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Get Involved at South University!

by South University
August 30, 2013

Are you interested in getting more involved in student life at South University? If so, we have several honor societies and student groups now accepting applications and new members. Joining student organizations is a great way to network, make new friends, build your resume and gain additional knowledge in your field!

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Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is a Criminal Justice Honor Society that aims to promote academic excellence through the recognition of scholarship, assist in the development of professional and personal leadership among students and practitioners, and encourage greater communication among member chapters and the entire criminal justice profession.

Alpha Phi Sigma is affiliated with the Association of College Honor Societies and the Academy of Criminal Justice Science. Learn more here.

American Criminal Justice Association

The American Criminal Justice Association’s goals are to improve criminal justice through educational activities; to foster professionalism in law enforcement personnel and agencies; and to promote professional, academic, and public awareness of criminal justice issues. Learn more here.

Association for Computing Machinery

The Association for Computing Machinery is a professional organization for students studying information systems or IT, and they’re accepting new members! Find out more here, but don’t miss the fall application deadline of October 18, 2013!

National Association of Legal Assistants

If you are a part of the Legal Studies or Paralegal Studies degree programs at South University, you are invited to join our chapter of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)! This group gives you the chance to network with other students, get career news and tips, receive a monthly newsletter and more. You may even have the opportunity to serve as an officer in the group or an editor for our newsletter “The Quest.” To learn more about NALA, visit Connections, click on the Organizations tab and join our group.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is an honor society inviting high-achieving first and second year students. It recognizes scholarship, leadership and service. NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Undergraduate candidates must successfully complete credits equivalent to a minimum of one term of full time study, but no more than half the number required for completion of the bachelor's degree requirements. Students must be in their first or second year of study when they apply. In addition, students must achieve at least a 3.4 GPA. Learn more here.

National Technical Honor Society

This society is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. Applicants must maintain a GPA of 3.0 overall. Learn more here.

Sigma Beta Delta

Sigma Beta Delta is a business honor society. Founded in 1986, Sigma Beta Delta encourages and recognizes scholarship and achievement among students of business, management, and administration. It encourages and promotes personal and professional improvement. Sigma Beta Delta is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Learn more here.

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Communication Tips for Online Students

by South University
August 26, 2013

As an online student, communication can be tricky, especially if you’re used to face-to-face interaction. However, we are committed to helping you succeed! For starters, your Admissions Representative, Academic Counselor and Finance Counselor are there to answer your questions as they arise. In addition, we've designed the online classroom to facilitate open and frequent communication between students and faculty.

conversationsHere are a few things you can do as a student to help make the flow of information smooth and efficient.

1. Be easy to reach. If your contact information isn’t current, it’s going to be hard for people to get in touch with you. (You can update this information at any time in the Campus Common.) Additionally, make sure to set up a voicemail at the phone number you provide so that anyone who calls can leave a message.

2. Respond promptly. Always get back to your instructors or members of your graduation team as soon as possible. However, if you’re communicating via email, take a few seconds before hitting send to ensure that your message is clear and complete, uses proper grammar and is free of typos.

3. Find your important contacts. Contact information for your graduation team, faculty members and technical support appears on your Campus Common homepage. In addition, at the beginning of each course, your instructor will provide you with their email address, phone number, Skype ID and office hours via email and the Announcements section of the course home page. You can also email class members or your instructor by clicking “Email” in the red toolbar in the online classroom.

4. Know your options for reaching your instructor. A good place to start is the open forum in your classroom called “Questions for the Professor," where your question—and the answer from your instructor—will be visible to your classmates. This is a great place to visit to see if your question has been previously answered and to learn from what’s already been posted. In this forum, you may want to ask about:

• Accessing academic resources
• What you have read in lectures or textbooks
• Other general information that may be helpful to all students

On the other hand, if you have a question about grades, issues preventing you from attending class or other personal concerns, contact your instructor privately for a one-on-one conversation. 

In addition, your instructor will provide weekly virtual office hours, respond to emails and answer your questions promptly, give detailed feedback on graded assignments and be active in the classroom's discussion forum.

If you have additional questions about communicating with faculty or staff as an online student, feel free to ask a member of your graduation team or your instructor.

To learn more about South University, request more information here!

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Cloud Services and New Tech Models Drive Networking Staff Demands

by South University
August 21, 2013

Whether you are just starting your career or looking to advance in the field of information technology, it’s good to stay on top of how today’s market is changing to accommodate more sophisticated models for business systems. In the past few years, cloud computing has been one of the biggest innovations affecting the IT world.

