April, 2014

Dear Friend of Hillsdale College:

        “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” could well be the motto of the extended Hillsdale College family as we weathered a harsh winter of historic proportions. With spring in sight, it is good to take a moment to share what is most memorable about the past few months. Marked in memory is the endurance and professionalism of the Hillsdale College staff, faculty, and students who have carried on, whatever the weather. The hardworking staff who keep the million pieces of Hillsdale College in seemingly perpetual motion, made it to their posts if they could possibly do so, often traveling in sub-zero temperatures on icy back roads. The students who, with the resilience of youth, navigated sidewalks that couldn’t be cleared fast enough and kept up with their studies as they bemoaned another day of single-digit temperatures. And the professors who sometimes could only make it to work by walking, did so, and didn’t complain. Did I mention our friends such as you who came to campus with all kinds of travel hazards along the way and didn’t let a “little thing” like bad weather stop them from enjoying the campus events, classes, and students at Hillsdale?

        Being a part of this marvelous tapestry of dedicated individuals is a source of motivation to be the best that one can be. This is what makes Hillsdale College a place where the advances of a federal Goliath are met by a fortress of liberty—a fortress built upon a united front of individuals who insist on independence, excellence, and integrity in both thought and deed. Thank you for being an integral part of what is right with the world.

First Step of a Successful Job Search: Graduate from Hillsdale

        The Career Services team has stepped up their efforts over the past few years to reach out to both students and potential employers. Michael Murray, Joanna Wisely, Keith Miller and Courtney Noonan assist graduates in job searches by inviting future employers to campus to interview students, arranging mock interviews, and securing summer internships with companies that are familiar with the value of a Hillsdale education.

        The placement rate of 97 percent for the Class of 2013 reflects this ongoing effort to match talented students with employers seeking candidates of high caliber. As of this academic year, at least 17 potential employers have visited Hillsdale College in search of interns and employees. Recruiters from FOX News Channel, The Heritage Foundation, Target, and Whirlpool Corporation—to name a few—are among those savvy enough to know where to look for the winning combination of talent and intelligence found in future Hillsdale College graduates.

         Internships are an important part of a student’s college background since these brief but intense work experiences serve as a proving ground for undergraduates seeking to hone their skills for entry into the job market. The success stories of interns who graduate and become employees of the same company for which they interned are numerous. So the future looks bright for those who are already slated to intern this summer as either part of the Career Services program or through the Washington Hillsdale Internship Program (WHIP). The following list of internships will continue to expand, since we are well in advance of the early April deadline for internship offerings.

  • The Heritage Foundation
  • U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s Seventh District Leonard Lance
  • U.S. Senator for Utah Mike Lee
  • U.S. Representative for Michigan’s Third District Justin Amash
  • American Psychological Association
  • Family Research Council
  • The Washington Times
  • Koch Institute Internship Program
  • National Journalism Center
  • General Motors Engineering and Finance Departments
  • Magni Industries Analytical Lab Internship (Chemistry)
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car Management Trainee Internship Program

         A recent development is the offering of paid internships through the 2014 Hillsdale Internship Assistance Program. This program helps to offset the costs of living for student interns, since many internships offer low or no pay in return for the work experience. I know of this personally, since I interned while a WHIP student in Washington, D.C., with an international consulting firm that promoted trade with China. This was an unpaid position that offered a chance to build computer skills and learn the basics of business document preparation, as well as how to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment. The new program being offered by Hillsdale College Career Services, awards $1,000 to $1,500 grants to student interns who could use some financial help during their summer internship. Currently, there is a total of $20,000 available for students who will intern this summer in positions of at least six, 20-hour weeks. Selection of recipients will be based upon the relevancy of the internship to the student’s major, the educational potential of the internship, recommendations, and interviews. For further information on career services at Hillsdale College, please contact Career Services at (517) 607-2457 or e-mail careerservices@hillsdale.edu.

The Teachers of Tomorrow’s Leaders

        The bright smiles and enthusiasm during the recent Classical School Job Fair brought a ray of sunshine to an otherwise cloudy day in late February. With the economic news often being as gloomy as the winter weather, it was refreshing to see classical K-12 schools and Hillsdale students discussing common ground and employment opportunities. With a mutual goal of educating America’s youth in the classical liberal arts tradition, the meetings are sure to bear fruit in the future. The way has been paved for these future teachers since over 20 percent of the Class of 2013 have become teachers in classical, private, and public schools.

