Prochaska Ready for Student Speaker Duties

Prochaska Ready for Student Speaker Duties

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

Thrift, hard work, and community spirit are a few of the attributes that helped power Genoveva Prochaska through her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science. She’ll embed those attributes into her address as student speaker at the January Commencement Ceremony Saturday, January 28 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs.

Genoveva“How will you apply what you’ve learned at Bellevue University?  Something must spring from it,” Prochaska said. “I’d like to encourage each graduate to follow your passion!  Strive to become your best through education, developing your skills, volunteering and sharing your talents.”

Prochaska is originally from Hidalgo del Parral, Chichuahua, Mexico, and settled in Wahoo, Nebraska shortly after finishing high school. She currently works for Region V Services in Wahoo as a Community Support Professional (CSP) helping take care of people with mental disabilities. She also coaches the group’s Special Olympics bowling teams.

“I hope to utilize my degree by helping people and by serving my community,” Prochaska said. “It gives me great satisfaction being able to help anyone that needs my help without worrying about their race or religion.  When you help people in need, it means you must have commitment, love, respect, it also means understanding and putting other’s needs before your own.  Being kind and positive can change attitudes for someone facing loneliness and fear.  One must love and respect people to better understand and care for them.”

Prochaska came to Bellevue University after first taking classes at Metropolitan Community College.

My wonderful college counselor, Vicky Bolen at Metro Community College in Elkhorn, told me about Bellevue University and about all the great programs you offer here,” Prochaska said. “I sure love how the colleges and universities work together for the best interest of their students.”

The Multicultural Perspectives in Human Services was among the stand-out courses for Prochaska during her time at the University.

This class has taught me about the many different cultures and prepared me to better help people,” she said. “I enjoyed communicating with my professors. Thank you for being there for me and for your fast response to any of my questions. I also enjoyed very much communicating with my classmates through our discussions.”

 

Grotrian Set to Lead Premier Partnerships

Grotrian Set to Lead Premier Partnerships

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

SONY DSCJim Grotrian has joined the University as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. Grotrian, who started December 1, comes to the University after a 17-year career at Metropolitan Community College including the last seven years as Executive Vice President.

Grotrian is excited about the challenges that Bellevue University offers and is looking forward to leading the Premier Partnerships team.

“I am fortunate to have a role here at the University that will primarily focus on leading the Premier Partnership area of the University that is experiencing and has experienced tremendous and positive growth,” Grotrian said. “I am looking forward to getting to know the team and the University in my first few weeks. Then, I’ll be leveraging my existing network of friends and colleagues around the country at many community colleges and helping to build a network of students that can experience the Bellevue University curriculum.”

Grotrian said the unique requirements of adult learners have challenged higher education institutions to stay ahead of the curve.

“Adult learners approach to furthering their education has challenged higher education to really make sure we are staying current,” he said. “We constantly rethink our academic programs and making sure people see them as affordable and relevant to what they want to achieve in their lives. I’m confident that Bellevue is on the right track and thinks about that every day.”

Grotrian’s role at Metro put him in charge of day-to-day operations for the college and had him wearing multiple hats. One of the achievements he is most proud of is the development and implementation of the school’s master building plan which included the $90 million development of the Fort Omaha campus most of which will be completed this summer.

Grotrian earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He also got his start in the administrative side of higher education at the school. He credits Dr. Wayne Samuelson for kick starting his career.

“He was a pioneer in our business,” Grotrian said. “He first gave me an opportunity when I was an undergraduate in college and I needed a job. I was really fortunate in that he helped shape my perspective on how to work with people.”

Grotrian hails from Johnson, Nebraska, about 65 miles south of Bellevue. His family has lived there since pre-Civil War days.

“My roots run really deep in the state of Nebraska,” he said. “I’m involved in the family farm operation. I hunt. I fish. I’m a bird watcher. I consider myself a practicing conservationist.”

 

Marge and Chuck Durham: A Legacy of Giving and Involvement

Builders of Bellevue University: Across the Years and Generations

By Bill Wax

In celebration of Bellevue University’s 50th Anniversary, we take time to recognize individuals and organizations that have helped to build it into Nebraska’s largest private college or university. The late Marge and Chuck Durham and their daughter, Lynne Durham Boyer, personify strong qualities of leadership, involvement and support that made them Builders of Bellevue University.

