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Resolution Check Up

resolution check upNow that the tinsel and mistletoe are tucked away and taking a long winters nap, it’s time to get out of your food comas and get the ball rolling once again. It’s a new year and I can almost guarantee most of your New Year’s resolutions are “to become the best version of yourself”.  Luckily for you, a new semester is a great way to reinvent yourself.

It’s time to forget about the Christmas movie marathons and start thinking about scheduling study marathons with a group of friends in your classes! I feel as if this semester is short, which can only mean that final exams will sneak up on you quicker than Cupid on Valentine’s Day, shooting his arrows left and right in the name of love.

The best way to accomplish your New Year’s resolution is to first set short-term goals for yourself. For example, for us students, we all know those dreaded tests are bound to pop up. So for this month tell yourself you will get a B or higher on those pesky papers. Once you achieve that, keeping moving forward – maybe add in something like “eating healthy” and “exercising.” As a bonus, being mindful of what you put in your body and staying active will greatly improve the way you think and feel, especially about school. However, don’t tell yourself you’ll be able to do something outrageous, and certainly do not punish yourself if what you thought you would get done didn’t happen for you.

This world is made up of mistakes. Do you think if someone was so precise about fabric color, we would have tie-dye? I don’t think so — someone had to have knocked over the paint to develop that funky swirling pattern.

So remember that if you mess up or fall off the track, tell yourself “tomorrow is a new day.” Or as the singer Aaliyah said “if at first you don’t succeed try, try again” If it takes you a couple days, weeks or months, IT’S FINE. I will bet you a million dollars that you’re not the only one struggling!

Scatter My Ashes Where?

bergdorfsSecond semester has rolled around as I’m sure you all know, but just like a new semester I have begun to have new thoughts about my career path. Better yet, I have been contemplating my career path. My mind is all wrapped up in thoughts about the future and it’s hard for me to stay focused on the present. I completely understand that the program I am in now is a great one to be in, but what if I wanted to transfer to one of my choices whether that be an art school in Philadelphia or New York to become an art director?  Or maybe I want to take a more concrete path and try becoming a Dental Hygienist or Veterinarian. Regardless, I need certain classes to transfer to one of these options and right now I don’t believe my current studies can do that. I’m a tad hesitant though to switch, I don’t want to mess up anything or get people confused or angry by switching… (That’s for sure one of my flaws, “people pleasing”.)

I just have so many hopes and dreams I can never get my thoughts together. Recently, I watched a movie on Netflix called “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s” Now if you don’t know what Bergdorf’s is… well, shame on you! Bergdorf’s is just the first half of Bergdorf Goodman, which is a department store in New York City. In this movie they talked about the history of the building and the Bergdorf and Goodman families. Upon feasting my eyes on the gorgeous Louboutin heels and Michael Kors dresses, I fell in love with my love for fashion all over again. Don’t you think that means something? Or does it not? This is the constant battle I have with myself. Do I just love it or is it the path I should take. I mean I love food but I know for sure I don’t want to take that route. I have an unpleasant job in my past to thank for that.

As the movie went on, I admired the scenery of New York City so much I felt as if my heart melted for it. A women named Linda Fargo appeared and she is known as the “eyes of Bergdorf’s” or so I’ve read, yet I do believe it’s true. As Senior Vice President at the luxurious store, she is “responsible for spotting trends and shaping the visual identity of the storied and opulent New York department store,” says the Business of Fashion website. The job she or any fashion guru, art director, photographer, journalist excites me but also scares me half to death!  That’s when I start to think about possibly dentistry or becoming a vet. I can still be the trendy fashionista that I am, especially when I would be making a good living to treat myself in that way, let myself indulge in the fashion industry even if I’m not exactly in it, in it. Does that make sense?

To help people or animals would be amazing! I have come to believe that my nature is to nurture. To take care of others whether it’s on their teeth or furry belly’s. Another thing that puts a wrench in my thoughts is I have these visions of my future living in the suburbs, me working the 9-5 as well as my husband and then coming home and enjoying their company. I adore those thoughts because I do want a job where I can come home at 5 or 6 at night and have a meal with my loved ones. Heck maybe living on a large amount of land with our chickens and horses. But hey, it’s not like I couldn’t do my writing on the side, maybe even start my own blog?

