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Still Time to Register for Fall Classes at Spoon River College

Registration is open for fall classes at Spoon River College that begin August 19, and there are four main steps prospective students should complete.

The first steps are completing an admission form, which can be completed online, and taking an assessment test. For placement, SRC accepts ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, and previous college credit. The ACCUPLACER testing is offered at all four SRC locations, and there are no fees for the application or the testing.

Prospective students should also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for federal financial aid, and the school’s code is 00164300. Throughout the month of July, financial aid staff at Spoon River College are offering walk-in assistance in filing the FAFSA on Tuesday mornings from 9-noon at their Canton and Macomb campuses.

The final step in registering is to make an appointment with an advisor. Academic advisors are currently available for advising and registration appointments during July in-person and by phone Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. The college is currently observing summer hours, and will return to being open on Fridays in August.

An appointment with an advisor can be scheduled online by filling out the Advisor Meeting form on the website under the Admissions tab, and should include the date and time that is being requested, along with the program of interest. Please allow 1-2 business days for confirmation as date and time is not guaranteed until it has been confirmed by the Student Services Office.  Advisors can also be reached by emailing or by calling call (309)647-6400 in Canton, (309)543-4413 in Havana, (309)837-6069 in Macomb, and (217)322-6060 in Rushville.

The payment deadline for the fall semester is August 1. Students must have their tuition paid in full by that date or be enrolled in the automatic installment payment plan. For more information about financial aid, call (309) 649-7030 or (309) 833-6073. More financial aid information is also available on the college’s website under the Student Services tab.


“Take Care of It Tuesdays” in July for FAFSA Application Assistance

The financial aid staff at Spoon River College will be offering a “Take Care of It Tuesdays” initiative during the month of July to promote FAFSA completion, and will also be available to help students with filling out the application.

“Given the difficulties that students and parents encountered with the new 24-25 FAFSA, we wanted to reach out and offer assistance and help increase the completion numbers,” said Nikki Rittenhouse, assistant director of financial aid.

Starting on July 9, and continuing for each Tuesday in July (16, 23, and 30), financial aid staff will be available for walk-in visits from 9 a.m. until noon at both their Canton and Macomb campuses.

More information about the FAFSA application and financial aid can be viewed on the college’s website or by calling 309-649-7030.

SRC Receives NJCAA Sport Opportunity Grant

Spoon River College has been selected to receive a $1,000 Sport Opportunity Grant from the NJCAA Foundation. The grant will assist in sustaining the bowling program, which will begin this fall.

“We’re excited to announce and honored to receive a grant from the NJCAA Foundation that will help us kick-start our new bowling program,” said John Bassett, athletic director and head softball coach at Spoon River College.  “The NJCAA continues to invest resources into schools to help with continued growth and expanded opportunities for student-athletes.”

“Through the NJCAA Sport Opportunity Grant, the NJCAA Foundation is creating opportunities for member colleges to expand and develop sports offerings,” stated Brian Luckett, NJCAA Foundation Executive Director. “Athletics at the two-year level continue to grow and progress, resulting in student-athletes being afforded more significant development opportunities athletically and academically.”

In addition to the new bowling program, Spoon River College offers baseball, softball, both men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and E-sports, and is a member of the NJCAA. Not only do sports provide a fun activity for students, studies have shown that student-athletes tend to perform better academically than their non-athlete peers due to the increased motivation and discipline they gain from participating in sports. Student-athletes are more likely to stay in school and graduate than those not participating in athletics. “This year at SRC, our student-athletes had a cumulative 3.26 GPA, the highest ever on record,” Bassett said.

The addition of a bowling program was announced in the late fall of 2023, and Kenny Shockency of Canton was hired as the head coach. There will be both men’s and women’s teams, and he is looking for experienced bowlers. “We’re hoping to recruit six men and six women,” Shockency said, noting that the team will be playing other junior colleges in Illinois as well as traveling to other states to compete as part of the NJCAA. Practices will be held at Linn Lanes in Canton.

Shockency attended Spoon River College before transferring to Western Illinois University where he bowled at the collegiate level for two years. He has been coaching for the past 20 years, and has bowled 85/300 games and 40+/800 series.

“We are excited to add competitive bowling, and even more excited that Coach Shockency will be leading it,” Bassett said. “His experience with competitive youth bowling in the area will be an invaluable resource, and we look forward to a fun and competitive first season.”

