Letter from Mary Harris, Ph.D., Chair, Master of Science in Leadership
I hope that everyone is enjoying their classes this semester, even amidst the challenges brought about by this crazy winter weather!
Pre-registration will begin in mid-March for both the fall and summer semesters. Please contact your advisor if you have any questions about the timing of the courses. You should be able to complete your registration online for the fall semester; for summer semester, contact me or your advisor to register.
Please email me at email@example.com with any issues, concerns or information that you would like to see in future newsletters or posted on the website.
Spring 2014 Executive-in-Residence Program
The Cabrini College Nerney Leadership Institute launched its inaugural Executive-in-Residence program Oct. 24, 2013, with presenter Thomas P. Nerney ’77, Chairman, President, and CEO of USLI (United States Liability Insurance Group).
The day-long program culminated with a campus-wide presentation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Mansion Foyer on the Cabrini College campus (610 King of Prussia Road, Wayne, Pa.) and included a special session for MSL students.
The Spring 2014 Executive-in-Residence Program will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and our guest will be Rebecca Campbell, president of ABC Owned Television Group.
She will be on campus all day meeting with faculty, students, and staff.
Her full agenda will be posted on the Executive in Residence section at www.cabrini.edu/MSL.
Please contact Mary Harris if you are interested in attending the lunch or 3:15 p.m. plenary session.
Advising and Course Schedules
The program coordinators for each concentration are as follows:
Organizational Leadership - Vonya Womack (firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-902-8348)
Non Profit Leadership - Stephanie Povlosky (email@example.com, 610-902-8324)
Civic Leadership - James Hedtke (firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-902-8336)
For a list of the recommended order of MSL courses, please see the MSL Handbook - PDF.
The LDR 543 course should be taken during the semester prior to the Capstone course (OLG 615) and not concurrently.
Graduate Registration begins March 17, 2014, for the summer and fall semesters.
Summer I 2014 Courses
LDR 533 – Communication Skills for Leaders– Professor Clarke Online
LDR 543 – Leading Org Dev & Trans – Dr. Povlosky Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-9:30 p.m.
LDR 555 – Financial Perspectives for Leaders – Professor Ridgely Mondays and Wednesdays 6-9:30 p.m.
OLG 570 – Entre & Intra Leadership – Dr. Malm Mondays & Wednesdays, 6–9:30 p.m.
OLG 615 – Capstone – Womack/Povlosky/Harris Evenings, dates to be determined
Summer II 2014 Courses
OLG 510 – Org Psych & Behavior – Dr. Povlosky July 7, 9, 16, 21, 23, 30 with remainder online
OLG 615 – Capstone – Womack/Povlosky/Harris Evenings, dates to be determined
LDR 520 – Art & Science of Leadership – Dr. Abbott Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-9:30 p.m.
LDR 593 – Leaders in Global Environment – Professor Elortegui Tuesdays & Thursdays 6–9:30 p.m.
LDR 595 – Leadership, Ethics, & Org Integrity – Professor Moore Mondays and Wednesdays 6-9:30 p.m.
Fall 2014 Courses
OLG 510 – Organizational Psych & Behavior – Dr. Abbott Mondays 6:30 p.m.
OLG 565 – Performance Management – Professor Cooney Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.
OLG 570 – Entre- & Intrapreneurial Leadership – Dr. Malm Tuesdays 6:30 p.m.
OLG 615 – Leadership Capstone – Womack/Povlosky/Harris Wednesdays (once a month)
LDR 520 – Art & Science of Leadership – Dr. Povlosky Mondays 6:30 p.m.
LDR 533 – Communication Skills for Leaders – Professor Clarke Online
LDR 580 – Leaders Tools & Technologies – Professor Schwelm Tuesdays 6:30 p.m.
LDR 593-Leadership in Global Environment – Professor Womack Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Aug. 30, Sept. 13, and Sept. 20 Sunday 12 - 4 p.m. on Oct. 12, Oct. 26, and Nov. 16
LDR 595 – Leadership Ethics – Professor Moore Thursdays 6:30 p.m.
Instructor Highlight: Interview with Polly Moore, Esq.
Interviewed by Meg Harrison, MSL student
In situations in which leaders find themselves, there is a bright line, a clearly defined law, regulation, court decision or policy, which provides legal guidance. Leaders should make integrated decisions, taking into account the laws, ethics and economics.
Polly Moore, Esq., labor and employment attorney, guides MSL students through the Business Ethics and Leadership course, having also taught the MSL course Communication for Leaders.
Polly arrived as an adjunct at Cabrini College post 9/11, when the country was reeling and the need for leadership was great.
“I was running an HR Department and I loved training,” says Polly.
“I've had my own defining moments in ethics in business, and I knew that there was a place for me and that I could help others move forward with trust. My goal is to educate students how to get through tough decisions and defining moments by making integrated business decisions.”
She often exclaims out loud in the classroom, “I love my students!” Her desire to educate real leaders is palpable. Polly wants her students to stand up and to LEAD.
