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Meet the Student Hero Contest Winners

by South University
April 7, 2013

South University is excited to announce the winners of the 2013 Student Hero Contest. Thanks to everyone who shared their stories and nominated the heroes that inspire them to pursue their education and to achieve their goals!

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Meet the Winners

Grand Prize Winner: Shamry Salley, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management student

As our grand prize winner, Shamry will be awarded a $500 scholarship toward her tuition at South University. Her hero is fellow student, Jami Jedlicka, who will also be awarded a $500 tuition scholarship.

Runner-Up Winner: Gerard Rosenberg, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology student

Gerard is our first runner-up in the Student Hero Contest and will be awarded a $250 tuition scholarship. He named his daughter, Lauren Witkowsky, his hero. In honor of the support she has given her father, Lauren will receive an iPod Touch.

Runner-Up Winner: Travis Williams, Associate of Science in Business Administration student

Travis is our second runner-up in the contest and will be awarded a $250 tuition scholarship. He nominated his daughter, Amber Jean Ingle, as his hero, who will receive an iPod Touch.

Read the Winning Entries

To see our winners’ stories, log in to the Campus Common, go to Connections and check out the Student Community group under Departments. To see the full contest rules, including our process for selecting the winners, please visit http://thecampuscommon.com/suo/student-submissions/rules/.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. We hope the contest encouraged you to interact with your peers and to start developing new friendships and important professional connections.

by South University
April 7, 2013
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Make a Difference: Refer a Friend

by South University
April 1, 2013

At South University, our faculty and staff believe that there is nothing more rewarding than helping others. It is the philosophy by which we live. We work every day to help our students achieve their goals, and student success is our number one priority. With the Student Hero Contest coming to a close, we hope that as you met and interacted with your classmates in Connections, you discovered that they too believe in the importance of helping others.

During the contest, we noticed that a number of our students nominated their friends or family members as student heroes. Many of you have a wide circle of people who have influenced your lives and your education by believing in you and supporting you as you pursued your goals.

Refer a Friend

Now, we’re giving you an opportunity to give back to these same people who have helped to shape your lives. 

We believe that education can be life-changing, and you can make a difference in the lives of your friends and family members today by introducing them to the degree programs at South University.

To refer a friend and help them get started on a journey of career advancement and personal growth, please visit https://mycampus.southuniversity.edu/portal/server.pt/ community/south_university_campus_common/202/_Form_Student_Referral. You’ll be prompted to log in to the Campus Common. After entering your user name and password, you’ll be able to submit the information of the friend or family member you think could benefit from learning about South University.

Don’t wait; transform a life today!

by South University
April 1, 2013
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Why Being Social is Good for You

by South University
March 27, 2013

As humans, social interaction is essential to every aspect of our health. Research shows that having a strong network of support or strong community bonds fosters both emotional and physical health and is an important component of adult life. Over the years, there have been a number of studies showcasing the relationship between social support and the quality of physical and psychological health.

The Research

While most studies examining the benefits of social support have focused on the elderly (Steptoe, Dockray, & Wardle, 2009), having a strong social network is crucial for psychological and physical health, regardless of age. For example, a study on incoming college freshmen found that social support was effective in reducing depression in both those who have healthy self-esteem and those with a poor self-image (Cohen, Sherrod, & Clark, 1986). The authors of this study found that belonging to a social network helped ease the stress for people entering university life.

Social involvement is also important as we age. In a study of Europeans over the age of 50, Sirven and Debrand (2008) found that individuals who participated in social or community activities were more likely to report good or very good health. The study was based on data from the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and included 11 European countries and 22,000 households (31,000 individuals).

What We Think

At South University, we hope that you learn from these studies and continue to build the support networks in your lives. In addition to the psychological and physical benefits of having a support system, having friends and family who know about your academic and professional goals may help you to achieve them. The support and encouragement from your friends and family will motivate you, and you can ask them to check in regularly on how you are doing in classes. Because they believe in you and because you see them so often, you won’t want to disappoint them. Plus, they’ll be excited to hear about your success!

