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Announcing the Winners of the Perseverance Scholarship

New Argosy Scholarship

Argosy University, Online Programs, in conjunction with the Education Foundation, is proud to announce the winners of the Perseverance Scholarship. 

We congratulate Nicole Thompson, Ricardo Artis and Frances Moss who have been awarded $1000, $750 and $500 scholarships!

This scholarship was created to support active Argosy University students who have experienced a period in their lives when they had to live by their definition of perseverance. Whether it was personal loss, financial hardship, or overcoming an obstacle, Argosy University students were asked to answer the question: “What is your definition of perseverance and how has it affected you as a student here at Argosy University?”

Nicole Thompson

Nicole Thompson is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She is a few classes into her degree and hopes to be an example of strength and perseverance for her children. With past life struggles, Nicole writes about how she has taken control of her education despite her hardships.

“I refuse to let any of my personal issues negatively affect my work at Argosy. Being a student is the one thing in my chaotic life I have full control over; I decide whether to succeed or to fail. Perseverance is a component that exists in all of us but only thrives and intensifies when you use it.”

Ricardo Artis

Ricardo Artis is working to complete his Doctor of Business Administration. A member of the United States Armed Forces, Ricardo has fought for his degree even through active battle. He has a goal in mind and refuses to let even live enemy fire stand in his way.

While working on an assignment for Argosy, we had several incoming mortar attacks…Once the area was considered as being clear and safe, I would immediately return back to doing my homework. My stories would definitely encourage readers and students to pursue their goal, even when challenges may feel impossible to overcome.”

Frances Moss

Frances Moss is on her way to achieving an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice. While dealing with many family hardships and losses, she has continued to persevere with her degree and proudly holds an A average.

“Although I was experiencing a pain so great and my heart was so heavy, I picked myself up and found the strength to continue on here at Argosy University. My assignments were done and submitted on time and my grades never fell because I stayed true to my faith.”

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Congratulations again to our winners and thank you to all who applied!

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Argosy University Named among Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities

Military Friend SchoolGI Jobs Magazine selected Argosy University for recognition and inclusion in its list of Military Friendly Schools® for 2014. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Schools listed have a shared priority of providing military students with focused support.

The list was compiled through comprehensive research conducted with more than 17,000 schools nationwide via a data driven survey administered by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools. The survey weighting, methodology, and resulting schools list is independently certified by the accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations. Schools on the list also offer additional benefits to student veterans including on-campus veteran programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more.

Depending on a student’s unique circumstances, online higher education can provide the flexibility of not having to be physically located on campus. Some programs even enable active military personnel to stay enrolled online while serving overseas and others may offer the opportunity to allow special start and stop accommodations that reflect the reality of soldiers and sailors finding themselves deployed in the middle of a course.

Learn more about how we at Argosy University, Online Programs work with our military students at http://online.argosy.edu/military.

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Introducing the Psychology Doc Drop In: Help for Completing Your Dissertation

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By Guest Blogger, Lisa Faille, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences

Dissertation research can sometimes seem like a daunting task even among our highly motivated doctoral students. So, how do we ease the concerns of students about the dissertation process? Enter the Doc Drop In—an informal, monthly meeting for doctoral students to address research questions and obtain key information on the dissertation process.

The Purpose of the Doc Drop In

Earning your doctoral degree is a prestigious accomplishment, and, according to data provided by the U.S. Census, only around 3% of adults hold a doctoral degree. Getting this doctoral degree, however, takes both time and dedication, and the dissertation component is probably the most rigorous part of a doctoral program. Even before beginning one of our programs, many students have apprehension about writing a dissertation. The Doc Drop In was born out of a need to inform doctoral students on how to complete a dissertation and what to expect as they do so, while also calming any anxieties along the way.

What You'll Learn When You Attend

The premise for the Doc Drop In is simple: the best way to learn is by exposure. Much of the dissertation process is counterintuitive, which means that dissertations can’t be written on instinct. Learning what to do and not do is essential. At the Doc Drop In, students hear about other doctoral students’ successes as well as the roadblocks they’ve encountered, while the faculty hosts also readily share their own dissertation experiences.

Each Doc Drop In focuses on a different topic, so that every stage of the dissertation process is discussed, including choosing a topic, writing a literature review, understanding research methodology and obtaining approval from the Internal Review Board (IRB). Around 15-20 students typically attend the monthly sessions, and feedback from them has been overwhelmingly positive.

Interested?

The Doc Drop In is held on the second Tuesday of each month throughout the year, and it is open to all Counseling Psychology and Pastoral Community Counseling doctoral students. Students at all stages of the dissertation processor as well as students who have not yet begun the dissertation are encouraged to attend!

To learn how to join the Doc Drop In meetings or to send in topic requests or questions, contact Dr. Lisa Faille (lfaille@argosy.edu) or Dr. Robert Thompson (rgthompson@argosy.edu).

Or, learn more about the programs offered by the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences today!

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