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8th Annual Healthy Fun Fair Continues Tradition of Giving Back to Community

8th Annual Healthy Fun Fair Continues Tradition of Giving Back to Community

Celebrating its 8th year as one of the most unique health fairs in the country, the Pikeville Campus’s Healthy Fun Fair was held on July 30, attracting well over 1,000 attendees– from families with small children to senior citizens– who return year after year for the free health screenings, wellness information, interactive safety demonstrations, and carnival games and food that make the event so popular.  

Thanks to the continuing partnership of a number of area medical providers, including Pikeville Medical Center, Highland Regional Medical Center, Dr. Scott Akers, and Dr. Hager of Hager & Associates, this year’s event was bigger and better than ever and offered several new features, including the Incredible Colon, a giant walk-through colon with educational exhibits, and an appearance by ANU mascot Eddie the Eagle. The mock disaster, a crowd favorite, returned this year portraying a simulated school bus accident, which highlighted the life-saving work of first responders in the community.

“I think this is awesome. It's so convenient.”

It was local mom Dena Snodgrass’s first time attending the Healthy Fun Fair, but judging by her enthusiasm for the event it won’t be her last. “I think this is awesome. It’s so convenient,” she said, adding that she had saved well over one hundred dollars by taking advantage of the free school physical and vision screening for her daughter, who will be entering kindergarten this year.

The health fair also serves as an opportunity for students from the medical programs at ANU to give back to the community by using their medical skills. After seeing the students working side-by-side with the medical professionals, Dena was also inspired to get more information about the programs offered at ANU. “I myself would probably like the phlebotomy,” she stated. “You can get a job anywhere with that in a doctor’s office or lab or hospital. There’s always a need for something in the medical field, and it’s always going to be there.”

Speaking on a live radio remote with Eastern Kentucky Broadcasting during the Healthy Fun Fair, State Representative Chris Harris spoke on the importance of education to the community. “Education—whether it’s early childhood development, high school, college, advanced degrees--that’s the way for us to move beyond some of the systemic problems that we face here in Appalachia,” he said.  He also commended ANU and the medical professionals for the service that they provide to the community during the Healthy Fun Fair. “It’s great to see the college here getting involved in the community. There are a lot of people that we owe a lot of gratitude and thanks for participating in what’s going on here today.”

A- The mock disaster and rescue element has become a trademark of the Healthy Fun Fair. This year, first responders demonstrated how they would handle a school bus-related accident during the simulated disaster.

B- The Healthy Fun Fair offers something for everyone in the community, from free health checks to games and prizes.

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LYNCHBURG
From Jobs to Careers – Persistence Pays Off

From Jobs to Careers – Persistence Pays Off

From what began as working jobs just to pay the bills, Lynchburg Campus medical assisting graduates Josephine Bolden, Brandalyn Moore, and Jessica Thompson can now celebrate having new careers. After recently passing the exam to become Registered Medical Assistants (RMA), they have all been hired in medical assisting positions and are practicing the skills their education has helped them develop.

“American National University gave me the tools to conquer the world.”

The three ladies were inspired to pursue career education for similar reasons—the desire for a better life and career growth. “I just wanted more and to have a career that I can advance and excel in,” explained Jessica.

Likewise, all three were attracted to American National University for similar reasons, citing the small class sizes, convenient class schedules, supportive instructors, hands-on practice, and personal approach ANU has come to be known for as major benefits to the learning environment. “ANU was definitely helpful in preparing me for the workforce,” Jessica stated. “As far as mock interviews, résumé assistance, and even sending out résumés for jobs—just having the materials to be able to succeed.”

Now that they have passed the RMA exam and are on their way to establishing themselves in their new medical careers, the three ANU graduates are thankful for the foundation their degrees have provided them. “American National University gave me the tools to conquer the world,” Jospehine stated. “Coming to ANU was the best decision I ever made; I loved it!” added Brandalyn.

When asked what advice they would give to someone thinking about going back to school: “Yes!” “Go for it!” Definitely!” advise Josephine, Brandalyn, and Jessica, respectively.

A- Medical assisting graduates Brandalyn Moore and Josephine Bolden recently passed the exam to become Registered Medical Assistants and have both been hired in their field.

B- Jessica Thompson became a medical assistant to add to her training as a pharmacy technician, allowing her to grow and advance in the medical field.


