The University of North Alabama is a coeducational university located in Florence, Alabama, and the state's oldest four-year public university.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. The four cities comprise a metropolitan area with a combined population of 140,000 people.The University of North Alabama, which celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2005, has undergone numerous sweeping changes in the course of its long history. Originally founded as LaGrange College in 1830, it was reestablished in 1872 as the first state-supported teachers college south of the Ohio River. A year later, it became one of the nation's first coeducational colleges.Within the last half century, the University of North Alabama has developed into a comprehensive regional university exerting a major influence over the cultural, social and economic life of Northwest Alabama and providing educational opportunities for students pursuing undergraduate and graduate majors offered through the colleges of Arts and science, Business, Education and Nursing and Health.UNA has strong commitment to improving academic quality, an effort perhaps reflected in the 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Colleges, which ranked the university as a top tier public university.UNA also underwent continued growth in 2009, with 7,243 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for the fall semester. Wikipedia.
News Article | December 6, 2016
FLORENCE, Ala., Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of North Alabama Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to accept an invitation from the Atlantic Sun Conference and begin the transition of UNA to an NCAA Division I institution. Photo -...
News Article | November 27, 2016
Colleges with the Best Online Social Work Degree Programs are being honored in a new ranking released by leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org. The 2016-2017 list pinpoints 43 schools with social work degree programs online that offer the best overall combination of quality and value for students. Schools at the top of the list include the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alabama, Goodwin College, Northern Arizona University, Washburn University and Washington State University. "Aspiring social work students have more options than ever when it comes to finding the right school,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These colleges are offering students added flexibility by taking their social work programs online, and are the best in the nation when it comes to affordability, quality and overall student success.” To qualify for a spot on the AffordableCollegesOnline.org ranking, schools must meet several specific baseline quality standards. All schools chosen are accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions, and each must offer in-state tuition at or below $25,000 or less annually to qualify. All eligible colleges are scored based on more than a dozen unique data points and statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates. Each school’s ranking is determined based on their final school-specific score. All schools recognized on the 2016-2017 Best Online Social Work Degrees ranking can be found listed alphabetically below. Full details on school scores and the data and methodology used to rank colleges are available at: The Best Colleges to earn an Online Social Work Degree for 2016-2017: Amridge University Bemidji State University Brandman University Brescia University Brigham Young University - Idaho California State University - East Bay Colorado State University - Fort Collins Goodwin College Hannibal-LaGrange University Indiana Wesleyan University Mayville State University Mercy College Metropolitan State University of Denver Mid-Atlantic Christian University Missouri State University - Springfield North Dakota State University - Main Campus Northern Arizona University Oregon State University Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine Pennsylvania State University - Shenango Pennsylvania State University - Worthington Scranton Pennsylvania State University - York Prairie View A & M University Presentation College Salisbury University Spring Arbor University The University of Alabama The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Thomas University Union Institute & University University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arizona University of North Alabama University of Utah University of Wisconsin - Stout Utah State University Viterbo University Washburn University Washington State University Wayne State University Western New Mexico University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | December 1, 2016
Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has released its ranking of the Best Online Registered Nursing (RN) Programs in the U.S. for 2016-2017. Analyzing more than a dozen unique data points on colleges and universities who offer online RN programs, the site honored 65 schools for providing the best overall value and quality for students. East Carolina University, Allen College, Seton Hall University, University of Alabama in Huntsville and West Virginia University were among the highest scoring four-year schools, while New Mexico Junior College, Amarillo College, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Hopkinsville Community College and Kansas City Kansas Community College were among the highest scoring two-year schools. "There is a growing demand for health care workers, and quality registered nursing programs are growing more and more competitive,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “Our list of schools gives registered nursing students a better idea of which programs offer the best combination of cost, quality curriculum and online learning flexibility.” AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires schools to meet several minimum requirements to be eligible for placement on their rankings. Colleges must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions and must offer in-state tuition rates below $5,000 annually at two-year schools or below $25,000 annually at four-year schools. Qualifying schools are scored and ranked based on a comparison of more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates by school. More details on data and methodology used to rank each online