Current and prospective students who are interested in the being part of the bowling team can call 309-649-6303, or email John Bassett email Coach Shockency.

Spoon River College is a two-year, public community college in West Central Illinois offering both transfer and career and technical programs. With campuses and Community Outreach Offices in Canton and Macomb and Learning Centers in Havana and Rushville, Spoon River College serves students in a 1,566 square mile area including portions of Fulton, McDonough, Mason, Schuyler and Knox counties. Visit the Spoon River College website for more information.

The mission of the NJCAA Foundation is to enhance the NJCAA national organization, student-athletes, member colleges and local communities through financial support, scholarships, program initiatives and community service.

Spoon River College Nursing Students Receive Florence Nightingale Award

Spoon River College nursing graduates Taylor Dimmitt of Colchester and Lindsey Harrison- McDowell of Canton were chosen by their peers during the spring semester as the recipients of the Florence Nightingale award for the 2023—2024 academic year.

Recipients who are chosen exemplify the traits of Florence Nightingale, who was described as being tough, a brilliant administrator, a loyal and emotional friend, a compassionate nurse, and a witty companion. She instituted formal nursing education in 1860 with the founding of the Nightingale Training School for Nurses.

Both Dimmitt and Harrison-McDowell graduated in May with their Associate Degree in Nursing, and are now eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Dimmitt, who will be working in the neonatal intermediate care unit at OSF, plans to eventually pursue a BSN and a MSN, and has some advice for current and future students. “Prioritize your schoolwork, find a good study routine and stick with it, and jump on any learning/skill opportunities that are available. Also, enjoy your time in the program, because it goes fast and believe it or not, you will miss it!”

The Spoon River College Nursing program offers an Associate Degree in Nursing, a Practical Nurse Certificate, and a Nurse Assistant Certificate. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and is fully approved by Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. For more information about the program, visit or call 309-647-4645.


31st Annual SRC Foundation Golf Outing Set for August 9

The 31st annual golf outing to benefit the Spoon River Collee Foundation will be held on Friday, August 9, at Wee-Ma-Tuk Hills Country Club in rural Cuba. Lunch will be at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start set for noon.

“I am honored to be trusted with this event and beyond impressed with the enthusiasm the community has for our golf outing,” said Dusty Berg, director of the SRC Foundation. “It’s wonderful to have an event that is not only a lot of fun but at the same time also raises funds to help students succeed in bettering their lives.”

The golf outing committee is currently seeking individual and business sponsors, as well as golf teams to join in the outing. Sponsorship levels start at $100 and go up to $1,000. Depending on the level, sponsors may receive free entry for one or more golfers, publicity for their business in event materials, onsite promotion of their business or organization at the event, and mention in local media.

The cost is $75 per golfer or $300 for a team of four, and best-ball/scramble format will be followed. The fee includes lunch, golf, cart, an SRC-themed gift, and the chance to compete to be the outing’s top team, as well as the opportunity to win prizes throughout the day on every hole.

Over the years, the SRC Foundation Golf Outing has helped to provide hardship grants, scholarships, facilities upgrades, support to extracurricular programs, and much more.

“When someone comes to Spoon River College, they are trying to build a better future for themselves and their families. When someone chooses to put forth that effort to better their lives, we want to do what we can to remove barriers between the student and success. That’s what the SRC Foundation is all about. That’s what the golf outing is all about.”

The mission of the SRC Foundation is to provide excellent educational opportunities at Spoon River College.  The Foundation golf outing is the largest annual fundraising event for the SRC Foundation and is typically one of the best-attended outings of the summer.

“Every dollar raised by the golf outing is a net gain for all parties involved,” Berg said. “SRC is better able to serve students and the community. The students are better able to meet their education goals and improve their quality of life, and the donors get an opportunity to network and help build a skilled workforce for the communities we all love.”

The registration deadline is July 31. Team entry forms and sponsorship commitment forms are available on the Foundation’s  Golf Outing webpage, by calling (309) 649-6395 or emailing emailing Foundation Director Dusty Berg.

Work on the New SRC Macomb Campus Slated to Begin in July

In 1983, Spoon River College purchased the former Macomb high school building on South Johnson street and began college operations. In 2006, board trustees approved the purchase of the former Heilig-Meyers building at 2500 E. Jackson Street with the goal of expanding the college’s offerings in McDonough County.

