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Dr. Ted Abernethy Sports Administration Program Director

Dr. Ted Abernethy

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: Grantland Rice

Favorite Movie: "Remember the Titans"

Favorite Quote: "Sports do not build character—they reveal it." – John Wooden

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "Abraham Lincoln and Vince Lombardi [for] their ability to influence people."

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Kevin Brady Visiting Professor, Finance

Kevin Brady

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner for the "Freakonomics" series

Favorite Movie: "Wall Street"

Favorite Quote: "The first rule in making money is not to lose it."

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "Warren Buffett and Carl Icahn, because they are two successful investors who have very different strategies and personalities."

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Dr. Robert Epling Associate Professor, Sports Administration

Dr. Robert Epling

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: Larry McMurtry

Favorite Movie: "Lonesome Dove"

Favorite Quote: "Don't let schooling get in the way of an education." – Mark Twain

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I just love American history."

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Dr. Hagai Gringarten Associate Professor of Business

Dr. Hagai Gringarten

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: Herman Wouk

Favorite Movie: "The Hangover"

Favorite Quote: "Dictum meum pactum," which translates to "My word is my bond."

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "Frank Sinatra and President Donald Trump."

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Dr. Lisa Knowles Associate Professor, Management

Dr. Lisa Knowles

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: John C. Maxwell

Favorite Movie: "Reign" (a Netflix series)

Favorite Quote: "Success can only be achieved when the desire for success surpasses the excuses of life."

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "Jesus and his mother, Mary—I would love to hear all of the stories."

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Dr. Nicholas Mathew Assistant Professor

Dr. Nicholas Mathew

"The academically well-rounded nature of this degree program will help you enhance both your practical and theoretical knowledge of the business world."

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Dr. Justin Peart Associate Professor, Business Administration

Dr. Justin Peart

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Movie: "The Silence of the Lambs".

Favorite Quote: "If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward." – Martin Luther King Jr.

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "Barack Obama and Mother Theresa. Both demonstrate the ability to live successful lives while genuinely caring about and trying to make a positive difference in the welfare of less fortunate people."

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Dr. Craig Reese Department of Accounting, Business Administration and Finance

Dr. Craig Reese

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: George Orwell

Favorite Movie: "The Alamo" (1960)

Favorite Quote: "Not to be a republican (liberal) at 20 is proof of want of heart; to be one at 30 is proof of want of head." - Franç ois Guizot, French historian (1787-1874)
Similar quotes are attributed to Churchill, Disraeli, George Bernard Shaw and Bertrand Russell.

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "Jesus Christ and Socrates. I would ask Jesus to explain how his preaching changed the Old Testament. I would ask Socrates to critique Christianity."

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Education


Dr. Vernon Czelusniak Online Program Director/Coordinator - Campus Liaison (OPD/C) Ed.D Programs
Online Professor | Associate Professor
Online, Graduate and Adult Education Studies

Dr. Vernon Czelusniak

"I love to see others grow and provide an opportunity to give back to our community. I have a passion to see my students learn from practical experiences in all of the courses that I have taught."

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Dr. Scott E. Gillig Professor at St. Thomas University

Dr. Scott E. Gillig

"Get ahead of the curve by deciding to learn the fundamentals of research and using data to make decisions."

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Dr. Kennedy Maranga Lead Dissertation Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Kennedy Maranga

"I want students to understand the concepts discussed in class and apply them in real-life situations."

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Dr. Delois Maxwell Doctoral Dissertation Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Delois Maxwell

"Study the program goals and expectations to determine if it fits your life or career goals."

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Dr. Susan Ohrablo Adjunct Professor, St. Thomas University

Dr. Susan Ohrablo

"Understanding the critical role that faculty play in a student's academic career, I wanted to contribute to the development of students' academic knowledge and professional development."

