Posted by raherschbach on 28 Aug 2015

“Libraries, to a librarian, are always personal,” says Rick Sample, director of library services and information literacy. Capitol’s Puente Library is certainly an example; its development over the past two decades has been guided by Sample’s vision.

That vision includes an awareness of the multiple ways in which university students make use of library resources. For many, it is not simply a place to locate information and check out materials related to their coursework.  Many come to the library to take a break from academics – for instance, by checking out a movie or the latest best-selling thriller.  Under Sample’s leadership, Puente Library has endeavored to meet such needs.

“We’ve purchased a large fiction collection and bought DVDs,” Sample explains.  “And we’re always adding things, board games for instance. I’m impressed with the usage of the board games. In general, we try to do things that are student-driven.”

The most frequent use of the library, he says, is as a study space. This is true of college and university libraries in general, a fact that surprised him when he first took up the job.

Sample’s previous experience had included a stint at a research institute library, where most users were there to locate articles or papers.  He discovered the pattern of library use in a college environment is quite different.

“I spoke with other librarians from MICUA (Maryland Independent College and University Association) schools and they said I should expect studying to account for 50% to 70% for the library’s usage. It took me awhile to adapt to that.”

Indeed, on any given day, students can be seen poring over their homework or making use of the library’s ample computer facilities, with activity peaking during finals week.

Sample is a strong proponent of student-driven programming, saying Puente has become one of the focal points of campus life. “I don't think you could find a student on campus who couldn’t tell you where the library was,” he says. “You might be able to find students who don’t know where the McGowan Center is, but not the library.”

That’s partly because of the variety of activities and events developed by Sample, librarian Susanna Carey, and a dedicated team of student workers. The library calendar includes an edible book contest, a Halloween costume party, a chili cook-off, a Mobile Phone Olympics, gaming events, a Veterans’ Day essay contest, and a poetry contest. In recent months, Puente Library has boosted its presence further through social media and the launch of a new website.

A library director -- and professor

Being in charge of a university library is not for the faint-hearted; it’s a demanding job. Even so, Sample also finds time for his second vocation: teaching. He’s a longtime member of the adjunct faculty, specializing in literature courses. These have covered topics including sci-fi, mystery and horror fiction.

Sample says he took up teaching because he values interaction with students.  His first role at Capitol, before taking on the library post, was as basketball coach and athletic director. That’s right – Capitol once had a basketball team. It was active from the mid-1980s until the turn of the century.  The team participated in an area league, travelled to neighboring states for away games and even participated in a few tournaments.  And Sample was its coach.

The era of the bouncing ball at Capitol is long past, but Sample recalls “good times” and “funny stories.”

“Engineers probably shouldn’t be playing basketball,” he jokes affectionately.

 Although he once considered the sport his first love, he now finds more fulfilment in being a professor. He’s passionate about the capabilities of Capitol students and relishes hearing their ideas during classroom discussions.  “Our students have a lot to say and they are very articulate. They know how to defend their positions. They really keep me on my toes.”

Sample has been at Capitol now for close to thirty years – first as coach, and then as library director and professor. The close-knit, family-like ambience of a small campus appeals to him; though he expects changes as the university expands, he anticipates that Capitol will retain many of its unique qualities as an institution. He is proud of Puente Library, which boasts a collection far wider in scope than some might expect from an institution dedicated to technology, business and engineering. 

Above all he is committed to doing whatever he can to make Puente a valuable resource for those who walk through its doors. “Librarians don’t like to say no,” he acknowledges. “People come to the library wanting an answer to something, and we want to be able to provide it.”

“I guess my proudest accomplishment here would be that I have been sensitive and understanding and have listened to our students.”

Capitol Students and Faculty Launch Satellite Payload Into Space

“Two minutes,” says Carl Hansen, noting the time since the launch of a sounding rocket carrying Capitol Technology University’s Project Hermes payload from NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Almost overlapping, Ben Serano says, “Iridium signal,” chronicling launch events as they occur.


Posted by ahexner on 19 Aug 2015

By Sarah Alspaw, Assistant Director of Career Services and Graduate Student Support

Welcome back!

It is a new season.  With freshly laundered uniforms and new equipment, this is an exciting time of year.  I would recommend using the resources at your disposal to help you have a successful semester.

Use the playbook

Take a look at the 4 year plan to decide how you will utilize your time this academic year for your career development.

Listen to your teammates

Ask other students about their summer internships. Get an idea about internships or companies for which you may want to apply.  Hear about their experiences in the application process so that you can know what to expect. 

Practice makes perfect

Spend some time in the labs practicing the theories you are learning in class. Most lab managers/faculty will allow you to stop in anytime the lab is open and work on class projects, get help with assignments, or work on new projects not associated with your classes. I will put major projects on your résumé which I believe can help supplement your practical experience.

Get a personal trainer

Need some one-on-one assistance with a course you are having difficulty with? The Learning Center has tutors who are happy to help you in courses with which you are struggling.

