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Nationwide Children's Hospital Hires Four National Grads

Nationwide Children's Hospital Hires Four National Grads

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH), located in Columbus, Ohio, is the country’s 4th busiest children’s hospital. Last year it provided care to nearly one million children who came from all fifty states in the USA and over 25 other countries. Four graduates from the Columbus Campus’s health information technology (HIT) degree program are now working at NCH assisting in the hospital’s efforts to provide world class care.

Natasha Johnson, Marvin Owusu, Sara Alleman, and Daniel Antwi all graduated from the Columbus Campus’s HIT program and received job offers after completing an externship at NCH. The American National University externs worked with Health Information Manager Theresa Nutter at NCH who also serves on the campus’s HIT Advisory Board that brings together community leaders and employers in the HIT field to ensure that the program continues to meet national standards and local workforce needs.

Ms. Nutter said she relates to the HIT graduates because, like many of them, she returned to the classroom as an adult to pursue her HIT degree and begin a second career after nearly twenty years in the mortgage industry. She has been with NCH since 2008 working in their HIM department. She attributes much of the students’ success to the teaching staff at American National University, particularly program director Gloria Livingston. “I met with Gloria a year ago regarding the placement of students,” she shares. “She has a real compassionate heart [for] her students’ education and a passion for the program. She visits [externship sites] frequently, follows up with emails, and genuinely shows concern for their success.”

“I hire American National University students for a number of reasons,” explained Ms. Nutter. “They have a great desire to learn, they are well mannered, ethical, enthusiastic, fun loving individuals who are very accepting of change and easy to work with. [They] are very fast learners, efficient, and work with minimal supervision.” She also noted that the externs who became employees all surpassed the hospital’s Standards of Productivity on a daily basis, “[They] are a great example for the department.”

The Columbus Campus chose NCH as the Employer of the Quarter Award because of their outstanding commitment to American National University students as well as their continued commitment to serve on the campus’s HIT Advisory Board. “NCH has become a wonderful community partner for the Columbus Campus and we are glad to give them recognition for helping to shape the lives of our students,” said Campus Director Joe DeLuca.

Pictured are (l to r) Marvin Owusu, Natasha Johnson, HIM Manager Thresea Nutter, Daniel Antwi, and Sara Alleman.

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Fair Spotlights Community Resources

Fair Spotlights Community Resources

On Friday, June 15th the Cincinnati Campus hosted a Community Resource Fair for current and prospective students. The fair was free and open to the public and open to individuals throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area.

The fair brought 12 different community agencies to the campus and provided valuable resources and information to each of the participants. During the event, workshops covered topics such as college survival skills, library research, relationships, and credit management.

“For many adults who have been out of school for quite some time, it is very difficult to adjust to the learning environment,” shares Vanessa Enoch, one of the fair’s organizers and a department chair for the campus. “Some adults feel that they aren’t college material and although they realize that getting an education can mean the ticket to overcoming poverty or achieving the next level of success in their careers, life’s changes can make college seem unattainable,” she says, explaining how the fair helps adults in that situation find resources to help them face those changes with community support.

Campus Director Charles Svec said the desired outcome for this fair was to give tools to current and potential students that would assist them in overcoming possible family and life challenges. “Especially in the area of completing an education,” he explained. “As such, we hosted this resource fair to reach out to potential adult students wishing to return to school or those already in school – to assist them with identifying community resources to help stabilize their families so that they can be successful students.”

Many students found the fair helpful. “The Community Resource Fair helped me discover things about my study habits that I didn’t realize,” said Alicia Brown, current business student. She attended one of the workshops provided during the fair and said, “I think this will help make me a better student.”

Fair participants included: African American Chamber of Commerce; American General Life; Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio; Cincinnati Children’s Dentistry Foundation with Roselawn Lutheran Church; Health Ministries; Cincinnati Public Library; the Cincinnati Police Department; Women Helping Women; Edward Garrett, Attorney at Law - Hamilton County Fresh Start Expungement Program; 5 Linx; and SAAF Ministries in Collaboration with Beech Acres. Food was provided by Beech Acres.

