July 23, 2014

McKendree ranked one of the best universities to work for in country

McKendree University is not only the lone school from the metro-east to be named on the Chronicle of Higher Education's Great Schools to Work For honor roll. It is the only school in Illinois to get the distinction.

"The Chronicle's reporting shows that more colleges and universities are seeking ways to improve their workplaces," Liz McMillen, editor of the publication, said. "The formula for success continues to evolve, yet there are certain common features among institutions that achieve significant levels of worker satisfaction. The Great Colleges to Work For program allows our readers to learn about the colleges that seem to be getting it right."

McKendree is one of 42 colleges and universities on the 2014 Honor Roll and the only Midwest institution on the list in the medium-size enrollment category.

The Chronicle, in the report released this week, called the schools on the list "the best of the best." Schools that are named near the top of several judging categories are named to the honor roll. McKendree earned Honor Roll status by rating highly in seven of 12 categories. Faculty and staff members gave the university high marks for teaching environment, confidence in senior leadership, professional and career development programs, supervisor or department chair relationships, collaborative governance, respect and appreciation, and tenure clarity and process.

The results are based on a survey of nearly 43,516 employees at 278 colleges and universities. In all, 92 institutions -- 71 four-year and 21 two-year institutions -- achieved "Great College to Work For" recognition for specific best practices and policies.

Survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: An institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution; and a survey administered to full-time faculty, administrators and professional support staff. Employee feedback was the primary factor in determining Great Colleges to Work For recognition.

Shannon Hennessey has been named the new director of Graduate Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Jerry Weinberg, SIUE's associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, said he thinks Hennessey is an excellent choice for the job.

"As director of Graduate Education, Hennessey's responsibilities include administering programs and services for graduate students, assisting with graduate program assessment and review, and supporting the development and administration of new interdisciplinary graduate programs," Weinberg said.

Hennessey joined SIUE in 2001 serving as a hall director, academic advisor and instructor, and most recently as assistant director for First Year Services. In her 13 years with SIUE, she introduced drop-in advising in the Academic Advising Office and piloted group advising within the residence halls to students with intended majors in business and the health professions.

Hennessey has served on the campus-wide General Education Assessment Committee and chaired the office-wide Advising Assessment Committee. She also has worked with first-year, continuing, transfer and international students. She also provided intensive support to under-prepared and academically recovering students.

"SIUE has a strong reputation for their outstanding graduate programs, and I look forward to this opportunity to continue to serve the University in this new role," Hennessey said.

Lindenwood University-Belleville will present the Ainad Drum and Bugel Corps on Saturday as part of its 2014 Summer Rythm and Music Series.

The show will be held at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium on its campus at 2600 W. Main Street campus.

The show will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the City of Belleville and pay Tribute to the Drum and Bugle Corps of Southwest Illinois, The Ainad Drum and Bugle Corps - along with the Highlanders - will salute the Belleville Black Nights, the Crusaders, the Bellettes and the Gabrielettes throughout the show.

Tickets re $20 at the show. They can be purchased by calling the box office at (844) 843-5969.

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