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SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS

From Classmates to Co-Workers

From Classmates to Co-Workers

Tammy Tipton and Sarah Young were once classmates at the ANU Richmond Campus, and now they’re co-workers, as well, after they were both hired as medical assistants by Baptist Health Medical Group (BHMG) Primary Care.

In the busy medical practice, Tammy and Sarah use the skills that they gained at American National University to help keep the office running smoothly.  While Tammy is a floater in the office, Sarah is assigned to work with one internist, prepping patients to see the doctor and assisting him with procedures.

Tammy feels well prepared for the wide variety of tasks that she performs. “I love it.  I get to work with all of the physicians; I get to work with all the MAs; and I work in the lab,” she shared.

“I literally got hired before I graduated from college.”

Sarah, who was hired from her externship in the office, also feels that the skills that she gained at ANU, along with her strong work ethic, helped her quickly transition into the workforce. “Honestly, I’m kind of a go-getter, and I give 100% to whatever I’m doing,” she said. “I literally got hired before I graduated from college.”

The relationship that Tammy and Sarah developed, as well as their relationships with the staff and faculty at ANU, has also contributed to their success. “It was a great experience. We were like a family and still are,” Tammy stated. “I would not be where I am today without them.”

Tammy, who formerly worked as a 911 dispatcher, has a new sense of self-confidence after earning her degree and landing her job with BHMG.  Sarah feels that her opportunities are endless thanks to the education that she gained at ANU, and she’s proud that her new career will help create a brighter future for her children. “I just wanted a better life for them,” she explained.

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DANVILLE, VIRGINIA
Hospital Valued Partner to Surgical Technology Program

Hospital Valued Partner to Surgical Technology Program

The surgical technology program at the American National University Danville, Virginia Campus recently presented Person Memorial Hospital (PMH) with the ANU Distinguished Community Employer Award.  The award was given to PMH in recognition of its ongoing support of ANU students and graduates.

According to surgical technology program director Jennifer Allen, PMH has worked closely with the program for a number of years, serving as a clinical site for surgical technology students and providing them with externship and employment opportunities. In addition, Sandra Satterwhite, director of surgical services at PMH, serves as a member of the ANU surgical technology advisory board and has donated equipment and disposable supplies to the program for educational purposes.

Certified surgical technologist (CST) Randi Lee is one of the graduates who was hired by PMH after earning her degree at ANU. “I had an amazing experience at ANU.  With the help of great staff and an excellent director of the surgical technology program, I was able to excel greatly,” Randi recalled. “Upon finishing my program requirements, I took my certification exam and passed.  A few weeks later, I was offered three jobs and chose Person Memorial Hospital as my home.”

“The staff at PMH has been very welcoming and willing to help me excel.”

“The staff at PMH has been very welcoming and willing to help me excel.  We have quickly become like family,”she added. “I expect to do nothing but grow in my career.”

Barbara Saunders, who graduated from ANU in 2009, has also enjoyed her time working as a PMH employee. “Within the first week of graduation, I received three job offers,” she recalled. “I chose PMH and have been here eight years plus. It has been a wonderful experience…”

Photo: (left to right) ANU graduate Barbara Saunders; ANU director of surgical technology Jennifer Allen; PMH OR director Sandra Satterwhite; and ANU graduate Randi Lee.


COLUMBUS
Columbus Campus Class of 2016 Celebrate Educational Achievements

Columbus Campus Class of 2016 Celebrate Educational Achievements

On Thursday, June 9, 2016, the air buzzed with excitement as the ANU Columbus Campus graduates were lined up to process to their seats for their college graduation.  The Xenos auditorium, full of friends and family, became completely silent when the music began for the processional.

Once all were seated, the invocation was delivered by Dr. Kelvin Webb, an ordained minister and long-time instructor for the campus.  Debbie Banfield, a local singing talent, then performed “The Star Spangled Banner” a capella. Campus director Joseph DeLuca formally welcomed everyone and introduced the commencement speaker, Michael Stinziano, a member of the Columbus City Council and former State Representative.

Councilman Stinziano spoke of the excitement of graduation from college. He praised the students for continuing their education, and suggested they continue on their path to higher education. “A good education can never be taken from you,” he said. “It is something that will better your life and the lives of those you love. I encourage you each to keep going.”