         This year’s Classical School Job Fair—in its fifth year—was a resounding success, with 32 classical schools in attendance from as far away as Colorado, Texas, and Wyoming. In all, 20 states were represented. Over 100 students visited with classical school representatives on February 28 followed by interviews beginning at 7:30 a.m., and continuing until 4:00 p.m., the next day. Some of the final interviews will be conducted via the online video calling service Skype, an innovation that saves time and travel costs for the interviewees and their future employers.

         The Classical School Job Fair participants, Career Services, and Barney Charter School Initiative staff often work in tandem to connect Hillsdale College classical education students with schools eager to incorporate the rigors of a Hillsdale education into their teaching programs. The happy result is that many Hillsdale graduates have been hired to teach at schools that are partners in Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative.

         As a review, the Barney Charter School Initiative was established to foster classical charter schools across the country. The funds from the Barney Initiative are used toward charter school seminars, principal search and education, workshops for new charter school principals, teacher training, the Classical School Job Fair, and charter school visits. The goal of the initiative is to assist in establishing 50 charter schools by the year 2022. The estimated cost of assisting a charter school in its many stages of development is $150,000 per school. Currently, there exists a $2 million challenge grant issued by the Barney Family Foundation that will match gifts toward the charter school initiative on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

        To date, there are nine charter schools that have been established as a result of the Barney Charter School Initiative. To give perspective on the scope of this initiative, the following are the schools and number of Hillsdale teaching alumni associated with this ambitious program:

Opened in Fall of 2012:
The Estancia Valley Classical Academy in Moriarty, New Mexico; four Hillsdale alumni teachers
The Founders Classical Academy in Lewisville, Texas; seven Hillsdale alumni teachers

Opened in Fall of 2013:
The Savannah Classical Academy in Savannah, Georgia
The Founders Classical Academy in Bentonville, Arkansas; six Hillsdale alumni teachers

Opening in Fall of 2014:
Mason Classical Academy in Naples, Florida
Atlanta Classical Academy in Atlanta, Georgia
Founders Academy of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada
Founders Classical Academy-Leander in Leander, Texas

Opening in Fall of 2015
Pineapple Cove Classical Academy in Palm Bay, Florida

        As the battle over the minds of America’s children wages full force with the enactment of the government-mandated Common Core, it is good to know that there are many who are fighting back with the armaments of classical education. For further information on the classical charter school movement, you may contact Phil Kilgore at (517) 607-2607 or e-mail pkilgore@hillsdale.edu. If you know of a school in your area that should be invited to next year’s Classical School Job Fair, please contact Joanna Wiseley at (517) 607-2459 or e-mail jwiseley@hillsdale.edu.

The Churchill Project

        Honoring, documenting, and studying the life and works of the great statesman Winston Churchill is an ongoing project at Hillsdale College. Based on the classical education premise that one may learn the art of statesmanship and citizenship by studying those who stand as icons of liberty, the Churchill Project is broad in scope and yet scrupulously detailed. Beginning with the republishing of the official biography of Sir Winston S. Churchill under the direction of Sir Martin Gilbert in 2004, the Churchill Project encompasses the following components:

  • Republishing the official biography (detailed below).
  • National conferences such as the National Leadership Seminar slated for April 20-21, 2015, in Broomfield, Colorado, entitled Churchill’s True Greatness: Lessons for Today.
  • Churchill Scholarships will be awarded to students who exhibit outstanding citizenship and scholarship while remaining in good academic standing. The future $1 million scholarship endowment will generate $50,000 annually for scholarships under the current investment policy.
  • The Churchill Endowed Faculty Chair in History will be established for a professor who specializes in the study of Churchill’s statesmanship. An endowment of $3.2 million is required to establish a faculty chair.
  • An online course on the topic of Churchill’s statesmanship will follow a course outline similar to the existing six online courses and will likewise be free and not for credit.
  • Churchill-related publications such as Dr. Arnn’s upcoming book, Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government, will be published to examine Churchill’s policy decisions and their ramifications.
  • Marketing of the project will consist of advertising in publications such as National Review, Publishers Weekly, Claremont Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, and Imprimis, as well as announcements made at Hillsdale conferences, online courses, and the Hillsdale website, to name a few of the means of promotion.