Cloud services and cloud providers are proliferating and offering advantages to businesses of all kinds, helping them to save time and money by upgrading to new, cloud-based data management resources. Cloud systems help to save costs by making critical software available over the web and cutting down on internal IT maintenance workloads.

Cloud Computing

What is the cloud?

Essentially, cloud computing refers to the practice of using distributed systems to host data and information in a remote network destination. Having this kind of distributed infrastructure allows cloud vendors to let clients back up their data easily and effectively, while also providing some unique security and accessibility benefits—including that clients no longer need to build physical networks within their own offices, but can still access their data whenever they need it.

Cloud computing and cloud hosting systems truly support the idea of web-delivered services – in the old days, companies had to purchase software services by installing and licensing individual products. These days, it’s much more common for executives and others to simply sign up online for the services that they need and have those services delivered directly into a company IT system by vendors.

Demand for Information Technology Professionals

What all this means is that as cloud computing continues to grow in popularity, companies will require knowledgeable professionals to select, implement and manage these new technologies. According to research sponsored by Microsoft in 2012, the demand for jobs related to cloud computing will grow 26% a year through to 2015. They also reported that 7 million cloud-related jobs could be created by 2015. (See more of the facts and figures here!)

Students interested in a career in IT should consider advancing their education and taking courses around network management and network security, particularly as they relate to cloud computing, in order to stay relevant to an ever-changing technology job world.

Learn more today about the degree programs in Information Technology available at South University!

Sources

Cloud Computing Skills Required for IT Employees 
Demand for Cloud-Based Skills Will Grow Rapidly 
The Cloud Dividend 
How Cloud Computing Works 
IT Workforce Can't Meet Demand for Cloud Skills
Climate Change: Cloud's Impact on IT Organizations and Staffing

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Join us for the 2013 Student Activities Week!

by South University
August 19, 2013

Current Students, this week, August 19-23, 2013, is Student Activities Week--your chance to learn about new student organizations and discover all that being a student at South University has to offer!

Online ConversationsEach day, the Student Community blog on Connections will be updated, so make sure to stop by! (Connections is our exclusive social network where you can interact with faculty members and fellow classmates.) The Student Community blog will focus on the importance of getting involved with your school and your community.

To visit Connections, log in to the Campus Common via this link. If you’re already in the Campus Common, from the Campus Life dropdown, select Get Connected. Then, click the Get Connected button to open Connections in a new window. You’ll find the Student Community page under Departments.

In addition, on August 22, 2013, at 8:00pm ET, the Office of Student Community will host a live Student Activities Night webinar, answering questions about how students can join different organizations and what those organizations have to offer. (Current students: register here!)

We hope to see you around in Connections and at our webinar for Student Activities Week!

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6 Tips to Take Your Resume from Good to Great

by South University
August 15, 2013

Landing your dream job can be a challenge, especially in fields with a competitive job market. To have a chance at a phone call – never mind an-person interview – your resume must grab your potential employer’s attention and then keep them focused on you!

1. Quantify your contributions. Don’t just list the tasks you do. Instead, use numbers to show the volume and impact of your work. If possible, explain how your actions benefited or improved your team or the company as whole.

2. Tailor your resume for each specific job. For each job you apply to, think about what skills, qualifications and experience you should highlight on your resume. If it’s applicable, include how your current role is similar to the job for which you are currently applying (but don't exaggerate!). For example, if you're applying to be a manager, list your previous or current management responsibilities and project leadership experiences.

3. Include your hobbies, freelance or volunteer work when it’s relevant. If you're applying for a position as a computer programmer and your hobby is developing mobile apps or helping with a non-profit’s website as a volunteer, include those items on your resume. Hobbies and additional work can show that you are passionate about a subject or that you have taken the initiative to develop a skill outside of your current position. If you don’t have room on your resume, you can mention them in your cover letter instead.

4. Create a resume that's easy to skim. Format your resume with bold headings and bullet points and start each section with the most impressive skill or job responsibility. Unless you have over 5 years of experience, keep your resume to one page. Even if your resume is two pages, the most important information should still appear on the first page. Remember, hiring managers may see tons of resumes, so yours could have only a few seconds to grab their attention.

5. Clean up and unclutter your layout. Leave white space around the edges and delete unnecessary items like supervisor contact information or "References available upon request." (If they want references, they'll ask!) Use tables to ensure each column is perfectly lined up.

6. Leave a professional impression. Use bright white paper or professional letterhead, make sure the ink in your printer is dark, and select an easy-to-read font such as Times New Roman or Arial in 10- to 12-point size. And of course, proofread and then proofread again. You want to captivate the employer with your impressive qualifications, not an offbeat font choice or multiple spelling errors!

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