Pop-Up Student Union Event in Seattle

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The idea behind our Pop-Up Student Union events was to combine online education with the quintessential college hang-out. Food and coffee, study rooms, counselors, academic resources, and friends. While our Pop-Up Student Unions in Nashville, San Francisco and, most recently, Seattle, proved to be beneficial social gatherings for our online community, they also allowed us the opportunity to celebrate our students and their successes.

We were able to talk to students, face-to-face, who were the first in their families to graduate college. Students who work full time, have families, physical limitations, and financial difficulties, who made sacrifices and an immense effort to gain an education.

These students, all of our students, deserve to be celebrated for their accomplishments. We hope that these Pop-Up Student Unions helped connect a local community of SNHU students, that through personal interaction, discussion, reflection, and, yes, food and coffee, we were able to thank them for their efforts.

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Alumna Creates Portland Non Profit

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We were lucky enough to connect with Kaoru Miyanaga during our student meet up in Portland, Ore. She graduated from SNHU (then New Hampshire College) in 1999, and she brought her diploma to prove it!

After graduating from SNHU as an international student, Kaoru moved to San Francisco where she did hospitality management for the Ritz-Carlton. She moved with her family to Portland a few years ago and created a non profit to improve US-Japanese Relations. She also started a women’s group to provide assistance for Japanese women immigrating to the United States.

Kaoru was accompanied by her two children, Emili and Tyler, who were excited to receive their own “Future SNHU Grad” shirts!

Portland was full of surprises, the best of which was meeting accomplished SNHU grads (and two future SNHU grads!). With a Pop-Up Student Union planned in Seattle, we’re bound to meet even more successful Penmen.

Pop-Up Student Union Event in San Francisco

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After a hugely successful Student Union in Nashville, we had high hopes for San Francisco. Our students didn’t disappoint!

Like in Nashville, the event featured representatives from SNHU Career and SNHU Alumni, a panel discussion involving past and current students and faculty, and, of course, a photo booth and lots of SNHU swag!

Additionally, we presented diplomas to three deserving SNHU students who couldn’t make it to graduation in New Hampshire.  Mark Keyser, B.A. General Studies, Diana Heald, B.A. Game Design and Development, and Gabbi Hall, M.A. Communications all received their diploma’s from SNHU representatives (with the exception of Gabbi who’s 6th grade teacher traveled to San Francisco to present one of her favorite students her degree!).

These events provide us with an opportunity to connect with the SNHU Community, a chance for students, staff and faculty to debate and discuss the road to success. SNHU Career Advisor Simone Davis may have said it best when she told attending students, “You all motivate me.”

You all motivate us.

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Thunder Over Louisville

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When we arrived in Louisville, we had every intention of rendezvousing with students and alumni at nearby Cherokee Park. Unfortunately, Louisville’s massive fireworks event, “Thunder over Louisville,” essentially trapped us in our hotel parking lot!

Luckily for us, local Jeff Lile knew how to navigate the Thunder traffic and came to us and the bus. Jeff just completed his Masters of Science in Marketing, something he and his wife Jackie are extremely proud of. Though Jeff and Jackie plan on coming to graduation, they couldn’t resist taking a picture with the bus in Louisville- and we’re so glad they did!

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In the end, Thunder Over Louisville didn’t disappoint and proved a spectacular show. While we wish we could have seen more students, we’re grateful to have met Jeff- and with two weeks down and four to go, we have so many more students to meet!

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Up next: Denver.

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Pop-Up Student Union: Nashville

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Nashville, Tenn. — Two things are for certain: we have students everywhere, and we want to make the distance between them and us a little less distant.

On Saturday, we hosted a Pop-Up Student Union in Nashville, Tenn. Bringing together students, alumni, faculty and friends, the event provided an opportunity for the SNHU community to celebrate successes, discuss experiences, and network for the future.

Through speaking with representatives from SNHU Career and SNHU Alumni, smiling big in the photo booth, and, of course, sporting new SNHU swag, students were able to participate in an essential part of the college experience: the student union.

However, the highlight of the event was an entertaining and enlightening panel discussion of students and staff. Moderated by Greg Fowler, Chief Academic Officer at SNHU, panelists included Career Advisor Joe Jenkins, Alumna Lorie Bridges, and current students Katie Atkins and Terrica Davis.

Discussing both the difficulties and benefits of earning an advanced degree online, when asked what advice they had for students, Davis spoke first, saying, “Take the word ‘can’t’ out of your vocabulary.”

The panel unanimously agreed.

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