Lindenwood hires new dean of admissions

News-DemocratOctober 23, 2013 

Lindenwood University-Belleville has hired Reeta Piirala-Skoglund to be its new dean of admissions.

The new position was created by the university to handle its growing student body, which has reached nearly 2,000 day and evening students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Since the creation of the day program in 2009, the number of traditional day students enrolled at Lindenwood University-Belleville has increased ten-fold in just four years from 100 to more than 1,000.

"We are delighted to welcome Ms. Piirala-Skoglund to campus as our dean of admissions," said Jerry Bladdick, president of Lindenwood University-Belleville. "Her vast recruiting experience will prove invaluable to our university as we enter the 2014 academic year and in the years to come."

Piirala-Skoglund said she was lured to Lindenwood by the excitement created by Lindenwood-Belleville's rapid growth.

"There are great things happening on campus, and I am excited to become part of the team," she said.

Piirala-Skoglund previously was the director of enrollment for West Virginia University's Institute of Technology and the associate director of admissions at Indiana University-Kokomo for several years. She earned her bachelor's degree in finance and economics and her MBA from Indiana University-Kokomo.

"Lindenwood University-Belleville continues to attract a high level of talent from across the country," Bladdick said. "Ms. Piirala-Skoglund's arrival is a testament to the widespread reputation for excellence that Lindenwood Belleville faculty, staff, and students are achieving on a national scale."

Lewis and Clark Community College is accepting nominations for coaches and athletes to be inducted into its Athletics Hall of Fame.

"Lewis and Clark has a rich athletic history of individuals who have made strong contributions to our teams," said Sean Hill, vice president of student engagement at Lewis and Clark. "Many of these individuals have continued their success at other colleges and in semi-professional and professional athletics. We are pleased to accept nominations for the Lewis and Clark Athletics Hall of Fame and honor some of the strongest athletic performers and contributors."

A maximum of three individuals will be inducted into the hall of fame this year. Nominations for inductees can be made by former players, coaches, college personnel, contributors and supporters of athletics and sports professionals, such as sportswriters, photographers and sports editors and directors.

To suggest someone for the honor, go to to download a nomination form. For more information call Kimberly Ruby in the Lewis and Clark Student Engagement Office at 618-468-6001.

A selection committee comprising college representatives, sports editors and directors and alumni will vote on nominations. Inductees will be honored during a ceremony next spring.

Greenville College announced major changes for its 37-year-old Christian music festival, AgapeFest.

The next edition of the event will take place April 26 at the Family Arena in St. Charles. Previously it had been a two-day event held at the Bond County Fairgrounds.

Greenville College leaders said the decision for the change of location was inspired by a variety of weather-related issues in recent years at the fairgrounds. Festival organizers decided to move to an indoor, secure location so those issues would be taken out of the picture in the future.

The Family Arena provides a state-of-the-art performance center with ample indoor seating for AgapeFest fans and an adjacent parking lot.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at or 618-239-2626.

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