Local military students get a break due to government shutdown

News-DemocratOctober 9, 2013 

McKendree University has announced that it will defer tuition payments this month for military students studying at its Scott Air Force Base Center who are affected by the federal government shutdown.

University leaders said many military students are unable to file for tuition assistance to pay for their October classes because of the impasse in Congress. So students enrolled on-base are being allowed to continue their classes, which are offered in a one-month format, while waiting on government funding.

If students choose instead to withdraw from a course at any time in October, they may do so without academic or financial penalty.

Should the government shutdown continue through the end of the month, McKendree announced it will absorb the cost of tuition for military students taking classes in October at Scott Air Force Base.

The offer is extended only to current students who receive military tuition assistance. For more information, contact the McKendree University Center at Scott Air Force Base at 256-2006 or 744-0426 or visit Room 81 of the Education Center on the base.

Lindenwood University-Belleville will host its second annual car show Oct. 13 on the campus circle drive and on the adjacent Baer parking lot

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Awards will be announced at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

"We had an excellent turnout at the car show last year in spite of the hot temperatures," said Mary Radcliff, assistant vice president and executive director of community relations at Lindenwood Belleville. "Having it in the fall this year, we expect an even better turnout from both the public and the number of classic cars that will be on campus."

For more information contact show organizer John Goodwin at 476-3175.

The Southwestern Illinois College Industrial Technology program has won the Clips and Clamps Industries Educational Institution Award from the Precision Metalforming Association.

"This is a great honor for us here at SWIC," Mark Bosworth, Industrial Technology Coordinator at the school, said. "This award comes from the hard work and help of our excellent students."

The college will be recognized at an awards reception in November during the organization's Fall Leadership Conference held in Chicago.

The SWIC Precision Machining Technology program includes training in manual machining, computer numerical control programming and set-up and computer-aided drafting and manufacturing. Students can also earn certifications recognized by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, which are valid all over the U.S.

"We are proud to receive this recognition from the PMAEF," SWIC Technical Education Dean Brad Sparks said. "We will continue to dedicate our efforts to improving the knowledge and career prospects of students in our area."

Clips and Clamps is one of several awards for the Technical Education division in the past year. Students Mike Campbell and Cody Coffin, both of Collinsville, won medals at the Skills USA National Competition this summer in Kansas City, Mo.

Coffin won gold in the precision machining technology competition and Campbell took bronze in the CNC turning category.

For more information on the SWIC Technical Education programs, contact the division at 618-931-0600, ext. 7476 or visit swic.edu/teched.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Bryon Graminski is the recipient of an American Concrete Institute Baker Student Fellowship.

The fellowship is for undergraduate students with a career interest in the construction industry. It is for students entering their junior or senior year who are studying civil engineering, structural engineering or construction industry management.

"Our chapter strives to achieve great things during our time here at SIUE and we use our experiences in ACI to advance ourselves into the future of the construction industry," Graminski said. "The construction management department is extremely helpful in providing opportunities for its students. They are extremely dedicated to ensuring we have the necessary tools to enter the workplace when we graduate."

The purpose of the student fellowship program is to attract and develop people for productive careers in the concrete field, according to Sparks.

During the academic year, each student will receive a $7,000 educational stipend for tuition, residence, books and materials, appropriate certificates, recognition and publicity, paid travel expenses and attendance fees for two ACI conventions. They are also assigned an industry mentor.

A senior from Collinsville, Graminski is working on a bachelor's degree in construction management. His career goals include earning a master's degree in construction management and starting his own company.

Tony Probst, SIUE ACI Student Chapter president, said the SIUE team won $200 for its runner-up finish in the pervious cylinders competition. The event took place Sept. 12 at the University of Missouri Kansas City civil engineering laboratories.

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