Jimmie Walker of SAAF Ministries is pictured in the top photo leading a workshop on healthy relationships during the Community Resource Fair. Officer Alisha Harley from the Cincinnati Police Department is pictured in the bottom photo talking to students about resources available to them.

Hair Stylist's Degree Opens the Door to Owning her own Business

Hair Stylist's Degree Opens the Door to Owning her own Business

Torean Jones (pictured) has always had a passion for styling hair, but she never imagined that passion would lead her to graduating with a business degree. After graduating high school, Torean pursued a lifelong dream of hers and earned her cosmetology license. She began working as a stylist in several commercial salons, and she even got some experience in salon management which inspired her to go back to school so she could own her own salon one day.

After recently graduating from the Madison Campus with her associate’s degree in business administration-management, Torean recently obtained a business permit and is in the process of designing and opening the doors to her new salon she’s named Untangled Hair Studio. She is excited to take her education and apply all the skills she’s learned in her new role as a business owner.

“Going back to school really gave me the confidence I needed to open my own salon and manage my own business,” said Torean. “I’m glad I chose National College, and I’m thankful for the many great instructors who helped me succeed,” she says with a huge smile. “National made college work for me and I would recommend the school to any student who thinks college won’t work for them.”

Torean hopes her first salon is successful enough to turn into a chain of salons and she also plans to pursue another goal in her business to operate a beauty school in each salon she owns. She hopes to share her knowledge with others who share her passion and help them turn that passion into a career like she has.

Campus Forum Enlightens Veterans about VRAP

Campus Forum Enlightens Veterans about VRAP

On June 20th, the Bartlett Campus held a forum for unemployed veterans and discussed the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). The program is part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 which was signed into law by President Obama. This program offers 12 months of training assistance in a variety of different programs at a technical school or community college. The program is geared towards helping veterans obtain an associate’s degree, diploma, non-college degree, or a certificate in a high demand occupation.

The campus held two separate sessions in which 14 veterans took part in the forum. The veterans were introduced to faculty and staff and received information about the VRAP program criteria, possible applicable academic programs offered at National, and financial assistance options. Campus staff was also on hand to assist the veterans with completing their VRAP applications. “I met a number of the veterans at the forum who were negatively affected by the economic downturn and did not know how they could get back on their feet,” said Quentin Reed, an admissions representative at the campus. “The VRAP funding gave them all an avenue to retrain and get back into the workforce. I was excited to be a part of it.”

Pictured are Iver Schmidt (back) and Frances Jones who attended the workshop and decided to enroll in the Bartlett Campus.

Graduate Becomes "Stellar" Employee in New Career

Graduate Becomes

Lisa Brandon (pictured), graduate from the Nashville Campus, could not be happier working in her new career with Dr. Beck at Nashville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. She loves working as a billing office associate with people, who as she says, are like family. The feeling is clearly mutual as Dr. Beck notes, “I am very proud of Lisa and she is a stellar employee. National College should be proud to have someone like her representing it in the medical community.” Lisa did her externship with Dr. Beck and impressed him so much that as soon as he had an opening, he didn’t hesitate to hire her.

Lisa shares that her decision to return to school was brought on by a major life shift when she lost her husband in 2006. “It turned my world upside down,” she says, “I decided I needed a change in my life, left a job I had with Ford Motor Credit and begin looking at different schools and careers. I chose National and its medical billing and coding program and what I learned there changed my life.”

Lisa says that what made the biggest difference at National College were the excellent instructors she had in her classes listing Lawrence Luck and Clarence Tangney as instrumental in teaching her medical terminology. Elizabeth Price guided her through the software in her coding classes and provided her with real world experience that made it so much easier to learn. Even beyond the classroom, Lisa praises campus staff, especially Career Center Director Terri McCall. She said, “[Terri] was very helpful and caring and she made sure my résumé was sent out to potential employers. She always stayed on top of it!”

