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Campus Holds Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for New Location

Campus Holds Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for New Location

On Tuesday, September 23rd the Florence Campus held a grand opening celebration for its new 14,000 square foot facility located at 8095 Connector Drive.  Graduates, neighbors, and business partners joined students and staff from American National University, which has served Northern Kentucky for more than 25 years, for tours, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and a reception.

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Kentucky State Senator John Schickel, who serves District 11, presented senatorial citations to Florence Campus graduates Kayla Hadden, a business administration-accounting graduate, and Natasha Jackson, a veteran of the U.S. Army and graduate of the surgical technology program.  He commended Kayla and Natasha on their achievements, after thanking American National University for offering the educational experience that many of today’s students need to succeed.  “Life is difficult.  Very few students come from families that can afford to go to four-year institutions and don’t have to work,” said Senator Schickel.  “I was 50 years old when I finally graduated from college, and that’s the story of people that come to an institution like this. They’re working. They have families. They have challenging lives.  Thank you for meeting these students where they’re at--not at some idealistic vision of where they should be.”

Senator Schickel also praised American National University for investing over $400,000 into the local economy and using no public funding while making renovations to the facility. “Other institutions could take example,” said Senator Schickel.  “What have they done here? They’ve taken existing real estate and turned it into something that’s productive for the community, right here in the middle of Florence, Kentucky where the students are.”

Veteran support organization Veteran Kinnection was also recognized during the ceremony as the organization’s founder, Daniel Royce, accepted a donation from American National University. “American National University is known for its recognition of our nation’s veterans and we are strong patriots,” said Jason Stewart, student services representative and veteran liaison for the campus. “As an institution of higher education that is managed by veterans – our president, Frank Longaker, is a Vietnam veteran, and we have many veterans among the college’s senior administrators – on this day of celebration, we take the time to remember those who have served and those who are serving and appreciate their dedication to our freedom.”

Following the ceremony, many of the attendees reflected on the contributions that American National University has made to the community, and the impact that their education at the Florence Campus has had on their lives. Kim Arrasmith-Bradley, a 2002 graduate of the administrative office specialist program, who now works as president and CEO of Arrasmith Promotions, recalled that she enrolled at the Florence Campus after she’d been out of the workforce for over twenty years. “It gave me the confidence to get out there and start a successful business and be comfortable again back out in the workforce,” explained Kim, who also serves as an ambassador for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “American National University has a special place in my heart, because they did get me started. To see them out here and growing like they are, and giving other people the opportunities that I feel like I got is pretty special and pretty exciting, so I wanted to be a part of it.” 

Residents of the Northern Kentucky Area are invited to drop in any time to see the beautiful new Florence Campus, or contact the campus at (859) 525-6510 for more information.

A-Kentucky State Senator John Schickel is shown with Florence Campus Director Amy Brown during the campus's grand opening celebration.

B- Veteran Kinnection founder Daniel Royce is shown accepting a donation to his organization  during the Florence Campus Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  Pictured left to right-Florence Campus veteran liaison Jason Stewart, Veteran Kinnection founder Daniel Royce, American National University vice president of communications Chuck Steenburgh, and Florence Campus director Amy Brown.

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Employer Recognized for His Service to the Campus

Employer Recognized for His Service to the Campus

David Chapman, practice manager at the Indiana Health Center in South Bend, was recently presented with the Distinguished Community Employer award by the South Bend Campus for his work with medical assisting externships, offering full time employment to one of the externs, and his service on the campus Medical Assistant Advisory Board.

Indiana Health Centers, Inc. was founded in 1977 to engage exclusively in charitable and educational programs and activities by improving the health status of the community at large with special emphasis on those who, because of their poverty, location in rural areas, or other reasons, have health needs which are not being properly addressed.  Indiana Health Centers, Inc. has expanded to include behavioral health services in South Bend.  This health center has been deemed an outstanding Public Health Service facility.

Mr. Chapman said that Liz Armenakis and Chereka Fox were both excellent externs who stood out “as dedicated workers with positive attitudes and had learned the qualities required of a good medical assistant.  You can teach any technical skill, but it is very difficult to teach the soft skills and the professionalism required to deal with the clients and the high demands in a fast paced clinic,” said Mr. Chapman.  

