(December 2010) OM graduating student Teri Rhuma delivers 2010 commencement speech at Roberts Wesleyan College.
Below is an excerpt from her speech...
"Today I would like to share with you the challenge, support, and achievement that I have experienced in the Organizational Management degree program....
My challenge began with my boss’s observation that I was a great administrator, but that to grow professionally, I needed to become a manager. That goal sounded great in theory, but how does one become a manager? What makes a manager? After much reflection, I knew that the answer could only be found by continuing my education. I had achieved all but four credits of my Associate’s degree by taking one class at a time over a period of many years. I wanted to finish my Bachelor’s degree, but at that stage of my career I did not feel that the one class at a time approach was going to work for me anymore. During my investigation of the various options available to me, I heard about the accelerated degree program at Roberts Wesleyan. After attending information meetings to learn more about it, I knew that it would fit my needs. I made the decision to enroll in the program, and as I stand before you today, I can tell you that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
...I found that the desire of the professors and staff to help me succeed was sincere. Many schools will say that their faculty and staff are there to ensure student success, but at Roberts Wesleyan I saw it demonstrated. The faculty gave me the feeling that I mattered as an individual, and that I was not just one of a crowd of students.
...The cohort structure was another positive aspect of the program. I had the benefit of learning not only from experienced professors, but also from the other students in my cohort. The diversity of their background and work experiences brought different perspectives to the topics under discussion, which encouraged new thinking. The applied learning approach, combined with the shared experiences of my cohort, has challenged the way I think about the issues I face in my workplace. I have learned to see the “big picture” when I approach problems, and this has enabled me to arrive at better resolutions.
Participating in this program has given me a sense of self-worth. I have discovered that education is like filling in pieces of a puzzle that I did not even know were missing. I stand before you today knowing that I have developed the skills, knowledge, and confidence to do whatever I put my mind to. Through my education at Roberts Wesleyan, I have not only achieved my personal challenge of completing my degree, but I believe I have become a better person in the process.
(December 16, 2010) Congrats to Alex Castro from OM 107 on his new position!
"The head of a local affordable housing organization has been named the new executive director of the Rochester Housing Authority.
Authority commissioners today unanimously approved the hiring of Alex Castro, of The Housing Council in the Monroe County Area Inc., ending a six-month search for a permanent executive director."
Read the rest of the story from the Democrat and Chronicle (here).
(December 6, 2010) - Did you know that Organizational Management and Health Administration both have Facebook Pages? Visit us at:
B. S. in Organizational Management
B.S. in Health Administration and M.S. in Health Administration
On our FB pages you can:
- Learn how you can be involved with the upcoming 25th Anniversary of OM
- Connect with other grads
- Find old cohort members
- Post career and personal updates
- Network with Alumni for jobs
- Learn about opportunities for professional development
Stop by and tell us what you think! FYI: we will be using this page to help usher in our 25th Anniversary celebration of OM in September 2011.