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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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The Very Best of 2014

by South University, Online Programs
December 29, 2014

There’s no denying it ─ 2014 was a great year at South University. We’re looking forward to many exciting things ahead in 2015, but we want to take a minute to recap the highlights of this wonderful year!

2014

Business Programs Received the Accreditation Council for Business and Programs (ACBSP) Accreditation*

In January, South University announced our accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs for the following online programs:

• Bachelor of Business Administration
• Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
• Master of Business Administration
• MBA in Healthcare Administration

New Doctor of Ministry Degree Program Launched

This past August, South University, Online Programs proudly announced the arrival of our second doctoral program ─ the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree program. Our new 96-credit program is designed to help students deepen their understanding of the nature and purpose of ministry, strengthen their ministry skills and develop an enhanced spiritual maturity.

iGrad Introduced to Help Manage Financial Literacy Needs

In April, South University launched iGrad, a personalized financial literacy site to help students understand financial aid and better manage their finances.

South University Recognized for Military Friendly Practices in Education

South University is proud to have been named to the 2015 Military Friendly® schools list by Victory Media ─ publisher of G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® magazines. South University was also designated a Top School in the 2015 Military Advanced Education (MAE) Guide to Colleges & Universities. Read about these honors here.

Online Library Received a Makeover

You asked for a improved online library and South University listened! Our online library received a major overhaul making it sleeker, more user-friendly and much more organized.

$1000 Scholarships Awarded to 8 Students

This year, two students received the 2014 Emerging Nurses of South University Scholarship, two students received National Technical Honor Society Scholarships, and four students received the 2014 Path to Graduation Scholarship. Shannon Lester, a student pursuing an Associate of Science in Information Technology said, “This scholarship is so important for me to receive as it could be the defining moment that gets me to the finish line in achieving my degree.”

National Nurses Week and National Nurse Practitioner Week Celebrated

During these important weeks, we featured a few of our inspiring students and graduates!

• Kim Herbert, who graduated in 2012 with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, is now working as a Nurse Manager for UT Physicians Urology ─ a clinic affiliated with The University of Texas Medical School. She shares her heartfelt story of how the commitment of our faculty helped her to succeed. Hear from Kim.

• Brady Aderholt, a student currently earning his MSN degree, discusses how he balances work, family life and school. Read Brady’s account of how the support of the South University staff “is like having Siri on your iPhone.”

• Jennifer Bradley, a student pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialization, details her experience with online learning. Learn how she has benefitted from the support of South University staff, instructors and peers.

Congratulations Sent to the Class of 2014

We’re proud to announce that more than 3,400 students graduated at 11 graduation ceremonies this summer. We’re so proud of each and every one of our graduates ─ best of luck to the Class of 2014!

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*The following business programs at South University, Online the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration, Accelerated Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and Accelerated Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ([ACBSP] 11520 West 119th Street; Overland Park, KS 66213; 913-339-9356; www.acbsp.org).

Other programs in the College of Business are excluded from ACBSP’s scope of accreditation. These programs include: Associate of Science in Accounting, Associate of Science in Business Administration, Association of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology, Master of Science in Leadership and Doctor of Business Administration.

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Join us for the Holiday Treasure Hunt!

by South University, Online Programs
December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays from all of us at South University! We wish each of you a joyful holiday season and a New Year full of happiness and success! As a present to our students, we're sponsoring the Holiday Treasure Hunt from December 26 to December 31, 2014.

Holiday treasure hunt logo

If you're a student at South University, Online Programs, jumpstart 2015 with this exciting scavenger hunt where you could earn some great prizes!

How to Participate:

December 26 - 31, 2014 ONLY!

1. Visit our Facebook page and find our Holiday Treasure Hunt status update to get the daily clue.

2. Follow the clue to find the daily keyword.

3. Once you find the keyword, return to Facebook and answer the question posted in our Holiday Treasure Hunt status update.

4. A panel of judges will review all answers and choose 4 winners--one for each day of the contest.

You'll have the chance to win one of four Chrome Books!

Read the official terms and conditions here.

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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How to Give Back to Your Community This Holiday Season

by South University
December 17, 2014

Volunteering, donating and passing good tidings on to others – these activities can be very easy to work into your day, and they can benefit you as well as your community. From creating important contacts for your career to boosting your self-esteem, giving back is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your community—or for yourself.

GivingWho Do You Want to Help?

Volunteering makes the most impact when you are emotionally involved with your cause. Do you want to help the homeless or the elderly? Maybe you feel called to help abandoned animals or wild animals that have been hurt? Pinpoint where your interests lie and then look for opportunities to help in those areas.

Why Do You Want to Volunteer?

Regardless of where or how you volunteer, you’ll be helping others in your area—and in doing so, you then help your community as a whole. So spend time thinking about other things you would like to accomplish. Would you like to get more professional experience? Would you like to meet new people or network with others in your field? Would you just like to raise your spirits during the holidays or make them easier for someone else?

Where Should You Look for Opportunities?

If you know whom you want to help, it can be fairly easy to find organizations serving that particular population in your community. If you’re having trouble, contact the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce or the Department of Human Services for help, or use an online service like. Contact the volunteer coordinator and ask if they need anyone to provide the help you’d like to offer. There’s no shame turning down an opportunity with one organization if you find a better fit elsewhere, because every role is suitable for someone.

Enjoy the Results

While few of us enjoy working just for work’s sake, putting effort into helping others pays you back in many ways. In areas with struggling communities, providing support can help to decrease crime rates or the impact of poverty. After volunteering, your feelings of connectedness, pride and happiness can increase--in addition to an increased confidence in your ability to complete certain tasks and to make a difference in the world around you. There are even professional benefits as well. For instance, while meeting people at an organization, you can make powerful networking contacts and the experience you gain can be used to perform better at work and be added to your resume.

This holiday season, we hope you consider volunteering. Perfect opportunities exist for anyone who wants to get involved, and It’s time that's never wasted!

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