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Governor declares Kansas Private College Week

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has declared April 16-22 Kansas Private College Week in the state.

The 18 member institutions of the Kansas Independent College Association are the beneficiaries of the governor’s proclamation, which urges “all citizens to join in this observance by recognizing the important contributions of private colleges in the state.”

KICA institutions in this area are, in Harvey County, Bethel College and Hesston College; in Marion County, Tabor College (Hillsboro); and in McPherson County, Central Christian College and McPherson College (both in McPherson). The other participating colleges are Baker University (Baldwin City); Benedictine College (Atchison); Bethany College (Lindsborg); Donnelly College (Kansas City); Friends University (Wichita); Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina); Manhattan Christian College; MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe); Newman University (Wichita); Ottawa University; Southwestern College (Winfield); Sterling College; and University of Saint Mary (Leavenworth).

About 22,000 students from across the nation enroll each year for undergraduate or graduate study at one of Kansas’ private colleges, which award 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees and 29 percent of master’s degrees in the state.

These institutions support their students through generous financial aid, awarding more than $120 million annually in institutional grants and scholarships to supplement grants and scholarships from the federal and state governments.

Kansas private colleges have more than 200,000 living alumni, half of whom live and work in Kansas – among them some of the state’s most important civic, business and cultural leaders.

For more information on Kansas private colleges or on Kansas Private College Week, contact Mark Millikan at 785-235-9877 or visit www.Proud2BPrivate.com.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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Sidebar: Proclamation

TO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS, GREETINGS:

WHEREAS, There are 18 private non-profit colleges in Kansas, enrolling 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year; and there are over 200,000 living alums—half of whom live and work in Kansas; and among these alums are some of the state’s most important civic, business and cultural leaders; and

WHEREAS, Kansas private colleges award over $120 million in institutional grants and scholarships to students annually; and 20% of the state’s bachelors degrees and 29% of the state’s masters degrees are awarded to students attending private colleges; and

WHEREAS, Kansas private colleges are major employers in many smaller communities and enrich those communities with an array of cultural and community education events, contributing significantly to the quality of life; and

WHEREAS, Kansas private colleges routinely invest significant financial resources in the economies of their local communities and the state through annual budgets and major construction projects; and

WHEREAS, Kansas private colleges promote civic engagement and leadership development of student through extensive community service and internship/work study programs, and provide educational programming and campus culture that places a priority on the development of personal character and ethical practice;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, SAM BROWNBACK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim April 16-22, 2012, as

KANSAS PRIVATE COLLEGE WEEK

in Kansas and urge all citizens to join in this observance by recognizing the important contributions of private colleges in the state.

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