SIUE College of Arts and Sciences February 2013 eDition

Join an Alumni Association Committee Now!

The SIUE Alumni Association is looking for leaders! Whether you enjoy planning events, helping students or advocating for your alma mater, there’s a place for you on one of the newly-structured Alumni Association committees: the Awards & Scholarships Committee, Alumni Advocacy Committee, Mentoring Committee and Alumni Engagement Committee. All SIUE alumni are welcome to participate. Contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 618-650-2760 for more information.

Scholarships Available Now to Students

SIUE Women's Basketball Pink Zone Game Feb. 16

Alumni, we need your help! Please join us in spreading the word to future SIUE alumni about the many scholarships available to them through the SIUE Alumni Association. The SIUE Alumni Association provides a number of scholarships each year to new and current students, including the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, the Stalschmidt Family Legacy Scholarship and the new SIUE Alumni Association Board of Directors Scholarship, which will be awarded to students who have demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and campus and community involvement.

Applications are available online now. Information and applications for this and our other available scholarships can be found online at

On Saturday, Feb. 16, join the SIUE Women’s Basketball team and the St. Louis affiliate of Komen for the Cure in the fight against breast cancer. Alumni are invited to enjoy food and drinks in our Alumni Hospitality Room before and after the game against Austin Peay State University, and during halftime. Room opens at 3:30 p.m.; game starts at 4 p.m.

Alumni can participate in a variety of activities to support Komen for the Cure, including a Bucket Raffle and a Run/Walk/Bike Challenge. Alumni tickets are discounted at $7 each and include food, drink, $5 concessions voucher and access to the Men’s Basketball Game against Austin Peay at 7 p.m. at no additional cost! Learn more and register online now.

Alumni Happy Hour at Global Brew Feb. 7

Campus of Motion: SIUE

Network with your fellow alumni in a relaxed setting at Global Brew in Edwardsville, Ill. on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6-9 p.m. Co-owned by alumnus Ryan High '07, Global Brew is home to 50 beers on tap, more than 200 bottled craft beers from around the world and a select wine stock ranging in variety and taste. RSVP to our Facebook event at
Alumni Enjoy Happy Hour at Global Brew in

The student-made video “Campus of Motion: SIUE” is a must-see for all alumni and friends of SIUE. This time-lapse montage showcases not only the landscapes, buildings and people of SIUE, but also the incredible talent and creativity of its students. Sophomore CMIS student Tim Marten from Raymond, Ill. created the video using still shots he took for an Art & Design course in Fall 2012. Click the image below to view the video on
SIUE: Campus of Motion Video

Biological Sciences Professor Makes Large Contribution to Department

Inorganic Chemist to Deliver Annual Probst Lecture March 11

SIUE’s longest tenured professor made a $100,000 donation to establish a new endowment for his department. During a special ceremony on Dec. 11, Dr. Ralph W. Axtell made this large donation to establish the Department of Biological Sciences Endowment, which will support teaching and research activities in a laboratory devoted to ecology and organismal biology in the new Science Building Complex. The new building is expected to open later this year. Read more at the College of Arts and Sciences website.
Axtell makes donation to SIUE Biology
A current MIT professor will provide the 37th Annual Probst Lecture in SIUE’s Department of Chemistry on March 11. Christopher “Kit” Cummins is a professor and alumnus of Stanford University, Cornell and MIT. His lecture, entitled "Nitrogen and Phosphorus: Fertilizer from the Atmosphere to the Oceans," will take place at 7 p.m. in the Meridian Ballroom. It is free and open to the public. While at SIUE, Cummins will also hold a seminar for Chemistry faculty and students, discussing “Coordination Chemistry and Molecular Recognition in a Supramolecular Container Molecule.” He will also visit with students and review their research findings as part of their formal Senior Assignment presentations. For more information, call the Department of Chemistry at 618-650-5044.
Christopher Cummins

Social Work Scholarship Gala March 16

Opening Celebration for the Art and Design Building Addition

The Department of Social Work will host its 7th Annual Scholarship Gala. This event presents an opportunity for alumni and faculty to mix with current students and regional social workers. Student award and scholarships recipients in the department are also recognized. This year’s gala will be on March 16 in SIUE’s Meridian Ballroom. The social hour is from 5-6 p.m., with dinner being served at 6. A band will be providing entertainment, and a silent auction will also be part of the night’s activities. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Department of Social Work at 618-650-5429. Alumni are invited to the opening of the new addition to the Art and Design Building Thursday, March 21 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Construction for this $9 million project began in August 2011, and has added 29,000 square feet to the existing building. The expansion makes room for art history, therapy and education, which have relocated from Alumni Hall on campus, and also houses the areas of painting and drawing. New classrooms, studio space, faculty offices, a larger gallery and 90-seat auditorium are part of the new addition. Immediately following the ribbon cutting dedication celebration, a gallery display with featured works by Cuban artist Emilio Sanchez, internationally recognized artist Gonzalo Jose Jove Cusicanqui (Gonz) of Bolivia and original works by SIUE alumni will be shown. Refreshments and facility tours will be provided. For more information, call the Art and Design Department at 618-650-5044.

Fritz Marti Lecture Slated March 21

SIUE Baseball Alumni to Reunite in April

The Department of Philosophy's Fritz Marti Lecture will take place March 21 at 5 p.m. in the Mississippi-Illinois Room of the Morris University Center on thr SIUE campus. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. Dr. David Wood of Vanderbilt University will be this year’s guest speaker. Dr. Wood is the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosphy at Vanderbilt University, and also holds positions within the European Studies and Art areas at that institution. His research areas are varied, and range from the contemporary continental philosophy, the philosophy of art, the philosophy of time and the philosophy of nature (including environmental and animal ethics). He is also an environmental artist, and has published extensively, including six books he has authored. His Ph.D. is from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. For information, contact the Department of Philosophy at 618-650-5044. SIUE Baseball Alumni, join your former teammates for a fun reunion April 19-21. Activities will include a golf outing, a reunion party at Chad Opel House and, of course, cheering on the Cougars April 21 in their game against Eastern Kentucky. All former SIUE Cougar Baseball players are invited. Contact Gary Collins at 618-650-2872 or for more information.
SIUE Cougar Baseball Logo

Upcoming Alumni Travel Opportunities

Career Development Opportunities

Alumni, mark your calendar for the exciting travel opportunities planned for 2013.

  • The Alumni Association is launching “Cougars on the Move” with a trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley May 24-28. Alumni will book and purchase their travel individually for this trip, and will have the opportunity to participate in a number of events and activities with their fellow alumni.
  • Join us as we Rediscover Cuba - A Cultural Exploration July 28-August 5 through a partnership with Collette Vacations. To learn more, visit
  • Accompany Jane Drake, director of The Gardens at SIUE, on a trip to the Gardens of American History September 20-28, also offered through Colette Vacations. Visit for more.
An informational meeting for the Cuba and Gardens trips will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 in Birger Hall on the SIUE Campus. For questions or to RSVP for the presentation, contact Alumni Affairs at 618-650-2760.
Don't miss "Recruit St. Louis," an exclusive, alumni-only career fair, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet over 75 employers looking for talented professionals from SIUE and other regional universities. Admission is free. Location and more details to come. Additionally, be sure to take advantage of the many career services from SIUE's Career Development Center, including the Cougar Jobline, online career assessment tools and job search assistance. Career Development Center events are also great opportunities for alumni to help current students. For a complete list of upcoming events, please visit
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