Lindenwood honors to be bestowed

News-DemocratApril 16, 2014 

Lindenwood University-Belleville will honor students for their academic achievement in an honors convocation ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Lindenwood Auditorium on campus.

Students who will be recognized with academic and community service awards are:

* Graduate Business Students of the Year - Cody Walker of Peoria Heights and Eric Partenheimer of Belleville.

* Undergraduate Business Student of the Year -- John Krodinger of Desoto, Mo.

* Counseling Student of the Year -- Shannon Vallowe of Millstadt.

* Outstanding Criminal Justice Major -- Joshua Bowles of Antioch.

* Education Student of the Year, Christa Barnett of Millstadt.

* LU-Belleville Essay Contest Winner -- Kim Meyenburg of O'Fallon.

* Outstanding Humanities Student -- Samantha O'Keefe of Florissant, Mo.

* Outstanding LCIE Graduate Student -- Maggie Lopez of Belleville.

* Norman F. Ackermann Award of Academic and Community Excellence -- Michael Mojzis of Fairview Heights.

* Outstanding Psychology Student of the Year -- Kim Meyenburg of O'Fallon.

* Barbara and Fred J. Kern Community Service Award -- Bryce Meigs of Salem.

* Frank Watson Political Science Award -- Andrew Wall of St. Peters, Mo.

* Garrett C. Reuter Fine and Performing Arts Award -- Stephen Dunn of O'Fallon.

* Undergraduate Healthcare Management Award -- Amber Branchini of Belleville.

* Graduate Healthcare Management Award -- Lindsay Brueggemann of O'Fallon.

"Honors Convocation is a very special annual event at Lindenwood University-Belleville in which we take great pride," Jerry Bladdick, Lindenwood-Belleville Campus President, said. "We have so many talented students in a wide variety of academic fields, and at Honors Convocation, we are able to recognize those students who are at the top of their class for their hard work and dedication throughout the year."

The awards are endowed, and the recipients were selected by faculty members and donors.

An East St. Louis native has been named interim president of St. Louis Community College's Forest Park campus.

Roderick Nunn, vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions, will lead the campus, effective May 14.

Nunn will replace Cindy Hess, who has accepted a position at Tulsa Community College.

Nunn joined STLCC in 2008. In his current position, he oversees the Corporate College, Workforce Solutions and the Continuing Education division. Nunn is known nationally for his work in workforce development.

"I've always looked forward to the opportunity to lead an academic institution, and this is a great opportunity to move in that direction," he said. "I know STLCC has a great future as one of the leading institutions of higher education in St. Louis. This is an exciting time at St. Louis Community College. I'm proud to be a part of the college and the high academic standards we represent with our top faculty as well as our career and continuing education offerings."

Nunn has a doctorate in management from the University of Maryland-University College's Community College Policy and Administration program. Nunn holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Illinois Springfield, and a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

SWIC will host a variety of green activities for Earth Week, including several free recycling opportunities, prescription medication disposal, informational sessions and a concert.

Festivities will start Monday at the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road.

RNA Worldwide will host a free electronics recycling drop-off from 9 a.m. until noon in the South Parking Lot. On Tuesday a free prescription medication disposal drop-off will be provided from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the Public Safety office.

The Belleville Campus will hold an Earth Week celebration April 25 in Parking Lot M5 from 10 a.m. until noon.

Guests are invited to check out green displays, test drive the Nissan LEAF, enjoy a solar-powered concert and take part in some children's activities. Free recycling opportunities include electronics, prescription medication, shoes, planting pots, batteries, handbags, eyeglasses and printer and toner cartridges.

Members of the community are invited to bring in their old computers, televisions, VCRs, DVD players, home electronics, washers, dryers, refrigerators and more to recycle through RNAWorldwide from 9 a.m. until noon. Those individuals disposing of prescription medication must bring medication in its original container.

For more information, visit or contact the Sustainability Center at 618-235-2700, ext. 5666, or

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