Student art winners named at SWIC

O’Fallon Township High School student Margaret Carr was the top prize winner at the Southwestern Illinois College High School Art Show.

Carr’s piece, a ceremic sculpture called “Forest Teapot,” received the Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois Award and the Mary Patricia Stumpf Tribute Award.

Katy Daiber, of Highland High School, won the Schmidt Picks Award with her portrait “Spaghetti Girl.”

Belleville East student Brenna Roche was the Gateway East Artist Guild Award winner for her ceramic mixed media piece “Memory Loss.”

More than 140 area high school students participated in the art show and contest.

Gregory Budzban has been recommended as dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences.

His permanent appointment is contingent upon SIU Board of Trustees approval.

Budzban brings more than 25 years of academic experience, along with six years of professional experience from Martin Marietta Aerospace, to SIUE. He previously served as chair of the department of mathematics and acting director of the STEM Education Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

“Dr. Budzban’s innovative vision and creative energy will enhance the future of CAS, the foundation of the University’s liberal arts education,” Parviz Ansari, SIUE provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs said. “His focus on program development and research funding opportunities will allow CAS to continue to grow and meet the challenges of changing fiscal and academic environments.”

Budzban said his plans to work closely with university officials to help the school thrive during tough economic times for higher education.

“Effective collaboration is essential to solve the increasingly complex problems facing universities and industries today,” Budzban said. “Fund raising is an important component of any dean position in the current academic climate. Additionally, program development is always an essential component of maintaining relevance and growth.”

Budzban maintains that educational leaders require an entrepreneurial spirit to achieve success. In 2014, he created the STEM Education Research Center at SIUC. As chair of the department of mathematics, he implemented the first university-wide online placement exam, “Early Intervention System” and “Success Course” structure.

“Every educational leader today must be at the forefront of the technological revolution,” explained Budzban. “My background in mathematics and computer sciences provides me with the precise qualifications necessary to take advantage of this on-going revolution.”

Budzban received a bachelor’s in mathematics, a master’s in theoretical computer sciences and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of South Florida.

Budzban’s post will begin Aug. 1. Stephen Hansen serves as interim dean of CAS following Dr. Aldemaro Romero’s resignation in December.

McKendree University leaders will help to relieve the pressure of final exams by providing an opportunity for students to visit with therapy dogs before their big tests.

Dogs will be available May 1-4 in the Holman Library reading room.

The visits will take place from 2-3 p.m. on May 1 and 2 and from 7-8 p.m. May 3 and 4.

School leaders said the dogs are a welcome distraction from students’ worries and the visits have been very popular in previous years.