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What Pinterest Can Offer You

by South University
March 28, 2013

Are you in search of ideas for reorganizing your office, a new healthy recipe, a quick workout routine or even just something to provide a good laugh? Check out Pinterest, a fun new tool for saving and organizing things you love.

Learn the Pinterest Lingo

Example of a pin

There’s new terminology to learn with every social media site, and, with Pinterest, you’ll need to become familiar with boards and pins. We recommend thinking about Pinterest as a collection of virtual bulletin “boards” to which you can attach your favorite pictures and links with virtual push “pins.”

The pictures you pin might be inspirational or might just be something you like. You can also pin links to sites or information that you think will eventually come in handy (pinning is similar to bookmarking web pages, only it's more visual).

Most people organize their boards by topic, so that they can easily find the pins when they are looking for them in the future. For example, you might have one board for party ideas, one for exercises and one for remodeling projects you’d like to do around the house. Most pins link to a website that includes the picture featured in the pin.

You can follow other people’s boards on topics you like so that you can see what they pin. Their pins will then appear in your feed, which is the first thing you see when you log in to Pinterest. You can even repin items that you like and that you want to save on your own board. If people like what you pin, they’ll follow your boards in return.

Get Pinning

If you’re new to Pinterest, you’ll need to set up an account and create your boards before you start pinning. Pinterest has some helpful forums that can get you going:

Joining Pinterest
Pins, repins and likes
Add, edit or delete a board
Following boards and people
And lots of other Pinterest basics

Start playing around. You’ll get the hang of it. In addition to re-pinning items you like, you can also install a “Pin It” button for your browser so that you can pin any image at any time while you are surfing the web.

If you have questions about Pinterest, post them on our Facebook page and we’ll try to help.

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Find Us on Pinterest

Find us at Follow our boards to discover time-saving tips, career advice and more.

You can also create your own board titled “My South University” where you can pin photos that motivate you to keep going with your education or represent your field of study, your dream job or anything else you associate with your experience at South University. We look forward to seeing what pins you find!

by South University
March 28, 2013
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Why Being Social is Good for You

by South University
March 27, 2013

As humans, social interaction is essential to every aspect of our health. Research shows that having a strong network of support or strong community bonds fosters both emotional and physical health and is an important component of adult life. Over the years, there have been a number of studies showcasing the relationship between social support and the quality of physical and psychological health.

The Research

While most studies examining the benefits of social support have focused on the elderly (Steptoe, Dockray, & Wardle, 2009), having a strong social network is crucial for psychological and physical health, regardless of age. For example, a study on incoming college freshmen found that social support was effective in reducing depression in both those who have healthy self-esteem and those with a poor self-image (Cohen, Sherrod, & Clark, 1986). The authors of this study found that belonging to a social network helped ease the stress for people entering university life.

Social involvement is also important as we age. In a study of Europeans over the age of 50, Sirven and Debrand (2008) found that individuals who participated in social or community activities were more likely to report good or very good health. The study was based on data from the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and included 11 European countries and 22,000 households (31,000 individuals).

What We Think

At South University, we hope that you learn from these studies and continue to build the support networks in your lives. In addition to the psychological and physical benefits of having a support system, having friends and family who know about your academic and professional goals may help you to achieve them. The support and encouragement from your friends and family will motivate you, and you can ask them to check in regularly on how you are doing in classes. Because they believe in you and because you see them so often, you won’t want to disappoint them. Plus, they’ll be excited to hear about your success!

For the last week of the Student Hero Contest, we hope you continue to network with other students online and also start talking with your family and friends about your online education experiences. If your hero is a family member or a friend you see every day rather than a student, we encourage you to still enter the contest and tell us about why he or she is so important to you!


Cohen, S., Sherrod, D. R., & Clark, M. S. (1986). Social Skills and the Stress-Protective Role of Social Support. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 50(5), 963-973.

Sirven, N., & Debrand, T. (2008). Social participation and healthy ageing: An international comparison using SHARE data. Social Science & Medicine, 67, 2017-2026.

Steptoe, A., Dockray, S., & Wardle, J. (2009). Positive Affect and Psychobiological Processes Relevant to Health. Journal of Personality, 77(6), 1747-1776.

Walen, H. R., & Lachman, M. E. (2000). Social Support and Strain from Partner, Family, and Friends: Costs and Benefits for Men and Women in Adulthood. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 17, 5-30.

by South University
March 27, 2013
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5 Influential Women in The History of Criminal Justice

by South University
March 25, 2013

In honor of Women’s History Month, South University presents five influential women in the history of criminal justice.

female judge

Sandra Day O’Connor (1930-) was the first woman United States Supreme Court Justice, serving from 1981 to 2006. In 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. After becoming an attorney, O’Connor couldn’t find a law firm that would hire a woman, but found employment as a secretary for a firm. She later went on to serve in the Arizona state legislature and the Arizona Court of Appeals in Phoenix before being appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court (Kuiper, 2010).

Freda Adler (1934) is an influential criminologist renowned throughout the world. Adler served as the President of the American Criminological Society from 1994-1995 and has also served as a consultant for the United Nations on issues of crime. Adler has contributed a substantial body of literature in the field of criminology and etiology of crime and has published hundreds of papers on international crime, female criminality and substance abuse (Flynn, 1998).

Alice Stebbins Wells (1873-1957) was the first female police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. A former minister from Kansas, Wells joined the LAPD after appealing to the mayor, city council and the police department. Wells founded and became the first president of the International Association of Police Women. She traveled throughout North America promoting the recruitment of female police officers, serving as an advocate for the welfare of children and speaking frequently about the prevention of juvenile crime (International Association of Women Police, 2009).