Pictured (l) to (r):  David Chapman, practice manager, Indiana Health Center, Inc. [IHC], and Tina Bonne, South Bend Campus Director.

Campus Celebrates Constitution Day

Campus Celebrates Constitution Day

The Charlottesville Campus celebrated Constitution Day by recognizing the adoption of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, as well as those who have become U. S. citizens.  The day on campus was marked with numerous displays and educational programs offering a more in-depth study of the Constitution.  Charlottesville was also grateful to include in the celebration those studying for their project management professional (PMP) certification through the School of Professional Development.  The goal of this training is to attain a higher project completion success rate in government contracting by using and applying a standardized and evolving set of project management principles developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Pictured are (l) to (r): ANU Career Center Director Anne Brown, PMP class instructor Tim Dalhouse; and class members Dr. Charles Ward, Chuck Lewis, Nick Gully, Ruben Mercado, Ed Larson, Derek Funk, Rob Jones, Tim Bovill, Graham Crouch, and Steven Kempton.

Congressional Candidate Speaks On Campus

Congressional Candidate Speaks On Campus

The Danville Campus celebrated Constitution Day on September 17, 2014.  The campus was honored to have Congressional candidate Lawrence Gaughan speak to students about the content, history, relevance, and importance of the U.S. Constitution.  Constitution Day is a federal holiday recognizing the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

“Today we not only celebrate the U.S. Constitution, but citizenship as well,” said Mr. Gaughan.  He read several passages from the Constitution and provided insight on how the information relates to daily life for Americans.

After making his presentation, Mr. Gaughan fielded questions from the students about the Constitution and about the role of government from federal, state, and local perspectives.  After his question and answer session, Mr. Vaughan talked with students and took pictures with them.

“The students were very interested in Mr. Gaughan’s presentation and asked some really great questions,” said instructor and student activity council (SAC) faculty advisor, Preston Whitlow.  “I appreciate that Mr. Gaughan was genuinely interested in providing unbiased information to students about the Constitution and the role of government instead of using his presentation as a platform for his Congressional aspirations.”

The Danville Campus also hosted a Constitution quiz, which contained several pertinent questions about the Constitution.  Students scoring perfectly on the quiz were entered in a drawing to win gift cards.

In response to low voter turnout in Virginia’s 5th District and to encourage student participation in Congressional elections, the SAC is hosting a “Register to Vote” event on-campus on September 29th.

Lawrence Gaughan speaks to students about the Constitution.

Campus Holds Two Constitution Day Celebrations

Campus Holds Two Constitution Day Celebrations

The Martinsville Campus celebrated Constitution Day with a day and an evening recognition.  The speaker for the September 17th evening event was instructor Robert Divers, who focused on the importance of the Constitution, calling the document “the supreme law of the land.”  Mr. Divers indicated he wanted to leave three points with the listeners on the value of the Constitution – it is the document that founded our government, the Constitution outlines all of our rights as citizens, and the Constitution protects us from our own government.  Mr. Divers gave explanations to support his three points – the document is still being used after 227 years, the document and amendments 13, 14, and 15 are concerned with our rights in the areas of religion, assembly, a free press, petition, and speech.  Also, provisions in amendments 4, 5, 8, and 14 protect us from the government by establishing laws dealing with the rights of the accused, due process, and punishment.  Students and staff members applauded the talk, and administrative assistant Lisa Kendrick remarked that Mr. Divers had discussed “much for us to consider … he did a really good job!”

The September 18th morning event to recognize the Constitution featured Instructor Joan Blankenship.  Ms. Blankenship emphasized that we are all covered by the Constitution and we use the First Amendment without giving thought to it, “You have the right to speak freely and you should seize the opportunity to learn better writing and speaking skills and then use them.”  Joan focused on the most recent Constitutional issues, saying that these often are concerned with an abuse of power.  She emphasized that since 1995, the Supreme Court has struck down or limited the reach of numerous federal laws passed by Congress in such policy areas as civil rights, crime, and economic regulation.  Joan encouraged students to learn more about the Constitution and to pay attention to matters in the media dealing with Constitutional issues, “You all have received a copy of the Constitution and I encourage you to read it.  It will answer a lot of the questions that many of you ask every day as it remains a politically driven document where interpretation changes with every election.”

