Far from home, Nigerian-born prep star pursues academic and basketball dreams in Michigan - MLive.com

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University sees success with graduate programs - Royal Purple News

University sees success with graduate programs - Royal Purple News

University sees success with graduate programs - Royal Purple News

Posted: 07 Dec 2020 10:55 AM PST

Over the past few years, the graduate program enrollment rate here at UW – Whitewater has continued to climb, with this fall 2020 setting a new record of 1,567 students. Much credit for this success can be given to the online MBA, which was established over 20 years ago within the College of Business and Economics. The recent 2019 installment of UW-Whitewater Online has also now expanded accessibility to many students. To achieve such a successful graduate program, a lot of adaptation took place over the years to expand online learning for a wider array of students.

 Many students, especially with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, need flexibility to balance their education, work and social lives, so in order to cater to those needs UW-W had to create a high quality and affordable way to deliver coursework.  Many programs such as the business school and Communication Department now conveniently offer programs fully online in communication, business administration, cybersecurity, instructional design, special education and more. 

"I'm really excited about our new master's in communication that launched this past September because it's uniquely composed of 'stackable' certificates in health advocacy, organizational communication, social and new media, and strategic communication. A student can complete just one or two of these standalone certificates, or they can stack three together with a professional capstone and earn the full M.S. degree. Not only can students simultaneously earn three professionally oriented graduate certificates and a master's degree, but they can do it in as little 18 months."

Adaptation is important now more than ever in a constantly changing world, and a big change within recent years that furthered the graduate programs dealt with UW-W offering even more advanced and specialized degrees. For employers, undergraduate degrees are a major step up from a high school diploma, but a graduate degree can be even more appealing due to the specialization of the degree and professional orientation. Graduate degrees enable an individual to become even more advanced and prepared for their field of work. 

"I am excited that we have the right mix of programs that makes UW-Whitewater very attractive to meeting their career and education goals. I am also excited about the opportunity to attract a more diverse student body to UW-Whitewater. Traditional graduate programs offered on-campus favor those students who can afford to take time off to commit to full-time graduate studies. The flexibility and convenience in our current part-time and online programs appeal to a broader inclusive audience," said Ambrose.  

Among others, the College of Letters and Sciences can also be credited with the increase of enrollment rates. In former years, the college only had one graduate program, a master's degree in school psychology. However, recognizing a need for expansion, the College of Letters and Sciences and the College of Business and Economics together created a new masters in cybersecurity. The College of Letters and Science now also offers a masters in social work and computer science. 

"The development and expansion of these programs is exciting because it allows us to introduce the great work that we do here at the UW-W to many more students. The computer science program is attracting international students to their program who otherwise would not come to UWW. Non-traditional students who may have completed their undergraduate degrees elsewhere are now enrolling in our graduate programs," said College of Letters and Sciences Franklin Goza.

UW-Whitewater graduate programs have been increasingly successful over the years due to faculty and staff tending to students' interests, as well as expanding on inclusivity, accessibility and affordability of the coursework. Adaption is clearly the key to success for these programs as they focus on what is in the best interest of graduate students.

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Purdue Global commencement recognizes more than 1700 graduates - Purdue News Service

Posted: 07 Dec 2020 06:22 AM PST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — More than 1,700 Purdue University Global graduates worldwide took part in virtual commencement ceremonies on Saturday (Dec. 5).

Three commencements were streamed using a 360-degree camera so participants could feel fully immersed in the ceremony. Graduates received a branded Purdue Global headset before the commencement and were recognized by their name and degree, along with a photo, during the ceremony. Graduates also had the option of viewing their ceremony via a traditional static view.

Degrees were awarded from the schools of Business, Education, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Nursing, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Concord Law School. There were 805 bachelor's degrees, 531 graduate degrees, 232 associate degrees, 141 certificates and 19 doctorate degrees.

More than 170 of the graduates are Indiana residents, while 20 live outside of the U.S. (Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Dominica, Germany, Guam, Guyana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and South Korea). Thirty-nine employees of Purdue West Lafayette, Purdue Fort Wayne, Purdue Northwest, Purdue Global and the Purdue Alumni Association are among those who earned a Purdue Global degree or certificate via the Purdue Global education benefit.

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Dolan Williams, a previous graduate of Purdue Global's Concord Law School and a member of the Purdue Alumni Association board of directors, provided the keynote address. Williams was working as an online college advisor in 2010 when he decided to make a career change and pursue law school. As the sole provider for his family of six, a traditional path was not feasible, so he chose Concord Law School, the online institution now part of Purdue Global. He currently is an attorney in San Diego.

"I'm just an ordinary guy who took advantage of an opportunity to change my life through getting a higher education," Williams said. "Part of the reason I chose to go back to school was to give my future self the tools and credentials I needed to make something of myself. … For the first time in my life, I don't feel powerless to help people in my community. Before Purdue Global, the most I could ever do is sit from the sidelines, but this time I got in the game. If I could go back, I would tell my past self to picture the kind of life that you wanted, and then just do something every day to make that happen, because it will."

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Purdue Global Provost Jon Harbor addressed the graduates, recognizing them for their academic achievements – especially during these unparalleled times – and celebrating their successes.

"As we all know, 2020 has been a year unlike any other," Harbor said. "In the midst of these trying times, I'm so glad that today gives us something to celebrate, and our ceremony has been specifically designed to honor you. Even though we cannot be together, I am thankful that this special graduation provides us with a chance to connect from wherever you are watching around the globe."

