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C.W. Post M.B.A. Student Crowned Ms. New Jersey United States 2009


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Margaret SkourlisBrookville, N.Y. - Margaret Skourlis, a student in the Master of Business Administration program at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, is the newly crowned Ms. New Jersey United States. But her brain is not to be outdone by her beauty. Ms. Skourlis has earned multiple degrees and entrenched herself in the extracurricular offerings at C.W. Post, all while pursuing her dreams of the crown.

As the winner of the Ms. New Jersey United States competition, which was held on April 23, Margaret will go on to compete in the Ms. United States Pageant in Las Vegas this July, before coming back to C.W. Post in the Fall semester to finish her second Master’s degree and graduate in January.

A member of Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society, Margaret graduated cum laude from C.W. Post in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy. In 2005, she completed an American Bar Association Paralegal certification in C.W. Post’s Continuing Education program; and in 2007, she graduated C.W. Post with a Master's degree in political science. In addition to her studies; Margaret also participated in numerous clubs including the Commuter Student Association and worked for two campus departments as a work study student and a graduate assistant.

As a two-time participant in the DIAS study abroad program, through the nonprofit DIAS International Academic Studies, Inc. Margaret enrolled in courses at the University of Crete and later presented a lecture at C.W. Post about her travels. Throughout her time at C.W. Post, she has continued to participate in pageants, earning several Greek titles. This past semester, Margaret was a student in the "Social Entrepreneurship" class taught by Dr. James Freeley, an associate professor in the College of Management. “The Social Entrepreneurship class was the reason I joined the pageant,” Margaret said. “We had to create a business for our final exam that helped the community but also could bring us a profit. The title I won is used to help the community for fundraisers and also I get paid to participate in certain events.”

Margaret’s platform as Ms. New Jersey United States is Multiple Sclerosis—something that hits close to home—her mother has MS. "I believe that one day soon a cure will come to those who suffer with this illness," said Margaret.

Posted 06/17/2009

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