Colleges share news, happenings, goals

Mount Mary University: Creativity is a part of who we are at Mount Mary University. A big part. At Mount Mary, you can choose from more than 30 undergraduate programs and eight graduate programs. Mount Mary’s focus on teaching students to think creatively enhances your leadership ability and creates greater success in the workplace. When you graduate, you’ll have the confidence and open mind to imagine and experiment with innovative ideas that push your organizations – and yourself—to the top of your field.

We’d love to meet with you on campus in Milwaukee. Walk through Notre Dame Hall, eat in the Alumnae Dining Room and talk with current students about the exciting things they do every day on campus and off. During your visit, you’ll also be able to meet with an admission counselor, take a campus tour and discuss the many scholarships we have to offer.

Schedule your visit online at mtmary.edu/visit or call 414-256-1219. Get a sneak preview of your upcoming visit with our virtual campus tour at mtmary.edu/tour

Lawrence Technological University: Possible is everything. Lawrence Technological University is a 4,500-student private university providing students a high-quality education that pays off. According to a recent PayScale.com survey, the earning power of a Lawrence Tech bachelor’s degree ranks in the top 7 percent of all U.S. universities.

Located in Southfield, Mich., Lawrence Tech offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs – many available online – in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Students can earn degrees and certificates in such emerging fields as robotics, alternative energy, entrepreneurism and the life sciences.

Students use advanced facilities, including LTU’s Center for Innovative Materials Research; architectural studios; a structural testing center; labs for alternative energy, robotics, and biomedical research; and much more on the modern 102-acre campus.

More than 60 student clubs and organizations sponsor activities at Lawrence Tech. Students enjoy a dynamic athletic program, with NAIA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, lacrosse, bowling, and cross country, as well as women’s volleyball, men’s ACHA ice hockey and intramural leagues and club sports.

Hands-on experience in competitions, internships, applied research, and more provides students with the skills they need to succeed. To explore your possibilities, contact 800-225-5588, admissions@ltu.edu, or apply free now at www.ltu.edu/applyfree.

University of Illinois-Chicago: The University of Illinois at Chicago invites prospective students and their families to attend the UIC Open House on Saturday, Oct. 5. At this drop-in event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about UIC’s undergraduate majors and programs, explore student life and housing, discover ground-breaking research from renowned faculty experts, and tour the vibrant and diverse UIC campus located in the heart of one of the world’s great cities. UIC Open House information, directions, and registration are available at www.admissions.uic.edu/openhouse2013. Please register today and join us at the UIC Open House on Oct. 5.

Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy: Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy is one of the industry’s most well-known and respected digital media arts colleges—providing intensive, hands-on, apprenticeship-style degree programs that propel graduates into “the business” in a way few other institutions can.

Part college, part industry apprenticeship, the school offers a progressive training model through which students begin using industry-standard equipment and software and working on real-world client projects during their very first semester. They graduate in as little as 15 months with robust resumes and the insider industry know-how they need to step seamlessly into their careers.

Tribeca Flashpoint Academy offers degrees in: film and broadcast; recording arts; game and interactive media; design and visual communications; and animation and special effects.

Students who apply by the Nov. 1 Early Acceptance deadline and are accepted to TFA will have the opportunity to participate in a range of exclusive events and hands-on workshops during the months leading up to their enrollment. Visit www.tfa.edu

to request information, schedule a tour, or apply now.

Saint Louis University: Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the university fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 14,000 students on campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain.

Ranked among the top Jesuit universities in the country, SLU has been lauded as a character-building college, recognized as a major research institution and is considered one of the nation’s best values in higher education.

Located in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant metropolitan areas, the university has invested nearly a $1 billion in campus improvements and expansions during the past quarter century, including an $82 million state-of-the-art research facility and an $81 million on-campus arena, which SLU’s nationally ranked men’s basketball team calls home.

Saint Louis University offers nearly 100 leading undergraduate programs — many of which continue to the master’s and doctoral levels. But SLU students don’t just pursue degrees; they major in impact. Each year students give nearly a million hours of service to the community.

Inspired by the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person — mind, body and spirit — a SLU education produces graduates who are not only poised for success, but also prepared to make the world a better place.

Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.

South Suburban College: More than 100 years ago, community colleges were created as publicly funded institutions of higher education at community based facilities. They began a policy of welcoming all who wished to learn, regardless of wealth or previous academic experience.

Today, there are more than 1,100 community colleges in the United States, most of which share common goals of quality, convenience and affordability with a commitment to lifelong learning. Community colleges allow students to positively impact their lives with nearby locations, smaller class sizes, flexible class schedules and affordable tuition.

Established in 1927, South Suburban College (SSC) is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college with locations in South Holland and Oak Forest. SSC offers over 50 career education and transfer programs awarding Associate Degrees, professional certifications and transferable credits. SSC also has numerous community outreach programs including Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), Continuing Education and a Business & Career Institute.

SSC’s tuition rate is considerably lower than public or private universities. Full-time students can attend for around $4,000 a year while saving thousands of dollars in additional room and board expenses. For more information, to schedule a tour, or to get your college education started, please visit www.ssc.edu or contact the SSC Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718.

Eastern Illinois University: At Eastern Illinois University, students are more than faces in the crowd. Here, students belong to a vital university community.

The university maintains a 15:1 student to faculty member ratio, so students can be sure they will get the attention and hands-on experience they deserve. What’s more, Eastern offers 46 different undergraduate majors with an average class size of just 18 students -- classes taught by experienced faculty members, each of whom is passionate about his or her field.

Eastern Illinois University blends the best of one-on-one learning experience with facilities and opportunities students might expect at a much larger institution. Eastern takes pride in having some of the very best programs -- rigorous enough to challenge the best students, but with great support and encouragement to help ensure success.

College students from the region won’t find a better value. Eastern’s tuition rates are low and they’re available to both residents of Illinois and residents of neighboring states. The university’s textbook rental service is a great addition -- which saves the average student nearly $1,000 a year.

The university has a variety of financial aid opportunities including merit scholarships for strong academic performers. Prospective students can even check out a personalized merit scholarship instantly with an online calculator.

The beautiful 320-acre campus is home to a vibrant student life with more than 230 registered student organizations, 30 fraternities and sororities and 21 NCAA Division 1 intercollegiate sports.

W. Virginia University College of Creative Arts: Creative development in art, music, theatre and dance is the focus of the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University. A distinguished faculty of studio and performing artists and academicians bring a commitment to the creative process of artistic growth, which is shared with each student. Here, in a rich environment of art exhibits, concerts, and plays, students are offered the knowledge, skills, and inspiration necessary for professional success.

The Creative Arts Center is home to the WVU College of Creative Arts. It is a modern, well-equipped facility devoted to creative development through instruction, performance and exhibition in Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance. The center features a 1,400-seat concert theatre, and three smaller theaters. For technical support and training, there is a full range of shops.

The Creative Arts Center also boasts large ceramics, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, photographic and computer studios for instruction in the visual arts. The Mesaros Art Galleries provide exhibition space and the new Art Museum of WVU is currently being constructed.

College of Creative Arts alumni have successful careers as professional artists, teachers, or arts administrators, working in studios, theater companies, film, television, publishing and graphic arts companies, design studios, colleges and universities, and more. All of our programs are nationally accredited.

For more information about the College of Creative Arts, please contact:

Amy.LaSota@mail.wvu.edu

Governors State University: Governors State University will host its first annual Graduate & Professional Fair, on Oct. 14. The southland community is invited to GSU’s campus to meet more than 30 university representatives from across the nation. This will introduce prospective and current graduate students to a range of masters and doctoral programs offered at GSU as well as programs at peer institutions from across the country. We invite current college students, families, adults, and more to join us to meet and share information with colleagues and partners interested in pursuing an advanced degree. The GSU fair is an excellent opportunity to meet with students and alumni from many different schools and degree programs. For more information, call Stephanie Schafer at 708-518-7648 or e-mail: sschaefer@govst.edu. The fair will be from 3 to 7 p.m., in the Hall of Governors at Governors State University. To RSVP for this free event click: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8251477391/eivtefrnd.

