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SIUE Alumna Lori Blade Named National Coach of the Year

23 June 2017, 3:10 PM

The National High School Athletics Coaches Association has named SIUE alumna Lori Blade National Coach of the Year in girls basketball. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s in physical education from SIUE in 1988 and 1994, respectively.

AdvantageNEWS detailed her national recognition in an article posted Thursday, June 22.

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SIUE’s NBA Math Hoops Camp Combines Learning and Basketball

23 June 2017, 10:20 AM

Participants in SIUE’s We Got Game: NBA Math Hoops camp work together to enhance their math skills through interactive learning. Students from across Madison and St. Clair Counties spent June 19-23 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville shooting hoops and practicing math and physics skills during the We Got Game: NBA Math Hoops camp.

The camp was offered through the SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB) and the Office of Educational Outreach. During the interactive camp, 14 students, grades 5-8, engaged in learning both on and off the basketball court.

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IERC and IBHE Publish Innovative Pathway Model to Help Prepare Early Childhood Educators

31 May 2017, 4:24 PM

The Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) have published the policy brief, Advancing the Illinois Early Childhood Education Workforce: A Model College and Career Pathway. 

The brief proposes and describes a pathway model to help the early childhood workforce ensure that young children thrive and reach their potential at each stage in their development. Reaching this goal will help build on t...

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SIUE Student-Athletes Continue to Excel Academically

23 May 2017, 9:20 AM

For 11 straight years, spanning 22 consecutive semesters, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student-athletes have finished with a departmental grade point average of better than 3.0. They completed the 2017 spring semester with a 3.281 GPA, marking the second-highest semester GPA in school history.

“As always I am proud of our student-athletes, staff, academic support and coaches for continuing this tradition of excellence,” said SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt.

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SIUE Charter High School Celebrates Class of 2017

22 May 2017, 9:55 AM

SIUE Charter High School Class of 2017.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Charter High School (CHS) honored the graduating class of 2017 at its commencement ceremony held Friday, May 19 in SIUE’s Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.

CHS Director Gina Washington was particularly excited about all 21 graduates moving on to higher education or opportunities in the military. “We are extremely proud of their outstanding assessment scores on the PARCC (The Partnership for Assessment of Readines...

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SIUE Alumna Honored Among YWCA of Alton Women of Distinction

17 May 2017, 1:48 PM

SIUE alumna Mary Pat Venardos was among the YWCA of Alton’s 2017 Women of Distinction honorees. Ten women were honored during the 27th annual Women of Distinction dinner held Thursday, April 27 in Godfrey. The distinction celebrates the female leaders’ accomplishments.

Venardos is a three-time alumna of SIUE, having earned a bachelor’s in education, special education/dual certificate in 1982, a master’s in education administration in 1985 and an education specialist degr...

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SIUE Introduces Dual Credit Educators Preparation Program

16 May 2017, 8:20 AM

Mary EttlingSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is partnering with the St. Clair and Madison County Regional Offices of Education (ROE) to introduce a Dual Credit Educators Preparation Program (DCEPP). The goal is to grow the number of dual credit-qualified teachers in Illinois by providing resources to support their ability to take the requisite graduate-level coursework. Helping teachers become qualified to teach dual credit courses then helps students have access to more college level course work d...

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Rose Named Interim Dean of the SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior

15 May 2017, 1:05 PM

Paul RoseSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Paul Rose, PhD, has been named interim dean of the SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB). The appointment is pending approval by the SIU Board of Trustees. Rose replaces Curt Lox, PhD, who resigned to assume duties as dean of the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida.

Rose, who will officially begin his duties on June 1, has served as assistant dean of the SEHHB since 2015 and chair of the Department o...

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SIUE Golden Graduates Honored During Special Commencement Ceremony

12 May 2017, 3:00 PM

Donning gold regalia, members of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Class of 1967 were invited to campus to participate in a special Golden Graduate reunion. The distinguished guests received a commemorative medallion Saturday, May 6 as they walked across the stage during the final spring 2017 commencement ceremony.

“It was an honor to shake hands with this distinguished group of alumni, and present them with a commemorative medallion,” said Chancellor Randy Pembrook. &#8...

