Our world is a vibrant tapestry of communities, a delicate weaving of
individuals and families, cultures and artistry, memories and hopes for
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
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.
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,”
Graphic Design Department Creates
an Identity System for the Glendale
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
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
“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
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.”
a Community of Charities
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
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, DiscoverSD.com, Reef, Kip Gerenda Photography, and Fashion
painting a portrait of
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
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
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
“intimidate HUNGER” BY BUILDING
RACING CAR OF Canned FOODS
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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’
“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
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
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
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
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 (www.blankcanvas.org). 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
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
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
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
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
“ 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
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
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
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
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
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
“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.
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
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.”
PARTNERING FOR EDUCational SUCCESS
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
“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,”
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
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.
“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.
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
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
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
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
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 –
“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
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
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
wildlife...to 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’
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
“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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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,
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
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.
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
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
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
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
“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.”
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.
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
4C for Children
A+ Angels Mentor Program
A Child’s Place
Academy of Advanced Thinkers
Adam’s High School
Adopt-A-Family Program of Tarrant County
Adrienne Arsht Center
Afya: Health for Serengeti through Internet
AIDS Action Committee
AIDS Alliance Atlanta
AIDS Outreach Center
Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank
Akron Children’s Hospital
Akron Dog Park
Akron Urban Restoration
Alameda School of Art + Design
Albertina Kerr Centers
Ali Khan/Peter Simon Traveling
All The King’s Men
Allegheny County Executive Office
Allegheny County Immunization Coalition
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Alpha Phi Alpha
ALS Association of Georgia
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
Anti-Violence Partnership (AVP)
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 &
Arts Fifth Avenue
Arts for Learning
ASAP Treatment Center
Asian Reporter Foundation
ASIFA and Starz Film Festival
Association for Adult Development
Association for Counselor Education
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
Battered Women’s Shelter
Bayfront Medical Center
Bayou City Arts Festival
Beth El Congregation
Betty’s Day Care
Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Birthday Blessings of Charlotte, NC
Boston Minuteman Council (Boy Scouts)
Boston Preparatory Charter School
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
Bridgeway Homes for Pregnant Teenagers and
Broadway Christian Parish Food Pantry
Brooke County Veterans Association
Brookline Chamber of Commerce
Brookline Symphony Orchestra
Broward County School System
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
CA Breast Cancer Foundation
Camp Hill Swim Team
Canton Urban League
Capital Area Christian Church (Haiti Relief
Caring House, Duke University
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Carolinas Raptor Center
Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH
Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club
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
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
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 of the Kings Daughters
Children’s Memorial Hospital
Children’s Museum (CM2)
Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community
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
City of Portland
City of Refuge, Inc.
Clackamas River Basin Council
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
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
Consumer Credit Counseling Services
Convoy of Hope
Crisis Assistance Ministry
Crisis Nursery Phoenix
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
Dallas Group Psychotherapy Association
Dallas Metro Counseling Association
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Decatur Arts Alliance
Decatur Business Association Board
Decatur Education Foundation
Decatur Film Festival
DECA (Delta Epsilon Chi – High
Delaware Valley Stroke Council
