Welcome to the fall 2013 semester at Cabrini College!
I hope that everyone is enjoying his or her classes this semester. There were several changes to the program that were approved last year and have been implemented with the start of the fall semester. As a reminder, these changes include the following:
Master of Science in Leadership The name of the degree changed from Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) to Master of Science in Leadership (MSL).
Three New Concentrations In conjunction with the new name change, there are now three concentration areas available for students: Organizational Leadership, Non-Profit Leadership, and Civic Leadership. There are seven core courses that will be taken by all MSL students, and then three classes focused on the concentration area, in addition to a capstone project in that area. Students who entered the program prior to fall 2013 will follow the organizational leadership concentration unless they want to choose a different concentration.
Prefix Changes Please note that the prefixes have changed based on the core and concentration classes as follows: - LDR: represents the seven core classes required for all MSL students - OLG: the four Organizational Leadership concentration classes - CIV: the four Civic Leadership concentration classes - NPL: the four Non Profit Leadership concentration classes
Research Changes Based on both internal and external assessment from the past year, there have been several changes to the program and courses to strengthen the research component of the program. All students enrolled in LDR 520 will now purchase an APA style handbook that will be used as a tool throughout the entire program. The LDR 543 course also has been revised to focus more on action research in preparation for the new capstone class.
Revised Capstone Pproject The revised capstone project was partially piloted this summer by five graduating MSOL students and proved to be very successful in meeting the program outcomes. During the fall 2013 semester, the full pilot has been implemented, which entails the students meeting once a month with the three MSL faculty as they work towards completion of their action research plans. Capstone presentations will take place on December 9, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in the Dixon Center Board room. All MSL students are welcome to attend.
I have appreciated the constructive feedback provided by many of the students and hope that we can work together to continue to improve the MSL program at Cabrini.
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any issues, concerns or information that you would like to see in future newsletters or posted on the website.
Warm Regards, Mary H. Harris, Ph.D., Chair, Master of Science in Organization Leadership
Nerney Leadership Institute and Executive in Residence
The Cabrini College Nerney Leadership Institute launched its inaugural Executive‑in‑Residence program Oct. 24, with presenter Thomas P. Nerney ’77, Chairman, President and CEO of USLI (United States Liability Insurance Group) and Chair of the Cabrini Board of Trustees. The daylong program culminated with a campus-wide presentation in the Mansion.
The College hosted the program as part of the Nerney Leadership Institute, introduced in April 2013. The Executive‑in‑Residence initiative brings leaders in the corporate and non‑profit sectors to serve one or two daylong residencies at the College. The leaders are selected for their extraordinary spiritual, emotional, and organizational leadership accomplishments.
During the inaugural Executive-in-Residence event, Nerney met with students, faculty, and staff to discuss his style of leadership as it relates to his work, volunteer efforts, and personal life.
Cabrini Names Executive Director of Nerney Leadership Institute
On Nov. 11, Maria Vizcarrondo joined Cabrini as Executive Director of the Nerney Leadership Institute.
Vizcarrondo comes to Cabrini College with vast leadership experience in the corporate, non-profit and government sectors. She previously served as President/CEO of Health-e-Citi, NJ, a federally funded health‑information exchange for Northern New Jersey.
She also has served with distinction in executive roles in the Newark Health Department, United Way, and the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development, among other professional experiences.
The Nerney Leadership Institute was launched in April 2013 through the generosity of alumnus Thomas P. Nerney ’77, Chairman, President, and CEO of USLI (United States Liability Insurance Group) and Chair of the Cabrini Board of Trustees.
Vizcarrondo will lead the Nerney Leadership Institute’s mission to develop a new paradigm for leadership education at Cabrini College, working closely with the faculty and both the academic and student life leadership teams to support leadership studies in the academic curriculum and co‑curricular initiatives by providing vision and strategic direction to the Institute.
Furthermore, she will be responsible for external relations for the Institute, lead the development of a strategic fundraising plan that will establish Cabrini College as a premier institute for leadership studies in higher education.
Class Profile: Organizational Psychology & Behavior
Over two intensive weekends of classroom instruction, students were asked as a culminating activity to put together a workshop, where they invited family, friends, and colleagues to participate and share in their personal leadership journey.
Students through this course were asked to overcome their own personal anxieties at a rapid pace and condense 42 hours of learning into a culminating workshop where they were expected to take on a leadership role.
Failure, uncertainty and ambiguity have become a new reality in our workplaces. As a result, employee engagement has taken on a new and heightened importance.