        The official biography is composed of eight narrative biographical volumes and The Churchill Documents, which consist of 22 additional document volumes to accompany and supplement the narrative volumes. The first two volumes were written by Churchill’s son, Randolph. The remaining six volumes were written by Sir Martin Gilbert, who was Churchill’s official biographer from 1968 until Sir Martin’s passing in 2012. Sir Martin also served as the Grewcock Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College and passed the torch of finishing the Churchill biography and attendant document volumes to Hillsdale President Larry Arnn.

        The eight narrative biographical volumes and 17 of the 22 companion document volumes are available for purchase—no small task considering the scope of Churchill’s career accomplishments and voluminous writings. Most recently released was Document Volume 17, with the remaining document volumes due for publication over the next few years. To order or subscribe to the series of this magnum opus biographical work, please phone External Affairs at (517) 607-2255 or fax the order form to (517) 607-2658. You may also e-mail freedomlibrary@hillsdale.edu. Look for the launch of the Churchill Project website at hillsdale.edu within the year.

Timeless Classics Meet the Internet at online.hillsdale.edu

        Since the launch of the online learning program in the fall of 2011, Hillsdale’s online offerings have expanded to six courses—namely, American Heritage, Western Heritage, Constitution 101 and 201, Economics 101, and Great Books 101. It is no wonder that many of the individuals I meet at Hillsdale events have registered for one or more of Hillsdale’s online courses, since over 770,000 registrations have been logged since the program’s inception.

        The numbers of registrants have leapt ahead, thanks to the launch of two more online courses this spring. A new and improved version of Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution was released at the end of February, showcasing lectures taught by various members of the Politics faculty, including Larry Arnn. Earlier this month, Great Books 101: Ancient to Medieval was launched in an online version of the required Hillsdale course. This fascinating course includes teachings by English faculty on classics such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, Dante’s Inferno, and The Aeneid, to name a few of the subjects of the ten, 40-minute lectures offered in this course. All of Hillsdale’s online courses include Q&A sessions, quizzes, and study guides, and are archived for study at students’ convenience. These courses are an excellent way for potential Hillsdale students to sample a Hillsdale education or for students of all ages to study the classics at their convenience.

        Currently, there is an anonymous challenge to rally funds and to match gifts toward our online learning initiative on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $250,000, which, coincidentally, is the estimated cost of readying one course for online study.

        All of Hillsdale’s online courses may be accessed via online.hillsdale.edu. We ask that you continue to spread the word about these excellent resources for educating outside of the pervasive and Progressive higher education bubble.

Hillsdale College Survives and Thrives Without Federal Taxpayer Monies

        A recent article published in the Wall Street Journal examined the crumbling financial state of institutions of higher learning. A few of the salient points from this January 4, 2014, article are excerpted here:

  1. To remain viable, colleges and universities need to cut expenditures dramatically.
  2. Tuition for all universities, public and private, increased from 1978 to 2011 at an annual rate of 7.45 percent.
  3. The average loan debt of graduating students is $29,400 with many students at private and out-of-state colleges owing more than $100,000 in student loans upon graduation.
  4. Private and some public schools are facing long-term declines in enrollment.

        So where does Hillsdale stand by comparison? Let’s begin with tuition. The undergraduate tuition for the coming 2014-2015 academic year (detailed below) reflects a three percent increase over last year. In fact, Hillsdale’s tuition increases have hovered between zero and four percent for many years now as a reflection of the College’s close monitoring of budgets and lean staffing policies. The following are the tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year:

Tuition                $22,920
Room                    $ 4,570
Board                   $ 4,680 (19-meal plan)
General Fees      $ 696
TOTAL                 $32,866

        This year’s financial aid awards to over 90 percent of Hillsdale’s 1,444 full-time students will amount to approximately $22 million. It is clear that the combination of an excellent classical education, top-notch facilities, and a generous but fair financial aid program are prime factors in students’ decisions to apply, enroll, and ultimately graduate from the College. Given that the net cost of educating a Hillsdale student (based on the fiscal year’s operating budget and total enrollment) amounts to approximately $62,000, it is also clear that Hillsdale represents a “bargain” in higher education today.

        Regarding the falling applications and enrollment at private and public institutions of higher learning, the news from Hillsdale is far different. Director of Admissions Jeff Lantis reports that last year we ended up with our second best year of recruiting with 2,060 applications. The good news is that we have a strong applicant pool for the 2014-2015 academic year, which should come close to last year’s number of applicants. Future plans include increased marketing efforts to reach a level of 3,000 applications per year. Thus more applicants equals even more highly qualified enrolled students, which equals greater impact on America by Hillsdale graduates. Sounds like a formula for success!

