AAU salutes our veterans

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On November 11th, we celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Because it is a federal holiday, some Americans may enjoy the benefit of a day off from work or school, but the meaning behind the day should not be forgotten.

The History of Veterans Day

On November 11, 1918, an armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany went into effect, signifying the end of World War I. Even though the official end of the war didn’t happen until June 28, 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. In May of 1938, the 11th of November was made a legal holiday officially known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest enlistment of armed forces in the Nation’s history, and after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, veterans’ service organizations urged congress to change the name. Congress ultimately amended The Act of 1938 by replacing the word "Armistice" with "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Each year, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls, Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, preserving the historical significance of the date.

*Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

We’d like to recognize a few special veterans in our lives below and express how thankful we are for the freedoms you have provided to us by serving this great nation.  All of us here at Allied American University salute members of our armed forces, past and present, for your service and sacrifice.

Thank you to all of the veterans out there who have served our country! A special thanks to my Uncle Alan, Uncle Mike, and Grandpa Willard. Also, thank you to all of the AAU students who serve and have served. Your dedication and commitment to our country and freedom is beyond admirable. – Lauren Calvo, Manager, AAU Registration and ABS Military Department

“I would like to thank my dad, James Nowell.  He serves today as an Officer with the United States Public Health Service and he is a former U.S. Navy Officer.  He risked his life in Iraq on multiple tours and has saved many American and Iraqi lives in surgery both on the ground and in-flight during battle.  We love you and we are proud of you!” – Whitney Lamar,  Military Admissions Representative

Thank you for protecting us and promoting a positive image of America worldwide. I appreciate your dedication and sacrifice. -Victoria Marsh, Registration Representative

This Veterans Day, I would like to honor my grandparents for their service and dedication to our great country. My grandfather was a master sergeant in the Marine Corps in World War II, and was actually the first Marine photographer allowed into Nagasaki after the deployment of the atomic bomb. My grandmother was also a Marine at that time, which was not something as common for women in those days, and allowed her to be honored with a full military funeral when she passed away a few years ago.
For my grandparents and all other service members, both current and past, I thank you for your bravery, honor and commitment. You are truly my heroes! – Heather Brunson, Marketing Manager

Thank you to my husband, Gill, who served in the Navy and was badly injured while serving, and to my step dad, Rod, who was in the Air Force and served in Desert Storm! - Erin Van Dyke,  Military Admissions Representative

I’d like to thank my father for stepping forward when other stepped back and enlisting, not drafted, in the Army during the Vietnam War. Thank you for placing yourself between us and danger.- Richard Lara, Registration Representative

I would like to say thank you to all our Veterans. I believe we should thank you every day of the year not just on certain days. Thank you for serving our county!  - Krista Karpan, Registration Representative

I want to personally say Happy Veterans Day to by brother in law Michael Gallineaux.  He served several tours overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and went through a great deal transitioning back into civilian life.  I admire his strength and perseverance and admire him as a man, a husband and a father.  A quick shout out to my cousin Vince Sposato who is currently on deployment in Kuwait!  I love you cuz!  Please get back here safe! 
I also want to acknowledge the other men in my family that served their country that are no longer with us: my grandfather Herbert Messick, my uncle Tony Sposato, my uncle Michael Sposato, and my kids great grandfather Donald Oglesby.  May they rest in peace. They all taught us so much during their lives, but most of all, their selfless service to their country is something we can all learn from. - Lindsay Oglesby, Chief Enrollment Management Officer 

Thank you for your time and dedication to serving our country. Many blessings for your bravery – Cynthia Cervantes, Registration Representative

It is an honor to serve veterans and assist them in using their benefits because they have done so much for us as citizens of this nation! I appreciate each and every one of you! - Ahmed Abutata, Military Admissions Representative

A special thanks to the service men and women who have given so much to ensure our country’s safety and freedom! We salute you for all you have done! – Brennen Leftwick, Military Admissions Representative  

To all those who have served our Country, “Thank you” for all you have done. We are blessed to have you dedicate your lives to protect our great nation! - Ryan Hawkins, Director of Admissions

Your willingness to place your lives on hold and fight for our freedoms is beyond words. Thank you for your service. - Melisse Helms, Registration Representative

Thank you to all the Veterans in the world. We appreciate everything you’ve done and continue to do for our country.- Jason Mataalii, Registration Representative

A HUGE thank you to all of our men and women that are serving or have served in the military!  Thank you for the sacrifices that you make in order to keep our country safe.  You are truly appreciated and I am truly honored to be working with the military students here at Allied! Katherine Harrell, Military Admissions Representative

Veterans Day never meant more to me than after my own brother passed and we buried him at the National Cemetery. I don’t know why it took so long for the reality and importance of Veterans day to set in however now I work in military admissions and I get to give back to hundreds of men and women who serve and have served, as well as their families in their educational pursuits. Every day I come to work is my chance to say thank you! - Jessica Duran, Military Admissions Representative 

My sincerest gratitude goes out to all of our military members, veterans and spouses. I’ve always been a firm believer that actions speak louder than words and it goes without saying, the service that you do for this country on a daily basis speaks volumes. I salute and thank you for everything that you do! - Miki Takeuchi, Military Admissions Representative

