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Herzing University Online Raises $4395 for Breast Cancer Research and Services

November 17, 2010

Herzing University Online and the Herzing University home office teamed up to raise $1980 for the Lee National Denim Day fund and $415 for the Avon 2-DayWalk for Breast Cancer. Herzing University Founder and Chancellor Henry Herzing matched all donations, up to $2,000. In total, Herzing University raised $4395 toward the fight against breast cancer.

Angela Doyel, Executive Assistant to the Campus President at Herzing University Online and event co-chair, organized fundraising efforts for the Lee National Denim Day by asking staff to donate money in exchange for the opportunity to wear jeans at work. Funds were also raised with the sale of pink bracelets, denim caps, and paper cutouts in the shape of a denim pocket on which staff and students wrote the name of a loved one touched by breast cancer. The pockets were then attached to an Honor Wall displayed in the campus lobby. Doyel says, “I never imagined in my wildest dreams that we would be able to raise this much money for these amazing organizations. We set what we thought was a reasonable fundraising goal, and with Mr. Herzing’s generous offer to match our funds, we ended up raising ten times as much! Herzing University really does care for the community.”

Event co-organizer, Student Services Specialist Haley Geiger, participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for her third year, walking 39 miles to raise awareness and donations. The two joined efforts through a staff bake sale, with proceeds totaling more than $400 to contribute toward Geiger’s goal of raising $1800 in order to participate in the Walk in Charlotte, North Carolina in memory of her grandmother who lost her battle with breast cancer in October 2004.

“The weekend was emotional and one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Geiger stated. “I was overwhelmed with joy to see the support that my coworkers had for this cause. The generosity of everyone at Herzing University was amazing! There are such beautiful people that work for this University.”

Net proceeds from Lee National Denim Day will go to the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which will benefit Lee Laboratories’ nationwide search for more effective, less toxic treatments for breast cancer, world-class scientists’ development of a blood test for earlier detection of breast cancer, and the Cancer Support Community and its affiliate network, which provide support, education, and hope to people affected by cancer in communities nationwide.The funds raised for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer are awarded to local, regional, and national breast cancer organizations to support five areas of the breast cancer cause, including: awareness and education, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services, and scientific research. 


Gregory A. Guzmán Named Campus President of Herzing University – Toledo

October 28, 2010

TOLEDO, OHIO (October 26, 2010) – Gregory A. Guzmán was named campus president at Herzing University – Toledo, it was announced today. He began his duties at the University on September 21, 2010. In his new role, Guzmán is responsible for all academic and financial operations of the campus, which employs 31 faculty and staff and serves nearly 300 students enrolled in its 18 certificate, diploma and bachelor’s degree programs.

“Greg Guzmán brings an ideal mix of experience and knowledge to Herzing University – Toledo, with his background in higher education, career education and a deep understanding of the Toledo area,” said Renée Herzing, president of the Herzing Educational System, which has 11 campuses in the U.S. including the one in Toledo. “We are pleased to have him lead our efforts to meet the educational and career needs of students in the Toledo area.”

Guzmán, who is the area’s first and only Latino university president, has nearly 15 years’ experience in higher education, primarily in northwest Ohio. A native of Toledo, he discovered a passion for helping college-bound students overcome financial barriers as an intern for U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur in Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. His higher-education experience began as a financial aid counselor at Owens State Community College in 1996. He later went on to become the director of student financial aid at Tiffin University, Lourdes College, and his alma mater, Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Guzmán also served as Vice Provost of Enrollment Management, interim, at BGSU from September 2008 to February 2009.

“I am delighted to work with the highly-qualified faculty and staff of Herzing University – Toledo to bring our students state-of-the-industry training that will allow them to grow their skills and expand their careers here in our community,” Guzmán said. “It is a growing organization that has the right approach to education, combining a caring community, convenient educational options and a challenging curriculum to help students reach their full potential.”

