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The 5th Annual Belleville Ale Fest is April 22! The 5th Annual Belleville Ale Fest will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at 4204 Main Street Brewing Co.’s new Banquet and Distribution Center, located 6435 West Main Street. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning March 1st. Festival goers have the opportunity to purchase one of three ticket levels: VIP Admission, General Admission or Designated Driver Admission. VIP Admission ($50) is limited to 100 tickets, granting those individuals VIP parking, access to Ale Fest one hour before public opening, exclusive beer releases, 15 sampling tickets, a commemorative souviner tasting mug and other exclusives to be announced soon. General Admission ($25) allows entry into Ale Fest from 1-5 p.m. with 15 sampling tickets and a commemorative souvenir tasting mug. The Designated Driver Admission ($10) allows entry into Ale Fest from 1-5 p.m. and grants 2 tickets for soda or water. Attendees will be able to sample beers from local and national breweries, listen to musical entertainment from the Rat Rod Kings and enjoy unique beer in the company of other craft beer lovers. Tickets can be purchased beginning March 1st by visiting

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Kevin Richter, President Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD Dr. Jeff Dosier, President Elect Belleville Township High School District #201 Mike McManus, 1st Vice President Memorial Hospital Bob Mueller, Immediate Past President TheBANK of Edwardsville

Board of Directors Dr. Brett Barger, Lindenwood University-Belleville Edmond Brown, ELB Enterprises Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Dr. Mark Eichenlaub, Southwestern Illinois College Grant Evitts, Illinois American Water Harlan “Skip” Ferry, Commerce Bank Pat Hill, Allsup, Inc. Rachel Jackson, Project Compassion, NFP Darlene Jones, Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Jared Katt, Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Matt Klosterman, Belleville Public School District #118 Mary C. Lamie, Bi-State Development Melissa Mason, Belleville News-Democrat Kevin Pesko, Bank of Belleville John Reichert, In-Focus Marketing Bill Rickher, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc Peg Sebastian, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Scott Schanuel, Holland Construction Services Kevin Vick, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Emily Vosse, Beno J. Gundlach Co. Joseph Weissert, Ameren Illinois Will Welsh, Gateway Region YMCA Roger Wigginton, Don Rodgers, Ltd.

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Chairman Mark Kern, St. Clair County Christine Spargur, Scott Air Force Base

CHAMBER STAFF Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director Beth Tucker, Office Manager Landon Brooks, Marketing and Communications Manager Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager Alicia Slocomb, Main Street Manager Cathleen Lindauer, Director, Belleville Tourism Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 216 East A Street, Belleville,IL 62220 Phone: (618) 233-2015 Fax: (618) 233-2077



Memorial Hospital


HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital


City of Belleville Illinois American Water Company


Ameren AT&T Belleville News-Democrat Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.


Associated Bank Auffenberg Belleville Commerce Bank Eckert’s Country Store and Farms Gonzalez Companies, LLC Grey Eagle Distributors Korte & Luitjohan Regions Bank Scott Credit Union Southwestern Illinois College TerraSourceGlobal TheBANK of Edwardsville The ROHO Group U.S. Bank


Abbott EMS Allsup, Inc Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows Bank of Belleville Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative BMO Harris Bank BOS Metro East Banking Center Breakthru Beverage Group Casino Queen Century Brass Works Chelar Tool and Die CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Cooling Concepts ELB Enterprises, Inc. Empire Comfort Systems FCB Bank First Bank FKG Oil Company Hilton Garden Inn & Regency Conference Center Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP Holland Construction Services International Paper Jack Schmitt Chevrolet Lewis Rice LLC Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. McDonald’s - Burris Management, Inc. Memorial & St. Elizabeth’s Cancer Treatment Center McKendree University National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows NAACP, East St. Louis Branch North Bay Produce NovaChrome Prairie State Energy Campus Print Master Sam’s Club Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. Strano & Associates The Home Depot UMB Bank Volkert, Inc. Walmart Willowcreek Rehab & Nursing Center

Shirley Bertelsmann, Community Member Sarah Biermann, King’s House Retreat Center Rebecca Boyer, Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC Justin Chapman, TheBANK of Edwardsville Terri Dambacher, CompuType IT Solutions Bob Dintelmann, Landscape Consultant RoseMarie Fitzgerald, Community Member Mary Jo Foerste, Community Member Cari Frick, Metro Lock and Security, Inc. Mona Friederich, Bank of Belleville Sharon Goff, Self-Employed Patty Gregory, Art on the Square Martha Holloway, The Apartment Community of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Dean Hardt, City of Belleville Dennis F. Korte, Sr., Belleville Township Supervisor Joyce Laux, Community Member Tracy McCollum, Standard Rule Promotions Dorothy Meyer, St. Clair County Mark Mueller, Mueller Furniture Al Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency Lisa Phillipson, Hospice of Southern Illinois Joy Prigge, Dieterich Bank Mary Reuter, Lindenwood University - Belleville Leslie Schmidt, Abbott EMS Loretta Stammer, Community Member Brandy Steely, BND Anne Thomure, Memorial Hospital Jack Weck, Community Member Sheri Welch, Independent Insurance Agent Susan Wobbe, St. Clair County Office on Aging John Wunderlich, Egyptian Business Furniture