Lisa stated with pride, “My experience at National College changed my life and helped me get the career that I love!”

Employers' Day Event Focuses on Preparing Job-Hunters For Interviews

Employers' Day Event Focuses on Preparing Job-Hunters For Interviews

The South Bend Campus held its first Employers’ Day on Wednesday, June 27th, with local employers in attendance to interview students. The event was focused on those students and graduates preparing to interview as they seek positions in their field.

Spherion’s Regional Business Development Manager Hugh Johnson held a 30-minute presentation in the classroom on “Interviewing Essentials.” Students came dressed for success with professional résumés in hand and “elevator speeches” that were prepared in advance. They were then interviewed in private offices by five participating employers.

The employers left with an excellent impression. Megan Binder from Indiana Health Center said they were happy that they attend and now feel more knowledgeable about what American National University has to offer. Cindy Armstrong from Specialized Staffing asked, “How we can best work together to combine our staffing needs to help meet the students’ hiring needs?” -- an important question when developing business and education partnerships. The event also helped build relationships with Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, a key health provider in the local area where future graduates in the healthcare field may be applying for employment. Students gained valuable interview experience and feedback and even more importantly, received direct job leads with prospective employers.

Student Sharon Schafer is pictured with Raquel Foster with St. Joseph Regional Medical Center during Emloyers' Day.

Clinic Hires Health Information Clerk from First Graduating Class

Clinic Hires Health Information Clerk from First Graduating Class

This past May, LaKendra Davis received her diploma in medical billing and coding at the Fort Wayne Campus’ first graduation ceremony. She recently interviewed and was hired at Neighborhood Health Clinic (NHCI). She had interviewed for two different positions with NHCI and was offered a new position that was created with job responsibilities from the two jobs that she had interviewed for. Her current title is health information clerk and she is so excited to work for the clinic that serves a diverse group of Fort Wayne citizens. NHCI is one of two large health clinics in the Fort Wayne metropolitan area. LaKendra’s success isn’t just a victory in her life; it is also a source of pride for the campus’s medical billing and coding program and this year’s first graduating class.

LaKendra Davis is pictured on the right accepting a purple rose from Instructor Sharon Hardy at the graduation ceremony this past May.

Hard Work and Perseverance Pay Off for Student Turned Phlebotomist

Hard Work and Perseverance Pay Off for Student Turned Phlebotomist

When Angie Mcgee (pictured) first started her externship for her medical assisting degree program, she had no idea that it would land her a job in phlebotomy. She enrolled in the Indianapolis Campus in 2011 and completed a 120-hour externship for the Phlebotomy Directed Practice course in three weeks – all while carrying a full class load, maintaining a 4.0 GPA, working part time, and raising two young children. At the completion of her externship, Angie was offered a position at IU North Hospital in the lab.

Angie says she thoroughly enjoys her new job. “I love interacting with the patients and working in the medical field,” she said listing her favorite aspects of her new career. She plans on continuing her education and eventually entering nursing school. She is a great example proving that hard work and perseverance are worth it in the long run.

Students Learn How a FAA Facility Functions

Students Learn How a FAA Facility Functions

On Monday, June 11th, students in the MBA program at the Roanoke Valley Campus along with students from the American Government class visited the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Roanoke, Virginia. Under the guidance of Air Traffic Controller Mark Chamberlin, students toured the FAA facility, learning how a federal government agency functions on a day-to-day basis.

To better understand communication in the FAA, students listened as air traffic controllers commanded traffic in the skies and on the runways. Students also discussed how communication flows internally through government agencies and externally to local communities.

Students were given an opportunity to learn about human resource issues that the FAA faces such as complexity of employee training, the high stress level of air traffic control, and the ever changing technical nature of the job. As Mr. Chamberlin stated, “Air traffic control is a very stressful but necessary job that is essential to the well-being of our society.”

