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Guest Column: John Rooney

John Rooney

John Rooney

Monday, 27 November 2023

Career Development

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year at Mendoza. We look back on the fall activities, look ahead to the next semester, and outline how we will continue to work with graduate students on their career development. This year, I want to provide an overview of Mendoza Graduate Career Development and thoughts on moving forward as One Mendoza. 

What we do:  The Career Development team embraces the College's mission to Grow the Good in Business.  Our role is to empower students in their career journeys.  Our vision is to create leaders who are lifelong stewards of their careers.  We pursue this vision by valuing inclusion, servant leadership, and relationships.  Our strategy is built on four pillars, illustrated by the graphic below.  The top two pillars symbolize how we work closely with key partners including alumni, employers, and internal stakeholders at the University.  The bottom two pillars symbolize the core competencies of our team, focusing on career coaching and career curriculum.


chart of core objectives


Our success is measured by career outcomes, course instructor feedback (CIFs), and student and stakeholder feedback. We work with all of the Mendoza graduate programs. The 2023 MBA Employment Report documents our most recent MBA outcomes.

Current Focus and One Mendoza: As the Career Development team moves forward, we will continue to define our role in executing the College’s Strategic Framework. We approach our work inspired by the concept of One Mendoza, which reflects our goal to have our departments operate with a unified purpose, aligned objectives, and a common culture. This is important for Career Development because our students’ career success depends on their successfully working with, and integrating knowledge from, separate but related groups: admissions, student services, faculty, staff, and alumni. We look forward to increased success from our students as we all work together to support them.

The fundamental belief that every human being is naturally creative, resourceful, and whole informs our career coaching, and this belief helps transform us all into our best and most authentic selves. With the spirit of this belief, I encourage all of you to enjoy this special time of year at Mendoza.

Best Regards,

John Rooney
Senior Director
Graduate Business Career Development and Alumni Relations

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Morning Brew

What I'm Creating ... Currently - Zara Osterman

Art Supply Hoarder Seeks New Hobby


Almost anything creative interests me, and that’s a problem. The boxes and shelves of art supplies continually grow to proportions that make my neat and tidy sister have fits. She’s mostly able to restrain herself from calling me a hoarder. And when my items start oozing out of designated areas, with a long-suffering sigh, she’ll either politely mention it to me or clean it up herself. The second option usually pushes me to do it myself because her way leads to things getting tossed or donated, objects of which I’m assured I’ll never miss anyway.


She does have a point, because much as I love the thought of spending my time in creative abandon, the reality is, I often don’t make the time to do it. Oh, I have grand plans. Just this past week of Thanksgiving, I was going to spend hours diving into watercolor painting. Watercolor has long been the bane of my creative efforts, being more technical than a dabbler like me can master with only a few hours here and there and a generally unforgiving medium. Paint over a light section and all the work before is POOF, lost with hours seemingly wasted.


I didn’t actually pull out the watercolors over Thanksgiving break. I colored with markers and ink. I drew a bit. I watched some tutorial videos on YouTube. There’s a lot to learn from YouTube art videos, but they also tend to be a reason why nothing gets done.


Probably the medium I’ve spent the most time on is soft pastels. For not quite a decade, I went to the South Bend Museum of Art every Tuesday night for eight weeks in the spring and another eight weeks in the fall for classes with a wonderful teacher named Cathy McCormick. After you attend the first 8 week sessions, the classes become more like open studio time while Cathy would teach the newbies. She would make time to come around and help out her veterans, chit chat, and sometimes pass out helpful handouts to work through on skill improvement.


While being surrounded by a group of talented artists working in the same medium, inspiring and helping each other, was wonderful, it was the accountability I miss. In the studio, there are few if any home distractions (as long as the phone remains in the backpack). There’s nothing but you and your canvas and an ever-growing supply of pastel colors and brands to try out.


The pandemic put a stop to pastel class for a while, and during the time away I discovered pastel dust and allergies aren’t a good mix. Not that I didn’t know it. I rarely did pastels at home because of dust. But actually being able to breathe decently certainly made me reluctant to go back to class.


So what’s an artistic hoarder to do?


