Lindenwood administrator receives top Rotary Club award

News-DemocratJuly 16, 2014 

Mary Reuter, who is Lindenwood University-Belleville assistant vice president and executive director of community relations, has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Belleville Rotary Club.

The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, one of the co-founders of Rotary, which was established in 1905. It was created in his honor to express appreciation for individuals' contributions to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation and to honor those who fund, implement, and manage an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world, as well as enhance international friendship and understanding.

"It is an honor to be named a Paul Harris Fellow," Reuter said. "The community relationships and friendships I have formed through the Belleville Rotary are so rewarding, not only for me as a person, but also for the Lindenwood University family."

Barbara Cempura, president of the Belleville Rotary Club, presented Reuter with the honorary certificate and medallion on behalf of Rotary International.

"Mary serves on the Belleville Rotary Club Board of Directors and works with the committees that host the football banquet recognizing area high school seniors who excel in football, as well as the Young Women of Achievement Awards Dinner recognizing female seniors who excel in academics, sports, volunteer service, and the arts," Cempura said.

Reuter said it's important to her to contribute to the community and make a difference.

"Character is earned, not purchased, and if we live by the ideas of respect and understanding that are central to Rotary, we can make our community and work a better place," Reuter said.

Southwestern Illinois College will present "Black Comedy" by Peter Shaffer in the Main Complex Theatre on its Belleville campus at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, July 25-26 and at 2 p.m. Sunday and July 27.

"This is a side-splittingly funny show," Jeff Blue, Coordinator of College Activities and Theater Operations at SWIC, said. "This cast will get everyone laughing."

Tickets are $10 per person. If seats remain, free Student Rush tickets will be given out at the door. Students must have a valid SWIC student ID to receive a ticket. Individuals 55 and older may purchase half-price tickets.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call College Activities at 618-235-2700, ext. 5561.

The Belleville campus is located at 2500 Carlyle Ave.

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start Program has received a $11.6 million federal grant to fund a five-year program called "Birth to Five," named for the ages of the children who will receive services.

The SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Program, under the leadership of Program Director G. Lynnie Bailey with the support of the SIUE Office of Research and Projects, successfully completed the grant process. The SIUE Head Start programs competed for funding through the Office of Head Start's Designation Renewal System.

Bailey will manage the five-year grant worth more than $58 million through June 2019. It helps fund 198 employees at the administrative office located on the SIUE's East St. Louis Center campus.

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