US News & World Report Lauds Seton Hill Best Regional College
SHU Also Recognized as a Best Value College and Best College for Veterans
Seton Hill University was named a Best Regional College in the North Region in the 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The exclusive rankings are available online.
Seton Hill was ranked No. 11 among Regional Colleges in the North. Regional colleges “focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts … and in fields such as business, nursing and education,” according to U.S. News & World Report.
In addition to the overall ranking, Seton Hill was honored as a Best Value College and as a Best College for Veterans.
Seton Hill earned the No. 7 spot for Best Value among all Regional Colleges in the North for providing quality education at an affordable cost to families.
According to U.S. News & World Report, “Only schools in or near the top half of their U.S. News ranking categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.”
Seton Hill University is ranked No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural rankings of the Best Colleges for Veterans.
The rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members in order to help them pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Only colleges that are certified to accept the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and are members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium are eligible to be ranked in the Best Colleges for Veterans.
"Seton Hill is pleased to again be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the University’s academic offerings of the highest quality and the University’s efforts to remain an affordable choice for students and their families,” said Seton Hill President Mary C. Finger, Ed.D. “We are committed to offering distinctive programs in the health sciences, business and entrepreneurial studies and the visual and performing arts that are undergirded by a liberal arts curriculum that prepares students for their future paths, whether it be graduate study or a career.”
Dr. Finger continued, “Seton Hill is also pleased that our commitment to assisting veterans as well as members of the Reserves and National Guard and their families is being acknowledged. The University works to ensure that our veterans and service members can easily obtain their well-deserved benefits and provides the support necessary for them to succeed in their academic courses and to make a seamless transition into our University community.”
The annual rankings, in which U.S. News classifies schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, provide an unmatched resource for parents and students contemplating one of life’s most challenging decisions. The annual U.S. News & World Report rankings represent the most comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on a set of 16 indicators of excellence, and help consumers evaluate and compare data compiled from nearly 1,400 accredited four-year schools.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:05:00 AM
Westmoreland Museum of American Art Exhibit Features Seton Hill Talent
Left: Sue Pollins, Segmented I (1 panel of 3); Middle: Doreen Currie, Fresh Corn; Right: Mike McSorley, Silver Teapot
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sue Pollins received her B.S. in painting from the College of Architecture and Design, University of Michigan. A frequent instructor, juror, lecturer and demonstrator, she has taught art in Southfield, Michigan Public Schools; continuing education programs at Seton Hill University, Penn State University and Westmoreland County Community College; as well as classes at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Alex Fletcher Memorial Art Center and other art organizations throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.
Pollins' work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the region including the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's Annual, Pittsburgh Watercolor Societies Aqueous Open, Three Rivers Arts Festivals, Westmoreland Nationals and Southwest Pennsylvania Juried Regionals. Her work is found in private and corporate collections in addition to public collections such as the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. She has won many awards including the Greensburg Area Cultural Council "Artist of the Year" in 1999 and Touchstone's "Artist of the Year" in 2009.
Doreen Currie, a native of Latrobe, PA, studied art and design at Seton Hill University. As a child, she was always asking her parents to help her take her easel and paints outside, well before she knew the French term "plein air" painting, or painting in the open air.
Currie's paintings are in both private and corporate collections, and she has won many awards including the "Award in Oil Painting" from the 2011 Mr. Fred Rogers Juried Exhibition at Latrobe Art Center.
Mike McSorley graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1979 with a degree in Fine Art, supplementing this education with classes and workshops with local and national artists. With a studio in North Point Breeze, McSorley's years as an art handler have provided the added benefit of seeing a wide variety of work in both private and museum collections, allowing for a unique perspective that guides the creative process.
McSorley has shown in both regional and national group shows, as well solo shows, and has won some awards. Most recent was third place in the Hoyt Regional, juried by Louis Zona.
Opening: Friday, August 8 from 5 - 7 PM at Art on Tap 5.2.7. Admission is $7 and includes two drink tickets for beer by All Saints Brewing Company or wine. $5 admission includes two tickets for non-alcoholic drinks.
Friday, August 01, 2014 8:29:00 AM
Mary Finger Named Tenth President of Seton Hill University
Following an extensive national search, Seton Hill University’s Board of Trustees overwhelmingly elected Mary C. Finger Ed.D. as Seton Hill’s tenth president. Finger will assume the role by July 1. The announcement was made by Michele Ridge, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee.
