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Mary Beth Erskine

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Criminal Justice Careers: Getting Started In Law Enforcement

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Considering going into law enforcement? Associate Professor Dr. Phillip Neely provides some insight into the field gleaned from a successful 20-year career.

Dr. Phillip Neely’s journey to a law enforcement career stemmed from a determination to work for the criminal justice system — and not be in the system.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

What Makes A Great Manager?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Here are five traits of great managers, 10 reasons some bosses fail and lessons you can learn from both.

You know nearly everything there is to know about your department – after all, you’ve been there more than five years.

Now that your boss has been promoted, you’re a shoe-in to be the next department manager, right? It’s something you’ve been preparing a long time for by earning an online business degree in management and taking the lead on key projects.   

It’s the natural next step in your career.

But are you suited for management? Do you have the personality traits and talents to be successful?

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Topics: Management

Ransomware: Kidnapping In Cyberspace

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 22, 2015 7:48:00 AM

Cybersecurity specialists develop a “very particular set of skills” to fight ransomware attacks. What can you do to prevent your data from becoming the victim in the next “Taken” film?

It’s a mainstay of Hollywood films and TV dramas. A genre unto itself.

Kidnapping. Extortion. Bad guys holding hostages for ransom.

Only thing is you can’t hire Liam Neeson to track the bad guys this time because it’s not an ex- CIA operative’s daughter who’s been taken.

It’s your personal or professional data – sensitive, irreplaceable files swiped right off your computer.

In its place is an anonymous note:

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Topics: Cybersecurity

18 Must-See Films For Psychology Students

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 11, 2014 7:42:00 AM

If you’re enrolled in an online psychology degree program, check out this list of films Saint Leo faculty say are essential viewing for all psychology majors.

A pioneer of French cinema, filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard said, “Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.”

Film as art is certainly no exception when it comes to capturing our minds and imaginations. Film provides a powerful medium for exploring what it means to be human, offering us a glimpse into human nature at its best, its worst and everywhere in between.

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Topics: Psychology

Online Psychology Student Answers Calling

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 4, 2014 7:21:00 AM

Saint Leo’s online psychology degree program will help a real estate pro turned equine specialist bring healing to abused and abandoned children.

Some people go back to school later in life to fulfill a dream of earning a college degree, some to be a role model for their children, and still others to facilitate a career change.

All great reasons to enroll in an online degree program. But none of them really apply to Theresa Malky.

The fact is Malky had not planned on starting an online degree program in her early fifties.

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Topics: Psychology

Sport Management Careers: Getting Started

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 20, 2014 7:46:00 AM


Three members of Saint Leo’s Sport Business Advisory Council share thoughts on what it takes to have a successful career in sport management.

If you’re pursuing a bachelor’s degree or an MBA degree in sport business, and you could sit down with successful professionals in the business, what would you want to know?

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Topics: MBA, Sport Business

5 Reasons To Earn An Online Degree In Logistics

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 13, 2014 6:15:00 AM

Saint Leo logistics professor shares reasons why the time is right to consider a career in logistics and supply chain management.

Where could a degree in logistics take you?

You could find yourself deep underwater in a submarine, up in the sky or halfway across the world.

You could be your own boss, serve in the military or work for a major international retailer.

No matter what, you would always be learning and growing, staying on top of the latest technology or cultivating your leadership skills.

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Topics: Logistics

Looking To Move Up In Public Safety Administration?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 4, 2014 7:53:00 AM

Here are 10 things you need to know about Saint Leo’s graduate programs in criminal justice and critical incident management – plus a podcast with all the details.

If you’ve been working in public safety for a while, there are numerous reasons why you might be thinking about a master’s degree:

  • You want to gain in-depth knowledge of specific issues such as corrections, emergency management or forensics.

  • You’d like to move up into a management-level position and an advanced degree will set you apart from your competition.
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Topics: Criminal Justice, Critical Incident Management

CISSP: The One Cybersecurity Certification You Must Have

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 30, 2014 6:50:00 AM

What’s it really like to take the CISSP exam? Here’s the inside track from a Saint Leo professor who recently earned cybersecurity's hottest certification.

So you’re thinking about getting CISSP certified? Good move.

In addition to earning a master’s degree in cybersecurity, it’s one of the smartest things you can do for your career. (Saint Leo’s master’s degree program in cybersecurity is currently available on-ground at University Campus and will be available totally online in Spring 2015.)

According to a report from Burning Glass Technologies, over a two-year period between 2011 and 2013, the number of jobs requiring Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification jumped from 19,000 to 29,000.

In fact, CISSP was the most requested certification – by a long shot.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Careers in Cybersecurity: What Women Need To Know

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 23, 2014 7:40:00 AM

If you’re a woman interested in earning a cybersecurity master’s degree, your career opportunities are virtually limitless. Here are some tips for success.

Do you know what the deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security and the information security risk manager at Facebook have in common?

Both are among the few women in top U.S. cybersecurity positions.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

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