Have I lost you yet? I bet while reading this you’re just as confused as I am — trust me, I get it. I have a long way to go before I finally decide on what path I am going to take whole heartedly. At least I only have to pick between 3, and not 5 or 6 anymore, right?


Meet Student Services – Garrison Lockley

garrison lockleyJust because it’s a new year, doesn’t mean I forgot about the interviews! Today’s interview was with Garrison Lockley, and if you don’t know who he is, I advise you to get to know him. Garrison is super nice, and is most definitely there for you if you need him for academic help. His office is located across the hall from the ARO on the main floor.


1. What or who made you the person you are today?

The person who influenced me is my mother Lisa Lockley. She is an educator and a Christian woman who has a compassionate heart and who desires to make a difference in the lives of others and in her community. Through my mother’s values, I have learned to give back to others who are need and help others try to reach their full potential educationally.


2. Explain what your job consists of on a day to day basis.

Here at P.I.T., I am an Academic Support and Financial Literacy Counselor/ Tutorial Coordinator. As an AS&FC, I am responsible for both associate degree and certificate students in health-related program areas (i.e. Health Science, Allied Health, Practical Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and all School of Professional Programs). My daily responsibilities can include:  monitoring my student caseload and grant related student attendance, mid-term and final grades, addressing student concerns and student referrals from teachers, conducting student appointments, and participating in special events such as pre-registration, student orientations, and May commencements.

In 2014, I was asked to become the Tutorial Coordinator here at P.I.T. As the Tutorial Coordinator, I am the contact person for students looking for supplemental tutoring. I interview and hire the Professional and Peer Tutors and monitor tutored students final grades to measure success of the tutoring program.


3. What was your major in college?

In 2002, I received my bachelor’s degree in History and later in 2007 I received my Masters in Education with a concentration in Secondary School Counseling from Widener University in Chester PA. In May 2015, I will be receiving my Masters in Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary which is affiliated with Eastern University.


4. Did you want to be anything else while you were growing up and going through your college career?

I always had a desire to be an educator whether it was in teaching or counseling young people. My second career choice would have been in sports management as an athletic director.


5. What is your weakness? Strengths?

My biggest weakness in life would be “doing too much.”  Every now and then, I need someone to help me with time management. I believe my strongest strength is my faithfulness and perseverance in all that is given or ask for to me to do.


6. What’s your favorite part of your job?

First, I just enjoy journeying with students pursuing their educational endeavors and dreams. Second, I appreciate my professional relationships with my P.I.T. staff and administration, and students.


7. Do you discover any challenges about your job?

There is not a semester that goes by that my heart doesn’t ache for students who experience a life crisis, but due to the lack of resources available to them, the end result is that they must withdraw from school to handle the situation. As an AS&FC, I am always trying to find human resources to help these students cope with their situations.

Meet the ELT: It’s Annamarie Cassidy!

Today I interviewed Annamarie Cassidy, PIT’s Chief Financial Officer. Her office is located in the Business Office. First of all, we hit it off right from the start. I know 2 of her nephews that I used to hang out with while we were in high school: it’s a small world! Besides that, I really enjoyed this interview because I felt super comfortable talking with her. She’s super nice, very easy to talk to, and has a great personality!

AMCQ: What college did you attend?

A: “West Chester University”

Q: What was your major and how long did it take to get it?

A: “My major was accounting and it took me the 4 years to achieve it. I wanted to get in and get out”

Q: What do you love most about P.I.T.?

A: “What I love the most is my staff and co-workers who I have found great friendships in. I also love being able to help students further their careers.”

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A: “Yes. I love to cook, and about 3 years ago I took on knitting, so now I knit socks, sweaters, and blankets for my nieces and nephews and sometimes for my 5 other sisters.”

Q: When did you start working at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology?

A: “I believe I started working here around 2006″

Q: What’s something people don’t know about you?

A: “Not much. I’m an open book. I love to interact with my staff, like bringing them food, telling them what I did during the weekend, and asking what they have planned. If someone were to ask if I were ‘the quiet one,’ a lot of people could vouch for me and say that’s defiantly not me.”