Students were challenged to ask questions and to think critically about the role of government in their daily lives and the services that the government provides. They walked away from the excursion with a greater perspective on the challenges government agencies face and how they address them.

Students Learn About, Investigate Herbal Supplements

Students Learn About, Investigate Herbal Supplements

A lively discussion was held at the Lynchburg Campus when Dr. Joe Pond, master gardener from Hill City Master Gardeners, was on campus to speak to medical assisting and pharmacy tech students regarding herbal supplements. Dr. Pond presented a very informative and educational program on what supplements really are and revealed that natural is not always best. Herbal supplements are not FDA approved and therefore the consumer could be ingesting ingredients that could be harmful, toxic, or life-threating when taken with other prescription medications.

In particular, Dr. Pond spoke about a foot bath advertised as a health aide to detox the body. The students were very interested in this information and have been assigned a class project by Director of Health Care Education Sue Coleman to research this topic further. As part of their class assignment, the students have been contacting local salons and spas inquiring about what detox therapies they sell and how they market them.

Sue challenged the students in her class with the task of determining how these foot baths work and how they turn the water different colors to make customers think this is evidence of toxins being released from the body. She says it is important for pharmacy technician students to learn about these supplements and the risks they bring and how they can mislead the public. “Because customers might pull something off of pharmacy shelves and ask if it really works, they need to be able to advise the customer,” she explained.

Campus Hosts Business After Hours Events

Campus Hosts Business After Hours Events

On Thursday, June 21st, members of the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce came together at a Business After Hours event held at the Princeton Campus. Representatives from various local businesses had the opportunity to mingle and network over refreshments provided by Your Grate Escape of Tazewell, Virginia. Guests also had the opportunity to tour the campus and learn about the programs offered at National College. By learning more about the College and the skills and training offered to our students, these potential employers learned how a National College graduate could be a beneficial addition to their business or practice.

In addition to providing a networking opportunity for the students, faculty, and staff at National College, the Business After Hours event is an excellent opportunity for local business owners to network with each other. Marc Meachum, President and CEO of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, and Keith Circle of the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, were there to greet the guests on arrival.

Also in attendance were representatives from U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s staff. “I was honored to attend the recent Business After Hours, hosted by both the Bluefield and Princeton Chambers of Commerce,” said Sara Payne Scarbro, deputy state director for Senator Manchin. “Senator Manchin believes strongly that local businesses are the backbone of our economy, and he is determined to create a climate where small businesses can thrive and create good jobs,” she explained. She went on to say, “I really enjoyed speaking directly with local business and community leaders, getting an update on Mercer County and listening to their ideas. I also appreciated the opportunity to tour National College’s beautiful Princeton Campus. It was truly a great networking experience.”

Pictured are Marc Meachum, President and CEO of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, and Keith Circle of the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, as they greeted guests to the joint chamber business after hours.

Grad Uses His New Skills in His Job and His Church

Grad Uses His New Skills in His Job and His Church

Roderick Ross (pictured) is a recent graduate of the Martinsville Campus’s information systems engineering (ISE) degree program and is applying his skills as an employee of Martinsville Electronics. He handles computer repair and troubleshooting, network set up, and other areas as needed. He is also putting his degree to good work at his church, Oak Hill Cathedral of Glory, as a video coordinator and overseer of media ministry. His duties at the church include PC troubleshooting, network support, training members on video production and use of the sound board, and duplicating CDs and DVDs.

Determined to keep expanding his knowledge base, Roderick is continuing his education in information technology in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Roderick says Patricia Schofill, the campus’s ISE Director, prepared him well for all the work he does in his field and he highly recommends that students pay attention in the Network + and Supporting Desktop Applications classes as he has drawn from skills gained in those courses frequently in his work in the field.

Student Hired to Full-Time Position Before She Graduates

Student Hired to Full-Time Position Before She Graduates

Although her graduation date is set for next year, Kimberly Norris (pictured), student in the health information technology program at the Parkersburg Campus, is already using her new skills in a full-time position she obtained with help from her instructor.

