Stories from the Louisville Campus

Spencerian-Louisville partnered with Junior Achievement, KentuckyOneHealth, Kentuckiana Works, Ford and several other local companies to pilot a powerful interactive experience that introduced more than 750 eighth-grade students to the vast variety of local career opportunities. Junior Achievement sponsored the event in conjunction with local companies and colleges to further its core mission of preparing the workforce of the future. Several Spencerian students in the Surgical Technology and Medical Laboratory Technologist programs participated in the event and answered questions about these careers. Shannon Terry, director of Respiratory Therapy, Jennifer Lesch, Respiratory Therapy clinical coordinator and Walter Wolz, medical instructor, also participated in medical demos and answered students' questions. Everyone involved did an outstanding job!

Kelly Nguyen, a Limited Medical Radiography student at Spencerian-Louisville, was awarded a scholarship from the Imagine America Foundation, a premier research, scholarship and training provider for the nation's career colleges. The Imagine America Foundation grants tuition assistance and scholarships for adult students over age 19 who attend career colleges such as Spencerian.

Kelly is finishing her third quarter of the Limited Medical Radiology diploma program and plans to continue her education with Spencerian's Radiologic Technology associate degree program.

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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Spencerian-Louisville celebrated National Walking Day in honor of the American Heart Association!

Spencerian-Louisville's Nursing program recently acquired a SimMom, an advanced childbirth simulator that nursing students will use to practice pre- and postnatal care. To welcome our new SimMom, we recently held a baby shower and delivery! Guests had the unique opportunity to watch the SimMom "give birth" and discover how this kind of hands-on learning prepares our students for fulfilling nursing careers. Our very own Chris Douglas, campus director at Spencerian-Lexington, demonstrated the first delivery! KentuckyOne Health also came out to learn more about our SimMom as well as to share information about new exciting scholarship opportunities for students in the Nursing program.

Photo Caption: Chris Douglas, campus director at Spencerian-Lexington, delivers SimMom's first baby!

Spencerian Louisville recently held a Professional Dress Event for current students to find work-appropriate attire donated by faculty and staff. About 20 students attended the event and four found professional clothing for future interviews. The Career Services department also provided handouts that featured proper interview attire tips and examples. The students seemed very appreciative of all of the donations. This event is an example of the continued support that Spencerian offers to students and alumni. Career Services is planning to host this event several times a year to assist those in need.

We look forward to hearing about our students' future interviews with their new professional wardrobes!

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

HOSA Does it Again!

Spencerian Louisville's Dean and Chief Academic Officer Linda Blair was recently featured in the Leadership Issue of Medical News. She was interviewed among Kentucky's top healthcare leaders and discussed how Spencerian is working to provide well-trained medical professionals to meet the needs of our growing healthcare system.

What was your first job in healthcare? What did you take away from that job that you use today? My first job in healthcare was as a staff nurse on the psychiatric unit at Veterans Hospital in Louisville, Ky. In that position I learned a lot about effective communication and handling challenging interactions. I use those skills daily in my current position. I learned a great respect for our veterans and the value of having a good mentor. I had a wonderful mentor and I try daily to mentor others in my current position.

How do you approach management and leadership in your organization? I like to think that I lead by example and that I don't micromanage. I have a highly skilled academic team andI am their cheerleader. Each of our medical programs is directed by an individual with excellent experience in their field and skill as an educator. I work very closely with the executive director of our college, Jan Gordon. I am her backup and she is mine.

What was the most significant event/development at Spencerian College in 2015? The most significant event at Spencerian College in 2015 has been our unique partnerships with Hardin County and Oldham County High Schools. Hardin County students completed a phlebotomy course via Go To Meeting, with our instructor going to their school on Fridays to complete the lab portion of the course. Oldham County students utilized Go To Meeting to take a developmental psychology course along with the students on the Spencerian campus. Another group of students took a patient care assistant course via class recordings and the lab and clinical portion was supervised by our instructor. This fall a group of nine Oldham County students began their senior year in high school at Spencerian College with dual enrollment in math, English and practical nursing foundational courses. These students are a part of a program we have for high school seniors called Jump Start. It allows the students to begin the college experience while in high school without the tuition commitment.

What's one piece of advice you remember most clearly? You can only eat an elephant one bite at a time. That advice is something that has helped me throughout my career and in all aspects of my life. No matter how daunting a project might be, if you consistently work on it and don't let yourself be overwhelmed, you will be able to reach your goal. I always share this advice with our students at orientation.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Nursing and Master's in Education from Spalding University

HOBBIES: My hobbies are following the activities of my two teenage grandchildren, Brad and Blair. That takes me to the soccer field, plays, musical performances and a variety of dance shows and competitions.

HOSA Does it Again!

Spencerian College�Louisville recently participated in the American Lung Association's Lung Force Walk. More than 23 people participated and $750 was raised through various campus activities and t-shirt sales. The Respiratory Therapy Department sponsored this walk and called themselves "Team Bryan" in honor of a current student's lost brother. Thank you to the Respiratory Therapy Department for sponsoring an incredible event!

Photo Caption: Spencerian�Louisville's Lung Walk Team

HOSA Does it Again!

