Indiana Wesleyan University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts university headquartered in Marion, Indiana that is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church denomination. IWU is the largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the largest private university in Indiana. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of Indiana’s best colleges for 2017. Of the 46 schools honored, 44 four-year schools made the list with University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, DePauw University, Valparaiso University and Butler University taking the top five spots. Ivy Tech Community College and Ancilla College were also included as the best two-year schools in the state. A list of all schools is included below. “Education can make a huge difference when it comes to the job market,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “These schools in Indiana have not only shown a commitment to providing quality degree programs, but also the employment services that contribute to student success as they pursue careers.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Indiana” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data that includes annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, employment and academic services offered, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and the availability of financial aid. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Indiana” list, visit: Indiana’s Best Colleges for 2017 include: Ancilla College Anderson University Ball State University Bethel College-Indiana Butler University Calumet College of Saint Joseph DePauw University Earlham College Franklin College Goshen College Grace College and Theological Seminary Hanover College Huntington University Indiana Institute of Technology Indiana State University Indiana University-Bloomington Indiana University-East Indiana University-Kokomo Indiana University-Northwest Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indiana University-South Bend Indiana University-Southeast Indiana Wesleyan University Ivy Tech Community College Manchester University Marian University Martin University Oakland City University Purdue University-Calumet Campus Purdue University-Main Campus Purdue University-North Central Campus Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Saint Joseph’s College Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Saint Mary's College Taylor University Trine University Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses University of Evansville University of Indianapolis University of Notre Dame University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne University of Southern Indiana Valparaiso University Wabash 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 20, 2017
Rodney Dale Swope considers himself as a believer in business. He often says that he is a marketplace minister disguised as an economic developer and business coach. He goes to the office like every other Christ follower working in a secular job. Yet, many years ago, he decided to see his job as a tour of duty serving the Kingdom of God. His love for and complete reliance on the Word of God and his calling to serve God’s kingdom in the marketplace inspired him in writing “Bibles and Briefcases: A Biblical Economic Guide for the Believer in Business” (published by Xlibris). This book is for Christ followers, who desire to understand and apply biblical economics principles where they live, work, learn and trade. It blends biblical study, economic instruction and Christian encouragement to serve God more fiercely in the marketplace. “Can I be a good and godly man at work? Of course! Especially if I seek the face of the CEO of the universe, invite him into my daily affairs and remain conscious of kingdom work while I’m walking and talking in the marketplace,” Swope says. “I am persuaded that some of us are called to serve as ministers in the workplace and marketplace.” “Bibles and Briefcases” integrates the seemingly complex topics of economics and biblical study into practical theory and application. Through this book, Swope reminds readers that the Word of God is the source of all life's questions and especially how to live, work and serve. “Bibles and Briefcases” By Rodney Dale Swope Softcover | 6 x 9in | 124 pages | ISBN 9781524580902 E-Book | 124 pages | ISBN 9781524580919 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble About the Author Rodney Dale Swope is a passionate marketplace minister serving as a Professor of Economics and Management at Indiana Wesleyan University, business coach and serial entrepreneur. He is blessed to serve the faith community, the public sector and in Christian collegiate academia. This diverse vantage point has enabled him to blur the lines of division and see the marketplace as the principal field of opportunity for the great commission. He is a husband, father or three and a friend to many. Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.