Purdue University Calumet: Purdue University Calumet in nearby Hammond, Ind., offers the opportunity to earn an internationally respected Purdue degree at an excellent value. Purdue Calumet is a great place to make the most of your academic talents, offering 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Purdue Calumet is a nationally recognized leader in Experiential Learning, giving you hands-on experiences to apply what you learn. As an undergraduate, you will have many opportunities to challenge yourself with research; gain practical work experience through internships, cooperative education and design projects; and build your portfolio.

Our faculty members are respected worldwide in such fields as steel manufacturing technologies, high energy physics, water quality and international media, and offer the highest level of personal attention to students.

Purdue Calumet students enjoy a vibrant campus with more than 80 academic and social organizations; fun and engaging entertainment; a fitness and recreation center; a thriving 12-sport intercollegiate athletics program; a full schedule of intramural activities; and more. The neighborhood campus is located minutes from Chicago and the scenic Indiana Dunes-Lake Michigan shoreline. The University Village provides apartment style housing.

See how Purdue University Calumet fits into your plans for success. To learn more, call 1-800-HI-PURDUE or visit www.purduecal.edu/admissions. If you would like to visit the campus, schedule a tour at www.purduecal.edu/visit.

University of Missouri–St. Louis: Three years ago, the University of Missouri–St. Louis began using its trademarked positioning statement: “Serious education. Serious value.” That statement has resonated well with prospective students and its validity has received another national endorsement.

UMSL made Washington Monthly magazine’s 2013 exclusive list of “Best Bang for Your Buck” colleges and universities. Only 349 colleges and universities rated “Best Bang for Your Buck” status out of 1,572 schools in the magazine’s broader rankings. UMSL ranked 56 among national universities and was one of only three Missouri universities to make the list.

The magazine said the list addresses the question most students should be asking: What colleges will charge people like me the least and give me the highest chance of graduating with a degree that means something in the marketplace?

“Washington Monthly confirms what we’ve learned through our alumni surveys and marketing research,” said Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Ron Gossen. “UMSL prepares students well for their chosen careers at a reasonable and manageable cost. UMSL graduates are work-ready.”

Founded in 1963, UMSL today is composed of nearly 17,000 students, 1,500 faculty, 1,200 staff and 86,000 alumni. Several programs have attained national recognition for their quality, including: biology, criminology, education, information systems, international business, nursing, optometry, psychology, public policy and tropical ecology.

Kendall College: Chicago is a world-class city that’s home to 33 Fortune 500 companies, nearly 7,500 restaurants, more than 200 theaters and 700 hotels. Nearly 40 million people visit Chicago annually.

It’s no wonder that Kendall College in Chicago is the perfect place to earn a degree in business, culinary arts or hospitality management.

Chicago’s leading hotels rank Kendall College the number one Chicago program for preparing students for hospitality management careers. And Kendall’s Culinary Arts program has also been rated number one by Chicago MICHELIN Guide Restaurants for preparing students for careers in the exciting field of culinary arts.

Kendall understands the needs of students who may be balancing work or family commitments. Advisers work with each student to develop a plan that fits their schedule. Business students can choose to take classes entirely online, or choose on a class-by-class basis.

Kendall College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Kendall College offers bachelor’s degree programs in business, culinary arts, education and hospitality management. The College will be hosting its next campus open house on Saturday, Nov. 9. To learn more or to reserve a space, visit kendall.edu or call 888-905-3632.

DeVry University: Good is not enough for many employers today. J.T. O’Donnell, career strategist and author of “CAREEREALISM: The Smart Approach to a Satisfying Career,” suggests that candidates need to learn how to G.L.O.W. in order to close the employer-candidate disconnect and shine in the job market. Here’s how to G.L.O.W.:

G – Gain Perspective: Assess your situation. “No two people are alike,” says O’Donnell. “You have to figure out what’s important in your life and career. Evaluating your values, preferences and interests will provide you a customized plan and increase your ability to achieve success.”

L – Luminate your Goal: To “light up” your career goal, break down your preferred position into a list of “must haves,” “nice to haves,” and “don’t wants.” Let these criteria act as a compass to guide you toward your destination.

