Holy Family University’s Division of Extended Learning announced the four recipients of its End of Year awards during the Extended Learning Graduate Reception on Thursday, May 3 at the University’s Bensalem location.
The Division of Extended Learning recognizes one undergraduate facilitator and one graduate facilitator for their exemplary teaching. Both facilitators have engaged in a wide-range of student learning styles, demonstrated service to the Division through their participation in committees, various events, and workshops.
The Division also recognizes one undergraduate student and one graduate student who has demonstrated exemplary academic success and has embodied the University’s Mission Core Values of Respect and Integrity.
Mark Draganescu was named the Graduate Facilitator of the Year, while Robert Shields was presented the Undergraduate Facilitator of the Year. Roshan Pulimkalayil was honored with the Graduate Student of the Year award while Colleen Bowman was named the Undergraduate Student of the Year.
Draganescu is the Director of Training and Development for Bayview Loan Servicing. Through Holy Family’s Division of Extended Learning, he has taught Environment of Business, Themes for Success in the Organization, Foundations of Business, Leadership and Change Management, and Case Studies in Management.
“I was very humbled and honored to be named Graduate Facilitator of the Year,” Draganescu said. “I have had the pleasure of teaching for more than 10 years at Holy Family University and have worked with many men and women who embody the University’s Mission and Values.”
Shields is the Vice Principal at St. Anthony of Padua Grade School in Wilmington, Delaware and also the Business Manager for St. Anthony of Padua Parish. At Holy Family, Shields has been able to return to the classroom to help students excel in their career paths.
“It’s always a pleasure to be recognized for doing one’s job, but this is especially gratifying to me because the recognition stems from what I love doing most—being a teacher,” Shields said. “I left the business world many years ago to be a teacher and I truly have never looked back. Holy Family University has been a large part of my teaching life by giving me so many opportunities to teach and interact with so many students during the past 12 years.”
Roshan Pulimkalayil will now be a two-time graduate of Holy Family University, obtaining an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Administration in 2016. Through the Extended Learning program, Pulimkalayil identified Holy Family as the right fit for him to achieve his academic success because of its flexible scheduling and caring faculty.
“I wanted to complete my undergraduate degree a while back and at the time I was based out of Center City for work,” he said. “I inquired about the registration process for several universities downtown but never received a timely response. However, when I submitted an application to Holy Family, I received a prompt response and was scheduled for an interview within the week. I met with Chris Quinn, the Director of Extended Learning, who outlined my degree plan and the next thing I knew, I was sitting in a classroom, taking my first class within 30 days. The choice was obvious for me when it came time for my graduate studies—without hesitation I choose Holy Family again for my MBA.”
Colleen Bowman also saw Holy Family as a way to extend her career opportunities while not having to sacrifice a large portion of her time and resources. She’ll be graduating in May with a degree in Business Administration.
“I came to a plateau in my career and knew that if I wanted to move ahead I would need further education,” she said. “I already had an Associate’s degree and decided it was best to pursue my Bachelor’s degree. Earning my degree has been something I have wanted for a long time, but life always got in the way. The accelerated program offered by Holy Family made it possible for me to continue my education. In today's market it is hard to advance to the next level without an education. I am currently in the Master's Program at Holy Family and I am enjoying the learning experience.”