News Article | May 15, 2017
The Indiana CPA Society honored the state's top CPAs at its annual CPA Celebration on May 12. Each year INCPAS recognizes CPAs who have served their profession and/or communities in an outstanding manner. The contributions these professionals make reflect positively on the individuals as well as the CPA profession. This award is the Society's highest honor. It is given for making significant contributions to the CPA profession, the AICPA and/or the Society on numerous levels. Williams has been an assistant professor of accounting at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, since 1995 and has been actively involved with the Society since 2005. He has chaired the Ethics Committee, Finance Committee, Officer Nominating Committee and Leadership Succession Committee. His committee service culminated with five years on the INCPAS Board of Directors. During his year as chair in 2015, he helped lead two of the Society’s biggest milestones: the establishment of the CPA Center of Excellence® as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Society and the celebration of the Society’s centennial anniversary. For his efforts and innovations in education with the accounting program and creation of an entrepreneurship major at IWU, he received the INCPAS Outstanding Educator Award in 2016. This award is selected by the prior Chair for guidance, assistance and support during the Chair's term. Bolinger began his career with the Indiana CPA Society in 1984 as the field activities director and was named executive director in 1990. He has continued in that role while also serving on numerous state and national committees, including as president of the Indiana Society of Association Executives. He is a regular presenter at accounting conferences, business organizations and associations across the country. In 2001, he was named Association Executive of the Year by ISAE. In 2010, he received national recognition as AccountingWEB's Outstanding CPA Association Employee of the Year. In 2014, he received the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash, one of the highest distinctions an Indiana governor can present. This is the second time he has received the Chair’s Award, the first being in 1998. Bolinger was named Accounting Today's "Top 100 Most Influential People" in the profession in 2015 and 2016. This award is given to an individual or firm committed to building and diversifying the talent pipeline. William B. Sharkey, CPA, JD Partner, PwC LLP - Indianapolis Sharkey has been involved with the INCPAS Scholars career awareness and mentoring program for minority high school students since its inception. He takes a genuine and active role in developing not only these students, but all young professionals within his firm. He dedicates substantial time to being a constant source of support, encouragement and inspiration for young professionals. He speaks at various INCPAS events and addresses the challenges of working in public accounting to give each student a better idea of what it is really like to be a CPA. His positive impact ultimately is helping build the talent pipeline and diversity with accounting students, candidates and CPAs who are better prepared to meet the current and future needs of the profession. This award recognizes up-and-coming leaders who have already demonstrated initiative in the profession and made significant contributions to the overall success of his/her employer. Michelle E. Boyden, CPA, CGMA Manager of Tax Services, MAccounting, LLC - Indianapolis Boyden has played an instrumental role not only on the financial side of her company, but in the operational, marketing and human resources sides. She has successfully implemented cross-departmental communications and procedures to improve work flow efficiency, cash flow and growth. She emphasizes the importance of cultivating a positive work environment and is not only passionate about what she does as a CPA, but also leads by example by living and promoting the importance of a healthy, active and balanced lifestyle that aligns with her organization’s mission. Garrett R. Cannizzo, CPA Supervisor, RSM US LLP - Elkhart Cannizzo has demonstrated incredible leadership skills when interacting with clients, team members and the community. He does his audit work efficiently but never fails to act as an advisor and build meaningful relationships with clients. He also takes extra time to help mentor his engagement team members by helping them understand the concepts behind the work they're doing. Outside of work, he is involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Goshen where he serves as the treasurer. He also serves as an advisor for the Goshen College Athletic Committee and participated in a mentorship program for local high school students who have an interest in accounting. Kevin R. Koven, CPA Audit Manager, Somerset CPAs, PC - Indianapolis Koven has consistently proven that he is a leader in the profession through his involvement in the community in which he serves, the firm in which he works and the organizations to which he belongs. During his tenure as manager, he devoted over 60 hours annually to his firm's recruiting and retention programs while still exceeding the firm's charge-hour goals. He coordinated in-house training for staff and is always willing to help out when called upon to assist. Outside the firm, he contributes to numerous Indiana CPA Society and AICPA initiatives. He was selected as an Indiana representative for the AICPA's Leadership Academy in 2014 and has served on