Infinite Opportunities: California University of Pennsylvania S2E21

Infinite Opportunities: California University of Pennsylvania S2E21

September 26, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education 14 universities Infinite Opportunities This week we explore the opportunities available at California University of Pennsylvania. First, we’ll hear from university President, Geraldine Jones. Hello, I´m Frank Brogan,
Chancellor of Pennsylvania´s State System of Higher Education and very proud member of an organized effort to bring higher education to the people of the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania, the country, and the world. 14 wonderful universities
strategically located around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
serving over 110,000 undergraduate and graduate
students with over 500,000 living alumni scattered
throughout our area, making a difference in the lives of
everyone in Pennsylvania now and into its future. We´re so very proud and we believe it´s important to introduce you to one of our presidents of one of our universities, California University located in beautiful southwestern Pennsylvania. Geraldine Jones, not only is an alum of Cal U, but also is a long-time resident of Pennsylvania, not only that, she and I share something in common. She and I both started our
education careers in elementary education. Geraldine, as a second grade
teacher, and I started a long time ago as a fifth grade teacher
in the state of Florida. We are delighted to
have her with us today. Welcome, Gerry Jones. Thank you, Chancellor. If you could, tell us about
California University. Thank you, Chancellor. Thank you for the opportunity to have a conversation about our university. California University was
founded in 1852, and we are nestled in a scenic bend along
the Monongahela River just 35 miles south of Pittsburgh. During this time of our proud
163-year history, we have graduated hundreds of thousands
of contributing members to the fiber of this country. Currently we have 53,000 living
alumni who have careers as diverse as teachers, CEOs of
Fortune 500 companies, and five-star generals in the U.S. military. Over this time period, we have
diversed into a comprehensive regional institution, a
university that now offers Bachelor´s, Master´s, and a
new Doctorate degree program. We believe our responsibility in the 21st century and beyond is
to provide our students with credentials that will provide
them and prepare them with the adaptability required to
effectively compete, succeed, and contribute in
this global economy. In recognition of this
challenge, we feel uniquely qualified to prepare our
students to be leaders in this ever-changing global society. Geraldine, you and our other
13 presidents, as well, are preparing for the opening of a new and another academic year. It´s always a very exciting time for us as we ramp up for the opening of the
next school year. You mentioned very briefly,
touched on, a new academic program, not only one, I´m aware of a number of new
programs that Cal is looking to put in place and begin
implementation this fall. Can you tell us a little about
some of the new academic programs taking place at
California University? Yes, Chancellor. Over the last few years, we have developed and now are offering
12 new academic programs. We have our new program in
commercial music technology and we have our new program in Mechatronics engineering technology. That program is headed by Dr. Jennifer Wilburn. This is an up-and-coming area and this area allows us to offer
many kinds of opportunities for students to be
employed in the area. And each year for the last few
years, we have held a robotics competition, both with First
Robotics, and also with Bots I.Q. That attracts high school students from at least 63 high schools, not only in Pennsylvania, but outside the state, and as far away as Ohio and even in the midwest, the students come for that
particular program. We´re excited about the possibilities that this new program will deliver. That´s outstanding. Again, that program and others
like it join a complement of academic programs which really bring a great deal of prestige
to California University. And I know your students will be excited, all 8,000, to come back
and begin that new academic year. So will the faculty, by the way. As an old faculty member, I
would get as excited every year for the opening of the school
year I think as the students did. Tell me something regarding how
the faculty and the students reach beyond the classroom
and laboratory at Cal. We´re always very proud of our 14 universities, on campus,
and we should be, but I don´t think many people know how we translate what they
do on campus in the learning environment off campus. I know at Cal, some of the work that you and your faculty and
students do around the country and around the world, in
places like Costa Rica, have brought a great deal of pride, but even more, a great deal of experience to the students who
are engaged in those outreach programs. And as a result of that,
Chancellor, we now have our Center for Undergraduate Research,
and our students have the opportunity to do research
with our faculty members. You mentioned Costa Rica. Our faculty member has students travel with her to Costa
Rica for her research there. Not only in Costa Rica, but in
Madagascar, and our students travel all over. And then we do domestic travel, as well, with our
meteorology program. Our students this summer are
traveling, and they are in Oklahoma and Texas
and in Colorado. When they were in Oklahoma, they had a chance to, and they
did spot a tornado, yes. [Brogan] Fantastic. The experience that you can get outside of that classroom, where you learn at the knee of some
incredible faculty at Cal, but then to be able to take that on the road and apply what you´ve learned really drives home the
importance of the educational experience to our students. You know, I wanted to give you an opportunity, as I do with all of our presidents, to talk
about some of the other accomplishments of
the institution. You don´t have to wander far at Cal to do that when you look
at your athletic programs at California University. You’ve had some amazing achievements this year. I want to give you a chance
