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U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer Recognized by America’s Independent Colleges and Universities

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer Recognized by America’s Independent Colleges...

November 22, 2019

 
  Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)(second from the right) accepts a frames replica of his Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC) Member Spotlight from NAICU President Barbara K. Mistick, D.M.; Independent Colleges of Washington President Terri Standish-Kuon, Ph.D.; and University of Puget Sound President Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D.  Rep. Kilmer servers as co-chair of the CICC.
 
U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), a co-chair of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), was recognized for his leadership and support of independent colleges and universities by Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

“As an independent college alumnus, Rep. Kilmer has a firsthand appreciation for the critical role independent colleges and universities play in their communities,” Mistick said. “He is committed to ensuring students and families from all economic backgrounds have access to the financial aid necessary to make college choice possible for students to achieve their dreams of a college degree.”
 
Rep. Kilmer, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2013, was presented with a framed replica of his CICC Member Spotlight by Mistick during a reception for private higher education leaders in Washington, DC. Rep. Kilmer is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.  Outside of his work in Congress, Rep. Kilmer serves on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University (NJ) and previously served as trustee for Tacoma Community College (WA).
 
His congressional district encompasses the Olympic Peninsula, most of the Kitsap Peninsula, and most of the city of Tacoma.  The district also includes three independent colleges: Faith International University, Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building, and the University of Puget Sound.
 
“Education is the great equalizer,” Rep. Kilmer said. “It gives young people a chance to succeed in life regardless of the circumstances of their birth. As the son of two retired public-school teachers, I’ve seen the transformational power of the important work done by our educators and by educational institutions. Attending a private, nonprofit college helped me get to where I am today. I want to continue to support these institutions, so I was excited by the opportunity to serve as CICC co-chair.”
 
His educational experiences at Princeton have had a profound impact on Rep. Kilmer’s life.
 
“The trajectory of my life changed substantially because of my college experience,” he said.  “I grew up in a small timber town in Washington State.  At Princeton, I got to meet classmates from all over the world who have become friends for life. I got to learn from professors who were at the top of their field. Perhaps most importantly, my college experience helped instill the notion of service in my life and reinforced my desire to come back home to make a difference in the community in which I grew up.”
 
Rep. Kilmer discussed the important role of private colleges in Washington and his district.
 
“Importantly, the colleges in my state are offering top-notch educational opportunities to their students, supporting my state’s effort to educate more people to higher levels,” he said.  “Beyond that, though, our region’s private, nonprofit colleges have an explicit and consistent dedication to community engagement and collaboration. I am proud of the legacy of service of these amazing institutions.”
 
University of Puget Sound President Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D. praised Rep. Kilmer’s understanding of and appreciation for role independent higher education can play in addressing economic inequality.
 
“Rep. Derek Kilmer is, perhaps, among the rarest of birds in Congress these days because he both appreciates and understands American higher education” Crawford said. “He appreciates the complex challenges that confront education, along with the economic and social value it provides to our communities. Most important, Derek understands how higher education is transformative and our best course to address systemic poverty and inequality, not only for our students but for their children and for generations to come.”
 
Pacific Lutheran University President Allan Belton cited Rep. Kilmer for his bipartisan leadership on economic, civil rights and college access issues.
 
“Congressman Derek Kilmer’s commitment to bipartisanship and economic development make him a strong representative for our state. Kilmer is a visible leader within our community” said Belton.  “He shows up for essential conversations about job creation, civil rights and access to a quality education, as well as building a sense of full community with all during times of collective tragedy and celebration.”
 
Independent Colleges of Washington President Terri Standish-Kuon, Ph.D. praised Rep. Kilmer for working to ensure students have the ability to choose the college that best meets their needs.
 
“We are proud that Rep. Kilmer is leading the CICC,” Standish-Kuon said.  “He is quick to talk about the role that independent higher education played in his own life and is a steadfast champion of students having the chance to enroll at the college or university that best fits their educational aspirations.  We applaud his commitment to promoting a diversity of options in higher education and we greatly appreciate his support!”
 
The Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), launched in February 2017, offers Members of Congress an opportunity to both celebrate and advance the diversity of the nation's independent colleges and universities, and learn about the challenges and issues these institutions face.  The Caucus, led by co-chairs Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), has grown to 79 members.
 
 
  Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)(second from the right) accepts a frames replica of his Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC) Member Spotlight from NAICU President Barbara K. Mistick, D.M.; Independent Colleges of Washington President Terri Standish-Kuon, Ph.D.; and University of Puget Sound President Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D.  Rep. Kilmer servers as co-chair of the CICC.
 