the Young Professionals of Central Indiana board. He is the new treasurer for the Sigma Chi House Corporation at Indiana University and is currently enrolled in the trueU Leader in Training program. Joseph T. O’ Connor, CPA Senior Accountant, Estep, Doctor & Co, PC - Muncie O'Connor's nominators point to both his people and technical skills as being unparalleled. In less than five years, he went from part-time intern to shareholder at his company. He was the first participant in its mentoring program, is now the face for all recruitment fairs and developed a training program for new hires. He also took the time and effort to spearhead his company's participation in the Delaware County Corporate Challenge, coordinating several evening events in which staff signed up for or came out to support. Outside of work, he is a volunteer for the YMCA of Muncie, member of the Muncie Elks Lodge #245, supporter of the Panther Pantry and visitor at his local middle school's special education classes. Joshua C. Smith, CPA Senior Accountant - Business Valuation, Blue & Co., LLC - Indianapolis Smith's nominators highlight his energy, enthusiasm and passion for the profession as reasons why he excels as a leader. He is adamant about helping those around him achieve the highest levels of success, whether they are coworkers, colleagues or clients. He sets aside time to take a pulse on what’s affecting the profession and assess how that will impact the work that needs to be done. He is constantly looking for ways to incorporate new ideas and processes, and does not hesitate to discuss them with the right stakeholders at the right time. He was recently voted to the board of Reach For Youth and also volunteers as an INCPAS High School Ambassador. He was given lifetime membership to Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society which recognizes outstanding academic achievements of collegiate business and management scholars. This award recognizes outstanding service to the Society, CPA profession and community over a long period of time. John W. Perkins, CPA Senior Tax & Finance Analyst, Accuride Corporation - Evansville Perkins invests in his Evansville community. He is a board member for Meals on Wheels, president of the Downtown Optimist Club and a volunteer classroom teacher for the Junior Achievement of Southwest Indiana. He also has played a key role for Historic Newburgh, where he currently serves as treasurer, co-created the new Free Movie Night Program in 2015 and served as the director for the 2016 Ghost Walks event. For his contributions and achievements as a young leader, he was a nominee for the 20 Under 40 award by the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Robert E. Reynolds, CPA, CGMA Director and Shareholder, Brady Ware - Richmond Reynolds has served in a volunteer leadership capacity for a number of nonprofit boards, committees and taskforces for over 25 years. His history of service to community organizations, professional organizations such as INCPAS and the AICPA, and his alma mater, Wright State University, make him an outstanding role model for others. Most recently he has taken on the role of board chair for the United Way of Whitewater Valley and is helping realign its focus to better address community needs. As a result, the United Way launched the new Hands up Guidance (HUG) Initiative to provide support necessary to overcome the various barriers to overcoming poverty and gaining greater financial stability. Last year he served as the Corporate Walk Chair for the Tri-State Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. Ronald Turpin, CPA, CGMA, JD Chief Financial Officer, Gibson - Fort Wayne Turpin has been giving back to Northeast Indiana in a variety of volunteer roles over the past 20 years. He currently serves as chair of the Board for Greater Fort Wayne Inc., the City of Fort Wayne’s Joint Legacy Funding Committee and the Finance Committee for Nazarene Theological Seminary. In board and committee member capacities, he has shared his financial and business expertise with the United Way of Allen County, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Turnstone, Grace Point Church, Indiana Association of United Ways, Leadership Fort Wayne, The Malpas Trust, Kates Kart, Early Childhood Alliance, Tower Bank, Kiddie Prep School, IPFW Advisory Board, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne Fiscal Policy Committee and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He also has served on various INCPAS task forces and written profession blogs for fellow members. This award recognizes significant contributions advocating for the CPA profession through government relations. Richard B. Wheeler, CPA President, Wheeler & Associates, P.C. - Indianapolis Wheeler has been closely involved with advocacy for the CPA profession and the Indiana CPA Society for many years. He currently serves as a member of the INCPAS Tax Resource Advisory Council and Leadership Cabinet. He previously served on the Tax Advisory Council, which he chaired in 2006; on numerous project teams including the Indiana Department of Revenue, UAA Exposure Draft, Continuing Professional Education, CPE Curriculum Advisors, AccountAbility Indiana, Business Symposium, Tax Institute Conference, Small Firm Conference; as a Discussion Leader for the Knowledge Network; and as a CPA Center of Excellence® Online Beta Forum Community member. This award is given to an individual or firm embodying excellence through collaboration, development of critical business (soft) skills, knowledge sharing and a