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by Professor Dr. Chandler:
The Year is New
and this is a wonderful way to begin.
This was my first
New Year’s Eve performance after earning my Ph.D. in Music from St.
Regis University. That made the evening special in itself. Most of the
selections were preceded by anecdotes concerning the uniqueness and
historical significance of the individual songs. This really isn’t anything
new to my performances. I always try to do more than just play the music,
hence the term EDUTAINER! The information I present is important
to the listener since it includes notes on the composers, the relative
impact of the songs and personal observations regarding the musical
After the clock
struck 12:00 and things settled down a bit, I was approached by several
people who commented on the musical quality of the evening. There was
a conversation however that is worthy of note. A distinguished looking
lady began to talk to me. Her first question was “Where did you do your
studio work? You must have been a studio musician.” I then shared some
of my recording experience with her.
The next question
relates to the relevance of this writing. She asked, “Where did you
get your education?” I explained that I had attended the music school
of life and presented my accomplishments to St. Regis University. Upon
completing the evaluation and assessment of my credentials I was awarded
a Ph.D. in music.
Now the bottom-line…she
said, “I am not surprised. I knew you had to have legitimate academic
credentials. You certainly have demonstrated superior knowledge and
ability this evening. Not only do you play with proficiency but also
the way you document the material is truly unique.”
Needless to say
I felt inspired and proud of what St. Regis had awarded me. I then asked
this lady why she was compelled to compliment me in this way. She said
that she had an MBA and her husband was president of a local chapter
of an internationally recognized labor union. She also explained that
her family is well known and she has heard many professional musicians.
She wanted me to know that what I had done was special to her and she
wanted to make me aware of her feelings.
Now I am not on
an ego trip. I feel that these experiences are rare. When someone makes
the effort to praise the quality of a performance it should be noted.
More importantly when a St. Regis credential is acknowledged it gives
additional credibility to the University and its programs.
For those of you
that are considering St. Regis University for your academic credentials,
contact the Staff and get your questions answered directly. Only then
will you have all the facts necessary to determine the right choice
On Wednesday, October
9th, I performed a solo piano concert at a small, rather elite restaurant
specializing in diverse entertainment. The program included segments
dealing with the early influences of modern American music from Scott
Joplin to W.C. Handy. It also covered more contemporary contributions
from Fats Domino and Ramsey Lewis. About 100 people were in attendance.
the show were explanations of the musical styles of the period as well
as their cultural influences. When the concert was over I was approached
by two distinguished individuals. They both were on the administrative
staff of a prominent local university. After complimenting the performance
they inquired about my educational qualifications. They said that beyond
the music being expertly played was information that could only be gained
through years of study.
Now we get to the
crux of this. I explained that I had a M.A in music and recently received
my Ph.D. in music from St. Regis University. The response was, "
I have heard of St. Regis and its programs. We need to focus more on
experience qualifications at our school. We are extremely traditional
in our thinking. That needs to change. St. Regis is doing wonderful
things by academically recognizing accomplished individuals like yourself."
Needless to say
I was excited. It wasn't so much about their opinion of the performance,
it was the recognition of the St. Regis degree as credible by credible
The magnitude and
impact of a St. Regis degree will only continue to increase as graduates
distinguish themselves by demonstrating their ability and skills with
the highest level of professionalism.
I earned my St.
Regis degree. I present it proudly.
If you are successful
in earning your St. Regis degree, display it with distinction.
6th, I performed a concert with my band at Oberlin College, Oberlin,
Ohio. Besides being what was described as the best show of the 2002
season, it was an opportunity to present the music as an EDUTAINER to
an audience (estimated at 600) that had limited exposure to this musical
The response was
incredible. One senior majoring in pre-law said she knew there was something
special about the performance. When she saw my new business card with
the St. Regis credential it confirmed her conclusion that I was indeed
an "expert" in this music. There is no course available at Oberlin to
learn about this American musical period. She wanted me to consider
teaching at Oberlin and invited me to follow up with her to explore
Last night I played
for a 40th anniversary dance party sponsored by a local record store
and radio station. The attendance was over 1,000. Again I was approached
after the show by numerous people commending my performance. One lady
asked for my card for a future booking. Upon seeing the St. Regis credential
she said, "I knew it! You must have had an education commensurate
with your talent".
I hope that my testimony
may reinforce the fact that the degree is secondary to the skills of
the holder and that St. Regis advisors continue to strive for excellence
when it comes to awarding appropriate credentials to only the highest
Professor Dr. Dennis
Goes Easier On Degreed Workers
By Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY
pays to study. Employees with a college degree are weathering
the economic downturn and troubled recovery with surprising good
fortune -- even landing new jobs while other job seekers fail.
say this downturn is a clear sign the current business climate
is rewarding educational attainment. It's a shift from just a
few years ago, when college students were dropping out to pursue
fortunes with dot-coms.
Employment among college graduates has increased by more than
1.1 million jobs in the last year, even as less-educated peers
saw 2 million jobs lost, according to the Department of Labor
and a report by John Burns Real Estate Consulting in Irvine, Calif.
The unemployment rate among college graduates in July was 2.9%,
far below the national average of 5.9%. The unemployment rate
among workers without a high school degree is at 8.7%.
