April 2017
Transforming lives for the workplace: careers at Adelphi

I heard a story last week about an Adelphi senior who was nervous about an upcoming interview with IBM. He went to our Center for Career and Professional Development to ask which tie he should wear. The center surprised him with a new tie—in the perfect IBM blue — left there by a thoughtful IBM executive who thought it might help a fellow Panther one day.

This personal touch across our campus is something Adelphi works hard to achieve. Small classes, person-to-person learning and engaged alumni are part of the story. But much more is required to help students step off the stage and into the workforce.

We, like all universities and colleges, are now part of a world in which a college degree is measured in return on investment by parents and students alike. While concepts like massive open online course (MOOC), stackable credentials (adding on certifications) and big data are changing the way a degree is earned, I believe no course of study can outperform personalized education with personal attention from world-class faculty.  

Happily, Adelphi has the statistics to prove that. Ninety-two percent of our graduates are either employed or in graduate school within a year of graduation. Many salaries after graduation are in the 90th percentile, according to PayScale. And Forbes placed Adelphi on its list of America’s Top Colleges 2016, a rating that focuses specifically on student outcomes and career success.

Many of our students are the first in their family to go to college, and many are from diverse backgrounds. So I am especially proud that Adelphi launches careers, not jobs. To me, no return on investment is more important than that.
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.
Broadcast sports commentator for MSG Networks, NBC and the NHL, and five-time host of the Olympic Games, Al Trautwig ’78 found his voice commenting on Adelphi Athletics. This is his story. 
Our design students took this bold new approach to the traditional résumé, and it is paying off. This award-winning compilation of student projects is being sent to potential employers. One student has already been hired as a features editor.
About 1,500 Adelphi students, both graduate and undergraduate, are doing the most important thing they can do to prepare for the new workforce: They’re working. Our student employment program—including on-campus jobs, federal work-study and more—has changed the lives of students like Esther Leslie ’16. She worked as a graphic designer on campus and went on to land a prestigious internship at O, The Oprah Magazine. Leslie’s work experience helped her shape, realize and own her professional journey. 
We’re making it easier for our 90,000 Panther alumni to reconnect around careers. Whether you’re a student looking for an Adelphi alum in your field or an alum looking to mentor a student, you can find help at Alumnifire, the free Adelphi alumni and student virtual networking site. Sign up with LinkedIn, Facebook or email to discover a community of like-minded professionals. There are Panthers in every industry, every state, every city. 
Adelphi is creating graduate programs that respond directly to market need. Now students can choose from more than 70 exciting graduate programs designed to meet the demands of a changing job market, from the M.S. in Supply Chain Management, to Bilingual/TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programs, to the Master of Public Health. With benefits like small class sizes, hands-on learning and flexible scheduling, our programs are the fast track to success for students looking to advance careers. Learn more here
Global awareness isn’t just a state of mind—it transforms students into confident, independent employees and executives. Adelphi prepares our graduate and undergraduate students to thrive in an increasingly multicultural workforce through study, volunteer and internship programs in dozens of countries around the globe. Through the Center for International Education, students can learn new languages, immerse themselves in unfamiliar cultures and see worldwide issues from a broader perspective.
Experiential learning is at the core of an Adelphi education. But not everyone can afford to volunteer their time. That’s why we connect students to paid internships at leading organizations on Long Island and in New York City. These life-changing opportunities are available to students of all backgrounds and incomes, helping them develop skills and contacts that lead to lifelong success. For most organizations, a paid internship is a win-win situation; for our students, it's a matter of fair pay  for hard work.
Diversity in our classrooms means diversity in corporate boardrooms, offices and workplaces. That’s why we fight for it. In the past few years, Adelphi has launched a broad spectrum of diversity initiatives, including seminars, workshops and a Diversity Certificate program. We’re deeply committed to supporting people of all abilities, genders, sexualities, religions and backgrounds in our community. Our freshman class, the most diverse in Adelphi history, reflects our growth as a modern metropolitan university.
Athletics Update

Major Accolades for Track and Field Star

Congratulations to freshman Victoria Major, who made us proud as the Northeast-10 Conference Women's Rookie Field Athlete of the Year! She is the first Adelphi track and field athlete to win a major NE10 award. Last month, Major finished as the top freshman in the country and 11th overall in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

Alumni in the Spotlight

We congratulate Peter Principato ’87 on receiving an Emmy for the comedy show Key & Peele.

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