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Three Generations Receive Degrees during Commencement Ceremony

Three Generations Receive Degrees during Commencement Ceremony

On Thursday, May 21, the Danville, Kentucky Campus celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2015 during its graduation ceremony at First Christian Church of Danville. The campus was honored to have Jess Correll, CEO and owner of First Southern National Bank, serve as the commencement speaker. 

During his address, Mr. Correll applauded American National University’s mission to prepare its students for “a full life and a successful career.” He urged the graduates to make the most of their new careers by upholding the six pillars of a good work ethic:  integrity, faithfulness, punctuality, quality of workmanship, pleasant attitude, and enthusiasm. 

He also advised the graduates to give their relationships top priority in their lives. “As I leave you tonight, I challenge you to value your relationships with your family, your boss, your coworkers, and those who serve you,” he stated. “Be a giver, not a taker. Consider others before yourselves.”

Following Mr. Correll’s address, academic awards were presented to the following graduates:  Nikki Chapa--Achievement Award; Joshua A. Parsons—Leadership Award ; Melanie Caulder and Cindy Lou Wallin —E.M. Coulter Award;  and Darlene Benedict—Joseph E. Hurn Award. 

Althea Lear, a 2012 graduate of the medical assisting program, was presented with the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award. You can read more about Althea’s career success here: http://bit.ly/1GyyLVj.

“Here's my chance. I'm going back and getting that degree that I had started a long time ago.”

In addition to celebrating her award, the night was extra special for Darlene Benedict, as three generations of her family accepted their diplomas during the ceremony. Darlene and her daughter, Melinda Whittaker, received their degrees in business administration—accounting, while her grandson, Jeffrey Stephens, earned his degree in the office technology professional program.

“I was here in 1988 and 89, but I had to leave,” Darlene explained. “When my company closed down, I said ‘Here’s my chance. I’m going back and getting that degree that I had started a long time ago’, and I encouraged [them] to come with me.” You can read more about the family’s educational journey here: http://bit.ly/1Mohwo3.

A- Three generations of the Benedict Family--Darlene Benedict (center), her daughter Melinda Whittaker (right), and grandson Jeffrey Stephens (left)--accepted their diplomas at the Danville, Kentucky Campus graduation ceremony. Darlene was also the recipient of the Joseph E. Hurn Award for academic excellence in her accounting program.

B- The Danville, Kentucky Campus Class of 2015

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PRINCETON
Job Seekers and Employers Agree that Career Fair was a Huge Success

Job Seekers and Employers Agree that Career Fair was a Huge Success

Eager students, graduates, and community members met with an array of employers to assess which job opportunities best matched their qualifications at the career fair hosted by the Princeton Campus on May 19. 

Medical billing and coding student Lationia Manns was excited when she received an e-mail announcing the campus career fair since she had never attended one before. The day of the event, she made it a point to visit with all the employers and said she found them to be extremely helpful. Lationia was able to network with a human resource associate from a company to which she had recently applied. The representative made a note of Lationia’s information so she could look into her status in the employment process. 

“I have gained confidence, and I feel my chances of becoming employed have greatly increased through the connections I made with employers attending the career fair.”

“I have gained confidence, and I feel my chances of becoming employed have greatly increased through the connections I made with employers attending the career fair,” said Lationia. “I appreciate the employers for coming here so we could meet with them.”

Medical assisting student Tracy Cook is glad she attended the career fair because she acquired a lot of useful information about the companies that were represented. Through a one-on-one connection she made at the career fair, she has been called in for an interview with the manager of a health care facility. “You have to be determined and apply for the positions as soon as they are available,” Tracy advises. She keeps a journal of everyone she speaks with, when she speaks to them, and info about the conversation, which makes it easier to follow up with employers.

“I enjoyed being at the job fair, and I do feel like it was a success!” said Leanna Daisey, human resources associate with Dish Network. “I had several students, alumni, and members of the public that seemed interested in the position we had open. I hope to participate in another job fair very soon at American National.”

A – Students Tracy Cook (center) and Lationia Manns (right), speak with Edwin Bennett (left), a human resources recruiter with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

B (from left) – Leanna Daisey (left), human resources associate with Dish Network, speaks with job seekers about openings with her company.


CINCINNATI
Network Administration Student Completes Part One of Certification Exam

Network Administration Student Completes Part One of Certification Exam

“I worked very hard to study for and prepare myself for the exam.”

