16 Words You Could be Using Incorrectly

by South University 18 July 2014

Nothing can diminish your credibility faster than using the wrong word. Unfortunately, improper usage is so commonplace in today's world that it's not easy to determine which phrases and words are correct based upon the situation. Learning some of the more frequently confused words is a great way to check your current usage and avoid future mistakes.

Wrong or RightAdverse / Averse

Adverse means harmful, while averse means to oppose something or someone. These two are more than likely confused due to the word adversary, which means an opponent.

Correct uses: The stranger had adverse motives. / She is averse to the issue.
Sample sentence: She faced adverse conditions in her quest but felt averse to the alternative.

Allusion / Illusion

An allusion is an indirect reference to someone or something and an illusion is a deception.

Correct uses: He alluded to the error. / The magician performed an act of illusion.
Sample sentence: He made a wry allusion to the article's assertion that everything happening is pure illusion.

Complement / Compliment

Complement means adding to something. A compliment is a flattering remark or something given free of charge. Both words are positive, but complementary is primarily used when referencing design and aesthetics. Complimenting that design's beauty is something else.

Correct uses: Your blue shirt complements your eyes. / The critic gave a complimentary review.
Sample sentence: The art teacher complimented the child's broad use of complementary colors.

Complacent / Complaisant

Both words are used to negatively describe someone, but complacent means someone who is not concerned or apathetic. Complaisant is used to describe a follower who goes along with the crowd.

Correct uses: Congress's complacency angered many. / The child appeared complaisant with the bully's request.
Sample sentence: Noting the company's complacency about workers' wages, employees organized a strike that demonstrated their collective refusal of further complaisance.

Defuse / Diffuse

Defuse means to lessen a situation's harmfulness or danger, and it's also (not surprisingly) used to describe removing a bomb's actual fuse. Diffuse, on the other hand, means to scatter and can be used in adjective form to describe something that's widely spread.

Correct uses: We had to defuse the situation. / Those prescribed the medicine report diffuse complications.
Sample sentence: When a fire broke out at school, teachers struggled to defuse the chaos as the smoke diffused throughout the hallway.

Disburse / Disperse

Disburse means to distribute money, while disperse means to scatter (much like "diffuse" above). Since scattering money is typically frowned upon, it's important to ensure these words are not used interchangeably.

Examples of correct use: The committee met to discuss how to disburse funds. / Afterward, the crowd dispersed.
Sample sentence: When the manager's lengthy meeting on how to disburse refunds ended, the sales associates quickly dispersed.

Flounder / Founder

Although similar, flounder means to struggle, and founder means to sink or fail.

Correct uses: She has floundered this semester while balancing school and work responsibilities. / Despite their best efforts, the relationship foundered.
Sample sentence: The man floundered amidst the ocean's waves, and rescuers worked quickly to reach him before he foundered.

Alternative/ Alternate

Alternative is used to describe additional options. Alternate means every other one or taking turns.

Correct uses: One must consider the alternative. / To prevent burn-out, alternate between tasks.
Sample sentence: She didn't want to alternate driving responsibilities with her husband, but the alternative of hearing him complain made her reconsider.

Correctly differentiating between these commonly misused words supports the professionalism and overall integrity of your speech and written work.

Twitter is More than Just a Fun Networking Service

by South University 12 July 2014

By Guest Blogger, Ruth E. Roberman, Online Program Director for Mathematics

Do you have a Twitter account? Perhaps you follow your favorite baseball team, weather reporter, or newspaper, or maybe you use Twitter for your daily dose of cute puppy pictures. There are plenty of terrific sites that give you a quick blast of information and even a smile. Plus, you can read a lot of short tweets without writing or retweeting anything. However, have you also considered the career benefits of having a Twitter account? You never know what tweet might give you the next big idea for a paper, business, proposal, or job!

Twitter convo

As a way to really expand your Twitter feed each day, check out who you follow and see who they follow. Here are some ideas. Who do you recommend following?

