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South University announces the return of their men’s basketball team!

by South University
March 31, 2015

South University expects to assemble a men’s basketball team for the 2016 season and will compete as a Division III team within the Great South Athletic Conference. The former team, The South University Challengers, played their first season in 1983 and, although they only continued for five seasons, were ranked eighth in the country in 1987 by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

With excitement of the local Savannah Storm team growing, the university hopes to contribute to the excitement of the sport and looks forward to seeing the Challengers back on the court again!

The 1987-1988 Team


Interested in joining the team?

Try outs will begin in August 2015 and the university will look to have a head coach in place by the end of July. Any students looking to join the basketball team can inquire to aprilsfools@southuniversity.edu!

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10 Facts about the Business behind Valentine’s Day

by South University
February 11, 2015
Valentine's Day Flowers

Are you planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? 

Every February, couples, friends, families, and school children plan to spend the 14th of the month celebrating love, friendship, and togetherness. In other words, this Saturday, expect restaurants to be packed, roses to reach their annual sky-high prices, and slim pickings in the card aisle of your local drugstore.

Whether you love the holiday or hate it, there’s no denying that Valentine’s Day is big business. Curious how big? Here are 10 things we learned from a January 2015 survey conducted by the National Retail Federation.

1. More people are celebrating than not. Almost 55% of survey respondents said they will partake in Valentine’s Day festivities this year.

2. Men plan to spend more than women. While women expect to spend about $60 on the holiday this year, men are prepared to shell out something closer to $130.

3. Pets are getting love too. Four-legged friends won’t be left out this year, as over 20% of people said they’ll be buying their pet a gift, spending $25 on average.

4. Department stores will attract the biggest crowds. 37% of shoppers plan to purchase gifts at a department store, followed by 35% at a discount store, 25% online, 19% at the florist, 13% at other small businesses, and 12% at a jewelry store.

5. Candy is the most popular gift. 53% of people plan to give candy this year while 51% will also be giving greeting cards. 38% of people will gift flowers, 16% clothing, and 15% gift card/certificate. 35% will have an evening out on the town! This is the first year since at least 2007 that greeting cards haven’t been the most popular gift.

6. People will spend the most on jewelry. Those giving jewelry to their loved ones plan to spend the most, at an average of $172, followed by $90 on clothing, $78 on an evening out, $74 on a gift card/certificate, $42 on flowers, $24 on candy and $15 on greeting cards.

7. Some people who aren’t celebrating still buy gifts. While they’re boycotting the holiday itself, 3% of those not celebrating reported plans to purchase anti-Valentine’s Day gifts.

8. Valentine’s Day is losing some of its luster. While slightly more people are celebrating Valentine’s Day this year than last, the number of people participating in the day has sharply declined from 63% in 2007 to 55% this year.

9. People are spending more than ever. While fewer people are celebrating the day, these people are spending more than ever. In 2007, shoppers only spent an average of $88.17 on the day — nearly $8.50 less than this year’s $96.63 average.

10. Southerners might be the most romantic. More people in the south plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day than any other part of the country.

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Announcing the Holiday Treasure Hunt Winners!

by South University, Online Programs
January 12, 2015

It’s what you’ve been waiting for – the time to name the winners of the Holiday Treasure Hunt is finally here! First, we’d like to thank all of the students who participated in the Holiday Treasure Hunt at South University from December 26 to 31, 2014! We had so many thoughtful submissions and it was hard to select the top four participants.

Holiday treasure hunt logo

Meet the Winners

A panel of judges carefully reviewed all answers and chose the 4 winners below. Congratulations to each of these students!

Debra Kincaid
Associate in Business Administration student
Winner of a Samsung Chromebook

Christine Davis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing student
Winner of a Samsung Chromebook

Elisabeth Jackman
Bachelor in Business Administration student
Winner of a Samsung Chromebook

Kelly Porrey
MBA in Healthcare Administration student
Winner of a Samsung Chromebook

Contest Rules

To participate, students had to visit our Facebook page and locate the daily clue. Then, students followed the clue to find the keyword. This year, to find all four keywords, participants needed to visit the Campus Common events calendar, our LinkedIn Page, the Career Resources page on the Campus Common and our Blog. After finding the daily keyword, students had to return to Facebook and use the keyword to answer the question posted in our daily status update.

Not sure if you got the keyword right every day? The answers are below!

12/26: Family
12/29: Goals
12/30: Education
12/31: Caption

Official contests rules are available here. Thanks again to everyone who played!

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Here for the Holiday Treasure Hunt?

by South University, Online Programs
December 31, 2014

The keyword for December 31 is...

Not sure how to play? Never heard of the Holiday Treasure Hunt?

Check out our blog post from last week to learn how to participate, see the available prizes and read the official terms and conditions.

Good luck!!

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How to Enjoy the Holidays and Still Get Everything Done

by South University, Online Programs
December 18, 2014

Throughout the holidays, many students find it difficult to juggle their education and family obligations while still leaving time for much-needed time for rest and relaxation. As a result, writing papers, completing assignments or reading ahead can be an unwelcome source of stress or anxiety.

While there is no precise formula to determine what balance is right for you, being a student doesn’t mean you have to give up quality time with your loved ones during the holidays.

Relaxing during holidays

4 Keys to Success

When it comes to dividing time between work and play, here are some simple steps that you can take to have a memorable and productive holiday season.

Time management. It may sound cliché, but no one is more responsible for how you spend your time over the holidays than you are. Plan ahead, set realistic goals, prepare for the unexpected, and schedule time for the things that are important to you. For example, if it works with your schedule, study in the mornings and then bake, wrap, build snowmen with the kids, and watch holiday classics in the afternoons or evenings.

Push forward and avoid falling behind. Don’t let your schoolwork pile up over the holidays. Breakdown assignments into manageable segments. Try working for a set amount of time at the same time every day. Making schoolwork part of your regular routine gives your family a good sense of when you’ll be available for fun, festive activities.

Have a positive outlook. Try to think of coursework as time you are investing in for yourself, your future and the good of your family.

Include your family in your study routine. Encourage family members to quiz you with flashcards, post a calendar of your reading list or study schedule in a visible place (i.e. on the fridge), share what you’re learning or challenges you encounter, and communicate goals, objectives, and accomplishments.

6 Tips for Surviving the Holidays

We all know that the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. When you start feeling overwhelmed, here are 6 ways to stay motivated, focused, calm, and balanced.

1. Take a deep breath.
2. Be present in the moment.
3. Exercise your mind and body.
4. Be grateful for what you have.
5. Volunteer—give the gift of time.
6. Recognize that others can be stressed too. Have patience. Smile. Forgive.

In a Nutshell

Although education is a stepping stone to enrichment, creative partnerships, and professional opportunities, studying for a new career involves a lot of time, effort, and preparation. Over the holidays, your schoolwork doesn’t need to consume or define you, but it should be something you make time for and take pride in!

“Enjoy the journey. This is not a dress rehearsal.” ~ John Savage

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