competency-based approach to lifelong learning. Kevin G. Kruggel, CPA, CGMA Partner, Kruggel Lawton CPAs - South Bend Kruggel has been instrumental in advancing the mission to enhance vital business skills for the success of CPAs and other professionals. As one of INCPAS’ original Knowledge Management Task Force members and serving as its chair in 2010, his efforts helped lead to the conception and creation of the CPA Center of Excellence®, a wholly owned INCPAS subsidiary established in 2014. Within his own firm, he worked with fellow partners to engage the Center for advisory services to help with staff development and succession. The firm also had the majority of staff choose two of six available competency-based online interactive courses to build the soft skills they needed to advance their careers. He remains involved and is currently serving on the inaugural CPA Center of Excellence® Board of Directors. This award recognizes a transformative individual or firm implementing unique, forward-thinking activities designed to address future issues and needs. Summit CPA Group - Fort Wayne For the past seven years, the Summit CPA Group based in Fort Wayne has been initiating changes in its business model to thrive into the future. It is a leading provider of Virtual CFO services and Virtual 401(k) audits that has implemented many progressive strategies to differentiate itself among the marketplace. It has moved 70 percent of its business to the Virtual CFO or Controller model which provides flatfee billing to its customers. It resides in a virtual office environment with all but four staff members working remotely. It is now a completely cloud-based accounting firm. It’s grown its workforce from 10 to 40 full-time employees in only three years, employees are located in 10 states and its client base is represented in more than 40 cities across the country. Nearly 8,100 CPAs in public practice, business and industry, government and education are members of the Indiana CPA Society. INCPAS is the most trusted business resource and advocate in Indiana. Its members are required to abide by the CPA profession's code of conduct. INCPAS members also receive access to quality educational programs and peer networking for knowledge sharing. Society members are trusted advisors to Indiana's business community. INCPAS celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015. For more information, visit incpas.org.
News Article | May 30, 2017
Top Christian Liberal Arts University Transitions to D2L for Enhanced Learning Experiences at Scale WATERLOO, ON--(Marketwired - May 30, 2017) - Out with the old, in with the new. Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) will migrate its Learning Management System (LMS) to D2L's next-generation teaching and learning platform Brightspace to support its 1,420 full-time faculty and adjuncts, as well as more than 13,200 residential and non-residential students. Learners across the university in associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as those enrolled in certificate programs, can access the new personalized learning experience to achieve improved academic results. "Our work with IWU is an example of how higher education institutions can make a leap forward from legacy learning systems quickly and easily," said John Baker, CEO of D2L. "IWU faculty can now reach every learner with a modern learning system enabling flexible teaching methods and a great learning experience. We look forward to building a lasting partnership." IWU needed to transition quickly to a new LMS to avoid widening the gap between the limits of its current LMS and its commitment to providing exceptional learning experiences. The institution sought a new LMS that offers reliable, user-friendly, customizable features while also being easy to maintain. With D2L, IWU can deploy a more scalable, comprehensive LMS, which is custom to the university's needs and strategic plan. The new platform helps support more diverse teaching methods, ensures 99.9 percent guaranteed uptime of full functionality and simple access for students and faculty. IWU has three main academic units, which include traditional residential four-year students, non-residential students who are part of adult education programs and seminary students. The university's strategy is to increase LMS adoption rates among its student body to improve learning experiences and outcomes. "We encourage our students and faculty to be leaders of "world change," focusing on personal character and scholarship," said Stacy Hammons, university provost and chief academic officer at IWU. "To further this academic mission, we needed to accelerate widespread LMS adoption. D2L provides our community with a scalable and simple platform, which will help us foster collaboration and maintain a high level of caring contact with our students." IWU will unveil the new Brightspace learning experience to students and faculty this fall. D2L's Brightspace is a digital learning platform that helps schools and institutions deliver personalized learning experiences in a classroom or online to people anywhere in the world. Created for the digital learner, Brightspace is cloud-based, runs on mobile devices, and offers rich multimedia to increase engagement, productivity and knowledge retention. The platform makes it easy to design courses, create content, and grade assignments, giving instructors more time to focus on what's most important --greater teaching and learning. At the same time, analytics reports track and deliver insights into the performance levels of departments, courses, or individuals. Brightspace was recently named the #1 LMS in Higher Ed by Ovum Research and #1 in Adaptive Learning by eLearning Magazine. In addition, Aragon Research included Brightspace in its highly-coveted Hot Vendors In Learning list. Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church that is committed to global liberal arts and professional education. The university system includes IWU-Marion, where about 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Ind.; IWU-National and Global, which includes more than 10,000 adult learners throughout the world who study online or at 15 education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio; and Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, which offers a practical and student-centered approach for busy, working ministers. IWU's DeVoe School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Educational Leadership, the School of Service and Leadership, and the Division of Liberal Arts are all housed within the National and Global campus. More information is available at www.indwes.edu. D2L is the software leader that makes the learning experience better. The company's cloud-based platform is easier to use, more flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, companies can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results. The company is a world leader in learning analytics: its platform predicts learner performance so that companies can take action in real-time to keep employees on track. Brightspace is used by learners in higher education, K-12, and the enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore. www.D2L.com The D2L family of companies includes D2L Corporation, D2L Ltd, D2L Australia Pty Ltd, D2L Europe Ltd, D2L Asia Pte Ltd, and D2L Brasil Soluções de Tecnologia para Educação Ltda. All D2L marks are trademarks of D2L Corporation. Please visit D2L.com/trademarks for a list of D2L marks.
News Article | May 31, 2017
Today, SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher founded in 2004, released two new resources to support students seeking a faith-based education: a comprehensive 2017 List of Accredited Online Christian Colleges and the 2017 Most Affordable Online Christian Colleges. Both lists employ data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to confirm Christian religious affiliation, and all schools are regionally or nationally accredited and offer at least one fully online program. The 2017 List of Accredited Online Christian Colleges, published on GuidetoOnlineSchools.com, is the largest comprehensive resource available to students seeking an online Christian education. SR Education Group researched 476 schools, 341 of which are included in the list. Between the chosen schools, over 30 religious affiliations are represented, including Roman Catholic, Baptist, and Interdenominational. The fully online degree levels include associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs. To supplement the complete list of colleges, SR Education Group also manually collected and verified annual tuition rates for each school. The 25 colleges with the lowest annual tuition rates and regional accreditation earned a spot on the 2017 Most Affordable Online Christian Colleges, a ranking published on OnlineU.org. While all schools featured in the most affordable rankings have rates of $9,675 or lower, Columbia College, affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), boasts the lowest annual tuition at $5,280 for the undergraduate level. Columbia College also offers the largest array of online programs. Georgetown College, ranked #7, provides a Center for Christian Discernment and Academic Leadership as well as a Christian Scholars Program. Between the 25 schools ranked for affordability, 12 different religious affiliations are represented. SR Education Group also highlights a list of 2017 Top Online Christian Colleges selected based on their exceptional affordability and academic strength. Academic strength scores were calculated using each school’s average college entrance exam scores, which were provided by the NCES. Gonzaga University, with an annual tuition of $7,000 and an academic strength score of 74%, is ranked the #1 top school. Fordham University, founded by the Catholic Diocese of New York, has the highest academic strength score of all ranked Christian Colleges at 79%. Indiana Wesleyan University, whose mission is to change the world through a Christ-centered academic community, offers 79 separate online degree programs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. Eight of the top online colleges can also be found in the most affordable colleges ranking. The 2017 Online Christian College resources are SR Education Group’s first publishings covering faith-based higher education. The organization will be updating the resources annually to help prospective students seeking an online degree from a Christian institution find a quality, affordable education. About SR Education Group Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, SR Education Group was founded in 2004 by CEO Sung Rhee. The company’s mission is to create authoritative online resources for students seeking an online education program that best suits their budget and career aspirations. SR Education Group is passionate about making quality education attainable for everyone and believes that objective information about education, careers, and educational financing should be free and easily accessible. For more information, please visit http://www.sreducationgroup.org/.