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Dr. Maria Orlando Doctoral Dissertation Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Maria Orlando

"It is important to lead by example and be resourceful and open to new ideas. It is essential to convey your love for teaching and learning in order to keep students and colleagues motivated to always do their best."

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Dr. Katrina Pann Doctoral Dissertation Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Katrina Pann

"You can do this! Believe in your capabilities and prioritize the time to focus on your studies."

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Dr. Jolen Troy Robinson Doctoral Dissertation Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Jolen Troy Robinson

"Don't delay; begin the program NOW. Your education is an investment in the future for yourself as well as your family."

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Dr. Heidi A. Schmidt Doctoral Dissertation Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Heidi A. Schmidt

"This is a great time to expand your knowledge and your career options. Your new learning will create opportunities for you to grow and change into that transformational leader."

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Dr. Timothy Michael Stafford Dissertation Chair, Program Director and Coordinator for the MS in Instructional Design and Technology Program, Associate Professor

Dr. Timothy Michael Stafford

"An educator who finds a passion for students will never be without a challenge, a heartbreak and a mind-numbing success that keeps the educator moving forward."

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Dr. Hilroy Thomas Associate Professor

Dr. Hilroy Thomas

"I want my students at all degree levels to learn how to develop proper research and writing skills to solve problems in their everyday lives. At the graduate levels, I want all my students to use research, policy development, leadership, and innovation skills to make a difference in the lives of others."

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Dr. Susan Trauschke-Webb Adjunct Professor

Dr. Susan Trauschke-Webb

"Leadership is learned and experienced in all areas of our lives. Seek out opportunities to utilize the knowledge gained in your courses and research to enhance your leadership skills and make a difference in your classroom, school, home, faith-based organization and community."

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Nursing


Roseann Fibbio Nursing Instructor

Roseann Fibbio

"I believe caring is the essence of nursing which, when added to the science, makes you the perfect person to make a difference in health care and in the lives of others."

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Cassandre Milien Adjunct Online Instructor

Cassandre Milien

"You are required to dedicate time to read, understand, and analyze the required course work."

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Deborah Charvat Nurse Practitioner

Cassandre Milien

"Nothing worthwhile is easy, but the rewards are many."

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Gaetjens Joseph Adjunct Professor

Gaetjens Joseph

"A nursing career is a calling. Advancing your nursing education to better serve is very honorable and requires determination and hard work."

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Guelsy Diaz Online Nursing Faculty

Gaetjens Joseph

"I enjoy being a role model and leader in a professional setting where others gain knowledge due to the educational content."

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Heather Brathwaite Adjunct Professor

Heather Brathwaite

"You must have a love for those individuals that you serve, and you must be empathetic and humble."

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Janet M. Huxley Nursing Instructor

Janet M. Huxley

"You are not merely seeking a degree, but you are adding to your knowledge base so that you can excel as a nursing leader."

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Linda Mays Adjunct Faculty

Linda Mays

"Students should expect to learn the beginning skills to provide evidence-based psychiatric/mental health treatment across the lifespan."

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Magdaleina V. Joseph Interim Chief Nursing Officer & UG Nursing Director

Magdaleina V. Joseph

"Go beyond the required reading assignments, read in advance, write down questions on concepts you do not understand, and set up time to discuss them and any questions you have with your faculty."

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Rafael Rojas Adjunct Professor

Rafael Rojas

"I started teaching to share knowledge, to help others to succeed, and to guide new nurse generations on how to safely care for others with passion."

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Tashara Redding-Jean FNP-C

Tashara Redding-Jean

"I would say to never stop asking why and to never stop learning. We need the future to close the gap."

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Tina Roberts Faculty

Tina Roberts

"I would advise students to keep their dream alive and be ready to collaborate and explore the nursing profession in new areas such as management and community."

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Yedelis Diaz Faculty - Online Nursing

Yedelis Diaz

"I want students to be engaged while supporting their personal growth and facilitating their critical thinking abilities."

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