Guzmán helped to found Northwest Ohio’s College Access Program – Think College Now, which has since merged with the non-profit Partners In Education (PIE), for which he remains an active board member. Over the years, he has provided financial aid seminars to many Toledo area high schools, including Latino-focused aid seminars for the Toledo Public School System. His awards include the prestigious James White Industry Commitment Award from the Ohio Association of School Financial Aid Administrators, the Central Cities Ministries of Toledo Urban All-American Award, and the Toledo Business Journal’s “20 Under 40” Leadership Award. He has twice been a Diamante Nominee and a one-time Cesar Chavez Humanitarian Nominee for service to the area’s Latino community.

Guzmán earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public administration from Bowling Green State University and he is currently a doctoral student in higher education at the University of Toledo.

Madison Career Expo

October 28, 2010

The October Career Expo saw 31 employers in attendance, all hoping to meet quality candidates to fill positions currently available. Approximately 100 students and alumni met with those employers and discussed career opportunities. Among the employers was IBM, which made the trip from Dubuque, Iowa to speak with IT students from both the Computer Networking Security Technology and Computer Science programs. Surprisingly, Dubuque is within commuting distance to the Madison area at just over an hour from the west side. “Just one more reason that students and graduates should look at opportunities outside of Madison in the current economy,” said Jeff Westra, Herzing University – Madison’s Director of Career Services.

Liz Wurtz, Recruiter with Mercy Health Systems stated, “We have always appreciated the hospitality from Herzing University and enjoyed the enthusiasm and excitement of the students. Thank you for the opportunity to come and visit!”

If you have an open position you would like to fill, contact the Career Services Department at 608-663-0808

Herzing University Madison Nursing Student Honored with Hydrocephalus Association Scholarship

October 15, 2010

Hydrocephalus Association Each year the Hydrocephalus Association awards scholarships to young people with hydrocephalus who are pursuing post-high school education. This year, the scholarship committee had the task of awarding a total of 8 scholarships. These scholarships were funded by two Gerard Swartz Fudge Memorial Scholarship Funds, two Morris L. and Rebecca Ziskind Memorial Scholarship Funds, two Anthony Abbene Scholarship Funds, the Justin Scot Alston Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Mario J. Tocco Hydrocephalus Foundation Scholarship Fund. HA is extremely proud to honor these future community leaders and their ability to overcome unimaginable obstacles to succeed and prosper in their education.

Michelle Slowey attends the Herzing University in Madison, Wisconsin, pursuing a degree as a registered nurse. As a dominant figure in her nursing program Michelle works above and beyond as the 2011 class president, class representative at faculty meetings and as a member of the Student Nursing Association on campus. Michelle’s dedication to her field reflects her desire to someday join Doctors Without Borders and pursue a career that gives her “the opportunity everyday to change someone’s life for the better”. Michelle’s ultimate dream of working on a pediatric neurosurgery floor will fulfill her desire to give back as a relatable resource, teaching others like her that “hydrocephalus is just a descriptor of you, it is NOT the definition of you, and you control the power to keep it that way”. Ms. Slowey has been awarded one of the two Anthony Abbene Scholarships for 2010. Congratulations, Michelle!

This article taken from…. Learn about hydrocephalus at

A great video.

October 14, 2010

Our president, Renee Herzing, asked that this be shared with you.

2010 Career Day: an insider’s report on the day’s events in Washington D.C.

October 4, 2010

First and foremost, I want to sincerely thank Herzing University Chancellor and founder Henry Herzing, President Renee Herzing, and New Orleans Campus President Mark Aspiazu for affording me the opportunity to take part in this historic occasion.  Career Day 2010, a student rally which took place on September 29, 2010 at the US Capital Grounds (West Front Lawn), marked the first time in history that private sector colleges and universities (PSCUs) gathered together in Washington D.C.  I was humbled and honored to have accompanied the Herzing University delegation to this event.

What are PSCUs?