News Article | June 1, 2017
MANISTEE, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy (MGLVA), an accredited, full-time online public charter school serving students in grades K through 12, will celebrate the Class of 2017 at a graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 3rd. The ceremony will honor MGLVA’s fourth graduating class and largest to date with 123 graduates, including 22 students who met graduation requirements earlier this year in January. MGLVA graduates report earning more than $10,000 in scholarships and that they’ve been accepted to the following colleges and universities: Indiana Wesleyan University, University of Tennessee, Mott Community College, Rochester College, Oakland University, Baker College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Western Michigan University and Lansing Community College. MGLVA offers an individualized approach to learning, using engaging curriculum to ensure every student receives an exceptional learning experience. For students in grades K-8, online course offerings include language arts/English, math, science, history, art and music, as well as foreign languages. High school students enjoy a course catalog of more than 150 core, elective, Career Tech Education and Advanced Placement® courses. These courses meet the needs of the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Dual enrollment is also available, which allows students to earn college credit and high school credit for the same course. Details of the commencement are as follows: David Ohman, MGLVA Board President, will serve as the graduation ceremony’s keynote speaker. Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy (MGLVA) is a full-time, online public charter school, authorized by Manistee Area Public Schools and serves students in grades K through 12. MGLVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the engaging curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about MGLVA, visit mglva.k12.com. K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. K12’s curriculum serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company consisting of thousands of online school educators providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. The K12 program is offered through K12 partner public schools in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information can be found at K12.com.
News Article | June 1, 2017
SOUTHPORT, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE:RGR) is pleased to announce the following executive appointments: Sarah F. Colbert as Vice President of Administration, Robert J. Werkmeister, Jr. as Vice President of Marketing, and Michael W. Wilson as Vice President of Mayodan Operations. “Over the past few years, our team has shown that we have many high performers that are not only instrumental to our success, but also are key drivers of our future,” stated Christopher J. Killoy, President and CEO. “Rob, Mickey and Sarah are three of those high performers and we are excited to promote them into roles that will help them continue to strengthen our team and drive success for years to come.” Sarah, named Vice President of Administration, has served the Company in various human resource and legal capacities since joining the Company in 2011. In her most recent role as Director of Human Resources, Sarah worked with a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team to develop and launch “Ruger University,” an internal program offering degree and non-degree courses designed to further associates’ training and education. And as part of an ongoing effort to harmonize and simplify Company policies, practices and procedures, Sarah also guided a team to successfully implement “Workday,” the Company’s first cloud-based human capital management system. Prior to joining Ruger, Sarah worked as a litigation associate at Day Pitney LLP and Ryan Ryan Deluca LLP, where she handled a wide variety of matters, including complex commercial litigation, product liability and employment disputes. Sarah graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2005 and Suffolk University (summa cum laude) in 2001. Rob, named Vice President of Marketing, has served as Director of Marketing since January 2013, overseeing all Ruger marketing activities including brand development, product launches, media buying, advertising, and trade shows. Rob was also responsible for Ruger’s web presence, including both Ruger.com and ShopRuger.com. Prior to joining Ruger, Rob was the President and founder of Symbolic, Inc., a full-service marketing agency. While with Symbolic, Rob began working with Ruger as a client in 2002 and has been the primary strategic marketing driver for the Ruger account since 2007. Rob holds a B.S. degree in Political Science and an M.B.A. in Marketing, with a focus on Consumer Behavior and Research, both from the University at Buffalo. Mickey, named Vice President of Mayodan Operations, has served as Director of Mayodan Operations since June 2013, when he led the charge to create and oversee the growth of the newly acquired manufacturing facility in Mayodan, NC. Mickey previously held the position of Revolvers Business Unit Director in the Newport, NH factory from 2007 to 2013. Since joining Ruger in 2007, Mickey has been key in transforming Ruger manufacturing operations into lean value streams, creating a lean culture, and growing sales through new product introductions. Throughout his entire career, Mickey has been involved in manufacturing operations and engineering. He served in many engineering and operational leadership capacities for TRW Automotive, Wabash National Trailer Corporation, and JeffBoat LLC. Mickey graduated from Purdue University in 1999 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology and received his M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008. About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. As a full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. For more than 60 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®,” echoes the importance of these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.