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Chamber Happenings Belleville Main Street to Host 2nd Annual Lucky Leprechaun 5k Run/Walk on March 11th Belleville’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities begin with Belleville Main Street’s 2nd Annual Lucky Leprechaun 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, March 11th. The run begins at Union United Methodist Church at 9:00am, running through the streets of Belleville before finishing back at Union United Methodist Church. Runners will then be able to head back down the parade route to enjoy the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s St. Patrick’s Day parade with family and friends. Block parties will follow the parade until 8:00pm. All proceeds from the Lucky Leprechaun 5k Run/Walk benefit the work of the Chamber’s Belleville Main Street Committee, which is committed to the renovation, economic growth, and business retention of downtown Belleville. Pot of Gold Sponsor:

Drink Sponsor: Grey Eagle Distributors Shamrock Sponsors: Impact Strategies Law Offices of Bonifield & Rosenstengel, P.C.

March 2017

Upcoming Chamber Events 3/1 3/2 3/2 3/7 3/9 3/9 3/11 3/13 3/14 3/15 3/16 3/17 3/21 3/21 3/22 3/23

SCORE Meeting Ambassadors Meeting Business After Hours with MMR, Ltd. Education Committee Meeting Healthcare/CSA Committee Meeting Belle-Scott Enlisted Dinner Lucky Leprechaun 5K Run/Walk PR/Marketing Committee Meeting Coffee Cup Connections with CARITAS Lobby Day Ladies’ Night Out Leadership Belleville Business Day Economic Development Committee Meeting INforM Committee Meeting Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting Lunch & Learn at Crehan’s Irish Pub

Lyre Sponsors: ApexNetwork Physical Therapy | Lincoln Theatre Rainbow Sponsors: Bank of Belleville | McDonald’s Peace by Piece Co. | TheBANK of Edwardsville




Classes that start in March and April can meet a variety of diverse needs. ................................................................ Please visit to learn more about Chamber Committees.

Belleville Campus Red Bud Campus Sam Wolf Granite City Campus

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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”

Thank You

The businesses and organizations below renewed their investment with the Chamber in January...

A.L. Rueter Apartment Rentals

Hideg Parmacy, Inc.

Althoff Catholic High School

Hospice of Southern Illinois

Alzheimer’s Association

Huntleigh Securities Corporation

Ambassador Travel

IMPACT Strategies

Bel-Air Bowl

Ittner Architects

Belleville Animal Clinic

Loretta Stammer

Belleville News-Democrat

Mariachi’s Mexican Restaurant

Belleville Supply Company

Meyer Honda of O’Fallon


Moore & Simonin, P.C.

Bob Dintelmann

The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Brutto Truck Services, Inc. The Cancer Treatment Center Candlewood Suites Hotel Casino Queen Casper Stolle Quarry Co. Chelar Tool & Die Committee to Elect Jay Hoffman Curt Piontkowsky Da-Com Corporation E.G. Vogt Oil Company, Inc. Eagle Publications Empire Comfort Systems EWR Associates, Inc. First Bank Flynn Guymon & Garavalia, Attorneys at Law G.L. Thomas, CPA

Oliver C. Joseph, Inc. Pinnacle Electronic Systems, Inc. Pyramid Electrical Contractors, Inc. Quantum Vision Centers Rice Sullivan & Company, Ltd Schmale Insurance Agency, Inc. Scott Credit Union St. Clair County Historical Society St. Clair Services

Upcoming Business After Hours March 2 Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. April 6 The Weingarten May 4 Albert Orelt Allstate Agency June 1 Precision Practice Management July 6 Memorial Hospital August 3 Bel-Air Bowl September 7 Healthcare Committee October 12 Grimm & Gorly Florist & Gifts, Inc. November 2 Associated Bank December 2 Breakthru Beverage

Stifel Stillpointe Wellness Center Thomas J Feder, DDS Tree Hut Pre-school & Childcare Center W.A. Schickedanz Agency Inc. Yaekel & Associates Insurance

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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”


The businesses and organizations below joined the Chamber in January... Adam’s Auctions & Real Estate Services, Inc./ St. Clair County Event Center 120 West Main St. | Belleville (618) 234-8751 David Chumley Community Member

Cigar Inn Jazz Club, Inc. 119 West Main St. | Belleville (618) 233-4000 Edward Jones – Adam Brewer 7008 West Main St. | Belleville (618) 397-1596

Upcoming Coffee Cup Connections Tuesday, March 9th | 8:15am Hosted by: CARITAS Family Solutions 900 Royal Heights Road | Belleville Don’t miss this opportunity to network and learn about other member businesses! Click here to register

6000 Old Collinsville Rd. Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Missouri: Illinois: Fax: E-Mail:

314-692-7979 618-397-7233 618-398-5887 (800) 422-2782 •

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Business After Hours Sponsor:

The Edge welcomed members to their newly-renovated entertainment complex on Thursday, February 2nd. While there, members received a sneak peek at the organization’s $3 million expansion plan, which includes the addition of electric go-karts, bumper cars, bowling lanes and a 4D theater to the already expansive complex.

