June 11, 2014

Lindenwood adds three new undergraduate degrees

Lindenwood University-Belleville will add three new undergraduate degrees to its menu of course offerings starting this fall.

Bachelors of science degrees in athletic training and exercise science and a bachelor of arts degree in biology are the new additions. They bring the total number of degrees available at the Belleville campus to 35. Lindenwood Belleville also added an emphasis in homeland security to its bachelor of science degree program in criminal justice.

"We are pleased the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved Lindenwood University-Belleville to offer these degrees," campus dean of academics Keith Russell said. "We believe these programs provide exciting opportunities for our students to pursue majors that have excellent employment prospects in today's job market."

Previously, Lindenwood Belleville students could take two years of courses in the athletic training and exercise science programs. But they had to transfer to the main Lindenwood University campus in St. Charles to finish their last two years. A bachelor's of science in biology was offered in Belleville but not a bachelor of arts degree.

McKendree University of Lebanon has been named a "College of Distinction" for the 2014-15 school year by a national organization that rates institutions based on the engagement of their students, the quality of their instructors, the surrounding community and the success of their graduates.

Mckendree was the only metro-east school to get the designation from the organization Colleges of Distinction. Across the river, St. Louis University also was honored by the organization.

"At McKendree students obtain a balanced education" Colleges of Distinction writes of McKendree. "With all the advantages of a small town and just minutes away from the vibrant city of St. Louis, students have a myriad of opportunities for growth."

The College Activities Board at the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville campus is looking for new members.

College Activities Board members help plan special events and activities open to the entire student body, faculty and staff as well as events for the community.

"This is a great opportunity for students to get involved with campus events, learn leadership skills, meet other students and have fun," College Activities Coordinator Jeffrey Blue said.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Monday, June 16. You must be enrolled at SWIC to be eligible to apply.

For more information or to apply, stop by the College Activities office, Main Complex Room 1246; e-mail Blue at; or call 618-235-2700, ext. 5442.

A Chicago law firm is offering a $1,000 scholarship to post-graduate students who pursue a career as anything other than becoming a lawyer.

According to the Willens Law Offices, it costs about $180,000 to go to law school for three years and, when the student gets their diploma, they have less chance to find a job in their field than do holders of other post-graduate degrees.

"Whether the winning graduate wants to study business, IT or public health, the Anything But Law School Graduate Scholarship will encourage outstanding students to prepare for a career where there is both an immediate need for talent and lifelong career growth," according to Matthew Willens, founder and partner at Willens Law Office. "The legal profession is poorly served when our best students follow the herd or hibernate in law school only to enter a field where there are fewer jobs than graduates."

Applicants for the Anything But Law School Graduate Scholarship should submit a 1- to 3-page essay detailing why they chose their field of study and what their job prospects are. They also must submit complete copies of their undergraduate school transcripts with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. The application essay should be mailed to Willens Law Offices, 30 North La Salle St. No. 3450, Chicago, IL, 60602.

The deadline for the applications is July 31.

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