News Article | May 23, 2017
BestColleges.com, a leading provider of higher education information and resources, today announced a series of new rankings focused on degree opportunities in the Social Services. “The most rewarding work is having the opportunity to help others. We celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month by releasing a new series of rankings that feature online education programs in the Social Services. Our goal is to inspire, grow, and expand the all-important workforce that specializes in mental health and social services,” said Stephanie Snider, General Manager, BestColleges.com The Rankings with the top ten schools from each list of twenty-five: Bachelor’s in Sociology 1. University of Central Florida 2. Arizona State University - Tempe 3. Central Washington University 4. Brandman University 5. University of Colorado Denver 6. University of Nebraska at Omaha 7. Fort Hays State University 8. Oregon State University 9. North Dakota State University 10. South Dakota State University Bachelor’s in Psychology 1. University of Central Florida 2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 3. Liberty University 4. University of North Dakota 5. University of Florida - Online 6. Trine University - Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses 7. LeTourneau University 8. University of Massachusetts - Lowell 9. Florida International University 10. Old Dominion University Bachelor’s in Counseling 1. John Wesley University 2. Johnson University 3. Indiana Wesleyan University - Marion 4. University of Cincinnati 5. University of South Dakota 6. Crown College 7. Northwestern State University of Louisiana 8. Oral Roberts University 9. Grace College and Theological Seminary 10. University of Central Arkansas Master’s in Psychology 1. Harvard University 2. University of Georgia 3. Touro University Worldwide 4. Nova Southeastern University 5. Adler Graduate School 6. Adler University 7. William James College 8. The University of Tennessee - Knoxville 9. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles 10. Carlos Albizu University - Miami Master’s in Social Work 1. Columbia University in the City of New York 2. University of Southern California 3. Case Western Reserve University 4. Boston University 5. University of Central Florida 6. Fordham University 7. University of Denver 8. University at Buffalo 9. Ohio State University 10. California State University - Long Beach Master’s in School Counseling 1. Lehigh University 2. New York University 3. Wake Forest University 4. Liberty University 5. University of Missouri - Columbia 6. University of North Dakota 7. University of West Alabama 8. Seton Hall University 9. Concordia University - Wisconsin 10. Missouri Baptist University Full rankings can be found on each subject page by following the hyperlink in the titles. The 2017 rankings reflect the most recent data compiled from IPEDS and the College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics. The goal is to objectively assess relative quality based on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities. Each school must meet the minimum criteria of being an accredited public or private, not-for-profit institution, and submit an annual report the the National Center for Education Statistics. More information on methodology can be found here: http://www.bestcolleges.com/subject-ranking-methodology/ About BestColleges.com: BestColleges.com helps prospective students find the school that best meets their needs through proprietary research, user-friendly guides, and hundreds of unique college rankings. They also provide a wide array of college planning, financial aid, and career resources to help all students get the most from their education and prepare them for the world after college.