Debra Pierce, RPI Therapy Services Tiffany Anderson, Willowcreek Nursing and Rehab Brett Grimes, St. Paul’s Senior Community Martha Holloway, The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows

Mayor Mark Eckert came to the event to thank Keith Schell and Mary Dahm-Schell for their dedication to the Belleville community. For over 25 years, the couple has actively worked to create a familyfriendly entertainment space in Belleville, and their recent investment demonstrates their commitment to serving the area. The EDGE is a premier entertainment center in the St. Louis Metropolitan area featuring the “World’s Largest Laser Tag Arena,” two arcades, five movie theatres (including 2 movie bistros) and a family friendly sports pub with 45 flat screen TVs. They are locally owned and operated with over 46,000 square feet of space for family-friendly entertainment. ...............................................................................................................

To learn more about The EDGE, visit:

Susan Shultz, Webster University at SAFB Jay Stokes, SWIC

Upcoming Business After Hours Thursday, March 2 | 5 - 7PM Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. 23 Public Square, Suite #300 | Belleville Sponsor: Mary Dahm-Schell, The EDGE Keith Schell, The EDGE Nancy Dahm, The EDGE Richard Dahm, The EDGE

John Steinlage, Community Member Patty Gregory, Crehan’s Irish Pub Barry Gregory, Crehan’s Irish Pub

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Ribbon Cuttings

Beacon Ministry | Jan. 30th

Olive Oil Marketplace| Feb. 3rd

900 Royal Heights Road | Belleville 18 East Main Street | Belleville (618) 222-8824 | (618) 304-3769 | .................................................................................................................................................................................

Celebrating a new business opening, anniversary or remodel? Celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting! Contact Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager, for more info. Email or call the Chamber Office at (618) 233-2015.

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Committee News

EDUCATION COMMITTEE PLANS 2017 BACK TO SCHOOL FUN FAIR The Education Committee’s goal is to provide up to 1,000 backpacks for our school aged children. Sponsorships are essential to the success of this event and participation levels vary. For more information, contact Beth Tucker at (618) 233-2015 or


HEALTHCARE/CSA COMMITTEE CONTINUES COLLECTING ITEMS FOR EMERGENCY HYGIENE KITS Suggested Items: Tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, body wash, bar soap, facial tissue, deodorant, lotion, wipes, lip balm, etc. Items must fit in a quart sized plastic bag. Collection sites: AgeSmart Community Resources | Downtown Belleville YMCA | East Belleville YMCA Chamber Office | Family Hospice | Union United Methodist Church Distribution sites: Beacon Ministries | Call for Help, Inc. | Memorial Hospital | Belleville Fire Department Project Compassion | Union United Methodist Church | Violence Prevention Center For more information, contact Carla Boswell at or Tamara Foote at


HEALTHCARE/CSA COMMITTEE TO AWARD SCHOLARSHIP The Healthcare/CSA Committee is now accepting applications for a $500 scholarship. To qualify, applicants must be a graduating Belleville high school senior that is a resident of St. Clair County who will be attending an Illinois or Missouri institution, including a community college or four-year university. Applications are available in guidance counselors offices and must be received by April 1st, 2017. For more information, contact Lisa Phillipson at

David E. Guymon Anthony R. Garavalia Michael J. Garavalia Brian D. Flynn Concentrating in: Personal Injury | Estate Planning, Trusts & Wills Real Estate | Family Law | Banking Law

Serving The Community For Over 35 Years

618-233-0480 300 W. Main St., Suite 4 Belleville IL 62220

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The Healthcare & CSA Committee is Collecting Items for

Emergency Hygiene Kits February 9 - March 9, 2017

Suggested Items: Tooth brushes, Tooth paste, Shampoo, Body Wash, Bar Soap, Kleenex, Deodorant, Lotion, Wipes, Lip Balm, etc. Items must fit in a quart sized plastic bag.

Collection sites:

AgeSmart Community Resources | Downtown Belleville YMCA | East Belleville YMCA Chamber Office | Family Hospice | Union United Methodist Church

Distribution sites:

Beacon Ministries | Call for Help, Inc. | Memorial Hospital | Belleville Fire Department Project Compassion | Union United Methodist Church | Violence Prevention Center

For more information:

Carla Boswell (618) 234-4410 Ext. 7036 or

Tamara Foote (618) 222-2561 ext: 34 or

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Leadership Belleville Leadership Belleville Government Day Sponsored by: The City of Belleville

The 2017 Leadership Belleville Class continued their program on Friday, February 17th by participating in Government Day, sponsored by The City of Belleville. The day began at the Belleville Police Department, where the class was addressed by Mayor Mark Eckert and the Honorable Laura Grandy. The class then traveled to St. Clair County ETSB (Emergency Telephone System Board) and was addressed by the organization’s Executive Director, Herb Simmons. After lunch, the class visited Peer 151. Kurt Artinger, owner of Artigem Replacement Services, spoke to the class before they began a mini-retreat with Vertical Performance, Inc.. The day concluded with a social gathering at Tavern on Main. Thank you to the following day planners: Mike Rizzo | Sigman Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. Justin Price | CliftonLarsonAllen Brandy Steely | Belleville News-Democrat Melissa Witt-Smith | St. Clair County Housing Authority Meals and snacks were provided by: The City of Belleville, Sigman Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. & Tavern on Main

Next Leadership Belleville Day: March 17 Business Day

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Spotlight on Education

Belleville Township High School District 201 consists of two public high schools, Belleville East and Belleville West, which serve students in grades 9 through 12 from five surrounding communities including Belleville, Fairview Heights, Millstadt, Shiloh, and Swansea. Our mission is to provide all students with a quality education and lifelong learning skills necessary to meet tomorrow’s challenges. The Belleville East campus is located on 76 acres of beautiful wooded land, at the corner of West Boulevard and Carlyle Avenue. This college-like campus contains 19 instructional buildings. Belleville West is a 360,000 square feet high school on 113 acres at the corner of Route 15 and Frank Scott Parkway West. Each campus has classrooms designed to meet the demands of the educational curriculum. Both campuses contain state-of-the-art facilities including: a performing arts center, media center, science labs, computer labs, career and technology labs, and athletic facilities. Belleville Township High School District 201 is rich in tradition and provides a multitude of opportunities for our students. District 201 provides a rigorous curriculum including Honors courses, Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, and Vocational Programs for students. All of our programs are staffed by highly qualified teachers and support staff. The schools also feature a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities that are recognized annually at the local, state, and national levels. Program offerings include but are not limited to: academic teams, athletic teams, fine arts activities, band, chorus, student clubs, and community outreach activities. For more information about Belleville East or Belleville West, visit

BTHS District 201 Students volunteered to stuff backpacks for the Education Committee’s 2016 Back to School Fun Fair. The Chamber Connection

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Chamber Member Update BIG-HEARTED LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE BUSINESS STUDENT RECEIVES FIRST COMMUNITY KINDNESS SCHOLARSHIP Lindenwood University-Belleville Senior De’Marcus Terry became the first student to receive a university scholarship from Belleville’s Community Kindness charitable organization. Terry, a sprinter on the Lindenwood University-Belleville track team from Clewiston, Fla., will receive $1,000 to go toward his tuition plus additional money for his books to help him complete his education. “This is such an honor for me to be chosen to receive this scholarship,” Terry said. “It’s very important for me to give back to the community and pay it forward. So, to get something like this makes me even more inspired to make the most of the opportunities I have been given so I can put myself in a position to help others.” A senior in business administration with a minor in marketing, Terry plans to graduate at the end of the current semester. He said his goal is to eventually be the CEO of his own company that will invest its profits in helping others. Community Kindness founder Charlie Kramer said the organization donates about $60,000 a year to local causes. The money is generated by a thrift shop at the corner of East Main Street and Mascoutah Avenue in Belleville. Kramer said he has been impressed with the many things Lindenwood Belleville has done to reach out into the community to help others. So he decided he wanted to give something back to the school by starting the scholarship. “We hope this is just the first one and that it’s going to go on and on,” Kramer said. “Education is so important and we wanted to be able to reward a person who is working hard to make themselves a successful member of society.” The scholarship was awarded on a competitive basis with students writing essays to determine the winner. Terry’s essay was about resisting bullying, helping others and appreciating the opportunities that he’s been given. Amy Determann, Assistant Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship, said she couldn’t think of a more-deserving student than Terry. “He’s one of my best students and I don’t think I have ever seen anyone work harder,” said Determann. “I don’t know when he rests. But, no matter how busy he is, you can always count on him to come through and to help out when he’s needed.” .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