U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), a co-chair of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), was recognized for his leadership and support of independent colleges and universities by Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

“As an independent college alumnus, Rep. Kilmer has a firsthand appreciation for the critical role independent colleges and universities play in their communities,” Mistick said. “He is committed to ensuring students and families from all economic backgrounds have access to the financial aid necessary to make college choice possible for students to achieve their dreams of a college degree.”
 
Rep. Kilmer, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2013, was presented with a framed replica of his CICC Member Spotlight by Mistick during a reception for private higher education leaders in Washington, DC. Rep. Kilmer is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.  Outside of his work in Congress, Rep. Kilmer serves on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University (NJ) and previously served as trustee for Tacoma Community College (WA).
 
His congressional district encompasses the Olympic Peninsula, most of the Kitsap Peninsula, and most of the city of Tacoma.  The district also includes three independent colleges: Faith International University, Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building, and the University of Puget Sound.
 
“Education is the great equalizer,” Rep. Kilmer said. “It gives young people a chance to succeed in life regardless of the circumstances of their birth. As the son of two retired public-school teachers, I’ve seen the transformational power of the important work done by our educators and by educational institutions. Attending a private, nonprofit college helped me get to where I am today. I want to continue to support these institutions, so I was excited by the opportunity to serve as CICC co-chair.”
 
His educational experiences at Princeton have had a profound impact on Rep. Kilmer’s life.
 
“The trajectory of my life changed substantially because of my college experience,” he said.  “I grew up in a small timber town in Washington State.  At Princeton, I got to meet classmates from all over the world who have become friends for life. I got to learn from professors who were at the top of their field. Perhaps most importantly, my college experience helped instill the notion of service in my life and reinforced my desire to come back home to make a difference in the community in which I grew up.”
 
Rep. Kilmer discussed the important role of private colleges in Washington and his district.
 
“Importantly, the colleges in my state are offering top-notch educational opportunities to their students, supporting my state’s effort to educate more people to higher levels,” he said.  “Beyond that, though, our region’s private, nonprofit colleges have an explicit and consistent dedication to community engagement and collaboration. I am proud of the legacy of service of these amazing institutions.”
 
University of Puget Sound President Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D. praised Rep. Kilmer’s understanding of and appreciation for role independent higher education can play in addressing economic inequality.
 
“Rep. Derek Kilmer is, perhaps, among the rarest of birds in Congress these days because he both appreciates and understands American higher education” Crawford said. “He appreciates the complex challenges that confront education, along with the economic and social value it provides to our communities. Most important, Derek understands how higher education is transformative and our best course to address systemic poverty and inequality, not only for our students but for their children and for generations to come.”
 
Pacific Lutheran University President Allan Belton cited Rep. Kilmer for his bipartisan leadership on economic, civil rights and college access issues.
 
“Congressman Derek Kilmer’s commitment to bipartisanship and economic development make him a strong representative for our state. Kilmer is a visible leader within our community” said Belton.  “He shows up for essential conversations about job creation, civil rights and access to a quality education, as well as building a sense of full community with all during times of collective tragedy and celebration.”
 
Independent Colleges of Washington President Terri Standish-Kuon, Ph.D. praised Rep. Kilmer for working to ensure students have the ability to choose the college that best meets their needs.
 
“We are proud that Rep. Kilmer is leading the CICC,” Standish-Kuon said.  “He is quick to talk about the role that independent higher education played in his own life and is a steadfast champion of students having the chance to enroll at the college or university that best fits their educational aspirations.  We applaud his commitment to promoting a diversity of options in higher education and we greatly appreciate his support!”
 
The Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), launched in February 2017, offers Members of Congress an opportunity to both celebrate and advance the diversity of the nation's independent colleges and universities, and learn about the challenges and issues these institutions face.  The Caucus, led by co-chairs Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), has grown to 79 members.
 

November 22, 2019

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U.S. Rep. Martha Roby Recognized by America’s Independent Colleges and Universities

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby Recognized by America’s Independent Colleges ...

November 22, 2019

  Roby Presentation
  Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), left, accepts a frames replica of her Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC) Member Spotlight from Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of NAICU and Jo Allen, chair of the NAICU Board of Directors and  president of Meredith College (NC).  Rep. Roby is co-chair of the CICC.
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL), a co-chair of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), has been recognized for her leadership and support of independent colleges and universities by Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
 
“As an independent college alumna, Rep. Roby has been a staunch advocate for the critical role independent colleges and universities play in their states and communities,” Mistick said. “She is committed to ensuring students and families from all economic backgrounds have access to the financial aid necessary to make college choice possible for students to achieve their dreams of a college degree.”
 
