Inside Management

Winter 2020 | Volume 11 | Issue 1

In This Issue

Meet our newest academic advisor

Portrait of Hayley Rosario.

Hayley Rosario joined the Undergraduate Programs team in the fall. As an academic advisor, she helps students understand their degree program, requirements and policies, and provides them with the resources and tools they need to achieve academic success.

She comes to us from UB Campus Living, where she spent more than three years as a residence hall director on both North and South campuses.

A Florida native, Hayley earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of South Florida, and then moved to Buffalo to complete her master’s in college student personnel administration from Canisius College. (“Yes, I did willingly choose to move to snowy Buffalo!” she promises.) In her free time, you’ll find Hayley making crafts and DIY décor using pyrography (wood-burning), and spending time with her family, friends and partner, Tyler.

Do you have news or photos to share for a future issue of Inside Management? Contact Matt Biddle at mrbiddle@buffalo.edu

100 miles to keep kids safe

Meg Bragdon preps for the Ride for Missing Children

Meg Bragdon on her bike for the Ride for Missing Children.

Meg gets ready to ride.

When Meg Bragdon, lead academic advisor in the Undergraduate Programs Office, first heard about the 100-mile Ride for Missing Children, she didn’t even own a bike. Though she was intimidated, Meg slowly added miles to her exercise regimen and completed her first ride in 2017. Since then, she has participated every year by riding, recruiting volunteers and fundraising for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Now, as she begins training for ride No. 4, she sat down with Inside Management to share her experiences and the ride’s impact in our community.

Inside Management: First, tell us about the organization the ride supports: the NCMEC. Why is this such a worthwhile cause?

Meg Bragdon: Every year, children run away, are abducted or exploited in some way. The statistics are startling: In 2018, more than 400,000 reports of missing children were filed with the National Crime Information Center (part of the FBI), and NCMEC helped with more than 25,000 of those cases.

Possibly more important, NCMEC helps educate young children to avoid being victims in the first place. They also work to train local law enforcement and school personnel who “work cases involving missing or exploited children, or who serve children in other capacities.”

Here are a few stats from the NCMEC website: “During the last 35 years, NCMEC’s national toll-free hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678), has received more than 4.9 million calls. NCMEC has circulated billions of photos of missing children, assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 311,000 missing children and facilitated training for more than 365,000 law enforcement, criminal/juvenile justice and health care professionals.”

IM: What first inspired you to participate, and why do you continue to participate today?

MB: That first ride was really about the personal and physical challenge. Unfortunately, around mile 75 my front wheel hit the back wheel of the biker in front of me and I went down hard, taking a few more bikers with me. I was physically and emotionally hurt, and my bike seat was bent, but with the help of Tom’s Bikes, I was able to ride the final miles to the event finish. But it wasn’t the same—I needed to go back and complete the ride for myself, because the ride left a bigger impression on me than some road rash on my leg.

While I still like the challenge, I keep participating because of the impression the organization has had on me and on this community. The ride takes us on a 100-mile tour through Niagara and Erie counties. We ride two-by-two to represent the buddy system and local law enforcement agencies safely guide our way along busy streets and through intersections. Their presence sends a message to motorists and community members of their involvement in the searches, protection and education that keep our children safe.

Finally, the people I have met help keep me involved. The organizers and staff of the NCMEC’s Buffalo chapter are awesome! All of the volunteers, board members, ride shepherds and participants are there for their own personal reasons but come together for one goal. We have had survivors talk about their experiences and parents reflect on their missing children. One parent rode 50 miles for her son, who was missing at the time of the ride; it was heartbreaking and moving at the same time. We all are there to support each other through the event and beyond.

IM: In addition to bicycling 100 miles, you and your fellow riders stop at schools along the way. What happens at each school, and why is this important to the experience?

MB: This is the best part of the ride! Not just because we get a break on the bike, but because we get to see the kids from each school. The ride always takes place on a Friday, and the kids come out to meet the riders. They have received in-school training about how to be safe on the internet and in public through the Kidsmartz and Netsmartz programs, so we are there to celebrate with them and solidify the information they’ve received. The kids have made signs, there is music playing and we come riding in with our police escort. The mood is exhilarating and gives the riders the energy they need to get back on the bike to go to the next location. We usually visit about 10 schools throughout the event.

IM: How can School of Management staff members support you in this endeavor?

MB: There is always room for more riders! If someone thinks this event might be of interest, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. You don’t have to have the best equipment or be able to ride 100 miles consistently to participate.

Otherwise, I have set a fundraising goal and great appreciate any support for my efforts. The great thing is that all of the money collected will stay right here to support our local chapter on education, training, prevention and outreach efforts. Last year, this event raised more than $41,000.

To support Meg's Ride for Missing Children, visit https://events.missingkids.org/new-york/donations/megan-bragdons-page/.

What's Trending, #UBMgt?

The School of Management on social media in 2019

By Kevin Manne

From the Big Apple to Disney World to right here on campus, it was a busy year in social media for the School of Management. We saw some of our most popular posts ever, resulting from engagement with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.

While we have a presence on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and blogs, our most popular social media platform is LinkedIn, where we connect with nearly 30,000 members of the School of Management family.

So without further ado, here are the top posts of the year as measured by impressions, or the number of times the post was shown to a LinkedIn member:

If you haven’t yet, be sure to follow the school on your favorite social media channels and like, comment and share to help build our reputation as a world-class business school. And be sure to keep social media in mind and send along any ideas for posts that will help you achieve your business goals in the year ahead.

More trending topics

In addition to school-wide pages, several School of Management programs with unique audiences have a robust social media presence of their own, including the full-time MBA and MS, EMBA and PMBA programs and the School of Management Alumni Association. 

These are some of the top posts from those channels in 2019.

Caught on camera

Enjoy a few snapshots from the fall 2019 semester in the School of Management.