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Lox Leads SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior with Energy and Enthusiasm

10 July 2015, 8:23 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior Dean Curt Lox emphasizes the School’s diverse academic departments as its main strength. According to Lox, the School’s unique academic courses, combined with its long tradition of community outreach offer students a quality education.

Lox joined SIUE in 1996 as a faculty member and has held multiple positions prior to his current role as dean. He discusses the School and his vision for its futu...

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SIUE Program Educates Science Teachers, Enhances Student Learning

8 July 2015, 9:54 AM

Ashley Stefanisin, science teacher at Bartelso Elementary, demonstrates her work as participants study engineering design and composite materials.A Southern Illinois University Edwardsville project fostering professional development among teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) continues to thrive. The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) has awarded $340,000 to the Students Learning Science Through a Sustained Network of Teachers project.

The project originally began more than 25 years ago and offered training for high school chemistry teachers. It has since expanded to include professional develo...

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SIUE Alum Named Health and Wellness Director of Morris Community YMCA

29 June 2015, 11:30 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum Ian Stewart BS ’14 has been hired as the first Health and Wellness Director at the growing Morris Community YMCA. Stewart, a native of Champaign, earned his bachelor’s in exercise science from SIUE in 2014.

His new position and educational and professional background are featured in an article written by Kyle Nowaczyk in the Morris Herald-News.

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SIUE Alum Hightower to Retire as Leader of Edwardsville School District

15 June 2015, 11:03 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum Edward Hightower has announced his retirement after serving as the superintendent of the Edwardsville School District for the past 19 years.

Hightower earned both a bachelor’s in physical education in 1974 and a master’s in education administration in 1977 from SIUE. He later earned a specialist degree from the SIUE School of Education in 1991. He served on the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees for 12 years.

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SIUE’s Xin Recognized for Research on Bosnian Refugees’ Mental Health

4 June 2015, 10:02 AM

Dr. Huaibo Xin receives the Vaughnie Lindsay AwardSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dr. Huaibo Xin, assistant professor of kinesiology and health education, has been presented the Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Award for FY16. The award recognizes individual programs of research or creative activities at SIUE.

Xin will receive a combined $12,500 from the SIUE Graduate School and School of Education, Health and Human Behavior to be used in a one-year period. The funding will support her research focused on using Community-Bas...

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SIUE’s Shimizu Researches Correlation Between Participation in Youth Sports and Higher Career Earnings

4 June 2015, 10:00 AM

Mitsuru Shimizu, assistant professor of psychology at SIUESouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Mitsuru Shimizu, assistant professor of psychology in the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, has collaborated with researchers from Cornell University to study how participation in high school sports affects career opportunities and late-in-life leadership skills and behavior.

An article posted in The Atlantic further details the study.

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SIUE’s Phi Kappa Phi Donates Thousands of Children’s Books and Wins “Little Free Library”

2 June 2015, 4:06 PM

More than 2,800 Books Donated to SIUE Head StartThousands of children in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Head Start/Early Head Start Program are enjoying new reading materials thanks to the generosity of SIUE and the surrounding community.

SIUE Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 203 partnered with Dr. Stephen Hupp, professor of psychology in SIUE’s School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, to gather new and gently used books between February 1 and April 30. The collaboration began as part of the national Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) ...

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SIUE Psychology Professor Named 2015 Mental Health Hero

21 May 2015, 4:34 PM

Jeremy Jewell, professor of psychologyJeremy Jewell, professor of psychology and program director of the Clinical Child and School Psychology graduate program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been named a 2015 Mental Health Hero by WellSpring Resources.

Jewell was awarded for his life-changing research, teaching and community work focused on child and adolescent mental health.

More information on this year’s recipients of the Mental Health Heroes Award can be found on RiverBender.com.

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SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School Graduates Encouraged to Remain Connected, Tenacious and Strong

18 May 2015, 1:46 PM

Gina Washington and Danice Brown Willis Young and Rickey Burris
Zaria Wicks Hope Rope Presentation
Jubilation We did it

One of the biggest classes of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Charter High School (CHS) graduated Friday night at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville. 

Thirty-three seniors, all wearing blue ribbons representing their classmate – AlexanderJohnson – who graduated posthumously, celebrated their academic accomplishments and resilience to the delight of a crowd of more than 400. 

“African...

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SIU Trustees Approve Contracts for SIUE Administrators

14 May 2015, 12:50 PM

Julie Furst-BoweThe Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees at its regularly scheduled meeting on the Carbondale campus today extended SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe’s contract through June 30, 2017.

The board also approved contracts for John C. Navin, PhD, as dean of the School of Business; Curt Lox, PhD, as dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior; and Jeffrey Waple, PhD, as vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

Furst-Bowe’s tenure as SIUE’s eighth chancellor bega...