IMPACT STRATEGIES PREPARES FOR DELIBERATE GROWTH WITH ENHANCED ORGANIZATION AND ADDITIONAL TALENT Construction management firm IMPACT Strategies is adding to its talent base and enhancing its services to support its continued growth. The company is strengthening its pre-construction services under the direction of Executive Vice President Mike Christ and adding a new Director, Development and Construction Services position to be led by new hire, Nick Walker. The changes are strategic moves to sustain the increased level of project activity and continue the growth trend of the company while maintaining and improving internal processes for employee development and opportunities, according to IMPACT Strategies President Mark Hinrichs. “Our new Director of Development and Construction Services will play a critical role in assuring client satisfaction and enhancing our business development plans while maintaining and improving the quality of our work,” Hinrichs says. “Nick Walker has 20 years of experience as a registered architect and as a construction manager. He’s the perfect person to help us take our company to the next level. “IMPACT Strategies has been fortunate in building long-term business associations with excellent and well-known client companies including AMEREN, Cedarhurst Assisted Living, KIMCO, Schnuck Markets, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, and The DESCO Group. In addition to continuing to enhance our strong relationships with our current fantastic clients we are excited to introduce ourselves and our quality work to new organizations,” Hinrichs says. Walker most recently was Vice President of Development and Construction for a St. Louis-based developer and builder of senior housing properties. His experience is hands-on in project design and development as well as construction management including experience in the project cycle from entitlements and conceptual design, to construction budgeting, bidding, negotiating and scheduling of construction. Walker is a registered architect in Missouri and a member of the American Institute of Architects and NCARB. He has vast experience in all levels of senior housing projects and is a certified aging-in-place specialist though the NAHB. A resident of Des Peres, Missouri, Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Kentucky and an MBA at Saint Louis University. He also completed the Construction Leadership Institute program at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville.

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Chamber Member Update LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE PROFESSOR’S PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS ISSUE OF SEXISM IN CLINICAL RESEARCH A paper co-authored by Lindenwood University-Belleville Assistant Professor Lindy Rossow has shined a spotlight on the subject of sexism in scientific research. The article, titled “Let’s Talk about Sex; Where are the Young Females in Blood Flow Restriction Research,” appeared in Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging magazine in September. In the publication, Rossow and her co-authors discuss the fact that women are often excluded as subjects in scientific research studies. “It’s something that I’ve noticed over time,” said Rossow about the inspiration for the article. “Especially in smaller studies, the people conducting them just decide, no matter the subject, that they’re going to have 10 people in their study and they’re all going to be males. Well, what I want to know is why would you do that?” In addition to being sexist, it’s bad science, Rossow said. By eliminating women from studies, scientists and other researchers are eliminating chances to learn and opportunities to find breakthroughs by decreasing study variables. “If everyone is the same, why would they expect to learn anything that’s different,” asked Rossow. Using women in restricted blood flow research could be particularly helpful, according to Rossow. Doctors and scientists have learned that using cuffs to restrict blood flow to muscles while exercising allows them to be built up using lighter weights. The technique has proven effective when trying to rehabilitate amputees. It could also be helpful in helping to strengthen the muscles of senior citizens who can’t lift as much weight as they could when they were younger. Cuff restriction therapy could be helpful in building muscle for people who suffer from osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones, particularly in senior citizens, to become brittle. Osteoporosis tends to affect women more frequently than men so it might be helpful to have some testing data on female subjects. Rossow said she has published or co-authored about 50 articles over the course of her career. She said she hopes her work raises awareness about the issue. “I’m just glad to see the subject get some exposure so, maybe, people will start talking about it,” said Rossow. “That’s the important part: making a difference.” .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE HISTORY PROFESSOR PUBLISHES BOOK ABOUT THE MYSTERIOUS ST. ANNE A 10-year-long passion project for Lindenwood University-Belleville Assistant Professor of History, Jennifer Welsh, has finally been completed in the form of her first published book. Now that The Cult of St. Anne in Medieval and Early Modern Europe has been released, Welsh said she hopes to get to work on a second book. She just hopes the next literary work she’s planning doesn’t take nearly as long to finish. Welsh said the idea for the tome, available now in both hardback and e-book versions, was kindled when she a put together a couple of research papers and, ultimately, wrote her dissertation on the subject. She had done so much research on the life and legend of St. Anne, Welsh said she wanted to share the results. “St. Anne is an extremely fascinating figure as the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ,” Welsh said. “But she’s not in the scripture so, historically, people have been able to make her play different roles.” What’s emerged over time is a variety of different stories about St. Anne. Some portray her as a powerful matriarch who carefully orchestrates the actions of her family while others depict her as a humble housewife and mother. In some descriptions Anne had one daughter, Mary, after praying to God for a child. In others, Anne was said to have been married three times and to have had one daughter from each of the unions. The first references to St. Anne in Christian literature don’t come until the New Testament apocrypha are written in about the year 150 A.D. Her story becomes more prominent in eastern Christianity in the sixth century and then in the Latin Church in the 12th century. Anne, known in Arabic as Hannah, is also prominent in Islam, recognized in the Qur’an as the mother of Mary. Welsh said detective work to determine which depiction of St. Anne is the most accurate is tough because the facts have been buried by the passing of several hundred years of time. “What I am hoping is that, while we might never get concrete answers about her, if we look at the way St. Anne is portrayed over the years and what people have emphasized about her it might tell us something about our history,” said Welsh. The Cult of St. Anne in Medieval and Early Modern Europe is published by Routledge and is currently available through

