MBA Class at Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies Ready to Become 'Panoramic Thinkers'

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Photo Caption A:  Berkeley College MBA student Aida Rosario (left) of Fort Lee, NJ, receives instruction from Amanda Piekart, Berkeley College Information Literacy Instructional Designer, at the MBA orientation held at the Woodland Park campus on August 30, 2016.   


The Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies held an orientation for its students entering the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Management program on August 30, 2016.   

In welcoming the group, Chris Grevesen, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies, said, “You are all different and special and talented.”  In acknowledging their success so far, he wanted to offer them a challenge to get them ready for the next step. “To succeed in our MBA program, you need to be extraordinary communicators, intuitive analysts, agile problem-solvers, global business architects and panoramic thinkers,” he said. 

The students were up to the challenge.  Some expressed interest in Dr. Grevesen’s thoughts on maximizing the value of their graduate education.  He offered students his keys to success, which included attending class regularly while staying focused and engaged; striking a sensible work-study-life balance, and seeking help when encountering challenges. “Your professors and the School of Graduate Studies team are here to help you succeed,” he told the students.

Beth Castiglia, PhD, Berkeley College Provost, said it was natural to have some concerns about the program. “I know you are here because you want to be at the top of your game,” she said.  “I promise that if you work hard here at Berkeley you will succeed, but I also recommend that you take time to enjoy yourself.  Graduate school is one of the best journeys.”   

The students got a chance to interact with faculty and administrators, and participate in overview sessions in areas including career services, library resources and financial aid.  All indicated they were happy to be accepted into the MBA program and anxious to get started. 

Student Melissa Stubblefield, a resident of Glassboro, NJ, is a certified life coach and would like to teach management in the future.  “Once I have my MBA in Management, my plan is to go to Fortune 500 companies and teach people how to effectively manage,” she said.    

Arturo Carmona, a student from White Plains, NY, is completing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management.  “I’m looking forward to continuing my studies and thinking about a future in marketing management or operations management,” he said.   Mr. Carmona, who works part time as a deejay, will move right into the MBA program.   

The Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies is located at 44 Rifle Camp Road, Woodland Park, NJ. For more information on courses at this campus or online, call 855-522-4723. 

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is


Photo Caption B:  Berkeley College MBA students learn about navigating information services at the MBA orientation held at the Woodland Park campus on August 30, 2016.  

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