Marge and Chuck Durham: A Legacy of Giving and Involvement

In 1985, when she became the first female to serve on Bellevue College’s Board of Directors, Margre H. “Marge” Durham and her husband, the late Charles “Chuck” Durham, already were well-established as regional leaders in civic involvement and philanthropy. Charles Durham was a principal in the Henningson, Durham and Richardson (now HDR, Inc.) architectural, engineering and consulting company. Throughout their married life, Chuck and Marge worked shoulder-to-shoulder and individually to make a success of their business, growing it from 15 employees into one of the largest firms of its type in the world.

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Charles and Marge Durham at the dedication of the University’s Durham Center in 1994.

The Durhams also devoted time and substance to many other worthy endeavors. Today their name is displayed on numerous buildings and donor walls of non-profit organizations and educational and medical facilities in Nebraska, Iowa and beyond, including two buildings on Bellevue University’s main campus.

The Durhams funded the 1993 renovation of the former I.T.&T. warehouse that initially housed the entire college, which was then renamed the Durham Center. The building exterior received a major facelift and the interior was gutted, opened up and space completely reallocated to provide a one-stop shop for student support services. The project included the addition of executive offices with a bell tower with clock and carillon with Westminster Chimes funded by the Durhams. The Margre H. Durham Student Center, originally built in 1986, underwent a major remodeling in 2004 with the help of funding from the Durhams.

Marge Durham served more than a decade on the Bellevue College and Bellevue University Board of Directors and was an Emeritus director until 1999. In addition to the Durhams’ many philanthropic contributions over the years, both served on and led a range non-profit boards to benefit the community and causes they believed in. Marge received many accolades and awards for her decades of devoted service, including an honorary Doctoral degree from Bellevue College in 1992. Her longtime friend Eppie Lederer, better known as advice columnist Ann Landers, also received an honorary Doctorate and was the Commencement Speaker that year.

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Lynne Boyer, right, with her father, Charles “Chuck” Durham inside Bellevue University’s Margre H. Durham Student Center.

Chuck and Marge’s daughter, Lynne Durham Boyer, joined the Bellevue University Board of Directors in 2002 and serves on the Board’s Executive Committee. She and her husband, John, live in Omaha and are heavily involved in serving the community and society through volunteer commitments and support of numerous causes through the John K. and Lynne D. Boyer Foundation they established.

Freel Facilitates Session For Iowa Hospital Group

Freel Facilitates Session For Iowa Hospital Group

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

Dr. Mike Freel (Associate Professor and Program Director in the College of Arts and Sciences) facilitated a session for the Executive Academy of the Iowa Hospital Association in Pella, Iowa for the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE). The full-day workshop covered practical leadership skills such as moving from transactional to transformational leadership, analyzing performance, executing results-oriented leadership, and leveraging incentives and consequences to align individual behaviors with the overall strategic objectives of an organization.

The 19 participants and four administrators were joined over lunch by Pella Regional Health Center CEO, Bob Kroese. For 45 minutes, he spoke and took questions, covering a range of topics from learning culture to recruitment and hiring. With over 20 years tenure, Mr. Kroese far exceeds the staying power of the average CEO. His dedication to investing in the professional development of his personnel was the perfect testament to the value of the program at hand.

CPE delivers the entirety of Nebraska Hospital Association’s Leadership Institute, an initiative going on its 14th year beginning this January. The potential to expand this success to our neighboring states is great, and this first session with the Iowa Hospital Association is a step in the right direction!

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Pictured from left to right are Dr. Freel, Joah Hogan (Senior Director of Education Services at IHA), Representative Joel Fry (Iowa Legislator, and Assistant Majority Leader), and Jon Titus (Continuing Education Director at Bellevue University).

 

Art Grads Work Invokes…

Art Grads Work Invokes…

 By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

What kind of feelings does walking into Phil Hawkins’ art studio below 16th Street in the Old Market invoke? That’s pretty much up to you.

“I want the viewer to experience feelings they have never felt before and a moment they’ll never forget,” said Hawkins, who earned his Bachelor of Arts in Art Management from the University in 2012.

phil-copyHawkins will have a solo exhibition at the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln on February 2 where he will “exhibit an art installation that will transform the space.”

