DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Mercy College is offering two new classes to undergraduates this fall.
Acting Meets Business Principles of Management
Mercy College School of Business instructor Chuck Garcia is revamping his principles of management class this fall. While there has always been an emphasis on public speaking, this year he will be expanding the curriculum to include the art of improvisation into the class. Actors will be brought in throughout the semester to help train students in improvisation. Garcia says improvisation translates well into the boardroom.
“The purpose of this leadership development add-on to the course is to help our students think better on their feet. These added skills will help them develop superior communication skills with an emphasis on situational awareness,” said Garcia.
The new class structure is based on the principles taught by Second City TV, which has many famous alums of "Saturday Night Live" fame.
Engaged Global Veterinary Technicians VETC 305
Veterinary Global Experiences School of Health and Natural Sciences professors Dr. Lisa Schenkel and Dr. Sabrina Timperman will help veterinary technicians better understand that the world they live in is interconnected and rapidly changing. The Veterinary Global Experiences course is being launched this year to teach the importance of being an engaged global citizen and the power of volunteerism. Classes involve a trip to a volunteer site for clinic work with pre-trip assignments at Mercy.
The assignments include research on the region, local animal species, fauna, culture and conservation concerns. At the clinic, the students will provide medical care for a variety of species and experience firsthand what is required to rehabilitate and release the animals back into the wild. After the trip, the students will create a digital story regarding their experience and their reflections about the anthropogenic impact on the local environment and wildlife.
“By volunteering in underserved areas, the students are also exposed to a variety of animal species, veterinary care and clinical practice, and cultures that are different from what they are familiar, thus diversifying and expanding their education,” said Schenkel.
Classes at Mercy College begin Wednesday, Sept. 9.