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“My Journey to Luxembourg with the Sacred Heart University MBA with Internship Program” -Patrycja Stala

My Beginning:

Growing up I considered myself blessed. Over the years, I witnessed my beloved parents overcome adversity and become successful entrepreneurs out of sheer hard work and perseverance. I was born in Czestochowa, Poland, 24 years ago, to two young parents living in a small village with in difficult financial situation. Just a few years before, communism had ended in our country and everyone faced a challenging time.

My Initial Academic Plan:

Early in my student life, my plans for the future always tended to revolve around Science. I loved to read encyclopedias and searched for every science program available on TV. Everything about science interested me, but most of all it was the logic and creativity behind it that fulfilled my curiosity. For a long time I thought I wanted to pursue a career in medicine and in fact I earned my first degree in nutrition from a medical university in Poland.

Big Change in Our Family:

When I turned 17, my parents ventured into the business of owning grocery stores. It was a challenging start in this new initiative. However, I rapidly attained knowledge and developed involvement in our new direction. From the very beginning I participated and helped my family as much as possible.

My parents were never discouraged and soon the business began to turn more and more prosperous. In a short time, I came to know everything about our family business from ground zero. Three years later, we decided to join a franchise grocery chain and with this merger I moved up internally once more and became an official manager. As our store’s popularity increased, my job became even more challenging. Enlarging our company spending, selling, and a larger employee team all brought on new requirements to our organization.

My increasing inspiration from my parents and my thirst for more knowledge also contributed to my new ideas. Today I realize the valuable experience I gained. In my situation I acquired the opportunity to apply what I learned each day directly into practice. It was during these changing times, and with the turn in success and progress, that I realized my growing passion for entrepreneurship.

My Search for Business Schools

After deciding to pursue my degree in Business Administration, I began researching programs, initially in the United States. I took entrance exams and started applying to schools.
One sunny day during spring vacation, after I had taken my exams, I was yachting with a group of friends on the lakes of the beautiful region of Masuria in the North East of Poland, when my phone rang and an unrecognized number popped up on my screen.

A Sacred Heart University, Jack Welch College of Business representative was calling and I was informed of all details about the MBA with internship program in Luxembourg. A bonus was the fact that Sacred Heart is an American University with a campus in Luxembourg, one of the wealthiest country in Europe. This meant I could gain experiences from both continents. The idea of doing an internship while studying really appealed to me because it meant practicing what I learned right away.

After carefully considering and comparing SHU with all the schools I’d applied to, I felt this program offered exactly what I was looking for; it suited my needs and especially caught my attention with the quality internship program. Overall I was looking for a highly professional school with a world-wide accreditation that would provide me with great academic courses and real work experience at the same time.

Why Sacred Heart University

My admission went smoothly, and the staff extended support and assistance through the entire process. From application to graduation the administration and professors at SHU are there for me. The university helps coach and mentor students into getting a quality internship. Prior to the Master’s program, the only professional background I had was the experience working at the family store and I was not sure how to approach and enter the workforce on my own.
What I value in SHU Luxembourg is the large diversity in my classes, the personal contact and guidance, and a fantastic relationship with our teachers and staff. Luxembourg is one of the most culturally diverse places on earth which not only adds to my experience, but also feeds my soul.

Sacred Heart University Team 1 & Team 2: Discover Luxembourg 2016
http://www.sacredheart.edu/aboutshu/news/newsstories/2016/december/standard--poors-upgrades-sacred-heart-university-to-a-rating-.html

Standard & Poor’s Upgrades Sacred Heart University to A Rating

Standard & Poor’s has raised Sacred Heart University’s long-term rating to A from BBB+.

“In the midst of all the other exciting news of Sacred Heart’s extraordinary successes comes this news of a jump of two steps in our rating,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. “S&P’s report noted our growing enrollment and diverse geographic footprint as reasons for our success.”

