SIUE athletes MVPs of the classroom

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville athletes are putting up big numbers in the most important scorebook to students: The school’s sports teams compiled 20 consecutive semesters with a combined 3.0 grade point average or better.

When the spring semester concluded about a week ago, student athletes turned in a 3.252 average for the most recent grading period.

“This is an incredible feat that is rarely duplicated anywhere in the country,” SIUE Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt said.

A total of 98 student-athletes — or 41 percent — across SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics were named to the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.5 or better. More than 70.7 percent of SIUE student-athletes finished the spring semester with a 3.0 GPA or better.

“It’s always the reflection of the institution’s commitment to supporting intercollegiate athletics and its academic endeavors,” Hewitt said. “It is a reflection of our entire staff, specifically our head coaches for recruiting quality student-athletes committed to getting degrees and being successful.”

The SIUE volleyball team completed the spring semester with the highest GPA by an individual team, completing the term with a 3.64 mark. School leaders said 12 other programs finished the semester with a GPA of 3.0 or better: women’s cross country (3.61), softball (3.57), men’s tennis (3.54), women’s golf (3.54), men’s cross country (3.46), women’s tennis (3.36), women’s track and field (3.37), men’s track and field (3.37), men’s golf (3.28), men’s soccer (3.27), women’s soccer (3.12) and baseball (3.06).

“Without our academic support services, we would not be able to achieve this,” Hewitt said. “(Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Student Services) Jaci DeClue and her staff should be publicly recognized and appreciated by everybody at this institution, because it is an exceptional, positive branding effect for SIUE and a tremendous recruiting tool.”

For the academic year, SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics finished with their two highest GPAs by semester. The fall 2015 semester set a record with a 3.258 GPA. The spring semester was the second highest ever at 3.252.

Lindenwood, McKendree and SIUE offer scholarships

Three metro-east universities will offer scholarships as part of the “Get to Know M.E.” program.

Lindenwood University-Belleville, McKendree University in Lebanon and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will each offer two $2,000 scholarships.

All students applying for the “Get to Know M.E.” scholarship must meet the following conditions:

▪  Must be residents of the metro-east at the time of application and already enrolled as full-time students, a minimum 12 credit hours

▪  Must submit an application and required essay

▪  Must be in good standing within the university guidelines to which they are applying

▪  Must intend to complete a degree or certificate at one of the universities listed on the application

All scholarship materials must be received (postmarked) no later than Oct. 15. Applications for the “Get to Know M.E.” scholarship can be found online at For more information, contact

The scholarship will be applied during the academic semester immediately following the application submission and will be awarded for the spring semester 2017 only. It pays tuition, fees and books only.

SWIC to offer girls soccer camp

Southwestern Illinois College offers a girls soccer camp this summer for girls going into fourth through eighth grades.

The camp is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 18-21.

Led by Head Coach Juergen Huettner, the staff is dedicated to teaching players of all ages and ability levels. It is designed to provide a chance to learn and improve through demonstration, drills and small-sided games.

The cost is $65 and includes a T-shirt. The camp is at the Belleville Campus soccer field. It is limited to 32 players, so campers should register in advance.

For more information, contact Vicki Channer at or 618-235-2700, ext. 5450.