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Rachel La Costa: Member of UD Alumni Advisory Panel (Launching Soon)

Rachel La Costa: Member of UD Alumni Advisory Panel (Launching Soon)

The Office of Personal Career development is working with the Office of Alumni Relations to bring the expertise and advice of UD’s outstanding alumni network directly to students. When the panel goes live, UD students will be able to peruse the background of participating panelists and pose questions to alumni from a variety of career fields. Here’s one of our panel members.

Rachel La Costa, PA-C

BS Biology, 2011

Career Sector: Medicine

Graduate Degree: Master of Physician Assistant Studies

UT Medical Branch, Galveston

Current Employer: Children’s Medical Center

What career path led to your current position?

I was always interested in pursuing a career in medicine, and when I discovered the Physician Assistant field, I knew this was a perfect match for me. While at UD, Dr. Doe was an insightful and knowledgeable advisor who helped to ensure that the courses in which I enrolled and extra-curricular activities which I pursued would align with my goal to become a PA. I was accepted to the PA program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and obtained my Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Following graduation, I have worked in pediatric oncology and truly enjoy caring for patients as a PA.

What kind of credentials, education, training, prior experience are needed to pursue this path?

PA school has many requirements for admission, including an excellent GPA, required prerequisite courses, the GRE exam, and health care experience. The application process is extremely competitive. Upon completion of an undergraduate degree and acceptance into a PA program, completion of the Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies is required to sit for the board exam, called the PA National Certifying Examination. Upon passing this exam, the “PA-C” designation is granted, allowing the PA to apply for a state license and subsequently practice as a licensed PA.

How was your major and/or your degree from UD related to your current work?

My biology degree from UD was pivotal in preparing me for my future studies to become a PA. The courses I took as a UD student were challenging, but fascinating, and inspired a curiosity about the biological sciences that supported my desire to pursue the practice of medicine. Equally instrumental in my preparation to become a PA was the high caliber of the professors in the biology department at UD. The biology professors sparked and kindled my interest in the biological sciences. They took the time to answer my questions inside and outside of the classroom. They allowed me to participate in their personal research projects. These experiences prepared me to study efficiently and inspired me to pursue my career of interest as a PA.

Becoming an Entrepreneur: Risks and Rewards

Becoming an Entrepreneur: Risks and Rewards

Becoming an entrepreneur is a dream for many, albeit a risky one. Those who’ve taken the leap and started their own business will tell you it’s scary and rewarding all at the same time. 

Mark Shrayber

Three local entrepreneurs, Mark Shrayber, President and co-founder of muv, a Dallas-based events and transportation company; Sonia Kirkpatrick, founder and CEO of PediaPlex, an all-inclusive pediatric diagnostic and therapeutic clinic; and Jake Thompson, founder and Chief Encouragement Officer of Compete Every Day, a global lifestyle brand, spoke to Dr. Laura Munoz’s Global Entrepreneurship class at the University of Dallas about what it takes to start and grow a successful business.

The panelists began by answering a question about networking. Shrayber, who started his business at fresh out of college at age 22, said that a big part of networking is hustle. “I’ve worked since I was 13 so I know how to hustle,” he said. “So I talked to anyone who would listen. In order to build

Sonia Kirkpatrick

your network, always have your radar on. But don’t network just for the purpose of networking. Learn to care about other people.”

Thompson agreed. “Networking is not speed dating,” he said. “The key to networking is giving more than you get. Ask other people questions like ‘What are you working on? How can I help you?’”

Kirkpatrick, already successful in business by the time she started PediPlex, relied on her contacts to help her grow her network. “I started my business as a capstone project during my MBA at the University of Dallas. Plus, I won a Texas Business Hall of Fame scholarship and I got insights from some of the top business leaders in the state,” she said.  “They all agreed that you should always surround yourself with people who know more than you do.”

Jake Thompson

Although having a strong network of contacts can help entrepreneurs navigate tricky situations early in the startup process, all three panelists agreed that a little ignorance can be advantage. “At age 22, I think I was too dumb to know any better,” said Shrayber. “I tried to do everything. I was operating a limo company but I hated the headache of running the cars and drivers. Sometimes you have to decide what you are going to be great at. I realized I would be great at solving bigger problems for my clients.” Schrayber added that eventually, an entrepreneur’s confidence grows as they gain success over time. “But confidence is not the same thing as arrogance. Confidence is something you gain over time,” he said.

