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Thanksgiving Trivia: Fun Facts for around the Table

by South University
November 25, 2013

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re bringing you a few fun facts to share with your friends and family during your upcoming holiday celebration.

Thanksgiving image1. In the United States, 32 counties, places and townships are named Plymouth.

2. Pumpkin pie was thought to have been included at the pilgrims' second Thanksgiving in 1623. However, English military and political leader Oliver Cromwell banned pie in 1644, denouncing it as a pagan pleasure, forcing people to hide their passion for pies. The ban was lifted in 1660.

3. The world’s largest pumpkin pie, made at the 2010 Pumpkinfest in New Bremen, Ohio weighed 3,699 pounds and was 20 feet in diameter.

4. In 2012, the U.S. produced 2.6 billion pounds of sweet potatoes, more than 1.2 billion pounds of pumpkins, and an estimated 768 million pounds of cranberries.

5. The National Turkey Federation estimates that 736 million pounds of turkey meat are consumed every year on Thanksgiving.

6. Minnesota is our top turkey-producing state. Cranberries, on the other hand, are primarily grown in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

7. One can of jellied cranberry sauce—which is extremely popular this time of year--contains around 200 cranberries.

8. Instead of eating cranberries, Native Americans used them to dye clothing and keep wounds from getting infected. In fact, cranberries weren’t even present at the first Thanksgiving.

9. Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation on October 3, 1862, naming the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.

10. NBC Radio broadcast the first national Thanksgiving Day football game in 1934, when the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears. Other than during World War II, the Lions have played every Thanksgiving Day since.


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U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 28, 2013
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Call for Student Artwork & Writing: Deadline Extended to 12/18/2013!

by South University
November 19, 2013

Do you write poetry, stories, or personal narratives (literary non-fiction) that you’d like to get published? Do you have artwork or photographs you want to share with a larger audience? Submit your work for a chance to be featured in the second issue of South University’s Asynchronous!

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Asynchronous is an online literary magazine established to showcase the creative efforts of students attending South University. We are now calling for poetry, fiction, literary non-fiction, and artwork for the journal’s second issue. 

Note: The call for submissions has been extended to December 18, 2013. We are particularly interested in receiving more fiction and literary non-fiction submissions. Please look through your work and choose the best, or create something new!

For a better understanding of the kind of work we’re interested in publishing, please take a look at our inaugural issue at

Submissions guidelines can be found at

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

The Editors, Asynchronous

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Celebrating National Nurse Practitioner Week

by South University
November 14, 2013

November 10-16, 2013 is National Nurse Practitioner Week, so we at South University are honoring our students enrolled in our Nurse Practitioner program areas at the master’s and doctoral levels. For those of you less familiar with the role of a Nurse Practitioner, let’s take a look at this important healthcare career.

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According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, there are more than 171,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) in the United States who provide high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered care to patients across the country. In fact, every year, patients make more than 916 million visits to NPs.

NPs are licensed clinicians with advanced education (most have master’s degrees and many have doctoral degrees) and extensive clinical preparation that allows them to provide primary, acute and specialty health care services. NP services typically include ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests; diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions; prescribing medications and treatments; and managing overall patient care. In addition, NPs also regularly work with their patients to assist them in making educated healthcare decisions and healthy lifestyle choices.

Thank you again to all our hardworking nursing students who will make an impact in this field.


American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Website
2013 NP Week Resource Guide and Press Release

Explore our full offering of Nursing degree programs.

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On Veterans Day

by South University
November 11, 2013

Today, on Veterans Day, we thank our military students, faculty and staff for your service. We appreciate and honor your courage and the sacrifices you’ve made for our country.


At South University, we are committed to supporting our military and we are proud to be included on the 2014 Military Friendly® Schools listed published by GI Jobs Magazine.

For veterans, military personnel and their spouses, we offer flexible online degree programs, scholarship opportunities, policies that can allow military experience to count as college credit, and military-specific admissions, financial aid and advising staff. We are truly dedicated to providing you with the guidance, knowledge and skills you need to build your future.

If you are interested in meeting and networking with other military students, we recommend that you join the Student Veterans Association group on Connections (under the Organizations tab).

We also encourage all military students to see what resources and organizations are available to you via the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Thank you again for all that you have done for this country!

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Cyber crime is on the rise. How can you stay safe online?

by South University
November 7, 2013

With cyber crime and the related costs continuing to rise in the US, it's time we take notice and take action to avoid being a victim. Cyber crimes include online credit card fraud, phishing scams and identity theft. While such crimes can take many shapes and forms, here are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself.


Cyber Security

By using a password that is your name, birthday, child's name or something similar, you're making it easier for others to gain access. Instead, use different characters, capital letters and numbers to make your passwords more complex.

One trick is to pick a sentence you'll remember and use the first letters of each word in the sentence. To make it harder to crack, add a number or character at the end. For example, if your sentence is "My first dog's name was Spot," your password could be MfdnwS%. Another thing to consider is using multiple passwords, so that even if one password is compromised the rest will still be safe.


Avoid clicking on pop-up ads that appear while you're browsing online. While some are just harmless ads, others may be an attempt to gain access to your information. If a pop-up asks you to enter your password or username, the best thing to do is usually to ignore it.

Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus software is one of the best ways to protect yourself from malware and viruses. If you're using your computer for banking or business, you should have software to help detect and eliminate harmful programs that could be out to steal your data. Norton is one of the most common brands of anti-virus software.

Bad Neighborhoods

In the real world, hanging out in bad neighborhoods makes you more likely to be a victim of a crime. The Internet works the same way. If you visit or download content from unsecure or unverified sites, you are at a higher risk of becoming a victim of a cyber crime. The same goes for opening emails, email attachments or social media messages from people or sites you don't know. When you're shopping online or using personal information, make sure the URL appears as https:// site instead of http://. The s stands for secure.

On the Lookout

When your bank or credit card statements come in, check them for suspicious transactions. If you watch for abnormalities, you have a much better chance of spotting cyber fraud before it becomes a major problem. If you notice anything that seems odd, contact your financial institution and make them aware of the issue as soon as possible. They may put a freeze on your account or stop payments to keep the fraudulent activity from happening.

Interested in learning more about cyber crime or other topics in Criminal Justice? Explore our Criminal Justice degree programs.


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