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hollyJill Olson, Director
TRIO Student Support Services
jill.olson@src.edu
309-833-6029

Jill Olson is a native of Bushnell, Illinois. Jill received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Illinois State University and her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Jill has worked in positions with student support services and student activities in the public university, private-liberal arts college and community college settings.

In January 2013, Jill joined Spoon River College and the TRIO team as the Director of TRIO Student Support Services. She believes that the TRIO program offered on the Macomb campus is an extremely valuable program that leads students towards degree completion and success. Jill’s favorite aspects of working with students are helping them to attain their educational goals and find their career path. Jill has a passion for education and believes that higher education transforms lives. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, her three pets and farm life.


Bonnie swedellBonnie Swedell, Project Advisor
TRIO Student Support Services
bonnie.swedell@src.edu
309-833-6025

Bonnie Swedell is a native of West Central Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from WIU. Bonnie began her professional career teaching at Wethersfield High School in Kewanee, Illinois. In 1965, after moving back to Macomb, she continued her teaching career at Macomb High School.

In 1986, she joined the staff at Spoon River College and has been an Academic Advisor for the past 28+ years. Bonnie joined the TRIO staff as Project Advisor September 2014. In 2003, she was given the Pride Award for ”promoting pride college wide” and in 2011, she considered it a great honor to be selected as Employee of the Year at Spoon River College. Bonnie thoroughly enjoys her profession and working with the diverse group of students she advises as well as the excellent faculty and staff at SRC. She finds it is very rewarding to have a part in helping the students meet their educational goals in the transfer or career/technical field.

Bonnie lives with her husband of 49 years on the family farm east of Macomb. She enjoys spending time with her family and pets and attending her grandchildren’s many activities. Her hobbies include reading, shopping, and gardening.


jenniferJennifer Cunningham, Project Assistant
TRIO Student Support Services
jennifer.cunningham@src.edu
(309) 833-6030

Jennifer Cunningham is a central IL native. In 2001, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from MacMurray College. As an undergraduate, Jennifer had the pleasure of working with a variety of college students in the Admissions Office, Alumni and Development, and as a professor’s assistant in the Psychology Department.In 2007, Jennifer moved to the Macomb area to continue her education. In 2009, she earned her master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Western Illinois University. She enjoys graphic design and website development, and someday hopes to start a non-profit organization that offers free educational tools to K-12 schools. Jennifer can relate to the struggles that many college students face. She had children while going to college, and understands how tough it can be raising a family on a limited budget. She respects the determination and sacrifice it takes to be successful in school, and keep up with life’s responsibilities.In April 2011, Jennifer accepted the position as Student Support Services Project Assistant at Spoon River College. She enjoys meeting with the students and helping to provide them with the resources they need to succeed. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys playing with her kids, listening to music, traveling, and photography.


stephanieStephanie Miller, Instructional Specialist-English
TRIO Student Support Services
stephanie.miller@src.edu
(309) 833-6030

Stephanie Miller is an original from the central Illinois area. She began her college career at Spoon River College in Canton and later transferred to Western Illinois University. There she earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2002 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree. In 2004, Stephanie returned to Spoon River College as an adjunct instructor and in April, 2011 she also assumed the position of English/Reading Instructional Specialist for the TRIO grant. Besides being dedicated to the students at SRC, Stephanie is active with her local Boy Scout troop and various other teams and groups that her children belong to. It is her belief that every individual can succeed with the proper support and encouragement, and she is committed to providing just that for the students here at SRC.

 


robinRobin Thorman, Instructional Specialist-Math
TRIO Student Support Services
robin.thorman@src.edu
(309) 833-6030

Robin Thorman is a central IL native. She earned her BA in Mathematics (secondary education) from Monmouth College and her master’s in education from Western Illinois University. Robin has 10 years experience in the public schools teaching junior high and high school math. She has been an adjunct instructor here at Spoon River College for the past four years teaching Developmental Math courses. As a member of the TRIO team, Robin is dedicated to helping students achieve academic success and understands that it takes hard work, determination, dedication and belief in yourself to reach your goals. She is excited to be working with the TRIO program to help students reach their goals.​​​

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