Cincinnati Campus student Kathryne Oakes has reason to celebrate, as she recently passed part one of the CompTIA A+ certification exam. She is enrolled in the network administration associate’s degree program and is preparing for the second part of the A+ exam, which she plans to take in July.

The CompTIA A+ certification verifies the ability to troubleshoot networking and security issues within operating systems. It is a foundational credential among IT professionals, and the IT programs at ANU prepare students to sit for a variety of industry-recognized certification exams.

"I worked very hard to study for and prepare myself for the exam,” said Kathryne. “Successfully passing the first half has left me with the feeling of accomplishment. Now my question is – why stop here?”

Network administration student Kathryne Oakes recently passed the first half of the CompTIA A+ certification exam.

 


BRISTOL
Graduation Day Full of Excitement and a Few Surprises, Too

Graduation Day Full of Excitement and a Few Surprises, Too

The Bristol Campus welcomed more than 300 family, friends, and other guests to the elegant Paramount Center for the Performing Arts as 58 graduates were awarded their degrees and diplomas on Thursday, May 14.

The notion of graduation as “commencement” was a recurring one in commencement speaker Jim Maxwell’s address to the graduates. The regional publisher for Berkshire Hathaway Media, with responsibility for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bristol Herald Courier and eight smaller newspapers, Mr. Maxwell used his career of more than 25 years in the newspaper industry to tell students how they will need to adapt to change throughout their careers. Through a variety of changes in the industry, technological innovations, and personal challenges, Mr. Maxwell described his career journey and how his education was the crucial first stepping stone.

Among those honored with graduation awards at the ceremony was Tammy Denise Payne, a medical office assistant diploma program graduate, who received the Mary P. McGurn Award. The day was made even more special by the attendance of Tammy’s daughter, who flew in from Chicago to surprise her mother on this special day.

Other award recipients included Donald Christian, Achievement Award; Nicole Melton, E. M. Coulter Award; Jason Robert Baker, M. A. Smythe Award; Darrel Winchester, Dorothy Coulter Hancock Award; Jim Bare, Leadership Award; David K. Moore, Joseph E. Hurn Award; and Elizabeth Mooney, who was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Achievement.

Congratulations to all the graduates and award recipients, and best of luck in your future careers!

A- The Bristol Campus Class of 2015

B- Mary P. McGurn Award recipient Tammy Denise Payne’s daughter (right) flew in from Chicago to surprise her mom (center).


NASHVILLE
Pharmacy Recognized for Providing Externship and Employment Opportunities

Pharmacy Recognized for Providing Externship and Employment Opportunities

NuScriptRx, located in Antioch, Tennessee, was selected by the Nashville Campus as a recipient of National College’s Distinguished Community Employer Award. Career center director Terri Davis McCall and director of health science education Gene Ritnour recently presented the award to NuScriptRx human resource manager Rachel Campbell.

NuScriptRx is a rapidly growing national long-term care pharmacy, utilizing innovative technology to support on-site automation with immediate access to over 350 medications. The process dramatically reduces medication waste and lowers drug spending, while improving patient safety and overall medication access and compliance.

“I came to National College because I wanted a career, and with the help of the career center director, I was able to get a job that I really love.”

The Nashville Campus has benefited from partnering with NuScriptRx because of the opportunity for pharmacy technician students to receive hands-on training through externships with the pharmacy. In addition, NuScriptRx has hired several ANU graduates as pharmacy technicians. “Every time I reach out to Terri for pharmacy candidates, she supplies quality candidates,” stated Ms. Campbell.

Pharmacy technician graduates Nichole Massey and Latoya Bradley enjoy working at NuScriptRx. “It’s like being with my family every day; my coworkers are very nice and helpful,” said Latoya. “This was the best career choice for me.”

“I came to National College because I wanted a career, and with the help of the career center director, I was able to get a job that I really love,” added Nicole, who has been promoted within the pharmacy and helps train other technicians. NuScriptRx has proven to be a great place for Nashville Campus pharmacy technician students to build a career.   

A- National College career center director Terri Davis McCall (left) and ANU director of health science education Gene Ritnour (right) presented the Distinguished Community Employer Award to NuScriptRx human resource director Rachel Campbell.

B- Pharmacy technician graduates Latoya Bradley (left) and Nichole Massey (right) enjoy working at NuScriptRx.


