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South University Gives Back

by South University
October 30, 2018
A photo of an individual get a check-up by South University nursing students.

South University Students & Staff Serve Their Communities

At South University, we strive to instill in students not only a lifelong focus on their own personal and professional growth, but also on the improvement of the world around them. We believe that when we are all active members of our communities, together we can become stronger, smarter, and more successful than possible as individuals.

To honor and bring awareness to this mission, today, we celebrate some of the many South University students, faculty, and staff doing their part to make the world a better place.

A photo of South University, Online Programs employees working at a Back-to-School Breakfast fundraiser.Online Programs Team Raises Funds for Charity

South University, Online Programs partnered with Argosy University, Online Programs to host a Back-to-School Breakfast fundraiser this fall. Proceeds from this event benefited Pittsburgh-based non-profit organizations, Kitchen of Grace and Morrow School. By purchasing breakfasts at work, employees of South University, Online Programs and Argosy University, Online Programs raised over $850 to help members of their communities.

Nursing Students & Faculty Give Back-to-School Physicals at No Cost

South University, West Palm Beach Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students worked side-by-side with nursing faculty to provide free school physicals for 400 students at two separate sites. Their work supported the Palm Beach County Office of Community’s Back to School Bash, designed to help all children get the support and services they need before heading back to school.

The South University BSN students began the screenings with registration, height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, and vision testing. The MSN students then completed the physical examinations and provided health education for the students and their parents. In addition to benefiting the community, the event was an excellent opportunity for our students to apply their enhanced nursing skills and expertise outside of the classroom.

A photo of South University, Online program staff members who volunteered at a Dress for Success event in Pittsburgh, PA.Online Programs Staff Members Volunteer at Dress for Success Organization

Employees from South University, Online Programs recently volunteered at Dress for Success Pittsburgh. Dress for Success is an organization that assists women in achieving economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and developmental tools that can help women thrive in work and life. Our Online Programs staff helped to sort, stock, and organize clothing at the Dress for Success boutique that assists clients with preparing for employment interviews.

Students Provide Meals for Families of Hospital Patients

The South University, West Palm Beach National Student Nurses Association chapter recently volunteered to prepare meals for the families of patients undergoing treatment at local hospitals.

The students volunteered as part of the ‘Chef for A Day’ program at Quantum House, an organization that provides a place to stay for families of patients at West Palm Beach area hospitals. Quantum House welcomes families from around the USA and the world while their children are receiving long-term medical care for anywhere from weeks to several months. The 30 rooms stay occupied throughout the year, and volunteers, such as our students, help to care for these families by providing meals.

The student nurses and their families volunteered by planning, fundraising, shopping, and cooking a brunch full of fresh fruit, eggs, omelets, waffles, and an assortment of muffins and cookies for 60 people at the Quantum House.

Students and Faculty Volunteer with Mobile Medical Clinic

A photo of South University, Virginia Beach Occupational Therapy Assistant, BSN, and MSN Family Nurse Practitioner students who volunteered at a mobile medical clinic.South University, Virginia Beach students from the Associate of Applied Science Occupational Therapy Assistant, BSN, and MSN with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner programs volunteered their time and talents to provide primary medical care at no cost for homeless and uninsured individuals and families.

Overseen by faculty members, the students volunteered in partnership with Promethean Group, a primary care mobile medical clinic at Beach Fellowship Church. The group also worked with the Promethean Group this fall, using their nursing skills and healthcare knowledge to provide back-to-school physicals at no cost for homeless and underprivileged youth in Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake, VA.

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by South University
October 30, 2018
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South University, Austin Students Serve Lunch to the Homeless

by South University
June 27, 2018
Students Maria Munoz, Alex Wiens, Timothy Terry, Roda Kassiba, Melissa Palacios, Eileen Meroneck, Moise Lambe, and Wilnelia Aviles—along with Dr. Claire Stigler, full time faculty member in Public Health, and Dr. Seena Mathew, Program Director for Public Health

Creating healthier, stronger communities and making the world a better place is the shared mission of all public health professionals. Recently, a group of South University, Austin Bachelor of Science in Public Health students demonstrated their passion for this goal by volunteering in their city.

The students had been studying how socioeconomic factors can limit access to healthcare and affordable housing, when they decided to take action and support the Carita's of Austin local community kitchen. With nearly 20% of Austin households lacking consistent and reliable access to nutritious food, the nonprofit Carita’s of Austin helps people build physical wellbeing as they transition out of homelessness.

At Carita's, the South University students hand-prepared and served a lunch that included fruit and vegetable salad, mashed potatoes, venison meatloaf, and a sweet or savory pastry to over 250 members of the homeless community in the downtown Austin area. They were also involved in creating care packages including soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and razors. Through volunteering, this group of passionate students has helped to provide members of the homeless community a foundation upon which individuals can work toward their goal of rebuilding their lives.

Photo: Students Maria Munoz, Alex Wiens, Timothy Terry, Roda Kassiba, Melissa Palacios, Eileen Meroneck, Moise Lambe, and Wilnelia Aviles—along with Dr. Claire Stigler, full time faculty member in Public Health, and Dr. Seena Mathew, Program Director for Public Health—participated.

by South University
June 27, 2018
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Richmond Student and Faculty Volunteers Help Feed Local Communities

by South University
June 12, 2018
A young woman volunteering in a community kitchen

Community involvement and volunteerism is a big part of who we are at South University. Our mission is to foster not only academic and professional development but also personal growth in our students. South University, Richmond's support of FeedMore Community Kitchen is an excellent example of such work.

Every holiday season, the Richmond campus hosts an annual food drive to collect canned goods and other non-perishables for FeedMore Community Kitchen, central Virginia’s primary hunger-relief organization. With a service area stretching across 34 cities and counties, FeedMore helps nearly 200,000 children, families, and seniors who struggle with hunger in Central Virginia.

To grow the university's engagement with this vital community organization, student, faculty, and staff volunteers went to work this May in the FeedMore kitchen, preparing meals and learning more about their wide-ranging programs and initiatives to fight hunger.

South University volunteers packaged over 600 meals for the Meals on Wheels program and after school programs for local schoolchildren. The Community Kitchen makes nearly 3,000 meals daily for homebound seniors, disabled neighbors, after school programs, and adult day cares. Our volunteers worked as a team to prepare the deliveries, enjoying the opportunity to join in on community efforts to provide nutritious meals to local children, families, and seniors in need.

Learn more about FeedMore by visiting https://feedmore.org/.

by South University
June 12, 2018
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