Students in this course not only had an opportunity to learn about this new emerging reality but also had an opportunity to experience it. Too many times this type of courage goes without acknowledgement.
The MSL degree program would like to acknowledge; Allan Chagan, Margaret Harrison, Karen McAlonen, Michael McDevitt, Moira Melidosian and Mary Mikolajewski for the extraordinary work they completed.
“My favorite take away was the power of failing.”
“Sometimes taking risks and learning what isn't right leads us to even greater success.”
Advising and Course Schedules
Please note that every course is not offered every semester. The program coordinators will have the schedule for the upcoming academic year and can assist in planning your schedule as you wind down the program.
The program coordinators for each concentration are as follows:
Organizational Leadership: Vonya Womack (email@example.com, 610-902-8348)
Non Profit Leadership: Stephanie Povlosky, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-902-8324)
Civic Leadership: James Hedtke, Ph.D. (email@example.com, 610-902-8336)
Please see the MSL Handbook at www.cabrini.edu/MSL for a recommended order of MSL courses. The LDR 543 course should be taken the semester prior to the Capstone course (OLG 615) and not concurrently.
Upcoming Winter, Spring, and Summer Course Schedules
LDR 520 – Art and Science of Leadership – Dr. Abbott: Fridays 6–10 p.m. (Dec. 13, Jan. 10) and Saturdays 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Dec. 14 & Jan. 4 and 11)
LDR 555 – Financial Perspectives for Leaders – Professor Ridgely:Mondays (Dec. 16, Jan. 6), Wednesdays (Dec. 18, Jan. 8), Thursday (Jan. 9), and Friday (Dec. 20). All classes from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
LDR 520 – Art & Science of Leadership – Dr. Abbott: Mondays 6:30–9:20 p.m.
LDR 533 – Communication Skills for Leaders – Dr. Clark: Online
LDR 543 – Leading Org Dev & Transformation – Professor Womack: Tuesdays 6:30–9:20 p.m.
LDR 555 – Financial Perspectives for Leaders – Professor Ridgely: Tuesdays 6:30–9:20 p.m.
LDR 580 – Leader’s Tools and Tech – Professor Schwelm: Mondays 6:30–9:20 p.m.
LDR 593 – Leaders in Global Environment – Professor Elortegui: Tuesdays 6:30–9:20 p.m.
LDR 595 – Leadership Ethics – Professor Moore: Fridays 6–10 p.m. (Jan. 24 & Feb. 7 and 21); Saturdays 9 a.m. –5 p.m. (Jan. 25 & Feb. 8 and 22)
OLG 510 – Org Psych & Behavior – Dr. Povlosky: Thursdays 6:30–9:20 p.m. (March 14–May 1, 2014)
OLG 565 – Performance Management – Professor Cooney: Wednesdays 6:30–9:20 p.m.
OLG 615 – Studies in Organization leadership – Professors Womack, Harris, and Povlosky – You must contact Professor Womack to register for the capstone class, which should be taken as your last class in the program.
Summer I 2014:
LDR 533 – Communication Skills for Leaders – Dr. Clark: online
LDR 543 – Leading Org Dev & Transformation – Dr. Povlosky: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6–9:30 p.m.
LDR 555 – Financial Persp for Leaders – Professor Ridgely: Mondays and Wednesdays 6–9:30 p.m.
OLG 570 – Entre- & Intrapreneurial Leadership – Dr. Malm: Mondays and Wednesdays 6–9:30 p.m.
Summer II 2014:
LDR 520 – Art and Science of Leadership – Dr. Abbott: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6–9:30 p.m.
LDR 593 – Leaders in Global Environment – Professor Elortegi: Mondays and Wednesdays 6–9:30 p.m.
LDR 595 – Leadership, Ethics, & Org Int – Professor Moore: Mondays and Wednesdays 6–9:30 p.m.
The capstone class/project should be the last class that you take in the program. You can take it concurrently with other final classes.
If you do not complete the capstone project by the semester deadline, then you will receive an incomplete grade of IPP. You will then have 30 days to turn in the capstone project or the grade automatically converts to an “F.”
After that happens, you will need to re-register for the class. The failing grade will be replaced by the grade earned on the completed capstone.
Please join us on December 9, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dixon Center Board Room for the oral presentations of the fall semester capstone projects. Light refreshments will be served.
Visit www.cabrini.edu/MSL up-to-date information on programs and events.
We want to hear from you! What are you learning from the MSL program that is advancing you in your leadership career?