July 2023 - Southwestern Illinois College

Launch in the Success Center!

Launch in the Success Center is one of the resources that I tell new students about.

Not only can they help with small technology problems such as resetting your password or getting into Brightspace, they can also help with figuring out where your classes are, introduce you to tutors, and show you how to study better.

I asked Jessika, one of my Success Coaching students, to tell others about this program for new college students. 

“Launch begins with a survey called the LASSI – the Learning and Studies Strategies Inventory. This survey asks about 60 questions related to how you study.

They told me the best way to get anything out of it is to tell the truth.

I mean if you’re having trouble with math and think about math all the way through the survey, it will affect your answers, right? 

You don’t have to focus on just one troublesome class. You can think about all of them in general. 

I changed how I approached my homework after I spoke with the Specialist about the LASSI. 

For example, I would ordinarily wait until about a week before the test to start studying for it.  BUT! I learned that the best time to start memorizing facts for the test is the first day of class for courses like biology and chemistry.  

But I also learned about the Success Center in general. I can go in there and just use the computers if I want to, or I can ask for help on my English or math or whatever.

They do a really good job of trying to help me solve a problem. They don’t necessarily claim to know all the answers, but they can help you sort out the problem and figure out how to get the answer. 

My recommended study tip is sometime during the first two weeks of the new semester, I urge everyone to go through Launch.

Not only will it help you get organized for the new semester, but they can also help you figure out how to study, where to study, when to study, and how to get an A in your class.

I know that my GPA (grade point average) improved because I always went to the Success Center to do my homework even if I didn’t ask for help; just being there kept me focused on my work.”

– Jessika 

So! Remember the first two weeks of the semester: go into the Success Center on Belleville or Granite City campus at least 45 minutes before closing and Launch Your Success.

Or give yourself time out of your day because it really pays off throughout the rest of the semester.

Thanks to our peer tutor for sharing their thoughts with us.

– Success Coach 

Response by the Success
Coaching Team 

The Success Center provides tutoring and academic support to all SWIC students.  This 2022 Class Climate result shows 94% of the students agree that they benefitted from receiving this support at the Success Center. 

Table 1 

FY 2022 Success Programs Top
Six Key Performance Indicators


FY22 SC % 

Percent of students who agree or strongly agree to the satisfaction survey question:  I am satisfied with and have benefited from my experiences in the Success Center. 


Thomas Mulherin named to the SWIC Foundation Board

Thomas Mulherin, Senior Vice President in Investments with Stifel Financial, has been named to the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation Board. As a member of the board, Mulherin will support the Foundation’s efforts to secure gifts for special educational and cultural activities that are not part of the college budget.

Within his newly appointed role, Mulherin brings decades of financial experience to the Foundation Board. Not only is he currently the Senior Vice President in Investments with Stifel Financial, but Mulherin has spent 25 years working specifically as a Retail Investment Advisor. He specializes in helping clients achieve their financial goals through financial planning and portfolio management.

In addition to his financial career, Mulherin furthered his experiences by serving on St. John’s Lutheran School Board of Education, along with being the President of said board. Currently, Mulherin serves on the St. John’s Lutheran Church Estate Committee. Alongside serving on community boards, Mulherin is a supporter of the local charity, Joshua’s Great Things. This charity raises money to fund pediatric brain cancer research as well as helping families with basic needs while taking care of a child in treatment.

Mulherin was born and raised in the Waterloo and Red Bud area, where he now resides with his wife and children. And given Mulherin’s background and experience within the local community, he is thrilled to be able to serve on SWIC’s Foundation Board where he can continue to help those around him.

Dr. Elizabeth Johns named to the SWIC Foundation Board

Dr. Elizabeth Johns, DNP, AGACNP-BC, PM-BC, Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Maryville University, has been named to the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation Board. As a member of the board, Dr. Johns will support the Foundation’s efforts to secure gifts for special educational and cultural activities that are not part of the college budget.

In her new role, Dr. Johns brings decades of clinical and higher education experience to the Foundation Board. She has been serving her community in a myriad of ways through healthcare. Not only is Dr. Johns an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, but she also currently practices as an Inpatient Oncology/Hematology Nurse Practitioner at Washington University Siteman Cancer Center in Shiloh.

Dr. Johns is an alumnus of SWIC, having completed two years of her undergraduate work before transferring to Deaconess College of Nursing to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Dr. Johns received her Adult/Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree from St. Louis University and went on to Maryville University to receive her Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

Given her chosen field, Dr. Johns is thrilled to be able to serve on the Foundation Board and continue to make a positive impact on the local community.

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