Milestones   

MilestonesEvery edition we invite students, alumni, faculty and staff to share their most recent milestones with us, so that we may share their news with you! We hope that you celebrate with them in these moments, as much as we have. If you would like us to celebrate a milestone in your life, please use our online form and submit your milestone today.

Class of 2010

Russell SmithRussell Smith (Master’s in Criminal Justice) was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) and recently selected to be the new Deputy Commandant (USAR) at the Army Warrant Officer Career College, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Jennie Vaughan (Master’s in Public Administration) was selected to serve as Ivy Tech Community College Chancellor in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Class of 2011

Roger SinghRoger Singh (Master’s in History) was promoted to Lieutenant in the Suffolk County Auxiliary Police (2013), Roger traveled to Paris, France to establish academic residency (2013) for his Ph.D. in public policy and administration. He also visited Germany (Kelly Barracks, Stuttgart – U.S. Army facility); Munich (Dachau Concentration Camp); Garmisch-Partenkirchen; and Innsbruck, Austria. During July, he visited Moscow and St. Petersburg to study Russian culture.

Wes O’Donnell (Master’s in Business Administration) was interviewed for a feature that will run on WTOP to promote AMU’s profile of the Veteran Entrepreneur campaign. In addition to his master’s in business administration, Wes received his master’s in international relations.

Ryan Satterthwaite (Master’s in Military History) co-authored, “Enhancing Collaboration Through Shared Understanding Toward a Better Understanding” for Small Wars Journal. Ryan received his master’s in military history.

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Class of 2012

Colt Tallent (Bachelor’s in Intelligence Studies), a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society APUS Chapter, received The Education Debt Reduction Award totaling $5,000. The Education Debt Reduction Award assists members with repayment of student loans.

Charles RussoCharles Russo (Master’s in Intelligence Studies) is the 2012 and 2013 recipient of the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholarship Award. Since 2013 he serves as adjunct professor at Colorado Technical University, teaching security studies undergrad and graduate courses. In 2014, he was selected to the FBI Adjunct Faculty Program.

Michael Harris (Master’s in Military History) authored the recently published title from Savas Beatie, "Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777.” 

Drew Pearson (Master’s in Public Administration) was appointed Dare County’s Emergency Management Coordinator in North Carolina on August 4, after retiring from the Coast Guard in July.

David CaliceDavid Calice (Bachelor’s in International Relations) is pleased to share that he just completed his masters of diplomacy at Norwich University with a GPA of 3.9. He said ”AMU clearly prepared me to reach higher educational goals, and at work, I’ve become a “go-to-person” for my colleagues. Thank you, AMU, for the invaluable knowledge I’ve gained.“

James StejskalJames Stejskal (Master's in Military Studies) has had his first book, The Horns Of The Beast: The Swakop River Campaign & World War I in South West Africa, 1914-1915, published by Helion & Company, a British publishing house that specializes in military history.
 

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Class of 2013

Thomas PeeblesThomas Peebles (Bachelor’s in Intelligence Studies) was selected into a Coast Guard Direct Commission program. He said “My degree paid off immediately—I start my new career with the Coast Guard in a few months”.

Jack SigmanJack Sigman (Master’s in International Relations and Conflict Resolution) presented his paper, "Had the World Paid Attention, Nothing Would have Changed" at the 44th Annual Scholars Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches on March 11, 2014 at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California.

Lindsay A. Krahn (Master’s in Intelligence Studies) was promoted to captain at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

R.J. Godlewski (Master’s in Military Studies) wrote, “On Risk, Calculation, and Compromise,” for Right Truth.

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Class of 2014

Ralph Cuevas (Master’s in History) curated, "Vietnam: The American Experience," a permanent exhibit and latest addition to the Bill English Military History Collection at the Museum of North Texas History.

Eugenie de Silva (Master’s in Intelligence Analysis) recently presented, “Is a Chemist a Better Intelligence Agent?” at the Institute of Chemistry of Sri Lanka.

