Language & Media


Hodges University ESL Program
Two men share their journey of coming to the United States and their pursuit of learning the English language Imagine making the decision to leave your family and friends, as well as the comforts and familiarities of home and move to another country. While it is a daunting thought, the […]

In Search of Opportunity


Frank with ESL students
Imagine you are on a boat in the middle of the ocean with only a handful of people. This is not a leisurely fishing trip or time spent cruising the waters on a nice day. It’s night and everyone on the boat is hoping to reach their destination safely and […]

Building Confidence in the Midst of Struggle


Image of a public speaker.
By Jama Thurman, career services manager at Hodges University In a 2016 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 70 percent of employers reported they are seeking candidates with strong written and verbal communication skills. The only attributes ranking higher than communication are leadership and the ability […]

Professional Communication Skills and Why They Matter



Tom Pear at the finish line of a triathlon.
A journalist, professor, athlete and part-time panther, Thomas Pear, who is an assistant professor of digital media and communication at Hodges University, wears many hats. He also has a keen ability to encourage and inspire students, not only as a professor, but also as a mentor. Long before he decided […]

A Man of Many Talents


Arthur Boyer
At 6 years old, Dr. Arthur Boyer remembers his father stating, “you are going to be educated.” Growing up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, education was an invaluable tool, and for Boyer, his father took education very seriously. Dedicated and studious, Boyer’s passion for French literature did not go unnoticed by his […]

A Two-Week American Journey Turns Into 25 Years


Three Tips to Increase English Skills While in College
By Leisha Cali, director of the English as a Second Language program If English is not your first language and you are pursuing a college degree in a country or at a university where English is used, you know that increasing your understanding and use of academic English will determine […]

Three Tips to Increase English Skills While in College



Professor Wesley Boozer
He stands before his audience who is ready and waiting. He has prepared himself and promises to provide a memorable and intriguing experience in hopes that they will appreciate and learn from his words. Only at the end of his performance will he learn of their receptiveness. Whether it is […]

The Classroom is his Stage