Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hire A Panther Profile: ReginaLena McManus

ReginaLena McManus participated in newsworthy discoveries during her Hire-A-Panther experience.

Working with Dr. Michael D’Emic of the biology department in his paleontology lab, McManus was afforded the opportunity to work on examining and repairing dinosaur fossils. She learned how to “create strong glue for putting bone pieces together, blending two-part clay to fill in major cracks and spaces, and creating new plaster cradles for the prepared bones.”

Her time in the lab taught her about how to apply new skills to a variety of fields, such as paleontology and archaeology.



McManus also learned how to take the initiative and take advantage of opportunities. “I saw Dr. D’Emic’s poster advertising for the position and I took a chance to reach out to ask him about the position and eventually got it,” she says. “It is not something I always would have done and now I know taking chances and reaching out is so important.”

She encourages students new to the program to do the same. “You never know where it will take you,” says McManus.

She continues to work with Dr. D’Emic, who was featured on the news for his findings, in his paleontology lab. During this past summer, McManus was able to enroll in is summer course “Special Topics: Field Paleontology” in Utah. She had the opportunity to work on site to excavate bones and also learned how to prepare track sites. “I learned a lot about anatomy, geology, geologic mapping, and dinosaur growth,” Mcmanus says.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hire a Panther Profile: Maria Bruzon

Maria Bruzon learned an important new skill during her Hire-A-Panther experience.


Bruzon worked with Professor Zachary Johnson in the business department. She assisted him with marketing research and learned to approach research in a different way.


Bruzon recognized the significance of marketing research. “It is incredibly hard but necessary for a business,” she says.

Bruzon also took lessons that can be applied in places outside of the classroom and workplace. “Establishing relationships with your job superiors is fundamental and important, so make an effort and take time to establish relationships,” she says. “If you’re successful, they can even provide you with recommendations in the future for job applications or endorsements and they can teach you things that no one else can.”

Currently, Bruzon is traveling and working towards becoming in trilingual in English, Spanish, and Italian.





Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hire A Panther Profile: Natalie Zhao

Natalie Zhao realized the power of social media and outreach for health care during her Hire-A-Panther experience.


The senior nursing major worked as a marketing intern at the NYS Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program. There, she managed social media platforms and networked with companies while working with an “extremely welcoming, flexible and understanding [staff].”

Zhao’s experience “heightened [her] knowledge on health, which...has helped...focus on [her]...career path as a whole.” She was exposed to the effective and powerful ways social media can contribute to outreach for nonprofits. Zhao was also able to see the impact a local-based nonprofit has on the community it serves.

This experience led her to be a Summer Public Health Scholar at Columbia University this summer. There, Zhao worked at a nonprofit called the Global Mental Health Program. This allowed her to attend and study public health courses and seminars, in addition to conducting research.

Zhao advises her fellow peers to focus on their individual growth. “Growth is extremely important in college,” she says. “At a university like Adelphi, there are people staff, peers, [and] professors who can help…take that extra time to make relationships.”


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Things You Should Plan to Do When You Get Back to School

The summer always passes quicker than we think it will and suddenly the start of a new semester is right around the corner. Here’s what to do to prepare for balancing finding or maintaining a job while still keeping your grades up.



  1. Enroll in an internship class
Some universities offer courses in career preparedness. If your university offers this type of class, strongly consider taking it. Your assignments will include things that aid in your professionalism and career development, such as creating a resume.
  1. Take on an internship for credit
Instead of taking on a ton of credits in classes this semester, leave some room open for a professional internship. Most majors will let you work in an internship for class credit in lieu of a traditional class. Typically, an academic adviser and professional supervisor will be assigned to guide you through this process.
  1. Seek out your career center’s help
Take advantage of all the services your career center has to offer! Enroll in a career preparation program or make an appointment for a one-on-one meeting with a counselor to discuss how best to approach your career path.
  1. Take note of any events - mock interview nights, job fairs, etc.
Similarly, take note of any events the career center puts on. The beginning of the fall semester is always ripe with mock interview nights, job fairs, and workshops. Keep your eyes peeled for special opportunities only available to students or certain departments.
  1. Join clubs
Add to your experience, resume, and social life by joining a club. Join an organization dedicated to something you’re passionate about outside of your field of study. Breaking up the traditional skills your future employer will be looking for is important - it shows that you’re well rounded, unique, and willing to experience new things!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

What to do Before You Leave Your Summer Job/Internship

So you landed that summer position. That’s awesome! But be mindful of your situation. The summer is short, but your impact can be long lasting. Here are a few ways to ensure you get the most out of your summer job or internship.



