August 2022 - Southwestern Illinois College

SWIC HVAR Coordinator Otten Wins Patriot Award for Supporting Guard and Reserve Forces

Southwestern Illinois College Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Program Coordinator Keith Otten recently received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves Illinois Committee (ESGR). Pictured, from left, are: SWIC President Nick Mance, ESGR Representative Stan Brasch, Otten, ESGR Representative Paul Pitts, SWIC Dean of Technical Education and Workforce Development Bradley Sparks, and SWIC Chief Academic Officer Gina Segobiano.

The award is presented to a supervisor who contributes to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employees participating in the National Guard and Reserve Forces. SWIC HVAR Adjunct Faculty Member Joseph Deptula, a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, nominated Otten for the award.

The ESGR is a U.S. Department of Defense program established in 1972 to promote cooperation and support between Reserves and Guard components and their civilian employers. The Illinois ESGR is one of 50 state volunteer committees along with committees in Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia.

For more information about ESGR visit For information about the SWIC HVAR program, visit

SWIC Releases Spring 2022 Semester Graduate List

The following is a list of Southwestern Illinois College students who graduated at the conclusion of the Spring 2022 Semester. The students’ names are listed alphabetically according to hometown.

The list also denotes students who graduated with honors (a 3.5 grade point average or higher) and with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

SWIC Spring 2022 Graduate List.

For more information, contact SWIC Enrollment Services at 618-235-2700,
ext. 5455 or 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5455.

SWIC to offer Agriculture Business Management starting fall 2022

This fall, become a part of the expanding and lucrative field of Agriculture Business Management with a degree from Southwestern Illinois College. 

SWIC’s Agriculture Business Management program is designed to prepare students for careers in production agriculture and farm-related businesses. Given that the program consists of five semesters and 64 semester credits, the degree can be completed in only two years.

You can take classes in Crop Machinery & Equipment, Agriculture Sales, Animal Science and Agriculture Finance, to name a few.

“The degree program covers every aspect of agriculture business management from soil and crop science to agricultural marketing,” said Program Coordinator Kelcey Trewin. “There is such a huge need for these skills in the Midwest, especially in Illinois, which has such huge corn, soybean and pork industries.

Students completing the program will find a great demand for their skills and services in agriculture chemicals, feed, fertilizer, grain, seeds and other ag-related supply and service businesses. For example, graduates of this degree will be qualified for entry-level careers in: budget analyst, buyer and purchasing agent of farm products, farm and ranch manager, financial analyst, insurance adjuster and marketing specialist.

Registration is currently under way for the fall semester. Classes start Monday, Aug. 22.

For additional information about this program, contact SWIC’s Coordinator of Agriculture Business Management, Kelcey Trewin, at or visit the webpage.

SWIC Releases Spring Semester 2022 Dean’s List

The following is a list of full- and part-time students on the Southwestern Illinois College Dean’s List for the Spring 2022 Semester.

This list includes full-time students who completed 12 or more semester credits during the semester and part-time students who completed six or more semester credits during the semester while maintaining a 3.5 or higher-grade point average.

The students’ names are listed alphabetically according to hometown:

SWIC Spring 2022 Deans List

For more information, contact SWIC Enrollment Services at 618-235-2700, ext. 5455 or 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5455.

SWIC New Student Orientation helps students plan success

Find out all you need to know to begin your Fall 2022 Semester at Southwestern Illinois College! Learn about strategies for success, instructor expectations, student resources and more with New Student Orientation.

Fall 2022 Semester classes begin Aug. 21.

Orientation events will be held at all three campuses: Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave.; Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road; and Red Bud Campus, 500 W. South Fourth St.

During the orientation, you will be able to:

  • Find your classes with a self-guided campus tour
  • Obtain your Student ID and parking sticker
  • Pick up textbooks and other materials in the BC and SWGCC bookstores  
  • Learn about academic programs and student services
  • Visit the College Activities booth to learn all about Student Life at SWIC
  • Explore technology essentials such as Blackboard, SWIC student email,
    eSTORM, SWIC Wi-Fi, and more.

At the Belleville Campus, choose from three orientation sessions: Thursday, Aug. 11,
3 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m.; or Friday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m.

Sam Wolf Granite City Campus students can participate in the New Student Kick-Off Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 4-6 p.m., in the Commons.

You can learn more about the Red Bud Campus at the New Student Kick-Off, Aug. 30 and 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Front Lobby.

Students can still apply for fall classes, search the class schedule and register online at

For more information, call Amy Brockman with Student Life at 618-235-2700, ext. 5324. Visit for details.

Insecurities – Jenna Braddock

Talent Statement:

“I wanted to show that some people have chronic conditions that the bare eye can’t see. I have been doing art ever since I could remember. While being at SWIC I am looking forward to figuring out what I want to do with my life. I am also looking forward to taking different types of classes to see what I enjoy doing.”

Submission Information

Title: Insecurities

Talent Name: Jenna Braddock

Category: ART


Cover of River Flows in you – Amanda Cheney

Talent Statement:

“I have been playing piano for a couple years on and off. Because my main focus has been gymnastics all my life, I haven’t gotten much time to sit down and play the piano. However, when I do find time, this is my absolute favorite song to rewind with <3”

Submission Information

Title: Cover of River Flows in you on piano

Talent Name: Amanda Cheney

Category: MUSIC

Chainlink performs “House of Pigs” – Noah Hutson

Talent Statement:

“Chainlink has been a band since January, but we are starting to get momentum within the St Louis scene. If you would like to support us or check us out, follow @chainlink_stl on Instagram!”

Submission Information

Title: Chainlink performs “House of Pigs”

Talent Name: Noah Hutson

Category: MUSIC

“Wooden Heart” by Elvis Presley – Billie Elliott

Talent Statement:

Since I’ve seen the movie ‘ELVIS’ (2022 film), I thought I would sing one of his songs in his honor. ‘Wooden Heart’ is one of my favorites. May he, the King of Rock n’ Roll, rest in peace.
‘Elvis has left the building!’ -Horace Logan

Submission Information

Title: “Wooden Heart” by Elvis Presley

Talent Name: Billie Elliott

Category: MUSIC

MUTE Sink Deep – Mitchell Carpizo

Talent Statement:

“I got started with music in 2018 when I began to mess around with the free version of the audio software that I use. Once I got the hang of the basics and began to make some of my early (and pretty bad) songs I got my hands on the full version of the software as well as various other musical instruments and tools. “

Submission Information

Title: MUTE Sink Deep

Talent Name: Mitchell Carpizo

Category: MUSIC