“We made it!”

He continued by discussing his love of public service, and of his work serving in multiple public service positions in local, state and federal government. In closing, Councilman Stinziano wished the graduates much success in their endeavors and encouraged them to always reach for the stars.

Student speaker Hurl-Lu Waugh, a medical assisting student who graduated with high honors, also spoke to the graduates and their guests. “I can’t believe we are really here,” Hurl-Lu exclaimed.  “We started this journey together and I have to poke myself – we made it!” 

Hurl-Lu, who became certified as a registered medical assistant (RMA) and was hired by his externship site, continued by reflecting on his journey at ANU. He spoke of serving on the Student Activities Council and that group’s volunteer efforts at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. He also wished his fellow graduates all the best, and concluded that he had a great college experience at American National University and was very thankful and appreciative to all of those involved along the way.

The presentation of awards followed. The Achievement Award was presented to Jude Ochama; the E.M. Coulter Award to Felicia Osei Assibey; the Leadership Award to Hurl-Lu L. Waugh; and the Joseph E. Hurn Award to Teshena Gwendolyn Ackerman. In addition, the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award went to Jeffrey Strazdins, a business administration-management graduate and former Marine, who now manages a local restaurant.

Following the awards, diplomas were awarded by campus director Joseph DeLuca, and the Class of 2016 redirected their tassels. The graduates recessed to “Pomp and Circumstance,” and finally--celebration!

Photo A-Columbus City Councilman Michael Stinziano is pictured during his commencement address to the ANU Columbus Campus Class of 2016.

Photo B-Leadership Award recipient Hurl-Lu Waugh is pictured accepting his plaque from director of health science education Stephanie List during the commencement ceremony.


BARTLETT
Instructors Recognized as Educators of Distinction

Instructors Recognized as Educators of Distinction

National College Bartlett Campus instructors Homer Elam, Terrance Glasgow, and Andrew Sanders were recently recognized by the Tennessee Association of Independent Colleges and Schools (TAICS) as Educators of Distinction

All three were nominated by the Bartlett Campus and recognized at the TAICS Conference that was held in Nashville, TN in April. Their certificates were presented at the campus shortly thereafter.

“These three instructors exemplify the ideals of the campus and of National College.”

“These three instructors exemplify the ideals of the campus and of National College,” said Bartlett Campus director Larry Smith. “Their support and encouragement of our students made them obvious choices for nomination this year.”

Photo-(left to right) National College Bartlett Campus instructors Terrence Glasgow, Andrew Sanders, and Homer Elam, have been recognized by TAICS as Educators of Distinction.


CINCINNATI
Physician Recognized For Ongoing Support of Medical Programs

Physician Recognized For Ongoing Support of Medical Programs

Dr. Ginger Kubala and Montgomery Family Practice were recently presented with the ANU Distinguished Community Employer Award  in recognition of the many ways that they provide support to the ANU Cincinnati Campus medical programs.

“When I need an extern site with a great physician who is willing to teach our students, I can count on Montgomery Family Practice.”

Dr. Kubala serves as a member of the ANU Cincinnati Campus Advisory Board where she shares her experience and knowledge of the medical field. “Dr. Kubala offers insight and suggestions to help us keep up to date with current trends, such as computer programs that might be helpful for our medical programs,” stated Tanya Roberts, director of health science education. 

The practice also frequently accepts externs from the medical assisting program, and it provides employment opportunities for ANU graduates. “When I need an extern site with a great physician who is willing to teach our students, I can count on Montgomery Family Practice,” Tonya added.

Photo A-Dr. Ginger Kubala is a member of the ANU Cincinnati Campus Advisory Board and she assists with training of ANU medical students during their externships at Montgomery Family Practice.

Photo B-Tanya Roberts (left), director of health science education at the ANU Cincinnati Campus, is pictured with ANU graduate Tamara Bray (right), who is working as a registered medical assistant (RMA) at Montgomery Family Practice.