Rep. Roby, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011, was presented with a framed replica of her CICC Member Spotlight by Mistick during a reception for private higher education leaders in Washington, DC. Rep. Roby is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on the Judiciary.  She recently announced plans to retire at the end of her term in 2020.
 
Her district covers the southeast quarter of the state, including 15 counties and the thriving cities of Montgomery and Dothan.  The district also includes three independent colleges and universities: Amridge University, Faulkner University, and Huntingdon College.
 
“Alabama’s impressive network of 14 private, nonprofit educational institutions, currently serving more than 24,000 students, work diligently to stay on the cutting-edge of development and innovation,” Rep. Roby said.  “In Congress, I have made it a priority to advocate for these institutions to ensure they have the support necessary to continue their important work educating Alabamians from all walks of life. I believe serving as co-chair of the CICC puts me in strong position to continue fighting for these private, nonprofit colleges and universities.”
 
“As a graduate of New York University, I can attest to the valuable experience private educational institutions provide to students from around the world,” she said. “We must continue to ensure that students from all backgrounds have access to these opportunities.”
 
Huntingdon College President Cam West praised Rep. Roby as a role model for young people.
 
“Martha Roby is a regular presence on the Huntingdon campus and a joyful role model to our students,” West said.  “She listens hard and cares deeply about doing the right thing for her district.”
 
Alabama Independent Colleges and Universities President Paul Hankins called Rep. Roby an advocate for independent colleges and universities.
 
“Rep. Roby’s office is always open to us—both in Washington and back at home in Alabama,” Hankins said.  “Despite her busy schedule, she always asks for feedback and listens closely to what we say.”
 
Rep. Roby pledged to continue to serve as a resource for the independent college sector.
 
“In Congress, I have always advocated for proper support for private, nonprofit educational institutions that offer such immense opportunity to students across the country,” Rep. Roby said. “My door is always open for them, and my office will continue to serve as a resource as we celebrate their many contributions to communities in every corner of the country.”
 
The Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), launched in February 2017, offers Members of Congress an opportunity to both celebrate and advance the diversity of the nation's independent colleges and universities, and learn about the challenges and issues these institutions face.  The Caucus, led by co-chairs Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), has grown to 79 members.
 
  Roby Presentation
  Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), left, accepts a frames replica of her Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC) Member Spotlight from Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of NAICU and Jo Allen, chair of the NAICU Board of Directors and  president of Meredith College (NC).  Rep. Roby is co-chair of the CICC.
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL), a co-chair of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), has been recognized for her leadership and support of independent colleges and universities by Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
 
“As an independent college alumna, Rep. Roby has been a staunch advocate for the critical role independent colleges and universities play in their states and communities,” Mistick said. “She is committed to ensuring students and families from all economic backgrounds have access to the financial aid necessary to make college choice possible for students to achieve their dreams of a college degree.”
 
Rep. Roby, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011, was presented with a framed replica of her CICC Member Spotlight by Mistick during a reception for private higher education leaders in Washington, DC. Rep. Roby is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on the Judiciary.  She recently announced plans to retire at the end of her term in 2020.
 
Her district covers the southeast quarter of the state, including 15 counties and the thriving cities of Montgomery and Dothan.  The district also includes three independent colleges and universities: Amridge University, Faulkner University, and Huntingdon College.
 
“Alabama’s impressive network of 14 private, nonprofit educational institutions, currently serving more than 24,000 students, work diligently to stay on the cutting-edge of development and innovation,” Rep. Roby said.  “In Congress, I have made it a priority to advocate for these institutions to ensure they have the support necessary to continue their important work educating Alabamians from all walks of life. I believe serving as co-chair of the CICC puts me in strong position to continue fighting for these private, nonprofit colleges and universities.”
 
“As a graduate of New York University, I can attest to the valuable experience private educational institutions provide to students from around the world,” she said. “We must continue to ensure that students from all backgrounds have access to these opportunities.”
 
Huntingdon College President Cam West praised Rep. Roby as a role model for young people.
 
“Martha Roby is a regular presence on the Huntingdon campus and a joyful role model to our students,” West said.  “She listens hard and cares deeply about doing the right thing for her district.”
 
Alabama Independent Colleges and Universities President Paul Hankins called Rep. Roby an advocate for independent colleges and universities.
 