to brag a little about those. So tell us a little about
your athletic program at Cal. Thank you, Chancellor for for the opportunity to do that. This year, we had a national
championship, Division Two, our women´s basketball team. Our softball team, they are now ranked number four in the
nation in NCAA Division Two. In our PSAC conference, we had
five PSAC champions this year. And I might add, they´re all in women´s sports, of course our women´s basketball, our women´s softball, our women´s volleyball,
our women´s tennis, and our women´s golf. We´re very proud of the
accomplishments of our athletes at the university. And I also might add that as
good as those students perform on the field and on the court,
equally in the classroom. I´m very proud of their
performance in the classroom, as well. And one of our basketball
players, Nicki Glenn, is on our championship basketball team
is, a chemistry major at the university. These students are doing
very well academically. [Brogan] That´s fantastic. And I know we like to, we being myself and especially the Board
of Governors for our State university System, we like to
take the opportunity to pay tribute to some of those
championship teams. I know we´ve got an upcoming
meeting at which we´re going to pay recognition to some of the national championship teams that
we celebrate from our System during the course of this year. Tell me a little about how
athletics connects with the broader community, whether it´s
the alum base or whether it happens to be just members of the community in southwestern Pennsylvania, and what that brings
to the university. In southwestern Pennsylvania,
sports is something very important as you may know. We are very proud of the
performance of our students, not only on the field and on the court, but also in the classroom. That has that outreach into the community, and the community,
our students are well represented there. They are involved in the schools and go out to work with other
young people in the area, as well. And they´re involved when we do the big event at the university, when they are working with the senior citizen population
in the area, as well. So then everyone has an
opportunity to not just see them as athletes, but really to see them as contributing members
of the local community. [Brogan] Ambassadors for the university. I’m not sure people really
understand the power that a well-organized athletic program
can bring, not just to the university, but to the
broader community. I know that´s what you´re
working hard to do at Cal. Well, Geraldine Jones, I can´t
say thank you enough, both for taking time from your busy
schedule to be with us in this segment, but also for giving us so much good information
about California University. I´m excited about the year
coming up for Cal, and I believe based on just a number of the
things that you said, there is good reason to be, the future
of that university is in good hands. We thank you very much for being with us today and look forward
to having you back someday to give us more information
about California University. Thank you, Chancellor.>Coming up next, explore more opportunities offered at California
University of Pennsylvania. [music] Invest in me. Invest in me. Invest in me. Invest in me. Invest in me. Invest in me. I’ll be your future public servant. I’ll be your future advertising executive. I’ll be your future accountant. I will be your future motivational speaker. I’ll be your future law maker. I will be your future teacher. Invest in me. I’ll be your future videographer. Welcome back to Infinite Opportunities. Next we‘ll see how the Cal U Office of Academic Success helps students utilize university resources to achieve success in their education and their careers.>Welcome to California University. In the Office of Academic
Success, it is our desire that every student who attends California University succeeds academically. If students ask for help, we
provide services such as a math lab, a writing center, tutoring,
a scheduling center to help students make sure they are
taking the right classes. We have two courses for first year students, First Year Seminar and Intro to University Studies. These courses are great for first year students because they provide a foundation for them. Teaching them such things as time management skills and study skills. I give tours here on campus and I always make sure I point out the math lab, the writing center, and the scheduling center, because those are three fantastic resources that we have. The scheduling center helped me see what classes I needed to take in order, and what all the prerequisites were, and gave me a suggested
track for the next four years. At California University, our
four-year graduation rates are steadily climbing, because it’s our desire with our four-year
graduation plan that students graduate in four years and no more. The four-year graduation plan is Cal U´s commitment to
keeping college affordable. You spend the money in school when in reality you couldn’t make money in your field of choice. What the four-year grad
program does, is it makes sure that you get every class that you need to get. They make sure that you have
priority registration. In short terms it gives you a blueprint. At California University, we
have also began to develop learning communities
for incoming students. We allow students to take three or four classes together so that they can learn to study with
each other, connect with other students, and ultimately be
successful academically. What´s great about this program
is these students take the same courses together, so they get to know each other. So by the end of their freshman year, they have made really good friends with students within
their academic major. But the peer mentoring
program, students volunteer to assist freshmen with the
transition to the university. These students are in the same academic major, but also in addition to that, they’re their, more or less, first friend on campus. I didn´t know anyone coming into Cal. It was a nice way to know that somebody was out there looking out for me. In the first week of school, she showed me around campus to all
