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American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) thanks to all of its students, faculty, and staff for a blessed and exciting first term of the school year! As the Winter 2017 Quarter comes to an end, AUHS faculty and staff reflects on some of their favorite moments in the quarter and offers their best wishes to their students.

Dr. Marilyn Uvero, the AUHS Vice President of Operations and Development, asks her students to continue to excel in their academics and to always remember that there are no challenges they cannot overcome.

“I hope all AUHS students continue to work towards achieving their dreams and that challenges should be considered as opportunities for them to learn and become stronger,” Dr. Uvero said, “They need to assure themselves that they can do better.”

Dr. Uvero wants her students to always move forward, learn from their mistakes and to constantly find ways to improve themselves academically, personally, spiritually, and professionally.

“If students feel that they did not perform as well as they could have in the winter session, then they have the spring quarter to prove to themselves that they could be better,” Dr. Uvero said.

Dr. Uvero recalled how towards the end of the Winter 2017 session, one of her students emailed her explaining why she had been absent from class. The student said that she was depressed because she did not pass the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam, she should not handle coming to class that day and needed to walk away.

“I responded back to her and thanked her for reaching out to me. But I said that we as nurses cannot walk away from challenges because we need to be strong for our patients,” Dr. Uvero said, “I encouraged her to be strong, learn how to overcome her challenges and that it’s not the end. She should always move forward.”

Although the winter session had just ended, Dr. Uvero is looking forward to the Spring 2017 Quarter. AUHS is in the stage of growth and transformation. There will be a change in leadership by spring, according to Dr. Uvero

“The spring brings to us Dr. Caroll Ryan who is AUHS’ new president. I can see a great transition between AUHS Founder, Dr. Kim Dang (Hon.) and Dr. Ryan and I could see a very great transition between myself and AUHS Co-founder, Pastor Gregory Johnson,” said Dr. Uvero, “Dr. Ryan and I hope to bring the University to where it’s supposed to be and to better serve our students. We want to make sure that AUHS will be the greatest university that we have always aspired to be and that there’s no limit to achieving success.”

Dr. Mok Chong, the AUHS Dean of General Education had many memorable moments teaching his Philosophy 304 Ethics class this quarter.

“I had a lot of fun in my ethics class. We talked about the bible and we talked about contemporary issues including the 2016 presidential election. I liked teaching that class very much,” said Dr. Chong.

Dr. Chong congratulated graduating students on their success and wished them luck“For the students who are graduating this year,  I wish you all the best for whatever undertaking you are doing. I also know that you are going to be great nurses,” Dr. Chong said.

He also had a few words of advice for new and returning AUHS students.

“For those new students coming in, know that the university is here to help you. Your professors and your dean are here to support you. We have an open door policy so if you need any help, please come and knock on our door,” said Dr. Chong, “Your job as a student is to study, study and study. Always do your best and focus on what you need to do to be successful.”

Chantal Jura, the AUHS Director of Career Services and Affiliation, shared some of the highlights of Winter 2017.

“My favorite moment of Winter 2017 was the first employer panel that we had which was a great success and I was happy to see that move forward,” said Jura.

The university’s first bi-annual Employer Panel took place on March 13, 2017. AUHS nursing students had the opportunity to speak with representatives from The Salvation Army, DaVita, and Signal Hill Mayor Lori Woods and obtain valuable career advice. The panel was hosted by Jura.

Jura had some words of encouragement for the students graduating this year.

“My last note for graduating students of 2017 is to not give up, keep moving forward and always keep your head up. It doesn’t matter how many times we fall down, it’s how many times we get up that counts.”

AUHS is a private, for-profit, minority owned, minority serving, a Christian-based university whose mission is to educate and equip students with life careers and to produce quality health care professionals for the community, the nation, and the world. It is a university where appreciation of life and one’s spiritual reason for existence can be nurtured.
AUHS offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) and a Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR).

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