Are You Teaching Your Child the Value of Hard Work?

by Argosy University 23 April 2014

Raising children comes with a whole host of responsibilities. Among the most important of these is instilling skills and character traits in your child that will serve them well as they mature to adulthood. These traits include kindness, compassion and honesty, but another character trait that will come into play throughout a person’s life is work ethic.

Teaching your child to have a strong work ethic can often be a cumbersome chore (no pun intended), but it’s best to get started early. Simply using words to inspire your child to work hard is often not enough to ingrain a deeply rooted sense of responsibility and dedication. Providing examples and enforcing practical application of a positive work ethic will help teach your child this valuable lesson during Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work day and throughout the entire year.

What wins: Natural talent or hard work?

To define a strong work ethic, you simply need to examine what traits are necessary for a successful life. Intelligence is important and so is initiative, but oftentimes as an adult you find yourself in circumstances where your natural born gifts aren’t enough. It is during these times that your work ethic determines whether you succeed or fail.

In such cases, what will separate your performance from the rest is your dedication and commitment to seeing the task through. When called upon to muster an extra dose of grit and determination, those who can draw upon their previous experiences — including their upbringing — are best able to summon what is necessary.

Ways to instill a strong work ethic

Most likely, work ethic isn't something a child is born with. Even if commitment and dedication come naturally to a child, whether this trait is further developed is dependent upon the examples they witness and the standard by which they are judged. Displaying your desire to work hard toward achieving your goals will do more to inspire a child than anything you could say. Therefore, making sure you exhibit a strong work ethic will create a positive example that your child can follow.

Another important avenue for instilling a strong work ethic is recognizing effort through praise and rewards. Whether your child is successful or misses the mark in a particular setting, praising the amount of effort they put forth will encourage an attitude that will translate into a strong work ethic. If your child wins or achieves high marks without putting forth much effort, while the results may be positive, the lessons learned do little to elicit future hard work.

Instead of congratulating your child solely based on their results, offer encouragement that signals you are most appreciative of their honest, hard work — win or lose. Winning isn’t the only goal and losing isn’t all that matters (although it’s also valuable for children to learn how to do both gracefully). This mindset, sparked at an early age, will help to engender a strong work ethic in your child and can set them up for success throughout life.

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The Future of Green Transportation

by Argosy University 17 April 2014

Almost all cities in America were designed to accommodate and promote transportation by personal automobile, with little consideration given to other modes of transportation. There are many ways to change this trend, some of which are already happening. Green transportation will play a key role in reducing pollution and increasing energy efficiency in the sustainable cities of our future.

Bike ParkingBiking in Green Cities

Up until fairly recently, trying to commute to work by bicycle in most major cities in the country was inconvenient and downright dangerous. An increasing number of cities have retrofitted their streets with bike lanes to promote this green mode of transportation, but sustainable cities of the future will be designed to make biking a safe, convenient, and clean form of transportation.

Other countries, like the Netherlands, have already adopted cycling as a way of life by incorporating bicycle only paths, bridges, and lanes into new designs, and repurposing abandoned roadways and paths in redesigns and renovations of existing infrastructure. Features like unused railroad tracks, drained canals, and vacant tunnels can be converted to automobile-free corridors for safe bicycle transportation. In Copenhagen, one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, cyclists save more than 90,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

In addition to extensive consideration for bicycle transportation, green transportation of the future will also incorporate designs that make it easier and safer for people to travel by foot.

Public Transportation

A recent report found that public transportation use is at its highest level in 57 years, with 10.7 billion trips in 2013. Increased public transit use has been found to reduce air pollution and improve local economies by giving people more access to jobs and retail areas. These benefits will be even greater with green transportation technologies in the future.

Public transit vehicles could be powered by super-efficient solar panels or by electricity provided by energy- and money-saving smart grids, which use innovative real time monitoring to efficiently distribute energy from clean, renewable sources. By using renewable energy to power public transportation, cities will benefit from reduced pollution and pollution-related health problems.

Personal Transportation

Electric vehicles (EV) are becoming increasingly popular as technology improves and prices get lower. Green transportation of the future will accommodate and promote electric cars by increasing the necessary infrastructure, like charging stations.

Just a few years ago it was nearly impossible to come across an EV charging station, but in the coming years, sustainable cities may have these power sources for electric cars as abundantly as we have gas stations today.

Self-driving electric cars used to be nothing more than a science fiction fantasy, but now technology is quickly making them part of reality. Ideally, these super-smart, super-efficient cars will reduce accidents as well as pollution.

5 Reasons to Use the Online Library

by Staff 15 April 2014

By Guest Blogger, Audra Deemer, Manager of Library Services

1. Find reputable and scholarly resources. Though information can be found quickly on the web by using popular search engines like Google, you will often find an overwhelming number of results with no easy way to narrow them down. Most information on the web is not evaluated for accuracy and some sites may even ask you to pay to view the content. The library databases have done the hard part of the research process for you. Only credible sources from trusted publishers are included in the library databases and most are available in full text—all at no charge to you!

2. Receive help from our on-call librarians 7 days a week. You can get in contact with the Argosy University librarians through email, phone and the Ask Us service. You’ll find the Ask Us tab on the Online Library homepage. Use this service to find answers to frequently asked questions even during the hours librarians are not available. You can also submit your question to be answered by email. We have extended hours to help meet your research needs.