        The average student loan debt for Hillsdale graduates amounted to $24,128 during the academic year of 2012-2013. Hillsdale offers a number of privately sourced loans and grants through the Student Independence Grant and Loan Fund, including the Academic Reward Challenge (ARC) loan. The ARC loan converts to a scholarship for recipients who maintain a 3.3 grade-point average each year. In the 2012-2013 academic year, a healthy 41 percent of the ARC loans converted to scholarships.

        We continue to raise money for scholarships including Hillsdale Tradition Awards, which are an excellent means of awarding half-tuition scholarships to deserving students while instilling responsibility with work and volunteer requirements. We are also actively seeking endowment monies for the Washington Hillsdale Internship Program (WHIP). These scholarships are awarded to WHIP interns in the amount of $4,000 per student. Currently, there are ten WHIP endowed scholarships. The goal is to endow 30 more WHIP scholarships at a cost of $80,000 per endowed scholarship. For further information on scholarship funding for the upcoming academic year, please contact John Cervini at (517) 607-2670 or e-mail jcervini@hillsdale.edu.

Come and Join Us at Hillsdale Events Near or Far

        Hillsdale College events rolled out at a dizzying pace this year. Looking ahead, Hillsdale outreach will continue apace, as we round out this semester with 22 events taking place off and on campus. Please scroll down for the updated events listing and mark your calendar to join us at a Hillsdale event in the near future. Also, if you are considering booking the cruise from Istanbul to Athens via Jerusalem on July 29-August 8, 2014, now would be a good time to make a decision, since cabins on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner are selling quickly. Featured speakers include Larry Arnn, Victor Davis Hanson, Stephen Hayes, Karen Elliott House, and George Gilder. Please call (877) 242-6397 to reserve your cabin or to receive further information.

        The National Leadership Seminars (NLS) and Center for Constructive Alternatives (CCA) have steadily gained in audiences over the years. For example, over 1,000 friends of Hillsdale attended the recent NLS in Phoenix, Arizona. Guests gave a standing ovation to neurosurgeon-turned-motivational-speaker Ben Carson who spoke during the evening portion of the program. Please follow the links above to review the upcoming NLS and CCA seminars in the year ahead. We hope to see you soon at a Hillsdale event either on campus or wherever we may roam!

Four Dozen Roses

        As I entered Moss Hall one day in early December of last year, I held the door for two florists delivering four dozen roses. As usual, I had a comment to make and asked if the beautiful bouquets were destined for those who were marking a milestone of service at Hillsdale College. I guessed right and learned upon a bit of investigation that 61 employees would be receiving service awards that evening at the President’s annual Christmas party, to which all faculty and staff are invited. About 400 employees and their guests joined Dr. and Mrs. Arnn for the dinner buffet and to cheer on those who have served from five years to 45 years at Hillsdale College. It is astounding to realize that the 61 employees honored that evening represented a combined 845 years of service! They are to be commended for their dedication, passion for excellence, and for serving as extended family members to students who come from afar to study at this outpost of liberty.

        Reflecting upon the generations of alumni—myself included—who have benefited from the wise philanthropy and careful stewardship at Hillsdale College, it becomes clear that charitable acts have a ripple effect on the world around us. In the here and now, each student’s beliefs and actions will initiate chain reactions that will carry the Hillsdale legacy of liberty on a rolling wave into the next century. Such is the nature of grace and the fruit of true friendship.

        Let’s hope that our paths will cross in the months ahead and until then, I wish you a spring that brings beauty back to life in your part of the world.

 

Sincerely,

Kathleen Ruddy, '82
Director of Associates & Special Projects

 

 

HILLSDALE COLLEGE EVENTS 2014-2015*

ON-CAMPUS EVENTS

Commencement……………………………………………………………………………………May 10, 2014
Ladies for Liberty Phase I Shoot……..………………………………………….……..May 12-16, 2014
Ladies for Liberty Phase I Shoot…………..…………………………………….……..May 18-22, 2014
Liberty and Learning Youth Conference……………………………………………..June 9-13, 2014
Ladies for Liberty Phase I Shoot……………………………………..…………………July 27-31, 2014
Freshman Convocation………………………………………….………………………….August 24, 2014
Homecoming Weekend…………………………………………………………………..October 3-5, 2014
Fall Convocation…………………………………………..…………………………………October 16, 2014
Parents Weekend……..…………………………………………………………………October 17-19, 2014