O – Own your Actions: Be ready to put forth the effort to make change happen. “Some requirements will seem more daunting than others, like going back to school for the right education and career-oriented skills set,” says O’Donnell. “However, there are excellent options like DeVry University, which provides flexible onsite and online scheduling so you can maintain current responsibilities while pursuing your dream career.”

W – Work it Daily: Take steps every day to get closer to your goals. Display your goal and ask yourself at least five times a day, “Is what I’m doing right now helping me achieve my goals?”

For more information about flexible education options, visit DeVry.edu. To learn more about the G.L.O.W. Method, visit Careerealism.com.

University of Wisconsin System: The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country, serving approximately 181,000 students each year and employing more than 39,000 faculty and staff statewide.

The UW System is made up of 13 four-year universities, 13 freshman-sophomore UW Colleges campuses, and statewide UW-Extension. Together, these institutions are a tremendous academic, cultural, and economic resource for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world. View the system at www.wisconsin.edu/about/UofWSystem_CherboPublishingGroup.pdf

Southeast Missouri State University: Founded in 1873, Southeast Missouri State University has a proud history of excellence in education. First founded as a teacher’s college, the institution has grown into a comprehensive University with more than 150 academic programs in five colleges. With more than 150 social and special interest organizations, NCAA Division 1 Athletics, 10 national fraternities and eight national sororities, you are sure to find ways to spend your free time in Cape Girardeau.

Robert Morris University: Robert Morris University is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-location institution offering associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs that focus on integrating theory and applications. Robert Morris University prepares students to be practitioners in their chosen fields, socially responsible to their communities, and a foundation for their families. The university has a total of 10 campus locations in the Chicago area.

Southern Illinois University: From its humble beginnings as the state’s second teachers college - founded in 1869 with a dozen academic departments and an inaugural class of 143 - Southern Illinois University Carbondale now ranks among Illinois’ most comprehensive public universities. Each year, we welcome students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries who take advantage of outstanding academic programs as they pursue associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in law and medicine.

Bradley University: Founded by Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in the liberal and fine arts, the sciences, business administration, communications, education, engineering, technology and the health sciences. A residential campus of 5,700 students, Bradley is known for its excellent teaching and commitment to student success. Bradley University links academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development with an entrepreneurial spirit for a world-class education.

Barry University: Named one of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes magazine, Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., offers exciting learning opportunities and so much more. You work with professors who not only know your name, but will also help you explore your field of interest, whether it’s pre-med, business, communication, or any of the more than 75 majors and specializations on campus. You live on a 122-acre main campus just minutes from world-famous beaches and the city of Miami. You learn in small classes. You gain hands-on experience, no matter what your major, and prepare to compete in the global economy. You make a tangible difference in the local community. You apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to a rapidly changing world.

When you’re not in class, you hang out by the pool. You live in one of 10 residence halls on campus. You make lifelong friendships with students from around the world. You express yourself and develop valuable leadership skills – after all, there are more than 60 student organizations on campus. You also cheer on – or compete on – Barry’s title-winning teams. Barry is a member of the NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference. The Buccaneers have won 11 NCAA national championships.

With all that is has to offer, Barry University strives to provide the resources you need to reduce your costs. The university offers a scholarship program and participates in a full array of federal and state financial aid programs.

Ready to live a Barry life? Visit www.barry.edu/chicago.

Concordia University: As a distinctive, comprehensive university of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and based in the liberal arts, Concordia University Chicago equips men and women to serve and lead with integrity, creativity, competence and compassion in a diverse, interconnected and increasingly urbanized church and world. Concordia University Chicago is the university of choice for those seeking a Christian institution in the Midwest that provides a broad, liberal arts based undergraduate education, as well as graduate and professional programs in areas of demonstrated competence, which serve a particular need of society and advance the mission of the Church.

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a public comprehensive university dedicated to the communication, expansion and integration of knowledge through excellent undergraduate education as its first priority and complementary excellent graduate and professional academic programs; through the scholarly, creative and research activity of its faculty, staff and students; and through public service and cultural and arts programming in its region. It is located about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis.

