Nampa Alumni Newsletter

2016 Spring

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We are back!

Hi! Alumni, It has been a while since a newsletter has been sent out. We have had a very busy winter! We are now into mod 3 and gaining fast momentum to quickly progress into mod 4. While turning our clocks forward we have been focusing our efforts on moving forward as an institution as well. We have celebrated the Dean's and President's list, hired a new Associate Dean, Paul Faletto, and Assistant Registrar, Gabrielle Friedley as well as a number of additional staff and faculty to ensure we continue to support our students and graduates. We have designed a Business Resource Center to allow local companies a training or meeting space that is designed to foster collaboration and promote learning. Please come by to reconnect with us and meet our new staff as well as see the changes we have made!

Campus Events

CPR Certification

Do you need to obtain or renew your CPR Certification?

If so, contact Mike Robertson at to sign up for the CPR Certification scheduled for Friday March 25, 2016 starting at 11:00am.

Career Skills

Career skills are very important for everyone no matter what their career situation is. Please join us for the Career Skills Seminar on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at either 11:30 or 6:00 in room N102.

Certification Bootcamps

IT Bootcamps will be held every Friday 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm except on Game Nights.
To RSVP or for questions, contact Amber Fuller

Medical Bootcamps will be held on the 1st Friday of every month 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
To RSVP or for questions regarding certifications or bootcamps, contact Mike Robertson
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Console Game Night

Are you a gamer or know one? The next Stevens Henager Game Night will be held on Friday April 15th at 5:00pm.

Please contact Amber Fuller at for questions or to RSVP
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2016 Commencement

Friday, April 22nd, 6pm

623 South University Boulevard

Nampa, ID

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and excitement is in the air. The time for commencement is coming near!

This year's celebration will be in the Brandt Center at NNU in Nampa.

Please join us in in celebrating our 2016 Graduates!

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

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VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

VITA is a program that offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and students who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

David Massengale and his team are still doing taxes through VITA every Friday and Saturday from 9:00 - 2:00 through April 9th. No appointment necessary.
Make sure to bring photo ID and social security card along with your tax information.

Contact David Massengale at for questions

Career Tips

25 Ways to Spring Your Career Forward This Week

By The Daily Muse Editor

We know—we hate losing an hour of sleep just as much as you do. But something about the clocks jumping forward gets us really excited. Longer days! Warmer weather! Spring is in the air!

If you’re feeling the same pep in your step, why not use it to your professional advantage? We’ve pulled together 25 of our all-time favorite ideas for kicking your career into high gear this season. From tips for upping your networking game to ways to get ready for that next promotion, try a few this week—and get ready to see your career spring forward.

  1. Start building a career advisory board—a go-to group of people you can call upon for advice when you’re facing a major decision or tough situation at work. We like to think of it as your career’s secret weapon.

  2. Start getting comfortable with pressure. In fact, go out of your way to put yourself in uncomfortable situations. When you do this often enough, you’ll be more immune to pressure when you are stress-tested—like in an impromptu meeting with the CEO.

  3. One of the best ways we’ve found to make sure you’re constantly improving? Put a note on your calendar to ask yourself these 15 questions every Friday.

  4. Attend a conference in your industry. (Need ideas? We’ve got 50.)

  5. Increase your LinkedIn cache by asking a trusted colleague or satisfied client to write you a quick recommendation.

  6. Find a new volunteer opportunity—sitting on a board or lending your skills pro bono can be an awesome way to boost your resume quickly.

  7. Be as helpful as you possibly can be at work—even when it’s not your job. We promise: You’ll be shocked at the career-building results.

  8. Learn to code. In today’s world, this skill will help you out, even if you’re never planning to become a developer.

  9. Have a big goal? Practice the art of thinking backward. Successful people, like rocket scientists, define their desired outcome first, then reverse engineer the steps and strides needed to get there.

  10. Consider how you can become the go-to for something at work. While being a jack-of-all trades is definitely needed, the people who perform best always have an area that they truly excel in—one that’s in demand and that nobody else seems to have.

