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Southern VT Arts and Living on Emmett Dunbar MS '14

Posted on October 19, 2018 by Kelsa Summer Roidt, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

In a profile in Southern Vermont Arts and Living, Marlboro Graduate and Professional Studies alum Emmet Dunbar (MS '14) explains how the Master of Science in Management program gave him the tools to make his farm successful. “It taught me what I needed to do to make this work,” he said. “We shut down to next to nothing in 2010, while I was in school thinking the farm was done. It emerged again...

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Expectations Abound Abroad

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Alta Millar

You know when you’re really excited about something and you keep imagining it over and over again? How you go through each moment, analyzing each scenario, as if you’re mapping it out before it even happens. This is probably one my favorite things to do. It calms my nerves before a big day, like a dance audition, performance, or even travelling to London like I am now. But what happens when...

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First Year Forum Starts Us Off Right

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Danielle Scobey

Starting this year, First Year Forum was introduced as a way to help integrate new students into Marlboro College’s unique community. Launched by Catherine O’Callaghan, assistant dean of academic support and advisins, and Jeremy Holch, director of academic support services, the program was designed with the acknowledgement that starting college, whether it be straight from high school, or as a...

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Home Alone in London

Posted on October 8, 2018 by Alta Millar

It wasn’t until the first night in my new house that I realized that I was truly alone. Aware that I was in a different city, disoriented and unsure of what I was doing in London, I tried my best to collect myself. To calm my nerves, I began talking to myself, saying things like, “Great idea Alta! Let’s move to a new country where you don’t know anyone. Sure, why not move into a new house with no...

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Designing Meetings That Do More

Posted on October 5, 2018 by Beth Tener, Faculty, Marlboro MBA Principal, New Directions Collaborative

I’ve had the pleasure of teaching the Marlboro MBA course on Advanced Systems Leadership for Complex Problem Solving, with Tristan Toleno. This course gives students tools and ideas of how to address these typical kinds of challenges when working in organizations and on social change:  Our work is too ‘siloed’—people are not aware of what others are doing.Insights or lessons learned are not well...

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Connecting with the Community

Posted on October 1, 2018 by Kelsa Summer Roidt, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

On September 27th Marlboro College hosted a college-wide community service day. Offices were closed and staff, faculty, and students participated in community service projects both on and off of campus. In honor the day, graduate school faculty and staff shared some of the ways they serve their communities. MBA/MSM co-chair Travis Hellstrom explained how his time with the Peace Corps laid the...

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The Joy of Cancelling Things

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Travis Hellstrom , Chair, MBA and MSM Programs

An adventurous Peace Corps friend of mine named Matt loves to say “Livin’ the dream man!” Sometimes he’s talking about himself and sometimes he’s talking about me. I love that he says it. It reminds me that we all have that opportunity: to live the dream.More specifically, we all get to live our dream. There is no “dream” that we all share, it’s a very personal thing. My dream involves having a...

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Five Passions for Success in Today’s World

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Scot Barker, Marlboro Graduate Faculty and President and Co-Founder of Holt Barker Management Consulting

I was asked the other day “What are your passions?” It caught me off guard, but in a good way. I realized right then and there that I’m not necessarily following my passions right now. There is a lot of literature out there today about this topic. Some supportive of and some against following one’s passion. Like a lot of topics, taking a very black and white view (following your passions is the...

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Great Conversations Part 3: Ending Your Conversation

Posted on September 19, 2018 by Kelsa Summer Roidt, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

In this final post of the Great Coversations series I offer a few exercises for ending great meetings. Meetings often end with a rush of communication that leaves everyone confused. This isn't what you want for your meetings! These simple tools will help you end on a high note and encourage people to look forward to your next meeting. First of all, here are five things not to forget at the end of...

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TESOL Fellowship Awardees Discuss Their Work with Refugees

Posted on August 18, 2018 by Kelsa Summer Roidt, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

Marlboro's Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) masters program finished its summer intensive last week. Faculty member Suzan Kobashigawa sat down with two fellowship recipients to discuss their experience working with refugees and how it connects to their studies at Marlboro. Kate Harris is an English for Refugees Fellow with experience working with refugees in Lebanon. ...

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