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Area Students among Illinois College graduates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MaryEllen Roy   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 13:03

JACKSONVILLE, ILLINOIS (05/20/2013)(readMedia)-- The following students were awarded degrees from Illinois College 179th commencement exercise on the Historic Upper Quadrangle of the liberal arts college in Jacksonville, Ill. The ceremony was held May 12.

Kirk Atwater of Davenport, Iowa graduated from Illinois College with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Kelsey McFarren of Fulton, Ill. graduated from Illinois College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Illinois College has awarded diplomas annually since 1835 when it was the site of the first college commencement ceremony in the state. The newest class of graduates totaled 205.

In his 10th and final commencement at Illinois College, retiring President Axel Steuer on Sunday offered four guideposts to help this year's 205 graduating seniors lead fulfilling lives.

"Think of me today as a scout who has traveled quite a few years in front of you," he said. "I have been over the road that lies ahead to wherever your careers may take you. And here, in short, are the guideposts I offer:

"1. Never compromise integrity and you will have a life worth living; 2. Persist in following your dreams and your dreams have a good chance of being fulfilled; 3. Commit yourself firmly to justice and the world will be better because of you; and 4. Serve the needs of others, and your life as well as theirs will be enriched."

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.

Golinghorst to receive Road to Success Scholarship PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mallory Bradshaw   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:39

Arp Insurance, Inc. of Walcott and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company of Grinnell, Iowa, have named North Scott High School senior Dexter Golinghorst of Walcott as a recipient of a 2013 Road to Success Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

“We’re happy to recognize Dexter for his academic accomplishments and safe driving record through a Road to Success Scholarship. We wish him the best in future endeavors,” said Brent Arp of Arp Insurance.

Golinghorst was selected from thousands of Grinnell Mutual policyholders based on excellence in the high school classroom and a safe driving record. Golinghorst’s parents are Dennis and Pam Golinghorst.

Arp Insurance is an independent insurance agency, providing several lines of insurance products and representing regional carriers including Grinnell Mutual.

In business since 1909, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company provides reinsurance for mutual insurance companies and property and casualty insurance products through nearly 1,600 independent agents.

"Which Vision for America Will Our New College Graduates Embrace?" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by George Nickolas   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:27
By Burton Folsom
Charles Kline Professor of History and Management
Hillsdale College
Originally posted May 13, 2013, at

Students all over the country are graduating from college this month. Two commencement addresses at these graduations are worth noting because they illustrate the two major but very different visions for our country: first is the constitutional vision of limited government, and second is the statist vision that looks to government to solve problems.

Senator Ted Cruz presented the constitutional vision at Hillsdale College last Saturday. Cruz began by noting that most people in history have had very little freedom because they have lived under monarchies. The Founders broke that tradition. They declared independence from England and wrote a Constitution that enshrined the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These rights, the Founders argued, came from God, not government. Government was instituted to protect those natural rights that God has given every human being.

Cruz argued that the story of America is the story of liberty and prosperity that have flourished under the constitutional protection of limited government. The free market is, Cruz said, that “engine of prosperity.” He noted that the U.S. has 4.5% of the world’s population but produces 22% of the world’s output. And the American influence is even greater in entertainment, science, and the internet.

The freedom given to Americans has meant that many Americans have started poor and ended up rich; and other Americans were born into wealth, but have lost much of it during their lives. Freedom produces a churning effect. But Cruz likes what he called “opportunity conservatism,” the notion that public policy should look to ensuring that poor people always have the chance in a free society to work hard and improve their lives. Government often gets in the way of this. Therefore, government needs to be limited to keep it from harming those in society who are most vulnerable.

At Ohio State University, President Obama argued something quite different. He contended that government needs to be large and has done good things when it has been increased in size. To some extent he did a sleight of hand. He often mixed individual achievement and government achievement as though they were the same thing. What is accomplished under “self-government” is not at all the same as what is accomplished under “government.” “The Founders left us,” the president said, “the power to adapt to changing times. They left us the key to a system of self-government–the tool to do big and important things together that we could not possibly do alone.” That included, among other things, the president said, “To stretch railroads and electricity and a highway system across a sprawling continent. To educate our people. . . .”