Janet Reno (1938-) was the first female U.S. Attorney General and the longest serving in the 20th century, serving from 1993 to 2001. Reno received her law degree from Harvard, one of only 16 women in a class of 500. Prior to serving in the Justice Department, Reno served as the State Attorney in Miami, FL (The United States Department of Justice, 2013).

Bevery J. Harvard (1951-) was the first African American women to be chief of police of a major city- Atlanta, GA. Serving as chief of police from 1994-2002, Harvard began her career as a police officer in 1977 and was also the first woman to graduate from the FBI’s National Academy (Steverson, 2008).

These are just some of the many women who have left a lasting impact on the history of criminal justice. At South University, we look forward to finding out how our students and alumni from our Criminal Justice programs will also help to shape the future of the field.


  • • Flynn, E. E. (1998). Freda Adler: A Portrait of a Pioneer. Women & Criminal Justice, 10, 1-26.
  • • International Association of Women Police. (2009). IAWP History. Retrieved March 3, 2013, from Alice Stebbins Wells:
  • • Kuiper, K. (2010). The 100 Most Influential Women Of All Time. New York: Britannica Educational Publishing.
  • • Steverson, L. A. (2008). Policing in America: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Incorporated.
  • • The United States Department of Justice. (2013). Janet Reno. Retrieved 03 02, 2012, from Office of the Attorney General:
by South University
March 25, 2013
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Unique Charity Organizations — Uncommon Ways to Give Something Back

by South University
March 22, 2013

Charity organizations are responsible for doing so much good for so many people throughout the world. While we’re all familiar with larger, more well-known causes, there are also many smaller, more uncommon ones that need charitable contributions as well.

Learn more about some of the charity organizations who are doing their part to give something back in a somewhat unique manner:

  • Team Helps: This charity works to help improve living conditions of impoverished families in rural Guatemala by working to install ONIL stoves, water filtration systems, and cement floors in their homes. The Team Helps site notes that the traditional Mayan method of cooking is with open flames in the home, which is the cause of many different medical problems for families. The site continues saying that the leading cause of death for children in Guatemala is respiratory illness, caused by these open fires in the home.
  • Heifer International: With a mission to help communities end hunger and poverty and care for the earth, Heifer International gives families the gift of livestock and training to care for the animal. All the organization asks in return is that each family agree to give one of its livestock’s offspring to another family in need.
  • Child’s Play: This game industry charity works to make life a little bit better for children in their network of more than 70 hospitals throughout the world. Hospital staff works with Child’s Play to create wish lists filled with video games, toys, books, and other fun activities for kids. Donors can then head to the Child’s Play site to see what each hospital has requested and either send the item itself or a cash donation.
  • Knit ‘n Style: This magazine has a very comprehensive “Knitting for Charity” list containing more than a dozen different charities that skilled knitters can lend their services to. Some of these include Afghans for Afghans, Chemo Caps, Shawl Ministry, and Snuggles Project 


Volunteering your time to charity organizations is one of the most selfless things you can do, but that’s not the only way to give something back. Check out these nontraditional ways to make charitable contributions:

  • Volunteers of America: In addition to accepting traditional cash donations, Volunteers of America offers to take your old car, truck, RV or even boat off your hands. The money from your donation stays local, so you can feel good about helping others in your community.
  • TisBest: If you’ve ever wanted to make charitable contributions in someone else’s name, but weren’t sure what causes were closest to their heart, TisBest is your answer. Shoppers on this site buy gift cards for a certain amount of money, and then the recipient chooses which charity organizations the donation goes to.
  • TOMS Shoes: Those wishing there was a way to give something back to charity when shopping for themselves must head to TOMS Shoes. The company donates a pair of shoes to a child in need, for every pair purchased. TOMS also sells eyewear and promises to give sight to one person for each pair sold. On their website the company defines giving sight as prescription glasses, sight-saving surgery, or medical treatment.
  • Shop for Charity: It’s so easy to give something back on the Shop for Charity site that you really don’t have to do anything. Head to the site before doing your online shopping to receive charitable contributions of at least 10% of your purchase price to an organization of your choosing.
by South University
March 22, 2013
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Heroes Among Us

by South University
March 21, 2013

We’re now in week three of our Student Hero Contest, which runs until April 2 and encourages you to gain new friends or honor your already existing ones. For doing so, you could win up to a $500 scholarship toward tuition.

If you’d like to participate, but you aren’t sure what we are looking for, here’s an excerpt from one of the entries that’s already been submitted. This comes from Stephanie Shirk, who plans to graduate in October of this year.

“I have been attending South University since 2009. Without my boyfriend, Dwayne Van Meter, I probably would not be enrolled at this time. It was with his encouragement and never ending devotion that I have been able to make it this far. I have two children, a full time job, and of course all of my children's activities. I would not have made it without him always giving me encouragement and saying ‘You can do it!’”

To read Stephanie’s full story and to nominate your own hero, visit the Student Community Group in Connections. Here’s how to get there:

1. Log in to your Campus Common from this link. It will open in a new tab.
2. Enter Connections. It will show up in a new window, so your pop-up blocker will need to be off.
3. Click on Departments in the main navigation.
4. Select the Student Community group. (Look for the orange H next to the group name.)
5. Click on Forum in the side navigation.
6. Find the Student Hero discussion and click the question “Who is your hero?” to see all student entries or submit your own.

See the full rules for the Student Hero Contest here. We look forward to reading about your hero!

by South University
March 21, 2013
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