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Pembrook Seeks to Build on SIUE’s Momentum

22 September 2016, 2:20 PM

pembrook-podiumSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook today focused on both recent and historical successes as building blocks toward continuing positive momentum for the institution while presenting his first annual chancellor’s address to the campus community. The first-year chancellor spoke for more than 30 minutes in a crowded Meridian Ballroom in the Morris University Center.

SIU President Randy Dunn introduced Pembrook, “We are excited about Dr. Pembrook&#821...

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SIUE’s Noble Appears on Conversation with Lee Presser, Charter Cable

22 September 2016, 8:37 AM

Brad Noble, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the SIUE School of Engineering.SIUE’s Brad Noble, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering, participated in a discussion on autonomous vehicles during an Aug. 23 segment of Conversation with Lee Presser.

Noble’s appearance will air at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 on Charter channel 994.

During the interview, Noble discusses the technological advancements that have led to automated systems, like the autonomous vehicles being developed by companies s...

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SIUE Campus Growth Continues on the Upswing

21 September 2016, 10:50 AM

EngineeringStudentAs this new academic year gets underway, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville continues to experience tremendous campus growth.

SIUE is nearing the completion of an extensive, more-than-$300-million construction and infrastructure improvement plan that already has resulted in thousands of students, faculty, staff and campus visitors enjoying numerous finished additions to campus life, according to Interim Vice Chancellor for Administration Richard Walker. 

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2016 SIUE Homecoming Welcomes Alumni

20 September 2016, 9:20 AM

bonfireSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is celebrating 2016 Homecoming with a weeklong series of events targeting current students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members. This year’s events begin Monday, Sept. 26, running through Sunday, Oct. 2 on the SIUE campus.

This year’s student theme is “Back to the E.” The schedule of student events will include: a comedy/magic show featuring Derek Hughes; a chalk mural contest; a screening of “Back to the Future;&#...

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SIUE Ranks Highest in State in Core Structural Engineering Courses

16 September 2016, 11:55 AM

Brad Cross, P.E., S.E., PhD, chair and professor in the Department of Civil Engineering in the SIUE School of Engineering.Structure Magazine, a national publication from the leading associations of structural engineers, has ranked the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering’s civil engineering structural program among the top 16 percent in the nation in its latest curriculum survey of more than 250 engineering schools.

The survey indicates that SIUE’s program is the only in Illinois to offer all 12 courses comprising the structural engineering core curriculum, which include both...

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SIUE Alums’ Pioneering Technology Transforms Inclusive Learning

16 September 2016, 8:50 AM

ViTAL (Vibratory Touchscreen Applications for Learning)With the influx of digital technology in classrooms, the educational benefits abound for many students. But the accessibility of those gadgets is lacking for approximately six million U.S. students with special needs. This means inclusive learning environments as they are most often perceived, are not so inclusive after all.

Three Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumni, Dr. Jenna Gorlewicz, Jeff Croxell and Corrine Mueller, are forging new technological territory in an effort to remed...

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SIUE is Most Affordable in Illinois

15 September 2016, 3:35 PM

onlinecollegesOnlineColleges.com ranks Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as the No. 1 most affordable four-year college in Illinois, among 69 institutions. See the rankings at onlinecolleges.com/Illinois.

“The more important aspect is the high quality education provided by SIUE for the investment,” said Scott Belobrajdic, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management. “More families and employers are understanding that all of our schools, and the College of Arts and Sciences, ...

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SIUE Alumnus Leads as President of the Civil Group at Global Defense Company

13 September 2016, 9:55 AM

SIUE alumnus Angela Heise, a visionary leader named among Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women-Next Generation, has been named president of the Civil Group at Leidos.

According to the global science and technology solutions company, Heise’s focus areas are energy and the environment, utilities, manufacturing and industrial, federal infrastructure, and air traffic management.

Heise earned a bachelor’s in computer science from the SIUE School of Engineering in 1996. Details o...

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U.S. News Rates SIUE a Top 15 Midwest Regional Public University

13 September 2016, 7:40 AM

pembrook-randyU.S. News & World Report ranks Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among the best Regional Universities Midwest for the 13th consecutive year and among the top 15 public universities in that category. SIUE is also rated among the top Midwest Regionals for least amount of student debt upon graduation. The listing is in the magazine’s “Best Colleges of 2017” issue that was released today.