“Enrollment continued to grow into fall 2016 as the university expands both its undergraduate and graduate programs,” S&P’s report said.

In recent years, the University’s student population has grown to 5,400 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate students. That growth has also led to physical growth that is unprecedented in the University’s 54-year history.

Within the last two years, the University has completed and outgrown its Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center and finished its Jorge Bergoglio residence hall. The former houses the Jack Welch College of Business and School of Communication & Media Arts, and is a unique, world-class facility offering unparalleled resources for students, including media production studios, trading floor and interactive laboratories designed to advance the skills and knowledge needed for the global marketplace. The latter houses more than 200 sophomore students in two-bedroom (four-person) pods with a shared bathroom. Other amenities include a multipurpose fitness facility, a video game room for fun, classes and competitive video game club activities and lounges and conference rooms for socialization and learning outside the classroom.

Currently under construction is the University’s Center for Healthcare Education, Upper Quad Residential Village and a new building for WSHU Public Radio and the University’s Department of Public Safety. The Center for Healthcare Education will house the Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing and will offer students state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom facilities; enhanced athletic training, human performance and motion analysis labs; a life and sport analysis clinic; and a multipurpose amphitheater.

The Upper Quad, which was the former home of Jewish Senior Services, will eventually house approximately 750 students in an apartment-like setting and will offer dining options, including a Jersey-style old-fashioned diner.

The new radio station building will have two full studios and four editing suites, on-air-equipped control room studios and a large community room. The upper level will provide offices for the station’s production managers and engineers, administrative offices, a conference room and a roof deck for breakout space and fundraisers. The building also will become the new home for SHU’s Public Safety department, featuring a high-tech communication and dispatch center and many other amenities that will enhance the department’s service needs, responsibilities and requirements.

In addition, Sacred Heart last year purchased the 150-acre Great River Golf Course on the Housatonic River in Milford/Orange. Located just 11 miles away from SHU’s main campus, Great River Golf Club is a signature Tommy Fazio-designed facility that is now home to SHU’s men’s and women’s D-1 golf teams and will be the future home of a new hospitality program. The course, which garnered significant awards after it opened in 2001, retains its number four position in Golf Magazine’s 2016-2017 listing of the “Best Golf Courses You Can Play in Connecticut.”

Later this week, Sacred Heart will take ownership of the former GE global headquarters, which sits on 66 acres less than a mile from the University’s main campus in Fairfield. This transformational acquisition includes about 550,000 square feet for current and future use and enough space to meet the University’s needs for the foreseeable future. The University plans to use the site as an innovation campus, including providing incubator space that would allow students, in conjunction with investors and area businesses, to develop their creative ideas for new products and programs.

“We are pleased with the increase in our financial resources and all that has allowed us to do for our students,” said Michael Kinney, senior vice president for Finance & Administration at Sacred Heart. “To have S&P validate our strong financial profile with this rating increase is very gratifying.”

Only three private colleges in Connecticut (Yale, Wesleyan and Trinity) have an A rating or higher from Standard & Poor’s.

HR Awards 2016 • Congratulations to Etix Everywhere and SHU Management Professor, Julian Troian and SHU Student, Tanya McEvoy!

Julian Troian, Adjunct Professor of Management at SHU, bags the HR Manager of the Year Award at 14th Luxembourg HR Awards, 2016

Sacred Heart University congratulates Adjunct Professor, Julian Troian for winning the HR Manager of the Year Award (Etix Everywhere) at the 14th Luxembourg HR Awards. The event organized by Gala HR One is a flagship event for HR Professionals.

The team of Etix Everywhere also won the HR Team of the Year Award which included SHU student, Tanya McEvoy, who’s currently working as Head of Etix Academy, an innovative concept for learning and training. The academy aims to provide employees with a revolutionary learning experience that is tailor-made to each individual so that they may learn and grow continuously throughout their career.

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Etix Everywhere is a fast growing, high tech company designing and deploying state of the art Data Centers worldwide.