“I always knew I wanted to go college,” said Kimberly, “And finally the time was right.” Being a busy wife and mother, Kimberly was drawn to National because of the small class sizes and qualified instructors. Having always been interested in healthcare management, Kimberly enrolled as health information technology student and looks forward to using knowledge gained there to move up through the medical field.

During her second term, Kimberly had class with Instructor Susan Arnold, who uses her life experience as the operations manager of the Health Information Management (HIM) Department at Camden Clark Medical Center to enrich her teaching at National College. As an instructor, Susan says that she was very impressed with the quality of National’s HIT program and the students, particularly Kimberly. So when an HIM analyst position opened at the Camden Clark Medical Center, Susan hired Kimberly. “Kim was not only an outstanding student, but her enthusiasm for her class work was extraordinary,” says Susan, explaining how Kim was a natural pick for the job. “She brings the same work ethic to her current position.”

Kimberly enjoys learning more about her field and arranges her work schedule to accommodate her classes. She is excited to complete her degree and continue in her position with Camden Clark. “It’s fast paced and busy,” she says of her current position, “I really like it.”

ESL Program Celebrates One-Year Anniversary with Awards Luncheon

ESL Program Celebrates One-Year Anniversary with Awards Luncheon

Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the main conference hall at the Roanoke Valley Campus on Friday, June 29th to take part in the first English as a Second Language (ESL) Awards Luncheon. The event was also held to mark the one-year anniversary of the ESL program. President Frank Longaker began the ceremony with a presentation of National College pins to recognize the faculty and staff who help to make the ESL program a success. He then commended the students for their success, saying, “You represent your cultures very well, and we are proud of you.”

Campus Director Lew Bishop addressed the students as well, saying, “A year ago when I went to the first ESL event, there were maybe five of you. I’m so happy to see this room filled.” He shared how the ESL students not only bring perspective into their classes, but impact the entire campus. “You make our college a better college just by being here,” he stated warmly, “We have four countries represented, and we’re so happy to have you.”

A presentation of student awards by ESL Program Coordinator Reem Osman followed. Faculty-nominated awards went to Yoon Cho Kim, Mohammed Alquraini, and Laura Garcia for academic excellence; Mitab Alshammari, Khalid Almutairi, and Khaled Alharbi for respectfulness; Yoon Cho Kim, Binderiya Davaajav, and Jeehyun Ha for perfect attendance; and Abeer Alanazi for motivation.

Students Yoon Sil Cho Kim and Laura Garcia were both recipients of the academic excellence award. Yoon, from Korea, has already completed an associate’s degree program in business management at the Roanoke Valley Campus and decided to enroll in the ESL program to improve her English language skills. She hopes to one day own her own business and is very appreciative of National’s help in getting there. “I love it here,” says Yoon. “The programs and teachers are very good, very kind.”

Laura worked as an account director in an advertising agency in her home country of Venezuela until her husband’s job brought them to the Roanoke Valley. In Venezuela, she was involved in planning and creating campaigns and commercials for businesses and acted as the face of the company in presenting information to clients. She is now looking for advertising employment in the Roanoke area, and in the meantime, enrolled in National’s ESL program because she says clear communication is crucial in her line of work. “I’m a perfectionist,” Laura says. “I want to speak and write in English as well as I do in my language. It’s important for my job.”

The ESL program at the Roanoke Valley Campus provides an opportunity for students new to the United States to get one step closer to achieving their career goals.

Yoon Kim is pictured in the above photo accepting her award from President Frank Longaker. Laura Garcia is pictured accepting her award from Presdient Longaker in the bottom photo with ESL program coordinator Reem Osman.

Diploma Gives Student Confidence to Start Her Career

Diploma Gives Student Confidence to Start Her Career

Samantha Stacy (pictured), a graduate from the Pikeville Campus phlebotomy program, feels confident in her new career as a field service representative for Calloway Labs. “One important key to self-confidence is preparation,” she explained. “Thanks to American National University I feel very prepared for my new job with Calloway Labs.”

