here - Education Management Corporation

here - Education Management Corporation

Our world is a vibrant tapestry of communities, a delicate weaving of

individuals and families, cultures and artistry, memories and hopes for

the future.

For more than 40 years, Education Management Corporation (EDMC)

has served communities throughout North America. In every location

and at every school, our faculty and staff reach out, make a difference, and

inspire others to do the same.

This is our common thread. A commitment to service and volunteerism,

purposeful innovation and creativity, and a desire to preserve and improve

the fabric of our communities.

EDMC educational system includes The Art Institutes, Argosy University,

Brown Mackie College, South University, and Western State University

College of Law. We provide rigorous academic programs offered in supportive

environments with measured practical outcomes that enhance our students’ lives.

We are committed to offering quality academic programs and continuously strive

to improve the learning experience for our students.

Culinary Arts Students pledge their

allegiance to Help the USO

Since 2005, dozens of Culinary Arts students at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Atlanta

make hundreds of sandwiches every week for the United Service Organization (USO), providing box lunches for

the service members who come through Hartsfield International Airport on a daily basis. It’s part of a project called

“Operation Chefs Unite,” working with Mary Lou Austin of the local USO to provide these meals.

Chef Sarah Gorham, now associate dean of academic affairs at The Art Institute of Atlanta–Decatur, brought The

Art Institute of Atlanta into the “Operation Chefs Unite” program. The program was developed through the Greater

Atlanta chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) in 2004, and works to ensure that the men and women

of the armed forces are fed during their stay at the USO.

According to Austin, who oversees the airport USO and is president and CEO of USO Georgia, Inc., the program is “an integral part

of our hospitality to the troops. Being able to provide sandwiches, fruit, chips, cookies – it’s greatly appreciated, especially for those

going overseas. Everyone involved admires the students’ commitment and talent – and their hearts. I’ve met some of the students, and

I know how much they enjoy doing this every week because they know how much it means to our men and women in the service. The

USO depends on donations and this is one of the best!”

The USO is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit organization, and is not a part of the federal government. Since 1941, the USO

mission has remained the same: to provide morale, welfare, and recreation-type services to service members and their families.

For one Culinary Arts student, this project took on a special meaning. Floyd Underwood is an Army combat veteran,

who, after serving in the Middle East, decided to pursue a culinary career at The Art Institute with the help of the

GI Bill. He hopes to eventually open his own restaurant, featuring European and Mediterranean cuisines. “Being

deployed,” he said, “you really don’t get enough time to get something to eat. For me to prepare something for service

members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan is my pleasure.”

Partnering pixels with pirouettes

for atlanta’s dance community

Claire Horn, communications manager with Several Dancers Core, approached Dr. Ameeta Jadav, department chair

of Web Design & Interactive Media, about the possibility of students creating a website for the new coalition, Dance

ATL. “The new website will be a focal point for Dance ATL,” Horn explained. “It should be integrated with the

existing Facebook and blog presences.” Jadav shared the request with Carol Bales, faculty member in Web Design &

Interactive Media, and she took on the challenge with her Production Team class.

During fall quarter 2010, Bales divided her class into two teams, each charged with creating a website for Dance ATL.

The students worked directly with Horn to understand the organization and its needs. Each team had to work with

the client throughout the project to determine requirements, create the site, design the information architecture, create

the visual design, and ultimately execute a complete site. At the end of the quarter, the two teams delivered two distinct

website designs.

According to Bales, “The course is a great opportunity

for students to exercise their skills and understanding

about web design while working with a real client. All the

ups and downs of real-world projects can come into play.

Students have to think on their feet to solve problems and

come up with good designs that satisfy themselves, the

course objectives and the client.”

Horn is delighted with the results. “The website will provide

a service to the entire Atlanta-area dance community and

to their audiences. It will be a clearinghouse for information

about everything concerning dance in our area: classes,

performances, workshops, video of recent activities,

funding opportunities, auditions and jobs,” she said.

The two student teams working on this project included:

Team 1: Anna Lam, Mark Anthony Moore, Charlie Seals and Ana Maria Velez

Team 2: Kester Cockrell, Henry Freeman and Brittany Misra

a SCARE for a CURE

The Comic Book Society (CBS), a student organization at The Art Institute of Austin, a branch of The Art Institute

of Houston, first heard of SCARE for a CURE while looking for a comic book hero celebrity to help create a charity

drive for the Hero Initiative. They contacted Jarrett Crippen, The Defuser, winner of season two of Stan Lee’s “Who

Wants to Be a Superhero?” Crippen suggested that CBS check out SCARE for a CURE.

SCARE for a CURE is a volunteer organization that creates, builds and performs a fully interactive haunted house

adventure, the only one of its kind in the country. At SCARE, the guest is the primary actor and is submersed into a

terror-filled adventure lasting up to an hour and a half, during which problem solving can save the day.

In 2010, The Art Institute of Austin student Eric Stewart was

named art director for the haunted house project and recruited

22 members from the school to assist in the development of the

storyline, and create the character designs, props, graphic design

artwork for marketing, promotions, and four videos.

Last year, the club made such an impact on the SCARE organization that they received the “Welcome to the

Cult” award for contributions to the haunt. The Art Institute of Austin contributed over 2,000 hours to build a

148,000-square-foot haunt covering 2.5 acres. This year, SCARE for a CURE raised over $20,000 for the Breast

Cancer Resource Center of Texas (BCRC), a nonprofit, grassroots organization created by breast cancer survivors.

It is a centralized source for breast cancer information, education and support for women in central Texas who are

diagnosed with breast cancer.

Hollywood Spends

24 Hours Devoted To Life

On May 22, 2010, over 17 faculty, staff and students from The Art Institute of California–Hollywood came together

for 24 hours at the Studio City/North Hollywood Relay for Life, a walk-a-thon supporting cancer research and

awareness through the American Cancer Society. Through donations, dedication and service, participants were

rewarded with something larger than time and blisters.

Teams of people camped out at the Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood and took turns walking or

running around the track for a 24-hour period. Throughout that time, each team was challenged to have at least one

member on the track at all times. Special events were scheduled throughout the relay with an opening ceremony, a

survivor’s lap, a luminaria ceremony, movies, meals and entertainment. Included within the schedule were educational

events and activities designed to build cancer awareness, promote preventive measures and provide resources and

services for victims and their families.

Each team decorated their campsite with a theme and had the ability to advertise products or services to raise funds. Campsites were

inspirational; participants could indulge in sweets, fruit, toys, manicures, nutrition and health services, or even stop at a general store as

they walked around the track. The Art Institute of California–Hollywood team wore Hawaiian-themed custom shirts and lounged at a

campsite reminiscent of a California beach party. There were flower leis, palm trees, raffia curtains, tiki lanterns and pup tents everywhere.

Over $3,000 was raised by the school team. Participants were challenged with raising a minimum of $100 each through sponsorships and

fund-raising. The team, known as “The Art Institute in Action,” held bake sales, denim days and sold luau goodies at their island oasis

tent during the relay itself. In the end, the team came in third for their fund-raising efforts, taking home the bronze award.

The Art Institute of California–Hollywood team met hundreds of others in the Studio City/North Hollywood community during the

event. Teams from other local schools and colleges attended, including Pierce College, Oakwood School and California State University,

Northridge. Community organizations such as the Universal City/North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scout troops, local

churches and local city council were all represented.

Groups walked together, sharing stories about how cancer had affected them through family, friends and personal experiences. Some

members even participated in the cancer survivor lap of the event. Cancer knows no bounds, and no matter how one came to be at The

Art Institute of California–Hollywood, this team came together for just this common thread.

The Art Institute of California–Hollywood “Art Institute in Action” Team consisted of the following participants:

Christopher Atkins, Sarah Carlson, Lily Carlson, Shaquanta Downs, Alyssa Duncan, Sahag Gureghian, Ryan Jones, Liz Kok, Deborah Lowe, Michael Luna,

Deisy Martinez, Carolyn Mitchell, Rochanda Mitchell-Iverson, Heather Simmons Combs, Joshua Vasquez, Maxwell White and Christina Winterhalter.

Designing Spaces for

Music Changing Lives

In October 2010 at Redlands Community Center, MCL and the Redlands City Council awarded several students with certificates for their design

contributions: Jennelle Boskovic (Game Room and Lobby); Jen Gustafson (Lobby Display Case); Amy Lawrence (Production and Audio Studios,

Online Radio Station Studio, and Art Room); Mercedes Luna (Kitchen); Allison Williams (Multipurpose Room and Floor Wayfinding).

Students from the Summer 2010 Senior Design Class were tasked by A. Bambi Tran, Interior Design instructor at The

Art Institute of California–Inland Empire, to perform needs analysis, develop space programming, conceive a design

concept, and execute it in design development documents for nonprofit organization Music Changing Lives (www.

Music Changing Lives (MCL), based in Redlands, California, focuses on building a better tomorrow by educating

and mentoring at-risk youths in the arts. MCL’s Executive Director, Josiah Bruny, was extremely impressed by The

Art Institute of California–Inland Empire students’ designs for the spaces that house MCL’s programs at Redlands

Community Center. Said Bruny, “The designs and presentations far exceeded my expectations and are great examples

of what dedicated, talented students can do to help other youth.”

“I’d like to congratulate our Interior Design students. They welcomed the challenge of this project, which drew upon

their skills and allowed them to provide needed design vision and services to a wonderful community organization,”

stated Tran.

Graphic Design Department Creates

an Identity System for the Glendale

Philharmonic Orchestra

Since its inaugural concert, the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra has established a notable presence within the local

community. Its innovative marketing has opened many doors by building awareness and creating a following with new

audiences throughout southern California.

The founder of the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra, Ruslan Biryukov, had a vision to market his orchestra in order to

bridge the gap between local and international audiences, in a way that would be memorable and easily identified. He

reached out to the Graphic Design team at The Art Institute of California–Los Angeles to introduce his organization,

mission and vision.

Under the direction of Design Team 2 Class instructor Ann Enkoji, the student design team worked closely with

Biryukov to create a visual identity for the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra, one that would convey his vision for the

growth of the orchestra. The Graphic Design students began with a study of the orchestra’s existing logotype design;

they explored alternate versions of the logo and created variations that could be used to market the brand in a variety of

ways throughout the community.

A complete identity system was designed, approved and applied to business stationery, templates for concert programs, posters and

concert CD packaging. Going one step further for their client, The Art Institute of California–Los Angeles Graphic Design team

presented Biryukov a CD with the design guidelines for future use. Biryukov was quite pleased with the team’s work and dedication.

Later in November, the team also provided the design and print management for a concert poster and program for the Glendale

Philharmonic Orchestra.

Charitable Organizations

Turn to the Care Program

for Marketing Solutions

For the past eight years, The Art Institute of California–Orange County has been providing pro bono graphic design,

web and interactive media design, animation, and culinary services to the local nonprofit sector.

Over 100 projects have been completed through what is titled the Community Arts Resource Exchange Program, or

CARE program, the school’s community service initiative. As part of the school curriculum, CARE gives students

hands-on, real-life opportunities to develop their skills with actual clients in art, design and culinary, while experiencing

the rewards of charitable contribution.

“The CARE program allows students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to professional projects,” said

Graphic Design and Advertising academic director Catherine Stickel. “It’s direct experience that provides students fully

produced and completed projects for their portfolios.”

Organizations may apply for assistance with design work spanning from branding, logo development, collateral material

design, postcards, interactive media projects, computer animation sequences, to even complete websites and online

company portfolios.

“The students delivered exactly what we

requested,” said Julie Karges, who had a website

designed for Irvine-based charity Music for a

Cure, during the fall 2010 quarter. “It was really

inspiring to work with the class. I don’t think we

could have had a better experience working with

a professional firm.”

Other organizations that have recently benefited

from the CARE program include Orange County

Public Library, South Coast Children’s Society,

and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana.

Graphic Design Has The Power

To “RESpond. Assist. RESTore.”

When natural disasters occur in regions throughout the world, the call goes out for aid, assistance, supplies and donations.

On January 12, 2010, Haiti experienced a catastrophic earthquake. Graphic Design students at The Art Institute of

California–Sacramento effectively responded to the international call for aid and assistance to this devastated region by creating

communication tools to assist in the fund-raising efforts of the American Red Cross.

The students’ challenge was to communicate the crisis to the public. By bringing the audience face to face with

the despair and losses of the individual citizens of Haiti after this catastrophe, they would be able to rally support

for the cause.

Working with the American Red Cross as the communication platform, a select team of advanced Graphic Design students

created an integrated fund-raising program that included: event branding, key editorial elements and a variety of compelling

graphic format applications. The “call to action” for the fund-raising campaign was encompassed by this tag line: “Pick Up The

Fallen.” Three powerful and commanding words were featured as both the visual and verbal core of the campaign: “Respond.

Assist. Restore.” By combining these words with strong images from the media, a highly effective communication campaign

was created.

Throughout their educational experience, these

Graphic Design students are instructed to “add

value” as a benefit to their clients. In this case,

students put their skills to work, and their work

became part of a very valuable cause that directly

benefited those in need. Tamara Pavlock, The Art

Institute of California–Sacramento’s academic

director for Graphic Design, explained, “We

encourage our students to understand that they can

make an impact and influence their community as

educated, skilled graphic designers. This project is

an excellent illustration of conceptual thinking.”

Stitching Together

a Community of Charities

with Fashion

Fashion shows are glamorous events featuring celebrities, red carpet arrivals and exclusive VIP receptions that build into

a grand finale runway show. In true fashion industry style, the faculty and staff of The Art Institute of California–San

Diego produced their annual “It” Fashion Show on Friday, June 14, 2010. While the showcase highlighted the fabulous

designs created by their Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing & Management students, the cause for the event

supported worthy charities in the community.

Each year, a different theme is selected, and the event concept and fashion show is built around this idea. The 2010

theme was Urban Garden, a celebration of street and city life as seen through the lens of environmental awareness.

This event gave students an opportunity to showcase their creativity and talent to the San Diego community, potential

employers and their peers. Students are involved at all levels of the production, and they are able to gain experience

from doing industry work while supporting local charities. “The ‘It’ Fashion Show is a community effort, with the

goal being to build synergy amongst all students in the school,” stated Jaye Brown, academic director of the Fashion

programs at The Art Institute of California–San Diego. “We love being able to give back to our community partners

through the money raised in ticket sales from the fashion show fund-raising efforts.”

One of the beneficiaries of Urban Garden was SurfAid International, a nonprofit

humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being

of people living in isolated regions that are connected to the organization

through surfing.

City of Hope was another charitable partner, an independent biomedical research,

treatment and education center dedicated to preventing and curing cancer, and

other life-threatening diseases.

Jeans 4 Justice ( J4J) also received a charitable donation from this fashion show

fund-raiser. J4J is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending sexual violence

through creative awareness campaigns and cutting-edge education programs.

This event has drawn the attention of companies that believe in and support the

mission of the fashion show. Urban Garden 2010 was sponsored by Westfield

UTC, Verizon,, Reef, Kip Gerenda Photography, and Fashion

Group International.

painting a portrait of

community service

In April 2010, the National Week of Service was more than just a service initiative for those at The Art Institute of

California–San Francisco. For students, faculty and staff who gave nearly 200 hours of their time, the volunteer effort

was an opportunity to get involved in their community.

The Tenderloin Boys & Girls Club is located just around the corner from The Art Institute of California–San

Francisco, but the students who attend the Club each day don’t always have access to arts education. This is where The

Art Institute of California–San Francisco stepped in by offering a week of arts programming for students at the Club,

including workshops such as Drawing 101, Arts & Crafts and Seasonal Snacking. There was also a special Careers in

the Arts workshop for middle school and high school students.

In addition, volunteers from the school completed a service and facilities improvement project of repainting and

reorganizing the Boys & Girls Club art room. The Art Institute of California–San Francisco students, faculty and staff

were able to work together on these projects, giving their energy, time, talent and skills to enrich the lives of those in

their community.

The Challenge Team Breakfast,

cooked Up Sunnyvale-style

On December 15, 2010, The Art Institute of California–Sunnyvale hosted a continental breakfast for The Challenge

Team Sunnyvale, a community group that meets under the direction of the Sunnyvale Department of Safety to discuss

the challenges that youth and families face. This group, which consists of community members and leaders from a

variety of different backgrounds in education, judiciary, business, religious groups and health care, comes together each

month to find solutions to look for creative and compassionate methods to guide at-risk youth away from the damaging

influences of gangs and drugs by encouraging them to participate in positive lifestyle activities.

The faculty members of the culinary department at The Art Institute of California–Sunnyvale were pleased to work

with this group by hosting 60 members of this community organization on campus, along with students from the local

middle schools and high schools.

“The Art Institute of California–Sunnyvale was a tremendous host for our December meeting. Chef Jeff did a

marvelous job catering our meeting, and added to its success. We are very appreciative of his hard work and dedicated

service,” said James Davis, Neighborhood Resource Officer from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety.

Academic Director of Culinary Arts at The Art Institute of California–

Sunnyvale Jeff Glatstein was happy to donate his time and support

his community, working with the chefs in his department to prepare a

special breakfast for The Challenge Team. “It makes us proud to support

such an important cause. We were thrilled to have leaders from the

community and our local youth from the different high schools be present

at our campus. Everyone enjoyed the breakfast and many students were

interested in learning about the different programs offered here at The

Art Institute of California–Sunnyvale,” stated Glatstein.

The Challenge Team supports programs designed specifically for

elementary, middle and high school youth, as well as their families, from

the local public and private schools in the city of Sunnyvale.

students volunteer talents for

gala benefiting critically ill

patients and their families

People with family members undergoing treatment at local hospitals in Charleston, SC have a resource in The Palmetto

Palace. It’s a nonprofit organization serving families of critically ill patients undergoing treatment at local hospitals by

providing affordable lodging, transportation and emotional support for families whose members are facing a health

crisis, with an emphasis on serving those who are indigent or eligible for Medicaid.

The Art Institute of Charleston is an enthusiastic supporter of The Palmetto Palace, thanks to the efforts of

Dr. Youlanda Gibbs, founder and executive director of The Palmetto Palace, who is also a faculty member at The

Art Institute of Charleston. “When Dr. Gibbs approached us with the idea of sponsoring and being involved in The

Palmetto Palace Gala, it was not something we had to think about for long,” said Art Institute of Charleston President

Rick Jerue.

Students from the Graphic Design and the Culinary Arts programs were involved in the Gala from the initial planning

stages. Graphic Design students worked on invitations and brochure designs, with the Culinary Arts students planning

and prepping food for local chefs. The students served guests at the Gala and worked side by side with the chefs.

The inaugural Palmetto Palace Gala, with The Art Institute of

Charleston as presenting sponsor, was held on Friday, October 1, 2010,

at the Citadel’s Holliday Alumni Center. The evening raised more than

$150,000 with both silent and live auctions that included fabulous trips,

jewelry and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

“While our organization is new, the need to assist families is not,” said

Dr. Gibbs. “I was given a vision for this project as a direct result of my

role as a Family Care Manager in a local hospital. I became painfully

aware of the families who found it necessary to sleep in their cars or in

waiting room chairs during this stressful period and realized something

needed to change.”

President Jerue commented, “This is just the kind of community

involvement we love to see from our faculty, staff and students. Not

only did we want to support Dr. Gibbs in her efforts, but we also saw

the huge need for this wonderful and worthy cause.”

Students, faculty and staff, along with representatives of CBS Radio and

Second Harvest Food Bank, worked together in the shadow of the Intimidator

roller coaster, taping cans together before adding them to the construction –

drawing spectator questions and creating an opportunity to talk about Second

Harvest and The Art Institute of Charlotte as the car took shape.

In total, Second Harvest Food Bank reaped more than 2,100 pounds of

donated foods from amusement park attendees in addition to almost 13,000

cans of food donated from the build by CBS Radio. Kay Carter, executive

director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, was very pleased with

the event.




In a tribute to NASCAR, the region’s homegrown and internationally known motor sport, Graphic Design students

at The Art Institute of Charlotte partnered with CBS Radio’s Charlotte affiliates and Carowinds amusement park to

build a replica race car that would encourage the public to “Intimidate Hunger.”

“We are always thrilled to receive 13,000 cans of fruit and vegetables. Nutrition

in the food we provide our agencies is important to us, and we never have

enough fruits and vegetables,” Carter said. “Thank you, CBS Radio, plus the

opportunity to work with the wonderful volunteers from The Art Institute and

the great exposure at Carowinds – this was a win-win-win!”

Despite it being one of the hottest days in a long summer, the

students found the work rewarding. And once their labor was complete,

they headed over to the gigantic Intimidator roller coaster to get an

aerial view of their masterpiece.

Approached by CBS Radio about the project, The Art Institute of Charlotte’s Graphic Design program tapped

alumnus Ryan Drye, owner of Charlotte’s District Design Studio, to help out. Drye, a 2007 graduate, designed the race

car and supervised its construction in mid-July at Carowinds.

Almost 12,000 cans of foods donated by grocer Food Lion, another partner in the project, were used to build the racing

car replica.

Upon its completion, the Intimidator replica, named for the late legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt and for

the park’s fearsome Intimidator roller coaster, encouraged park visitors to “Intimidate Hunger” by donating canned

goods to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, which services other food banks and nonprofit agencies in 11

counties in the Greater Charlotte region. The cans used to build the Intimidator also were donated to the food bank.

students from an Environmental & Sustainable Design class and students

from the Industrial Design department at The Art Institute of Colorado

were asked to develop and fabricate designs for the new and improved

YesPleaseMore Pop-Up Store.

The innovative retail outlet features Colorado-designed products and is

a platform to support the creative economy in Colorado. The business

model focuses on providing direct capital to local artists and designers, coworking

space to promote collaboration between different disciplines and

support the entrepreneurial endeavors, social events and starter grants for

new creative entrepreneurial ideas that are voted on by the community.

colorado design students

“create denver”

In support of Denver’s vitality as a creative capital, The Art Institute of Colorado students contributed designs to both

Create Denver Week and the YesPleaseMore Pop-Up Store.

The inaugural Create Denver Week, organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA), successfully brought

individuals and creative businesses together to celebrate their stake in Denver’s creative power and dialogue about new

opportunities to grow this important sector.

The Art Institute of Colorado Visual Effects & Motion Graphics student Chad Seidel shot, edited and pieced together a

comprehensive video that featured Create Denver sponsors, including the Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc., Colorado

Business Committee for the Arts, The Art Institute of Colorado and more, as they discussed Denver’s role as a creative

capital. Seidel’s piece was featured during Create Denver Week 2010 and premiered during other DOCA events.

A black-and-white character portrayal was painted by former Graphic Design student Kristophor Hutson on a focal point

interior wall in the warehouse space that served as the site for most Create Denver Week events. The mural served as a

design inspiration throughout the week.

As a continuation of The Art Institute of Colorado’s partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Interior Design

Fourteen students took on the design challenge: a real-life project

with a focus on sustainable design. Students were put into teams for

a competitive design charette that required developing creative and

sustainable design solutions within a specified budget and presenting their

ideas to the client for feedback.

The winning team’s design theme for the store was Connect the Dots,

which centers on geometry, connections, shapes, contemporary motifs,

sculpture and constellations. All of the students participated in the

successful fabrication and installation of the approved designs.

Sustainable elements were incorporated throughout the store, including

fixtures designed with reclaimed cardboard, a eucalyptus pegboard from

a well-managed forest, reclaimed plywood and other green-friendly


Carissa Mullaney, Environmental & Sustainable Design instructor, said

the project was important for the students because it presented them with

a tangible challenge that instilled the importance of communication and

collaboration, and allowed the opportunity to work with “real-life” clients

in the design community.

The YesPleaseMore Pop-Up Store was the recipient of a 2010 Mayor’s

Design Award, in the “Home is Where the Art Is” category, and the

students’ collaboration was acknowledged in printed materials and at

the reception with former Denver Mayor and recently-elected Governor

John Hickenlooper.

Culinary Students give thanks

for being able to help

The holiday spirit was alive and well last Thanksgiving, thanks in part to Chef Andrew Savoie and culinary students at

The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University, who had the pleasure of preparing Thanksgiving dinner for

the local Phoenix House chapter. They created a holiday meal that included roasted turkey with all of the trimmings for

50 people. This is the second year the outreach took place.

