Associate Professor Andrea Boyles of Lindenwood University-Belleville was recently honored by the 17th Street Corridor Neighborhood Association in Belleville.
Boyles received the 2016 Soar Award during an event on Oct. 20 at Governor French Academy in Belleville. Boyles is chair of Lindenwood University-Belleville’s Social and Behaviorial Sciences Division.
“It’s very humbling, to be honest,” Boyles said in a news release. “I don’t do what I do for recognition. I’m kind of a sucker for helping and assisting disadvantaged populations. That is a very sensitive place for me. It’s my passion. I do what I do because I enjoy people and I love paying it forward.”
Boyles is involved in the neighborhood association’s Dr. Martin Luther King program and the First Love Yourself — or FLY — program.
“A Soar Award recipient is a special person who has gone above and beyond in their contributions to make a significant difference in the Belleville School District and community,” the association’s Alicia Bradley said in a news release. “We appreciate great educators like Dr. Boyles. They have helped many of us F.L.Y. in more than one way.”
SIUE to host ‘Explore Academic Excellence Day’
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences invites prospective and current students to explore career and learning opportunities during its inaugural Explore Academic Excellence Day.
The event will be held Saturday on campus from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for prospective students, and 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for current students. Registration is due by Thursday.
The college’s different programs will be on display including music, sociology, international studies, political science, mathematics and statistics. Attendees will be given information on admissions, financial aid and housing and can attend breakout sessions.
Participants can also participate in a walking tour of SIUE’s campus and student housing complexes.
Music recital featuring SWIC professor
German composers Robert and Clara Schumann will join Perseid Quartet and Southwestern Illinois College Music Professor Diana Umali, who will play the piano.
The recital will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Schmidt Art Center on the SWIC Belleville Campus. The program is expected to last about an hour with a reception afterward. The public is invited to attend the free event.
Members of The Perseid Quartet have degrees from top music conservatories in the United States and have experience that ranges from performing in community music schools to a rock band.
For more information, visit perseidstringquartet.com.
Tamburitzans to bring international cultures to the stage
The Tamburitzans will perform at the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation student scholarship fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Granite City Senior High School Performing Arts Center. The doors open at 6:15 p.m.
The young performers, wearing elaborate costumes, will share international cultural heritages through music and dance.
Proceeds from the event benefit the John N. and Diana Bellcoff Memorial Tamburitzans scholarships for students attending SWIC’s Granite City Campus.
Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance from Norma Bellcoff at 618-692-6150 or 618-978-1522; the SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus Business Office, 4950 Maryville Road; the SWIC Belleville Campus Foundation Office, Main Complex Room 2240, 2500 Carlyle Ave.; the SWIC Red Bud Campus Student Development Office; or by telephone at 618-235-2700, ext. 5663.
Nursing honor society chartered
McKendree University Honor Society of Nursing was officially chartered as the Psi Epsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society on Oct. 2 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts.
Chartering officer Sandra Bibb presented Psi Epsilon with a charter and coat of arms. Officers of the new McKendree University chapter of Sigma Theta Tau are Dr. Janice Wiegmann, president; Amy Piontek, vice president; Dr. Jan Albers, secretary; Paula Bull, treasurer; Sara Bolten, counselor and governance committee chair; and Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe, leadership succession chair.
The chapter has 74 charter members.