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SIUE Spring Commencement Celebrates Class of 2017

6 May 2017, 5:50 PM

Frankie Muse Freeman 2017 Spring Commencement

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville celebrated its 2017 Spring Commencement exercises for 1,957 graduates Friday and Saturday in the Vadalabene Center on campus. All the ceremonies are available on siue.edu/tv.

After Chancellor Randy Pembrook addressed the Graduate School, School of Business and School of Nursing students Friday night, he bestowed degrees upon the Graduate School and School of Education, Health and Human Behavior graduates Saturday morning, the College of Arts and Scien...

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SIUE Spring Commencement Spotlights 1,957 Graduates

5 May 2017, 2:15 PM

pembrook-commencementSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook will oversee the 2017 Spring Commencement exercises tonight and tomorrow for 1,957 eligible graduates. The first of four exercises will begin at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Vadalabene Center on campus. All the ceremonies will be streamed live on siue.edu/tv.

Frankie Muse Freeman will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Freeman has spent her lengthy career advocating for civil rights issues that have had a lasting impa...

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SIUE’s “Digital East St. Louis” Spotlighted in National STEM Learning and Research Center Blog

1 May 2017, 2:55 PM

SIUE’s “Digital East St. Louis” project was featured in the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded STEM Learning and Research Center blog, STELAR, on Friday, April 14. Read more here.

The three-year project is using digital humanities to generate interest in computing and information technologies among minority middle school-aged students. It is supported by an $846,000 Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) grant awarded to SIUE from the NSF.

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Research and Creative Activities Featured at Undergraduate Scholars Showcase

28 April 2017, 2:10 PM

Nicholas Carter, of St. Charles, Mo., and Dan Ashbaugh, of Altamont, demonstrate the usability of their team’s LED Learning Guitar.Outstanding research and creative activities were featured during Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Undergraduate Scholars Showcase held Thursday, April 27 in the Morris University Center. The event highlighted the depth and variety of learning experiences offered through the University’s Senior Assignment and Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) programs.

More than 110 students, representing nearly 25 different programs, presented their work through live ...

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SIUE Students Research Effectiveness of Steady State vs. Interval Training

27 April 2017, 1:45 PM

SIUE senior Cody Snyder, a native of Shelbyville, leads a participant in stretches during one of this project team’s training sessions.As the finale to their undergraduate studies in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB), five seniors determined which, if either, style of aerobic exercise was more effective among untrained adults: steady state or interval training.

Project team members, all slated to graduate in May with a bachelor’s in exercise science from the SEHHB Department of Applied Health, included Courtney Willoughby, of Chatham, Marcus Breden, of Ha...

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SIUE Selected as Peace Corps Site

25 April 2017, 9:55 AM

peacecorpspreplogoSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is now a Peace Corps Prep site. This partnership agreement, signed by Chancellor Randy Pembrook on behalf of SIUE and the U.S. Peace Corps, is available only to students at participating partner schools.

 “This program provides an opportunity for students at SIUE to contribute to international peace, social justice and the development of full human potential,” said Mary Weishaar, executive director of International Affairs. “It su...

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SIUE Alumnus Honored as Silver Medallion Teacher of the Year

25 April 2017, 9:30 AM

SIUE alumnus Darren Mosley was named Silver Medallion Teacher of the Year at the 29th annual Silver Medallion Academic Excellence Awards Banquet held Thursday, April 20 at Lewis and Clark Community College. The award was sponsored by Liberty Bank.

Mosley earned a master’s in education administration from SIUE in 2008. His recognition was detailed in an article posted in The Telegraph.

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SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior Celebrates Student Achievement

25 April 2017, 8:30 AM

Brighton native Alyson Siglock, a senior majoring in nutrition, earned the award for Academic Achievement in memory of Lindsey Arnold-Zimmer and Riley William Zimmer. She stands with SEHHB Dean Dr. Curt Lox.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB) honored student achievement and expressed gratitude for donor support during its annual Honors Day celebration, held Saturday, April 22 in the Morris University Center Conference Center.

Approximately 200 students, parents, donors, sponsors, faculty and staff were in attendance as more than 40 students were awarded scholarships totaling nearly $11,000.

“Honors Day is an exciting opportuni...