Q: Is there anything you would change about your past?

A: “I couldn’t say I regret anything. I see it as lessons learned. Although I wish I would have left my public accounting job in 10 years instead of 12 years, but I gained my CPA licenses, so overall I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Q: Who is your inspiration and why?

A: “My dad, he would always stress hard work, family commitment, and how family is everything. Being able to provide my sisters and I with memories from vacations and family traditions was important to us because we loved being around each other.”

Meet the ELT: Here’s Bob Hancox

As the interview adventures continue, I have managed to speak with the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Bob Hancox. I discovered some info that even surprised me. Read on and find out what I learned!

Q: What High School did you go to?

A: “I went to Summit High School in New Jersey.”

Q: What college did you at go to and what was your major?

Bob HA: “Actually I went to 3 colleges, First was Lycoming College for my Bachelor’s Degree in Pre Med, then I went to Fairleigh Dickinson for my Masters in Business and lastly I went to Pace University and received my Ph.D. in Strategy.”

Q: What made you choose to work here at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology and when did you start working here?

A: “I picked this particular school because I really enjoy P.I.T.’s passion for student success and I started 2005.”

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A: “I am a huge fan of professional sports.”

Q: What is something people wouldn’t know about you?

A: “Once I graduated high school, I played minor baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals.”

Q: Would you change anything about your past?

A: “Honestly, I would go back and become a more conscientious student.”

Q: What are your dreams for the future of this school?

A: “I hope to strengthen our mission and to see more students succeed.”

Meet the ELT: Here Comes Laura Blomgren!

It’s always great to know who is involved with your school because it really shows what type of environment you will be in. Today’s interview brought me to the lovely, laid back, cool, and friendly Laura Blomgren, Director of Financial Aid. This interview was short, sweet and very informative for this blog post that I hope you enjoy.

Q: What college did you attend?

A: Goldey-Beacom College

Q: What was your major and how long did it take for you to achieve it?

Laura B 2 A: Well, before I went to Goldey-Beacom I did attend Delaware County Community College for 3 semesters to attain my General Education Studies. Once I did that, I transferred those credits over to Goldey-Beacom and received my Bachelor of Science in Financial Management within three years. A few months before I graduated with my Bachelors, I decided to pursue my MBA with a concentration in Financial Management, which I then completed within a year.

Q: What’s something you admire about P.I.T?

A: My favorite thing about P.I.T is how the ELT (Executive Leadership Team) works as a team and also being able to help students obtain their goal and help them strive for success.

Q: Have any hobbies?

A: Yes, I love biking and also going to concerts!

Q: Who is your inspiration and why?

A: I would have to say my parents are my inspiration. They have been through some rough patches and they just help out a lot when they don’t need to, including helping my brother and me.

Q: When did you start working here at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology?

A: I started working here this past August 2014, I really enjoy it, and I’m still standing!

Q: Proudest moment?

A: Hmm… I think graduating college with an MBA is one of my proudest moments for sure.

Q: If you could change anything about your past, what would it be?

A: Nothing. I have no regrets because what I did in the past made me the person I am today.

Meet the ELT: Announcing Dr. Dona Marie Fabrizio

DONA - Act101-1AI am on a roll with meeting the Executive Leadership Team, if I do say so myself. Even on this dark and gloomy day I had the joy of speaking with the Dean of Student Services, Dr. Dona Marie Fabrizio. Along with being a pleasure to talk to, she did inform me on some issues that I am very interested in, in order to help out our beloved school! Stay tuned for the new and creative ideas I have in store for P.I.T.

Q: What were your dreams as a kid?

A: “As I was growing up I found a joy in hopefully becoming a United Nations Translator. Although throughout my school years I received awards to achieve my goals in education.”

Q: What high school did you go to?

A: “I attended Archbishop Prendergast High School”

Q: What college did you go to and what was your major?

A: “I went to St. Joseph’s University for my Bachelor of Science degree for Elementary Education, then I went to Widener University and got my Masters for Adult Education, and my Doctor of Education degree for Reading and Language Arts.”