“I am thankful that I can do something like this and how an act of kindness can affect so many. I am also very happy

that I have had the opportunity to cook with The Art Institute of Dallas students as we had many laughs and special

moments preparing this meal,” said Savoie.

Since 1967, Phoenix House has been putting men, women and teens on the road to recovery. They are the largest

nonprofit alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention facility in the nation. Each day, they treat more than 7,000

people in over 150 residential and outpatient programs throughout ten states.

a colossal collateral project

with Ronald McDonald House

In 2003, Soraya Rivera-Moya, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, approached

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale to see if the students would be interested in designing the collateral for the first

Ronald McDonald House in Fort Lauderdale, a place where up to 20 families can reside while their children receive

medical treatment.

That was the beginning of a seven-year partnership in which The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s Honors students

have designed public relations, advertising and media marketing campaigns, including brochures, print ads, public

service announcements, posters, invitations, fund-raising materials, a website, displays, newsletters and even tray liners

for more than 265 South Florida McDonald’s restaurants. One of the major events for which the Honors students have

designed materials is the annual Home for the Holidays party, which raises between $50,000 and $65,000 annually so

that families with seriously ill children receiving treatment in pediatric hospitals can continue to have a “home away

from home.”

“We are extremely grateful to the students, faculty and staff of The Art

Institute of Fort Lauderdale for all their time, effort and dedication

toward our organization for all these years,” said Rivera-Moya. “Like

any other nonprofit organization, our budget is limited in the area of

design and advertising. We are their clients, but more than that, we are

partners for life. I am not sure what we would have done if they did not

exist and had not provided their services to us.”

“We have given our students a unique opportunity to witness firsthand

how communication affects the decisions society makes,” said Chriss

David, department chair of Advertising, Graphic Design and Web

Design & Interactive Media. “Communication is an amazing tool.

With it we can change the world and make a difference. We have done

just that for the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Lauderdale. The

children and families staying there need love, respect and stability. We

have great students with amazing talent, as well as good health. We

want to pay it forward to those kids who are our foundation for the

future. We let the community know this and bring everyone together

for the greater good of a child and his or her family.”

graduate of The Art Institute of Dallas. “For our other students, one

of the barriers they have to getting a professional job is that they don’t

have the resources to purchase the needed clothes.”

Cute Shoes Help Women

Step Out On Their Own

Presentation is everything and students at The Art Institute of Fort Worth, a campus of South University, understand

that professional appearance is a vital element of success – which is why they lent a hand to The Ladder Alliance in

Fort Worth, Texas.

The Ladder Alliance provides female victims of domestic violence or low-income women with the tools to lead

self-reliant, independent and successful lives. The Ladder Alliance accomplishes this by offering GED courses and

computer skills classes – from typing to email to Excel – plus much-needed professional attire through its Success Store.

The Ladder Alliance students earn Success Dollars through class attendance and volunteerism, and then use the dollars

at the Success Store to buy gently used professional clothing that will help them as they transition into the workplace.

The need is real.

“Seventy percent of our students are victims of domestic violence, and many of them left [their homes] with only the

clothes they had on,” said Sharon Cox, founder and executive director of The Ladder Alliance, whose son is also a

In December 2010, The Art Institute of Fort Worth students

organized a clothing drive, asking their fashion-savvy classmates to

donate trendy clothing, shoes, purses and jewelry that would spruce up

the Success Store inventory. The drive benefited not only The Ladder

Alliance students, but also The Art Institute of Fort Worth students

who participated in it.

“It’s broadened my mind about the fashion world,” said Fashion &

Retail Management student Anna Sherman, who designed the flyer

promoting the event. “You can get involved with high-end fashion, but

also with people who need help.”

Kimberly Guerrero, the Fashion & Retail Management student who

led the drive, also volunteers at the Success Store once a week to help

with merchandising. “I love fashion, so being able to help The Ladder

Alliance students by showing them what’s in fashion was something I

really enjoyed doing.”

Volunteer Success Store Coordinator Vicki Giles praised their efforts.

“We’re thrilled to have The Art Institute staff and students interested

in and involved with The Ladder Alliance,” she said. “It means that we

can provide appropriate work attire for our students, as well as clothing

for their everyday life.”

“Day of the Dead” Fashion Show

Comes to Life to Help At-Risk Youth

Students at The Art Institute of Houston supported Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts

(MECA) by helping to celebrate its Dia de los Muertos festival with an amazing fashion show. The “Day of the Dead”

festival is an annual event that helps promote fund-raising and awareness for MECA. MECA is a community-based

nonprofit organization committed to the healthy development of at-risk youth and adults through arts and cultural

programming, academic excellence, support services and community building. “Day of the Dead” is one of the most

important Mexican holidays, where the living celebrate and remember those who have passed on from this life. It is

often characterized by skeletons and colorful decorations.

Fashion Stars, an organization made up of The Art Institute of Houston’s Fashion & Retail Management students,

volunteered to create, design and assemble many of the outfits that went down the catwalk. They also produced the

entire show and were able to obtain models, make-up artists and music on their own. Everything to produce the show

was donated by the students or came from organizations and companies from which the students procured donations.

“This event was a great success,” said Jane Hall, instructor and faculty advisor for the Fashion Stars. “This was the

first year they had a fashion show to help raise awareness and funds for MECA and, judging from the response of the

crowds, I think we helped achieve that.”

“It was wonderful to help the young children of MECA in

this way,” said Vince Tran, Fashion & Retail Management

student. “At the same time, in order to put on the show, we

learned so much about their traditions and history. It was a

great opportunity for us to learn and celebrate the diverse

cultures that are in our community.”

students help paint cancer

out of the picture

Students, staff, and family members from The Art Institute of Houston–North, a branch of The Art Institute of

Houston, participated in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in downtown Houston. The walk raises money for breast

cancer research as well as awareness about the importance of early detection.

Many of The Art Institute of Houston–North team members walked in memory of a loved one. Fund-raising began

on campus with a bake sale and continued with personal donations to achieve the fund-raising goal. In total, The Art

Institute of Houston–North team raised more than $1,400 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. More than 35,000

people participated in the Houston race this year, and more than $3 million was raised for Susan G. Komen for the

Cure® in Houston.

Some students also donated artwork to “Project Pink” (sponsored by the North Cypress Medical Center) to auction off

at their annual Art for the Cure banquet. All proceeds raised from the auction were donated to Susan G. Komen for the

Cure®. “Project Pink” brought in more than $50,000 this year for breast cancer research.

Fashion Students Fuel

Cara Charities’ Runway

The Art Institute of Indianapolis Fashion Design students raced down the runway at the annual CARA Charities

Fashion Show. For almost 30 years, CARA Charities hosts a fashion show during the Indy 500 festivities, using drivers,

team owners, pit crew members, local and national celebrities, fans, media personalities, professional models and the

kids at Methodist Hospital Pediatric Unit and Riley Hospital for Children as the models.

The Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary (CARA) Charity was founded in 1981. Since its inception, the charity has

been the key to philanthropic projects on behalf of the Motorsports families, their fans and their sponsors. Projects

such as the award-winning Buckle Up Baby and toy deliveries to children’s hospitals with members of the Motorsports

community, including drivers, sponsors and the always-popular friend of CARA, the Firestone Firehawk mascot, have

all been sponsored by CARA Charities.

Last year, The Art Institute of Indianapolis students

assisted in the dressing for the CARA Fashion Show

as well as provided garments to be showcased. This

year, CARA Charities invited them to be more involved.

Following the theme “Going Global: Giving Children a

World of Hope,” students were provided a segment called

“extreme, global-friendly fashion.” This category allowed

students to transform old race gear into new futuristic

garments. Nine students spent a month transforming

everything from tires to bolts to seat belts to race jumpsuits

into high fashion garments. Each garment was showcased

during the fashion show.

Two students were honored by CARA Charities board with

scholarship money for their designs. Misty Dodson earned

a $1,000 scholarship from CARA with her futuristic design.

Dodson was inspired by Indy 500 Princesses as she created

her royal garment. The bright long train created of different

colored race flags and a checkered flag for the bodice were

finished with flowing tulle and a top box hat. Second place

went to Elise Lyon with her deconstructed seatbelts design.

She earned a $250 scholarship from CARA.

“CARA Charities is very pleased to have established a

relationship with the school. It not only allows us to bring

some fresh talent to the world of fashion, it is also a great

local community collaboration in order to promote auto

racing, which is at the very core of our mission,” said

Cathie Lyon, executive director. “The CARA Fashion

Show helped raise nearly $50,000 for CARA to support

our national programs as well as our Indianapolis hospital

partners, Methodist Hospital Pediatric Unit and Riley

Hospital for Children.”

dining by design to

Make a Difference

DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Kansas City Dining by Design is an annual fund-raising gala

featuring outrageous, clever and elegant tablescapes. Supporters of DIFFA come together to celebrate the creations of

local designers and share an evening of food and fun.

2010 marked the first year during which The Art Institutes International–Kansas City participated in Dining by Design.

This event is DIFFA’s signature fund-raising event, which showcases the personal passions of some of the Kansas City

area’s leading design talents. Dining by Design has helped raise over a million dollars for education and prevention of

HIV/AIDS in the Kansas City area.

Students and instructors from The Art Institutes International–Kansas City used “A Creative Storm” as the conceptual

impetus in the planning and execution of the school’s tabletop. Student work from all departments was photographed and

printed on vellum in various sizes. The vellum pieces were wrapped in layers of tulle around a bamboo framework. Up-lit

with a halogen lamp, the resulting visual tornado became the centerpiece. Additional light was provided by votive candles.

Red and silver chargers on black bamboo placemats added sparkle and echoed patterns of the table underskirt. Designer bags placed upside

down on the chair backs circled the table with a sense of whimsy, while Art Institute mugs filled with novelty chocolates went home with

the table guests at evening’s conclusion.

Student participation in the event brought them face to face with the design community at one of its best and proudest moments. Most

importantly, design professionals and students from the school came together to make a vital difference in their community.

Minnesota students put Stock in

Photographs for New Orleans

Nonprofit Organizations

In March 2008, The Art Institutes International Minnesota’s Photography program began a semi-annual program to

study documentary photography in New Orleans, Louisiana. The basis of this program is to instill a sense of community

involvement and awareness in the students as they learn that photography can evoke great change. Additionally, students

continue to examine the concept of ethical practice in the field of photojournalism.

When the students arrived back in Minnesota, they prepared an extensive exhibit installation at Traffic Zone Center

for Visual Art, a gallery in Minneapolis. The exhibition ran the gamut from dynamic panoramas of the checkerboard

resettlement of New Orleans, to animal shelters and poetic examinations of the city through its deep roots in music and the

arts. While partnerships had already been established with New Orleans nonprofits, image distribution was challenging.

The students were more than happy to share the images with the nonprofit organizations, but a way to better track and

house donated work was needed in the long term.

NOLA Stock was developed to serve as a stock

photography website for nonprofit organizations,

cataloging the images from the New Orleans’ bi-annual

photography travel and study courses. Photography

students who wish to participate in the program can

develop an account online, complete the appropriate

release form(s), and upload their photographs to the

database. Each nonprofit organization also sets up an

account on the site, completes the online form that

includes who is using the images, where the images are

going and how they will be used. Once an image has

been requested, an email is automatically sent to the

photographer so that the students may update their

resume and portfolio accordingly.

“NOLA Stock was created as an access point for

nonprofit organizations to download photography

when they need it. It provides the organizations with

high-quality images to use in furthering their missions,

and it also helps the students have an efficient way to

make these donations while building their portfolios,”

said Colleen Mullins, Photography academic director.

“Too much editorial and journalistic photography is

based on first-response devastation imagery that ends

up in a second market of gallery print sales with no

meaningful long-term gain for the community from

which the profit is being gained. We are teaching our

students to break that cycle. Most importantly, we are

teaching them that the photograph can be mightier

than the hammer.”

Colleen Mullins, the Photography academic director, wanted an online photographic database that would provide

photography to nonprofit organizations in New Orleans. She worked closely with Chris Tetreault, a Web Design &

Interactive Media student to develop something that would work and meet everyone’s needs.

The finished video debuted at P.A.L.’s Annual Sheriff ’s Roast on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel. During

this premiere fund-raising event, the P.A.L. of Jacksonville introduced the students who had been instrumental in the creation of the

promotional spot, which will be used to seek future sponsorship opportunities in the greater Jacksonville community.

P.A.L. began in the 1960s out of the trunk of a patrol car driven by the Jacksonville Police Department’s Officer Norm Demer. As time

went on, P.A.L. grew, and in 1972 the nonprofit was formed to provide various athletic, mentoring and education programs to deter

crime and provide exercise and self-esteem to local youth. Since the nonprofit was first established, the program’s success has depended on

generous support from the Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office, local businesses, local and state agencies, and private donors.

jacksonville students “P.A.L.”around

with police athletic league to

create promotional video

Brian Mazur, president of The Art Institute of Jacksonville, commented, “Community partnerships like this one not only provide a needed

community service, they also give our students real-world experience and get them started on a lifetime of giving back. I am so proud of

our students and faculty for the wonderful job they did on this project for P.A.L.”

The Police Athletic League of Jacksonville (P.A.L.) works to build strong relationships between local law enforcement

officers and children in the community. The organization was built on the idea that young people can develop positive

attitudes toward law enforcement as they grow up and become adult citizens of the community.

When the P. A.L. of Jacksonville, one of the oldest citizen-building programs in the nation, needed to create a video to

promote their nonprofit youth-serving organization, they looked to The Art Institute of Jacksonville, a branch of Miami

International University of Art & Design.

The Art Institute of Jacksonville Digital Filmmaking & Video Production students, led by department chair Eric Flagg

and faculty member Steph Borkland, completed a promotional spot highlighting P.A.L.’s commitment to consistently

provide safe and structured activities to youth in the Jacksonville community. The goal of the promotional video is to

inspire, educate and build awareness.

a night to remember in

support of Las Vegas Youth

The second annual Sleep Out for the Homeless for the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth took place on Thursday,

August 5 through Friday, August 6, 2010. Leading up to the event, different departments hosted fund-raisers on campus

during the “Sleep Out for the Homeless Fund-raiser Week.” The different events included a root beer float fund-raiser, a

bake sale, donate-a-dollar-to-wear-jeans day, a hot dog fund-raiser, and fill the pillow with spare change event. The event

itself was $5, and everyone who participated got a Sleep Out for the Homeless T-shirt. On the day of the event, over 65

students and staff members spent the night at this educational lock-in where there was live music, presentations, a shelterbuilding

event, relay races and the construction of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, among other things.

At the event, the school presented the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth with a check for $2,500. Additionally, the

school donated hundreds of hygiene care packages and a plethora of non-perishable food items to the same organization.

Furthermore, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission was the recipient of the 600 plus peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The event

drew media attention from two local television stations, as well as a local newspaper.

ecycling has never

looked so artsy

The Art Institute of Michigan faculty and staff were more than excited last spring when the school partnered with an

amazing nonprofit, Arts & Scraps, which is located within the city of Detroit.

Arts & Scraps’ focus is using recycled industrial materials to help people of all ages and abilities to think, create and

learn – attributes closely related to The Art Institute of Michigan’s mission. Arts & Scraps was founded in 1989, and

since then, the organization has served over 2 million children and has recycled close to 28 tons of material.

Teachers, students and parents go to Arts & Scraps to collect materials for classroom projects or home projects, or just

to get creative ideas flowing.

“Arts & Scraps is a gem in this particular Detroit neighborhood,” said

Karen Zuliani, human resources manager at The Art Institute of

Michigan. “What could be better than helping an organization that

brings art into the lives of those that normally wouldn’t have access

to it?”

The Art Institute of Michigan hosted a variety of donation activities

to purchase items on Arts & Scraps’ wish list: a digital camera,

memory card and a cross-cut paper shredder. The school also

collected recyclable materials to donate – everything from buttons

and yarn, to bottle corks and baby food jars.

The Art Institute of Michigan appreciates the artistic outreach and

good work that Arts & Scraps conducts with greater Detroit youths.

After all, what would life be like without art?

new york pops

and students let

the Music Play

The Art Institute of New York City Digital Filmmaking department is proud to reach out to a variety of nonprofit

organizations to promote their positive contributions to society. The school has been working with The New York Pops

to create promotional videos for their “Kids in the Balcony” and elementary after-school programs. This experience serves

a variety of needs for the students, such as community involvement, interaction with a professional client, public speaking

opportunities and is a valuable addition to their resumes.

The Art Institute of New York City Digital Filmmaking instructor Susi Graf ’s class, Broadcast Studio Production, created a

video for The New York Pops, which is helping drive donations to the nonprofit orchestra, as well as aiding their mission to

provide free education to students at public schools. Each new quarter, students continue working on the project.

On May 3, 2010, the entire class was invited to attend a special concert at Carnegie Hall on the occasion of the

organization’s major fund-raiser. The show, “The Best is Yet to Come,” celebrated the legacy of Frank Sinatra. The Art

Institute of New York City students were able to interview elementary school students who attended the concert through

The New York Pops Music Education program. The goal of the students was to document the children’s experiences so

that donors could see how their contributions are being used. Interviews of children, students and other musicians were cut

together, creating a promotional video.

According to student director Alex Dorwart, “I had a lot

of fun while working with The New York Pops. The new

experience of working with a real client has made the

project more stressful yet also more rewarding. Having

had the real experience, I feel like my classmates and

I are even more prepared now to leave school and

start working.”

From Joanne Winograd, education and marketing

manager at The New York Pops: “We received the

video and I was so excited to see it. As a nonprofit arts

organization, the creation of a compelling video about

our education programs was critically important for us.

The students at The Art Institute of New York City

did really excellent work. The video segments they

put together for us are just wonderful. The quality far

surpassed my expectations. As a nonprofit organization,

we truly appreciate the generous donation of their time

and talent. Thank you to all the students who worked on

our project.”

Department Chair Eve Okupniak is thrilled that this

relationship is ongoing and challenging. “I believe that

our relationship with The New York Pops organization

and Joanne has improved the quality of work coming out

of the Digital Filmmaking department. A student acts

differently when working for a client rather than working

for a class. Students can also see work from previous

quarters and try to out-do their success.”

Culinary Students nourish

a garden of eatin’

Culinary instructors and student members of the Culinary Club at The Art Institute of Ohio–Cincinnati spent the

2010 growing season volunteering and providing cooking demonstrations at Granny’s Garden School. Granny’s Garden

School is a nonprofit organization in the Cincinnati area dedicated to using school gardens to teach students how to

discover the beauty and importance of nature, to experience the satisfaction of growing their own food and to appreciate

the simple pleasure of picking a flower.

Granny’s Garden School collaborates with local schools and the community to offer fun, imaginative, hands-on

learning to complement the school’s curriculum. Granny’s Garden School guides educators in the innovative and

practical conversion of school grounds into self-sufficient learning environments that encourage critical thinking,

problem solving and a concern for the environment.

Led by Chef Lindsey Cook, The Art Institute of Ohio–Cincinnati assisted

Granny’s Garden by leading on-site cooking demonstrations using produce

and herbs grown at the school. During Granny’s Garden annual plant sale,

culinary students volunteered by demonstrating and providing samples of food

and recipes created by utilizing only ingredients that were harvested on-site

with the assistance of customers.

The partnership between The Art Institute of Ohio–Cincinnati and Granny’s

Garden proved to be beneficial to both organizations on many levels. With a

focus on the slow food and local food movements, culinary students were able

to gain firsthand experience with growing, tending, harvesting and preparing

fresh produce, as well as providing innovative and practical suggestions

to others about how to best integrate fresh, local foods into their families’

everyday menus.

“Free to Breathe” Campaign

creates an air of Awareness

The Graphic Design students in Linda Karp’s Art Direction class at The Art Institute of Philadelphia worked with Nancy

Gatschet from the Pennsylvania Lung Cancer Partnership to develop an ad campaign to inform the public about the changing

face of lung cancer and to promote Philadelphia’s Free to Breathe® 5K run.

“You don’t have to be a smoker to get lung cancer,” Gatschet told the students at the start of the project.

Four teams of graphic designers created campaigns that emphasized the changing demographics of the disease and how it can

affect women and a younger generation of non-smokers, as well as focusing on the role of genetics.

In addition to creating a series of informative ads suitable for placement on billboards, on the backs of buses or in bus shelters,

each group also created a 30-second radio and television spot incorporating the themes and graphics of their print campaigns.

The large-format print ads created by the winning team of Amanda Jones, Hanan Abdulrahman, Daniel Egan and Kerrey Smith

appeared in bus shelters, inside buses and trains and on the backs of buses, as well as on a billboard along I-95. The studentcreated

public service announcements were aired during October 2009 in the lead-up to the Free to Breathe® 5K run

in November.

Playing santa to Support

the New Life Center

As the holiday season rolls around each year, community centers in Phoenix can rely on The Art Institute of Phoenix to

help provide both necessities and extras on the wish lists of the women and children they serve.

The Art Institute of Phoenix launched its annual holiday drive to assist the New Life Center in November 2010. The

goal of this drive was for students, faculty and staff to assist those in need during the holiday season – more specifically,

those who have been impacted by domestic violence.

The New Life Center has been serving the community by providing refuge from domestic violence. From 2006 to

2007, the center provided 26,523 nights of safety and services to 1,162 women and children. Services through the

center include individual and group advocacy, education and job assistance, transportation services and, most of all,

respect, compassion and encouragement.

The college hosted a kick-off event for all students, faculty and staff, raising more than $800 to purchase items from the New Life Center’s

wish list and high-need items. In addition to the funds raised, clothing, diapers, formula and personal care products were collected during

the drive. The Art Institute of Phoenix is proud to serve the community by contributing to the safety and well-being of women and

children in Arizona.

Students were trained and cleared for roof access, attended regular project briefings and conducted

interviews of all key stakeholders involved in the green roof initiative. The team developed a blog to

capture and share photos, video and dialogue about daily progress on the roof.

Raising the Roof – and capturing

it all on film

Shortly after Allegheny County, PA Chief Executive Dan Onorato announced the construction of a green roof on the

County Office Building, the first green roof on a public building in Allegheny County, project manager Darla Cravotta

turned to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh for creative support.

Recognizing the significance of the roof project for the region, the college responded with students interested in

documenting each stage of development with photography and video. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh also offered the

resources necessary to produce a website and blog to share news about the green roof with the community.

Throughout the summer, students visited the County Office Building roof regularly to document the stages of the

historic green roof project development, including construction, the soil and plants, data collection, maintenance and


The Art Institute’s creative team included Photography students, Web Design & Interactive Media students, Digital

Filmmaking & Video Production students and Graphic Design students. They all came together to help support the

project by developing a signage system and exhibit design to assist in educational outreach.

According to Digital Filmmaking & Video Production student Ben Bostaph, working on

the County Office Building Green Roof Project has been both professionally enriching and

illuminating: “When I first joined the project, I had no idea what it was. The fact that they’re

changing the roof into a garden was surprising and wonderful. I began to imagine what the city

would be like if green roofs were everywhere. More birds, butterflies, a nicer view and cleaner

air. The project has been a joy to work on, and I’m looking forward to seeing the roof ’s full

transformation in the spring.”

In addition to their community service, the student team gained tremendous exposure to the

practical advantages and technological advancements of green roofing. “While I was up there, I

was getting some footage of the technology that was being incorporated and I realized just how

impressive it was,” said Bostaph. “As a video student, I’m well aware of how much technology

influences our daily lives, but I had never considered how it can impact how we grow and maintain

plants, and improve air quality and energy efficiency.”

The Green Roof Project will save energy, reduce storm water runoff, and cut down on the amount

of pollution reaching the four rivers in Allegheny County. Onorato’s team intends to demonstrate

that green infrastructure works, and use the example to show residents and businesses how they can

employ green roofs and rain gardens to benefit the environment and be energy efficient as well.

Kids Cook at the Portland

farmers market

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Portland is committed to building a strong food community,

founded on the principles of quality and sustainability. These values are evident in its continued support of the Portland

Farmers Market. By working with their local market, students from the culinary school gain real-world experiences,

motivating them to succeed and give back to their community at the same time.

In the summer of 2010, students and faculty developed recipes and taught children ages 7–11 how to cook in a series of

classes titled “Kids Cook at the Market.” In these hands-on workshops, the culinary team worked with these young chefs

to prepare delicious dishes such as “Strawberry, Chocolate and Hazelnut Crepes” and “Summer Vegetable Sushi.” Not

only did the children learn about the local, seasonal foods and how to prepare them, they were also able to enjoy their

yummy culinary creations after they made them.

