Starting this September, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine will offer a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Resort Management. In the two-year, full-time program, students will complete courses at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine, and, during the winter ski season, at Killington Resort in Vermont.“This degree will prepare students to provide leadership in resort business organizations – not simply provide administrative oversight,” said Dr. Gregory Gull, Director of Business Administration Programs for the Division of Graduate & Professional Studies.The program’s emphasis on leadership will prepare future business managers by deepening their understanding of the interplay of the quantitative (i.e. revenue, profit, costs) and qualitative (meaning, relationships, values) aspects of business organizations. According to Gull, ethics will be as important as economics, psychology as important as finance, communication as important as commerce, team performance is as important as individual performance, and quality as important as quantity.The curriculum will consist of 12 three-credit courses and six credits earned through paid internships at Killington Resort. Courses will be taught at the Killington Resort campus in Vermont from November through March and the rest of the year at the Saint Joseph’s College campus in Standish, Maine. Saint Joseph’s College is currently accepting applications for the program.“We’re very excited about this new graduate program, and the learning opportunities it will bring to students – especially the internship component at Killington,” said Dr. David House, President of Saint Joseph’s College. The paid internships will allow students to directly experience and better understand the management and supervisory aspects of resort management, as well as provide a means to reduce students’ overall educational costs.The East’s largest ski resort, Killington Resort offers a superb environment for experiential learning, and abundant opportunities for leadership growth in areas such as tourism development, retail operations, hotel management, entertainment services and more. “We look forward to having Saint Joseph’s students learn and work at Killington in this program. Students will be provided with a truly unique educational opportunity that blends academic theory with the reality of daily resort operations.” said Allen Wilson, President of Killington Resort.The MBA program is the first residential graduate program offered by the Division of Graduate & Professional Studies, which offers other undergraduate and graduate degree programs through distance learning.For further information about the MBA program, contact Dr. Gregory Gull, Director of Business Administration Programs, Division of Graduate & Professional Studies at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. He can be reached at 207-893-7988 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).
Sunday Star Times 14 oct 2012Feeding hungry schoolchildren does nothing to boost their learning, a new report shows. The findings have surprised experts in a week when campaigning to introduce free food at schools to combat child poverty put pressure on the Government. The only “significant positive effect” was that children felt less hungry, the study into free school breakfasts found. Head of the study, Associate Professor Cliona Ni Murchu, said there were indications that attendance at school was also likely to improve but in reading, writing and maths there was no noticeable improvement. Researchers at Auckland University’s School of Population Health studied 423 children at decile one to four schools in Auckland, Waikato and Wellington for the 2010 school year. They were given a free daily breakfast – Weet-Bix, bread with honey, jam or Marmite, and Milo – by either the Red Cross or a private sector provider. Despite the findings going against the assumption that well-fed children concentrate better and therefore do better at school, the report has not deterred the advocates of free food at schools. “I’m not a researcher but I have been in the game for 36 years and I would support taking an educational role around diet,” said John Coulam, president of the Waikato Principals Association.http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/latest-edition/7813387/Food-and-learning-connection-shot-down