HSP 2221 Human Services Senior Seminar with Therese Madden: This capstone course utilizes all key Human Services theories, concepts, and methods acquired through the coursework. Successful demonstrations of competencies are exhibited in case studies, analysis, group discussion, individual presentations, and community project work.
My Reflection: This class definitely puts everything together that we have learned throughout the Human Services program. Understanding the role as a project manager and how to be able to manage people to complete a project without you participating in the execution step. Amazing and challenging at the same time. I know we have the tendency to feel that if we participate things could be done a lot quicker and smoother but that is not the purpose of the project manager. A project manager is there to bridge the gap between groups (e.g. department and client). Since this class is still in progress I will share the study guide I created for the quiz we took on ‘Managing Transitions’ by William Bridges.
HSP 2218 Social Research Methods with Patrick Arbore: Introduces the major techniques of social research to demystify the research process and increase competence in a student’s ability to investigate ideas, concepts, and statistical data or literature. Proficiency is measured by performance in individual and collaborative group projects, individual written assignments, and a final research presentation.
My Reflection: I learned how to prepare and organize a research project. It is crucial that you do the assigned work in a timely manner. The course required us to focus on a topic and generate a survey that focused on the variable being measured. We collected analyzed and interpreted the results obtained in the survey. Make sure you select something that interest you because you will become the expert and do a lot of research on it. You don’t want to spend a lot of time working on something that truly does not interest you. My research was focused on incorporating healthy eating habits. Commitment was the variable being measured.
The research of this topic was very important because we need to understand that committing to healthy eating habits will benefit us and our children in the long run. We need to be aware of what we are consuming and understand that there could be long term implications if we are not committed to eating healthy. Even though the sample population was small, it still showed on average that people in general want to be committed to healthy eating habits. It is reassuring that the data supported the null hypothesis. Gender should not play role on the level of commitment to health along with financial status. Obesity is preventable and we need to commit to fighting the war on obesity in the U.S and globally.
HSP 2212 Financial Management with Barbara Kaplan: Introduces financial management for nonprofit organizations, focusing on the key principles and terminology needed by managers. Emphasizes financial accounting, budgeting, financial reports, and reporting cycles. Course work includes case studies and a final project analyzing the fiscal status of a nonprofit agency or organization.
My Reflection: This class taught me how to read a financial statement and to understand the terminology used. I am more aware of the what requires to review a financial statement and I am able to apply what I learned during to board meetings that I attend for specific programs. We created and built our own financial statement as if we had our own business. However, the take home message was that we should look at our personal finances on an annual basis and not just a monthly basis. The reason being is that you can prepare yourself for unexpected situations such as emergency maintenance on your car or the panic of no money to go Christmas shopping because the maintenance took you over budget. Being aware of your finances on a yearly basis gives you the advantage and freedom to plan accordingly. Below is a paper about fraudulent scandal; the impact it had on the company and the people.
BUS 2006 Profession Writing with Cindy Shove: This is a collaborative writing class which means that you will be writing, receiving feedback and also offering feedback on the writing of others. One of the most effective ways to learn to improve your writing is to edit and correct writing-both your own work and that of others. We will cover mechanical issues (grammar, punctuation) and style options for both internal and external communication. We will consider corporate messages (newsletters and work related email for example) as well as personal portrayal (cover letters and resumes). The length of the written work covered will range from tweets to three page memos. We will exchange information in class, online and by email between classes.
My Reflection: From this class I was able to apply this to my current job. The style of writing, the etiquette used and the structure of delivering the message are techniques everyone can utilize. I had taken this course over a year ago and I continue to apply what I learned in this class to my work. Take home message for this class is to keep your message short, concise and to the point.
HSP 2203 Communication Skills with Dr. Tish Davis-Wick: This is a highly participatory upper-division course in the curriculum. The approach taken in this class is humanistic and personal. This practical course deals with issues in everyday living (work, community, home) and provides a catalyst for personal growth. Although there is the expectation that you will speak in front of the class, this is not a speech course. The theory and practice of influencing thought through oral and nonverbal forms of communication will be reviewed. Becoming aware of your “self” will be emphasized and encouraged through homework assignments, class exercises and spontaneous presentations. Topics for student mastery will include basic and advanced techniques of interpersonal communication, awareness and assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses in human relations and platform speaking skills.
My Reflection: This class wasn’t what I expected. I thought it would focus more on how to communicate to others but in the end it more about who I am and where I fit in the scheme of things. There was an exercise where we had to fill out a survey on how we thought people perceived us and at the same time have a friend fill out the same survey. Then we were suppose to compare the answer and see if we were aligned and if not why. It was a great way to find out about yourself and what you think you do may actually come across different with your friends. However, I would say the Johari’s Window (see below) was a big eye-opener for me. The Johari Window is a visual method for displaying how people communicate about themselves to others. It was based o Joe and Harry’s belief that a quality relationship is formed and developed by mutual sharing of personal information and feelings. The more you know about yourself the more of you being a functional human being.
HSP 2209 Human Services with Ralph Barsi: This course covers aspects of Human Services and will give students an overview of the industry. Careers in specific fields in the industry will be discussed. The main focus will be on public service (fire and police), human resources, public health and the implications that Human Services has for business strategy, ethics and management.
My Reflection: There are no words that can describe this class. From movies to phenomenal guest speakers, this class exposed me to more things than I expected. It was amazing to hear a story from a women who overcame her drug abuse and became a role model to others on her fight to regain control and be drug free. This class gave me a new appreciation to our senior community. Our guest speaker (Ralph’s wife) was amazing. She brought in props to give us an idea of what it would be like to lose some of our senses such as sight, taste and the sensation of touch. In addition, we had a project where we had to pick a non-profit organization. Interview the company on their focus and how they are funded. Attached is my presentation talking about the “Friends for Youth” program.
HSP 2248 Managing Cultural Diversity (CDiv) with Dr. Tish Davis-Wick: Theoretical and practical approaches to the complexities of issues of diversity will be examined by reviewing typical values, habits, interactions and concerns of different cultural groups in the workplace. Students will identify and practice strategies to overcome barriers and conflict in the workplace.
My Reflection: This was my first class and I was not prepared for all the work that was ahead of me. It was a great class and thoroughly enjoyed learning from Tish. She is great and definitely knew how to keep us engaged. Attached is one of the projects we did. We were to select a country and present what would it take to move there, living arrangements, cost, cultural change and career.