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Student Spotlight: Christine Greenwood

by South University
October 30, 2015

As far back as she can remember, Christine Greenwood has always been passionate about pursuing a life of service and a career in the field of law. When she tried jobs in other fields, her heart, she says, was never in it. Only when doing working related to law did she feel to be in her element.

When she completed a certificate program in Paralegal Studies at a school near her home, she was excited to be back on the path she wanted. Even after earning her certificate, however, Christine wanted to do more. This time, she found South University, Online Programs and enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program.

“I wanted an online program so I was not confined to work at a pace set by someone else,” she says. “I really felt lucky to find South University!”

At South University, Christine has found her courses well-rounded and challenging. Throughout her program, she has maintained good grades and been on the President’s List four times. During the time in which she’s been working on her degree, she has also obtained several Westlaw Next training certificates related to legal research. In 2015, Christine received the South University Path to Graduation Scholarship from the Education Foundation in recognition and support of her educational commitment.

”I take my work, grades and education in general very seriously,” says Christine. “I wholeheartedly feel that you get out of your education what you put into it.”

Christine is appreciative of the faculty and staff she’s encountered at South University, particularly her Admissions Representative, Academic Counselor, and Student Finance Counselor. “I cannot say enough awesome things about them,” she says. “They have listened to me rant, cry and have laughed with me throughout my time at South University and I am thankful to them for that. I am truly going to miss having them in my life when I am finished my degree."

Currently, Christine is a Notary Signing Agent and a commissioned Notary Public in the State of Pennsylvania, regularly finding opportunities to help others in need. “I have utilized my being a Notary Public by providing traveling Notary services for those who are hospitalized, in assisted living, and similar situations,” she explains.

Christine plans to complete her program at South University by the end of this year and to soon apply to Temple University Beasley School of Law. “I am excited for what the future may hold but I am also saddened to see my time at South University end,” she says. “I will always remember it as a positive highlight in my life, one then enabled me to obtain knowledge, experience and friendships. I find it difficult to articulate accurately how much I have enjoyed my time at South University, and I will always recommend South University to anyone who will listen!”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@southunivers ity.edu.

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Student Spotlight: Leslie Cetta

by South University
October 28, 2015

“I think it's my ambition that continues to motivate me, despite difficulties or obstacles,” says South University, Online Programs student Leslie Cetta. “I understand how important education can be.”

For Leslie, who is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, her academic goals are driven not only by career ambition but also by a love of learning, a desire for personal growth and a hope that she will serve as positive example for her son. “He needs to see how important an education is, how pushing yourself to achieve your goals can be rewarding, and most importantly, how to persevere even when things get difficult,” she says.

Currently, Leslie works as an Administrative Operations Manager at a pathology lab, where, after earning her bachelor’s degree, she may next be eligible for the Director of Operations position. “South University is helping me grow towards my career goals by providing me with the education and information I need to continue to advance in the medical field,” explains Leslie. “I am able to apply what I have learned in the classroom to situations in real life, and I have already seen a difference in the way I handle various scenarios at work.”

As a single, working parent, Leslie finds the flexibility of South University, Online Programs invaluable. Of her academic experience, she says, “I have enjoyed the interactions in the classroom, and the professors have been wonderful.”

According to at least instructor, Donald Peace, an adjunct faculty member in the College of Business at South University, Online Programs, the feeling is mutual. “I am very proud to have had someone of the caliber of Ms. Cetta in my classroom at South University,” he says. “In the classroom, she offered insightful discussion and promoted dialog that assured me that she was knowledgeable about the subject matter at hand.”

Leslie is also a member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars and the National Association of Professional Women. In 2015, Leslie was awarded a South University Path to Graduation Scholarship from the Education Foundation. While Leslie will apply the award toward paying down her student loans, the recognition is what’s most important to her and what continues to motivate her to finish what she’s started. “To me, it means that my hard work, effort and dedication have been recognized.”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@southunivers ity.edu.

See suprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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 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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Faculty Bring Diverse Business and Technology Backgrounds to New MSIS Program

by South University
October 27, 2015

“It is such an exciting field. You are never bored,” says Marcia Berkey, D.B.A., faculty member and chair of Information Technology at South University, Online Programs. “Information systems and technology touches upon every single field. Whether someone works in healthcare or entertainment or any field, organizations have to have IT knowledge.”

Two of Many Possible Career Paths

When you talk to Dr. Berkey and her colleague, Dr. Mourad Oulid-Aissa, their passion for—and knowledge of—the field is immediately apparent, and their two different stories perfectly exemplify the diversity of the field and our faculty.

While he’s only been at South University a little over 3 years, faculty member Dr. Oulid-Aissa has over 3 decades of professional experience in technical fields and holds 7 software design patents in the U.S. and Europe.

Early in his career, Dr. Oulid-Aissa worked in telecommunications and later with real-time database systems, holding manager, director, and vice president roles at several large corporations. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Oulid-Aissa has transitioned to teaching and consulting, focusing on information systems and technology.

“You can draw a link between large communication systems and large real-time database systems and the field of information systems,” he says. “It was kind of a logical progression.”

Dr. Berkey, on the other hand, describes her career path as “a wandering around kind of story” that involved changing jobs as she and her husband moved from place to place. In one job selling sewing machines, her curiosity was piqued as she noticed both the machines and her work processes becoming increasingly electronic. She recalls, “That’s when I really started delving into this field.”

In her next position, Dr. Berkey had a chance to get involved with database development. As time passed, she continued building her expertise at every opportunity, eventually becoming a corporate trainer teaching others the technical skills she’d learned. “I was just fascinated with technology and how every business manages information in some form,” she explains.