SHU caught up with Julian Troian for an exclusive chat.

SHU: Julian, you’ve just won the HR Manager of the Year prize. How do you feel?

It is an honour and a privilege to receive this recognition. The pride is even bigger if I consider the great challenge I accepted only 2 years ago and if I look at the amount of innovations we were able to deploy with my amazing, young, inspiring team.

The theory is confirmed: If you treat people the right way you can really unleash incredible results

SHU: You’ve been in your position for only 2 years now. How did you develop your strategy ?

I accepted the challenge and left my previous employer where I was HR Director EMEA of a large multinational, because I wanted to see whether it was actually possible to translate all the theories I love discussing with my students in class into action. Can we build an engaging place to work from day one?

When I joined Etix Everywhere I was employee “number seven” and the plan was to rapidly scale the size of the company in order to sustain the growing demand of our customers for our innovative solutions.

I obtained from the founder, a full mandate on people operations and he kept his word and never interfered.

I immediately scaled my team and recruited Tanya McEvoy (SHU, MBA ’16) who was one of the most talented students of my class, back in 2014. Daphné joined us only a couple of weeks later and the adventure begun.

SHU: What is so unique about the recruiting process at Etix Everywhere?

Companies have to stop hunting talents and re-formatting them from the very first moment they join, so that they look like all the other colleagues (cloning). Our goal is to create conditions for each individual to shine; to show his or her full potential and unleash the power of natural talents.

"We want anyone coming to Etix Everywhere’s office to feel at home", Julian Troian-Photo by Etix Everywhere
“We want anyone coming to Etix Everywhere’s office to feel at home”, Julian Troian-Photo by Etix Everywhere

We give huge attention to the onboarding of new staff and our caring starts even before they join. As of the interviewing stage, we want anyone coming to the Etix Everywhere office to feel at home, welcomed and relaxed. We try to create the best possible conditions to experience the interview as a natural moment rather than a stressful trial.

Once the newcomer has signed his/her contract we start preparing for their arrival, which is not just about logistics. A “godfather” welcomes the new colleague on day one and he will take care of the introduction to the rest of the team. The new format allows the newbie to actually choose his/her “godfather” before joining Etix Everywhere. In fact, all those who are available to be godfathers have filled in a really nice individual page (complete with personal info about passion, hobbies, music, movies, etc.), and the new colleague can actually choose the one that “suits” him/her best.

There’s a lot more to come, as we are only at the very beginning of this great journey.

One of the next challenges is to stop using the word “Resources” when talking about the women and the men in our organizations.

Julian Troian, Adjunct Professor, Sacred Heart University

From Professional to Student-Intern and Back Again!

Full Circle: How One Student’s Journey to Luxembourg for Love, Brought Him to SHU

Edward Henry took a leap of faith when he moved to Luxembourg for his [now] fiancée in 2014—leaving behind his well-established career in the U.S.A.—to start fresh in the European Capital of Luxembourg.

Starting from scratch in a multilingual and multicultural country like Luxembourg is not a cakewalk.

Edward’s only hope for making a professional transition, he says, was to go back to being a student and pursue an MBA at the Sacred Heart University Jack Welch College of Business in Luxembourg. The MBA with internship program at SHU Lux was the perfect fit. Known for being an ‘opportunity provider’ for its students, SHU opened its doors to Edward, and brought to light his opportunities in the Luxembourg job market.

And the rest is history…

After graduating in 2015, Edward Henry, MBA, is now an Internal Auditor at Grohe Group.

SHU caught up with Edward for an exclusive interview about his unique journey to Luxembourg:

How did you first hear about the MBA with internship program in SHU?
How did you find life as a student in Luxembourg?
What was your journey like, from being a student/intern to a full-time employee?
Any changes in your personal/professional life while you were pursuing the MBA?
How did the MBA help to build your career in Luxembourg?

Here’s what Edward had to say…