Higher Education Matters: SIUE wants community input during chancellor search

Scott Wuerz
Scott Wuerz

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wants to know what traits you’d like to see in the school’s next chancellor.

SIUE’s Chancellor Search Advisory Committee has invited community members to a “listening session” to request input regarding the qualities needed in the position of chancellor.

A session for both SIUE alumni and community members is scheduled from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday in the Morris University Center’s Oak/Redbud Room on campus.

Gireesh Gupchup, dean of the SIUE School of Pharmacy, is chair of the Search Advisory Committee as SIUE seeks a successor to former Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, who left the university in August. Stephen Hansen is serving as the interim chancellor through the 2015-16 academic year.

Metro Construction Career Expo

The Southern Illinois Builders Association and the Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program will host the Metro Construction Career Expo for students on Nov. 2-5. This year, for the first time, a special evening session is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 so parents can also attend and learn about the advantages of a position with the construction trades. The evening event is free and open to the public.

The expo will be held at the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East in Belleville. Approximately 1,000 students from schools throughout Southwestern Illinois have already signed up to attend the four-day event.

SIBA and SICAP aim to raise awareness about the advantages of career opportunities in the construction sector, which incorporates a variety of trades, including painters, carpenters, cement masons, electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, laborers, ironworkers, sheet metal workers, operating engineers and plasterers.

The expo will help students and their families get a clearer picture of those jobs, which are accompanied by a high wage, averaging almost $33 per hour plus benefits of $22 per hour, for a total of $55 per hour.

For more information about the Metro Construction Career Expo, or to sign up a school group to attend, contact Donna Richter at SIBA at 618-624-9055.

McKendree student in debate

McKendree University junior Jalyn King, will participate in “Suspended Futures: The School Discipline Debate,” a forum organized by St. Louis Public Radio, the Nine Network of Public Media and Focus St. Louis.

The forum will examine the link between school discipline, suspension and expulsion, and racial bias in the St. Louis area. The 90-minute town hall meeting, part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s “American Graduate” series, will bring together students, parents, community leaders and nonprofits to create further awareness of the issue, its impact and possible solutions.

King, a health and wellness major, became involved with the program through her summer job with the East St. Louis Park District. She will take part in the videotaped discussion, to be streamed live on Wednesday 7 p.m. For information, visit

Job fair for veterans

Southwestern Illinois College will host a job fair for veterans next week. The job fair runs from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the SWIC Belleville Campus Varsity Gym, 2500 Carlyle Ave.

“This event is focused on veterans, but all individuals are welcome,” said Bonnie Heuer, Career Center and Veterans Services coordinator. “We will have more than 100 employers and service providers in attendance.”

Individuals should arrive dressed to impress with plenty of copies of their resumes, she added.

To see the entire list of attending companies, visit

The event is a partnership between SWIC Veteran and Career Services Center and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

For more information, contact Heuer at 618-235-2700, ext. 5552.