Q: Who inspires you?

A: Although my mom passed away I still believe that she and my kids are my inspiration. My mother played a big role in my life, she always told me to reach for the stars and that nothing was impossible, even for women. My kids are amazing too, they always live life to the fullest and have a positive attitudes.”

Q: What is your goal for the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology?

A: “A lot. The number one goal I would say is to continue to grow and to serve students and help them reach their highest potential and success.”

Q: When did you start working here at P.I.T?

A: “In 1988 I was a full time instructor and head of the English Department and ran the Tutoring Program. Then in 1996 I went back to school for my Masters at Widener. In 2001, Mrs. Garrison asked me to come back and I have been here ever since”

Q: Any hobbies?

A: “Oh yes! I love to read, dance, watch movies and also took up knitting with Annamarie Cassidy”

Q: With the holidays coming up, what is your favorite holiday?

A:” Christmas for sure is my favorite.”

Q: Would you change anything about your past?

A: “Have more kids!”

It’s all about ME!

Recently I have been conducting interviews for the staff here at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, and I got to thinking “why not interview myself so people can get to know me better?” So if you have some spare time, take a second and read all about me!

Q: What high school did you attend?

A: I went to Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, PA
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Q: What college did you go to?

A: Well right after I graduated high school in 2013, I was accepted to the Art Institute of Philadelphia for Fashion Marketing and Management, but I didn’t go and honestly I don’t know why. Then I went to Delaware County Community College but didn’t have a great experience so I dropped out. Finally after a year I enrolled here at the P.I.T and I couldn’t be happier!

Q: What was/is your major and how long did it take for you to achieve it?

A: Right now my current major is Business Administration, and I am still in the process of earning my Associates degree, but it usually takes about 2 years.

Q: Was there ever a time where you wanted to give up and take the easy route?

A: ALWAYS, unfortunately. I was one of those kids in high school, and even sometimes to this day I get lazy, and I want everything to be easy. But I have been through some tough obstacles that were not easy at all, and I overcame them and became a better person because of it. People tend to make success complicated, myself included. If you show up, do your work the best you can, maybe even put in a little extra effort and strive for your dreams, you’ll get it. Then one day you’ll look back at how “easily rough” it was, if that makes sense?

Q: Any hobbies?

A: Well on and off I have been going to the gym and I am hoping this year my parents get me a membership to LA Fitness for Christmas, because for once I want to be able to finish something, plus I want to become healthier. Usually when it comes to the gym and I, it just doesn’t work out. It’s that ‘being lazy’ thing, I presume. I have a gut feeling that when I do start it in 2015, I am going to stick with it and my gut feelings are right 95% of the time. Other than working out, I do love to write, obviously, and I also love love love reading fashion magazines and sometimes sketching designs!

Q: Dream job?

A: I was 110% sure I wanted to be a whole bunch of things but once I started here at P.I.T  and got the job as the Social Media blogger I knew I wanted to be a journalist for a fashion magazine like ELLE, Marie Claire, Vogue, Nylon, etc.. Although I still wouldn’t mind being a wardrobe stylist for a movie/ TV show.

Q: What’s your favorite TV show, song, and color?

A: Favorite TV show is “Reign” on the CW – seriously, I’m obsessed. I highly recommended it. If you ask my boyfriend he’ll tell you I have way too many favorite songs! But right now I would have to say that my favorite song is anything on the new Taylor swift album “1989,” which is odd because I never liked Taylor Swift before. And my favorite color is orange. It’s just reminds me of summer and I think is fun and bright!

If you would like to know me a little bit better or suggest some topics for the PIT Blog, you can always email me or visit me on the Media Campus, I’m always floating around here somewhere!

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Meet the ELT: Introducing Craig Jacobs

Today’s interview was all about Craig Jacobs, the Registrar at P.I.T. I hope when you read this you may feel a connection to his background, maybe even enough to introduce yourself and ask him more about his determination and life choices. He works in the Academic Records Office that I’m 100% sure you have all passed on the way to classes and such. All you have to do is stop in and say “hi!”
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Q: Where did you attend high school?