Thank you to all of the military service men and women for all that you’ve done for our country. All the sacrifices that you all have made are greatly appreciated. You all are truly an inspiration! - Aahren Rhodes, Military Admissions Representative

Thank you for everything that you have done for our country and our freedom. We are truly blessed to be able to experience all of the benefits that you have fought for.Mark Calvo, Asst. Director of Admissions 

Happy Veteran’s Day to my husband, who is an Army Veteran and has proudly served his country, we are very proud of him!  Also a special thank you to all the service men and women along with their spouses who sacrifice and dedicate their lives for our country.  We cannot thank you enough!Carolina O'Neal, Military Admissions Representative

My family and I want to say thank you to ALL who have served in the past and to those still serving today.  Words truly can't express just how much we appreciate all that you have sacrificed for our freedom. Thank you so much and God Bless. - Jonathan Rangel, Military Admissions Representative




Allied American University Named to Victory Media's 2015 Military Friendly® Schools List

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Allied American University has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

For more information about Allied American University's commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit our website at www.allied.edu/military. 

About Military Friendly® Schools:

The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on their website, http://www.militaryfriendly.com.

About Victory Media:

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.


Self-Improvement Month: Boost Your Energy and Focus!

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September is “Self-Improvement Month,” so Allied American University is providing some information on topics that we hope you find helpful to become a better student!

Simple Steps to Improve Your Performance

Many of our students work full-time, whether at a paying job, as a parent or caretaker. A common theme that we hear among prospective students is, “How can I finish my schoolwork while having other obligations?” Do you find yourself drained of energy by the time you get home and log onto your computer?  You’re not alone. Feeling tired after a day of work is a challenge that many of us face. Thankfully there are a few simple steps you can take to help counter that voice in your head that says, “Oh, you can get to that project tomorrow…” We know the fact is that if you don’t get to the project today, procrastination will set in and you’ll end up waiting until the eleventh hour. It’s time to break the cycle of exhaustion and procrastination!

You Get Out What You Put In

What is fuel? Fuel is a material that stores “potential energy” that can eventually be released. The type of fuel needed to power a race car is much more potent than what is required to run a Honda Civic. Our bodies are no different. Your body’s form of fuel is food. If you feed your body junk, it’s going to feel sluggish and low on energy. 

Our bodies work similar to how a car functions. As a car gets driven around, miles begin to accumulate, and it begins to experience some regular wear-and-tear. After 3,000 miles (or every three months) it needs to receive an oil change. Not doing so can lead your engine to burn out. Our bodies work the same way. If we don’t take care of them, they too can ultimately burn out!

Your body and brain are interconnected. Have you ever felt “butterflies in your stomach” before a job interview or a big test? That’s one example of how a little bit of nervousness can manifest itself into a physical feeling. In order to help your body and mind work together at their best, it’s vital that you feed your body properly. Here are a few suggestions for some great “brain food”:

·         Blueberries – These berries are packed with antioxidants. According to some lab studies on aging rats, they found that diets rich in blueberries helped improve their learning capacity and motor skills. Try incorporating a cup of blueberries into your daily diet!

·         Salmon – Try having at least 4 ounces a couple times per week to get your brain the benefits of the Omega-3 fatty acids salmon contains.

·         Leafy Greens and Vegetables – Don’t skip the salads… Enjoy daily servings of leafy greens and veggies in order to get your brain the necessary antioxidants it needs to protect it. A study of over 13,000 women conducted at Harvard Medical School found that those who ate more leafy greens and vegetables lowered their brain’s age by 1 to 2 years. (Source: Prevention.com – “The Best Foods For Your Brain”)

Five Minutes to Kick Start Your Brain

Eating right is the first key component to improve your mental performance. The next step is to give yourself a high-octane boost, and best of all, it only takes a few minutes! You don’t have to spend an hour in the gym in order to receive the overwhelming benefits of exercise… Five minutes is all you need to begin. Now, if you’re looking to lose some excess weight – sure, you’ll want to put in some more time. If you’re looking for that mental edge, however, just five minutes of cardio can do some great things for your mental clarity, focus, and memory.

The British Journal of Psychiatry published a study showing that running for only five minutes a day helped to tremendously improve mental function. (Source: http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/203/4/245.short) The study analyzed students who had learning disabilities, and wanted to see if there would be an improvement in their performance by simply adding cardio to their routine. The results were so astounding that schools have begun adding early morning exercise as part of their curriculum to help improve student performance.


So, now you've got some action items to implement. What do you do now? The first step is to simply get started! Leave your workout clothes next to your bed, that way as soon as you wake up you can’t miss them! When you start, knock out five minutes of running… That’s it. Are you feeling too out-of-shape to run? Start out by walking at a brisk pace. You’ll still notice an effect on your mental wellbeing. As you gain strength, your endurance will build, and you’ll notice that you can go for longer periods of time. Please be sure to consult a medical doctor before beginning an exercise routine to be sure that you are healthy enough for physical activity. 


We hope that these few tips can help you feel better and boost your performance as you pursue your goals through Allied American University