Collinsville student lands scholarship

Chayse Richardson with GCS President and CEO Keith Burton.
Chayse Richardson with GCS President and CEO Keith Burton.

Chayse Richardson, of Collinsville, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship by Granite City Steel Credit Union.

The scholarship is named in honor of Nicole R. Thorp, a community volunteer who believed in helping out wherever she was needed.

Chayse won the award because of her volunteerism, donating her time to the Special Needs Soccer Association and Project Light the Way.

She was also required to submit an essay which described ways to educate young people on how to handle their money.

Richardson will be going to the Missouri University of Science and Technology in the fall. She plans to major in metallurgy-ceramic engineering with an emphasis in material sciences, followed with a master’s in business administration in engineering management.

Lindenwood to offer classes for counselors

Lindenwood University-Belleville will have a continuing education opportunity for professional counselors July 8.

The workshop, “Engaging the Resilient Self: Utilizing Attachment and Attunement Techniques to Improve Trauma Treatment,” will be presented by Chaz Franke.

The goal of the training is to identify specific strategies informed by attachment and attunement theories that can be applied in the therapy office when working with trauma survivors.

Attendees will earn six professional counseling continuing education units. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The workshop is in the U.S. Senator Alan J. Dixon Student Center on the Belleville campus, 2600 W. Main St.

The cost of the seminar is $100 for the general public, $50 for Lindenwood students and alumni, and $70 for ICA members. Lunch is provided. Advanced registration is required.

For more information, contact Ken Kubicek at 618-239-6087 or

McKendree named ‘College of Distinction’

Innovation and high-impact educational practices have earned McKendree University recognition among the 2016-17 Colleges of Distinction.

“We’re happy to award McKendree University for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “High student engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful undergraduate education. With an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning techniques, Colleges of Distinction applauds McKendree for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures.”

Schools must demonstrate results across four categories, or distinctions — engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. High school counselors and educators make nominations, and each school is evaluated on key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment and curricular innovation.

SWIC to have rummage sale fundraiser

The Southwestern Illinois College Alpha Kappa Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will host a community-wide rummage sale July 23 at the school’s Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road.

If you have things you would like to sell, you can rent a table for $25. After the sale, you will get $10 back if your table is clean and nothing is left behind. Table reservations must be made by July 16. Set up the day of the sale begins at 6:30 a.m. The event will take place rain or shine.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year college students. The Alpha Kappa Rho Chapter conducts service projects in the community and also annually makes an Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans to help rebuild homes destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.

For more information about the community-wide rummage sale, contact Patricia Pou at 618-931-0600, ext. 7441.