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At Education Management Corporation (EDMC), the uniqueness of each of our

schools is a hallmark of the individuality that exists in each of the communities

we serve. After all, it’s the singular abilities, perspectives and passions of

our faculty, staff and students that set us apart, yet make us one in the spirit

of giving. No matter how different we may be, how varied our talents and

interests, there is one universal tie that binds us together: our desire to connect

with the world around us by reaching out to those in need, sharing our time and

our resources, and touching lives in ways that make a difference.

For 50 years, we have served communities across North America, providing a

quality education to hundreds of thousands of students. Every year, we commit

to doing what we can to help build “community” — devoting energy and

compassion to help others in need.

At our more than 100 schools, giving back is the common thread that creates

the fabric of who we are, what we stand for and what we will be — as

individuals, as a higher education provider and as a community. It’s in our DNA.

Our school systems include: The Art Institutes, Argosy University, Brown

Mackie College and South University. We provide rigorous academic programs

offered in supportive environments with measured practical outcomes that

enhance our students’ lives.




ArtSSpring, the annual arts festival in Sandy

Springs, just outside Atlanta, has become an

eagerly anticipated celebration. Each year, the

city of Sandy Springs promotes a month’s

worth of arts events with a commemorative

poster. In September 2011, Art Sandy Springs,

the organization that created ArtSSpring, asked

The Art Institute of Atlanta if students would be

interested in creating the festival poster.

Students in faculty member Vickey Bolling-Witt’s

graphic design layout class each designed a

poster for the festival. Nadia James, who is

pursuing an Associate in Arts in Graphic Design,

was selected as the winner, and her poster was

displayed throughout the community before and

during the month-long festival, April 13 through

May 13.

James’ design was selected from more than

a dozen entries by members of the festival

committee. The winning poster was announced

during a visit to the class by Art Sandy Springs

President Elect Carol Anne Hendrix, ArtSSpring

Co-Chairs Bonnie Laney and Peggy Stapleton,

and ArtSSpring communications/public relations

liaison Cheryl Womack.

Art Institute of Atlanta President Jo Ann Koch,

commented, “We are honored that Art Sandy

Springs invited our students to design this year’s

poster. The Art Institute of Atlanta is committed

to contributing to our local community and proud

that Nadia’s beautiful poster will be a central part

of ArtSSpring.”

Art Sandy Springs is dedicated to supporting

the arts in Sandy Springs and focuses on

elevating visual, performing, culinary and

landscape arts to enrich the quality of life

for residents and visitors.

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In the spring of 2011, Easter Seals North

Georgia approached The Art Institute of

Atlanta–Decatur, a branch of The Art

Institute of Atlanta, with an invitation for

Courtney A. Hammonds, lead faculty in Fashion

& Retail Management, to become their fashion

ambassador and assist the organization with

creating and coordinating the winter 2012

fundraiser called “Fashion Uncorked.”

Hammonds immediately accepted and

began planning how his students could

participate in the fashion show.

But he also wanted students to get involved

with Easter Seals right away. The fi rst

opportunity was in April 2011 with the annual

Walk with Me event. A team of 10 Art Institute

of Atlanta–Decatur students proudly walked

the 5K to raise $300 in contributions. The

second opportunity was to participate in the


annual holiday toy drive, a project that involved

the entire Art Institute of Atlanta–Decatur

community. Dozens of toys were collected to

brighten the holidays for children with disabilities

and special needs.

Norma Center, development coordinator for

Easter Seals North Georgia, commented,

“Dr. Hammonds and his students from The

Art Institute of Atlanta–Decatur made a

huge difference for us this past year. We are

thankful that our paths crossed and that we

are engaged in a common goal of helping

children. Community support is essential to our

mission — every dollar raised here stays here

in our community, helping Easter Seals provide

services and support for people with disabilities,

because everyone deserves to live with equality,

dignity and independence, and to live, learn,

work and play in their communities.”

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While the artists took the stage at the 30th

annual Austin Music Awards on March 14,

2012, students from The Art Institute of Austin,

a branch of The Art Institute of Houston and

sponsor of the Austin Music Awards, were busy

working behind the scenes to help ensure a

successful event designed to cap off South by

Southwest Music (SXSW).

Performers and presenters were ready to hit

the stage, in part, because the Fashion Retail

Management students from The Art Institute

of Austin were positioned backstage as stylists,

making sure each fold of fabric and all straps

were in place and ready for the audience.

Hungry guests were treated to food cooked

up by the college’s culinary students at the

SIMS Foundation VIP reception. Ology at

The International Culinary School at The Art

Institute of Austin was one of fi ve restaurants

represented at the reception. Students prepared

food for and served approximately 1,000 guests.

The Austin Music Awards raised $7,000 for

SIMS Foundation, which provides access to and

fi nancial support for mental health and addiction

recovery services for Austin-area musicians and

their families.

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Located just a few miles from the real movie

studios of Los Angeles, The Art Institute of

California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy

University, had plenty of inspiration and

resources to create its own scary Halloween

set for neighbors in the North Hollywood

Arts District.

To offer the community a treat, the school

invited children from Lankershim Elementary

School for an afternoon party where they would

receive candy and experience the festive

decorations imagined by the Bachelor of Science

candidates in the Set & Exhibit Design program.

The students demonstrated their technique

and skill by transforming the campus entrance

into a spine-tingling cemetery haunted by the

spirits of old-generation movie stars. The team

utilized tricks such as stringing clear fi shing line

to simulate an unexpected feel of spiderwebs

and pulling apart white yarn to create the look

of the webs on headstones and other props.

A soundtrack of ghostly screams and tolling

bells also added to the scary scene. More than

30 children dressed in costumes experienced

chills and thrills thanks to this spooky design

displayed in the front lobby of the campus.

The fi nishing touch was Set & Exhibit Design

Academic Director Gary La Vassar himself. La

Vassar joined in the festivities by dressing up as

one of the creepy characters “on set” the day

the Lankershim students came by. “Halloween

in Hollywood is a big celebration,” he said. “Our

haunted campus was a fun way to be a part of

the community.”

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Since the campus is located in a tight-knit

region of Southern California, students at

The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire,

a campus of Argosy University, make

community outreach a priority. Last year, one

of the major activities they supported was a

fundraiser to benefi t the Cuisine Over Cancer

Fund, an organization created to help the

Pediatric Hematology Oncology Stem Cell

Transplant Intensive Care Unit at Loma Linda

University Hospital.

This unit is dedicated to serving the specialized

medical needs of children, from newborns to

adolescents, diagnosed with cancers such

as leukemia, brain tumors and blood-related

diseases such as hemophilia. Loma Linda

University Hospital is situated two miles from

the campus, and each year the institution admits



more than 33,000 inpatients and serves roughly

half a million outpatients. It is the only level one

regional trauma center in the county.

Students in The International Culinary School

at The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire

Senior Practicum course selected the Cuisine

Over Cancer Fund as part of their assignment to

organize an event for a community organization.

In this endeavor, students demonstrated the

competencies they learned in class, including

accounting, marketing, menu development and

event planning.

Led by James Kellenberger, academic director

of Culinary Arts, Baking & Pastry, Hospitality

Food & Beverage Management, and Culinary

Management programs, and hosted by the

campus restaurant, Seasons, students prepared

a seven-course tasting meal for $75 per ticket.

The menu included elegant dishes such as a

starter of brioche crouton with an heirloom

tomato lobster medallion and wild greens bacon

dressing, an entrée course of seared duck

breast with a balsamic thyme honey glaze, and

a dessert of port fi g with chocolate sauce and

pastry cream.

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“The students worked really hard to create a

successful event,” Kellenberger said. “It is a

great learning experience for them to plan and

execute an activity from start to fi nish and see it

pay off.” The event sold out within weeks and

the students raised more than $10,000.



As most art students know, there are many

forms of communication that allow an individual

to express him or herself. So when the students

in the Fashion Marketing & Management

program at The Art Institute of California—Los

Angeles, a campus of Argosy University, had the

opportunity to collaborate with Autism Speaks to

raise awareness of the disorder, the connection

between the school and the cause made for a

great partnership.

According to the nonprofi t organization, autism

and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are

both general terms for a group of complex

disorders of brain development characterized by

diffi culties in social interaction, as well as verbal

and nonverbal communication.

“The students decided to produce a fashion

show focused on the ability to communicate

through the garments we wear,” said Claudine

Papillon, the faculty instructor who managed the

December 2011 benefi t event.

Madison Frank, one of the event organizers

and a Bachelor of Science candidate, further

explained, “Fashion allows us to express

what we feel at a given moment. It’s our


The students were able to put on a show that

raised both funds and awareness. The campus

hosted the evening event, “Speak,” that drew

a supportive crowd. Guests were treated to a

reception before they were seated to watch the

garments, contributed by local sponsors,

go down the runway.

“The whole experience, from garnering

community participation to creating promotional

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fl yers to selecting the runway design, got the

team talking about how we express ourselves

and how we can learn more about autism,”

said Papillon.



The Art Institute of California—Orange County,

a campus of Argosy University, makes

community outreach a priority and has formed

a Community Outreach Committee that

includes staff and faculty.

As one of its outreach activities, the school

executed a campus-wide drive to collect pop

tabs, the pieces of metal that open aluminum

cans, and household items for the local Ronald

McDonald House.

“This committee is intended to be a catalyst for

future projects and address challenges faced

by our neighbors,” said Community Outreach

Committee Chair and The Art Institute of

California—Orange County instructor Todd

Pheifer. “We all have obstacles in life, but it

isn’t hard to fi nd people who have even

greater diffi culties.”

Small collection “houses” were placed

around the campus, and money from the tabs

contributed to the Ronald McDonald House

funds. Each tab makes a difference, and in

2011, the organization raised more than $5,000

through the program. The items collected

by The Art Institute of California — Orange

County included breakfast foods, snacks and

personal care products. According to the Ronald

McDonald House, these items help create a

restful environment, which rejuvenates family

members and helps them to better care for and

assist their children during treatment.

The Orange County Ronald McDonald House

and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide

a comforting “home away from home” for

families with seriously ill children receiving

treatment in Orange County hospitals. Since

1989, more than 10,000 families from all over

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California, the United States and other countries

have found a comfortable place to stay for

several hours, days, weeks, months and, in

some cases, more than a year.

“Collecting pop tabs and supplies is a small step

toward helping a greater cause,” added Pheifer.

“No one is obligated to give away their time,

talents and fi nances, but there is something

wonderful about sharing with those in need.”




Boys & Girls Clubs inspire and enable youth to

“reach their full potential as productive, caring,

responsible citizens.” So it was a fi tting match

that The Art Institute of California—Sacramento,

a campus of Argosy University, which seeks

to provide education that builds careers and

transforms lives, and the Boys & Girls Clubs

of Greater Sacramento worked together on a

class project.

Graphic Design instructors Steve Holler and

Holly Agundes combined branding and design

class objectives to provide their students,

Graphic Design Bachelor of Science and

Associate of Science candidates, with a realworld

assignment for a worthy cause: providing

ideas that would enhance the local club’s

brand visibility, community awareness and

marketing efforts.

“We appreciate the chance to involve our

students in community-based assignments

that illustrate the quality and strength of our

market-focused educational program and serve

a commendable organization,” Holler said.

Students produced concepts for a poster

representing the club’s visual identity, a

business card design that follows a new

stationery system, and a simple and visually

unifi ed direct mail postcard. The teams also

provided a concept for a new website that

gives the visual idea and structure for the

home page and an approach to navigation. In

addition to creative development, students

participated in initial client analysis interviews,

brand review, visual audit, market positioning

and client presentations.

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The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a

campus of Argosy University, showcased its

talent to the local community, producing a

visually striking propaganda-style campaign for

an awareness project with the local chapter of

The American Lung Association.

As part of a Sales and Persuasive Techniques

class, students took on the challenge of

developing a campaign that would drive

new volunteers to help The American Lung

Association keep the community informed

about the promotional activities of big

tobacco companies.

“Through this assignment, the students received

the benefi t of helping an organization that is

valued in the community and gained valuable

portfolio work that showcases their willingness

to help a good cause,” said The Art Institute of

California—San Diego Advertising instructor

Rob Esperti.

The project included identifying the target

market, which was defi ned as the “millennial

generation,” and creating a campaign

name, logo, recruitment materials, print

advertisements, Facebook page and a guerilla

marketing program.

Supervised by Esperti, students worked for fi ve

weeks developing campaigns for the project and

a competition was held to determine the top

three campaigns. The fi nalists then delivered

a professional presentation to members of the

American Lung Association staff, and a winner

was selected.

“The importance of developing and delivering

real-world solutions for real clients is relevant to

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the professional development of our students. It

allows the students to recognize the validity of

their ideas as they work within the requirements

of client budgets and expectations,” said

Donna A. DiGioia, Ed.D., academic director of

Advertising. “It also provides a great opportunity

for students to enhance their team-building skills

and overall satisfaction that their efforts can and

do make a difference.”



Each academic quarter, the Interior Design

Student Club organizes a group of student

volunteers from The Art Institute of California—

San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University,

to participate in a Habitat for Humanity build

day. During the fall 2012 quarter, a group of

students spent their Saturday as construction

workers building a home in the East Bay for a

deserving family.

“The hands-on event is both rewarding and

educational for the students. For the younger

students especially, the activity may even be

their fi rst chance to see up close what they are

drawing and learning about in the classroom,”

said Interior Design instructor Nicholas Steele, a

LEED Green Associate and National Council for

Interior Design Qualifi cation certifi cate holder.

Club president Jamie Pecina, who’s working on

a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree

and is a student member of the International

Interior Design Association, as well as the

American Society of Interior Designers, had a

similar refl ection.

“As an interior design club, we see Habitat for

Humanity as a fun opportunity to experience

what it is like to be on a building site and to see

the construction work that we are taught to

document,” she said.

“I can honestly say that the work we are given

on-site is not always the easiest and, at times,

can be very exhausting, but what drives the

students and myself to volunteer time after time

is knowing that this home is going to a good

cause, and that, in and of itself, is the payoff of

volunteering,” said Pecina.

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Team Aluminum Chef, otherwise known as

The Art Institute of California—Sunnyvale,

a campus of Argosy University, culinary students,

gathered at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

this winter ready to prepare standout recipes

for the 31st annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off

& Festival.

The event brought together more than 70 teams

and individuals from around Northern California

to benefi t the City of Santa Cruz Parks and

Recreation Department programs.

With the beach as a picture-perfect backdrop

and a bustling boardwalk arcade nearby, the

student team divided into two camps to create

their special stews, one in the Boston style and

the other in the Manhattan.

As soon as the teams were allowed to “fl ame

on,” the students quickly set to cooking in their

giant pots. Steady streams of steam arose from

the pans while a slight ocean breeze helped to

cool the creamy soup.

The crowd thickened, just like the chowder, as

students began serving up a $9 tasting kit that

included a bowl, spoon, fi ve tasting tickets and

two People’s Choice ballots.

The 2012 cook-off participants had a great day

at the beach, learned a few lessons about

competing and helped to raise more than

$70,000 for the City of Santa Cruz Parks and

Recreation Department programs.

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It was 4 p.m., but the classroom at Charleston

Development Academy buzzed with laughter

and activity. In this after-school program, more

than a dozen elementary-age girls were busily

designing and building models of their own

fashion stores, assisted by student volunteers

and faculty member Kimberly P. McHenry-

Williams from the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion &

Retail Management program at The Art Institute

of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of

Atlanta. As shoe boxes were transformed into

colorful retail shops, the students used their

creativity to learn about store layouts and retail

product mix while also seeing new possibilities

for their own futures.



The “Store in a Box” project was one of many

that students, faculty and staff from The Art

Institute of Charleston undertook at Charleston

Development Academy in the past year. Other

highlights included a poetry writing workshop

with general education faculty member Marjory

Wentworth, who also brought a special guest,

children’s book author Kwame Alexander, to visit

with students; a holiday gift-making workshop

organized by Wentworth and fellow general

education faculty member Christy Whipple;

and an Angel Tree with school supplies for the

academy’s teachers, which involved faculty from

all departments.

The Art Institute of Charleston also supported

the academy’s annual capital campaign gala,

Building a Dream. Aaron Barse, a student in the

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program,

designed the invitation for the gala. Art Institute

of Charleston President Rick Jerue chaired the

fundraising committee for the gala.

Charleston Development Academy, founded in

2003, is a public charter school for pre-K through

eighth grade. The school is committed to a

coherent core curriculum, cultural diversity and

including the arts as an integral part of learning

at all levels. Through the avenues of music,

drama, visual arts, art therapy and cultural fi eld

trips, students receive unique and expressive

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opportunities for the exploration of new ideas,

subject matter, and self-discovery of talents

and interests.

Jerue commented, “Under the inspirational

leadership of Cecelia Rogers, Charleston

Development Academy has become a safe

haven for its students and their families. With

its emphasis on the arts as an integral part

of academic and intellectual development, it

is a perfect fi t for our students’ and faculty’s

contributions. The Art Institute of Charleston

looks forward to a mutually benefi cial

relationship with Charleston Development

Academy for many years to come.”

Dogs at the Humane Society of Charlotte struck

a pose and gave student photographers their

best puppy dog eyes in the hopes that their

headshots would land them loving new homes.

Each month, starting in January 2012, members

of The Art Institute of Charlotte’s “Click! Club”

traveled to the Humane Society to photograph

dogs that were having a diffi cult time being

adopted — dogs that had been at the Humane

Society for an extended period of time or dogs

that were older or had special needs.



The photos were posted to the Humane Society

of Charlotte’s website, where visitors could click

on a dog’s profi le to learn more about him or her

and see additional photographs.

The Humane Society of Charlotte saw a

wonderful increase in adoption numbers with

the dogs that the students photographed.

Deanna Lasner, board chair at the Humane

Society, said the photos “really show the

personalities [of the dogs].”

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Snowboards became the canvas for 15 students

from The Art Institute of Colorado in March

2012. The student chapter of the American

Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) at the college

held a snowboard design competition and

auction to benefi t the Denver Art Society and its

mission to organize independent artists while

providing venues for creative development.

The nonprofi t organization hosts classes,

performances, cultural events and peer

collaboration for people 25 years of age and

younger in the La Alma, Lincoln Park, Baker and

Golden Triangle neighborhoods of Denver.

While on display at Denver Pavilion in the

downtown area, the snowboards were available

through a silent auction with a starting price of



$70 for each board. Denver residents “shredded”

the display, “wiping out” the students’ artwork

during the auction, which garnered more than

$1,500 for the Denver Art Society and the AIGA

student chapter at The Art Institute of Colorado.

“I am so proud of the initiative and drive of

my students,” said Chris Chen Mahoney,

academic department chair of Graphic Design

at The Art Institute of Colorado. “They took

the art they are passionate about and created

an entire community event around it. To top it

off, they were able to assist a vital nonprofi t in

our community.”

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The International Culinary School at The Art

Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University,

brought the heat to the third annual Chefs on

Fire event in April 2012. Student volunteers,

graduates of the college’s Culinary Arts

programs, and chef instructors were on hand to

help raise more than $10,000 for the Parkland

Regional Burn Center.

The Parkland Regional Burn Center, established

in 1962, is the second largest in the United

States, providing care that is modeled around

the world. The acute care and intensive care

units are recognized internationally for providing

a source of surgical expertise and rehabilitation

to burn survivors of all ages.

Attendees lined the streets to watch 23 chef

participants, including The Art Institute of Dallas’

chef instructors and Culinary Arts students, each

team up with one fi refi ghter to compete in the

daylong Chefs on Fire grilling competition.

Cook-offs took place throughout the day,

culminating with the championship round

judged by area chefs and instructors from The

International Culinary School at The Art Institute

of Dallas. Chef instructor Steven Pilat and

fi reman partner Lenny Longoria took the grand

prize honor in the fi nal heat for their preparation

of seared duck and grilled quail covered in a

honey apricot sauce.

The community block party hosted by The

Texas Chefs Association (TCA) and area

fi refi ghters took place at The Shops at Park Lane,

right outside the college’s campus doors. Chef

Brenden Mesch, associate dean of academic

affairs at The Art Institute of Dallas, and Chef

Robert Gillentine, 2003 Associate of Applied

Science in Culinary Arts graduate of The

International Culinary School at The Art Institute

of Dallas, served as event chairs on behalf of

the TCA.

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The African-American community of

Fort Lauderdale has a long and rich history,

honored and preserved for the past 10 years

by the African-American Research Library and

Cultural Center. In recognition of that 10th

anniversary, Industrial Design and Interior

Design students and faculty at The Art Institute

of Fort Lauderdale worked together to organize

and launch the yearlong exhibition “Fabulous

Forties on the Avenue.” The exhibition, which

will be the center of a series of events taking

place during the coming year, depicts the

African-American community at Northwest

5th Avenue as it was in the 1940s, including

a timeline, interactive kiosks, displays

and carefully executed models of homes,

businesses and street scenes of the period.

The exhibition, in addition to being a semipermanent

part of the library, will be used as an

educational tool for students from elementary

schools in Broward County who visit the library

and center.

Featured are a number of items and artifacts

from the era, including a 1941 Lincoln

Continental, an icebox, a Victrola music

player and a 1949 Triumph “Tiger 100” series

motorcycle. The students designed reproduction

facades of businesses such as the Victory

Theater, the Benton Funeral Home, the

Dillard School and the local barbershop and

beauty salon.

Faculty leadership for the project included

Elizabeth Glenn, Interior Design, and Win

Menish and Terri Laurenceau, Industrial Design.

The student team included Mike Lewandowski,

Annique Reynald, Jonathan Welch, Dominic

Fasino, all Bachelor of Science students in

Interior Design and Megan Francis, a Bachelor

of Science student in Fashion Design. The entire

class of students in the summer quarter of the

Human Factor class taught by Win Menish

created concepts for two of the interactive

kiosks. The renderings for the exhibition

concept were created by Mike Romero, a

Bachelor of Science student in Industrial Design.

Professional exhibit designer Rick Boggs of

Sixth Star Entertainment in Fort Lauderdale,

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a 2004 Bachelor of Science in Industrial

Design graduate from The Art Institute of Fort

Lauderdale, provided his professional skills in the

execution of the design.

According to Jan Merle, faculty member in

Interior Design, “This is a signifi cant

achievement for our departments’ students

and faculty members.”



Students from The Art Institute of Fort Worth,

a campus of South University, proved that art

could come in just about any form, including

canned goods. In October 2011, students in the

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program

participated in “Canstruction” in Fort Worth’s

North East Mall in Hurst, Texas. The competition

challenged teams to create art out of thousands

of cans of food. The students’ original design

was made up of 4,238 cans featuring the Texas

fl ag, Texas map and a tribute to soldiers.

Canstruction, Inc. is a nonprofi t organization that

holds annual design and build competitions to

construct giant structures made entirely out of

canned food. In each city, after the structures

are built and the winners declared, the creations

go on display to the general public. At the close

of the competitions, all of the food used in the

structures is donated to the local food banks for

distribution to community emergency feeding


Members of the community could vote for their

favorite canstructure with a $1 donation that

went to community food banks. The Fort Worth

area can and monetary donations went to the

Tarrant Area Food Bank, Community Food Bank

and the North Texas Food Bank.

“This project offered our students an opportunity

to showcase their skills while also working for

a vital cause,” said Lourdes Gipson, campus

director at The Art Institute of Fort Worth.

“This was a wonderful community partnership

and also teaches our students the value of


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Web Design & Interactive Media instructor

LaToyia Penny believes hands-on experience

is the best way for her Art Institute of Houston

students to learn the valuable skills they need

for the real world. But that’s not the only reason

her students took on the task of redesigning

the Houston Tennis Association (HTA) website

during the summer of 2011. The nonprofi t

organization has been working to foster and

support good health and sportsmanship through

the game of tennis since 1952. Penny and her

students wanted to do their part to support HTA.

The 20 students in the Intermediate Scripting

class split up into six groups. Each group had

11 weeks to build a plan, develop a layout and



implement a site for HTA. When the work was

completed, the students presented their fi nal

product to their “client,” and HTA chose the

design created by Web Design & Interactive

Communications diploma student Heidy Godoy,

Associate of Applied Science in Web Design

& Interactive Media student Rachel Goss,

and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Web Design &

Interactive Media student Angel Jagrup.

HTA Junior Team Tennis Coordinator Sherri

Shulman said, “The students were great to

work with, giving our site the facelift it needed.

It was a hard choice to make because all of the

concepts were so strong.”

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Students at The Art Institute of Houston—North,

a branch of The Art Institute of Houston, proved

that fashion doesn’t have to break the bank and

can also have a heart at Noir et Blanc, a fashion

show produced by the college’s Fashion Show

Production class in December 2011.

The students teamed up with Citizens for

Animal Protection (CAP), a private, nonprofi t

organization that provides shelter, adoption,

foster care, rescue and other valuable services

to animals in need in the Houston area. Noir

et Blanc was held at CAP’s new shelter, The

Jane Cizik Center.

