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Don’t Miss These Exciting Events!

by South University
January 27, 2014

At South University, you can find a variety of workshops, webinars and other informative online events to add to your calendar. Want to learn about what’s going on with the Student Community? Interested in our IT webinar series led by faculty members? Want to discuss requirements for your upcoming MSN practicum course? All of these events (and more) are coming up soon!

Events Calendar

Upcoming Event Preview

1/29/14: Student Activities Night
The Office of Student Community is hosting a live Student Activities Night webinar, answering questions about how students can join different organizations and what those organizations have to offer.

2/2/14-2/6/14: APA Quick Tip Series
This week, attend one or all five sessions to learn tips about how to use APA style in your coursework!

2/3/14: Intellectual Property – Know Your Right!
The first topic of the spring IT webinar series is Intellectual Property -- Know Your Right!, presented by Jennifer Merritt, Assistant Program Director of Information Technology. Upcoming topics include “So Many IT Blogs, Sites & Resources, So Little Time” and “Software Development: First Programming or QA Job.”

2/11/14: MSN Practicum Information Session
Learn more about the MSN practica requirements for the Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator and Nurse Informatics programs. A Q&A period will follow.

2/12/14: Valentine’s Poetry Open Mic Night
This pre-Valentine’s Day event will celebrate love through the written and spoken word! Sign up to share your own poem or a poem by someone else about love. If you prefer, you can also just sit back, listen and enjoy! This will be the first event in the new Spoken Word Café series of readings and workshops, hosted by our Writer-in-Residence and faculty member Jennifer Ferraro.

2/18/14: Online Tour of the Library
This online tour will review how to select the best resources for your topic, how to develop search terms to retrieve relevant electronic and print resources, how to generate APA references, and how to save articles and citations using RefWorks.

Learn More and Register Now!

Check out the Events Page in the Campus Common to learn more about each event. To visit the Events page, log in to the Campus Common, hover over the Campus Life dropdown menu and select Events.

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How to Reduce Stress in Your Life

by South University
January 22, 2014

Juggling work, a busy personal life and your college courses can be a lot to handle. Between pressure to ace your tests, financial obligations, daily work requirements and family needs, you might feel pulled in many directions. These tips may be able to help you feel a little more relaxed.

Relax

Set aside time for being social—and for relaxing. There’s no need to always keep your nose to the grindstone! Devote at least one night a week to being with family, going on a date, catching up with friends, or perhaps watching your favorite movie. You’ll be happier, and it’ll be easier to focus when you return to your studies.

Add study time to your calendar. On the other hand, if you’re always busy with family and social obligations, be sure to pencil in time for studying. Try to find a nice park or a quiet corner at the library where you can focus. You’ll accomplish more this way and be able to give your full attention to your family when you’re home.

If scheduling alone time is out of the question, your family or friends could help you study. Maybe your significant other can quiz you before a test. Alternatively, you could ask each of your kids to take on an extra chore so that you have more time to study.

Accept that not everything will go as planned. A long day at work, a car that won't start, or a child having a temper tantrum -- there’s no real way to avoid these situations, but you can take few preventive steps to reduce your overall stress level and face these occasions with more composure.

Get a full night’s sleep. Aim for at least six to eight hours nightly and plan a schedule that allows you to do just that. You’ll be surprised how much clearer your mind is and how well you function when you get enough sleep.

Eat right. With all that’s going on, you may find yourself skipping meals or grabbing something quick and unhealthy. Do yourself a favor and avoid excess caffeine and sugar, and instead stick to healthy and fresh foods that give you the energy you need.

Exercise. Kickboxing or running, biking or lifting weights, yoga or Pilates—whatever your workout of choice, exercise can help you to reduce your stress. Exercise at least three to four days a week for optimal mental and physical fitness.

The next time you feel stressed, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you can do this! Imagine what you’re working toward in your life. Never stress about being stressed; this will only compound the problem. Instead, it’s important to have strategies in place to avoid stress where possible and to keep calm, despite how much you have going on. Learning how to manage your stress will serve you well, even long after you complete your studies.