“Rep. Roby’s office is always open to us—both in Washington and back at home in Alabama,” Hankins said.  “Despite her busy schedule, she always asks for feedback and listens closely to what we say.”
 
Rep. Roby pledged to continue to serve as a resource for the independent college sector.
 
“In Congress, I have always advocated for proper support for private, nonprofit educational institutions that offer such immense opportunity to students across the country,” Rep. Roby said. “My door is always open for them, and my office will continue to serve as a resource as we celebrate their many contributions to communities in every corner of the country.”
 
The Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), launched in February 2017, offers Members of Congress an opportunity to both celebrate and advance the diversity of the nation's independent colleges and universities, and learn about the challenges and issues these institutions face.  The Caucus, led by co-chairs Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), has grown to 79 members.
 

November 22, 2019

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U.S. Rep. Jim Banks Recognized by America’s Independent Colleges and Universities

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks Recognized by America’s Independent Colleges a...

November 20, 2019

 
  Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) accepts a framed copy of his Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus Member Spotlight from Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).
U.S. Representative Jim Banks (R-IN), a member of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), was recognized today for his leadership and support of independent colleges and universities by Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
 
“As an independent college alumnus and former state association board member, Rep. Banks understands the unique roles independent colleges and universities play in their communities,” Mistick said. “He is committed to ensuring students and families from all economic backgrounds have access to the financial aid necessary to make college choice possible for students to achieve their dreams of a college degree.”
 
Rep. Banks, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2017, was presented with a framed replica of his CICC Member Spotlight by Mistick during a meeting in his office on Capitol Hill. He is a member of the House Committees on Education and Labor, Veterans’ Affairs, and Armed Services.  
 
“Independent colleges make unique and significant contributions to their communities -- economically, intellectually, culturally and spiritually,” Rep. Banks said. “They greatly benefit our local economy and culture from their involvement in our community and the skills and temperament they impart to graduates. The many independent colleges in northeast Indiana provide quality accessible education to students from near and far, while employing hundreds of people and providing a plethora of cultural and entertainment opportunities.”
 
His district encompasses Fort Wayne, Angola, Auburn, Decatur, Huntington, New Haven, Portland, and Warsaw.  The district includes six independent colleges and universities: Concordia Theological Seminary, Grace College and Theological Seminary,
Huntingdon University, Indiana Institute of Technology, Trine University, and University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne. Indiana is home to 43 independent colleges and universities enrolling more than 100,000 students.
 
“Two major problems with education are affordability and the growing skills gap in the U.S.,” Rep. Banks said.  “Like many Americans, my family and I struggled with figuring out how to pay for my college. While I was fortunate to choose a career path that led to gainful employment, many are not as lucky.”
 
He added:  “Currently, 100,000 jobs in Indiana are unfilled because workers do not possess the requisite skills needed for those jobs. I recently introduced legislation that would increase flexibility in the Pell Grant program to help lower the costs of education in career fields most sought after by employers. This common-sense bill would help shrink the skills gap while providing valuable financial resources to students.”
 
Banks earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and an MBA degree online from Grace College while working in commercial construction and real estate, and serving in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
 
“The skills I learned at Grace helped me in each of those endeavors and continue to serve me in the halls of Congress,” Rep. Banks said. “My education also influenced my worldview and enhanced my faith.  For me, college is not just an educational journey but a spiritual one as well –- something that the many thousands of other independent college graduates understand as well.”
 
Grace College President William J. “Bill” Katip, Ph.D. praised Rep. Banks for his comprehension of the higher education environment.
 
“Rep. Banks seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities independent colleges face, and he works to offer meaningful solutions and ideas to them,” Katip said.  “He is also attuned to the
needs of businesses for a more skilled workforce and champions programs that make college as affordable as possible. I appreciate his willingness to ask questions, learn and engage on our issues. We are proud to have Rep. Banks as an alumnus of Grace College and our representative in Congress.”
 
Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., lauded Rep. Banks for his knowledge of the key issues facing independent higher education.
 
“Rep. Banks has been a loyal supportive friend to Northeast Indiana and higher education. He is always eager to understand our issues related to affordability, financial aid, Pell Grant support, addressing the skills gap, and the Higher Education Reauthorization Act…..he makes it a point to be well informed to represent our views.”
 
Huntington University (IN) President Sherilyn Emberton, Ed.D. cited Rep. Banks engagement with independent colleges and universities.
 