PIKEVILLE
Inspirational Commencement Ceremony for Graduates and Guests

Inspirational Commencement Ceremony for Graduates and Guests

Approximately 200 friends and family members of graduates gathered at the Coal Run Church of Christ Friday, May 1, for the Pikeville Campus commencement ceremony.

Pike County Judge Executive William “Bill” Deskins was the honored guest of the evening, and he delivered an inspiring send off to the graduates. One of Pike County’s most distinguished citizens, having built an impressive career in business and public service, Judge/Executive Deskins encouraged the graduates to utilize their education to help build a stronger community.

Another highlight of the evening was the remarks given by nursing graduate Elmer “Zeke” Karczewski, who received the Leadership Award. “I was given the opportunity to change my life course when I was laid off,” said Zeke. “American National University presented me with a unique opportunity to improve my life and face that change.”

Zeke recounted, with good humor and humility, some of the other life changes that occurred as he embarked on his educational journey, including having a new child and suffering a heart attack. “If I had been part of a larger university and not been given personal attention, there’s a possibility I might not have been able to weather those changes,” he added. “That’s something you’ll find through all of American National University’s staff – they will provide you with personal attention to help you succeed.”

“That’s something you’ll find through all of American National University’s staff – they will provide you with personal attention to help you succeed.”

Also receiving awards at the ceremony were Kayla Lester, who received the Achievement Award; Hazel Chapman, recipient of the E. M. Coulter Award; and William Johnson, recognized with the Joseph E. Hurn Award.

Congratulations to all of the graduates and best of luck in your future careers!

A- Judge Executive William Deskins delivered the commencement address, encouraging the graduates to utilize their education to help build a stronger community.

B- Nursing graduate and Leadership Award recipient Zeke Karczewski shared his personal story of perseverance with his fellow graduates.


COLUMBUS
Students and Staff Participate in Annual Legislative Day

Students and Staff Participate in Annual Legislative Day

On June 2, the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools (OACCS) arranged its annual Legislative Day for staff and students from career colleges throughout Ohio to meet with their state representatives.

American National University’s Columbus Campus was represented by campus director Joe DeLuca and graduate Marcus Bozeman, who is now a student in the business administration-management bachelor’s degree program.

The two were able to meet with State Senator Kris Jordan, 19th District, and House Representative, David Leland, 22nd District. Marcus had a chance to discuss his recent graduation and his continued enrollment into the bachelor’s program now offered at the Columbus Campus. This was Marcus’s first opportunity to visit the legislators’ offices and see his government officials at work. “I learned to get involved and know your legislator,” Marcus said. “The more involved you get, the bigger impact your voice will have.”

The morning session was spent with speakers such as Ohio State Senator Randy Gardner – Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Education; Chancellor for Ohio Board of Regents John Carey; and Ohio Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Andrew E. Doehrel. Each speaker offered their appreciation and understanding for the issues and contributions career college students make to their Ohio communities.

The afternoon session included additional meetings with legislators and an opportunity to share the message of student grant aid, or the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG), and the desire for representatives to push for parity for career college students. Currently, the average public-sector college grant is $1,058; the new Ohio budget proposes a limit of $840 for career college sector students.

“I learned to get involved and know your legislator. The more involved you get, the bigger impact your voice will have.”

Marcus got his chance to describe the importance of this parity and how he and his fellow students will contribute as much, if not more, to the local economy upon graduation. “Having an equal share of the OCOG would benefit students like myself that are reinventing ourselves to make a better life,” Marcus noted.

Student Marcus Bozeman (right) got the opportunity to speak with House Representative David Leland as part of OACCS Legislative Day.


STARK COUNTY
Campuses Celebrate Graduates with Combined Commencement Ceremony

Campuses Celebrate Graduates with Combined Commencement Ceremony

The Stark County and Akron Area Campuses of American National University joined together on Friday, April 30 to celebrate commencement. The auditorium was full of excitement and joy as the graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.

The commencement speaker for the evening was Mike Gallina, director of outreach and organizational development for AultCare Health Network. His excitement for the graduates was palpable, as he moved around the front of the auditorium and encouraged the graduates “to be the champion of your own life.”

“My classmates are like my second family, and I really enjoy the dedication of the staff and campus director to the students.”

