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Realizing my Dream – Management Consultant and Author

by Terrence Simon - PhD. Organization and Management -2012

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I am grateful to the faculty and staff at Capella University for the support I received during my doctoral journey. I graduated in 2012 with the PhD in Organization and Management. Shortly after graduation I started a management consulting company T.E SIMON CONSULTING INC offering corporate training and business services to small businesses in the Greater New York City Area.

In October 2013 I published a book titled ” A Guide to Ethical Practices in the United States Tax Industry.” The book is available at amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million in paperback and eBook versions. I now realize that I learned a lot about writing during my doctoral journey at Capella. The faculty were great and always willing to help me at all times.

 
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What is better than Back to School? Back to Capella!

This is my favorite time of year – back to school season! Capella’s fall quarter just started, and it is a busy time for many of our learners. Remember what ‘back to school’ was like when you were younger?  Here are my top 5 reasons why ‘back to Capella’ is so much better!

 

5. You don’t have to sit over the wheel-well on the bus.

4. No. 2 pencils are not required.

3. You don’t need to remember a locker combination.

2.  Go ahead and sleep in!  You won’t miss a lecture.

 

And my number one reason why ‘back to Capella’ is so great…

 1. No more ‘Chef’s Surprise’ in the cafeteria.

 

What are your favorite reasons for being back to Capella this fall?  Share in the comments below!

 

Dr. Suzanne Holmes, DPA

Dean, School of Public Service Leadership

Capella University

 
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My achievements

by Hawkins Bennett - Masters in Healthcare Administration

I have achieved more than I thought I would at Capella. My facilitators have been great in every class. I have learned so much while being in class at Capella. My family has also been a big supporter in getting my degree. It’s been a challenge, but I am determined to make it.

 
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109 Solutions

Ours is often a difficult and challenging world. A look at the daily news shows the scope of problems confronting our communities. Consider the floods, droughts, fires and storms affecting families from coast to coast. Consider the ever-increasing need to deliver quality health care more efficiently, more effectively, and to more people. Consider a workforce still reeling from the Great Recession, our senior citizens searching for support and stability, veterans returning from serving our country and transitioning to civilian careers. The challenges are many and diverse, and often impact us in very significant and personal ways.

Fortunately, there are people working in public, private and non-profit organizations that tackle these problems every day. Public safety workers are keeping our families, friends and neighbors safe. First responders are walking straight into disaster, and emergency managers are helping communities rebuild and prepare for the future. Nurses are delivering care when it is most needed, and healthcare managers are ensuring our country’s healthcare delivery is second to none. Human services professionals are providing support for children, adults and seniors in all walks of life. Public health practitioners are protecting diverse communities through education, outreach and response.

These are people who look beyond the challenges, people who work tirelessly to improve our communities and our country. And on August 10th, 2013, Capella University took great pride in conferring degrees to 109 people who are dedicated to making their communities and our world a better place.

To our graduates of the School of Public Service Leadership, we offer more than just congratulations on your academic accomplishments. We offer our sincere thanks and gratitude for everything you have contributed to your communities thus far, and for all that you will do going forward. Yes, ours is often a difficult and challenging world. Fortunately, we have solutions. We have you.

Dr. Suzanne Holmes, DPA
Dean, School of Public Service Leadership
Capella University

 
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Fresh motivation and re-dedication found

I write this today because I am feeling freshly re-invigorated. Ten days ago, in Minneapolis, over 900 Capella learners graduated. There were learners in undergraduate and graduate programs from all across the country. I had the honor and privilege to assist with the event as a volunteer and it was an exciting and motivating experience. Having attended the commencement ceremony I feel energized to move forward with my own dissertation.

I am a PhD learner in the Health Care Administration program. In March I completed my comprehensive exam and I have just submitted my dissertation topic for approval. Seeing the graduates has motivated me in a way that is difficult to describe but is very real.

Thank you Capella for putting together an excellent commencement ceremony.

 
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My Life at Capella University

by Sarah Nowlin - PhD

I am a very proud Capella University graduate. I never imagined the support I received from the instructors and especially my doctoral mentor. I have always wanted to be a university professor, and after receiving my PhD I have been offered an associate faculty position at a university in Clinton, Iowa. My doctoral education has started to work for me.

 
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AADE Cohort Inspired Me!

by Jackie Hartwig - MBA alumni

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Capella University is a proud partner with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Last week I was in Philadelphia, PA at the AADE Annual Conference where I had the pleasure of meeting a group of talented Nurses/Certified Diabetes Educators that are currently enrolled as a cohort within Capella’s MSN in Diabetes Nursing program. These women are the face of Capella Nursing. They work full time – mostly more than full time, they have families, and they are passionate about not only their own career, but about the profession: Diabetes care. Plus, they all still find the time to advance their education with a master’s degree. The AADE cohort is a true inspiration that has put a spark in me to look at finishing my PhD at Capella University. Thank you AADE ladies!

 
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Community and Connections at the YMCA General Assembly

by Leigh Johnson

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Earlier this month I had the opportunity to connect with faculty, learners, and alliance partners by attending the YMCA General Assembly in Philadelphia, PA. The General Assembly serves as an opportunity for those from YMCA branches across the country to come together, connect with their colleagues, and take part in some excellent educational and training opportunities! This event happens every three years and it almost feels like a family reunion where people get to see old friends and meet new ones.

I was lucky enough to be able to attend this conference for the first time this year and take part in this amazing event. My favorite part (among many highlights) was getting to meet some of our very own Capella faculty and learners!

I was very excited to meet Aaron, a learner in our PhD in Human Services program specializing in Nonprofit Management and Leadership who is progressing through the program with a number of other YMCA leaders across the country as part of a cohort. Aaron and his fellow learners are getting ready to attend their third residential colloquium this September which means they are almost through with the coursework phase and approaching the comprehensive and dissertation phase of the program, a very exciting milestone! When Aaron isn’t working on his PhD he has a busy schedule as a husband, a father of four, and as the Executive Director of the Green County Family YMCA in Monroe, Wisconsin.

One of the faculty members who also came over to see us at the Capella booth is Dr. Monique Ring who teaches in our School of Business and Technology program and also works as a consultant with many YMCAs across the country. Monique has been teaching for Capella for 4 years and is also a big supporter of both Capella and the Y! I am so energized when I get to meet our dedicated faculty and our committed learners who are working to make a difference in their communities; they are truly an inspiration and part of what makes being part of Capella so amazing!

 
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I Declare by Capella

by Maxine Kennedy - Bachelor Business/Accounting

My name is Maxine Kennedy and I am a proud American veteran that has much gratitude for Capella boosting me to get off the “stoop of life”. Life dealt me a few curves and I could not get out to get an education. I found Capella online because in my community several residents are enrolled and were raving about the support they received from Capella. I gave them a try, applied for a scholarship and won. That got me motivated to do so much more. Shortly before I enrolled in Capella I started an education website, http://www.empoweringeducation.com, which the knowledge I have obtained from Capella has improved its appearance and content. It has gone through several stages in my quest to find my fit, but I have received two employment engagements in which the employer mentioned the choice to enter Capella as a positive factor and definitely one that drew them to my application. I am from Macon, Georgia and Capella rocks here, it’s a very well-respected education institution. I know that as I continue my education here at Capella, it will continue to have a positive impact on my future. I will blog again about the greatness of Capella University.

 
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