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Bartlett and Memphis Campuses Celebrate the Success of the Class of 2013

Bartlett and Memphis Campuses Celebrate the Success of the Class of 2013

On Wednesday, May 22nd, the Bartlett and Memphis Campuses came together to celebrate the success of the Class of 2013 during a commencement ceremony at The Agricenter.

Ernest Strickland, director of economic development for the Greater Memphis Chamber, was the commencement speaker.  Mr. Strickland shared with the graduates that there are really only four jobs in the world:  the Thinker, the Builder, the Improver, and the Producer.  “With this degree, you have been given new knowledge [and] new information.  You have been exposed to concepts and new ideas,” he said.  “Now, it’s up to you.  Which of the four jobs will you perform?  The choice is yours.”

Awards were presented during the graduation ceremony to graduates who excelled in their programs as family and friends cheered them on.  Michelle Wray-Sutton, a graduate of the business administration-management program, received the Bartlett Campus Leadership Award and the Joseph E. Hurn Award, which is presented to a graduate for high academic achievement.  Michelle, who sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem to open the ceremony, served as the student activities committee president at the Bartlett Campus.  She said that she was shocked and thankful to receive the awards. 

“I put a lot of hard work into not only into my studies, but also the campus,” she recalled.  “I would reach out to a student that was having a rough time or feeling a little troubled.   I tried to be positive as much as I could, and motivate as many as I could.”

Michelle is working as the office manager at Truelove’s In-Home Health Care, where she was hired two weeks before graduation. 

  1. Michelle Wray-Sutton is pictured on the left with Bartlett campus director Lottie Minor at the 2013 graduation ceremony.
  2. Director of economic development for the Greater Memphis Chamber Ernest Strickland is pictured speaking to graduates of the Memphis and Bartlett campuses.

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One Student Receives Job Offer from Spring Career Expo

One Student Receives Job Offer from Spring Career Expo

The Knoxville Campus recently held their spring career expo. Fifteen companies participated including several new ones:  SAIC, Weigels, Comcast, and Community Health Alliance.  The participating employers accepted 19 résumés and scheduled 4 interviews on the spot, with one student already receiving a job offer.

The week prior to the fair, the career center addressed the students about an elevator speech and how to engage with the employers. They were very receptive to the concept and were observed putting it to use.  The medical students were challenged to converse with the business employers for practice. Kristi Bible, representative from Ajilon Professional Staffing, stated, “National has great students who are very professional, courteous, and respectful.”

Community Health Alliance (CHA) was extremely popular at the expo.  CHA is a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, or CO-OP, created as part of the Affordable Care Act to encourage competition in the industry. Recently they partnered with Summit Medical Group to be part of the nonprofit’s provider network and they are in active talks with Covenant Health, Tennova Healthcare, and University Health Systems. The company is rapidly growing and will need a variety of positions filled and National hopes to be a strong force in that role.

Campus director Roger Jones is pictured speaking to representatives from Comcast at the campus’s spring career expo.


Management Student Meets State Senator

Management Student Meets State Senator

Business administration-management student Jeff Strazdins is amazed at the opportunities that have been provided to him since coming to the Columbus Campus.  Just recently, he went with campus director Wes Smith to an event with the Capitol Club, which was held at the Ohio Capitol building and the Ohio Senate building.  He and Wes met with Kris Jordan, a state senator who represents Ohio’s 19th district, to talk about the importance of private sector colleges and why they should be treated fairly among other types of institutions. Jeff was able to share with the senator the ways that American National University has given him the chance at attaining a better life for himself.  He emphasized the flexible class schedules and small classes available at American National University that have really made reaching his educational goal much easier.

His intent was also to explain that career colleges like National need to be taken as seriously as other institutions of higher learning. He also emphasized that the curriculum at National is challenging for him and helping him to grow.

“It’s an opportunity I never thought I would have,” Jeff said of the event.  “I never thought I’d be talking with senators.”    

Student Jeff Strazdins is pictured on the right with Senator Kris Jordan at the Ohio Senate building.

Meijer Distribution Receives Employer Recognition Award

Meijer Distribution Receives Employer Recognition Award

The Fort Wayne Campus presented Meijer Distribution with the Distinguished Community Employer Award.  Meijer Distribution is a state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind facility that sorts, packs and ships prescription medications to all of the Meijer stores in a five state area.  Meijer Distribution has hired three American National University pharmacy technician graduates and supports the school’s pharmacy technician program through offering externships and employment upon graduation.  Kelli Craighead, operations manager for Meijer, said, “American National University graduates are professional and understand the concept of a ‘manu-fill’ operation.  They pay attention to detail.  Their training is evident.”  Kelli noted that all of her employees who graduated from American National University stand out as excellent employees and she would not hesitate hiring additional National graduates.  The Fort Wayne Campus appreciates the relationship it has with Meijer Distribution and is looking forward to continuing its positive association with this growing organization.

Fort Wayne campus director Dan Sattison is pictured presenting the Distinguished Community Employer award to Kelli Craighead, operations manager of Meijer Distribution.


Representative Courtney Rogers Helps Campus Celebrate Flag Day

Representative Courtney Rogers Helps Campus Celebrate Flag Day

Tennessee State Representative Courtney Rogers was the guest of honor at the Madison Campus for Flag Day.  She visited the campus during the dedication of the recently replaced American flag.

After the dedication of the flag was conducted by campus director Mark Liverman, Rep. Rogers addressed the Madison Campus students and staff.  She spoke about the meaning of the components of the American flag.  The stars represent all 50 states, while the color white stands for purity and innocence.  This quality was important to the early American people who stood for their faith in God and their belief in a new nation.  The color blue stands for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.  The color red stands for hardiness and valor - to be able to endure the hardships of life.  Red also stands for the courage of the American people.

She also mentioned the nickname of Tennessee:  the “Volunteer State.”  She spoke about Tennesseans who volunteered to fight in the war of 1812, with other Tennesseans such as Sam Houston and David Crockett.  They had asked for 2,800 volunteers; however, 30,000 answered the call.

Rep. Rogers thanked all in attendance that had fought for their country by dedicating the flag to those veterans attending and to those not present who fell in the defense of the flag. 

Tennessee State Representative Courtney Rogers is pictured addressing the crowd at the Madison Campus Flag Day celebration.

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