By Mirirai Sithole
Part-time adjunct faculty members Mark Fogel and Neil Halloran are both well connected to the business world and they continue to share their wealth of knowledge with Adelphi students and staff on a daily basis. Both professionals prepare, engage and encourage their students to have successful careers in their respective fields.
Mark Fogel ’85
Mark Fogel ’85 is the chief human resources officer of the Marcum Group, a diversified accounting, advisory and consulting family of businesses. He was formerly the vice president of human resources and administration for Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc., a global manufacturer of electrical and electronic applications. He has been honored by the Society for Human Resource Management as their Human Capital Leader of the Year and was named one of Long Island’s 50 most influential business leaders by Long Island Business News. “I have always felt it was important to find ways to give back to the community,” Mr. Fogel said, and his interest in making sure that the next generation is educated and well prepared for the rigors of the workforce is apparent. Students leave with a better understanding of the role of human resources in the business world and are excited to pursue a career in HR.
In the classroom, Mr. Fogel intertwines traditional research and processes with on-the-job scenarios, his own experiences and interactive tools, such as an eight-week online simulation where students assume the role of human resources director in a midsized firm. In 2011, Mr. Fogel moderated the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business event, So, You Want a Career in HR? where HR experts shared their experience in the field. Stephanie Novak ’11 said, “Not only was the event pertinent to the course, but it gave me a better understanding of the role of human resources in the real world.” Mr. Fogel said moderating the event was a “great opportunity to not only impart my knowledge, perspective and experiences, but to blend them with distinguished panelists in an intimate and interactive environment that Adelphi students could benefit from.” About four years ago, Mr. Fogel started his first human resources blog discussing work situations; now he heads the Business of HR blog on Adelphi’s website that engages readers to think actively about the business. He plans to continue teaching as an adjunct, speaking to student groups and hopefully conducting continuing education sessions in the future.
Neil Halloran, the founder and president of consulting firm, Halloran & Associates, has an extensive background in sales, marketing and education. Previously, he worked for IBM for 20 years and was the director of corporate and executive training at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. While at IBM, Mr. Halloran managed IBM’s Advanced Business Institute and worked with senior IBM executives on implementing innovative leadership curricula. He has been recognized by Forbes and Business Management magazines for his accomplishments in training and consulting.
At Adelphi, Mr. Halloran said his main goal is to “tailor the course curricula for [students] to develop their skills as well as enable current professionals to compete in the private and public sectors of business.”Mr. Halloran reviews and adjusts students’ résumés to cater to specific jobs, and provides students with the latest state-of-the art job search strategies. In 2010, he piloted a business simulation project in the graduate business course, Developing World Class Human Resources, enabling each student to participate in a real world scenario. He has held several management and developmental workshops, including a team-building seminar for resident assistants, a leadership workshop for hall directors and an introduction to leadership class for Adelphi’s 2011 Leadership Certificate Program. Student Tiffany DeMillio said, “I left his class feeling more experienced…and better able to handle life and work situations.”