the classes that I had and what I really liked about her was she helped me outside of the classroom. She taught me how to meet new friends and she taught me where to hang out. When we match our mentors and our proteges together, we look at their hobbies, where they came
from, their majors. Parents should be comforted in
knowing that they’re getting an upper classman who is kind,
caring, and knowledgeable to entrust their freshman to.>Alpha Lambda Delta is a
freshman honor society and what´s great about this society is, they
give out scholarship money. Over the past 5 years our students have won over
$23,000 worth of scholarships. One of the greatest things
about Alpha Lambda Delta is we help you build a career advantage. In other words we help you get a job! You build professional
relationships, networking skills, organization skills,
and leadership skills. These are all things that
employers are looking for. Cal U is definitely committed to student success. Here at Cal U, I feel like they’ve helped me in so many ways, whether it’s from mentoring to the four-year grad plan. I tell the students I meet
with, I can´t wait to see you walk across the stage at graduation
and receive your diploma. One decision, endless possibilities. California University of Pennsylvania opens your mind to more than 130 programs of study. Programs that matter, to business, to justice, to our environment, to the future of our world. California University of Pennsylvania because the world is waiting for you. Enroll now for a Master’s degree in Applied Math at calu.edu. Welcome back to Infinite Opportunities. Next we’ll discover how California University of Pennsylvania is providing alternative educational opportunities through Global Online learning. Cal U has been in existence since 1852 providing quality education through top-notch programs. We’ve taken that model to
deliver education online so anyone can succeed at Cal U. We actually offer more than forty 100% online Master´s, Bachelor´s and
certificate-based programs. We reach students from ages 20 to 60 and beyond, whether they want to
start or finish, an Associate, Bachelor´s, a Master´s, or even earn their Doctorate degree. It works perfect for my schedule. Teaching all day, doing my lessons, wanting to spend time with both of my children, I have a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old. Maybe you got sidetracked
years ago and you want to complete your degree or maybe
you are a career professional who needs a degree like an MBA
to get to the next level. Maybe you just want to
learn something new. At Cal U, we have a program
that you can succeed in. We want our students to know
that we’re there to support them, every step of the way. When I felt like I wasn´t doing
well, because I tend to be hard on myself, Professor Tony, he was like, Gale you’re doing a great job. Keep it up, you know, keep it up. It did make a difference. It’s like okay, okay, I can do this. I can finish this. We have students from coast
to coast and nearly a dozen countries around the world. In an electronic environment,
we are not limited to where our faculty can reside. I am able to recruit faculty
from all over the country bringing their expertise to Cal U. If you are an active leading
service member stationed wherever in the world, you can
complete your degree 100% online. We’ll work around your
deployment schedule and be flexible when you can schedule classes. Even if you can´t be on campus, we
will provide the same support that you need to succeed. Our program was the first online program at Cal U. It started with a group of 30 students and now, we have literally
several thousand graduates. We’re offering our first Doctorate program at Cal U online to reach the type of professionals that are already out there in the field. It’s important to incorporate a wide range of media experiences, discussion items that enable students to be able to draw from their own personal experience and bring it back into the classroom. Our students create really tight bonds while they’re in our program. I know a lot of people would say an online program, you wouldn´t be able to get that tight bond, but in fact they stay in touch, they go
to conferences together. The feedback has been excellent. The students are so appreciative of the flexibility that the online environment allows them to have. They are able to work full-time, address family obligations, but
still have the opportunity to earn their academic credentials,
all within the context of a brick-and-mortar institution that
has all the resources of a four-year college and university and beyond. When you have the opportunity
to go to school and be at home, you need to do it. It opens doors for me right now. Our mission is to provide a
quality education that´s affordable, that students can attain. So it’s like okay, now I have the Master´s degree, I am in control of my destiny right now. . Our global online programs will
take it from where you are to where you want to be. In 1934 twenty-two people started a financial cooperative. PSECU was born out of necessity, out of a need to provide service to people who needed it most. Since 2000 we’ve been forging strong relationships with educational partners across Pennsylvania, making
strategic investments that benefit all members including students, faculty and staff, and alumni at over 20 university and college locations across Pennsylvania. Learn more about what we offer students at PSECU dot com slash students. They say life is a marathon, not a sprint. Regardless you are always looking for the finish line. Maybe you started college, got sidetracked before completing your degree. Now is the time to get it done. California University of Pennsylvania takes your classroom and on-the-job experience and uses it to help you earn your degree quickly and affordably. With Cal U’s Finish Line program your college degree is closer than you think. Visit finish line dot calu dot edu. Welcome back to Infinite Opportunities. Next we‘ll learn how Cal U students take their love of an outdoor sport and turn it into a career opportunity. Professional Golf Management is a unique blend of taking a passion for the golf industry, combining it with the skills in business and sport management
to make sure that our students are truly the managers of an entire golf
