re asked “What could be done differently?” And sometimes our professor tells us specifically what we need to work on.
Personally, I sometimes have a hard time accepting “constructive criticism.” I try not to think of this as “criticism,” but as feedback. And when I use this “feedback” in my sessions, I am not only helping my students, but I’m helping myself as a professional to grow. This happened this week for me. During supervision, I was given feedback and I put my feedback into play during my next session and it made a world of difference for myself and the student I was working with.
This entire process has been (and will continue) to be a growing process for me as a future school counselor. If I’m not growing, I’m not helping my students.Category: School Counseling | No Comments »
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