Former Senator Tom Daschle to Speak at 2011 Commencement

by South University 31 March 2011

South University is pleased to announce that former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will deliver the commencement address to the university’s Class of 2011. The university is holding commencement on Saturday, June 18 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and expects 5,000 graduates and guests to attend.

"South University’s graduates, faculty, and staff are looking forward to hearing Senator Daschle speak," says Todd Cellini, president of South University. "His legislative career, in both the House and the Senate, his long track record of public service and his expertise on national policy and global issues makes his insights particularly relevant to our graduates, who are facing a challenging and changing world."

In November 2009, Daschle began working as a Senior Policy Advisor to the law firm of DLA Piper where he provides clients with strategic advice on public policy issues such as climate change, energy, health care, trade, financial services and telecommunications. Since leaving the Senate, he has distinguished his expertise in health care through the publication of Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis and the recently published, GETTING IT DONE: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform. Daschle has continued to lead on climate change and renewable energy, as well as a variety of other public policy challenges.

Biographical Summary for Tom Daschle
Born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Tom Daschle graduated from South Dakota State University in 1969. Upon graduation, he entered the United States Air Force where he served as an intelligence officer in the Strategic Air Command until mid-1972.

Following completion of his military service, Senator Daschle served on the staff of Senator James Abourezk. In 1978, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served for eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and eight years later became its Democratic Leader. Senator Daschle is one of the longest serving Senate Democratic Leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both Majority and Minority Leader. During his tenure, Senator Daschle navigated the Senate through some of its most historic economic and national security challenges. In 2003, he chronicled some of these experiences in his book, Like No Other Time: The 107th Congress and the Two Years That Changed America Forever.

In 2007, he joined with former Majority Leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole, and Howard Baker to create the Bipartisan Policy Center, an organization dedicated to finding common ground on some of the pressing public policy challenges of our time. Senator Daschle serves on the board of the Center for American Progress, acts as the Vice Chair of the National Democratic Institute, and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

He also is a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health in addition to the Global Policy Advisory Council for the Health Worker Migration Initiative. He is a member of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees, the GE Healthymagination Advisory Board; the National Integrated Foodsystem Advisory Board; and the Committee on Collaborative Initiatives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In addition, Senator Daschle’s board memberships include the Blum Foundation; the Energy Future Coalition, the Committee to Modernize Voter Registration; the US Global Leadership Coalition Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee on the Trust for National Mall.

One-Size-Fits-All Airport Security Procedures Under Review

by South University 28 March 2011

Anyone who has traveled by air in our post 9/11 world knows the drill by now. From fees for checked baggage to increased security measures, one could argue that airline travel is more of a hassle now than ever. While many of these measures—such as random passenger screenings—have been put in place to protect those who choose to fly, according to this article on CNN.com, a group called the U.S. Travel Association recommends we find ways to make the system more efficient—while keeping security as an important consideration.

The article argues that baggage fees have caused passengers to carry on more luggage than ever, causing congestion through security checkpoints. The U.S. Travel Association recommends requiring all airline carriers to allow the first bag a passenger checks to go free of charge.

Another argument the group makes is that we shouldn’t treat each passenger as if they could be potential terrorist threats. Instead, they propose a “trusted traveler” program where passengers would sign up to volunteer information such as employment history and background check. Once approved for the list, they would be able to enjoy less stringent security procedures.

While the conversation is still its early stages, it brings up an issue that isn’t likely to go away anytime soon. How can we make sure Homeland Security is as robust as it needs to be without inconveniencing the traveling public to the point where they no longer wish to fly?

Apply Spring Cleaning to Your Studies

by South University 24 March 2011

By now, you’re probably hearing about it everywhere, from your morning television news program to articles online: spring cleaning. Usually, they tell you about how to de-clutter specific rooms in your house, the areas to which you should pay special attention, and how to decide which items you should part with. Although not often applied to one’s studies, the same idea could work for you, wherever you happen to be in your online degree program. We often get so busy staying on top of our coursework, not to mention our work and family responsibilities, that things can start to get a little…well…messy. Now is as convenient a time as any to de-clutter your academic life and maybe you’ll even learn something new in the process.

You’ve most likely held onto notes from previous classes, but they may not be in the most organized format. Take an hour or two to peruse these artifacts of past courses. You’ll refresh your memory on some of the concepts you’ve learned, and you may also be able to weed out redundant notes.

If you really want to be productive at it, you might even consider organizing your notes by subject, importance, or another system you find handy.

You may also find it helpful to use your time to organize yourself for future courses. Since you likely have a general idea of what’s coming up, you can set aside notes and readings you think might help you down the road.

While it’s ideal to always keep your coursework organized, it’s not always feasible. Use spring cleaning as an excuse to set yourself up for future success.

Attention Students: RSVP for Spring 2011 Commencement!

by South University 21 March 2011

It's that time of year again. Spring 2011 commencement is right around the corner! Details have been released regarding the ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, June 18 in Savannah. For more information - and to RSVP - check the Commencement page in the Campus Common, located under Campus Life.

Fast Facts on FAFSA

by South University 15 March 2011

At first glance, the prospect of filling out your FAFSA can be a daunting one. How do you make sure you have all the correct documentation and information together? When should you file? Has anything changed since you filed last year?

The answer to the last question is a resounding “Yes!” but these changes are most definitely for the better. The FAFSA website has been redesigned for greater ease of use, making the whole process a lot less painful.

Here are some quick tips for making your FAFSA filing as smooth as possible.

1) Gather Your Materials. You will need your Federal Income Tax Return (it’s best to wait until you’ve filed your taxes before completing your FAFSA), your 2010 W-2’s, and a secure PIN to use on the FAFSA website. If you don’t already have a PIN, you can request one here. You will also need the school’s unique code. If you’re a student at South University, you can find this information in the Campus Common on the Financial Aid Today page.

Note for dependent students: You will also need to include parent income and household information. A parent should sign your FAFSA with their own unique PIN.

2) File Your FAFSA Online. You can file your FAFSA entirely online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Once you have all the materials mentioned above in step one, visit the website and click the “Start Here” button to begin. The form will guide you through each step of the process.

3) Check Your Status. Information on how to check your FAFSA status, correct any mistakes you may have made, and other popular questions are answered in the Help section of the FAFSA website.

Students who have any additional questions regarding filing their FAFSA can check with their Student Finance Counselor, whose contact info can be found under “My Contacts” on the home page of the Campus Common.