Sunday: 12 PM-2 AM ET
Monday-Thursday: 8 AM-2 AM ET
Friday: 8 AM-11 PM ET
Saturday: 10 AM-11 PM ET

3. Set up a research consultation. If you need one-on-one time with a librarian, you can find and sign up for open research consultations on the calendar found on the Online Library homepage. You can also contact the librarians directly by email or phone to set up an appointment that fits your schedule. We even use a web conferencing tool to share our screens so you can see how to use the resources.

4. Access more than articles and eBooks. Though we have thousands of articles from journals, magazines and newspapers as well as full text eBooks on a vast number of subjects, we also have resources for software tutorials, career information and even videos! Find tutorials and guides for popular software as well as educational and career-oriented resources by going to the Tutorials & Guides page of the Online Library. Check out the video collections of Counseling & Therapy in Video, Education in Video and Filmmakers Library Online by going to the Find Videos page.

5. Create APA formatted bibliographies. Create your own free account for RefWorks, a citation management tool. With a RefWorks account, you can save references that you use for your research. Not only will RefWorks help you stay organized, but it will also help you format your references and cite within your essays following APA style.

Contact the Argosy Ask Today On-Call Librarians at or 888-559-7579.

Simple Tips to Reduce Your Stress at the Office

by Argosy University 14 April 2014

Managing Your Stress

Stress can have damaging effects on your health, and it can cause you to perform poorly in every aspect of life. The causes of stress are numerous, but they can be alleviated by taking a proactive approach to managing your mental load.

There are multiple work-related factors that are likely to cause stress, but managing these effectively can reduce the toll that this stress takes on your body, enable you to perform better and live a happier life. In recognition of Stress Awareness Month, here are a few simple steps for managing your stress at the office.

Be Prepared for Your Workday

One of the most common stress-inducing scenarios is being under-prepared. Think about the last time you didn't have the information or the time to complete a project. Remember the pressure you felt? Now, think of a time when you were more prepared. You probably felt relaxed and eager to get started.

Preparation involves following an effective plan of action. Creating and following a plan of action can help you ensure that you have ample time to accomplish each of your tasks before the project or presentation is to be unveiled. Along with planning and implementing a schedule, use all of the tools at your disposal to ensure that you are on track. Try mobile apps or other online tools that keep track of milestones for each of your daily tasks. These aides will allow you to monitor and adjust your schedule to keep you from falling behind.

Decompress Throughout the Day

The steady pull of your work-related responsibilities is enough to affect your mind and body in potentially devastating ways. Taking a little time away from your assignments to decompress allows you to reflect on your daily chores and recharge your battery so you can start each task with clarity.

Eating your lunch or taking a break away from the office is an effective way to decompress during working hours. Staying in your office during these times doesn't allow you to properly segment your day, and you are likely to constantly feel the tug of your duties. To avoid this, eat at a local restaurant or, if you bring your lunch to work, eat it in a nearby park -- weather permitting.

Don't Skip Your Daily Exercise

Regular exercise provides a wealth of stress-relieving benefits as well as benefits for your overall health. A daily routine that incorporates regular exercise can help you with stress management while also improving your mood and energy. However, you need not go crazy with your workout plans; a simple regiment of 30-minute workouts, 3 or 4 times a week will provide all that you need to look and feel your best at work.

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Meet Thomas C. Vail, PhD, Retired Army Chaplain

by Argosy University 9 April 2014

Thomas VailCurrently an Assistant Professor in the Pastoral Community Counseling doctoral program, Dr. Vail has been teaching online for over 12 years. However, his professional and academic journey that led him to Argosy University began long before.

His career in education started with a brief, two-year foray as a physical education teacher and coach before he joined the ministry in 1980. Soon thereafter, he enrolled in Harding University to pursue a Master of Theology in Marriage and Family Therapy, which he completed in 1984. Following graduation, he became an active duty member of the US Army.

An Illustrious Military Career

For 29 years, Dr. Vail provided pastoral counseling and religious leadership in the US Army, working at virtually all levels of the military—including tactical, operational and strategic. Much of his career was in Army medicine, serving in several hospitals as a pastoral care specialist, senior pastoral clinician and medical ethicist. He also chaired ethical committees, participated on an Institutional Review Board, and trained military chaplains as trauma and crisis ministry experts.

His titles over the years, to name just a few, included battalion chaplain, hospital chaplain, deputy chaplain at Brooke Army Medical Center, Director of the Department of Pastoral Ministry Training, and combat command chaplain for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the US Northern Command.

His service took him around the United States and the world. In 1998, he created the 1st Spiritual Health Clinic in the US Army while in Wurzburg, Germany. Among other travels, he deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo with a combat support hospital in support of peacekeeping operations and to Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom with combat units supporting combat operations.

Finishing Strong

In his final assignment before retiring in 2011, Dr. Vail worked closely with the Department of Defense and faith-based community organizations to facilitate the delivery of services to disaster areas, helping faith-based organizations gain a recognized voice and place in the National Incident Command System.

While in the Army, Dr. Vail also completed a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Saybrook University. For his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal.

Just prior to his military retirement, Dr. Vail authored “Religious Engagement and Diplomacy: Training the 21st Century U.S. Military Chaplaincy,” published in the Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin and drawing heavily on his vast experience. 

Life Post-Military

Today, his interests include research methodology, promoting spiritual health, and understanding the evolution of human consciousness. A member of the American Psychological Association, he is also actively exploring the effects of moral injury and gratitude with veterans returning from combat deployments.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Vail spends his time volunteering as a pastoral counselor for a local church, developing and conducting research, occasionally writing curriculum, and simply enjoying his three wonderful grandchildren: Aubrey, Noah and Mason.