A-Instructor Robert Divers discussed the importance of the Constitution.

B-Instructor Joan Blankenship encouraged students to learn more about the Constitution. 

Attorney Speaks at Campus Constitution Day Celebration

Attorney Speaks at Campus Constitution Day Celebration

The Nashville Campus observed Constitution Day with guest speaker Attorney Robert Greene who discussed the history of the Constitution of the United States. Dr. Greene has practiced as a lawyer for more than 36 years and also instructs sales and contract law at National College.

“The U.S. Constitution established America’s national government and its fundamental laws,” said Dr. Greene.  “It basically guarantees certain rights for its citizens.”

He explained that after George Washington was elected president, there was a need to change how the government operated.  “After the Americans won their independence from the British in 1783, it kept becoming evident to them that they needed a stronger central government in order to remain stable,” said Dr. Greene.  “At that time the nation was basically a loose federation of states, and each one of those states each operated as individual countries. “

Dr. Greene noted that 55 delegates, representing 13 states, attended the constitutional convention that was held to create the constitution. The delegates were merchants, farmers, bankers and lawyers, and many had served their country in the Continental Army.  Benjamin Franklin was the oldest delegate at age 81, and Jonathan Dayton was the youngest at age 26. 

He also discussed the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution, which includes freedom of speech. 

Following his presentation, Dr. Greene answered questions from students about how the U.S. Constitution relates to current affairs.  The students also participated in a trivia contest and enjoyed refreshments during the Constitution Day celebration.

A-Attorney Robert Greene is shown speaking about the history of the U.S. Constitution at the Nashville Campus.

B-Medical assisting students pictured (l) to (r) are: Melana Davis, LaCandice Townsend, and Antonio Williams.

Cynthia Hansel-Career Center Director-Richmond

Cynthia Hansel-Career Center Director-Richmond

American National University Difference Maker

• Cynthia Hansel – Difference Maker at the Richmond Campus

• Career center director

• American National University staff member since 2009
• Recipient of American National University’s Outstanding College Member award for the Richmond Campus in 2011

• Received associate’s degrees in accounting and administrative office professional from American National University
• Previously worked in student services before becoming career center director

“I admire our students’ determination to make a better life for them and their families.
“Everyone needs encouragement along the way, and I hope that I make a difference by being that person who encourages our students — letting them know that “yes, you can do it,” whether it is a test they don’t think they will do well on or a job interview they are scared to go to, and giving them that pat on the back for a job well done and jumping for joy with them when they land that dream job.
“The best thing about being a American National University staff member is working with a great group of individuals who want to see each and every student succeed.”

Difference  Maker, Cynthia Hansel has been employed by the Richmond Campus since 2009. 

Graduate Uses National as a Springboard for her Medical Management Career

Graduate Uses National as a Springboard for her Medical Management Career

Northrice Pates of the Youngstown Campus found out about American National University just two years ago.  She had already received a degree in music entertainment management and a minor in psychology in her younger days.  She  spent 15 years in the health care industry as she  cared for various family members.  She is currently still taking care of one of them, and decided that she wanted to get a degree in the business side of the field, so she chose business administration-management. 

She took psychology at National again and said, “Now that I am older and wiser, something that I took for granted, may be an avenue for me to pursue things of self-discovery, talents, gifts or skills that I didn’t know I had that I would discover through several classes.  So for me, it has been a well-balanced kind of buffet of attributes and things that I am learning about myself…it’s like a treasure chest!”  An example of this is that National has resurrected her love for creative writing.  Northrice said that her English instructor encouraged her and that she is realized that “the gift was dormant and is still here…it was not a ‘fly by night’ thing in [her] 20’s.”  She added that it is something in her that can grow. 

Now that she has another education behind her, she knows that she wants to be a health care advocate and may possibly obtain a master’s degree in psychology.  She also hopes to eventually start her own music consulting firm and combine her love of music with psychology and business. 