Hawkins works in a variety of different mediums depending on the goals of the piece he is creating.

“I appreciate certain mediums for different purposes.  Like, for instance, cardboard, which is a lightweight, easy to acquire, and can easily absorb any type of application,” he said. “Metal happens to be the most durable and permanent which I appreciate, but it’s heavy and more difficult to apply paints, etc.  PVC plastics are lighter weight than metal, but receive paint well with a consistent smooth surface.  I tend to find different purposes for these materials based on my vision and the possibilities, so when choosing a favorite it all depends on the art project.”

A favorable credit transfer policy was one of the key factors that attracted Hawkins to Bellevue University.

“I was looking for local collage art programs that award you a degree rather than a certificate,” he said. “The deciding factor was that Bellevue was able to transfer most my Metro credit hours.”

Egyptian Tombs and Treasures was among the standout courses for Hawkins during his time at the University, while Ceramics was another favorite.

“Ceramics gave me the chance to realize how therapeutic clay is while sculpting,” he said. “That’s how I met my professor Les Bruning, an exceptional teacher and friend, and eventually started working with him on public art projects.”

Hawkins, a 2001 graduate of Westside High School in Omaha, credits Bruning with supporting him during his college career and beyond.

“He has been an extremely good mentor to me and let me work on several large scale public art projects with him in the community,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins work is getting noticed outside of the local area as well.

“I also have a few friends from Los Angeles who discovered me and have introduced and shared my art and jewelry with many great people from the west coast,” he said. “It has led to some great ongoing relationships that continue to grow and opened the door for my jewelry to go international and make it into the Vogue Spain magazine November 2016 issue.”

 

Custodio’s Drive, Degree Boost Verizon Career

Custodio’s Drive, Degree Boost Verizon Career

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

Out of work when the retail chain he had worked at for nine years went out of business, Mark Custodio’s job search was hampered by an incomplete bachelor’s degree.

“I found that since I had not completed my degree, it made it much more difficult to find a new career, despite all of my experience,” he said.

After landing a job with Verizon managing a store in Long Island, NY, he made a promise to himself that he would not allow the lack of a degree to obstruct his career plans again.

Enter Bellevue University.

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Mark and Annmarie Custodio

“I first learned about Bellevue University when we received a poster in the location advertising the partnership,” Custodio said. “I started to advertise this program to my employees and the more I spoke about Bellevue and learned about their offerings, the more I realized this was a path that I should pursue.”

Custodio enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Professional Retail Sales and Management program and completed the degree in 2013.

“I was able to learn about and meet with individuals from all over the country.  It was interesting to hear about their points of view, how their stores operate and their motivations to join Bellevue,” he said. “Each of the folks I met was very passionate, driven and motivated.  I found that I was much more involved and engaged with them and my course work then I ever was within the large lecture halls of a traditional in-class experience.”

Custodio has been promoted several times since starting with Verizon in June of 2009 and is currently a Client Partner in Mobile Solutions in Woodbury, NY.

“I manage a set of large enterprise organizations within the Finance and Insurance Vertical on behalf of Verizon Wireless.  My goal is to partner with these enterprises to ensure that together we are providing the maximum value for each other,” Custodio said. “I look to find areas where these very unique and different businesses can use technology to improve productivity, efficiency, revenue, security and more. The biggest challenge I face is to sift through the noise and provide focus and clarity as to the areas where it makes sense for us to do business today and help them create a roadmap for the future.”

His Bellevue University degree has served him well in his career growth at Verizon and he champions higher education to his coworkers.

“I quickly found that as the years went on at Verizon, the demand for employees with a degree grew,” Custodio said. “This became extremely evident when I applied for a management position within our Learning & Development department.  At the time I was finishing my degree at Bellevue University.  The hiring leadership asked me if I had a degree, because one was required for this job.  I explained that I was completing my degree and was scheduled to graduate in just a short few months.  They were excited by that and allowed me to apply.  I ultimately received that position and excelled in the role.  It is a fact that without my education from Bellevue University, I would not have been able to apply for that position which was a fantastic move for me both personally and professionally.”

2Now that he has completed his bachelor’s degree, Custodio has time to tinker on his classic cars, a 1974 Corvette and a 1966 Mustang. He gives credit to his wife, Annmarie, for her support, while Bellevue University Student Coach Anna Benton gets a shout out as well.