  11. Give yourself a performance review. Sit down and think about what you’ve been doing well and where your weaknesses have been, and then come up with an action plan for how you’re going to overcome them.

  12. Start a career group (sort of like a book club, but infinitely better for your professional life).

  13. Want to get promoted? Ask your boss what 2-3 specific things you need to work on to make that happen—then come up with a plan to over-deliver on them. Whether that’s taking a management class to boost your leadership skills (check out ours at Muse University!) or spending more time building relationships with other departments, make sure that your activities are visible and that your manager notices.

  14. Start keeping a running tally of your achievements—think sales numbers, project results, and awesome client feedback. The next time you have a review or big meeting with your boss, you’ll be glad you did.

  15. Get a daily dose of career inspiration in your Twitter feed by following these experts.

  16. If there’s an area you don’t know much about—like finance, human resources, or supply chain management—introduce yourself to people in that department and ask if you can shadow them for an afternoon to learn a little about what they do on a daily basis. You’ll impress your boss by proving that you’re interested in more than your own responsibilities—but you’ll also understand how other departments work together to contribute to the company’s overall success.

  17. Boost your networking karma by introducing two contacts who could benefit from knowing each other. Yes, networking is all about making connections that will be valuable for you, but sometimes what’s most impressive is someone who helps and connects others when there’s nothing in it for him or her.

  18. Upgrade your elevator speech to something that people will definitely remember.

  19. The most successful people aren’t just smart—they have that certain something that makes others drawn to them. Try these activities to boost your own charisma.

  20. Become insanely more productive by signing up for our Hack Your Work Life class at Muse University.

  21. The more you know about the world, the more you’ll be able to engage in the issues that impact your company and industry. Get up to speed by setting your homepage to a world news site like BBC, having the world news in the background as you get ready for work, or signing up for theSkimm’s daily newsletter.

  22. Start a career journal: At the end of every day, quickly jot down what went well and what you’re looking forward to tackling tomorrow.

  23. Clean your desk. Turns out, it could have a seriously big impact on your productivity.

  24. Give your to-do list a makeover. This simple change in the way you organize your tasks and projects can make a huge difference in you not only being more productive, but also getting ahead at work.

  25. Post one news update on your LinkedIn feed each week. That way, when people look at your profile, you’ll come across as an active participant, and you’ll help build your reputation as an expert in your field.


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From the Desk of the Dean

It is truly an honor to be a member of the Stevens-Henager team. Our students and faculty share a unique quality of drive that is not found on many other college campuses. The administration, faculty, and students share a common vision in participation and completion of an excellent education in the best time frame possible.

Two weeks ago I visited one of our local high schools with our high school coordinator, Angela Robinson. During our visit, one of the guidance counselors stated, “Part of going to college is for the personal growth, and experience.” It lead me to question the value of education versus experience in college.

I agree that college can be a time when many people develop and grow personally. However, I see more employers focused on knowledge and skills. If gaining employment is the reason for attendance, then the value of obtaining skills will outrank personal growth. This is why it is important to understand why a person goes to college in the first place. Our model here at Stevens-Henager focuses on entering into the workforce. WE see the working experience as a chance to grow and learn in a particular field.

My role is to support you in your pursuit of professional and personal excellence. Beginning this Module, we are bringing on six new professors. All have multiple Masters Degrees with strong foundations in English, History, Business, Medical, Philosophy, Psychology, Law, and Programming. I am still currently looking for another medical instructor to round out our team. This will allow those of you looking to upgrade to a Bachelors Degree more opportunities to attend a fuller spectrum of classes. If you already have your degree, remember you are welcome to return and take advantage of refresher classes at no charge to you to sharpen your skills.

In my next message, I will introduce our new staff to you and invite you to stop in and welcome them to the Stevens-Henager family. We stand united in our vision to provide you with an excellent foundation for future employment from your college experience.



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