The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) states:

Private sector colleges and universities are academic institutions with a professional or career emphasis.

What is the significance of PSCUs?

PSCUs do not receive direct aid from governments.  Rather, they are taxpaying entities whose operations are similar to those of typical small businesses (i.e., they operate at the local level, hire people who live and work in their campuses’ communities, and have committees that interact with local business leaders in order to develop academic/training programs that will meet the needs of their local business community).

How effective are PSCUs—particularly in Louisiana?

In a September 2009 Times-Picayune Editorial, Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, cited job trends in a report to a commission charged with overhauling the state’s higher education system. He said Louisiana won’t have enough people with associate or technical degrees to meet expected demand between 2008 and 2016, falling short by more than 3,000. Over the same period of time, Louisiana will see 10,312 more residents graduate from college than jobs that demand that level of education.

His conclusion: The state needs to steer more people into community and technical colleges. “We’re producing a workforce that we cannot employ in Louisiana,” he told the commission.

Thus, PSCUs will play a critical role in the economic development and security of Louisiana’s future.  Additionally, PSCUs will play a leading role on how our state’s current higher education infrastructure evolves to meet the expanding needs of the business community.  In fact, by providing programs that graduate highly skilled technical workers who can hit the ground running with the skills Louisiana employers desperately need, PSCUs will empower Louisiana businesses to garner a competitive advantage in their target sector.

Why the need for the rally?

The Department of Education (ED) has proposed an administrative law change that could potentially eliminate many PSCU programs and as a result, force many PSCUs to close their doors.  In fact, according to the APSCU, industry experts predict that the Proposed Rule (“gainful employment”), if implemented, will cause hundreds of thousands of students in the short-term, and millions over the next decade, to lose access to career-focused education programs.

How will Louisiana’s elected officials respond?

The Herzing University New Orleans delegation (which I was a member of) met with Republican Sen. David Vitter, Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu, and Republican Rep. Steve Scalise to discuss ED’s proposed gainful employment rule change.

Sen. Vitter made it a point to be available in person for the meeting.  He and his staff were courteous, professional, and expressed genuine interest in our concerns.  In the end, Sen. Vitter expressed his concern for the potential negative effects that gainful employment may impose on PSCUs and assured our delegation that we have his full support.  Further, Sen. Vitter committed to writing a letter to Education Secretary Duncan expressing the concerns he and his constituents hold in regards to the gainful employment issue.  Please click here email Sen. Vitter and thank him for his support.

Sen. Landrieu was unable to attend the meeting, however, her staff was courteous, friendly, and professional.  Ms. Landrieu’s legislative assistant listened to our concerns and personal testimonies.  As a result, we hope that our presence, personal stories, and the sincere concerns that we expressed will empower Sen. Landrieu to support our position in the debate unfolding over ED’s proposed gainful employment rule change.  Please click here to email Sen. Landrieu and encourage her to support academic free choice.

Rep. Steve Scalise was unable to attend the meeting, however, his staff was very receptive to our delegation and shared our concerns for ED’s proposed gainful employment rule change.  Additionally, Rep. Scalise’s legislative assistant pledged their support for our efforts to ensure academic free choice.  Please click here to email Congressman Scalise and thank him for his support.

In conclusion, it was an honor and a privilege to attend Career Day 2010 with the Herzing University delegation.  On behalf of the Herzing family, I would like to personally thank everyone who had a hand in the planning and implementation of this historic event.  In addition, I would also like to offer a sincere thank you to Sen. Vitter, Sen. Landrieu, and Rep. Scalise for affording us the opportunity to voice our concerns in this matter.  I was particularly impressed by the fact that Sen. Vitter took the time out of his busy schedule to meet with us in person and am very appreciative of the effort that each of our elected officials’ staff put forth to make us feel welcome during our visit.