“Our partnership with the Portland Farmers Market gives us a platform to highlight our commitment to education while

showcasing local farmers, ranchers and artisan producers. Our students are excited to work side by side with our chef

instructors, which not only reinforces their passion and interest in food, but also shows that they are actively engaged in a

valuable educational experience that will have a positive personal and professional impact,” said Ken Rubin, chef director

at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Portland.

Lighting Up Our Corner of the

Triangle to fight cancer

Each year, in communities all across the United States and Canada, teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and

national corporations come together to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk

events, and to bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers.

Light The Night Walk events are evenings filled with inspiration. During this leisurely walk, participants carry

illuminated balloons – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

Thousands of walkers – men, women and children – form a community of caring, bringing light to the dark world

of cancer.

A team of enthusiastic faculty, staff and students from The Art Institute of Raleigh–Durham joined together for the

second year in a row, in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk in Durham, NC on

October 21, 2010.

Overall, more than 90 teams and nearly 1,000 walkers participated. The event was held right outside the school’s front doors, in the

heart of the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham. At the end of the walk, The Art Institute of Raleigh–Durham’s Culinary

department provided an array of delicious desserts for the walkers. The school’s team received over $5,600 in donations on a goal of $5,000

to help in the fight against blood cancers.

In recognition of surpassing our donation goal of $5,000, The Art Institute of Raleigh–Durham’s team was recognized during the event

and received a certificate of appreciation. The school was acknowledged for its efforts in raising over $5,000 at an awards ceremony hosted

by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

A portrait of the road

to home inspires hope

Photography students from The Art Institute of Salt Lake City gave hope to families in need at The Road Home in

Salt Lake City by shooting family portraits for those served by the shelter. More than 40 of the shelter’s 60 families

registered to participate in the June 4 event.

“Working with The Road Home allowed us to use our artistic talent, passion and education to serve the community,

something our students enjoy doing,” said David DeAustin, the college’s Photography department faculty advisor.

“Hands-on opportunities like this are extremely valuable to our students’ educational experience; the opportunity was

very uplifting.”

The Art Institute of Salt Lake City students shot and printed 8" x 10" family portraits, while Roberts Arts & Crafts

donated frames to accompany and display each image. The portraits gave families a tangible item to draw hope and

inspiration from as they continue to work through their personal challenges and circumstances. For many families, the

portraits were the first their families had experienced together.

Families at The Road Home have been

rescued from homelessness and receive

assistance as they work to restore their

lives. The Art Institute of Salt Lake City

students donated their time and artistic

talent to assist these families searching for

a brighter future.

The opportunity reinforced valuable skills

for the students, including proper use of

lighting, organizing mass photo shoots and

working with children.

A Picture Perfect Partnership with

Young Artists in the Alamo City

The August 2010 grand opening of The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston, was

about more than just the establishment of a new school. The grand opening ceremony was as much about establishing

a partnership within the greater San Antonio arts community. Among the 150 guests at the gala event were students,

faculty and administrative staff from the Henry Ford Academy, Alameda School for Art and Design (HFA: ASAD).

This San Antonio charter high school opened August 2009, and is focused on strong academics, art and design.

“The Henry Ford Academy, Alameda School for Art and Design is a natural partner for The Art Institute of San

Antonio,” said Joshua Pond, president of The Art Institute of San Antonio. “In an environment where funding is

difficult, and high school art programs are frequently being pared back, we feel that it is an imperative to support

schools and programs like this. The sooner students are able to identify these career paths and begin building the

requisite skills to be competitive, the better,” he added. “We are especially eager to see their student population grow

and succeed, and we know they will ultimately be a talented and qualified group of individuals upon graduation.”

The donation of a series of digital cameras was

presented at the event by Pond to Mr. Jeffrey Flores,

principal of HFA: ASAD. “The Art Institute of San

Antonio is an excellent higher education option for our

students,” said Mr. Flores. “We have been impressed

with the commitment of The Art Institute of San

Antonio towards not only the art community, but the

greater community of San Antonio.”

To further underscore this partnership, a group of

representative students were invited to participate

in the “paint splash,” a ribbon-cutting ceremony of

sorts, alongside campus administration, community

leaders and current students of The Art Institute

of San Antonio. “Their students are immersed in a

college-going culture, and intensive art and design

preparation,” said Pond. “I can think of no group

of students with greater potential to succeed in our


HFA: ASAD is a partnership led by Henry Ford

Learning Institute (HFLI), a nonprofit organization

dedicated to creating public schools in public spaces,

and San Antonio’s The Alameda National Center

for Latino Arts and Culture, a world leader in

documenting and sharing Latino contributions to the

broad landscape of American art and culture.

For Interior Design Graduate,

Success Means Giving Back

As a member of the first graduating class of B.F.A. students in the Interior Design program at The Art Institute

of Seattle, Kristen Young (B.F.A., Interior Design, 2005) knew an advanced degree meant more choices, and more

opportunity to design the kinds of spaces she loves. Upon graduation, Young began working for upscale hotel and resort

design firm, Degen and Degen. Her new employers were impressed with her talent and ambition – giving her plenty of

freedom to push the boundaries of design in spaces like the new Doubletree Bellevue Hotel, as well as other high-end

projects. Young admits to “secretly liking the business side of design,” and claims the 60-hour workweek doesn’t bother

her at all. Young finds motivation in the “task and the function” of interior design, and says her greatest joy comes in

finishing a space and being able to tell visitors, “Everything you’re experiencing now, I created.”

In 2006, Young and a team of creative individuals founded Blank Canvas ( The group was

originally organized as a way to engage the interior design and architectural communities of Seattle and the Pacific

Northwest in an act of collaborative and spontaneous creative expression with an opportunity to raise funds to support

local charities. The popularity of these events over the years has led Young and Blank Canvas to expand beyond their

original mission and open the doors to create a collaborative design studio space in the heart of Seattle’s Fremont


Blank Canvas supports a number of charity organizations throughout the year through

their “Artist Throwdown” events. The events feature teams made up of 5 to 8 local

design professionals, students, as well as faculty and staff from The Art Institute of

Seattle. Teams are given a blank canvas and painting supplies, and challenged to let their

imaginations run wild! The collaborative spirit of the event, combined with the artistry

and generosity of the team members, makes for a fun exercise in creative expression.

Teams are given a set period of time to complete the painting, and all works are auctioned

off at the end of the evening, with the money going to the featured charity.

One such charity, recently featured as the recipient of the “Throwdown” event, was

Seattle’s Art with Heart. Founded by local graphic designers, Art with Heart creates and

distributes therapeutic books and offers supportive training aimed at helping high-risk

children and youth learn to manage their emotions and stress, and express their needs in

healthy ways. Their books combine engaging art with therapies that help youth cope with

feelings in the midst of a crisis, such as after a diagnosis of cancer, a natural disaster or the

tragedy of a school shooting. In this way, Art with Heart supports emotional and social

growth, and helps pave the way for success in school and in life.

Blank Canvas presents four fund-raising events throughout the year and is making a

name for itself as one of Seattle fastest-growing and most engaging charity support

organizations. For Kristen Young, her exciting designs continue to celebrate charm and

functionality, while her ambition continues to guide her toward new heights of creativity

and social responsibility.

Pietro Monfreda, a member of Paint Your Heart Out’s Executive

Board, expressed appreciation for the contribution made by

students, faculty and staff at The Art Institute of Tampa. “The

students and faculty were part of every aspect from painting

homes, to branding, to fund-raising,” he said. “Again this year, they

have really added a complete and motivational touch.”

Painting Our Hearts Out

for the city of tampa

At The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, students helped give one

22-year-old nonprofit organization a face-lift, a makeover and a few fresh coats of paint.

Adopted as the mayor’s official community service effort, Paint Your Heart Out, Tampa, is a citywide program

enabling citizens, businesses, clubs and organizations to lend a helping hand to low-income, elderly citizens whose

homes desperately need painting. The Art Institute of Tampa has been dedicated to the citywide paint day since it

began in 2004.

This year marked Paint Your Heart Out’s 22nd anniversary, and The Art Institute of Tampa wanted to continue

supporting the organization. For its 20th anniversary, Graphic Design students competed to redesign the Paint Your

Heart Out logo, and the winning logo is still in use.

This year, The Art Institute of Tampa formatted the fund-raising brochure for the annual Aim High event – a clay

shoot competition. Graphic Design students created a mailing piece to generate awareness. Then, on the citywide

paint day, faculty, staff and students used their best wrist techniques to paint senior citizens’ homes in the Tampa

Bay community.

A Flood of Support for

nashville flood victims

With the devastation of the Nashville area from flooding in 2010, employees and students at The Art Institute of

Tennessee–Nashville were eager to find ways to help those victimized by the disaster. The college chose Second Harvest

Food Bank of Middle Tennessee as one of its partners.

The mission of Second Harvest, organized in 1978, is to feed the hungry and work to solve hunger issues in the

communities it serves. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive food banks nationwide and is a member of

Feeding America – The Nation’s Food Bank Network. Second Harvest distributes food to approximately 400 nonprofit

partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee.

Just after the flooding occurred in greater Nashville, faculty member Bob Umberger and the catering class at The

Art Institute of Tennessee–Nashville hosted a pasta luncheon, which raised over $1,200 for Hands On Nashville and

Second Harvest.

Chef Robbie Piel’s Senior Culinary Practicum class partnered with Yazoo

Brewery and Olive & Sinclair Chocolates to host a beer and food pairings

dinner, which raised over $800 for Second Harvest. For the dinner, the

Exploring Wines and Culinary Arts classes brewed their own beer to serve

with the main course. And Chef Chris Chapella’s Advanced Patisserie class

created eight gingerbread houses for a silent auction, which raised almost

$700 for Second Harvest.

Chef Anthony Mandriota, department chair of Culinary Arts, and five

students partnered with Second Harvest and seven other area chefs to

produce an eight-course meal hosted by Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher.

The 4th Annual “Cooking Wild with Jeff Fisher and Friends” event was

held at the Culinary Arts Center at Second Harvest and raised $20,000 for

the organization.

Finally, faculty and staff contributed to a Christmas-time canned food drive

to benefit Second Harvest.

Carol Menck, president of The Art Institute of Tennessee–Nashville,

commented, “With the scale of the devastation from the flooding in this

area, our college community was eager to do whatever we could to help

those in need. This was the right way for us to express our care and concern

for our community this year.”

a british invasion in tucson

creates a new wave of

support for Charity

Fashion students at The Art Institute of Tucson partnered with the Tucson Ladies Council to plan the group’s sixth annual

fashion show. With the theme of “London Calling,” students at The Art Institute of Tucson were determined to make the fundraising

show an event to remember.

Overall, the event raised an impressive $140,000 for the Tucson nonprofit organization Tu Nidito. More than 15 years ago,

Tu Nidito filled a need in the Tucson community by building a successful nonprofit agency dedicated to supporting children

impacted by serious illness and death. Since then, Tu Nidito has served the needs of Tucson’s children and has experienced

phenomenal growth.

Hundreds of fashion-minded guests attended the September event, hosted by a popular Tucson radio celebrity, at The Westin

La Paloma resort. The Art Institute of Tucson played a much larger role than merely being a sponsor. The show was produced by

the school’s fashion instructor Paula Taylor, and featured mod-UK styles from various stores in Tucson’s upscale La Encantada

mall. The school’s team had a role in nearly every aspect of the show, from building the opening act costumes, to designing and

constructing the black dresses worn by the 15 members of the Tucson Ladies Council. Not wanting to leave any dress askew, the

students also served as backstage dressers to ensure that all 83 garments were stage-ready.

Other Art Institute of Tucson students assisted, including Digital Photography student Jose Beltran as the creative fashion photographer,

and Digital Film & Video Production students Allex Gregoire, Joel Lopez and Adriana Garcia as event videographers. Nic Brenden,

Graphic Design student, created the program insert and Media Arts & Animation student Corey Browning painted colorful graffiti

artwork for the show’s silent auction.

One of the event’s most dramatic moments was at the show’s start; a model walked the stage in a mod-styled British flag dress, designed

and constructed by students.

“We are so proud of our students,” said Elizabeth Heuisler, The Art Institute of Tucson fashion academic director. “The professional-level

work they did for the event played such a large role in its success. These unique real-world opportunities help position the school, our

curriculum and our students in such a positive light within the community.”

The show received fanfare before it even took place. Two dresses worn on the runway by the Tucson Ladies Council members were

featured on the cover of the September issue of Tucson Lifestyle magazine. Fashion student Geovanny Beltran designed and constructed

one of the dresses. Cybil Waite also constructed a dress that was featured in the magazine’s story.

“The entire experience was truly amazing,” said Geovanny Beltran, fashion student. “Being a part of the event was an incredible

opportunity for us to apply our knowledge and skills in a real-world scenario – and to help raise money for such a great organization was a

great feeling.”

“ dream Camp” wakes up

Students’ artistic side

The Art Institute of Vancouver joined a coalition of local businesses, community groups and school district staff to give

about 500 district students full-day activities over spring break in 2010.

The students, from inner city elementary schools, attended DREAM Camp (Drama, Recreation, Extracurricular, Arts

and Music) at selected schools throughout the two-week school break. The objective was to introduce students, ages

9 through 11, to drawing processes and skills used by illustrators, animators, graphic designers and fashion designers.

Students created line, shape and collage self-portraits, using individual photos of the participants.

Valerie Pugh, instructor for Foundation programs at The Art Institute of Vancouver, worked to help them experiment

with and explore a wide range of media and processes used in illustration. She described the project as a “unique

opportunity to make art, which opened the horizons and recognition of drawing skills as the basis for much of today’s

entertainment products (movie animation, games, etc.).”

This unique opportunity to receive encouragement and feedback from

instructors from The Art Institute of Vancouver inspired students,

who worked enthusiastically to create artwork.

Valerie went on to say, “An applied arts education trains students to

achieve personal satisfaction and economic success in a wide variety of

design and media industries. Art and design skills are not esoteric or

frivolous; they entertain us and change lives in our global community.

This was an intense and interesting week that reminds me again that

educating is an expression of hope for the future.”

Serving Others with a Holiday Spirit

During the holiday season, Culinary Arts students, faculty and staff from The International Culinary School at The Art

Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, experienced firsthand that sometimes the most

meaningful gifts are created by giving of oneself. They volunteered their time and talents to prepare dinner for the less

fortunate at the Ann Van Vleet Winter Homeless Shelter hosted by the Foundry United Methodist Church in Virginia


The dinner was the result of a coordinated effort among several Culinary Arts classes with assistance from staff with

serving. Chef Larry Adler’s Purchasing & Product Identification class assisted in planning the menu, and students worked

for three solid days to prepare approximately 200 pounds of food, including homemade dinner rolls, fresh fruit and cheese

trays, turkey tetrazzini, lamb stew with steamed rice, oven-roasted chicken, roasted red potatoes, sautéed vegetables and

homemade sugar cookies. Chefs Charles Vakos, Lin Old, Larry Adler and Jim Odishoo, along with Chef Director Paul

Kennedy, coordinated more than 20 students over many hours to finalize preparations for the meal. “This really was a

team effort from our school to the local community,” said Chef Kennedy.

The International Culinary School team served the dinner buffet-style to the nearly 70 guests from the Hampton Roads region who were

transported to the church by the Volunteers of America. When the line began to slow, some students transitioned from kitchen staff to

dining partners, sitting and talking with guests while they finished their dinner.

Culinary student Giselle Gonzalez summed up the evening’s experience, saying, “This was a great chance for me to give back to people

who may not be as fortunate as I am right now.”

As Chef Adler put it, “One of our goals for the evening was to ensure that our guests got to eat as much as they wanted.”

Annual Gingerbread Project

Spices Up Hearts

On a cold winter night, the excited voices of nearly 30 children were heard down the hallway of Children’s National

Medical Center in Washington, DC. It was December 13, 2010, and seven Culinary Arts students were arriving from

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta. Dressed

in their white uniforms, the aspiring chefs were bringing a host of goodies for the annual gingerbread project, a warmly

anticipated part of the hospital’s holiday party for patients and their families.

The students carried in boxes of gingerbread men, peppermint candy canes, sprinkles, yummy chocolate balls and

pounds of vanilla icing. Wide eyes and smiles greeted the culinarians. The children were eager to create their very own

gingerbread men and munch on some sweet treats, too.

Serving children from birth to age 23, the Children’s National Medical Center operates a full-service medical clinic

known as the Children’s Health Center @ THEARC in the Anacostia area of Washington, DC. Care includes preventive

health care, sick visits, immunizations, chronic illness management, and psychological, legal aid, referral management and

social support services. Children’s National Medical Center provides services to families in communities where affordable

health care is a challenge.

The gingerbread project was coordinated by Chef Alison Friedman of the Culinary Arts faculty. Because she had enjoyed similar events as

a culinary student herself, Chef Friedman devised a holiday activity that would benefit both the children and students. “Holidays are a time

to spread cheer, and I wanted to come up with an activity that everyone could enjoy,” Chef Friedman said. “I get a kick out of seeing the

children’s faces light up when decorating their gingerbread men and the excitement over showcasing their creations to their parents.”

Each child was given two gingerbread men, baked and prepared by the culinary club under the guidance of Chef Benita Wong, who has

supported the gingerbread project for many years. The children enjoyed taking bubblegum balls and creating eyes for their gingerbread

men. They added sprinkles on the hands and feet and gave some of their gingerbread men hair using lots of vanilla icing. They even

managed to enjoy a few pieces of candy while decorating!

This project has turned into an annual community service event for the Culinary Arts department, as well as a long-lasting

community partnership.

Making a Splash in Arts Education

in Northern Virginia

The many communities that comprise the Northern Virginia area are known for their rich historical significance, beautiful

landscape and a thriving arts community just outside the main Washington, DC hub. That’s why when The Art Institutes opened

a branch location in the Northern Virginia town of Sterling, faculty and staff made great strides to become a good neighbor in its

new home.

In the summer and fall of 2009, as The Art Institute of Washington–Northern Virginia, a branch of The Art Institute of

Atlanta, opened doors to its first creative class of students, the school partnered with many local community organizations,

including meeting with the Loudoun Arts Council, Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Foundation for

Northern Virginia; co-sponsoring high-profile community events, such as the Loudoun County Fair and the Northern Virginia

Foundation Gala; and hosting a special grand opening celebration, during which attendees participated in The Art Institutes’

grand opening “paint splash” tradition – literally making a mark on canvas to symbolize the impression the new school has made

in Northern Virginia.

Such collaborations and outreach are not only important, but also warmly welcomed, said Heather Stillings, past president of

the Loudoun Arts Council. “We were thrilled to hear that The Art Institutes was opening a new school right here in the heart

of Northern Virginia. At the Loudoun Arts Council, we work to achieve an increasingly vibrant and vital arts scene in Loudoun

County, and The Art Institute of Washington–Northern Virginia is a perfect fit as an educational partner toward this goal.”

High School Art Collaboration:

A Housewarming in the Heart

of Milwaukee

When The Art Institute of Wisconsin prepared to open its doors in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward in October 2010,

the school was looking for opportunities to showcase the school’s commitment to being an active educational partner

within the community.

“From day one, our goal was to demonstrate to our neighbors the important role The Art Institute of Wisconsin is

committed to playing in growing the artistic creativity that already exists in Milwaukee,” said The Art Institute of

Wisconsin president Bill Johnson.

In doing so, the school collaborated with the arts education director of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to

showcase artwork from MPS high school graphic arts students in The Art Institute of Wisconsin’s new permanent

student art gallery. The kick-off of the inaugural exhibition coincided with the school’s grand opening celebration and its

participation in the Historic Third Ward’s popular Gallery Night & Day celebration – a quarterly event showcasing the

best and most creative gallery exhibitions to be found in Milwaukee’s cultural district.

The exhibition featured more than 15 graphic design works,

and was viewed by more than 200 invited guests to the school’s

grand opening. Word spread fast around the Third Ward,

and numerous passersby paid a visit to the school to view the

exhibition and take a tour of the school’s new campus.

“We were honored that The Art Institute of Wisconsin provided

our students the opportunity to display their artwork and for

its commitment to nurture young artists in Milwaukee,” said

Kimberly Abler, MPS art curriculum specialist. “For many of

these students, it was the first time their work has been on display,

and we look forward to the possibility of future collaborations.”

The collaboration with MPS was the first of many partnerships

The Art Institute of Wisconsin intends to explore as it becomes

more and more a fixture among Milwaukee’s creative arts

landscape. Additionally, as Art Institute students continue to

explore their own creativity, as they themselves are given the

perfect opportunity to take their skills from the classroom to the

gallery for all to see.

Instructor Tom Notarangelo oversaw the friendly competition, saying, “It is

important for the students to get real-world experience. They also get to see

the rewards of their talents when doing volunteer work in the community.” The

competition continued as all the students were able to enter their designs in the

statewide competition, held in Philadelphia.

York Students Put the Pedal to

the Metal for the American

Cancer Society

When the word “cancer” is spoken, most of us freeze in panic and fear. That was not the reaction of the Advanced

Typography class at The Art Institute of York–Pennsylvania. They welcomed the topic when they learned they could do

their part to combat the disease as volunteers for the American Cancer Society.

As an extracurricular project, each class member accepted the challenge of designing the logo for the local chapter’s

annual Bike-a-Thon fund-raiser. The winner’s design will promote the Society’s South Central PA chapter on apparel

worn by participants in the 2011 event.

For over three weeks the students designed, received feedback and refined their logos until the final presentation

took place in late October 2010. The representative from the American Cancer Society was presented with seven

outstanding designs. Choosing a winner was difficult. Finally, Amie DiStefano’s bicycle-embodied design won the

judges’ hearts, narrowly edging out Kristin Brusstar’s tire-track design. DiStefano said, “I’m thrilled to win. It gave me a

real boost of confidence that I am in the right industry.”

stirring up a love for art

in chicago students

Every fall, winter and spring, children at Falconer Elementary School on Chicago’s Northwest Side can count on a visit

from students at The Illinois Institute of Art–Chicago. The college students come armed with lesson plans they’ve created

for art class. This program is especially significant because budget cuts have forced many schools like Falconer Elementary

to cut back on arts education spending.

“It’s great for our students to get out of their classrooms, and it brings a service learning component to their education,”

said associate professor Laurie Mucha, who incorporated the project into the curriculum of her Effective Speaking class.

Mucha created the “Art Lovers” program in 1996, and its popularity has only grown with time. Each college student is

charged with picking an artist and creating a project based on that artist’s work. “The [elementary school] kids learn to

look at art more critically and get the chance to connect with these young adult artists,” explained Mucha.

Falconer Elementary School Assistant Principal

Diana Acevedo believes the program is truly

beneficial for her students. “It gives our students

an appreciation for art, and they really look

forward to it.”

Mucha said her students enjoy the experience so

much that some have volunteered to participate

in future “Art Lovers” projects even though they

are no longer in her class.

When possible, Mucha tries to match her bilingual students with Falconer students who speak the same second language

to give the grade schoolers a greater connection to her students.

Schaumburg Families Get A Creative

Boost from our students

For one heartwarming week in April 2010, faculty, staff and students at The Illinois Institute of Art–Schaumburg dedicated

their time and creative energies to benefit the lives of families in need.

The effort was an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to enhancing the already fruitful work of the Children’s Home + Aid Family

Center in Schaumburg.

The Marletta Darnall Schaumburg Child + Family Center provides subsidized services to low-income, high-risk families

living in Schaumburg and the surrounding areas. The center is an early intervention program providing early childhood care

and education, enabling families to work and receive assistance to care for their children.

The programs offered through the center provide childcare, early childhood education, parenting education and support,

crisis counseling and intervention services. The center also helps low-income families obtain health insurance through

KidCare, a state program that offers health care coverage and premium payment assistance to children and pregnant women.

The college community collected various art supplies for the center’s

children, such as glitter, glue, construction paper, stickers and other

goodies that make young art projects so tactile and exciting. Basic

household items, such as paper towels, trial-size toiletries and cleaning

products were also collected for the center’s families. Activities included:

art projects with family, children and center staff, rocking babies, reading

to children and more.

The college also left a lasting impression by donating a wooden bench

and coat rack. Hand-built by the campus president and dean of academic

affairs, the useful objects also created painting projects for the children

and volunteers.

