McKendree professor earns faculty honor

2016 Grandy Faculty Award Winner Dr. John Watters, of McKendree University, receives congratulations from Maria Page, Alumni Association president.
2016 Grandy Faculty Award Winner Dr. John Watters, of McKendree University, receives congratulations from Maria Page, Alumni Association president.

A McKendree University associate professor of economics with more than 25 years of corporate business experience has won the 2016 William Norman Grandy Award.

John Watters received the faculty honor at undergraduate commencement exercises Saturday.

Watters, of Lebanon, has taught at McKendree since 2007 and has chaired the School of Business for the past three years. He spent 25 years as a corporate research economist in the telecommunications industry at Southwestern Bell and SBC Services, now AT&T.

“Two of Dr. Watters’ greatest strengths as a teacher are his ability to break complex concepts into small chunks that students can understand, and integrating real-life business examples into his teaching,” said Maria Page, president of the Alumni Association, which has presented the Grandy Award since 1981. “He is also highly accessible to students and colleagues, always willing to answer a question or lend a hand.”

A scholar in his discipline, Watters has published four articles in peer-reviewed economics journals and given 25 presentations at professional conferences on topics such as international business development, marketing strategies and effective methods of teaching economics to college students.

He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Methodist College.

In his nine years at McKendree, Watters has served on numerous committees and is currently the faculty representative to the Resource Development Committee of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Lebanon City Planning Commission.

Lindenwood-Belleville unveils alma matter song

Graduating students and their supporters were the first to hear Lindenwood University-Belleville’s new alma matter song, unveiled during commencement Sunday.

“O Lindenwood of Belleville,” was sung by vocalist Missy Robinson at the ceremony.

The new alma mater was written by assistant professor Nicholas Moramarco and professor Marsha Hollander Parker, both of the school’s theatre department. The orchestrated arrangement was created by associate professor Ryan Curtis of the Lindenwood’s music department.

“The impetus for creating our very own alma mater song was to have a way to honor our institution of higher learning and express what it means to alumni as well as faculty and staff of this campus,” Parker, who wrote the lyrics for the song, said. “It transcends classes, majors, athletic endeavors, and speaks to the community of Lindenwood Belleville over time. It binds all alumni of the institution over the years together as a unified whole.”

SWIC to offer summer volleyball camp

The Southwestern Illinois College volleyball team is hosting camps this summer.

Attendees will receive training from the SWIC volleyball players and Head Coach Warren Thomas.

Training will be every Friday from June 10 through July 29.

Grades 3-6 will train from 9 to 11 a.m. and grades 7-12 will train from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Instruction will be given on serving, passing, setting, hitting, digging and more.

The cost per visit is $10. Training will be held at the Belleville Campus Varsity Gym. No pre-registration is required.

For more information on either of these programs, contact Thomas at or 575-430-0286, or contact Vicki Channer at or 618-235-2700, ext. 5450.