Greetings from your Alumni Association team! Every time I write these letters, I think about UMA’s alumni–about you–and how we can improve the UMA Alumni Association to help make your experience even better.
At the beginning of the year, we began our Alumni Association Webinar Series. We found great success with the series, and touched many of you through this live event offering. We hope that you’ve enjoyed attending them and will continue to join us in the coming months. We’ve linked to three of our past recordings near the bottom of this page, so if you were unable to attend live, you can watch them now.
Additionally, we recently launched a new program called UMA Career Connector, which allows you to earn rewards for referring jobs to UMA from your employer. You can read more about this new program below.
As always, we are here to assist you as a graduate of UMA. You can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or requests for help.
P.S. Read on to find out more about me in this newsletter’s staff bio!
Alexis / UMA Alumni Coordinator
Be a UMA Career Connector
We recently launched our new Career Connector program to ConnectUMA users, and now we want you to participate!
What is UMA Career Connector?
UMA's Career Connector program exists to recognize the most active members of UMA's community who refer open positions from their employer back to UMA. Our Career Services team can then help your company fill those positions with job-ready alumni.
What are the perks of this program?
Perks include acknowledgement in the UMA Alumni Newsletter and a variety of award opportunities for each level reached. Add the designation of UMA Career Connector to your résumé and LinkedIn profile, too!
How can I participate in this program?
Ask your employer if there are open positions at your organization. Enter those positions using this form. We'll keep track of your referrals and once you earn enough credits, you'll receive your invitation via email.
What are you waiting for? Be an Ultimate Medical Academy Career Connector and earn acknowledgment by assisting your fellow alumni.*Read More & Enter Open Positions Here
*Additional guidelines and accepted jobs listed here. Program resets after 12 months starting May 31, 2017.
View Spring 2017 Commencement Photos
Visit ConnectUMA to view over 150 photos from Spring 2017 Commencement at the USF Sun Dome. Log into your account now and head over to the Albums tab to see if you can spot yourself. Make sure to tag yourself and anyone you recognize. Not registered? Activate your account in under two minutes by connecting your Facebook or LinkedIn profile.
Check out what your former classmates are up to:
Shameika Brooks, Medical Administrative Assistant '16, is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree online.
Kimberly Lange, Medical Administrative Assistant '17, celebrated the birth of her first granddaughter this month.
Denise Nower, Medical Administrative Assistant '16, was recently hired as a health information management assistant. She credits her UMA advisors for their tremendous support as she healed from the loss of her husband.
Barbara Peterson, Healthcare Management '16, began training for her new job as a site data collector this month. She was also recently selected as a UMA Ambassador.
Maggy Jerome, Nursing '17, is currently studying for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse. She is working with the Board of Nursing to schedule her NCLEX-RN.
Diana Soldani, Medical Billing and Coding '17, recently secured a job working as a payment poster at an ambulance billing company.
Alanna Wilson, Medical Administrative Assistant '17, is actively interviewing to obtain a job in her field. She shares well wishes to all UMA alumni.
True Blue Alum: Jessica Dailey
UMA alumni who are finding success and making an impact
After a challenging journey through school, this quarter's True Blue Alum has found success and inspired her family through earning her associate degree and beginning a career in her field.
Jessica Dailey, Class of 2016, began attending online classes at UMA in the Fall of 2015. However, Jessica’s journey to UMA was not an easy one. After dropping out of high school and becoming a single mother of two, Jessica decided to go back to school at the age of 30 to earn her GED at a local community college in Kentucky. Shortly after obtaining her GED, Jessica began taking classes at a nearby college but soon realized a traditional classroom setting wasn’t right for her.
When her children’s struggles in school began to mirror her own, Jessica realized she needed to do something to improve her situation and inspire her children. That’s when she began searching for online schools that were a better fit for her learning style and needs. She enrolled at UMA—a choice that would positively impact the future of her family.
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Watch Jessica tell her story first hand here.
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Staff Corner: Alumni Services
If you’ve signed up for UMA’s exclusive networking platform, ConnectUMA, or reached out to the UMA Alumni Association, then you’ve probably talked with UMA’s Alumni Engagement Coordinator Alexis Valente.
Alexis is responsible for helping graduates with all types of questions and fostering a positive and helpful relationship between alumni and UMA. She talks with graduates via email, phone conversations, social media, ConnectUMA and more.
“I love hearing graduate success stories and learning what they're up to now,” she says.
Alexis’ favorite part of her job is the many different projects she works on to help alumni. From creating inspirational social media graphics to organizing the Alumni Association’s monthly webinars, Alexis gets to be creative while helping people achieve their goals. She also enjoys helping alumni remember that UMA is always there for them.
“I believe that you're always a part of your institution, even after you graduate,” she says. “I look forward to giving graduates a reason to stay connected and involved with UMA.”
Alexis’ favorite time is Commencement, where she gets a chance to meet graduates and introduce them to all of the services UMA has to offer alumni. She's also proud to be a member of the committee that helps choose UMA’s quarterly True Blue Alum.
“I'm always interested in hearing more stories and connecting with more graduates,” she says.
Her advice to alumni is to always be professional no matter how you’re communicating—whether it’s on the phone, over email or in-person. She also wants alumni to know that there are always hardships in life, but you can overcome anything and be successful, especially when you have UMA on your side.
Career and Life Advice
UMA’s blog, InHealthcareToday.com offers useful videos and articles to help you navigate and succeed in healthcare. We’ve selected our favorites and linked to them below.