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-- Graduate (B.A. Sociology 2008) "I chose FHSU because
of the convenience and the fact that the instructors are closer
to you in a virtual sense than I ever experienced in a traditional
-- Graduate (B.A. Sociology 2007) One of the reasons I was considered
for this position was that my employer saw that I was working towards
my Bachelor of Sociology degree at FHSU and would complete this
degree and would continue on to earn a Masters in Liberal Studies
from FHSU. When I joined the FHSU Virtual College, I was scared
to death. It was exactly 30 years since I had graduated from High
School. If it hadn't been for the support of Sociology Professor
Rose Arnold, my degree advisor, I don't know if I would have proceeded
after that first class. She was supportive and helped me 'plan'
my route. I must have set a new record for the number of times a
student has emailed her advisor with a question. We older adults
need assurance that we can handle the new technology and get the
support we need when pursuing a new adventure such as this. I got
-- Student 2006 "I have been throughly impressed by the
curriculum and staff for the Sociology Department, in particular
the Social Research Methods class. Mike provides excellent interaction
and assignment feedback that is unparallelled to any other virtual
class I have taken, which has made the class thoroughly enjoyable,
even from a distance. As a single mother with three children and
two jobs, the virtual program has provided me an opportunity that
I could not have had otherwise."
-- Student 2004 "Mike -- I know you probably don't hear
this much, but I appreciated the extra work. This is my second semester
of internet classes and a lot of teachers offer a mid term, paper,
and final. This gives most students like myself a chance to procrastinate
until mid term and than until the end. You kept us on our feet which
than lead me to learn more about community theory. This process
also lets me know that your staying involved. I appreciated all
the emails. I don't know if any of this makes sense but, in a nutshell,
thanks for being such a great teacher."
-- Student 2004 "Thanks Mike, for all of your help throughout
the semester. I GREATLY appreciate you and really enjoyed the class.
It was great how you were so eager to help me whenever I needed
it. THANKS SO MUCH! Have a wonderful summer!"
W. -- Student 2004"Other than being a full-time student
at FHSU majoring in Sociology and taking a full load of classes,
I am a mother of four children (two girls, ages 12 and 10, and two
boys, ages 3 and nearly 2 (the youngest of which was born very
premature, so we spend four hours each week with therapists "working
out"). I am also happily married to a Navy man, who
is also a full-time student at FHSU. I am very active in my church
as part of the parish council, head of the outreach program, and
Sunday school teacher for the 6th grade.
This semester was my first time writing REAL grant proposals for
real money in the real world. I wrote four small proposals for
the educators in the English department at a local high school
in California; two have been funded, one will be reviewed in
June, and one will be submitted at a later time. Of
the two that were funded, one was a technology grant in the amount
of $1,500 for an innovative classroom project that integrates multimedia
education with the technology of a Smartboard. The other was
a local grant in the amount of $500, awarded for excellence in the
classroom for a Beowulf project. I have been asked to write
a grant proposal this summer to fund research in the area of early
detection for developmental disabilities, I am feeling confident
in my abilities of accomplishing that task.
I want to thank all the staff at Fort Hays, from administration
to teachers, for your support, kindness, and encouragement, all
of you have made it so easy to call FHSU home, from so far away."
-- Student 2003 "Completing my degree seemed a fitting
tribute to my daughter, Wendy, who lost her battle to cancer during
her senior year of college. Volunteer work with the elderly and
disabled influenced my decision to choose Human Services and the
flexibility of FHSU's Virtual College made this midlife career choice
a reality. More importantly, the course on death and dying gave
me a chance to work through my grief and turned unbelievable sadness
into an opportunity to share my experience with objectivity and
-- Student 2002 "I have been in the United States Navy
for the last 18.5 years. While in the military I have wanted to
complete my Bachelors degree, but my schedule really never permitted
me to take the time until now. I am finally assigned to shore duty
and off of Navy Ship's for a while so I decided to give college
a try. I was a little hesitant at first because I have three young
children, a wonderful wife and a dog as well as a full time instructor
duty for the Navy. After talking to my Navy College Office representative
I decided to give virtual college/distance learning a try. I chose
this over a traditional degree program because I like the flexibility
it offers. Instead of being tied down to a certain night(s) and
time(s) for class, I choose my own hours and times to work on assignments,
usually after the kids go to bed. Virtual College requires some
motivation and dedication by the individual to complete all assignments
on time. Without seeing a professor weekly it is really up to the
student to complete all your assigned work. This works very well
with me as I am one who usually has no problem completing my requirements
on time, no matter what they are. As for the professors, they are
top notch, professional and VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. I have enjoyed and
respect all my professors tremendously as they are subject matter
experts in their respective fields.
If a student
is interested in a program that offers an industry standard degree
program that is nationally and regionally accredited while providing
the flexibility that a working adult needs, than Fort Hays State
University has a program for you."
Dan B. --
Student 2002 "I have spent the last 19 years in the United
States Navy serving my country. I have put many other things ahead
of my college degree goal including my job and my family. I chose
Fort Hays State University's (FHSU) Virtual College Program for
two main reasons, the people, and the flexibility it offered. My
first experience with the College was with the Admissions Office.
From the first phone call, I was convinced that this was the correct
path for me. The staff was very helpful and was able to answer all
my questions. I was able to enroll into the virtual program at FHSU
that day. I was so excited that I finally made the leap forward
to meeting a lifelong goal of being a college graduate, the first
in my family.
Being a "Virtual
Student" is the right answer for me. Serving in the USN proves
to be a challenge day in and day out. I work long hours, get scheduled
for travel at the last minute, and deal with those last minute fire
drills that often come at the end of a day. With any other college
program, this would have been cause for me to end my hopes for my
degree. As a virtual student I have the flexibility to make my own
schedule. I can work with my professors online, or I can contact
them via the phone. I was not sure how this would work in the beginning,
but I can personally attest to you now that it can work, and it
has for me. I can get all of my assignments at the beginning of
each week, or even earlier in some cases, and then I can schedule
Program has proved to be a successful program for me. It is truly
a winning combination that provides flexible hours, yet fully accountable
at the end of the semester. Self-discipline and prudent time management
enable me to balance school and maintain high standards at work
while not neglecting my family at home. It's as if the program was
designed around my personal life and my naval career. I am looking
forward to graduating in the summer of 2004!"
Mike W. --
Graduate (B.A. Sociology 2002) "I have been very pleased
with the instructors and faculty that work in that department.
They have been very helpful in helping me achieve my goals.
I feel that they will do everything in their power to get a student
ready for the future beyond the undergraduate years. I also
enjoyed the variety of courses offered. You truly get a broad, well-rounded
education. I have been able to study everything from economic development
to survey research, and participate in the
Sociology Club. The connection with The
Docking Institute of Public Affairs is very beneficial as well."
Mark H. --
American Red Cross, Bosnia (B.A. Sociology 2000) "I'm an
Assistant Station Manager working in the Armed Forces Emergency
Service Department of the American Red Cross, which means I deal
with our military service members and their families. It is challenging
but also very rewarding, and I do all kinds of things -- which keeps
the job exciting!"
Mary R. --
Lamson College, Tempe, Arizona (B.A. Sociology and Commuications
1998) "I believe that my sociology degree and communications
degree from Fort Hays State University helped me immensely. Partially
because I am so marketable and partly because I can work and speak
with such a diverse range of people."
-- Northwest Kansas Rural Stroke Project, Kansas (B.A. Sociology
1995) "My undergraduate degree in sociology from FHSU has
proven to be very versatile, and I have been able to readily find
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