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Student contest emphasizes impression management

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To Fox School student S. Veravod “Vee” Sysengrath, there’s no impression that can be compared to the first.

That’s how Sysengrath, a graduating senior in accounting, began a poem designed to answer the question “How do you define impression management, and how will this makeover impact your full-time employment career search?”

Thanks to the Fox School’s Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD), Sysengrath and fellow senior Gopi Patel will have an edge on the competition as they enter a tight job market in a sluggish economy. They each submitted winning entries in a CSPD-sponsored contest open to Fox School undergraduate juniors and seniors to win a professional development makeover.

WATCH A VIDEO OF THE DAY HERE!

Dubbed “Extreme Makeover: Career Edition,” the contest, now in its second year, ties into CSPD’s focus areas of impression management, personal development, and career and industry awareness, said Executive Director Corinne M. Snell. This year, CSPD accepted both written and videotaped entries.

“This extreme makeover contest just fit perfectly with the impression management piece, but also the personal development tied in with that too,” Snell said.

“We stress the importance of a well-rounded candidate, and impression management is a large part of that,” added Jena Bandini, CSPD’s assistant director of recruitment and professional development. “So we tried to do something that was creative to give them not only a competitive edge in the industry but to create some fun around the whole job search process.”

In November, Bandini accompanied Sysengrath and Patel as they received their makeovers in Center City Philadelphia. Sysengrath started his day at Jos. A Bank for a new suit. Patel began hers at Jones New York for new clothing sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car and a meeting with image consultant and Fox School graduate Megan Kristel, president of Kristel Closets.

After that, the students headed to one of Philadelphia’s most exclusive salons, Giovanni & Pileggi, for haircuts and styles before receiving a consultation on grooming or makeup from Livia M. Genova-Pagano of Mary Kay. Equipped with a professional padfolio from CSPD, the students ended their day with photographs in Center City.

In between appointments, Sysengrath said he entered last year’s contest (but didn’t win), and was asked by CSPD to try again. Once he was notified as a winner this year, Sysengrath said he posted the news on his Facebook page and received some 50 congratulatory comments within three hours.

“I feel special, I feel recognized, and I am able to shine in this dark economy,” said Sysengrath, whose poet name is Sunshine, after he was fitted with a navy blue pinstripe suit. “I feel like my hard work has been recognized, but I will never stop working hard to achieve my goals.”

Sysengrath, vice president of Ascend, one of four accounting Student Professional Organizations at the Fox School, said he hopes to land an internal auditing position with one of the Big Four accounting and auditing firms.

Gopi-MakeoverPatel, an accounting major and management information systems minor who does public relations for the same student group, has secured an auditing position with PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the Big Four. She is scheduled to start in September.

In her entry, Patel wrote that impression management can be explained with a simple analogy: two boxes of tofu sitting on a shelf, one packaged in opaque material and the other displayed with an array of colors and transparent packaging.

“Both are selling the exact same tofu, but I would undoubtedly choose the second package as it was visually appealing and had the extra “umph,” Patel wrote.

“This makeover can be the kickoff to beginning my career and will add one extra incentive for the decision maker to take me off the shelf,” Patel continued.

As she waited for her image consultant to arrive at Jones New York, Patel said a new look “will show management I am capable and skilled before I even speak.”

“Hair and makeup, as materialistic as that sounds, is very important,” she said. “Especially when you’re meeting someone for the first time.”

Friday, October 1, 2010

Media Contact: Brandon Lausch, 215-204-4115, blausch@temple.edu

When May 2010 Fox School of Business graduate Laura Connors indicated her interest in research on her Temple application, she never dreamed her work would be shown at an international conference fewer than five years later.

“Is it the Review or the Reviewer? A Multi-Method Approach to Determine the Antecedents of Online Review Helpfulness,” a paper Connors co-authored with two Fox School professors as part of the Alter Research Scholars program, was selected to be presented at the 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences in January.

Their findings indicate that among consumers of online review sites such as Amazon.com and Yelp.com, reviewers’ expertise is valued higher than their demographic groups.

“It gets to what is the best way to get a community of people going, what’s important to them and what’s not important to them,” said paper co-author Dr. David Schuff, an associate professor of management information systems. “[The sites] don’t have to worry about emphasizing getting similar people together. What they have to do is emphasize better content.”