RICHMOND
Graduate Continues on Path to Career Advancement

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After graduating from the Richmond Campus, Brittany Hensley has found a rewarding career working as a registered medical assistant at Medical Laser Center and Rural Family Practice.  While she loves everything about her job, she’s determined to continue to advance in the medical field, so she has enrolled in the medical and health services management bachelor’s degree program through ANU Online to help her take her career to the next level.

As part of the progressive degree path available at ANU, the medical and health services management (MHSM) program was recently launched to provide allied health care professionals who hold an associate’s degree with the management foundation that they need to seek employment in management and supervisory positions. 

“I don't know where I'd be without National.”

Thanks to transfer credits and the five term schedule that ANU offers, Brittany completed her associate’s degree program in just a year and a half. She’s pleased that she’ll be able to complete the bachelor’s program quickly as well, with the transfer of her credits from her associate’s degree program allowing her to enter the MHSM program at junior-level standing. 

“I just want to keep moving up,” Brittany explained. “I’m very straightforward and confident in my job, and with the management [degree] I think I could get a management position that I would love. It’s going to show how to handle things that are right now a little bit above me, so I can further my career and be an office manager.”

Brittany is thankful for the impact that her education at ANU has had on her life and looks forward to seeing what the future holds for her as she continues her education. “I don’t know where I’d be without National,” she said. “Every parent wants to provide a better life for their child than what they had. There were days that it was hard, but I would do it all over again. If you bear down and see the goal that you want in your mind, nothing will stop you.”

A- Brittany Hensley earned her associate's degree in medical assisting at the Richmond Campus and is continuing her education in the medical and health services management bachelor's degree program through ANU Online.

B- Brittany, shown at the Richmond Campus graduation ceremony, is thankful for the impact that her education at ANU has had on her family.


ROANOKE VALLEY
Successful Career Fair Attracts Students and Community Members

The Roanoke Valley Campus held a career fair on July 8 with 24 employers in attendance. “Business is booming,” said Angela Jones, staffing coordinator for Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, who made their first appearance at an ANU career fair. “We have a lot of positions available. We are expanding our territory and are looking to expand over the next couple of years.” Some of the positions they were looking to fill included, warehouse supervisor, controls technician, and account developer. 

Among the returning employers was Meredith Thompson, human resources recruiter for the City of Roanoke. Ms. Thompson revealed that 35 job openings were open with the City, including in the areas of public safety, telecommunications, library services, and counseling.  “The career fairs at the campus always have a good turnout,” she expressed.

“I am proud of all of our local employers that have shown dedication and commitment to providing ANU graduates opportunities to showcase their skills.”

Students, graduates, and community members from a variety of backgrounds attended the event. Eden Ephrem, a business management student at the Roanoke Valley Campus is on track to receive her associate’s degree at the end of the year and attended the career fair to form a frame of reference for her future. Although she has been a resident here for nine years, she is originally from Ethiopia. Her career goal is to open a culturally enriched establishment in the form of a restaurant that will offer Ethiopian food, as well as clothing. 

Another recent transplant to the area who attended the career fair was community member Peter Gornick of El Paso, Texas, who was seeking employment in the field of recreation management, in which he holds a college degree.

“As much as I am proud of how ANU prepares the students in the classroom, I am just as proud of all of our local employers that have shown dedication and commitment to providing ANU graduates opportunities to showcase their skills,” said career center director Kristal Bushong.  “The support that employers have shown us for many decades is a strong reflection of the quality graduates that are being produced and the strength of those bonds for a positive future for community employers and new graduates alike.”

A- Business administration- management student Eden Ephrem will be graduating this year and attended the career fair at the Roanoke Valley Campus to form a frame of reference for her future.

B- Community member Peter Gornick spoke with Meredith Thompson, a human resources recruiter for the City of Roanoke, about recreation management opportunities.


LOUISVILLE
Medical Practice Pays It Forward to ANU Externs and Graduates

Medical Practice Pays It Forward to ANU Externs and Graduates

JW Medical LLC is a busy primary care practice that provides the highest quality care to its patients in the Shively community. It’s also a valued partner to the Louisville Campus, frequently accepting externs from the medical assisting program, and often hiring those students to become permanent members of the staff.

In recognition of JW Medical’s support of American National University and its students, Louisville Campus director Vincent Tinebra and director of health science education Bonnie Kiefer recently presented the Distinguished Community Employer Award to nurse practitioner J.W. Harvey and office manager Kevin Luther.

“National has good students and good values in their students.”

When accepting the award, Mr. Luther noted that their current ANU extern, Kenya Tyler, has quickly become an asset to the practice. “She’s only been here a week and a half, and she’s already acclimated and become part [of the team],” he said.