The goal of the partnership was to provide

students an opportunity to showcase their

skills while raising awareness about the shelter

and the plight of animals in need. “We feel

it is so important to be good neighbors in our

community,” said Susanne Behrens, president

of The Art Institute of Houston—North. “This

was a terrifi c opportunity to combine the

educational goals of our students with a truly

benefi cial community service.”

The clothing for the fashion show came from

CAP’s thrift store, whose proceeds go to the

animal shelter. Students chose and styled

garments from the store for the runway,

illustrating that good style doesn’t have to be a

great fi nancial burden.

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When students in Beau Monde, the fashion

club at The Art Institute of Indianapolis, were

asked to utilize their expertise at a fundraiser

for a local dance company, the group jumped

at the opportunity. Dance Kaleidoscope (DK)

reached out to the students to style four models

in 1940s cigarette girls costumes for a February

2012 event.

“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to

put the skills we learned in the classroom to

work in the real world helping a community

organization,” said Madison Hanulak, president

of Beau Monde and a Bachelor of Science in

Fashion Design student at The Art Institute

of Indianapolis.

DK, established in 1972, is known as Indiana’s

premier professional contemporary dance

company. As a mainstay of its mission, DK

consistently brings the fi nest quality dance

performances to diverse audiences of all ages

with a strong emphasis on arts education.

Beau Monde chose students from The Art

Institute of Indianapolis to serve as the

cigarette girl models for the event. Beau Monde

researched the era and clothing styles carefully

to ensure that the looks they chose would be

authentic to the time period. At the event, and

in true-to-the-era form, the cigarette girls sold

chocolates with all proceeds benefi tting DK.

“We were honored to be part of this event and

hope to fi nd more ways to partner with the

community,” Hanulak said.

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Some of the most celebrated designers and

artists in the Kansas City area take fi ve each

holiday season to create wreaths and décor

for the annual Design Industries Foundation

Fighting Aids (DIFFA) “Holidays by Design”

silent auction. Four Interior Design students

from The Art Institutes International—Kansas

City were invited to create wreaths for the

November 2011 event.

Working off a “Designing by the Decades”

theme, the students fashioned haute pieces,

including a garland decorated with CDs from the

90s, a My Little Pony throwback from the 80s,

a tribute to the Brat Pack classic “Pretty in Pink”

and a feathered art-deco design channeling

the 20s.

Eager to get in on the action, Chef Steve

Venne, the culinary academic director at

The International Culinary School at The Art

Institutes International—Kansas City, also

produced a wreath using his tools of the trade

— kitchen implements and gingerbread made up

his holiday garland.

The wreaths were on display at Country Club

Plaza and Crossroads Art districts until the

organization’s fundraising event. “Holidays

by Design” raised a total of $45,000, with all

proceeds benefi ting the local DIFFA chapter.

DIFFA is one of the country’s largest supporters

of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS

and preventive education for those at risk.

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Six ounces. One lid. Ten cents. Countless lives.

The Art Institutes International Minnesota has

contributed to Yoplait Yogurt’s “Save Lids to

Save Lives” campaign since 2010, donating

hundreds of pink ribbon lids each year.

Committed to improving the quality of life

for those in their community and beyond, the

campus takes the initiative to purchase specially

marked yogurt containers during Breast Cancer

Awareness Month and distributes them to

students and faculty members roaming the halls

between classes.

Inspired by the initial success of the college’s

688-lid submission in 2010, event organizer

and Director of Career Services Becky Bates

expanded the program to include an educational

component in the college’s second year of

participation. The campus hosted an awarenessinspired

event on Oct. 26, 2011. Faculty and

staff volunteered to man informational tables

lined with breast cancer awareness pamphlets

and provided yogurt for attendees.

While students learned more about breast

cancer, they snacked on yogurt with the

specially marked lids that the campus collected.

The Art Institutes International Minnesota

sent more than 675 lids to Yoplait’s national

headquarters, raising both dollars and awareness.

Participating in community outreach initiatives

such as this one has reinforced the importance

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of social service projects for members of

The Art Institutes International Minnesota

community. Eager to engage the campus in a

variety of local nonprofi t programs, Bates said,

“I simply fi nd this type of work to be rewarding

and greatly benefi cial for our students.”




Students and faculty members at The Art

Institute of Jacksonville, a branch of Miami

International University of Art & Design,

partnered with Jacksonville’s Museum of

Science and History (

to create a major exhibition titled “Currents

of Time.” The exhibition, which opened in

November 2011, is a walk back in time through

the history of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.

From the earliest inhabitants of more than

12,000 years ago to modern day events, visitors

can learn how the area of land now called

Jacksonville became the city it is today. The

segment of the exhibition created by students

and faculty focuses on postwar culture and

honors World War II veterans.

The Art Institute of Jacksonville’s contribution

to the “Currents of Time” exhibition involved

a collaborative effort between the students

and faculty in several departments. The Interior

Design department showcased renderings of

homes as they were during World War II, while

the Fashion & Retail Management department

focused on fashion infl uences of the period.

Digital Photography students documented the

era through inspirational photographs, while

Culinary students spotlighted cultural culinary

infl uences and the Graphic Design department

created artistic interpretations of postwar

culture, as well as other art and design projects

featuring this historic subject.

The school’s participation also included two

lectures. In “The Era at the End of a Rainbow:

Post WWII Design Trends,” Interior Design

faculty member Rachel Simmons focused on

post-war design trends, providing an overview

of the era and how it affected interior furnishing

technology, buying habits, design and color

trends as forecasted by Home and Garden

Magazine between the years of 1949 and 1965.

In the second lecture, Chef John Maxwell,

Culinary department chair, focused on

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World War II food rationing and how those

practices still affect us today in his discussion of

the challenge of “Cooking with Wartime Rations.”

“What made the ‘Currents of Time’ exhibition

so special is not only that it honored veterans

who have and are serving our country, but it

was also an excellent example of collaboration

between the students and faculty from multiple

programs,” said Catherine Pliess, department

chair of Interior Design at The Art Institute

of Jacksonville.



Every holiday season, excitement builds for kids

around the world as they wonder what Santa

Claus will put under their trees. But for too many

children, the holidays come and go with little joy

and nothing to unwrap come Christmas morning.

That’s why students, faculty and staff at The Art

Institute of Las Vegas participate in the Salvation

Army: Angel Tree program.

For two days during the holiday season,

members of The Art Institute of Las Vegas

community set up shop at the Galleria at Sunset

in Henderson, Nev. They man the Angel Tree,

handing out wish lists for the children to mall

customers so they can make the holidays

brighter for area kids. “We are so proud to be

part of this program and to help children in

the area,” said Sallie Palmer, dean of student

affairs at The Art Institute of Las Vegas. “It’s

also such a valuable life lesson for our students.

Volunteering is a way everyone can give back to

his or her community. Everyone can volunteer

their time regardless of their fi nancial situation.”

The goal is to ensure that each child in the Angel

Tree program has two or three presents to open

on Christmas morning.

For the 2011 holiday season, volunteers

from the college collected more than 800

items including toys, clothing, toiletries and

cash donations. The Art Institute of Las Vegas

has participated in the Angel Tree program

since 2005.

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At its grand opening celebration on Oct. 26,

2011, The Art Institute of Michigan—Troy, an

additional location of The Illinois Institute of

Art—Chicago, presented Operation: Kid Equip

with a donation of 200 boxes of crayons and a

donation check for $500.

Operation: Kid Equip is a Detroit-based

organization that helps at-risk students by

providing free school supplies, books, hygiene

items, clothing and food. After learning

that 22 percent of Michigan children live in

poverty, Operation: Kid Equip set forth to

help communities in metro Detroit and assist

children to reach their highest potential. The

organization’s goal is to help improve public

education and the psychosocial well-being of

children who are underprivileged.

“At The Art Institute of Michigan—Troy, we

are committed to providing students with

educational opportunities that will help prepare

them for creative and rewarding careers,”

said Turner Berg, campus director for The Art

Institute of Michigan—Troy. “We are delighted

to support a worthwhile nonprofi t organization

like Operation: Kid Equip that shares our

philosophy for helping students to succeed.”

The Art Institute of Michigan—Troy hosted

the crayon-raiser Oct. 10 — 25, 2011, and

encouraged faculty, staff and students to reach

out to their families, friends, churches and

local community organizations for help in

collecting the crayons. Present at the grand

opening event to receive the donations was

Operation: Kid Equip president and CEO,

Menachem Michael Kniespeck.

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“We are truly humbled by the continued support

from the community and valued partners like

The Art Institute of Michigan—Troy,” said

Kniespeck. “Unfortunately, many local families

are faced with limited resources when it comes

to providing the tools for students to succeed —

and at Operation: Kid Equip we are proud to do

our part.”

For its 2011 Charity Drive, faculty and staff at

The Art Institute of Michigan set out to bring

color and joy to the lives of sick children by

collecting donations for C.S. Mott Children’s

Hospital at the University of Michigan, one

of the nation’s leading pediatric institutions

providing care to seriously ill or injured children.

“When a great-nephew of mine was born with

multiple health concerns, I quickly became

aware of what a wonderful, caring place Mott

Hospital is for their young patients and family

members … especially in a time of crisis. So

I was quite excited when Mott was selected

for our charity drive,” said Judy Poppenger,

administrative assistant at The Art Institute

of Michigan.



The charity drive brought in donations that

fi lled more than six bins with toys, clothes and

blankets for children between infancy and the

age of two. A few of the donated blankets were

even handmade.

The campus also held a “Wear Your Jeans to

Work” day to raise money for additional items.

The donations were delivered to the hospital

where they were gratefully received by Mott’s

community relations representative,

Byron Myer.

The donations not only made things a little

brighter for the young patients, but they also

gave faculty and staff the great feeling that

they were making a difference. “My great aunt

taught me at a very young age, ‘If you don’t like

the way you feel, change the way you think.’ It

always ‘feels’ so good to give — no one can

disagree with that — especially giving to our

children,” said Dr. A. Anne Bowers, Jr., general

education instructor at The Art Institute

of Michigan.

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Young Audiences New York (yaNY), a nonprofi t

organization specializing in bringing arts

programming to under-funded schools in the

New York area, has two new videos to help

promote their Youth Labs after-school programs

thanks to Digital Filmmaking students at The

Art Institute of New York City. The Art Institute

of New York City students worked with yaNY

to create videos for yaNY’s Animation Project

and Music Unites Youth Choir, two after-school

programs that empower youth through the

study, creation and presentation of original,

skilled work.

yaNY works with more than 200 teaching artists

who commit their time and talent through after-

school and residency programs and in-school

performances. According to John Seroff, director of

marketing and public relations for yaNY, the videos

serve a twofold purpose: to help teachers and

principals understand yaNY’s mission and to provide

opportunities for investors to see the impact the

programs have on a child or group of students.

“I like the whole idea that our students helped

high school students become exposed to the

arts,” said Jason Moore, Animation instructor

at The Art Institute of New York City. “I think

it’s really great that our students gave back

in that manner.” The Art Institute of New

York City became involved with yaNY after

graduate Phillip Swift became the organization’s

fi lmmaker in residence. Swift mentioned the

marketing department’s need for the videos, and

“it was a match made in heaven,” Moore said.

As part of The Art Institute of New York City’s

Professional Production Team class, students

are required to work with real-world clients,

managing the projects from start to fi nish.

According to Moore, the pressure is on the

students to deliver, which makes for a very

real experience. Groups of three to 10

students worked on the videos, managing all

aspects of production from conceiving visual

and editorial strategies to the fi lming, editing

and sound production.

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“The Art Institute of New York City students

have gone far beyond their required assignment

to provide us with fi lms that accurately and

artistically represent the great work we’re

doing here at Young Audiences New York. They

helped bring our vision to life in a very real

and meaningful way,” said Seroff. “For an

organization that has limited resources available

for video marketing, having access to this level

of artistry has been signifi cant.”



The Art Institute of Ohio—Cincinnati lent some

extra support in the form of bras as the college

participated in local radio station Q102’s (WKRQ)

fourth annual Bras Across the Bridge benefi t.

The breast cancer awareness event, held at

Newport on the Levee in Kentucky, raised more

than $8,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Students, faculty and staff of The Art Institute

of Ohio—Cincinnati contributed more than 100

decorated brassieres to be included in a string of

clasped bras long enough to span the length of

the bridge. Volunteers raised the bras in unison

on the Purple People Bridge as a symbolic

gesture to raise awareness for the cause.

The students also supported the station’s

seventh annual Bosom Ball for Breast Cancer.

The evening of hope and help in providing

support to those touched by breast cancer in the

Cincinnati area featured the intricately decorated

bras created by the students. Proceeds from

the event went to the Susan G. Komen for the

Cure and The American Cancer Society’s breast

cancer programs.

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There aren’t many American icons as

recognizable as the familiar red and white can

of Campbell’s Soup. For nearly 150 years, it’s

been a staple found in kitchen pantries across

the country. What better subject for a great

retrospective presented by The Art Institute

of Philadelphia Gallery called “Campbell’s: 142

Years of Design — Women, Soup and Warhol”?

And what better outcome than the donation

of 2,000 cans of Campbell’s tomato soup to

Philabundance, Philadelphia’s largest hunger

relief organization?

While Andy Warhol turned the Campbell’s

Soup can into pop art, the variety of designs

and their functions began decades before. The



exhibit specifi cally focused on the contributions

throughout Campbell’s history made by women,

for example mothers and workers; artists such

as Gracie Gebbie Drayton, who created the

Campbell’s Kids back in 1904; leaders such as

Margaret Rudkin, founder of Pepperidge Farm,

now part of Campbell and the fi rst woman to

serve on the company’s board of directors; and

Denise Morrison, Campbell’s current president

and CEO.

The exhibit featured a large number of the

most iconic items found in the company’s

private archives. From vintage advertisements

to antique Campbell’s Kids dolls and a paper

“Souper” dress from the 1960s to a multimedia

presentation of vintage radio and television

commercials, the exhibit defi nitely covered

everything from soup to … soup!

Students, faculty and staff from The Art Institute

of Philadelphia worked with Campbell’s staff

to select the materials for the display, as well

as create an exhibit catalog and install the

exhibit. Graphic Design students designed a

graphic timeline highlighting the role of women

in the history of the Campbell Soup Company.

Industrial Design students engineered and

installed a giant sculpture of the Campbell’s

“C” using the 2,000 cans of tomato soup

that were donated to Philabundance after

the exhibit closed.

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Said Tina M. Rothfuss, senior manager, major

gifts at Philabundance,“The opening was a

wonderful event, where three institutions

important to our city came together — Campbell

Soup Company, The Art Institute of Philadelphia

and Philabundance. We are very grateful for the

support and for being selected to be

the benefi ciary.”



Phoenix residents gave their taste buds a

workout for a good cause. On Nov. 19, 2011,

27 top female chefs from around Arizona came

together to entice guests’ palates and ensure

aspiring chefs had a chance to hone their

culinary skills at the annual “Getting Our Just

Desserts” event at The Art Institute of Phoenix.

Hundreds attended the school’s fundraiser,

benefi ting Careers through Culinary Arts

Program (C-CAP). Attendees had the opportunity

to taste a variety of sweets and savories. Chefs

also held a series of demonstrations covering

cheese, olive oil, tea, chocolate and food

photography. Attendees had an opportunity to

bid in a silent auction on items donated by area

businesses and members of the community,

including weekend getaways, dining packages,

culinary products, photography packages

and more.

The fundraiser netted $6,200 with proceeds

going toward scholarships for high school

students seeking culinary careers and training

for student chefs entering competitions.

“The Art Institute of Phoenix has been such

a valuable partner to C-CAP,” said Jill Smith,

Arizona director at C-CAP. “The tremendous

support we receive helps us to do more

community outreach and helps students

interested in the culinary arts to achieve their

educational goals.”

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McKees Rocks, Pa., a rustbelt town located

in the greater Pittsburgh area, got an image

makeover thanks to students at The Art

Institute of Pittsburgh. This makeover started

as an interior design project for the Creative

and Project Management Techniques class

and morphed into Outside Eyes, an art show

at The Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees

Rocks. Interior Design instructor Lisa Whitney

was looking to improve an underserved area

through art for her project classes. After

brainstorming with Angela Love, a Media Arts

& Animation instructor, she and Love met with

representatives of McKees Rocks to fi nd out

exactly what the town needed and how their

classes could contribute their talents to help

the community.



This project was the inaugural attempt to provide

a civic-minded opportunity for students, and

the idea led to an entire campaign of materials

that McKees Rocks can use to self-promote,

including brochures, a logo, maps and interactive

social media. The students also produced a

fl y-through animation of a new and improved

corridor of the main street. The animation made

it possible for the citizens to see a revamped

McKees Rocks.

What is even more impressive, however, is

what the students did after the class was

over. Inspired by the work they did in class and

motivated to challenge people’s perceptions

of McKees Rocks, students took it upon

themselves to host an art show titled “Outside

Eyes,” which highlighted the town through the

eyes of the artists. The goal of the show was

to raise awareness and showcase the appeal of

McKees Rocks to visitors and other residents

in the region. The exhibit featured work by

students, faculty and alumni in a variety of

mediums, including digital prints, colored pencil,

photography and painting.

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“This project refl ected my belief that we can

creatively do good work that is GOOD work.

The students didn’t only energize or revitalize a

community; more than creating their art, they

generated a sense of civic responsibility and a

spirit of advocacy,” said Love.



In October 2011, students from The Art Institute

of Pittsburgh—Online Division volunteered to

make a difference in their communities as part

of the fourth annual Hometown Challenge, a

month-long, nationwide humanitarian effort.

Hometown Challenge is the brainchild of Sherri

Wakefi eld Mangin, Online Program Director for

Residential Planning and Kitchen & Bath Design.

“Four years ago, I was sitting in meetings in

Pittsburgh discussing ways to enhance the

online student experience. The idea of a national

volunteer project began to take shape in my

mind,” said Mangin. “I wanted to fi nd a way to

unite all of the Residential Planning students in

a single effort while making a difference in the

lives of others. At this point, the Hometown

Challenge was born.”

In the hands of co-chairs Rachelle Starr and

Donna Pennella, both full-time faculty for

Residential Planning, the program grew from

less than 50 Residential Planning students and

faculty to more than 300 student and faculty

volunteers from across all online programs in

just four years.

For Hometown Challenge 2011, the students

and faculty members volunteered for a wide

range of projects that had an impact on their

local communities. One of these projects

included painting the garden wall for the

Escalante Community Garden in the Phoenix

area. Other organizations served by the

Hometown Challenge program include the

Veterans Home of California in Barstow, Calif.,

Atlanta-area cancer organizations, Relay for Life,

Uniontown, Ohio Lions Diabetes Awareness,

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of the

Houston area and the Church of the Cross in

Savannah, Ga.

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Serving Up Style is the premier design event of

Portland, Ore. Top local designers and design

companies create unique and stunning dining

environments all in an effort to raise awareness

for lupus and benefi t the nonprofi t organization

Molly’s Fund.

In October 2011, a team of talented Interior

Design students from The Art Institute

of Portland entered the tabletop design

competition, the centerpiece of the Serving

Up Style gala event.

The students created a tableau about a

sophisticated temptress whose dark thoughts

have taken over and led her to coerce her

gentleman caller into a deep chocolate

seduction that has rendered him unable to speak

or move. Fittingly, the exquisite scene takes

place in cosmopolitan surroundings with a clean

and classic style symbolic of the femme fatale’s

taste for opulence and luxury.

The team’s entry, “Mort Par Chocolat,” took

home the “Outstanding Tabletop” award.

Interior Design faculty members Marjorie

Marcellus and Amanda Rickenbach mentored

the team of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior

Design candidates that included students

Kaylene Cambell, Allison Basset, Minh Duong,

Heather Winkel, Mindy Porterfi eld and

Jenna Finch.

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On Nov. 5, 2011, The Art Institute of Raleigh–

Durham joined hundreds of volunteers on the

lawn of Diamond View Park in Durham, N.C.,

for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS)

annual Light the Night Walk. This event marked

the third year that The Art Institute of

Raleigh–Durham has come together for this

worthy cause. More than 110 teams and nearly

1,300 people made this a record-breaking year

for the LLS event.

Helium-fi lled balloons inserted with a small

battery-powered bulb lit up the night as

walkers made their way through the streets

of downtown Durham. Walkers carried red

balloons for supporters, white balloons for




survivors and gold balloons in memory of loved

ones lost to cancer.

The walk was preceded by an emotional

ceremony remembering those who have died,

as well as recognizing survivors. A table fi lled

with delicious cookies, provided by culinary

students at The Art Institute of Raleigh–Durham,

greeted walkers when they returned to the park.

Prior to the walk, The Art Institute of

Raleigh–Durham’s team held a raffl e and an

exclusive fi ve-course dinner complete with wine

pairings to help raise money for the fi ght

against blood cancers.

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About 10,000. That’s how many used bikes

the Bicycle Collective has received since the

organization opened its doors in 2002. They’ve

been able to refurbish about 80 percent of them.

The rest they’ve used for parts.

But the organization wants those numbers

to grow. That’s where the Digital Marketing

Strategies class at The Art Institute of Salt

Lake City stepped in. Nine Digital Filmmaking

& Video Production students worked under the

leadership of their instructor, Gabe Veenendaal,

to create a commercial for the Bicycle Collective

to help improve awareness and increase

bike donations.



The nonprofi t’s goal is to promote cycling as

an effective form of transportation and as a

cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier and safer

society. In addition to refurbished bikes, the

Bicycle Collective also provides educational

programs and focuses its efforts on children

and lower income households.

Students started work on the video project

in September 2011 and completed it by the

time the quarter ended in December, working

alongside the Bicycle Collective the entire

time. “It’s so important for them to have the

experience of interfacing, developing and

creating a project for a real-world client,”

said Veenendaal.

Bicycle Collective Executive Director Jonathan

Morrison added, “They really tried to fi gure

out what we wanted and what we needed and

what they could do for us. They asked a lot of

questions and the fi nal product wound up

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being what we all envisioned because of our

collaborative process.”

Morrison said he’s already seen an uptick in

bicycle donations since the video was posted to


Culinary students are known for taking any

opportunity to hone their skills in a realworld

environment. And sometimes those

opportunities are also a great way to help

the community. That’s why students at The

International Culinary School at The Art Institute

of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute

of Houston, jumped at the chance to work

alongside their chef instructors and professional

chefs from around the community at the fi rst

annual Slow Food South Texas Harvest Gala in

November 2011.

Students were paired with professional chefs to

do prep work at the event, which raised money




and awareness for Slow Food South Texas.

The organization’s mission is to ensure food is

good — created with care from healthy plants

and animals and enjoyed with friends and family;

clean — nutritious food that is as good for the

planet as it is for our bodies, leaving the earth

unharmed for future generations; and fair — food

should be accessible to all, regardless of income,

and produced by people who are treated with

dignity and respect.

“This event was a great experience for the

students, not only because they worked

hands-on with skilled chefs, but also because

it reinforced their respect for food and for the

community,” said Michelle Woodland, Food &

Beverage Operations Management instructor at

The Art Institute of San Antonio.

“We would not be able to do what we do without

the student support,” said Susan Rigg, Slow

Food South Texas chapter president. “They

helped with everything, from going into the

kitchens and prepping food to cleanup.”

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The Harvest Gala raised $6,000 toward Slow

Food South Texas programs, which include

organic community gardens at area schools.





In its fourth year, the Glitter Gala is a fundraiser

to support the Seattle Goodwill Industry Career

Pathways program, which helps participants

create a career and learning plan to achieve

their goals.

As part of the event held on Nov. 9, 2011,

students in The Art Institute of Seattle Fashion

Design and Fashion Marketing programs

organized a fashion show themed “Fire &

Ice,” presenting stunning outfi ts straight from

the racks of Goodwill stores. In an impressive

display of creativity using repurposed materials,

students turned tablecloths, curtains, vintage

garments and even household goods such as

mirrors and artifi cial fl owers into glamorous

evening gowns. The show also included original

designs by student winners of a challenge to

entirely repurpose items found in Goodwill

stores that demonstrate the event theme.

The show served to promote the Glitter Sale,

as well, which is a special sale of top brand

items collected throughout the year and

“glittery” goods including shoes, vintage

dresses and jewelry.

“We are very proud to manage the show

because it is a key aspect of the event,” said

Karin Wu, The Art Institute of Seattle Fashion

Design and Fashion Marketing academic director.

“Our work showcases the great gems in fashion

that can be found at Goodwill stores, which has

a direct impact in driving awareness and traffi c

to the retail outlets.”

In addition to the show, the evening included

a lively reception, dinner, entertainment and a

silent auction. Approximately 600 people were

in attendance, and the event raised more than

$250,000. Founded in 1923, Seattle Goodwill

is a nonprofi t organization whose mission is to

provide free job training and education to those

in need.

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Wu said the partnership is a great match.

“Goodwill and The Art Institute of Seattle have

a common goal: to prepare people for the

workforce. At the annual gala, we combine

efforts to create a show that accomplishes

several goals. It raises awareness and funding

for Goodwill’s workforce training program, and

it provides students from The Art Institute of

Seattle with the opportunity to showcase their

designs to the community, as well as produce an

incredible event.”