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SIUE Tabbed a Top 10 Best Online College

20 April 2017, 1:30 PM

SIUE is among the top 10 Best Online Colleges in Illinois, according to College Choice, a ranking and review online publication. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is among the top 10 Best Online Colleges in Illinois, according to College Choice, a ranking and review online publication.

SIUE was tabbed ninth out of 23 universities in the state. Rankings were based predominantly on academic quality, as well as return on investment.

“This ranking is a wonderful acknowledgement of SIUE’s strong and innovative academic offerings,” said Scott Belobrajdic, associate vice chancellor for Enrollment Mana...

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SIUE Celebrates Springfest 2017: “Cougars in the Outfield”

19 April 2017, 4:30 PM

Senior Joshua Herrera, participates in a relay race with the Hispanic Student Union during Springfest.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus community is demonstrating its school spirit this week by participating in Springfest 2017, under the theme “Cougars in the Outfield,” through Sunday, April 23. The annual event is the longest running tradition on campus and promotes student engagement.

“Springfest is meant to celebrate SIUE students, faculty and staff accomplishments during this past academic year with one last hurrah before finals,” said Casey Vaclav...

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SIU Trustees Approve Denise Cobb as SIUE Provost

6 April 2017, 1:30 PM

Denise Cobb, PhD, SIUE provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs.The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of Denise Cobb, PhD, as SIUE provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, during its regularly scheduled meeting on the Carbondale campus.

Cobb served as interim provost since October 2015. Prior to that appointment, she was assistant provost for academic innovation and effectiveness, and then associate provost for academic affairs since June 2012.  

In the Office of the Provost, Cobb’s respo...

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SIUE Alumni Among Elected Officials in Madison County, Alumna Makes History

5 April 2017, 4:05 PM

Cheryl Maguire (left), SJ Morrison (middle), Frank Miles (right).Six SIUE alumni achieved government positions in Madison County as a result of the local elections held Tuesday, April 4.

SIUE Alumni Board of Directors member Cheryl Maguire made history in Wood River as its first female mayor. Maguire earned a bachelor’s in elementary education in 1990 and a master’s in elementary education in 1998 from the SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior. Details on her historic win are posted in The Telegraph.

SJ Morrison, past president of ...

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St. Louis Public Radio Features SIUE Collaborative Research Project

3 April 2017, 11:30 AM

A SIUE collaborative research project focused on teaching children about social-emotional skills within educational curriculum has been featured on St. Louis Public Radio.

Jerry Weinberg, PhD, associate provost for research and dean of the SIUE Graduate School, leads the collaborative research effort involving faculty and students. His team includes graduate student Ehren Wolfe, who is pursuing a master’s in computer science. Additionally, Stephen Hupp, PhD, professor of psychology in the...

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Several SIUE Alumni Make Administrative Advancements in District 7

31 March 2017, 9:25 AM

SIUE Education AdminsThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB) is celebrating the continued professional achievements and proven leadership abilities of four alumni.

Edwardsville Community Unit District 7 Superintendent Dr. Lynda Andre has announced changes in leadership positions, including transitions to assistant principal and principal positions which involve SIUE alumni Dr. Tanya Patton, Andrew Gipson, Dr. Vince Schlueter and Julie Matarelli.

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SIUE Expands Integrative Studies Master’s Program with Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

28 March 2017, 2:25 PM

Agustin-ZeniaSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville has introduced three post-baccalaureate certificates as part of its integrative studies master’s program:

  • Marketing and public relations, which requires the completion of 18 hours of courses, split evenly between the Departments of Applied Communication Studies, and Management and Marketing
  • Sustainability, which requires the completion of 18 hours of courses, split evenly between the sociology and environmental science programs
  • Transportation ...

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SIUE Presents Honorary Degree to Civil Rights Legend Frankie Muse Freeman

28 March 2017, 9:50 AM

Frankie Muse FreemanFrankie Muse Freeman will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at its May 2017 commencement. The SIU Board of Trustees approved the presentation during its December 2016 meeting on the Carbondale campus.

Freeman has spent her lengthy career advocating for civil rights issues that have had a lasting impact at the local, regional and national levels. In 2007, Freeman was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame for her...