Phase I of that expansion was completed in 2009 with the construction of approximately one-third of the space that houses the Community Outreach Center. While the Outreach Center became a vital part of the Macomb community as a place for college events and Outreach classes, as well as a rental facility for many community and business events, completion of the remaining build-out and expansion stalled. Until now.

On April 2 of this year, the Illinois Capital Development Board opened bids for this project followed by funding awards and notice to proceed approvals.  A preconstruction meeting was held June 4 at the Macomb site with lead contractor Hein Construction and their subcontractors, as well as officials from the Capital Development Board and Spoon River College. Funding for the project comes from the state’s Rebuild Illinois capital plan and SRC bonding for the required match.

Construction is scheduled to begin July 8 of this year, with substantial completion scheduled for May 23, 2025, and final completion scheduled for June 20, 2025.

“This is our most current time line, but as with any project it is subject to change. Because the construction will be taking place inside, there should not be any weather-related delays,” said Dr. Curt Oldfield, president of Spoon River College. “We are hoping to start offering classes in there in the fall of 2025.” All operations at the current campus located on South Johnson Street will move to the East Jackson location.

Oldfield also said the college has talked with the governor’s office about doing a wall breaking rather than a groundbreaking. “That event would most likely be held in July or August, and attendees could symbolically break pieces of dry wall.”

“The new building will allow us to substantially increase the learning spaces for nursing and career programs, while providing new classrooms and laboratories for our transfer and adult education programs.  This project will be a game changer local workforce preparation, and has been a long time coming, and we will be even more excited when construction begins.”



Summer College Visit Day Scheduled for July 17 at Canton and Macomb Campuses

Spoon River College will host a Summer College Visit Day Wednesday, July 17, at both the Canton and Macomb campuses from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

This is open to people of all ages who are interested in learning about both the transfer and the career education programs available at Spoon River College, including the different degrees and short-term certificates each program offers. Associate degrees typically take two years to complete, while certificate programs can often be completed in a year or less.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with advisors and financial aid specialists, and will receive information about the application process, tuition costs, and financial aid options including scholarships, as well as student life activities, clubs, and organizations.

Tours of the campuses will be given, and will include the Snapper Villas student housing on the Canton Campus. All attendees will receive a free t-shirt.

RSVPs are encouraged, and can be made by visiting the Admissions page on the Spoon River College website or by calling 309-649-6400 (Canton) or 309-833-6069 (Macomb).

The Canton Campus is located at 23235 N. County Hwy. 22, and the Macomb Campus is located at 208 S. Johnson Street.


Student Shout-Out Award Recipient Ryne Crum

Congratulations to Ryne Crum, for being the Student Shout-Out Award recipient for the spring semester. He excels in the classroom as well as on the baseball field. He was nominated by Laura Bandy (English faculty), who had this to say about him.

“He has perfect attendance, completes all assignments at a high level and on time, and always participates thoughtfully and knowledgably in class discussion—a teacher’s dream. Most importantly, he shows caring, respect, and integrity to his fellow students in the classroom by being consistently collaborative, respectful, and caring with everyone.

Whenever we have in-class small group work, Ryne takes the lead in his groups, but never in a forceful or overbearing way. Instead, he is always prepared and will direct productive discussion and written work with his classmates, helping them if they have questions and encouraging them to come up with their own responses for assignments. He is a team player, in the classroom and on the baseball field—I don’t know anyone who doesn’t think highly of Ryne Crum. His profile essay of The Church (where he lives with other athletes) was so strong and interesting, they hung it up on the bulletin board there, so everyone could enjoy it! 🙂  I shout him out with gratitude and delight at having him as a student.”

Ryne, who received a $100 Visa Gift Card from President Oldfield, is a Springfield High School graduate and plans to pursue a career in civil engineering.

President Oldfield presents student Ryne Crum with a $100 Visa gift card for being named a Student Shout-Out Award recipient. A graphic with an image of Ryne Crum that says Single Season RBI Record, Ryne Crum, 57 RBIs.

President’s List for Spring 2024 Full-Time Students Announced

Spoon River College congratulates the following full-time students who were named to the President’s List in recognition of their academic achievement in completing 12 credit hours or more of college-level classes and earning a grade point average of 3.6 – 4.0 during the Spring 2024 semester. Please note that students with a privacy hold on their records will not be listed.

