National Newsletter - biweekly updates from National's 30 communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana.
National News

February 16, 2015

News from

National's Heritage

Schedule a Visit


Share this Newsletter

Social Connections

Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Facebook View our YouTube cannel


Nursing Graduate Finds Key to Her Heart in Cardiac Unit

Nursing Graduate Finds Key to Her Heart in Cardiac Unit Explore National's Online Program

Tiffany Burke loves the fast pace of working as a registered nurse (RN) on the cardiac unit at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). “There’s so much going on—from doctors’ orders, to new admits, to patients going for procedures—and you’ve just got to stay on top of things,” she said.

Tiffany feels well prepared to care for her patients after graduating from the nursing program at the Pikeville Campus last November and becoming licensed as an RN shortly thereafter. “A couple of months before we graduated, PMC allowed us to apply for open positions. [The cardiac unit] was one of my top choices,” she recalled. “We went through an interview process, and then all ten of us had jobs before we even graduated.”

It’s hard for Tiffany to believe that just two years ago, she was a stay-at-home mom. She’d attended a community college in the past and made the switch to American National University after finding it to be a better fit for her family. “The evening and weekend schedule was a big factor because I didn’t have to depend on a babysitter,” she explained. “By the time I got ready to go to school, my husband was home.” 

The small class size and open door policy that she found at National also contributed to her success. “All of the instructors were there to help at any time; it was just a very friendly learning atmosphere,” she stated.

After working hard to complete her program, Tiffany is proud to tell others that she works at PMC as an RN. “It’s very exciting to say that you work for one of the top hospitals in the nation,” Tiffany said.  “I take myself back five years ago, and I would never have imagined where I’m at today. I knew that’s what I wanted to do, but to actually say that’s where I am now – it just makes you feel good.”

Tiffany shared that she would like to continue her education and further advance in her career by earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and now she has the option to do so at American National University with the recent launch of the RN to BSN online program. For more information about the RN to BSN program, please visit:

A- Tiffany Burke (back row, far left) and her fellow nursing graduates are pictured with vice president of academic affairs for health science education Diane Morey (seated, left) and college president Frank Longaker (seated, right).

B- Tiffany Burke is working as an RN on the cardiac unit of Pikeville Medical Center after graduating from the nursing program at the Pikeville Campus.

Our Communities - Article Quick Links

Campus Support Services

Fort Wayne, IN
Indianapolis, IN
South Bend, IN

Danville, KY
Florence, KY
Lexington, KY
Louisville, KY
Pikeville, KY
Richmond, KY

Akron Area, OH
Cleveland, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Columbus, OH
Dayton Area, OH
Stark County, OH
Youngstown, OH

Bartlett, TN
Bristol, TN
Knoxville, TN
Madison, TN
Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN

Charlottesville, VA
Danville, VA
Harrisonburg, VA
Lynchburg, VA
Manassas, VA
Martinsville, VA
Roanoke Valley, VA

West Virginia
Parkersburg, WV
Princeton, WV

Danville Campus Honors MLK Day

Danville Campus Honors MLK Day

The Danville, Virginia Campus recently honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day by hosting an on-campus community event that included a guest speaker, a video presentation, and refreshments. ANU was honored to have Rev. Avon Keen speak to students, faculty, and staff about civil rights history, not only in the U.S. in general, but in Danville, Virginia specifically. 

Rev. Keen, a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and also an ANU graduate, spoke from personal and professional experiences on the history of civil rights in Danville. He also showed rare footage of Dr. Martin Luther King speaking in Danville, Virginia in 1963, demonstrating firsthand how influential Southside Virginia was during the civil rights movement.

The presentation left an impression on those who attended. “I thought the event was exceptional,” said surgical technology student Randi Lee. “I learned how important Danville was in the civil rights movement.”

“This was an excellent learning experience for the students,” said student activities council (SAC) and general education department chair Preston Whitlow. “Some students were unaware that Dr. King was ever in our city.”

Rev. Keen concluded his presentation by encouraging students to get involved in local nonprofit organizations in honor of Dr. King. 

Rev. Avon Keen enlightened students, faculty, staff, and community members about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s involvement with Danville, Virginia during the civil rights movement. 