This year’s recipient of the Achievement Award, Traci Sue McLaughlin, was beaming with pride after the ceremony. “This is the greatest feeling in the world—completing a two and a half year accomplishment,” she said of graduating with her associate’s degree in medical assisting. Other award recipients included, Angela Rae Crallie—Leadership Award; Cameron Anne Autery, Tyesha L. Bell, and Melissa Smith—E. M. Coulter Award; Jenifer Michele Clawson—Joseph E. Hurn Award; David A. Petrie and Timothy L. Thompson—M. A. Smythe Award; and Kristie R. Purcell—Alumni Hall of Achievement Award.

Josh Ross, who received his diploma in phlebotomy, is already planning on returning to ANU next term to pursue a degree in medical assisting. “My classmates are like my second family, and I really enjoy the dedication of the staff and campus director to the students,” Josh said of his experience so far.

A- The Akron Area and Stark County Campuses’ Class of 2015

B- Traci McLaughlin (left) received the Achievement Award at the commencement ceremony.


LYNCHBURG
Kristy-Leigh Tatum – General Education Department Chair—Difference Maker

Kristy-Leigh Tatum – General Education Department Chair—Difference Maker

Difference Maker Kristy-Leigh Tatum has always had a passion for teaching, particularly in higher education. She holds an associate’s degree in performing arts general education from Patrick Henry Community College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in world history and a master’s degree in liberal studies, both from Empire State College. She primarily teaches English courses at the Lynchburg Campus and also serves as the general education department chair.

“I appreciate that our students come to ANU in the exact place where I started my college journey. They are the non-traditional students (for the most part), and most of them are from families that the idea of going to college is unheard of. Also, lots of them have been told at some time or other that they were not cut out for college. I had these similar battles that I had to endure on my journey through college, so I can reach them on their level and tell them that they can do this. I try to make them believe in themselves.”

“My greatest rewards are when a student comes into my class having no self-confidence and always thinking negatively of themselves, but by the end of the term they are a different person entirely – they metamorphose into something they thought they never could be. That is how I know I have completed what I set out to do.”

“Mrs. Tatum has gone the extra mile for every one of her students; always being supportive, full of life, and ready to help each person fight their own struggle.”

From student Jamie Graves—“Ms. Tatum is more than just a teacher—she is a mentor and a friend. She has made learning fun, and thus I'm able to learn so well in her classes. She is understanding in a way that most college professors wouldn't be. By that I mean she knows everyone has a life outside of class and will work with you to ensure you meet the guidelines to pass her class. She is a mentor and a friend because you can talk about your problems with her and she will offer advice. When I see on my schedule that she is going to be one of my teachers for the term, I’m truly excited because I know that when I leave that class I will have learned something but most importantly I will have had fun while doing it.”

From student Amie Clowdis—“Mrs. Tatum has made a huge impact on my life. Her first term teaching here was also my first term as a student. I was broken as a person, and through her countless writing assignments, she has helped me find myself again. Mrs. Tatum has gone the extra mile for every one of her students; always being supportive, full of life, and ready to help each person fight their own struggle. As a teacher, she has encouraged me to succeed and put my best effort into everything. As a person, she has helped me find and believe in myself. Her words to me will always be in my heart: ‘You are scared of success as much as you are failure.’  Mrs. Tatum told me that one day as I was having a pity party, and she was so right. I’m used to failure; success, not so much – until now! I have passed my certification for pharmacy technician and am entering into my final term for my associate’s degree in medical assisting. She has made a difference in my life!”


LEXINGTON
Student Follows Dream She Had Since High School

Student Follows Dream She Had Since High School

Lexington Campus student Dominique Chilton has had aspirations for a career in health care since high school, and she has certainly followed her goal. “I decided to do some research and found the surgical technology program here at American National University. The twenty-month program was perfect,” she explained. “Fewer general education classes and starting my core classes immediately – that’s what I was looking for!”

Dominique earned her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) credential and has worked in an elder-care facility while pursuing her surgical technology degree. “I enjoy working with people, and the surgical technology program is very patient-oriented, which is exactly what I am looking for,” she stated. “The classes are very challenging but very rewarding, too. My instructors are excellent and they prepare you for the real world. Things I experience and see during my surgical observations seem so familiar because our instructors have taught us and prepared us so very well.”

“My calling is working closely with patients, and my education from American National University has put me on my chosen path!”

Once she graduates, Dominique doesn’t plan to stop learning and growing in the health care field. She hopes to one day be a physician assistant. “My calling is working closely with patients, and my education from American National University has put me on my chosen path!” she says with a smile.