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Chamber Member Update SWIC STUDENTS WIN BROADCASTING AWARD Students from the Introduction to Radio Production class at Southwestern Illinois College submitted their work to the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System and were named a finalist for Best Radio Drama. “This is the first time our students have submitted an entry for national competition and the first award recognizing the quality of their work,” said Mac Chamblin, instructor of Radio Production at SWIC. The students submitted a 25-minute Sci-Fi comedy “Space Monster-Rama” by California playwright Bill Chessman. They produced, acted, directed and edited the production themselves. Among the students involved in the production are Aeschylus (Ace) Augustin of Granite City, Kevin Fleming of Belleville, Kira Garza of New Athens, Blake Johnson of Belleville, Vincent Martinez of Fairview Heights, Matthew Scally of Belleville and Ethan Seaman of Belleville. The group will receive a Golden Microphone Award in New York City at the IBS International Convention in March for their achievement. The IBS will announce its choice for first place among the finalists at the convention. SWIC is up against six other finalists from colleges and universities from around the country. For more information about radio production at SWIC, contact Chamblin at or call 618-2352700, ext. 5592. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................


Talented artists from all across the Metro East will showcase their artwork in Life Experienced – A Senior Art Competition. Southwestern Illinois College and the St. Clair County Office on Aging are once again partnering with the Gateway East Artists’ Guild and Art on the Square for this unique art competition and exhibition. More than 60 artists 60 and older will showcase their artistic abilities in several different art categories. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The opening reception for this exhibit will be held Thursday, March 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Schmidt Art Center on the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. The exhibition will continue March 3-6: · Friday, March 3 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. · Saturday, March 4 • noon to 4 p.m. · Sunday, March 5 • noon to 4 p.m. · Monday, March 6 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Life Experienced exhibition, call 618-234-4410, ext. 7044.

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Chamber Member Update HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S MOTHER CHILD CENTER RAISES AWARENESS DURING AMERICAN HEART MONTH Infants at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital are sporting red hats for Heart Health Awareness Month. The hats, part of the American Heart Association’s Little Hats Big HeartsTM program, are given to each infant to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke, including congenital heart issues, the most common type of birth defect in the world. “St. Elizabeth’s Mother Child Center has been privileged to take part in this program for the past two years,” shared Desaree Lehr, RNC-EFM, BSN, Manager of St. Elizabeth’s Mother Child Center. “Not only do our little ones get sent home with a warm stocking hat to use during the cold winter month of February, but we’re also honored to be able to help raise awareness of congenital heart issues.” According to the American Heart Association, congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart present at birth. They result when an abnormality occurs during heart development soon after conception and often before the mother is aware that she is pregnant. The defects, which typically occur in eight out of every 1,000 births, range in severity from simple problems, such as “holes” between chambers of the heart, to very severe malformations, such as complete absence of one or more chambers or valves. Families who face the presence of a serious congenital heart defect for their infant often endure in an enormous emotional and financial strain. Patient/family education is an important part of successful coping. “We hope the red hats bring joy and awareness to each family who receives one,” notes Heather Norman, volunteer for the American Heart Association St. Louis and co-chair of the Passion Committee, which organizes the Little Hats Big Hearts project. Norman’s 11 year-old daughter is a congenital heart defect survivor and assists her mom in making the hat deliveries to each hospital. “Together, with St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and many other hospitals across the country, we are working to raise awareness for heart disease (the number one killer of women) and congenital heart defects (the number one birth defect) by providing resources and inspiring moms to take their family’s heart health to heart,” shared Norman. The hats are created by volunteer individuals all over the United States who care about heart health and the heart health of babies. Each hat is also pre-washed and double rinsed using a hypoallergenic detergent in preparation for each family. For more information about St. Elizabeth’s Mother Child Center visit, or for information about how to get involved with the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program, visit .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS Looking for a chance to brighten someone’s day and earn some extra money? Become a Senior Companion! The Senior Companion Program pairs healthy, active people 55 and older with other seniors who otherwise would not be able to live independently. The program is sponsored by Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons. “The companions provide supportive, individualized services to help clients maintain their dignity and independence,” said Carla Boswell, director of the Senior Companion Program at PSOP. “The goal is to keep them independent and in their own homes.” Senior Companions provide companionship and assistance to their peers who are homebound or may be socially isolated. They visit one or more days per week for four or more hours per day and can assist with daily tasks, provide transportation, and give support and a much-needed break to full-time caregivers. Companions earn a nontaxable stipend and other benefits such as meal and travel reimbursements, as well as paid time off. The Senior Companion Program is currently searching for volunteers in Madison, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties. For more information on how to become a Senior Companion, contact Elaine Roustio in Madison County at 618-797-7369; Deena Duvall in Monroe or Randolph counties at 618-282-6682, ext. 8135; Charla Morton in St. Clair County at 618-234-4410, ext. 7095; or Deirdre Evans in the East St. Louis area at 618-874-6584. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

GEORGE PORTZ AND THE FRIENDS OF BLUEGRASS RETURN TO SWIC Southwestern Illinois College is hosting a night full of entertainment and music when George Portz and the Friends of Bluegrass make their annual appearance this spring! This one-night concert event takes place Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Belleville Campus Main Complex Theatre, 2500 Carlyle Ave. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased over the phone at 618-235-2700, ext. 5205, using MasterCard, VISA or Discover. Tickets are also available in College Activities, Main Complex Room 1246. For more information, call College Activities at 618-235-2700, ext. 5205.