Important links:

·         Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (ASPCU):

·         Students for Academic Choice:

·         Career Day recap via youtube:

·         My eductation choice online petition (please sign)

·         Herzing University call to action:

by Brian Stoddard


Private Sector Education and Gainful Employment: Welcome to the Island of Misfits

September 23, 2010

Hi, my name is Amy and I am a misfit.  I’ve always been an outsider.  I was different than the other kids in school, different than the other employees I’ve ever worked with, am different than the other moms at the PTA; I’ve always been “different”.  Honestly I like it.  I like that I see the world in ways that others do not or can’t; I like that my perspective is sometimes strange or colorful, that my understanding is often skewed from the norm.  I am a misfit.

Too, I was the kid that sat in the high school principal’s office anywhere from two to four days a week, labeled as the one who either “did it or knew who did it”, so I was always the first to be questioned.  Looking back as an adult on my teen years, I was bored at school.  I was brighter than most of my teachers and vocal about it, which of course they didn’t appreciate; leading to my principal telling me that he was going to put my name on his office door because I spent more time in his office than he did.  Of course that was when I showed up, I missed some fifty odd days my senior year.  I didn’t want to be there and they didn’t really want me there.  Hi, my name is Amy and I am a misfit and trouble maker.

It is ironic that I’ve worked in education for the past 12 years.  Something that I once fled from is now my passion in life.  My joy comes from seeing students and graduates succeed, seeing them fulfill their dreams and reach their highest potential.  I worked in the public college sector for over six years and guess what?  My name is Amy and I am a misfit and trouble maker.  I didn’t fit in.  I tried, I really did.  I bought the suits and tied scarves around my neck, found the perfect briefcase, smoozed the right people and worked myself into an anxiety ridden, panic attacked life.  But my trouble maker self didn’t care about the suits or the scarves, she cared about the students and their needs, their goals and I was vocal about it.  I took action.  I took risks.  And at one point in time was told to “slow down because I was making other employees look bad”.


My trouble-making misfit self thought it was about the student and service to the public I represented (it still does); however my perspective was clearly different than that of my leadership who just wanted to maintain the status quo.  So after six years of fighting the good fight, I headed out to find my island, which perhaps I might “fit in” on.  The old adage about fitting a square into a hole meant for a circle is true.  I was the square with ideas too big for their little circle.

For the past five years and 28 days I’ve worked in the private sector (for-profit) at a small private university.  I am still a misfit of sorts and occasionally a trouble maker; but they (I’ll say loosely) like it.  Sometimes when I think I am going to get yelled at, I get smiled at; sometimes it is a stern voice with half a crooked smile.  The people working in the private sector have an entrepreneurial spirit, they are pioneers and not stuck in the “that’s the way we’ve always done it” mud.  Ingenuity and creativeness is welcomed and rewarded; all squares are welcomed.   We work with business and industry to make sure what we do is pertinent, we hold students accountable yet create an environment where they can flourish and we treat everyone like they are members of an extended family that crosses every imagined boundary.  In the world of top ten universities, state funded schools and 100 year old institutions of higher learning the private sector schools are misfits.  We like who we are and our graduates are proud of their alma mater, but the rest of the world doesn’t quite know what to think of us and looking from the outside in, can’t understand our passion or drive.  The proposed Gainful Employment regulation before the DOE has further labeled us as misfits and trouble-makers when it couldn’t be further from the truth.  Just because our financial/tax structure isn’t like everyone else (our colleges actually pay taxes too) does not lessen our passion to educate and mission to provide the workforce with trained workers for the present and future.  In fact my university is family held and that family environment extends into our students lives and way past graduation.

When I look in the mirror I see our students.  For the past five years I have worked a full time and a part time job, raised three kids as a single mom and have gone to school full time earning a BSBA and an MBA.  This is not my sob story but it is a reflection of who our students are.  Single parents, working adults, underserved populations, high school misfits, those who are afraid of college,  people who have failed at other institutions and people who hit the age of 30 and realized that in order to build a brighter future you have to get off your @$$ and create the change you want to see in your life. Those who have never thought that they would ever be “college material”, never had anyone believe in them, or anyone to encourage them.  Those that took that bold first step to enroll into college to build a future.  Now I am not labeling our students and alumni as “misfits” but in many cases they are unique and different in comparison to the traditional college student at the traditional university.