“Congressman Banks fully engages with the higher educational institutions serving his constituencies,” Emberton said. “While a state senator for Indiana, he served on the President’s Advisory Council for Excellence at Huntington University.  He also made time to be part of the Independent Colleges of Indiana Association as a legislative representative.”
 
David W. Wantz, Ed.D., president and CEO of Independent Colleges of Indiana, called Rep. Banks an advocate for independent colleges and universities.
 
“Independent Colleges of Indiana considers Jim Banks one of our own,” Wantz said.  “As an alum (MBA) of one of our colleges, former ICI Board member, and Indiana General Assembly representative, and now member of the U.S. Congress and House Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Banks has always been an advocate for and friend to our 30 private college and university members.”
 
The Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), launched in February 2017, offers Members of Congress an opportunity to both celebrate and advance the diversity of the nation's independent colleges and universities, and learn about the challenges and issues these institutions face.  The Caucus, led by co-chairs Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6), has grown to 78 members.
 
 
  Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) accepts a framed copy of his Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus Member Spotlight from Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).
U.S. Representative Jim Banks (R-IN), a member of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), was recognized today for his leadership and support of independent colleges and universities by Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
 
“As an independent college alumnus and former state association board member, Rep. Banks understands the unique roles independent colleges and universities play in their communities,” Mistick said. “He is committed to ensuring students and families from all economic backgrounds have access to the financial aid necessary to make college choice possible for students to achieve their dreams of a college degree.”
 
Rep. Banks, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2017, was presented with a framed replica of his CICC Member Spotlight by Mistick during a meeting in his office on Capitol Hill. He is a member of the House Committees on Education and Labor, Veterans’ Affairs, and Armed Services.  
 
“Independent colleges make unique and significant contributions to their communities -- economically, intellectually, culturally and spiritually,” Rep. Banks said. “They greatly benefit our local economy and culture from their involvement in our community and the skills and temperament they impart to graduates. The many independent colleges in northeast Indiana provide quality accessible education to students from near and far, while employing hundreds of people and providing a plethora of cultural and entertainment opportunities.”
 
His district encompasses Fort Wayne, Angola, Auburn, Decatur, Huntington, New Haven, Portland, and Warsaw.  The district includes six independent colleges and universities: Concordia Theological Seminary, Grace College and Theological Seminary,
Huntingdon University, Indiana Institute of Technology, Trine University, and University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne. Indiana is home to 43 independent colleges and universities enrolling more than 100,000 students.
 
“Two major problems with education are affordability and the growing skills gap in the U.S.,” Rep. Banks said.  “Like many Americans, my family and I struggled with figuring out how to pay for my college. While I was fortunate to choose a career path that led to gainful employment, many are not as lucky.”
 
He added:  “Currently, 100,000 jobs in Indiana are unfilled because workers do not possess the requisite skills needed for those jobs. I recently introduced legislation that would increase flexibility in the Pell Grant program to help lower the costs of education in career fields most sought after by employers. This common-sense bill would help shrink the skills gap while providing valuable financial resources to students.”
 
Banks earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and an MBA degree online from Grace College while working in commercial construction and real estate, and serving in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
 
“The skills I learned at Grace helped me in each of those endeavors and continue to serve me in the halls of Congress,” Rep. Banks said. “My education also influenced my worldview and enhanced my faith.  For me, college is not just an educational journey but a spiritual one as well –- something that the many thousands of other independent college graduates understand as well.”
 
Grace College President William J. “Bill” Katip, Ph.D. praised Rep. Banks for his comprehension of the higher education environment.
 
“Rep. Banks seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities independent colleges face, and he works to offer meaningful solutions and ideas to them,” Katip said.  “He is also attuned to the
needs of businesses for a more skilled workforce and champions programs that make college as affordable as possible. I appreciate his willingness to ask questions, learn and engage on our issues. We are proud to have Rep. Banks as an alumnus of Grace College and our representative in Congress.”
 
Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., lauded Rep. Banks for his knowledge of the key issues facing independent higher education.
 
“Rep. Banks has been a loyal supportive friend to Northeast Indiana and higher education. He is always eager to understand our issues related to affordability, financial aid, Pell Grant support, addressing the skills gap, and the Higher Education Reauthorization Act…..he makes it a point to be well informed to represent our views.”
 
Huntington University (IN) President Sherilyn Emberton, Ed.D. cited Rep. Banks engagement with independent colleges and universities.
 
“Congressman Banks fully engages with the higher educational institutions serving his constituencies,” Emberton said. “While a state senator for Indiana, he served on the President’s Advisory Council for Excellence at Huntington University.  He also made time to be part of the Independent Colleges of Indiana Association as a legislative representative.”
 