This is the second year that The Illinois Institute of Art–Schaumburg

was rewarded by working with Children’s Home + Aid in Schaumburg.

Members of the campus community are looking forward to participating

on a school-wide level again.

The campus-wide effort included volunteer time and a donation drive to benefit the center’s families.

Rescuing Our Furry Friends

Reducing animal cruelty and creating sensible social change for animal rights is a cause dear to the hearts of the Miami

International University of Art & Design community. For the second year in a row, students, faculty and staff organized

The Dog & Cat Show, a fund-raiser that fuses passion for art with support for nonprofit animal rescue shelters. The

proceeds benefit two of South Florida’s no-kill animal shelters; this year’s beneficiaries were Fairy Tails Adoption and

Friends Forever Rescue.

The fund-raising event included the sale of handmade tiles, drawings and artwork by faculty and students from the

University, as well as artwork from other local colleges and local artists. Students and faculty worked together to prepare

custom animal portraits that were made available to those who had prepaid for a tile. Aside from the work for sale, there

was an exhibition of dog- and cat-themed artwork by prominent Miami artists to complete the celebration. Additionally,

the no-kill animal shelters brought dogs and cats available for adoption during the opening reception.

This year’s event was built on the success of the inaugural Dog &

Cat Show fund-raiser last year, which raised over $1,000 for two

worthy Miami no-kill animal shelters through the sale of tiles and

other artwork, and celebrated the adoption of two pets.

“We are very proud to have done The Dog & Cat Show again this

year. It is our belief that consistency is a key factor for making a

change that will make a difference,” said Erika Fleming, president

of Miami International University of Art & Design.

Decorated Bras Lend Support

to Breast Cancer Research

It started as a student idea: “What if we decorated and transformed bras and hung them in the gallery during October for

Breast Cancer Awareness month?”

The idea quickly caught on and soon, the entire Fashion & Retail Management degree program at The New England

Institute of Art was volunteering to create bra-artwork for a silent auction. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston

came on board, thrilled with the idea and happy to help raise consciousness of the need to fund breast cancer research.

Bras came in one by one. There was the Mardibras, a bra transformed into a New Orleans-style mask. Celeb-Bra-ty

came from the Coolidge Corner Theater; it was all glitter and gold with lightbulbs that changed colors and straps made

of filmstrips. The Phantom of the Op-Bra captured the black and white mystery of the famous mask, and it joined

transformations that took the shapes of elephants, butterflies, a pirate ship and even a lamp.

A silent auction netted more than $1,300 for Dana-Farber, and the entry fees added $250 to the student scholarship fund.

“This was a tremendously successful event,” said Kathleen Evans, chair of the Fashion

& Retail Management program. “Not only did our students enjoy the project, but

they learned about community service, and we hope they will incorporate that into

their careers going forward.”

As a final touch, Cranshaw Construction (the company that helped construct the

gallery) donated 12 pink hard hats and a miniature (4x4) construction site composed

of little trucks full of pink ribbons, miniature construction workers and two mounds

of construction materials (created from – a bra!).

“We received such positive feedback on the show,” added Evans. “This will now be

a yearly event, and the students are already planning their designs for next year. The

college sees this as a great OppBratunity.”


Opening New Educational Doors

for Underserved Neighborhoods

Master of Arts in Education student Ronnie Chad Shirley is taking his knowledge from the classroom at Argosy

University, Atlanta to the community with Learning Equity, an organization dedicated to promoting adult life-long

learning in underserved populations.

Founded in October 2010 by Shirley, the agency works to bridge digital and cultural divides in providing learning

services to the parents of children in Title One schools. The agency, inspired by Shirley’s studies as a student and the

educational philosophy of social constructivism, seeks to prepare adults to meet the needs of a diverse and

digital workforce.

“Chad has a true love of learning. His goal is to encourage children and their families to believe in themselves and

pursue their education despite any challenges in their backgrounds or life experiences,” said classmate Tenisha Rostant,

a student in the Master of Arts in Education in Instructional Leadership program.

The agency currently partners with Argyle Elementary School in Smyrna, Georgia, to provide (ESL) classes to the

parents of children at the school. “Our goal is to provide equal access to educational and learning opportunities for

people of all backgrounds and abilities,” said Shirley.

In addition to ESL classes, Learning Equity

provides a wide variety of continual adult learning

services, including basic computer skills training,

resume writing workshops and training in

multiculturalism, multiple intelligence, Bloom’s

Taxonomy, invitational theory, adult teaching

strategies, differentiation instruction and inclusion,

and diversity training.

Courses taught by the agency include beginning

and intermediate Spanish, family literacy, U.S.

citizenship, GED classes, college-level academic

writing, grant writing, as well as APA Style

writing for post-graduate research and publishing.


Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

and Homelessness in Chicago

For more than seven years, Argosy University, Chicago Doctorate of Clinical Psychology graduate Brandon Crow has

been working to end homelessness and poverty in Chicago through The Cara Program (TCP). Since 1991, the agency

has placed more than 2,700 homeless and at-risk adults into quality, permanent jobs.

According to the 2010 Report on Illinois Poverty produced by the Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on

Poverty, more than 400,000 people in the state of Illinois have fallen into poverty since 2007. As a result, 20.6% of

Chicago residents live in poverty and another 20.7% are at risk of falling into poverty.

TCP prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives,

strengthen communities and forge paths to real and lasting success. Founded in 1991, the agency was inspired by the

work of Mother Teresa and moved by the global challenges affecting the poor. The agency, which was founded by

entrepreneur and philanthropist Tom Owens, today serves hundreds of Chicago residents each year at one of its three

facilities – a main training center and two community centers

In addition, the agency has two social enterprises, Cleanslate

Neighborhood Beautification Services and 180 o Properties (a joint

venture with Mercy Housing Lakefront), which serve as a property

preservation business for homes in foreclosure.

Crow, now the vice president of programs for the agency, is a

member of the senior management team, working on traditional

programs that service the community. Those programs include

admissions, job and life skills training, job placement, supportive

services and clinical services. “I am fortunate to have had professors

and training supervisors who helped me develop the skills that I use

in direct service and in managing and training others. With this, we

are able to provide Chicago’s homeless and at-risk population with

the best possible support and services that put them on the road to

self-sufficiency,” said Crow.

After one year of employment, 75% of those who had enrolled in

TCP remained in their initial jobs and more than 82% lived in

permanent housing – a radical improvement from the 19% that had

permanent housing when they entered the program. “Being a part of

literally seeing the end of the cycle of poverty for an individual and

his or her family has, and always will be, the high point of my work

here,” said Crow.

According to the agency, “The goal of TCP is not simply to see each

student gain quality employment, secure permanent housing and

establish sustainable financial habits. It is to know that they have

built a solid foundation for the future and that they are setting and

achieving goals. We want our graduates to have the self-knowledge,

the inner strength and the practical skills that they need to create

lasting success and lift themselves and their families out of poverty.”


Providing a Safe Haven for

Victims of Domestic Violence

A place to stay and a willing ear can mean the difference between life and death for a victim of domestic violence.

That’s the reality faced daily by Dallas-based Genesis Women’s Shelter and Argosy University, Dallas alumna Jessica

Callahan. Callahan, a graduate of the University’s Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program, works as a

counselor for the agency, providing support to victims of domestic violence.

The Genesis Women’s Shelter was founded in 1985 by Shelter Ministries in response to the unique and growing needs

and vulnerabilities of abused women and children seeking their services. It was, and remains, a collaboration between

the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas and the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. As community needs increased, so did the

services provided by the shelter. Today, the agency operates a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing,

individual and group therapy, teen counseling, counseling for friends and family, parenting classes, legal services, and

provides safety with a protective order.

The Genesis Outreach Office opened its doors in 1993 to service

victims of domestic violence who were not fleeing in immediate

danger. Callahan is now one of 14 therapists on staff in the Outreach

Counseling Office. Callahan provides individual and group counseling

sessions, makes initial outreach calls, and does intake interviews with

women seeking help from the agency. In addition, she gives educational

presentations on domestic violence and safety to the community. She

is also working to help other Argosy University, Dallas students make

an impact in the area, supervising counseling students completing their

clinical training at the center.

Outreach counselors like Callahan see an average of 1,000 women

and children each year at the agency, whose shelter houses 650 women

and children annually. “The families who walk through our doors are

escaping unspeakable violence, and our goal is to provide them with all

the tools they need. From the moment a woman picks up the phone to

call the hotline, to her arrival at the shelter, to the ongoing counseling

for her and her children, Genesis Women’s Shelter is there to help her

navigate the difficult road and achieve success she once only dreamed

possible,” said the agency.

Despite the 10,000 clinical counseling hours provided by the shelter

each year, there is currently a wait list of over 200 women seeking

expert counseling services through the agency. “As a counselor at

Genesis, I am constantly reminding myself of the lives at stake in the

work that I do, and am challenging myself to do more to create safety

for those women. We never stop seeking ways to better reach victims,

educate the community, and increase support,” said Callahan. “Each

staff member has made a personal commitment to take this mission

beyond our workday and into our lives.”


Argosy university, Denver Helps

Area Children Get Their Wings

Argosy University, Denver student Jacqueline Withers is helping students’ dreams take flight with the Take Flight

Leadership Program. Founded by Withers and inspired by her work in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen, the agency

serves as a leadership academy to prepare students with the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to excel in both

education and aviation.

Founded in 2003, Take Flight partners with the New Frontier Aviation School to provide flight training and the

“soaring” experience for children 13-18 years old in the Denver area. The program provides access to aviation education,

resources and scholarships for African American students interested in aviation careers. Withers personally mentors

and guides more than a dozen students through the program.

Withers, a student in Argosy University, Denver’s Master of Science in Management program, as well as a motivational

speaker and artist, began her journey in aviation as a muralist dedicated to ensuring the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.

“The history of these courageous pilots was never told in my history books. Through these murals, people are educated

about and reminded of this important piece of black history,” said Withers. Her work has earned her the accolades of

numerous aviation and history groups and the appreciation of the Tuskegee Airmen themselves.

In addition to murals themed around the Tuskegee Airmen, Withers has also donated two murals to the Bessie Coleman Foundation,

honoring the history of America’s first African American female pilot. Withers, as a motivational speaker, has addressed more than 25,000

school children, and uses her experiences to further her students in the Take Flight Leadership Program. “I want these children to feel

what I felt the first time I met members of the Tuskegee Airmen,” said Withers. “To stand looking directly into the eyes of those who

made history and to make a profound and strong connection to our past.”

Students in the program must meet a minimum GPA requirement and donate their time with nonprofit and charitable organizations in

the community. They work one on one with Withers, who provides leadership and motivation to help them achieve their goals. “It’s an

honor to serve as a mentor to children in Denver,” said Withers. “It affords me the opportunity to educate them on the rich history of

African Americans in aviation and to give them the encouragement they need to create their own future in the profession.”

The reward for success in the program? Students get to take flight – literally. “They’re able to get in a plane, gear up and head into the

skies, earning hours towards their pilot’s license,” said Withers. In addition, students are prepared to take part in summer programs with

the Civil Air Patrol Cadet program.

In July 2010, the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. awarded Withers the “Hero Youth Award” for her work with the Take Flight Leadership

Program. She has also received an Award for Outstanding Mentoring from the Antique Airplane Association in Colorado.

The event was an example of the “community of recovery” structure that the center promotes, providing a holistic team approach to

therapy in a non-restrictive treatment environment. Family participation is a key component of the program, given that almost two-thirds

of youth with abuse issues have a family history of addiction. The goal of the Bobby Benson Center is to return teens to their schools and

communities with the skills to remain drug and alcohol free and to mature successfully in today’s world.


“The Bobby Benson Center brings hope to young people and their families caught in the devastating world of alcohol and other drugs,”

said Center founder, David Benson. “Here, troubled teens enter a supportive environment, where they acquire the knowledge and social

skills to negotiate a clearer way through life. The successes of the Bobby Benson Center can best be seen in our graduates who return to

help their peers conquer the difficulties they once struggled against.”

“We are honored to begin a partnership with the Bobby Benson Center that helps raise awareness in our communities about the dangers

and prevalence of teen alcohol and drug addiction in Hawaii. Only as a community can we hope to return teens to their schools and

communities with the skills and resources they need to be successful,” said Jon Hines, assistant director of Community Outreach for the

campus and event organizer.

Ohana Can Combat Teen Drug

and Alcohol Addiction

Ohana means family, and a family of support is what Argosy University, Hawaii is helping to provide through its

partnership with the Bobby Benson Center. The Argosy University campus teamed up with the Bobby Benson Center

in January 2011 to host an open house event designed to bring the community together to learn more about drug and

alcohol addiction, as well as mental illness in teens.

The Bobby Benson Center is a residential and outpatient, community-based, social-learning model program designed

to provide adolescents, ages 13-18, with the opportunity to gain the skills needed to develop a lasting recovery from

dependency on drugs or alcohol. Specifically, the treatment program is designed to help break through the denial of

drug and alcohol addiction, develop coping skills to manage the ups and downs of life, learn the triggers that lead to

relapse, and begin taking personal responsibility for actions.

During the open house event, members of the community were invited to the center to meet with staff members and

Argosy University faculty specializing in drug and alcohol addiction. Attendees were provided resources about the signs

and symptoms of abuse, were introduced to the programs at the Bobby Benson Center, and were provided information

on how to best support teens in need in their families and community.

Inland Empire

Bringing Help and Hope to

Orphaned Children in Rwanda

In a country like Rwanda, where more than 60% of residents live below the poverty line and more than 83% live in

rural areas, the daily struggle to provide basic necessities like clean drinking water, food and protection from diseases

like malaria can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, it is often the case that those developing nations often suffer from a

history of violence and political instability that leaves citizens and future generations scarred and without the mental

health resources to recover.

Argosy University, Inland Empire Director of Clinical Training and Assistant Professor Dr. Brenda Navarrete is

working to make a difference with the Coalition for Change, an organization dedicated to improving mental health

services in developing countries. Over the winter break, her efforts extended to rural Rwanda, where she worked near

the Congo border to develop a mental health program for the Noel Orphanage.

The Noel Orphanage is the largest of its kind in the nation, serving more than 600 orphans. Its children are victims of a

series of devastating traumas and events – orphaned, in many cases, for reasons tied to the 1994 100-day genocide that

took place in the country. Orphans at Noel are victims of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, abandonment, extreme poverty, and

a poor health care system that leaves a high mortality rate for

mothers during childbirth. The orphanage serves children from

infants to young adults, and strives to meet their needs in a country

with little money to help counter this type of ongoing and largescale


During her trip, Dr. Navarrete implemented a mental health

program that included a manual she developed for use with

the children. Training modules on general mental health, child

development, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder,

grief and loss, and attachment were presented in the guide. In

addition, she developed a workbook of activities for the children that

focused on improving mood, self-esteem, relaxation, meditation and

identity development.

Her time at the orphanage was spent training nurses and other longterm

staff on how to identify mental health symptoms in children

and how to use the activities she had developed with the children.

This manual was translated in Kinyarwanda and is currently in use.

Dr. Navarrete also worked with administrative staff from the

orphanage and from several medical clinics in the area to develop

crisis management plans for addressing events such as reports of

physical and sexual abuse in their facilities.

“I believe we are all capable of making a great impact on our society,

probably more than we realize. Whether this impact be good or bad,

the magnitude of the impact is up to us,” said Navarrete. “We all

have gifts and resources to offer others whether it be in our local or

international communities. This does not require for us to have any

unusual talents or abilities, just the belief that our actions are capable

of bringing about positive change in the world. My trip to Rwanda

was an extremely rewarding experience that provided me with

valuable opportunities for cultural exchange and personal growth. It

reinforced my sense of global responsibility and my enthusiasm for

greater social involvement.”

Los Angeles

Student Shows Homeless

the Way Home

Argosy University, Los Angeles student Tharsha Braden is on a mission to help the homeless in Los Angeles. While

working on her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology, she is also working as an intake coordinator at the Union

Rescue Mission, helping homeless members of the community with drug and alcohol problems.

The Union Rescue Mission (URM) is one of the largest missions of its kind in America, bringing needed services

to homeless men, women and children in downtown Los Angeles. The organization was founded in 1891 by Lyman

Stewart, the president and founder of Union Oil Company. George A. Hilton served as the first superintendent of the

Mission, originally known as the Pacific Gospel Union. During those early days, URM took to the streets in gospel

wagons to offer food, clothing and salvation to the less fortunate.

“We work to help these men and women get on their feet,” said Braden.

“While the need can be overwhelming, the experience is both humbling

and emotionally rewarding. Every day is a reminder of how blessed so

many of us are and how many of us go without.”

In one year alone, the Union Rescue Mission provided 1,335 mental

health clinic sessions, 959 legal aid clinic visits, 5,096 dental clinic

visits, 5,813 health center visits and 14,866 volunteer visits. It has also

served more than 735,909 meals to those in need.

These days, the need is even greater. According to the agency’s website, up to 142,000 people experience homelessness

over the course of a year, and up to 74,000 people experience homelessness each night in Los Angeles. The agency is

working to provide a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services that include food, shelter, clothing,

medical and dental care, recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling and job training

to needy men, women, children and families.


Partnering With Police to

End Domestic Violence

According to the Centers for Disease Control, domestic violence is a serious, preventable public health problem

affecting more than 32 million Americans, or 10% of the U.S. population. Argosy University, Nashville student

Christine Robertini sees the effects of this violence firsthand through her work with the Nashville Metropolitan

Police Department.

Robertini began as an intern in the Domestic Violence Division of the police department, working to build her hours

for state licensure. Robertini, who has already completed her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from

Argosy University, Nashville, is now working toward her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision

with the University.

In the most serious cases of domestic violence, men are usually responsible and their violence may do more damage,

according to the Nashville Police Department website. In 2005 alone, 1,181 females and 329 males were killed by their

intimate partners. In domestic violence situations, women are much more likely to be injured and/or hospitalized, and

women, in general, are more likely to be killed by their spouse than by all other types of assailants combined.

“I began working with the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department

in 2009 and remain committed to the cause and to the agency today,”

said Robertini. She works with female and child victims of domestic

violence, and is part of a team working to help the women obtain orders of

protection, legal aid, victim compensation, safety planning and temporary

shelter. “I counsel the victims and sometimes their children,” said

Robertini. “We work on the symptoms caused by the trauma: fear, anxiety,

flashbacks, nightmares and the like.”

Robertini also facilitates a victim support group called “Thriving,

Not Just Surviving.” This psycho-educational group meets for an

hour and a half each week and discusses topics like self-esteem,

the cycle of violence, anger, the effects of domestic violence

on children, healthy relationships, forgiveness, core belief work

and guided imagery for relaxation.

Robertini is an advocate for domestic violence victims, presenting

workshops on the topic at the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors

Association (TLPCA) annual conference and in other venues.

Orange County

Bringing Peace to Victims

of Childhood Trauma

As a registered marriage and family therapy intern with Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Argosy University,

Orange County Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology student Nadia Jones, MFTI, is working to make a

difference in the lives of at-risk and diverse children. Jones works as a child and family therapist at the agency, providing

counseling and mental health services to at-risk and diverse populations.

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has been providing mental health and substance abuse treatment services

throughout Los Angeles County, California, for more than 60 years. The agency helps children from ages five to 18,

and their families. Didi Hirsch provides services to over 57,000 children, families, adults and older adults at nine sites

each year, from Pacoima to Venice to South Los Angeles to the downtown area, and many points in between.

Didi Hirsch offers a wide range of services, including crisis intervention and stabilization, counseling, residential

treatment, case management, youth-at-risk and family reinforcement programs, delinquency prevention programs,

substance abuse treatment and prevention, and extensive community outreach. “We’re a multidisciplinary team here at

Didi Hirsch,” said Jones. “Having a group of experts on hand for consultation is critical to our success in providing the

support, resources and expertise that our clients need.”

“I love that I can utilize my education to help children improve their lives,” said Jones. “Argosy University, Orange County has taught me

the importance of being both a practitioner and someone who gives back to the community.”

Jones, who specializes in trauma and parenting work, counsels children who suffer from ADHD and other behavioral and/or disruptive

issues, as well as those who have been exposed to domestic violence, the foster care system, teen pregnancy, parental substance abuse,

physical abuse and neglect, and sexual abuse, among other issues. Her work extends to their families as well, equipping them with the skills

and knowledge they need to help their children and break the cycle of abuse. “If we can help the parents to improve, the benefits to the

children and the family are huge,” she said.

“My education at Argosy University has provided me with a strong multicultural theoretical framework that I utilize with my clients every

day,” said Jones, who is dedicated to serving Latin and underserved populations. “As a Latina, it is critical to me to provide support services

to meet the needs of the Latin community. We are making a difference in their lives and in breaking the cultural barriers that exist in those

communities for the work that we do.”


Helping Those in the arizona

Grand Canyon Region Cope

with Emergency Situations

Dr. Stephanie Vitanza and the faculty of Argosy University, Phoenix are doing more than working to educate the next

generation of mental health professionals. They are meeting the needs of members of their community through their service

to the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross. Vitanza, the chair of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling

program at Argosy University, Phoenix, heads up an all-volunteer mental health team that is on call and on the ready to

assist disaster victims 365 days a year.

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross serves the more than 5.2 million people in Apache, Coconino,

Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. A network of agency volunteers provides

emergency assistance in the form of food, shelter, clothing and comfort following natural or man-made disasters. In addition,

the group offers CPR and first aid training, aquatics programs and special help to military service members in need.

Comfort is where Vitanza and her team come in. After Red Cross representatives have met with those affected, whether it

be as confined an incident as a house fire or as widespread a problem as a forest fire, her team is contacted to help provide

mental health services to those affected, offering psychological first aid and providing needed resource referrals.

Numerous Argosy University, Phoenix faculty members join Vitanza, including

Director of Training Dr. Amanda Nellis, Professor of Practice Dr. Korey Hawkins,

Adjunct Professors Dr. Jill Cox and Dr. Ruchi Bhargava (who handle fielding of

callbacks for the clients), and Adjunct Professor Dr. Susanne Drury (who goes out

on calls to assist victims). Chris Simpson, a Doctor of Clinical Psychology student,

provides needed administrative support and helps develop resource materials used

when volunteers are out on calls.

“It is critical that, as mental health professionals, we utilize our expertise to give

back to our communities and support them in times of need,” said Vitanza. “Our

entire team and the University as a whole are committed to giving back and to

representing the profession well.”

Salt Lake City

Serving Up Healthier Meals

and a side of hope

In the state of Utah, 1 in 10 adults and 1 in 8 children live in poverty – a statistic that Argosy University, Salt Lake City

is hoping to have an impact on with annual food drives to benefit those in need. The campus partnered this past year

with the Utah Food Bank, providing food and funds to support efforts to feed those in need. To assist with the effort,

the campus waived its application fee for those who donated food or funds to support the charity.

Started in 1904, the Utah Food Bank is making a difference through a strong network of staff, volunteers, agencies and

community partners. The agency serves as the central hub for food collection and distribution in the state, with a large

warehouse, four semi-tractors, eight box trucks and a strong affiliation with Feeding America.

According to statistics cited by the group, an impoverished family of four makes about $22,000 per year, which must

cover the cost of food, shelter, health care and other household expenses. More than 134,000 state residents receive

food stamps, and 63,000 eat dinner at a soup kitchen. Utah is ranked fourth in the nation for the highest rate of very

low food security, with about 350,000 residents at risk to miss a meal each day.

“We are delighted to partner with the Utah Food Bank to help ensure that we support the community that we live and

educate our students and our families in,” said campus president David Tietjen.

San Diego

Reaching Out to Haiti Through

Emergency Mental Health Services

While many followed the devastation of Haiti’s earthquake in 2010 and the aftermath each night on television, Argosy

University, San Diego professor and Haiti native Rachelle Rene felt the effects firsthand. Rene, a clinical psychologist,

traveled to the demolished city of Léogâne, Haiti, with Disaster Psychiatry Outreach three months after the quake to

help outreach extend beyond rebuilding structures to rebuilding the lives of Haiti’s people.

Disaster Psychiatry Outreach (DPO) is a volunteer organization founded in 1998 to alleviate suffering in the

aftermath of disaster through the expertise and good will of psychiatrists. To fulfill this mission, DPO responds to

catastrophes and provides education and training in disaster mental health to a range of professionals in the health

care, public health and emergency management sectors. The agency organizes volunteer psychiatrists who provide

immediate mental health services in the aftermath of disasters in conjunction with government and private charitable

organizations; develops and implements educational programs, training and referral mechanisms; and develops research

and policy in the field of disaster mental health.