operation. This program is not just about playing golf, it’s also about completing your college
degree. You take all the same courses in general education as other students on
campus. You will get an introduction to the business world, to golf, to sport management. You’ll learn about legal aspects of sports. You’ll learn about economics of sport. There’s way more to it than swinging clubs. It’s all about the business. It’s not all about playing golf. The golf industry has a total economic impact of over a hundred and seventy six
billion dollars.That comes down to everything from facility acquisition,
supporting staff and hiring, to marketing, to budgeting, to looking at accounting statements,
to make sure our students can not only manage a golf facility, but they have
transferable skills in any business realm. My name’s Michael Cuscino, I’m a graduate of the program and I’m a golf professional at St. Clair Country Club. Every day I’ve drawn from what I’ve learned that Cal U. I walked out the door knowing that I was gonna get a job in
the golf industry. Our facilities at Cal U are literally
second to none. We’ve got an expansive indoor facility with an indoor chipping and putting green. We have our golf club fitting and repair
studio where students can literally take a golf club apart into its components
and construct it back to exact specifications. We’ve got 3D analyzing equipment, 2D analyzing equipment, force plate and balance technology. It literally is a full realm and wealth of information available to our students. I feel like I’ve started to build a network of other professionals. Because our program is really the perfect size, we get to know each of our students on an individual basis, as do other students in the program. This allows our students to network with each other, for our alumni to stay heavily involved, and for our students have access to a broad range of opportunities once they graduate. Our program provides a wonderful return on investment for our students. Not only do we have a hundred percent job placement rate, but our students get internships at literally some of the best places in the world. My internships have paid off and that’s where I think we gain an advantage. Day one I was 100% ready because of the skill sets I learned at CalU and through my internship. I love this school. I love the individual attention. I love the student body. The Professional Golf Management Program at CalU is really an exciting blend that takes a
student’s passion for the game, combine it with a core in business, and
send our students out into the industry with the skills that they need to succeed. One decision, endless possibilities. California University of Pennsylvania opens your mind to more than 130 programs of study. Programs that matter to business, to justice, to our environment, to the future of our world. California University of Pennsylvania because the world is waiting for you. Visit or apply on line cal u dot edu. We make about 45 million pounds of chips in a quarter, that equates to about 200 million pounds
of potatoes, which is quite a few. What’s interesting with M&T is they were a small-town bank and as we’ve grown they’ve also grown with us. They’ve got the resources that you would need in order to go big, but they also have that friendly, local community feel so that it makes it seem easier than it probably is. Welcome back to Infinite Opportunities. Next we’ll discover what opportunities California University of Pennsylvania provides for Masters Degree students to build on their existing successes.>I have been teaching and I loved, love teaching. Love what I was doing, but I just though at this point in my career this is where I can do more for the kids by being a principal and being in charge of an entire school. My undergraduate experience is exactly what drew me back to Cal U to get my masters degree. I made great relationships with Cal U and I knew I was going to get a great education if I came back for my Masters. I searched for a long time to find a program like Cal U’s, because it was specifically a Master of Science, and the degree course
that was offered here was so unique that it was an easy decision. I own an outdoor fitness company called Rough It in Tustin California. Health and fitness is my
passion, and I really just want to help as many people as I can learn, and I think the better… the more educated I am, the more I can help others in their goals and their fitness. I was laid off and my friend who is a counselor said, Maxine why don’t you just go back to Cal and you can go under the CAP 60 and you can go, with tuition free and you can just pay your fees and wouldn’t it be wonderful. And I said, I think that´s a good idea,
and so that´s what we did. Especially the leadership classes, they really helped
me to develop as the kind of person to help lead our school. And there are were so many
experiences built into every class to allow you to put that skill set to work. From admissions to graduation, the faculty and staff have been incredible. I was just stunned. The pitfalls that I thought I would encounter disappeared because of the pleasant demeanor and willingness to help with everybody here at the university. To be a counselor’s really a calling. It´s something I believe
I was meant to do. They have taught us to be caring and understanding of these clients. And the whole point, for me, in counseling is to make a difference. I want to have a greater affect
on the school and I want to have a greater affect
on our community. I think the degree has
helped me to fulfill that. This is something that will prepare me to go into the private sector It has been a great experience and I would recommend it, you know, to anyone. It´s never too late. Because
education is part of our journey. They do everything that you need to prepare you for what´s going to happen in the real world afterwards. Cal U has a great vision for the future. They´re adapting to some changing times, but the student remains their focus and they remain with their kind of small town
sensibility with a big time vision.>Come back next week to learn
more of the Infinite Opportunities at the State System’s 14 universities. or visit us online.