Hamline University is an American private liberal arts college in Saint Paul, Minnesota, founded in 1854 and named after Bishop Leonidas Lent Hamline of the United Methodist Church. Hamline is the oldest institution of higher learning in Minnesota and one of five Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities.The university comprises five faculties, including Hamline University School of Law, and has an enrollment of 2,100 undergraduate and 2,800 postgraduate students. In 2011, Hamline was first in Minnesota and ninth in the U.S. in the Regional Universities—Midwest category of U.S. News and World Report's college rankings. Linda N. Hanson is the university's 19th president, inaugurated in 2005. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 12, 2017
ERISA Consulting Team Focuses on Regulatory Landscape and New Opportunities for Savings Plan Industry -- Ascensus, the nation's largest independent retirement and college savings services provider, has appointed Barbara Van Zomeren senior vice president of the firm's Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) support team.Ascensus' ERISA team is among the largest in the nation and monitors all legislation and regulatory pronouncements affecting retirement, health savings, and college savings plans, ensuring that any applicable updates or changes are reflected in the firm's products and services. The department also serves as Ascensus' liaison to the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and key congressional offices and committees.Ms. Van Zomeren will oversee all ERISA support services for financial organizations, plan sponsor clients, and financial advisors, including legal consulting, development of software products, plan document compliance, and training sessions. She joined Ascensus as an attorney in 1999 and is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association and the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries. Ms. Van Zomeren received her Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law, a Master of Business Administration from St. Thomas University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Business Management from the University of Minnesota.Developments surrounding the DOL's proposed fiduciary rule and how it stands to impact Ascensus' retirement plan offerings continue to be a focus for Ms. Van Zomeren and her team. They are also assisting several states in their efforts to implement auto-IRA programs for private sector employers and their workers. As Ascensus looks to build public awareness for the benefits of health savings accounts in a rapidly changing healthcare environment, the ERISA team has partnered with a leading industry association and is leveraging the firm's training specialists to design a new health savings account professional designation—Certified Health Savings Professional (CHSP)."In today's regulatory landscape, our clients and partners rely on Ascensus' expertise to help them offer compliant, best-in-class savings solutions," states Shannon Kelly, Ascensus' president of retirement. "With Barb's leadership, our ERISA team will continue to deliver consultation that our clients can count on to adapt to industry changes and pursue new opportunities."Ascensus is the largest independent retirement and college savings services provider in the United States, helping over 7 million Americans save for the future. With more than 35 years of experience, the firm partners with financial institutions to offer tailored solutions that meet the needs of financial professionals, employers, and individuals. Ascensus specializes in recordkeeping, administrative, and program management services, supporting over 47,000 retirement plans, over 4 million 529 college savings accounts, and a growing number of ABLE savings accounts. It also administers more than 1.5 million IRAs and health savings accounts and is home to one of the largest ERISA consulting teams in the country. For more information about Ascensus, visit https://www2.ascensus.com/ View career opportunitiesat careers.ascensus.com or on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ascensus. For the latest company news, follow @AscensusInc on Twitter.
News Article | May 1, 2017
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC) today announced the recipients of its 2017 Scholarships Program. As part of its continuing commitment to building a better future for Minnesota, the nonprofit organization provides annual awards to some of the state’s most promising scholars. Since 2008, the organization has provided more than $2 million to fund Minnesota students seeking higher education. By 2018, Minnesota Masonic Charities plans to distribute $1 million annually in merit scholarship awards. “Our scholars reflect the values and character that are important to Masons,” said Eric Neetenbeek, Minnesota Masonic Charities president and CEO. “They demonstrate integrity and dedication – two traits we believe exemplify leadership. We have great faith in the individuals we select for these awards each year.” MMC offers up to 95 scholarship awards annually. The Signature, Legacy, Heritage and Vocational scholarships are made available to high school seniors on an equal opportunity basis, with no discrimination for age, gender, religion, national origin or Masonic affiliation; and an Undergraduate scholarship for up to 20 current college students is also available. All awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year, and students may renew their scholarship awards annually, provided they maintain scholastic performance. Please see the following page for a complete list of the 2017 Masonic Scholars. For more information about the Minnesota Masonic Charities Scholarships Program, please contact Kelly Johns, Director of Communications for MMC, at 952-948-6202 or email@example.com. Colton Mowers, Albert Lea (University of Wisconsin, Madison) Lucas Fleissner, Rochester (Iowa State University) Seth Cattanach, Lake Elmo (University of Notre Dame) Katelynne Schatz, Kettle River (College of St. Scholastica) Rachel Pompa, Hermantown (University of Minnesota, Duluth) Karli Weisz, Mora (University of North Dakota) Brock Drevlow, Theif River Falls (Johns Hopkins University) Jack Hedberg, Roseville (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) Sophia Vrba, Maple Grove (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) Za Vang, Minneapolis (University of St. Thomas) Sela Fadness, Austin (Hamline University) Tess Hatfield, Hill City (University of Wisconsin, Superior) Isabel Brown, White Bear lake (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) Taylor Schmidt, Duluth (College of St. Scholastica) Jenifer Weyer, St. Cloud (Winona State