  1. Ask for feedback
A surefire way to let your supervisor know you’re serious about your position is to ask how they think you’re doing. It shows that you are interested in how you are helping the company to the best of your abilities and are committed to its progress.
  1. Secure references
If you feel that you’ve built a substantial and professional relationship with your supervisor or any other colleagues, don’t be afraid to ask if you can list them as a reference in the future. These people will become invaluable assets to your network. Make sure whoever you choose is reliable and actually has good things to say about you!
  1. Remember to thank everyone
Potential reference or not, it’s important to thank everyone for all they’ve done to help you while you were there. Express your gratitude to your recruiter, supervisor, and any coworkers who helped you significantly with any projects.
  1. See any projects you started through to the end.
If you’re unable to do so, leave a set of detailed instructions or offer to walk your coworkers through your process.
  1. Gather contact information and keep in touch with your colleagues
Higher ups who admired the job you did might reach out to you in the future if they’re looking to fill a position in either theirs or a partner company. Staying in touch also means you have expanded your network and they can help you get a leg up in your field in the future. They can also act as a mentor or source of guidance later in your career.
  1. Ask about office protocol for departure
It’s important to know what you need to do before leaving. Different offices have different policies and procedures pertaining to departure. There may be loose ends to tie up and last-minute things to put in order.
  1. Communicate to your supervisor what you gained from the experience
While it’s important for the supervisor to give you feedback and periodically let you know how you’re doing, it’s equally valuable to let your higher up know what you gained from the experience. In turn, let your supervisor know if there’s anything you think that could use improvement in order to enrich the experience for future interns.
  1. Ask about continued work/other employment opportunities

If you enjoyed your time at the internship, inquire about any opportunities to extend your time there or pick up a different position in the fall.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

How to Mix Vacation and Work


Summer is universally recognized as the time to take a break. However, taking a break is not always an option for a full time employee, even if you go on a trip. Here’s how to effectively balance work and vacation.


  1. Work ahead
Try to get some of the work you’ll be missing finished before you leave. Staying overtime in the weeks before your trip is never a bad idea. Try to get as much done as possible before leaving.
  1. Set boundaries
Staying on top of work is important, but you should remember that you planned this vacation for a reason. To ensure that you get that much needed rest and relaxation, set constraints on when and how much you work. Do work when you know it won’t interfere with your recreational plans. Are you excited for early morning hikes or you looking forward to the nightlife? Plan accordingly. Additionally, try not to spend more than an hour or two working. You don’t want to turn your work/break balance into a part-time job.
  1. Plan
It’s also incredibly important to plan ahead. Arrange who will cover for you and who you want to put in charge of any projects. Distribute outlines and checklists to those who are helping you. Throughout your trip, periodically check in to ensure that everything is getting done as you see fit.
  1. Limit yourself to a phone
With your boundaries set and your plan set in motion, go even further in ensuring you get the break you need. Limit your devices to just your phone. This allows you to stay in contact with those who need you, but doesn’t give you the ability to waste your vacation time writing reports or doing digital filing.
5. Don’t take your work with you
Plan to only check your e-mail or update your team while you’re in your hotel room or in the taxi on the way to your destination. Once you’re at the beach, the park, or the club, turn your work off. Do what you came here to do - enjoy yourself!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

How to Stay Professionally Productive Over the Summer


Letting the warm weather affect your work ethic is a danger that all workers face. Try not to get stuck in the haze of summer by staying productive in your professional field.


  1. Cover for vacationing coworkers
Show that you can take initiative and are a team player by taking on any projects or work that your coworkers abandoned when they went on vacation. Ensure that your coworkers are up to speed on any changes that go on in the office or attend meetings that they might miss and take notes for them. Not only will you be helping your coworkers, but you’ll also be gaining invaluable experience in different areas of the office.
  1. Take on new projects
With the calm of summer, it’s easier to take on a lot of work at once. Start new initiatives that didn’t take priority during the busy seasons. Revisit smaller projects that fell through the cracks or were postponed. You’ll have more time to invest your time and passion and really make a difference.
  1. Combine work and play
If you’re lucky enough to be able to go on vacation during the summer, don’t let your work fall by the wayside. It’s important to relax during your trip - after all, that’s what it’s for. Dedicate half an hour in the morning to check your work e-mail or check in on a project you left in the hands of a trusted colleague.