Higher Education: McKendree professor named to museum board

Scott Wuerz
Scott Wuerz

McKendree University history professor Shelly Lemons has been named to the board of the Mother Jones Museum in Mt. Olive.

Lemons, who also teaches women’s studies, joins the board along with University of Illinois-Springfield history professor Devin Hunter.

“Our new members bring to the board expertise in history and museum development,” Mother Jones Museum Board President Nelson Grman said. “We are excited to have them on board.”

The Mother Jones Museum is currently open, but only at introductory levels, Grman said. The board is currently working to raise funds to complete and to operate the museum which honors the legacy of labor leader Mary Harris Jones and the impact of the labor movement on American culture.

Jones is buried in Mt. Olive in the country’s only union-operated cemetery.

Visit to learn about the museum or to make a donation.

SWIC scholarships up for grabs

It is time to apply for Southwestern Illinois College scholarships.

New students, current students and students who plan to graduate in the spring or summer and transfer to a four-year school are eligible to apply for the funds to pay for the 2016 school year.

One application will give the student an opportunity to qualify for more than 250 different scholarships awarded by the SWIC Foundation. They cover the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.

Individuals should submit applications before March 1 for the best opportunities. Applications must be completed online at Individuals are considered for all eligible scholarships based on information provided in the application.

Scholarships ranging from $100 to $5,000 are available. Some scholarships are based on academic areas of study, geographic area or sports participation, while others are designated specifically for returning adults, SWIC graduates transferring to a four-year college or university, or those meeting a variety of other criteria.

With a few exceptions, scholarship applicants must reside within Community College District No. 522 and have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, with some scholarships requiring a higher GPA.

For more information, contact the Foundation office at 866-942-SWIC (7942) or 618-235-2700, ext. 5518; email; or visit

SIUE to offer master’s degree in healthcare informatics online

Because the demand for healthcare professionals to be adept in information technology is increasing in scope and complexity, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will offer its established master of science in healthcare informatics program online starting in August.

“As healthcare facilities work to meet government mandates concerning the use of electronic health records and other information technologies, the need for healthcare professionals with advanced education in informatics is at an all-time high,” said Frank Lyerla, director of SIUE’s master’s in healthcare informatics program.

“This master’s degree at SIUE provides healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to plan, design, implement and use information technologies,” Lyerla said. “The program is suited for professionals with a bachelor’s degree, healthcare background and experience in information technology or the clinical setting.”

Healthcare informatics professionals integrate the worlds of medicine and technology by combining their expertise in data management, patient care and information technology systems. The master of science in healthcare informatics program emphasizes the application of state-of-the-art computing technologies to healthcare.

The premiere graduate program was developed in partnership with leaders in healthcare administration. The essentials of the program include training students to effectively use computerized systems in providing quality patient health care, according to Jerry Weinberg, associate provost for research and dean of the SIUE Graduate School.

Interested students should apply online at or inquire at