In the future, Northrice sees herself as “very successful in this country and internationally.”  She sees herself, “As an advocate…wealthy to be able to help those who are disenfranchised – to be able to make a mark on the world – to create avenues for housing for patients with AIDS and caregivers.”  She would also like to be able to offer caregivers a place to “get away, get pampered, get recharged, get revived so that they can obtain balance,” said Northrice.  “I’ve been to the extremes and I kind of know.” 

Northrice added, “Anyone thinking about education, [should] really look at where you want to go, where you want to be. Plan it out, stategize it, just don’t pick a college to pick it. For me, American National University has just rebirthed, revived, restored a lot of things in my life personally.  I am glad that I made that choice in that respect, because I don’t think I would have gotten the same experience with [another] choice,” said Northrice.  “Make sure the institution you pick [is] really going to benefit you, not just in education but in your life as a whole.”

Northrice has been accepted into the health care management program at Mercy College.  She said that for her, American National University was, “a springboard and I am at a point where this springboard is going to propel me very high.” 

Northrice Pates, a graduate of the Youngstown Campus, recently chose to continue her education at Mercy College. 

Workshop Attendees Learn How to Customize their Résumés

Workshop Attendees Learn How to Customize their Résumés

Nothing thrills the Parkersburg Campus career center director Maryann Sims’ heart more than hearing that a student or graduate was hired.  Recently, students and community members were able to come closer to saying those words thanks to a workshop presented by Maryann.  The do’s and don’ts of résumé writing were covered in this entertaining and informative workshop.

Maryann gave many helpful suggestions in the workshop and included many real life examples of well done and not so well done résumés.  She went over the various formats for writing and when it was best to use each style, explaining that some were better for young, new graduates and some were better suited to more experienced or older job candidates.  “The style and length of your résumé will change over the years,” said Maryann.  “What served you well ten years ago might not be the best fit for you today.”

Workshop attendee Ashlie Ferrell was enthusiastic about what she learned.  “I was surprised to learn about all the things that I should not put on my résumé,” Ashlie said.  “It was really good to learn exactly what kind of information an employer will be looking for when I submit a résumé.  The examples Maryann gave us were very helpful.”

Maryann Sims, career center director of the Parkersburg Campus, led a résumé workshop for students and the community.

The Second Time Around Proves Golden For Student

The Second Time Around Proves Golden For Student

Jessica Segura of the Lexington Campus is proof-positive that your first career choice may not be the best one. She found she had a real talent for mechanical drawing in high school and she excelled at it. When she first entered college, she felt a career in computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting  was the obvious direction to take. However, after two semesters her thoughts began to change. Jessica said, “I followed my heart in choosing my college career but it just wasn’t what I thought it would be. I began taking care of the elderly to support myself in college and I quickly realized I was destined to work in the medical field. By this time I had two children and, sadly, had lost my husband to health issues – so school was no longer an option. With no formalized training…I went from one dead-end job to another.”

Jessica worked to support her children – but she still had dreams of working in the medical field one day. Her children were growing up and she wanted to do more than live paycheck to paycheck. Her frustrations led to a crucial decision – one which would change her entire outlook and future. “I drew the line when I ended up managing a gas station and also had to move back in with my mom. Don’t get me wrong – we were great support for one another. It gave me a chance to change it up and make a decision for a career. I decided to go back to college, and found American National University by way of a friend, and the rest is history…and my future.  I’m in my externship this term and I absolutely love what I’m doing. Medical assisting was made for me! The flexible scheduling, small classes, wonderful instructors, everything at National worked for me. Unlimited support and encouragement from everyone – including my classmates! They motivated and inspired me when the going got tough – they pulled me and I’ve made some lifetime friends in the process. The sky is the limit for me, now. I want to earn my RMA and my CMA credentials and work in a specialty area like gynecology or perhaps cardiology. Now I can be a role model for my two children and have a tremendous career!” beamed Jessica.

Graduate Jessica Segura is thrilled about her future as a medical assistant and plans to add two professional credentials to her degree. 