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Current Students

Rochelle Cleaver (Master’s in National Security) attended the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23.

Crystal Salierno (Bachelor’s in Space Studies) was nominated by Tinker Air Force Base for the 2013 Air Force Female Military Athlete of the Year award for her numerous athletic accomplishments.

Harry Goldsboro (Master’s in Intelligence Studies) received a $3,000 scholarship from the National Military Intelligence Foundation to pursue his graduate degree.

John Fortin (Bachelor’s in Intelligence Studies) was selected as the 2013-2014 National Military Intelligence Scholar and awarded a $250 honorarium. J

George Navarini (Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management) graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Academy at the Emergency Management Institute.

Thomas Miller (Bachelor’s in Marketing) wrote a blog post entitled, “Moving as a Prepper” for Personal Liberty Digest. Thomas received his associate degree in real estate studies and is currently pursuing  his bachelor’s.

Kevin Girling (Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management) was hired as Mount Joy County’s Police Chief in Pennsylvania. Kevin received his master's degree in homeland security and is currently pursuing a master’s.

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Faculty and Staff

Student Financial Aid Vice President Gary Spoales was named to a GAO focus group on federal student aid for teachers, specifically focusing on the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program; the Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers; and the Perkins Loan Cancelation Program.

Dr. Fred Stielow was named dean emeritus of American Public University System. Stielow retired in early 2014 after ten years of service to the university as vice president and dean of libraries.

College 100 faculty member Angela Gibson was selected to live tweet at The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program, an interactive on-line STEM course and Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center on Wednesday in Hampton, Va. In addition, Angela’s paper "The Success of Community Based Grassroots Initiatives in Space Education and Outreach Through Social Media" has been accepted for presentation at the 65th International Astronautical Congress, September 29 - October 3.

College 100 faculty member Angela Gibson was selected to live tweet at The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program, an interactive on-line STEM course and Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center on Wednesday in Hampton, Va. In addition, Angela’s paper "The Success of Community Based Grassroots Initiatives in Space Education and Outreach Through Social Media" has been accepted for presentation at the 65th International Astronautical Congress, September 29 - October 3.

Legal Studies faculty member Robert A. Mullins authored 12 MONKEYS & A GREEN JACKET, a book that traces the rich history of Augusta by explores Southern history through one of Southeast’s most renowned lakes.

School of Business faculty member Dr. Kathleen Shriver was presented with the Outstanding New Faculty Award at the Academic Awards Ceremony on June 14.

School of Arts & Humanities faculty member Dr. Anne Venzon was presented with the Outstanding Overall Faculty Member Award at the Academic Awards Ceremony on June 14.

President and CEO Dr. Wally Boston, AVP of Institutional Research Dave Becher, Director of Research and Methodology Dr. Melissa Layne, and VP of Research and Development Dr. Phil Ice: Exploring Institution to Institution Swirling Patterns Among Online Students.

President and CEO Dr. Wally Boston, VP of Research and Development Dr. Phil Ice, Solutions Designer Rob Mitchell, and Director of Research and Methodology Dr. Melissa Layne: Through Google Glass

AVP of Strategic Planning Jeffrey McCafferty, VP of Research and Development Dr. Phil Ice, and AVP of New Business Operations Tracy Cosker: All Abroad: International Strategies, Criteria, Expectations, and Challenges

AVP of Marketing Analytics Sebastian Diaz: KM Readiness Survey: Assessing eLearning Infrastructure at King Saud University; Using the Community of Inquiry (CoI) for eLearning at KSU

School of Public Service and Health faculty member Dr. Lisa Miller: Leadership Psychology of Close Relationships in Distance Education Administration; Want More Research? Develop a Research Special Interest Group

Director of Research and Methodology Dr. Melissa Layne and Manager of Research Technologies Holly Henry: Emerging Trends in Digital Scholarship

Criminal Justice faculty member Dr. Allan Conkey presented “The New Club Drug Scene” at the Wyoming Criminal Justice Association Conference earlier this month. 