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SIUE’s Budzban to Present to National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine on Advancing African American STEM Education

27 March 2017, 11:30 AM

greg-budzbanSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Greg Budzban, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will speak at “A Focus on Educational Assessment: Advancing African American Education” conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 3. The conference will be held at the Keck Center of the National Academies and is designed to address challenges in the K–12 and college admissions arenas.

Budzban will participate in the session “Investing in Education Interve...

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SIUE Senior Tabbed National Award Winner in Public Health

22 March 2017, 10:05 AM

Megan KaiserSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville senior Megan Kaiser has been named Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year through the University’s public health program. The award is co-sponsored by Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG), the national health education honorary society, and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).

Kaiser, of Normal, will graduate from SIUE in May with a bachelor’s in public health, including a minor in business administration. Her achi...

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SIUE Graduate Admissions Hosts Open House for Prospective Students

22 March 2017, 9:40 AM

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Office of Graduate Admissions will host an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Office of Graduate Admissions will host an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in the Morris University Center Oak and Redbud Rooms.

Prospective graduate students will receive information on SIUE’s more than 70 master’s programs, post-baccalaureate certificates, specialist degrees, doctoral degrees and cooperative doctoral programs. Information will also be available on graduate admission requirements and financial support...

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Record Number of Prospective Students Attend Preview SIUE

17 March 2017, 3:35 PM

Prospective SIUE student Jina Garry, of Springfield, visits with a faculty member from the College of Arts and Sciences during Preview SIUE.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville welcomed approximately 700 guests, including an all-time high of nearly 300 prospective students, to campus Friday, March 17 for Preview SIUE. This program, combined with the February Preview SIUE program, welcomed nearly 600 prospective students and more than 1,500 guests.

The day-long program provided opportunities for high school and transfer students to learn more about the University’s array of academic programming, student life opportunities...

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Register Now! SIUE Summer Session Offers Accelerated Learning Opportunities

15 March 2017, 4:30 PM

SIUE Summer SessionSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville summer session 2017 offers a quality education that features flexibility and convenience through nearly 1,000 available courses. Register now!

A variety of introductory general education and required upper-division classes are offered during summer session. Most courses meet for five weeks or fewer, and classes begin Monday, May 8.

“Summer session offers flexibility, a chance for students to stay part of SIUE and provides an important opport...

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SIUE Students Use Robot to Teach Children About Social-Emotional Skills

15 March 2017, 8:35 AM

A special visitor to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start program at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center in East St. Louis generated smiles and engaged children in scientific interaction.

The visitor was Mo, a humanoid robot also called NAO. The robot is part of an ongoing SIUE research project focused on teaching children about social-emotional skills within educational curriculum.

View a video of the robot’s interactive presentation here.

“This i...

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SIUE Alumna “Making a Difference” in the Lives of Elementary Students

14 March 2017, 9:35 AM

SIUE alumna April Becherer, assistant principal at Eagle View Elementary in Columbia, is making a positive impact on her students, leading by example as a person with incredible character. Once a month, she pays a special visit to the home of the winner of the character education award to recognize their great work.

Becherer earned her bachelor’s in elementary education from the SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior in 2005. She was featured on KSDK NewsChannel 5 on Sunday, ...

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SIUE’s Sasso Named ACPA Emerging Scholar in Residence

9 March 2017, 3:17 PM

Dr. Pietro Sasso, assistant professor and director of the college student personnel administration graduate program at SIUE.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Pietro Sasso, PhD, assistant professor and director of the college student personnel administration graduate program, has been named Emerging Scholar in Residence for the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) Coalition for Men and Masculinities.

In this role, Sasso will work with other emerging leaders and support the work of the coalition as a resident expert, including authoring critical thought pieces and delivering conference...

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Oberweis Family Contributes $50,000 Matching Gift for SIUE Nutrition Lab

8 March 2017, 1:18 PM

Curt Lox, PhD, dean of the SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, Senator Jim Oberweis, Trish Oberweis, PhD, professor of criminal justice studies at SIUE, Rich Walker, interim vice chancellor for administration, and Rachel Stack, vice chancellor for University Advancement and CEO of the University Foundation.In the midst of a decline in state funding, a private donation has launched strong support for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior’s (SEHHB) new nutrition lab. The facility, which is scheduled for completion in August, has received an up to $50,000 investment from the Oberweis family.

