Announcing the Online Library Workshop Series

by South University 1 July 2014

In today’s digital age, knowing what information you need and then being able to find and evaluate this information is essential. As a student, it’s even more vital that you master these skills to ensure success on your academic journey.

Events Calendar

Whether you struggle with writing a thesis statement or locating credible resources for your assignments, the South University Online Library—and our staff—can help. Our Online Library staff has put together a series of training workshops that start this month and provide you with an opportunity to learn, develop and polish your research skills!

How to Perform College Level Research
Monday, July 7, 2014 | 11AM to 12PM EST or 7PM to 8PM EST
Learn to create research questions, conduct background research, form thesis statements and identify keywords.

Navigating the South University Online Library
Monday, July 14, 2014 | 11AM to 12PM EST or 7PM to 8PM EST
Learn how to use Library Search and other Online Library resources.

Finding Articles & Books Using Databases
Monday, July 21, 2014 | 11AM to 12PM EST or 7PM to 8PM EST
Learn how to use databases and eBooks in the Online Library.

Utilizing Research Guides
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | 11AM to 12PM EST or 7PM to 8PM EST
Find out how to use our Research Guides for class-assignments and basic research.

Effectively Using the Internet to do Research
Monday, July 28, 2014 | 11AM to 12PM EST or 7PM to 8PM EST
Learn how to effectively use the internet to find credible resources outside the Online Library.

Evaluating Resources
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | 11AM to 12PM EST or 7PM to 8PM EST
Discover how to evaluate scholarly and popular resources and assess information for credibility.

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.

Join us in Congratulating the 2014 Graduates!

by South University 18 June 2014

South University faculty and staff are excited to congratulate our newest graduates, including the 700 South University graduates who will be in cap and gown in Savannah, Georgia, on June 28, 2014! We are so proud of all of your accomplishments and the hard work you have put toward earning your degrees.

South University Class of 2014Watch Commencement live!

Maybe you aren’t able to make the trip to Savannah, or you have friends and family who can’t be there but who’d love to watch you graduate. Perhaps you’re just excited about the day when you’ll be the one graduating. No matter what the reason, you and your loved ones can now watch the South University Commencement live, starting at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 28, 2014!

Bookmark our Livestream page (https://new.livestream.com/accounts/8817735/SouthGrad2014) today, add the event to your calendar, or share this link with anyone who’d want to watch you on your big day!

COMING SOON: Our Livestream page will soon include video messages of congratulations from our graduation team members to our new graduates!

Celebrate with us on social.

Join the conversation by using #southgrad on the South University Facebook page and on Twitter. Congratulate our grads, share pictures in your cap and gown, tell us when you’ll be graduating, or post what graduation means to you!

Attending graduation? Here’s what you need to know.

All activities will be held at Savannah International Trade & Convention Center at 1 International Drive in Savannah, GA 31421.

TH, JUNE 26 – FRI, JUNE 27 – STUDENT INTERVIEWS
We want to hear your success story! On June 26 and June 27, 2014, we’ll be filming Student Success Interviews at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. To schedule your interview, contact sgamble@southuniversity.edu.

FRI, JUNE 27 – HOODING CEREMONIES*
Chatham Ballroom
9:00 am Physician Assistant Hooding
11:00 am College of Nursing Hooding and Pinning
1:00 pm College of Business Hooding
3:00 pm School of Pharmacy Hooding

Oglethorpe Ballroom
10:00 am Professional Counseling Hooding
2:00 pm Criminal Justice Hooding

SAT, JUNE 28 – COMMENCEMENT*
11:00 am: Check-In
12:30 pm: Line-Up
1:00 pm: Commencement Ceremony

*Stop by our Career Services booth on Friday or Saturday to meet with members of our Career Services Department!

Meet the Commencement speaker.

The 2014 South University Commencement speaker is State Representative Benjamin Luther Watson, M.D., who has has served in the Georgia House, District 166, since 2011. He received his MD from the Medical College of Georgia and has over 25 years of experience in the medical field. He is a board member of SouthCoast Medical Group, LLC, and member of the Independent Physician Association, Georgia Medical Society, Medical Association of Georgia, and American Medical Association. He is currently Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at SouthCoast Medical Group and Chairman for the Department of Geriatrics at Memorial University Medical Center, both in Savannah, GA. He is also a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Mercer University in the School of Medicine.

Again, we congratulate the Class of 2014 and can’t wait to see what your future holds! Stay in touch by registering for South University’s Alumni Connections at http://www.alumniconnections.com/SouthUniversity/ today.

Perfect Your Job Searching Skills

by South University 10 June 2014

As a recent graduate, you've gained new knowledge, a new understanding, and new skills that you're eager to show off. Still, finding a job that will put your new degree to use takes time and effort. Improve your chances of landing your ideal job by perfecting the way you search, apply, interview, follow up and complete work on a day to day basis.

