July 28, 2014
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SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS
7th Annual Healthy Fun Fair Continues Tradition of Valuable Screenings and Fun Galore
On Thursday, July 24th, the Pikeville Campus once again joined forces with generous members of the local medical community to bring free health care screenings, wellness information and safety demonstrations to young and old alike during the 7th annual Healthy Fun Fair.
With a number of career training programs in the medical field, American National University has a long history of sponsoring events which combine health and fun, including a marathon and an adventure race. Attendees from throughout eastern Kentucky mark their calendars each year to attend the Healthy Fun Fair because of the unique opportunity to learn more about wellness and get valuable health screenings, all in a fun, carnival-like atmosphere.
During the event, the staff from AirEvac Lifeteam taught hands-only CPR to the beat of the song “Staying Alive,” while the Spina Bifida Association dispensed free bottles of folic acid vitamins to expectant mothers, and the YMCA conducted a lively Zumba class down the hall. Outside, large inflatable water slides, games, and popcorn were enjoyed by the many children who attended the event with their families, while just a few feet away, the Pikeville Health Department’s Mobile Clinic provided free well-child exams, sports and school physicals, and many other services.
“I think that with a lot of people not having health care insurance, and maybe not seeing doctors, that this is a great place for them to come and get a lot of information regarding health care,” said Jackie Cole, a senior health environmentalist at Pike County Health Department, who worked at the check-in desk of the mobile clinic.
The event also serves as an excellent opportunity for students in the medical programs at the campus to gain hands-on experience using their phlebotomy and other medical skills. Zeke Karczewski, a student in the nursing program, said that he enjoyed interacting with the public as he conducted blood pressure screenings during the fair. “It gives people an opportunity to see what’s going on at American National University, and also an opportunity to get some health care in a real convenient way,” Zeke said.
A mock medical emergency, conducted by first responders from the EMS, police, and fire departments, is a highlight of the event each year. This year’s simulation -- a drunk-driving ATV accident -- featured a very special guest, American National University president Frank Longaker, who portrayed an accident victim alongside several students from the campus. President Longaker and another “victim” were extracted from a car by firemen using the Jaws of Life, and whisked away by paramedics, as a large crowd enjoyed the excitement.
A- (Shown left to right) American National University President Frank Longaker, regional director of admissions Trent Ramey and executive director of health science education Diane Morey is shown practicing hands-only CPR to the rhythm of the song "Staying Alive" during the 2014 Healthy Fun Fair.
B- Frank Longaker, president of American National University, is shown being transported by stretcher to an ambulance during the medical emergency simulation that was conducted during the Healthy Fun Fair.
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Student is Excelling Both Inside and Outside the Classroom
Samantha Gilbert is proof-positive that drive and determination are two huge components of accomplishing one’s goals. With a life-long interest in health care, Samantha chose to enroll in the medical assisting program at the Lexington Campus. “I’ve always worked in the medical field; I knew early on that this was going to be my career field,” she says.
Samantha had already earned her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) credentials prior to enrolling, which helped her decide what her next step would be. “I chose medical assisting because it’s a natural extension of my previous training and will help with my future goals,” she explains.
In addition to her classroom duties, Samantha has recently been employed at Hometown Manor -- one of the newest and most progressive assisted-living facilities in the region. “Our facility is brand new, and we had a vision for our staff,” says Hometown Manor owner Tracey Javid. “Samantha certainly has the credentials to be a caregiver with us – but she brought so much more to the table. Her knowledge, personality, and demeanor made her an obvious and outstanding choice for us.”
Because Samantha is employed full-time, the flexible scheduling available at American National University is a great help to her. Her reason for choosing National in furthering her career is simple: “It was my only choice, actually. The smaller classes and excellent instructors have helped me so much. I am considering earning my bachelor’s in health care management and eventually want to earn my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This is just one of many future goals for me.”
Hometown Manor owners Vahid Javid (l) and Tracey Javid (r) are shown with Samantha Gilbert, a student in the medical assisting program at the Lexington Campus.