Finger succeeds JoAnne Boyle who retired from Seton Hill in June 2013.
The Seton Hill University Board of Trustees’ decision completes a year-long process that involved participation from the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, Trustees, President’s Council, students, faculty and staff, alumni, friends, and community leaders.
“After reviewing more than 70 nominations submitted to our search firm, R.H. Perry & Associates, for the Seton Hill presidency, Dr. Finger emerged as the top candidate,” Ridge said. She continued, “Dr. Finger is well suited to lead Seton Hill through the next important stage in the University’s history. Throughout her career, she has proved herself a strategic thinker with a demonstrated commitment to Catholic education, philanthropy and civic engagement. We are confident she will fulfill and articulate the mission and vision of the University in a compelling way to all Seton Hill constituencies.”
Sr. Catherine Meinert, Provincial Superior and President of the U.S. Province of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and Vice Chair of the Seton Hill University Board of Trustees said, “The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, who founded the college and are still actively engaged in the life of the university, are pleased that Mary Finger will serve as the tenth President of Seton Hill. We know she will continue to advance our identity, the legacy of our distinctive Setonian tradition, and in the words of Elizabeth Ann Seton, ‘help fit our students for the world in which they are destined to live.’”
James Breisinger, Trustee and Vice Chair of the Presidential Search Committee added, “Mary Finger is a thoughtful leader, whose creativity will inspire others to become involved in the life of this special university.” Breisinger added, “Dr. Finger brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the challenges facing the higher education industry, specifically Catholic universities, along with practical experience to Seton Hill. Her work in evaluating enrollment trends and academic programs, along with her deep understanding of business and marketing, will continue to move the University forward on many levels, but particularly as we work to help our students succeed in a contemporary world. Her expertise will be especially valuable as we develop priority campus expansion projects such as The JoAnne Woodyard Boyle Health Sciences Center on our hilltop campus and the Dance and Visual Arts Center in downtown Greensburg.”
“Seton Hill University has successfully met many challenges that the great majority of private colleges and universities in the United States are facing with creativity and a deep commitment to mission,” said Mary Finger. She continued, “I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as President of Seton Hill. I look forward to working with Trustees, the President’s Council, faculty, students, staff, alumni, friends and community leaders to lead the University’s next stage as Seton Hill builds on its remarkable history and tremendous strengths. I will embrace as well the opportunity to immerse myself into the life of the Greensburg community and the southwestern Pennsylvania region.”
Mary Finger comes to Seton Hill following nine years of service as Senior Vice President for Advancement at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She led and implemented the institution’s first comprehensive capital campaign, Many Dreams, One Mission. The campaign, scheduled to conclude in June 2014, achieved its original $250 million goal in 2012, and is on track to exceed the revised $300 million goal. During her tenure, Finger managed the integration ofDePaul's alumni relations, alumni communications and fund-raising operations into a robust advancement program. She revitalized DePaul's annual giving program and developed a foundation relations program that resulted in increased multi-million dollar national foundation support.
In addition, she co-chaired the Task Force on Innovation that created processes for developing and evaluating new academic programs at DePaul and examined alternative instructional and delivery methods.
As part of DePaul's strategic planning process, Finger served on the Financial Planning/Business Sustainability Task Forces responsible for providing long-term assessment and plans for institutional viability, enhancement of academic prominence, increased enrollment and retention, and successful fund-raising initiatives. She chaired DePaul's Affinity Task Force that developed new programs to deepen student engagement with the university as well.
Prior to her position at DePaul, Mary Finger served as Vice President for Planning and Institutional Advancement at Mount Mary University, formerly Mount Mary College, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; as Director of Development for the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; as Acting Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee Foundation; and as Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Relations at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. In her varied professional roles Finger had responsibility for strategy development, enrollment marketing, major gift solicitation, and town/gown relationships. Simultaneously, Finger expanded interest and involvement in institutional programming while engaging alumni, parents and friends in the work of those institutions.
Fluent in Spanish, Mary Finger also worked in the Bilingual Education Department, Milwaukee Public Schools, and served as a volunteer in Bogota, Colombia, South America.
A native of Chicago, Finger has an adult daughter living and working in Spain with her husband and two children.
Finger served as a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Augustine College, Chicago, Illinois and also at Journey House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mary Finger’s honors and awards include the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Award for development and communication programming as well as two Telly Awards for those same efforts.
Finger received a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts degree from Mount Mary College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University.
Friday, May 02, 2014 1:00:00 PM