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"Ousmane Drame's Journey from Guinea to Quinnipiac" was written by Mike Anthony on Feb. 14th.

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.

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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hsopitalAngela 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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