Connors, a double major in risk management and insurance and marketing, conducted her research with Schuff and Associate Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management Dr. Susan Mudambi. Connors began her work on the paper during her freshman year at Fox.

“That was what was cool about it. She just jumped right in as a freshman,” said Mudambi, Connors’ primary mentor. “The remarkable thing is she stuck with it all four years.”

Connors, who is employed at Towers Watson, said she is not currently planning to attend the conference due to its cost, but Schuff is scheduled to give a 15-minute presentation of the paper, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Schuff, who joined the project in its last two years, said he was impressed by Connors’ hard work and dedication.

“The way of thinking when you’re doing academic research is different from a lot of the other things you’ll do in college,” he said. “She did a good job of taking something she didn’t know a lot about and doing a study that was well executed. It was her project and she really saw it through.”

Dr. Jonathan Scott, associate professor of finance and academic director of the Fox Honors Program, said Connors’ presentation at the Temple Undergraduate Research Forum-Creative Works Symposium conference last April was a credit to the Alter Research Scholars program, which gives a select group of Fox undergraduates the chance to assist faculty mentors with research in a way that goes beyond the traditional classroom experience.

“This may be only the second paper that has reached a publication stage,” he said, adding that the research stood out because of its applicability to anyone who shops online and the unique nature of Connors’ presentation.

“It is never a bad thing to have written something professionally and to have it recognized and also to have a good base of knowledge about the researching process in general,” Connors said.

–  Morgan Zalot

June 12, 2010

Cindy Joy Marselis, assistant professor of Management Information Systems at the Fox School of Business and director of the Health Informatics program at the College of Health Professions and Social Work (CHPSW), was interviewed on MyPhl17’s “In Focus” on health informatics and Temple’s program. “The government has really implemented a number of different initiatives to make the realization of a health information system that crosses every program a reality,” Marselis said. “Less than 2 percent [of hospitals] have a fully operable electronic health system where the applications are available in every unit of the hospital.” Marselis was joined by Margaret Foley, clinical associate professor at CHPSW, and Cheryl Feldman, executive director of the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund.

 Spring is here! It’s April, the unexpectedly snowy winter is behind us and you are ready for a change. Actual spring cleaning isn’t all that exciting, but the metaphoric kind is thrilling. While many people use the new year to start anew, others wait for spring. Or if you’re being completely honest, you didn’t stick to your resolutions and are using the season to start fresh. This time you mean it.

While we can’t help you stick to your diet or hit the gym more frequently, we can give your career a boost. If you’ve been looking for work, spring could offer the new beginning you’ve been waiting for.

The opportunities available to job seekers are in a variety of industries and open to different experience levels.

Health care IT company Allscripts recognizes an increasing demand for health care IT and needs quality employees as it grows.  Publishing organization Sunshine Media is looking for seasoned sales professionals in markets across the country to serve as local publishers for their magazines MD News and Builder+Architect.

Those companies are just two of the 17 ready to hire workers right now. Check out this list to make some big changes this spring:

Administaff
Industry: Business services
Number of openings: 595
Sample job titles: Sales representatives, nurses, programmers, analysts, and product development engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, administrative support, billing clerks
Location: Nationwide, including New York, N.Y.; Houston, Tex.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Dallas, TX.

Allscripts
Industry: Health care IT
Number of openings: 150
Sample job titles: Implementation specialist, project manager, software engineer, business analyst
Location: Raleigh, N.C.; Burlington, Vt.; Chicago, Ill.

Alpine Access
Industry: Customer service/work from home
Number of openings: 1,000
Sample job titles: Customer care professionals
Location: Nationwide

Chipotle Mexican Grill
Industry: Restaurant
Number of openings: 200
Sample job titles: Crew, kitchen manager, real estate manager, IT support specialist, QA manager, facilities manager
Location: Nationwide (including Denver, Colo.)

David’s Bridal
Industry: Retail
Number of openings: 95
Sample job titles: Sales consultants, customer service reps, general warehouse workers, assistant buyers, corporate director and manager level opportunities.
Location: Nationwide

Denbury Resources
Industry: Oil and gas
Number of openings: 50
Sample job titles: Reservoir engineers, lease operators, technicians, workover foreman, order analyst
Locations: Tex.; La.; Miss.

