An essay by Dr. Jennifer Sasser, gerontology program director, was published in the International Journal of Reminiscence and Lifelong Learning in January 2015.
Excerpt from an article by Cliff Newell in the Lake Oswego Review, June 26, 2014.
Marylhurst University held its graduation ceremony on June 13, sending out 540 new graduates — people like Megan Michie and Sandeep Bagchi of Lake Oswego — who hope to make the world a better place.
Michie and Bagchi exemplify the typical Marylhurst graduate. Both have already accomplished much in their personal and professional lives, but they returned to school with a desire to achieve new goals.
After graduating this month, they're equipped to do just that.
Bagchi, a native of India, seemed to be in a strong life groove as a husband, father of two children and an engineer in the semi-conductor field. But he wanted more.
"After I came to Lake Oswego four years ago, I thought I should get my MBA," Bagchi said. "It was time for me to do more. I wanted to do more strategic functions. I wanted to blend my engineering skills with an MBA."
With his new MBA degree, Bagchi says he is eager to look for new opportunities wherever he can find them.
Michie is intelligent, articulate and has a strong desire to use her new business leadership degree (with three certifications) for her new career as a mediator who will seek to resolve conflicts and achieve social justice. She is already a great communicator.
"I wanted to see how I can help community development," Michie said. "I wanted to be more effective working on conflict and social justice. Those things can best be resolved in a business situation."
Michie now has many keys she can use to open doors locked by disagreement and hard feelings. She feels she now has the ability to help both sides on an issue come out better through mediation, rather than slugging it out in the legal process.
"The legal process is so time-consuming," Michie said. "I would like to unclog our court system and resolve disagreements before they go before a judge. Both parties can walk away and be for the better. This is about making those two parties whole."