In November 2011, Lowry Park Zoo in

Tampa hosted Zoofari, its annual fundraiser,

featuring the best of Tampa dining. Nearly

70 of Tampa Bay’s restaurants and beverage

distributors participated.

The zoo was also celebrating its 25th anniversary

and invited culinary students at The Art Institute

of Tampa, a branch of Miami International

University of Art & Design, to help put the “icing

on the cake” of the big celebration.

Students created a life-size animal-themed cake

that required 2,730 labor hours, 280 pounds of

butter cream, 380 pounds of sugar, 90 sheet

pans of cake and 27 student volunteers! The

animals and life-size cake drawings were made

out of sugar, fondant or Rice Krispies ® covered

in gum paste.

The cake was a big hit with all those who

attended Zoofari, as well as a great addition for

the zoo’s fundraiser. To top it off, the students

and faculty won the annual Zoofari “People’s

Choice” and “Best in Desserts” awards.

The students worked under the leadership of

culinary faculty members Chef Melissa Meyer,

Chef Ricardo Castro and Chef Rosana Rivera.

Castro commented, “This cake was a huge

undertaking and a real labor of love. We were

proud and honored to be able to contribute this

amazing edible sculpture for the benefi t of our

beloved zoo.”

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The newest specialty license plate for the

State of Tennessee is all about the arts — and

the design was created as a public service by

Leslie Haines, Graphic Design and Advertising

department chair of The Art Institute of

Tennessee—Nashville, a branch of The Art

Institute of Atlanta. The new plate is the result

of a statewide competition in which the people

of Tennessee chose the winning design from 10

fi nalist entries.

Proceeds from fees for the new plate will

directly benefi t the arts in Tennessee with a

percentage of sales going to the Tennessee Arts

Commission, which distributes funds to arts

groups across the state.



Haines conceded the design was a challenge.

“It’s a small space, you have all this stuff running

over your design, your design can’t distract from

the [license plate numbers] ... and how do you

distill the sense of art for the whole state into

one image?” she said. But she also admitted it

will be pretty cool to drive down the road and

see “her” license plate on so many cars!

“We are very proud of Leslie and are thrilled that

she is such a role model to our students; her

passion for the arts is contagious and it shows,”

said Carol Menck, president of The Art Institute

of Tennessee—Nashville.

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Chefs and culinary students from The

International Culinary School at The Art Institute

of Tucson used their skills to raise money for

the American Liver Foundation’s eighth annual

Flavors of Tucson presented by University

Medical Center. The college’s chef instructors

served up a fi ve-course meal featuring seared

tuna with a tempura quail egg and sake, yellow

tomatoes and Arizona goat cheese paired with

wine, seared scallops with chanterelles over

pasta paired with wine, sous-vide Kobe beef

and a foie gras crème brûlée, and four dessert

samplings served with Belgian beer.

Nationally recognized American Culinary

Federation Master Chef Bill Sy and local

American Culinary Federation board member

Chef Todd Eanes joined forces with 30 student

volunteers who worked alongside their chef

instructors and other certifi ed chefs to prepare

decadent meals for benefi t attendees.

The event was held at Loews Ventana Canyon

Resort in Tucson. The event raised more than

$91,000, and all proceeds went to the American

Liver Foundation — Desert Southwest Division.

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As part of a local television station program

called the “5 Days of Christmas,” created to

help those in need leading up to the holidays,

The Art Institute of Vancouver contributed the

gift of a full tuition scholarship for its Culinary

Arts Level 1 Certifi cate program to a young lady

who aspired to be a chef, but never thought it

would become a reality.

The station worked with inner city schools

asking children to write out their Christmas

wishes. One wish came from a fourth-grader

who was cared for by an older sister, Princess

Sarnoh, who was only 21 years old. Princess

also took care of their younger brother and her

son, who was 2 years old. The family were



refugees from Libya and had lost all of their

possessions due to a fl ood in their home prior to

the holidays.

The young student had mentioned in her letter

that her older sister had a great desire to attend

culinary school. When approached by the station,

The Art Institute of Vancouver welcomed the

opportunity to assist this inspiring future chef

and awarded her the scholarship as a surprise

on live television.

“We were extremely pleased to participate in

this incredibly worthwhile initiative,” said The

Art Institute of Vancouver President Tom Kim.

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The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of

The Art Institute of Atlanta, is not yet a large

campus, but the students there have big hearts.

When President Marilyn Burstein approached

Lisa Coleman, executive director of The King’s

Daughters, the organization that founded the

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters

in 1896, to ask how students could help, a

partnership was born.

The partnership’s fi rst major project was the

KD Couture Fashion Show held at the Norfolk

Waterside Marriott on April 1, 2011. Students

from several different departments volunteered

their time and skills both behind the scenes

and with guests. Fashion & Retail Management

students worked with show producer, Trudy

Lancaster of Mannequin Productions, to ensure

that the models were dressed and ready for

the runway on time. Photographic imaging

students shot photos paparazzi-style on the red

carpet, as well as of the fashion extravaganza

on the runway. Culinary Arts students passed

hors d’oeuvres and served the guests from the

Marriott’s professional catering kitchens.

“The KD Couture Fashion Show was one of

our most exciting and unique events of 2011,”

Coleman said. “The show was an opportunity

for the whole community to come together

to support Children’s Hospital of The King’s

Daughters. We were thrilled to have the expert

support of so many students from The Art

Institute of Virginia Beach and look forward to

continuing our partnership with the college in

the future.”

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Nonprofi t organizations in the Washington, DC,

area received some much needed design work,

thanks to GOOD by DESIGN, a pro bono designa-thon

sponsored by The BOSS Group and The

Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art

Institute of Atlanta. On Nov. 6, 2011, groups of

students from The Art Institute of Washington

teamed up with local creative arts professionals

and nonprofi t groups. Each team had 10 hours

to complete projects ranging from a full website

redesign and the creation of Web banners and

social media skins to the complete design of a

corporate identity package and the creation of

brochures and posters.

The participating nonprofi t organizations were

selected from an application process that

required them to submit project requests.

Some of the selected nonprofi ts included

Global Campus Africa, Animal Welfare

League of Alexandria, Center for International

Environmental Law and Women Who Build:

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to

not only work for a real-world client, but also

to take their creativity and skills learned in the

classroom and use them to give back to the

community in a meaningful way,” said Anthony

Julien, Department Chair of Graphic Design

and Web Design & Interactive Media at The Art

Institute of Washington.

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Students from The Art Institute of Washington

—Dulles found a fashionable way to raise

money and awareness for breast cancer, while

showcasing their design talents, through the

“Pretty in Pink Design Competition.”

Arundel Mills Mall, along with the Miss America

Organization, partnered with the school and

challenged students to create gowns that

personify the iconic image, strength and beauty

of Miss America. In support of breast cancer

awareness, the students were also required

to feature an element of pink in each of their

designs. The students’ gowns were displayed at

Arundel Mills Mall, located in Hanover, Md., and

for a 25 cent donation, shoppers were able to

vote for their favorite design.

All proceeds from the competition were donated

to The Red Devils, a breast cancer support

organization that funds services to improve the

quality of life for breast cancer patients and their

families living in Maryland.

“This project was such a huge opportunity

for the students at The Art Institute of

Washington—Dulles. This was a chance for their

designs to be viewed by thousands of patrons

and key retailers, not to mention

Miss America 2011,” said Michelle Rappelt,

Fashion & Retail Management and Advertising

faculty member at The Art Institute of


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The Art Institute of Wisconsin may be young,

but the school wasted no time getting involved

in the Milwaukee community. The college,

established in 2010, paired up with ArtWorks

for Milwaukee, Inc., a nonprofi t that provides

paid, arts-based internships exclusively to

Milwaukee-area high school students who face

barriers to success.

The organization’s mission is to inspire local

teens to create positive change in their lives

and in their community by engaging them in

the arts, which empowers them to successfully

achieve their goals and believe in themselves;

teaching them life and career skills, which

makes them marketable and prepares them for

future success; and broadening the perspectives

of ArtWorks interns, which motivates them to

make a difference.

When ArtWorks attempted to incorporate media

arts into its repertoire of program offerings, The

Art Institute of Wisconsin had just the kind of

space and technology the nonprofi t wanted for

its interns.

The interns learned Photoshop and basic graphic

design techniques during a series of visits to

the computer labs at the college. They worked

as a team to design anti-crime and anti-violence

posters, as well as slogans that communicate

their perceptions about root causes of crime and

violence. The interns also looked at what young

people can do about the crime and violence they

see around them every day.

Meghan Koven, the executive director of

ArtWorks, praised the collaboration. “Without

The Art Institute of Wisconsin, we would not

be able to offer these kinds of graphic design

programs to the youth we serve, because we

just wouldn’t have access to these kinds

of facilities.”

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And while the facilities are very important for the

interns, Koven believes there is another critical

component to the partnership. “It opens up a

whole world of new possibilities for our interns’

futures because they see students at the

college who are just like them and they think, ‘If

these kids can go to college, so can I.’”



In the fall of 2011, Interior Design students at

The Art Institute of York—Pennsylvania helped

build a barrier-free playground for Leg Up Farm,

a nonprofi t therapy center in York County, Pa.,

for children with disabilities and developmental

delays. Leg Up Farm received a grant to build a

barrier-free playground, and they reached out to

the community for volunteers to help bring the

project to life in just one week.

Students from the Human Factors class, which

studies barrier-free design, assisted with the

project. Prior to the build, the class visited

another local barrier-free playground to analyze

the facility.

Despite an early winter storm that dropped

several inches of snow on the ground the day

before the build, the students enthusiastically

helped with all aspects of the construction from

heavy lifting to using power tools to painting

the fi nished product. After the project was

completed, the students had the opportunity to

revisit Leg Up Farm to refl ect on their week and

write an analysis of the barrier-free design.

From this project, the students gained a sense

of community pride in being a small part of a

large group volunteering their time for a worthy

cause. They also realized how gratifying it was

to be a part of a project of this nature.

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Injured veterans returning home from the

wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have plenty

of challenges to overcome. Interior Design

students at The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago

didn’t think that navigating their homes should

be one of them. That’s why the college’s

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

chapter decided to take on a project to redesign

the interior of Army Sgt. Cameron Crouch’s

home in Mahomet, Ill.

“People with disabilities have special challenges

inside their homes that builders may not account

for,” said Carol Cisco, a member of the college’s

ASID chapter who headed up this project. “A

person in a wheelchair or even on crutches may

not be able to maneuver around a room easily,

even if it looks spacious to the naked eye.”

Crouch was severely injured while deployed

in Iraq in August 2007. He required nearly 20

surgeries, including the amputation of both legs

below the knee. After many hospitalizations,

Crouch and his wife returned to Illinois. Even

though Crouch’s home was built to ADA

(Americans with Disabilities Act) standards,

because the interiors were not designed

specifi cally for him, he soon found many

obstacles inside. So the Interior Design students

from The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago sat

down with Crouch and his wife and began

designing a master bedroom and master bath

that would fi t the couple’s needs as well as

their style.

When their new bedroom and bathroom is

complete, Crouch will be able to get in and out

of bed more easily, maneuver throughout the

bedroom without hitting his legs on the furniture

and have easier access to his bathroom. The

new bathroom cabinetry provides plenty of

storage for his medical supplies.

When asked about the design solutions

proposed by the students, Crouch said, “I

don’t want to say if you don’t do this, our life

is going to be miserable, but as far as making

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our life a lot easier and less stressful, that’s

honestly, I think, the main focus. The [designs]

that Carol has shown us are going to help an

unbelievable amount.”

Cisco said even though the Crouches are

grateful for the work she and her fellow Interior

Design students put into this project, it does

not compare to the gratitude the ASID chapter

feels. “We get to put the skills learned in the

classroom to good use. Sgt. Crouch and so

many other service members put their lives on

the line for us. That’s not a debt we’ll ever be

able to repay.”




When challenged to produce a fashion show

in nine weeks, the 14 women of The Illinois

Institute of Art—Schaumburg’s Event Planning

& Promotion class had no idea they would also

raise more than $13,000 for a local nonprofi t

organization in that time. In between fi nalizing

details for models and the runway, the students

coordinated fundraising efforts for their

benefi ciary, Stepping Stones of Roselle.

The mission of Stepping Stones is to empower

women who are victims of domestic violence to

develop fi nancial and emotional independence

by providing them with a safe, nurturing

environment. The organization has provided

shelter for 33 families to date and is currently

assisting six others. Upon hearing the yearly

programmatic cost to support a family (an

estimated $12,000), the Event Planning &

Promotion class took the initiative to provide

the organization with the opportunity to fund

an additional household. To their surprise, the

team managed to raise $9,000 prior to the event

and more than $4,000 on March 8, 2012, at the

“Pulse Fashion Show: Raw Beauty,” ultimately

surpassing their goal by almost 10 percent.

Advertising space sales, baking events, VIP

and general admission tickets, a pre-event

silent auction of donations collected from the

community and raffl e tickets sold at the studentproduced

fashion show helped the students

reach their monetary target. Following the

fashion showcase, the team presented Stepping

Stones of Roselle with a check on behalf of The

Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg.

“This type of fashion show typically requires a

dedicated, full-time team of 30 individuals six

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months to produce,” said Marci Watkins, Event

Planning & Promotions instructor at The Illinois

Institute of Art—Schaumburg. “Our team of 14

students not only put on a high caliber show for

an audience of more than 700 attendees in a

quarter of that time, but they also exemplifi ed

the show’s theme of strength as they overcame

countless obstacles to achieve their educational

and philanthropic goals.”

When the temperatures drop, most of us get

our heaviest winter coats out of the closet,

knowing we’ll be relatively warm and dry out in

the elements. But not everyone has that luxury.

That’s why Kathleen Enright, a foundations

instructor at The Illinois Institute of Art—Tinley

Park decided to gather up coats and hats for kids

at Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Will and

Grundy Counties this winter.

Faculty, staff and the 150 students at the college

had only two weeks to gather cold weather gear

for the donation drive. What they came up with

amazed both Enright and the staff at BBBS. The

campus pulled together to collect 58 coats, 15

pairs of gloves, 14 hats and fi ve scarves.



“It was awesome. I couldn’t believe how much

we brought in,” Enright said. And in the midst

of all those coats and scarves, she also found

an envelope marked for the coat drive. “When I

saw that $100 bill inside, it just brought a tear to

my eye.”

Lisa Morel Las, the chief executive offi cer of

the BBBS chapter, added, “We are so grateful

to everyone who donated warm winter coats

and accessories for the kids we serve. It’s

heartwarming to watch the children’s eyes

light up with excitement when they get to pick

out a new coat in their favorite color or style.

I sincerely thank everyone for helping those less

fortunate.” The Illinois Institute of Art—Tinley

Park plans to run the coat drive again next winter.

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For the second year, the Miami Beach

Community Health Center (MBCHC) partnered

with the students and faculty of Miami

International University of Art & Design to

present a juried art exhibition, which focused on

World AIDS Day in November.

The “Through the Eyes of Love” exhibit included

a diverse display of paintings, drawings and

sculptures, all symbolizing the depth of local

Miami artists’ thoughts and feelings about HIV/

AIDS. Artists whose works were showcased

included Alejandro Cuadra, Ali Miranda, Janet

Muller, Noah Jones, Jonathan Brooks, Marco

Gonzalez and others, many of whom are living

with HIV or AIDS.

The exhibition included selected works by

esteemed artist Barry Gross, whose work

focuses on positive experiences in both the

outer and inner worlds of the disease. Gross

has exhibited in leading galleries throughout

the country, including Ceasarea Gallery in Boca

Raton, Fla., the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn,

N.Y., and the Atlanta History Center and

Hartsfi eld-Jackson International Airport, both

in Atlanta. His work can also be found in many

private collections.

The exhibition also included elegant fashions

created by Fashion Design students for the

occasion. The glamorous gowns, all in vivid red,

were inspired by the red ribbons that symbolize

the fi ght against HIV/AIDS.

“I am proud that the university has fostered a

partnership with Miami Beach Community Health

Center’s ‘Through the Eyes of Love’ exhibition,”

Erika Fleming, president of Miami International

University of Art & Design, said.

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“HIV/AIDS is a very important topic to discuss

and it is wonderful that there is a way to

artistically create awareness and express

support for those who have been touched by

the disease.”

What does 365 days of trash look like? The New

England Institute of Art community had the

opportunity to fi nd out during its Common Walk

ecoArts Show in January 2012.

As part of Brookline Climate Week, eight artists

used humor, beauty and scientifi c data to

creatively interpret the world around them,

while sharing a common thread of

environmental concern. In cooperation with

the community group Climate Change Action

Brookline (CCAB), The New England Institute

of Art sponsored award-winning photographer,

videographer and installationist Tim Gaudreau

as Artist in Residence.

Gaudreau created an installation on campus

based on his “Self Portrait: 365 Days of

Considered Consumption,” with help from



students at The New England Institute of Art

and Brookline Public Schools. The installation

included a sampling of more than 20,000

photographs of everything he threw away for

a year, along with journal entries, graphs and

photographs that represented Gaudreau’s

personal carbon footprint.

Education is the beginning of change. The New

England Institute of Art was proud to be a part of

2012 Climate Week by inviting eight eco-artists

to share their work with the college community

and the Brookline public school students,” said

Coni Porter, Gallery Coordinator and Graphic

Design instructor at The New England Institute

of Art. “Historically, art has been a powerful

instigator of cultural shifts. These artists are

part of this expanding ecological movement in

contemporary art.”

The Common Walk ecoArts Show is part of

Brookline Climate Week’s Eco Arts and Science

Walking Tour. Brookline Climate Week is an

initiative of CCAB, a group of volunteer activists

whose mission is to connect Brookline citizens

to the ways they can reduce their carbon

footprint at home, at work and in the community,

evolving Brookline from an energy-consuming

community to an energy-conserving community.

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Rachel Tiep-Daniels, a 1999 graduate of The

Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale who earned her

Bachelor of Science in Media Arts & Animation,

co-founded the Picture Book Project Foundation

to support orphaned and disadvantaged children.

The organization “gives parents, artists, and art

enthusiasts a way to help and inspire children in

need,” she said.

Tiep-Daniels — who as a visual development

artist for Blue Sky Studios has worked on

movies including “Rio,” “Kung Fu Panda,”

“Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Ice Age” — was

moved to start the foundation after volunteering

with children in Ghana. There, she taught math

and English to the students, but found a true

connection with them through art. When she

returned to the United States, she partnered

with friend and co-worker Margaret Wuller to

develop the Picture Book Project Coloring Book,

which eventually evolved into The Picture Book

Project Foundation.


Helping to fulfi ll the goal of “bringing art

and animation to the hands of children for

their enjoyment and to encourage creativity,

motivation and education,” Tiep-Daniels helped

to organize 2011’s “Art Blocks for Ghana” to

support the Hopkins Foundation. More than 200

animation artists created art blocks that were

auctioned to the public following gallery events

in Los Angeles and New York City. “Our goal

was to raise money to provide 13 of the children

(orphans) in Ghana’s Save Widows and Orphans

Development Center with boarding and tuition,”

she said. The event was a huge success, raising

$55,000 for the cause.

“It’s amazing how one idea can create change,”

Tiep-Daniels stated, adding that as she

discussed her ideas with others, she discovered

more people willing to step up and help.

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Argosy University, Atlanta Associate Professor

Dr. Adair White-Johnson has suffered from lupus

for more than 20 years. Each year, she joins the

cause against lupus by participating in Atlanta’s

Walk for Lupus Now. Taking place for the sixth

year in 2012, the Atlanta walk is the largest in

the nation with more than 5,000 participants

raising essential funds for the Georgia Chapter

of the Lupus Foundation of America.

White-Johnson, who was named one of the

2012 Faces of Hope for the sixth annual Walk

for Lupus Now, led a team of family and friends

walking at the event, and she was featured in

the collateral for the 2012 event.

“We are so honored and inspired by Adair’s

courage and determination. Adair is the

mother of fi ve children and gives so much to

so many,” said Maria Myler, president and CEO

of The Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia

Chapter, Inc.

The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the

nation’s leading nonprofi t voluntary health

organization dedicated to fi nding the causes of

and cure for lupus and providing support and

services to all people affected by lupus. It is the

oldest and largest national nonprofi t voluntary

health organization focused on improving the

quality of life for people with lupus. Their unique

dual mission serves the ongoing needs of

people affected by lupus today while leading

efforts to fi nd a cure — from care to cure.

Ninety percent of every dollar donated for the

event stays in Georgia to ensure the local

chapter continues to provide and expand

valuable free educational programs and

advocacy and awareness efforts, including

nine symposiums and programs and new

support groups in new communities across

Georgia. The group also supports the national

research efforts funding and advocating for

investment in lupus, and aims to continue to

be a lifeline for patients and a voice increasing

lupus awareness with billboards on our

highways, public service announcements and

a growing number of events.

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“Ten years ago, no one spoke of lupus; there

was little awareness and understanding of the

signs and symptoms and very little investment

in research. No one and no organ is safe. Lupus

affects men, women and children and is a

signifi cant, life-diminishing and life-threatening

disease that can cause signifi cant damage to

the body, including the heart, lungs, kidneys and

brain, as well as skin and joints, at any time,”

said Myler.





Sept. 11, 2011, marked the anniversary of the

terrorist attacks that brought down the Twin

Towers in New York City. On that day, 343

fi refi ghters and other fi rst responders lost their

lives as a result of those attacks and, 10 years

later, the city of Chicago set out to pay tribute

to the fallen and raise funds for their families.

Argosy University, Chicago was there to help

with volunteers for the event.

A 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb was organized at

the Aon building in downtown Chicago, where

fi refi ghters from all over the Midwest, together

with other emergency personnel and their

families, would climb the 80 fl oors in honor of

their fallen brethren. This included a group of

fi refi ghters who biked from Missouri to Chicago.

Each participant in the climb wore a bib marked

with the name, photograph and engine number

of each of the fi rst responders who died. The

climb began at 9:11 a.m.

Registration costs and individual pledges were

donated to the National Fallen Firefi ghters

Foundation, which helps the families of those

who have fallen in the line of duty.

Led by the campus Student Government

Association, a group of Argosy University,

Chicago students and employees served as

volunteers at the event. “It was wonderful to

see a group of people that don’t usually have a

lot of interaction at such a large campus come

together and rally around the cause,” said

Student Government Association President and

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

student Jessica Plonka. Students and staff

shared the pain and the pride of fi rst responders

from all over the country who climbed in honor

of the fallen by cheering on the climbers at the

event, providing water and snacks, and assisting

with other event duties.

“This gave us the opportunity to refl ect together

about how the events of 9/11 impacted our lives.

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So much of our time is spent inside our own

heads, in our studies and in our own worlds,”

said Plonka. “This was a humbling reminder

about how much larger life and the world are

and can be.”





More than 5,500 lives of fragile infants and

their families have been impacted by Argosy

University, Dallas alumna Dr. Elizabeth Heyne

through the nonprofi t organization the Low Birth

Weight Development Center (LBWDC). A 2010

graduate of the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical

Psychology program at the campus, Heyne,

PA-C, PsyD, IMHE (IV) and her husband, Dr. Roy

Heyne, both specialists in the fi eld of low birth

weight pediatrics, founded the agency in 1992.

The mission of the Low Birth Weight

Development Center is to respond to the needs

of families having or who are at risk of having

a low birth weight infant by providing familycentered,

community-oriented support services

such as Early Head Start, Teen Parenting

Assistance, and Infant Mental Health and

Research. LBWDC is a unique, multifaceted,

comprehensive program designed to meet the

complex needs of high-risk, low birth weight

infants, from birth to age 3, and their young,

low-income parents. LBWDC is the only agency

of its kind in the United States.

In Texas, more than 5,000 very low birth weight

babies are born each year. Most of these babies

can spend three months or more in a neonatal

intensive care unit prior to being discharged, and

they need additional care to ensure they thrive

once they go home. The infants served at the

Low Birth Weight Development Center are born

as early as 24 weeks gestational age (full-term

infants are 40 weeks) and with very low

birth weight (less than 1500 grams or

approximately 3.5 lbs).

These infants are at high risk for long-term

health problems, including cerebral palsy,

respiratory distress, chronic lung disease, and

vision and hearing problems, as well as learning

disabilities and developmental delays.

“The fi rst three years in follow-up care is crucial

for these babies,” said Heyne. “Intervention

and support in these early years can improve

their long-term outcomes and reduce the risks

for lifelong disabilities. The Low Birth Weight

Development Center assists 350 families

annually through onsite services, home visits

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and outreach at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

at Parkland Memorial Hospital.”

Heyne is a longtime community advocate and

volunteer, having set up the fi rst infant car

seat loan program at Children’s Medical Center

Dallas and having worked with the Bishop of the

Catholic Diocese of Dallas to recruit Missionary

Sisters of Charity with Mother Teresa of

Calcutta to set up homes for needy mothers.