I am angry.  Not that anyone that can do anything about it cares, but I am angry.  This gainful employment regulation is discrimination at its finest and it affects some of the people I care about most, the students and graduates I’ve watched flourish over the past five years and see great potential in for next millennium.  It is going to further limit opportunities for sections of the population that already have limited opportunities.  As a teacher and administrator I have supported students through cancer and illness, homelessness, abusive relationships, deaths, deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and twists and turns that I could never imagine my life taking and many have made it through to the other side and declared “I am the first college graduate in my family”, they have set the bar for the people around them and reached that first rung in their career ladder story.  With this gainful employment  proposal we would not have had the opportunity to support many of them because our paths would have not crossed if the federal government told them they could not have the monetary support to support an education for a career they envision themselves in at the college of their choice.

The Gainful Employment proposal compares ratios of new graduate’s income to their school debt to see if the employment obtained is “gainful” within a certain time period.  My thoughts about this are that no one starts their career where they want to see themselves.   There is no magic job wand that makes dreams come true, it comes with hard work, networking and leveraging opportunities; education is the foundation.  I’ll never forget the day a grad called to tell me that she had landed a job and had more than doubled her salary.  My first thought was “WOW” doubled your salary that is incredible.  After talking to her I found out that she is in Tennessee where the minimum wage at the time was $5.85 an hour and indeed landing a job at $12 and hour was more than doubling her salary; a door opened by her education and a huge success for her.  She has since has found further success and has gone well beyond that first rung of her career ladder.  I have to ask, “Would she have passed the gainful test?”  That would depend on who you asked; the graduate would say yes.  She would say that education changed her life.

My other issue with the GE proposal is that they are picking on only one sector of education.  I am not going to into the statistics; there are a million blogs and reports you can gather those from.  But rather I’ll tell you a story that proves my point.  I was at a job fair when a man walked up the table and said, “I went to college and it didn’t do me any good”.  So I asked him, “What degree did you earn?  His reply was “General Education Associate Degree”.  I will not name the school, but I ask you, how many of you have ever seen a job posting looking for someone with an associate degree in general education?  This man’s state funded alma mater did him a great disservice in having him spend his money and time on a degree that is so non-specific that it led to no outcome whatsoever.  On the other hand for-profit college’s educations teach specific skills that lead to specific careers in specific industries.  Why isn’t the public sector, non-profits being held to the same standards?  Why are we even entertaining this proposal that not only discriminates against a sector of education that does lead to employment but more importantly several demographic pools of citizens?

Hi, my name is Amy and I am a misfit and trouble maker who works for misfits who employ misfits who service unique learners on our little island that changes lives.  I am angry.  I am a career college graduate.  I am a mom.  I am a volunteer.  I am a teacher.  I am a voter.  I am a supporter. I am blogger.  I am an occasional troublemaker.  I work in an industry that isn’t perfect but also isn’t bad.  I am asking you, whoever you are, to oppose the gainful employment proposal.  Write to your congress member and ask them to oppose it and ask them to approach it in a different way, a way that is fair and equal.  The regulation needs to be postponed, rethought and then reapplied to the entire higher education industry.

I close with a quote from a fellow “trouble maker” and possible misfit, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  Whether we are talking about the staircase of life, the career ladder or stepping foot into a college classroom for the first time, faith in ourselves, a higher power, another person is what guides us.  Right now my faith is on roughly 7000 students that my private sector, family owned university serves and I simply ask that gainful employment be revisited so that we can continue fostering success stories.  The futures of future college graduates depend on it.

In your service,