Greg Hilpipre Dear Aspen students, alumni, faculty, and friends,

It's finally springtime!

Spring is upon us which means summertime is right around the corner. Make sure you can fully enjoy some fun in the sun by planning how you're going to balance your coursework with all of the pleasant distractions summer has to offer.

Here's my advice on how to prepare to take classes in the warmer months.

Stay active in your degree program. If you take a break from classes for a month or more, you will delay program completion and risk losing momentum to restart classes. Take 2 weeks off between courses instead, or consider lowering the number of courses that you're taking at the same time.

Plan vacations and course start dates accordingly. Have realistic expectations of how much time you can dedicate to working on assignments while on vacation. Additionally, you may have limited reliable internet or access to a computer.

Create a study plan. Add your work schedule and summer activities to your calendar or planner, then schedule specific times that you will dedicate to assignments. Stay disciplined to your study plan, and it will soon be part of your summer routine.

Create a roadmap to achieve your goals by planning ahead. By putting forth the right amount of time and effort, you'll be able to enjoy the warm weather while continuing on the road to graduation.


Gregory Hilpipre
Director of Student Services

Aspen University 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, July 21, 2018!

The graduation ceremony begins at 12:00 PM at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Denver, Colorado. Reservations are open now!

To be eligible to walk in the commencement ceremony with your classmates, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • You graduated from your degree program.
  • You're within 6 credits of completing your degree by Friday, June 1, 2018.

Reservation deadline is Friday, June 1, 2018.

Once you confirm your RSVP, you need to order your regalia as soon as possible. Order your regalia online via the Jostens store or call Jostens Customer Care at 800-854-7464 and reference Aspen University.

Jostens takes up to 5 weeks to process orders. Please place your order no later than Tuesday, June 12.

Commencement FAQ

Where should I stay for graduation?

There are many hotel options in downtown Denver. The Curtis Hotel is located across the street from the commencement venue. Additional hotel options near the venue include the Courtyard Marriot and Aloft Denver Downtown.

May I bring guests?

Yes! You are welcome to bring guests to the ceremony. There is no additional fee or tickets required for guests.

Is there a reception after the ceremony?

Yes. There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony with light snacks and appetizers served.

Aspen Cares is Motivated to Do More

Aspen Cares is mobilized and organized for 2018. This year, team leaders within Aspen's Colorado, Arizona, New York and Canadian offices selected various initiatives to participate in throughout the year.

Aspen Cares plans to address a different philanthropic theme every few months. They will highlight animal charities and foundations throughout the spring months. The Denver office participated in the Wag & Walk Adoption Hike in April and plans to join the Furry Scurry for the second year in a row on May 5, an annual walk to help homeless pets. "By volunteering at a local animal shelter, joining or hosting a fundraising event, or giving extra love and attention to your pet, you can join our greater Aspen community in making a difference in these animals' lives," said Aspen Cares Director, Katie Brown.

June-September is a focus on health & homelessness. So far, Aspen Cares has made plans to participate in The Longest Day on June 21, a day of activity all about love for those affected by Alzheimer's disease. The team also plans to serve lunches to the homeless in July; however, a date has not been set yet.

We're always looking for new ways to get involved in our communities.
Do you have a favorite organization or event near and dear to your heart? Tell us about it.

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Warring

The Journal of Nursing Education recently published Interprofessional Education on Adverse Childhood Experiences for Associate Degree Nursing Students co-authored by Aspen student, Sarah Warring and an instructor in her nursing program, Jeanette M. Olsen Ph.D., RN.

Article Background:
The health impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is significant. Nurses need knowledge and must work in multidisciplinary teams to address this problem. This study examined the effects of interprofessional education (IPE) activity with nonhealth care students on associate degree nursing (ADN) students' ACEs knowledge and perspectives on IPE.

Warring initially started as the research assistant facilitating pre-surveys, post-surveys, and a focus group. Following the completion of these responsibilities, Dr. Olsen asked Warring to assist with co-authoring the article which entailed reviewing the information collected and identifying qualitative and quantitative themes from the data collected along with editing the final works.

"My Aspen education and the courses that I was taking concurrently with this project allowed me to understand the process required for a research project such as this," said Warring. "Without this education, I would not have understood the steps required to complete the manuscript."

Sarah Warring is currently enrolled in Aspen's Master of Science in Nursing program with a specialization in Nursing Education. Download Interprofessional Education on Adverse Childhood Experiences for Associate Degree Nursing Students here.

My Favorite Aspen Course

We asked our readers in the fall "What is your favorite Aspen course and why?" Below are just a few of the many responses we received.

"Community Nursing 1 because it pertained to the field I'm working in. Majority of the class was about older adult health care. The clinic I work at sees retired firemen and policemen and their spouses."
Degree Program: RN to BSN

"Communications 100. It's been my first class completed, and I thought it was a great entry class to get started. It taught me a lot of great time management and study habits."
Degree Program: BA in Psychology and Addiction Counselling

"Transcultural Health Care was my favorite course, though I've enjoyed every class I've taken so far. This course brought to light so many different cultures' traditions, which helped to further foster my understanding of patients' rationale for adhering to certain practices or choosing noncompliance."
Degree Program: MSN in Public Health

"I would have to to say MGT500-Management. I am currently pursuing an MBA, and that course has been my favorite thus far. The instructor was great, and I enjoyed exploring current issues in management and understanding how successful organizations operate. I feel this course is essential to any MBA program."
Degree Program: MBA in Project Management

"Healthcare Informatics. For almost all of my work experience in the healthcare field, I have been in leadership or administrative roles; the future for me is NOT bedside, and this course shows the possibilities of the future and furthering my contributions to the field of nursing."
Degree Program: RN to BSN

"MED725 Classroom Environment and Management! It was so informative! I was able to take a lot of useful procedures, mini-lessons, and management tips directly into the classroom immediately after I read a chapter! It's a must-take course for anyone wanting to teach in the classroom!"
Degree Program: MEd in Transformational Leadership

"My favorite course is the one I am currently taking now, N588 Nursing Practicum, because it allows me to use the skills and knowledge that I have gained as a new nurse educator and apply it to real-life situations. The project that I will be working on during this semester will consist of a topic that is important to nursing, as well as the future of nursing. As a new nurse educator, it is important for me to feel like I am making a difference in any way I possibly can, whether it be clinically or in the education setting. Aspen University has given me the opportunity to make a difference in the profession that I am so passionate about."
Degree Program: RN-MSN in Nursing Education

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