Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923
By Ariel Richards, Staff Writer
Even with a full-time position, some administrators have found the time to expand upon their knowledge and attend class.
Cynthia Fulford, Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Office of Leadership and Student Development, believes in the concept of lifelong learning, that individuals should push themselves for continuous improvement.
It was this ideology that led Fulford to take Applied Music: Piano lessons. This one credit course, taught by Dorothea Hemerly, fits into Fulford’s schedule because there are multiple pianos around campus.
Fulford admitted that she always wanted to learn piano. She added, “This has been a lifelong part of my ‘bucket list’ and I decided that now was the right time to take it.”
Fulford was unable to take the piano prior in her academic career due to lack of time, and now takes it as a means of stress relief. She finds it tough making the time to practice, but does the best she can. There is also a particular convenience in Tompkins College Center (TCC) holding two pianos on the second floor, when she herself is stationed on the third.
Fulford is also taking an online course called Emotional Intelligence from Coursera.org.
Coursera’s webpage boasts the best courses in the world for free. Their mission envisions a future, “where everyone has access to a world-class education that has so far been available to a select few. They “aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.”
Christine Nowik, the Assistant Dean for Student Success and Retention, is enrolled in courses to expand upon her professionalism. She is currently taking Stanford online Organizational Analysis and Professional Development in order to “expose herself to other’s methodology”.
Nowik took these courses for her own personal and professional development. She would like to take, Class Leadership in Higher Education and Promoting Staff Development, in the future.
Nowik states, “It’s important to continue to grow and stretch as professionals, so we should always reach to learn things that can improve our work, change our perspectives, and connect us to others. We can only grow as far as our environment will allow, but with the ease and flexibility of online learning opportunities, we can move beyond the limitation of what is physically available to us.”