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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 estorm.swic.edu.

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

SWIC to Celebrate 21st Anniversary of Schmidt Art Center with ‘21 Years: 21 Artists’ Exhibition

In honor of the William & Florence Schmidt Art Center’s 21st Anniversary and grand reopening, 21 artists will showcase their own artwork alongside a selection from the college’s permanent collection.

The “21 Years: 21 Artists” exhibition will be on display at the Schmidt, located at the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., from Aug. 19 to Oct. 7. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Aug. 18, from 5-8 p.m.

The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public.

“Since the Schmidt Art Center was closed due to the pandemic for our 20th anniversary, we wanted the upcoming reopening to commemorate that milestone,” said Schmidt Art Center Curator Sean FitzGibbons. “This year we are celebrating the Schmidt’s 21st anniversary. Within those 21 years, there has been a strong tradition of collaborating with local and regional artists.”

Metro East and St. Louis area artists who will showcase their paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and multimedia pieces at the event will include:  

  • Dawn Marie Blum
  • Andrea Coates
  • Nicole Cooper
  • J.T. Felix
  • Jessica Forys-Cameron
  • Charlie Houska
  • Tom Hück
  • Noah Kirby
  • Andrew Koester
  • Marianne Laury
  • Todd May
  • Metra Mitchell
  • Shawn Niebruegge
  • Allison Ouellette-Kirby
  • Libby Reuter
  • Bryce Robinson
  • Cory Sellers
  • Daniel Stumeier
  • Sarah Swist
  • Sopearb Touch
  • Deborah Wheeler

Featured art from the college’s collection will include works by Ernest Trova, Robert Rauschenberg, Alice Neel, Dorothea Lange, Jill Downen, and many more.

“I really enjoyed putting this exhibition together. I wanted to highlight that history of connecting directly to our community,” FitzGibbons said. “The “21 Years: 21 Artists” exhibition not only showcases the amazing talent right here in our area, it is an opportunity to highlight the Schmidt’s fantastic collection.”

For more information about the exhibition or about the Schmidt Art Center, call 618-222-5ART (5278), or visit swic.edu/theschmidt.

SWIC to offer Sonography program starting fall 2022

You could be part of the challenging and well-paying field of Medical Diagnostic Sonography with only one year of training from Southwestern Illinois College.

Medical Diagnostic Sonography was named the top Healthcare Support Job, on U.S. News & World Report list of Best Jobs for 2022.

To help meet job market demands, Southwestern Illinois College is offering a three-semester, 42 credit hour, certification program in Sonography starting in the Fall 2022 Semester.

“The ultrasound career field is in such high demand with competitive pay in multiple healthcare settings,” said SWIC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Coordinator Jacqueline Owens. “There is so much more than meets the eye and being a sonographer allows you to see what’s happening with your patients up close and in real-time.”

Sonographers are trained professionals who specialize in operating non-invasive, ultrasonic imaging equipment. Such devices are used to produce diagnostic images, scans, and videos to assist healthcare professionals in making an accurate diagnosis.

SWIC’s Sonography program will provide foundational knowledge on the skills necessary to become a successful, registered sonographer. Not only does the program include classroom education, but laboratory, simulation, and clinical experience in a sonography setting as well.

The hands-on training allows students to have access to the latest equipment and technologies available within the field.

If you have already earned an Associate in Applied Science in a related healthcare field, such as Nursing Education or Radiologic Technology, you could qualify to enter this program.

Sonographers work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, and outpatient imaging centers. The field is expected to grow 12 percent by year 2029. According to ZipRecruiter, the average salary range within the St. Louis area for a sonographer is $47,629 – $111,134.

Registration is under way for the fall semester. Classes start Monday, Aug. 22. For additional information about this program, visit swic.edu/dms; or contact SWIC’s Coordinator of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Jacqueline Owens, at jacqueline.owens@swic.edu.

SWIC Team win National Department of Defense competition

The Southwestern Illinois College Integrated Manufacturing team took first place at the Department of Defense Project MFG National Competition at Wichita State University May 10-13. Congratulations to students Connor Barnard, Brendan Caswell and Jacob Ing, plus faculty members Mark Bosworth, Jerry Bonifield and Dave Berry. The team designed and created a complex part using advanced multi-axis CNC technology. The goal of the event is to promote advanced manufacturing and highlight the critical need for these careers.

For more information about the SWIC Precision Machining Technology program, visit swic.edu/pmt.

Explore Treasure Island, Florida with PSOP in 2023

Take a break from the cold and bleak weather of winter and spend a week at the sunny paradise of Treasure Island, Florida! January 29 – February 5, 2023, join Southwestern Illinois College’s Programs and Services for Older Persons for a trip of a lifetime. Not only will you experience fun day trips to Tarpon Springs, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg, but you will also be able to expand their horizons through exciting museums and gourmet foods.

