Highlights

Back to Top Liberal Arts Building Expansion

Liberal Arts Building expansionGov. Pat Quinn, pictured with with college President Georgia Costello, Ph.D. visited the Belleville Campus in March to announce funding, and unveil plans for, a $19.1 million addition to the Liberal Arts Building.

The project is being funded through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital investment program.

The construction, by Holland Construction Services, will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified and focus on green building materials, energy efficiency and reduction of environmental impact.

The 72,000-square-foot, three-story addition, designed by Ittner Architects, is being built on the west side of the existing LAB. There will be space for all English, reading, speech, literature, foreign language, philosophy, film studies and mass communications classes and faculty and a centralized Success Center and Testing Center. Target completion is December 2012.

For photos of the construction and to find out more about the expansion, check out the Liberal Arts Building Expansion Fast Facts.

Back to Top College Discussion Day

College Discussion DayThe more than 550 employees attending the Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP) college discussion day made quite an impression on the Higher Learning Commission representatives.

“The spirit of cooperation at this college is a model of what other institutions could do,” said HLC Vice President for Accreditation Relations Stephen Spangehl.

Faculty, staff, administrators and board members came together Sept. 20, 2011, to discuss what SWIC does well and what the college could do better. The collaboration resulted in a wall of more than 400 comments on “what matters most” to us as an institution in things we do well and a list of proposals of projects that would help us improve.

Although the day has ended, the work and the conversation will continue. The 12-member AQIP steering committee comprised of faculty, staff and administrators will use the work of Sept. 20 to create action projects and improvements while continuing to seek input from employees.

Back to Top Kashmir, Our Sustainable New Mascot

Blue Storm logoIn summer 2011, the SWIC Blue Storm retired the storm cloud in favor of a ferocious new mascot—endangered snow leopard Kashmir.

As part of the eco-driven movement at the college, a member of the Illinois Green Economy Network, the SWIC Athletics department wanted to do its part by adopting a new mascot that needs the help of Planet Earth.

After unveiling the new mascot, SWIC held a contest to name the snow leopard. The contest received hundreds of name submissions, with name ideas coming from students, employees and the community. One name submission even came as far as New York, from Panthera, a conservation group whose mission is to ensure the future of wild cats through scientific leadership and global conservation action.

After all was said and done, Kashmir was the top choice. The name comes from a region of Asia where the endangered snow leopards tend to live.

“We couldn’t be happier with the response we received from the college and the community to name our new mascot,” said Athletics Director Jay Harrington, who has coached the Blue Storm for more than three decades in his NJCAA Hall of Fame career. “We are looking forward to using this new name and image in not only athletic events, but also sharing it with the entire college.”

Learn more about Kashmir.