Interview

As you're searching

• Network to find the most appropriate positions for your new skills
• Search sites that specialize in the kind of work you are now trained to do, including professional associations and specialized job boards
• Apply to work for the organizations you admire most and the organizations they interact with

When you apply

• Tailor your resume to each position you apply for by using words that reflect the mission, culture and goals of the organization
• Individualize every cover letter to the unique circumstances of your application, including the reasons you are applying with the organization and how you found out about the position
• Research each opportunity thoroughly so you don’t waste time applying for jobs that aren’t right for you

Before you have an interview

• Practice often with as many different people as possible
• Rehearse your answers to difficult questions
• Acquire the right attire to present yourself at your professional best
• Bring extra copies of your resume and portfolio, if applicable
• Prepare before each interview by refreshing your understanding of the organization, the position, the challenges you may face and the contributions you can make if hired

After you've had an interview

• Individualize your correspondence to reflect your understanding of the organization, the position and the interview<
• Provide additional information or work samples promptly if requested
• Use the names and titles of people you meet during the interview whenever possible
• Proofread your correspondence for grammar, spelling, punctuation and professionalism

While you're working

• Keep track of the organizations you would like to work for in the future
• Record your achievements and the contributions you make in each new position or role with your new employer

By doing these things, you can find the right role for your future in even less time and put your hard-earned knowledge to work!

Students & Alumni Speak about the South University Community

by South University 6 June 2014

At South University, we pride ourselves on cultivating an engaging, supportive community in which every student can grow and thrive. Between admissions representatives, finance counselors, academic counselors, instructors and even classmates, our students always have someone to turn to when they need a helping hand. Although we have much to say about the important roles these people play, our students and alumni explain it best.

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In the Words of Our Students & Alumni

The professors are caring and friendly; they went out of their way to assist students, and the tutoring center was always there to assist students with any course.
- Antonina Carollo, Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, 2012 Graduate

I created a bond with some of my classmates due to the fact we had multiple classes together. That bond helped with group projects, and made the class a little easier. You had a familiar person to share the same experience with.
- Shirmia Artis, Bachelor of Science in Health Science, 2012 Graduate

The instructors at South University, Online Programs are available to students via phone and internet to answer questions, solve problems, and discuss progress in classes. When contacting instructors, they are welcoming of questions and encouraging.
- Larissa Bair, Master of Science in Nursing, 2012 Graduate

The cohort I am in has been together since the beginning. We have been able to watch each other grow and evolve into wonderful beginner nurse educators. Throughout the entire program we have had wonderful, enlightening discussions.
- Keah Allen, Master of Science in Nursing, 2013 Graduate

The staff I’ve been blessed to have come onto my path have been so very genuine and authentic. They have listened to me and very respectfully have given me professional insight and helped set me up for success. They have worked hard and I know from the tone of their voices and the words they use that they are genuine about assisting me when I need it and offering supportive encouragement.
- Sherri Williams, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Current Student

South advisors, no matter what, are there for you to help you get through anything that is going on in life, not just in school.
- Sarah Hargis, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Current Student

There are people out there that I consider my friends and professional peers who I may never have met in person but have influenced a significant part of my professional career development, this includes faculty and students.
- Sandra Ross, Master of Science in Nursing, 2012 Graduate

What really impressed me was the staff and their willingness to understand life situations and the imperfections we all have and then work with each of us on an individual. From the beginning of the initial process of enrolling all the way down to graduation day, South University has been like an extended family. The motivation from the staff and the instructors are the reason for my success and will be as I further reach my goals in life. South University made me a stronger person and showed me that it is never too late in life to reach your dreams.
- LaKisha Silva, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, 2012 Graduate

Learn more about South University, Online Programs today!

10 Quick Tips to Make Your Voice Heard at the Office

by South University 29 May 2014

Having the ability to state your opinions, wants and needs is a mark of true professionalism and a critical career skill. Nothing beats assertiveness for commanding respect, strengthening your influence and helping you perform your best in the workplace. Assertiveness is an art of sorts, involving open, direct and honest communication, and helping to ensure that your opinions and ideas are heard.

Make Your Voice Heard

Learning to be assertive isn't hard, but it does take some practice. Here are a few good tips that will help you in the workplace and can even translate to other areas of your life.

1. Understand that being assertive shows professionalism and is different from being pushy and arrogant.

2. Calmly state (and re-state, as needed) your opinions and don't give in to arguments.

3. Say “No” when it is warranted. On the other hand, say "Yes" when someone else has a great idea.

4. Don't blame. Ask instead, "How can we do this differently or in a way that might work better?"

5. Accept blame when something is your fault and look for ways to do better next time.

6. Do not expect to always get your way in work dealings, but always state your opinion and why you feel this way.

7. Be open to discussing work issues or problems and finding the best solution, even if it makes you uncomfortable.

8. When criticized, objectively consider the statement and decide if it warrants modifying something in your demeanor or habits.

9. Control your temper. Sure, telling your boss off for perceived wrongs can feel great, but it doesn’t do much for future career aspirations. Take time to calm down; excuse yourself and go to the bathroom, or take a short walk before continuing the discussion.

10. Understand that you are a vital part of your work team and that your ideas are important to your colleagues and your organization.

Being assertive in your occupation will help further your career and can make you happier and more self-assured. Additionally, people with exceptional assertiveness skills are often considered highly valued employees. An assertive and professional demeanor is key to advancing in your chosen path, and can help employers and your peers see your natural leadership abilities.