Also quite evident in Polly is her love and respect for the brightest line in U.S. law, the Constitution. Asked about this, Polly explains:
“I respect the Constitution so much. It is short, but written to last, and the interpretation of it by The Supreme Court is evolving and fascinating. I want my students to understand its importance. I want leaders whom I've helped to develop to understand how the framers of the Constitution worked to arrive at an ethical bright line.”
Polly's course methods include involving students in hypotheticals (aka case studies). She steers students through practice activities, instilling confidence and strong decision-making skills with her professional guidance.
Polly is unmatched in her belief in students and her love for leadership work: “Leaders inspire, motivate, and create new paths. Sometimes in their movement of leadership, they walk alone. They don't expect others to follow, but to be inspired. Leaders develop principles and ways to achieve integrity.”
Polly is helping to mold leaders. She is an excellent teacher, who inspires her students to become strong leaders and she remains staunch in her belief that those leaders will rise.
MSL Students Travel to Guatemala for Spring Break
Three MSL students traveled to Guatemala during Spring Break with Jerry Zurek, Ph.D., chair of the Communication Department, Raquel Green, Ph.D., assistant professor of romance languages and literatures, and 10 Cabrini undergraduates.
The MSL students—Janet Gervais, Moira Melidosian, and Shae McPherson—learned more about Global Leadership and shared the following reflections:
I learned that leadership comes in many different forms and that great leaders possess uncanny and unique qualities that separate them from your average person.
I also learned the significance and value of civic and servant leadership and how I want to personally incorporate this style of leadership into my personal and professional pathway to make a positive difference both globally and domestically.
This trip reminded me about the social issues that I’m passionate about and how I can utilize my leadership ability to help combat and eradicate these issues.
This trip has been a wonderful soul searching experience and the application of the textbook servant leadership style was truly seen and applied in San Lucas, Guatemala and has left an indelible impression on me.
From this experience it is clear to me that it is my responsibility to promote the awareness and practice the principles of Catholic/ Christian Social Teaching, observing human dignity, solidarity, rights and responsibilities, and work for the common good of the Mayan and others around me who are suffering or oppressed.
— Janet Gervais
This experience enabled us to work alongside the Guatemalan people and create a culture of service.
While there, I learned and observed how the frameworks of Catholic Social Teaching and Integral Human Development (a component of Catholic Relief Services’ strategy to promote the good of every person) are working in Guatemala and supporting the growth of self-sustaining communities around the San Lucas Tolimán Parish.
This trip not only allowed me to witness a successful servant leadership model, but it also allowed me to have firsthand experience of how the goals of the San Lucas Tolimán Mission mirror the mission and goals of Cabrini College.
“Shea, Janet, and Moira were able to observe all the complex leadership challenges among and between the ethnicities, age cohorts and cultures,” Zurek said.
“All three are truly servant leaders yet they come from different directions and added insight and maturity to this trip.”
MSL Capstone Course (OLG 615)
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.
Last semester our first group of oral Capstone Presentations took place in the Dixon Center Board Room. The fall semester capstone projects were very impressive and it was an exciting night for the students and the audience.
The Spring 2014 Capstone Presentations will take place on May 7, 2014, in the Dixon Center Board Room from 5 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
This is a great opportunity for students who will be registering for the capstone class either in the summer or the fall semester.
Visit www.cabrini.edu/MSL up-to-date information on programs and events.
2014 May Graduation Information
Walking for Graduation
If you are within six credits of meeting all requirements for graduation you may still participate in the graduation ceremony if you have registered for your remaining courses.
To walk you must submit a Petition to Walk Form, available at www.cabrini.edu/graduate on the Forms page.
The petitions must be submitted no later than March 28, 2014, to the Graduate Office Attn: Mary Harris, Ph.D.
Students who have been granted permission to walk will have their name listed in the Commencement program with a notation next to their name indicating “degree to be awarded at a later date.”
You also must have completed and turned into Mary Harris, Ph.D., your Graduation Notification and Audit, available at www.cabrini.edu/msl.
Of note, this is confirmed during the capstone class with all registered students.
Important: Prior to Graduation you must participate in Commencement Kick-Off, where you will receive your graduation materials.
Commencement Kick-Off is April 8, 9, and 10, 3-8 p.m. in the Grace Hall Atrium.
At this “one-stop” for Commencement, you will obtain related Commencement materials such as academic attire, parking passes, and printed announcements.
Commencement Mass is Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 4 p.m. on the Cavalier (Upper) Athletic Field
Commencement is Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the Cavalier (Upper) Athletic Field Commencement tickets are not required.
Traffic in and around campus will be busy the day of Commencement.
Please plan sufficient travel time and report no later than 2:15 p.m. at the Nerney Field House in the Dixon Center, wearing your academic attire.
Please refer to the Cabrini College Commencement Exercises Newsletter that was emailed to your @cabrini.edu Cabrini One account and available at www.cabrini.edu/Commencement for further information.
Writing Assistance for Graduate Students
Make an appointment at the Writing Center at the Center for Teaching & Learning in the Iadarola Center for Science, Education, and Technology, Room 112.
Call 610-902-8506 and ask for Katherine Cleveland.
We want to hear from you! What are you learning from the MSL program that is advancing you in your leadership career?