                                  CENTER FOR CONSTRUCTIVE ALTERNATIVES
World War I…………………………………………………………….………..………September 7-10, 2014
Energy: Issues and Controversies ………………………….…….…..…..…..November 9-12, 2014
American Journalism, Yesterday and Today…………………….…..…..January 25-28, 2015
Silent Films…………………………………………………………………………………..…..March 1-5, 2015

                             PULLIAM VISITING PROFESSOR LECTURE SERIES**
Jonah Goldberg Public Lecture………………………………………….………….……..April 10, 2014

                                              NATIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINARS
The Constitution and the American Character, Dearborn, MI………..……May 19-20, 2014
The Constitution and Current Politics, Naples, FL…………..…..………February 17-18, 2015
Churchill’s True Greatness: Lessons for Today, Denver, CO……………….April 20-21, 2015

                                                           HILLSDALE HOSTELS**
The American Constitution ………………….…………………………….………..……..June 1-7, 2014
Ancient Roots of Western Civilization ……….……………………………………..…..June 1-7, 2014
What is Freedom? ………………….........................................................June 15-21, 2014
Islam and the West…………………..….……………………………………......……..…July 13-19, 2014
The Great Conversation in Western Literature ………………….……………..July 13-19, 2014
Free Market Economics …………………..……………………………………...…….…July 20-26, 2014
The American Constitution (Mini Hostel-Rockwell Lake Lodge)….…..August 11-14, 2014

                                      HILLSDALE LUNCHEONS AND RECEPTIONS
Gift and Estate Planning Luncheon, Santa Fe, New Mexico….….……………..April 14, 2014
Gift and Estate Planning Luncheon, Wichita, Kansas………….…………..……..April 16, 2014
Hometown Luncheon, Indianapolis, Indiana…………………..………..…………..April 24, 2014
Hillsdale Reception, Denver, Colorado………………………………………………….April 28, 2014
Hometown Luncheon, Cherry Hill, New Jersey…………………..…………….……April 29, 2014
Hillsdale Reception, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma…………………………………....April 30, 2014
Hometown Luncheon, Lancaster, Pennsylvania…..…………………………………….May 1, 2014
Gift and Estate Planning Luncheon, Rochester, New York……………………….May 13, 2014
Gift and Estate Planning Luncheon, Portsmouth, New Hampshire…………..May 15, 2014
Hometown Luncheon, Westborough, Massachusetts……………………….………May 15, 2014
Hometown Luncheon, Boston, Massachusetts……………….………..….………….May 16, 2014

                                                     HILLSDALE COLLEGE FORUMS
Free Market Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana…………………………………..October 23-25, 2014

                                                     EXHIBITIONS AND MEETINGS
NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits***.……………………………...…………..April 25 – 27, 2014
Money Show, Las Vegas, Nevada……………………………………………...……….May 12-15, 2014

                                                     HILLSDALE COLLEGE CRUISE
Ancient Wonders: Istanbul to Athens…………………………………..…July 29–August 8, 2014


For information regarding these events, please contact the following:

Center for Constructive Alternatives Seminars (CCA):
Mary Jo Von Ewegen at mvonewegen@hillsdale.edu or (517) 607-2318

Shooting Range Events Information:
Bart Spieth at bspieth@hillsdale.edu or (517) 610-5593

Freedom Forum:
Peggy Youngs at freedomforum@hillsdale.edu or (888) 886-1174

Free Market Forum:
Anita Folsom at afolsom@hillsdale.edu or (517) 607-2423

Hillsdale Hostel:
Peggy Youngs at hostel@hillsdale.edu or (888) 886-1174

Hillsdale College Receptions/Luncheons (Dr. Arnn Events) and On-campus Visiting Professor Lectures:
Barbie Keiser at bkeiser@hillsdale.edu or (517) 607-2527

Hometown Luncheons:
Kay Caulkins at hometownevents@hillsdale.edu or (517) 607-2477

Kirby Center:
kirbycenter@hillsdale.edu or (202) 600-7300

National Leadership Seminars (NLS) and Cruise:
Kim Ellsworth at kellsworth@hillsdale.edu or (517) 607-2538

Gift and Estate Planning Luncheons:
Sharon Moore at smoore@hillsdale.edu or (517) 607-2315

* Dates and locations are subject to change.
** Hostels and Public Lectures take place on the main campus unless otherwise indicated.
*** Hillsdale College booth at the NRA convention opens at 2:00 p.m. on April 24, 2014