She has received numerous commendations

for her work, including letters of commendation

from Presidents George W. Bush and Bill

Clinton and the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental

Health Advocacy Award.





Argosy University, Denver Doctor of Psychology

in Clinical Psychology student Stephanie

Ignatavicius has dedicated her time and

professional pursuits to helping meet the mental

health needs of the transgender community.

Ignatavicius volunteers her time and talents to

meet the needs of clients at the Gender Identity

Center of Colorado. She has been involved with

the organization since 2010.

The Gender Identity Center provides support

to those who are, or think they may be,

transgender and to the signifi cant others (wives/

husbands, boy/girlfriends, family members, etc.)

of transgender individuals.

A variety of resources are available at the Gender

Identity Center, including reading materials, free

computer access, free WiFi, beverages, snacks,

low-cost counseling services, hormone referral

letters, resource referrals, support groups, open

hours, social events, speaker’s bureau and

volunteer opportunities for everyone.

Low-cost counseling services and helping

meet the mental health needs of clients is

where Ignatavicius feels most impactful with

the group. In addition to conducting volunteer

clinical work at the center, she has assisted in

building the foundation for the clinical program

for the agency and its clients. “I am responsible

for creating the program, making forms, doing

needed outreach, seeing clients and training

others to do clinical work at the site,” she said.

“The services we provide are really transitionrelated

services,” said Ignatavicius. “Those

who wish to undergo a sex change operation

must undergo assessment and/or therapy and

have a letter of support from a mental health

practitioner before they can begin hormone

therapy. This is a community that is oftentimes

fi nancially challenged and who must pay out of

pocket for all of the medical needs associated

with a sex change operation, so services like

ours, offered on a sliding scale, are critical to

helping them realize their dreams.”

“The transgender community has been

historically mistreated by mental health

professionals,” said Ignatavicius. “Until the

1980s, homosexuality was treated as a mental

disorder. Today, many still incorrectly treat

transgender individuals as having a disorder, and

so, for them, fi nding the right professional to

meet their needs can be incredibly challenging.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to work with this

community,” she said. “The staff and clients

at the Gender Identity Center let me into their

world and have accepted me as part of their

group. Given that many in this population are

at high risk for verbal, physical and sexual

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assault and that many of those who suffer this

type of trauma do so without any support, it is

an accomplishment to be considered one of

the group.”

Dr. Karen Scarpella, program director for the

Gender Identity Center of Colorado, said “As

the program director, I have been very grateful

for the level of competent support to our agency

and programming by Stephanie Ignatavicius.

It is her investment of time and talent that

forwarded our mission, at an exponential pace,

ahead of expected progress. As a director, it

has been incredibly helpful to have such a

responsible volunteer to rely on so that I can

focus on many other duties in growing our

programming. Ms. Ignatavicius is reliable,

unassuming and gracious in her work at our

agency. No task is too small, nor any project too

big for her to do. She often sees what needs to

be done and simply takes it on. A volunteer with

this level of commitment, attention to detail and

autonomy is every director’s dream! Her mark

and legacy have been left on our agency and

its mission.”




Argosy University, Hawaii joined the fi ght

against AIDS this past year with participation in

the 20th anniversary Honolulu AIDS Walk. The

AIDS Walk, held each year at Kapi’olani Park, is

organized and executed by the Life Foundation

as a means of generating revenue to support

its HIV-related programs. In all, 20 members of

the Honolulu campus walked to raise funds to

support the organization.

Life Foundation was established in 1983 as the

fi rst response to AIDS in Hawaii and the Pacifi c.

Nearly 30 years later, it remains the largest

provider of HIV-related care and prevention

services in the islands, serving the island

of Oahu, the location of Honolulu and threequarters

of the state’s people.

Currently, about 60 percent of all HIV-positive

men, women and children receiving case

management assistance in Hawaii are helped

by the Life Foundation’s client services program.

The more than 700 current clients represent

just about every racial and ethnic group in the

nation’s most diverse state.

In addition to the level of case management

required by their individual situations, Life

Foundation clients also benefi t from a meals

program, emergency groceries, handson

services of volunteer home assistance

“buddies,” and fi nancial assistance to help with

housing, utilities and health-related costs. In

recent years, a substantial portion of these

assistance funds (more than $250,000) has been

used to pay for critical dental care.

The Life Foundation also provides an HIV

clinical nurse and a treatment advocate to help

its clients understand and manage the many

challenging side effects of the highly toxic but

lifesaving AIDS medications.

Life Foundation’s HIV prevention program

is entirely peer-to-peer based and works

exclusively on an outreach basis to the

people who are most at risk for HIV infection.

These include young gay men (especially

native Hawaiians and other Pacifi c Islanders),

transgendered people and women who are

involved in the sex industry or in abusive

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relationships with IV-drug-using men. Life

Foundation offers free HIV testing with results

in 15 minutes.

“We are honored to join the fi ght against AIDS

in Hawaii,” said Kristy Watters, vice president

of the Student Government Association and

current student in the Doctor of Psychology in

Clinical Psychology program, who organized

Argosy University, Hawaii’s participation in the

event. “It was the opportunity to bring our

campus community together to rally around a

cause that has a signifi cant impact on society.”





Argosy University, Inland Empire students

banded together under the academic leadership

in 2011 to help form Counselors on Wheels,

a student organization dedicated to meeting

the mental health needs of the Inland Empire

community where its students live, work and

attend school.

Argosy University, Inland Empire Program

Chair Dr. Akin Merino had the vision to start

a counseling organization for students at the

campus. With the assistance of the campus

director of clinical training, Dr. Brenda Navarrete,

Counselor on Wheels was created. The

initial Counselors on Wheels project,“Open

Clinic,” offered free counseling sessions to the

residents of Yucaipa, Calif., by the group’s 20

practicum student members.

The group is open to all counseling students

on the campus and is currently dedicated to

the task of combating child exploitation in San

Bernardino County.

“As students who have opted to pursue helping

professions, we have a high level of dedication

to our fi eld and to the communities around us,”

said Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

student Alyssa Ogden. “In areas like San

Bernardino County, there is a lack of access

to mental health services for lower income

populations. Our goal is to give our time and

professional expertise to help meet the mental

health needs of these groups.”

The group is pursuing training that would

allow them to go out into the community to

do presentations to raise awareness about the

issue of child exploitation, something for which

every child can be at risk, according to Ogden.

Per the San Bernardino Coalition Against Sexual

Exploitation, the average age of entry into the

commercial sex industry in the United States

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is 12 years old. According to the group, one in

three teens will be recruited by a pimp within

48 to 72 hours of running away from home and

becoming homeless.

“This is a major issue for minors in San

Bernardino County,” said Ogden. “We want

to help teach families how to communicate

with their child about this topic, how to create

a safe and comfortable environment for them

to be honest, what the warning signs are for

traffi cking and how to spot them in your child.”




Argosy University, Los Angeles Master of

Arts in Forensic Psychology students Carlos

Alvarez and Daisy Gomez take their education

to the streets daily as they work to help turn

around the lives of at-risk youth in South and

Southeast Los Angeles. The pair, who grew

up in the area, know fi rsthand the impact that

gangs and violence can have on the lives of their

community and are working to change it, one

person at a time.

Alvarez and Gomez work as pro bono advocates

and interventionists for youths ages 16 to 23

who are part of the Los Angeles court and

prison system and have connections to gangs

and gang violence. “We canvas the streets of

Los Angeles and walk the areas most impacted

by gang violence,” said Alvarez. According

to Gomez,“Our clients are word-of-mouth

referrals. Our goal is to develop a relationship

with the community and the people in it — to

develop accountability to the community and to

the client.” Referrals also come from the Los

Angeles Unifi ed School District, from the Los

Angeles County Probation Offi ce and from other

local agencies.

Alvarez, now an accomplished bodybuilder and

Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology student

at Argosy University, Los Angeles, grew up

in a gang. “Domestic violence was the norm

in my house growing up and that mental and

emotional trauma helped drive me toward

gang life. That all changed with one person,

Mrs. Carroll, a teacher in school who served as

my mentor and the driving force to guide me to

turn my life around. By age 19, I turned my love

of fi ghting in the gang to a love of body building

and opened my own nutritional store. That’s

the kind of change we are looking to make

with our clients.”

“In addition to forensic case management, we

mentor our clients and help them navigate the

judicial system. We become that individual’s

go-to person, working to combat those issues

that can lead them back to jail, conducting risk

assessments in the home and helping steer the

individual and their family toward the resources

that can help them combat those stressors. The

mission is to steer them to exit both gang and

criminal life,” said Alvarez.

Gomez, who grew up in South Central Los

Angeles, draws her inspiration to change others

from her background, as well. Gomez also grew

up with gangs as a central part of life. “It was

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the norm,” she said. At age 15, gang violence

hit home when her sister was killed by her gang

member boyfriend. “I always wanted to know

whether something could have been done with

him to prevent this,” said Gomez. “Through

education, I found that violent life and gangs

were not the norm and did not have to be reality.

Carlos and I work to serve those who are not

being served and to show that gang life is not

the only life these young people can lead. If we

prevent at least one innocent person from being

stuck in the crossfi re, our work is worth it.”

The two collaborate with organizations such as

A Better LA and the Chuco’s Justice Center to

help meet the needs of at-risk populations in the

community. “We know these young people are

wired for struggle,” commented Alvarez.

Gomez said,“Our job is to demonstrate that

advocacy, knowledge of the system and

knowledge of the human psyche can make a

difference in the community and in the lives of

these young people.”




Argosy University alumnus Paul Berkes is

making a difference for youth in his community

with the nonprofi t organization A Hope and a

Future. Berkes, a 2009 graduate of the Master

of Arts in Professional Counseling program

at the Nashville campus, founded the group,

which seeks to “give wings to weary hearts and

minds” through a program called Flight School.

“We believe that life works best when we live

it together. A Hope and a Future addresses the

importance of building relationships that soar

above the negative experiences in our past,”

said Berkes.

The group is dedicated to tackling the tough

issues surrounding teen suicide and to giving

struggling youth a purpose through music.

Berkes, who at the age of 11 struggled with

thoughts of suicide and family issues, found

respite and hope from his involvement in a

church play in which he participated. During

that experience, he learned to play piano and

guitar and found a group of people willing

to accept him for who he was and help him

realize his worth. Berkes went on to receive a

bachelor’s degree in music from the University

of Memphis and has paired his love of music

with his passion for helping others with his

advanced degree in counseling.

“The mission of Flight School is to provide a safe

Christ-centered environment for adolescents

who want to get help in a world of distress and

decisions — a place where they can build a

foundation of faith, hope and love to rise above

the obstacles in their lives,” said Berkes.

The group provides a supportive and challenging

environment that encourages the physical,

mental and spiritual growth of adolescents in

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the following interdisciplinary areas: expressive

arts, academic enrichment and physical

education. The program focuses on

life skills, academics and expressive arts for

students in fi rst grade through high school who

participate. In the program, students

learn to communicate better, improve

interpersonal skills, develop confl ict resolution

strategies, get help with academic issues and

pursue music.





On Jan. 8, 2011, Argosy University, Online

Programs student Jenny Hileman’s life changed

forever. Hileman, a student in the Master of Arts

in Education in Educational Leadership program,

received word that her mother, Suzi Hileman,

had been shot. Mrs. Hileman, along with U.S.

Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 17 other

people, was gunned down during a “Congress

on Your Corner” public meeting held in a

supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Ariz.

Mrs. Hileman’s companion that day, 9-year-old

Christina-Taylor Green, was one of six people

who did not survive the tragedy. Mrs. Hileman

and her husband, Bill, both retired, met Christina

and her brother, Dallas, when the Green family

moved into the same Tucson neighborhood. The

couple immediately took to the two children.

When Christina was elected to the student

council at her elementary school, Mrs. Hileman

wanted to further her interest in public service,

and the two set a date for the “Congress on

Your Corner” event.

Today, Ms. Hileman and her mother are

honoring the bond between the Green and

Hileman families with the nonprofi t organization

Grandparents in Residence (GRIN). GRIN was

designed as an inter-generational mentoring

program whose mission is to promote, support,

and create opportunities for interactions

between those who have time and those

who have need. Ms. Hileman, who lives in

Chicago, handles the organization, logistics and

administrative aspects of the agency while her

mother runs the day-to-day operation.

“GRIN’s mission is to bring together those

with talent and those with the desire to learn,”

said Ms. Hileman. “GRIN has photographers,

paper crafters, storybook readers and mentors

available daily and/or monthly, even annually

for special events, that volunteer their talents

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with partnering schools. The volunteer base

is growing every day.” GRIN offers training to

ensure that quality interactions take place in a

safe and thoughtful environment. Volunteers are

certifi ed and receive identifying credentials such

as CPR and Basic First Aid classes.





Argosy University, Orange County helped make

holiday wishes come true for children in need

with a winter toy drive that benefi tted clients of

the nonprofi t organization Casa de la Familia.

Casa de la Familia was established to address

and serve the emotional needs of children,

teens, adults and the elderly who have suffered

a psychological trauma — in a compassionate,

ethical and professional manner. The primary

focus for the services the agency provides

is to the underserved and underrepresented

minority populations, with a special emphasis on

providing bicultural and bilingual psychological

treatment, education and outreach to the

Latino community.

The majority of the agency’s professional, caring

therapists are bicultural, bilingual and Spanishspeaking.

The group specializes in the treatment

of post-traumatic, anxiety and depressive

disorders of children, adolescents, adults and

elderly and human traffi cking victims, providing

crisis intervention and long-term individual and

family therapy. The organization also provides

home visits on an as-needed basis.

Casa de la Familia provides services in Los

Angeles and Orange counties and works

closely with city, county and state Social

Service agencies, police departments, victims’

advocates and community service programs.

Senior Director of Admissions for Argosy

University, Orange County Leisa Ruiz said,

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“Casa de la Familia has served as a meaningful

practicum site for our students at Argosy

University, Orange County. Hosting this toy drive

to help ensure better holidays for the agency’s

clients was one of the many ways we hope to

partner with the agency in the future.”





Argosy University, Phoenix students took their

geropsychology course from the classroom to

the community at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

Parish in Anthem under the direction of Argosy

University, Phoenix Associate Professor Gina

Touch Mercer. Through this unique partnership,

Mercer arranged for students to conduct

cognitive tests for a group of older parishioners

who had concerns about memory loss.

Eight students participated in the course

assignment/community service initiative. Prior to

the project beginning, Mercer and the students

offered talks at the church on memory loss

and on the normal signs of aging as compared

to the symptoms of dementia. From there,

members of the parish who were interested

in participating scheduled an individual intake

session with Mercer and the students.

In addition to speaking with the participant and

family members during the intake process, each

student conducted a one-hour assessment

of the participant’s cognition and mood. With

participants’ signed consent, students reviewed

participants’ medical records and contacted

their physicians and mental health professionals,

when appropriate, to help with the diagnosis

process. “Students looked at each client

holistically to help determine the cause of their

memory issues,” said Mercer.

After the assessments for each client were

completed, students prepared a written report

for both a fi nal grade and for presentation to

the client. This fi nal consult with each individual

lasted more than an hour and was a true

intervention. “All but one participant’s memory

issues were related to depression or anxiety

rather than to an illness like dementia,” said

Mercer. “These evaluations gave participants a

sense of relief they wouldn’t otherwise have felt

about their memory loss. Most of the cognitive

issues students found were reversible or

treatable.” Through this process, students were

able to make recommendations based on their

assessments and determine appropriate followup

care for participants.

“There was a diverse approach that the

parishioners who participated greatly valued,”

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said Mercer. “Recommendations for follow-up

were made with respect to personal religious,

racial and ethnic diversity.”

The process provided participants with

information about the normal aging process

and the effect that issues such as anxiety and

depression can have on a person’s memory.

“The project gave students the opportunity to

be exposed to the typical types of issues and

concerns they will address in working with

older adults as they become practitioners,”

said Mercer. “They found that many of the

issues they experienced with this population

were applicable to other age groups and were

things they will commonly see in any type of

professional setting as they move forward in

their careers.”





Argosy University, Salt Lake City brought holiday

cheer during the holiday season by “adopting”

a family in need. The campus sponsored a

local refugee family from Africa through a local

organization dedicated to advancing the African-

American business community in Utah.

The campus learned about the family from

African-Americans Advancing in Commerce

Community Education & Leadership (ACCEL),

a black chamber organization new to the state

of Utah. Established in the winter of 2009,

the organization was founded by a part-time

business owner who saw a need to build an

environment where the black community could

come together on a regular basis to network

and exchange business ideas. The group

partnered with United Africans of Utah to

connect local businesses with families in critical

need of their help.

As a result, Argosy University, Salt Lake City

came to know their local “adopted” family,

comprised of a single mother, the elderly mother

whom she cares for and her own three teenage

children. Argosy University, Salt Lake City placed

wishes and needs from the refugee family on

paper snowfl akes hung from a tree on campus.

Employees and students selected the items

they wished to purchase from the family’s

requests. Requested items included cleaning

supplies, laundry and dish soap, bathroom items,

winter clothes, hygiene items and bedding.

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Gifts were wrapped and ready to deliver to the

family on Dec. 17, just in time for the holidays.

“It was an honor to be able to help, in however

small a way, a family that has been through so

much,” said Campus President David Tietjen.

“Their ‘wish’ items were basic necessities

needed for survival — things many of us can

sometimes take for granted.”





Argosy University, San Diego held a school

supplies drive to benefi t the William R. Mead

Training Academy in 2011. The drive was part

of a partnership developed with nonprofi t

agency Mental Health Systems, which operates

the school.

The William R. Mead Training Academy is a

service of Mental Health Systems and is a

school for counselors. It provides courses in

addiction counseling that meets the California

Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs

(DADP) requirements for certifi cation in drug

and alcohol counseling. Those who complete

the program can then pursue certifi cation as a

substance abuse counselor with most certifying

agencies in California.

Mental Health Systems is a nonprofi t agency

founded in 1978 to improve the lives of

individuals, families and communities facing

substance abuse and behavioral health

challenges. The organization provides

affordable mental health and drug and alcohol

rehabilitation services.

Argosy University, San Diego’s partnership

extends beyond providing supplies for the

academy. The campus has developed an

articulation agreement with Mental Health

Systems that allows graduates of the William

R. Mead Academy to transfer credits earned

in their program of study into psychology or

criminal justice degree programs at Argosy

University, San Diego.

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“The William R. Mead Academy is dedicated to

meeting the need for qualifi ed counselors to

help battle substance abuse and addiction.

We are honored to work with them to help

meet the goals of their students and to assist

with the other services provided by Mental

Health Systems,” said Campus President

Deborah Markos.





Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area

employees came together to help local families

in need through a volunteer day in collaboration

with Habitat for Humanity’s East Bay Chapter in

2011. Led by campus Counseling Psychology

Training Director and long-time Habitat for

Humanity volunteer Dr. Heather Martarella, a

group of employees came together for the

second year in a row to work on a home for a

deserving family in need.

“The home we worked on was a house Habitat

for Humanity had reclaimed in East Oakland,”

said Martarella. “The abandoned property had

squatters living in it for a year, and our challenge

was to help Habitat for Humanity remodel the

house to make it a home for a local family

in need.”

Habitat for Humanity East Bay is a local affi liate

of Habitat for Humanity International that

partners with hardworking families, community

volunteers and donors to build affordable

ownership homes in Alameda and Contra Costa

counties in California.

Through the Habitat for Humanity program,

families working in service, manufacturing,

retail and other sectors are able to live near their

jobs in decent, safe and permanent homes. In

20 years, the organization helped more than 300

in the community.

Through the program, homeowners invest 500

hours of “sweat equity” to help build their

own homes, as well as additional time for

homeowner workshops. Houses are sold to

partner families at no profi t and are fi nanced

with affordable, zero-interest mortgages.

“It is our campus plan to continue to volunteer

each year,” said Martarella. “It is an incredible

way to give back to the community and to see,

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physically, the impact that your service can

have. Working together as a campus gives us

the opportunity to get to know each other better

inside and outside of the offi ce and to build a

camaraderie we don’t always otherwise have

the opportunity to build.”





Argosy University, Sarasota Program Chair of

Research Dr. Ann Weaver brings unique realworld

experience to her statistics students as

St. Petersburg’s “Dolphin Lady.” Weaver, an

animal behaviorist (ethologist), studies freeranging

dolphins at sea under a federal permit

with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Administration. The purpose of her intensive

study is to investigate the potential impact of

coastal construction as an anthropogenic

threat to dolphin populations off St. Petersburg’s

west coast.

Weaver is in the eighth year of the study, which

lasts through 2016. Through the project, she

has established an extensive and highly detailed

database that allows her to test hypotheses

about the potential impact of construction

projects along coastlines, one of the few of its

kind. As part of her research, Weaver ventures

out into the waters of John’s Pass 10 —12 times

per month, for two to eight hours each day, to

collect data on the animals and determine the

impact the construction of a new waterway

bridge in the area has on the creatures. In a boat

piloted by Weaver’s husband, Master U.S. Coast

Guard Capt. John Heidemann, she collects

photos of each dolphin’s dorsal fi ns to determine

which animals are in the area for population

biology and abundance studies. She collects

behavioral data on what the animals do in the

location and how they are using the waterway

for distribution and behavior studies. In addition,

she monitors two dozen physical conditions on

each animal for fi eld veterinary studies.

The project, however, extends beyond the

research and into the community, as Weaver

publishes a regular column about her work in

Tampa Bay Newspapers. Through this local

community newspaper, Weaver provides

residents with insight into the lives of the

dolphins in her study. “This project is a unique

opportunity to make science accessible and

friendly for people. It helps people learn about

wild animals and the issues that affect them.”

To date, Weaver has published 300 articles in

the paper and regularly gives richly illustrated

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talks to local groups of all types. “It helps me

to build a rapport with the local community and

helps people to be more conservation-conscious

long-term,” said Weaver.

Weaver’s work also has an impact in the

classroom at Argosy University, Sarasota.

“The project helps me bring real data and real

dilemmas to the classroom,” said Weaver. “It

helps to make the subject of research, which

can be intimidating for some and dry for others,

very real for students. It is incredibly unique

to have and use data that the students are

personally connected to. It makes the science

much more approachable and relevant for them.”





Argosy University, Schaumburg extends its

education from the classroom to the community

with a partnership it has forged with a local

Illinois school district.

Community Unit School District 300, located in

the Fox River Valley in Chicago’s far northwest

suburbs, was offi cially founded in 1948 with

1,631 students. Today, District 300 is the sixth

largest school district in Illinois by enrollment

with more than 20,300 students over its 118

square mile radius.

More than 500 of the district’s students and their

families are homeless — a statistic that sent the

organization on a mission to help its children in

need. Argosy University, Schaumburg is there to

help, offering time, resources and donations for

those children and their families.

Through a strong partnership developed

between the district and the university campus,

volunteers at Argosy University, Schaumburg

kicked off the District 300 school year by

gathering and donating boxes of school supplies

for District 300 children in need. Later, in the

fall, the campus gathered new and gently used

coats in support of a District 300 drive to ensure

all of its students had basic winter necessities

through the Salvation Army.

“The partnership has been a wonderful avenue

to help provide students with the resources

they need to be successful in school,” said

retired District 300 Superintendent and Argosy

University professor Dr. Kenneth Arndt. “It has

also provided an avenue for the school district

to get to know Argosy University better as a

resource for enhancing the education of District

300 staff members and teachers.”

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“The relationship between District 300 and

Argosy University has developed into the

university offering a cohort class for the school

district. It has been a wonderful avenue for

district staff to meet other interested and likeminded

persons from education and all walks

of life,” said Arndt. “It provides the opportunity

to learn from each other and learn how many

similarities each profession has and what

challenges each of us face.”





Argosy University, Seattle helped those

dealing with chemical dependency through its

Therapists in Residence program at Sundown

M Ranch. Counseling Psychology students

gained on-site practical experience, along

with course credit, as they joined Sundown’s

multidisciplinary staff in helping the facility’s

patients and families come to terms with

overcoming their addiction.

During the program, students lived in-residence

for a week at the ranch, the Northwest’s

largest chemical dependency facility, as part

of a course offered through Argosy University,

Seattle. Student participants spent time in the

classroom on campus, as well as at the ranch,

in this educational immersion opportunity. They

lived with patients and their families for a week,

gaining fi rsthand knowledge of, and experience

with, the rehab process. Immersed in therapy,

the real-life patient experience and activities

of the chemical dependency profession, they

learned the language and culture of recovery.

Sundown M Ranch was founded in 1968 and,

since that time, has led more than 114,000

adolescents, adults and families from the grip

of alcohol and drug addiction to the freedom of

recovery. The ranch is a retreat that provides

adult, youth, family residential and outpatient

chemical dependency treatment at its 30-acre

facility. Located at the entrance of the Yakima

River Canyon, it houses 60 youth, 96 adults and

54 of their family members residing at Sundown

for family therapy weekends. The organization

is nationally recognized for its quality programs

and professional caregivers who follow a clientcentered

motto and approach.