Enjoy the leisurely accommodations of Treasure Island, Florida, as well as excursions to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, St. Armand’s Circle, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, The Chihuly Collection, the Dali Museum, and more! 

Tour cost per person starts at $2,509 for double and $3,379 for a single. Make sure to register by October 12, 2022.

For more information, contact Group Travel Specialist Nancy Bauer at 618-234-4410, ext. 7020, or e-mail at nancy.bauer@swic.edu.

SWIC Police Academy Session 146 Graduates

Police Academy Graduates — The Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy recently celebrated the graduation of Session 146. The SWIC Police Academy is an intensive academic and physical training program designed to prepare recruits to enter a career in law enforcement. It is one of only seven police academies in Illinois.

Graduates in alphabetical order include:

  • Nolan R. Beggs of the Centralia Police Department
  • Gianna B. Bivona of the Quincy Police Department
  • Daniel E. Boles of the Metamora Police Department
  • Joshua G. Brandenburg of the Greenup Police Department
  • Tory J. Bridgeforth of the Dixmoor Police Department
  • Emily R. Briley of the Collinsville Police Department
  • Bryce C. Bumphrey of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Louis M. Butz of the Moline Police Department
  • Levi J. Cox of the SIU Edwardsville Police Department
  • Brian A. Cunningham of the Franklin Police Department
  • Seth A. Davis of the Petersburg Police Department
  • Colin L. Dearing of the Creve Coeur Police Department
  • Michael A. Dodson of the Centralia Police Department
  • Cassidy A. Dunavan of the Mcleansboro Police Department
  • Jacob D. Fenton of the Montgomery Police Department
  • Darren M. Finley of the Silvis Police Department
  • Jordan S. Frerker of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Justin D. Gaither of the Brooklyn Police Department
  • David C. Geesey of the Savanna Police Department, winner of the Most Improved over all in Physical Fitness Award
  • Tyler J. Gholson of the Minooka Police Department
  • Mitchell D. Gray of the Marquette Heights Police Department
  • Raymond M. Groves of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jennifer L. Guerrero of the Moline Police Department
  • Cody R. Hand of the Anna Police Department
  • James A. Harp of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
  • Patrick W. Hayes of the Knoxville Police Department
  • Jason M. Herren of the Pike County Police Department
  • Luke J. Hildebrand of the Sherman Police Department
  • Trevor D. Hodge of the Morris Police Department
  • Tyler R. Hughes of the Leland Grove Police Department
  • Devin S. Jackson of the Mt. Vernon Police Department
  • Paulina K. Jalowiec of the Glendale Heights Police Department
  • Christopher Jansen of the Centralia Police Department
  • Dakota W. Jenkins of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Darius R Johnson of the Dixmoor Police Department
  • Kailey L. Johnson of the Silvis Police Department
  • Patrick S. Jolly of the New Baden Police Department
  • Olivia R. Jones of the Fairview Heights Police Department
  • Dakota A. Josten of the West Frankfort Police Department
  • Brian P. Joy of the Collinsville Police Department
  • Colton G. Juelfs of the Valmeyer Police Department
  • Robert S. Kemper of the Paris Police Department
  • Jared T. King of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, winner of the Best Overall in Fitness Award and Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association Most Outstanding Office Award.
  • Rachel A. King of the Zeigler Police Department
  • Robert A. Ladove of the Carbondale Police Department
  • Guadalupe Lopez of the Minooka Police Department
  • Mitchell M. Malone of the Carmi Police Department
  • Aaron M. Matyas of the Venice Police Department
  • Noah R. Mayes of the Williamsville Police Department
  • Ryne M. McCoy of the Carbondale Police Department
  • Carter J. Meister of the Fairbury Police Department, winner of the Academic Award
  • Heath X. Milan of the Knoxville Police Department
  • Shiquita D. Morales of the Shiloh Police Department
  • Garrett E. Morhardt of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brian T. Morris of the Caseyville Police Department
  • Sergio Perez Lamas, Jr. of the SWIC Police Department
  • Brendan S. Peterson of the Maryville Police Department
  • Jace S. Poskevich of the SIU Carbondale Police Department, winner of the Southern Illinios Police Chiefs Association Most Outstanding Officer Award.
  • Casie L. Price of the Morris Police Department
  • Jacob M. Quillen of the El Dorado Police Department
  • Bryan J. Ramirez of the South Beloit Police Department
  • Caleb J. Reed of the Mt. Vernon Police Department
  • Logan A. Rhodes of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jailon C. Rush of the Mt. Vernon Police Department
  • Justin L. Sailliez of the West Frankfort Police Department
  • Javier Sanchez of the Morris Police Department
  • Kenyon A. Sanders of the Venice Police Department
  • Shannon M. Sayers of the Shiloh Police Department
  • Anna M. Schneidewend of the Morris Police Department
  • Christopher J. Seders of the Steeleville Police Department
  • Tanner D. Selph of the Mount Olive Police Department
  • Gino D. Serra of the Leland Grove Police Department
  • Michael D. Shewmaker of the O’Fallon Police Department
  • Devin R. Sims of the Brooklyn Police Department
  • Tyler E. Smith of the Douglas County Police Department, winner of the Defense Tactics Award
  • Brandon F. Smythe of the Grayville Police Department
  • Austin R. Stroud of the Henry County Police Department
  • Paige A. Swisher of the SIU Edwardsville Police Department
  • Kaylan N. Talley of the Leland Grove Police Department
  • Trenton L. Taylor of the Richland County Police Department
  • Tyler A. Tharp of the Woodriver Police Department
  • Jasmine M. Toliver of the Carbondale Police Department
  • Trey S. Wade of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dallas C. Wakeland of the Aledo Police Department
  • Thomas J. Walker of the Streator Police Department
  • Travis E. Walker of the Richland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jesse S. Williams of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Corbin B. Winans of the Bethany Police Department
  • Brett L. Winegarner of the Centralia Police Department
  • Trevor A. Wuebbles of the Pinckneyville Police Department
  • Michael J. Wulf of the Fairview Heights Police Department
  • Sean K. Yates of the Bunker Hill Police Department
  • Samuel M. Zaerr of the Pittsfield Police Department, class president
  • Evan J. Zeller of the Alton Police Department
  • Kyle A. Zurek of the Itasca Police Department