David W. Wantz, Ed.D., president and CEO of Independent Colleges of Indiana, called Rep. Banks an advocate for independent colleges and universities.
 
“Independent Colleges of Indiana considers Jim Banks one of our own,” Wantz said.  “As an alum (MBA) of one of our colleges, former ICI Board member, and Indiana General Assembly representative, and now member of the U.S. Congress and House Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Banks has always been an advocate for and friend to our 30 private college and university members.”
 
The Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), launched in February 2017, offers Members of Congress an opportunity to both celebrate and advance the diversity of the nation's independent colleges and universities, and learn about the challenges and issues these institutions face.  The Caucus, led by co-chairs Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6), has grown to 78 members.
 

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U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey Recognized by America’s Independent Colleges and Universities

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey Recognized by America’s Independent Colleges ...

October 24, 2019

 
  NAICU President Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., left, presents a framed print of a CICC Member Spotlight to Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX).
U.S. Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX), a member of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), was recognized today for his leadership and support of independent colleges and universities by Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
 
“As an independent college alumnus and former teacher, Rep. Veasey understands the important role independent colleges and universities play in meeting the unique needs of students in a diverse higher education sector,” Mistick said. “He is committed to ensuring students and families from all economic levels have access to the financial aid necessary to make college choice possible for students to achieve their dreams of a college degree.”
 
Rep. Veasey, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2013, was presented with a framed replica of his CICC Member Spotlight by Mistick during a meeting in his office on Capitol Hill. He is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Small Business.  
 
“I personally care about supporting our nation’s independent colleges and universities,” Rep. Veasey said.  “I earned my bachelors from Texas Wesleyan University, a small private university in Fort Worth, TX. My educational experience there was instrumental in shaping my future and instilling in me the values of community, inclusion, and diversity. Through the CICC, I hope to continue advocating for independent colleges and the various issues they face.”
 
His district is composed of two Texas counties: Dallas County, including parts of Dallas and Irving, as well as Tarrant County, including parts of Arlington and Fort Worth. Two independent colleges and universities are located in Rep. Veasey’s district: Parker University and Texas Wesleyan University.
 
Texas Wesleyan University President Frederick G. Slabach, J.D. praised Rep. Veasey for his work as a public servant and support for higher education issues.
 
“Rep. Veasey’s mission as a public servant is similar to Texas Wesleyan’s mission – both are committed to improving lives through education and to improving the Fort Worth community,” Slabach said. “He is a dedicated supporter of Texas Wesleyan as our representative and a proud alumnus. He has even been seen wearing a Texas Wesleyan Rams jersey during the annual congressional baseball game in Washington.”
 
Texas is home to 81 independent colleges and universities enrolling 120,000 students.
 
“As a former student and substitute teacher, I recognize the value and importance of education and believe that education should be made accessible to all Americans, regardless of socioeconomic standing.” Rep. Veasey said. “In Congress, I’m working to keep student loan interest rates down, ensure college affordability, and support programs like Pell Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG), and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF) that make the American Dream possible for so many.”
 
Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Inc. (ICUT). President Ray Martinez III praised Rep. Veasey’s commitment to Texas’ independent colleges and universities.
 
“We have a thoughtful, engaging champion on Capitol Hill in Congressman Marc Veasey,” Martinez said.  “From meeting with us in Washington to serving on the Board of Trustees of his
alma mater – an ICUT member institution in his district – Congressman Veasey continues to be a strong supporter of independent higher education, and we thank him for that.”
 
The Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), launched in February 2017, offers Members of Congress an opportunity to both celebrate and advance the diversity of the nation's independent colleges and universities, and learn about the challenges and issues these institutions face.  The Caucus, led by co-chairs Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6), has grown to 73 members.
 
 
  NAICU President Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., left, presents a framed print of a CICC Member Spotlight to Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX).
U.S. Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX), a member of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), was recognized today for his leadership and support of independent colleges and universities by Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
 
“As an independent college alumnus and former teacher, Rep. Veasey understands the important role independent colleges and universities play in meeting the unique needs of students in a diverse higher education sector,” Mistick said. “He is committed to ensuring students and families from all economic levels have access to the financial aid necessary to make college choice possible for students to achieve their dreams of a college degree.”
 
Rep. Veasey, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2013, was presented with a framed replica of his CICC Member Spotlight by Mistick during a meeting in his office on Capitol Hill. He is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Small Business.  
 