Students who participated in this unique

learning experience during the summer helped

to organize and complete a continuing

education program for psychologists,

psychiatrists and chemical dependency

professionals in Seattle, Wash.

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Argosy University, Seattle Associate Professor

Dr. David Moore said, “The cutting edge of

mental health counseling is in integrated

behavioral health where the mental health

counselor works in a team to deliver

multidisciplinary services. The most important

bridge we can build in this area is between the

mental health and substance abuse professions.

The Sundown-Argosy University immersion

program is the best bridge we can provide for

our students and the communities they serve.”

Argosy University, Tampa helps to meet

the needs of local families each holiday

season through the Salvation Army’s

Angel Tree program.





The Salvation Army Angel Tree is an annual

charity event that provides children with gifts

and needed supplies. The Salvation Army, which

was established in 1865, created the Angel Tree

program to help meet some of the needs of the

more than 30 million Americans who receive

assistance, in some form, from the organization

each year.

For those who are in need, the Salvation Army

Angel Tree program is a resource to get families

through the holiday season. The organization

begins taking sign-ups at its website and

through local chapters in September and

October. Needy families can register to receive

gifts, while those who are able can sign up to

donate to children.

The program provides necessary items such

as clothing, school supplies and educational

materials to children and allows them to also

request a wished-for item. For its fi fth year

of involvement with the program, Argosy

University, Tampa sponsored 50 “angels” and

matched them with employees and students on

the campus.

“Each angel on the tree at the campus provided

the fi rst name, gender and the age of a child

in need,” said Jillian Conrad, senior human

resources generalist for the campus. “It

contained the name of an item the child needed,

as well as an item they wished for during the

holiday season. Our goal was to meet all of their

needs and make as many of their wishes come

true as possible.”

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Employee and student donors’ donations were

presented to the Salvation Army in December,

and campus leadership spent the morning

volunteering at the agency. “We sorted toys,

unloaded vans as they arrived, put together

stocking stuffers for children, assembled

bicycles and spread holiday cheer,” said Conrad.





Argosy University, Twin Cities is making a

difference in its Eagan, Minn., community with

a partnership it forged with local philanthropic

organization 360 Communities.

360 Communities is a local nonprofi t

organization founded by a dedicated group

of volunteers more than 40 years ago as the

Community Action Council, focused on engaging

residents in local communities to make an

impact and meet the personal, economic and

social needs of people where they live and work.

The organization offers more than 50 services

to residents, provided primarily in the four major

areas of violence prevention and awareness,

emergency food assistance, community

immigrant support and partnerships with area

schools to help better prepare students for

success. The organization believes in beginning

with success through programs such as the

Lewis House, Armful of Love, Partners for

Success and New American Services. All

services rely on a pool of trained volunteers and

key partnerships with area businesses and civic

leaders and organizations.

As an educational partner, Argosy University,

Twin Cities has conducted a number of charity

drives on campus, securing food, toiletry and

even toy donations to help meet the agency’s

needs at the Lewis House, a place that provides

safe housing, support and advocacy to survivors

of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Campus

President Scott Tjaden serves as a member

of the organization’s 360 Communities/Eagan

Community Convening Leadership Group.

Employees of the campus volunteer to help

meet the needs of the women and children

of Lewis House and also dedicate community

service hours in Partners For Success, a

program in 25 schools from seven school

districts in Minnesota’s Dakota and Scott

Counties, that helps students and families

overcome the problems that prevent a

successful school experience. Partners For

Success also decreases teacher time spent on

non-academic issues so they can focus on what

they do best: teaching.

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Students have participated in awareness

activities for the organization such as “Shine the

Light on the Path to Prevent Sexual Violence”

and in collecting unused cell phones for the

organization’s use. While these cell phones

may no longer be in use or connected to a

phone plan, they can still contact emergency

services and fi ll a critical need for victims of

domestic violence.





Nearly 12 years after his journey as a member

of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC

(GMCW) began, Argosy University, Washington

DC Associate Professor Sean Robinson still

revels in every performance. “Over the past 12

years, weekly for nine months out of the year, I

have gathered with 200 other gay men — my

chosen brothers and family — to sing, to share,

to laugh, to cry, to join together in music as a

community of one. Over the past 12 years, I

have not simply grown as a person,

I have grown as a gay man,” said Robinson.

The group, the largest of its kind in the world,

was founded as a way to delight audiences and

champion gay equality with robust artistry, fun

and surprise. The work the Gay Men’s Chorus

does goes beyond performing arts and extends

to outreach and education about and for the

lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer

(LGBTQ) community. The Gay Men’s Chorus

entertains audiences through its two ensembles,

Potomac Fever, an a capella close harmony

group, and the Rock Creek Singers, a small

chamber group.

Performances take place throughout the year

at a host of venues, from community centers

and theaters to high schools. “Whether we are

taking an abridged concert into a school, giving

panel talks to students and teachers, or bringing

high school and college youth, teachers and their

families to a full performance, we as a group

of gay men are working to create those spaces

where all LGBTQ individuals are valued, affi rmed,

respected and celebrated. I know that had I

experienced such an opportunity in high school

or college, my life may have taken a different

path. Maybe not easier, but certainly different,”

said Robinson.

The group is focused on political action as

well, with a nationally televised performance at

President Obama’s 2008 inauguration, singing

before members of Congress on the day that

DC’s same-sex marriage law took effect, and

performing as part of the 2010 March on

Washington. The group has sung in response

to the AIDS crisis, to same-sex marriage

discrimination, to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” in

response to the impact of drug use

and addiction in the gay community, and

in response to hate crimes and violence

against LGBTQ individuals. “Both our musical

expression and our political activism, as it

were, seek to revise those heteronormative

conceptions of love, family, community and

humanity,” said Robinson.

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“Because of my continuing involvement with the

Gay Men’s Chorus, I have grown to appreciate

the richness of diversity of our experiences

and to relish the sense of community that truly

exists. As a lifelong educator, student affairs

professional, and current faculty member at

Argosy University, Washington DC, these

aspects of GMCW’s goals hold a deeper

meaning. Because of these tenets, every time

I perform as part of GMCW, I am standing up

for who I am, I am standing up for those that

are not able to stand up for themselves and

I am telling those watching and listening that

it is OK to be whoever they are. Every time I

step onto the stage — usually dressed in some

outrageous costume and under some fantastic

lighting and set design — I come out. I come

out as a proud gay man. I come out for the

LGBTQ community. I come out unashamed of

who I am and proud of who I am becoming. I

am, because we are.”

“As a child, going to college was never even

a thought,” said Dr. Sherryl Moore-Ollie, who

grew up on the west side of Chicago in a

single-parent home with three other siblings. “It

wasn’t until I met my high school counselor, Gail

Williams, who exposed me to college campuses

and academia, that I was inspired to want more

out of life.”

Today, Moore-Ollie is a principal of William

Penn Elementary School, making headlines

across the nation for her innovative approach

to keeping gangs and violence out of the lives

of her students.




“My entire career has been at William Penn

Elementary School, servicing the needs of

students from a community I grew up in, a

community that has a special place in my heart,

as do the children of William Penn Elementary,”

she said.

Moore-Ollie is incredibly active in the community,

taking part in groups such as Grow Your Own

Teachers, an organization that encourages

parents and young adults to go back to school

to become teachers in their own community.

She is best known for her work with the

initiative Boxing Out Negativity (B.O.N.), which

began under her leadership at William Penn

Elementary. Under the initiative, former gang

leaders Derek Brown and Chevez Fitzpatrick

are giving back to the community they feel

they helped destroy. The two now mentor

elementary-age boys to discourage them from

becoming a part of a gang and to keep them

away from the negative elements that they

often encounter in their communities, such as

drugs and alcohol. B.O.N. teaches boys not

only physical discipline through boxing, but also

mental discipline and strength. The program has

been featured in the Chicago Tribune and on

“Dateline NBC.”

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Moore-Ollie has been published in the Chicago

Tribune and Catalyst Chicago and was selected

by Congressman Danny Davis as one of the

Most Outstanding Administrators in education.

She received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts

& Sciences from the University of Illinois at

Urbana and holds Master of Education degrees

in Elementary Education and Administration

& Supervision from Roosevelt University.

She earned her Doctorate of Education in

Educational Leadership from Argosy University,

Chicago in 2010.

Brown Mackie College — Akron’s Practical

Nursing Diploma students were called to

action on Nov. 5, 2011, by the Mount Calvary’s

Baptist Church Nurse Ministry, which asked the

school to volunteer for a lifesaving project that

is part of the “Be the Match” campaign of the

National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). The

NMDP is one of the nation’s leading nonprofi t

organizations, specializing in providing lifesaving

bone marrow transplants to patients in need.

Thousands of people each year depend on

the “Be the Match” registry to assist their fi ght

against blood cancer diseases such as leukemia,

lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. Often times,

family members are not a match for the patient;

therefore, the NMDP spans its network across

the nation to locate positive matches.


The church held the bone marrow drive to

raise public awareness in the African-American

community concerning the great need that the

city of Akron, as well as many other cities across

the nation, has for bone marrow donors.

Brown Mackie College — Akron students were

asked to meet with potential donors and explain

the process of becoming a bone marrow donor.

The students then obtained DNA samples

by explaining and conducting a mouth swab

procedure. After the mouth swab was complete,

the students initiated the very important steps

of processing the clarifi cation brochure that

assured the sample was from the correct donor.

During the campaign, Brown Mackie College —

Akron Practical Nursing Diploma students saw

60 students. “The students had a lot of fun, and

even more importantly, they had the opportunity

to interact with the community and work face-

to-face with patients,” said Michelle Simmons,

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Brown Mackie College — Akron Practical

Nursing instructor who led the volunteer project

on behalf of the college. “This experience was

one of the best practices of learning for student

nurses. This led to a very benefi cial project.”



Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center and

Brown Mackie College — Albuquerque teamed

up to assist our military veterans in pursuing

their educational goals. The VA’s Zia Assistive

Computerized Technology Program (Z-ACT) was

designed to provide quality patient care using

technology services for veterans who have

exhausted other funding sources. This program

loans donated technical equipment to veterans

once they have completed the Z-ACT Program

but, fi rst, the computers must be serviced,

which included installing hard drives, operating

systems and applications software. Because of

the program’s popularity, there was a backlog

of service to get more computers ready for the

veterans. Brown Mackie College — Albuquerque

Information Technology (IT) Program Director

Mike Carlyle and Richard Johannes, a Z-ACT

assistant, met several times and discussed

how the school could assist in servicing the

computers. IT students were soon up to their

elbows in troubleshooting, replacing parts and

installing software.

“I loved it! These computers are a godsend,”

said Associate of Applied Science in information

technology student Michelle Burns. “I can’t

believe that I repaired a computer that our

veterans will use to help them with

their schoolwork.”

Joe Sawvel, another Associate of Applied

Science in Information Technology student

said, “I am still in my general education

classes, but the Saturday IT workshop has

allowed me to start learning how to work on

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computers.” Tony Villasenor, a Brown Mackie

College — Albuquerque IT instructor, took on

the responsibility of ensuring the computers

were as good as new and fully operational for

the VA veterans. “Our students received real

hands-on hardware and software experience

and the entire community benefi tted from this

endeavor,” said Villasenor.



Every now and again, two special people meet

and the most unlikely thing happens. Such is the

case with Jana Sanford and Corey Carney. Even

crossing paths with each other seemed unlikely.

A few years back, Sanford was studying art

at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New

York City and Carney was attending Virginia

State University in Petersburg, Va. Fast forward

to today, and the pair are co-founders of Little

Angels Atlanta, a nonprofi t organization that

provides free trips to Florida for children with

special needs to participate in a life-changing

swim with the dolphins program.

How did this come about? Unsettled with

their chosen career paths, each decided to

change directions, and both enrolled in the

same Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

program. Fate converged at Brown Mackie

College — Atlanta.

“Classmates become family pretty quickly,”

Carney said. “We’re all going through the

same thing and it’s easy to get close. We

depend on each other.” After sharing a few

classes, Sanford and Carney discovered several

mutual interests. Both were determined to fi nd

ways to gain OTA experience while studying

to enter the fi eld, and both wanted to give back

to the community.

“The Florida Keys and the therapeutic swim

with the dolphins programs have always been

close to my heart,” she said. “I look forward to

working in pediatrics, and Carney and I decided

if we were going to give back to the community,

then who better to provide this amazing

service for than local children? We decided to

incorporate the two.” Thus, Little Angels

Atlanta began.

Carney and Sanford worked with two nonprofi t

facilities in Florida — The Dolphin Research

Center in Marathon and Island Dolphin Care in

Key Largo — to offer specifi c programs, which

enabled the students to tailor each trip to the

needs of each family.

Little Angels Atlanta offers a fi ve-day

therapeutic vacation for entire families of

children with special needs. The organization

pays for airfare, travel, accommodations

and the swim programs. The Florida facilities

offer some program scholarship money, and

the two students raised funds to complete

each family package.

The fi rst fundraiser took place in August 2011.

Drawing on her art background, Sanford invited

local artists to donate works for auction. An

auction reception took place at Emerging

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Art Scene gallery in Atlanta. “It went well,”

Carney said. “People showed up and enjoyed

themselves, and we got good reviews.” The

student philanthropists are now developing a

mailing list and plan to reach out to colleges and

hospitals for help and nominations.

Classes continue for the pair, each of whom

expect to graduate in June 2012 with an

Associate of Applied Science degree in

Occupational Therapy Assistant. “Many times, I

thought I couldn’t do it,” Sanford said. But never

giving up, she has developed pride in herself

for being able to do the work. Both Sanford

and Carney express appreciation for the closeknit

environment of the Brown Mackie College

— Atlanta school. “Everyone has been very

supportive from day one,” Carney said.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited

by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy

Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy

Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O.

Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE’s telephone

number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA.

Thousands of women die from breast cancer in

the United States each year, and it’s hard to fi nd

anyone whose friends or family have not been

affected by this terrible disease. This is certainly

true at Brown Mackie College — Birmingham

where Linda McAllister, director of Nursing at

the campus, said, “My husband, daughter and

son-in-law, and I walked in the Susan G. Komen

Race for the Cure in memory of my mother-inlaw

and in celebration of my best friend who is

currently battling breast cancer.”

During National Breast Cancer Awareness

Month in October 2011, staff at the school

disseminated information about breast cancer

prevention, detection and treatment. Attendees

also received pink-ribbon key chains, and all

employees received email tips about risk factors,

early detection, prevention and resources.


Brown Mackie College — Birmingham staff

and faculty members purchased special pink

shirts with a pink ribbon above the campus logo

to show their support for the cause. For the

students, the campus hosted a morning and

evening workshop with snacks and showed a

breast cancer video that provided information

about prevention, early detection and treatment.

The culmination of all these efforts was the

annual North Central Alabama Susan G. Komen

Race for the Cure that took place on Oct. 15,

2011. Eleven runners and walkers from Brown

Mackie College — Birmingham took part in

the event and formed a team called the Brown

Mackie College Lions. “This was the fi rst year

I participated in the Race for the Cure, and I

was inspired by the numbers of participants

and breast cancer survivors,” said Sarah Tucker,

Occupational Therapy Assistant department

chair, and one of the participants. “The waves

of pink in all directions was unbelievable, and

I know that this event not only impacted me,

but was a memorable event for my 4-yearold

daughter.” Even more staff and students

volunteered to hand out water to runners at the

Mile 2 Station. “It was an awesome opportunity

to see multiple generations come together for

this great cause,” said volunteer captain Melisha

Wilson, a Brown Mackie College — Birmingham

faculty member. “Every year, my daughter and

her friends come with me to hand out water

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to support breast cancer survivors and raise

awareness and money for research,” she said.

The experience of the school was best

captured by Jacqueline Robinson, a medical

assisting student. “My mother has breast

cancer that has metastasized in her breast bone,

and the disease goes back fi ve generations in

my family,” she said. “Seeing all the people at

the event was exhilarating to me. I enjoyed

showing school spirit while volunteering for

such a great cause.”

An important part of Brown Mackie College —

Boise is making a difference in people’s lives.

One such opportunity at the school was bringing

special Easter baskets to teenage mothers

and teenage homeless boys and girls in the

community. Brown Mackie College — Boise

faculty, staff and student clubs purchased and

fi lled 59 Easter baskets in April 2011. Fifty

baskets were delivered to the Marian Pritchett

High School, a very special school for young

women 15 to 20 years old who are pregnant or

who are mothers. Nine baskets were delivered

to the Hays Shelter Home of the Idaho Youth

Ranch that provides services to at-risk youth

13 to 18 years old, including the homeless,

runaways and victims of abuse or neglect.



The school’s faculty, staff and students had a

great time purchasing items that would bring

smiles to all volunteers and recipients involved.

Items in these deluxe baskets included foot

scrubs, belly creams, bath salts and perfumes,

pregnancy pillows, cozy throws, gifts cards and

movie coupons.

The baskets were delivered on April 20, 2011,

and brought joy and delight to the young people.

“The looks of surprise and rich smiles on the

young ladies’ faces and their babies’ were the

best part of the project,” said Sean Rippy, a

Brown Mackie College — Boise faculty member

and volunteer.

A touching thank you note signed by the

students from the Marian Pritchett High School

expressed their deep and heartfelt appreciation.

“Thank you for the wonderful Easter baskets you

delivered to our school on April 20,” the note

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said. “The girls and boys were delighted and

awed by the baskets you gave them.“

At the end of the day, that’s what Brown Mackie

College — Boise is about — making a difference

in people’s lives, no matter where they may be.



“The quality of a person’s life is in direct

proportion to their commitment to excellence,

regardless of their chosen fi eld of endeavor,”

said Vincent Thomas Lombardi, the legendary

head coach of the Green Bay Packers

professional football team.

On May 24 and 26, 2011, this quote was read

to more than 77 Brown Mackie College —

Cincinnati students who were inducted into

the school’s Honor Society program. To be a

member of the program, each student was

required to provide six hours of community

service per school quarter. Between June 1,

2011, and Dec. 31, 2011, the Honor Society

program students logged an impressive 691

volunteer hours in supporting various community

organizations. Several organizations served

by the Honor Society program included The

Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity,

Avondale Youth Council and Troop 194 Eagle

Project Review Board. Each winter, the Honor

Society program selects an additional project

to support.

For the 2011 Winter Service Project, the

Honor Society program chose Operation Troop

Aid (OTA). The mission of OTA is to provide care

packages for U.S. service members with the

revenue generated through professional

concert promotions and generous fi nancial

support from the community. OTA is a nonprofi t

501(c)(3) corporation, striving to make a positive

difference and inspire our armed forces by

letting them know Americans stand with

them. At Brown Mackie College — Cincinnati,

many students, faculty and staff know family

members and friends who have served or are

currently serving in the military. The Honor

Society program thought this would be a great

way to honor them. The Honor Society program

students raised nearly $900 for OTA. They also

partnered with the school’s Early Childhood

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Education Club and sent more than 150 holiday

cards to active duty troops during the 2011

winter holiday season. Those cards were made

and designed by elementary school students.

“Community service has always been an

important part of our school’s culture,”

said Robin Krout, president of Brown Mackie

College — Cincinnati. “And, bringing joy to our

active duty troops was just terrifi c.”

Brown Mackie College — Findlay encouraged

the entire school to “LIVE UNITED” by giving

to their community through the United Way.

The Hancock County United Way’s mission

is “to measurably improve people’s lives in

Hancock County.” They do this by focusing on

education, income and health to “help children

and youth achieve their potential, promote

fi nancial stability and independence, and

improve people’s health.”

The school kicked off the campaign with all

school departments participating in a cookie

bake-off. Each department was responsible

for baking their favorite cookie, and for a

$1 donation, students were able to cast a

vote for their favorite.



Following the cookie bake-off, faculty and staff

purchased raffl e tickets for an opportunity to

win the campus president’s parking spot. Nearly

100 tickets were sold in a month’s time. Faculty

and staff rallied for their chance to have that

VIP parking. Additionally, the Brown Mackie

College — Findlay student program clubs

worked together to support the United Way by

selling slices of pizza during a lunch hour, raising

more than $100.

Finally, faculty and staff divided into two teams

and competed to see which team could collect

the most pocket change. This competitive event

brought the campus together for a common goal

of supporting the community. “This campaign

provided the campus with a way to reach out

to the community and show the dedication and

compassion of our employees and students

here at Brown Mackie College — Findlay,”

said Wayne Korpics, president of the school.

“It was a joy teaming up with Brown Mackie

College — Findlay,” said Michael Momany,

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resource development director for the United

Way of Hancock County. “I appreciated the

efforts of the school’s students, faculty and staff

who took time, gave and secured donations, and

volunteered in the 2011 United Way Campaign.”

In November 2011, the Brown Mackie

College — Fort Wayne Nurse group held a food

drive to benefi t the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort

Wayne, Ind., with Thanksgiving dinners for two

Boys & Girls Clubs located in the area.

The Nurse group donated the side dishes and

food items collected during the food drive.

They also made a cash donation. “Brown

Mackie College — Fort Wayne students, faculty

and staff always come through when help

is needed,” said Bill Duffy, a Brown Mackie

College — Fort Wayne faculty member.



Not only did the Nurse group supply all of the

traditional side dishes for the dinner, the school’s

students, faculty and staff were on hand to

help decorate, prepare, serve and, of course,

clean up after the dinner. Starr Lee, a Brown

Mackie College — Fort Wayne faculty member,

even helped Boys & Girls Club members with

homework and tutoring. She also read stories to

smaller children once they fi nished their meals.

Shari Rathbun, the school’s Nurse group

president, organized the event. “It was

awesome that we could supply the necessary

items to benefi t at-risk families in our

community,” she said. “For many, Thanksgiving

is a time when families think about the lack of

money they have. In a very special way, the

Thanksgiving dinner that the Boys & Girls Clubs

hosts annually is a way to help out.” A Brookmill

Apartments community resident said, “It is so

neat that they supplied us Thanksgiving dinner.

Nurses naturally care and it was great that they

cared so much about us.”

This event was covered by local television

stations and a story appeared in the local

newspaper. Joe Jordan, the executive director

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of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, spoke

about the school’s effort. “Thank you for your

leadership; how appropriate for nursing students

to inspire young people — especially those

most in need — to reach their full potential as

productive, caring and responsible citizens,”

he said.

A young female member of the Boys & Girls

Club summed it up best when she said, “When

I grow up, I want to go to a Brown Mackie

College — maybe even be a nurse.”

In the fall of 2011, the Medical Assisting (MA)

Student Society at Brown Mackie College —

Greenville was presented with the opportunity

to help collect various items for the LOT (Least

of These) Project ministry. The LOT Project,

founded in August 2009, is a faith-based

organization located in Anderson, S.C., that

meets the needs of those who are hurting,

abandoned and broken. Twice a week, guests

are provided with a bag to gather clothes, food,

shoes, and toiletries and receive a hot meal.

The winter season was fast approaching, and

the needs were overwhelming for clothes, coats

and blankets. The MA Student Society started

collecting. The donations poured in, quickly

fi lling a truck with items of warmth. Propelled


by the outpouring from the student body, the

MA students took it one step further by holding

a fundraiser to host a hot meal for the LOT

guests. Within a month, dinner was served

for 80 guests who feasted on homemade chili,

cornbread, cookies and iced tea.

The students spent time getting to know the

guests and, through upcoming fundraisers,

plan on becoming frequent dining companions.

“This is one of the best groups that we’ve seen

volunteer with us. They were able to jump

right in and connect with our guests. Many of

our fi rst-time volunteers are not this outgoing,”

said Lindsay Culbert, director of marketing and

development for The LOT Project.

According to the student volunteers, they valued

being able to step outside of their comfort zone

and connect with those less fortunate. “This

experience was life-changing in a positive

way for all involved,“ said Susan Whitfi eld,

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department chair for Medical Assisting at Brown

Mackie College — Greenville. “This is what we

strive for at our school.”

Brown Mackie College — Hopkinsville students,

graduates, faculty and staff pride themselves on

supporting community fundraisers and events.

In October 2011, the Legal Eagles Student

Club — with members consisting of students,

graduates and faculty from the Criminal Justice

& Paralegal programs — selected a local charity

to support and volunteer their time with. The

Criminal Justice & Paralegal students chose

Genesis Express and volunteered at the local

Trigg County Ham Festival located in Cadiz, Ky.

Genesis Express is a public charity that offers

scholarships, educational assistance and literary

assistance to young people in the local Southern

Kentucky area. During the festival, the Legal

Eagles enjoyed participating in a “Get out of



Jail” fundraiser. Participants were encouraged

to obtain a warrant for the arrest of a friend or

family member they wanted to see jailed. In

order for the individual to be released from jail,

“bail” needed to be paid to Genesis Express. “It

felt so good giving back to such a benefi cial and

inspirational cause in the local community,” said

Legal Eagles Student Club President Dwain

Johnson, an Associate of Applied Science in

Criminal Justice student.

