Christine Marchese Juggles Ph.D, Teaching and Diaper Duties Times 2
Mom-to-be of twins and professor proves that perseverance pays off; will earn Ph.D. at LIU Post 54th commencement ceremony on May
Gina Bigelow,Associate Director of Public Relations
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Brookville, N.Y. -- The past few years have been busy for Christine Marchese.
On Friday, May 4, she will graduate from LIU Post with a doctorate of philosophy in information studies; just 4 weeks ahead of her due date to give birth to twins. Already a mom to an active three-and-a-half year old boy, Christine, a super achiever, changed careers from the corporate world to the academic realm, and recently was promoted to assistant professor and was granted tenure at Nassau Community College where she teaches classes in business administration.
"Yes, there are a lot of things happening in my life right now, and they're all great," the Malverne, N.Y. resident said.
It was just over a decade ago when Marchese enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the Palmer School of Library and Information Sciences at LIU Post. At that time, she was working in the human resources field, where doctorates were considered unusual. Her plan was to use the advanced degree to fuse together her current work in developing human resource information systems with her two other degrees; a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in management.
She completed her coursework, however, when the time came to focus on her dissertation, her life shifted into high gear. Christine got married to her husband at the Interfaith Chapel on campus, began teaching full-time at Nassau Community College and at Palmer School as an adjunct, then, gave birth to her son.
Eventually, her life slowed down. Although she was not actively working on her dissertation, it was always in the back of her mind. Then, last September, Marchese learned that she was expecting twins. The news ignited a sense of urgency and her desire to complete her degree.
"My entire world is about to change dramatically," she said. "It's thrilling. But it made me realize that if I have any loose ends, I need to tie them up now!"
For her dissertation, Marchese analyzed work processes for a consulting firm, surveying its data and observing the firm's systems and methodologies. In the process, she taught at Nassau Community College in the morning while her son attended the campus's child development center.
"I have had very little sleep," she admits. "But I do have a very supportive family. I'm very lucky to have a lot of people around me." That support system, including her husband, son, in-laws, nephew, and very proud parents -- will be in place when she is hooded on May 4.
The Class of 2012 includes 2,326 students, 974, undergraduate, 1,183, graduate, 4, Ph.D., 20, Psy.D. and 145, advanced certificates who will be awarded bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees and advanced certificates from five schools of study: College of Education and Information Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Management, School of Health Professions and Nursing and the School of Visual and Performing Arts.
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