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BELLEVILLE NURSE NAMED STROKE COORDINATOR AT HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital recently named Amanda Ernst, BSN, RN, Stroke Coordinator for St. Elizabeth’s Teleneurology Stroke Program. Ernst, a resident of Belleville, previously served the hospital as a critical care RN in the Emergency Department. She has been employed by St. Elizabeth’s for six years. In the Stroke Coordinator role, Ernst is responsible for developing clinical care standards and appropriate services for stroke care and tracking data, and ensuring compliance with national stroke measures. Additionally, she aids in rapid response of acute stroke patients and assists with the use of telemedicine to provide comprehensive stroke assessment and treatment. “It is my honor to serve St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and our region as a leader in acute stroke care,” said Ernst. “I plan to continue building our relationship with the community, and hope that by providing education we help patients get to the hospital quicker, which can improve outcomes after stroke.” St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has served as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital for the region since 2014, as designated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. St. Elizabeth’s was the first hospital in the Metro East to gain this designation. The Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital designation ensures that St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is prepared to adhere to written emergency stroke protocols and is able, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide the following: • • •

thrombolytic therapy (tPA) used to break or dissolve blood clots, brain image testing (CT scans), and blood coagulation studies.

The American Heart Association (AHA) notes that strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and is one of the most preventable causes of disability. Ernst additionally stresses that, 80 percent of strokes are preventable by controlling risk factors like smoking, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. For more information on St. Elizabeth’s Emergent Stroke Ready Designation and Stroke Telemedicine Program visit,

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Chamber Member Update HOLLAND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES BEGINS EXPANSION AT NEW LIFE IN CHRIST CHURCH Holland Construction Services, Inc. (Holland) will begin work in March on an expansion project for New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church in O’Fallon, IL.This expansion will provide much needed space as the congregation continues to grow. The $3.8 million dollar project involves the expansion and renovation to the church’s sanctuary. This will increase seating capacity to 1,100 from the current 450. The expansion also includes a new west entrance and a large gathering area in the two-story open narthex, café and bookstore. An elevator is also being added to access the second floor and expanded sanctuary balcony. The second floor will provide additional office and more gathering spaces overlooking the narthex below. In addition to the building expansion, the project will also provide additional parking and a circular dropoff drive at the new west entrance. “Over two thousand members of New Life in Christ Church in O’Fallon are so excited to partner with Holland to complete their long awaited sanctuary expansion,” said Senior Pastor Bishop Geoffrey V Dudley, Sr, D.Min. “Bruce and his team have embraced our vision with grace, integrity and professionalism...they are making it a reality.” This is the second project Holland has completed for New Life in Christ Church. The first was in 2011 which also involved an expansion. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

HOLLAND EMPLOYEE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION RAISES $25,000 FOR CHAKOTA TRC The Holland Employee Charitable Foundation (HECF) is pleased to announce that $25,000 was raised at this year’s Klondike Klassic Charity Golf Tournament thanks to the overwhelming support of Holland friends and associates including over 160 golfers and 90 sponsors. This annual winter golf event was held February 11th at Far Oaks Golf Club. This year’s tournament was held to benefit Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center (Chakota TRC). Located in Germantown, IL, Chakota TRC provides Therapeutic Horseback Riding for children and adults with disabilities, including a new therapy program specifically designed for veterans. At the conclusion of the event, members of the HECF presented a $25,000 check to Dave and Kay Langenhorst, founders of Chakota TRC. “Dave and I are humbled and eternally grateful for each of you that continue to believe,” said Kay Langenhorst. With added resources, the staff at Chakota-TRC plan to purchase needed supplies for the riders and the horses. They also hope to build an indoor riding arena which would allow their riders to have lessons year round regardless of the weather. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

SWIC TO CELEBRATE HERSTORY IN MARCH Celebrate Women’s History Month with “Herstory” at Southwestern Illinois College in March. Events include open mics, self-defense training, lectures, poster displays, documentaries and more. Most events free and open to the public. Event highlights include: · Diversity Chat: Women Field Photographers - Thursday, March 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Sam Wolf Granite City Campus Room 520: Art instructor Nancy Friederich will talk about eight courageous women who have worked all over the world taking photographs of strange lands and combat situations. · Domestic Violence 101 - Tuesday, March 7, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Belleville Campus LA 3309: Jessica Woolbright of Saint Martha’s Hall will discuss the nature and dynamics of domestic violence. Learn about the behaviors of individuals who abuse and the effects of domestic abuse on children. · Diversity Chat: Audrie and Daisy - Tuesday, March 21, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Belleville Campus MC Theatre: Join the Diversity & Inclusion Committee as we view and discuss this documentary that examines the effect on families, friends and schools when young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been recorded for social media. · R.A.D. System - Rape Aggression Defense Training - Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Belleville Campus Intramural Gym: This self-defense course will give women realistic, hands-on experience in learning to defend themselves. This comprehensive course covers awareness, prevention, risk reduction, risk avoidance and basic hands-on defense training. To register or for more info, call 618-235-2700, ext. 5270 or email · Speak Your Piece Open Mic - Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m., Belleville Campus MC First Floor Lounge: Join a celebration of poetry, prose and music with Poetry Contest winners and other local artists. Professional poets will read and an open mic session will follow. For more information or a complete calendar of events, visit

