2 SIUE nursing instructors awarded fellowships

News-DemocratJanuary 22, 2014 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing instructors Michele Beatty and Stacy Skelton have received Nurse Educator Fellowship Program Awards.

Beatty and Skelton teach in the Department of Primary Care and Health Systems Nursing. They are among 22 nursing faculty in Illinois colleges and universities selected by the Illinois Board of Higher Education for the honor.

"The School of Nursing is extremely proud of Michele and Stacy for being recipients of this competitive fellowship," Anne Perry, SIUE School of Nursing interim dean, said. "It is a great opportunity that will contribute to the retention of these two extremely skilled and compassionate faculty members."

The State of Illinois faces shortages of both well-trained nurses and highly qualified nursing faculty to educate students, according to SIUE leaders. The Nurse Educator Fellowship Program serves as a retention tool to keep nursing faculty at institutions of higher learning that award nursing degrees. Beatty and Skelton's fellowships will be used to supplement their salaries.

"The IBHE Nurse Educator Fellowship Award is highly competitive," said Andy Griffin, interim chair of the SIUE Department of Primary Care and Health Systems Nursing. "So, it is an honor for both faculty members and our School of Nursing.

"Through this program, our awardees will be able to expand their skills as teacher-scholars. They will participate in several seminars and conferences related to health profession and nursing education. Ultimately, SIUE nursing students will benefit from their increased level of expertise."

Illinois institutions of higher learning with a nursing program nominate the fellows. The programs must be approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission.

According to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, each of the award recipients gets $9,061. They are only eligible to win the award a maximum of once every five years.


The highly acclaimed 2013 film "12 Years a Slave" will be shown at McKendree University's Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on Sunday.

Two screenings will be held, at 2 and 7 p.m. Admission is free for McKendree University students and $5 for the public.

"This may be the most important film ever made on the topic of America's slave-owning history. We are pleased to able to screen just one week before the Academy Awards, where I expect it to do well," said Peter Palermo, director of the Hettenhausen Center.

Based on a true story, the film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northrup, a free African-American from upstate New York who was abducted and sold into slavery in pre-Civil War Louisiana. The film is nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture, best actor, best supporting actor and actress, best director and adapted screenplay.

The film won the Golden Globes' best picture (drama) award, given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and tied for best picture chosen by the Producers Guild of America.

Purchase tickets online at www.theHett.com or at the box office. For more information call 618-537-6865.


The Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus Cafe will serve up a variety of polka, swing, jazz and rock and roll music this spring when College Activities presents its popular Concerts in the Cafe series.

The performances will be held on Tuesdays. They include:

* Waterloo German Band, Feb. 4

* The Casuals, March 4

* You Can't Beat Experience Band, April 1

* The Don James Band, May 6.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. Admission is free. All bands are subject to change.

The Cafe is located on the first floor of the Main Complex, 2500 Carlyle Ave. Parking for the event is available in Lot M3.

Contact College Activities at 618-235-2700, ext. 5561, for more information about the concert series.

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