Lindenwood Belleville to have slumber party for prospective students

Scott Wuerz
Scott Wuerz

Lindenwood University-Belleville will play host to a Summer Overnight Visit, open to high school juniors and seniors at no cost to attendees. The event is July 22 and July 23. Check-in is at 5 p.m. with check-out at noon the following day.

During the visit, students will get a chance to spend the night in one of the residence halls, meet with current students and faculty, tour the campus, attend mock classes, explore degree options, and receive information on the admissions and financial aid processes.

“Choosing a university to continue your education at is a huge undertaking,” said Reeta Piirala-Skoglund, dean of admissions. “We want to make sure that students and parents get a chance to experience our campus as comprehensively as possible during their search process. Being able to spend a night in our new freshman residence hall, experience our classrooms and professors, and meet with campus staff gives you the most information to base your decision on for the future. We will also waive the application fee for all the participants during the visit.”

To RSVP, visit, call 618-239-6047, or email

SIUE Interim Chancelor, wife, endow school with $50,000

Stephen and Julia Hansen, the former Southern Illinois University interim chancellor and the latter an associate professor emerita, have donated $50,000 to the school.

The gift will be donated into two equal parts, $25,000 each for the Stephen L. and Julia Y. Hansen Collections Endowment at SIUE’s Lovejoy Library. The second half is directed to the Emeriti Faculty Association Endowment.

“Julie and I donate to the university, because we believe that SIUE does important work in educating and transforming the lives of students,” Stephen Hansen said. “We believe in and have respect for the honest and valuable work everyone does for the University.

“We have come to understand that SIUE is exceptional in so many ways, as a university and as a community. The current fiscal crisis in Illinois has made the university’s strengths and uniqueness abundantly clear. We believe in the future of SIUE, and in the faculty and staff who are shaping that future.”

The Lovejoy Library will support collection development through the purchase of new books and materials in the areas of English and history, according to Julia Hansen.

“These storehouses of knowledge are the lifeblood of teaching and research,” Julia Hansen said. “No university can claim to be excellent without a strong library. Our contribution is intended to assure that these tools will be available to SIUE’s faculty and students.”

Regina McBride, dean of SIUE Library and Information Services, said the gift will make a big impact.

“We are extremely grateful to Steve and Julie Hansen for their generous support in establishing the Stephen L. and Julia Y. Hansen Collections Endowment at Lovejoy Library,” McBride said. “Their endowment will ensure that future generations of students and faculty will have access to some of the finest resources available in history and English.”

McKendree announces Het Center schedule

The 2016-17 season at McKendree University’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts celebrates the arts with a multicultural lineup of performers hailing from Ireland to Inner Mongolia, as well as a bestselling author and family favorites.

“’McKendree Presents’ is the premiere arts and culture series in Southern Illinois. Each year we aim to entertain, move and inspire our audience. Our eleventh season is no exception,” said Peter Palermo, director of the center.

Preview the new season online at “McKendree Presents” will feature the following:

▪  Sept. 23, 10th Anniversary Gala: McKendree alumna soprano Christine Brewer, The Peter Martin Quintet featuring clarinetist Anat Cohen, vocalist Brian Owens, MADCO Dance, and more.

▪ Sept. 30, Arts Midwest World Fest: Anda Union unites the tribal and musical traditions, styles and influences of ethnic nomadic cultures from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The band will be in residence Sept. 25-30.

▪  Oct. 14: The Four Freshmen have changed vocalists over 68 years yet their legendary four-part harmony remains the same.

▪  Nov. 11: Beyond Glory, a one-man show by stage and screen actor Stephen Lang sharing the emotional, heroic true stories of Medal of Honor recipients.

▪  Dec. 4: Danú - A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollagbrings traditional and contemporary Celtic music, dance and stories for the holidays direct from County Waterford, Ireland.

▪  Dec. 7 & 8: U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America returns with its popular holiday concert on two nights.

▪  Jan. 8: Russian National Ballet Theatre “Chopiniana/Romeo and Juliet” combines the music of Chopin and Tchaikovsky with the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers.

▪  Jan. 26: The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style.

▪  Feb. 2: Classic Albums Live “Led Zeppelin II” is performed track for track, note for note by world-class studio musicians and vocalists, followed by a greatest hits set.

▪  Feb. 11: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories blends puppetry and scenic effects.

▪  Feb. 24: Arts Midwest World Fest: Le Vent du Nord, Canadian folk music.

▪  March 2: The Willis Clan features 12 singer-songwriter siblings whose breakout performance on “America’s Got Talent” led to a reality TV show and more than 60 performances at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.

▪  March 23: Philip Fortenberry is a versatile conductor, director and pianist known for his incomparable technique, featured in the HBO Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra.”

▪  April 25: Parsons Dance, a New York modern dance company.

For information on becoming a Friend of the Hett, visit or call 618-537-6863.

All events are at the 488-seat performing arts center on McKendree’s Lebanon campus. Ticket prices range from $5 to $26, with discounts for seniors and students. Many programs are free, including the film series and student concerts.