First American
Industry: Financial services, insurance, title, escrow, information services
Number of openings: 400
Sample job titles: Tax researcher, tax processor, call center representatives, escrow assistants, escrow officers, information systems professionals, sales professionals
Location: Westlake, Tex; Murray, Utah; Rochester, N.Y.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Santa Ana, Calif.

Hospice of Michigan
Industry: Healthcare/Hospice 
Number of openings: 100
Sample job titles: Registered nurse – case manager, registered nurse – on call, registered nurse – hospital and admissions, registered nurse – call center, registered nurse – pediatrics, social worker – MSW, grief support services manager, care associate – call center, homemaker, hospice aide, spiritual care advisor
Location: Southfield, Ann Arbor, Bloomfield, Clinton Township, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Big Rapids, Cadillac, Traverse City, Alpena, Gaylord, Saginaw, Mich.

National Agents Alliance
Industry: Insurance Sales
Number of openings: 529
Sample job titles: Insurance sales agent
Location: Nationwide

New York Life Insurance Company
Industry: Insurance and Financial Services
Number of openings: 4,000 plus
Sample job titles: Financial service professionals, sales managers, senior accountants, compliance associates and actuaries
Location: Nationwide

St. Vincent Medical Center
Industry: Health care
Number of openings: 54
Sample job titles: Clinical case manager, nurse manager, house supervisor, director of case management/social services, director of cardiology, C.N.A.
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.

Sapphire Technologies
Industry: IT
Number of openings: 1,000
Sample job titles: .Net Developer, help desk, Java developer, project manager, senior system analyst
Location: Nationwide

STS Tire & Auto Centers
Industry: Automotive
Number of openings: 70
Sample job titles: Master repair technician, general repair technician, general service technician, accounts payable clerk, administrative assistant, IT support technician, benefits coordinator, installer, retail store manager, drivers
Location: Bound Brook, N.J.; N.Y.; N.J.; Pa.

Sunshine Media
Industry: Publishing
Number of openings: 88 Openings
Sample job titles: Publisher – sales representative
Location: Nationwide

URS Corporation
Industry: Engineering, construction and technical services (or A/E/C)
Number of openings: 1,500
Sample job titles: Geotechnical engineers, environmental planners, resident engineers, transit/rail engineers, construction program managers, logistics and maintenance staff
Location: Nationwide

Werner Enterprises
Industry: Transportation
Number of openings: 100
Sample job titles: CDL truck driver
Location: Nationwide

West Corporation
Industry: Customer care
Number of openings: 100
Sample job titles: Customer care professionals, licensed insurance agents
Location: Tulsa, Okla.

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Extreme Makeover
Student contest emphasizes impression management

Makeover

To Fox School student S. Veravod “Vee” Sysengrath, there’s no impression that can be compared to the first.

That’s how Sysengrath, a graduating senior in accounting, began a poem designed to answer the question “How do you define impression management, and how will this makeover impact your full-time employment career search?”

Thanks to the Fox School’s Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD), Sysengrath and fellow senior Gopi Patel will have an edge on the competition as they enter a tight job market in a sluggish economy. They each submitted winning entries in a CSPD-sponsored contest open to Fox School undergraduate juniors and seniors to win a professional development makeover.

WATCH A VIDEO OF THE DAY HERE!

Dubbed “Extreme Makeover: Career Edition,” the contest, now in its second year, ties into CSPD’s focus areas of impression management, personal development, and career and industry awareness, said Executive Director Corinne M. Snell. This year, CSPD accepted both written and videotaped entries.

“This extreme makeover contest just fit perfectly with the impression management piece, but also the personal development tied in with that too,” Snell said.

“We stress the importance of a well-rounded candidate, and impression management is a large part of that,” added Jena Bandini, CSPD’s assistant director of recruitment and professional development. “So we tried to do something that was creative to give them not only a competitive edge in the industry but to create some fun around the whole job search process.”

In November, Bandini accompanied Sysengrath and Patel as they received their makeovers in Center City Philadelphia. Sysengrath started his day at Jos. A Bank for a new suit. Patel began hers at Jones New York for new clothing sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car and a meeting with image consultant and Fox School graduate Megan Kristel, president of Kristel Closets.

After that, the students headed to one of Philadelphia’s most exclusive salons, Giovanni & Pileggi, for haircuts and styles before receiving a consultation on grooming or makeup from Livia M. Genova-Pagano of Mary Kay. Equipped with a professional padfolio from CSPD, the students ended their day with photographs in Center City.