Senator Jim Oberweis, chairman of Oberweis Dairy, presented the matching gift to University leaders on Friday, March 3. Oberweis’ daughter, Tris...

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SIUE Graduate School Hosts 21st Annual Symposium

8 March 2017, 8:15 AM

fields-gregSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville hosts its 21st Annual Graduate School Spring Research Symposium 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 in SIUE’s Morris University Center. This year, the Graduate School is offering prospective graduate students an opportunity to participate by registering at siue.edu/graduate-visit.

“The annual Graduate School Spring Symposium celebrates and showcases the variety of research and creative activities taking place at SIUE,” said Jerry Weinbe...

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SIUE Graduate Program Honored during School Psychology Awareness Week

7 March 2017, 8:45 AM

(L-R) Dr. Elizabeth McKenney, Haley Pemberton, NASP President Melissa Reeves, and Carissa Ball.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior’s Clinical Child and School Psychology program has earned the School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) award for its University and community-wide efforts to raise awareness about its work.

The award was presented at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) 2017 annual convention held Feb. 14-21 in San Antonio.

Two student leaders within SIUE’s program helped found the Graduat...

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Alumni Recruit Prospective Employees during SIUE Spring Career Fairs

2 March 2017, 2:55 PM

Representatives from Patheon, including two SIUE alumni, speak with a current student during the spring career fair.Multiple Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumni were among the representatives from more than 220 major companies seeking prospective employees during the Career Development Center’s spring career fairs held Tuesday, Feb. 28-Thursday, March 2.

“I received my job with the Springfield Public School District 186 during an SIUE career fair when I completed my master’s in special education in 2014,” said Jasmine Coleman, who also earned a bachelor’s in histori...

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SIUE Sports Medicine Student-Researchers Earn National Recognition

28 February 2017, 8:15 AM

(L-R) SIUE students Matthew Harris, Megan Schaller, Dakota Kamm and Claire Maciejewski presented their research at the 2017 annual meeting of the Texas chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM).Southern Illinois University Edwardsville undergraduate and graduate students represented the Schools of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB), and Pharmacy (SOP) on a national stage, earning top prizes for their research activities. Five students were invited to present their scholarly work during the annual meeting of the Texas chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM) held Feb. 16-17 at Baylor University in Waco.

Three of the students are participating in the Universi...

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SIUE Adds Veterans National Honor Society

27 February 2017, 8:45 AM

SALUTESouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is adding SALUTE, the only national honor society dedicated to recognizing and honoring military and veteran students for their service and outstanding academic performance: Service – Academics – Leadership – Unity – Tribute – Excellence.

The program is made possible by a grant from the American Council on Education/Walmart Foundation. 

Students inducted into SALUTE represent every slice of American military and veter...

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SIUE’s Harvey Named OVC Male Indoor Field Athlete of the Year

23 February 2017, 1:25 PM

harvey-julianSIUE's Julian Harvey, of Edwardsville is the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Male Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the second straight year.

The award comes as the senior attends his final OVC Indoor Track and Field Championship Friday and Saturday in Charleston.

Harvey enters the meet No. 1 in the nation in the long jump with a leap of 26 feet, 5.5 inches at the Tyson Invitational. That mark also is the longest by an American this year and the third farthest jump in the world.

He also ho...

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SIUE Implements Reverse Transfer Credit Program with L&C

15 February 2017, 2:35 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C) have established a reverse transfer agreement. The Reverse Transfer Credit Program is an expansion of the institutions’ partnership to continue to help SIUE students who transfer from L&C to transfer credits back to L&C. This enables them to gain an associate’s from Lewis and Clark, as well as the baccalaureate degree they seek from SIUE.

The program helps L&C document degree completions at th...

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SIUE Spring Enrollment is Second-Highest All-Time

1 February 2017, 11:20 AM

Class of 2020Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s spring enrollment of 13,276 students is the second-largest spring enrollment in the University’s history. Traditional undergraduate enrollment has reached an all-time spring semester high of 11,022 students. Overall university enrollment declined by only 70 students (0.52 percent) from last spring’s record total of 13,346.

 “The spring 2017 enrollment success is a reflection of the dedication, work ethic and creativity by ...

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