Students Tour Historic Medical Museum

Students Tour Historic Medical Museum

Students in instructor Jennifer Lyon’s Medical Office Procedures class at the Danville, Kentucky Campus recently visited the Dr. Ephraim McDowell House Museum and Apothecary Shop.  Dr. McDowell performed the first surgery in Kentucky in his office on Christmas morning in 1809, successfully removing a twenty two pound ovarian tumor without anesthetic or antisepsis.

During the field trip, the students learned about the history of medicine and they were able to see medical instruments used during the time period.

“The trip was a great experience,” said medical assisting student Jessica Pike. “It was interesting learning about how the McDowell family came to live in Danville, how they practiced medicine out of their home, and how medical treatment was done in the 19th Century.”

“It was a great tour and an informative and interesting lesson in medicine and history,” added medical assisting student Melanie Caulder.

Danville, Kentucky Campus students (l) to (r): Jessica Pike, Kathy Wooten, Melanie Caulder & Mary Adams are pictured at the Ephraim McDowell House Museum.

Campus Hosts Kentucky State Society of American Medical Technologists Fall Conference

Campus Hosts Kentucky State Society of American Medical Technologists Fall Conference

On Saturday, September 20th, medical professionals from throughout Kentucky gathered at the Louisville Campus for the Kentucky State Society of American Medical Technologists Fall Conference.  AMT is an internationally recognized certification agency and membership association for allied health professionals.  The organization provides nine medical professional certifications, including the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential.  The RMA certification exam is given to American National University students as the final step in their medical assisting program.

Everett Bloodworth, president of the board of directors for AMT, who works as the laboratory director for Marshall County Hospital in Kentucky, participated in the conference.  He feels that the opportunity for continuing education that the conference provided is vital to the association’s members.  “It’s important to keep current with the newest and latest breakthroughs in technology,” Mr. Bloodworth explained.

During the conference, several staff members from the Louisville Campus led sessions.  Director of health care education Bonnie Kiefer conducted a session on vital signs, and instructor Paul Schum discussed the anatomy of the heart and EKG’s.  Other sessions covered new regulations in Medicare/Medicaid and in laboratory quality control.  Interactive sessions were also held as attendees solved a murder mystery during a team building exercise and later participated in a CPR relay.

Christina Sapp, a medical assisting student from the Louisville Campus, also participated in the conference, where she had an opportunity to network with health care professionals and learn more about the medical field.  She said that the event fueled her excitement for her upcoming career as a medical assistant. “There’s a lot to learn and I like that.  I like to be challenged,” Christina said.

A-Instructor Paul Schum is shown discussing the anatomy of the heart at the AMT Fall Conference.

B-Medical assisting student Christina Sapp is shown participating in a CPR relay at the AMT Fall Conference.

Lynchburg Class Achieves 100% Pass Rate on RMA Exam

Lynchburg Class Achieves 100% Pass Rate on RMA Exam

Bridney Tune and Lynn Owen, medical assisting students at the Lynchburg Campus, have always had an interest in the medical field. Now that they have both passed their certification exams they are ready to make their dreams come true.  They both enjoyed their experience at American National University.  From the small classrooms, to the support of their instructors, to being able to get their degree in two years, both would recommend ANU to their friends and urge them to “go for it” if they are thinking about going back to college.  As a matter of fact, Lynn enjoyed it so much that she has decided to continue her education in the healthcare information management bachelor’s degree program. 

Bridney’s son was her reason to go to college.  She wanted to build a successful career so she could build a successful future for her family.  Her degree helped her get out of a server position at a local restaurant into a full-time position as a medical assistant at Central Virginia Family Physicians.

Lynn wanted a new career.  After being a stay-at-home mom, she realized she enjoyed nursing after working as a nursing assistant at a local nursing home.  Since receiving her degree in medical assisting, she plans to work  full-time while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in healthcare information management. 

When asked if there was a particular teacher or class that made a positive impact on them, both said “Ms. Bateman!”  who is a medical instructor.  Both agreed that “The teachers, the people and the one-on-one help” are what they liked the most about American National University.

Pictured (l) to (r) are  Lynn Owen and Bridney Tune,  registered medical assistants. 

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