In between appointments, Sysengrath said he entered last year’s contest (but didn’t win), and was asked by CSPD to try again. Once he was notified as a winner this year, Sysengrath said he posted the news on his Facebook page and received some 50 congratulatory comments within three hours.

“I feel special, I feel recognized, and I am able to shine in this dark economy,” said Sysengrath, whose poet name is Sunshine, after he was fitted with a navy blue pinstripe suit. “I feel like my hard work has been recognized, but I will never stop working hard to achieve my goals.”

Sysengrath, vice president of Ascend, one of four accounting Student Professional Organizations at the Fox School, said he hopes to land an internal auditing position with one of the Big Four accounting and auditing firms.

Gopi-MakeoverPatel, an accounting major and management information systems minor who does public relations for the same student group, has secured an auditing position with PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the Big Four. She is scheduled to start in September.

In her entry, Patel wrote that impression management can be explained with a simple analogy: two boxes of tofu sitting on a shelf, one packaged in opaque material and the other displayed with an array of colors and transparent packaging.

“Both are selling the exact same tofu, but I would undoubtedly choose the second package as it was visually appealing and had the extra “umph,” Patel wrote.

“This makeover can be the kickoff to beginning my career and will add one extra incentive for the decision maker to take me off the shelf,” Patel continued.

As she waited for her image consultant to arrive at Jones New York, Patel said a new look “will show management I am capable and skilled before I even speak.”

“Hair and makeup, as materialistic as that sounds, is very important,” she said. “Especially when you’re meeting someone for the first time.”

Jan. 24, 2010

In 2010, far more university classrooms will be “captured” for online streaming video than ever — allowing students to view lectures from home or review previous classes for study. A number of delicate issues surround the larger implementation of class capture, including intellectual property rights of professors, along with fears of heightened scrutiny. “If you’re using class capture, you have to be aware that what you say in class can be played back. You do have to think a little more about the content, not only because of the [added scrutiny], but you also have to create more visuals on the screen,” says David Schuff, associate professor of Management Information Systems at Temple University in Philadelphia.

10 Promising Jobs for the Class of 2009  This summer, diplomas will be handed out, hats will be tossed in the air and college graduates will look to enter that elusive Real World they’ve heard so much about. It’s all very exciting and nerve-wracking, in a good way.Of course, student loan repayments are six months away and, as anyone who’s turned on the news in the last year will tell you, the economy’s not exactly booming.Never fear, graduates. Yes, the hiring market is slower than it was when you entered college, but there are still jobs to be had. To help your search and calm your nerves, we’ve put together a list of 10 jobs that college grads should look for this year.

How did we do it? We looked at the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ “Job Outlook 2009” survey of employers to see what industries were hiring and which majors interested them most. Then we looked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Occupational Outlook Handbook” to see what positions fell under both categories and were expected to grow between 2006 and 2016.

Keep in mind that not every employer in these industries will be hiring at the same level and that many factors can come into play during the hiring process, such as your location. Also, the economy’s erratic behavior and the stimulus bill could give some other jobs a big boost. Still, these are 10 jobs that new graduates have a good chance of finding in 2009.

Accountants and auditors
2006 employment: 1.27 million
2016 employment: 1.5 million
Percentage increase: 18
Best for: Accounting majors
Database administrators
2006 employment: 119,000
2016 employment: 154,000
Percentage increase: 29
Best for: Computer science, information science or management information systems majors

Electrical engineers
2006 employment: 153,000
2016 employment: 163,000
Percentage increase: 6
Best for: Engineering majors

Financial analysts
2006 employment: 221,000
2016 employment: 295,000
Percentage increase: 33
Best for: Finance, economics, business administration, accounting or statistics majors

Management analysts
2006 employment: 29,000
2016 employment: 30,600
Percentage increase: 5.5
Best for: Business administration majors

Marketing managers
2006 employment: 167,000
2016 employment: 192,000
Percentage increase: 15
Best for: Business administration majors

Mechanical engineers
2006 employment: 226,000
2016 employment: 235,000
Percentage increase: 4
Best for: Engineering majors

Network systems and data communications analysts
2006 employment: 262,000
2016 employment: 402,000
Percentage increase: 53
Best for: Computer science, information science or management information systems majors