Astoria: Audrey E. Briggs, Elena C. DeWees, Alyssa A. Riggs, Jacob R. Wommack;

Avon: Emma E. Bearce, Holly J. Mason;

Bath: Shelby M. Garner;

Blandinsville: Erica J. Lacy, Jade V. Miller;

Bushnell: Peyton M. Bowman, Patricia K. Chambers, Jonathon R. Davis, Sarah E. Davis, Leah M. Kling, Shayna K. Ludwig, Mahkalay M. Myers, Benjamin Powell, Hollie R. Warner, Alyssa J. Zarello;

Canton: Haylee K. Anderson, Hanna E. Anderson-Nuttall, Gracie S. Chisum, Logan J. Clardy, Hallie E. Clark, Hannah C. Crum, Hailey N. DeLong, Lexus L. Ellsworth, Jace W. Emery, Tatum S. Featherly, Lucas J. Fontana, Cassandra Gay, Ella M. Goforth, Jena E. Goforth, Chole M. Haley, Emma S. Hamm, Isabelle Hardy, Chloe N. Hill, Lillian S. Kinne, Amanda S. Koll, Ian Kosier, Zachary R. Lingenfelter, Madison N. Long, Alexis A. Marvel, Ryleigh M. Moser, Rachel Parry, Carleigh R. Putman, Mason Rader, Breauna K. Rawley, Elijah S. Renner, LeeAnna L. Riddle, Leah N. Scharping, Abigail M. Spencer, Natalie Spiva, Rebecca A. Strode, Sydney E. Theinert, Emma J. VanMiddlesworth, Ava J. Wenger, Brandi M. Zeman, Bailey J. Abbott;

Colchester: Cydni J. Thrapp I;

Cuba: Olivia L. Beaty, Trever D. Goforth, Allyson M. Harrold, Justin A. Jockisch, Nellie J. Lehnhausen, Emma J. Staggs, Alexis A. Stone, Hayden H. Thum, Kelsie D. White;

Davenport, IA: Keegan J. Shovlain;

Dunfermline: Tyler N. Tucker;

El Dorado, KS: Addison Haskins;

Fairview: Tyler D. Heinz, Nathaniel J. Jennings, Samantha J. Munson, Mason W. Tessier;

Farmington: Ashley A. Nader, Margaret C. Toothaker;

Geneseo: Jake R. Nelms;

Glasford: Georgie A. Bessler, Maggie L. Grebner, Nathan W. Henkle, Ethan L. Patterson, Sydney E. Sager;

Good Hope: Kyle A. Rhoads;

Hannibal, MO: Kylie E. Simmons;

Havana: Tori L. McCamy, Alyssa N. Miller I, Halicyn Minor, Gabriella F. Oxendine, Allison J. Ralston, Braden W. Rapp, Karlie J. Richardson I, Shyler D. White, Taryn R. Wickman;

Industry: Danielle K. Icenogle;

Ipava: Angel L. Dailey;

Jasper, IN: Kylie R. Morton;

Kahnawake, Quebec (Canada): Emily K. Meloche

Kewanee: Mitch N. Lambert;

LaHarpe: Colton D. Walker;

Lewistown: Noah L. Beatty, Jackson C. Churchill, Elliot I. Dalpiaz, Samantha Hackleman, Brady R. Hines, John R. Hess, Sailor L. Johnson, Taylor G. Malott, Aiden C. Reed, Lanie R. Swearingen, Calvin D. Weaver, Katelyn R. Wickert;

Litchfield Park, AZ: Samuel R. Ruchala;

London Mills: Ashley R. Tarochione;

Macomb: Chole R. Cheesman, Dallas F. Davis, Lily R. Dennis, Melody H. Farkas, Emily G. Jordan, Noah S. Mercer, Nicole Quinn, Jacob L. Rouse, Alliana Seely, Samantha K. Sensor, Madelyn O. Skiles, Sarah C. Stufflebeam, Stephen L. Stufflebeam, Brady P. Sullivan, Pamela Teslow, Machai A. West;

Manteno: Bryce W. Vorwald;

Mapleton: Liliana G. Serna;

Maquon: Katie J. Baker, Lillian M. Mason;

Mason City: Clay M. Butler;

Naperville: Tela H. Meech;

Normal: Clint T. Goodman, Kellen J. Hershberger;

