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Words of Faith


August 30, 2017

"Can you tell I’m anxious? new art coming.  I’m excited.  It’s dark, scary…like the way the future seems sometimes." Vivian, a first-year college student, typed these words into her Instagram post with sketches she had made for a painting.  It was 1:15 a.m., and she had drawn anguished faces as she responded to the pardon of Joe Arpaio and the rumored threats to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


August 17, 2017

This is the fourth draft I have written in four days.  Each day, more public pronouncements on race and hate and history find their place in mainstream and social media. Several of you asked me about a Words of Faith posting on the topic of racism. This is not new territory for us. After much reflection, I have concluded that there is no statement to issue. 

How Minimum Wage Matters to Students

August 7, 2017

The image on the left is me, the last time I earned minimum wage. During my college summers I worked two jobs to save for the school year. Minimum wage was $3.35 per hour in 1981. The image on the right is a glimpse of our new front door with temporary signage and a vivid poster we wish we didn’t have to explain.

DOING GOOD: Public Service Loan Forgiveness

July 31, 2017

I’m out to prove to you in this blogpost what you already know. There are some who are quite motivated to “do well” (and among them there are those who share their wealth with those less fortunate). There are others motivated to do good, putting self-interest a distant second. A healthy community needs a mixture of doing well and doing good among its members.

Making the Money Work

July 19, 2017

It’s safe to say that every student on financial aid has had moments of terrible challenge in making the money work. Big gaps, deposits due before aid arrives, unforeseen emergencies, and balancing too many work hours with not enough time to study are just a few. Guest blogger Teresa Steinkamp (BA, BS, Loyola University Chicago, 2006; MSW, St.

EVOLUTION: The Closing of ScholarShop

June 19, 2017

From left: Dorothy Pelton and Evelyn Newman

Assume Nothing

June 5, 2017

The Greyhound Bus trip from St. Louis to San Bernardino took 48 hours, following the general path of old Route 66.  Taking that trip several times each year to and from college taught me: to be careful in striking up conversation or making eye contact; that there is no sadder place than the Las Vegas bus station at night; and, that I could abandon early my assumptions about wealth, scarcity, and generosity.


May 23, 2017


If you are reading this blog, chances are good that you are committed to educational equity and to the principles of democracy. Your action is needed now.

First, a refresher in higher education history. In 1963, President Lyndon Johnson spoke of the importance of the Higher Education Facilities Act, legislation which created and enabled each of the major federal financial aid programs.