June 2020 | Southwestern Illinois College

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Juneteenth: Message from the President

Juneteenth: a time for reflection and recommitment on the Black Life and the Fight against Racism

As an institution of higher education, we at Southwestern Illinois College are committed to valuing human life,with respect, fairness, equality, and dignity. I am appalled at the recent events across our country, the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and innumerable others. The reality is: we as individuals have a responsibility to build relationships valuing each other with respect, to learn and to understand diverse cultures and views, and to appreciate each other’s unique backgrounds, societal inequities, and abilities.

In our continued commitment toward respecting differences, and in light of the national conversation regarding racism and injustices, Southwestern Illinois College empathizes with the historically unique Texas celebration of Juneteenth, the emancipation of the last Confederate slaves on June 19, 1865. Two months after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, five months after passage of the 13th Amendment and more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slavery in Texas had yet to be abolished. On June 19, as a Confederate insurgency continued, Union Major General Gordon Granger, in command of 1,800 Union soldiers, proclaimed that “all slaves are free” in the state and that there would be “absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves.” (Rita Reynolds, Associate Professor and Chair of Wagner College History Department)

Lizz Schumer, a staff writer for Hearst Magazines, on June 4, 2020 posted a Twitter comment from Makayla Butler on the Good Housekeeping website.

Juneteenth twitter image

Let’s respect, support, and extend understanding to one another as human beings because it makes us stronger and we are able to achieve greater success together.

Respectfully yours,

Nick Mance

Swansea Wealth Advisor Samuel Hanger named to the SWIC Foundation Board

SWIC Foundation Board Member Samuel Hanger

Wealth management advisor Samuel Hanger of O’Fallon has been named to the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation Board. As a board member, he will support the Foundation’s efforts to provide special educational and cultural activities that are not part of the college budget.

Hanger is a graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia and has been working in the financial industry since 2013. He started his career off as an intern with Archford Capital Strategies in Swansea. From there, he became a financial services representative for Scottrade in St. Louis. Hanger returned to Archford Capital Strategies in 2015 and currently works there as a wealth management advisor.

He holds a Certified Financial Planner certificate; is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary; and holds his Series 7, 66, 63 and life insurance licenses. Hanger is a member of the Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club of St. Louis and the Mizzou Alumni Association. He is also working towards his Chartered Financial Consultant designation.

For more information about the SWIC Foundation and supporting programs at the college, contact the SWIC Foundation Executive Director Rena Thoele at 618-235-2700, ext. 5647, or rena.thoele@swic.edu.

ComedySportz – Improv101 for Teens

3-4 p.m., Wednesday, June 3

Young performers will hone their skills of thinking on their feet, while maintaining convincing characters, utilizing camera techniques.Taught by Maria Romine… who has more than 25 years of acting experience.

For more information visit the 9 Network Public Television Calendar.

Laughter at Lunch Wednesday at Noon

Noon – 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 3

Join a one-hour Applied Improv workshop for professionals–all done from the comfort and safety of your home office. We will be playing improv games designed to get you out of your head and to connect with others. It’s great for networking, moving, creative thinking, and Laughter! Take a risk and have fun!

For more information visit the 9 Network Public Television Calendar.

SWIC Adult Education now offering online High School Equivalency classes

If you left high school without earning a diploma, let Southwestern Illinois College help you earn one from the comfort of your home or anywhere.  The SWIC Adult Education and Literacy department is now offering online High School Equivalency preparation classes.

Students must live in the college district and have a separation letter from their school district if 16-17 years old.

Learn more about upcoming classes and schedule an appointment for orientation by calling 618-235-2700, ext. 5525, or toll free in Illinois at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5525 or email tanja.anglin@swic.edu.

Misty Garrison

Congratulations Misty  Garrison!

Graduation Statement

“Thanks to all who supported me on this journey! I did it!”

Belleville, IL

Misty Garrison

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science
in Medical Laboratory Technology

Kimberly Roseanne Bennett

Congratulations Kimberly Roseanne Bennett!

Graduate Statement:

“I am truly honored to be considered a 2020 graduate from Southwestern Illinois College. My time here was not a walk in the park by any means, but I had the opportunity to learn from so many outstanding professors during the course of my Marketing degree. I hope that anyone who has the chance to follow their dreams is as lucky as I am, in regards to learning from some of the best individuals out there. A special thank you to: Tom Bilyeu, Jessica Talleur, Paris Rosenburg, Karla Brown, Damon Chaffin, Ken Kelly, Catherine Evans, and a few others. I would not have made it to where I am without all of you. Thank you SWIC! Heres to being a 2020 Graduate!” – Bennett

Belleville, IL

Kimberly Roseanne Bennett

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science
in Marketing


Excellence in Marketing, 2019-2020

Nominated By: Tom Bilyeu

Kimberly Roseanne Bennett


Kristen Lara Hammiel

Congratulations  Kristen Lara Hammiel!

Belleville, IL

 Kristen Lara Hammiel

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science
in Massage Therapy

John Wills Jefferson Jr

Congratulations John Wills Jefferson Jr!

Belleville, IL

John Wills Jefferson Jr

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science
in Medical Assistant

Diann Gerene Schallert

Congratulations Diann Gerene Schallert!

Belleville, IL

Diann Gerene Schallert

In the degree of

Associate in Applied Science
in Medical Billing and Coding