“The city was shattered and nothing had changed since the earthquake,” said Rene. “The physical and emotional

devastation could be seen all around. One of the few remaining structures was the nursing school we were there to help

support. Surrounding the campus was a tent city of the displaced and

devastated residents from the earthquake and its aftermath.” Rene and

her team worked to provide whatever support and services were needed

by the entire community for the two weeks they were in the country.

Their initial focus was to work with the 120 nursing students of FSIL

(Faculté des Sciences Infirmières a Léogâne) who had served as first

responders during the catastrophe. In addition to providing support

services to them individually and in group settings, Rene and the team

equipped the students with the tools, resources and education that they

and other staff needed to identify the signs and symptoms of trauma

and mental illness in the general population they were treating.

Rene’s time was also spent helping the general population through

the field hospital in the area, treating those referred by the medical

staff who presented with behavioral and mental health symptoms.

When not focused in those areas, the team visited area orphanages,

met with staff and children, and brought gifts in the form of toys and

art supplies. The children of Haiti seem to have left the strongest

impression on the professor. “Each evening we would go for walks.

The children would come out of their tents, which were often

just sheets strung together, and they would leave the tragedy and

unspeakable trauma they suffered behind them. It was their chance to

talk and to just be kids,” said Rene.

In addition to outreach done in Léogâne, Rene and the other DPO

volunteers visited orphanages in Delmas, just outside of Port-au-Prince,

meeting with the caregivers and children and providing toys and art

supplies to them.

“This tragedy is one that touched me on a profoundly personal level,”

said Rene. “This is a country not immune to suffering and devastation.

It is the place I was born and the country that I grew up in. To see

the devastation on TV was numbing and, at the same time, horrifying.

It filled me with an intense need to connect and to be a part of the

solution in helping the people of Haiti to recover. My experiences

there reminded me of the intense faith and resiliency that brings so

many through the worst of circumstances. It filled me with a sense of

immense gratification to help my native country through the education

and privilege that I received here in the United States.”

San Francisco

Building brighter futures for

women and children in crisis

The mission of Building Futures with Women and Children is to help women and children in crisis become safely and

supportively housed, free from homelessness and family violence. Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area is helping

the agency meet its goals with a range of support services and volunteer activities to assist the group.

Building Futures, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 1988, is based in San Leandro with programs throughout

Alameda County. Their programs include two emergency homeless shelters with 55 beds; a domestic violence safe

house with 20 beds; 52 units of temporary and permanent supportive housing; a 24-hour crisis line; a children’s

program; and a domestic violence outreach program. “In response to the economic crisis which is forcing more

families into homelessness, we implemented two new homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing programs,”

said the organization. More than 675 women and children are housed and provided services each year through the

agency’s programs.

Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area began its partnership with Building Futures with Women and Children

during EDMC’s 2009 National Week of Service. The campus has been working with the agency since that time,

volunteering and helping provide services at Bessie Coleman Court (BCC). Located at the former Alameda Naval Air

Station, BCC provides 22 units of transitional and 30 units of permanent housing for survivors of domestic violence.

The shelter offers comprehensive support services, transportation and job search assistance designed to help women rebuild their lives and

become independent and capable of caring for themselves and their children.

The initial campus outreach helped to provide a range of service activities that assist with living conditions at BCC. Volunteers from the

campus converted storage rooms at BCC into a food pantry, complete with donated food and household items, and a fitting room with

donated clothing for women and children. The weeklong construction project culminated with a barbeque for BCC residents provided by

Argosy University students and employees, along with face painting and hat making activities for children living in the complex.

Later that year, Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area began an annual toy drive for Building Futures with Women and Children.

Since that time, the campus has participated in the agency’s Resource Fair, providing activities for residents and their children, and assists

in serving meals at the BCC’s annual Thanksgiving dinner for residents. Additional ongoing support activities include clothing, school

supplies and monetary donation drives.

“Building Futures with Women and Children is a wonderful organization for Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area to partner with,”

said Lewis Bundy, director of Student Services for the campus. “It affords our employees and students the opportunity to make an impact

in the community and to help an agency that provides critical services and support to women and children in need.”



Argosy University, Sarasota is taking its educational expertise from the university campus to the high school campus

in a partnership developed with Sarasota’s Booker High School, by donating time, talent and needed funding to help

advance education for high school students.

Booker High School meets the learning needs of a diverse student population with programs that include college

preparatory, advanced placement, honors, vocational, Tech Prep and School to Work.

Argosy University, Sarasota partners with Booker High School in the College For Every Student (CFES) program,

which creates and strengthens partnerships between schools and colleges that help underserved youth gain access to

and succeed in college. College of Education professors Dr. George Mims and Dr. Ronald Kar, together with Mark

Swinnerton of the campus’ Admissions Department, volunteer at the school’s Career Resource Center, listening to

students’ educational and professional goals and offering support and guidance to help put those goals in reach. They

help the students with their resume writing, college applications and entrance essays.

In addition to donating time, Argosy University, Sarasota is providing needed financial resources. The campus presented Booker High

School with a $2,000 grant to support SAT and ACT preparation programs in 2010. In addition, applicants to the University were given

the opportunity to support the local school by donating $25 to support educational programs at Booker in lieu of paying Argosy’s standard

application fee. The funds raised have allowed Booker’s principal, Constance White-Davis, to bring in an ACT/SAT preparation specialist

to help teachers incorporate specific test-taking skills into their regular classroom instruction and to provide direct training to over 400

students in two large-group sessions.

While Argosy University, Sarasota employees can regularly be seen in the halls of Booker High School, it’s not unusual to see high school

students and teachers on the Argosy campus. “This partnership allows students the opportunity to interact with a post-secondary school,”

said Argosy University, Sarasota President Sandra Wise. “It helps to keep college and college preparation front of mind and within reach

for all of them.” Dr. Mims agreed. “Through this partnership, we are able to support both students and educators,” he said.

In the summer of 2010, Argosy donated $1,000 to Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity as partial sponsorships to send three Booker High School

students, along with 75 other high school juniors and seniors, on a 15-stop tour of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU).

This marked the 25th year that Dr. Mims has led the tour.

The fruits of Argosy University, Sarasota and Booker High School’s labor can be seen in the school’s state school ranking from 2010,

where Booker went from a “D” rated school to an “A” rated school. “The rise in ACT and SAT scores as a result of the partnership with

Argosy University has helped contribute to our success,” said Booker High School Principal Constance White-Davis. “It’s an honor to

partner with a university of Argosy’s stature.”


Responding to the Mental Health

Needs of First Responders

While most people are aware that the victims of a crisis or traumatic event can require the assistance of a mental health

professional to process and cope with the events that have taken place, few often think of the psychological needs of the first

responders. Keeping those first responders in service is the mission and focus for Dr. Kammie Juzwin, associate professor at

Argosy University, Schaumburg.

Juzwin works with a number of agencies in the northern Illinois area to provide critical support services to these emergency

personnel to help ensure their support and disaster service needs are met. “First responders require very different mental health

services than a civilian population,” said Juzwin. “While civilians typically benefit from help in the form of supportive services,

crisis counseling or therapy, first responders need assistance that helps keep them in the field. These individuals have a very

specific psychology to help them survive. In their everyday ‘job,’ they have to find the balance in having human reactions to

abnormal situations in a very atypical environment. The assistance we provide is largely geared towards circumventing Post

Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).”

“The job of law enforcement officials and other first responders is a calling, not a profession,” said Juzwin. “They have a

servant’s heart and the desire to help their community in a profound way that many of us lack the capacity for. Our job is to

make sure that they are prepared to do that job and that they can recover from it. This type of mental health work ensures that

the worst-case scenario for them from a mental health perspective doesn’t become the end-case scenario.”

Juzwin serves in a number of capacities for the Northern Illinois Critical

Incident Stress Management Team as a mental health team responder

and education co-chair. Through the agency, she responds on-site and

post-incident, acting as a team contact. From there, Juzwin became

involved with the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team, serving as

a volunteer mental health responder and regional coordinator for mental

health. As a member of the team, she provides mental health critical

incident assessment and intervention, helping debrief first responders

to help avoid PTSD and other stress responses. Juzwin also works as

a federal level mental health team responder for the Illinois-2 Disaster

Medical Assistance Team. The agency, upon activation by the governor

of Illinois, establishes medical field hospitals for large-scale events

and incidents.

“It can be a surreal experience to watch a high-profile emergency on a

major news network and to get the call to come down to the command

post to assist,” said Juzwin. “It reminds you that you are part of something

much greater than yourself. It is a responsibility, a privilege and an honor

to be the person called in to help.”

“There’s a profound sense of pride and belonging when first responders

begin to accept you as one of their own,” said Juzwin. “It’s immense

validation that the work we do has an impact and makes a difference in

their ability to remain in service.”


Raising Suicide Awareness

for a Community in Need

Students in the Advanced Intercultural Theories and Therapy seminar at Argosy University, Seattle took their

education into the community at the 2010 Yakama Nation Treaty Days. In this psycho-educational project, students

had the opportunity to collaborate with Yakama Nation community members and pull together relevant research to

create materials focused on suicide prevention.

The 14 Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation are a federally recognized sovereign Indian nation

under the Yakama Treaty of 1855. The annual Yakama Nation Treaty Days Pow Wow celebrates the history and

culture of this 1,377,034-acre reservation, located in south central Washington along the eastern slopes of the

Cascade Mountain Range.

“As a result of intergenerational trauma, loss and cultural destruction, American Indian communities often struggle with

high rates of poverty, substance abuse and youth suicide,” said Dr. David Walker, associate professor for the Clinical

Psychology Program in the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Seattle. “Mental health

resources are frequently overwhelmed or have limited cultural relevance.”

“Participation in the Yakama Nation Treaty Days gave students the

opportunity to learn, collaborate and participate with a community

in need,” said Walker. Six students, who interviewed several Yakama

Nation Community Coalition members prior to the event, developed

and distributed suicide prevention brochures, and encouraged family

members to become involved in the Coalition themselves.

Brochure-related Niix Ttawaxt (“Good Growth to Maturity”)

buttons, stickers and bookmarks the students made were handed out,

drawing children and their families to activities at the booth. “Half

of the nearly 10,000 members of the Yakama Nation are under the

age of 18, so it was critical that we create materials which appealed

to them, were relevant to their culture and provided them with

needed information about issues they face in their community and, in

some cases, their family,” said Kelsey Kennedy, an Argosy University,

Seattle Doctorate of Clinical Psychology program student and

participant in the project.

“The project became an exceptionally rich learning experience

for students and provided an important community service to a

population deserving much more help with this tragic challenge,”

said Walker.


Honoring Our Armed Forces by

Providing Support and tribute

Argosy University, Tampa saluted its soldier students with its first-ever Military Appreciation Day event. Created as a tribute

to area service members and as a means of bringing awareness to the issues facing returning combat veterans, the event

offered a tribute to those who serve, to those who have served and to those who gave their last full measure of commitment to

their country.

Open to the Tampa community, the event featured a traditional military color guard, performance of the “Star-Spangled

Banner,” an acknowledgement of military students, a moment of silence, bagpipe tribute and a keynote address by Master

Sergeant Rex A. Temple of the United States Air Force. Senior Master Sergeant Temple is a student himself and an active

duty service member best known for his blog “Afghanistan My Last Tour,” which won the 2010 MilBlog Award for Air Force

category along with the Florida Sunshine State award. His Afghanistan tour series was also featured weekly on the radio with

an NPR affiliate, won a regional Edwin Murrow award, and placed 3rd in the national competition.

“From Soldier to Student” was the theme of an open door military service member panel that featured members of the Argosy

Military Student Panel discussing the rewards and challenges of balancing service to country while pursuing an education.

During the panel discussion, Professor Melissa DeGeso announced the

creation of an Argosy University, Tampa Military Scholarship created in

honor of Giovanni Orozco, a 20-year-old Iraq veteran who took his life

as a result of PTSD-related issues a few months prior. Orozco was a close

friend to several Military Service Member students on campus.

“We are honored to give back to the military community with this

scholarship,” said Campus President Pat Meredith. “It is a tribute to a

young man who meant so much to so many and a means to help ensure

that our service members get the education they so richly deserve.”

According to Dr. DeGeso, a clinical psychologist who specializes in posttraumatic

stress disorder, “Suicides and PTSD are major issues for service

personnel and veterans. According to the Department of Defense, a

service member commits suicide once every 36 hours. It’s critical that we

come together as a community and a society to address this issue and to

provide the support so critically needed for these people. This scholarship

is a way to acknowledge Giovanni and the countless others like him in

need of support.”

In attendance at the event were local military personnel, Tampa City

Council members, representatives from area chambers of commerce and

other civic organizations.

Twin Cities

“It was a tragedy to see Felony euthanized simply because no

one could identify him at the animal shelter,” said Heyder-

Kitching. “He was a working dog who, understandably, failed to

meet the usual standards of serving as someone’s pet. It was an

unfortunate occurrence and we are working to prevent it from

ever happening again.”

The campus has extended its offer for free identification

microchips and services to any police department K-9 unit in

the state of Minnesota. “Students in our veterinary technology

program have the learning opportunity of implanting these chips

as well as getting to know our local K-9 units. In addition, we’re

forging a partnership with metro area police departments that

helps ensure we are adequately protecting those who do so much

to protect us,” said Campus President Dr. Scott Tjaden.

Joining Forces with Local Police

Departments to Protect K-9 Police Dogs

Felony has a special meaning for the faculty and students of Argosy University, Twin Cities. Felony is the name of a

police unit dog whose tragic end inspired the faculty and students of Argosy University, Twin Cities to create a program

to microchip all K-9 dogs in the Twin Cities area.

At ten years old, drug-sniffing police dog Felony was near a retirement he would never be able to reach. He escaped

from his kennel at a Howard Lake water treatment plant and was surrendered to the local humane society by a

homeowner who had found him. With no tags on him and no microchip in him, the shelter had no idea he was a K-9

officer. A series of miscommunications and unfortunate events left him unidentified and, five days later, euthanized by

the shelter. The dog had been deemed unadoptable for showing signs of aggressive behavior.

Local animal organizations and Argosy University, Twin Cities stepped in to help prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Spearheaded by faculty members Tracey Heyder-Kitching and Paula Lind, and assisted by the Argosy University, Twin

Cities Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA), the campus

began an outreach program to implant identification microchips into area K-9 police dogs. This effort began with the

Minneapolis and Fridley Police Departments.

domestic violence, have caused mental distress for Afghan women.” Complicating

this issue is a near complete lack of mental health resources in the country.

Washington DC

Opening the Doors to Give

Afghan Women, Men and

Children a Better Tomorrow

Dr. Nahid Aziz, associate professor of Clinical Psychology at Argosy University, Washington DC knows firsthand the

devastation that war can have on a people. As a refugee of Afghanistan and as vice president of Afghan Education for

a Better Tomorrow, she is committed to promoting the basic human rights of women and children in that country and

throughout the world.

“Over 25 years of war and conflicts have left Afghanistan and its people with devastating psychological consequences.

The wars caused Afghanistan’s population to be demoralized and to suffer socially and economically,” said Dr. Aziz.

“According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2001), it is estimated that more than five million Afghan

women and men suffer from various types of mental distresses, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),

depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse and dependence. For a country with a population of 28 million, this

is especially alarming.”

According to Aziz, women suffer disproportionately from psychological illnesses due to their “systematic exclusion from

education, employment and political participation through strict gender segregation under the Taliban regime. They

were mainly confined at home, and often deprived of their basic human rights. In addition, different forms of violence

against Afghan women, such as forced marriage, under-age marriage, sex trafficking, and physical and

As vice president of Afghan Education for a Better Tomorrow, Dr. Aziz is

working to change the plight of the women and children of Afghanistan. The

nonprofit organization is dedicated to help create an educational system that will

help prepare Afghan women, men and children for a better tomorrow. The group

is also developing programs to ensure that the nation’s health needs and goals are

met, particularly the needs of the vulnerable populations, such as women

and children.

The group is providing an education to refugees inside three IDP camps in

the country, providing funding for teachers and an administrator to oversee

the schools. Their long-term goal is to establish schools that support local

communities. “We are privileged and honored to be asked by villagers in the

Gardez Province to help build a school in their community. Their children

currently can’t attend school for security reasons and, even when they could,

they had to walk for miles on end just to reach an elementary school.”

In October 2010, Aziz and her organization orchestrated the first Afghan

Cultural Arts Festival, with proceeds benefitting that school. Argosy University,

Washington DC served as a sponsor for the event. The campus has also helped

efforts in donating over 180 items of furniture to be transported to Afghanistan’s

schools and orphanages. The donation was a joint collaborative with the

Lamia Afghan Foundation and Afghan Education for a Better Tomorrow. The

furniture is being stored at Fort Pickett, VA, and will ultimately be moved

to an appropriate military base for airlift to Afghanistan by the U.S. State

Department (Denton Airlift).

In addition to providing educational services, Afghan Education for a Better Tomorrow is developing training resources and materials

to educate medical professionals in the country on mental health issues the people of Afghanistan face. “There are no mental health

professionals in the country, no professional role to fill that need for people plagued by an intergenerational and complex trauma,” said Aziz.

“We are working to develop a community counseling model for the country that integrates the mental and physical health of its people.”

“War has a very ugly face no matter who you are and which country you are from. Women have been the warfare; they are tools and

weapons,” said Aziz. “What we are trying to do is take one step at a time to create a solution to what are catastrophic issues.”

Giving An Old Park

New Tricks

With spring in the air, many people head to local parks with their pets to enjoy the outdoors. But for some urban

Akron, Ohio residents, where green space is already limited, parks have become havens of neglect. Brown Mackie

College – Akron students, faculty, and staff worked diligently to spruce up the Akron Dog Park on Saturday, April 24,

2010. The campus decided to volunteer in the Akron Dog Park renovation efforts because many of the students and

faculty love dogs, and wanted to take part in an important community service to help make a difference for local pets

and their owners.

Dog parks provide an enclosed environment for pets to exercise and socialize safely. A scouting mission by some

members of the Akron campus determined the Akron Dog Park was in need of clean-up as well as activities to promote

exercise and provide fun for the patrons.

Brown Mackie College – Akron representatives met with the park’s founder, Amanda Rhoads, and learned that

the park area was originally a “leaf dump,” considered a landfill and not suitable for constructing a dog park. After

volunteers successfully cleaned up the park, the City of Akron approved the land to be used as a dog park. The park

opened in 2004.

Ms. Rhoads communicated to Brown Mackie College – Akron

representatives how much patrons loved the park, but wished it was better

maintained, cleaner and had up-to-date amenities. Brown Mackie College

– Akron is the park’s neighbor too, and the school shared an obligation to

care for the park just like a good neighbor would do.

Brown Mackie College – Akron’s renovation efforts with the Akron Dog

Park Board of Directors involved removing debris; landscaping the park’s

entrance; and adding two benches, two waste receptacle stations, an agility

course with two ramps, three partially buried semi-truck tires, and four box

pedestals. Most volunteers brought along their pets that frolicked in the

fenced-in area and tested the agility course as it was being erected.

Dog owners were fascinated by the efforts of the volunteers and stopped by

to provide encouragement and to inquire about the project. A couple who

stopped by the park left and returned with shovels and other equipment,

and pitched in with the Brown Mackie College – Akron crew. “I will enjoy

using this park with my dog now, especially the cool tires; so helping to

keep the park clean is just the right thing to do,” said an appreciative

park patron.

Volunteer support for the Akron Dog Park is always needed. In an effort

to meet those ongoing needs, Brown Mackie College – Akron hopes to

continue the partnership with the Akron Dog Park Board of Directors.

With the help of the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico, one

of the largest food banks in the state, Brown Mackie College –

Albuquerque gives away literally tons of food to families in need.

During the first month of committing both time and resources to

this worthy cause, the school provided 2,500 pounds of food to 72

households, feeding 276 people. But that was not enough; there were

families who did not get any food when the supplies ran out. So, the

school doubled its efforts and now provides 5,000 pounds of food

monthly to the feed the hungry. From September 2010 to December

2010, the Food Bank event distributed 17,500 pounds of food to help

feed more than 1,300 community residents.

A Culture of Caring

Brown Mackie College – Albuquerque students, faculty and staff rank community service high on their list of what is

important in life.

On the second Friday of each month, students, faculty and staff meet to attend the community food bank, while hungry

members of the community wait patiently in long lines in an adjacent parking lot.

Jim Cheslek, dean of academic affairs, leads the charge every month. “This is just one of the many ways our campus

community comes together to help the families in need,” said Cheslek while unloading a food pallet alongside Eric

Rudie, president of Brown Mackie College – Albuquerque, and a group of students, faculty and staff volunteers.

Students donated coffee, and a large commercial coffee pot, cups and condiments to help those waiting in line keep

warm. “I feel like an outdoor barista!” said James Moore, a volunteer staff member serving hot coffee while the other

school volunteers unloaded the truck.

Allissa Wolfe, founder of the Roadrunner Food Bank’s mobile program,

keeps the food coming. “We are proud to have Brown Mackie College

– Albuquerque on our team of regular providers,” said Wolfe. “The

service they provide to the community is desperately needed on the east

side of town where the need is greater.”

The school’s students, faculty and staff lend their support monthly.

For those receiving community members, “it makes the difference

between going to bed hungry or with something in their stomach,” said

President Rudie. “In times of need, we all must come together to help

each other. We look forward to this volunteer effort each month. It is

a great way to give back to our community and inspire our students to

serve and volunteer their time.”

Each month, as the sun begins to rise over the Sandia Mountains in

Albuquerque, New Mexico, you can rest assured that a dedicated team

of volunteers from Brown Mackie College – Albuquerque will be

setting up tables and unloading pallets of food to give away to families

in need.

Our Hope, Our Purpose,

Our Commitment Is An Open Hand

Brown Mackie College – Atlanta’s community commitment is to continue to build long-lasting relationships in the

Greater Atlanta community. In spring 2010, the school’s students, faculty and staff teamed together and provided

assistance to Project Open Hand, an organization that provides assistance to families with nutritional needs – in

particular low-income, chronically ill individuals and homebound senior citizens.

Project Open Hand is dedicated to improving the health of their clients. All meal plans are designed to adhere to the

nutrition guidelines set forth by the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and American

Dietetic Association. Meals are prepared through the efforts of workers and volunteers who devote their time to ensure

all meals are delivered on time.

Teressa Smith, a Business Management student, believes in helping others and was excited about being a Project

Open Hand volunteer. “The school’s volunteers worked as a team on an assembly line to make sure every food station

was attended,” said Smith. “It was important that everyone received their meal. Just doing for others and making a

difference in someone’s life is a blessing. Helping the chronically ill and the elderly by preparing, packing and delivering

meals to them made everything so worthwhile.”

As with Smith, Brown Mackie College – Atlanta students, faculty and

staff who volunteered realized and truly appreciated the importance

of helping those in need. “We prayed that no one went hungry and

that everyone received their meal,” said Smith. Her statement speaks

volumes about the heartfelt character of Brown Mackie College –

Atlanta volunteers.

“Project Open Hand was the ideal choice for our community service

activity,” said Lisa Newman, lead instructor of Paralegal Studies at

Brown Mackie College – Atlanta. “The facility is only minutes away

from our campus, and it was easy for our students to participate. More

importantly, Project Open Hand’s mission of providing nutritional

meals to chronically ill, low-income persons and homebound senior

citizens was something we all felt good about.”

Brown Mackie College – Atlanta’s commitment to giving back to the

community makes our students, faculty and staff proud to be part of

the school family. Partnering with Project Open Hand gave the school

the opportunity to fill a critical need in our community. As a result,

the school’s volunteers appreciated the significance of lending an open

hand to those in need.

a Rural High School

gets a technology lift

Community service is an essential part of the educational experience for Brown Mackie College – Boise students. When the

school upgraded its computer equipment in 2010, Regional Support Technology Supervisor David Hunter saw the perfect

opportunity for students to help a rural Idaho school district. On June 8, 2010, in an effort to support the local community and

improve technology instruction in local schools, Brown Mackie College – Boise donated 78 17-inch, LCD monitors and 74

keyboards and computer mice to the Melba School District.

