July 2, 2014

Annual Allsup Entrepreneur Academy slated for SWIC

Southwestern Illinois College soon will host its annual Allsup Entrepreneur Academy at the Belleville campus.

The academy is a weeklong chance for high school students to learn about and create their own businesses. It is open to all students who are in high school or who will enter high school in the fall.

"We are proud to welcome Jim Allsup, owner of Allsup Inc.," said Janet Fontenot, dean of SWIC's Business Division. "The experiences he shares with attendees about the work he put into founding his company opens their eyes to the possibilities of being their own boss, fitting their business plans to a need and helping to fulfill their owner-entrepreneurial dream."

To register, call 618-235-2700 extension 5472 or call

Students must register by July 14. A $25 deposit is required but refunded upon successful completion of the program.

McKendree University senior honors student Lindsay Hansard, of Belleville, will spend the fall semester studying literary modernism in the Midwest at one of the country's premier libraries.

The English and philosophy double major will take part in the Newberry Library Research Seminar in Chicago, a highly selective annual program for undergraduates. Students live, work and conduct independent research in the humanities at the library, essentially as scholars in residence.

"I am truly excited to conduct research on the primary documents, texts and maps that the Newberry Library has to offer," Hansard said. "My research will be on the development of literary modernism in the Midwest, and more specifically, Chicago. The Newberry has extensive holdings on Midwestern modernists -- Sherwood Anderson, for instance, and some in Hemingway -- and I am excited to explore these holdings and develop my research over the course of the semester.

"Although New York, Paris and London often get much of the credit for modernism, I will argue that the Midwest offered a unique and essential contribution to the development of modernism as a literary, philosophical, and social movement."

Students selected for the program must demonstrate that they have the skills and discipline required to produce an independent, comprehensive research project in one semester. Hansard's project will culminate in a 60- to 70-page paper with a digital component.

"The Newberry Library is one of the most respected and esteemed research libraries in the world. This is a wonderful opportunity and will prepare her exceptionally well for the primary document research she will do in graduate school," said Martha Patterson, professor of English and coordinator of prestigious scholarships and fellowships at McKendree.

J.L. Kemp, associate professor of psychology at McKendree University, has been named chancellor of the 11-state North-Northwestern Region for the Pi Gamma Mu international honor society in social sciences.

Kemp, a Belleville resident, is the faculty adviser to the Pi Gamma Mu chapter at McKendree.

Pi Gamma Mu recognizes good scholarship and promotes excellence by enriching service projects, publications, a scholarship program and guest lecture grants to its chapters.

The Illinois Education Research Council at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been awarded a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and a two-year $50,000 grant from the Wallace Foundation.

The McCormick Foundation grant will allow the IERC to examine the initial implementation of Illinois' new policy for redesigning principal preparation programs from the university and pre-K through 12th grade perspectives.

"We are excited to work with the McCormick and Wallace Foundations, and statewide stakeholders to undertake this research study, which will inform the next stages of the continuous improvement process for Illinois' principal preparation programs," said Janet Holt, IERC executive director.

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955 following the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Foundation is one of the nation's largest, with more than $1 billion in assets.

The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children.

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