I decided it’s time to pick up a new hobby. I’m interviewing other mediums to decide if they can be my new best friend. Watercolors are exciting but intimidating. Charcoal creates as much dust as pastel. Digital painting is intriguing, but I already spend too much time in front of a screen. Unlike my grandmother who was disgusted by the mess of our first pastel workshop, I love getting my hands dirty, so ceramics could be the one. But like pastels, I probably wouldn’t be able to do it from the comfort of my home.


And let's face it, I’m a commitment-phobe with art mediums. I want to do them all, so maybe a mixed media approach will work best for me?


I’m determined to make a decision by the end of the year and not only that, but a schedule. That accountability is essential. Because I’m never happy sitting and doing nothing, and yet it seems like after work, I’m tired enough to make nothing appealing. And so I’m also determined not to be a commitment-phobe when it comes to that schedule. Every Tuesday night, starting after Christmas break, I’m diving into art for three hours, as if I was in class.


Wish me luck on this New Year’s resolution.


In the meantime, I’ll continue relearning fundamentals, sketching, coloring, and most of all I’ll try not to be seduced by that old comfy chair. (It’s actually not very comfy, which makes it all the more sad.)


Zara Osterman

Project Specialist



Below: A shelf of one of Zara's art stashes, a pastel painting in progression, and two finished pastel paintings.

Collage of art supplies, Zara's photo, and art she's worked on

November 27, 2023

MCOB Updates

Wall Street Journal Subscription Update

Collections Update from the Mahaffey Business Library

We now have direct access to the Wall Street Journal

If you are already personally subscribed to the Wall Street Journal already. Do 2 things:
1. Cancel your current subscription
Please email or call 1-800-JOURNAL to cancel. When
requesting an account cancellation, indicate that your University has partnered with WSJ to
provide complimentary memberships to students, faculty, and staff.

2. Go to and do a one-time account creation.

If you are not personally subscribed to the Wall Street Journal. Do 1 thing:
1. Go to and do a one-time account creation

Our Capital IQ access policy has changed and can now be accessed by the following methods.
1. Access Capital IQ at the following link with your netID and password.
2. Alternatively, access as a clickable icon in okta.nd.ed

Please reach out to Ask a Business Librarian if the sign-in gives you an error or the Okta icon does not

Accounts from the previous policy will still work for a brief migration grace period. Eventually, these
accounts will become inaccessible requiring all users to access via the new policy. Our Business Library Databases Page also maintains active links to each of these resources in addition to many others.

October 10, 2022

Mendoza IT

Tech Tips

Google Scholar

Citation analysis is being monitored more in the academic profession as a measure of impact. By creating a Google Scholar Profile (leave it public, which is the default) you can increase the accessibility of your research and have immediate access to h-statistics and other impact metrics.

February 3, 2020

ND Google Shortcuts

Did you know there are shortcuts to log in to your ND Gmail and other Google services? If you visit you are taken directly to Google Drive, or to the login page if you are not already logged in. You can also skip logging in to insideND or visiting by going directly to for Gmail. You can also go directly to Google Calendar by visiting

February 3, 2020

Manage When Participants Join Zoom

If you enable Waiting Room in your Zoom settings, you can manage when new attendees are able to join a meeting from the list of Participants. When these tools are enabled, the option to allow attendees to join the meeting before the host arrives is automatically disabled.

February 3, 2020

Window Snapping

In Windows, you can drag a window to the left or right edge of your screen to make it fill one half of the screen, or drag to the top of the screen to maximize the window. View two windows side by side quickly and easily. You can also press the Windows key + left or right arrow to make the active window fill the left or right side of the screen.

Minimize All Windows

Sometimes you have a bunch of applications running, and you want it all to go away so you can get to the desktop. Simply pressing Windows key + D will minimize everything you have up, which will save you some time pressing the minimize button for each window. To bring everything back, press the Windows key + D again to restore your windows. 

Speak-Up Culture

As the College adapts and innovates in the face of change, your voice matters more than ever, and the ND Voice Engagement Committee wants to help you use it. Each week we will highlight a resource to inspire you, challenge you, and help you speak up and/or listen up more effectively.