“I personally care about supporting our nation’s independent colleges and universities,” Rep. Veasey said.  “I earned my bachelors from Texas Wesleyan University, a small private university in Fort Worth, TX. My educational experience there was instrumental in shaping my future and instilling in me the values of community, inclusion, and diversity. Through the CICC, I hope to continue advocating for independent colleges and the various issues they face.”
 
His district is composed of two Texas counties: Dallas County, including parts of Dallas and Irving, as well as Tarrant County, including parts of Arlington and Fort Worth. Two independent colleges and universities are located in Rep. Veasey’s district: Parker University and Texas Wesleyan University.
 
Texas Wesleyan University President Frederick G. Slabach, J.D. praised Rep. Veasey for his work as a public servant and support for higher education issues.
 
“Rep. Veasey’s mission as a public servant is similar to Texas Wesleyan’s mission – both are committed to improving lives through education and to improving the Fort Worth community,” Slabach said. “He is a dedicated supporter of Texas Wesleyan as our representative and a proud alumnus. He has even been seen wearing a Texas Wesleyan Rams jersey during the annual congressional baseball game in Washington.”
 
Texas is home to 81 independent colleges and universities enrolling 120,000 students.
 
“As a former student and substitute teacher, I recognize the value and importance of education and believe that education should be made accessible to all Americans, regardless of socioeconomic standing.” Rep. Veasey said. “In Congress, I’m working to keep student loan interest rates down, ensure college affordability, and support programs like Pell Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG), and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF) that make the American Dream possible for so many.”
 
Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Inc. (ICUT). President Ray Martinez III praised Rep. Veasey’s commitment to Texas’ independent colleges and universities.
 
“We have a thoughtful, engaging champion on Capitol Hill in Congressman Marc Veasey,” Martinez said.  “From meeting with us in Washington to serving on the Board of Trustees of his
alma mater – an ICUT member institution in his district – Congressman Veasey continues to be a strong supporter of independent higher education, and we thank him for that.”
 
The Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC), launched in February 2017, offers Members of Congress an opportunity to both celebrate and advance the diversity of the nation's independent colleges and universities, and learn about the challenges and issues these institutions face.  The Caucus, led by co-chairs Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6), has grown to 73 members.
 

October 24, 2019

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U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) Recognized by America’s Independent Colleges and Universities

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) Recognized by America’s Independen...

October 18, 2019

 
  NAICU President Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., left, presents a framed print of a CICC Member Spotlight to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) was recognized Thursday for her leadership and support of independent colleges and universities by Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, with the presentation of a framed replica of her Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC) Member Spotlight.
 
“Rep. Stefanik understands the important role independent colleges and universities play in meeting the unique needs of students in a diverse higher education sector,” Mistick said. “Through her membership in the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus, Rep. Stefanik has demonstrated a commitment to ensuring students and families from all economic levels have access to the financial aid necessary to make choice possible for students to achieve their dreams of a college degree.”
 
Rep. Stefanik has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2015. She currently serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor, Committee on Armed Services, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. 
 
“As a proud graduate of an independent college, the CICC caucus allows me to be a leading voice in Congress on the issues impacting independent colleges and universities,” Rep. Stefanik said. “I continue to see the impact independent colleges make on the lives of students, and in the communities across my district and throughout the nation. A strength of our higher education system is the variety that exists across the sector, in which independent colleges have an important place in providing students with distinct learning opportunities to foster their individual growth and development.”
 
Her district covers New York’s Adirondack Region and includes five independent colleges and universities: Clarkson University, CVPH Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology, Paul Smith's College, St. Lawrence University, and Word of Light Bible Institute.
 
Clarkson University President Anthony G. Collins., Ph.D., praised Rep. Stefanik for her work on higher education and environmental issues.
 
"Congresswoman Stefanik is a bi-partisan leader for clean energy, environmental research and public policies that advance sustainable economic development as well as ensure sound protections for our most precious natural resources,” Collins said.  “As a national research university and proven leader in technological education committed to sustainable solutions through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation, Clarkson is grateful for her partnership with the University, the North Country district she serves and the nation that needs world-relevant responses to the complex issues we face. "
 
New York is home to over 200 independent higher education institutions enrolling more than 460,000 students.  In 2018-19, students at all New York colleges and universities received 466,497 Pell Grants Awards totaling $1,996,550,023. 
 
Paul Smith’s College President Cathy S. Dove, Ph.D. cited Rep. Stefanik’s enduring support for federal student aid.