Brown Mackie College – Boise students, including those students who reside in the Melba community, assisted in the donation

process. The students took time out of their schedules to gather, package and load the equipment onto the truck. In less than

two days, the monitors and peripherals were in use by Melba junior and senior high school students. Melba School District

Superintendent Andrew Grover accepted the donation on behalf of the Melba School District. “In a year when budgets are

especially tight, this is a great opportunity for us to upgrade our systems and help our students meet the technology challenges

of the 21st century,” said Grover. “We are very grateful that Brown Mackie College – Boise provided our students with the

technology that we really need.”

Melba School District is one of the smallest districts in Idaho, with only 243 students in Melba Junior and Senior High School. The Melba

community is still largely agricultural, though some residents, including Brown Mackie College – Boise students, make the nearly 30-mile,

one-way daily commute to the school. Technology education is an important part of Idaho’s plan for high school students, as outlined by Tom

Luna, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“Brown Mackie College – Boise students believed it was important to support the local community where our students come from,” said

Hunter. “This was a great opportunity to improve education opportunities for Melba students.”

“The computer equipment donation has made it possible for the school district to upgrade its main technology lab, as well as several smaller

student labs,” said Superintendent Grover. “This equipment keeps our students in pace with the ever-changing technology environment.”

Taking Care of Animals

and the Eco-System

The Veterinary Technology program at Brown Mackie College – Cincinnati prides itself on its relationships in the community,

supporting humane societies, endangered species initiatives, and community companion pet and wildlife education. The Red

Wolf Sanctuary, established in southeastern Indiana in 1979, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and

continued existence of North American wildlife. Their focus is the education of future generations, teaching them the vital role

each species plays in the maintenance of a healthy eco-system. The sanctuary is currently a permanent home for wolves, foxes,

coyotes, black bears, a cougar, a bobcat and several raptors.

Many rescued animals are rehabilitated at the Red Wolf Sanctuary and then released in the wild. The animals that cannot

be released remain at the Sanctuary. Interestingly, most of the permanent residents at the Sanctuary were rescued from

private homes.

Brown Mackie College – Cincinnati’s Veterinary Technology Department partnered with the Sanctuary to assist in moving

animals to a new 450-acre wildlife habitat. The Veterinary Technology students monitored animals for behavior and medical

issues as they were transported from one location to the other over the course of three days. “Our students performed work

on the outside bear enclosure,” said Alisha Singleton, a Veterinary Technology instructor. In addition, the students moved

14 wolves, nine foxes, six coyotes, four black bears, a cougar, a bobcat and several raptors. They also conducted tours of the

sanctuary for all age groups.

Monthly, the Veterinary Technology Club volunteers their time, hard work and dedication to support the efforts of the Red Wolf

Sanctuary. Now, Brown Mackie College – Cincinnati students, faculty, staff and graduates assist Red Wolf Sanctuary in maintaining

the care of the animals and the facility. Each student takes a field trip to the Red Wolf Sanctuary as part of the school’s Veterinary

Technology program.

Becca Baum, a 2010 Veterinary Technology graduate, volunteered while in the Veterinary Technology program. In summing up her

experience at Red Wolf Sanctuary, she said, “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that allowed students to get out of the classroom and

not only work with wild animals, but to help serve our community in a different way.”

Chuck Mote, a 2010 Veterinary Technology graduate, volunteered his time throughout the program. He did one of his three externships

there and was subsequently hired on as part of the team at Red Wolf Sanctuary. “It was a unique opportunity to see and work with work with animals like that is an awesome opportunity,” he said.

Others who helped read stories and lead finger plays were adjunct instructor

Dr. Cheryl Fortman; Anne Schroeder, director of student development;

and Allied Health program coordinator, Amy Kinney. Along with snacks

and making their own name tags, perhaps the most popular activity was

singing and grooving with Brown Mackie College – Findlay student Lamar

Ferguson, who wrote and sang a special song about reading just for the kids.

The song, “Sing It Again!” was heard repeatedly during the evening.

Hop, Skip, and

Leap Into Books

To celebrate the Week of the Young Child, the Early Childhood Education students at Brown Mackie College –

Findlay wanted to do something that would benefit the children of the community and support families. So the

students decided to host Come Leap into Books, a family literacy activity.

When Judy Steiner, Early Childhood Education program director, asked students if they were interested in organizing

a family literacy activity, she was gratified by the response from students. The community partners wanted to be

involved as well. “I really wanted to provide a chance for our students to apply their knowledge in an authentic way and

have an opportunity to become more connected to our community,” said Steiner.

Held on April 14, 2010, Come Leap into Books was open to families of Brown Mackie College – Findlay students and

childcare center partners, targeting children ages 3-6 years old. Early Childhood Education students selected books,

songs and finger plays centered on a springtime theme. They created parent resource materials with tips on how to read

with children and where to find good children’s books.

Families took a variety of items home that were donated by local businesses,

including gently used children’s clothing and goodie bags with free school

materials and information about local programming and resources for

children. But the kids were most excited about taking home their own book.

Many of the books given to the children were supplied through a grant

provided by local television station WBGU-TV. The rest of the books were

purchased by the Early Childhood Education students, who worked hard for

months conducting fund-raisers on campus.

More than 80 children and family members attended

the event. But perhaps the most important aspect

of the Come Leap into Books event’s success

could be measured in a story shared by the school’s

receptionist. She noted that when one mother with

three children entered the building, one child did

not want to come in. As the mother tugged on the

child’s arm, the receptionist asked, “Don’t you like

books?” The child crankily replied, “No!” Later that

evening, the receptionist again saw the family and

asked the young child how it went. This time, the

child said, “Great! I love books! Books are cool!”

That comment alone definitely made all the students’

efforts worthwhile.

Just down the street from the community garden

space, the Arrested Development Team enjoyed an

afternoon of reading to small groups of children at

an after school program. Tonya King, a Criminal

Justice student and president of the Law & Order

Student Club, described the day as a great experience.

“We learned of hardships, pride and courage, and

we believe that we helped make a difference and

provided encouragement to the children, so they

have a great future ahead,” said King. “It was

important to give back to the community and let the

children know that there are people who care and

who want them to succeed in life.”

“Y” Not Serve the community

It was a beautiful spring day when some enthusiastic students, faculty and staff members from Brown Mackie College

– Fort Wayne devoted their time to give back to the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne. Three teams from the school

dedicated their efforts in three different community service projects for the YMCA: first, helping create a sustainable

community garden; second, reading to children at an after school center; and third, volunteering at the annual YMCA

Healthy Kids Day.

Armed with shovels and hoes, the Brown Mackie College – Fort Wayne Green Force Team spent several hours in

the sunshine turning sod and edging areas for the planned community garden and beautification process. One team

member who dug the day away was Bill Duffy, a full-time faculty member in the General Education department. “It is

a good idea for the neighborhood to have a place to put their garden, and a focus on young people at the Y,” said Duffy.

“I am grateful for the chance to be part of this project.” Sharing Duffy’s enthusiasm and hard work with his own shovel

was the school’s librarian, Mike Flohr. “Events like our Day of Service reinforce the fact that the people we see every

day, our co-workers and students, can come together to accomplish just about anything,” said Flohr.

Wrapping up the service to the YMCA was the

team of students, faculty and staff who volunteered

many hours at Healthy Kids Day, billed as the

nation’s largest health day for kids and families.

Team members staffed the rock climbing wall and

assisted with creative activities that promote healthy

living. Erin Woods, assistant director of admissions,

was glad to be part of the event. “Participating in

community events promotes the mission and culture

of Brown Mackie College – Fort Wayne,” said

Woods. “This event allowed all participants to speak

to children about the importance of healthy lifestyles,

including continuing education.”

Anne Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank) said, “How

wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single

moment before starting to improve the world.”

While the community service activities of the Brown

Mackie College – Fort Wayne may not have changed

the world or created world peace, it did instill the

value of service to our community in our volunteers.

For one student, giving back to Shepherd’s Gate was a very personal

experience. Dawn Martin, a Business Management student, shared

her story with those around her. She came to Greenville with

nothing. She left an abusive past in Detroit, Michigan, with little

more than the clothes on her back. Dawn and her children quickly

found themselves with few options, but Shepherd’s Gate offered a

safe harbor for her family.

the keys to this “gate” unlock

support for the homeless

At Brown Mackie College – Greenville, we believe that joining our hands in service helps strengthen the bonds

between our students, faculty, staff and our community. From the school’s annual United Way campaign to our campuswide

participation in Hands On Greenville Day and the citywide volunteer effort organized by Hands On Greenville

each spring, the school committed to giving back to communities in upstate South Carolina.

“They took care of my kids while I was looking for work,” said

Martin. “Shepherd’s Gate made it possible for me to get back on

the right path.” Once Martin was able to find work, the staff at

Shepherd’s Gate also assisted her in finding permanent housing,

and connected her with a charitable organization that provided new

clothes, furniture and bedding. Her children, who had been sleeping

on cushions on the floor, now had their own beds for the first time in

their lives.

“I was elated to give back,” said Martin of her experience. “That

touched me and it was really beautiful.” Mohandas Gandhi wrote,

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of

others.” Brown Mackie College – Greenville students, faculty and

staff learned that valuable lesson through their volunteer experiences.

In spring 2010, as part of Hands On Greenville Day, Brown Mackie College – Greenville students, faculty and staff

volunteered their time and talents at Shepherd’s Gate, a women’s shelter. The shelter is a colonial-style building, fronted

by white columns and home to one hundred women and their children. As part of the larger Miracle Hill Ministries

group of charities, the Shepherd’s Gate provides homeless women with the basic needs, as well as addiction counseling,

spiritual support and connections with other resources, to help them get back on their feet.

The day was overcast and a little blustery, but our students, faculty and staff all arrived the morning of May 1 at

Shepherd’s Gate. Half of the school’s volunteers worked inside, repainting the corridors of the dormitory, while the

other half planted dozens of cheerful flowers in the beds around the building.

fun and games with seniors lead to a

meaningful experience for all

Brown Mackie College – Hopkinsville students, faculty and staff participated in the 24th year of the Pennyrile Games

exclusively designed for participants 50 years of age and older. The annual program, which took place April 19-21,

2010, was sponsored and organized by the Division of Parks and Recreation in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The event drew

participants from nine counties outside of Hopkinsville.

The many activities the school’s volunteers assisted in during the threeday

event also included free health screenings, golf, bowling, billiards,

and free lunch and dinner for the seniors. The seniors were divided into

three age groups to participate in the various events, and first-, secondand

third-place prizes were awarded for each of the events. The youngest

participants were 50 years old, and some were even older than 102 years

of age.

Brown Mackie College – Hopkinsville students earned volunteer hours

and, along with faculty and staff, gained a huge amount of experience in

working with the senior population.

More than 55 students, faculty and staff proudly volunteered and represented Brown Mackie College – Hopkinsville

during the three-day event. “This senior event was an eye-opening experience for us,” said Chad Delancey, a Brown

Mackie College – Hopkinsville student. “Not knowing what to expect always leaves us feeling jittery. However, getting

involved with our senior citizens throughout the community and learning more about their experiences opened our

eyes. We volunteered in many activities with the seniors, such as football throw, bingo, cornhole and washer toss. You

could see on their faces that they were having a great time.”

uilding a foundation

of volunteerism

Brown Mackie College – Indianapolis students have learned more than textbook material: they have gained a sense of

accomplishment after they helped build a home for an Indianapolis family in need. A team of volunteers consisting of

students, faculty and staff partnered with Habitat for Humanity and took part in one of the most successful community

service projects the school has ever participated in.

The dedicated team of Brown Mackie College – Indianapolis volunteers worked together and spent a day installing

partitions and windows. They dug holes and poured concrete. They learned about the foundations of building a home by

reading and following a blueprint.

“We gained a new meaning of hard work, given the hot summer conditions,” said Jessica Price, Brown Mackie College –

Indianapolis student. “However, helping make a home for someone made it all worth it.”

Team Brown Mackie College – Indianapolis worked well together and cultivated a very good working relationship with

Habitat for Humanity. Students, faculty and staff are looking forward to another service project opportunity with Habitat.

“We accomplished a lot that day,” said Daria Debowles,

Medical Assisting program chair. “We had the opportunity

to help a family, meet new people and establish a

relationship with Habitat for Humanity, so we can work

with them in the future.”

The team of volunteers realized that education does not

begin or end in the classroom. They learned that seeking

volunteer opportunities can occur both in and out of the

classroom. Brown Mackie College – Indianapolis believes

that volunteer work enhances student learning. Volunteer

opportunities and partnerships have been formed to

assist in giving students the opportunity to volunteer in

Indianapolis and gain valuable, transferable skills that will

prepare them for the workforce.

An Education in Humanitarianism:

Help for Haiti

On January 12, 2010, a catastrophic earthquake rocked the small Caribbean island of Haiti, striking an estimated three

million people with homelessness, injury and death. Brown Mackie College – Kansas City nursing instructors Sherry

Payne and Christopher Martinez saw an opportunity for education, humanitarianism and service, and organized a

medical mission trip to Haiti in conjunction with local relief organization, Heart to Heart International. Payne and

Martinez recruited Brown Mackie College – Kansas City nursing students Jessie Damman and Pamela Ross, and a

community volunteer. To further assist the mission, the Brown Mackie College – Kansas City community provided

supplies, gifts, and medical items to send with the volunteers. The campus Phi Beta Kappa sorority raised $300 for the

purchase of cloth diapers that were donated to a Haitian Birth Center.

When the Brown Mackie College – Kansas City volunteers arrived in Haiti, the group split up for one week to assist

where needed. Nursing instructor Christopher Martinez and nursing student Jessie Damman stayed in the capital city

of Port-au-Prince to assist at the city’s clinic, located in the balcony area of a badly damaged church. The clinic team

assisted nearly 200 patients each day. Due to the concrete dust that still lingered in the air from hundreds of leveled

buildings, Martinez and Damman administered many breathing treatments. They also assisted with taking vitals,

wound care, vaccine dispensation and numerous burn treatments from the motorcycle “taxis” that were used for public


Nursing instructor Sherry Payne and nursing student

Pamela Ross traveled two hours out of the city to the

epicenter of the earthquake, to the small mountain town of

Léogâne. The clinic building, affectionately referred to as

“clinic in a can,” was a three-room trailer with two rooms

serving as exam areas and the third room as a pharmacy.

A triage of procedures were performed outdoors. Every

day, the rural clinic team would see patients until all had

received care because many Haitians walked miles from

their homes to obtain medical treatment. Patients were

often lined up daily by 9:00 a.m., and Payne and Ross

performed pharmacy work and cared for patients with a

wide variety of ailments.

At the end of the week, the team reunited to assist at a

clinic in the mountain town of Fondwa. The clear, clean

air was a welcome contrast to the debris-polluted air of the

city. The local orphanage hosted the volunteers for lunch

to thank them for traveling high into the mountains to

care for the community. The nursing students were greatly

affected and enriched by the people, places and experiences

of their journey. On how the trip has shaped their view of

nursing, Damman stated, “Pam and I have decided we’re

going to work as nurses to fund our humanitarian trips.”

Payne and Martinez are proud to have set an example

for students, faculty and staff of Brown Mackie College –

Kansas City and shown that knowledge is a blessing and

that education can truly be used to make a difference on

the earth.

going “GREEN” with

Habitat for humanity

Brown Mackie College – Louisville faculty and staff teamed up with Habitat for Humanity Metro Louisville (Habitat)

through their relationship with the Young Professional Association of Louisville (YPAL). The school team included

Student Employment Advisor Alie Faulkner, Associate Academic Dean Rachel Thrasher, Legal Studies Department

Chair Neil Sayler, Department of Student Services Richard Price, Accounting Supervisor Ernest Angelini, and

Financial Aid Officers Keri Mallory and Matescia Stroud.

YPAL sponsored a Habitat project on Clay Street in Louisville. This project was part of a GREEN and Leadership in

Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initiative. LEED projects produce a product that is very livable and has

less impact on the environment. This Habitat house was built on a “GREEN” initiative, making it environmentally

friendly. The landscaping was an added bonus. The landscape included not only drought-resistant and native plants, but

hardscaping (stones or pavers) that were made of a permeable surface. In this case, a retaining wall was built to avoid

corrosion in the area where the home was originally located on a hill.

The faculty and staff of Brown Mackie College – Louisville played

a major role in building the retaining wall. They were involved in

planning the design, digging holes, removing debris and forming the

wall. “We try to build low-cost and earth-friendly homes,” said Joy

Henry, construction supervisor for Habitat. “The partnership with

YPAL, LEED and local volunteers like Brown Mackie College –

Louisville allows Habitat to cut cost and do something for the good

of others. Brown Mackie College – Louisville staff and faculty had

the talent and energy and took a project that would have taken days to

complete and completed it in one day. The school had a ‘hard-working’

group that came with some knowledge of this type of work.”

warm winter coats warm

hearts and souls

Trying to inspire change in someone or within a group of individuals can take place without even trying. Inspiration can

come dressed in words or action. That’s what took place in early October 2010, when representatives from the St. Jude

House in Crown Point, Indiana, gave a presentation to the Brown Mackie College – Merrillville Law Club. St. Jude

House provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to the victim’s dependent children. The

facility is accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities. Shelter and crisis intervention services are available 24

hours a day, 365 days a year. All services are provided free of charge.

The Law Club, along with other students from the school, organized and held a Law Club Coat Drive from mid-

October through November 2010. The goal of the coat drive was to provide winter clothing for the St. Jude House

residential and non-residential clients who find themselves without adequate clothing for the winter months.

For the Brown Mackie College – Merrillville Law Club and other students, volunteerism gave them a chance to display

their passion and dedication that started with a presentation and resonated into action on the part of the

Law Club.

“The students were so inspired and motivated to conduct the coat drive

for the shelter, they wanted to return the favor,” said Terri Tinder, Law

Club faculty advisor. “Our students were so willing to share whatever

winter clothes they had,” said Law Club member Veronica Orozco.

The Law Club and other student volunteers saw that once they started

volunteering, they ended up realizing how much they got back; and

for them, it was just satisfaction. Volunteering works best when it is

a mutually beneficial experience. It’s a great feeling to be able to help

people and organizations. “Not only did the club members learn about

the services and benefits of shelters like St. Jude House, they also

learned how to feel good about doing something for their community,”

said David Choate, department chair for Legal Studies.

The volunteers worked long and hard, and put in extra hours to make

the coat drive a success. Major goals of the Law Club were to develop

partnerships, give back to the community, and be a positive presence to

inspire others to do the same. In this case, the recipient, St. Jude House,

provided the inspiration that put the school’s Law Club volunteerism

into action.

Lion heart volunteer

program makes a splash for

children with disabilities

The Brown Mackie College – Miami Lion Heart Student Volunteer Team assisted at-risk and disabled children by

providing free health screenings in the community and much more.

Brown Mackie College – Miami faculty members Jared Bistrong and Edward Foote suggested that the Lion Heart

Student Volunteer Team, along with faculty and staff, volunteer to assist Shake-A-Leg Miami, a nonprofit organization

that specializes in equalizing life for children with physical disabilities through various water activities like sailing,

kayaking, swimming, etc. The school’s volunteers wanted to do everything they could to make a difference in the

children’s lives and were required to complete specialized water training before they were able to assist the children. It

was important for the volunteers to understand how these experiences would positively impact children with physical


Assisting the children with water activities was gratifying and also challenging. More importantly, the volunteers made

a difference in the lives of these children. The freedom experienced by the children in Biscayne Bay on a sunny Miami

day was one experience they will never forget as the children are often confined to a wheelchair while on land.

The volunteer team also grew as a result of the experience. While the team often helped children in need, several of the volunteers had to

face their own challenges. Some had not boarded a boat of any kind. Others had to overcome an even greater fear – the water; yet, they

did it and went on to enjoy the activity in support of a great cause. “This volunteer experience helped me overcome my fear of the water,”

said Jansen Crum, a Brown Mackie College – Miami student and president of the Lion Heart Volunteer Board. “I knew it was for a good

cause, so I did it! I went out on the water to a man-made island. All this happened through volunteering and making a difference in our


The Lion Heart Volunteer Program is dedicated to expanding the opportunities promoting volunteerism in a culturally diverse population

through a compassionate approach that empowers students to be civic minded. This serves to further the personal and professional success

of the students as they gain an increased awareness of the positive impact they make at home and in the community where they live, work

and attend school. As a result of this program, more than 300 Brown Mackie College – Miami students have partnered with organizations

to help low-income families, children, senior citizens, the homeless and many others in the community.

Brown Mackie College – Miami Lion Heart Student Volunteer Team, faculty and staff have logged more than 9,000 volunteer hours

during the year to help the community.

helping homeless pets get

ready for ‘furever’ homes

Brown Mackie College – Michigan City Veterinary Technology students, along with the school’s faculty, helped to

improve the care of the Michiana Humane Society animals. The Michiana Humane Society is a nonprofit organization

that cares for hundreds of abandoned, neglected and relinquished animals each year. Since June 2008, the Michiana

Humane Society and the Brown Mackie College – Michigan City Veterinary Technology program have been partners

in providing care for these animals.

During the year, the Veterinary Technology students volunteered and assisted in caring for the animals under the

supervision of Dr. Tracy Chase-Thompson and Barbara Kaufman, RVT. Students performed physical exams and

diagnostic tests required to identify medical problems. The results of the physical exam and the diagnostic test findings,

along with medical recommendations by Dr. Chase-Thompson, were presented to the Michiana Humane Society’s

Animal Management for follow-through with the animal’s care.

Chase-Thompson, Kaufman, and the most senior Veterinary

Technology students also spayed or neutered approximately 70 dogs

and cats for the Michiana Humane Society during the year to help

reduce the population of unwanted animals.

“This partnership with Brown Mackie College – Michigan City

has allowed the shelter to greatly decrease our expenses for outside

veterinary care,” said Jennifer Westphal, director of shelter operations

for Michiana Humane Society. “By decreasing this expense, the shelter

can now treat adoptable pets with conditions such as heartworm

disease before they are adopted out. Our partnership with the school

has been beneficial because pets are going home already spayed or

neutered. As a result, these pets are now more adoptable.”

“Giving back to our community is extremely important,” said Chase-

Thompson. “The Michiana Humane Society does an incredible job

caring for these animals, and I feel that it is our duty as a profession to

help in any way that we can.”

cancer survivors Celebrate,

Remember and Fight Back

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is a chance to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones

lost, and fight back against the disease.

In 2009, Melissa Gersna, associate director of re-admissions for Brown Mackie College – North Canton, approached Campus

President Peter Perkowski about the school becoming a Relay for Life participant. Perkowski agreed and the school moved

forward with a committee. Melissa has been touched twice by cancer. First, her best friend and chair of the event, Stefanie

DeSarro, now a cancer survivor, was diagnosed with breast cancer; then several years later Melissa’s husband, Brian, battled a

brain tumor. Brian is now a two-time cancer survivor. In the spirit of giving back to the community and as a way to awaken

student interest in volunteering, Brown Mackie College – North Canton formed a team.

Led by Team Captains Tina Myers, director of human resources and Kristen Baker, human resources coordinator, Team Brown

Mackie College – North Canton participated in Relay for Life on June 18 and 19, 2010. The event was held at Canton Central

Catholic High School where approximately 50 team members, including students, faculty and staff members, along with their

family and friends, walked the school track for 18 hours. Despite the heat and humidity, the team persevered and had a great

time in the process!

Prior to the event, these team members held basket raffles, hosted bake sales, sold candy bars

and solicited donations to raise money for the American Cancer Society of North Canton. At

the Relay, the team had a carnival-themed tent that included a dunk tank. They also sold cotton

candy, popcorn and snow cones.

Volunteering for The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life allowed everyone involved to

make a meaningful difference in the community, help cancer patients and their families, and build

relationships and networks that will last a lifetime.

As a result of their dedication and hard work, Team Brown Mackie College – North Canton

raised more than $3,400, earned Silver Star status and was named Rookie Team of the Year.

According to the American Cancer Society website, for each dollar raised on behalf of the

Society, 60 cents stays with the local division, where it is used to provide information and services

to patients, their families and caregivers. Of the 40 cents that goes to the National Home Office,

roughly one-third is dedicated to funding cancer research.

According to Income Development Coordinator Bridgett Ford, the Canton Relay earned

$77,605 in 2010. “The work that each team does to fundraise is vital to growing the Relay in the

community and to contributing to the mission of the American Cancer Society. We are thankful

for the hard work and passion shown by the Brown Mackie College – North Canton team and

hope to see them again next year,” said Ford.