Personal financial advisers
2006 employment: 176,000
2016 employment: 248,000
Percentage increase: 41
Best for: Accounting, business, finance, economics, mathematics or law majors

Sales managers
2006 employment: 318,000
2016 employment: 351,000
Percentage increase: 10
Best for: Business administration majors

The Students for Responsible Business (SRB) hosted the first annual “Green by Design” week from March 23-27, 2009. This year’s event concentrated on informing students, faculty and staff about incorporating sustainability into business and personal practices, through a series of professional guest speakers, launching its Green Food Initiative and its eco-friendly laundry dispenser competition.

“Our Green By Design Week is focused on educating students about the opportunities in sustainable building, design and development,” commented Todd Oskin, SRB member and this year’s conference coordinator.

The week began with the commencement of SRB’s Green Food Truck Initiative; an effort to make the vending trucks around Temple University’s main campus more sustainable through a socially responsible graded ranking system.  There are currently nine out of 20 trucks involved in the initiative. “We hope to have 75 percent of vendors involved, as we will be continuing this program throughout the summer and semesters to follow,” commented Jordan Salmeron, SRB member. Each truck receives a point for every sustainable action it takes. For example, offering a discount to customers who bring reusable mugs, giving paper/plastic bags only on request or purchasing local or organic eggs can earn a vendor points. Each point is worth one-fourth of a peach (SRB’s point icon), and the number of peaches the business collects will be displayed in SRB’s marketing campaign and on the truck’s sign. Therefore, students who support environmentally conscious vendors will be able to easily spot and purchase from these green trucks.

The speaker series showcased companies from diverse fields that offered a wide range of services and products including solar-powered systems, energy-efficient heat pumps and water treatment systems. The series began with SunPower Builders, the leader in southeastern Pennsylvania solar system installations. As made clear in the company’s description on its Web site, SunPower Builders merges “historic building techniques with contemporary technology.”
Josh Meyer, Temple University alumnus and key speaker, discussed the efforts of his company, PekaSys, which provides information about the top-performing sustainable products. “In the business model of PekaSys, the core idea is education,” explained Meyer. PekaSys currently features a German-imported product called, The Clear Rex Bubbler. According to PekaSys’ product description on their Web site, “The Clear Rex Bubbler is a fully biological on-site sequencing batch reactor (SBR) wastewater treatment system.” It transforms almost any septic tank into a wastewater treatment system because it can be retrofitted to an already existing reactor chamber. The system provides on-site wastewater treatment nutrient reduction and ecosystem protection.
Another noted speaker was Mordechai Levi, adjunct assistant professor in management science and operations management at Temple University, who talked about his company, Chi Sage Systems and its innovative green heat pump. The system can use multiple untreated sources such as ocean water, sewage water, lake water, river water and even more common geothermal water. By transferring energy from the source to the building or vice versa, the systems can heat or cool buildings with energy savings reaching 70 to 80 percent. Additionally, Chi Sage Systems offers energy-saving lights based on a new technology. Unlike other energy-efficient lights, its lights do not contain mercury and have a life expectancy of 60,000 hours, compared with 1,000 to 1,500 hours of regular lights. They have a luminosity of 60 lm/w, which is the same as the best fluorescent bulbs, and can go up to the equivalence of 400w, making them the only option for street lights. The lights’ color is similar to that of incandescent bulbs, thus making it comfortable and pleasant. The key to Chi Sage’s success is its ability to offer customers a no-cost installation and guaranteed savings at the same time for a long-term contract.
A two-day expo held in Alter Hall, and a student-designed laundry detergent distribution contest also occurred during the week. Student organizations and sustainable businesses Rho Epsilon, SEA, Green Depot, Big Green Earth Store, PekaSys, SRB and Joe Coffee, took part in the expo and provided information about their business organizations at their tables, while the Big Green Earth Store gave out samples of their Sun and Earth Laundry detergent. The purpose of the detergent distribution contest was for participants to design a system that will reduce or eliminate the waste from current laundry detergent dispensers. The most efficient system will be manufactured and used throughout the city and the winner will receive a cash prize. The week concluded with a “Going Green, Growing Strong” event hosted by the Alumni Association and a student and professional networking social sponsored by SRB at the Draught Horse.