"We are grateful to Congresswoman Stefanik’s ongoing support for higher education,” Dove said.  “Her unwavering advocacy for programs such as Pell and veterans programs ensures that many worthy students have access to a great education at schools such as Paul Smith’s College.  Her passionate leadership in addressing significant economic and environmental issues is also highly valued by our entire region."
 
St. Lawrence University President William L. Fox, Ph.D. credited Rep. Stefanik with recognizing how higher education empowers students.
 
“Congresswoman Stefanik understands the transformational power of higher education and has been a leader and strong supporter of issues such as access and affordability that are important to colleges and universities in the North Country,” Fox said.
 
Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities President Mary Beth Labate praised Rep. Stefanik’s commitment to New York’s independent colleges and universities.
 
“On behalf of New York’s 100+ private, not-for-profit colleges and universities, we are grateful for Congresswoman Stefanik’s steadfast commitment to New York’s private, not-for-profit colleges and universities and the students we serve,” Labate said.  “Her push to make Pell Grants available year round and to increase the size of the award has enabled many students to pursue their college dreams. We applaud her for recognizing and supporting the tremendous contributions that private colleges in her district make to the local economies, the workforce and to New York’s growing reputation as an innovation hub.”

 
 
  NAICU President Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., left, presents a framed print of a CICC Member Spotlight to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) was recognized Thursday for her leadership and support of independent colleges and universities by Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, with the presentation of a framed replica of her Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC) Member Spotlight.
 
“Rep. Stefanik understands the important role independent colleges and universities play in meeting the unique needs of students in a diverse higher education sector,” Mistick said. “Through her membership in the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus, Rep. Stefanik has demonstrated a commitment to ensuring students and families from all economic levels have access to the financial aid necessary to make choice possible for students to achieve their dreams of a college degree.”
 
Rep. Stefanik has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2015. She currently serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor, Committee on Armed Services, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. 
 
“As a proud graduate of an independent college, the CICC caucus allows me to be a leading voice in Congress on the issues impacting independent colleges and universities,” Rep. Stefanik said. “I continue to see the impact independent colleges make on the lives of students, and in the communities across my district and throughout the nation. A strength of our higher education system is the variety that exists across the sector, in which independent colleges have an important place in providing students with distinct learning opportunities to foster their individual growth and development.”
 
Her district covers New York’s Adirondack Region and includes five independent colleges and universities: Clarkson University, CVPH Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology, Paul Smith's College, St. Lawrence University, and Word of Light Bible Institute.
 
Clarkson University President Anthony G. Collins., Ph.D., praised Rep. Stefanik for her work on higher education and environmental issues.
 
"Congresswoman Stefanik is a bi-partisan leader for clean energy, environmental research and public policies that advance sustainable economic development as well as ensure sound protections for our most precious natural resources,” Collins said.  “As a national research university and proven leader in technological education committed to sustainable solutions through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation, Clarkson is grateful for her partnership with the University, the North Country district she serves and the nation that needs world-relevant responses to the complex issues we face. "
 
New York is home to over 200 independent higher education institutions enrolling more than 460,000 students.  In 2018-19, students at all New York colleges and universities received 466,497 Pell Grants Awards totaling $1,996,550,023. 
 
Paul Smith’s College President Cathy S. Dove, Ph.D. cited Rep. Stefanik’s enduring support for federal student aid.

"We are grateful to Congresswoman Stefanik’s ongoing support for higher education,” Dove said.  “Her unwavering advocacy for programs such as Pell and veterans programs ensures that many worthy students have access to a great education at schools such as Paul Smith’s College.  Her passionate leadership in addressing significant economic and environmental issues is also highly valued by our entire region."
 
St. Lawrence University President William L. Fox, Ph.D. credited Rep. Stefanik with recognizing how higher education empowers students.
 
“Congresswoman Stefanik understands the transformational power of higher education and has been a leader and strong supporter of issues such as access and affordability that are important to colleges and universities in the North Country,” Fox said.
 
Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities President Mary Beth Labate praised Rep. Stefanik’s commitment to New York’s independent colleges and universities.
 
“On behalf of New York’s 100+ private, not-for-profit colleges and universities, we are grateful for Congresswoman Stefanik’s steadfast commitment to New York’s private, not-for-profit colleges and universities and the students we serve,” Labate said.  “Her push to make Pell Grants available year round and to increase the size of the award has enabled many students to pursue their college dreams. We applaud her for recognizing and supporting the tremendous contributions that private colleges in her district make to the local economies, the workforce and to New York’s growing reputation as an innovation hub.”

 

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