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Argosy University, Online Programs Announcing Scholarship Opportunity for Undergraduate Students

Argosy University, Online Programs in conjunction with The Education Foundation is proud to announce the Pay it Forward scholarship. Exclusively available to students enrolled in a full-time online undergraduate degree program, this scholarship will provide a total of six individual scholarships to qualified students:

  • Two scholarships awarded in the amount of $500
  • Four scholarships awarded in the amount of $250

The “Pay It Forward” concept states that small acts of kindness make the world a better place. Here at Argosy University, Online Programs, we believe that the “Pay It Forward” concept applies to our students, who are increasing their ability to contribute to society through their education. This scholarship is designed to recognize expressions of kindness as they relate to undergraduate students’ educational goals.

Criteria
Recipients are selected according to the following criteria:

  • Applicants must currently be in enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at Argosy University, Online Programs.
  • Recipients will be chosen by the Argosy University Scholarship Committee. Recipients will be chosen from complete applications submitted by eligible students based on the following criteria:
    1. Financial need – Financial need is defined as direct cost of attendance minus financial aid for which the student is eligible for the coming academic year.
    2. Academic performance/potential – Students must have successfully completed at least 12 credits with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
    3. Personal Essay – Students must write a 250- 500 word essay that describes how the student will “Pay It Forward” after completing his or her degree or how the student is currently “Paying It Forward”.

The application deadline is October 15, 2012. Students can find information on how to apply in the Campus Common.

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Psychology in the 21st Century

There is absolutely no doubt that Psychology is a discipline with a bright future. Psychology in the 21st century is somewhat different than it was in the last century, or at least different than what it was 30 to 40 years ago. Then, the major applied areas were clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, and industrial psychology/organizational psychology. Today, in addition to those areas, there are many newer areas and applied areas and subareas such as health psychology, family psychology, rehabilitation psychology, neuropsychology, clinical geropsychology, pain management and psychopharmacology, among others.

There is a noticeable increase in securing the knowledge of psychologists in sports. Another emerging area for psychologists is the protection of the nation. Psychological experts will be needed to examine the motivation and intents of the terrorists. There are congressional representatives on Capitol Hill who have been instrumental in advocating for mental illnesses to educate the members of Congress and their staff about PTSD and other challenges faced by many armed service members. There are others who are advocating providing comprehensive services to victims of trafficking women and children. Psychology is also at the forefront of illness prevention, rather than focusing merely on diagnosing and treating disorders. Psychologists are at the forefront of contributing solutions to the problems of drug addiction, poor interpersonal relationships, and violence at home and in the schools, and the potential harm we do to our environments.

Sports psychologists as a group often consult to local professional teams to ensure their peak performance and to assist the players’ in adjusting to being away from family responsibilities during training camps.

Psychologists are also needed to share their expertise in the protection of the nation. To meet this need, the University of Maryland established a Homeland Security Center of Excellence, which will span both domestic and international issues. Areas of work for psychologists will include examining the sources of terrorism and responses to it; analyzing the psychological impact of terrorism on society and increasing American public’s resilience in the face of threats. Psychological experts will be needed to examine motivation and intents of terrorists so as to formulate counter response strategies.

Psychology is playing a great role not just in diagnosing and treating of disorders, but has begun to focus on illness prevention as well. Psychologists strive to help people learn how to make healthy behavior a routine part of everyday living. Indeed many difficulties facing society today are problems about behavior: for instance drug addiction, poor interpersonal relationships, violence at home, in the schools, and in the street, and the potential harm we do to our environment. Psychologists are at the forefront in contributing solutions to these problems because of their extensive training in collecting and analyzing data as well as in developing intervention strategies.

It is evident that Psychology in the times ahead will expand to new frontiers, as it has already begun taking great strides in areas unforeseen three to four decades back.

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5 Tips for Delivering Awesome Presentations

Delivering presentations is as much of an art as it is a science. A great presentation can work wonders for you. A good presenter can any topic into an awesome experience for the audience. This blog post lists some of the tips that will come in handy for your next presentation.

  1. Time your presentation
    Follow Guy Kawasaki’s (one of the earliest Apple employee, tech evangelist) golden rule of 10/20/30 and you will never see people yawning while you deliver your presentation. The rule is simple: 10 slides of 20 minutes in total and 30 point font size. Timing is especially important in business-related presentations and at times there a time limit too. This is something that you’ll have to train yourself for.
  2. Keep it simple
    This tip is specifically for the techies out there who tend to dive too deep into the technical jargon. Avoid doing this, even if your audience is technically-inclined. Keeping it simple is the key to keeping your audience engaged. Let’s take an example: You’re presenting a tool to monitor social media statistics. Now, instead of diving into the details of how your app can handle load, mine massive amounts of data, it would be sufficient to just say that your app can do all of this and not dive into the details. Remember, the Internet generation has a short attention span, so putting too much information into your presentation will not help.
  3. Add a storyline
    People love to hear stories, so become a narrator instead of a presenter! Remember Steve Jobs’ famous Stanford commencement address? He hooked the audience right at the start by saying that his speech would consist solely of three stories, nothing else. Any presentation can be transformed into a story with some background contextual information, the main chunk, climax and finally a conclusion. Try this with your next presentation and you’ll surely see increased interest in your audience.
  4. Address the audience, not the screen!
    This happens when you cannot muster enough confidence to face the audience or haven’t done your homework. We often turn our heads towards the screen and start reading out the slides. Never do this; it can be perceived as rude. Always memorize your slides and while delivering them, add some passion into the words and include sentences not in the presentation because if all you’re saying is written in the presentation, why won’t you save your audience’s time and email them the presentation?
  5. Use pictures
    A picture is surely worth a thousand words! In addition to molding your presentation into an interesting story, add at least 2-3 pictures. This will keep your audience hooked to the screen, looking at the picture while you narrate the ‘story behind it’. Companies do this with their product presentations, splashing a shiny photo of their product while the presenter narrates the story behind it. Nobody does it better than Apple. Watch their product presentations for reference.
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