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Vlad Profile PicVlad Leskovetc is an exchange student from South Ural State University in Chelyabinsk, Russia.  He is currently pursuing his master of business administration (MBA) degree, and is a graduate assistant in the Bolte School of Business.  He recently spoke with Mount officials about coming to the Mount.

How did you first learn about the Mount?

I became aware of Mount St. Mary’s five years ago when Mount St. Mary’s students came on a trip to South Ural State University. Through the foreign exchange program the two sister schools share, I was able to learn of experiences that students had in America and exchanged stereotypes as well.  During that first experience in Russia, students came and explored the area of the Ural Mountains, met with students from the school and learned about life in Russia, and the stark contrasts that exist between the two nations as well as some of the similarities.  Two years later I came and visited; I am fortunate enough to be quite fluent in English so I could socialize with the students of Mount St. Mary’s. I enjoyed my experience here very much.

What do you like now since you began taking graduate level courses?

In Russia the teacher lectures and lectures and that is all it is, here at the Mount there is a lot more interaction between students to professors. The global topics that we discuss in class are very interesting.  The ability for students to work out and train with other athletes in the same center is also unbelievable and the [PNC Sports Complex] center itself offers so much to do even though I do not play very many sports as we do in America. 

Any dislikes so far?

Not so far – but I wish more people spoke Russian over here!

 


It’s not every day you meet a Mount alum with an NFL Superbowl ring. That’s just one piece of Baltimore Ravens memorabilia Katie Bollinger, C’10, shared during a recent presentation to the Introduction to Sport Management class. 

Bollinger is the marketing coordinator of fan development and promotion for the Ravens. She’s involved in all of the promotional events, and acts as a media spokesperson as well, discussing upcoming events for the team and players. Bollinger also worked in sports marketing with the New Orleans Hornets (now the New Orleans Pelicans) professional basketball team before joining the Ravens.Katie Bollinger

Bollinger believes a great internship opportunity offered right after she graduated from the Mount helped her attain her current position. She stressed the importance of doing an internship to the class, and advised students to consider jobs other than the “home run job” many fresh graduates are competing for. 

When asked what it takes to be a marketing director, Bollinger said, “You’ve got to be hardworking, passionate and one of the most important aspects is selflessness, which I believe is where I excelled over other candidates because I graduated from a Catholic school like the Mount.” Bringing alums into the classroom is a unique aspect of the Bolte School that gives our students real world examples of where their Mount education can take them after graduation.

 
Cyd Maubert, lecturer in marketing, was recently named director of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, received her master of business administration from Virginia Tech, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Walden University.

Professor Cyd MaubertWhen asked what she is most excited about with her position as MHA Director, Professor Maubert replied, “I am truly excited to help our students reach their academic and professional goals. Given the tumultuous changes in the healthcare industry, now more than ever, it is important for healthcare professionals to have the knowledge and skills necessary for this growing and competitive field. The Mount’s MHA program is designed for working adults to not only earn their MHA degree in two years, but also earn their Lean Six Sigma green belt certification without having to take time off from work.” 

Karl Einolf, dean of the Bolte School of Business, said, “Cyd has the experience and passion to take our MHA Program to a new level of excellence. She's been a faculty member in the program since its inception, and she understands the opportunities and challenges that face the health care industry today. She's hit the ground running by making significant improvements to our recruitment and marketing efforts. She will be a strong leader in health administration education.” 

Prior to academia, Cyd spent over 20 years in corporate marketing and advertising, working with companies such as Planet Hollywood, the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Prudential Real Estate Affiliates and Coca-Cola.

Frederick, Maryland – BB&T Bank recently presented its annual contribution of $50,000 to Mount St. Mary’s University’s Bolte School of Business, in support of the Mount’s BB&T Center for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Capitalism. 

“BB&T is proud to be partnering with the Mount and we are excited about the coming year for the BB&T Center for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Capitalism. The Mount is committed to addressing social challenges and they have a history of strong leadership and social responsibility,” said Robert L. Tuggle, senior vice president at BB&T.