The Fox School’s bachelor of business administration major in management information systems (BBA in MIS) was named a top 10 U.S. program for information technology(IT) by TechRepublic.com in November 2008.

TechRepublic selected the Fox School’s BBA in MIS after evaluating more than a hundred undergraduate business-oriented IT programs across the nation. They based their selection on curriculum, placement, available resources, value, and overall strength of each program and also by interviewing alumni and corporate stakeholders.

Joining the Fox BBA in MIS in the top 10 list are Carnegie Mellon, MIT, University of Arizona, University of Maryland, and other internationally renowned universities. The Fox BBA in MIS was only the program selected from the Philadelphia region.

M. Moshe Porat, Dean, Fox School of Business, commented “I am very pleased with the success of the MIS department, they have done all the right things, by paying attention to student needs, hiring great faculty, innovating on research and curriculum, and great alumni relations.”

According to Dr. Munir Mandviwalla, associate professor, and founding chair of the MIS department, “this is a great honor, given that we started the department only eight years ago and now we are already in the company of such well established programs, and because TechRepublic followed such a systematic process in their evaluation.” The MIS department was also recognized in 2007 by The Chronicle of Higher Education, which ranked its faculty in the top 10 for research. According to Mandviwalla, the program’s success is based on “our hard working students, faculty who work on innovative and relevant research and our Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) which connects us with industry and provides a real world anchor.”

In their analysis, TechRepublic also highlighted the department’s strong relationship with industry as well as the support provided by faculty and the student led Association of Management Information Systems (AMIS).

The Fox School’s MIS department offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in information systems and includes 500 majors and minors and 13 faculty members.

The associated Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) connects students and faculty with industry leaders through a membership structure, and provides project and professional development opportunities.

View TechRepublic’s Top 10 U.S. college programs for IT report.

About the Fox School of Business
Established in 1918, Temple University’s Fox School of Business is the largest, most comprehensive business school in the greater Philadelphia region and among the largest in the world, with more than 6,000 students, 145 faculty, and 51,000 alumni.  The Fox School’s programs are among the best in the world and are highly ranked by theFinancial Times, The Economist, U.S. News and World Report, Entrepreneur magazine, The Princeton Review, andComputerworld.

About TechRepublic.com
TechRepublic serves as the Web’s largest community of IT leaders. The site delivers a unique blend of original content by IT professionals, peer-to-peer advice, and a vast library of professional resources from the leading vendors in the IT industry. TechRepublic features blogs, community forums, vendor white papers, software downloads, Webcasts, and research. According to Nielsen, TechRepublic with its 2 million unique users, 74% of whom are IT professionals, reaches the highest concentration of IT professionals of any web site or publication. TechRepublic is part of CBS Interactive, which owns well known media channels including CBS News, ZDNet, and CNET.com.

For more information about The Fox School’s rankings, please visit www.fox.temple.edu/rankings.

I am Kelley Franklin and I also go by Kel. I was born and raised in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. I transferred from Harrisburg Area Community College in May 2008 with an associate’s degree in Computer Information Systems. This is my first semester at Temple and I hope to finish in spring 2010 with a BBA in Management Information Systems.

I love technology! I have been the family tech support since I was 13. Computers consume my life and I enjoy every minute of it. I use a lot of free software and I love web applications such as Gmail and Google calendar. Both of these tools are essential for daily organization. I want to have a career in the information technology industry. Currently my goal is to be an IT consultant and trainer.

  Keeping in touch with people and making new friends is a necessity to me. I am currently in 3 SPOs: Association of Management Information Systems, Students for Responsible Business, and Phi Beta Lambda. I am also involved in the Fox Mentor program here. By being involved, I have made many friends and contacts for the future. 
  My favorite things to do in my spare time change frequently. Currently I have been swimming a few times a week, but I enjoy almost all sports. Much of my day is spent reading blogs to feed my growing thirst for knowledge. The greatest things to me are the finer things in life. Things like hanging out with friends or taking the subway to south philly for a cheese steak are amazing.
 

During my two years at Temple, I hope to better myself. I just got CSPD’d and now I am ready to start looking for internships. It is going to be an exciting ride on my way to graduation. Networking, internships, involvement, goals, and the many aspects of being a student in the second half of college, are all things I plan to write about. I am also open to whatever you want to hear about. Comments are more than welcome!