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For the third year in a row, SUS was named one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management.

During the 12th annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky awards ceremony in Frankfort, nearly 1,300 attendees joined in celebrating the 100 Kentucky companies who were recognized for their commitment to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence. President Glenn Sullivan, Director of Human Resources Melissa Lowe and other members of our HR team accepted the award.

SUS ranked among workplaces with more than 500 employees. The selection process was based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the third year in a row The Sullivan University System has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky. Sullivan was one of 30 companies in the state selected in the large-sized employer category – those employing 500 or more employees in the United States – as part of the 12th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky Program.

"We are extremely proud of our selection as one of the best places to work in Kentucky, for the third straight year" said Glenn Sullivan, president of The Sullivan University System. "I have said it before, and I'll continue to say what truly makes a company great is its employees, and we have the best. This recognition goes to the people who enjoy their working environment, which leads to a more passionate and committed faculty and staff. And that translates into better performance and higher student satisfaction.

"The Sullivan University System," President Sullivan said, "is the best place to work and the best place to learn."

Created in 2005, the awards program is a project of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management, and the Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Kentucky, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce, and business.

"The Sullivan University System's faculty, staff, and administration are reminded how meaningful their jobs are everyday when they see their work change the lives of their students," said Melissa Lowe, director of Human Resources at Sullivan University System.

The Sullivan University System operates in three Kentucky cities – Louisville, Lexington, and Fort Knox – and provides higher learning and educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of its students.

Among the things that make Sullivan University System a great place to work:

  • Caring about the environment. In early January Sullivan announced that it opened the first Tesla Motors electric vehicle charging station in Louisville. Other examples of Sullivan's deep and continuing commitment to the environment include: Installing 16 solar panels on the roof of the Gardiner Point Residence Hall, which are used to heat water in the student housing; building a LEED-Silver certified Energy Technology Building on the campus of the Sullivan University College of Technology and Design; using energy-efficient LED floodlights on campus buildings; Installing high-efficiency boilers; replacing an estimated 900 personal computers with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) workstations, which use about one/tenth the power of a PC and will save an estimated $70,000 in energy costs over five years.
  • Wellness. The Sullivan University System won three awards in 2015 for it Wellness Program: A Gold Level Award from the Louisville Metro Wellness Council; Gold Achievement as a fit friendly worksite from the American Heart Association; and designated as one of Louisville's Healthiest Employers by Business First. Sullivan also provides at no cost wellness services that include medication therapy management, smoking cessation courses and health/living weight management courses.
  • Educational benefits. The university system provides educational benefits covering 100% of tuition costs to its eligible employees and their dependents.
  • Military friendly. Sullivan, which has offered classes on the base at Fort Knox for three decades, has been recognized as a Military Friendly School.
  • Charitable work: Sullivan and its employees raised $15,000 and participated in the Kentuckiana and Lexington Heart Walk events; Sullivan faculty and staff join the Salvation Army Center of Hope in preparing a Thanksgiving meal for 800 people each year; and Sullivan has adopted the Scholar Houses in Louisville/Lexington as major community recipients, offering activities such collections for school supplies, coats and personal hygiene items, landscaping, financial education sessions for residents, and gift and support during the Christmas holidays.

For Sullivan University QEP Coordinator Lynnette Kennedy, working and especially learning Sullivan has been a family affair. She is a Sullivan graduate, as is her husband and three of the couple's four children.

"To be able to provide my family an education through the educational benefit program The Sullivan University System offers their employees has been so valuable for me and my family," said Kennedy, a true believer of Sullivan's "I Care" campaign.

"Sullivan cares about the students, cares about the employees and cares about giving back to the community," she said. "I love working for a company that truly cares."

Marika Adams Wesolosky, a 21-year Sullivan employee who oversees graduate school admissions in the International Program, described Sullivan as a workplace "where you can reach so many people in some many different arenas."

