Nina Aversano

Professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent

About Nina Aversano

A highly trained university professor, educational leader, and senior corporate executive, Nina Aversano has instructed business students at the University of Pittsburgh and St. John’s University. Before joining St. John’s as an adjunct professor of management, she attended the university's School of Education as an undergraduate. Nina Aversano went on to earn her master of business administration at Pace University and her doctor of management at Case Western Reserve University.

Since 2010, Nina Aversano has been employed by the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York. As an assistant professor, she has taught a wide range of business management and marketing courses, including Competing in the Global Business Environment and Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. Since 2011, Ms. Aversano has simultaneously served as the director of the school’s professional development academy and the head of the MBA program, where she leverages her extensive professional network to help students gain real-world contacts. She also sits on the college’s Mission Committee and Institutional Outcomes Assessment Committee.

Tips for Training Golden Retrievers

Honored in 2011 as a Collegium Faculty Fellow of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Dr. Nina Aversano directs the school’s MBA program and teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In her spare time, Dr. Nina Aversano exhibits golden retrievers, focusing on agility and obedience.

Training any breed can be hard, but golden retrievers are particularly difficult due to their seemingly boundless energy, which reflects their history as hunting dogs. In general, the dogs are more manageable once they have had plenty of exercise, and then respond best to carefully planned training sessions.

Golden retrievers have short attention spans, so training sessions with them should be brief. Furthermore, because they are big dogs and can leap up and cause injury, it is best to train them first to sit, stay, and go down.

In terms of training aids, clickers are useful, as they focus a dog’s attention with their loud sound. Oral commands such as saying “yes” accomplish the same purpose, as do choker chains. That said, whether using aids or just your voice, when golden retrievers begin to respond to training with correct behavior, it is important to reward them, since doing so reinforces their training.

Training takes time. Golden retrievers like to test their owners, but sticking with a fixed training schedule will start the animal down a path toward obedience.

An Introduction to Organizational Behavior

An accomplished educator and business executive, Dr. Nina Aversano currently serves as an assistant professor and the director of the MBA program and the Professional Development Academy at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York. Dr. Nina Aversano’s areas of expertise include business management and organizational behavior.

Organizational behavior is an interdisciplinary field of study that examines how individuals and groups behave in organizational settings. Especially applicable to workplace environments, organizational behavior is most commonly studied in business schools, and much of the research on the subject focuses on helping management professionals find and train employees who will be most beneficial to their companies.

A relatively new field of study, organizational behavior is mostly based on the psychological and sociological sciences, but it draws on other scientific fields as well, including statistics, ergonomics, and psychometrics. It is also worth noting that organizational behavior involves a multilevel analytic approach that not only examines individuals, groups, and organizations separately, but also how these distinct entities influence one another.

College of Mount Saint Vincent Takes Steps to Reduce College Costs

An experienced academic administrator and instructor for more than 15 years, Dr. Nina Aversano has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses with the College of Mount Saint Vincent since 2010. Recently, Dr. Nina Aversano was elected Chair of the Department of Business and Economics, where she continues to develop the university’s reputation as a renowned institution of higher education in New York.

Mount Saint Vincent has worked to prepare students for success for more than a century, but accessibility to a high-quality liberal arts education has become increasingly restrictive due to tuition costs, which have risen over 1,200% in the past 30 years alone (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). To that end, the College of Mount Saint Vincent is stepping up as one of the first private colleges in the region to launch two major cost-reduction measures: a Tuition Reset and a National Measures of Quality report.

Beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year, the College of Mount Saint Vincent will reduce charges for tuition, room and board, and other fees, by 30% for incoming freshman, leveraging financial aid assets to cover the difference. Through this innovative model, the university will shift to a low-tuition, need-based financial aid system designed to provide middle- and low-income students with a better value for their education. A tiered pricing model will apply to higher-grade levels.
As part of national efforts to quantify the value of a higher education, the College of Mount Saint Vincent is taking the initiative by compiling a National Measures of Quality report supported by a $2.3 million grant. In addition to including statistical information about graduation rates for students with different ethnic backgrounds (Mount continues to boast the highest graduation rate of Hispanic students in the sciences nationwide) the report will also include qualitative data such as overall student satisfaction and internship opportunities.

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