From Rosary Hall to Rome

Albertus alum Elizabeth McGarry ’14 recently made the voyage “across the pond” to begin her graduate studies in London. After participating in Albertus’ Summer Study Abroad program in Fanjeaux, France last summer, Liz immediately realized the importance of an education enriched by international relations. This is her account of these past few weeks leading up to her move.

100_0205When I made the decision to move to England for graduate study for a Master’s degree, it was after months of researching, comparing and debating. Now, a little less than 6 weeks before I leave I know that I have made that right decision for myself both personally and professionally. Richmond, The American International University in London provided me the opportunity to participate in a rigorous and challenging program, a master’s in both advertising and public relations. Richmond, as opposed to universities in the US, allows me to build and cultivate a professional, international network, since Richmond accepts students from around the world, which is crucial for anyone wishing to work in business. This ability to live and work in another country is one that will benefit me long term as it can help increase my employability, since it proves to an employer that I can set outside comfort zones and challenge myself, while also being able to enter the business with firsthand knowledge of business and cultural practices of other countries.

Another huge factor in my decision to attend Richmond, is that they are an accredited US university. This is important since it means that the degree I receive is recognized not only in the UK but also stateside. This is important if a student wishes to come back stateside and go onto a Ph.D. or other advanced degree.

Finally, a huge reason I decided to receive a degree from Richmond, was that I would have the ability to live and study in the amazing city of London for a full year and completely immerse myself in the life and culture there. This is something that cannot be achieved by a vacation to the city or short visit.

There are, of course, many other reasons and factors that went into my decision but these are the ones that were the most prevalent in my decision.

From Fanjeaux to Rome, students are able to explore the world through the Study Abroad Program at Albertus Magnus College. To gain more information on the experience of a lifetime, visit our Student Life page today.

UQ6A1662Liz McGarry ’14, hails from North Haven, CT and graduated this spring with a bachelor’s in Marketing. In the Fall Liz will be attending Richmond, The American International University in London to pursue a master of arts in Advertising and Public Relations.


Earn while you Learn

Students pay for the majority of their college education in different ways. You could attend part time, but it extends out the amount of years until graduation. You could take out student loans and defer them until later, but that can cause financial pressure as soon as you leave school. A great way to balance these two extreme approaches is taking a part-time job while attending full-time. Finding the perfect mix of work and school can be difficult, but the Federal Work Study (FWS) Program may be the right fit for you.

The FWS Program is a federally funded work program that provides wages for part-time employment to eligible students with significant financial need. Students can be placed in all campus offices/buildings, and in select departments, as well as in community service-based positions off campus.
Blog - TimesheetStudents generally work an average of 5-10 hours per week and are paid on a bi-weekly basis. Keep in mind that FWS awards are not deducted from your tuition, but are paid to you directly. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use them toward tuition! You can take a portion of your earnings and start paying back your student loans or save it for next semester’s tuition.
Time management is a must. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your course load, your supervisor will understand. It’s important to remember that your studies come first; don’t sign up to work extra hours at the expense of your education. This program is designed to help make education more affordable.
FWS is a resume-building experience. Getting a position in the field you’re interested in pursuing, helping you get that much closer to your future career. If you can’t find something in a department related to your major, you can get a position in a fun department, like athletics or in the Pub. Even if the job is not related to your major, it will help you learn about the work world and gain general skills that may be useful to you when you graduate.
Blog - Work StudyIf you haven’t already been awarded FWS, that doesn’t mean you’re not eligible to receive it! You can add yourself to the FWS Waitlist, which is on the “Work Study” page of the Financial Aid section of the myAlbertus Portal.
Don’t forget: we’re always here to help! Stop in or call anytime.

Servant Leadership: The New Paradigm

We’re all familiar with the model of the traditional organization. The CEO sits atop the pyramid, followed by the vice presidents, managers, supervisors, and then the employees. At the bottom are the customers. It’s almost as if the customer is there to serve needs of organization.

But what if we invert this pyramid and put the customer on top? After all, isn’t it the customers who make paydays possible? If we invert the pyramid, the customers are on top – followed by the employees, supervisors, managers, vice presidents, and followed by the CEO at the bottom.

In the traditional pyramid, those on the bottom focus on meeting the needs of those on the next rung. Employees try to meet the needs of their supervisors. Supervisors try to meet the needs of their managers, etc., all the way to vice presidents trying to please the CEO. The customers somehow are lost in this process.

IMG_1914If you invert the pyramid and put the CEO at the bottom and the customer on top, you’ve inverted the relationship. The CEO must focus on meeting the needs of the vice presidents, the needs of the managers, etc. all the way through the employees on meeting the needs of the customers.

If you proposed this idea in your organization, you’re likely to hear the question – “Who came up with this crazy idea?”

The answer is Robert Greenleaf and the leadership model is Servant Leadership.

Greenleaf came up with the idea of Servant Leadership after reading Hermann Hesse’s book Journey to the East, the story of a mountainous expedition that fell apart when Leo, one of the servants to the group, disappeared. Greenleaf realized that although everyone thought of Leo as a servant, he was actually leading the expedition through his actions.

The core premise of Servant Leadership is that organizations function best when leaders focus not on having their needs met, but focus on meeting the legitimate needs of others. The CEO should not ask “what do I need done today?” But rather, “what can I do today to help others do their jobs” and ultimately serve the customer.

By focusing on the needs of others, a servant leader becomes a servant first. The servant leader does not rely on formal authority; the ability to dictate and command what others are to do. Rather, they lead through informal authority, creating a willingness on the part of others to follow voluntarily.

Leaders gain informal authority not through the organization chart, but through their actions; the willingness to focus on the legitimate needs of others and to do what must be done.

The servant leader then uses this informal authority to get others to work enthusiastically toward the goals of the organization. A servant example, not fiat.


About the Author

William S. Hettinger, Ph.D., is an author, educator and consultant to educational institutions and corporations both large and small.

Dr. Hettinger is an expert in making the complex simple. In his teaching and consulting, he excels at taking in both complex concepts and technical material and translating them into simple, understandable language. As an educator, Dr. Hettinger has trained numerous students in leadership, research, communications, business and entrepreneurship. His latest book is Online Classes That Work! Discovering the Secrets to Teaching Online (2014, Effective E-Learning)