The panelists also discussed how to overcome the fear of failure that goes hand in hand with starting a business. Kirkpatrick said that quitting a great job was definitely scary: “About two years in, I said to myself, ‘Oh my gosh, what have I done?’ I had a lot to lose at the time.” Although starting a business comes with risk, Thompson recommended running head-on into failure: “So what if you fail? The world’s not going to explode. Nobody really cares. The people you really care about will help you pick yourself back up and keep going,” he said.

Doubts often accompany the fear of failure during the early days of their businesses. Thompson said that sometimes he questioned if he actually had what it would take to make it work. “I would ask myself, ‘Can I really do this?’” But a friend pointed out to him that since his brand focuses on inspiring people to greatness, he really had no choice. “He said, ‘You gotta keep going, no matter how hard it gets. It’s who you are.’” Kirkpatrick said although she had doubts, one person kept her going—her husband. “He wouldn’t let me give up,” she said. Shrayber added that many entrepreneurs succumb to their doubts and give up too early instead of adapting their plans to meet the needs of their market. “Sometimes it’s just luck, he said. “But you can make your own luck by keeping your radar on and staying humble. Always be a student and willing to learn from others and from your mistakes.”

 The University of Dallas Executives on Campus program was founded to further the University’s mission of providing practice-based education, by inviting successful business leaders to share their experience with graduate and undergraduate students in the classroom. Through this program, alumni, business leaders, and their companies are invited to partner with the University in our shared pursuit of management excellence. For more information click here.

 

Executives on Campus: Craig Maccubbin, Cybersecurity Expert

Executives on Campus: Craig Maccubbin, Cybersecurity Expert

We all know that sensitive data held by corporations and organizations like the University of Dallas can be compromised by hackers. But who are these hackers and what do they want from us? Craig Maccubbin, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, WestJet Airlines, and former Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Southwest Airlines, spoke last spring to a group of UD students, alumni, faculty and staff about the risks hackers pose to organizations large and small, as well as the measures companies must take to prevent bad actors from compromising An airline’s crucial IT systems.

Craig Maccubbin

Maccubbin explained that there are basically five categories of so-called hackers, each with their own particular set of motivations and subsequent associated risks.

One such group are cyber criminals, whose main goal is to steal customer information like credit cards and social security numbers. Because airlines process billions of dollars worth of credit card transactions every year, fighting this group is of particular importance. Airlines must employ large numbers of cybersecurity experts and maintain constant vigilance in order to protect their customers’ data.

Maccubbin said that another group of hackers include nation/state actors like China, Iran, and Syria, whose goal is cyber espionage revolving around trade secrets stolen from American companies.

In recent years, many terrorist group have also developed cyber attack wings that prowl for weaknesses in IT systems, threatening basic airline operations like ground ops. Terrorist hackers are of particular concern for airlines and other areas of vital infrastructure.

According to Maccubbin, Hacktivist groups like Wikileaks also present a challenge to American businesses by stealing confidential documents and correspondence in an effort to embarrass their victims. “They want to make a statement,” he said. “And they’ll go to great lengths to do so.”

Finally, independent hackers may try to damage large systems for a variety of reasons. “They may be looking for notoriety,” Maccubbin said. “Or they could even be disgruntled employees looking to give advantages to a competitor.”

All of these categories of hackers present their own unique challenges to the airline industry and Maccubbin says that IT departments must be careful to analyze the motivations of each group in order to determine how best to fight them.

Maccubbin also had a few words of advice to help students and faculty protect their own vital information from bad actors attempting to gain access to personal information.

  • Don’t open suspicious emails. If you’re not sure whether the email is authentic, check the address. Phishing scams will often come from emails addresses that are off by one or two letters from the authentic address.
  • Don’t use USB drives. They are the easiest way to spread computer viruses.
  • Use a complicated password. McCubbins recommends using one that takes the first letter of the words in the first line of your favorite song, using capital and lowercase letters, then adding a special character and a 5 digit number only you would know (not your birthday!).
  • Don’t use the same password for every website.

Maccubbin stressed that although airlines are on the forefront of battling cyber criminals with state-of-the-art cybersecurity teams, it’s up to us as individuals to protect our data. “We have to be personally vigilant,” he said. “Because we each have the opportunity to make the world a better place.”

The University of Dallas Executives on Campus program was founded to further the University’s mission of providing practice-based education by inviting successful business leaders to share their experience with graduate and undergraduate students in the classroom. Through this program, alumni, business leaders, and their companies are invited to partner with the University in our shared pursuit of management excellence.

UD Professors Address Human Dignity: Part Three

UD Professors Address Human Dignity: Part Three

This is the third in a series of posts based on the event, UD Interdisciplinary Celebration of Human Dignity.