Harbor noted that almost 10,000 of Purdue Global's nearly 35,000 students are affiliated with the military, including over 5,200 active duty, National Guard and reserve members serving around the globe. Fifty percent are the first in their family to attend college, and more than 62% have a child or other dependent.

"These numbers shape the individuals who joined you in the classroom and will join you in the workforce," Harbor said. "They depict who we are as an institution. We're making a difference."

vandenbosch-vrPurdue Global graduates received a branded Purdue Global headset before commencement Dec. 5 and were recognized by their name and degree, along with a photo, during the virtual ceremony. (Kaplan Higher Education Photo/Chad Skelton)

Each of the three ceremonies featured the national anthem performed by three Purdue Global graduates: Leighton Johnson (U.S. Navy veteran), from Martinez, California, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration; Ashley Yeung, from Monterey Park, California, who earned a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing; and Shemeika Wright-Hemmings, from West Palm Beach, Florida, who earned a Master of Science in Psychology degree in applied behavior analysis.

On Wednesday (Dec. 2), Purdue Global hosted a revolutionary virtual graduation fair that included a slideshow of all graduates, a virtual toast, dean and department live chat rooms, a graduation "shout out" board and virtual photo booth.

At its February commencement in Los Angeles, 75-plus graduates participated virtually thanks to a first-of-its-kind pilot program that was replicated for its June commencement and for Saturday's ceremonies.

"When we tested our virtual graduation in February, we certainly did not expect to be conducting our entire June and December events virtually," said Patti Pelletier, director of the learning and leadership community for Purdue Global, who orchestrated the virtual ceremony. "The pilot in February gave us the opportunity to test what could be possible and led us to the virtual graduation fair. It was wonderful to provide the opportunity for over 1,700 graduates to celebrate their achievements."

Over 10,000 Purdue Global students have graduated in the last year.

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers a hyper-tailored path for students to earn an associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global serves nearly 35,000 students (as of October 2020), most of whom earn their degree online. It also operates several regional locations nationwide. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University's flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates two regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest, Indiana, as well as serving close to 6,000 science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, please visit purdueglobal.edu.

Media Contact: Tom Schott, 765-427-1721, tschott@purdue.edu

Sources: Jon Harbor, jon.harbor@purdueglobal.edu

Patti Pelletier, PPelletier@purdueglobal.edu

Beth Smith, bsmith3@kaplan.edu

Dolan Williams, info@williamslawsd.com

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NH hospital CEO linked to Giuliani is leaving her post - Concord Monitor

Posted: 07 Dec 2020 10:35 AM PST

Cottage Hospital CEO Maria Ryan will step down from her post early next year.

Ryan, who has led the 35-bed hospital in Woodsville for 10 years, informed the board on Nov. 19 that she plans to depart on Jan. 30, Dhaniele Duffy, the Woodsville hospital's spokeswoman, said in an email.

"Her leaving us will be an incredible loss," Duffy said in her Friday email.

Ryan was unavailable for an interview on Friday, Duffy said.

"She did a great job," Cottage Hospital Board Chairman Mark Gleicher said of Ryan in a phone interview. "Cottage is in a good place. Financially we're in a very strong place. Surprisingly strong. It's crazy."

Gleicher, who said Ryan didn't offer a reason for her departure, said board members are hopeful they might convince her to stay on a bit longer in order to buy them time to find a replacement.

Cottage, which had an operating budget of $34.2 million for the 2019 fiscal year, is expecting to finish this fiscal year with a surplus, as it did last year, Gleicher said.

Last year's surplus was $758,571, according to the hospital's most recent 990 tax filing.

During her tenure, Ryan, who is in her mid-50s, oversaw the closing of the hospital's birthing center in 2014, as well as the opening of the Rowe Health Center, a clinic across the street from the hospital, in 2015; and the opening of the 10-bed Ray of Hope geriatric behavioral health unit the following year.

She started working at Cottage Hospital in 2006 in the dual role of chief nursing officer and chief operating officer. She holds an associate degree from New Hampshire Technical Institute, a bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire, a master's degree from Rivier College in Nashua and a doctorate in health care administration from Warren National University, an online school that closed in 2009 following a failed accreditation bid. She is a board-certified nurse practitioner and registered nurse.

She earned a compensation package totaling $316,038 in 2018, according to Cottage's most recent tax filing.

Ryan also has established a high profile away from work. Last year, she accompanied former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to a state dinner at the White House, and on several trips abroad including to Paris, London, Albania and Israel.

In May of this year, the two launched a radio show "Uncovering the Truth with Rudy Giuliani and Maria Ryan" aired on WABC in New York. They've covered topics such as "uncovering voter fraud," President Donald Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis and efforts to defund the police.

In a tweet on Nov. 6, Ryan tried to boost the discredited assertion that voter fraud cost Trump the election.

"Yes, Democrats Are Trying To Steal The Election In Michigan, Wisconsin, And Pennsylvania," the tweet read, highlighting a post from the conservative outlet The Federalist.

Ryan attended a Republican National Convention event in Washington, D.C., in August. A video clip from the event shared on social media showed her without a mask and seated next to Giuliani. Duffy said at the time that attendees at the RNC were tested frequently for COVID-19 and everyone wears masks in the hospital.

Gleicher said Ryan's ability to navigate the political world in order to get financial support for the hospital has been "a strength of her tenure and more so as the years have gone on."

He said he wasn't sure how long it might take to find a new CEO, but board members aim to convince Ryan to give them "as much time as she can give us. It will help."

(Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at ndoyleburr@vnews.com or 603-727-3213.)


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