SIUE was featured at number 63 in this year’s rankings of 163 Regional Universi...

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SIUE Receives 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

11 September 2016, 2:50 PM

brown-venessaSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville has received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This is the third year that SIUE has earned the distinction.

 As a recipient of the annual HEED Award—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion— SIUE will be featur...

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SIUE’s Pembrook Officially Installed as Chancellor

8 September 2016, 4:05 PM

dunn-pembrookSouthern Illinois University President Randy Dunn hosted a scaled down event today for the Edwardsville campus’ new chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook in the Morris University Center’s Meridian Ballroom.

A crowd of more than 300 SIUE faculty, staff and students, along with community members, higher education leaders from around the region and representatives of various political offices gathered to officially install Pembrook.

“We need to celebrate and mark this occasion, beca...

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SIU Trustees Approve Contracts for SIUE School of Engineering Design Center

8 September 2016, 12:25 PM

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, at its regularly scheduled meeting on the Edwardsville campus today, approved contracts worth more than $3.5 million to construct a student project design center for the School of Engineering. The board also approved budgets to resurface parking lots at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton and to replace flooring materials in single-student apartments at Cougar Village on the SIUE campus.

The student project design center will be a two-s...

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Join the Conversation During International Suicide Prevention Awareness Week

6 September 2016, 1:15 PM

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville iCARE (Initiative to Create Awareness, Recognition, and Education on Suicide Prevention) will offer multiple opportunities to join in the conversation about mental health wellness during International Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, Sept. 5-11.

The initiative launched an awareness video this week to initiate this important dialogue.

“This video features members of the SIUE community promoting the shared goal of raising awareness regarding ...

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SIUE Records Third-Highest All-Time Student Enrollment

6 September 2016, 10:55 AM

Class of 2020Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has recorded its third-highest all-time enrollment with 14,142 students registered for fall 2016.

 “In the ultra-competitive higher education marketplace in which SIUE is competing and combined with other factors beyond our control, we are proud to maintain total enrollment above 14,000,” said Dr. Randy Pembrook, SIUE chancellor. “We have increases in all of our undergraduate schools and college which is a positive sign toward fut...

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SIUE to Induct Seven to Alumni Hall of Fame during A Night Among the Stars

2 September 2016, 8:35 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will honor seven remarkable graduates at the 2016 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony A Night Among the Stars on Friday, Sept. 30 in the Morris University Center. These alumni have achieved exploits in their respective fields, are role models and are testaments to SIUE’s educational excellence.

A cocktail reception in the MUC gallery will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and an awards presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the MUC Conference Center.

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Washington Monthly Ranks SIUE Among Top Master’s Universities in Illinois

1 September 2016, 3:20 PM

pembrook-randyFor the seventh-consecutive year, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is in Washington Monthly’s Top 60 for master’s universities in the nation. SIUE is third among all master’s institutions in Illinois on the national magazine’s list.

Unlike conventional college rankings, Washington Monthly evaluates an institution’s “contribution to the public good” in three broad categories: social mobility – educating low-income students; resea...

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SIUE Establishes Partnership with T-REX

1 September 2016, 1:25 PM

T-REXSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Denise Cobb, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, today announced a new partnership with the T-REX Innovation Center located in downtown St. Louis. The partnership will provide new opportunities for SIUE faculty and students to connect with the burgeoning entrepreneurial community in the St. Louis region.  

SIUE expects to begin fully utilizing the T-REX facilities and programming in early September. Graduate students f...

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Visiting Scholars Promote Intercultural Exchange at SIUE

1 September 2016, 8:55 AM

2016 ITPP Visiting ScholarsThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville International Training Program in Pedagogy (ITPP) is strengthening global perspectives and promoting intercultural exchange across the University by way of 12 visiting scholars from China, who will spend the fall semester on campus.

The ITPP is in its fifth year, this semester hosting scholars from two Chinese universities, including nine from Northwest Normal University (NWNU) and three from Sichuan University of Science and Engineering (SUSE).

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SIUE Engineering Alumnus Named VP of Global Supply Company

24 August 2016, 8:47 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering alumnus Scott Miller, PE, has been named vice president, engineering of MiTek, a global supplier of software, engineered products, services and equipment.

Miller earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering from SIUE in 1996.

His accomplished history with MiTek is detailed in a release titled “Scott Miller Promoted to Vice President of Engineering” that can be found on the company’s website.

