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Northern Virginia’s Brian Sharpless’ Exploding Head Syndrome Study Covered in Guardian Story

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Professor Brian Sharpless, instructor, the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia, was recently mentioned by the Guardian as a world expert in the study of Exploding Head Syndrome.

The article’s authors—Christopher French, Alice M. Gregory, and Dan Denis—include a call to action for people who have experienced Exploding Head Syndrome (EHS) to contact them. “We are hoping to carry out a large-scale survey of EHS. We’re also interested in the equally intriguing phenomenon of sleep paralysis, which involves a temporary period of paralysis occurring between sleep and wakefulness.”

According to the article, EHS sounds can include explosions and other types of loud noise including gunshots, fireworks, thunder, doors slamming, clapping, shouting, and the clash of cymbals.

Results from the survey will be published in scientific journals, presented at conferences and publicized via the media, according to the authors. “In this way, we hope to make progress in learning more about the nature of such sleep-related anomalies. Just as importantly we want to help to reassure those who suffer from them that, although such episodes may be terrifying, they are essentially harmless.”

Read the full article here:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/oct/31/what-is-exploding-head-syndrome

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Overcoming Obstacles: Argosy University’s Stephanie Mrosek Leads by Example

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Stephanie Mrosek knows what it feels like to struggle.

She also knows what it feels like to succeed.

Six years ago, Mrosek, then 22, left a bartending job in Puerto Rico to move to Florida. But things didn’t go quite as planned. Within a year, she found herself in an abusive relationship, unemployed—and pregnant.

“I knew that getting an education was my only hope for improving my life, but fear and procrastination really got in my way,” Mrosek remembers. “I was also in default on previous student loans and had very little money, so I didn’t see a way out. I kept telling myself that the time just wasn’t right. But I also knew that every day I waited to start making my life better was a day wasted. I finally decided I was willing to do whatever it took to make it happen.”

That’s exactly what she did. Mrosek moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to family and enrolled at Argosy University. With transfer credits, she completed her BA in Criminal Justice (with a concentration in management and security management) in just two years. She graduated from the online program in 2015.

“I wanted to become a probation officer so I could encourage kids to stay in school and make a better life for themselves, no matter where they come from,” says Mrosek. “I really believe we each possess the power to change our lives. No one has to become a statistic.”

As it turned out, Mrosek didn’t need to become a probation officer to encourage students to excel. While completing her degree, she became an admissions representative at Argosy.

“When I applied for the job, I didn’t even know the position was at Argosy,” she says. “After I interviewed and they told me I was hired, I remember thinking it was the perfect place for me. I could relate to the students and all the challenges they face, because I’ve been there.”

After three years in admissions, Mrosek became a financial counselor at Argosy, helping students pursue financial aid, identify scholarship opportunities, and establish financial plans that make it possible for them to earn their degrees.

When Mrosek completed her BA, she says she became “obsessed” with the idea of earning a graduate degree.

“As busy as I was with work and raising my daughter, school provided an extra challenge that really energized me,” she says. “It also gave me an added sense of power, control, and accomplishment. I wanted to see how far I could go.”

She decided to pursue an advanced degree, and in July, Mrosek earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Argosy. She hopes to use her degree in a management position at the university. In the meantime, she’ll continue counseling students—and sharing her story whenever she thinks it might help a student conquer his or her self-doubt.

“It’s easy to feel isolated and alone when we’re struggling,” says Mrosek. “I’ve learned that you can either break down or break out. Someone once told me that your life is like a vase. When it gets broken, you have a choice to either let it stay broken or glue the pieces back together and make it whole again.”

Mrosek says the past six years have taught her that life is all about growth and change.

“There was a time, not that long ago, when my future didn’t look so bright,” Mrosek says. “But in six years, I’ve earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. I have a job I love, helping people pursue their own dreams. I’m in a wonderful relationship with a supportive man and have a second child. I’m proof that where you start doesn’t have to be where you finish. You are not your past.” ###

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We are now non-profit | Argosy University | More caring. More learning. More living.

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Date: October 18, 2017 Author: Anne Dean

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Dream Center Foundation announced Tuesday the completion of the transfer of assets of several of the nation’s most well-known for-profit higher education institutions. South University, Argosy University, Western State College of Law and Art Institutes campuses will now be operated as nonprofit institutions continuing their focus on education, student outcomes and community involvement.

“We are pleased to announce the completion of this transfer,” said Dream Center Foundation managing director Randall Barton. “We are thrilled the various regulatory agencies looked favorably upon our vision to refocus these schools exclusively on providing quality and accessible education empowering people throughout our nation. These schools have been serving communities across America for more than 100 years, and they have a bright future ahead of them.”

South University, Argosy University, Western State College of Law and Art Institutes collectively have 56 campuses in more than 30 cities and more than 44,000 students as well as over 5,000 employees and approximately 6,000 adjunct faculty members. Each institution offers courses online and on campus, and together they offer more than 100 programs of study in everything from health and behavioral sciences to business, education and digital arts.

University operations will be managed by Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH), LLC under chief executive officer Brent Richardson. Richardson has a long career in higher education as former CEO and chairman of the board for Grand Canyon University (GCU). Richardson was the catalyst for the turnaround of GCU, which now has over 85,000 students and employs over 5,000 people. Richardson’s focus will be student-centered and based on student outcomes.

Barton continues, “We believe the relationship between the schools and the Dream Center Foundation will allow these schools to continue to provide students with an excellent education and strengthen their sense of social responsibility. Nothing transforms an individual's life more quickly than a quality education.”

Dream Center service partners are spread throughout the United States and can provide enriching opportunities for students to serve in their communities. As a not-for-profit DCEH will raise donations to contribute to programs that provide scholarships for the underserved.

“Education has always been a central focus of the Dream Center Foundation,” said Matthew Barnett, founder of the Dream Center in Los Angeles and president of the Dream Center Foundation. “These institutions will remain nonsectarian providers of quality higher education, but we hope that this new season will bring an expanded vision and an opportunity for graduates to realize their own dreams while living a life in service of the dreams of others.”

The Dream Center Foundation announced its intent to complete the transfer of the institutions earlier this year .

Note: The acquisition of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, The Art Institute of Philadelphia, The Art Institute of Colorado, The Art Institute of Michigan, and The Illinois Institute of Art is expected to occur in late 2017 following a final regulatory review.

The Dream Center Foundation funds programs providing educational opportunity, emergency food and medical services, transitional housing for homeless families, youth and veterans as well as support for victims of human trafficking through its principal partner, the Dream Center Los Angeles. Each month more than 50,000 people are assisted in Los Angeles alone, and countless others through its network in 41 states and 21 countries. The founder and president of the Dream Center Foundation is Pastor Matthew Barnett.

Foundation website: http://dreamcenterfoundation.org

Dream Center website: https://dreamcenter.org/

Dream Center Education Holdings website: https://www.dcedh.org/

For more information about The Art Institutes please contact us.

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