criminal justice program and a complete list of schools and scores is available at: Two-year schools with the Best Online Registered Nurse Programs for 2016-2017: Amarillo College Ashland Community and Technical College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Columbus State Community College Community College of Philadelphia Henderson Community College Hopkinsville Community College Jefferson Community and Technical College Kansas City Kansas Community College Madisonville Community College Minnesota West Community and Technical College New Mexico Junior College San Antonio College Somerset Community College Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College West Kentucky Community and Technical College Four-year schools with the Best Online Registered Nurse Programs for 2016-2017: Allen College Aurora University Ball State University Barry University Clayton State University Columbus State University Concordia University - Wisconsin Drexel University East Carolina University East Tennessee State University Fitchburg State University Gannon University Gardner-Webb University Georgia College and State University Graceland University - Lamoni Indiana State University La Salle University Loyola University Chicago Minot State University Missouri State University-Springfield New Mexico State University - Main Campus North Carolina Central University Northern Arizona University Olivet Nazarene University Sacred Heart University Seton Hall University South Dakota State University The College of Saint Scholastica University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Arkansas University of Central Florida University of Cincinnati-Main Campus University of Colorado, Colorado Springs University of Delaware University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Massachusetts - Boston University of Massachusetts - Lowell University of Memphis University of North Alabama University of North Dakota University of North Florida University of Northern Colorado University of Southern Indiana University of the Incarnate Word University of Toledo Villanova University Wayland Baptist University West Virginia University Western Kentucky University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | December 8, 2016
Victory Media, originator of the family of Military Friendly® employment, entrepreneurship and education resources for veterans and their families, announced today special awards for its 2017 Military Friendly® Employers and 2017 Military Friendly® Schools. For more than a decade, Military Friendly® ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families. New this year, Military Friendly® Awards showcase the most powerful and effective programs of all institutions earning the Military Friendly® designation. “All of our Military Friendly® award recipients set the standard for excellence,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and head of Military Friendly® development. “They offer exceptional examples of what it means not just to build a program that meets federal requirements, but one that serves the military and veteran community from classrooms to careers.” For 2017, Military Friendly® has named Marsh & McLennan Companies, a leading global professional services firm providing expertise in strategy, risk and people solutions, as its Overall (#1) Military Friendly® Employer, and The City College of New York as its top institution in the category of Military Friendly® Schools - Public Universities with More than 10,000 Enrolled Students. "Marsh & McLennan Companies is pleased to be recognized as the number one Military Friendly Employer,” said Dan Glaser, President and CEO, Marsh & McLennan Companies. “Veterans have served our country with distinction, and we are proud to provide them with meaningful opportunities to contribute to our firm. And with every hire, my conviction grows stronger that it is not only the right thing to do, but it is also the best thing to do—for our company, our clients and our colleagues.” Glaser described how Marsh & McLennan’s veteran talent initiative casts a wide net to identify veteran candidates for a range of roles. “Our ‘Silver Medalist’ program identifies impressive military veteran candidates who did not receive a job offer in their initial round of interviews and works with them to develop their interviewing skills. We work closely with these candidates to identify and place them in other positions in one of our operating companies.” Based on the successful completion of the Military Friendly® survey, more than 200 companies and 1,200 post-secondary schools were designated as “Military Friendly®” in early November. Of these recipients, 154 employers and 541 schools have been recognized for excellence in different award categories. Awards for Top 10, Gold, Silver and Bronze winners by category (annual revenue for employers and institution type for schools) moves the entire program from a binary designation of “Are you Military Friendly®?” to “How Military Friendly® are you?” Interim President Vince Boudreau at The City College of New York (CCNY), the flagship institution of the City University of New York system, couldn’t agree more. “CCNY is tremendously gratified to receive this recognition,” Boudreau said. “We noticed over ten years ago that veterans had begun showing up on campus for the first time in decades, but we didn't have the apparatus to serve their needs. Crucially, however, our entire veterans' program began when several of them called a meeting designed to build that apparatus. We think this element of our programming—that it was originally conceptualized by veterans for veterans—makes it distinct. It also demonstrates the great organizational and programmatic capacity that veterans possess, and why it is so vital that colleges like ours make every effort to embrace them.” Award thresholds were set by the leading institution in each category. Award categories are: Public Universities with fewer than 10,000 students - University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama Public Universities with more than 10,000 students -The City College of New York, New York, New York Private Institutions with fewer than 10,000 students -The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York Private Institutions with more than 10,000 students - Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia Non-Traditional Institutions - Academy of Cosmetology & Esthetics - Paul Mitchell Partner School, Staten Island, New York Community Colleges - Mercer County Community College, West Windsor Township, New Jersey Private Vocational Schools - Community Business College, Modesto, California Online Universities - Drexel University Online Graduate Schools - University of California - Davis, Graduate School of Management, Davis, California Tier 1 Research Institutions - University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia Less than $500MM Revenue - PlaneTechs, LLC, Oak Brook, Illinois $500MM - $1 Billion Revenue - Cajun Industries, LLC, Baton Rouge, Louisiana More than $1Billion Revenue - Marsh & McLennan Companies, New York, New York Government & Nonprofit Entities - Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, City, New Jersey Award levels in each category are defined as: Top 10 Gold – A ranked list of the Top 10 in a category based on a numerical score. Gold Medal – Institutions scoring within 20% of the last-ranked (10th) organization. Silver Medal – Institutions scoring within 30% of the last-ranked (10th) organization. Bronze Medal – Institutions scoring within 40% of the last-ranked (10th) organization. Companies and schools must have successfully completed a 2017 Military Friendly® survey and been designated as a 2017 Military Military Friendly® Employer or School to be considered for the Awards program. The names of awardees are published online and will be printed in the December issue of G.I. Jobs® and the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools. To see a complete list of this year’s award winners, or to learn more about Military Friendly® ratings and how to participate, visit https://militaryfriendly.com. About Military Friendly®: The Military Friendly® Employers and Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of leading companies and colleges nationwide. The survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent advisory council of educators and employers, and tested by EY based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free. Criteria for consideration and recipients of the designation can be found at: https://militaryfriendly.com. About Victory Media: Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, entrepreneurial and education opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur®, STEM JobsSM and Military Friendly® brands. Learn more about Victory Media at http://www.victorymedia.com.
News Article | December 7, 2016
NEW YORK, Dec. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sondra Blount, Staff Nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, has been selected to join the Nursing Board at the American Health Council. She will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in the areas of Patient Care, Trauma, and Radiology. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/c72dddb1-d40c-425b-9cfe-0e6dd0d659b7 Ms. Blount has been active in the healthcare industry for the past 22 years. Her desire to help others and be a service within her community led her to a career in Nursing. She received her BSN/RN degree from the University of North Alabama in 1992. In her 22 years of healthcare experience, Ms. Blount has held a Staff Nurse position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She worked in the Department of Trauma for 19 years and for the past 3 years, has worked in the Department of Radiology. Her day-to-day responsibilities include oversight of management and operation of the Radiology Department and training and mentoring of fellow nurses. Ms. Blount attributes her success to her extensive involvement in the area of Trauma Medicine. She has received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Radiology Nurse of the Year Award (2015), the Credo Award (2012), and the Staff Nurse of the Year Award (2012). Out of all her accomplishments, Ms. Blount is most proud of having created the Workplace Violence Prevention Task Force. Her goals within the next 5 years include returning to school to pursue an Advanced Nursing Degree. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and Association of Radiology Nurses. During her free time, she enjoys traveling.
News Article | February 20, 2017
The best colleges with online programs in the state of Alabama have been ranked by The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information. Among the 19 four-year schools that made the list, Auburn University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University and Judson College came in as the top five schools. Nine of the state’s two-year schools also ranked, with Wallace State Community College Hanceville, Gadsden State Community College, Bevill State Community College, Wallace Community College Selma and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College taking the top five spots. “Interest in online schools in Alabama is quickly growing,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The schools on our list offer high-quality online options for students who not only want greater flexibility, but also the reliability of attending an accredited higher education institution.” Schools on the Best Online Schools list must meet specific base requirements to be included: each must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria such as the availability of post-graduation job resources, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid opportunities. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Alabama’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Amridge University Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University at Montgomery Faulkner University Jacksonville State University Judson College Samford University Spring Hill College The University of Alabama Troy University United States Sports Academy University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of North Alabama University of South Alabama University of West Alabama Alabama’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Bevill State Community College Calhoun State Community College Gadsden State Community College Jefferson State Community College Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Northwest-Shoals Community College Snead State Community College Wallace Community College - Selma Wallace State Community College - Hanceville ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.