"High school teachers, counselors, principals, professors, community partners and of course students from age 18 to 75," she said. "All are relationships that I have throughout the Bluegrass Region and beyond because of my career at Sullivan. It is such an interesting place to work and it provides the opportunity to meet and interact with such dynamic people."

Companies participating Best Places to Work in Kentucky program are evaluated in a two-part process to determine the winners. The first part consists of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation.

The second part consists of an employee survey to measure the employee experience at the companies. This part of the process is worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation. The Best Companies Group then sorts and interprets the data, determines the rankings, and produces Employee Feedback Reports.

The winners were announced Thursday. The Sullivan University System will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Kentucky 12th Annual Awards Dinner on April 20, 2016, at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington. The final winner rankings will be announced at the event. A magazine recognizing the winners and their final ranking will be released for statewide distribution at that time.

About The Sullivan University System

Sullivan University, Sullivan College of Technology, and Spencerian College are all part of the Sullivan University System, with six campuses in three Kentucky cities – Louisville, Lexington, and Fort Knox – and a robust online division serving students in the United States and abroad. The system plans to open earning centers in eastern and norther Kentucky in 2016. The Sullivan University System also offers Dale Carnegie Training and The International Center for Corporate Learning (ICCL). Universities and Colleges in the Sullivan University System award Associate, Bachelor's Master's and Doctoral degrees. The system also offers numerous certificate, diploma and degree programs in career-orientated programs ranging from business, pharmacy, human resources, technology, supply chain management, culinary and baking and pastry arts, hospitality studies, conflict management, nursing, allied health sciences, legal studies and early childhood education. For more information, visit,;and

Congratulations to the following new members of Sigma Beta Chi, Spencerian Louisville's academic honor society! These students earned at least a 3.75 GPA and carried 9 or more credits last quarter. Induction ceremonies were held on November 18.

Annual Career Fair

Alicia Ackley
Stephanie Barnes
Kamme Brubeck
Katelyn Crenshaw
Jeremy Curl
Tamika Diggs
Alice Elliott
Laura Estudillo
Satajah Ford
Michael Foss
Tonya Henning
Jessica Hepner
Bonnie Hoffman
Melissa Joffee
Hollister Kirzinger
Brittany Leach
Timothy Livingston
Kelly McGee
Sabine Morris
George Northington
Theresa Schickel
Mikayla Shelton
Zakery Trent

Photo Caption: Students and alumni appreciate the opportunity to network at Spencerian's Career Fair.

Annual Career Fair

Spencerian College's Lexington campus hosted its annual Career Fair on Thursday, August 14. The event provided upcoming graduates and alumni the opportunity to learn about various careers and meet one-on-one with employers who are hiring in their fields. Several interviews were scheduled to fill open job and internship opportunities.

With 20 employers and 55 alumni and upcoming graduates, attendance was record-breaking and the student lounge was filled to capacity. April Whittle, an executive with People Link, commented, "This event truly surpassed all of my expectations. All of the candidates I have spoken with today proved themselves to be articulate, sharp and very eager to begin their careers. I hope to be invited back to Spencerian's next fair!"

The graduates also enjoyed their time at the event and many left resumes with employers for possible career opportunities. Nathan Tanner, an upcoming Medical Massage Therapy graduate, commented, "The Career Fair was great! It was so easy to navigate and everything was extremely organized!" Director of Career Services Caitlin Rivard said, "It is so wonderful to be able to facilitate this employer/graduate connection. It is truly a unique opportunity that is proving to be beneficial for both parties. The event affords the graduates the chance to �show their stuff!��

Spencerian hopes to partner with Sullivan University to plan the next Career Fair, which will be held next summer.

Photo Caption: Students and alumni appreciate the opportunity to network at Spencerian's Career Fair.

Bluegrass Half-Marathon

The Massage Therapy team from Spencerian College�s Lexington campus participated in the Run the Bluegrass Half-Marathon event held at Keeneland on Saturday, March 29. It was a cold, rainy day for a run, but that didn't stop Spencerian�s team from providing athletes with a post-run sports massage.