Campus Has Unique Method for Recognizing Excellence
The Dayton Area Campus’s “A TEAM” program, developed and coordinated by director of health care education Derrick Parks, acknowledges students who meet the 5 A’s.
An “A TEAM” student has good Attendance; maintains a good Academic record; has a professional and polite Attitude; follows the American National University dress code and has a good Appearance; and remains Accountable for all assigned work and other obligations.
Student Debora Sine believes following the 5 A’s will prepare her as a professional in the workplace. “It’s important to do your best, and it’s nice to be recognized for hard work,” she says. Student Walter Smith adds that he uses these qualities every day, and employers expect it every day, as well. Student Cathleen Frazier says, “Being recognized for dedication and hard work makes me want to continue to strive to do my very best.”
To be considered for the “A TEAM,” students are nominated by administrators, instructors, and staff during the previous two terms. Since the program’s inception two years ago, more than 30 students have been selected for the “A TEAM.”
All finalists have their framed picture displayed on the wall of the main hallway and receive a certificate and gift.
Pictured are “A TEAM” students (l) to (r) Debora Sine, Walter Smith, and Cathleen Frazier, and director of health care education Derrick Parks, who developed and coordinates the program.
Student Enrolls With Encouragement from a Friend
Mark Sell recently enrolled in the accounting program at the Richmond Campus after his friend, Teresa Rice, told him about the great experience that she’d had in her medical assisting and pharmacy technician programs at American National University.
Teresa completed her medical assisting program earlier this year, and she’s continuing her education in the pharmacy technician program. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was four years old,” she says of working in the medical field.
When Mark lost his job, Teresa urged him to use the time off to train for a more rewarding career. He visited the campus as a volunteer when Teresa needed to practice drawing blood during her medical assisting program. He liked the small class that Teresa was in, and he enrolled soon after. “Since I couldn’t find a job, I thought it was a good opportunity to come [to school],” says Mark.
Mark has always excelled at math, and he’s enjoying his accounting program. After graduating, he looks forward to gaining experience working in the field, and he then hopes to open his own accounting or tax preparation business.
Medical assisting student Teresa Rice is pictured with her friend Mark Sell whom she referred to American National University.
Jennifer Lyon-Instructor-Danville, KY
• Jennifer Lyon—Difference Maker at the Danville, Kentucky Campus
• Instructor in the medical assisting program
• Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician
• American National University faculty member for almost two years
• Has worked in the medical field for 23 years
• Has gained experience in a variety of health care settings, including emergency room, long-term care, doctors’ offices, and cardiology
• Earned associate’s degree in medical assisting with highest honors from American National University
“From my personal experience of having been a working wife and mother of three while going through college myself, I know how hard it is. I admire when my students hang in there and strive because they see the bigger picture of how education can better their lives. I tell my students, ‘small goals turn into a huge success!’
“My favorite teaching moments are when I see the light bulb go off. When a student actually hears a blood pressure for the first time, and I see their eyes dance, is my greatest reward. I know that they are starting to understand the human body, and it excites me!
“The best thing about being part of the American National University team is that I see positive role models in my fellow faculty members, and I see our instruction changing lives. I believe that every instructor and staff member at the Danville, Kentucky Campus truly believes in EVERY student!”
Career Fair Draws a Large Attendance
The Fort Wayne Campus recently held a career fair, putting area employers in touch with students and local job-seekers. Fifteen employers were on hand to speak with approximately 75 attendees about job opportunities within their organizations. WFFT, the local FOX Broadcasting television affiliate, also attended to feature the job fair on their evening news.
A diverse mix of employers, including representatives from Parkview Hospital, Lutheran Health Network, Wells Fargo, and the City of Fort Wayne – some of northeast Indiana’s Top 10 employers - were on hand. The event also offered entrepreneurship prospects with companies such as Avon and Mary Kay.
“I enjoyed speaking with the representatives from Lutheran and Parkview Hospitals,” says medical assisting student Kevin Grant. “I got a good idea of the direction I want my career to go.”
Job fair participants are pictured speaking with a representative from the local Easter Seals organization about career opportunities.
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