Remember the “Big Games”

Career Day is on September 22nd, 2015.  This event is mandatory for students hoping to claim the Job Guarantee.  Sign in runs from 9-10am, and the event starts promptly at 10am, so do not be late. You are not required to dress professionally, but a few hiring managers may be there, so I would suggest dressing business casual, or at least in jeans or khakis and a nice shirt. 

Career Fair is on February 12nd, 2015 this year.  Attendance is mandatory and so is professional dress.  You will not be permitted to enter unless you are dressed in Business Professional attire. 

If this is your final season…

If this is your last academic year, now is the time to beginning looking at full-time opportunities, especially if you are applying for a job that requires a security clearance.  Set up a meeting with me to discuss your plans and progress.

Meet the Coach/Trainer (me!)

My door is (almost) always open Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm.  Feel free to stop by and introduce yourself. You do not have to wait until Career Day to meet with me.  Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome.


Previous Trainer's Tips

The Fall Semester Begins

A new academic year has officially begun at Capitol Technology University. Now that the new freshmen have completed orientation and the returning students have moved back into their dorms, it is time to review syllabi and press on with exciting projects. Assistant Director of Student Life & Residential Services Jason Kilmer, who coordinated both last week’s orientation and the weekend move-in of returning students, says, “The energy has certainly carried over from new student orientation to the first day of classes.

Capitol Doctoral Students Complete Residency Weekend

Capitol Technology University held its summer 2015 residency over the weekend for the Doctor of Science (DSc) Cybersecurity program. Approximately 25 students attended the weekend residency, which focused on writing different sections of the doctoral dissertation. Since students complete the DSc primarily online, this is the first time that some of them meet each other and their faculty face to face.

Capitol Welcomes Class of 2019

Capitol Technology University welcomed the Class of 2019 yesterday, August 12. As the new students and their families arrived on campus with cars full of items to move in, the atmosphere brimmed with possibility and new beginnings. Resident assistants greeted the new arrivals and helped them settle in before they were whisked through the annual rituals of placement testing, academic advising, and orientation workshops.


Posted by ahexner on 5 Aug 2015

By Susanna Carey, Librarian

A recent phenomenon within libraries of all types has been the integration of maker spaces. What is a maker space you may ask? Well, the Open Education Database defines it as:

“Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more.” (Kroski, 2013)

At the Puente Library, director, Rick Sample has been growing interested in eventually adding a 3D printer to the library’s offerings as a resource for both projects and future programming. During the fall and spring semesters, the library offers a regular variety of programming, and the possibility of eventually offering even more unique programming is a large draw.

Ask Director Sample why is he is so interested and you will learn, that while in the library world, information and purchases swirl around justification through usage and circulation statistics, this object propelling creativity remains at the top of his library wish list :

“I want a 3D printer...A great idea but how and for what purpose can a 3d printer be used in a Library? What would we use it for, print books? ...What does a library, at least mine, want to force or encourage its users to do with the resources it offers? Don’t we librarians present users with just enough resources and information that forces them to use, wait for it, their, here it comes – creativity!!! Of course, there are the technical skills users will learn, such as math, engineering and hard science skills to partner naturally with learning and operating new technology. The simple learning of new technology and its applications prepare students and users for tomorrow’s workplace that is quickly today’s workplace...Have I convinced you? What would you use a 3D printer in your library for – let us know.”

Would it interest you to see a 3D printer in the library in the future? What else would interest you to be added to the Puente Library? We would love to hear feedback from all patrons -- students, professors, staff and administration. Drop us a line with your recommendations via

Susanna Carey, Librarian ( & Rick Sample, Library Director (


For further information regarding maker spaces in the library please visit:

Kroski, E. (2013, March 12). A librarian’s guide to makerspaces: 16 resources. Retrieved from


Posted by raherschbach on 31 Jul 2015

By Sarah Alspaw, Assistant Director of Career Services and Graduate Student Support

I was provided with the opportunity to visit and tour some fantastic organizations that would be of interest to our students. I visited General Dynamics Information Technology in late June, and visited Northrop Grumman, the FBI, and the American Red Cross in the middle of July.  Information about General Dynamics IT can be found in my June blogpost:

I see these as fact finding missions, so here is my report about what I learned:

Northrop Grumman

Our tour of Northrup Grumman was a journey into a world of advanced technology, including 360-degree surround screens, tablets that could control a variety of features in the work environment, and sophisticated training programs that resembled action games like Call of Duty, complete with highly realistic special effects. Rooms were tinted blue to promote productivity and decrease fatigue. If you like the idea of working in a state-of-the-art technology environment, Northrop Grumman may be the place for you; let me tell you a bit about how to apply.

Northrop Grumman has recently been updating their recruiting policies and cycle, focusing less on ‘boots on the ground’ at career fairs or on campus, and focusing more on online applications. They encourage all individuals interested in positions at Northrop Grumman to apply online. They also mention that more competitive fields with fewer graduates will likely provide a greater number of opportunities. They mentioned that EE, CS, and SE majors, and closely related majors, would be competitive. In an ideal world, they would fill all of their entry level positions with interns who graduate, mentioning that students have a much better chance of being hired full time if they can secure an internship while still a student.

