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Hillside Bethel Christian School

DECATUR — Enrollment is open at Hillside Bethel Christian School for preschool through 12th grade.

The 2019-20 school year begins on Aug. 20. Students at Hillside have individualized learning at each student's own pace. The school is a ministry of Hillside Bethel Tabernacle Church, 3575 E. Greenhill Road. The Rev. Donald Horath is the pastor/administrator and Vickie D. Horath is school principal.

Call (217) 429-5590.

Millikin University

DECATUR — Millikin University will hold a campus visit day beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5 for high school students and their families.

Students will tour Millikin's campus, attend sessions on academic and athletic programs, meet Millikin faculty and students and learn about scholarships and financial aid.

Check in on the first floor of the University Commons. For information, visit millikin.edu/visit or call (217) 424-6211.

Southern Illinois University

Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus is launching a new Esports Arena as it embraces a new era of competition and electronic gaming.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that the 1,200-square-foot facility opens Aug. 16 with an open house at the Student Center. Interim Chancellor John M. Dunn will conduct the ribbon-cutting festivities. The arena will serve as home base for the SIU esports team.

Esports is one of the world's fastest growing sports, emerging into a billion-dollar industry with more than 300 million enthusiasts worldwide.

The school's new arena comprises of more than 20 popular games, which include Fortnite, Apex Legends, Battlefield and assorted FIFA and Madden NFL games.

Student Center official Kent Epplin says that SIU's move to esports is an ideal way to involve more campus students. 

— Associated Press

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Contact Valerie Wells at (217) 421-7982. Follow her on Twitter: @modgirlreporter

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Education Reporter

Education reporter for the Herald & Review.

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