Hometown: Beekman, N.Y.
Major: Health Administration
WCSU Degree: Master of Health Administration
Activities: Worked full time at Danbury Health Systems (2003-07) and Health Quest in Poughkeepsie (2007) in Corporate Compliance
Honors and Awards: 3.7 GPA
Novlet Fidler is a Jamaican immigrant whose career started as a secretary. "I began my college journey the same day that my youngest son started kindergarten, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. It was difficult trying to juggle raising my children, working full time, and then dealing with my husband's kidney failure," she says. "It meant withdrawing from school during more than one semester, but I was determined to go on and complete my master's."
Fidler says the decision to attend WestConn to pursue that master's degree was easy. "It's one of the few schools within an easy commute that offered the M.H.A. program and it was highly recommended to me. I decided to major in health administration because there is a critical business component to health care, especially given the current climate of government regulations, cost of health care, patient education/awareness, choice and competition. My graduation this spring is the culmination of 12 years of study – from undergraduate to master's degree – and one of the most rewarding times of my life."
Asked what she will remember most about her WestConn experience, Fidler says, “I don't have one particular experience, but throughout my time here, I never felt alone or overwhelmed, no matter what was going on in my personal life. The camaraderie and support of my classmates and professors was incredible. We all want each other to succeed. Especially during my last semester, when I mentioned that I would be graduating in May, even those who had just started, had nothing but cheers!”
After graduation, Fidler ’s long-term goal includes obtaining leadership positions within health care administration. "I also have an interest in health policy and may pursue options in that area," she says.
Fidler ’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Don't give up, no matter what adversities present along the way. This degree is not only the realization of a lifelong personal goal, but also to show my children, one of whom is now a sophomore in college, that goals can be achieved, even if you have to take a few detours! Just stay the course! I would also recommend a book I read in my Strategic Management class: 'Principle Centered Leadership,' by Stephen R. Covey.”