Higher Education: SWIC to offer military members, vets free child care while they attend classes

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Members of the active military and veterans who don’t have time to go to college because they’re too busy taking care of their kids now have another option.

Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation, they can now attend classes at SWIC while their children are cared for in the Kids Club for free.

“The SWIC Veterans & Career Services center does a phenomenal job helping our students navigate through their available benefits,” SWIC President Georgia Costello said. “However, these benefits don’t always cover the cost of child care. This grant will ensure that our veterans won’t have to choose between an education and caring for their children.”

At Kids Club, children participate in high-quality, research-based programs while their parents attend classes, according to Costello. As part of the grant, family events and parenting workshops will be provided on campus. In addition, parents and children will have access to free tutoring.

Recently, the Kids Club received the Gold Circle of Quality Award from ExceleRate Illinois designating the facility as a top child care provider in the region.

Kids’ Club is only available to registered SWIC students and offers care for children ages 3-12 who are able to use the restroom unassisted. Day and evening hours are available, and both Pell Grant and CHASI are accepted.

Rates are $125 for weekly care, $4 per hour ($2.50 for each additional child) for reserved care and $5 per hour ($3.50 for each additional child) for occasional care.

For more information about Kids’ Club or to arrange for child care, call 618-235-2700, ext. 5543, or visit

It appears interest in the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine’s new International Advanced Placement Program is very popular.

Through spring and early summer, the new program accepted more than 330 applications for the six seats available during its inaugural year, according to school leaders.

The IAPP is designed to enable qualified dentists, who have graduated from an acknowledged international dental school, to pursue a doctorate of Dental Medicine degree at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.

The degree allows the holder to take licensure examinations and to obtain a license to practice in the United States.

The new program will accept its inaugural class of six advanced placement students during 2015 and begin instruction on Feb. 29, 2016.

It will be a full-time, Monday through Friday, 27-month program.

IAPP graduates will have acquired the requisite knowledge and skills to engage in a contemporary dental practice. The first IAPP class will graduate with the School of Dental Medicine class of 2018.

The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at McKendree University celebrates 10 years of “McKendree Presents” in its 2015-16 season.

Tickets will be available to the public starting at noon on Sept. 8, online at, the box office, or by calling 618-537-6863.

Performing will be:

▪  Oct. 1 & 2, 7:30 p.m.: The Count Basie Orchestra, carrying on William “Count” Basie’s musical legacy, has won numerous jazz awards and 18 Grammys.

▪  Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.: Classic Albums Live: Dark Side of the Moon recreates the 1973 Pink Floyd album track for track, note for note.

▪  Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.: The St. Louis Brass Band with virtuoso tuba player Patrick Sheridan, a former member of “The President’s Own Marine Band.”

▪  Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.: Folk songstress Aysenur Kolivar explores the music and traditions of her Turkish heritage, presented by Arts Midwest World Fest.

▪  Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.: Aquila Theatre: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes features British and American stage actors in a witty, fast-paced production about the legendary London sleuth.

▪  Nov. 22, 3 p.m.: The angelic voices of the Vienna Boys’ Choir open the holiday season

▪  Dec. 8 and 9, 7:30 p.m.: U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America presents its holiday concert

▪  Dec. 20, 3 p.m.: COCA Presents The Little Dancer, the tale of Degas’ famous statuette who comes to life and dances through various works of art, performed by Ballet Eclectica.

▪  Jan. 23, 2016, 7:30 p.m.: Tomáš Kubínek, “Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible,” an exuberant one-man show combining comedy, vaudeville, theatre and music hall.

▪  Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.: Chamber Project Saint Louis makes its Hett debut, joined by soprano Stella Markou, featuring selections by Massenet, Ravel and more.

▪  Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.: Vocalosity by “Pitch Perfect” music director and arranger Deke Sharon features a cappella singers exploring styles from classic to current hits.

▪  Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Celtic Nights takes the audience on a musical journey of Irish history, folklore, pride and passion through song, dance and storytelling.

▪  March 10, 7:30 p.m.: Eisenhower Dance: The Light Show cleverly pairs choreography with unique lighting design for a visually striking evening of dance.

▪  April 7, 7:30 p.m.: Cameron Carpenter, featuring the International Touring Organ in a diverse repertoire of Bach, film scores, original works, jazz and pop.

▪  April 29, 7:30 p.m.: Baladino, a world music ensemble, blends centuries-old folk melodies brought to Israel from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Arabic countries.

Lindenwood University will celebrate the top 40 alumni of its nontradition student night school program on Sept. 10.

The program formally known as Lindenwood College of Individualized Education has recently changed its name to the School of Accelerated Degree Programs.

“We are thrilled to be able to honor some of our greatest alumni,” said Gina Ganahl, dean of the program. “You know, this program has been very successful over the years so it was very difficult to select just 40 individuals. There were many, many outstanding candidates.”

The 40 being honored are: Bonnie Barczykowski (’87, ’97), Cindy Brendel (’04), Glenn Bruce (’14), Mary Caldwell (’12), Pam Carter (’98), Jason Cleaveland (’13), Katrina Davis (’14), Michael DeVault (’13), Theodore Douglas (’10), Cynthia DuBois (’12), Jan Dunlap (’97), Mike Force (’03), Jennifer Gettman (’86, ’95), Ron Gorgen (’98), Stephen Groppe (’07, ’12), Michael Holler (’87, ’90), Thomas Horan (’11), Harry J. Jackson Jr. (’98), Rachel Jackson-Bramwell (’13), Lisa Kang (’10), Rebecca Klein (’14), Leigh Kolb (’07), Sharon Kramer (’93, ’98), Janet Lewien (’04), Joi Niedner (’98), Jonathan Ohmes (’94), Kimberly Prescott (’02), Cassandra Ray (’07), David Robben (’11), Robert Ronkoski (’07), Jason Rubin (’14), Tarsha Scott (’13, ’14), Erika Sinner (’12), Mark Stiffler (’95), Michael Testa (’10, ’11), John Tuohy (’15), Fred Venturini (’09), Generald Wilson (’13), Kathleen Wilson (08), Catherine Woodside (’12).

The banquet honoring the students will be held in St. Charles, Mo., in the city’s convention center.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at or 618-239-2626. Follow him on Twitter: @scottwuerzBND.