Sources
How To Reduce Stress While in College
How to Reduce, Prevent, and Cope with Stress 
23 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Reduce Stress Right Now

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A Crash Course in Writing a Thank You Note

by South University
January 16, 2014

For many, sending thank you notes by mail may seem like a trend of the past. Yet friends and family often still expect handwritten thank you notes after giving a gift, and, whether they expect it or not, everyone appreciates a heartfelt thank you. In the world of business, your choice of whether to send one after an interview can mean the difference between getting a job and getting ignored.

Thank You noteTo stay ahead in your personal and professional life, fine-tune your thank you note writing skills by following these simple tips! In fact, why not try putting them into practice today and thank your mentor during National Mentoring Month?

Written, Typed or Texted?

With the ease of text and email at our fingertips, you may be tempted to thank someone digitally rather than take the time to write it out. Resist this urge. Only casual and informal situations – a friend offering you a ride home, a neighbor returning your aimless dog or a coworker holding an elevator door – allow for this easy delivery method. In most circumstances, texted thanks can come across as unappreciative, and while emailed ones are a step above a text, they're still perceived as less thoughtful than a handwritten note.

Focus on the Giver’s Feelings

Sometimes it seems like we live in a self-focused society, but thank you notes are one time to fight against the norm. Concentrate on making the giver feel good for their efforts and expense. A big part of that is identifying what they did for you, and show them how they affected your life for the good—whether they gave you an actual gift, invited you over for dinner, or introduced you to a new business connection. Even if you're given a gift you don’t like, you should send a polite, specific thank you, and leave it at that.

Bring it Back to Business

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that thank you cards aren’t just sent in response to receiving a gift. People also send them – especially in business – after receiving a favor. These kinds of acts cover any business effort that will potentially help you succeed, including those with mutual benefit. These include entering into partnerships, providing a discount on a large lot of merchandise or hosting an interview. As with other kinds of thank you notes, these should be handwritten, specific and focus on the impact of the giver’s actions.

Read More

- http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2013/01/09/why-e-mail-will-never-replace-the-handwritten-note/
- http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/etiquette-redefined-in-the-digital-age/

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South University Business Programs Receive ACBSP Accreditation

by South University
January 13, 2014

At South University, we strive for excellence. Our faculty and staff never stop searching for ways to improve our programs or the overall experience for our students, and those around us are taking notice of our hard work and commitment to providing the education our students deserve.

ACBSP logoToday, we’re excited to announce that South University received accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)* for the following programs available online:

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

The ACBSP accreditation recognizes our rigorous academic standards, top-notch faculty and our focus on student outcomes. The accreditation also signals to current and prospective students that our curriculum is relevant and practical in today’s world and that our graduates will be prepared to make an impact in the field of business.

To earn this accreditation, South University was required to demonstrate that we meet specific standards related to strategic planning, leadership, stakeholder focus, and measurement of student learning. According to ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale, “This accreditation is evidence that South University is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students.”

Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs. Thus, ACBSP accreditation brings both increased prestige and visibility to South University’s business programs and the university as a whole. Furthermore, it gives our alumni as well as our current and future students access to a valuable global network of mentors, employers and professional peers.

For more information, read the complete press release here >>.

*The Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs ([ACBSP] 11520 West 119th Street; Overland Park, KS 66213; 913-339-9356; www.acbsp. org).

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Announcing the Holiday Treasure Hunt Winners

by South University
January 10, 2014

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 29, 2013! We had so many thoughtful submissions and it was hard to select the top four participants.

Jan JumpstartMeet the Winners

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

Cheryl Middlebrooks
Associate of Science in Information Technology student
Winner of an Amazon Kindle

Andrea Lovette
Associate of Science in Business Administration student
Winner of MS-Office, Student Version

Loretta Asselin
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration student
Winner of Canon PIXMA MG3220 Wireless Color Photo Printer and Copier

Cassie Dunphy
Associate of Science in Business Administration student
Winner of a $50 Amazon Gift Card

Contest Rules

To participate, students had to visit the Holiday Treasure Hunt Contest tab on 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 our Twitter account, Pinterest page, Campus Common events calendar, and the Online Library. 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 Keyword: Higher Education
12/27 Keyword: Friends and Family
12/28 Keyword: Time Management
12/29 Keyword: Caption

Read the official contests rules here. Thanks again to everyone who played!

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