Time Management Brings Success to Lynchburg Medical Assisting Student

Time Management Brings Success to Lynchburg Medical Assisting Student

Medical assisting student Jessica Thompson can tell you a little bit about time management. As a mother of four, working full-time, and attending the Lynchburg Campus as a full-time student, Jessica has it down to a “t.” She was working full-time as a pharmacy technician but wanted to diversify her skillset in the health care field. She made the decision to further her education and heeded the advice of a friend who was an ANU graduate and enrolled in the medical assisting program. 

Jessica feels that the hands-on classes, the competencies, and the labs have assured her that she made the right decision in choosing ANU. “All of the teachers that I’ve had have been awesome!” she exclaimed. “All the different classes I’ve taken have prepared me in accounting, terminology, and even for going through the interviewing process.” 

She appreciates that the ANU faculty and staff have gone the extra mile to prepare her for re-entering the workforce. “I like the help given to go out and find a job and know what to expect and how to prepare,” she said. Eventually she hopes to parlay her skills into a nursing career because she wants to dedicate her life to helping others.

Although it has been a little challenging at times, Jessica feels her overall experience at ANU has been pleasant. “That’s what it’s all about,” she explained. “At least, in the end, I can say I worked hard for this and know that I did my best!” 

Jessica’s hard work has already started to pay off, as she was recently named to the Dean’s List. “Jessica always has a positive attitude and shows leadership qualities in the classroom,” says Lynchburg Campus director of health care education Sue Coleman. Her family, who all came to the campus to cheer her on as she received her Dean’s List certificate, couldn’t be prouder of her success so far. “They’ve been awesome; I couldn’t ask for a better support team,” she beamed.

Jessica Thompson celebrates making the Dean’s List with her family, who all attended the ceremony to support her.

Charlottesville Campus Promotes Health and Wellness

Charlottesville Campus Promotes Health and Wellness

The Charlottesville Campus recently hosted a health and wellness fair, welcoming representatives from a variety of local businesses and organizations to share information on healthy living with students, faculty, staff, and community members. 

Among the organizations represented were instructors and personal trainers from Gold’s Gym and ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center. Women’s Health Virginia distributed valuable information about stress and women’s health. Massage Envy shared information on the benefits and importance of relaxation and provided free chair massage demonstrations. Smoothie King brought in healthy smoothie samples and shared information about ingredients that can be added to smoothies to meet nutritional needs or to increase energy or metabolism. 

Several of the campus’s medical assisting students were also able to put their classwork into practice by performing cholesterol and glucose testing, as well as obtaining blood pressure and height/weight measurements for the fitness centers to calibrate participants’ body mass indexes. “I really enjoyed the event; it was great to use the skills that we’ve learned in the classroom,” said medical assisting student Julia John. “The experience got me excited about finishing the program and starting my career.”

A- Medical assisting student Shawnee Shuey speaks with Mimi Bender from Women’s Health Virginia.

B- Campus director John Donohue has his height and weight measured by medical assisting student Julia John.

Local Radio Personality Encourages Students

Local Radio Personality Encourages Students

Students in the Lexington Campus’s radio and television broadcasting program had a very special visitor recently -- long-time radio personality and local broadcasting icon Jay Alexander. Mr. Alexander has been an on-air personality in the Lexington area for nearly twenty years and is a legend in the industry. He has worked with a couple of the region’s top broadcasting companies, where he has anchored weather, traffic reporting, talk-radio, and also worked in broadcasting management. He is currently the program/music director for 107.9 The Beat, which is one of the top-rated channels in the Lexington region.

“I had to start from the bottom and work my way up,” Mr. Alexander shared. “I began my career in a small, southern station and worked my way into that region’s top stations. I had to educate myself along the way.” 

Mr. Alexander and radio and television broadcasting program chair William Gray are friends who have both worked in many facets of the broadcasting industry, gaining tremendous knowledge and experience they are able to share with American National University students as they prepare for careers in the broadcasting arena. 

“I love having an opportunity to visit American National University and meet with the students,” said Mr. Alexander. “They are the talent of the future, and their passion will take them as far as they choose.” His advice to the students was clear. “It’s all about confidence, determination, dedication, and being in the right place at the right time,” he explained. “Education and experience will help put you in that right place – so be patient and take control of your career!” 

