SWIC event will honor Martin Luther King Jr.

News-DemocratJanuary 15, 2014 

American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored at a special observance event Thursday, Jan. 23 at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.

The program starts at 11 a.m. and continues until 12:15 p.m. at the Main Complex Theatre, 2500 Carlyle Ave. Attendance is free and open to the public.

The program will feature a performance by the New Life in Christ Drama Ministry, a "Development of a Leader" presentation by SWIC Professor of Sociology Michael Smith, Ph.D., and a special reading of "I Have a Dream" by sisters Mahdina, Morrocca and Jochabay McGeebey of East St. Louis.

For more information, contact Jeff Blue at 618-235-2700, ext. 5442.


Judith M. Blase-Woodruff has been named director of corporate relations at Lindenwood University. Her duties include managing the strategy and growth of the school's corporate relations initiatives and fostering positive working relationships with the regional business community.

An Illinois native, Woodruff brings three decades of fundraising and advancement experience to the role, most recently serving as executive director of the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias which is based in Fairview Heights.

Woodruff previously held positions as Director of Development for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business, Fontbonne University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and McKendree University.

She holds a bachelor's degree in music and is a certified fundraising executive.

"We're delighted to bring Judith on board to strengthen our outreach and relationship- building with our region's corporate neighbors," said Susan Mangels, vice president for institutional advancement at Lindenwood University. "Her work in this area will benefit Lindenwood's fundraising programs and also enable us to strengthen our internship programs, sponsorship opportunities, and avenues for adult enrollment in our degree programs."


Registration is open for McKendree University's sixth annual "Ramble into Spring" road race on Saturday, March 22.

The event offers three distance options: a 5K run-walk, a 10K run or a 10-mile run. Start time is 8 a.m.

The 3.1, 6.2, and 10-mile courses begin at the center of campus and travel through historic downtown Lebanon, celebrating its bicentennial this year. The 5K route then heads north to the community's Horner Park and returns to the finish line on campus. The 10K and 10-mile races wind through the rolling, scenic, rural landscape of northern St. Clair County and also finish back at McKendree.

Registration is $15 in advance or $20 on race day. Sign up in person on campus at the Intramural in the Melvin Price Convocation Center; mail in the downloadable registration form at www.mckendree.edu/raceday; or register online (for a small fee) at active.com. Mailed entries must be postmarked by March 18.

Short-sleeve T-shirts and post-race refreshments will be provided while they last. Medals and trophies go to age group and overall winners. All registered participants, 12 years old and younger, will receive "Finisher" medals.

McKendree's "Ramble into Spring" is one of nearly a dozen sanctioned St. Clair County "Get Up & Go!" Cup events.

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