Raising public awareness and needed funds for

Genesis Express gave Brown Mackie College —

Hopkinsville volunteers a way to support a cause

closely related to their educational goals.

“Our school volunteers believe in giving back

to the community,” said Elaine Cue, president

of Brown Mackie College — Hopkinsville.

“Lending a hand to community organizations

not only creates a stronger community but

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also creates a more cohesive and productive

school environment for students, faculty and

staff. Brown Mackie College — Hopkinsville will

continue to stay active and be an integral part of

our community.”



The students, faculty and staff at Brown Mackie

College — Indianapolis really did have to roll up

their sleeves to be anonymous heroes by giving

blood to help those in need in the Indianapolis

community. On March 20, 2011, the school,

in conjunction with the Indiana Blood Center,

hosted a blood drive at the college.

The Indiana Blood Center is a not-for-profi t

blood collection and distribution network that

supplies whole blood and blood products to

all Indianapolis hospitals. This was one of the

most successful blood drives because students,

faculty and staff were actively involved either

as volunteer helpers or as donors. One of the

Brown Mackie College — Indianapolis donors

related her personal story. As an infant, Lisa

Roberts, a clinical coordinator at the school,

had an illness that required a transfusion to

save her life. Without a blood donation from

an anonymous donor, Roberts might not be

employed by the school or alive today. “I

appreciated the willingness of a stranger to

help me,” she said. “Now I enjoy having the

opportunity to pass along the gift of life to

others in need.”

In a thank you letter, Lindsey Berry, fi eld

representative for the Indiana Blood Center, said,

“Brown Mackie College — Indianapolis made 58

donations, and because each donation saves up

to three lives, the college has helped more than

170 patients in Indianapolis hospitals.” In raising

their sleeves, the students, faculty and staff at

Brown Mackie College — Indianapolis did their

part to help those patients.

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Donors may not be standing beside the person

in their hour of need, but they may be helping

the person beside them in class or on the

sidewalk, or even a friend they have not met.

They are anonymous heroes saving lives one

drop at a time.



On May 22, 2011, Joplin, Mo., was hit by

an EF5, multi-vortex tornado that caused

indescribable devastation and substantial loss

of life. Brown Mackie College — Kansas City

Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary

Technology students Laura Stockmoe and

Stephanie Pierce immediately responded by

partnering with organizations that were called

upon by Joplin’s Emergency Management

Center to assist with rescue and recovery

efforts. Stockmoe, already a registered volunteer

with Code 3 Associates, a nonprofi t organization

that provides a professional response resource

to animals in disaster situations, received a call

to action on May 23 to partner with the Humane

Society of Missouri to maintain rescue efforts in

the disaster zone.

Stockmoe worked on a fi eld team with Code 3

Associates and the Humane Society of Missouri

to capture and retrieve pets in the disaster zone.

Additionally, she helped set up an animal shelter

at a local warehouse, as well as a human and

animal shelter at a local college so those who

had lost everything could stay with their pets.

The fi eld team also distributed kennels, food,

leashes, collars and bowls to the residents who

had lost all of their basic pet care supplies.

Stockmoe’s most vivid memory was rescuing

a scared and injured black Staffordshire pit bull

that was extremely territorial. The team chased

the dog across the dog owner’s property and

under a crawl space, then fi nally captured the

dog after more than a three-hour pursuit. This

was all done to provide care and to create a safe

environment for rescuers while they retrieved

the dog’s owners.

Pierce immediately began contacting local

agencies to offer her help to the Joplin

community. She was directed to the FEMA

website, and after taking the certifi cation test to

volunteer, traveled to Joplin with her mother on

May 24.

When Pierce arrived in Joplin, she was placed

with a FEMA search and rescue team working

against the clock to locate Zachery, a 13-yearold

boy ripped from his mother’s arms by the

tornado. The team’s rescue dog picked up on

a live scent, and the team pulled Zachery’s

best friend, a yellow dog named Betty, from

the rubble. Sadly, Zachery did not join his

mother and Betty on the list of survivors. Pierce

persevered for three more days, searching

for signs of life, rescuing homeless animals

and helping families to reunite with lost pets.

Pierce’s dedication to the families and pets of

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Joplin continued through return visits with the

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty

to Animals (ASPCA) to assist with a clinic to

spay and neuter hundreds of pets that were

found and rescued, as well as adoption events

to place tornado victims with new families.

In the aftermath, nearly 1,000 pets were found,

rescued or surrendered. Offi cials reported that

292 owners were reunited with their pets. Both

Stockmoe and Pierce have found renewed

clarity in their priorities and goals through

their harrowing, and at times heartbreaking,

experience. Brown Mackie College — Kansas

City is honored to have such exemplary models

of humanity and service.

Brown Mackie College — Louisville and the

Louisville Chapter of the American Red Cross

(ARC) have been partners since 2006. ARC

provides information technology and call center

support and communications during disasters, a

great asset to the Greater Louisville community.

Brown Mackie College — Louisville’s partnership

with ARC includes community relations support

and externship and employment opportunities

for students. The school also hosts quarterly

blood drives. For spring/summer 2011, Brown

Mackie College — Louisville students, faculty

and staff donated more than 100 units of blood

to ARC.

Keith Wedding, donor recruitment

representative for the River Valley Region of




the ARC Services, has worked with Brown

Mackie College — Louisville since 2006. “Our

community must have between 500 and 550

units per day to meet the needs of our local

hospitals,” Wedding said. “However, only fi ve

to six percent of Jefferson County participates.

Brown Mackie College — Louisville’s

participation with ARC is critical in meeting

those goals since approximately 25 percent of

the blood collected in our area comes from high

school or college students. ARC has been able

to have successful blood drives because of

the ongoing support we receive from Brown

Mackie College — Louisville’s medical faculty,

staff and students.”

Brown Mackie College — Louisville graduate

and current Phlebotomist for ARC Pam Jones

was on hand, drawing blood. Pam earned

an Associate in Applied Science degree in

Medical Assisting in 2008. Many Brown Mackie

College — Louisville students who completed

their externships at ARC continue to serve

as volunteers.

“We truly value our community partnerships,”

said Mike Fontaine, president of Brown Mackie

College — Louisville. “Our relationship with

the ARC gives both staff and students an

opportunity to give back to our local community.

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ARC truly values our students’ skills, and many

of our students have served as ARC externs

and employees.”

In 2011, Brown Mackie College — Louisville

received a Volunteer Service Recognition award

from ARC. This award recognizes community

partnerships and the success of their efforts in

producing results that meet the need of

the community.

At Brown Mackie College — Merrillville,

students, faculty and staff routinely unite in an

effort to serve the Greater Northwest Indiana

community. The commitment to community

service is a part of the school’s culture.

In 2011, Brown Mackie College — Merrillville

specifi cally targeted the holiday season as a

time to support the community. At no time are

community needs and opportunities for giving

greater. After reviewing several wonderful

organizations, the school partnered with Toys for

Tots, Gary Indiana Unit, to provide holiday toys

for less fortunate children.



The Toys for Tots program began in 1947, when

a group of California Marine Reservists began a

holiday toy drive for children in need. That year,

the Reservists collected 5,000 toys for needy

children. To date, the United States Marine

Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has given

more than 400 million toys to more than 188

million deserving children.

The Toys for Tots donation box was set up

outside of the Merrillville president’s offi ce.

Almost immediately, the toys started coming.

Students, faculty and staff rallied behind the

effort. Each day, new toys appeared. By the

time the Toys for Tots offi cials returned to

retrieve the collection box, it was overfl owing

with toys.

The Toys for Tots Gary Indiana Unit set a goal of

providing toys for 2,000 less fortunate children

in the community. It turned out that 2,600

children throughout the community had a happy

holiday season.

Shortly thereafter, Brown Mackie College —

Merrillville proudly accepted the Commander’s

Award from the United States Marine Corps

Reserve Toys for Tots Program. As stated on

the award, “Your generous contributions have

enabled the Marine Corps to bring the joy of

Christmas and send a message of hope to

America’s less fortunate children.”

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Scotty Kessler, executive assistant to

President Powell and event organizer, noted

that the event not only lifted school morale,

but also had a profound impact on all who

participated. “As a parent, I know how much

it means to provide your children with a happy

Christmas,” she said. “I also know how

challenging that can be. Every day, when I saw

new toys in the box, I couldn’t help but smile at

the thought of a couple more children having a

very merry Christmas.”




Brown Mackie College — Miami students,

faculty and staff joined the Greater Miami

community in a United Hearts of America

event and sent a message to President Barack

Obama, U.S. Congress and Rick Scott, governor

of Florida, to encourage improvements in the

educational system. On April 9 and 10, 2011,

more than 70 Brown Mackie College — Miami

students, faculty and staff participated in the

United Hearts of America “Paint for Education

campaign to raise awareness for better funding,

choice and content in our schools and colleges

across the United States.

Each participant painted a heart on one of many

canvases consisting of more than 1,000 hearts.

The canvases were later fused together into

three separate works of art. Each heart was

numbered and a corresponding video message

was recorded by the painter containing a short

statement of their view on the current state of

education in the United States and the need for

improvements. The video messages were then

linked together to accompany the painted hearts.

Brown Mackie College — Miami not only

sponsored the event and participated in the

painting, they also provided video equipment

and personnel to tape the messages.

Many of the video messages recorded by the

college’s students, faculty and staff were in

support of a student’s right to choose their

education and to ensure those choices remained

broad. The video also provided an opportunity

for everyone to express the pride they feel in

working for an employer that supports advocacy

for changing the lives of those in our community.

The exercise of painting and recording a

personal message created impact for a great

cause and offered the additional benefi t of

teambuilding within the group.

“Doing this project spoke volumes about the

passion that everyone has for education,” said

Dawn Piper, the college’s student development

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chair, lead faculty information technology, and

coordinator for The Lion Hearts, a student

volunteer group. “There were so many positives

that came out of the United Hearts of America

event,” said Julia Denniston, president of

Brown Mackie College — Miami. “This was a

chance for faculty, staff and students to come

together around a cause that’s near and dear to

our hearts … education.”



Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

volunteers are people who care about children.

They are from diverse backgrounds and are not

required to have legal experience or expertise.

Volunteers (advocates) are assigned to an

abuse or neglect case by a judge. They conduct

thorough research on the background of the

case, including reviewing documents and

interviewing the child and all parties involved

with the child. The advocates write reports to

the court with a recommendation of what they

believe is best for the child, providing the judge

with information on the child’s behalf that will

assist him or her in making an informed decision

for the child’s future. A CASA volunteer may be

the only constant the child knows as they move

through the child welfare system.

Steven Powalski, a student enrolled in the

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program

at Brown Mackie College — Michigan City, has

been a CASA advocate for more than two years.

He attended CASA training for 10 weeks, two

hours per day. Following the training, Powalski

was assigned to the case of a 14-year-old male

juvenile who had, among other concerns, a

drug abuse problem. Because of confi dentiality,

the juvenile is not identifi ed. Powalski visited

him twice a week for eight continuous months

at the foster parent’s home. He also talked on

the phone with him and met with the juvenile’s

foster parents over that period of time.

Through Powalski’s help, the juvenile was able

to reach compliancy with the court system’s

requirements, completed a drug rehab program

and has been reunited with his birth parents.

Powalski says his personal satisfaction with the

CASA program comes from the ability to show

juveniles that there is more to life than peer

pressure and drugs. “CASA is very thorough

in training and educating their advocates about

drug abuse, as well as physical and mental

abuse,” said Powalski. “They give advocates

the tools to recognize abuse and neglect in

home settings and how to identify weaknesses

and problems within the dynamics of a family.

Many juveniles in the program excel and reach

their goals with the support from CASA and

program advocates.”

“My ultimate goal is to become a parole or

probation offi cer. The school’s faculty and staff

have been instrumental in helping pursue

that goal,” Powalski said. “I am now in school

and plan to earn my Bachelor of Science

degree in Criminal Justice from Brown Mackie

College — Michigan City in 2013.” Powalski

earned an Associate of Science degree in

Criminal Justice from the college in 2011.

Powalski’s volunteer efforts with CASA

have allowed him to be exposed to judges,

lawyers, case workers, and probation and

parole offi cers. For Powalski, volunteering

with CASA and learning from Brown

Mackie College — Michigan City continues

to be a great experience.

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As members of the American Criminal Justice

Association (ACJA), Brown Mackie College —

North Canton Associate of Applied Business

in Criminal Justice degree program students

and graduates go above and beyond to assist

others. The students and graduates volunteered

to mentor 15- to 19-year-old male inmates

housed at the Indian River Juvenile Correctional

Facility located in Massillon, Ohio. Students

and graduates mentored 12 male inmates from

February 2011 through December 2011. These

young men made poor decisions in their lives

and are striving to better themselves. Many

required positive reinforcement from others.

While mentoring, the Brown Mackie

College — North Canton volunteers did

not know the specifi cs about the crimes

committed by the young men. This ensured

the volunteers did not develop any biases and

react differently toward them. As each month

passed, the volunteers witnessed positive

changes in the young men’s outlook on life. No

more did the young inmates want to be locked

up. Working with the young men and listening

to their personal stories was not easy. They

discussed their lives with Brown Mackie College

— North Canton Criminal Justice students

and graduates and also shared stories about

their past crimes and what they have done to

overcome the challenges and barriers they have

faced. The students and graduates talked about

the criminal justice fi eld and the joy of learning.

The school’s partnership with the Indian River

Juvenile Correctional Facility has provided an

excellent opportunity for Brown Mackie

College — North Canton students and graduates

to give back to the community and for the young

men to learn about the criminal justice arena.

“It has been a privilege to partner with Brown

Mackie College — North Canton,” said Randy

Dixon, chaplain at Indian River. “Our young

men have thoroughly enjoyed the experience

of learning about forensics, fi ngerprinting and

the wealth of knowledge that the students and

graduates have brought to them.”

“The Indian River experience is one I wish could

be tried by many more of the students of Brown

Mackie College — North Canton,” said Paul

Berry, Criminal Justice student.”The young men

we talked to had a lot of questions. Serving as

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mentors has been benefi cial. I am the president

of the American Criminal Justice Association at

our school, and I am very proud of the students

and graduates who served as mentors.”

“This experience enabled our students to use

fi rsthand the information they have been taught

in the classroom,” said Kim Hufgard, Criminal

Justice department chair at Brown Mackie

College — North Canton. “They are able to

see the juvenile correction and rehabilitation

processes. The rehabilitation process at Indian

River Juvenile Correctional Facility exemplifi es

one of the core goals of criminal justice. The

young men are taking strides to turn their lives

around, and it is inspiring to be a part of that

change. The 140 hours of volunteer time was

well worth it.”



Brown Mackie College — Northern Kentucky

supported the 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness

Month by helping to raise money and awareness

for Fight for a Cure. Dozens of students, faculty

and staff participated in various activities leading

up to the American Cancer Society’s Making

Strides against Breast Cancer walk that took

place on Oct. 9, 2011.

For example, during one event, faculty and staff

paid to go casual by donating each time they

wore jeans on Fridays and Saturdays during

September 2011.

Also during that month, Brown Mackie

College — Northern Kentucky’s admissions

department organized a “Car Wash for a Cure”

in which employees and students volunteered

their time to help wash cars from the Northern

Kentucky community. Two staff members

contacted local auto care businesses to obtain

donations for the car wash. Those donations

included soap, sponges, towels and buckets

for the event. Additionally, in September, the

school’s student services department organized

a “Penny War” with other school departments.

Each department had to collect as many pennies

in its jar as possible. Participants could also

add coins of higher denominations or dollar

bills to another team’s penny jar, which would

“cancel” out a corresponding number of pennies.

The activity created a fun competition among

departments while raising additional funds for

Fight for a Cure.

Finally, the Career Services department

designed a commemorative ribbon board

that was displayed along the school’s hallway.

Students, faculty and staff purchased ribbons

for a dollar in honor or memory of someone who

had been affected by cancer.

Through its combined fundraising efforts, Brown

Mackie College — Northern Kentucky raised

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more than $700 for the American Cancer

Society, prior to the Making Strides against

Breast Cancer walk where students, faculty

and staff brought their families to participate.

After surpassing its fundraising goals the fi rst

year of participation, the school hopes to raise

even more money when it teams up with the

American Cancer Society in October 2012.


In August 2011, Brown Mackie College —

Oklahoma City opened its doors to the Greater

Oklahoma community as a higher education

institution. For the school, being a new member

of the community meant that it was also

important to become a true partner in the region.

“Positive Tomorrows, located in downtown

Oklahoma City, Okla., is a great cause that our

students, faculty and staff just fell in love with,”

said John Fogarty, president of Brown Mackie

College — Oklahoma City. “We like Positive

Tomorrows’ vision of creating a sanctuary of

hope and education for homeless children and

their families for life. It’s a commitment from

our team to promote a positive future for the

families involved and those who are associated

with Positive Tomorrows.”

Positive Tomorrows is a private, tuition-free

school for Oklahoma City’s homeless children,

kindergarten through fi fth grade. Funding a

private program of this nature can have its

obstacles. As a result, the school is always

looking for donations of volunteer time, supplies,

clothes, money, et cetera. “What’s so great

about this school is that no student will ever

have the baggage associated with being

homeless held against them; students are

nurtured academically, socially and emotionally,”

said Fogarty.

Brown Mackie College — Oklahoma City started

a drive to collect school supplies, clothing

and hygiene products. Everyone continued

to donate and found other options to help

Positive Tomorrows by donating items such

as toner cartridges. Once the toner cartridges

are empty, Positive Tomorrows receives

credit toward future purchases at their school.

This community service activity will be a

continued effort by Brown Mackie College —

Oklahoma City students, faculty and staff to

help Positive Tomorrows pursue their goal of

becoming a fully funded, regionally accredited

school that provides education to students in

preschool through 12th grade, as well as life

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skills programs for students’ families. “It’s so

crucial that we give back to our community

by encouraging and supporting education for

everyone possible,” said Fogarty.

“Thank you for your in-kind gifts to Positive

Tomorrows, Central Oklahoma’s only elementary

school specifi cally for homeless children,” said

Joshua Beasley, director of development for

Positive Tomorrows. “Your support means that

we will continue to be a source of help and

hope to homeless children. I can’t think of a

more important gift to give a child than the gift

of a better future — thank you for making that

future possible.”

Phoenix, Ariz., is a city known for its warm

weather and sunny days, but by November 2011,

the students, faculty and staff of Brown Mackie

College — Phoenix began feeling the chill of the

winter season. However, as the weather grew

colder, the hearts of many at the school warmed

with the thought of helping others.

After partnering with St. Joseph the Worker at

the 13th annual Hike for the Homeless during

the summer of 2011, Carole Redden, director

of career services at Brown Mackie College —

Phoenix, reached out to Nina Lindsey, program

manager of St. Joseph the Worker, about

providing assistance during the organization’s



annual winter clothing drive. Within days of

announcing the opportunity at school, Brown

Mackie College — Phoenix students began

organizing in support of the drive. Bags

and boxes fi lled with hats, jackets, scarves,

sweaters, pants and new socks began to fi ll the

career services offi ce at the school.

Wanting to provide greater support to the

clients of St. Joseph the Worker, members

of the school’s Student Occupational Therapy

Association (SOTA) club stepped in to lead

the collection efforts. SOTA students donated

several boxes of winter clothing items.

The annual winter clothing drive lasted several

weeks and resulted in several trips to St. Joseph

the Worker to deliver donated items. During

each trip, hugs were exchanged and words of

appreciation were shared. It became clear that

while St. Joseph the Worker was receiving the

donations, the real gift was being given to those

who donated the winter items.

At the completion of the drive, St. Joseph the

Worker staff members said they were very

touched by the efforts of our students. Twelve

large bags and boxes of donated winter clothing

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items were delivered to the organization. “With

your support, St. Joseph the Worker was able

to continue helping homeless, low-income and

other less fortunate individuals reach selfsuffi

ciency through quality employment,” said

Brent Downs, executive director of St. Joseph

the Worker.

The students, staff and faculty of Brown Mackie

College — Phoenix are honored to have had the

opportunity to work with the wonderful staff

and clients of St. Joseph the Worker.



Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities Career

Services staff works diligently to prepare

students and graduates for their job search,

including supporting them in the areas of

resume writing, interviewing skills, job leads

and employer networking. However, providing

professional clothing to students who do not

have the resources to purchase interview attire

was an area the college had yet to pursue.

When the college’s career services staff learned

that Dress for Success Quad Cities opened in

2010, they recognized a potential opportunity.

They realized a parallel existed between career

services’ goals and those of Dress for Success

Quad Cities. The mission of Dress for Success

is to promote the economic independence of

disadvantaged women by providing professional

attire, a network of support and the career

development tools to help women thrive in work

and in life.

In August 2011, following a meeting with

Regina Haddock Clewell, founder/executive

director of Dress for Success Quad Cities,

Nancy Kay Cerny, director of career services

for Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities found

a dual purpose in partnering with Dress for

Success Quad Cities. The college could actively

support the organization and help students look

their best and build their confi dence. In support

of Dress for Success Quad Cities, Brown

Mackie College — Quad Cities faculty and staff

made a fi nancial donation to the organization.

As a result of the August meeting, Brown

Mackie College — Quad Cities became a

Referral Partner of Dress for Success Quad

Cities in November 2011. All Dress for Success

clients must be referred in order to receive

services. Once referred, the client receives

one suit for a job interview and a second suit

or separates when she secures employment,

thus providing her with the foundation for a

professional wardrobe. Through this referral

partnership, four Brown Mackie College — Quad

Cities students have been suited for their postgraduate


“Partnering with Dress for Success Quad

Cities has been a great experience. The Brown

Mackie College — Quad Cities students and

graduates referred to the organization may

not have been suited in professional attire if it

were not for the college’s partnership,” said

Cerny. “Our students and graduates have been

so excited and thankful to be given this special

attention during the suiting and have raved about

their experience.”

“Dress for Success Quad Cities staff were very

nice and tuned in to what I wanted and needed,”

said Marlana Richardson, who is pursuing an

Associate of Science degree in Paralegal and is

scheduled to graduate in 2012. “They provided

me with everything I needed for an interview,

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including accessories and a handbag. Dress for

Success is a very good program.”

Clewell said, “When I started Dress for

Success Quad Cities, I contacted every agency

or organization that I knew would be helping

disadvantaged women get the skills and

preparation they needed to enter the workforce.

It was important to me that we follow the

guidelines of our worldwide organization and

make sure the women were really job-ready.

After meeting with Nancy Cerny, I knew she

understood the power of our mission and we

were a good fi t for Brown Mackie College

— Quad Cities’ students and graduates who

needed this extra support service. We couldn’t

reach out to women in need without our Referral

Partners, and we appreciate the leadership role

the college took to help us immediately start

serving Quad Cities women. In fact, a Brown

Mackie College — Quad Cities student was our

very fi rst client in November 2011.”



In the fall of 2011, Brown Mackie College —

Salina took up the call to help the Salina Area

United Way. After attending the Salina Area

United Way organizational meetings, school

faculty and staff created an action plan to

support the United Way’s goal.

Because many of the school’s students came to

school and attended class without having a meal,

the events created by the school’s United Way

team were designed to aid the student body

while raising money. It was also very important

to have faculty and staff involvement while

at the same time connecting directly to the

Salina community.

Several food events were planned, but the

event that brought in the most responses from

students, faculty and staff was the Pancake

Palooza for breakfast, lunch and dinner! The

Brown Mackie College — Salina United Way

team made United Way aprons and set up the

school’s pancake bar for an entire school day.

In 2011, the Salina Area United Way reduced its

staff with no reduction in grants. At the same

time, United Way stewardship of community

funds increased with all partners. Brown Mackie

College — Salina more than doubled its 2011

United Way contribution as compared to 2010.

“We greatly appreciate everything Brown Mackie

College — Salina has done to partner with the

United Way,” said Andy Martin, director of the

Salina Area United Way. “We look forward to

working with the school in the upcoming year.”

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In September 2011, Brown Mackie

College — San Antonio students, faculty

and staff joined forces with Project New

Beginnings (PNB) Genesis Food Pantry, a local

nonprofi t corporation whose mission is to aid in

the fi ght against hunger. The organization’s goal

was to collect 50,000 pounds of food for the

San Antonio Food Bank and distribute the food

to needy families in the San Antonio community.

With the help of Brown Mackie College — San

Antonio volunteers, the goal was surpassed.

A total of 64,000 pounds of donated food was

collected and distributed to needy San Antonio

families. “Daily, we strive to understand what

it truly means to help thy neighbor, by offering

a compassionate hand to those residents

in our community who may be struggling

due to unemployment, divorce, disability,

homelessness, disaster and the rising cost of

living,” said Joel Allen, Brown Mackie

College — San Antonio business instructor.