(Front Row - Left to Right) Jeremiah Mitchell, program chair William Gray; (Back Row - Left to Right) Joye Christopher, Alonzo Haskins, Katherene Jackson, Jay Alexander, William Redd, and Cameron Butts.

Mike Sutton – Student Services Representative – Danville, Kentucky

Mike Sutton – Student Services Representative – Danville, Kentucky


Mike Sutton – Difference Maker at the Danville, Kentucky Campus


Student Services Representative


American National University staff member for 8 years

Has several years of real estate and management experience; has been a business owner for seven years; and has served on the Lancaster City Council for four years

Recipient of American National University’s Alumni Hall of Achievement Award in 2010


Graduated from American National University with an associate’s degree, double-majoring in business administration- management and business administration- accounting


“Many of our students work and have a family and still put forth the continued effort to better their lives and their families’ lives by obtaining their education. They are hard-working and eager to learn. Our students are outstanding individuals; I consider myself lucky to be a part of their lives.

“From the first time a new student comes in to see me for assistance with their financial aid, I do everything in my power to make them feel comfortable and welcome at our campus. I work very hard to earn their trust and make sure they know that they can always come to me with any issue. If it isn’t in my realm of responsibility, I will walk them to the right person myself and make sure they are taken care of. All through their time here with us I work with them, answering any questions and helping with any concerns they may have. Even after graduation, I often have students come back to ask questions about student loans and consolidation, and I am happy to help.

“My favorite moments as a American National University staff member are graduation and seeing our students working in their chosen field of study. Their success means that we have succeeded.”

Student services representative Mike Sutton is a Difference Maker at the Danville, Kentucky Campus.

UK STEPS Named a Distinguished Community Employer

UK STEPS Named a Distinguished Community Employer

The Richmond Campus recently recognized the UK STEPS program as a Distinguished Community Employer. The UK STEPS program works closely with the Richmond Campus offering employment to graduates of the medical assisting, medical billing and coding, medical office professional, and other programs.

According to UK STEPS employment consultant Elizabeth Walker, the STEPS program works as an internal staffing agency for the University of Kentucky. Medical program graduates may be placed on assignment anywhere within the UK Healthcare system, including Chandler Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Eastern State Hospital, the Kentucky Clinic, and Markey Cancer Center. 

In the past year, Elizabeth estimates that she’s hired close to twenty Richmond Campus graduates. “Their clinical skills generally seem to be outstanding, as well as their administrative skills,” she said. “I look forward to hiring more graduates.”

Julie Collins, a recent graduate of the Richmond Campus, was hired by UK Steps. She has been placed in the University Health Services clinic, where she works as a registered medical assistant. Julie is excited about the transition that she’s made into the medical field in just two short years thanks to American National University and UK STEPS.  “It’s the first step to going forward into my new career,” she said of her work at UK.

(L to R) American National University graduate and UK STEPS employee Julie Collins, UK STEPS employment consultant Elizabeth Banks, and career center director Cynthia Hansel are pictured during the Distinguished Community Employer Award presentation.

Florence Campus Student Receives Senatorial Citation

 Florence Campus Student Receives Senatorial Citation

Daniel Nylund, a medical assisting student from the Florence Campus, recently received a senatorial citation from Senator John Schickel. He received the citation in recognition of his merit as a veteran who has served our country and as a civilian who is working towards earning his degree. Most specifically, he was commended for his persistence through challenging personal obstacles and his inner determination that has propelled him towards his upcoming graduation in the spring.

“Of all the students who have attended the Florence Campus, Daniel is quite possibly the person that has had to overcome the most obstacles,” said campus director Amy Brown. “And through it all, he has utilized the partnership between the faculty, staff, and most of all, his classmates – for whom he has built a strong camaraderie. Those influences, along with his fiancé and mother, will be those cheering the loudest when Daniel receives his degree at graduation.”

“I am deeply honored,” said Daniel of receiving the award. “I can now knock this off my bucket list for getting a citation from a Senator.” You can read more about Daniel’s experience in the medical assisting program here:

Florence Campus medical assisting student Daniel Nylund was the recent recipient of a senatorial citation from Senator John Schickel. He is shown with campus director Amy Brown (left) and director of health care education Kathreeen Buckner (right).

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.

In accordance with the regulations of the Tennessee Higher Education Council, all references to "American National University" refer to "National College" in the state of Tennessee.