Surgical technology student Dominique Chilton was drawn to the quick and focused curriculum at ANU when searching for a degree program in the health care field.


FLORENCE
Graduates Take First Steps toward Destiny

Graduates Take First Steps toward Destiny

On May 11, graduates of the Florence Campus were joined by family and friends as they celebrated a milestone in their lives during their commencement ceremony at The Florentine. 

During the ceremony, commencement speaker Trey Grayson, president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, shared experiences from his own career and also used lessons learned from the adventures of Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vardar of the Star Wars movie series to entertain and inspire the graduates and their guests.

Mr. Grayson, who served as the Director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and as a two-term Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, offered three important pieces of advice to the graduates:  become lifelong learners; take calculated risks; and create your own destiny.

“The degree or the credential, and all the knowledge and skills that you've obtained to receive it, will play a big role in helping you to make your own destiny.”

“Luke decided to make his own destiny. He so believed in the good in his father that he put his father in the position of either watching his own son die at the hands of the Emperor or putting his own life in jeopardy while trying to kill the Emperor to save his son,” he explained. “With today’s commencement, we’re celebrating the big steps that all of you have taken. The degree or the credential, and all the knowledge and skills that you’ve obtained to receive it, will play a big role in helping you to make your own destiny. Go invest in yourself and become a lifelong learner, and take calculated risks along the way. I did, Luke did, and so can all of you.”

Following Mr. Grayson’s motivational words, the ceremony continued with several graduates receiving awards for leadership and academic achievement: Fatima Ouchaaib-- Achievement Award ; Kristen Robertson-- Leadership Award; Camelia Evans and Teresa Batchelder-- E. M. Coulter Award; Cassondra Stamper— Joseph E. Hurn Award; and Edward Mahoney— M. A. Smythe Award.

Kim Bradley, owner and CEO of Arrasmith Promotions, who graduated from the campus’s administrative office specialist program in 2002, was this year’s recipient of the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award. You can read more about Kim’s career success here: https://www.national-college.edu/news/Graduate-Closes-the-Deal-with-Major-Corporations-Thanks-to-the-Confidence-She-Gained-at-National--20141020-0858

Congratulations to all of the graduates of the Class of 2015!

A- Medical assisting graduate Kristen Robertson (right) accepted the Leadership Award from instructor and campus librarian Cheryl Heer. 

B- The Florence Campus Class of 2015


HARRISONBURG
Graduates, “Hold Fast to Your Dreams and Never Stop Pursuing Them”

Graduates, “Hold Fast to Your Dreams and Never Stop Pursuing Them”

It was a lovely evening on May 1 as the Harrisonburg Campus held an inspiring commencement ceremony at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren. The sanctuary was filled with family, friends, current students, alumni, staff, and faculty as they awaited the graduates to enter and start the celebration of such a great accomplishment.

The commencement speaker for the ceremony was Dr. Joanne Glabbin, a professor of English at James Madison University and the founder and director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Dr. Glabbin’s speech was full of passion and excitement for the graduates. “I was the first college graduate in my family, I want you to know the sacrifices you made to get it were well worth it,” she explained. She also encouraged the graduates to “hold fast to your dreams and never stop pursuing them.” In a turn of appreciation for the graduates’ support systems, she asked them to stand and give a round of applause to those whose continued support had gotten them to this point in their lives.

Katherine Painter, recipient of the Achievement Award, received her medical office specialist diploma that evening. “I did this to better myself, and to help better my family,” she explained on why she decided to go back to school. Katherine also plans to continue her education by pursing a degree in medical assisting.

“I did this to better myself, and to help better my family.”

Several other exemplary students were presented with awards that evening: Greta Lucille Warner – Leadership Award; Roy L. Offenbacker – E.M. Coulter Award; Tony Tran – Joseph E. Hurn Award; April Davidson-Bowers and Anthony S. Dove – M.A. Smythe Award; Courtney Lea Wolverton – Dorothy Coulter Hancock Award. Amanda L. Jones was awarded the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award, which was founded in 1987 to honor those who have excelled in their careers and in their service to the community. It is the most distinguished award bestowed upon an alumnus.

A- The Harrisonburg Campus Class of 2015

B- Commencement speaker Dr. Joanne Glabbin encouraged the graduates to never stop pursuing their dreams.


 
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