You can say you saw these students’ artwork before they made it big

Two Lindenwood University-Belleville students have been invited to display their artwork at the upcoming Black and White and Art All Over event scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at 30 Public Square in Belleville.

The students are Ginger Hannah Stockett, of Swansea, and Lorman Johnson of Nassau, Bahamas.

“We’re very excited for our students to be invited to display their artwork,” said Professor Shauntey James. “For students to be involved in a show at this level is a big deal.”

Sponsors of the art show include Art on the Square, Racial Harmony, Grimm & Gorly Florist, Cupcakes Too, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern and Lindenwood University-Belleville.

This event is free and open to the public, and artwork will be on sale for attendees to purchase.

For more information, contact James at 618-671-6050 or

Immigration reform activist to speak at McKendree

Cesar Vargas, an immigration reform activist and founder of the Dream Action Coalition, will open McKendree University’s 2016-2017 Chapel Series at noon on Sept. 13. The public is welcome to attend at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on campus.

At age 5, Vargas crossed the border with his family from Tijuana, Mexico, into San Diego. He grew up in New York and went on to become the first undocumented person granted permission to practice law in New York state. Named one of the “top 40 Under 40 Latinos in American Politics,” he is a Latino outreach strategist for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

SIUE Office of Student Affairs restructured

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple has made multiple personnel moves to restructure responsibilities within the department for the 2016-17 academic year. The goal of the restructuring was to capitalize on experienced, internal talent and address areas of focus that required greater attention to enhance university retention efforts.

Kara Shustrin has been promoted to associate dean of students/director of student conduct.

Waple has merged the director of the Morris University Center/Student Success Center with the director of the Kimmel Student Involvement Center. Kelly Jo Karnes has assumed that leadership role.

Last month, Tarsha Moore joined the department as a student program adviser for transition programs and outreach.

Professor appointed president of pharmacy group

Lisa Lubsch, clinical associate professor in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, has been appointed president of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group. She had served as president-elect for the past year.

The Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group’s membership spans 50 states and 20 foreign countries, and is the primary resource for pediatric medication therapy in children. The group develops educational programs for practitioners and families to influence the safe and effective use of medications in children.

“I’m excited and honored to accept this role,” Lubsch said. “To be amongst the previous PPAG presidents, all of whom are major players in the field of pediatric pharmacy, is humbling.”

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe