From the Dean's Desk: A Message from Chris Grevesen
On May 5, 2017, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, more than 2,900 Berkeley College graduates walked proudly across the stage to be recognized for the successful completion of their degree and certificate programs. In the vanguard of this procession were 35 soon-to-be graduates of Berkeley’s first post-baccalaureate degree program: the MBA in Management. This inaugural group of graduates is now completing its final course, the MBA Capstone. Working in competitive teams, the students are using simulation software to test their ability to integrate all that they have learned about leading a complex organization in a dynamic business environment.
Nineteen MBA students – many from the new graduating class – just returned from a successful 10-day Global Immersion Experience in Mumbai and Delhi, India. There they studied with fellow Indian MBA students at the Welingkar Institute of Management, Development & Research. They also visited with executives from Indian and U.S. companies, including Microsoft and PepsiCo, who engaged them in enlightening dialogues about the challenges of managing a multinational organization. Initial planning is under way to develop the next Global Immersion Experience.
Since the last MBATrack newsletter was published, the School of Graduate Studies welcomed a new team member: James D’Arecca was appointed to the position of Graduate Career Counselor. Mr. D’Arecca works with on-site and online MBA students to prepare them for career advancement and to develop new business relationships that may lead to career opportunities for MBA graduates. He holds an MS from St. Thomas University and a BS from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Thanks to Mr. D’Arecca’s efforts, our MBA Executive Speaker Series has been in full swing lately. On March 23, 2017, Lisa DeRoché, Vice President of Human Resources at Brightpoint Health, shared a well-attended presentation titled “The Role of the HR Leader in Socially Responsible Organizations.” On the evening of June 8, 2017, Joanne Bartley, Assistant Director, Ethics Training, Compliance & Data Protection at Ernst & Young, gave a presentation titled “Ethics, Values and Culture at Ernst & Young.”
Finally, the graduate faculty and staff have been busy with scholarly and professional activity. I had the pleasure of collaborating with Charles Eddins, Instructional Designer; Julie Hunter, Online Research and Instruction Librarian; and Patricia Cowan, a faculty member in the School of Liberal Arts, to present a paper titled “Strategies for Embedding Academic Support Services in Online Courses” at the 2017 Quality Matters Regional Conference, hosted by Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan on April 21, 2017. And on June 5 and 6, 2017, Professor Lloyd Soobrian, PhD, presented a paper titled “Impact on Companies’ Financial Ratios and Stock Prices Due to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Rule Changes for Disclosing Operating Leases as Liabilities” at the 7th Annual International Conference on Accounting and Finance (AF2017) in Singapore.
As you can see, many exciting things are happening at the School of Graduate Studies. I hope that you enjoy reading more about these and other initiatives in our latest issue of the MBATrack newsletter.
Chris Grevesen, PhD
Dean, School of Graduate Studies