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.

Congratulations to Prior Learning Assessment students!

Students participating in the prior learning assessment (PLA) program passed an impressive milestone last month: since the inception of the program three years ago, AMU and APU students have earned over 600 credits via portfolio submissions!

The PLA program allows students who have mastered college-level knowledge, skills, and abilities outside a traditional classroom to create portfolios to demonstrate that their prior learning aligns with a specific course in their degree program. In cases where prior learning is in an area outside the student’s major, students may use PLA to fulfill elective requirements, thereby accelerating degree completion and saving money.

Class of 1998

Suellyn Wright NovakSuellyn Wright Novak (Master’s in Military Studies) was accorded two honors for her tireless work opening the Alaska Veterans Museum (AVM): the Contributions to Alaska History award from The Alaska Historical Society and the 2011-2012 Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.

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Class of 2000

Steve Bloomer (Master’s in Military Studies) was promoted to the role of vice president for development and college relations at Monmouth College.

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Class of 2009

Adam HansonAdam Hanson (Master’s in Environmental Policy and Management) was commissioned as 2d Lt. in the U.S. Air Force.

Minnette PowellMinnette Powell (Master’s in Management) accepted a position as the Church Administrator of Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church in Tucson, Ariz.

Johnathan SilvaJohnathan Silva (Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice) graduated from the Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law in December.

Michael ParkerMichael Parker (Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice) was recently selected from a very competitive pool of candidates to become a CID Forensic Science Officer.

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Class of 2010

Robert Schroeder (Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice) wrote “Institutionalizing a Risk-Based Approach in the U.S. Border Patrol” for Small Wars Blog.

Benjamin BurgessBenjamin Burgess (Master of Education) recently sold 6,000 copies of his poetry book, Times Have Changed and Life is Strange. His new novel, Monster, has reached #45 on the Amazon Bestseller list under the Urban Fiction category.

Michelle NuijenMichelle McLinden Nuijen (Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies) has been awarded a Research Talent grant by The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. During her three-year fellowship, she will assess climate change adaption and resilience of rural communities in Lao PDR and Cambodia as part of the International Development Studies group of Utrecht University.

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Class of 2011

Lt. Robert Berry (Master’s in Homeland Security) was promoted to captain at the Greenwich Police Department in Connecticut.

Karl Hebert’s (Master’s in Space Studies) article, “Regulation of Space Weapons: Ensuring Stability and Continued Use of Outer Space,” was published in the March issue of Astropolitics.

Alexander PettyAlexander Petty (Bachelor’s in International Relations) became an inductee into Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA), the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. He also graduated with a Masters of Public Administration from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Roger SinghRoger Singh (Master’s in History) recently visited China as part of residency requirement for his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration. 

James Wemette (Master of Business Administration) recently accepted a position with Adtran Inc. in Huntsville, Ala., as a product manager.

Rikki HatfieldRikki Hatfield (Master’s in Political Science) was hired as an adjunct professor at Texarkana College.

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Class of 2012

Bryant CarutherBryant Caruthers (Bachelor’s in Sociology) was accepted into Purdue University's Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology Degree Program.

John Pennington (Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management) was featured in NBC news clip “Official: Mudslide Search Turning Corner ‘Into the Recovery Operation” on March 25.

Robert HawkinsRobert Hawkins (Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice) retired as a Sergeant First Class after 22 years in the Iowa Army National Guard.

Nnamdi Emenogu (Bachelor’s in Public Health) was named Naval Air Station Jacksonville's Sailor of the Year.

Mike SandersMike Sanders (Master’s in Sports Management) was recently selected as an assistant coach for cross country and track at the NCAA Division II school, McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. Mike was also recently hired by Vatterott College in Fairview Heights, Ill., as a Personal Fitness Training Adjunct Instructor. Finally, he recently celebrated being five years cancer free!

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Class of 2013

Jimmy Dick (Master’s in History) wrote “The Gunpowder Shortage” for the Journal for American Revolution.

Benjamin EffingerBenjamin Effinger (Master’s in Public Administration) was hired as a Management Fellow to serve in a two-year fellowship for the Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector.

Beth White (Master’s in American History) presented on the legacy of Stonewall Jackson at the South Boston/Halifax County Museum.

