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Belleville Rotary donates toward unique SWIC artwork
A one-of-a-kind art piece, Box Elder Vessel, has a new home in the Southwestern Illinois College permanent collection thanks to a donation from the Belleville Rotary Club. The piece is made of red (flamed) box elder wood that results from a fungus brought into the tree by the box elder beetle. The piece is the work of Florida artist John Mascoll. Each year, Belleville Rotary Club purchases a piece of art at Art on the Square and donates it to a public institution in Belleville. Pictured at a recent presentation are, from left: William and Florence Schmidt Art Center Curator Nicole Dutton; a Belleville Rotary Club Past President Barb Cempura; SWIC President Georgia Costello, Ph.D.; Belleville Rotary Club President Will Shannon; SWIC Foundation Executive Director and Belleville Rotary Club Member Haley Thompson; and Schmidt Art Center Curatorial Assistant Jessica Mannisi. SWIC photo
McKendree is a 'Great College to Work For,' says Chronicle of Higher Ed
LEBANON — McKendree University stands out among the “Great Colleges to Work For” named by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities.
The Chronicle’s ninth annual Report on The Academic Workplace, released on July 18, is based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities. Ninety-three institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition; of those, McKendree was among the 42 to earn Honor Roll status. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions; McKendree is in the medium-size category of 3,000 to 9,999 total students. It has received the honor every year since 2010.
This year the university was honored in nine of 12 categories: collaborative governance, confidence in senior leadership, job satisfaction and support, professional and career development programs, respect and appreciation, supervisor or department chair relationship, teaching environment, tenure clarity and process, and work-life balance.
Employee feedback is the primary factor in determining “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition. Survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution; and a survey administered to full-time employees.
“Nine years in, The Chronicle’s ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ program is well known as a mark of a college or university that puts thought and effort into serving the needs of its faculty and staff,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle. “The colleges and universities that make the list are highly rated by their employees for creating great working environments, an important achievement that helps them recruit top academic and administrative talent.”
To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that conducts numerous “Best Places to Work” programs nationwide. For more information, visit www.chronicle.com.
Experience the Bahamas with PSOP Travel program
The Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons Travel program is inviting travelers to a Bahamas Beach Bus trip set to leave Feb. 1, 2017.
The bus is only the start of a 10-day trip, which begins with a two-night oceanfront stay in Myrtle Beach, S.C. It then heads to Charleston, S.C., to board the Carnival Ecstasy for a five-night cruise to the Bahamas that includes a visit to both Nassau and Half Moon Cay.
The tour will also include The Carolina Opry, Pirates Voyage, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, a horse-drawn carriage ride in Charleston and more.
Per person pricing starts at:
· Inside stateroom: $1,799 (double) or $2,659 (single)
· Outside stateroom: $1,999 (double) or $2,959 (single)
· $500 per-person deposit due with reservation
Final payment is due Nov. 11.
For more information on the Bahamas Beach Bus trip, contact Nancy Bauer at (618) 234-4410, ext. 7020 or Melissa Winkeler at (618) 234-4410 ext. 7042.
Upper Alton Association plans next ‘Rockin’ With Robert’ concert
The Upper Alton Association will hold the next in concert in its “Rockin’ with Robert” summer series from 7 to 8 p.m. July 19 at the Robert Wadlow Statue, located on the SIUE Dental School Campus located at 2800 College Avenue in Alton.
Ralph Butler Trio will entertain the crowd with contemporary music spanning several decades.
On Aug 16, the organization will present the Great Rivers Choral Society performing the hits of the Beatles.
Concert goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Refreshments will be available for purchase. A 50/50 drawing will be held to offset the expenses of the event; sponsorships are available, contact 465-6303 for details. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled.
The mission of the Upper Alton Association is to support future improvements to the Upper Alton area for residents and businesses.