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March 02, 2012

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Career Advancement

Career Advancement

Joy Soper (pictured), a graduate from the Lexington Campus, has a unique job with Central Kentucky Research Associates (CKRA), one of the top 5 clinical research companies in the country. As a data management associate with the company, she creates source documents which provide the protocol that CKRA employees follow to conduct studies on medications during their final phase of testing before going to the FDA for approval. Joy also helps in other areas of the clinic with everything from drawing blood to archiving records.

Joy was working two jobs when she decided it was time to return to school and get her degree. She came to American National University after doing research and talking with students and instructors. “It seemed like the best fit for me,” she said. “The class size and being able to take night classes allowed me to go back to school,” she explained.

After completing her medical assisting associate’s degree, Joy worked at Jessamine Medical and Diagnostics Center for several years but she was ready for a change when she saw an ad for a position with CKRA. Denisha Henry, a American National University graduate and long-time employee of CKRA, hired Joy for the job. “She likes to remind me that when she told me I got the job, I cried,” Joy said.

Debbie Dyer, owner of CKRA, said that Denisha and Joy are among several American National University graduates that she has employed. She said that she has found that they possess a “good foundation” for her to build upon as she teaches them the procedures unique to her business.

“I love my job,” Joy stated. “I think they (National) very much prepared me for medical assisting, regardless of where I went to work,” she said.

In the future, Joy would like to work for a drug company as a monitor and travel to different research sites. She is considering returning to National to earn her bachelor’s degree in health care management which she feels will help her achieve that goal. “Find a school that fits you, that fits your needs—whether it’s the small class size or the flexibility of the schedule,” Joy advised.

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Blues History

Blues History

Throughout the month of February, the Columbus Campus has been celebrating Black History Month. One of the events held to honor this month was Dr. Lonnell Johnson’s presentation titled “Just What is ‘The Blues?’ A Transatlantic Connection.” Dr. Johnson is a faculty member at the campus who teaches humanities. Additionally, he is a published poet.

This presentation sought to educate people on the blues. It emphasized what the blues were, at one point defining them as “an intense overtone of mourning that is not human.” Dr. Johnson used original poetry set against a backdrop of blues history in the United States, and he pointed out that “blues is music; blues is poetry.” Set in a three-line stanza where the first line repeats and all three lines rhyme, the traditional blues lyric is “often tragic, laced with humor and irony.” He further elaborated that “it is often slow, marked by melancholy, like the loss of a home, a job, or loved ones. Like poetry, blues is a performance art.”

The transatlantic connection was made with Dr. Johnson using a number of PowerPoint slides from the trip he took to Goree Island off the coast of Senegal, where Portuguese slave traders once kept men and women bound for the Middle Passage and the New World.

After the presentation, medical assisting student LaTonya Johnson commented, “I am always impressed by Dr. Johnson’s presentations. His poise and intellect are outstanding. I learned some things about the blues that I didn’t know. I love his presentations and his [original] poetry.”

Dr. Lonnell Johnson is pictured on the day of his presentation with ]student LaTonya Johnson.

Department Chair Publishes Timely Book

Department Chair Publishes Timely Book

Emmanuel Udoh (pictured) – director of information technology programs at American National University’s Fort Wayne Campus – has published a book on cloud computing titled, Evolving Developments in Grid and Cloud Computing: Advancing Research. Cloud computing is the next stage in the IT evolution, providing the means through which everything from computing power to storage can be delivered through the Internet as a service to all users. In the world of the cloud, the user subscribes to cloud services and does not need to know anything about the underlying technology nor own the computing infrastructure, thus eliminating software and hardware maintenance. Currently, cloud computing is offered in different forms: public clouds, private clouds, and hybrid clouds, which combine both public and private. Cloud computing will completely change the way schools and companies use technology to service students, customers, partners, and suppliers. It will eliminate many of the complex constraints from the traditional computing environment, including space, time, power, and cost. A good cloud example is the Microsoft Office 365 that allows global access to cloud-based email, web conferencing, file sharing and Office apps at a monthly cost. At National, our students are being prepared for this fundamental change in information technology, thanks to our highly qualified faculty.

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