Faith Lawless (Master’s in National Security Studies) has joined Ohio's Homeland Security team as an analyst, working with the cyber threat initiative. 

Victoria WhitecottonVictoria Whitecotton (Bachelor’s in Middle Eastern Studies) accepted the position of President of the APUS Chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society, and will be attending the regional meeting in Virginia in that capacity.

Warren HemingerWarren Heminger (Master’s in Security Management) was recently awarded the Medal of Valor from the United States Marine Corps in recognition of distinguished police service which displayed conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty.

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Class of 2014

Michael Geraghty (Master’s in Intelligence Studies) will present his capstone paper on the use of unmanned aerial systems in the United States at the International Association For Intelligence Education in July at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa.

David AbildgaarDavid Abildgaard (Master’s in Legal Studies) was nominated and selected for the 2013 Department of Defense "Spirit of Service" recognition award.

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Current Students

James JollyJames Jolly (Master’s in History) was interviewed for an upcoming documentary tentatively titled, "WAR IN HEAVEN, WAR ON EARTH: The Birth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church During the American Civil War."

Brenda Farlow (Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management) wrote “Evacuating a Senior Living Center: What Does It Really Take?” for Fire Engineering.

Virginia Musall (Bachelor’s in Legal Studies) was featured in the New York Times on Feb. 1.

Kimberly McColeKimberly McCole (Bachelor’s in Public Health) earned her Associate of Applied Science and Technical Degree in Emergency Management and Business Continuity from Edmonds Community College of Lynnwood, Wash.

Matthew Bartlett (Master’s in Military History) presented “For Love of Country: Female Spies in the Civil War” on March 6 at the Wallingford Public Library in Hartford, Conn, during the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

Veronica PlaceVeronica Place (Master’s in Public Health) was deployed to Afghanistan with the United States Army Signal Corps.

Andrew Demko (Master’s in Political Science) was named Outstanding History Teacher from Columbia County in Rainier, Ore.

Evelyn NicholsonEvelyn Nicholson (Master of Business Administration) was recently awarded the Jodi Callahan Graduate Scholarship to go towards her tuition and book costs.

Keith Lewis (Bachelor’s in Intelligence Studies) won "Best Warrior" as Soldier of the Year during the Best Warrior Competition hosted by the Army Reserve Medical Command and supported by 4225th U.S. Army Hospital.

Michael Dennis (Master’s in Intelligence Analysis) wrote “Thrilla in Minnesota: Al-Shabaab vs. The Somali Diaspora” for the Small Wars Journal blog.

Leslie HolmesLeslie Holmes (Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management) welcomed her first son, Landon, with her husband on January 21. 

Robby Beaudin (Master’s in Public Administration) was promoted to A-Shift Paramedic Supervisor.

Jeff KellyJeff Kelly (Master’s in International Relations and Conflict Resolution) was hired by i3 (Integration, Innovation Inc.) as a Senior Engineer/Analyst just two months after graduation and three months before retirement.

Jennifer RheinJennifer Rhein (Master’s in Psychology) celebrated her eight-year wedding anniversary to her best friend and supportive partner in crime, Pete Rhein!

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Faculty and Staff

Daniel Welsch (Program Director, Science) and Daniel Benjamin (Dean, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) presented “Online Science Labs—Effective, Efficient, and Fun!” at The Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities Pre-Meeting Symposium on January 22.

Darwin Naccarato (Adjunct Professor, School of Business) presented the recommendations of the Woodland Park, Colo. Community Investment Funding Review Committee to the city council last week.

Dr. Wally Boston (President & CEO) spoke on a panel titled, “Serving Those Who Served: The New Deal for Veterans,” at the Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy Conference sponsored by University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) today.

Dr. Suzanne M. Minarcine (Faculty Director, School of Business) was selected to design a program for the U.S. Consulate in Nigeria for team building and communications for “Consulate Leadership Day.” 

Dr. Elaine Keavney (Director, RN to BSN Program) presented a webinar as part of ADVANCE’s online job fair on February 26.

Dr. Christi Bartman (Associate Professor, Public Administration) will present Conflict and Conflict Resolution Track, "Making the 'Oral Argument' for Conflict Resolution,” at the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference.