News Article | November 6, 2016
The Best Online Colleges in Alabama have been identified for 2016-2017 by leading online higher education information provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org. After cross-analyzing more than a dozen school-specific statistics, more than 25 colleges in the state were recognized for providing affordable, quality online education programs. Alabama’s leaders include Judson College, Troy University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama among four-year programs, and Gadsden State Community College, Wallace Community College’s Main, Selma Campus and Hanceville Campus and Snead State Community College among two-year programs. "In the fall semester of 2015 more than 8,500 students enrolled in Alabama public colleges and universities were distance learners,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "As a growing number of students seek online education options, we felt it was important to spotlight the schools in the state offering the best combination of value, flexibility and program options for online students.” Schools are required to meet several minimum qualifications in order to be eligible for the Best Online Colleges in Alabama list. All colleges must hold accreditation and be either a two- or four-year public or private not-for-profit institution. Baseline cost criteria was also set to measure affordability: each two-year school must offer annual in-state tuition under $5,000 and each four-year school must offer annual in-state tuition under $25,000 to qualify. Qualifying colleges are scored and ranked based on several statistics, including qualitative and quantitative data on financial aid, institutional graduation rates and more. All schools included on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Alabama ranking are listed below. Further information on each school’s score and the methodology used to determine scores can be found at: The 2016-2017 Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Alabama, in alphabetical order: The 2016-2017 Best Four-Year Online Colleges in Alabama, in alphabetical order: Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Amridge University Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University at Montgomery Faulkner University Heritage Christian University Jacksonville State University Judson College The University of Alabama Troy University United States Sports Academy University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of North Alabama University of West Alabama AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | February 23, 2017
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. & SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) today announced that Misty Williams has advanced to director of sales at the company’s Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa in Alabama. Williams previously served as a sales manager at the upscale, 295-suite hotel connected via skybridge to the Von Braun Center. With more than 13 years of hospitality experience, primarily in Huntsville, Williams will supervise this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame hotel’s sales and marketing team. Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville is owned and operated by Springfield, Missouri-based JQH, a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, including operating more than 1 million square feet of superb meeting space. “Misty has proven to be a highly effective member of our hotel team and contributes to a positive culture that inspires success,” said Sandi Snead, general manager of JQH’s Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa. Prior to joining JQH in 2015 as a sales manager of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville, Williams served as an area director of sales for DoubleTree Suites by Hilton and for Hampton Inn & Suites in Huntsville. Her hospitality career also includes roles as a director of sales with the Courtyard by Marriott Huntsville and as a sales and marketing director for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. She also served as a marketing and public relations director at New Hope Telephone Cooperative in New Hope, Alabama, where she focused on special event coordination and community engagement. Williams is a member of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Executives (HSME) − Huntsville, including serving as a past board member and a secretary for 2017. She is also a member of the Huntsville – Madison County Hospitality Association and the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. Williams received a Bachelor of Science in marketing from University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. “I appreciate the opportunity to expand my responsibilities in my new leadership role,” Williams said. “I look forward to continuing to collaborate internally and externally to ensure a superb guest experience.” Located at 800 Monroe Street, Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa in Alabama is connected to the Von Braun Center via skybridge, providing access to more than 100,000 square feet of continuous space complementing the 7,000 square feet of meeting space at the hotel. Each spacious two-room hotel suite features a separate living room with a sofa bed and two TVs. Guests can enjoy internet access, a large desk with ergonomic chair, a mini-refrigerator, and a microwave. The contemporary hotel features a fitness center and an indoor pool. Bicycles are also available for enjoying downtown Huntsville. Guests can start their day with a free made-to-order breakfast. A nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks is offered in the hotel’s open-air atrium. Guests can also dine at The R. restaurant for Southern-style dining or stop by Caffeina’s cyber café, where Starbucks® coffee is served. Guests can indulge in a massage or facial at the luxurious on-site Spa Botanica. For more information about Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa, go to www.embassysuiteshuntsville.com, connect at www.facebook.com/embassysuiteshsv/, or call (256) 539-7373. Springfield, Missouri-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Sheraton, IHG, Chateau on the Lake Resort / Spa & Convention Center, and Plaza Hotels Collection. With a portfolio of 35 hotels representing approximately 8,500 guest rooms/suites in 16 states, JQH’s properties are dominant in their markets. Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his continued legacy of excellence spanning more than 50 years, JQH has become one of the most recognized and award-winning companies in the hospitality industry. Built to be the best, JQH continues to set the standard in hospitality management and hotel development. Go to www.jqhhotels.com for more information, or connect with JQH on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.