What’s Happening in March Wednesday | March 1 Ash Wednesday Masses | 7:30am The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows | Belleville 618-397-6700

Sat. & Sun. | March 11 & 12 Knife & Gun Show | Times Vary Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville 618-235-0666

Thursday | March 23 Bridal Dinner | 6:00pm Bellecourt Place | Belleville 618-234-1046

Fri.–Sun. | March 3-5 Home & Garden Show | Times Vary Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville 618-235-0666

Saturday | March 11 Belleville Main Street Lucky Leprechaun 5K | 9:00am Downtown Belleville 618-233-2015

Fri.-Sun. | March 24-26 Forever Vintage Market | Times Vary Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville 618-235-0666

Fri.–Mon. | March 3-6 Senior Art Exhibition | Times Vary SWIC | Belleville 618-234-4410 ext. 7044

Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade | 11:00am Downtown Belleville 618-233-6769

Friday | March 3 Belleville Parks & Rec. Dodgeball Night | 5:30pm Nichols Community Center | Belleville 618-277-9785

Tuesday | March 14 Pi Day | All Day Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville 618-233-0513

Friday | March 24 George Portz and the Friends of Bluegrass | 7:00pm SWIC | Belleville 618-235-2700 ext. 5205

Masterworks Chorale Broadway Pops! | 6:00pm Bellecourt Manor | Belleville 618-304-9094

Wednesday | March 15 AxOx Training, Inc Excel 2010 Part 2 | 9:00am Crehan’s Irish Pub | Belleville 618-301-8981

Jazz Night | 7:30pm The Abbey | Belleville 618-277-8373

Wine & Zumba | 6:30pm The Weingarten | Belleville 618-257-9463

Sat. & Sun. | March 4 & 5 Wine & Food Festival | 12:00pm Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville 618-233-0513

Thursday | March 16 AxOx Training, Inc Excel 2010 Part 3 | 9:00am Crehan’s Irish Pub | Belleville 618-301-8981

Saturday | March 4 Belleville Historical Society Annual Trivia Night | 6:00pm St. Luke’s Parish Center | Belleville 618-409-1575 Belleville Parks & Rec. Daddy Daughter Dance | 5:00pm Belleville West High School 618-233-1416 Tuesday | March 7 Domestic Violence 101 | 12:30pm SWIC | Belleville 618-235-2700 Wednesday | March 8 Excel 2013 Productivity Tips for Excel Users | 8:30am SWIC | Belleville 618-222-5688

Sat. & Sun. | March 18 & 19 Belleville Flea Market | Times Vary Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville 618-235-0666 Sunday | March 19 Adult Cooking Class | 1:00pm Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville 618-233-0513

Saturday | March 25 R.A.D. System – Rape Defense Training | 8:00am SWIC | Belleville 618-235-2700 Fairy Garden Workshop & Wine | 1:30pm Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville 618-233-0513 Beacon Ministry Trivia Night | 6:15pm St. Augustine’s Church | Belleville 618-222-8942 Thursday | March 30 Communicating for Leadership Success | 8:30am SWIC | Belleville 618-222-5688 Friday | March 31 Spring 2017 Career Fair | All Day Lindenwood University-Belleville 618-671-6211

St. Clair Co. Health Dept. Trivia Night | 6:30 Tuesday | March 21 Diversity Chat: Audrie and Daisy | 9:30am Moose Lodge | Swansea 618-233-7703 SWIC | Belleville 618-235-2700 We are constantly updating our Wednesday | March 22 community calendar. Please visit Sandals Caribbean Night | 6:00pm for an Ambassador Travel | Belleville up-to-date list of events! 618-234-1046

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Page 23 U.S. News and World Report • Ranked among national institutions as best for veterans in 2016 • “Best for Veterans” college rated in their 2017 report for Midwestern Regional institutions • Ranked in the top tier of the Regional Universities-Midwest category of the college rankings • 2017 Best Online Programs Rankings — business, online education and MBA — among the best in the country Military Friendly • Top 10 Gold - Ranked #4 in Large Private institutions - 2017 • Recognized as a military-friendly school for several years

Military Times • Ranked as a “Best for Vets” school for the fifth consecutive time on its 2017 rankings • Ranked the Walker School of Business & Technology as a Best for Vets: Business School institutions

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs • Recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for being selected “Vet Success on Campus” (VSOC). One of only 72 universities selected nationally. With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with nearly 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to ensuring high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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