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MCNY MBA ’08 alumna Teri Coaxum is being honored as one of TNJ’S 40 Under-Forty Dynamic Black Achievers
Teri Coaxum – Deputy State Director for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), New York City, Age: 37
Inspired by her grandmother, Teri Coaxum dreamed of a career in public service, with an eye on law, especially its pinnacle of power, the Supreme Court. “People would often take my grandmother’s kindness for weakness and take advantage of her; I wanted to be in a place to help people like that,” explains Coaxum, deputy state director for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from John Jay College in 1994, she volunteered for New York Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn). “Understanding your candidate and your opponent, engaging the public in the issues of the day, as well as meeting and speaking to people you never would have met otherwise – all those things thrilled me,” she exclaims. “I drank the Kool-Aid of politics and public service; I was hooked!”
In 1997, Coaxum became project manager for the Community Relations Bureau in the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. “I covered six precincts, and encouraged my two daughters by taking them with me to meetings,” explains Coaxum, who is pursuing a law degree. “When I left the DA’s office, they replaced me with three people.”
Sen. Schumer recruited Coaxum in 2004, making her the first African-American woman deputy state director. She oversees the office’s day-to-day operations and makes sure that everyone, including the senator, is on the same page. She still dreams of the Supreme Court. “In the meantime, I get to help a lot more people on this side of justice.”
Quote: “I am blessed and highly favored.”
MCNY celebrated its 32nd commencement ceremony this past Saturday.
Throughout the summer, we will be posting reflections from the graduates about their experiences.
The first is from Latonji Bishop, a graduate of the Associates of Arts in Human Services Program.
Metropolitan College of New York provides you a pathway to a teaching career in our 12 month Master’s of education program. The intensity of the program under expert guidance by practicing educators enables you to be prepared to meet the demands of the 21st Century needed by both professional educators and students alike.
The intensive three semester rigorous curriculum imbues prospective educators with the skills, knowledge and professional dispositions required by our schools.
As a Principal of 28 years and an educator for over 42 years I know the qualities required and needed by educators to meet the academic, social and intellectual needs of students in the 21st century. The focus on maintaining high standards is critical and this is most pervasive throughout the curriculum at Metropolitan College.
Our goal is to provide students with the impetus to become thinkers, doers and risk-takers. The breaking of the glass ceiling our politicians talk about is superseded in our Masters in Education program. Our emphasis is in creating stained glass windows in every classroom. Classrooms where standards are high and we meet the needs of all the children and they are inspired to achieve at the highest level.
How do we measure our success? Since the program began, more than four years ago, every student who graduated and has since applied for a teaching position, has found gainful employment in our schools. There, everyday, they are ensuring the success of the young students as they move on through elementary schools as eager learners who expect only the best from their teachers.
Dr. Leonard Golubchick is the Title V COOP Coordinator and Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan College of New York.
We have been doing some design revisions to the homepage, and you may have noticed that every few days or weeks, that the banner changes.
The Earth Day banner is just one example of the banners we had displayed on the website.
So visit the homepage often, and find out what we have on display.
Andy Oh is the Webmaster at Metropolitan College of New York.
Marlon Pando, an MCNY Alumni, was recently featured in NJBIZ. Pando is the owner of White Lotus Home which produces natural, eco-conscious, and organic home furnishings.
While at MCNY, he obtained a MBA in General Management with a Concentration in International Business.
Social media is quickly becoming an important component of the online landscape. Besides changing the way we communicate online, it has also made it easier for us to communicate, share and express ideas.
One use of social media is social networking. Social networking helps you to not only to stay connected to your friends, but also to find professional opportunities as well. To see social media “in action”, check out this video.
The most popular career-based social networking site is called LinkedIn. LinkedIn enables you to create a profile, fill out a resume and join groups based on affiliation or interests. MCNY has a group on LinkedIn. To join the group, visit http://www.metropolitan.edu/website/social.php.
You can also see who already has a profile on the site. LinkedIn allows you to login to the email account of your choice and then it does a search of your contacts you already have and matches them up to their online profiles. You can then request a connection.
Testimonials are key on LinkedIn, so it is important to ask professors, as well as current and past colleagues to go to LinkedIn and write them for you. Prospective employers and clients are more likely to contact you based on the testimonials you receive from past connections, more than the actual resume. You can also search for jobs and see who in your network can help you with an introduction to an individual you would like to connect with.