Before coming to National, Samantha worked as a customer service representative. “It came to the point where I thought ‘I don’t want to be 40 sitting in this little cubicle doing the same thing,’” she recalled. In her new role, she has escaped the cubicle and travels to doctors’ offices and clinics to perform drug testing.

Phlebotomy has always interested her, Samantha shares – explaining how the program was an easy choice, “My mother is a diabetic so being around needles was something that I was used to,” she stated. She also liked that the program took just 6 months to complete.

Samantha said that the atmosphere in her classes at American National University was a pleasant change from that of the community college classes that she had attended in the past. “I’ve had professors before who had no idea who I was,” she said, “To be able to have them interact with me [at National] and know who I am on a daily basis made a big difference to me.”

When her program was near completion, Samantha worked diligently with the campus’s career center director, Kelly Raupach, who assisted her in her job search. “I used to joke with her-- if I didn’t receive an email from her at least every day, I was worried,” said Samantha. “She made a huge effort to help me get a position.”

The hiring process with Calloway Labs took several months and included a personal interview, a web-cam interview, and background checks – but Samantha says the job was worth the wait. “When he called and offered me the position I immediately told everyone,” she recalls with a laugh. “You hold the phone and jump up and down a little bit,” she says, describing elation upon securing a job.

Samantha is continuing her education at American National University in the medical assisting program which she feels goes hand-in-hand with the phlebotomy diploma. She enjoys her job with Calloway Labs and she credits American National University with her success. “It feels great being able to put to use what I studied and trained for at National,” she said.

Campus Donates Computer Equipment to Grandparents United Program

Campus Donates Computer Equipment to Grandparents United Program

The Estill County Grandparents United program recently accepted a donation of 20 computers and 8 monitors that will benefit people who are raising their grandchildren. The Richmond Campus made the donation of computers that are no longer being used at the campus.

Teresa Dawes, community education director at Estill County Schools, said that each year thousands of grandparents and other relatives in Kentucky assume the responsibility of raising children and that many of these caretakers live on fixed incomes and limited resources. “The computers will be used for research, to provide networking possibilities for caregivers, and provide homework help and support [for school aged children],” said Dawes. “The role of the grandparent in today’s society has changed dramatically and now they have the tools to stay in tune with the ever changing world.”

Campus Director Keeley Gadd is pleased that the computers could be used by Grandparents United. “I love when American National University can help support a program in our community and by donating the computers to their program we are not only helping the youth, but the family members that are trying to support them, too,” said Keeley.

Teresa Dawes is pictured accepting the computer donations from staff and students at the Richmond Campus.

Operation National College Eagle Alliance Holds Bike Rally and Poker Run

Operation National College Eagle Alliance Holds Bike Rally and Poker Run

On Saturday, June 23, Operation American National University Eagle Alliance (ONCEA), the veteran student organization of the Danville, Kentucky Campus, held a bike rally and poker run fund raiser. The ride included 3 scenic stops and was followed by a “Support Our Veterans” festival held at the campus. The festival featured live music by the band Social Burdon, food, and games.

“I hope by holding this event today we can show the community that we’re here faithfully to support veterans and let them know that our college is all for helping veterans,” said Robert Robbins, outgoing president of the organization. Proceeds from the bike rally will be donated to a local charity that supports area veterans.

Chuck Bullard (front) and other members of AMVETS Post 61 in Louisville are pictured as they participated in the bike rally and fundraiser.

Tired of Manufacturing Layoffs, Student Trains for a Career in a Field with a Better Future

Tired of Manufacturing Layoffs, Student Trains for a Career in a Field with a Better Future

Forney Bierly (pictured), a student from the Danville, Kentucky Campus, is completing his externship at Good Neighbor Pharmacy where he’s putting into practice the skills that he learned in his pharmacy technician program. He came to American National University after being laid off several times from manufacturing jobs. He used tuition assistance from the Trade Act, which provides money to help pay for training to those who’ve lost their job when their company moves out of the country. “I got to the point where I felt that manufacturing just wasn’t stable anymore so I wanted to try and get in a field that wasn’t going to go to China and that’s how I ended up here studying to be certified as a pharmacy technician,” he explained.