Founded in 2010 with a 10-year $500,000 grant from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, the BB&T Center coordinates academic programs and community outreach initiatives on topics related to the moral foundations of capitalism, markets and morality, business ethics, and the appropriate role of government in economic activity. The Center advances current dialogue in business ethics, the role of the public sector in a capitalist economy, and the vibrancy of free market capitalism and promotes student, faculty, community, and corporate discussions about the political, social and economic strengths and challenges inherent in capitalism.

The donation was received by Karl Einolf, Ph.D., dean of the Bolte School of Business; John Larrivee, Ph.D., associate professor of economics; and Robert Brennan, vice president of advancement. 

“We are grateful to have BB&T’s support of our academic business programs. We share a common vision with BB&T to make the communities in which we operate better places to be. Our partnership allows us to improve the ways we educate students and prepare leaders for the challenges and opportunities they will face in the future,” Einolf said.

"Larrivee has been named to the honorary post of BB&T Scholar. He will serve a three-year renewable term and will work with Einolf and the Bolte School on the planning and implementation of events associated with the BB&T Center. He replaces Business Lecturer Sandra Sjoberg, who was appointed in 2012.

We are excited about John’s appointment and look forward to his leadership as the Mount’s BB&T Scholar,” said Einolf. “We would also like thank Sandra for her exemplary work in developing and coordinating many new academic programs and activities for the Center and significantly increasing the Center's outreach both on campus and in the Frederick business community.”

Visit www.msmary.edu/bbt for more information about the Center and its programs.

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Prof. Mike Barry in front of burnt out building in UkraineI got a consulting assignment for part of the Ukrainian government. They flew me to Kiev, and I spent time talking about my research. I also am working with American firms interested in various projects in Ukraine.

 I had an article on Russia-Ukraine natural gas trade published in an English-language journal and then in another Russian journal available througout the former Soviet Union. It was a mathematical modelling of the macroeconomic effects of Russia ever shutting off Ukraine's gas supply. 

Mike Barry with the Chairman of the People's Democratic Party of UkraineNow with the current crisis in Ukraine,  that scenario is real. So my paper caught interest.  I was teamed up with people in the Ministry of Finance, the Rada parliament, and one of the political parties here. 

 Definitely interesting for me, and has great perspectives for future research and consulting assignments. Proud to be showing them my Mount credentials and our website, etc.

 Anyway, attached here are pictures with the Chairman of the People's Democratic Party of Ukraine. She was a presidential candidate in 2010 and a possible future one. She is the person I most closely work with. 

Also is a picture of Maidan square where over 100 protesters were gunned down. Very sad sights.

Prof. Mike Barry in Ukraine

Michael Barry, Ph.D., is a professor of economics and law at Mount St. Mary's University. He just returned from Moscow, Russia, after presenting research at an economic conference on Ukraine, and lecturing at Moscow State University and the Russian School of Economics. Dr. Barry shared his thoughts as he watched the crisis in Ukraine and Russia unfold.
 

Professor Mike Barry


Like you, I am following the events in Ukraine with interest. I read the online versions of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Frederick News Post, and other papers. I see the same news most Americans are probably reading, and I am saddened by the Russian incursion into an independent neighbor. I believe it is a violation of international law.

"The USA is to Blame for the Uprising in Ukraine!" -- Nezavisimaya Gazeta, March 2, 2014

Because U.S. news outlets are available to everyone, I thought I'd share some headlines and perspective from the Russian media....Click here to read more.

Dr. Corinne Farneti

Check out Dr. Corinne Farneti's contribution on the Wallet Hub's article, "Sochi Olympics By The Numbers." The article takes an in depth look at how much money and hands are needed to make the Olypmpics go on. Records were broken both on the competitive field and off the competitive field. Dr. Farneti, along with other experts in the sports field have made contributions to the article and given insight to what takes place to prepare and make it through the Olympic games.

 
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