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Community and Connections at the YMCA General Assembly

by Leigh Johnson

Leigh and Aaron

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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M.O.M.

by Lorine Edwards - Master Degree in Non profit Managment

I heard a voice that said go to school. Not sure of what field I should enter. I pondered and prayed about my decision. Having a career and a family I was not sure how I was going to manage. I was sure I did not want to drive anywhere spending hours on the highway traveling to and from school. The Holly Spirit spoke to me “go on line.” I began to search the web for a school. Gladly, I found Capella University. I had no Idea what I wanted. At that time I asked God. What can I do for my community? Sometime later my answer came. Again The Spirit of God spoke to me. Saying “help those young ladies that have experienced what you have experienced as young mothers. Start a Nonprofit Organization.” I received my answer and began my search for a school. I found Capella.
After numerous telephone calls I chose Human Services with the help of a dynamic enrollment counselor who help me to find the field that was suitable for me. There were some challenges along the way but, with help and encouragement of the counselors, advisors and instructors I have a Master Degree in Nonprofit management and currently enrolled in the school of Public Service Leadership working on a Doctoral degree in Multidisciplinary Human Services. I am Happy and I thank God I found Capella. I am the founder of a Nonprofit Organization called Maidservants Outreach Manor INC.
Check out the website.www.maidservantsoutreachmanor.com respond to contact us.

 
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Asbury House Extended Care Treatment for Women

by Marina Asbury - MS Mental Health Counseling

My studies at Capella University have helped me to gain the self confidence to create a nonprofit Colorado organization to provide extended care residential treatment for women with substance dependency issues and co-occurring disorders that often accompany the illness of addiction. My community has no organizations that provide this type of treatment modality for women in our area, including for women veterans who have been shown to have a high need for these types of services. Last month the organization received its 501(c)(3) public charity status and all donations to the organization are tax deductible. We are currently working to buy our first residential property. Information can be found at www.asburyhouse.org . All donations are tax deductible and I am hoping that the Capella community can help us to raise funds. I would like to receive giving points for this organization but as of yet the inspire giving program is not set up to allow for charitable organization suggestions. Once our organization is up and running our licensed professional staff will be supervising mental health interns. I would like our organization to be a go to place for Capella students in Colorado who are seeking intern and or practicum placement. But first we have to have a building to start the program in. Thank you for letting me share.
Marina Asbury

 
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School Bus Violence Prevention

by Todd Phillips - PhD in Public Safety, School of Public Servic Leadership

I am currently working on a comprehensive safety management plan to prevent school bus violence. I wanted to share this because I believe my work will change the way students learn and attend our Public School System in the future.

 
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My Life Challenge

by Bark Miller - Business Management with speicalization in Project management

Since I decided to put aside my own foolish faults and pursue my education, I have realized how important learning is and will be for future growth.

As an immigrant from West Africa, Liberia; obtaining higher education has always been my priority. One thing I have discovered is that to live in a country as a foreigner is challenging and sometimes frustrating.

Capella has offered me a better opportunity and a new journey for a future where my accent, race, and nationality would not become a factor any more.

My journey into the PhD program in Business Management will prepare me to pick up new challenges and turn it into a smooth path; where I can use my experience and training to educate people about the importance of diversity in all disciplines.

I am just a few months into my first course; the advice and team efforts I am experiencing now are greatly becoming an inspiration and motivation for my success. Thank you Capella for giving me the opportunity to achieve a life long asset.

 
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Decisions

by Sherese Henderson-Johnson - Public Saftey

I was just moving back to Chicago from, Missouri. I was working in the jail, but decided that I wanted to come home after getting through a stressful divorce. I was unsure as to what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to finish my Master’s degree. I was enrolled in another University and it reminded me of my past situation, so I was just going to quit. I was online looking at different schools and came across Capella, so I called of course. I was on the phone with an advisor, and was actually looking into another degree field. As I talked to the advisor, everything that came out of my mouth was about criminal justice, law enforcement, and public safety. He gently asked me, why are you looking into counseling? I gave this long drawn out story that ended with criminal justice. He allowed me to finish my sentence, and politely started talking about criminal justice with me. With this great conversation, I finally realized that the degree field  I was interested in was indeed criminal justice. We both laughed. He made me feel comfortable with wanting to change while encouraging me to stay focused and never give up. I am finishing up my first course in public safety/criminal justice as I type!

 
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On My Way

by Koran CainPublic - Public Service Leadership

I am learning on how to be a good public servant.  This road has been very difficult, but Dr. Durrant showed me things that I can do to be a good student. I want to make it clear that I have a long road to go, but I want to thank Capella University for giving me the chance to see things from different sides. I look at things differently now and want to make an impact on people’s life.

Thank you

Koran Cain- Philadelphia, PA

 
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Congratulations Elizabeth Wagne

by micheal Kemp - Pulic Sfatey

Congratulations Elizabeth Wagner for being selected to teach for a highly selective Forensic Science Program. Please share more details with us once you are settled.

 
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My Academic Journey

by Christine Benson - MS Public Safety, Emergency Management with Public Administration

Hello fellow learners,

Let me begin by saying the professors here are great! They, as well as the rest of the staff here, are committed to helping you succeed. I could not have accomplished all that I have without all of the wonderful professors, staff, and classmates that I have had the opportunity to interact with.

My journey for a Masters’ degree began two years ago. I have changed programs and concentrations since then and am happy to be completing my degree in Fall 2013. The degree in Emergency Management will enable me to better serve my community as well as surrounding communities by ensuring they are prepared as possible.

I have had a wonderful experience here at Capella and I encourage others to attend this fine academic institution. The knowledge learned here will prepare and guide you in your future endeavors. My professors and my classmates have given me unique perspectives and have greatly contributed to my expanding knowledge. While the journey has been challenging, I would not have it any other way!

I am planning on applying to the local community college as an adjunct professor once I receive my degree. I would like to pass my knowledge along to others so they can be encouraged to pursue their degrees and dreams. I know my quest for knowledge will not end with my masters’ degree. Eventually I hope to pursue the PhD. in Emergency Management so I am even better equipped to help my community and those surrounding it.

 
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