Indiana State University: Indiana State University combines a tradition of strong undergraduate and graduate education with a focus on community and public service. We integrate teaching, research, and creative activity in an engaging, challenging, and supportive learning environment to prepare productive citizens for Indiana and the world. Inspired by a shared commitment to improving our communities, Indiana State University will be known nationally for academic, cultural, and research opportunities designed to ensure the success of its people and their work. The university is located in Terre Haute.

Leeds College of Music: Leeds College of Music is a leading British conservatory, offering students an intensive education experience tailored to individual needs, talents and aspirations. In parallel with the music industry today, we encourage the integration of different disciplines, genres and styles to create amazing, groundbreaking work.

The college is renowned for combining rigor and focus with a personal approach. It is a member of both Conservatoires UK and the Association Européenne des Conservatoires. As an Apple Authorized Training Center and the only English conservatoire to hold the coveted All-Steinway School status, we demonstrate a commitment to excellence by providing our students with the best equipment possible for the study of music.

Our students perform nationally at venues such as London’s Jazz Café, 606 Club and Steinway Hall, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Our recent alumni include Chantel McGregor, who has won Guitarist and Vocalist of the Year at the British Blues Awards; Dan McDougall, who signed a publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis; and Benji Boko, who performed at the launch of Robin Thicke’s new album in New York as well as at the opening of the Toronto Film Festival. Other alumni include Rusko who is currently touring the United States; John Newman whose debut single Love me again reached the top 10 in nine countries and No. 1 in the U.K. charts; and Aamir Yaqub who has worked with big names such as Rihanna, Alicia Keys and will.i.am.

Indiana University Northwest: It was a root canal gone awry that served as the catalyst for Chris Sicinski of Munster to launch a collection drive for dental supplies. Early next year, the senior chemistry and pre-dental student at Indiana University Northwest plans to distribute the supplies, along with some oral health education, to those in need in Northwest Indiana.

If a pre-dental student with good oral health habits could suffer what he did, Sicinski thought, what about those without adequate access to care and supplies?

“Seventy-five percent of Americans suffer from some sort of oral health issue and that is because many of them can’t afford the supplies or afford going to a dentist,” Sicinski said. “I’ve grown from my health experience and I care a lot about the patient. The first thing I can do is help underprivileged communities.

“My mission,” said Sicinski, “is to collect toothbrushes and toothpaste, dental floss, mouth wash, dental plaque tablets and other dental supplies for children and families in need, and to distribute them through local schools and clinics that serve the underprivileged. Children and families will be instructed and shown how to effectively use these supplies.”

Friends, family, neighbors, fellow students and faculty have all rallied to help. Still, more donations are needed, Sicinski said, in order to meet his goals.

Sicinski will continue to collect supplies until Dec. 20. Supporters may send supplies to: Indiana University Northwest, c/o Ernest Talarico, Jr., Ph.D., Dunes Medical/Education Building, Room 3028A, 3400 Broadway, Ind. 46408. For more information, call 219-981-4356.

Robert Morris University: Through its College of Adult Continuing Studies, Robert Morris offers a practical option to working adults seeking to begin or complete a degree.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in July 2013 that the unemployment rate for people 25 to 34 has declined to 7.6 percent. Most importantly, the unemployment rate for those with a bachelor’s degree is much less (4.5 percent) than the overall rate and even less for those with a master’s degree (3.5 percent).

With 10 different colleges offering 17 fields of study, the university’s extensive list of accelerated degree programs include traditional business, paralegal, law enforcement management, networking, accounting & culinary. A dual-degree partnership with John Marshall Law School offers students the ability to earn both a Bachelor’s Degree/JD Degree.

RMU’s accelerated, career focused degree programs prepare students for the most demanding careers in fast growing fields. RMU’s supportive faculty members provide individual attention from the first day of class until graduation. Ninety eight percent of RMU specialized faculty have worked outside academia in their fields.

“Adults may be looking at their careers and thinking, ‘There must be something more, but do I have time?’ You absolutely do!” explained Provost Mablene Krueger. “I look at it as a new but unwritten chapter in anyone’s life who is ready for change and is now ready to say yes to a college degree.”

For information call 888-298-6202 or visit www.robertmorris.edu/adult