Vice President, Community Relations Dr. John Hough was selected to join West Virginia’s STEM Council to provide input on moving STEM initiatives forward in West Virginia.

Faculty Development Instructor Dr. Teresa Williams, Director of Research Methodology Dr. Melissa Layne, and VP of Research and Development Dr. Phil Ice co-published, “Online Faculty Perceptions on Effective Faculty Mentoring: A Qualitative Study” for the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, Volume 17 Issue 1.

Senior Manager of Corporate and Strategic Relationships DeAnn Wandler was recently appointed to the National Contract Management Association's (NCMA) Board of Advisors.

Senior Vice President Mike Metzer, Vice President Chris Reynolds, and Assistant Professor Matt Stork received the 2014 Pro-Patria Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on behalf of American Public University System. The Pro-Patria Award recipients have demonstrated the greatest support to National Guard & Reserve employees through their leadership practices. This is the highest level award that may be bestowed by an ESGR State Committee.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math faculty member Ahmed Abaza received the Leadership Innovation Award from Lockheed Martin for his participation in the SSA program.

AVP, Institutional Research Dave Becher will present, “The Analytics Marketplace: The Build, Buy, Buddy Options” at the WCET Boot Camp: Building Institutional Readiness for Data Analytics on June 19.



Manager, Corporate & Strategic Relationships (Hospitality & Tourism) Omari Head spoke at the local National Capital Area YWCA’s brown bag speaker series on May 29, where he addressed the importance of education in hospitality careers.

President and CEO Dr. Wally Boston participated in “EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future” a panel discussion sponsored by The Education Alliance on June 19.

School of Security and Global Studies faculty members Kate Brannum, Kimberly Ruff, and Michelle Watts co-published “Game of Norms: Panama, the International Community, and Indigenous Rights” for Latin American Policy Journal.

VP, Student Financial Aid Gary Spoales presented “Establishing a University-wide Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy” at the Eastern Regional Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA) Conference on May 18.

AVP, Corporate & Strategic Relationships Michelle Maldonado was selected by the leaders of AMU’s and APU’s Golden Key International Honour Society (GK) to be awarded an honorary membership for her team’s work with the Inspire Leadership Series and related initiatives and resources made available to students, alumni, and others. 



AVP, Marketing Analytics Dr. Sebastián Díaz was interviewed and featured in a WCET video discussing the university's participation in the Predictive Analytics Framework and supporting use of data-driven decision-making to enhance student outcomes.

Dean, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Dan Benjamin presented “Security Challenges for Mobile Computing” at the AFCEA Joint Information Environment Mission Partner Symposium on May 13.

Program Director, Environmental Science Dr. Carol Pollio was elected as the Information and Education committee chair for the Maryland-Delaware Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

VP & Dean of Applied Research Dr. Elena Mastors published, “Breaking al-Qaeda: Psychological and Operational Techniques (2nd edition)” for CRC Press.

Program Director, Intelligence Studies Dr. Nicole Drumhiller and VP & Dean of Applied Research Dr. Elena Mastors co-wrote “What’s in a Flag? The Protestant Community’s Identity, Symbols and Protests in Belfast” for the Journal Peace & Society.

School of Security and Global Studies faculty member Ronald Mangum presented a podcast on “Multi-Track Careers and Opportunities and Challenges in Leading a Varied and Non-Linear Career” for the Academic Council of the United Nations (ACUNS) in April.

School of Business faculty member Rossano Gerald wrote, “NAFTA -Transportation Challenges: Case Study US-Mexico” for the Journal of International Business and Economics.

School of Security and Global Studies faculty member Charles Venuto presented on the history of the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge in Florida at its 50th anniversary celebration last week.



Sports and Health Sciences faculty member Jenny Johnson wrote, “Additional Insights from Professionals in Continuing Education” for Club Solutions Magazine, Spring 2014 Issue.