Mr. Harvey first worked with ANU graduates in the previous practice where he worked, and he continues to rely on them now that he’s opened an office of his own. “National has good students and good values in their students,” he stated. “They come in with a great skill set to begin with,” added Mr. Luther.

Mr. Harvey feels that it’s important to mentor students in his community. In addition to accepting externs from the ANU medical assisting program, he also serves as a preceptor for students from a number of area nurse practitioner programs. “We all have to start somewhere.  I was a student at one time, too,” he explained. “We all have to give back to pay it forward.”

A- Nurse Practitioner J.W. Harvey of JW Medical LLC accepted the Distinguished Community Employer Award from Louisville Campus director Vincent Tinebra.

B- Misleidy David and Stacie Riley, who were both hired from their externships with JW Medical LLC, are pictured with the ANU Distinguished Community Employer Award, which hangs in the reception room of the medical practice.


DANVILLE, KENTUCKY
Workshop Helps Students Put Their Best Foot Forward

Workshop Helps Students Put Their Best Foot Forward

The Danville, Kentucky Campus career center recently held a workshop entitled, “Beauty from the Inside Out,” led by Mary Kay Cosmetics director Celeste Byrd. During the workshop, Ms. Byrd discussed the dos and don’ts of dressing for success and how to prepare for job interviews.

“Going for an interview, we must make the first impression from our face and character.”

 

She also discussed how students can put their best foot forward on social media, advising the workshop attendees not to post negative comments or inappropriate pictures on Facebook, even if they feel that they’re protected by their privacy settings, since employers may still be able to access that information.

Medical assisting student Amy Wilson found the workshop to be very informative. “I learned that using social media, employers can check your Facebook page; even if it’s set to ‘private,’ they can still find you,” she explained. “Also, I learned new interview tricks on how to dress. For example, while wearing open-toed shoes, toenails must be painted, but your fingernails don’t have to match, they can be clear-coated or very well cleaned. Going for an interview, we must make the first impression from our face and character. Be yourself professionally.”

(L to R) Lauren Kidwell, Amy Wilson, Celeste Byrd, and daughter and mother Nicole and Nancy Carmicle participated in the “Beauty from the Inside Out” workshop at the Danville, Kentucky Campus.


CAMPUS SUPPORT SERVICES
Roger Dalton – Vice President of Government Affairs – Difference Maker

Roger Dalton – Vice President of Government Affairs – Difference Maker

Roger Dalton has been a staff member at American National University for 19 years, having served as an instructor, director of marketing, and campus director during that time. He currently serves all campuses of ANU as the University’s vice president of government affairs, looking out for students’ legislative interests at the local, state, and federal levels. Roger holds a graduate degree in public affairs and previously served for 13 years in law enforcement and for six years with the United Service Organizations (USO) in various capacities around the world. He has received national recognition from the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU; the voluntary membership organization of accredited, private, postsecondary schools that provide career-specific educational programs) for his efforts in campus advocacy with legislators and was recently elected chair of the 2015-2016 APSCU board of directors.

“Each student I have worked with or encountered is transforming her or his life according to their own desires, pursuits, or ambitions.”

“Our students are the reason all of us do what we do! We all work to create the environment and opportunity for the students to make a difference in their own lives. Their commitment to pursue higher education while, for many, managing work and family is truly inspiring. Each student I have worked with or encountered is transforming her or his life according to their own desires, pursuits, or ambitions.” 

“The best thing about being part of the ANU family is knowing you're part of an organization-wide commitment to and passion for our students. My part of that is to help create a legislative policy and support environment that doesn't hinder or interfere with the student's access to the higher education option of their choosing.” 

“In July, I was honored to be elected by the board of directors to serve as chairman of the board for APSCU for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. It is indeed an honor for me to help lead an organization that is committed to empowering nearly 3.5 million students with the education and skills vital for their career success. Today, that commitment is more important than ever if we are to prepare our students for the 21st century workplace and their own economic security.”


SOUTH BEND
Family Medicine Recognized for Support of Career Training

Family Medicine Recognized for Support of Career Training

The South Bend Campus recently presented Family Medicine of South Bend, P.C. with American National University’s Distinguished Community Employer Award for their commitment to helping train students and graduates for careers in the medical field. Practice administrator Vicki DeCraene accepted the award on behalf of Family Medicine.