“My wife, Annmarie, has been by far my biggest supporter, both personally and professionally.  She has supported and motivated me throughout the entire process and throughout our lives.  Without her support, it would be extremely difficult to be successful!” Custodio said. “I also have great things to say about my academic advisor, Anna Benton.  She provided advice and recommendations that were crucial to my success.  I believe that I finished with better grades and much sooner because of Anna’s guidance and support.”

The Many Lives of Casey Miles

Soldier, Student, IT Pro, Entrepreneur: The Many Lives of Casey Miles

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Casey Miles feels like he has already led several lives. More reinvention than reincarnation, Miles has been a young kid growing up in small-town Nebraska, a raw recruit in the United States Air Force, and a polished IT professional.

“It’s almost like you live other people’s lives,” Miles said. “I had this life growing up in rural Nebraska — pickup trucks, drinking beer, street dances, cowboy hats. Then I have my basic training and young military part of my life. It’s a very different life in uniform than it is in a cowboy hat.”

csclogoA 2003 graduate of the University’s Bachelor of Science in Management of Information Systems program, Miles has now made the quantum leap into entrepreneurship as the owner of California Spirits Company. The distillery is located in San Marcos, California, about a 45-minute drive north on Interstate 15 from San Diego.

The distillery offers a number of products including its signature rum, a mojito, a cinnamon apple pie-flavored beverage, and whatever Miles happens to have in research and development at the moment.

miles1cropAfter starting the business in late 2013, the distillery hit some important milestones in late 2016.

“September was the first month where we had money in the bank at the end of the month after all the bills and everything. October will also be a cash positive month and so will November,” Miles said. “The outlook is better. Our airplane isn’t dragging its nose against the ground any more. It’s starting to take off.”

After spending his early years in Omaha, Miles graduated from Ashland-Greenwood High School in 1996 having already established a reputation in IT.

“I got into a little trouble in high school for things like changing my tardies and embedding a video game inside Microsoft Word,” Miles said. “All the kids could hit a key combination and start playing Mortal Combat.”

After high school, Miles worked at Mahoney State Park and took classes at a state university, but could feel that wasn’t the right path for him and that he might benefit from a more disciplined environment.

“I don’t think I was really ready to go to college. I didn’t feel it would be doing my potential any favors. I looked into what the Air Force had to offer,” Miles said. “It was better for me to go and get yelled at for a while.”

Miles first assignment was to England, but after two years he was back in Nebraska, stationed at Offutt Air Force Base and ready to knock out a bachelor’s degree.

“I was looking around and Bellevue had some really advanced offerings, especially in IT. My impression was these guys are getting ahead of the game a bit on this IT stuff,” Miles said. “I studied, I paid attention.  Going to night school, you’re laser focused. We moved through the material quickly.”

With his bachelor’s degree in hand, Miles was recruited out of the Air Force by Foundry Networks in 2003, before joining Brocade in San Diego in 2008 to work in high-performance computing.

miles2cropHowever, after years of crunching big data, Miles was looking to make a change. He started preparing to make another leap by earning an MBA at the University of California-Irvine.

“I was in my second year of business school and started training at different distilleries throughout the U.S. — Boston, Chicago, Denver. Slowly, over a couple of years it started to come together. The point of no return was when I put the down payment on the still. It was an international wire to Germany. You know that money ain’t coming back.”

Making the leap into entrepreneurship required a lot of sacrifice and a lot of support, Miles said.

“As a small business, you have to live very small. You can’t be paying $3,500 a month on a California mortgage,” he said. “We had to sell our house to pursue the American Dream.”

Miles credits his wife, Jenni, for backing him all the way as he poured savings into the new business.

“The unwavering trust of my wife — she’s been very supportive all the way around.”

Other important supporters include in-laws Bill and Jean Bruckner; his parents, Joe and Sandy Miles; brother-in-law John Bruckner; uncle Gary Harpster as well as his siblings including Matthew Miles, who holds an MBA from Bellevue University.

Coming at You! Women’s Basketball Takes the Court

Coming at You! Women’s Basketball Takes the Court

By Dan Silvia

The basketball season at Bellevue University will look a little different this year.