Driven by this fascination, Dr. Berkey earned her bachelor’s degree before going on for her master’s and then a doctorate degree. In 2004, after teaching at various universities, Dr. Berkey joined South University, Online Programs and later became a full-time faculty member.

Looking into the Future of Information Systems

Since her first ventures into information technology, Dr. Berkey has witnessed constant technological evolution. “Everything is faster, devices are smaller, but the influence of technology is larger,” she says.

For Dr. Oulid-Aissa, how these advances enable organizational innovation is what’s most exciting—for example, how the convergence of once separate networks has allowed for multimedia access and interactivity among multitudes of users, applications and devices.

“This convergence of technology and of networks enables what we refer to as full services, these blended services where you can initiate a service from your mobile phone and complete it on your computer,” he explains. This type of connectivity, he predicts, will continue spreading to many more devices.

According to Dr. Oulid-Aissa, real-time data analysis and automation are also growing in popularity and being utilized to impact more aspects of business and industries. “I see more automation used in systems to capture, store and represent knowledge, and also enabling our systems to learn from that knowledge. We’re getting into ideas of artificial intelligence and how to better use information to make effective business decisions.”

“All of this,” he explains, “involves the notion of information systems and how we manage and organize data to create information which can then generate knowledge. From knowledge hopefully can come wisdom.”

How to Lead Amidst Constant Change

According to Dr. Berkey, South University’s new Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) can help students to keep up with and implement new technologies as they arise.

“This degree will help them to manage all of these technologies, to manage the process, the programmers, the vision, and all of those things together,” she says. “We can’t teach what is going to be new technology in 6 months, but we can give students a great foundation to build upon and teach them how to stay current.”

Having management acumen is extremely valuable in all positions, says Dr. Oulid-Aissa. “Even if you're an individual contributor tasked to do very specific things, organizations like to see people who have a sense of leadership and initiative and who work well in teams—people who can help others as leaders, who can make decisions without being told what to do. Of course, if you look into leadership positions, what we focus on in MSIS should especially help students target such positions.”

Dr. Berkey adds, “Once students are exposed to different courses in the program—on data management, risk analysis, security, all of the areas that we focus on—it helps them to be a broader-based manager or leader, because if they’re never been exposed to these concepts, they don’t know the importance of them. Every company needs to be concerned about these areas and in tune with how technology can help them address these concerns.”

To learn about the MSIS program, read an introduction to the new program, request more information or visit the MSIS program page!

The information and opinions expressed herein represent the independent opinions and ideas of the faculty and/or staff and do not represent the opinions or ideas of South University.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@southuniversity.edu.

See suprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Student Spotlight: Kaley DuPont

by South University
October 24, 2015

Nothing worthwhile is ever easy, so when asked about her experience in the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management program at South University, Online Programs, it should be no surprise that Kaley DuPont describes it as both challenging and rewarding.

“I enrolled in South University’s Healthcare Management program to further pursue my dreams of helping others,” she says, noting that she’s always gravitated toward the healthcare field.

In fact, when she decided it was time to further her education in the field, Kaley already had eight years of healthcare experience under her belt, including roles as a Pharmacy Trainer and as a Senior Technician at a retail pharmacy.

“I did some research on schools with Healthcare Management and Physician Assistant programs that would accept most of my transfer credits from another college,” she explains. “After narrowing down my search, I knew I needed a solely online program in order to fit my busy schedule.”

Upon speaking with an Admissions Representative at South University, Online Programs, she knew she’d found the place for her.

For a time, Kaley attempted to juggle working full time with raising a family and going to school full time, but eventually Kaley decided to take a break in her career to fully pursue her academic goals. “To better provide for my family, I needed to focus more on my education,” she explains.

As a stay-at-home mom of two toddlers, however, she still has very few quiet moments. “My recommendation is to be extremely organized and focused and to set goals and develop a routine that you're able to manage and stick with,” suggests Kaley. “There will be nights that you have to stay up late in order to complete assignments and times where you feel like you cannot go any further. Small routines, timelines, positive energy, and the passion to succeed will push you all the way.”

Since enrolling in the Healthcare Management program, Kaley has worked hard to earn good grades and dedicate herself to her studies and was recently awarded a 2015 Path to Graduation Scholarship from the Education Foundation. “I am extremely blessed and grateful for the financial opportunity that the scholarship has provided,” she says.

After graduating, Kaley plans to pursue a physician’s assistant program and eventually run a MedSpa in the town where she lives. “I have always found helping others rewarding,” she says. “To see a patient smile, to see insecurities in new moms drift away, to help teenagers find their confidence—this pushes me every day to be a better student and reach for my goal.”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. [Insert school name and address] © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@southuniversity.edu.

See http://ge.southuniversity.edu/programoffering/1538 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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 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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South University Announces Path to Graduation Scholarship Recipients

by South University
October 21, 2015

In partnership with South University, Online Programs, The Education Foundation awarded six $1000 Path to Graduation scholarships to South University students in 2015.

To apply, students submitted completed application forms, a faculty letter of recommendation, and a personal essay explaining how the scholarship would help them pursue their degree and how they plan to utilize their education following graduation. Applicants were also required to meet certain criteria around GPA, program completion, and student status.

At South University, so many of our students have a strong direction and drive and are committed and actively working towards making their personal and professional goals a reality. We always enjoy hearing your stories and we would like to thank everyone who applied for this year’s scholarship!

Below are the 2015 Path to Graduation scholarship recipients:

In the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring these individuals on the blog, so stop by again soon to read their stories!

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@southuniversity.edu.

See suprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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 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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