Forney was nervous about returning to school after being out for 40 years but he has maintained a 4.0 grade point average with the support of his wife and with the help of his instructors who he said are always there if he has questions.

Forney will sit for the pharmacy certification exam at the end of this term. Employers look for certification when hiring technicians and the certification can mean increased responsibility in the pharmacy and better pay.

Yellow Ribbon Support Foundation Helps in Efforts to Honor Fallen Classmate

Yellow Ribbon Support Foundation Helps in Efforts to Honor Fallen Classmate

The Florence Campus was honored to welcome guests Jack Cassidy, President/ CEO of Cincinnati Bell; Keith Maupin, President of the Yellow Ribbon Support Center in Cincinnati; and David Charpentier, former Army Ranger and member of the Yellow Ribbon Support Foundation. The guests talked with students, faculty, and staff about the history and mission of the Yellow Ribbon Support Foundation. They also helped to create awareness about the donations drive that is currently underway for a soldier memorial in memory of Daniel Wallace, a American National University graduate who was killed in Badin Kheyl, Afghanistan by insurgents.

In May, student Ronnie Demorest, who served with Daniel in Afghanistan, asked librarian and instructor Cheryl Heer if she would work with him on a donations drive to honor Daniel’s memory. Daniel had been in several of Cheryl’s classes and she remembered his great love for his country and his fervent wish to serve in the military. To help Ronnie and Cheryl support the drive, the Yellow Ribbon Support Foundation members spoke about working to ensure that fallen soldiers in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area will not be forgotten and will be recognized for their service and sacrifice.

The message that Mr. Cassidy, Mr. Maupin (whose son, Matt, was killed in Iraq), and Mr. Charpentier expressed had a powerful effect on student and veteran Jason Stewart: “I have been out of the Army for one year and five months, and I have not been more proud of being a veteran than when I joined the Yellow Ribbon Support Foundation’s presentation. After listening to their presentation, I finally felt as if my sacrifice was being recognized.”

Florence Campus students and staff were pleased to welcome Jack Cassidy (far left), David Charpentier (fifth from left), and Keith Maupin (center), who came to help the donations drive to honor National graduate Daniel Wallace.

Career Fair Gives Students an Opportunity to Meet a Variety of Employers

Career Fair Gives Students an Opportunity to Meet a Variety of Employers

The Louisville Campus held a career fair on Tuesday, July 10. The event offered students and graduates an opportunity to introduce themselves to human resource representatives and find out more about positions available at area companies such as Geek Squad, Stock Yards Bank, Paramount Safety, Comfort Inn & Suites, and Camber Corporation.

Deetra Dennis, vice president of career services for American National University, said that students and graduates should take advantage of the career fairs that are held at each campus. She encourages students to talk with as many of the employers as possible. “It’s important to visit each and every table and not to discount any employer. You just never know what type of opportunity lies with those companies,” she explained.

Deetra said that when attending a career fair, good body language such as a nice smile, a firm hand shake, and eye contact with the employer helps make a great first impression. “Students should convey that they are confident and composed,” she said. “They should be prepared to answer 2 or 3 questions about themselves when they stop at a booth and be ready to give the elevator speech about themselves and how they can be an asset to an organization.”

Melissa Workman, practice manager of Baptist Medical Associates, said that this was her office’s first time participating in a American National University career fair. “We’re new to the area. We have medical assistant, front office and medical coding [positions],” she explained. She was hopeful that she’d find a new employee from the resumes that she collected at the career fair.

Melissa Workman (left), practice manager of Baptist Medical Associates, talks with medical assisting student Jamie Kays (right).

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