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Music Instructor Leads Nationally Recognized Ensemble, Supports Community
Music Instructor Leads Nationally Recognized Ensemble, Supports Community

Dr. Roosevelt Griffin III

2015, Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

Argosy University, Chicago

Founder and CEO, Griffin Institute of Performing Arts

 

“[My education] helped me to have a deeper understanding of the importance of teaching.”

 

Music Instructor Leads Nationally Recognized Ensemble, Supports Community

 

Roosevelt Griffin stands below a street sign bearing his name. It’s located just a few doors down from the house where he grew up in Harvey, Illinois. The sign was placed to acknowledge his excellence in teaching—and he’s proud that his mother gets to see the street sign every day.

 

Roosevelt is a district band director and elementary band director. He’s also an instructor for the Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids of America. The music ensemble of fifth graders that he instructs has been recognized nationally for excellence. “When I teach, my goal is to create an experience for my students with respect, love, and trust,” says Roosevelt. His passion for teaching drives him to become a positive influence in the children’s lives. And this guidance encourages them to practice for their biggest performance of the year—a concert in front of 2,000 people at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

 

His dedication has led to many awards, including being named the 2017 Jazz Educator of the Year but the Jazz Institute of Chicago, 2015 Most Outstanding Alumni by Northern Illinois University, and a 2017 Semi Finalist for the Grammy Award for Best Music Educator. “This Grammy acknowledgement placed me as 1 of 25 music educators nationwide. I received a monetary award, a grant for my school, and my name is placed in the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum,” he said.

 

Roosevelt is also dedicated to making a difference in his community. He was recently awarded the Illinois Education Association’s Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of civil rights and humanitarian activities.

 

He’s the president and CEO of Griffin Institute of Performing Arts, an organization that he created in 2016 to provide music, theater, and dance education to help children ages 5-18 to achieve their potential. The school offers custom courses that are eight weeks in length—as well as private and group lessons, workshops, master classes, and student performances.

 

Roosevelt, who in 2015 earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University, Chicago, says that he chose Argosy University because its program would help to position him to create change within his community. “[My education] helped me to have a deeper understanding of the importance of teaching.”

 

Today, he’s focused on working with his students to “be great together.” Roosevelt describes himself as being passionate about change and focused on making the world a better place for children. “Music is about freedom, individuality, soul, and heart.” He can see the potential in his students. And he’s made it his goal to help them to see it themselves.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, Chicago, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1300, Chicago, Illinois 60601. ©2018 Argosy University.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu.

 

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Oversees Daily Operations of Film Festival that Attracts over 200,000 Visitors
Oversees Daily Operations of Film Festival that Attracts over 200,000 Visitors

Dr. Louida Miller

2017, Doctor of Business Administration in Business Administration

Argosy University, Los Angeles

Office Manager for the Pan African Film Festival

 

“The education I received from Argosy University, Los Angeles has helped me to be an effective ethical and nonjudgmental researcher.”

Oversees Daily Operations of Film Festival that Attracts over 200,000 Visitors

Dr. Louida Miller took a nontraditional path to her current career. Following the death of her husband and the conclusion of a 32-year position with the United States Postal Service, Louida decided it was time to being anew. She wanted to give back to the community—and after 42 years of being out of school, she began working toward a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. She then pursued a master’s degree in Family Therapy and Counseling. “My passion for helping others has prompted me to advocate for senior citizens and young adults who struggle financially,” she said. “I intend to open a resource center where I can empower others who are faced with difficult situations.”

Louida was inspired to continue her education by her parents. Her father worked during the day and studied at night while her mom earned a high school diploma when Louida was in 10th grade. “These examples left an indelible mark on my life,” she stated. Her mom went on to earn a certificate in nursing while her siblings also pursued advanced degrees. “The legacy of education has continued, as my son is an educator as well. He inspires and motivates his students. I am thankful for the examples of my father, mother, brother, sister and son, knowing they have been instrumental in my success.” She also overcame a speech impediment to build confidence and show—from an early age—her ability to handle adversity.

