What Every New College Grad Should Be Doing NOW!

Here is a great article by Alan J. McMillan that was recently featured in MINT that shows very simply and succinctly why a new graduate should begin to prepare NOW for a very rewarding financial retirement outcome!

Goodbye College, Hello Future: Why Retirement Savings Matters in Your 20s


The Class of 2015 will usher more than 1.8 million college graduates into the workforce with newly minted bachelor’s degrees. For most of these graduates, getting a job is priority number one. A first job provides a new kind of independence: the ability to move into one’s own space, pay for expenses and budget. It also opens the opportunity to create financial independence for the rest of your life.

If you’re among those who will be entering “the real world,” thinking 40 years ahead may seem like a tall order – but it’s never too early to start planning. Ask yourself these few critical questions to get you on your way to financial freedom in your golden years:

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Diversity in Higher Education and Concept of Reimagining an Urban Campus

dinerJoining us this episode is Dr. Steven Diner, professor of history and former chancellor of Rutgers University – Newark.  Dr. Diner spent some time with us talking to us about his background in the higher education world, the subject of diversity in higher ed, and the concept of “reimagining an urban college campus.”

Dr. Diner became chancellor of Rutgers-Newark in July 2002, and served in that capacity for more than 9 years, retiring in December 2011 to return to teaching at Rutgers. Dr. Diner holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in History from Binghamton University and a PhD in History from the University of Chicago.  He is also a former President of CUMU, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

How Do You Serve?

FullSizeRenderWhen you think of how you serve students on campus, are you being intentional?  Are you trying to find ways to not only serve campus but the local community?

Capstone On Campus Management had the privilege to partner with Holy Family Cristo Rey High School from 2013-2015.  Part of the Holy Family mission is to empower students to develop their minds and become lifelong contributors to society. This is a value system Capstone holds not only for our professional staff but we hope we are assisting students on our campuses to live this value too.

Joshua Hightower served as corporate intern once a week during his junior and senior year.  Below are comments related to his experience at Capstone.  Joshua graduated a few days ago and hopes to attend Birmingham Southern College in the fall.

“Time has passed, the day has come, and it’s hard to believe that my work here is done. My Capstone experience

has been phenomenal. From the headaches to mistakes and the challenges I’ve faced, I can truly say it’s pushed me to strive for excellence in everything I do.

Coming in was not what I expected, my thoughts were “this is going to be a simple secretarial job.” After the first two weeks those thoughts disappeared completely and I was exposed to so much more than filing papers and answering phones. My supervisors invested many days sitting down and teaching me proper business etiquette, computer skills, work life balance, critical thinking and so much more! I consider this as a once in a life time opportunity having a group of encouraging individuals that cared beyond teaching me skills for work but skills I will need later on in my career path.”

Capstone was honored to witness Joshua’s growth and we look forward to seeing his success in college and career.

Joshua Hightower grew up in the greater Birmingham area.  He enjoys texting, automobiles and plays four musical instruments.

Tara Wilkinson serves as Vice President of Administration and has been with Capstone since 2004.  She has partici

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pated in JustFaith and served as facilitator in the Jobs for Life program.

Six Keys to Selecting an Architect

 With so many architectural firms to choose from, how can you be sure of which firm is the best fit for your project?

blueprintsIf you’ve ever been involved in the design phase of a building/residence hall project, you’ll know that picking the right architect firm is critical.  TurnerBatson Architects recently posted a helpful article on their blog about things to mindful of when deciding on the right architecture firm for your project.  Just some food for thought when that time comes back around for your institution.  Six Keys to Selecting an Architect 



aidaCapstone’s Aida McGowan joined this episode to talk about the millennial generation. Aida has worked for Capstone at Coppin State University since 2011.  Working on a university campus allows her to interact with this generation on a day-to-day basis. Having entered college as an older adult and first generation college student, she was exposed to and challenged with servicing a population she was detached from. Working with the next generation of leaders is not only a passion, but she feels that it is her purpose.

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