SWIC to feature local professors at a chamber music recital 

If you’d like to hear the voices of past and present Southwestern Illinois College Concert Choir members performing together, now’s your chance.

The Choir and alumni will perform Saturday, April 23 at 5 p.m., at the Saint Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St., in Belleville. The event is free and open to the public.

Professor of Music Andy Jensen, DMA, will conduct the performance, with piano accompaniment by Gail Long.

“After a decade teaching at SWIC (and a world-altering pandemic) I’m feeling very nostalgic and reflective,” Jensen said. “This concert is filled with songs our choirs have performed over the past ten years and has brought together over 50 students and alumni for a weekend of friendship and music.”

The concert will include music by composers such as Eric Whitacre, Kim André Arnesen, John Leavitt and Emma Lou Diemer, to name a few.

For more information about the SWIC Music department, visit swic.edu/music.

SWIC student wins Head of the Class award for HVAR skills

Hard work and dedication have paid off for a Southwestern Illinois College Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration student.

Isaac Sinn of Coulterville was chosen by the college’s HVAR program for the Head of Class award. Presented by tool supplier, Malco, the award recognizes perfect attendance, class participation and a willingness to learn. Sinn was recommended for the award by instructors.

“This is a great program with great instructors,” Sinn said. “I’m gaining a lot of knowledge in the program and earning a degree will be beneficial in starting my career.”

Sinn is pursuing his Associate in Applied Science degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

“He’s a really dedicated student,” said HVAR Program Coordinator Keith Otten. “We’re very proud of the work he’s doing in the program and he’s a great example for other students.”

SWIC offers a two-year, 72-semester-credit Associate in Applied Science degree and a one-year, 45-semester-credit certificate in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

 For more information on the SWIC HVAR program, call Otten at 618-931-0600, ext. 5175 or visit https://www.swic.edu/academics/career-degrees/hvacr/.

Save lives, donate blood at SWIC Belleville and Sam Wolf Granite City campuses

Save the lives of up to three people by donating blood during the upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus, Varsity Gym, 2500 Carlyle Ave; and April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, History Room, 4950 Maryville Road.  

“We need every donation we can get in order to maintain the supply in our region,” said College Activities and Student Life Director Amy Brockman. “Your donation truly will make a difference. We hope to see you!”

All types of blood are needed, especially O Positive. If you do not know your blood type, you can find out when you donate.

To donate you must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. If you are 16 years old and wish to donate in Illinois, you need a permission form signed by your parent or guardian. New donors should bring proper identification, such as a driver’s license or a state ID.

Individuals are encouraged to set an appointment time, but walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated as quickly as possible.

All presenting donors will receive light refreshments and a place to rest briefly following their donation.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 618-235-2700, ext. 5561, or toll free at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5561. 

Celebrate Spring with the SWIC Plant Sale in April

Dig out your gardening tools – it’s spring! The SWIC Horticulture program is selling reasonably priced water and vegetable plants, tropicals, perennials, annuals, and herbs grown by SWIC students over the winter.

You can get your green thumbs (and fingers) on these plants at the annual Plant Sale April 21-23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. The sale will be held in the greenhouse, located on the southeast corner of campus behind the baseball fields.

“Horticulture students play a major role in growing and nurturing these healthy, hardy plants throughout the semester,” said SWIC Horticulture Program Coordinator Kurt Range. “They get to see their hard work pay off by selling these beautiful, hardy plants.”

Only cash and check payments will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Horticulture program.

Face masks and social distancing are recommended. For more information about the plant sale contact Kurt Range at 618-235-2700, ext. 5135 or kurt.range@swic.edu.