How does the University of Dallas curriculum encourage us to live in community? A panel of UD professors addressed the question on March 23, 2017, joining a conversation with students, other faculty, staff and alumni about the call to preserve human dignity regardless of race, country of origin, gender, religion or beliefs.

Dr. John Norris, Associate Provost, introduced the panel and topic. “At UD, although we promote the search for truth, there are still prejudices and pride, both inside our community and out,” he said. “A guiding question, then, is how can we show humble respect for the viewpoint of the other without falling into the trap of a relativistic morality?” Norris said that each panel member would reflect on how they approach human dignity in their classrooms.

Dr. John Macready

Dr. John Macready, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, began the discussion by calling out the UD motto: Veritatem, Justitiam, Diligite–Love ye Truth and Justice. He said that truth and justice, as the proper ends of the human mind, cannot be pursued in isolation. “We do not come to the truth alone,” he said, “but in dialogue with others.”

Macready defined justice as giving each person his or her due by respecting their humanity and personhood and honoring their differences. To do so, Macready submitted, we must cultivate a habit of mind that respects the dignity of others. But how to do so?

“St. Thomas Aquinas was indebted to dialogue with partners outside Christian thought,” Macready said. “Look at the attention he gave to the writings of Jews like Maimonides, Muslims like Ibn Sina, and pagans like Socrates.” According to Macready, creating an enlarged habit of mind that recognizes the dignity of others requires one to think independently, consider outside perspectives, and then synthesize those perspectives, all while maintaining consistency in one’s own beliefs. Quoting Hannah Arendt, Macready said. “To think with an enlarged mentality means that one trains one’s own imagination to go visiting.”

For more information about OPCD events or to RSVP, click here.

Goldman Sachs: The People and Culture (as shared by Goldman Sachs Campus Recruiting)

Goldman Sachs: The People and Culture (as shared by Goldman Sachs Campus Recruiting)

WELCOME TO OUR SUMMER NEWSLETTER

We are excited by your interest in the Summer Internship Program and look forward to seeing you during fall recruiting season. This four-part newsletter series will share useful information about our culture, business and summer analyst internship opportunities. You will find resources to help you understand the application process (summer applications open July 15) and prepare to interview.

Thank you,
Goldman Sachs Campus Recruiting

 

 
WORKING AT GOLDMAN SACHS
Our people come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds including finance, engineering, science, technology and the humanities. You will draw strength from a highly collaborative and intellectually stimulating environment, and you will be part of a team that helps you succeed.
GET TO KNOW OUR PEOPLE AND CULTURE

 

 
GS SNAPSHOTS
Explore life away from the desk at Goldman Sachs. Learn about our heritage, community involvement, wellness offerings and more.
 
COMMUNITY TEAMWORKS
Through Community TeamWorks, the people of Goldman Sachs contribute their ideas and expertise to drive tangible progress in communities where we work and live.
 
OUR PEOPLE
Wes, an analyst on the Insurance Asset Management team within GSAM in New York, discusses the importance of networking with fellow GS employees.

 

 
ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE REPORT
As a global financial services company, we are in a position to help address global environmental and social challenges, and to support opportunities for economic growth, including within local communities.
 
ANALYST IMPACT FUND
Goldman Sachs Gives has launched the 2017 Analyst Impact Fund, a global competition where teams of Goldman Sachs analysts collaborate with peers to potentially secure a grant to make an impact through a chosen nonprofit.
 
EMPLOYEE AFFINITY NETWORKS
Employee affinity networks and interest forums, which are open to all professionals at Goldman Sachs, develop programs that support our firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy.
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UD Science Majors Take On Summer Research

UD Science Majors Take On Summer Research

University of Dallas science majors are having an outsized impact at research institutions across the country this summer. Close to 50 students are conducting research, and many of them have been awarded highly competitive positions at external institutions. Others are conducting important research with University of Dallas faculty.

Twelve REUs [Research Experience for Undergraduates], two SURPs [Summer Undergraduate Research Program], two SURFs [Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships], and the quality of the other opportunities represent an outstanding showing for our science majors getting in summer research. Other science majors are doing research with UD faculty.  I think it is probably one of the best years ever for UD students with respect to science research opportunities’” said Dr. Sally Hicks, Chair and Professor of Physics.

Dr. Hicks said that research can be an invaluable part of any science major’s education. “These opportunities allow students to attend a research institution, conduct cutting edge research and learn more about the scientific investigative process,” she said. Dr. Hicks also said that the experience can help students discern whether they want to go to graduate school, become a research scientist, or pursue another path.

MacKenzie Warrens (Physics ‘17), said that her two summer research experiences helped her make big decisions about her future. “My first summer research project showed me what kind of research I don’t want to do,” she said. “But the one before my senior year changed my life. I learned a lot about experimental atomic physics and decided that was what I would pursue in graduate school.”