Also if you have a question, you can feel free to ask it in the “Answers” section, and people can respond back.
Another social networking site that is gaining momentum in the business world is Facebook. To learn how to keep you professional and personal lives separate, click here. MCNY also has a fan page on Facebook. It is also located on the MCNY Social Networking page.
Social networking can offer an “inside track” to learning about jobs and getting your name in front of people who might be in a position to help your career.
Stephanie Cockerl is MCNY MBA Media Management Alumni and MCNY Business Professor (2003-2006)
I am the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment here at MCNY and I was asked to post on this blog to share some of the results from the recent National Survey of Student Engagement. (NSSE)
If you are thinking about applying to MCNY this might give you a little insight in terms of what students have to say about the institution.
NSSE is a nationally standardized assessment that asks students about the time they devote to educationally purposeful activities, and it asks whether the institution uses effective educational practices to encourage students to do the right things.
Research has shown that educationally effective schools channel student energy toward the right activities. NSSE looks at five key areas of effective educational practice shown below.
During the spring 2008 semester MCNY surveyed Purpose 2 and Purpose 8 undergraduates using the NSSE. Overall, MCNY did very well when compared with other private colleges in the Mid East region (colleges in NY, PA, NJ, DC, MD, DE). Specifically…
MCNY will use the results to further enhance our strengths in Active and Collaborative Learning and Supportive Campus Environment, and we will look for ways to improve Enriching Educational Experiences. Additionally, MCNY may focus on ways to exceed the private college comparison group scores in the areas where we are currently tied – Level of Academic Challenge and Student-Faculty Interaction.
Ed Gillen was the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at Metropolitan College of New York.
Having been an Admissions Counselor for the last 3 years, I’ve come to see that each student is unique not only in terms of academics, but also in terms of maturity, readiness, and enthusiasm. While adhering to the college’s mission and the overall requirements of the programs, when meeting with students and reviewing their applications, counselors definitely assess students in terms of what is perceived as their level of interest. As counselors, we are hoping that when a student comes in for an interview, he/she is “highly interested” in attending MCNY, extremely motivated, and has the ability to succeed. We look forward to generating that letter of congratulations on their acceptance and recognizing the contribution they will make to our community of higher education.
So, the following are a few ideas, from the perspective of an admissions counselor, that you might want to consider:
Potential students who follow these tips will be sure to have a positive experience with their admission counselor. Also, keep in mind, a decision does not have to be made in one day. Understand that the counselor’s goal is to provide the student with the information they will need to determine if the college is the best choice in leading to the success of their future.
With that being said, good luck and I hope to see you on campus!!!!
Monica Ortiz is an Enrollment Specialist at Metropolitan College of New York.
We all live in very credentials oriented world. A bachelor’s degree is not as highly valued as it once was, but try to get by without one and you are up for a rude awakening. Still, today, a master’s degree still sets individuals apart. Not everyone planned on going to graduate school when they first enrolled in college. Many return to graduate school after many years absence from college. Some with well developed skills and work experience directly related to the studies in which they want to pursue a Master’s, others going off in entirely new career directions.
In either case, an admissions decision will have to be made on the basis of what evidence you provide to build a case that you will be successful in your studies. In most cases it will be the cumulative educational experience exhibited on your transcript (transcripts) or most recent transcript over and above a standardized test taken on Saturday last December.
An admissions interview may help you to identify how your application will be reviewed and how likely it may or may not be that you will qualify for admission.
I have to admit though, too many factors are taken into account in making an admissions decision to justifying whether one applies to one school or another. And, you can’t decide based on gut instinct alone.
In the worst scenario you may need to look in a different direction or build a better case for yourself so that (better prepared) you may look to receive a different answer at a later time. Sometimes, additional evidence such as new coursework completed with better grades can help you do this. I know that this may seem harsh to some, but graduate study is serious stuff. It is certainly no place to learn to write.
So, I guess my advice to those who think they want graduate school but aren’t willing to take the plunge and risk rejection is to apply anyway.
Steven Lenhart is the Dean of Enrollment Services at Metropolitan College of New York.
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