Oxbow, Saskatchewan (Canada):  Raivyn J. Millions

Pekin: Kylee A. Hadsall, Johnathan W. Mathews;

Ridgecrest, CA: Ryan G. Sweet;

Rushville: Conner J. Abernathy, Kyle J. Demaree, Ted Eifert, Camille G. Prefountain, Haley VanDeVenter;

St. Augustine: Gage M. Coursey;

Springfield: Ryne M. Crum;

St. David: Easton A. Haepp;

Streator: Kadence M. Ondrey;

Stronghurst: Brynna K. Seitz;

Vermont: Abigail A. Kessler, Easton J. Mercer;

Warsaw: Heidi J. Jones;

Washington: Ashlyn L. Whittington;

West Palm Beach, FL: Lazario J. Cornish;

Williamsfield: Chloee M. Secrist;

Yates City: Eliana C. Davis.

President’s List for Spring 2024 Part-Time Students Announced

Spoon River College congratulates the following part-time students who were named to the President’s List in recognition of their academic achievement in completing at least 12 credit hours of college level courses at SRC and who were enrolled in six to eleven credit hours and earned a GPA of 3.6 or higher during the Spring 2024 semester. Please note that students with a privacy hold on their records will not be listed.

Astoria: Denise Perry;

Avon: Quinton W. Gates;

Bryant: John P. Draper;

Bushnell: Washita C. Bradford, Kiley J. Daniels;

Camden: Reagan N. Horsch;

Canton: Paige C. Anderson, Kyle A. Bates, Timothy M. Bates, Courtney E. Behymer, Mykaela A. Billington, Brianna J. Dilts, Avery A. Dry, Sarah E. Goldring, Jennifer L. Gray, Brien Jarvis, Saige A. Kenser, Dominic M. Lomeli, Samuel B. Parry, Makynna A. Plunk, Jhil S. Raj, Kayleigh M. Shubert, Brent M. Skiles, Jolina M. Tutor, Alexis J. Williams;

Colchester: Teri S. Schoonover, Conner Shortall;

Cuba: Elizabeth E. Bass, Cali A. Hanson, Dustin A. Howarter, Cindy R. Luthy, Olivia S. Miller, Samantha J. Woods;

Dunfermline: Nova Lockhart;

East Peoria: Taylor A. Dimmitt, Susan N. Gray;

Farmington: Shelby L. Bull, Jarod L. Ebert, Megan M. Kelso;

Frederick: Paige C. Ackman, Lindsey C. Grafton;

Good Hope: Sharon E. Arnold;

Havana: Jennifer R. Hertter, Hallie R. Lindner, Ruth A. Lippert, Alexa Marshall, Kyli McCorkle, Ryan M. Specketer;

Huntsville: Taylor M. Armstrong;

Lewistown: Joshua C. Arnett, Mackenzie E. Bunting, Alivia J. Hootman I, Ella R. Hootman, Kelsey L. Irwin, Makenna R. Johnson, Zaya A. Peirce, Danielle Sill, Landry L. Smith, Esmerelda Uribe, Curtis H. Watson;

London Mills: Wyatt B. Howard;

Macomb: Mariam Adebo, Christopher T. Boone, Mallory J. Burg, Elizabeth C. Duncan, Hailey R. Emerick, Michael E. Ewen, Zachary M. Hagmeier, Jake S. Hobson, Alexis Joyner, Trustin L. Kimbrough, Chioma Mbakaogu, Adeola Nwamina, Bryonna K. Oden, Emmanuella Oke, Anaiah S. Payne, Misty A. Peyer, Mary Popoola, Jodi L. Schmitz, Aaron W. Spencer, Brandon L. Sprinkle, Gabe T. Trotter, Zoey B. Wagoner;

Manito: Jessica M. Pollitt;

Marietta: Autumn K. Hughes;

Payson: Caleb M. Rogers;

Pekin: Melanie K. Behymer;

Peoria: Sarah A. Wilson-McCoy;

Sarah A. Wilson-McCoy          Peoria

Rushville: Elizabeth L. Corrie, Faith A. Ferris I, Sophia A. Greene, Karlee A. Ham, Rosemary L. Hays, Lance V. Kelly, Kalynn A. Prather, Audrey L. Sutor, Ella A. Williams, Maci N. Wrench;

Smithfield: Emma C. Barrick;

Tennessee: Allie R. Schauble.