A: Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia

Q: What college did you go to?

A: I attended Drexel University for undergraduate work and Temple University and University of Maryland, University College for graduate work.

Q: What was your major, and how long did it take to complete it?

A: I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Physics – it was a five year program with co-operative work experience interspersed in that time. At Temple, I completed my Masters degree in Sociology and much of the Ph.D. program with a focus on Sociology of Science and Sociology of Gender – I attended about 6 years. Recently I completed a graduate certificate in Technology in Distance Education at UMUC. That took about a year and a half. Much of what I learned there was applied as I worked with our team here to bring blended learning to the college. So lifelong learning is important.

Q: What is your favorite thing about P.I.T. as a member of the Executive Leadership Team?

A: My favorite thing about P.I.T. is our Mission. I like being part of helping students succeed, especially when so many are the first in their family to attend college. The best days of the year are when we have graduations and you see how happy and proud students and their families are of their accomplishment. I love being part of that.

Q: When did you start working here at P.I.T.?

A: 1998

Q: How about your favorite color, TV show, and song?

A: My favorite color is black. Favorite TV show; I get a kick out of “Alpha House” and “The Daily Show.” In the past, I’ve loved “The IT Crowd” and “Scrubs”…I like comedies in general. Favorite song is tough. More recently, I liked listening to Lorde’s, “Royals” and Awolnation’s, “Kill Your Heroes.” But the songs that have stood the test of time for me are by the bands The Sundays, Howard Jones, Men at Work and Supertramp. I’ve listened to their albums again and again over the years.

Q: What made you choose the job of Registrar?

A: The skills that I learned in Sociology are really what led me to be the Registrar. In Sociology you learn a lot of skills useful in today’s business environment – like data analysis. I initially started at P.I.T. in Research and Planning and that evolved into the management of the Registrar’s Office and eventually Registrar. It wasn’t a plan from the beginning, but an evolution based on what was needed at the College, what I was good at, and how I could help fill that need.

Q: If you had the chance to hop into a time machine and go back a couple years, what would you do differently?

A: This is going back more than a couple years, but I’d probably have relaxed a bit more in high school and not been so ultra-serious. I think I missed out on some good times and friendship by being that way.

Meet Jack Bacon!

Today I had the chance to interview the funny and charming Jack Bacon – Chief Information Officer at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology. While I was preparing myself for this meeting, I was a bit nervous seeing as this was my first official interview with any of the Executive Leadership Team members since I became the social media blogger. While I was talking to Mr. Bacon, I felt like I could just keep rambling and asking questions; he is so easy to talk to, and has many similarities to myself and I’m sure for many other students as well.

JackBacon_smallestQ: Where did you attend high school?

A: “Upper Darby High School”

Q:  What college did you go to?

A: “Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, but when it was located in Upper Darby, PA.”

Q: What was your major, and how long did it take to complete it?

A: “I went for my Electronics degree  and it took me the 2 years to achieve it, but it took about 7 years after working in retail post-high school to figure out what I really wanted to do in my life.”

Q: What was your favorite thing about P.I.T. as a student then, and now as a member of the Leadership Team?

A: “As a student I enjoyed the fact that I really knew the instructors, and as an employee now, having the ability to make an impact on a student’s life”

Q: When did you start working here at P.I.T.?

A: “1992″

Q: How about your favorite color, TV show, and song?

A: Blue, “Grace Point” is a great show, and any song by Queen is the best.”

Q: What made you choose the job of Chief Information Officer?

A: “I don’t think we pick the jobs we have, I think the jobs pick us. Plus, I was great at math and I had a strong passion for computers.”

Q: If you had the chance to hop into a time machine and go back a couple years, what would you do differently?

A: “I would have definitely paid more attention in high school, went straight into college to earn my degree and stayed focused, that’s for sure.”

So, as you can see, Jack Bacon is just like us students that may have struggled in the beginning to get to where we are now. His career path shows that once you put your best foot forward and focus on the road you are mean to be on, nothing can stop you. Just keep on keeping on!

Stay tuned to the blog and to Facebook and Twitter to meet each of the members of the Executive Leadership Team at P.I.T.