Lindenwood University – Belleville
|President||James D. Evans, Ph.D.|
|Chief Operating Officer||Jerry Bladdick|
|Students||1,900 total (fall 2013)
1,040 full-time day (fall 2013)
|Location||Belleville, Illinois, USA
20 acres (8.09 ha)
|Colors||Maroon and White|
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Lindenwood University-Belleville, also known as LU-Belleville, is a private, four-year liberal arts university. It is a full-fledged, standalone sister college of Lindenwood University with an enrollment around 1,900 students. LU-Belleville is located in Belleville, Illinois and occupies the campus that was formerly Belleville West High School. LU-Belleville offers a day program, as well as evening programs for working adults (LCIE). LU-Belleville offers both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business administration, human resource management, corporate communication, criminal justice, and professional counseling.
Lindenwood University purchased the campus of the former Belleville West High School in 2003 following key partnership agreements and state approval. Lindenwood also launched master of arts programs in education and educational administration. Other programs were launched through the school’s College for Individual Education (LCIE) program, an evening-based accelerated format designed for working adults.
Lindenwood also invested over $23 million as part of a campus restoration campaign. The plan included the restoration of LU’s auditorium and the updating of several buildings. The campus opened in the Fall of 2009, the Belleville campus is the only one of Lindenwood’s extension locations to offer daytime classes. For the 2009-2010 academic year the semester-based programs were only offered to junior and senior level students, but in the fall of 2010 the University has expanded semester-based programs to all underclassman. In 2011, Lindenwood University-Belleville transitioned from a satellite campus to a separately accredited college. The university was notified of the accrediting decision in November by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Under the new accreditation, Lindenwood University-Belleville will keep the same name and the same governing board as the St. Charles campus; now considered to be a sister school as part of the Lindenwood University System.
The 20-acre (8.09 ha) campus is located on West Main Street in Belleville, Illinois about 20 miles (32 km) East of St. Louis, Missouri Lindenwood University acquired the campus that was previously home to Belleville West High School. The Administration Building is located at the center of the LU-Belleville campus the building also houses many of the academic space and facilities, and The Woods Cafe. The LCIE Classroom Building is used for evening undergraduate and graduate level classes.
LU-Belleville also includes a 900-seat Auditorium for performance art and guest speaking engagements. In 2009 the university began construction on the Welcome Center that added 3,000 square feet (280 m2) onto the current auditorium. Other additions to the campus include a Future Student Center and Business Center.
The campus also includes a number of recreational and intercollegiate athletic facilities. The Lynx Arena is the home to the basketball and volleyball programs. The arena also houses a recreation gym and fitness center on the lower level. Other current sport facilities include: tennis courts, a soccer field and football stadium.
Since the LU-Belleville was formerly a satellite campus, it is still predominately a commuter school. The school currently leases 30 rooms from a hotel next to the campus that currently houses 60 full-time students. LU Belleville recently acquired and is renovating several homes adjacent to the campus that will provide student housing to an additional to 60 more students for the 2010-11 calendar. In February 2012, LU-Belleville announced that it purchased the EconoLodge motel, formerly known as the Hyatt Lodge motel, at 2120 W. Main Street for use as student dormatories. The addition of the former EconoLodge property increases the residential student capacity to about 500 for the 2012-13 academic year.
LU-Belleville opened its first of two new traditional residence halls in early 2014. The first of the new residence halls is a 25,000 square foot building that houses 180 women. It was built at a cost of $4 million. A second residence hall is under construction and expected to be completed by the end of 2014. The second residence hall will be a three-story building that will house 200 make students. With completion of the second residence hall, LU-Belleville will have capacity to house approximately 1,000 students on campus.
Undergraduate degrees are offered at LU-Belleville through traditional, daytime, semester based structure in Business Administration (BBA), Corporate Communications (BA), Criminal Justice (BA), Elementary Education (BA), Human Resource Management (BA), Pre-Nursing (BA), and Psychology (BA)
Evening undergraduate degree programs are offered in Business Administration (BSBA), Communications (BA), Criminal Justice (BS), Health Management (BS), and Human Resource Management (BS)  Evening graduate degree programs at the Belleville campus include  Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Administration (MSA) with emphasis in Management or Marketing, Master of Arts in Communications (MA), Counseling (MA), Education (MA), Educational Administration (MA/EdS), Educational Specialist degrees, Master of Science degrees in Criminal Justice (MS), Health Management (MS/HSM), and Human Resources Management (MS/HRM)
LU has full accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. LU-Belleville is also fully accredited by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and LU’s School of Business and Entrepreneurship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
LU–Belleville teams are known as the Lynx; the university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes as an Independent member of the NAIA in the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). The university also competes as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
LU–Belleville was accepted into the NAIA as a full member effective August 1, 2012. LU–Belleville athletics are undergoing a rapid expansion from only a few sports during the initial 2009-10 season. Since beginning the LU–Belleville athletic program, the university has steadily increased the number of sports offered, with more to be added in the future. The university announced the additions of nine new sports for the 2011-12 academic year, including: baseball, softball, table tennis, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s bowling, wrestling, and women’s field hockey.
For the 2014-15 season, LU-Belleville will join the American Midwest Conference (AMC). During that season, LU-Belleville will also add men's and women's ice hockey as well as men's and women's swimming and diving. The AMC is a non-football conference, so the LU-Belleville football program will join the Mid-States Football Association for the 2015 season.
The university currently fields twenty four teams:
In December 2011, Jeff Fisher was announced as the first head football coach of the LU–Belleville football team, which will begin play in fall 2012. Fisher comes to LU–Belleville after serving as an assistant coach and the offensive coordinator for McKendree University over the past 15 years.
In March 2012, LU–Belleville broke ground on a $2.3 million renovation to the former Township Stadium. The upgraded stadium, named Lindenwood Stadium has a seating capacity of 4,129. The renovated stadium's turf design, alternating maroon and gray stripes, garnered national criticism after photos of the new turf spread online. Critics claimed that the field "is an abomination to the game" and that "It looks like a flattened out barbershop pole." Athletic Director Scott Spinner was inspired to add the striped design to the new field after seeing the alternating purple and gray turf at Estes Stadium at the University of Central Arkansas. LU–Belleville defended the installation, indicating that it supports the branding mission of LU–Belleville athletics. AD Scott Spinner explained the installation by saying "We did it because it was unique. And we did it for the student athlete experience.” Spinner went on to say that the players were excited about the field and believe it’s going to set their program apart from others. The LU–Belleville football program will open its first NAIA season on September 1, 2012 against Avila University.
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