Medical billing and coding student Armenda Rock recently completed her externship at the practice. During her time with the practice, Armenda was able to work alongside three billers, two administrative assistants, and two record assistants, gaining valuable experience and advice. They all felt that Armenda did a terrific job of fitting in well with everyone. “American National University’s demanding curriculum and challenging instructors prepare them well for the medical billing and coding field,” said Ms. DeCraene. The attributes of ANU graduates match well with Family Medicine’s values of enhancing the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the clients they serve.

“The ANU education is solid. We certainly hope to have other top ANU students on board in the future.”

Ms. DeCraene expressed her appreciation that Armenda came in prepared to do the work, with a professional demeanor and the knowledge expected of Family Medicine employees. “The ANU education is solid,” stated Ms. DeCraene. “We certainly hope to have other top ANU students on board in the future.”

South Bend Campus career center director Mary Mathews (left) presented the Distinguished Community Employer Award to practice administrator Vicki DeCraene (right) of Family Medicine of South Bend, P.C.


PRINCETON
Medical Assisting Grads Maintain Campus’s 100% Pass Rate on RMA Exam

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Brian Handy, Teresa Sharpe, Sabrina Griffith, and Carol Evans make up the latest class of medical assisting graduates to all successfully pass the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam, carrying on the Princeton Campus’s long legacy of a 100% class pass rate on the exam for every term since 2010. They are now ready to join their fellow graduates out in the medical field as they embark on their new careers.

“I would recommend ANU to anyone who wants to attend a great university.”

After demonstrating her skills and knowledge during her externship, Sabrina was hired to fill in at her externship site and is now working at a pediatrics office. Brian was also hired by his externship site, and Carol has been hired at a local obstetrics/gynecology office. “I love my ANU family, but I am ready to use my skills and credentials in the workforce,” said Brian.

Two of the graduates have already re-enrolled at ANU in the new medical and health services management bachelor’s degree program, to further build on the medical foundation they’ve established and allow for greater career opportunities. “I would recommend ANU to anyone who wants to attend a great university,” said Teresa.

Brian Handy (front), Sabrina Griffith (center), Teresa Sharpe (back left), and Carol Evans (back right) all passed the exam to become Registered Medical Assistants.


DANVILLE, VIRGINIA
Health Fair Brings Community Together

Health Fair Brings Community Together

The Danville, Virginia Campus hosted a health fair on July 29, inviting community health partners to exhibit their services and products to visitors along with the staff, faculty, and students. The event had an attendance exceeding 100 total participants, all engaging in networking and discussing health options. Students enrolled in health science programs were also able to network and discuss career, externship, and volunteer opportunities with the health care representatives present.

“The health fair was a festive event for the community, students, staff, and faculty.”

The campus’s medical assisting students and instructors gave back to the community by providing free blood pressure checks, glucose checks, and EKG’s for attendees. Events such as this allow students the opportunity to practice the skills they are learning in class while providing a service to local residents.

“The health fair was a festive event for the community, students, staff, and faculty,” said campus director Carlene J. Wilson. “We are so appreciative of the organizations who participated and for everyone who came out to learn more about making a healthier Danville.”

A- The Danville Campus’s director of surgical technology, Jennifer Allen, discussed ANU’s surgical technology program with curious community members.

B- ANU mascot Eddie the Eagle helped greet attendees at the Danville Campus’s community health fair.


CHARLOTTESVILLE
UVA Pain Management Center Celebrated as Distinguished Community Employer

UVA Pain Management Center Celebrated as Distinguished Community Employer

The Charlottesville Campus recognized the University of Virginia Pain Management Center (UVA-PMC) with an award to spotlight the organization as a Distinguished Community Employer. UVA-PMC has been a strong supporter of the campus’s medical assisting program.  Since the partnership was established in 2010, numerous students have completed their externships with UVA-PMC, and the clinic has hired several graduates from the program, as well. 

“ANU externs make a great contribution to the quality of health care, our existing staff, and the clinical environment,” stated assistant nurse manager Susan Connette, RN. “They bring enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn; the staff benefits because they want to learn more.”

Ms. Connette also acknowledged three of her staff members who “do the work” to support the externs and help them gain hands-on training. These included Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) and ANU graduate Winnie Chenault, RMA Jami Damron, and Carol Hieslup, LPN, all of whom participated in the award presentation and received accolades from their managers on their excellent ability to precept the externs and assume responsibility for providing the guidance and training necessary for them to be prepared for their future careers as a medical assistants. “We teach them what we know to meet the clinic’s needs,” said Ms. Hieslup.