The Constitution did not provide for government to do “important things together,” like building schools, railroads, electricity networks, or highways (except to deliver mail). Government, the Founders believed, should only be in the business of protecting liberty through national defense, the enforcement of contracts, and free elections. Private citizens invented and built railroads and discovered how to use electricity. Schools and highways were private or state functions. The federal government was given the power of protection, not the power of action within the economy.

In President Obama’s example of railroads stretching across the country, many people in the 1850s wanted those railroads to be entirely private. It was not a group effort of doing “important things together.” When some politicians proposed a federally built railroad across the country, southern states strongly opposed the idea. Only when they left the Union could Congress find the votes to build the road. The resulting Union Pacific Railroad proved to be an expensive disaster, and then it went broke. However, James J. Hill built the privately-constructed Great Northern Railroad with no federal subsidies; it never went broke and was built exceptionally well.

The president also used the example of education as an achievement of government. A key point here is that many politicians early in our history wanted to fund a national university, another “let’s do important things together” moment, but Congress would not pass the bill to set up the university because the Constitution did not allow it. “Self-government” never meant an intrusive government. Also, when we look at public or “government” education today, we often see the wisdom of our Founders in keeping it private.

If the United States is to continue as a beacon of liberty and a fount of prosperity, Senator Cruz argued the U.S. must have limited government. People inventing, creating, and helping other people is a better recipe for success than exchanging our freedom for bigger government, and then asking that bigger government “do big and important things together” that the Founders never intended it to do.

Burton Folsom is Charles Kline professor of history and management at Hillsdale College.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and he is the author of seven books, including The Myth of the Robber Barons, and New Deal or Raw Deal? His most recent book is FDR Goes to War, which he co-authored with his wife Anita.

Smiddy-Backed Bill Encouraging Veterans to Choose Illinois for Higher Education Passes House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy   
Monday, 20 May 2013 14:46
SPRINGFIELD, IL –A measure to increase educational opportunities for veterans in Illinois cosponsored by state Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) passed out the Illinois House on Tuesday and now heads to the governor for further consideration.

“As a community, we should provide military personnel with the tools they need to encourage their success,” said Smiddy. “This measure will help ensure our men and women in uniform are given every opportunity to succeed when they return from their service to our country. This is a positive step to encourage education and assist our proud servicemen and women.”

House Bill 2353 allows veterans receiving benefits under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 to receive in-state tuition rates at Illinois’ public universities and colleges. Certain veterans who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2011 are also eligible for in-state tuition under this bill.  

“This legislation was supported by our public universities because of its positive impact on veteran students and the entire state,” Smiddy said. “Attracting quality, hardworking, and dedicated students to Illinois improves the quality of life for everyone. I was proud to cosponsor this bill and will continue supporting measures that encourage veterans to further their education here in Illinois.”

For more information, contact Smiddy’s office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (309) 848-9098, or toll free at (855) 243-4988.


Simon’s college scorecard resolution passes committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Monday, 20 May 2013 14:12

Lt. Governor urges House to pass transparency measure

SPRINGFIELD – May 16, 2013. Following its unanimous passage from the House Higher Education Committee, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is encouraging the full House to pass House Joint Resolution 33. The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Naomi Jakobsson (D-Urbana), urges all colleges and universities in the state to prominently feature a link to federal College Scorecard information on the school’s website.

“A college credential is a prerequisite for in-demand jobs in our economy, but college affordability is a barrier for many students,” said Simon, the state’s point person on education reform. “Making it easier for college-seeking students to access the federal College Scorecard means vital information – like average cost and completion rates – is readily available to help students find a college or university that fits their needs and their budget.”

In her first two years in office, Simon visited each of the state’s 48 community colleges and 12 public universities. Students at each campus identified affordability as a major barrier to their college success. The College Scorecards clearly identify average costs, graduation rates, loan default rates, and areas where students can better estimate costs based on their personal goals.

HJR 33 not only encourages degree and certificate-granting institutions in Illinois to link to the federal College Scorecard, but also to work together across institutions to design and publish an Illinois College Scorecard with data that supplements the federal data. Simon intends to create a working group this summer to design the Illinois version.

“By making this information accessible and easy-to-understand, we demystify the costs of a higher education and move closer to enrolling and graduating more students,” said Simon. “I thank Rep. Jakobsson for sponsoring this resolution and for her leadership on education issues.”

The federal college scorecard can be found here.


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