 

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Online Offerings Spark SIUE Summer Enrollment to Seven Year High

22 August 2016, 9:40 AM

Denise-CobbSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville reached its highest summer headcount since 2009 during the 2016 summer term. Led by a sharp increase in online enrollment, SIUE served 6,335 students, which represented an increase of 175 students (2.8 percent) over summer 2015 and 541 more students than summer 2014.

The Schools of Engineering (14.6 percent), Nursing (19.7 percent), Business (6.2 percent), and Education, Health and Human Behavior (6.9 percent), and the College of Arts and Sciences (5.7 ...

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SIUE Among National Leaders in Students Graduating with Low Debt

15 August 2016, 5:00 PM

pembrook-randySouthern Illinois University Edwardsville ranks 116th out of 1,300 colleges nationally for the lowest student loan debt per borrower according to LendEDU. Among public institutions, SIUE ranks 54th nationally. Among all Illinois institutions, SIUE is second.

The survey demonstrates that undergraduate SIUE students, who choose to borrow, carry a very low amount of student debt ($20,817 average) at graduation. More than 42 percent of SIUE students graduate with zero student debt.

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Sandvik Coromant Company Donates Tooling to SIUE School of Engineering

10 August 2016, 1:47 PM

(L-R) John Deibert, mechanical and industrial engineering laboratory manager at SIUE and Jay Stephens, territory productivity engineer with the Sandvik Coromant Company.Sandvik Coromant Company has gifted mill and lathe tooling to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering’s Departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering to advance instruction and learning.

Jay Stephens, territory productivity engineer with Sandvik Coromant, collaborated with John Deibert, lab manager for the Departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and presented the donation on Monday, Aug. 1. The tooling package is valued at nearly $4,000 and...

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Progressive Mindset is Karacal’s Philosophy as School of Engineering Dean

8 August 2016, 11:00 AM

Cem Karacal, PhD, dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering, did not become dean to be a status quo person. Instead, he intends to move the School forward with a progressive mindset and creative thinking that will prepare students for the emerging trends of the engineering industry.

Karacal has served the School in multiple capacities since he joined the faculty in 1993. He assumed the role of dean in May, after having served as interim dean since January 2016....

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SIUE Mourns Loss of Engineering Student Cole Rosenberger

1 August 2016, 10:20 AM

Cole Rosenberger, of Defiance, Mo., died Tuesday, July 26. He was 19.

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Rosenberger was a sophomore in the School of Engineering. He was also a member of the Sigma Rho Chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity at SIUE. The fraternity has established a Go Fund Me account to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Services will be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church located at 8 West Highway D, New Melle, Mo., on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. There will be a rec...

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Popular Construction Leadership Institute 2017 Registration Opens

26 July 2016, 11:19 AM

Chris Gordon, co-director of the CLI and chair of the Department of Construction in SIUE’s School of Engineering.Success in the highly competitive building industry requires exceptional leadership, management and communication skills. The innovative Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) has packaged those skills into a convenient, accelerated, nine-week program. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is now accepting registrations for the 2017 session of this highly popular program. 

Over the course of its 14-year history, CLI has seen many of its more than 300 graduates advance to prominent pos...

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Monsanto Fund Grant Sparks Learning at SIUE Engineering Camps

12 July 2016, 11:30 AM

pruitt-emmyThe Monsanto Fund helped the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering successfully conduct its annual Summer Camps during June. The $15,000 grant assisted the School in hosting two separate weeklong camps for 55 high school students from six states by providing scholarships, supplies and instruction costs.

The camps are designed to provide students with hands-on experience in the world of engineering. The engaging projects that students worked on included:

  • Program...

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SIUE Lands Among Forbes Magazine’s Top Colleges

11 July 2016, 12:50 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is among the top four public universities in the state according to Forbes magazine’s top colleges ranking.

Forbes ranked 660 institutions nationally, but only the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois-Chicago and Illinois State University were listed ahead of SIUE instate.

The magazine’s criteria are based on return on investment. It assigned the greatest weight to success after graduation (32.5 percent), student ...

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Open House in Springfield for SIUE’s Online Master’s in Healthcare Informatics

1 July 2016, 10:00 AM

lyerla-frankFind out how a master’s in healthcare informatics from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville can help advance your career. The open house is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, July 12 at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation in Springfield, Ill. Register today to learn more about this fully online program.

