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July 2013

Panther Press this issue Event Schedule p.2 Student of the Month p.3 Volunteer Spotlight p. 4

July 2013 Student of the Month

HU Ambassadors visit the Rays p.5 University News p.6 Sports Club night out at the Miracle p.7

Nisa Staruch

Join Pals p.8

Hodges University Welcomes Our New President, Dr. Jeanette Brock

Important Dates: Dean’s List Receptions July 9 Naples July 10 Fort Myers

On July 1, 2013, Dr. Jeanette Brock took the reins as our University President. Dr. Brock has been in higher education for more than 30 years, half of which with Hodges University as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Brock earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers University School of Law.

Scholarship Deadline

Dr. Brock was an adult student like many of the students who attend Hodges University. As President, she understands the many challenges of pursuing a college degree while working and raising a family.

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Congratulations, Dr. Brock!

Student Development July Event Schedule Thursday, July 4

Independence Day

Campus Closed

Tuesday, July 9

Dean’s List Reception

Naples, S&T 150

Wednesday, July 10

Dean’s List Reception

Fort Myers, H364

Thursday, July 11

HU Ambassador’s Meeting

Fort Myers, Student Union

Saturday, July 13

Hodges Night Out - Miracle

Hammond Stadium 6:00 PM

Tuesday, July 16

Lee Memorial Volunteer Spotlight Fort Myers, H238 & 239

Tuesday, July 16

Sports Club Meeting

Fort Myers, Student Union

Wednesday, July 17

Veteran’s Club Meeting

FM, U164 / N, Weatherbee

Thursday, July18

Legal Society Meeting

Fort Myers, U362

Friday, July 19

Psychology Club Field Trip

Park Royal 9:30 AM

Thursday, July 25

HU Ambassador’s Meeting

Fort Myers, Student Union

Monday, July 29

Allied Health Blood Drive

Fort Myers 1:00-5:30 PM

Tuesday, July 30

Sports Club Meeting

Fort Myers, Student Union

Wednesday, July 31

Psychology Club Meeting

FM, U364 / N, G109

Wednesday, July 31

Technology Society Meeting

FM, H220 / N, ST125

*All club meetings begin at 5:00 PM, unless otherwise stated.

Don’t forget, each time you participate in any of these meetings or events, you earn another chance to win the GEAR UP promotion this semester!

Nisa with Professor Gallagher

Name: Nisa Staruch Program of Study: Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies Date of Anticipated Graduation: December 2013 Career Goal: As an IDS student, I have multiple career paths available to me. I plan on pursuing my bachelors degree and contributing my knowledge, skills, and abilities to a future opportunity that is in demand and will provide a comfortable living and stability. Tell us a little about yourself and your life: I am passionate about school and I work as a workstudy in the library. I also have a great sense of humor. My most unique experience is being submerged into the Puerto Rican culture and school system as a child without knowing a word of Spanish. I am now bi-lingual. What are your hobbies / extracurricular activities? Bargain shopping, reading, and going to the beach. I love to watch horror movies and also Lifetime movies, which I realize is a major contradiction! I tried learning how to knit, but that didn’t work out very well. What has been your favorite class at Hodges University? College Math and Introduction to Law. Congratulations, Nisa! If you would like to nominate someone for Student of the Month, stop by Student Development for an application.

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On Sunday, June 30th, the Hodges University @ PHCC Ambassador Club attended a Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. Students, faculty, staff, friends, and family members attended the event. In total, 42 attendees occupied section 147 of the left field seating area. Our seating area stood out due to the many Hodges University t-shirts worn by the participants. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed cheering the Rays along during their exciting 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers!

University News Hodges Professor Named Educator of the Year NAPLES FL. — The Florida Health Information Management Association (FHIMA) has announced that Hodges University instructor Professor Martin Smith, MS, M.Ed, RHIA, CCA, has been selected as the FHIMA Educator of the Year in the state of Florida. The award will be presented at a Membership Luncheon which will be held during the annual FHIMA convention in Orlando on July 23rd. “This award is hard earned and well deserved,” said Dr. Carlene Harrison, Dean of the School of Allied Health. “Professor Smith takes the time to ensure that students learn and is a great role model for students and faculty alike.” Professor Smith was also elected by the FHIMA membership to represent Florida on the national level as a Delegate to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for the upcoming year. Professor Smith is a full-time faculty member of the Health Information Management Program at Hodges University in its School of Allied Health.

New Name, New Programs The program formally known as Health Administration will now be called Health Services Administration. Hodges University has added a new Masters is

Accountancy program and a new Bachelors in Information Systems Business Analyst program.

Tuition Announcement On July 1, 2013, President Brock made the following announcement, “The Board of Trustees of Hodges University, at its regular meeting on June 14, 2013, passed a resolution increasing the tuition to $510 per credit hour for undergraduate courses and $2935 per term for the English as a Second Language Program. Even with the new increase, Hodges University tuition remains among the lowest in the State of Florida for independent, nonprofit, regionally accredited institutions of higher learning.”

Library Hours The Hodges libraries in Naples and Fort Myers will be opening at 9:00 am, Monday through Saturday for the remainder of the summer semester. All other library hours remain the same.

Smoking Policy Hodges University discourages smoking as both a health risk and a fire hazard, and recognizes the health hazards to others of second-hand smoke. Hodges University has adopted a “no smoking” policy in accordance with the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act, and smoking or use of any other tobacco products or “smokeless” cigarettes, is not allowed while in the university buildings. Smoking is only permitted outdoors in designated areas and students who smoke are expected to exercise good judgment and consideration for others. If you have any university news, please send it to by the 25th of the month.

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COUNSELING In addition to personal counseling and workshops, the HU Counseling department offers a unique opportunity to join a group called PALS. April Brown explains PALS. What is PALS? PALS is a Positive Adult Learners’ Support Group that provides an opportunity for HU’s undergraduate and graduate students to support one another and share positive coping skills and resources in managing the stress of being college while also dealing with life’s other responsibilities. When does PALS meet? It meets 5 times a semester on Mondays at 5 PM and 5 times a semester on Tuesdays at 12 PM. What can one expect if attending a meeting? One can expect to meet other HU students and hear from them the strategies they have used to overcome the stress of going back to school and balancing it with their other responsibilities. In addition, one will be provided with at least one professional coping resource that they can utilized to assist them in managing their college stress. Is there food provided? At PALS, only snacks are provided. At Lunch with PALS, snacks are provided and one can bring their own lunch to eat with the other attendees. Is the meeting confidential? Yes, the meeting is confidential. For more information, please contact April Brown, M.S. Ed.S., LHMC at

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Panther Press July 2013 Hodges Unviersity

July 2013  

Panther Press July 2013 Hodges Unviersity