Christine Hernandez, a Brown Mackie

College — San Antonio student volunteer

pursuing an Associate of Science degree in

Health Care Administration, provided an account

that warms the heart. “On Thanksgiving,

my husband Nick gets up very early in the

morning and drives downtown to one of the

local shelters to serve Thanksgiving meals to

hundreds of men, women and children,” she

said. “When Nick returns home, he is full of

stories, some happy and some sad. But he

always comes home knowing that even the

little part that he did at the local shelter made

a difference. While listening to his stories, I

couldn’t help but wonder if this was something

I could do.“ Brown Mackie College — San

Antonio volunteers were excited to participate

for this worthy cause. They unloaded the

truck, fi lled the bags and boxes, and watched

as the line of people grew. Hernandez was so

moved by the act of kindness that she began

volunteering monthly. “Knowing that I can

make a difference in someone’s life is a feeling

that is hard to express,” said Hernandez. Allen

commented, “It’s not only important to provide

students with a quality education, but also to

help them fi nd an opportunity to give back to

their community. At Brown Mackie College —

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San Antonio, we provide our students with a

solid education. We believe that commitment

begins in the classroom, and we also believe

that real-world experience makes every person

a contributor to our society. Our school is

committed to participating in the fi ght against

hunger by joining forces with our community

partners. We plan to continue to support PNB

Genesis Food Pantry and other community

initiatives for many years to come.”




As Valentine’s Day approaches each year,

those who should be recognized and

appreciated are often forgotten. Annually,

Brown Mackie College — South Bend provides

an opportunity for underserved populations,

including the disabled and elderly populations,

to participate in the school’s community

outreach Valentine’s Day activities. Valentine’s

Day recipients experience the joy of receiving

from those who care.

Prior to Valentine’s Day in February 2011, Brown

Mackie College — South Bend students, faculty

and staff designed and created Valentine’s Day

cards. On Feb. 11, more than 275 vibrantly

decorated cards were delivered to local nursing

homes in South Bend. Everyone wanted to

brighten the sometimes forgotten lives of

nursing home residents.

Coupled with the Valentine’s Day activities on

Feb. 11 was the school’s third annual Valentine’s

Day Tea held at the Logan Center in support

of the organization’s residents. The Logan

Center, an organization devoted to enhancing

the lives of people with disabilities in achieving

their desired quality of life, has been the only

recipient of Brown Mackie College — South

Bend’s annual Valentine’s Day Tea.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students,

a group of students committed to promoting

independence of those with physical and mental

health challenges, hosted the tea. The students

delivered Valentine’s Day cards, cookies and

conversation to the residents of the Logan

Center. The personal attention and recognition

were appreciated by the residents and the

Logan Center’s staff. “The OTA students were

excellent at working with our residents, and the

event gave the residents a chance to connect

with the broader community, a goal that the

Logan Center embodies,” said Barbara Pickut,

Logan’s adult day services program manager.

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Students also shared their sentiments. Sara

Rosenberg remarked that she and her fellow

OTA students thought they were there to bring

joy to the clients. However, in the end, she said

the OTA students also received the joy that

came with giving. Lisa Baer, a Brown Mackie

College — South Bend OTA student said, “I

remember being very nervous going in and

visiting the Logan Center residents, not knowing

what to expect. The Logan Center’s staff was

very kind, and the residents were just amazing.

Soon the nerves settled, and I was enjoying my

time talking, laughing and helping the residents

as they came in for the Valentine’s Day party.

It was a wonderful experience, and I am very

grateful I was a part of it.”

All involved had the opportunity to enjoy the

event, and most of all, the joy that is generated

by “paying it forward.”



Students, faculty and staff at Brown Mackie

College — St. Louis have always been busy

volunteering at Stray Rescue of St. Louis,

whether it was walking dogs, coordinating

adoption events, bringing a dog to work or

grooming them for a “forever” home.

“Volunteering is an opportunity to give back to

the community,” said Cherie Wyatt, adjunct

instructor in the Legal Studies department at

Brown Mackie College — St. Louis. “It’s very

rewarding seeing the dogs start new lives in

good homes.”

Between foster homes and the three shelters,

Stray Rescue averages more than 400

adoptable dogs and cats daily. “It’s an amazing

organization that keeps dogs off the streets and

fi nds them loving homes,” said Megan Gwyn,

executive assistant to Terri Leap, president

of Brown Mackie College — St. Louis. “It’s

impressive the impact Stray Rescue has on

the St. Louis community, particularly when

the largest city-run dog pound was shut down

in 2010. When the dog pound was deemed

unsuitable for sheltering dogs, Stray Rescue

came to the rescue by providing shelter and

adopting the dogs.”

Feb. 14, 2011, marked a new endeavor for

Brown Mackie College — St. Louis. The school

held their fi rst dog adoption event. Students,

faculty and staff assisted with transporting dogs

to the school. This provided an opportunity for

the dogs to be out of the shelter for the day to

socialize with potential owners. The event was

successful because several dogs were adopted.

Stray Rescue’s purpose is to rescue stray dogs

and cats in need of medical attention, restore

them to health and place them in loving adoptive

homes. Virtually all the pets Stray Rescue saves

have been abused and neglected. They’ve

been dumped on highways and remote country

roads, and abandoned in public parks, empty

houses and dark alleys. Dogs have even been

left chained behind buildings after their owners

moved away. “I am delighted that Stray Rescue

is a no-kill shelter,” said Gwyn. “It’s very

rewarding,” Wyatt said, “to see animals start

new lives in good homes.”

Rescued animals often make the best pets. The

pets from Stray Rescue, a no-kill organization,

seem to understand that they have a second

lease on life. In return for a little affection and

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attention, these remarkable animals reward their

new owners with unmatched love and loyalty.

“Volunteering is a great opportunity to give back

to the community,” said Gwyn. Brian Copeland,

a Brown Mackie College — St. Louis Criminal

Justice student, also enjoys volunteering for the

organization. He said, “I enjoy volunteering for

Stray Rescue. I love walking dogs, but at this

time, they are not permitted in my apartment.

As soon as I purchase a house, I am looking

forward to fostering a dog from Stray Rescue.”

Monthly, the principles of sociology class at

Brown Mackie College — Tucson organizes a

community project. First, the class forms an

organization that includes students, faculty and

staff. Then, a plan is created and carried out.

From Aug. 1 through 22, 2011, the class was

assigned the task of helping the children of the

Tucson, Ariz., community. The class selected

Aviva Children’s Services as the organization

to support. Aviva is a nonprofi t agency that

provides a variety of support services to children

who have experienced abuse, neglect or

poverty and are in the care of Child Protective

Services. Aviva offers help by linking children

with community resources or providing items

requested by case managers.

Because the school year began in August, the

sociology class proposed collecting backpacks

stuffed with school supplies for the children

served by Aviva. The students’ goal was to


collect 100 backpacks and school supplies to

stuff in the backpacks.

The class formed three groups to accomplish

this project: Group 1 placed collection boxes

at the school’s main and learning site locations.

Group 2 took charge of advertising the project,

acquired donations of backpacks and kept

the Brown Mackie College —Tucson school

community informed about progress toward

the goal. Group 3 kept a list of all items donated.

The three-week timeline to reach their goal was

a stretch, but the class knew it was possible. At

the end of the third and fi nal week, the students

retrieved the collection boxes. With the help of

faculty and staff, more than 100 backpacks and

more than four boxes of supplies were collected

for Aviva Children’s Services.

On the Monday following the collections,

students, faculty and staff met at Aviva to

deliver, sort and fi ll the backpacks with school

supply donations. A Brown Mackie College —

Tucson staff member commented that he was

overwhelmed with what the class had achieved.

Aviva’s staff was impressed with the large

quantity of donations from the school’s students,

faculty and staff.

An assembly line was formed to fi ll the

backpacks. Tables were set up to hold the

backpacks and donated supplies. The school

volunteers also fi lled backpacks from donations

given by other sources. Working together as

a cohesive team, 500 backpacks were fi lled in

approximately four and a half hours.

The sociology class students exceeded their

goal. Although everyone was exhausted, they

could not stop talking about the number of

children who would greet the fi rst day of school

with a new backpack and school supplies.

The Aviva volunteer coordinator thanked

Brown Mackie College —Tucson and asked

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if the students would like to see the facility

and learn more about Aviva. Every student

took the tour and a few signed up to volunteer

with the agency.

The three-week project transformed a group

of students into a group of caring people who

worked together as a unit to achieve more than

the goal they had set out to accomplish. “As the

campus president, I was so proud of our future

graduates, faculty and staff who participated in

this event,” said Tim Bush, president of Brown

Mackie College — Tucson. “Community service

is very important to me and everyone associated

with our school, and we enjoy interacting with

our wonderful community. At Brown Mackie

College — Tucson, we say, ’coming together

is the beginning, staying together is a process

but working together equals success!’ It will

always be our goal to continue to work together

to ensure the success of the community where

we are located and are proud to serve.”





Bringing a smile to a child’s face gives everyone

a warm feeling. Bringing a smile to a sick child’s

face can make you feel 10 feet tall! That is what

the students, faculty and staff at Brown Mackie

College — Tulsa wanted to do. Led by Medical

Assisting program students, Brown Mackie

College — Tulsa students, faculty and staff held

a toy drive on Aug. 26, 2011, for the patients at

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis.

“Our goal was to brighten a sick child’s day,”

said John Pappas, president of Brown Mackie

College — Tulsa. “This was something our

students, faculty and staff felt very

passionate about. I am proud of our desire to

give something back to our community.”

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis is the

largest facility of its kind in eastern Oklahoma

with more than 100 pediatricians on staff. The

school volunteers started the toy drive by

collecting unused toys. As a result of their

efforts, toys were collected for more than 70

sick children at The Children’s Hospital at Saint

Francis. The students, faculty and staff were

able to go room to room and personally meet

the children and their families. It was great

feeling that Brown Mackie College — Tulsa

students, faculty and staff spent quality time

with the children and gave each one a gift to

brighten their day.

A hospital can be a scary place, especially for a

child. “We sat down with the children and their

families and had fun,” said Kellie Manns, lead

Medical Assisting instructor. “We were thanked

with hugs and tears of joy for bringing laughter

and smiles to the faces and lives of those

sweet children.”

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“Brown Mackie College — Tulsa students,

faculty and staff brought a lot of smiles with

them that day,” said Chrissy Struter, volunteer

services director at The Children’s Hospital at

Saint Francis. “They had a positive impact on

our patients.”



In 2008, Michael Slater had it all: a good job, a

wife and fi ve children, and a home. Then the

economy crashed. “I had to make some quick

decisions,” he said.

Slater has faced diffi cult times before. In 1984,

he enlisted in the National Guard at age 17. By

age 19, he was an infantryman in the Army on

his way to Korea for 13 months. He served his

remaining time at Fort Lewis in Washington

state and left the Army in 1988 as a Specialist.


Unemployed despite consistent efforts to fi nd a

job, education became Slater’s priority. At Brown

Mackie College — North Canton, personal

service made a signifi cant difference.

The class format and inclusive atmosphere

prompted him to enroll in the college’s

criminal justice program. During his studies, he

became a member of the Alpha Beta Kappa

(ABK) National Honor Society, rising to further

distinction with induction into the ABK Hall of

Fame in 2010. Slater graduated in 2010 with an

Associate of Applied Business degree in

Criminal Justice.

He began his new career with the Ohio court

system, investigating unsafe homes for children.

Slater then joined the staff of The Village

Network, a residential foster care facility for

troubled youth, as a Resource Specialist in 2010.

Residents of the program come from abusive

homes to undergo a three-month rehabilitation

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program comprised of extensive therapy, school

and life skills classes.

In November 2011, Slater won election to the

Board of Education in Massillon, Ohio, and took

offi ce January 2012.

He credits Brown Mackie with his achievements

today. “Brown Mackie College — North Canton

offered me everything I needed to succeed

academically,” Slater said.



Amy Cordes and Greg Reed, admissions

representatives for South University, Savannah’s

Accelerated Graduate Programs, were among

23,000 who completed the Rock ‘n’ Roll

Marathon on Nov. 5, 2011, in Savannah. The pair

ran on behalf of the Greenbriar Children’s Center,

an organization that supports women and

children in need. Cordes and Reed completed

the 13.1-mile half marathon in two hours’ time.

“We decided to run on behalf of the Greenbriar

Children’s Center because South University has

an ongoing relationship with this cause,” Reed

explained. “So far, we have raised almost $800,

and we are still taking donations. We appreciate

the support we have received from friends,

family and South University staff to encourage

us and help the charity.”

The race began at 7:30 in the morning. Bands,

crowds and vendors lined the Savannah


streets cheering on the runners. “Savannah is

a beautiful city to run through. The energy of

the runners and crowds motivated us to keep

going,” Reed said. “We saw people running in

costumes and dresses, and Beetlejuice even

passed us during the marathon.”

This was the fi rst half marathon for both runners.

“We trained for six weeks to prepare for this

run,” Cordes said. “I used to run in college, but

never ran farther than fi ve miles. Training was a

challenge, but I ended up performing better than

I anticipated.”

“We defi nitely exceeded our expectations,”

Reed said. “Surprisingly our last half of the

course was faster than our fi rst half.”

The run ended at Forsyth Park, where

participants were given medals and treated to

bananas, beverages and live music. “The entire

park was covered with runners in medals,”

Cordes remembered. “My favorite moment was

crossing the fi nish line and seeing a man who

fi nished six seconds ahead of us drop to his

knee and propose to his girlfriend.”

Neither Cordes nor Reed is done running. Both

see more organized runs, as well as the training

that comes before them, in their futures.

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Several other South University staff members

joined the 23,000 participants, including Jessica

Baumgardner, South University’s director of

housing at the Savannah campus; Ellen Hartman,

dean of student affairs for South University,

Virginia Beach; and Jacob Crawley, assistant

director of admissions for the Savannah campus.




The fi rst class of students may not have arrived

on the South University, Austin campus until

November 2011, but faculty and staff at the

campus did not wait until then to fi nd ways to

get involved in the community of Texas’ capital

city — they jumped right in.

In fact, by June 2011, the staff had logged more

than 1,000 hours of service to philanthropic

organizations in the Austin area.

“I am very proud that we have been able to reach

so many Texans in need,” said President Marie

Neal. “What a great way to get the community

thinking about South University and the impact

we can have here in Austin.”

The organizations helped by the staff’s generous

support included the Capital Area Food Bank

of Texas, the Round Rock Area Serving Center,

Habitat for Humanity, libraries and schools.

The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB)

was the largest single recipient of the group’s

outreach efforts. Being the largest hunger-relief

organization in Central Texas, the food bank

relies on volunteers to support its mission. In

its latest fi scal year, CAFB provided more than

24 million pounds of food to the hungry. Austin

campus volunteers helped out to the tune of

more than 500 hours in 2011.

Staff members focused their time in the

product recovery warehouse. This gave them a

behind-the-scenes look at how donations from

the community get to hungry Central Texans.

Volunteers inspected, cleaned, sorted, boxed

and made donations ready for distribution to

partner agencies and their clients.

“The most rewarding part of the shift came from

the volunteer coordinator announcing the totals,”

said Shannon Rutkowski, assistant director of

admissions. “This was the total weight of

food worked and meals created during a

three-hour shift.”

The Round Rock Area Serving Center

also benefi tted from the caring hearts at

South University, Austin.

In early March, Assistant Director of Admissions

Shannon Rutkowski and Senior Financial Aid

Offi cer Steve McLemore teamed up to help

the Serving Center, as it is known. The Serving

Center consists of churches, other organizations

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and individuals offering a helping hand with the

daily distribution of food, clothing and home

items to those in need in the city of Round Rock

and the surrounding areas. Working in the food

pantry, the team was able to distribute hundreds

of food items to further the pantry’s mission of

providing groceries.

The Austin campus has done so much for the

community this year, and many needy Texans

have been the ultimate benefi ciaries of their

caring and hard work.




It was a cold Saturday morning in Columbia

when students, faculty and staff from South

University, Columbia gathered at Providence

Presbyterian Church to participate in Habitat for

Humanity’s annual Hammer the Hills road race

on Oct. 8, 2011.

Over the course of a month, staff member

Nikki Hulion, with help from Aimeé Carter in

student affairs, informed students about the

race, ordered team T-shirts and compiled

“critical-thinking packets.”

President Greg Shields supported their efforts

and encouraged the faculty and staff to

participate in the event. The Columbia campus

team rounded up 65 team members who had

the option of a 5K walk or run. On race day, 46

participants volunteered their time and efforts to

support the growing charity while also engaging

their critical thinking skills.

Included in the critical-thinking packets was a

request for participants to comment on their

experience with the race. When asked why she

chose to participate in the charity race, Patrice

Edwards said, “What made me interested in

walking in the Habitat for Humanity event was

my love for helping other people and exercising

for my health.” A student at the time, Edwards

earned her Bachelor of Science in Graphic

Design in December 2011.

Barbara Best, a student earning her Doctor of

Pharmacy in pharmacy degree, shared a local

connection: “I am from the town in which

Habitat was founded, so when I saw the

opportunity to do something for them, I took

it and enjoyed walking for a good cause.”

Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

student Alvin Hightower was most proud of

his 5K run fi nish. “The students and faculty

displayed excellent teamwork from the

beginning to the end.”

This teamwork was demonstrated by the

faculty, staff and students cheering and

high-fi ving each other as they crossed the

fi nish line, and by staff members who, after

completing the race, returned to the course

to motivate others as they neared their own

fi nish. The team even had a fi rst-place fi nisher

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in his age category: Dr. David Shoop, dean of

academic affairs, was awarded a hammer trophy

for his accomplishment.

The activity brought a philanthropic jolt to the

Columbia campus, whose faculty, staff and

students are already looking to become more

involved with Habitat for Humanity projects

and are creating a running and fi tness club to

participate in similar activities.





The holiday season was fi lled with cheer in

Alabama, as the South University, Montgomery

campus fulfi lled many a Christmas wish in 2011.

The campus again participated in Operation

Christmas Child, an annual project of Samaritan’s

Purse International Relief. Samaritan’s Purse is

a 40-year-old Christian organization providing

spiritual and physical aid to hurting people

around the world.

Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped

meet needs of people who are victims of

war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and

famine. Emergency relief programs provide

food, water and temporary shelter to meet

critical needs. Community development and

vocational programs in impoverished villages

and neighborhoods help people break the cycle

of poverty and provide hope for a better future.

Operation Christmas Child involves packing and

shipping individual shoe-box-size containers

with small toys for a boy or girl in age categories

2—4, 5—9 and 10—14. Preferred items include

small toys such as small cars, balls, dolls,

stuffed animals, musical instruments, yo-yos,

jump ropes, etc.; basic school supplies such as

pens, pencils, crayons, markers, writing pads,

calculators and coloring books; personal hygiene

items and non-perishable candy. Since 1993,

more than 94 million children in more than 130

countries have received a shoe box.

For 2011, Montgomery students fi lled 106 shoe

boxes with toys and other items (up from the 69

fi lled in 2010) and raised $742, which was more

than enough to cover the shipping costs for the

boxes. Students, faculty and staff donated, and

the campus also held special fund-raising efforts,

including the sale of a vintage doll on eBay.

Special thanks for the success of this initiative

go to Anna Pearson, director of admissions,

Pat McCormick, dean of student affairs, and to

the South University Good Samaritan Club, a

student community-service group.

Operation Christmas Child was a great success,

but the campus didn’t stop there with yuletide

charity. Students, faculty and staff also raised

money for children’s Christmas gifts and

collected Christmas dinner food donations for

three needy students’ families.

The South University chapter of the National

Technical Honor Society donated a large

(four-foot by two-foot) Christmas stocking fi lled

with toys, stuffed animals and clothing to both

the Family Sunshine Center and Save Kids of

Incarcerated Parents (SKIP).

Lastly, the Good Samaritan Club visited a

local nursing home before Christmas,

delivered 60 goodie bags with candy and

small gifts to the residents, and the school

dance team performed.

The spirit of the season truly glowed brightly

in Montgomery thanks to South University’s

generous efforts.

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Students, faculty and staff from the South

University, Novi campus joined in the Walk to

Defeat ALS in September 2011 at the newly

renovated Detroit River Walk.

The student ambassadors spearheaded

efforts to recruit members to form the team,

named South University Students Against ALS.

The team also organized a three-day bake sale

to raise funds. Personal contributions and bake

sale proceeds totaled more than $600 for the

team’s donation.

The walk raised more than $84,000 for the ALS

Association. These donations are vital in funding

research, patient and community services, and

education and awareness.

“We walk because we can. More importantly,

we walk because we care,” said student

Ashley Goldon. “The ALS walk energized

our Saturday, and walking as a team really

united us.” Ashley is president of the Student

Ambassador Organization and is pursuing a

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She expects to

graduate in 2013.

Established in 1985, The ALS Association

fi ghts amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also

known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, on every front.

Funding goes toward global research, assistance

for people with ALS through a nationwide

network of chapters, multidisciplinary care

through certifi ed clinical care centers, and

government partnerships.

The ALS Association builds hope and enhances

quality of life while aggressively searching for

new treatments and a cure. The association’s

nationwide network of chapters provides

comprehensive patient services and support

to the ALS community. The mission of the

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association is to lead the fi ght to treat and cure

ALS through global cutting-edge research and

to empower people with Lou Gehrig’s disease

and their families to live fuller lives by providing

them with compassionate care and support.




South University, Richmond showed its

heart this year with events that benefi ted

heart-related organizations.

In October, the Student Activities Board

(SAB) and Student Veterans Association (SVA)

teamed up as members of both student groups

participated in a 5K walk to raise money and

awareness for those affected by heart disease.

The campus’ fundraising efforts raised more

than $500 for the American Heart Association.

Family, friends, students, faculty and staff

all donated.

“It was a huge community celebration,” said

Dean of Student Affairs Kate Batten. “Schools

and businesses from all around Greater

Richmond were represented and I am excited

that our students wanted to be a part of that.”

In February 2012, the campus went red for

heart health. Students, faculty and staff started

the week off with several activities organized

by the SAB and Sigma Theta Tau, the Nursing

Honor Society. One activity was the American

Heart Association’s Go Red For Women. All over

campus, people were wearing red sweaters,

skirts and ties.

The American Heart Association is the largest

voluntary health organization working to prevent,

treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other

cardiovascular diseases. The SAB also gave out

brochures about how to prevent heart disease,

as well as red pins and bracelets to remind

people what the day was all about.

In addition to promoting women’s heart

health, the SAB had arranged for Virginia Blood

Services’ mobile unit to be on hand for a blood

drive. Students, faculty and staff donated blood

in front of the Richmond campus. More than 4.5

million patients need blood transfusions each

year in the United States and Canada, where

43,000 pints of donated blood are used each day.

“The blood drive and heart health awareness

was planned exclusively by the SAB and Sigma

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Theta Tau students and headed by Ronda Harris,

community service chair,” Batten said. “Our

students take their commitment to community

very seriously and I am proud of the efforts

they have put forth to mobilize the campus

in service.”

President Troy Ralston said, “It’s great to see

how civic-minded our students, staff and faculty

are; we encourage all to pursue ways to be

more active in the community, especially in

causes that help to save lives.”





Ten Savannah nonprofi t organizations are

the grateful recipients of 5,500 books for

schoolchildren thanks to the South University,

Savannah campus and Pearson Learning

Solutions (PLS). PLS is part of Pearson, a

provider of print and digital learning materials

and services.

The books, donated by PLS, started arriving in

July 2011, after Pearson and South University,

Savannah wanted to partner on a community

project. The organizations that received the

books were the West Broad Street YMCA, the

Youth Futures Foundation, Bethesda Academy,

Royce Learning Center, Greenbriar Children’s

Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal

Empire, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Park

Place Outreach Inc., and Mustard Seed

Faith Church.

“South University has a strong relationship with

many of these organizations, and we’re always

looking for ways to help out in the community,”

said President Todd Cellini. “Because of my

work with the West Broad Street Y, I knew they

needed books for their afterschool program, and

when I found out that Pearson was willing to

help, we started looking for other organizations

that had a need.”

Of the 5,500 books, 3,000 focus on sixth- to

eighth-grade math, 2,200 are for fi rst- to

fi fth-grade readers, and 300 cover science for

sixth to eighth graders.

South University Bookstore Manager Craig

Tootle worked with Pearson representative

David Alevy, who was able to secure the

donation of books from PLS.

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“Our motto at Pearson is to focus on three key

issues of social and economic importance:

worldwide literacy; learning outcomes for

students, educators and education systems;

and workplace skills,” said Alevy. “We often

say that for us, education means reaching out

and making a difference every day. It’s part of

our DNA.”




Students in the Physician Assistant (PA) Student

Society of the South University, Tampa campus

took aim at cancer with a “Bowling for Hope”

fundraising event in February. More than $4,500

from the event was raised for the H. Lee

Moffi tt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Foundation, a nonprofi t organization dedicated

to preventing and curing cancers of all types.

“I am extremely proud of the effort put forth

by everyone in the PA Student Society,” said

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

student Caitlin Michalak, president of both the

PA Student Society and the PA Class of 2013.

“We were glad to support the Moffi tt Cancer

Center, a cause very near to the PA program at

theTampa campus.”

Not only do South University’s PA students

perform clinical rotations at Moffi tt, but several

professors are in practice there as well.