Employees with a bachelor's degree earn an average of about $50,000
annually, while those who have graduated high school earn only
about $27,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
those with college degrees have typically fared better in any
recession, economists say this is a marked difference. They also
say it reflects a growing desire by employers to hire workers
with critical thinking skills.
downside? The educational emphasis is taking a toll on immigrants
or lower-income employees who have not attained a college degree.
are looking to bring in ideas and intellectual property rather
than raw skills," says Diane Swonk, chief economist at Bank One
in Chicago. "Before, people were dropping out to get rich. Today,
they have to go back to college and do it the old-fashioned way."
higher employment among college-educated workers has a spillover
effect, experts say, helping to drive consumer spending and fueling
growth in the housing market. That's because the continued employment
of higher-earning employees sustains spending, they say, despite
the job losses caused by the economic downturn.
some exceptions, many hiring managers say a college degree today
is what a high school degree used to be -- a minimum employment
who invest in college and graduate education often
reap the financial rewards throughout their careers.
(Mark Hall/AP Photo)
Four Years of Higher Education
Can Pay Off for a Lifetime
By Romy Ribitzky
- When Susan Lindner wanted to study anthropology
at a small liberal arts college, her father's
response was: "Anthropology?! That's a road-map
to the poor house."
high tuition costs, it's no wonder that Lindner's
dad was worried.
look at the cost side of the equation bears him
out. The average tuition for a four-year private
university stood at $17,123 for the 2000-2001
academic year, according to the College Board,
up from $10,330 for the 1995-1996 academic year.
The average student borrows slightly more than
$12,000 to finance higher education.
costs aside, however, the payoff seems clear.
As of 2000, the median annual earnings of workers
with professional degrees were more than 3.5 times
those of high school dropouts, finds the latest
occupational outlook from the federal Bureau of
fact, an upcoming report on the relative earnings
of full-time year-round workers by education level,
from the Washington, D.C.-based Employment Policy
Foundation, further shows that the more you learn
the more you earn.
bachelor's degree holder can earn nearly double
the salary of a high school graduate.
(Source: Employment Policy Foundation)
simply completing high school improves earnings
outlook, the average high school graduate will
earn an estimated average annual income of $30,109
and $1.2 million in a lifetime.
average college graduate stands to net nearly
twice as much, with a $51,097 average annual income
adding up over 40 years of earning potential to
more than $2.04 million.
Studies to the Test
herself became a good example of how an education
can help the bottom line.
ended up making a decent salary - $42,000 - working
as a field anthropologist in Thailand trying to
help women find alternatives to prostitution.
And, her compensation rose when she became an
AIDS researcher with the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention in Atlanta.
has since managed to parlay her field experience
into a successful career at a New York City public
relations firm where she earns approximately triple
her starting salary.
the skills I learned out there - including trying
to persuade married men to use condoms when they
are with prostitutes - have helped a lot,"
she says. "When it really comes down to it,
learning how to speak in another person's language
is what P.R. people do with their clients."
a minimum, experts say a bachelor's degree makes
sense whether prospective students covet the corner
office or just a comfortable life.
a college degree is as essential to a successful
career as a high school diploma was years ago,"
says Jeff Heath, president of New York City-based
Landstone Group/MRI, an executive search firm.
among the most popular, and most profitable undergraduate
majors, says Robert Franek, editorial director
of test prep firm The Princeton Review in New
York, would be any business, technology and health-related
course of study - management, accounting, computer
science, nursing and biology.
Learning Curve: Most Popular Fields of Study
Education and Teaching
Language and Literature
The Princeton Review
more liberal arts-based majors, like English,
communications and education, are also in high
demand, but tend to be harder to quantify, he
an MBA, JD or MD into the mix, and an individual's
MBA, for instance, can help the right person become
even more successful by teaching a complete business
vocabulary, offering access to new career opportunities,
developing leadership skills and greatly enhancing
professional networks, explains Jon McBride, co-founder
of the Jungle Media Group, a career and lifestyle
magazine company in New York.
Heath, "Think of education as an insurance
policy. Unless you open your own business and
it takes off, you're going to be working for a
company. And education works in the workplace."
This Job and Keep It
higher level of education not only tends to make
finding a job easier, it helps retain a job, especially
in trying economic times, according to Ronald
Bird, EPF's chief economist.
who finishes a degree is more likely to have job
security and find jobs more easily, he adds.
fact, EPF data shows that the demand for highly
skilled personnel has grown by half a million
people in 2001, despite the mild recession. And,
the unemployment rate for all degree holders has
stayed under 3 percent, far lower than the 5.9
percent national average.
findings don't surprise experts. "If there
are no jobs in banking, for instance, an MBA will
also help you get a job in government, non-profit
work, etc.," explains McBride.
McBride says that when his magazine surveyed MBA
alums in the marketplace, they reported that in
good times and bad, their professional and personal
networks - often built while getting degrees -
are key to finding jobs.
important is the ability for students to get a
taste of their career options through internships.
internship is a great way to figure out whether
you'll be able to make a career out of your course
of study," says Franek. "Think of how
much time and money you can save by finding out
either that you love your area of study, you should
find a different interest or that you should go
to graduate school to hone in your talents,"
the final analysis, says Bird, it is often simply
that a graduate has gone the full route of completing
a degree that is most attractive to employers.
Heath, "Beside learning a new skill set,
graduates prove that they know how to pursue a
course of action and deliver on it. There's real
credibility in that."