University) Anthony Tran Vu, St. Paul (University of St. Thomas) Ryan McMahon, Mahtomedi (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) Alex Sellner, Fairfax (Gustavus Adolphus College) Nathan Kuhn, Eagan (Southwest Minnesota State University) Caroline Sullivan, Fridley (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has analyzed more than a dozen metrics to rank Minnesota’s best universities and colleges for 2017. Of the 32 four-year schools on the list, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Catherine University, Saint John’s University, University of Minnesota Twin Cities and The College of Saint Scholastica came in as the top five. 32 two-year schools also made the list, and Hennepin Technical College, Hibbing Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Rochester Community and Technical College and Minnesota State and Technical College were ranked as the best five. A full list of the winning schools is included below. “Creating a healthy, diversified workforce requires a community with a strong educational foundation,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “Minnesota provides a variety of college options, and the schools on our list show which offer the best combination of quality education and positive post-college stats for students.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Minnesota” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also analyzed based on more than a dozen data points that include the annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, employment resources, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid availability. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Minnesota” list, visit: Minnesota’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include the following schools: Augsburg College Bemidji State University Bethany Lutheran College Bethel University Carleton College College of Saint Benedict Concordia College at Moorhead Concordia University-Saint Paul Crown College Gustavus Adolphus College Hamline University Macalester College Martin Luther College Metropolitan State University Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minnesota State University Moorhead Minnesota State University-Mankato North Central University Saint Cloud State University Saint John’s University Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Southwest Minnesota State University St Catherine University St Olaf College The College of Saint Scholastica University of Minnesota-Crookston University of Minnesota-Duluth University of Minnesota-Morris University of Minnesota-Twin Cities University of Northwestern-St Paul University of St Thomas Winona State University Minnesota’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Alexandria Technical & Community College Anoka Technical College Anoka-Ramsey Community College Central Lakes College Century College Dakota County Technical College Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Hennepin Technical College Hibbing Community College Inver Hills Community College Itasca Community College Lake Superior College Leech Lake Tribal College Mesabi Range Community and Technical College Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical Minnesota State Community and Technical College Minnesota West Community and Technical College Normandale Community College North Hennepin Community College Northland Community and Technical College Northwest Technical College Pine Technical Community College Rainy River Community College Ridgewater College Riverland Community College Rochester Community and Technical College Saint Paul College South Central College St Cloud Technical and Community College Vermilion Community College White Earth Tribal and Community College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | April 17, 2017
The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has determined Minnesota’s best online college and university programs for 2017. Of the 24 four-year schools that made the “Best” list, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, St. Catherine University, Bethel University, Crossroads College and Hamline University ranked as the top five schools. 26 two-year colleges also made the list, with Hennepin Technical College, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Dakota County Technical College and Rochester Community and Technical College taking the top five spots. “The schools on our list represent the best online degree programs Minnesota has to offer,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “Students who enroll in these programs have the opportunity to receive a quality education with greater control over their schedules thanks to the flexible nature of online learning.” To earn a place on the “Best” list for Minnesota, colleges and universities must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit schools. Each college is also analyzed based on metrics such as the availability of financial, student/teacher ratios, graduation rates and counseling resources. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Minnesota for 2017 include the following: Bemidji State University Bethel University Concordia College at Moorhead Concordia University-Saint Paul Crossroads College Crown College Hamline University Martin Luther College Metropolitan State University Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minnesota State University Moorhead Minnesota State University-Mankato Oak Hills Christian College Saint Cloud State University Saint Johns University Saint Mary's University of Minnesota St Catherine University The College of Saint Scholastica University of Minnesota-Crookston University of Minnesota-Duluth University of Minnesota-Twin Cities University of Northwestern-St Paul University of St Thomas Winona State University The Best Online Two-Year Schools in Minnesota for 2017 include the following: Alexandria Technical & Community College Anoka Technical College Anoka-Ramsey Community College Central Lakes College Century College Dakota County Technical College Hennepin Technical College Hibbing Community College Inver Hills Community College Lake Superior College Leech Lake Tribal College Mesabi Range Community and Technical College Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical Minnesota State Community and Technical College Minnesota West Community and Technical College Normandale Community College North Hennepin Community College Northland Community and Technical College Northwest Technical College Ridgewater College Riverland Community College Rochester Community and Technical College Saint Paul College South Central College St. Cloud Technical and Community College ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.