The fundraiser, held at Splitsville in Tampa,

attracted more than 150 people. Ten six-person

teams of bowlers donated $35 each, and

spectators paid $20 to watch the tournament

and cheer the bowlers on as “alley cats.”

The winning team won restaurant gift cards and

bottles of wine.

But the excitement was not contained to the

bowling lanes. Players from the Tampa Bay Rays

baseball team showed up to support the cause,

including All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria,

as well as B.J. Upton, David Price, Sean

Rodriguez, Jake McGee and Wade Davis.

A popular activity for bowlers and spectators

alike was the silent auction, where gift

certifi cates and sports memorabilia attracted

substantial interest. Tampa Bay’s professional

teams were well represented, with auction

items from the Buccaneers, Lightning and Rays

proving popular.

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It is easy to see why support for the Moffi tt

Cancer Center is so important. Moffi tt has made

a lasting commitment to the prevention and

cure of cancer, working tirelessly in the areas of

patient care, research and education. As part of

an elite group of National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Comprehensive Cancer Centers, Moffi tt focuses

on the development of early stage translational

research aimed at the rapid translation of

scientifi c discoveries to benefi t patient care.

Thanks to the South University, Tampa campus,

the PA Student Society and the Tampa

community, Moffi tt is able to advance one step

further in fi ghting this disease.

It’s not easy being hungry any time of year, but

the holiday season is especially tough for some

people. Seeing an increased need for donations

to their regional food bank, the South University,

Virginia Beach campus took action.

Students, faculty and staff joined together to

collect non-perishable food items for the fi rst

South University food drive competition. The

Virginia Beach campus collected 692 pounds

of food and donated it all to the Foodbank of

Southeastern Virginia.

The food drive took place over the course

of two weeks. The Student Activities Board




spearheaded the effort, with assistance from

Richard Kriofsky, senior director of admissions

and Ellen Hartman, dean of student affairs.

Collection bins were placed in the library and

front reception area.

The campus also got a little help from Norfolkbased

radio station 104.5. While 104.5 may be

known as “The 757 Party Station,” they took

community service seriously and helped support

the drive. The station even came to campus for

a celebration on Nov. 17, 2011, the last day of

the food drive. 104.5 broadcasted from campus

for the fi nale. The DJs hung out, played music

and spoke with students.

The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia was

founded in 1981 as a clearinghouse for food

for the disadvantaged. Since its inception, the

food bank has distributed more than 221 million

pounds of food directly and through partner

Connecting With The World Is In Our DNA.

agencies within the community. The location

of the food bank has changed over the years

but the mission has not, which is to educate

the public on hunger issues and to end hunger

within the community.




Volunteers from the South University, West

Palm Beach campus helped a family out this

year by painting a house using free paint from

the Solid Waste Authority’s Paint Your Heart

Out program. Students, faculty and staff gave

their time to spruce up Marien Serna’s

Westgate home.

“This was my fi rst time doing something like

this,” said Elizabeth Caron, coordinator of the

campus’ Academic Improvement Center. “It

was hot and we got very messy, but it was

worthwhile to know we helped out a family.

It was also a great bonding experience for us

as volunteers.”

While the family’s father had to work, the

mother painted alongside the volunteers.

The Palm Beach Post, reporting on the effort,

noted that the house was painted so fast that

the volunteers “seemed like characters in a

sped-up video.”

“That’s not surprising,” said Linda Moreno, who

coordinates the program for the Solid Waste

Authority (SWA) and was present for all fi ve

hours of the painting.

“It’s amazing how quickly it happens with

so many helping,” Moreno said. “It was a

great group.”

Paint Your Heart Out paints the exterior of

qualifying single-family homes with the SWA’s

paint. The paint, more than 7,000 gallons

last year alone, is 100 percent recycled. The

program helps families in need at no cost to the

homeowner, but it takes volunteers to do

the work.

South University, West Palm Beach’s volunteers

were happy to assist the family, but all agreed

that it was not easy.

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Jessica Renard, director of career services, put

it well: “Now I know why house painters charge

so much!”

Working as a football and basketball coach at

C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia, South

Carolina, La’Sondrick Bridges came across many

students from low-income families. Many of

these students lived in a household without a

male role model, and La’Sondrick was naturally

drawn to advising them when they came to him

for help.

His success mentoring these students led to his

involvement with Concerned Black Men (CBM),

a nonprofi t organization supported in part by the

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

that aims to provide positive male role models

to youth.



In March 2011, La’Sondrick applied for the job

of program manager with CBM and was hired

to lead CBM efforts in the Columbia area. A few

months later, La’Sondrick earned his Master

of Business Administration (MBA) degree

in Business Administration from the South

University, Columbia campus and was able to

put his business skills to immediate use.

La’Sondrick works with budgets, contracts,

statistical analysis and many other concepts he

mastered at South University — even employee

relations skills, because after recruiting new

mentors, the mentors must go through training

and pass a background check before they are

matched with a mentee.

Starting “from scratch,” La’Sondrick grew

Columbia’s CBM program to include 75 mentors

helping around 90 young people in about a year.

La’Sondrick said that mentoring is all about

compassion and showing an unselfi sh concern

for the welfare of others.

“You have to look past where the kids come

from and look to where they can go,” he said.

“They want to be challenged. More than that,

they want to know you care.”

Connecting With The World Is In Our DNA.

La’Sondrick has been able to do all this

even while running his own business as

an independent distributor of nutritional

supplements. Looking back on his experience at

South University, La’Sondrick has no regrets.

“I was impressed with the professors in the

MBA program,” he said. “They really care about

you and want you to academically succeed.”

The youth in La’Sondrick’s mentoring program

may fi nd that attitude quite familiar.




Western State College of Law students and

faculty are making a difference in Orange

County, dedicating their time and talents

throughout the year as volunteers with the

Public Law Center.

The Public Law Center, Orange County’s pro

bono law fi rm, is committed to providing

access to justice for low-income residents.

Through volunteers and staff, the Public Law

Center (PLC) provides free civil legal services,

including counseling, individual representation,

community education, and strategic litigation

and advocacy to challenge societal injustices.

Now in its 30th year of service, PLC works with

nearly 1,200 volunteer lawyers, paralegals and

law students from throughout the county who

volunteer their time and expertise.

In 2010 alone, PLC staff and volunteers

provided 47,305 hours of free legal services in

handling more than 4,500 cases, serving more

than 18,000 low-income children, adults and

seniors in Orange County. Volunteers for the

organization included partners at major Orange

County law fi rms, sole practitioners, young

lawyers, law students, college students and an

array of others concerned about ensuring access

to justice.

Most importantly, PLC provides Orange County

attorneys with the opportunity to help make

sure that access to civil justice is available to

all. PLC offers many different types of pro bono

work for potential volunteers, whether they are

in large fi rms or small fi rms, sole practitioners,

litigators or transactional lawyers, or law

students. Their work includes private attorney

referral, taking part in the Orange County

Human Traffi cking Coalition, offering community

legal clinics, partnering with St. Joseph Health

System through a program called Family

Advocates and through its other programs,

which include the Southeast Asian Legal

Connecting With The World Is In Our DNA.

Outreach Project, AIDS Legal Assistance Project,

Community Organizations Legal Assistance

Project and Impact Advocacy.

“The Public Law Center opens access to justice

for those who are most vulnerable to injustice.

Our collaborative relationship with them has

exposed our students to the need and desire to

give back to the community through the legal

profession and has provided them with valuable

real-world experience while helping to meet

critical legal needs in the community,” said

Western State College of Law Dean Bill Adams.

Hundreds of organizations benefi t

from the work of EDMC schools.

The following is a partial list:

211 Broward

2nd Harvest Food Bank, Nashville

4Kids of South Florida, the Miami

Dolphins Foundation

A Million Thanks

A.C.E. Agency for Community Empowerment

Abandoned Pet Rescue, Fort Lauderdale

Action AIDS

Adopt a Family Palm Beach County

Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Foundation

AID Gwinnett

AIDS Alliance, Atlanta

Akron Children’s Hospital

Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank

Alameda Food Bank

Alaskan Leader Foundation

Alcoholics Anonymous, Atlanta

Aliah Sweet Fragile Hearts Foundation

Alliance of the Streets

Alms Christian Church

ALS Association of Georgia

Alzheimer’s Association

American Advertising Federation of Tucson

American Associates, Ben-Gurion

University of the Negev

American Business Clubs (AMBUCS)

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society, Ft. Wayne Chapter

American Cancer Society, Indianapolis

American Culinary Federation

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

American Heart Association of Utah

American Heart Association, Portland

and SW Washington

American House Hazel Park

American Institute of Graphic Arts

American Institute of Wine and Food,

Monterey Bay Chapter

American Lung Association in California

American President’s Council of Motorcycle

Clubs and Organizations

American Red Cross

American Rose Society

American Sleep Apnea Association

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty

to Animals (ASPCA)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALSA)

Angel Tree

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

Arizona Media Arts Center

Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.

Art Studio Miami

Artful Aging

Asera Care Home Health and Hospice, Indianapolis

Ashby House

Asia America Initiative

Asian Chamber of Commerce

Asian Pacifi c American Heritage Association

Atlanta Day Shelter

Atlanta Veteran’s Center

Austin Chamber of Commerce

Austin Habitat for Humanity

Austin Partners in Education

Autism Society of Treasure Valley

Autism Speaks

Aviva Children’s Services-Tucson

Bar Camp Philly


Battered Women’s Shelter

Beacon Presbyterian Church

Bessie Coleman Foundation

Bethesda Academy

Betts Longworth Community Organization

Betty Griffi n House Domestic Violence Shelter

Bicycle Collective

Big Brother Big Sister

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Warren

and Clinton Counties

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and

Grundy Counties

Big Family of Michigan

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

Bloomington Fine Arts Council

Blue Santa Campaign

Bonnet House

Booker Middle School

Boy Scouts of America

Boys & Girls Club of Central Alabama

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento

Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne, IN

Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee

Bread of Life


Brent’s Place

Bridge Run

Bridge to Freedom Foundation

Bridges for a Just Community

Brookline Climate Week

Broward County Detention Center

Broward County Pediatric Society

Business for Culture and the Arts,

Portland, Oregon

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

California Courts of Appeal

California Restaurant Association

California Women’s Leadership Association, Rialto

Camillus House

Can Anything Good Come Out of the Hood

Cancer Care

Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc.


Capitol Area Food Bank

Career Closet

Carter BloodCare

Casa de la Familia

CASA of LaPorte

Cats Exclusive

Center for Accessible Living

Center for Homeless

Center for the Blind

Central Business District Association Internship Day

Central Virginia Foodbank

Charleston Children’s Museum

Charleston Development Academy

Charleston Film Festival

Charleston Local Development Corporation

Charleston Moves

Charleston Peninsula Task force

Charleston Wine & Food Festival

Chef & Child Foundation

Chef ’s Feast

Children First

Children First Academy

Children of Inmates Foundation

Children’s Home Society Presents An Evening of Taste

Children’s Miracle Network

Children’s Guardian Fund

Children’s Home Society

Children’s Home Society of Florida

Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters

Christian County Chamber of Commerce

Christian Service Mission

Christmas in Action of Oakland County

Christopher House

Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and

Recreation Department

City of Hope

City of McKees Rocks

City of Refuge, Inc

City of San Bernardino

City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation

City of Santa Monica Woodlawn Cemetery

City of Tampa Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council

City of Tampa Police Department

Clara White Mission

Clean Up and Green Up

Cleveland Eye Bank

Coats for Kids

Colorado Black Arts Festival

Colorado Center for Community Development

Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association

Colorado Organization for the Treatment

of Opioid Dependence

Columbia City Shelter

Coming Together Stark County

Community Blood Centers of the West Palm Beach area

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Community Food Security Coalition

Community Harvest Food Bank

Community Warehouse


Compton Unifi ed School District

Consumer Credit Counseling Service

Cookie Cart

Copper Pointe Church

Cotton Club Bakery Competition for

Junior Achievement

Council of Korean American Leaders

Council on American-Islamic Relations


County of San Bernardino Department of

Behavioral Health Commission

Cradles To Crayons

Cranes for Kids, Osh Kosh, Inc.

Creative Beginnings Child Development Center

Crisis Center

Crisis City

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation

Crossroads Christian Church-Backpack Mission

Crossroads Community Ministries

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

d’Art Center

Dare to Care

Dell Children’s Hospital

Department of Economic Security-Veteran

Outreach Program

Diabetes Walk

Dignity U Wear

Dining with Friends

Diocese of Covington Development Roundtable

Doctors Without Borders

Domestic Violence Association

Donate Life America

Dress for Success

Dress for Success Charlotte

Eagle-Net Alliance Junior Achievement -

Rocky Mountain Inc.

Earth Day San Francisco

Easter Seals of Louisville

Easter Seals of North Georgia

Education Foundation

Emerald Nights Event

Emmanuel House

Episcopal Housing Corporation

Erie Kennel Club AKC

Evolution Women

Fairchild Gardens

Family Sunshine Center

Farrington Foundation

Feed the Need

Feeding America Tampa Bay

Firestone High School

First Coast Higher Education Alliance

First Coast No More Homeless Pets

First Place School

First Ward Elementary School

Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry

Fisher House -Donation

Florida Attorney General’s Offi ce

Florida Blood Services

Florida Coalition for the Homeless

Florida Inter Generational Orchestra

Florida Youth Orchestra

Focus on Females Women’s

Healthcare Symposium

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia

For Arts’ Sake Sacramento

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control

Fort Wayne for Fitness Health Fair

Fort Worth Independent School District

Francis House

Francis Slocum Elementary School

Free Arts for Abused Children

Free Arts Minnesota

Free Store Food Bank

Freedom Walk 5K

French-American Chamber of Commerce

Fresenius Dialysis Clinics

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation

Friends of WLRN (NPR)

FXSS Fashion by South Side for Boselli Foundation

Galleria Chamber of Commerce

Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention

Genesis Express

Georgetown Soup Kitchen

Girl Scouts

Gleaner’s Community Food Bank of Southeastern


Global Campus Africa

Global Visionaries

Gold Coast Jazz Society

Goodwill Industries of Seattle

Grady Rape Crisis Center

Grammy U

Grant County Cancer Services

Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce

Greater Stark County Urban League

Greenbriar Children’s Center

Greyhound Adoption of NE Ohio

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Builders

Hadassah The Womens Zionist Organization of

America - Sunnyvale

Hampton Roads Student Gallery

Hancock County Humane Society

Hancock County United Way

Hands on Greenville

Harbor House

Harvest Hope

Harvesters Food Collection

Hawthorne Elementary

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of


Heart of the City Farmers’ Market

Henderson Behavioral Health Center

Henrico Education Foundation

High Road for Human Rights

HMEF Scholarship Fund

Hokendaqua American Legion

Holiday Hope

Home Instead Senior Care

Homeless Helping Homeless

Hoover Fire Department Camp Conquest

for Burn Victims

Hope Chest

Hope for Kids/Full Armor Mentors

Hope House

Hope Mission

Hospice of Summit County

Hospitality Educators Association of Texas

Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers

Houston Bar Association

Houston Food Bank

Houston International Chamber of Commerce

Human Rights Campaign

Humane Society

Humane Society of Charlotte

Humane Society of Indianapolis

Humility of Mary Housing

Huntington County Humane Society

I Am Second

I Heart Denver Store

Idaho Humane Society

Idaho Occupational Therapy Association

Idaho Youth Ranch/Hays School

Impact NW

Independent Cat Society

Indiana Black Expo, Inc.

Indiana Uploaded

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indy Film Fest

Inland AIDS Project

Inside Out Theatre Company

Interior Design Continuing Education

Council (IDCEC)

International Interior Design Association (IIDA),

North Florida Chapter

IT Discovery Network/Advance IT Minnesota

Jacksonville Fashion Week

Jacksonville Film Festival

Jacksonville Police Athletic League

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

Jerusalem House

Jewish Family and Children’s Services,

Northern California

Jimmie Hale Mission and Jessie’s Place

Job Corps

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Judeo-Christian Outreach Center

Julian Center, Indianapolis

Julie Valentine Center

Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain Inc.

Juvenile Diabetes

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

KAPOW Foundation

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Kentucky Occupational Therapy

Associate Organization

Kids’ Turn

Kling Center

Knights of Columbus

Knowledge Bowl - American Culinary Federation

Komen Foundation

Lansdowne Public Library

LaPorte County Family YMCA

Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center

Leg Up Farm

Lena Pope Home

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light

The Night Walk

Life Bank

Life Share Community Blood Services

Life Treatment

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

Light the Night

Lighthouse of Oakland County

Lincoln Day Care

Lincoln Elementary School

Literacy Program

Local Early Childhood Care Centers

Loma Linda Hospital

Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Offi ce

Loudoun County Head Start


Luna Mystics Rescue Ranch

Lutheran Child and Family Services

Lynnhaven Baseball

MacDonald Training Center

Make-A-Wish Foundation

March of Dimes

March of Dimes, Georgia

March of Dimes, Northeast Florida

March of Dimes, Tampa Bay

Maria Droste Services

Marian Prichet High School

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

Marjorie Book Continuing Education Society

Martin Luther King, Jr. Center

Meals on Wheels

Mental Health Center of Denver

Mercy Corps

Mercy Miami Hospital

Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences

Metro United Way

Metropolitan Ministries

Miami Children’s Hospital

Miami Habitat for Humanity

Miami Organ Transplant Foundation

Miami Rescue Mission

Michiana Humane Society

Miracle Marrow Matches

Miracle on May Street

Mitochondrial Foundation

Mobile Meals Of Tucson

Moffi tt Cancer Center

Motivational Edge

Movember Foundation

Mozel Sanders Foundation, Indianapolis

MS Society of North Florida

Mt. Calvary

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

Muddy River Festival

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

Muncie Library

Museum of Science History Project


Mustard Seed Faith Church

Myers Center

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

National Council for Interior Design

National Downs Syndrome Congress

National Marrow Donor Program

National MS Society

Natural Born Artists

Nature’s Nursery Walk

New Hope Center

New Hope Housing

New Life Ministries

Non-Profi t Technology

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Norman Film Studios Silent Film Museum Project

North Coast Behavioral Center

North Shore Hospital

Northern Spark

Northshore Animal League

Novi Youth Assistance Center

Oakwood and South County Psychiatric Facilities

Off the Wall Gallery

Ombu, South Beach Clean Up

One by One Cat Rescue

One Love One Community Juneteenth Celebration

One of a Kind Pet

One Warm Coat

OOTA Pediatric

Operation Christmas Child

Operation: Kid Equip

Orange High School

Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America

Oregon Poet Laureate

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Our Daily Bread, St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Outside In


PACT Bradley Center

Paint Your Heart Out

Painting for Miracles

Palmetto Palace

Palms West Children Hospital

Parent University of Savannah and Chatham County

Park Place Outreach Center

Parkinson’s Foundation

Parkview Services

Parkwood Elementary

Partnership Against Domestic Violence

Partnership for Community Action

Paw Creek Elementary School

Paws and Stripes

PAWS Animal Shelter

Pearl District Business Association

Pearson Foundation

Pencil Foundation

Philadelphia Interagency Coordinating Council

Pink Dot Utah

Portage County Animal Protective League

Portland Farmers Market

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

Portland PC Users Group

Portland Rescue Mission

Post Alley Film Festival

Prevent Child Abuse

Pride Houston, Inc.

Primavera Foundation

Professional Women’s Group Dress for Success

Tampa Bay

Project Re-Cycle

Project Turnabout

Public Relations Society of America

Purpose Ministry Church, Indianapolis

Quad City Arts

Quantum Leap Farms

Radiant Research

Raphael House

Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky

Real Food Rising

Red Cross LaPorte County

Regional Arts & Culture Council

Rescued Pets are Wonderful

Rialto Unifi ed School District

Richmond Public Library

Riverside City Attorney’s Offi ce

Riverside Fine Arts Community

Road Runner Food bank

Rolling Hill’s Adventure Park

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House, Atlanta

Ronald McDonald House, Miami

Ronald McDonald House, Philadelphia

Roots in the City

Rose Garden Mission

Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Hampton Roads

Round Rock Area Serving Center

Round Rock Public Library

Royal Palm Beach Covenant Church

Royal Palm Beach Food Pantry

Royce Learning Center

Rumpshaker, Inc.

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Services

Rutherford County Books

S.E.E.K. Arizona

Safe Harbor domestic violence shelter


Salina Animal Shelter

Salina Area Chamber of Commerce

Salina Area United Way

Salina Food Bank

Salina Human Resources Management Association

Salvation Army

Salvation Army Center of Hope Women’s Shelter

San Diego Youth Services

San Francisco Community School

San Francisco District Attorney’s Offi ce

San Marco Preservation Society

Sanctuary Holy Cross

Sandcastle Shelter

Santa Monica Airport

Sarah Cannon Breast Cancer Research Institute

Sarasota Education Foundation

Sauvie Island Center

Savannah CrimeStoppers Azalea Run

Savannah Histroy Museum’s Night at the Museum

Savannah Rock & Roll Marathon Series

Saving Kids of Incarcerated Parents

SCAN (Stop Child Abuse & Neglect)


SCORE-Greater Phoenix Chapter

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San

Mateo Counties

Second Harvest Heartland

Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee

Second Helpings

Shadarobah Horse Rescue

Shake-a-Leg Foundation

Share Our Strength

Sharing and Caring Hands

Shelter House, Inc.

Skip-a-Long Daycare

So Many Angels Ball for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

South Florida Urban Ministries

South Philadelphia Food Co-op

South West YMCA

Southeastern Young Alumni Charitable Organization

Southern Care Home Health and

Hospice, Indianapolis

Southern Care Hospice

Sox Place

Special Olympics

Special Olympics North Carolina

Spring Independent School District Foundation

St. Ann’s Outreach Center

St. Baldrick’s Foundation

St. Francis

St. John’s Military Academy

St. Joseph Church

St. Joseph The Worker

St. Joseph’s Holy Name Society

St. Jude Research Hospital

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

St. Petersburg Free Clinic

St. Timothy Catholic Church

St. Vincent De Paul

Stark Social Workers Network

Stepping Stone Shelter for Women

Suicide Prevention Action Network of Georgia

Sulzbacher Center

Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra

Surgery on Sunday, Inc.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Susan G. Komen Foundation

Susan G. Komen of North Central Alabama

Symphony of the Americas

Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Taste of the Wasatch

Taylor House

TC Wallace Foundation

Teddy’s Rescue

Teen Parent South at South County Career Center

Temple Israel Charities

Tender Mercies, Inc.

Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

Tennessee Occupational Therapy

Associate Organization

Texas Children’s Hospital

The Amanda Foundation

The Blood Alliance

The Center for International Environmental Law

The Chapel Church

The Charis House for Women and Children

The Children’s Home

The Children’s Pediatric Center at Broward

General Medical center

The Colorado Celebration of African-American

Arts and Culture

The Community Back to School Bash

The Cove Clinic

The Denver Art Society

The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art

The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy

The Kentucky Humane Society

The Landing Theatre Company

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,

North Carolina Chapter

The Link, Inc.

The Logan Center

The Lord’s Rose Garden

The Los Angeles County Department of Public

Health Project RENEW

The LOT Project

The Lotus Center for Self Discovery

The Red Devils

The Road Home

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree

The Sanctuary House

The Spring of Tampa Bay

The Sunshine School

The Women’s Cancer Programs of the

Entertainment Industry Foundation

The Women’s Center

Third Temple Organization

To Write Love on Her Arm

Toys for Tots

Tucson Festival of Books

Turnstone Pediatric Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Army National Guard Judge Advocate

General Corps

U.S. Postal Service

UNCF 100 Men That Can Cook

Union Mission Ministries

United Against Puppy Mills

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham

United States Army

United States Army Family Readiness Group

United Way

United Way, Quad Cities

University of Minnesota Community-University

Healthcare Center

University Park Nursing & Rehabilitation

Upper Moreland High School

Urban League

Urban League of Hampton Roads

Urban Strategies

USDA Summer Lunch Program

Utah Clean Air Campaign

VA Hospital of Detroit

Veterans Administration

Veterinary Medical Association

Villa Hills Civic Club

Volunteer Connection

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Volunteers Outdoor Colorado

WACS (World Association of Chefs Societies)

Waiting on a Cure

Walk for Autism

Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Walking Fish Theater

Washington Offi ce of Superintendent

of Public Instruction

Wayside Christian

WBCO Head Start

West Broad Street YMCA

Western Kentucky Blood Bank

Western State College of Law Immigration

Law Clinic

Whitley County Humane Society

Whole Foods Whole Kids Foundation

Wildlife Protection Society

Willowbrook Middle School

Wimauma Family Health Center

Women of Tomorrow

Women Who Build: Habitat for Humanity of

Northern Virginia

WordPress Foundation

World Wide Day of Play

WSOS Head Start

X-Stream Clean-Up



YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne

Young Audiences New York

Young Life

Young Professionals Association of Louisville

Youth Futures Foundation

YWCA Women’s Shelter of Ft. Wayne, IN

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