Spencerian - Louisville's Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) members swept the Kentucky state HOSA competition again this year! Spencerian students took first place in EVERY event in which they competed! They competed against 133 other collegiate competitors for the state competition and brought home the gold. Adrienne Wolf took first place in medical math, Schatzi Fry took first place in medical law and ethics, Christa Fry took first place in medical terminology and Samantha Nation, Spencerian's HOSA president, took first place in nutrition. Spencerian also won a second place award for outstanding attendance and another for the largest secondary chapter in the state.

Spencerian's winners will soon travel to California to represent Kentucky at the national HOSA competition. We congratulate them on the recent wins and wish them well in California!

Any Spencerian student currently enrolled in a medical field curriculum is eligible to join HOSA. For more information, contact Treeva Baisas at

Photo Caption: Schatzi Fry, Christa Fry, Lisa Tipton (faculty), Adrienne Wolf, and Treeva Baisas (faculty). Not pictured: Samantha Nation.

for a healthy heart.

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Faculty, staff and students from Spencerian-Louisville participated in the American Heart Association's National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 1. They took 30 minutes out of their day to walk together, helping to promote an active lifestyle for a healthy heart.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2015) ' The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) announce the companies that made the 11th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky list, presented by Kentucky Career Center and the State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES). The winner rankings will be announced at an awards dinner Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Heritage Hall in the Lexington Convention Center.

Winners from across the state have been selected in three categories: small companies of 15-149 employees, medium companies of 150-499 employees and large companies consisting of more than 500 employees (categories based on number of U.S. employees, only Kentucky employees surveyed). The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company's employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey.

The competition is a multi-year initiative designed to motivate companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence. Numerous studies show a strong correlation between profitability and creating a good place to work. The Best Places to Work in Kentucky initiative is based on FORTUNE magazine's '100 Best Companies to Work for in America' list.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is the only business association in the state advocating for companies of all sizes and industries across the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Chamber represents the interests of more than 90,000 Kentucky employers from Paducah to Pikeville.

The KYSHRM organization consists of 13 local chapters throughout the state, with a membership of over 1,500 human resources and business professionals across all industries.

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Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser

The Spencerian Louisville campus raised $522 for the annual Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser, hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters. The money was raised through various campus activities, such as dress down days, food sales and donations. A group of six employees went to Ken Bowl on March 28 to celebrate the campus' fundraising efforts.

Photo Caption: Karen Swinney, Dennis Hall, Amanda Hickerson, Adam Miller, Carol Wigginton and Joey Miller at Ken Bowl.

Record-breaking attendance at Spencerian'Louisville's career fair

The Career Services department at Spencerian College's Louisville campus recently hosted a career fair for current students and alumni. The event provided job seekers with the opportunity to learn about various career opportunities and meet employers who are hiring in their field of study. With 78 recruiters representing 44 employer organizations and 72 students and alumni present, attendance was record-breaking!

In addition, 23 interviews were conducted on site, with four other interviews scheduled. A recent graduate of Spencerian's Clinical Assistant Diploma program stated, "The career fair brought good results. I spoke with HR at Kentucky One Health and applied for a position. I had an interview soon after and I've been hired full time (starting in March 2015)."

Overall, the Career Fair was an excellent networking opportunity and the Career Services department has another planned for summer 2015.

Photo Caption: Employers receive the royal treatment! Employers who attended the career fair enjoyed chair massages compliments of the Massage Therapy department as well as a drawing for a gift certificate to The Bakery. LeJune Baker-Ortiz, director of recruitment at Right at Home, was the winner of The Bakery gift certificate. Pictured is the cake that LeJune selected from The Bakery along with the student who made the cake.

Treeva Frames-Baisas named Teacher of the Year

Treeva Frames-Baisas, the Nursing department clinical coordinator at Spencerian College's Louisville campus, was named Teacher of the Year at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools on Friday, August 22. She received a beautiful plaque and a $400 award.

Baisas had some very stiff competition from other Kentucky college nominees. The applicants, all nominated by their colleges, were judged on their innovative and original teaching techniques, the effectiveness of their teaching, and their professional endeavors during the preceding school year.

Highlights of Baisas' qualifications are her work with students to provide health education to residents at Hotel Louisville and her sponsorship of the new Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) at Spencerian. In Baisas' classes, students work as a team on their assigned days at Hotel Louisville. The students as a group must learn about the assigned healthcare prevention topic (i.e., oral care, diabetes, hypertension, heat stroke prevention) to make a presentation to Hotel Louisville residents and to answer all their questions.

A very personal and very effective technique she used came after her bilateral mastectomy. She continued teaching after her surgery and during her chemotherapy treatments, asking her students to identify the type of drainage tubes she had. By sharing her diagnosis and treatment openly with her students, she made real, in a very personal way, the material presented in class. Later, when one student and another faculty member were given the same diagnosis, she made appointments for them both. She is an excellent instructor and role model for Spencerian's students.

Spencerian College's Louisville campus was challenged by Sullivan University's Louisville campus to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS. A total of 25 students, staff and faculty participated to support the cause. Watch the Louisville campus complete the challenge!

In turn, the Louisville campus has challenged Spencerian's Lexington campus to complete this challenge!

Louisville Bats Game

Spencerian College's Louisville campus recently hosted a night at the Louisville Bats baseball game. Executive Director Jan Gordon had the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Over 60 students attended and everyone had a great time!

Photo Caption: Med Camp Students


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