Today, Louida is the office manager for the Pan African Film Festival, (PAFF an 11-day festival that takes place each February in the Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres Crenshaw Baldwin Hills Mall in Los Angeles, California. “The festival includes 180 film screenings from over 540 countries,” she said. There’s also an awards ceremony and gala for the filmmakers and attendees. “Approximately 200,000 people attend the festival from around the world. I serve an integral role on PAFF’s year-round staff, serving in multiple capacities.” Louida oversees daily operations and acts as a liaison between the filmmakers, art directors, actors and artists. She also tracks all films to be screened and coordinates PAFF volunteer staff, hospitality coordinators, technical directors, stage managers and student interns.  

This year, PAFF celebrated its 26th year anniversary. It’s known as the most prestigious entity to focus positive imagery in film on the African Diaspora. PAFF is an official Oscar-qualifying festival for shorts and live-action films and holds screenings for several works that are up for consideration for the Academy Awards.

Louida added that earning a Doctor of Business in Administration in Business Administration from Argosy University, Los Angeles in 2017 was the best thing she did for her career. “This field requires knowing how to operate an organization and I have extensive experience from an entrepreneurial, corporate and non-profit perspective,” she stated. “I can continue to pursue my professional and academic work in the area of business and human services. Choosing this degree has developed patience for diverse personalities as well as a willingness to grow and learn.”

Louida referred to herself as a lifelong learner and plans to publishing works in the future. She added that she chose to attend Argosy University because of its reputation, location and because it was recommended to her by her undergraduate instructor.

“One benefit of earning a doctoral degree at my age is having the title of Dr. Louida Miller,” she proudly mentioned. “I immediately noticed the impact as an elder within my community, serving as a trail blazer for youth.” She was excited to note that the Youth and Millennial Department of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Christ Liberation Ministries recognized her commitment to education by presenting her with the Living Legacy Millennial Award. Louida was also the 2017 scholarship recipient from the Association of Pan African Doctoral Scholars (APADS). And in June 2018, she’ll serve on a panel for Black Principal Investigating Initiative. “I have been invited to empower youth through literacy with Bolanile’s Book Club Inc. with a scholarship named in my honor entitled the Dr. Lou’s Literacy Scholarship,” she said.

She’s also received recognition from the Pan African Film Festival and the African Channel-Night of Tribute, been awarded a certificate of commendation from the City of Los Angeles and received an honoree film award from African TV Channel.

Louida added that her education helped her to become an effective, ethical non-judgmental researcher. “I see the individuals that I encounter for who they are and for what areas they are seeking,” she said. “My research skills have grown, equipping me with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful. My years of educational and professional experience will allow me to be effective as a researcher, working with the clients, cultures and families.”

She recommends that current students make a commitment to further education. “Commit yourself to professional development and maintaining a positive attitude,” she stated. “Constantly pursue your dreams. The final reward will be worth it.”

 

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Coordinates Nursing Team That Cares for Victims of Violent Crimes
Coordinates Nursing Team That Cares for Victims of Violent Crimes

Natalie Fiore

2017, Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Nursing from Argosy University, Denver

Forensic Nurse Examiner, The Medical Center of Aurora

 

“Without my degree, I would not be in a management position.”

 

Coordinates Nursing Team That Cares for Victims of Non-violent Crimes

 

Natalie Fiore is a forensic nurse examiner at the Medical Center of Aurora, Colorado. She coordinates a team of nurses who care for victims of violent crimes by collecting evidence, taking photographs and providing resources to the victims. She is also called to testify in court, and in 2015 served as an expert witness in a case leading to the conviction of a sexual predator.

 

Prior to working in this position, Natalie worked as a labor and delivery nurse for 17 years. She also has experience in the emergency and traumatic brain injury departments.

 

When she began her studies at Argosy University, Denver, Natalie had not been in school since 1996. She faced many challenges—including learning how to navigate her computer work. Natalie relied on classmates to help her out. “Time management was difficult and I had to find a work/life balance,” she said.

 

She added that her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, earned in 2017, lead to a higher-level position. “Without my degree, I would not be in a management position,” she added. Her coursework included research and writing papers on sexual assault and forensics—work that has a direct impact on her work.

