Ousmane Drame guards the net
Marketing major Ousmane Drame is assisting the QU men’s basketball team in elevating their game. A rising star and junior forward, Ousmane knows firsthand, on and off the court, that the strong persevere and that it takes stamina to win the game. Ousmane hails from Guinea, West Africa, and his committment to family, his teammates, and to his academic workload demand that he focuses, no matter what the playing court consists of. Of the obstacles he has faced, Ousmane notes that, “Embracing the obstacles, accepting life as it is and the determination to someday be the most depend[able] and reliable person in my family are what drive me everyday.” Ousmane adds that ”to make everyone that knows me proud of me and rely on me when they need a hand” is what counts. Ousmane acknowledges that failure makes you savor the win even more. As he states, ”Failures I have endured in so many areas of my life motivate me to succeed. . .” He continues, “I am also motivated by those that believe in me and support me, as it is my duty to prove them right, and by those that want me to fail and don’t believe in me, it is my duty to prove them wrong.”
A proven athlete, Ousmane had to face financial challenges before he hit the court. According to Ousmane, “my biggest challenge was getting a scholarship. I promised myself at a young age not to ever make my family pay for my education and, as hard as it was to accomplish, I am proud of myself for getting that done.” And he should be. In addition to a solid academic record and a grueling athletic schedule with demanding travel time, Ousmane has helped the Quinnipiac men’s basketball team, recording 12 wins and 4 losses, tie for 2nd place in the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).
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One of the panelists, QU Alumni Conor Murphy, sharing his business card with a student.
In partnership with the American Marketing Association, the office of Career Development hosted a sports marketing panel on Tuesday, February 11th. Panelists and alumni shared their work experience with students, and they explained how they entered the industry and the obstacles they have faced, as well as new hurdles that present as opportunities for growth. Stressing the importance of networking, panelists emphasized that relationships built in college increase the chances of establishing connections that can help create future opportunities. Also discussed were the benefits of LinkedIn and how using its latest features to create interactive profiles can help students earn a “market place” advantage. Panelists, which included alumni Conor Murphy, B.S, Marketing, ’12, also discussed other areas that help students get noticed, such as volunteer and service experience and holding a titled position on a campus board. Highlighted was the need for passion and a strong work ethic to distinguish oneself from others. As Student Ambassador at Quinnipiac, Staci Canny, explained, “The Sports Industry requires long hours and a low pay for those people just entering the industry; but with hard work and time, there are endless opportunities to move up the ladder and achieve success.”
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Angela Mattie, associate professor of management and director of QU’s long-term care certificate program, has been elected to serve as a member of the St. Mary’s Health System and Saint Mary’s Hospital Boards of Directors for 2014. In addition, Professor Mattie will serve as a member of Saint Mary’s Hospital Quality and Patient Safety Committee, 2014.
As a Board Member, one of Angela’s primary responsibility is to provide direction and support to ensure that Saint Mary’s Health System remains focused on its mission to provide “excellent healthcare in a spiritually enriched environment.” Saint Mary’s strives to improve community health while advancing their Vision to be the leading regional healthcare provider. As a member of the Board and the Quality and Patient Safety Committee, Angela will contribute her knowledge and expertise in long-term care towards serving the health system goals of St. Mary’s.
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Brianna Grantelli, Francis Kissi and Sierra Pacholski, students in the MBA-HCM track, successfully completed their project on “Connecticut Patient Safety Initiatives along the Continuum of Care.” The project is part of the HM 621 Healthcare Quality/Patient Safety course taught by Angela Mattie, Associate Professor and department Chair of Healthcare Management and Organizational Leadership. The objective of the students’ project was to consider, by way of analysis, how to determine what patient safety and initiatives are being taken in Connecticut in various realms of healthcare. Students identified numerous healthcare inititatives in Connecticut; some of their analysis focused on community health centers, foundations, goverment, home health care agencies, hospitals and long-term care facilities. Also, of interest to the designers of the project was patient safety in public-private relationships. One of their preliminary recommendations is that further evaluation focuses on adverse event reporting, medication management and transitions in care, and culture change through the implementation of high reliability training programs along the healthcare continuum.