For the last week of the Student Hero Contest, we hope you continue to network with other students online and also start talking with your family and friends about your online education experiences. If your hero is a family member or a friend you see every day rather than a student, we encourage you to still enter the contest and tell us about why he or she is so important to you!

Sources

Cohen, S., Sherrod, D. R., & Clark, M. S. (1986). Social Skills and the Stress-Protective Role of Social Support. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 50(5), 963-973.

Sirven, N., & Debrand, T. (2008). Social participation and healthy ageing: An international comparison using SHARE data. Social Science & Medicine, 67, 2017-2026.

Steptoe, A., Dockray, S., & Wardle, J. (2009). Positive Affect and Psychobiological Processes Relevant to Health. Journal of Personality, 77(6), 1747-1776.

Walen, H. R., & Lachman, M. E. (2000). Social Support and Strain from Partner, Family, and Friends: Costs and Benefits for Men and Women in Adulthood. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 17, 5-30.

by South University
March 27, 2013
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Heroes Among Us

by South University
March 21, 2013

We’re now in week three of our Student Hero Contest, which runs until April 2 and encourages you to gain new friends or honor your already existing ones. For doing so, you could win up to a $500 scholarship toward tuition.

If you’d like to participate, but you aren’t sure what we are looking for, here’s an excerpt from one of the entries that’s already been submitted. This comes from Stephanie Shirk, who plans to graduate in October of this year.

“I have been attending South University since 2009. Without my boyfriend, Dwayne Van Meter, I probably would not be enrolled at this time. It was with his encouragement and never ending devotion that I have been able to make it this far. I have two children, a full time job, and of course all of my children's activities. I would not have made it without him always giving me encouragement and saying ‘You can do it!’”

To read Stephanie’s full story and to nominate your own hero, visit the Student Community Group in Connections. Here’s how to get there:

1. Log in to your Campus Common from this link. It will open in a new tab.
2. Enter Connections. It will show up in a new window, so your pop-up blocker will need to be off.
3. Click on Departments in the main navigation.
4. Select the Student Community group. (Look for the orange H next to the group name.)
5. Click on Forum in the side navigation.
6. Find the Student Hero discussion and click the question “Who is your hero?” to see all student entries or submit your own.

See the full rules for the Student Hero Contest here. We look forward to reading about your hero!

by South University
March 21, 2013
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Helping Your Classmates Can Help You

by South University
March 18, 2013

At South University many of you are pursuing careers that revolve around helping others, including positions in nursing, healthcare, criminal justice, psychology and more. There's no need to wait to start helping others though; you can start now with your online peers. Here are just a few ways that our classmates can help each other.

1. You can overcome many of your challenges and concerns together. Do you get overwhelmed by your assignments and personal responsibilities? Your peers might have advice on managing busy schedules, and you may even have a tip or two to share. Not sure how to use the online classroom? A classmate can help. Are you nervous about being back in school? The odds are good that you’ll find another classmate who had the same worry and is now excelling in their studies.

Sometimes, just knowing that someone else is facing and overcoming the same challenges can be inspiring and motivating.

2. You can hold each other accountable in school. If you are friends with your peers, you’ll feel more connected to South University and be more likely to stick with it through to graduation. Plus, one of you will notice if the other person hasn’t been around in a while. You can encourage each other to hang in there and to believe in yourself. You came to school to achieve your goals, but sometimes you might need someone to remind you that.

3. You can have interesting, in depth conversations about your studies. Your friends and family may enjoy hearing about what you are studying, but they may not have the time or the knowledge to discuss the theory behind it or analyze every sentence of the article you just read. With your peers, you’ll be able to talk about your common interests and share your opinions on the topics you’re studying.

4. You can serve as professional resources for each other. You can discuss research ideas and theories and receive constructive feedback and support. Your peers might also introduce you to an industry resource or group with which you aren’t very familiar. It never hurts to know other professionals in your field.

Join the Student Hero Contest to start connecting with your classmates today!

by South University
March 18, 2013
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