Susan Lowman-Thomas (Adjunct Professor, Arts and Humanities) wrote “Kicking Sugar Out the Door!” for Health Matters, a newsletter for Idaho state employees.

Tim Hardiman (Director, Law Enforcement Outreach) appeared on a new episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit last week, a TV show for which he has served as a law enforcement technical adviser for 10 years. View Tim in the opening scene presenting Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) with her promotion to Sergeant.

Dr. Larry Flegle (Faculty, Sports and Health Sciences) has been selected as Alumni of the Year for 2014 by the School of Mass Communications, College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of South Florida. He also recently won the Live365 Valentines Radio contest. He also led a panel discussion along with retired Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Allen Myers and others at the 74th Annual Conference of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System in New York City.

Sonya Ford (Faculty, Education) was named the 2014 Maryland Middle School Counselor of the Year by the Maryland School Counselor Association.

Dr. Fred Stielow (Scholar-in-Residence) was named the 2014 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

Gary Spoales (Vice President, Student Financial Aid) has been named to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator’s Program Integrity and Improvement Negotiated Rulemaking Task Force.

Dr. Amy Peterson (Faculty Director, College 100) and Linda Algozzini and Valencia Gabay (Instructors, College 100) presented “First-Year Curriculum Review: Cross-Institutional Collaboration at a Fully Online Institution” at the 33rd Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience on Feb. 16.

Dr. Melissa Layne (Director, Research Methodology) conducted a synchronous webinar, "Research Methodologies for Online Learning Environments,” on March 10, sponsored by EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).

John Aldrich (AVP, Military Relations) presented “Military Spouse Tips to Maximize Career and Educational Success” at the Council of Colleges and Military Educators Conference. He was also selected to participate in the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Leadership Forum Program.

Omari Head (Manager, Corporate Strategic Relationships) was selected as WKYS’ Top 30 Under 30 Award recipient for his outstanding work in the hospitality industry.

Dr. Dondra Biller (Faculty, Science) co-published “The Central California Current Transition Zone: a Broad Region Exhibiting Evidence for Iron Limitation” for Progress in Oceanography.

Dr. Bob Kane (Faculty, Military Studies and National Security Studies) completed a second master’s degree in the Military Studies Air Warfare concentration at AMU.

Dr. Scott Catino (Faculty, Military Studies and National Security Studies) was selected for an APUS research grant working jointly with an APUS student. He is also working on a paper titled: “Inhuman Terrain: Social Influences, Security, and the US-Mexico Border.”

Brig. Gen. Ron Mangum (Faculty, Military Studies and National Security Studies) was selected for an APUS research grant to study the operation of the National Security Council in post-Soviet countries using Georgia as a case study.

Dr. Dan G. Cox (Faculty, Military Studies and National Security Studies) published "The Age of Liberal Imperialism: Twenty-Five Years of a Flawed U.S. Foreign Policy" for Orbis.

Gary Spoales (Vice President, Student Financial Aid) presented “Fraud and Abuse – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” at the Southern Regional Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Regional Conference in Jacksonville, Fla. on Feb. 18.

Dr. James Reilly (AVP, Strategic Relations, STEM Projects) delivered the keynote address at the MABAS Command Conference.

Jessica Jackson (Director, Human Resources) has been selected into the Leadership West Virginia education and leadership development program.

Dr. Kathleen Tate (Program Director, Teaching) and Dr. William Gillum and Greg Mandalas (Faculty members, Education) presented their research study “An Experimental Mixed Methods Study: Blogging and Graduate Teacher Certification Candidates Reflection” at the 25th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) in Jacksonville, Fla. on March 20.

Rob Mitchell (Solutions Designer) presented “C Dojo Open Session: Visualizing Data,” a webinar for the Technical Communication Professional Association.

Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth (Program Director, Government Contracts and Acquisition) is writing the forward to “Cultural Influence in Engineering Projects,” to be published by Momentum Press later this year.

Dr. Bryan Rigg (Faculty, Military History) spoke at the annual Marshall Chamber of Commerce banquet in Marshall, Texas.

Paul Medhurst (Faculty, Security and Global Studies) was recently appointed Special Advisor for Counter-Intelligence at InterPortPolice.

Dr. Katy Marre (Member, APUS Board of Trustees) has been appointed to the ABET Board of Directors Diversity Initiative Committee and selected to serve on its strategic planning committee. She also participated in the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Institutional Actions Council on March 24.

