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SWIC hopes to reduce its carbon footprint with solar panels

The Southwestern Illinois College Phi Beta Lambda business student organization took first place in Professional Division Membership for the North Central Region at the 2016 National Leadership Conference in Atlanta in June. Student Amanda Brown of Mascoutah, left, took 10th place in the job interview competition, while Brown and student Debbie Harris, also of Mascoutah, placed in the top 14 teams for the business presentation event.
The Southwestern Illinois College Phi Beta Lambda business student organization took first place in Professional Division Membership for the North Central Region at the 2016 National Leadership Conference in Atlanta in June. Student Amanda Brown of Mascoutah, left, took 10th place in the job interview competition, while Brown and student Debbie Harris, also of Mascoutah, placed in the top 14 teams for the business presentation event.

A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Steel and American Bottom Conservancy trust fund will enable Southwestern Illinois College to install solar panels at its Sam Wolf Granite City Campus to reduce the college’s carbon footprint and provide an educational resource for students and the community.

“This is a very exciting opportunity to maintain our longstanding commitment to sustainability,” SWIC President Georgia Costello said. “The installation of solar panels is another chance to educate our students and the community about the benefits of renewable energy.”

The proposed installation will include:

▪  A large main photovoltaic array generating approximately 154 kilowatts to be built on two acres to the east of the main building;

▪  A smaller set of instructional photovoltaic arrays with multiple types of panels, sun trackers, microinverters and other technologies generating approximately 30kW;

▪ A Lucid Dashboard system to integrate the photovoltaic arrays and display both solar power production and campus power consumption available on campus and the web;

▪  Two small solar thermal arrays for instructional purposes to be installed on the roof of the Industrial Technology Center.

SWIC students in the industrial electricity/electronics and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration programs will train directly on the installation, learning how to install and maintain solar energy technologies. The goal is to increase the pool of qualified solar technicians in the field and to raise awareness of renewable energy, said Dean of Technical Education Brad Sparks

SWIC business students place at national conference

The Phi Beta Lambda business student organization at Southwestern Illinois College recently took first place during a national leadership conference in Atlanta.

The SWIC Abe Small chapter team tested its abilities against chapters from around the country at the conference.

Student Amanda Brown of Mascoutah took 10th place in the job interview competition, while Brown and student Debbie Harris, also of Mascoutah, placed in the top 14 teams for the business presentation event.

“We’re proud of our efforts,” said Office Administration and Technology Professor Tina Dierkes. “It demonstrates the value of a strong education and maintaining strong connections to your peers and colleagues.”

More than 1,700 students, advisers and guests from colleges and universities across the country attended the conference. Students could compete in up to two scholastic events each, totaling 2,200 competitive opportunities; plus they participated in workshops and elected 2016-17 national officers. SWIC students competed against 30 to 50 other contestants in their categories.

Phi Beta Lambda provides an opportunity for members to exercise and validate their mastery of essential business concepts, skills and knowledge. Members participating in this program demonstrate their business skills, knowledge and work-related talents.

SIUE’s director of university housing receives award

The Association of College and University Housing Officers — International has bestowed its Parthenon Award to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Mike Schultz. SIUE’s director of university housing received the award during last week’s association’s annual conference and exposition in Seattle.

The Parthenon Award is the association foundation’s most prestigious honor. It recognizes supreme achievement in the profession, outstanding service, leadership and contributions to the field of campus housing.

“Mike is a consummate professional who has dedicated his life towards positively impacting student success and retention at SIUE, and providing excellent leadership to his profession,” said Jeffrey Waple, SIUE vice chancellor for student affairs.

To be considered for this award, candidates must meet the following criteria:

▪  Have contributed a minimum of 10 years of service to the housing, residential life or affiliated profession;

▪  Have contributed a minimum of five years of service to the association;

▪  Have contributed at least five years of significant leadership service exhibited within the recipient’s region and/or in the association.

“My profession allows students the ability to transition from home to active members of our society,” said Schultz, a Hollywood, Fla., native who now calls St. Louis home. “We provide the structure for young adults to grow and thrive in a supportive community.”

After working at Saint Louis University Housing for five years, Schultz joined SIUE as director of housing in July 1989. During his SIUE tenure, Schultz is most proud of introducing focused interest communities, the movers and shakers program and enhancing the University Housing Facilities Management program.

Lynx, Blue Storm soccer vie for annual mayor’s cup

Lindenwood University – Belleville men’s soccer team plays host Southwestern Illinois College in the annual mayor’s cup to kick off the 2016 home season. The game is at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 on Lindenwood – Belleville’s home field. This will mark the seventh consecutive year the two teams face off in the mayor’s cup.

“It is a game that my players really look forward to,” said Lindenwood-Belleville Head Coach Dan Hogan. “It’s a great competition and a motivational tool for the pre-season.”

Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert will attend, leading the pre-game ceremonies and doing the coin toss. The winning team receives a trophy, which is also displayed in the mayor’s office.

Admission to this event is free and concessions will be available onsite.

McKendree sponsors involvement fair

Local businesses and organizations are invited to participate in McKendree University’s annual Involvement Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 30 on the campus quad.

“It’s a great way to for businesses and groups to familiarize students who are new to the area about options and opportunities available to them outside of the campus community,” said Craig Robertson, director of campus activities.

Businesses and organizations may set up informational tables to showcase their products or services to McKendree students, faculty and staff. They may offer attendance prizes, free food, employment applications, and giveaways such as gift certificates. Attendance prize donations are encouraged and they help draw attention to the exhibitor’s table, said Robertson.

The cost to participate is $35. Register by Aug. 17 to ensure a spot. For information, e-mail croberts@mckendree.edu or call 618-537-6856.

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe

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