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Cardinal Monthly

January 2020 - Issue 3

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Note from the Dean regarding coronavirus pandemic

Dear UIW,

With COVID-19 creating so much uncertainty across the world, I want to take a moment to wish you and your family all the best. These truly unprecedented times are causing people to re-evaluate their everyday actions and make wise choices.

At UIW, we are doing exactly that. Knowing that the health and safety of our students is always the top priority, we are now conducting our coursework 100% online. This means our students can continue to move forward in their education (and lives) and achieve their goals. Our admission team is also available to assist prospective students interested in future enrollment.

I wish you and your family all the best and look forward to keeping in touch. Start planning for your future today at UIW.

Vincent Porter
Dean, School of Professional Studies


A Word from the Dean

Are You Ready To Do Whatever It Takes To Be Successful? Why do you want to get your degree?

When I get the chance to address attendees at our information sessions, I tell them that in October of 1994 I too was in a similar room listening to a recruiter talk about the small, faith-based, liberal arts college I was looking to attend. I explain that I never dreamed almost ten years to the very day I was in that information session I would be named the dean of an adult degree completion program. Those in attendance listen intently as I tell them the results of my degree completion. They can relate to what I am saying because some, if not all, have been there or are still there. They want to make that same difference in their lives and arrive at a better position in life like I did.

I remember distinctly why I went back to earn my bachelor degree at 39 years of age. I was tired of earning an hourly wage. I was tired of working hours that I should be sleeping at home or at times I could not enjoy a social life with my family. I was tired of doing physical labor and getting worn out every day. I wanted to make decisions and lead others. I knew I had the skills and ability. I knew I had the smarts to make sound decisions. I just did not have the education to get into the position that would let me do it.

After I graduated in 1998 with my Bachelor’s degree in Business, I went directly into my MBA. I worked third shift, went to class in the mornings, slept in the afternoon, had dinner and spent the evening with my wife, and did my homework before starting the workday all over again. Opportunities do not open up very often. I was more than ready when the opportunity for the dean’s position opened. I have now been dean for 17 years, and I have not regretted a day. I know where many of you are at because I was there. Stick with it and look for those opportunities.

Vince Porter, Dean, School of Professional Studies