Dr. Jennifer Batchelor (Program Director, Transportation & Logistics Management) participated in an academic think tank and panel discussion on best practices in reverse logistics management during the Reverse Logistics Association Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

Dr. Clay Wilson (Program Director, Cybersecurity Studies) presented “APUS Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Cybersecurity Education” at the Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association (FISSEA) Conference on March 18 in Gaithersburg, Md. He also presented at the Security and Defense Conference in New York City on March 11.

Mark Bond (Faculty Director, School of Public Service & Health) published “Preventing gun violence in schools” for MultiBriefs Exclusives. He also wrote “The Impact of Stress and Fatigue on Law Enforcement Officers and Steps to Control It” for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute newsletter.

Michelle Maldonado (AVP, Corporate & Strategic Relationships) presented “Moonshot Thinking: How Ordinary People Become Extraordinary Leaders” at United Way Eastern Panhandle’s Emerging Young Leaders program on March 19 in Charles Town, W. Va.

Dr. Suzanne Minarcine (Faculty Director, School of Business) will speak to the Macon, Ga. Kiwanis Club on April 2 about the Wreaths Across America program she has started in that community. She will talk about how the AMU’s national involvement in the program prompted her to start a local effort and her goal of laying 1000 wreaths at a veteran’s cemetery in 2014.

Dr. Gwen Hall (SVP, Academics Operations Officer) and Dr. Brian Blodgett (Director of Scheduling) presented “A Step Beyond: Internally Expanding Gateways to Completion Lessons Learned” at the Gateways to Completion Community of Practice conference in Indianapolis, Ind. on March 24.

Dr. Karen Paullet (Faculty, STEM) presented “Opening the Digital Pandora’s Box: Mobile Device Security Awareness” at the Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association (FISSEA) Conference on March 19 in Gaithersburg, Md.

Dr. Kathleen Tate (Program Director, Teaching) presented “An Experimental, Mixed Methods Study: Blogging and Graduate Teacher Certification Candidates’ Reflection” at the Society for Information and Technology Teachers Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 25.

Constance St. Germain, Esq. (VP & Dean, School of Public Service & Health) and Dr. Lori Dewald (Faculty, Public Health) presented “Strategies, Connections and Ideas: Best Practices in Teaching Public Health Online” at the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) 65th Annual Conference in Baltimore, Md. on March 20.

Dr. Donald Sine (Faculty, Arts and Humanities) published “The State Department and the Vietnam War – Decisive Year of 1968 (Tet)” for the Journal of Diplomatic History. His article is also included as a chapter in a full-length manuscript on the Vietnam War Tet Offensive, with publication expected in 2015.

Jennifer Cramer (Faculty, Arts and Humanities) will present “Establishing a Primate Conservation Education Program in the Gambia” at the International Primatological Society's 2014 Congress in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Dr. Elena Mastors (VP & Dean, Applied Research) co-published “Omar al-Hammami: A Case Study in Radicalization” for the Journal of Behavioral Science and the Law.

Dr. Jill Fuson (Faculty Director, School of Business) presented “Making Faculty Feel Part of the Community” at the LERN Second Annual North American Faculty Development Conference on March 3 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Dr. Brian Blodgett (Director of Scheduling and History Professor) recently revised his book, Men of Honor: Korean War Medal of Honor Awardees, by including the details on 11 additional men who were recently honored for their dedication to the nation through selfless acts of bravery.

Dr. Benjamin Davis (Faculty, Business) recently had an article accepted for publication titled “Property Rights in Space: Assuring Economic Development” by SciTech Lawyer,  journal of the American Bar Association. The issue will be released this summer.

Kate Brannum (Program Director, International Relations) and Michelle Watts (Faculty Director, School of Security and Global Studies) presented “In the Shadow of the Canal: International Norms, the Environment and Human Rights in Panama” at the International Studies Association Conference in Toronto. 

Dr. Novedeen Watson-Stone (Program Director, Information Technology), Daniela Messina (Faculty, STEM), and Andrew Broadhurst (Director, Academic Media) presented “Multimedia Beyond the Click” at the 7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium sponsored by Sloan C on April 9 in Dallas, Texas.

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