Lindenwood alumnus Wesley Bell was elected to the office of Prosecutor for St. Louis County in the midterm elections held Nov. 6, 2018. Bell is the county’s first African-American prosecutor.
On Nov. 11, 2018, 11 alumnae of Lindenwood University’s School of Education received the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award. The 109 award winners from St. Louis-area schools were recognized at a ceremony at the Ritz Carlton in St. Louis.
Lindenwood University-Belleville senior McKenna Rafferty was recently selected as the 2018 Steve Suess Student of Character by the BASIC (Belleville Achieves Strength in Character) Initiative, a community-wide endeavor recognizing residents who strive to make a positive difference in the community and enhance the quality of life in Belleville.
Author and Lindenwood alumna Martha Ackmann (class of 1973) will see her book, Curveball, come to life in the Off-Broadway play Toni Stone this spring and summer. The play will be produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company at the Harold and Mirian Steinberg Center’s Laura Pels Theater in New York City.
The Lindenwood School of Education celebrated its centennial with a series of events on Nov. 7-8. The events included the planting of a new Lindenwood tree, the burial of a time capsule on campus, and the unveiling of the Centennial Wall and the “Future-Ready Classroom,” both located in Roemer Hall.
Torrin Suedmeyer, early alert coordinator, was named Lindenwood University-Belleville’s Employee of the Quarter in November. Suedmeyer joined the Lindenwood staff in July 2016 and quickly became an active part of the Lindenwood community.
Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights, which is celebrated each fall, and on Fri., Nov. 2, 19 students from Lindenwood University-Belleville's First Generation Student Mentor Program were treated to dinner and a show in order to take part in the celebration, along with two of their mentors Coordinator of Academic Services Christine Fredericksen and Supervisor of Science Laboratories Paul Lega.
Originally from Tampere, Finland, Evi Sipola intended to study at Lindenwood University-Belleville for only a year before returning home to finish college. However, after arriving at the university and falling in love with the community, Sipola decided to stay all four years to complete her undergraduate education. As a 2017 alumna, Sipola will continue her educational journey, but this time at the University of Southern California’s dental school (USC), where she is pursuing a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS).
Lindenwood University President Michael D. Shonrock accepted an Above and Beyond Award from the Department of Defense on Friday, Nov. 9, prior to the university’s second annual Veterans Day Lunch in the Spellmann Center’s Anheuser-Busch Leadership Room.
The Department of Theatre at Lindenwood University-Belleville will present the ancient Greek tragedy Medea, a play that centers on a wife’s desire for revenge against her unfaithful husband. The show will be performed Nov. 15-18 in the Lindenwood Auditorium, 2600 W. Main St., Belleville, Ill.