Northrop Grumman recruits interns in the fall, and some as late as February-June, stressing that most are filled in the fall. For the units they mentioned, they have roughly 22-24 business, 110-120 EE, and 100 information systems security interns. They did not mention numbers for CS, SE, or other programs but are strongly seeking those majors as well. They are also seeing a rise in co-ops, students working during the academic year for academic credit. High GPAs are very important for their intern search, stating that many positions have a 3.5 minimum, 3.7 preferred.

Northrop Grumman also offers some rotational programs. The three mentioned during our tour: for business, for students who have recently completed a master’s degree, and the Systems Engineering Associates (SEA) which is for individuals who are 3-6 years into their career. 


First of all I would like to thank all of the men and women who work for the FBI. Their work is so very important and makes such a huge impact on the American way of life. I was awestruck by the end of my visit. 

At the end of the day, we were given the chance to hear from individuals who work in various parts of the organization as security analysts, business analysts, recruiters, and agents. These current employees provided us with a view of what it is like to work at the FBI. They also told us of their experience with the security clearance process, most stating that 1 year was about an average time to wait for a clearance with the FBI. They came from a variety of backgrounds, and are working in a variety of areas of expertise, but are all working towards the same goal, to protect the American people and way of life.

Historically the FBI hired twice a year for most positions. In the last hiring cycle, they received 21,784 applications. Part of the reason was that, currently, the FBI career page reroutes you to USAJobs. However, in October, they will be launching a new internal website, much like the NSA and CIA HR websites. This change will make the application process easier and quicker. This will also allow them to hire all year long instead of twice a year.

To become an agent, you must have a 4 year degree and 3 years of work experience after college. The most competitive candidates have a masters and more related experience. The highly sought skills are language, computer, cyber, information systems, engineering, math, and computer engineering. There is a strict 3.0 minimum GPA requirement, and all applicants must display good judgment and maturity and pass a security clearance to be hired.

There are other positions in Intelligence and professional staff including cyber, behavioral analysis, dn processing, program analysts, and management.

They explained that the most effective way to find entry level employment with the FBI is to serve as an intern during your final summer. They are seeking interns for national security, cyber, the criminal investigative division, the counterterrorism division, and homeland security. Information about the internship opportunities can be found here: Applications will be available in September and October, so be vigilant and apply early.

Currently, there are quite a few openings at the FBI: ~3000 vacancies, ~300 interns, ~11000 agents, ~2000 Professional staff. They are hoping the new website, to be launched in October, will help them recruit for these positions.  There are great benefits for working at the FBI, including, but not limited to, loan reimbursement, educational stipends, and sabbatical programs.

There is currently great attention being paid to diversity and inclusion in the search process. They are also attempting to become more active on college campuses through the student ambassador program.  I will provide more information regarding the student ambassador program as the FBI releases more information.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is well known worldwide to be a service organization that assists in emergency planning, management, and disaster relief assistance for domestically and internationally. It is likely that if you have ever given blood, trained to be a lifeguard, or provided disaster relief donations, you have participated in the American Red Cross.

We were given a tour of the facility where we were able to see workspaces where they had access to information about disasters occurring worldwide.  They also utilize social media, keeping an eye on Twitter posts that mention keywords that may provide early information on disasters occurring. 

The recruiter mentioned that they are looking for a specific type of person. Specifically, they are looking for smart and nice people; because nice people can deliver the compassion that is necessary for the position.

Primarily, I attended this information session to gather information for our business and management majors. There are great opportunities in human resources, volunteer management, logistics, planning, and fundraising, which are fantastic opportunities for business and management majors who are seeking the opportunity to give back. They also have a new, fantastic opportunity for MBA majors, called Campus LEAD, where selected recent or soon to be MBA graduates are placed into rotational programs for 12-18 months, and are groomed to become an Executive Director or Chapter CEO. However, they are not only seeking business or management majors; they may also have app development and IT positions available. 

There are both internship (summer and year-round) opportunities and full-time positions available.  Again, they mentioned that many of the entry-level positions are filled by previous interns, so individuals who are looking to work at the American Red Cross should apply for internships while studying as an undergraduate. Also, having volunteer experience on your résumé is paramount to success in securing an opportunity at the American Red Cross.

At the end of the visit, we were able to hear from interns and full-time staff, who expressed the joy and passion that you would expect from an individual who’s effort provides such a valuable resource for so many individuals in need.

Thank you to the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers for organizing these site visits. 


Capitol partners with Cameroon’s CUIB to build cybersecurity education

Inaugurating a partnership that will help boost cybersecurity capabilities in Cameroon while building Capitol Technology University’s international presence, Capitol president Dr. Michael T. Wood and Bishop Immanuel Banlanjo Bushu, chancellor of the Catholic University Institute of Buea (CIUB), signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at a ceremony on Thursday (July 16).

Cameroon’s ambassador to the United States, HE Joseph B.C. Foe-Atangana, delivered remarks at the event, as did Capitol Board of Trustees Chairman Harvey Weiss.

Alumni Profile: Frank Leo

During the course of a long and varied career in aerospace, computer engineering, healthcare technology and academia, Frank Leo has brought about many notable achievements.