 

Natalie mentioned that one of her instructors, Phyllis James, encouraged her to start a quality sexual assault program—and supported her vision both as a student and a graduate.

 

Natalie was excited to announce that she received a Luminary award and was nominated for a Nightingale 2018 award. Natalie is involved with the sexual assault response team for the 17th and 18th judicial districts and she and her team teach first responders how to care for victims of sexual assault. Her licensures and certifications include: Advance fetal monitoring, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Basic Life Support, Advance Cardiac Life Support and Trauma Nursing Core Course.

 

She encouraged current students to stay focused and learn to balance school, work, and family. “Keep going. It will all be worth it.”

 

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states.  Argosy University, Denver, 7600 E. Eastman Avenue, Denver, CO 80231. ©2018 Argosy University.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu 

 

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First African American to be appointed by the Governor as Deputy Director to the Alabama Department of Transportation
First African American to be appointed by the Governor as Deputy Director to the Alabama Department of Transportation

Dr. Willie Bradley

2017, Doctor of Education in Higher & Postsecondary Education from Argosy University, Atlanta

Alabama Department of Transportation Deputy Director (Fleet Management)

 

“Argosy University, Atlanta offered rolling enrollment, ensuring I didn’t have to delay starting my doctoral degree.”

First African American to be appointed by the Governor as Deputy Director to the Alabama Department of Transportation

Dr. Willie Bradley is the deputy director (fleet management) for the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT). He began his career at the state level working in the Department of Finance as the chief of logistics. This experience allowed him to gain valuable insight into state logistics before transitioning into his current appointed position.

ALDOT oversees the state’s interstates, water ways, air transport, bridges, roads, and drones. Dr. Bradley manages the fleet operations of all 8,800 vehicles within the state, including vehicle contracting, purchasing, and leasing and provides vehicle planning support to state colleges and universities.

Bradley is a retired active duty United States Army lieutenant colonel who served in four combat conflicts areas during his eight years in Germany. He participated in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and served as the youngest Battalion S3/operations and planning officer (captain). For his service, he received the Army’s Bronze Star. Additionally, Bradley served as the Rhine River commander and was selected as the Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC) officer of the year.

 

“I spent 22 years in the military and served as a college instructor on base teaching young soldiers who were working toward obtaining their associate’s degrees,” he said. He then transitioned from military life to join Alabama’s fourth largest high school as an administrator. “I wanted to work toward my Doctor of Education degree. Argosy University, Atlanta offered enrollment right away, ensuring I didn’t have to delay starting my doctoral degree.” He used his Veterans’ Administration benefits to pay for his education.  

“Having a terminal degree adds credibility to my experience as a military senior leader,” Bradly stated. “Argosy University, Atlanta’s rigorous academics allowed me to obtain educational success and validate my experience-based success.”

In addition to his government work, Bradley is a senior minister with Anointed Remnant International Ministries (ARIM), a global organization that includes preaching, leadership and guidance both physically and via Skype. He also recently spent 12 days in Liberia on mission work. In January of 2018, he formed the Bradley Academic & Athletic Scholarship Help Company, which educates parents on how to obtain scholarship opportunities for their children. He plans to conduct three events per year and was inspired to establish the scholarship after his two sons received scholarships to play college football.

Bradley mentioned that his desire to give back to the community comes from his family. “I have been so blessed and I want to give back and help,” he said. He describes himself as a country boy from southeast Alabama who pursued sports to get off of the farm and earn his way through college. His daughter studies social work in college and his wife leads efforts for the National Day of Prayer.

He recommends that current students make their education a priority and that they utilize and apply the knowledge provided by their instructors. “Argosy University, Atlanta has a great faculty and staff,” he stated. “I learned that if you’re going to become a professional educator, you must be 100% devoted to the cause. Teach to your highest level of expertise.” While it took him over seven years to finish his degree, he acknowledges it was worth the effort. “Make obtaining your degree a reality. As long as you are making progress, it’s a step forward.”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, Atlanta, 470 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. ©2018 Argosy University.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu.  

 

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