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At South University, community involvement and impact is a big part of who we are. We promote character development by providing students with many opportunities to engage with and give back to local communities. Many of these experiences also encourage professional growth. Depending on the event, students may practice their interpersonal skills, explore different workplace settings, and put some of what they’ve learned in the classroom to use in the real world. Below are a just a few of the examples of how our faculty, staff, and students have engaged with their communities this summer!

Tampa and Orlando PTA Students Help with Community Boxing Program

Group of people practicing boxing at a community center

Students in the Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) program at our Tampa campus and Orlando Learning Site volunteered at PunchWorX. PunchWorx is a community-based fitness and non-contact boxing program for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. (See more pictures here!)

Savannah Pharmacy Student Volunteers for Non-Profit Health Clinic

Group of pharmacy student volunteers at a non-profit health clinic

Leyli Roshanaei (third from left), a student in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at South University, Savannah, volunteered at Two Rivers Health Clinic this summer. Two Rivers provides free healthcare services to Effingham County residents who are uninsured and at or below Federal Poverty Level. This non-profit clinic is staffed by mostly volunteer medical professionals, helping their community to get the medical care necessary to stay healthy.

Tampa PA Faculty and Students Support Project LINK

group of faculty and students gathered for a photo

Faculty and students in the Physician Assistant (PA) program at South University, Tampa partnered with Project LINK to help provide no-cost school physicals to Hillsborough county families who receive Medicaid or who are uninsured. In addition to physicals, Project LINK also provides no-cost immunizations and immunization record transfers, so that the children are ready for the academic year ahead.

Savannah Faculty and Students Share Knowing with Local High Schoolers

South faculty and students sharing information with high school student

South University, Savannah welcomed incoming high school freshman to visit labs and learn how to operate some of our healthcare equipment. The students spent half a day on campus learning how to use an ultrasound machine, intubate a robotic person, use various physical therapy devices, and check for vitals. The students toured pharmacy labs and watched classes in action. Our Physician Assistant students also got involved, teaching the students how to understand the ultrasound machines and getting on the table so students can practice looking at live hearts, livers and other organs. (See more pictures here!)

Austin Nursing Students Provide CPR Demo for High School Seniors

CPR demo with a nursing student and high school seniors

South University, Austin welcomed over 100 high school seniors for a tour of campus. During the tour, nursing students provided a CPR demo. Academic Success Coordinator Leanne Stigler also hosted an interactive tour of the Anatomy Lab with microscopes and models. (See more pictures here!)

Savannah PTA Student Helps Patients Gain Independence and Strength

PTA student helping an older patient on a strength machine

Emilee Rhodenbaugh, an Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant student at South University, Savannah, has been working at the non-profit Abilities Unlimited. Emilee uses her knowledge to help patients with disabilities gain fitness and independence through progressive exercise. (See more pictures here!)

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