LYNCHBURG
Campus Alumnus Inspires Class of 2016 in Commencement Address

Campus Alumnus Inspires Class of 2016 in Commencement Address

The ANU Lynchburg Campus celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2016 at a commencement ceremony held on Friday, June 10 at Tree of Life Ministries. Hundreds of family members, friends, faculty, and staff members came out to cheer on the graduates, as each of them took their turn walking across the stage to accept their hard-earned diplomas.

Lynchburg Campus alumnus Michael Matthews served as the commencement speaker and was also presented with the campus’s Alumni Hall of Achievement Award during the ceremony. In his commencement address, Michael spoke of his career journey to finding his true passion in print media with the Lynchburg News & Advance. He encouraged the graduates to pursue what makes them happy, because that is the only way to find true success in life.

“It was probably one of the most heartfelt ceremonies we've ever had.”

Other award winners of the evening included: Amie Katherine Smith, Achievement Award; Jamie Graves, Leadership Award; Tameka Glover, E.M. Coulter Award; Debra Toliver, Joseph H. Hurn Award; and Daniel Paterson, M.A. Smythe Award.

“It was probably one of the most heartfelt ceremonies we’ve ever had,” commented campus director Bill Baker. “We acknowledge the graduates, but also their families and support systems who helped get them there. We are a family-based university; we have had multiple generations of family members graduate from our campus.”

Photo A-Lynchburg Campus graduates respond to commencement speaker Michael Matthews’s remarks during the graduation ceremony.

Photo B-Lynchburg Campus alumnus Michael Matthews served as the commencement speaker and was also this year’s recipient of the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award.


ROANOKE VALLEY
ANU Offers Bright Opportunity for International Students

ANU Offers Bright Opportunity for International Students

The Roanoke Valley Campus of American National University recently held a welcome and informational session for international students.  ANU has a large number of international students looking to continue their education to help them get started and advance in their desired careers.

Campus director Beth Bryant welcomed the students to the event. She was followed by District Delegate Sam Rasoul, who shared his impressions of Roanoke from an international point of view. As the child of immigrants and the only Muslim member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Representative Rasoul feels that he has a connection with international students. He told the students that there are over 105 nationalities represented in the Roanoke area, and spoke on the welcoming atmosphere of ANU and the Roanoke community toward international citizens.

Representative Rasoul, who also has served at ANU as an instructor, addressed the topic of future employment opportunities for international students in the Roanoke area. “We are about to double the size of our research institute which will present opportunities of at least 100 new high-level jobs available to international employees,” explained Rasoul. This is very promising for many of the international students at ANU, especially those who are earning an MBA in IT.

One such student is Achal Shah, who just began his studies in the MBA-IT program. Achal, a student from India, had only been in the country for six days, but he had not found orienting himself to Roanoke to be difficult. “I feel the same in my home country as I do here; everyone is very welcoming and friendly,” he stated.

“I feel the same in my home country as I do here; everyone is very welcoming and friendly.”

Following Representative Rasoul’s comments, university leaders participated in a panel discussion which offered information about the many services that ANU has developed to help students succeed in their programs and their careers.

In addition, students Harinder Chavra and Shaquile “ShaQ” Majawah were recognized for their accomplishments in their programs. Harinder, an MBA student, has shown the faculty and staff a tremendous amount of effort in her studies, as well as in her drive to succeed. “There are not enough words to say about this young woman,” said ANU President Frank Longaker, “This school, this university, this student body, is very fortunate to have Harinder as a part of this organization.”

ShaQ, a student from Malawi who is studying in the ANU network support program, was given a letter from Senator Mark Warner, who wrote to him after reading about ShaQ in the National News. Warner was impressed by all of ShaQ’s accomplishments in his studies, from earning his Network Pro and CompTIA A+ certifications, to using software like Raspberry Pi to work on special projects. (To learn more about ShaQ’s experience at ANU, click here.)

As the program came to an end, President Longaker offered closing remarks regarding how ANU can contribute to students’ experience abroad. “We believe that all countries have something to offer, but we also believe the United States is unique,” he stated. “We hope that you will combine the best aspects of your country and the best aspects of the United States in order to create the best people around the world.”

Photo-A: Student Harinder Chavra receives recognition from Dr. Annette Chamberlin and President Longaker.

Photo-B: Student Shaquile “ShaQ” Majawah receives a letter from Senator Mark Warner from President Longaker.


 
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