Business Administration (MBA)
UCCS Experience: I completed my undergrad in HRM at an online school, because it was the best fit for my military schedule and I really enjoyed it. I wasn't sure how well I would transition back into a formal classroom environment, but it has been overwhelmingly positive! The UCCS College of Business staff made me feel like I was the only student on the schedule. Every need I had was quickly addressed and they "held my hand" through the qualification and in-processing steps. The UCCS professors are simply amazing. I was so engrossed with Dr. Dale DeBoer's lectures on Economics (!) that I found myself listening for the pure joy and forgetting to take notes! An assignment for Dr. D. D. Warrick's class encouraged the deepest self-reflection I've ever done, while Dr. Monique Dooley's Stats class transformed me into an Excel "Power-User." I've made a goal to take every course that Dr. Jeff Ferguson and Dr. Dale DeBoer teach, whether it's in my degree plan or not, because they are simply that good. Knowing the UCCS Business Schools' national reputation for excellence was an initial draw, but honestly, the phenomenal experience has far outweighed any business magazine reviews. Being in the same room with so many focused people encourages me to bring my "A-game" as well. I've become good friends with several people, the support is incredible and I've recaptured the "we've got your back" feeling that I feared lost to military retirement. Sometimes when I walk the school grounds, the sense of what we are all accomplishing here reveals itself and brings a smile to my face.
Employment History: I joined the USAF in 1984 and held several jobs: Linguist, Nuclear Weapons Maintenance, Instructor, Courier, First Sergeant, Career Advisor and finished in 2012 as the superintendent of a Contracting squadron. We retired to Colorado Springs and I am now a full-time student at UCCS. I'm using the Post 9/11 GI Bill to earn an MBA with a triple emphasis in Management, Services Management and Innovation Management.