Business and IT

Business Law Section of the ABA (@ABABusLaw)
Wall Street Journal Business News (@WSJbusiness)
Shark Tank (@ABCSharkTank)
Entrepreneur Wiki (@EntWiki)
Harvard Business Review (@HarvardBiz)
Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance)
Smashing Magazine (@smashingmag)

Health Sciences and Nursing

Mayo Clinic (@MayoClinic)
Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz)
Nurse Jobs (@Nursing_nursemp)
Nurses Association (@ANANursingWorld)
Cleveland Clinic (@ClevelandClinic)
American Cancer Society (@AmericanCancer)
NursingBuddy (@NursingBuddy)
Society for Science (@Society4Science)
RN Action (@RNAction)
Mental Health NIMH (@NIMHgov)

Legal and Criminal Justice

Above the Law (@atlblog)
American Bar Association (@ABAesq)
Legal Aid Service (@LegalAidService)
The National Law Journal (@TheNLJ)

Job Searching

Interview Success (@InterviewSuccess)
Yahoo Jobs (@YahooCareers)
Consider following companies you may be interested in working for some day.


South University (@SouthU)
South University, Online Programs (@SuCampusCommon)
Astro Pic Of The Day (@apod)
Popular Mechanics (@PopMech)
Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson)
Cute Emergency (@CuteEmergency)
Quote Soup (@Quote_Soup)
Veterans Affairs (@DeptVetAffairs)
TED Talks (@TEDTalks)
Graphic Design Junction (@graphicdesignju)
My Modern Metropolis (@mymodernmet)

South University is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any social media site linked to this Web site. The links are provided for your information and convenience only. South University does not endorse, support or sponsor the content of any linked social media sites. If you access or use any third party sites linked to South University’s Web site, you do so at your own riskSouth University makes no representation or warranty that any other social media site is free from viruses, worms or other software that may have a destructive nature.

Students & Alumni Speak about Online Learning

by South University 10 July 2014

Our students are always busy. Many have full-time jobs and family responsibilities—which is why they demand an online environment that’s flexible and that can work with their hectic schedules. It’s also why we designed our online degree programs to allow students to attend class and access their study materials any time of day from anywhere with internet access.


Hear more from our students and alumni about why they chose South University, Online Programs.

In Their Own Words

"The online courses at South University allowed me to receive my BSN and continue to work at the same time. I could log into my class at any time and from any where, when it was convenient for my schedule. Because of the easy access, convenience and availability of help when needed, I decided to return to South University, Online Programs to gain my MSN to become a Nurse Practitioner."
- Monica Peck, Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2012 graduate, Master of Science in Nursing student

"One of the main things that I enjoyed about attending South University, Online Programs was the flexible schedule it offered. I was able to start classes at my convenience without waiting a long period of time between breaks. At one point I had to take a three month break due to financial reasons, but I was able to immediately start back once I was ready."
- Joe Black, Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology, 2012 graduate

"The online experience is less rigid, much more flexible, but still has the same level of instructors as you have on the regular college campus. Plus, I like the ease of working at my own pace through assignments and at all hours of the day."
- Jack Siegel, Bachelor of Science in Health Science student

"I was working night shift at University Hospital, driving 65 miles one way to work, and raising 5 children, so I needed a program that allowed for flexibility in my busy schedule. Sitting in a brick and mortar school at a specified time for a few hours each week was not doable."
- Sandra Ross, Master of Science in Nursing, 2012 graduate

"I liked the convenience of taking classes online especially being a working mom and a military wife. My degrees have definitely opened up more job opportunities for me and I am very hopeful that once my family and I relocate with the military, my degrees from South University will continue to open up doors for me."
- Demetria Mills, Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, 2012 graduate

"I like the online environment because it is very convenient for students to work or attend to family and still earn their degree for future careers. The online classrooms are easy to navigate and the instructors are friendly and caring."
- Sherry Boyce, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management student

"The motivation for me to pursue my education with South University was the flexibility of the courses and the care that the staff took to make sure my every step and my overall direction were geared toward achieving my goals in life."
- Tanisha Jones, MBA in Healthcare Administration, 2012 graduate

Learn more about South University, Online Programs today!

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.

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.

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

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.