Brian Gersna summed up his thoughts on the Relay and the college’s involvement by saying, “It is

just awesome how many people came out to support the team, the event and the community. As a

cancer survivor, it means a lot to know that others care and want to make a positive difference.”

The students kicked off their organ donor drive on September 21, 2010, during National Surgical Technology Week. Enthusiastic

C.A.S.T. members were positioned in the front lobby of Brown Mackie College – Northern Kentucky to reach out to students, faculty and

staff as they walked through the building to communicate their message about the tremendous need for additional organ donors to help

save lives. The students provided information on the organ donation process and assisted interested classmates and Brown Mackie College

– Northern Kentucky faculty and staff in registering to become organ donors. In addition to student participation, C.A.S.T. partnered

with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KDOA) and LIFECENTER, and had representation from this organization on campus to

provide registration materials and assist with questions.

The C.A.S.T. members celebrated each registered donor at the campus by placing the individual’s name on a large green ribbon, which was

hung on the wall. By the end of the day the students, in honor of the registered organ donors at the school, decorated the front hall with

more than 150 green ribbons–the national symbol for organ and tissue donation. Students, faculty and staff were proud to show others

how they had made the commitment to help save lives as their names were added to the wall display.

surgical technology students

champion organ donation

During their one-day organ and tissue donor drive at the school, the students surpassed their goal and registered 40 donors for the

first time.

The students, faculty and staff at Brown Mackie College – Northern Kentucky encourage others to consider the impact that can be made

on a single life by participating in this important program.

When the Brown Mackie College – Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Campus Association of Surgical Technologists

(C.A.S.T.) was looking for a worthy cause to champion as part of its contribution to National Surgical Technology

Week, they found a great cause to support right on their own campus. The students learned that an instructor in the

Surgical Technology program was undergoing organ transplant surgery. To help support this instructor and raise

awareness of the tremendous need for organ donors, the students decided to sponsor a campus-wide organ donor drive.

While the instructor was recovering at home in the weeks following his successful transplant surgery, the Surgical

Technology program students planned, facilitated and accomplished the organ-tissue drive on campus. First, the

students piqued the curiosity of the students, faculty and staff by placing signage in the front lobby of the school

and throughout the halls with creative messages about organ donation. The interactive signage invited students and

employees to register to become organ donors during the drive the following week.

supporting and honoring

arizona veterans

Shortly before Veterans Day 2010, Brown Mackie College – Phoenix received a call from community partner Maryanne Weiss,

president of Gustare Ltd. Weiss was organizing an event to benefit the Arizona Veterans Foundation-Special Operations and

Children First Academy.

In less than two weeks, five students and two staff members stepped forward to volunteer their time at the “Heroes Past &

Heroes Future: A Tribute to U.S. Special Operations” charity event. The volunteers spent several hours working with volunteers

from other organizations to unload, unpack and set up more than 300 silent auction and sale items. Volunteers offered

encouraging words and assistance to the veterans and their families.

In a thank you note sent to the college after the event, Weiss expressed her appreciation to student volunteers saying, “There

really are not enough words to tell you how much your support means to us. We appreciated you and the students of Brown

Mackie College – Phoenix more than we could ever possibly express. Each and every one of them was kind, gentle, willing and

generous of spirit. One of the young men enjoyed the work so much that he volunteered to come and work with us at any place

or time. I cannot tell you how impressed I was with their attitudes. If this is your teaching – you are doing one fantastic job.”

While praised for their time and effort, the volunteers from Brown Mackie College – Phoenix were equally appreciative of their enriching

experiences throughout the day. Because all the volunteers either served our country or are closely related to someone in the armed forces,

they were honored to meet many high-profile veteran military officers.

enhancing the Lives of Our Youth

at the Boys & Girls Club

When Brown Mackie College – Quad Cities President Kao Odukale was appointed in 2008, his vision for growth

paralleled his vision for creating a family within the campus walls and in the community. Upon looking at student,

faculty, and staff development, he realized the importance of this involvement in the community. “Upon graduating, we

want our students to achieve not only better lives for themselves, but for the communities in where they reside. It is our

task as faculty and staff members to demonstrate the importance of community involvement by showing and leading

the way,” said Odukale.

The school’s involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs of Mississippi Valley began as a result of the National Week of

Service in April 2010. Odukale called upon faculty and staff to come up with an organization that Brown Mackie

College – Quad Cities could serve. A staff member suggested Boys & Girls Clubs because of the group’s philosophy:

“To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring,

responsible citizens.”

When the week arrived, staff members dispersed among the four Boys & Girls Clubs in the area, doing everything from assisting with

tutoring to break dancing with the youth. After the first day of volunteering, the word spread and soon everyone was engaged by the

amazing feeling of seeing such joy in the faces of children of all ages, pre-teens and teenagers. Several faculty and staff members became

so involved, they decided to sponsor Club members for the summer program because many parents could not afford to pay the summer

program fee.

Simultaneously, the vibe provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs initiated the Brown Mackie College – Quad Cities Student Advisory

Committee to conduct a School Supply Drive, where classrooms were challenged to bring in supplies for Club members who otherwise

could not afford them. At the end of the Supply Drive, two rows of tables in one of the college’s classrooms were toppling with hundreds

of school supplies that the college’s students provided. Fifteen Brown Mackie College – Quad Cities backpacks were filled with everything

needed for a child to begin their school year. In addition, remaining supplies were so plentiful, they filled two large boxes.

Boys & Girls Clubs’ Executive Director Becky Clark said, “Your support has made an immediate difference in the lives of our 1,500 boys

and girls. Thanks for inspiring a sense of hope and empowerment in our Club members.”

Coming full circle, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mississippi Valley continue to partner with Brown Mackie College – Quad Cities.

practice makes

perfect when

preparing for a crisis

There’s nothing like a crisis, especially a crisis where no lives were lost and no one was hurt. This is what Brown

Mackie College – Salina students volunteered for in July 2010. For three consecutive days, the students volunteered

and took part in Homeland Security mock disaster drills. Other participants included the American Red Cross, local

law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency management agencies, Kansas and Nebraska National Guards, Kansas

Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, and the Kansas Department of Health and


For Salina, Kansas, and surrounding communities, taking part in the drills was very important. The training took place

at the Great Plains Joint Training Center of the Kansas National Guard, just outside of Salina, and was staged to

realistically resemble the aftermath of a domestic terrorist attack on a train.

Many Brown Mackie College – Salina students volunteered and portrayed victims of the attack. Makeup was used

to give the volunteers simulated but realistic injuries and other ailments. The injuries ranged from minor and major

injuries to those who were dying. The graphic realism portrayed by students aided the rescuers in placing themselves in

situations where they had to make immediate assessments of victims, and how to decide how and when to upgrade the

disaster from a local response level to a regional and national one.

“This experience helped our students better understand how to respond and to keep stress levels as low as possible during a traumatic

event,” said Judy Holmes, president of Brown Mackie College – Salina. “Our Nursing and Allied Health program students gained a

valuable learning experience as they saw firsthand how first responders and other medical professionals worked through the impact of a

potential terrorist attack.”

“The practice will be an ongoing learning event for our students, the American Red Cross and others to help troops become accustomed to

the chain of events that take place during a terrorist attack. Our concerted efforts will help reduce the chance of post-traumatic stress that

typically occurs after a real disaster,” said Nursing Administrator Linda Henningsen.

An Angel for Every

parent and child in need

In December 2010, Brown Mackie College – San Antonio joined forces with Angel Tree to buy Christmas gifts for children from

one month to 11 years of age. Angel Tree is a program of Prison Fellowship that seeks to reconcile prisoners and their families to

God and to each other through the delivery of Christmas gifts and the Gospel message.

The children selected to receive gifts were those whose parents are incarcerated in Texas state prisons. “These just happened to

be children that many of us don’t think about,” said Robert Pope, president of Brown Mackie College – San Antonio. “It was

important to help these prisoners bring joy to their children. The school’s students, faculty and staff knew there was a need and

wanted to address it.” Tenishia Jackson, dean of academic affairs continued by saying, “Everything from toys to clothing were listed

on the children’s wish lists, and the joy of helping even one needy child was sure to make anyone’s holiday a little brighter.”

The campus collectively decided to take the giving one step further by providing children with books that were collected by faculty

and staff. Nick Garcia, assistant director of admissions, dressed as Santa Claus. The children anxiously waited to sit on his lap to

tell Santa their Christmas wish and have their picture taken. Nick admitted that dressing as Santa Claus and seeing all of the joy

and excitement expressed by the children and their families warmed his heart with cheer. “Brown Mackie College – San Antonio

was able to provide toys and other gifts for more than 30 children,” said Pope. “We are committed participating each year.”

Former Student’s Memory

Guides Coat Drive Efforts

Jan Griffiths left Brown Mackie College – South Bend in 2003, just short of completing her Associate of Science

degree in Medical Assisting. Her life reflected cycles of abuse that she could not seem to escape. In 2006, Jan was

living at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, seeking refuge from a violent relationship. While standing in a local

restaurant parking lot, she tragically lost her life after her abuser used his car as a weapon and ran her down. Her family

still mourns the loss.

In an effort to keep Jan’s memory alive and to support those organizations that assist not only Jan, but others in the

community, Brown Mackie College – South Bend students, faculty and staff held a Jan Griffiths Memorial Coat Drive.

One hundred eighty coats were collected from the school and the community.

The donated coats were graciously cleaned at no cost by locally owned Rubin Cleaners, and sorted and delivered to the

Center for the Homeless and St. Margaret’s House, places of refuge for the homeless and the abused located in South

Bend, Indiana.

The story does not end with the coat collection. Brown Mackie College – South Bend

alumnae, Lavonne Lundquist and Sabrina La Clair, shared Jan’s story with Brown

Mackie College – South Bend students. They asked the students to donate coats

and encouraged them to seek help if they are ever involved in an abusive relationship.

Lavonne and Sabrina also provided students with information about the school’s

Student Assistance Program. It is estimated that approximately two students per class

have shown interest in seeking assistance. This equates to approximately 80 students

from the school who know where to get help and how to create a safety plan.

“South Bend winters make us very aware of the cold, and the darkness and shortness

of days,” said Kathryn Schneider, director of Saint Margaret’s House. “But for many

of our women, the darkness of their situation overwhelms them throughout the year.

Because many of our guests do not have private transportation and must either walk or

take the bus everywhere, winter coats are truly in great need. Without your donation,

the women and children of St. Margaret’s House would not be as warm this winter.”

Because of Jan Griffiths, 180 people in the community were warm that winter, and an

unknown number of abused may have sought help.

Students Help Local Elementary

School Fly to New Heights

During the spring of 2009, Brown Mackie College – St. Louis joined the Greater St. Louis community as a higher

education institution. For a school, being a new member of the community meant that it was also important to become a

true partner in the region.

“Parkwood Elementary School, located in Maryland Heights, Missouri, just 12 miles from the campus, was a school that our

students, faculty and staff just fell in love with,” said Dr. Terri Leap, president of Brown Mackie College – St. Louis. “We

like the school’s vision, which is offering students an individualized diverse course of study designed to meet their specific

learning needs and styles in order to allow them to reach their potential academically, physically, emotionally and socially.”

The school’s student population is just under 300 students. Parkwood is a part of the Pattonville School District. In the

2008–2009 school year, the school experienced budget cutbacks. As a result, funding for the school’s High-Flying Readers

Program, which was used to produce T-shirts for the High-Flying Readers Summer Program, was not restored. “What’s so

cool about the program is that all students at the school are required to participate,” said Leap.

When Brown Mackie College – St. Louis heard about Parkwood’s dilemma, the college stepped up to the plate and purchased the T-shirts.

Now, the college has been purchasing the T-shirts for two years. The T-shirts are designed by second grade class students and printed

by Johnny Mac’s, a local business. Annually, during the first week of school, all students are given a T-shirt that they proudly wear every

Friday throughout the school year.

“Every year, our students look forward to coming back to school and getting their High-Flying Reader T-shirts,” said Cindy Temm,

spokesperson for Parkwood Elementary School. “Our staff are also very excited to see how engaged the students are in designing the shirts.

Our students, teachers and staff wear the T-shirts with pride and enthusiasm. We are thankful to Brown Mackie College – St. Louis for

their support.”

locks of love:

The Kindest Cut

As a two-year-old child, Leann Williams was given a heart-stopping diagnosis of leukemia. When many toddlers are

just learning to walk or to say “mama,” Leann had to undergo the torture of chemotherapy. She could not understand

the disease, the hospital or the pain. One of the many side effects of this ongoing treatment was the loss of all her

hair. Leann had to either go bald or wear what she called a “nasty wig.” Moving forward in time, and now an adult,

she recalls this time in her life as a miserable experience. However, the experience she endured gave her a unique and

personal insight into many of the painful experiences that other children with diseases go through.

Having made a full recovery, in 1999 Leann decided it was time to begin giving back for all of the support she received

from her community, the Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Leann chose

to give back by donating her hair every two years to commemorate her birthday in October.

Leann Williams is the dynamic department chair of Surgical Technology at Brown Mackie College – Tucson. She

volunteers for Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering

from long-term medical hair loss. Locks of Love’s mission is to return a sense of self-confidence and normalcy to

children suffering from hair loss by providing high-quality wigs made from real hair donations.

Once the students, faculty and staff members at Brown Mackie

College – Tucson found out about Leann’s remarkable commitment,

they knew it was something they wanted to get behind and support.

They worked as a team to raise awareness on campus, and recruited

volunteers to spread the word about how others could donate their hair

through Locks of Love. In October 2010, more than 45 inches of hair

were donated from students, faculty and staff. “Everyone knew what a

significant difference just a few inches of hair can make in the life of

a child,” said Leann. “I can only imagine the excitement the girls felt

when they received a wig made out of natural hair that gave them their

own style to match their personalities.”

The annual donations of real hair have instilled a sense of pride for

everyone at the school. To know that the school’s annual hair donations

continue to help with Locks of Love’s mission of kindness and charity

is well worth every hair.

Bringing Warmth and Joy to

Cancer Patients at Christmas Time

The 2010 Christmas holiday season seemed to be the perfect time for Brown Mackie College – Tulsa to hold its

2nd Annual Hat, Scarf, & Glove Drive for the patients of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern

Regional Medical Center. The school’s students, faculty and staff collected and donated more than 100 items, including

hats, scarves, gloves and blankets for the patients. Seeing the joy they brought to the patients, the volunteers were

determined to collect more donations and bring more joy to people this year. Their efforts paid off with more than 100

additional items donated, bringing the total to over 200. “This was a wonderful opportunity for our students, faculty and

staff to build and embrace this deserving organization,” said John Pappas, president of Brown Mackie College – Tulsa.

The rigors of cancer treatments can take a severe toll on patients. Cancer treatments leave many patients feeling cold,

even during the summer months. Radiation and chemotherapy treatments can also cause patients to lose their hair. A

warm hat and a pair of gloves are items that truly benefit cancer patients.

The school’s students, faculty and staff personally delivered the gifts to the patients

and also spent some quality time with them. More gifts were placed around the

Christmas tree. “We saw firsthand how excited the patients were to receive a pair

of gloves or a warm hat,” said Kellie Manns, lead medical assisting instructor.

“We were very proud of our volunteers taking time and giving to others. It was

heartwarming to see what these gifts meant to the patients this time of year. You

could see the happiness in their faces. There is no greater feeling than knowing that

you made a difference in someone’s life.”

“The representatives from Brown Mackie College – Tulsa added a bit of Christmas

joy to the patients at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern

Regional Medical Center,” said Susan Magill, director of Guest Services at Cancer

Treatment Centers of America. “They distributed both handmade and purchased

hats, gloves, scarves and blankets for the patients. They also took time to hang

additional items on the clinic’s Christmas tree for patients to take as needed. The

patients were thrilled with the gifts and warmed by the generosity of the Christmas

spirit. Our staff was also touched by the gesture and said the gifts disappeared

almost as quickly as they appeared.”


Taking A Bite Out of Hunger

in South Carolina

The Psychology Club led the way at South University, Columbia by holding a much-needed food drive for the Harvest

Hope Food Bank in December. The Psychology Club students promoted the food drive across the campus, encouraging

all students, faculty and staff to bring canned goods, boxed foods, household items, cleaning supplies and diapers.

President of the Psychology Club, student Annette DeCosta, said, “It was fun to bring everyone together to focus on

feeding those in our community who are facing hard times, especially right before the holidays.”

“It was great to see the students find a cause and make a plan for promoting it on campus,” said Luanne Kea, psychology

instructor. “Our campus is large with a lot of different students coming for day and evening classes, so the Psychology

Club really planned how to make sure everyone could get involved.”

Their efforts were very successful, with the campus donating over 500 pounds of food. The Harvest Hope Food Bank,

in partnership with dozens of universities, ministries and churches, serves an area of approximately 20 counties around

the South Carolina capital city.


Operation Christmas Child

In 2010, South University students of the Montgomery campus participated in the annual Operation Christmas Child, a project

led by Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. Samaritan’s Purse is a forty-year-old Christian organization providing spiritual and

physical aid to people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped to meet the needs of victims of war, poverty,

natural disasters, disease and famine. Emergency relief programs provide food, water and temporary shelter during critical

periods. Community development programs and vocational training seminars, held in impoverished villages and neighborhoods,

help people to break the cycle of poverty and provide them with skills to make a better future.

Operation Christmas Child involves packing and shipping individual shoe box–sized containers with small toys for a boy or

girl in the age categories of 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14. Preferred items include small toys; basic school supplies (such as pens, pencils,

crayons, markers, writing pads, calculators, etc.); coloring books; personal hygiene items; and non-perishable candy.

Participating organizations were asked to fill boxes with the above-listed types of items and to provide a donation of at least

$7.00 per box to cover shipping.

In 2010, South University students filled 69 shoe boxes with toys and other items and raised $702.00, which was more than

enough to cover the shipping costs for the boxes. A special thanks for the success of this initiative goes to Anna Pearson, director

of admissions; Pat McCormick, dean of student affairs; and to the South University student Psychology Club.


Greater Detroit Youths Gifted with

Generosity from South University

In November and December 2010, South University, Novi students, faculty and staff donated toys in support of

the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The goal of the Toys for Tots program is to provide a message of hope to less

fortunate children in order to assist them in becoming responsible, patriotic and productive citizens.

South University, Novi chose to partner with Toys for Tots because of their dedication to helping local children. Every

donated toy stays in the community. The metro Detroit area was especially hard hit by the recent recession, and the

staff of the Novi campus wanted to help ensure that all of those families felt the joy of Christmas. As a new campus,

South University, Novi felt it was especially important to connect with the greater Detroit communities that the school

serves, demonstrating a commitment to being a good neighbor.

Toys for Tots began in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks and Marine

Reservists to provide toys to needy children in the Los Angeles area.

The campaign was a success and was adopted by the Marine Corps in

1948. The program has grown immensely since the 1940s, and in 2008,

the Marines collected over 16.2 million toys.

The Novi campus collected toys throughout November and December.

As a public collection site, Novi welcomed donations from members of

the community, as well as staff, faculty and students. After a successful

campaign this year, South University, Novi looks forward to partnering

with the Toys for Tots program again next year.

Off Campus Programs

Raising Money, Awareness and

Interest in Civil Rights History

In May 2010, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum hosted “An Evening at the Museum,” a black-tie

fund-raiser for Georgia’s official Civil Rights Museum. The Accelerated Master of Business Administration’s (AMBA)

program director, Brock Haas, played a key role in fund-raising by coordinating the silent auction, which raised nearly

$6,400. All proceeds helped to support the museum. Several South University staff members participated in facilitating

the event, and many more joined the efforts as guests and bidders during the auction.

Guests enjoyed tours of the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, housed in the former Wage Earners Savings

and Loan Bank built by African American contractor, Robert Pharrow. In the main hall, live music and fine food were

a feature of the evening, while guests surveyed the silent auction items and worked hard to be the winning bidder on

dozens of donated prizes. Local WTOC personality Sonny Dixon hosted the live auction and motivated the crowd to

dig deep.

Prominent Savannah community members such as Savannah’s Mayor Otis Johnson, County Chairman Pete Liakakis,

Savannah State President Earl Yarborough, St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital CEO/President Paul Hinchey, and Pure

Spectrum President/CEO Lee Vanatta were also participants at the event.


Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree”

to the rescue

Students, faculty and staff at South University, Richmond got into the holiday spirit by adopting two Angels from the

Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, and another three children from the local community that they called their “Boy Angels.” The

Angels from the Salvation Army were an 18-month-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. The Boy Angels were three brothers –

Antonio, Dontavious and Claude.

The Angel Tree was set up in the library with Angel tags; people could browse, select and then sign up to purchase gifts

for any of the five children. The response was overwhelming, with many people signing up for more than one Angel.

The Nursing class adopted a Boy Angel and collected money as a group to purchase multiple gifts for their Angel. Nursing

students Katrice Pennington and Dina Campos, while studying in the library one day, decided to pick an Angel as a

class project.

“My sister and I always do the Angel Tree every Christmas,” Katrice said. “My family is fortunate and so we try to give back

to the community – to those who do not have anything. Can you imagine being a kid and not having any gifts under the

tree? When Dina and I saw the Angel Tree in the library, we thought that it was a good way for our class to do something

for the community.”

The Nursing students were joined by Program Director Dr. Sharon Broscious and faculty member Dr. Linda McCuistion, and together

the group purchased over 20 gifts of toys, games, books and clothes for their Boy Angel.

The Richmond Campus collected around 100 gifts for its five Angels.

Campus President Troy Ralston said, “I am extremely pleased with the participation of our faculty, staff and students. We helped bring the

joy of Christmas and a visit from Santa Claus to some of Richmond’s neediest children. We plan to make the Angel Tree a permanent part

of our campus tradition.”


Extreme Volunteering

When Extreme Makeover: Home Edition came to Savannah to build a new house for a family with great need, South

University students, faculty and staff jumped in line for the chance to be one of the 20 selected volunteers to join the

hundreds of other volunteers and Ty Pennington’s Makeover team.

The campus’s director of housing, Ellen Hartman, said that she received over 80 responses within 20 minutes of making the

request for volunteers. “I knew that it would be a great way to not only give back to the community, but to also bring South

University together. I have never seen so many people work so hard and still have smiles on their faces. I think that may

have something to do with knowing you’re making a positive impact on someone else’s life,” she said.

In one week, a new home was constructed for the Simpson Family, and South University presented the family with a

Family Scholarship award immediately following the “reveal” on November 18, 2010. The scholarship was designed so that

it may be used by the parents or any, or all, of the three children, aged 2, 4 and 8 years. The faculty and staff at the Savannah

campus enjoyed seeing higher education get some attention because they see how education changes lives every day.

The South University volunteers returned to campus reporting phenomenal teamwork by everyone at the construction site and excitement

at meeting Extreme Makeover: Home Edition cast members. Student Misa Roley explained, “There were so many people there, building the

house, volunteering their time, staying up all night and working for 18 hours straight just to give one family a home. As long as there are

still people in the world willing to dedicate some part of themselves for the good of another, I believe this world will remain an amazing

place. I appreciate the opportunity to work alongside these awesome people and for being a part of it.”


Camp Boggy Creek

buoys children’s spirits

The Physician Assistant Inaugural Class of 2012 Student Society is new, just like the Physician Assistant (PA) program at the

South University, Tampa campus, and the students haven’t wasted a minute building a positive reputation in the Tampa area. The

PA Student Society volunteered to spend a weekend at Camp Boggy Creek helping seriously ill children who are there with their

families for a “family retreat” weekend.

Camp Boggy Creek works to enrich the lives of children between the ages of 7 and 16 with chronic or life-threatening illnesses,

including asthma, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, spina bifida and disorders requiring

ventilator assistance. Camp Boggy Creek operates year-round and offers weeklong summer sessions for the children and family

retreat weekends throughout the year. And the best part, the camp is free of charge.

“Reaching out to our community is not only the right thing to do, but it is also primary to our mission as health care providers,”

said Deborah Mattson, MS PA-C, admissions director for South University’s Physician Assistant Program in Tampa and

assistant professor. “I am pleased to see our new students are invested in learning by doing and helping some really great kids out

in the process.”