Manager, Fire/Emergency Outreach Anthony Mangeri presented, “Using the Media as a Force Multiplier” at the New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference in Atlantic City.

Manager, Corporate & Strategic Relationships Omari Head accepted The Airport Minority Advisory Council’s invitation and served as a conference speaker at its annual Business Diversity Conference in June.

Manager, Strategic Initiatives Jeff Hawkins was a keynoter and presented, “Education and the Educational Needs of Senior Security Executives” at the ASIS Chief Security Officer Roundtable Summit in Miami, Florida last week.

Admissions rep. Cathy Thornton Brown published “Harry, the Stolen Child,” for Pacific Review 2014 edition. Cathy is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English.

EVP and Provost Dr. Karan Powell attended the 60th Annual National Security Seminar hosted by the Department of Defense at the United States Army War College and Carlisle Barracks on June 14 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Security and Global Studies faculty member Dr. Joe DiRenzo III co-wrote, “U.S. Coast Guard in Review” for the U.S. Naval Institute’s May edition of Proceedings Magazine.

Criminal Justice faculty member Michael Pittaro received an invitation from Pearson Publishing to participate in a 3-day, in-depth criminal justice focus group.

Manager of Strategic Initiatives Jeff Hawkins was the keynote speaker at the ASIS Chief Security Officer Roundtable Summit in Miami last week. Jeff spoke about education and the educational needs of senior security executives.

Manager Fire/Emergency Outreach Anthony Mangeri presented, “Using the Media as a Force Multiplier” at the NJ Emergency Preparedness Conference in Atlantic City, NJ.

Management Program Director Dr. Marie Harper and AVP, Corporate & Strategic Relationships Michelle Maldonado presented on the topic of leadership development at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference on June 16.

Director of Institutional Research Liz Wallace and Senior Decision Support Specialist Leslie Sine presented, “Getting on the Same Page: Using the Data Cookbook to Collaborate & Communicate Definitions” at the 2014 Higher Education Data Warehousing (HEDW) Conference last month.

Sociology and Anthropology faculty member Dr. Jennifer Cramer co-authored, “Mapping Correlates of Parasitism in Wild South African Vervet Monkeys” for the South African Journal of Wildlife Research.

Art History faculty member Valerie Colston was invited to exhibit her artwork and create an art program at the Santee Library in San Diego, California.

Arts & Humanities faculty member Kathryn Broyles presented, “Resisting & Re-inscribing Gender Norms: See Me/ Hear Me" at the Veterans in Society: Changing the Discourse Conference 2014 last week.

Philosophy & Religion faculty member Dr. Christopher Myers presented, “The Divine Judgment of Nations in Matthew 25: John Rawls. A Theory of Justice and Making Political Institutions More Faira” at the Religion and Spirituality in Society Conference last month in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Director of Research Methodology Dr. Melissa Layne, the Editor-in-Chief of Internet Learning, an APUS and PSO journal, recently released its Spring issue. In addition, EVP Dr. Karan Powell and Arts & Humanities faculty member Molly M. Lim were selected to join the review board. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Dean Dan Benjamin joined the Executive Editorial Board. 



Manager of Corporate & Strategic Relationships Barbara Ellis served as emcee introducing keynotes at the World Alliance conference last month. In addition, Barbara was appointed to the Board of Directors of World Alliance for Retail Excellence & Standards.



AVP of Corporate & Strategic Relationships Michelle Maldonado facilitated a workshop presentation for the Organizational Intelligence Institute at the Chief Learning Officer Symposium last month. In addition, Michelle was appointed to the Leadership Board of Conscious Capitalism’s DC chapter.

Director of Corporate & Strategic Relationships Tatiana Sehring was appointed a board position with the Software Information & Industry Association (SIIA).

Manager of Corporate & Strategic Relationships Omari Head was appointed as chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Under 30 Gateway group.