Dr. William Cody, Assistant Professor of Biology, said that most summer research programs are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with a focus on increasing the number of STEM workers entering the workforce. He added that although strong letters of recommendation and an effective personal statement go a long way in securing one of these positions, another factor is even more important: “Conducting research on campus during the year has the biggest impact,” he said.

Blake Torrance, a Senior Biology major, is spending his summer at the Medical University of South Carolina, conducting research through their SURP program. He said that summer research is the best way to determine if the lifestyle of a professional researcher is the best path for you. “It is a unique experience that has allowed me to develop a passion for basic scientific research and to be solidified in my own career and professional goals,” he said.

And although research opportunities are available across the country, Dr. Hicks said that the programs are very competitive and require a strong application. “There are many students applying from universities like UD that don’t have extensive on-campus research facilities,” she said. “And because even students from top-tier research institutions apply for these posts, it’s not unusual for hundreds of applicants to apply to a program with 8-10 openings.”

Both Warrens and Torrance agreed that although the application requires careful attention, the process is not difficult. “It basically consists of a CV, a personal statement and two or three letters of recommendation,” she said. Torrance said the key is to stay organized: “I actually applied to 11 programs this summer, so it wasn’t too difficult to get them all done, although the key is to be as organized as possible.”

According to Dr. Cody, summer research can show students what a career in science might look like. “When high school students are good at science, everyone tells them they should become a physician,” he said. “But research experiences are a chance for them to explore their love of science and discover the many possibilities to use the knowledge they gain as an undergraduate student to benefit society.”

University of Dallas biology, chemistry, computer science, math and physics majors are working in the following outside research experiences and internships:

  • 12 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  • 2 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
  • 2 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Other prestigious outside research opportunities:

  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Franciscan Institute of World Health, University of Claude Bernard–Lyon, France
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program
  • James Loudspeaker Corporation
  • Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • University of Houston
  • Sonic Corporation
  • MD Anderson Medical Center
  • Whitespace Innovations

Several others are conducting research with UD faculty in a variety of disciplines. For a list of physics research projects, click here.

To make an appointment to speak to a career counselor about your resumé, writing a personal statement or any other career-related questions, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

7 Ways to Get a Jumpstart on Your Career This Summer

7 Ways to Get a Jumpstart on Your Career This Summer

Summer is finally here!

OK, we know summer’s not all about snow cones, flip flops and lounging around the pool. And although you’re probably busy working, interning or taking classes, summer is the perfect time to start thinking about and planning for your future. Here are some tips for taking advantage of your time away from campus.

        • Ask your relatives and your parents’ friends for informational interviews. An informational interview is really just a conversation during which you can learn about a career field or particular company. Speaking with someone one-on-one about what he or she does every day is a great way to learn more about what a job is really like. And while an informational is not an actual job interview, it is not an informal setting. You should behave professionally and come prepared with thoughtful questions. The UD alumni network and friends that have already graduated are also great resources for informational interviews.

       

        • Research internships—know the deadlines and use your time off to work on your resume and cover letter. Not only will an internship provide you with hands-on experience that can help you land a job after graduation, but it can also show the kind of day-to-day experience you can expect in a particular career field. Internships are an important step in the discernment process—you might leave an internship knowing exactly what you don’t want to do.

       

        • Start thinking about next summer’s research opportunities. If you’re a science major, conducting research is crucial to your success. The best REUs and summer research opportunities are highly competitive and will require a thoughtful application. Spend some time over your summer break researching these opportunities and preparing your application.

       

        • If you have a competitive GPA, check out UD’s Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships page to see if you qualify for any opportunities. Review the requirements and deadlines for each award and begin work on your personal statement. Gaby Martin at the OPCD can guide you through the application process.

       

        • Look for volunteer opportunities. Not only will you be giving back to the community, you can gain experience that many employers will value. If you line up a volunteer opportunity for the fall semester, you may be able to receive course credit for approved community service.

       

        • Explore avenues to present your work to the public if you’ve written an exceptional paper or conducted in-depth research in your field. This could mean making a presentation during a campus event or sharing your work with an organization tied to your area of research. Many scientific, literary, and educational societies welcome student participation. You can apply for a University of Dallas Experience Award funding to offset your travel expenses.

 

        • Make an appointment with an OPCD career counselor if you are around DFW during the summer.  We can also work with you via email and phone. We can help you fine-tune your resume and cover letter, research internship opportunities, and apply for prestigious scholarships and fellowships. Make time now, before your new classes begin.