Denver Dumb Friends League
Denver Office of Cultural Affairs
Department of Economic Security – Veteran
Diamond Children’s Hospital
Dilbert Hoyt Arboretum
Diocese of Dallas Addiction Ministry
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
Education Foundation of Sarasota County
Egyptian Study Society
Elkhart General Hospital
Emergency Management Services of North
Erin’s House for Grieving Children
Evansville School for the Blind
Extraordinary Young People
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Savannah
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Virginia
Fairmount Park Commission – Cobbs
Faith Presbyterian Hospice Hope for
Peace and Justice
Family Fall Festival
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
Fort Wayne Urban League
Fort Worth Public Art
Fortunate Families: Foundation for
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
Gladstone School District
Global Game Jam
GLSEN Pittsburgh (Gay, Lesbian and
Straight Education Network)
Gold Coast Jazz Society
Goodwill Easter Seals
Governor’s Arts Awards
Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund
Grace Institute/Grace Academy
Grace Presbyterian Village
Grady Rape Crisis Center
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
Habitat for Humanity
Haitian Earthquake Relief Effort
Haitian Women of Miami
Hands On Atlanta
Hands On Charlotte
Hands On Greenville
Hands On Nashville
Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Coalition
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 Sunset Free Clinic
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
Home Health & Hospice
HOPE Family Services
Hope House Women’s Shelter
Hospice of Charlotte
Houston Star of Hope Celebrity Fashion
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
Jackie Hirneisen Memorial Scholarship Fund
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Jaycees Christmas for Kids
Jesse F. Richardson Foundation
Jewish Family & Children’s Services
Johnson County Family Crisis Center
Junior League/Dress for Success Charity
Junior Symphony Guild
Junk to Funk
Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center of
K9 Police-Minneapolis & Fridley, MN
Kentucky Humane Society
Kicks Sports Arena
Kids Helping Kids
Kids In Distress
Kilimanjaro Education Foundation
Kingsley Stingrays Swim Team
La Penita de Jaltemba Community Center
Leach Botanical Garden
Legal Aid Society
Lend A Hand Society
Let Them Run
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation
Levine Children’s Hospital
Lewis House (a division of 360
LifeShare Community Blood Services
LifeSouth Blood Drive
Lincoln Heights Senior Living Center
Literacy for Life
Little Light House
Locks of Love
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
Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association
Lupus Foundation of America
Mae Volen Senior Center
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
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
MHARF (Minnesota Hooved Animal
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
Mission of Arlington, TX
MIU Plus Online Program
MN Metro Meals on Wheels
Moffit Cancer Center & Research Institute
Moline Fire Department
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
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
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
Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Santa: Universal City/North
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
Our Saviour’s Housing
Out of the Closet Thrift Stores
Outreach Ministry in Burnside
Outrigger Sports USA
Overtown Youth Center
Paint Portland Pink!
Palm Beach International Film Festival
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
Pearl District Business Association
Penn State Four Diamonds Fund to Fight
Pennsylvania Lung Cancer Partnership
People Serving People
Philadelphia Black Gay Pride 2010
Phillips West Neighborhood Organization
Phoenix Birthing Project
Phoenix of New Orleans
Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force
Pittsburgh Coalition for Dynamic
Pittsburgh Film Office
Pittsburgh MMA Kumite Classic
Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners
Polinsky Children’s Center
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
Prince of Peace Catholic Community
Pastoral Counseling Center
Project Angel Heart
Project for Pride in Living
Prometheus Film Festival
Provincetown International Film Festival
Q Cinema Film Festival
Read for Life
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Riley Hospital for Children
River City Brass Band
RiverBend Cancer Services
Roadrunner Food Bank
Rock ‘N’ Roll Camp for Girls
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Roots In The City
Rosa Parks Elementary School
Rose Home for Women
Royal Gardens Association
Sacred Heart Grade School
SafeHaven of Tarrant County in Fort Worth
SafeHaven Women’s Shelter
Saint Margaret’s House
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Salina Community Theatre
Salina Regional Health Center
Salvation Army/Angel Tree
Salvation Army Shelter
San Antonio Food Bank
San Diego Food Bank
San Diego Police Department
San Diego Wildfire Relief
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
Share Our Strength
Sharing & Caring Hands of Minneapolis, MN
She’s the First
Shepherd’s Heart Veterans Home
Signal Behavioral Health Network
Sister Kenny International Art Show
So Others Might Eat
South Bend Animal Care and Control
South Bend Center for the Homeless
South Bend Unity Gardens
Southlake Green Day
Southwest Washington Sierra Club
Springboard for the Arts (MN)
Springettsbury Township Saturday in
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
Stop Child Abuse & Neglect (SCAN)
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
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
Transition Projects, Inc.
Tu Nidito & Tucson Ladies Council
Tucson Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona
Tulsa Community Food Bank
Twenty-First Century Learning Center
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
United Blood Services
United We Can Foundation
University City Partners Green Goats &
Upstate Women’s Show
Urban Ministry Center
USELESS Sustainable Products
VAE (Visual Art Exchange)–fashionSPARK
Veteran’s Day Parade; Clarksville, TN
Veterans Administration Medical Center
Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation
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
Waverly Children’s Center
Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center
Western State Hospital
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
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