Board of Trustees Board Member Dr. Katy Marre participated in the distance and online learning session at the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Institutional Actions Council (IAC) annual meeting last month.

English faculty member Susan Lowman-Thomas presented, “A Rhetorical Approach to Civil Discourse in Online Forums" at the College English Association's 45th annual meeting in March.

Arts & Humanities faculty member Dr. Bethanie L. Hansen presented, “Experiences of Three Students with ADHD in the Middle School Band Ensemble” at the 2014 Music Research & Teacher Education National Conference.

Sports Management faculty members Dr. Larry Flegle and Dr. Lisa Miller and School of Business Faculty Director Dr. Suzanne Minarcine presented, “Research in the Online Academic Environment,” at the Distance Learning Administration (DLA) Conference in June.

Director of Scheduling, Office of the Registrar, Dr. Brian Blodgett recently completed his second book in his Medal of Honor series, “Men of Honor: Vietnam Medal of Honor Awardees.”

School of Arts and Humanities Faculty Director Dr. William Overton presented a teaching online session at the College English Association's 45th annual meeting in March.

School of Business Faculty Director Dr. Suzanne Minarcine was selected as a judge by the Georgia Humanities Council for National History Day. Suzanne also delivered a keynote address on entrepreneurship and vocational exploration at the Priority Male Institute (PMI) in Atlanta, Georgia, a project sponsored by the Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

AVP for Marketing Analytics Dr. Sebastian Diaz was appointed to the West Virginia University Diversity Visiting Committee.

Program Director, Government Contracting and Acquisitions Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth was named to the Board of Advisors of Tednologies, Inc., an Alaska-based manufacturer. The company manufactures TEDSBOX®, a self-contained secure insulated shipping container, which was designed with the assistance of Dr. Hedgepeth.

School of Business Faculty Director Dr. Jill Fuson presented, “Evaluations and Reflections of Online Faculty: Strategies for Success,” at the Distance Learning Administration (DLA) Conference held at The University of West Georgia campus in June.

School of Business Faculty Director Dr. Suzanne Minarcine and Program Director, Government Contracting and Acquisitions Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth presented, “The Digital Divide of Social Presence in the Classroom,” at the Distance Learning Administration (DLA) Conference held at the University of West Georgia campus in June.

EVP, Provost Dr. Karan Powell presented at the HERS Women’s College and University President’s Summit last week in Denver, Colorado.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math faculty member Tricia Keiter presented at the Sloan Consortium Online Science Lab Mastery Series.

School of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Daniel Benjamin concluded the Sloan Consortium Online Science Lab Mastery Series on May 7, which showcased APUS's leadership and innovation in teaching laboratories totally online.

AVP, Strategic Relations, STEM James Reilly co-led a field trip with Jack Schmitt (Apollo 17; former U.S. Senator) to the Johnson Space Center and gave a luncheon presentation on the latest results from the Curiosity rover on Mars. He also participated in an author signing for “AAPG Memoir 101: Energy Minerals in the Solar Systemand was a panelist for a session, “Communicating our Science,” which focused on current challenges of STEM education and how to reach a broader segment of the populace. In addition, he presented a policy paper, “Exploiting the High Frontier: A Policy for Future Economic Development in Space” to more than 175 people on the last day of the conference.

VP and Dean, Institutional Research and Assessment Dr. Jennifer Stephens-Helm and Director of Assessment Julie Atwood presented, “Implementing the Degree Qualifications Profile Framework” at the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Conference.

VP, Research and Development Dr. Phil Ice presented, “Finding Waldo: Using Analytics to Guide Student Success Efforts” at the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Conference.

Management Program Director Dr. Marie Harper will present, “Entrepreneurial Policies, the Labor Market, and New-Venture Creation” at the 2014 Academy of Management Meeting from August 1-5. 

Management faculty member Dr. Rhonda Bell Ellis will present, "The Power of Words in Conversations About Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace” at the 2014 Academy of Management Meeting from August 1-5.

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