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Quinnipiac University was ranked as one of the top ten online master’s business programs as reported by U.S. News and World Report in their 2014 rankings released January 8. Dr. Matthew O’Connor, Dean of the School of Business and Engineering, noted that the “rankings reflect the engagement of our online students, the innovation and creativity of the faculty and the dedication and support of the learning specialists at QU online.” The graduate administration team, headed by Dr. Susan McTiernan, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, worked with Cindy Gallatin, Associate Vice President of Online Programs, and her team to consolidate resources and put them into online praxis. The rigor behind this endeavor and the energy and determination of all, particularly the full time faculty that teach online, has QU meriting the number 9 seat in online master’s graduate programs and has earned QU recognition amongst some of the best business schools in the country. As Dr. McTiernan noted, “This ranking is a great accomplishment for everyone in the business school, not least of all our students, who are at the center of everything we do.” Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Vice President for Academic Affairs, stated, “We are proud of the innovative and rigorous instruction our faculty offer in our online graduate programs, which is in keeping with our university’s commitment to excellence in teaching, learning and scholarship.” For more information, please go to http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/mba/rankings
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The Daniel & Francine Scinto Foundation, a public supporting charity, dedicated to help furthering the causes of education, health care, conservation, and the arts, honored Quinnipiac University’s 2013 Center of Excellence in Teaching Awardees. On November 17th, a dinner was held in New York City at the View Restaurant. Angela Mattie, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Healthcare Management and Organizational Leadership Department, was one of those honored at the occasion with an award in teaching excellence. Others recognized for their teaching excellence included: Leonard Engel, Professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Andri Smth, Associate Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. Daniel Scinto, founder of the foundation, graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1972 and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1976. He is a former student of Professor Engel. Francine Scinto, President of the Foundation, graduated from Manhattanville College and received her MBA from Columbia Business School. The Scinto Foundation focuses on increasing educational opportunities as the primary resource for students to achieve their goals, ultimately aiding in the betterment of society. For more information about the Scinto Foundation and to read about the ways the foundation has assisted with helping others achieve their view, please go to: http://www.scintofoundation.org
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Dylan Zucosky, and his fellow entrepreneur classmates, attended Uncubed in NYC.
In November, Dylan Zucosky and fellow entrepreneurship students attended the Uncubed conference in New York City. They were accompanied by Grace Peiffer, career development director. Uncubed is a high energy, creative gathering of thoughtful leaders of the top startups in the country. The conference was divided into two sessions: speakers in the morning and a job fair in the afternoon. While the morning session had many noteworthy speakers, two stood out: Alex Redmond from VICE Medi, discussing sales, and Tarek Pertew, a co-founder from Wakefield Media, giving tips on how to get hired by a start up.
Dylan shared a few key points from the the talk on sales he attended that he found key: live your product, breathe it, love it; only perfect pitch practice, makes for perfect pitches, so PRACTICE! Remember that 90% of business is relationships–relationships build business. Network and connect.
According to Dylan, Pertew’s tips on how to get hired were equally as powerful. They include the following: start within arm’s reach; do your research; know what you are looking for; think outside the box; build skills in unfamiliar areas and talk to strangers. Most importantly, in agreement with Redmond’s advice, Pertew encouraged students to network. And, according to Pertew, part of networking is setting goals and reaching one person a week. Remember: doesn’t hurt to be different and it helps to adapt a “do it yourself” mentality. “Face time” matters, so put in the extra hours, and make sure you bookmark the right information. Read extensively in your field to know your environment. An eye towards the company culture is key, as is the ability to ask for feedback.
During the afternoon’s job fair, students were able to network with companies in a relaxed environment. This enabled QU entrepreners to show off social skills, illustrate to the companies that they are personable and would be fun to work with. As Dylan Zucosky said, “This was an amazing experience that was by far the most engaging job fair I have ever been to. I highly suggest going next year.” ( Dylan Zucosky’14 is a Media Studies Major and Entrepreneurship Minor)
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