Lindenwood to host career fair

News-DemocratMarch 19, 2014 

Lindenwood University-Belleville will host a career fair from 1:30-5:30 p.m. March 27 in the Recreation Gym on campus. This event is free and open to the public.

"We have over 20 employers already signed up to attend this career fair, and that number is growing," said Dr. Sarah Patterson-Mills, assistant professor of counseling at Lindenwood and coordinator of this year's career fair. "If you are a current student or someone looking to expand your career opportunities, come to Lindenwood Belleville on March 27 and network with professionals in a wide range of fields."

Some of the employers with representatives attending the fair include Target, Schnucks, Gateway Grizzlies, AAA, Northwest Mutual, and Coldwell Banker.

Lindenwood Belleville is still accepting booth reservations for employers who wish to attend. Please contact the Lindenwood Student Counseling and Resource Center for more information at 618-239-6161 or the Counseling Department at 618-239-6087.

Students from 29 southwestern Illinois high schools competed in the Illinois Sectional tournament of the 2014 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge, held March 10 at McKendree University.

The top schools in each of four divisions, based on enrollment size, were Governor French Academy, Nashville, Waterloo and Edwardsville.

Participants came from Belleville West, Bond County, Central Community of Breese, Centralia, Chester, Christ Our Rock Lutheran in Centralia, Collinsville, Dupo, Edwardsville, Freeburg, Gibault of Waterloo, Governor French Academy in Belleville, Highland, Lebanon, Marissa, Mascoutah, Mater Dei in Breese, Mulberry Grove, Nashville, O'Fallon, Okawville, Red Bud, Salem, Sandoval, South Central of Farina, Sparta, Steeleville, Waterloo and Wesclin.

The Academic Challenge tests high school students in seven subjects. Competing individually and on school teams, students are tested on biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math and physics. Test material is drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula and written by college and university faculty. Exams of increasing levels of difficulty are given at the regional, sectional and state finals.

Eight school teams -- Governor French, Okawville, Nashville, Freeburg, Waterloo, Mascoutah, Edwardsville and O'Fallon -- and more than 40 students will advance to the state finals in Champaign next month.

Sectional results are at and team photos are at

This was the 11th year that the McKendree University has hosted the competition. Jim Feher, professor of computer science and computer information systems at McKendree, chairs the WYSE advisory board.

"It's fantastic to give recognition to so many outstanding young students for their achievement in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics," Feher said.

"Dead Man Walking" author and activist Sister Helen Prejean will discuss the death penalty and social justice in a pair of presentations on March 27 at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.

Prejean will present "Dead Man Walking -- The Journey Continues" at 2 p.m. in the Theatre and 7 p.m. in the Varsity Gym at the SWIC Belleville Campus at 2500 Carlyle Ave. Book signings will immediately follow each presentation, and books will be available for purchase.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. Reserve your seats at ensure sufficient seating.

After witnessing Patrick Sonnier's execution, Prejean wrote the book, "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States." The book served as the basis for the 1995 Oscar-winning movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and later was developed into an opera, and a play for high schools and colleges.

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

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