This was the fourth year for the event and the second year for Spencerian�s Massage Therapy team to participate. Over 5,000 athletes signed up for the race. This year�s very special guest of honor for the event was Heather Abbott of Newport, Rhode Island. Abbott was injured at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which resulted in the amputation of her lower left leg, below her knee.

Faculty, staff and students worked together to make this event a huge success. Several of the athletes took advantage of the free sports massage provided by Spencerian students and licensed massage therapists. Thank you to the students who provided massages at this event: Kar-Leen Gleffe, Brandi Messick, Lissa Murphy, and Yamish Sanders. A big thank you also goes out to the faculty and staff who made this event possible: Albert Ignacio, Barbara Kelly, Tish Roussos, Kristina Calderon and Jessica Spencer. Spencerian is already planning for next year�s event!

Photo Caption: Spencerian�s Massage Therapy team at the Run the Bluegrass Half-Marathon.

Scholarship Competition Event

On Saturday, March 15, Spencerian College's Lexington campus hosted its annual Spring High School Scholarship Competition Event. Graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing an education at Spencerian were invited to compete for scholarship opportunities.

At the event, Spencerian awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Steven Pasley - Computer Information Systems Management
  • Shelby Hafley - Limited Medical Radiography
  • Lashonda Ross - Limited Medical Radiography
  • Samantha McElroy - Medical Massage Therapy
  • Lauren Hall - Medical Massage Therapy
  • Meranda Noble - Medical Clinical Specialties
  • Krista Cornett - Medical Clinical Specialties
  • Krista Smith - Radiologic Technology
  • Chad Gossett - Computer Engineering Technology
  • Shelbie Walker - Computer Graphic Design

Photos of the event were taken by TOPS Magazine and can be viewed on Spencerian's Facebook page.

Photo Caption: From left to right: Albert Ignacio, Massage Therapy department chair; Lauren Hall, one of the Massage Therapy scholarship winners; and Chris Douglas, executive director of Spencerian�s Lexington campus.

Best Places to Work!

On Monday, February 3, the faculty and staff of Spencerian College�s Louisville campus celebrated being employees at one of the "Best Places to Work!� The Sullivan University System was recently named on the list of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky in the large-sized employer category (those employing 500 or more U.S. employees). Only 29 companies in the state of Kentucky have been selected as winners in this category. At the celebration, President Glenn Sullivan made a speech and congratulated everybody on their success. Attendees enjoyed cake provided by The Bakery at Sullivan University.

Photo Caption: Spencerian Faculty & Staff

High School Scholarship Competition

On Saturday, December 7, Spencerian College's Lexington campus hosted its annual Fall High School Scholarship Competition. Graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing an education at Spencerian were invited to compete for scholarship opportunities.

On this day, Spencerian awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Ethan Barnett - Computer Aided Drafting and Design
  • Kayla Armstrong - Massage Therapy
  • Heather Lightfoot - Allied Health
  • Tyler Johnson � Radiology
  • Jared Evans - Engineering Technology

Pictures at the event were taken by TOPS Magazine and can be viewed on Spencerian's Facebook page:

Photo Caption: Executive Director Chris Douglas; Ethan Barnett, winner of the CADD scholarship; and Jennifer Upthegrove, program director of the CADD department.

Planning and Building Codes Department

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) Instructor Jennifer Upthegrove and her DRF114 Commercial Estimating and Codes class from Spencerian College's Lexington campus recently visted the Frankfort Planning and Building Codes Department.

The fieldtrip consisted of touring the department and talking to Planning Supervisor Maya DeRosa, AICP, about the current Tractor Supply, Inc. project. She discussed the entire zoning and planning process for this project, which contained content from class lectures that explore building codes, safety requirements, building materials, occupancy groups and commercial zoning.

Overall, the students found the fieldtrip very informational and beneficial to their studies.

Photo Caption: CADD students Zach Robinson, Lawrance Reed and Kenneth Potter.


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