Lindenwood establishes new political science award

November 28, 2013 

Lindenwood University established a new political science award to honor former Illinois State Sen. Frank Watson.

The Frank Watson Political Science Award will be presented annually to a student from Lindenwood University-Belleville during the university's Honors Convocation.

"We are delighted to recognize Mr. Watson for the leadership he has shown, and his commitment to the residents of Illinois," said Jerry Bladdick, president of Lindenwood's Belleville campus. "The political science award named for Mr. Watson will be given to a Lindenwood University-Belleville student that demonstrates the same outstanding leadership and public service commitment that Mr. Watson has shown over the years."

Bladdick said Watson was a longtime champion of education. A Republican from Greenville, Watson served in the Illinois State Senate from 1983-09, the final six years of which he served as Senate Republican leader. Watson also served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1979-83.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville plays host to a final presentation by the visiting Chinese scholars from Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, China, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 6 in Founders Hall, room 0308.

The seven scholars have participated in the SIUE School of Education's International Training program in pedagogy for the last semester. They have observed classes in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business, Engineering and Education. They have also made presentations on their areas of research interest.

They are:

* Aiping Guan, finance and business

* Zuhua Dai and Honghong Chen, computer science and engineering

* Lan Wang, social work and sociology

* Kun Li, music in the area of piano

* Huajun Xiong, higher education

* Weijun Wang, educational technology

Mary Weishaar, associate dean of the SIUE School of Education, has worked closely with the SIUE School of Education leadership team for the program. She said those team members have been vital "to ensure the campus guests have a visit filled with a mix of education, culture, historical perspective and good old-fashioned fun."

See what McKendree University students have created in their fall semester art classes during an all student show at the McKendree Gallery of Art, 224 W. St. Louis St. in Lebanon.

The exhibition opens on Dec. 5, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. It continues through Dec. 23, with gallery hours by appointment. Every student enrolled in an art class this semester is required to submit work for the show. For many, it is the first time their work has been displayed in a formal setting.

For more information, visit www.mckendree.edu/artgallery.

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