For the first time, the Bruins will be sponsoring a women’s basketball team. Head Coach Dave Denly has been working for well over a year in constructing the roster. The team opened the season on October 28 at the Oklahoma Wesleyan Classic and played its first home contest on November 2 against Grace University.

Denly spent 17 seasons as the head coach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, while also serving as the school’s athletic director for six years. He compiled an overall record of 348-171 (.671), guiding his teams to eight-consecutive 20-win seasons, setting school records along the way for both total victories in a season and conference wins in a season.

“The school I was at was going through a transition – a presidential change,” Denly said. “The more I heard about Bellevue University, the more I was intrigued.”

Denly signed on June 4, 2015 and set about building the program. It was a bit of an odd experience for the veteran coach to go through a season without a team.

bball2“You don’t really realize how much you’re going to miss having a team,” he said. “You don’t realize how much you’re going to miss having assistant coaches and a staff. Having the day-to-day interaction, the practices — the whole purpose of what you’re doing.”

Denly’s first recruit is a familiar face to Bruin fans, Beth Walker, a two-time All-American as a setter for the University’s volleyball team.

“I could not think of any better person to have in the program to help establish what we want to do. How we want to act, how we want to compete, how we want to carry ourselves,” Denly said.

Other recruits signed on from there.

“From a talent standpoint we have all the pieces that we need,” Denly said. “We’re very athletic, we’re very versatile.”

bballFollowing Walker into the fold was 5-2 point guard Shanae Collins from Sibley, La., via Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Neb.

“Shanae is a dynamic up and down point guard that can defend the ball and creates for her teammates,” Denly said.

Cassidy Hubbs from Oklahoma is the tallest player on the roster at 6-5.

“We have great expectations for her,” Denly said. “I think her best basketball is a head of her. Her potential and her athleticism and her skills are all going to mesh together.”

A pair of junior college teammates come in from Solano College, Alexandra Bader and Christen Voyles.

“They both bring something. Alex is an extreme competitor that can play multiple positions and Kristin is a dynamic outside scorer,” Denly said.

Assisting Denly on the sidelines will be a familiar face to longtime Bruin fans, James “Ice” Benford. Benford, who played for the men’s squad in the late 80s and early 90s, is well connected in the local girls’ basketball scene as a former assistant at Bellevue East and the coach of a select team, the Retro Hoops.

Jillian Flores, a former player at Iowa Western and Benedictine, rounds out the staff. Flores has coached at Peru State the past two years.

“We talk about daily goals, we talk about weekly goals. We break the season up into segments.  Our success is going to be determined by the growth pattern. Where we start at and where we finish at. That’s what we’re going to focus on,” Denly said.  “I do believe that if you take care of those little things, the results will take care of themselves. “

 

Andersen Foundation: Helping Students Build Windows to a Better Future

Andersen Foundation:  Helping Students Build Windows to a Better Future

By Bill Wax

Donor Profile:  Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation

The support of thousands of individuals, corporations, and charitable foundations has helped make Bellevue University Nebraska’s largest private college or university. As the University celebrates its 50th anniversary, we look at a few of the key individuals and organizations whose financial support helped make it happen. The generosity of the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation has enabled Bellevue University to move forward on its educational mission by providing funds for a broad range of University program and project initiatives.  The University owes a great deal of thanks and appreciation to the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation Board of Directors for their continued and loyal support for more than a quarter century.

Andersen Foundation:  Helping Students Build Windows to a Better Future

andersen-lumberThe Andersen Corporation is a leading international manufacturer of windows and doors headquartered in the St. Paul suburb of Bayport, Minnesota, and is an American success story.  Founded in 1903 as Andersen Lumber Company in Hudson, Wisconsin, by Danish immigrant Hans Andersen, it quickly outgrew its original plant site, and in 1913, a new factory was built in South Stillwater (now Bayport) Minnesota, where corporate headquarters are now located. The company currently has more than 20 locations and 9,000 employees, and the 2.8 million square-foot Bayport plant covers 65 acres.

