Happy New Year!

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and Sunday will be 2012. After the partying is done and the old year ushered out, what kind of goals do you have for the New Year?

A lot of people have New Year’s Resolutions: lose weight, save money, take a trip, and so on and so on. Why not start out your New Year with some New Year’s Goals.

Some goals might include:

  • Learning a new skill — Want to learn XML or HTML coding? Find a website that will teach you!
  • Improving on a skill you already have — Are you a writer? Help us out with the blog and practice your writing skills!
  • Exercise your strengths — See above! We’d love help with the blog. :D
  • Work on your weaknesses — Not so great in math? There are tutors out there who are happy to help!
  • Create a mission statement for yourself — Remember to make it an action statement.
  • Seeing yourself in a new job or finishing your degree in 2013 — That’s why you’re in the BPS program. Keep up the hard work!

Whatever your goals, or resolutions, might be, have a safe and happy New Year.

Source: http://simplemom.net/20-questions-for-a-new-year/


So long, 2011

Howdy BPSers!

It’s the Thursday before the New Year and today we’ll say good-bye to 2011.

Some memorable things have happened this year:

The Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV.

“Arab Spring” – Massive demonstrations against the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, & Egypt, led to societal changes. Demonstrations were also held in Libya and leader Muammar Gaddafi, was overthrown.

In March, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan.

An estimated 2 billion watched the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London, England.

Osama bin Laden, leader of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda was killed.

NASA ended the space shuttle program when Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center on July 21.

The Bachelor of Professional Studies program launches!

The world population has reached 7 billion.

What are some memorable things that have affected you this year? Chime in and let us know!

As always, enjoy the rest of the year and happy New Year!

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011


Happy Wednesday BPSers!

Normally we’d use this day of the week to give you a helpful study tip. However, since you’re on break, we’ll use this day to give you and idea of what to do with your downtime.

Read a book: This is the rare opportunity where you don’t have to read for class. Pick up that thriller you’ve been eyeballing since the semester began. Our student services coordinator reads the latest Charlene Harris and our program manager Emily loves anything by Neil Gaiman.

Watch some TV: Got a few Netflix filling up your queue? DVR full of recorded Big Brother?  Take a day to be a couch potato and channel surf.

Go shopping: Yes, Christmas is over, but you can certainly take care of returns and take advantage of the after-Christmas sales that are going on out there.

Enjoy your next couple of weeks off recuperating from the Fall semester and prepping for the Spring.

Academic Writing

There are several types of Writing Styles.  Some may be very familiar to you such as, narrative writing which tells a story; expository writing which conveys information or explains something; and persuasive writing which attempts to convince a reader of some action or thought.  However, in college you write in an academic style.

What is academic writing?

  • Academic writing is writing done by scholars for other scholars.
  • Academic writing is devoted to topics and questions that are of interest to the academic community.
  • Academic writing should present the reader with an informed argument.

How do you write academically?

Academic writing is complex, but to summarize, academic writing is based on analysis – the process of breaking down ideas – to increase one’s understanding. It uses deductive reasoning, semiformal voice, and third person point-of-view.

  • Use of deductive reasoning – Stating the thesis (main idea) early and then following with supporting examples and details make complicated ideas easier to understand.
  • Semiformal voice – This means no slang, colloquialism (common expressions of ordinary speech), contractions of nouns and verbs, etc.
  • Third person point-of-view – Third person points-of-view (e.g., he, she, it, and they as well as their accusative, dative, and possessive forms) should be used. No first and second person points-of-view (e.g., I, you, we) are used in academic writing.

Source: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~writing/materials/student/ac_paper/what.shtml

Source: Writing Cartoon

Source: http://amarris.homestead.com/files/Academic_Writing.htm

Monday Career Services

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor’s degree.


  • Prepare reports of findings, illustrating data graphically and translating complex findings into written text.
  • Seek and provide information to help companies determine their position in the marketplace.
  • Gather data on competitors and analyze their prices, sales, and method of marketing and distribution.
  • Collect and analyze data on customer demographics, preferences, needs, and buying habits to identify potential markets and factors affecting product demand.
  • Devise and evaluate methods and procedures for collecting data, such as surveys, opinion polls, or questionnaires, or arrange to obtain existing data.
  • Monitor industry statistics and follow trends in trade literature.
  • Measure and assess customer and employee satisfaction.
  • Measure the effectiveness of marketing, advertising, and communications programs and strategies.
  • Forecast and track marketing and sales trends, analyzing collected data.
  • Attend staff conferences to provide management with information and proposals concerning the promotion, distribution, design, and pricing of company products or services.

National Wages and Employment Trends

  • Median wages (2010) $29.12 hourly, $60,570 annual
  • Employment (2008) 250,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2008-2018) Much faster than average (20% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2008-2018) 137,300

Source: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-1161.00

Happy Holidays!

It’s the end of your first full semester in the BPS program – Congratulations!

Now is the time to relax and celebrate the season.

Happy Hanukkah!

  • Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday to celebrate the commemoration of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd Century BCE.
  • In 2011, Hanukkah will be celebrated beginning at sundown December 20th through sundown December 28th.
  • Hanukkah holiday traditions include lighting the Menorah – a candelabra with 8 candles, giving of gifts to family and friends, eating foods like latkes, doughnuts, and cheese, and playing dreidel.

Festivus – It’s a Festivus for the rest of us!

  • Festivus is a holiday celebrated on December 23rd of each year. If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you know all about it.
  • Festivus is celebrated with a Festivus pole (an unadorned, aluminum pole), the Airing of Grievances at the Festivus dinner, and Feats of Strength.
  • Ordinary occurrences are known as Festivus miracles.

Merry Christmas!

  • Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrated on December 25 to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • Christmas is a time of giving.
  • Christmas holiday traditions include the Christmas tree, presents given to family and friends, Santa Claus, Christmas cookies, Yule logs, Midnight Mass at some Christian churches, and more.

Joyous Kwanzaa!

  • Kwanzaa is a holiday to celebrate African-American heritage and culture. Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga and was celebrated for the first time in 1966-1967.
  • Every year Kwanzaa is celebrated December 26 through January 1.
  • Kwanzaa holiday traditions include decorating homes with art, colorful African cloth, sharing libations in a common chalice. Kwanzaa also celebrates with a candle-lighting ritual.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, enjoy and be merry! Get ready for the Spring semester – registration ends January 13th.

Sources: Festivus; Hanukkah; Kwanzaa; Christmas

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Who Said Writing Was Easy?

When asked, what is the most difficult part of returning to school, many student’s respond: WRITING.  Understandably so, it takes a long time to do, and a lot of practice to do well.  But when you are done with the research, have figured out (to some extent) how to cite all your sources in proper APA style, and summarized your thoughts in 2-5 pages, you have created something.

Your hard work has resulted in the creation of something that is uniquely yours, something you can share with others and be proud of.  And then you turn it in to be graded, critiqued, sometimes criticized.

Do not be distressed.  Read the words of some of the most celebrated writers and be encouraged.  Writing is not supposed to be easy.  It’s supposed to challenge us.  And when done well, supposed to make others think.

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” Ernest Hemingway

“What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” Samuel Johnson

“Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.” John Osborne

“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” Elbert Hubbard

“On plenty of days the writer can write three or four pages, and on plenty of other days he concludes he must throw them away.” Annie Dillard

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Ben Franklin

“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.” Edwin Schlossberg

Source: http://www.be-a-better-writer.com/creative-writing-quotes.html