The PA Society volunteered 48 hours of time and helped the children at Camp Boggy Creek with activities such as boating,

fishing, arts and crafts, woodshop, gym time, archery and swimming.

Virginia Beach

Donating 933 Pounds of Food and

Holiday Cheer in the hampton roads

The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia gained some weight this year, thanks to the students, faculty and staff at South

University’s campus in Virginia Beach. The campus collected over 933 pounds of food and delivered it all in November,

just in time for the holidays.

The food bank reached out to the community after noting that demand was up in the slow economy, and the students

in Virginia Beach wanted to help out. The campus conducted a concerted promotional campaign with volunteers, and

the results tell their success.

“Community service is a vital component of South University’s culture and is instilled in students and faculty from their

first day on campus in Virginia Beach,” said President Seth Saunders. “The campus is located in a dynamic business

park, so the food drive was expanded to include everyone in the neighborhood.”

The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia was established in 1981 and serves over 380,000 individuals annually. With the

help of 325 partner agencies, the food bank serves a 3,500-square-mile service area.

West Palm Beach

Education in Action: Students

Conduct Small Claims Clinics

In November 2010, the Paralegal and Legal Studies Programs at South University, West Palm Beach, in conjunction

with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, FL, began offering free monthly Small Claims Clinics to the

community. The Clinics are designed to assist low-income clients from the community whose claims are valued at no

more than $5,000. Clients who walk in or call the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County are referred to the monthly

Small Claims Clinics, which are conducted at the West Palm Beach campus.

During the Clinics, clients meet with South University Paralegal and Legal Studies students who have been specially

trained in small claims legal procedures. The students interview the clients, copy their materials, and assist in

completing the documents necessary for the clients to file their own claims at the local courthouse. The students are

supervised by faculty attorneys who review all documentation.

To date, the problems presented at the Clinics include contractual issues involving money owed for wages, and a breach

of contract claim for purchase of a sick puppy. On average, approximately fifteen students will participate on a monthly

basis in the Small Claims Clinics, supervised by up to four faculty attorney members.

The Paralegal and Legal Studies students are thrilled to have the opportunity to conduct client interviews and actually offer beneficial

information to real clients from the community. Student participation is purely voluntary. The clients have been pleased with the

information and professionalism offered at the Small Claims Clinics.

The word is getting out, and this service to the campus’s community is growing by the month.

operation christmas child:

Holiday Hope for Children in Need

Western State University College of Law students worked together to brighten the holidays of impoverished children

around the world in 2010 with their participation in Operation Christmas Child. The campus became part of a network of

volunteers and organizations supporting the nonprofit with donations for children in need.

Through the initiative, students and employees gathered items needed by and appropriate for school-age children. The

donations were loaded into shoe boxes and sent to support holiday outreach by Operation Christmas Child.

More than 8 million children received a shoe box from Operation Christmas Child last year alone, and more than 130

countries have felt the positive impact of the outreach since it began in 1993.

At Western State University College of Law, students and employees were asked to donate empty shoe boxes, money to ship

the packages and toys, school supplies, toiletries, candy and other items children would enjoy. Students and their families

came together to stuff and wrap the boxes and to drop them off at a local distribution center in time to be shipped for


In all, close to 80% of the campus participated in the project, and the full impact was 266 shoe boxes filled and donated to children in

Panama, Nepal and the Horn of Africa. “It was a pleasure to work with those at Western State University College of Law to make the

holidays brighter for children in need,” said student Leila Stevens who helped to lead the endeavor. “The project not only brightened the

faces of those children who received the boxes, but it was a great way to bring the campus together to help a great cause.”

“The idea of giving back to the community, whether local or global, is something we instill in our law students,” said Professor Cheyanna

Jaffke. “Their participation in Operation Christmas Child was a demonstration of their commitment to not just be great lawyers in the

future, but to be great citizens as well.”

Hundreds of organizations benefit

from the work of EDMC schools.

Following is a partial list:

2100 Lakeside Men’s Shelter

360 Communities

4C for Children

A+ Angels Mentor Program

A Child’s Place

Abby’s Closet

Ability Plus

Academy of Advanced Thinkers

Ad2 Nashville

Adam’s High School

Adopt-A-Family Program of Tarrant County


Adrienne Arsht Center


Africa Aid

Afya: Health for Serengeti through Internet


AIDS Action Committee

AIDS Alliance Atlanta

AIDS Outreach Center


AIGA Colorado

Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank

Akron Children’s Hospital

Akron Dog Park

Akron Urban Restoration

Alameda School of Art + Design

Albertina Kerr Centers

Alcoholics Anonymous

Ali Khan/Peter Simon Traveling

All The King’s Men

Allegheny County Executive Office

Allegheny County Immunization Coalition

Alley Cats

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha

ALS Association of Georgia


America Reads

American Cancer Association

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop

American Cancer Society’s Making Strides

Against Breast Cancer

American Counseling Association

American Culinary Federation

American Express Houston Business Women

American Heart Association

American Liver Foundation

American Lung Association

American Printing House for the Blind

American Red Cross

American Red Cross – Haiti Relief

American Red Cross of LaPorte County

American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana

American Red Cross of Saint Joseph County

American Red Cross, Cincinnati Area


American Society of Interior Designers

Amherst College and Vassar College Alumni


Amor en Accion Ministries in Homestead

Angels of Change: Children’s Hospital of

Los Angeles

Animal Haven

Anti-Violence Partnership (AVP)

of Philadelphia

ARC of York County/SERTOMA Auction

Arizona Humane Society

Arizona International Film Festival

Arizona Veterans Foundation

Art BeCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation

Art Festival 2010

Art for the Cure

Art in the Pearl

Art on Alberta

Art Road Nonprofit

Arts Council of Fort Worth &

Tarrant County

Arts Fifth Avenue

Arts for Learning


ASAP Treatment Center


Ashby House

Asian Reporter Foundation

ASIFA and Starz Film Festival

Association for Adult Development

and Aging

Association for Counselor Education

and Supervision

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &

Transgender Issues in Counseling

Association for Spiritual, Ethical and

Religious Values in Counseling

Atlanta Day Shelter

Atlanta Veteran’s Center

Autism Society, Greater Harrisburg Region

Autistic Children


Battered Women’s Shelter

Bayfront Medical Center

Bayou City Arts Festival

Beaverton Together

Beth El Congregation

Betty’s Day Care

Bicycle Transportation Alliance

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Birthday Blessings of Charlotte, NC

Bombardier, Inc.

Bonnet House

Boston College

Boston Minuteman Council (Boy Scouts)

Boston Preparatory Charter School

Boston University

Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts Troop 1

Boys & Girls Clubs

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Breast Cancer Research of Tampa Bay

Breath of Life Celebration for Delaware Valley

Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis


Brent’s Place

Bridgeway Homes for Pregnant Teenagers and

Their Babies

Broadway Christian Parish Food Pantry

Brooke County Veterans Association

Brookline Chamber of Commerce

Brookline Symphony Orchestra

Broward County School System

Broward General

Broward General Pediatric Oncology Center

Broward Junior Academy

Bruce Irons Camp Fund

Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center

Business for Culture & the Arts

Business Volunteer Council Annual

Playground Build

CA Breast Cancer Foundation

Camillus House

Camp Hill Swim Team

Canterbury Park

Canton Urban League

Capital Area Christian Church (Haiti Relief


Career Closet

Caring House, Duke University

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Carolinas Raptor Center


Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club

Catholic Charities

Cell Phones for Soldiers Project

Center City District

Center for Breast Health

Center for Sustainable Energy

Central Virginia Food Bank

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs

Champion Life Center

Charis House

Charity League of Charlotte

Charles River Wind Ensemble

Charlotte (NC) Art League

Charlotte (NC) Emergency Shelter

Charlotte (NC) Men’s Shelter

Charlotte (NC) Rescue Mission

Charlotte (NC) Women’s Shelter

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Chefs Move to Schools & The White House

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Chi Sigma Iota

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

Child Seek Network

Children First Academy

Children’s Attention Home of Rock Hill

Children’s Cancer Association

Children’s Cancer Center

Children’s Healing Art Project

Children’s Home + Aid

Children’s Home Society of South Florida

Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters

Children’s Memorial Hospital

Children’s Museum (CM2)

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community

Action Agency

City Mission, Findlay, OH

City of Davenport, IA

City of Ft. Lauderdale, FL

City of Hope

City of Miami – Fire Department

City of Philadelphia Department

of Recreation

City of Portland

City of Refuge, Inc.

Clackamas River Basin Council

Classroom Central

Clean Air Council

Coalition to End Homelessness

Coats for Colorado

Cocker Rescue of Fort Lauderdale

College Art Association

Colorado AIDS Foundation

Colorado Association of Career Colleges

and Schools

Colorado Ballet

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts

Colorado Council on the Arts

Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation

Columbia Regional Program’s Autism

Common Walk Festival

Community Climate Team

Community Food Bank

Community Harvest Food Bank

Community Health Care

Community Human Services

Community Teamwork, Inc.

Community Transitional School

Community-University Health Care Center

Community Warehouse

Compassion Outreach

Consumer Credit Counseling Services

Convoy of Hope

Covenant House



Crime Stoppers

Crisis Assistance Ministry

Crisis Nursery Phoenix

Crispus Attucks

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

Crossroads Community Ministries

CRVA Education Foundation Girl’s Day Away

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Gold Coast Guild

Dallas Association of Family and

Marriage Therapists

Dallas Group Psychotherapy Association

Dallas Metro Counseling Association

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dance Houston

Decatur Arts Alliance

Decatur Business Association Board

Decatur Education Foundation

Decatur Film Festival

DECA (Delta Epsilon Chi – High

School Division)

Delaware Valley Stroke Council

Denver Dumb Friends League

Denver Office of Cultural Affairs

Department of Economic Security – Veteran

Outreach Program

Diamond Children’s Hospital


Dilbert Hoyt Arboretum

Diocese of Dallas Addiction Ministry

Discovery Place

District 300

Divorce Recovery

Dogwood Festival

Domestic Violence Project


DOVIA: Directors of Volunteers in Agencies

Downtown Animal Care Foundation

Dreams Are Free Elementary School

Dress for Success

Duffy Health Center

Eagan Resource Center Food Shelf

Easter Seals ARC

Easter Seals Building Value

Eastside Family YMCA


EDMC Education Foundation

Educate Tomorrow

Education Foundation of Sarasota County

Egyptian Study Society

Elkhart General Hospital

Emergency Management Services of North

Central Kansas

Empowered Youth

Epilepsy Foundation

Erin’s House for Grieving Children

Esther’s Pantry

Evansville School for the Blind

Extraordinary Young People

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Savannah

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Virginia


Fairmount Park Commission – Cobbs

Creek Park

Faith Presbyterian Hospice Hope for

Peace and Justice

Family Fall Festival

Family Place

Fashion 4 A Cause

Fashion Group International

Father’s House Church

Father Joe Foundation

Feed My Starving Children

Film Action Oregon

First Impression Suit Close and Center

for Accessible Living

Florida Breast Health Initiative

Florida Youth Orchestra

Food Pantry; Lake County, IN

Forgotten Harvest

Fort Wayne Urban League

Fort Worth Public Art

Fortunate Families: Foundation for

Family Science

Foundry United Methodist Church

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation

Full Life Crusade–Haiti Relief

Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention


Genesis Women’s Shelter

Georgia Alliance for Inclusive Technologies

Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities

Girl Scouts

Girls Inc.

Gladstone School District

Glam Guitars

Global Game Jam


GLSEN Pittsburgh (Gay, Lesbian and

Straight Education Network)

Gold Coast Jazz Society

Goodwill Easter Seals

Goodwill Industries

Governor’s Arts Awards

Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund

Grace Institute/Grace Academy

Grace Presbyterian Village

Grady Rape Crisis Center

Granny’s Garden

Granulosa Cell Tumor of the Ovary


Green Tree Farmers Market

Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Greenville Cultural Center

Greenville Rape Crisis & Child Abuse


Guadalupe Alternative Programs

Guardian ad Litem Program

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

Gustare Ltd.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat Healers

Hacienda CDC

Haitian Earthquake Relief Effort

Haitian Women of Miami

Hands On Atlanta

Hands On Charlotte

Hands On Greenville

Hands On Nashville


Harvard University


HealthCare Connection

Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Coalition

of Georgia

Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies

Heart to Heart International

HEARTH of Pittsburgh

Hearts for Haiti

Helping Paws of Minnesota Service Dogs

Heritage Park Nursing Home Activity Fund

Herman Miller’s “We Care” program

Historic Elizabeth Neighborhood

Historic Third Ward Association, Milwaukee

Hollywood Boosters

Hollywood Philharmonic

Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic

Holy Comforter Episcopal Church

Home Health & Hospice

Home Instead

Homeless Veterans

HOPE Family Services

Hope House Women’s Shelter

Hospice of Charlotte

Houston Ballet

Houston Star of Hope Celebrity Fashion


Houston Zoo

HUGE Improv Theater

Human Rights Campaign

Humane Society of the United States

Humility of Mary Shelter


IDU Community Collaborative


Industrial Designers Society of America

Innocent Justice, The Education Foundation

Insights Teen Parent Program

Institute for Medical Arts

Institute of Contemporary Art

Interlink Counseling Services

International Association of Culinary


International Interior Design Association

Invisible Museum


Jackie Hirneisen Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jackson Memorial Hospital

Jaycees Christmas for Kids

Jerusalem House

Jesse F. Richardson Foundation

Jewish Family & Children’s Services

Johnson County Family Crisis Center

Junior Achievement

Junior League/Dress for Success Charity

Fashion Show

Junior Symphony Guild

Junk to Funk

Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center of

Kansas City

K9 Police-Minneapolis & Fridley, MN

Kaiser Permanente

KEEPS Boutique

Kentucky Humane Society


Kicks Sports Arena

Kids Helping Kids

Kids In Distress

Kilimanjaro Education Foundation

Kingsley Stingrays Swim Team

Kiwanis Club

La Penita de Jaltemba Community Center

Lawrenceville Community

Leach Botanical Garden

Legal Aid Society

Lend A Hand Society

Les Marmitons

Let Them Run

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the

Night Walk

Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation

Levine Children’s Hospital

Lewis House (a division of 360



LifeShare Community Blood Services


LifeSouth Blood Drive

Light House

Lincoln Heights Senior Living Center

Lions Club

Literacy for Life

Little Light House

Living Yoga

Locks of Love

Logan Center

Loma Linda University Childrens Hospital

Lord’s Rose Garden

Los Angeles Fire Department – Firehouse 60

Loudoun Arts Council

Loudoun Chamber of Commerce

Loudoun County Fair

Louisville Metro Corrections

Louisville Metro Animal Services

Louisville Zoo

Lovett School

Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association

Lupus Foundation of America

Mae Volen Senior Center

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Making Memories

Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center

Marblehead Festival of Arts

March of Dimes

Martin Luther King Center

Martin Memorial Library

Mason Park Elementary School

Massachusetts Water Works Association

Mayors’ Feed the Hungry

MDA, Durham Lock-up

ME 3 (Motivate, Educate, Empower, &


Meals on Wheels

Melba School District

Memorial Blood Bank

Memorial Hospital


Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences

Metro United Way

Metro Youth of the Quad Cities

METROlink; Davenport and Bettendorf, IA

METROlink; Moline and Rock Island, IL

Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund

Meyer Center

MHARF (Minnesota Hooved Animal

Rescue Foundation)

Miami Children’s Hospital

Miami Rescue Mission

Miami-Dade County Head Start Program

Miami-Dade County School System

Michiana Humane Society

Milwaukee Public Schools

Minnesota Career College Association

Minnesota HOSA (Health Occupations

Students of America)

Minnesota Rorschach Society

Miracles Club

Mission of Arlington, TX

MIU Plus Online Program

MN Metro Meals on Wheels

Moffit Cancer Center & Research Institute

Moline Fire Department

Molly’s Fund

Mooresville Senior Center

Moreno Valley Police Department

Morris Animal Refuge Furball

Morris Park Restoration Association


Mt. Washington Community Development


MTH Farm-Natural Lamb

Multnomah County Library

Multnomah County Sherriff ’s Office

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Museum of the City

Museum of the Peace Corps

Music Changing Lives

My Father’s House, Inc.



Nashville Humane Society

National Amber Alert System

National Art Materials Trade Association


National Catholic Council on Alcoholism

and Related Drug Problems


National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

National Flag Foundation

National Park Service (Edgar Allan Poe

National Historic Site)

National Restaurant Association Education


National Television Academy–Heartland


Native American Resource Network

Neighborhood House

Neighbors of Overbrook Association

New Beginnings Fellowship Church

New England Innocence Project

New Life Mission

New Repertory Theatre

New Town Farms in support of local farming

Next Door Farms

Nexus Recovery Center

Nob Hill Business Association

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group

North Carolina Central University Campus


North Texas Central Counseling Association

North Texas Food Bank

North Texas Hypnotherapy Association

Northeast Ohio Food Bank for Pets

Northeastern University

Northern Virginia Foundation Gala

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

Northwest Career Colleges Federation

Northwest Medical Teams, International

Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center

Northwest Society of Interior Designers

Oakwood Mental Health Center

Ohio Valley Voices

Okolona Business Association

Olivia’s House

Olmstead Parks

Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis


Operation Christmas Child

Operation Santa: Universal City/North

Hollywood Jaycees

Oregon (CHIFOO)

Oregon Art Education Association

Oregon Ballet Theatre

Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement

Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Humane Society

Oregon Media Production Association

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Oregon Zoo


Our Saviour’s Housing

Out of the Closet Thrift Stores

Outreach Ministry in Burnside

Outrigger Sports USA

Overtown Youth Center


Pact-Bradley House

Paint Portland Pink!

Palm Beach International Film Festival

Parent University

Park Clean Up

Park Place Casitas

Parkway Elementary School

Partnership Against Domestic Violence

Partnership for Community Action

Passage Meditation/North Haven Methodist


PDX Bridge Festival

PDX Fashion Incubator

Peace Partners

Pearl District Business Association

Penn State Four Diamonds Fund to Fight


Pennsylvania Lung Cancer Partnership

People Serving People


Phashion Phest


Philadelphia Black Gay Pride 2010

Phillips West Neighborhood Organization

Phoenix Birthing Project

Phoenix of New Orleans

Pittock Mansion

Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force

Pittsburgh Coalition for Dynamic


Pittsburgh Film Office

Pittsburgh MMA Kumite Classic

Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners

Pixie Project

Planned Parenthood

Polinsky Children’s Center

Pocket Change

Portage Animal Protective League

Portland Advertising Federation

Portland Animal Welfare Team

Portland Art Center

Portland Center Stage

Portland City Art

Portland Creative Conference

Portland Farmers Market

Portland Fashion Synergy

Portland Fashion Week

Portland Festival Symphony

Portland Fire Bureau

Portland French School

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

Portland Opera Association

Portland Public Schools

Portland Rose Festival Association

Portland Women’s Foundation

Prevent Child Abuse GA

Primavera Foundation

Prince of Peace Catholic Community

Pastoral Counseling Center


Project Angel Heart

Project for Pride in Living

Project HOPE

Project NOW

Project Salina

Project Transitions

Prometheus Film Festival

Provincetown International Film Festival

Q Cinema Film Festival

Raptor Rehabilitation

Read for Life


Red Cross

Regional Arts & Culture Council

ReTune Nashville

Riley Hospital for Children

River City Brass Band

RiverBend Cancer Services

Roadrunner Food Bank

Rock ‘N’ Roll Camp for Girls

Rolling Readers

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Roots In The City

Rosa Parks Elementary School

Rose Home for Women

Rotary Club

Royal Gardens Association

Ruth House


S.E.E.K. Arizona

Sacred Heart Grade School

Safari Seconds

SafeHaven of Tarrant County in Fort Worth

SafeHaven Women’s Shelter


Safer Foundation

Saint Margaret’s House

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

Salina Community Theatre

Salina Regional Health Center

Salvation Army

Salvation Army/Angel Tree

Salvation Army Shelter

Samaritan House

San Antonio Food Bank

San Diego Food Bank

San Diego Police Department

San Diego Wildfire Relief

Sanctuary, Inc.

Sandy Springs Police Department

Sarasota Military Academy

Scott County Family YMCA


Search and Rescue

Second Baptist Church

Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Heartland

SECU (Southeastern Credit Union) House,

Chapel Hill, NC

Sergeant Electric Services

Shake-A-Leg Foundation

Share Our Strength

Sharing & Caring Hands of Minneapolis, MN

She’s the First

Shepherd’s Heart Veterans Home

Sherri’s Wishes

Signal Behavioral Health Network

Sister Kenny International Art Show

Slow Food


So Others Might Eat

Soldiers’ Angels


South Bend Animal Care and Control

South Bend Center for the Homeless

South Bend Unity Gardens

Southlake Green Day

Southwest Washington Sierra Club


Special Olympics

Springboard for the Arts (MN)

Springettsbury Township Saturday in

the Park

St. Ambrose University

St. Frances Hospital

St. John’s Episcopal Church

St. Joseph The Worker

St. Jude House

St. Luke’s Home for the Elderly

St. Pius X Spiritual Life Center

St. Vincent De Paul

St. Vincent Meals on Wheels

Stepping Stone Shelter for Women

Stonewall Democrats

Stop Child Abuse & Neglect (SCAN)

Stray Rescue

Style Wars

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education


Suicide Prevention Action Network of


Sunnyside Presbyterian Church Food Pantry

Sunshine Acres Children’s Home

Surfrider Foundation USA

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Symphony of the Americas

Take Flight Leadership Program

Tanner’s Touch (local cancer organization)

Tarrant County Gay Pride Week

Association’s Parade and Picnic

Taste of PA Wine Fest

Taylor Memorial Library

Teddy’s Rescue

Tesla Science Foundation

Texas Association for Counselor Education

and Supervision (TACES)

Texas State Democratic Party

The 2009 Houston International Festival

The Aliveness Project

The Aurora Foundation

The Charlotte (NC) Art League

The Charlotte (NC) Trolley Powerhouse


The Education Foundation

The Family Resources

The Hazlett Theater

The Ladder Alliance

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Literacy Volunteer Organization of


The Mask Project & The Denver Hospice

The National Institute for Occupational Safety

and Health (NIOSH)

The Office of City of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke


The Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society

The Ralph McGill Civil Rights Museum

The Right Brain Initiative

The Salvation Army

The Stark County Humane Society

The Stewart Center

The Stewpot and Second Chance Café

The Storehouse Food Bank

The Veteran Administration

The Williams Community Foundation

Youth and Families First

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas 7th Annual

Labor Day Luncheon & Style Show

The Women’s Connection

Three Rivers Harley-Davidson

TLC for Children & Families

Town of Brookline


Toys for Tots

Trade Works

Transition Projects, Inc.

Truly Nolen

Tu Nidito & Tucson Ladies Council

Tucson Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona

Tulsa Community Food Bank

Turning Point

Twenty-First Century Learning Center

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


United Blood Services

United Way

United We Can Foundation

University City Partners Green Goats &

Gardens Festival

Upstate Women’s Show

Urban League

Urban Ministry Center

USELESS Sustainable Products


VAE (Visual Art Exchange)–fashionSPARK

Vancouver Opera

Veteran’s Day Parade; Clarksville, TN

Veteran’s Hospital

Veterans Administration Medical Center

Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation

Visit Denver

Visiting Nurse Association Grief Luncheons

VIVA Quad Cities

Voices for Children

Voices for Education

Volunteer Center of Durham (Share your

Christmas, Backpacks for Kids)

Volunteers of America

Wallace Medical Concern

Walter Ames, Community Blood Center

Watts Center

Waverly Children’s Center


Wellspring Support

Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center

Western State Hospital

Wildlife Forever

William Temple House


Woman 2 Woman Breast Cancer Foundation

Women In Film and Media

Women of Tomorrow

Women’s Resource Center

Woodley Manner Nursing Home

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

World Awareness Club Toy Drive

World Forestry Center

Wounded Warrior Project

Yawkey Club of Roxbury

YCAL (York County Alliance for Learning)

Yellow Ribbon Support Group


Yoplait for Breast Cancer

York Barbell mural

York County (SC) Cancer Association

York County Bar Association

York County Habitat for Humanity

York Cultural Alliance fund-raising

York Rescue Mission

York Spanish American Center

York Women’s Show

York YWCA Race Against Racism

YPAL and Habitat LEED Building


Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church

Food Pantry



More magazines by this user
Similar magazines