Philanthropy has long been part of the company’s identity, establishing the Bayport Foundation (now The Andersen Corporate Foundation) in 1941. One of five charitable foundations funded by the company, the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation was incorporated in 1959, and awards grants totaling $16 million to $18 million per year. The Foundation’s primary giving focus is “higher education organizations that do not receive federal funding” like Bellevue University.  It also supports local non-profits near company facilities in Wisconsin and Minnesota. And because the Foundation gives “undesignated” grants not restricted to a specific project or program, the recipients can invest the funds where they are needed. Giving priorities include academics, the poor and economically disadvantaged, the arts, and health.

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Katherine B. and Fred C. Andersen

Bellevue University’s relationship with the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation began in 1989, when then “Bellevue College” asked the Foundation for a grant to support its development agenda. A $50,000 check from the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation arrived at year’s end. Since that initial gift, the Foundation has continued to support the University, and total contributions to date are approaching $6 million, enabling thousands of students and graduates to receive a quality, affordable college education. The support from the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation has helped Bellevue University to quadruple its enrollment through a broad range of development initiatives, including new programs, new and renovated facilities, campus expansions, technology upgrades, enhanced student support services, and scholarships for needy students.

Resilience: Rahim’s Story Seeks to Empower Others

Resilience: Rahim’s Story Seeks to Empower Others

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

This is when those project management skills really pay off.

Dr. Emad Rahim, the Director of the Project Management program at the University and the Kotouc Family Endowed Chair for the Project Management Center of Excellence, has a lot on his plate these days. He recently helped secure accreditation for the Master of Project Management program through the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) and published an autobiography/self-help book Resilience: From the Killing Fields to Boardroom, all while juggling his teaching responsibilities and a hectic speaking schedule.

bookRahim’s escape from the killing fields of Cambodia to success in the United States is well documented. In his book, he recounts his struggle both in escaping Cambodia and the rough times he experienced with an abusive stepfather in his early days in Brooklyn, New York.  Resilience goes beyond autobiography and offers advice on how others can overcome adversity as well.

“I’m pretty humbled and excited about it,” Rahim said. “I share my own story about my journey and how I overcame adversity surviving the concentration camps of Cambodia, the streets of Brooklyn, to finding my way through academia. Much of my success has come through non-traditional education. Kind of showing that path that not everybody goes through traditional universities and some of us actually discovered higher education as an adult while working full-time.”

Rahim came to Bellevue University in 2013 as an evaluator for GAC assessing the University’s undergraduate Project Management program and was impressed with what he saw.

I really liked what I saw, I really liked what I heard,” he said. “The student-focused mission of Bellevue, that it was not-for-profit. It had a traditional campus, but it focused a lot on non-traditional education to support that adult student with that working family structure — I just really appreciated what I heard.”

emad-rahim-2Rahim was impressed enough with what he saw to investigate opportunities at the school — first as an adjunct and later as a full-time professor.

“I really liked the flexibility that they gave the faculty to provide different resources to students, to update the curriculum, to make it more meaningful to the students,” he said. “We as faculty at Bellevue focus a lot on mentorship and support. We do a lot outside the classroom in addition to inside the classroom. I’ve come to really appreciate that.”

The newly acquired accreditation for the Master’s degree is the latest feather in the cap of the Project Management program.

It’s the highest form of accreditation a degree program can earn by way of project management,” Rahim said. “Students know that all of our curriculum, all of our content, our teaching methods, our assessments, all of these things measure up to what other Universities that are accredited go through.”

The University’s Project Management Center of Excellence is a key component that helps differentiate the program. A blog that features articles written by practitioners, interviews with senior project managers from Fortune 500 companies, with additional content provided by students illustrates the value of the Center.

There are very few universities that actually dedicate an entire center of excellence to project management,” Rahim said.  “We focus on educating people not just within the curriculum, but with what’s trending in project management as well.”

An emphasis on the practical is one of the main components of the Project Management programs.

We have a practitioner focus. We want to make sure we prepare our students for a career in this field or to advance their career,” Rahim said. “Every time a student completes a course they have some things that they can put into their tool box. Every assignment that they complete is more than a grade, they’re developing templates, developing plans, developing presentation materials, developing spreadsheets. They’re creating artifacts that they can use as actual resources.”

In addition to all his work with and for Bellevue University, Rahim has a busy calendar. He’ll be at Cal State-Long Beach next month and will be giving another TedTalk in February at Upstate Medical University. He’ll also be in Costa Rica evaluating a school seeking GAC accreditation.