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New Campus Welcomed By the Community It Will Serve

New Campus Welcomed By the Community It Will Serve

A perfect spring day greeted approximately 100 members of the community and American National University family who attended the grand opening ceremony for the Stark County Campus in Jackson Township, Ohio. After a smart presentation of the colors by the Army National Guard and stirring rendition of the national anthem by 16-year-old singing phenom Hannah Bea Fricker, Campus Director Jill Morrow welcomed the guests and expressed the gratitude of the College for the warm welcome it had received in the community.

Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce President Steven Meeks took the podium to introduce the guest speaker, Stark County Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton. A distinguished public servant, Commissioner Weir has previously served as the Mayor of Canton, and was director of intergovernmental affairs for President George W. Bush.

“I commend you, your staff, and your students for taking this important step, a step that is required in navigating through change…the word ‘change’ has a broad meaning, but I talk about embracing change,” said Commissioner Creighton. “I am talking about progress, it’s about moving forward to become better people, better workplaces, better schools, to provide better services, to make better products, and to advance science and technology.”

She also remarked on the college’s mission statement, and how it espouses preparation of our graduates for a “full life” that includes not only professional achievement and prosperity, but also embraces support for family and community.

The campus also presented a donation to the Family Readiness Group for B Company, 638th Support Battalion, a local National Guard unit. Family Readiness Groups are vital organizations that assist military families in coping with the demands placed on our service members and their loved ones.
After the ceremonial ribbon cutting, guests were invited to tour the campus and enjoy a catered lunch.

Pictured holding the ribbon is Administrative Assistant Suzanne Marcoguiseppe, Regional Director of Operations Tim Philibin, Stark County Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton, Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce President Steven Meeks, and Campus Director Jill Morrow. Campus Director Jill Morrow is pictured on the right with Administrative Assistant Suzanne Marcoguiseppe presenting a check to Robin Fraedrich of the B Co., 638th Support Bn FRG (left).

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Star Student Becomes Fast Mover in Her Career

Star Student Becomes Fast Mover in Her Career

When Adrina Simmons (pictured) graduated from high school, she knew she wanted a good job making good money. She also knew she wanted a career in which she could help people with her caring personality and cheerful spirit. These factors led Adrina to pursue an associate’s degree in medical assisting at the Madison Campus.

Adrina shined as a star student in all of her classes all the way through her externship at Centennial Heart Hospital. Shortly after she completed the requirements of her externship, they offered her a job as a full-time medical assistant for the hospital’s heart specialists.

“When I first started my externship, I was a little nervous as it was my first real experience working in a doctor’s office with real patients,” said Adrina. “All of the nurses, doctors and staff were so sweet, humble and willing to teach me anything I needed help with which made my externship an awesome experience.”

In addition to using this opportunity to get real-world experience, Adrina showed what a true asset she could be as an employee by her willingness to do whatever was needed around the office whether that meant coming in early or staying late. “I believe showing that level of responsibility and good attitude is what landed me the full-time job.”

Adrina has been in her new position for over nine months. She started out floating from office to office, lending a helping hand wherever she was needed. Now she is working as the lead medical assistant for Dr. John Riddick. She was promoted in less than a year. She said she enjoys being the first line of defense for Dr. Riddick, helping out with all of the office responsibilities, including scheduling patient appointments and procedures, answering phone calls, ordering prescriptions, taking vital signs, answering patient questions, educating patients on health care topics for a healthier life such as proper diet and smoking risks, and many other day to day tasks.

“It’s wonderful and exciting working with Centennial Heart,” said Adrina. “It’s a great hospital that’s constantly growing and expanding with new technologies and procedures not found at other health care offices. We seem to impress and gain new patients every day, which gives me a great feeling.”
Adrina marched across the graduation stage in cap and gown at the Madison Campus’s graduation ceremony on June 1. “I’m thrilled with my career success so far,” said Adrina. “I feel like this is just the first of many doors that will open up for me. … I love the job I have and the learning opportunities that come with it because one day I dream of moving on up and becoming a registered nurse or radiologist.”

Success in College Leads to Success in Career

Success in College Leads to Success in Career

Beverly Riddle (pictured) graduated from the Martinsville Campus several years ago from the business administration program while working full time in textile manufacturing and raising 4 children as a single parent. Overcoming the challenges faced with multiple responsibilities, Beverly graduated and has found success working as a human resource manager for the Results Companies in Stuart, Virginia.

In her new career, she recruits for new employees, takes care of payroll, maintains employee relations, and many other human resource tasks. She said that a lot of her job duties involve subjects she learned from her courses at National including Human Resource Management, Payroll Accounting, and Business Management.

Beverly said she would not be where is today without National. She attributes her academic success to the small class sizes and individualized attention she received from her instructors as well as the overall staff at National. She also attributes her success to her determination to better herself not only for herself but for her children.

The National News is a biweekly publication designed to share the success and academic accomplishments of students and graduates from American National University and National College. For more information, contact the Communications Department.

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