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SIUE’s Denkyirah to Teach Transition Planning in Ghana

11 May 2015, 1:21 PM

Anthony Denkyirah, associate professor in Department of Special Education and Communication DisordersSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Anthony Denkyirah, associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, will spend the summer in Africa sharing his knowledge of transition planning for individuals with special needs. A native of Ghana, Denkyirah will return to his birthplace as a scholar in the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship (ADF) Program.

The distinguished program awards African-born academics currently living in the U.S. and Canada, w...

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SIUE Spring Commencement Celebrates Class of 2015

8 May 2015, 9:00 PM

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville continued 2015 Spring Commencement exercises for the 2,212 eligible graduates Saturday in the Vadalabene Center on campus.

SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe bestowed degrees upon Graduate School, School of Business and School of Nursing students Friday night, and followed Saturday morning with the Graduate School and School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB).

Furst...

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SIUE Grad Aims to Connect Children Worldwide with Quality Medical Care

7 May 2015, 11:19 AM

Brittany Kaiser works with children in GhanaIt was the medical care Brittany Kaiser received as a child at St. Louis Children’s Hospital that first ignited her passion for helping children. Kaiser, a senior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will graduate at Saturday’s commencement with a bachelor’s in community health education.

With her degree, the Freeburg native plans to focus her life’s work on helping children across the world receive quality medical care.

“I have always loved working with ...

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SIUE Researchers Examine Innovative Way to Reduce Anxiety Among Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

6 May 2015, 8:37 AM

SIUE Researchers Dr. Elizabeth McKenney, Alyssa Golike and Jennifer Garland

Stop, take a deep breath, recite a positive, soothing mantra, repeat – it’s a behavioral pattern that researchers at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville hope may reduce heightened levels of anxiety among adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Statistics show approximately 40 percent of children with ASD experience high levels of the emotion.

Elizabeth McKenney, assistant professor of psychology at SIUE, and Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (URCA) Assist...

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SIUE’s Mueth Receives Phi Eta Sigma Scholarship

4 May 2015, 10:50 AM

Lauren MuethSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Lauren Mueth is the recipient of a $6,000 undergraduate scholarship from Phi Eta Sigma (PES), a national honor society.

Mueth is a biological sciences major with a medical sciences specialty in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Smithton native is a PES member who met the minimum qualification of a 3.5 grade point average. Other criteria included participation in local chapter activities, evidence of creative ability and potential for success...

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“I Have Hope”: SIUE Graduate Aspires to Let Voices Be Heard

1 May 2015, 8:19 AM

Victoria Mizel Graduates with a Bachelor's in Secondary English EducationIt’s the current scenes in Ferguson and Baltimore that further fuel Victoria Mizel’s drive to use English to facilitate connections and healing. Mizel will graduate in May with a bachelor’s in secondary English education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She plans to use her education to teach in an urban area, where she says voices are often stifled.

“Our society makes it really easy for us to ignore certain voices,” Mizel said. “I really appre...

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China’s Northwest Normal University Highlights SIUE Visit

30 April 2015, 8:25 AM

SIUE’s Gretchen Fricke and Bob Skorczewski visited Northwest Normal University in mid-April. Fricke represented the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, while Skorczewski represented the Office of Admission. Read the summary on the NWNU website.  

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SIUE Dept. of Social Work and School of Pharmacy Hold Drug Abuse Workshop

20 April 2015, 6:00 PM

Dr. Kelly GableAn audience of 100 local social workers, probation officers, police officers, teachers and Drug Enforcement Agency representatives attended “Hooked by Prescription: The Rx Drug Epidemic,” a continuing education workshop on April 10 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Coordinated by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Social Work, speakers from the SIUE School of Pharmacy presented on prescription drug abuse and dependence. 

“This was a gre...

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Fuchs Named SIUE Teaching Excellence Award Winner

26 March 2015, 10:45 AM

Wendy FuchsThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Office of the Provost announced that Wendy Fuchs, PhD, is the recipient of the annual Teaching Excellence Award for tenure-track faculty. It is the most prestigious teaching award that a faculty member can receive at SIUE. Six additional faculty members were saluted for their teaching skills and accomplishments.

Fuchs is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorder within the School of Education, Health an...

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SIUE’s Forbringer Shares Instructional Strategies in Math Webinar Series

25 March 2015, 9:10 AM

Linda ForbringerLinda Forbringer, PhD, associate professor in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, presented to educators around the world in mid-March on the topic of supporting students who struggle with mathematics. Launched on March 16, the Voyager Sopris Learning Spring 2015 webinar series shares proven strategies, as well as new research, to guide educators and administrators in transforming student achievement in literacy and math.

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Lox to be Dean of the SIUE School of Education, Health & Human Behavior

19 March 2015, 11:50 AM

Curt LoxCurt Lox, PhD, has been recommended as the new dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior. Lox has served as interim dean since May 2014, and his permanent appointment is contingent upon SIU Board of Trustees approval.

Lox brings more than 20 years of academic experience with 19 of those at SIUE. The Orange County, Calif., native joined the School’s faculty in 1996. He served as associate dean from 2003-09 and as chairperson in the...

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