“ANU externs make a great contribution to the quality of health care, our existing staff, and the clinical environment.”

The objective of the externship component of the program is to expose upcoming medical assisting graduates to a practicum opportunity that will afford them the real world experience to perform the skills they have acquired in the classroom. In his capacity as director of health science education at the Charlottesville Campus, Larry Liggan oversees the medical assisting program and externship activities.

Ms. Connette has been impressed with the level of skill she has seen from ANU medical assisting students so far and looks forward to working with Larry to bring future students and graduates on board as externs, and even employees. “When we hire an ANU graduate, they are a known entity because they have already shown what they can do as externs,” she stated. “They raise the bar.”

(L to R) UVA Pain Management Center ambulatory care services manager Catherine Cash, RMA Jami Damron, assistant nurse manager Susan Connette, RMA and ANU graduate Winnie Chenault, and staff member Carol Hieslup, LPN, accepted the Distinguished Community Employer Award from Charlottesville Campus director John Donohue.


LEXINGTON
Multimedia Production Student Gains Experience at Local TV Station

Multimedia Production Student Gains Experience at Local TV Station

Joye Christopher, a multimedia production student from the Lexington Campus, has landed an internship with ABC affiliate WLEX after competing with students from a number of other local universities for the coveted position. "They liked my savvy attitude and my confidence; I was able to answer several of their questions about equipment and techniques,” she explained of how she came out on top.

The multimedia production program, which evolved from the former radio and television production program, equips students with the skills necessary to work in the ever-changing field of digital media and prepares graduates for employment in a variety of areas, including radio, television, audio/visual arts,  and social media.

“This internship will give me the experience I need for any job that I decide to do in my field.”

Joye feels that the experience that she is gaining in her internship, using the skills that she developed in her program at ANU side-by-side with the professionals at the TV station, will give her a big advantage as she starts her new career. “My favorite part of working at the station is going around and talking to the people in the other departments and learning what they do. I also like working on the production floor and helping cue in the news anchors,” Joye stated. “I'm learning a lot from the people there. This internship will give me the experience I need for any job that I decide to do in my field.”

Joye, who is in the last term of her program at ANU, said that she’s confident she has found the career field that’s the perfect fit for her. And she’s not stopping with this degree.  "My ultimate goal? I will be continuing my education at National, of course!” she emphatically stated. “I want to earn my business management degree and eventually open my own studio. I want to open up the world of photography/videography and art to as many people as I can -- and let them see there are great careers in these industries."

Joye Christopher landed an internship at local television station WLEX, allowing her to gain invaluable experience to build on her degree in multimedia production.


FLORENCE
Surgical Technology Student Gains In-Field Experience

Surgical Technology Student Gains In-Field Experience

As she completes her surgical technology program this term at the Florence Campus, Lindsay Jackson is getting lots of hands-on experience in the field during her externship at Bourbon County Hospital and in her work as a sterile processing technician at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Lindsay began her studies in the simulated operating room at ANU, then moved into her clinical rotations in area hospitals. “We start out in the classroom learning the basic [techniques], then we go and observe surgeries, and then we [progress to] second scrub and first scrub where we get to scrub in and do actual surgeries,” she explained.

“It's opening the door to so many opportunities.”

Now in her last term of her program, Lindsay’s externship at Bourbon County Hospital gives her the opportunity to work closely with her preceptor during a variety of procedures. “They want you to learn and they want you to improve.” she said, adding that orthopedic surgeries have been her favorite, so far.

In addition to the experience that she’s gaining during her clinical rotations, she has also been hired to work as a sterile processing technician at St. Elizabeth Hospital, a job she found through the ANU career center. Sterile processing, which includes sterilizing instruments and organizing them for upcoming surgeries, is part of the information that Lindsay learned in her surgical technology program, and she feels that the experience that she’s gaining in the hospital will be a big benefit as she enters into her new career. “I highly recommend [working in sterile processing] to students, because you learn a lot more about the instruments,” she advised.

After taking the test to become a certified surgical technologist (CST) as the final step in her surgical technology program, Lindsay looks forward to getting started in her career in the OR. “It’s opening the door to so many opportunities,” she said of her education at ANU.

A- Surgical technology student Lindsay Jackson is gaining experience in her field during her externship at Bourbon County Hospital and in her work as a sterile process technician at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

B- Lindsay demonstrates the proper way to scrub in at the simulated OR at the Florence Campus.


 
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