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Campus Notes

on January 11, 2011 by Janet Edwards

School of Education Honors Graduates
A convocation was held on Saturday, Dec. 11, for the School of Education’s sixth cohort to complete the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree. Twenty-four leaders from throughout St. Louis area school districts received their pale blue hoods. A large audience of family and friends applauded their accomplishment and stories of success.

Race Against Violence
Maryville’s 5th Annual Race Against Violence will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 27. All proceeds from the 5k run/walk and 1 mile fun walk benefit Safe Connections, supporting victims of domestic violence. The cost to participate is $5 for students; $20 for non-students. The event is sponsored by M*PWR and Maryville University. Sign up online, or register on site the day of event.

New Tax Law Extends IRA Charitable Rollover
The new tax law passed by the U. S. Congress and signed into law by the President reinstates the Rollover for 2010 and allows any eligible gifts made by January 31, 2011 to be treated as a 2010 donation and be used to satisfy the taxpayer’s minimum distribution requirement for 2010. The law retroactively extends the law from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011.

Donors choosing to take advantage for their 2010 tax year may make their gift by January 31, 2011.  Gifts made by that date need not count against the amount the donor may contribute via IRA Charitable Rollover for the 2011 tax year which ends December 31, 2011.

For more information about making a gift to Maryville via IRA Charitable Rollover, please contact Mark R. Roock, CFRE, planned giving development director at 314.529.9674 or (800) 627.9855, ext. 9674.

Academic Success Center Transformed

Changes at Maryville University have led to the formation of the newly organized Center for Academic Success and First-Year Experience, led by director Jennifer McCluskey, PhD, associate vice president. The move represents a merger between the former Center for the First-Year Experience and Advising and the former Academic Success Center. Kelly Mock has been named associate director of the Center and Diane Arnzen has joined the Center as assistant director.

Through the  Center for Academic Success and First-Year Experience, Maryville provides a comprehensive and integrated approach to assisting students in their academic, financial, and personal transition. While the national first-to-second year retention rate of similar private institutions is 72 percent and the overall first-to-second year retention rate of all institutions of higher education is 66 percent, Maryville boasts a retention rate of 84 percent.

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