“With increasing demand for electronic health records and professionals qualified to lead industry change, it’s a great time to pursue a degree in healthcare i...

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SIUE Alum Elected to The Bank of Edwardsville Board of Directors

1 July 2016, 9:41 AM

SIUE alumnus Matthew Pfund has been elected to serve on TheBANK of Edwardsville’s Board of Directors. Pfund earned a bachelor’s in construction management from the SIUE School of Engineering in 1996. He is a senior vice president at Tarlton Construction in St. Louis.

AdvantageNEWS expanded on Pfund’s professional successes in an article posted Thursday, June 30.

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SIUE Safe Zone Participates in St. Louis PrideFest

27 June 2016, 11:05 AM

SafeZone PrideFest 2016Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Safe Zone participated in the 37th annual St. Louis PrideFest parade Sunday, June 26. For the fourth consecutive year, a large group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends marched along with 170 floats, bands and other parade entries in the 10-block route on Market St.

“The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion has supported the participation of this event, because at SIUE we live our values of inclusion and citizenship,...

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SIUE Engineering Summer Camp Welcomes Future Engineers to Campus

16 June 2016, 10:32 AM

SebastianProgramming traffic signals and working on rocket projects are just a couple of the engaging projects students are working on during the annual School of Engineering (SOE) Summer Camp at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, sponsored by Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery.

The School is hosting two separate weeklong summer campus for high school students. Students on campus this week are participating in the second session, which began Sunday, June 12 and will end on Friday, June 17. The firs...

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Dunn Names Alum Randy Pembrook as SIUE Chancellor

6 June 2016, 9:45 AM

Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn has named Randall G. Pembrook, PhD, as the ninth chancellor in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s history. The selection is pending formal SIU Board of Trustees approval, and Pembrook will officially assume his duties in early August. An official introduction and reception will be scheduled for the beginning of the academic year.

Randall Pembrook, PhD

“I am excited about the selection of Dr. Pembrook to serve as the next chancellor for Souther...

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SIUE Student Receives Accolades for Research on Distracted Driving

3 June 2016, 8:27 AM

(L-R) Md Atiquzzaman (middle) poses with his advisor Dr. Yan Qi (L) and Dr. Ryan Fries (R), associate professor of civil engineering at SIUE.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduate student Md Atiquzzaman has achieved the best student paper award, valued at $600, from the Midwestern Institute of Transportation Engineers (MWITE) for his research aimed at reducing traffic crashes that result from distracted driving.

Atiquzzaman is pursuing a master’s in transportation engineering from the SIUE Graduate School. He is a research assistant in the Department of Civil Engineering in the School of Engineering.

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SIUE Researcher Contributes Key Data and Guidance for IDOT Effectiveness

18 May 2016, 4:13 PM

Ryan Fries, PhD and associate professor of civil engineeringResearch led by SIUE’s Ryan Fries, PhD and associate professor of civil engineering, has been highlighted by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for significantly contributing to the development of a mandatory traveler information system.

IDOT detailed the two-phase research project and the ensuing strategy and road map it helped create in an article posted on its website.

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SIUE Revitalizes Honors Program

10 May 2016, 1:00 PM

ruckh-ericSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is redesigning its Honors Program starting with new freshmen, who are attending in fall 2016, and students who are transfers or continuing students in spring 2017.

“Our goal is to provide the best of liberal arts education at a vibrant University that has dynamic professional schools,” said Eric Ruckh, associate professor of historical studies and director of the SIUE Honors Program. “The honors program accelerates the transition of&#1...

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SIUE Spring Commencement Celebrates Class of 2016

7 May 2016, 7:35 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville celebrated its 2016 Spring Commencement exercises Friday and Saturday as 1,850 students received their diplomas in the Vadalabene Center on campus.

After bestowing degrees Friday night upon Graduate School, School of Business and School of Nursing students, Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen continued Saturday with the Graduate School, and School of Education, Health and Human Behavior in the morning, with the College of Arts and Sciences in the afternoo...

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SIUE’s Zhou Receives Prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award

5 May 2016, 10:40 AM

Dr. Jianpeng Zhou, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering in the SIUE School of Engineering.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Jianpeng Zhou, Ph.D., P.E. and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering in the School of Engineering, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant, presented by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB).

Zhou will travel to Brazil in 2017 to conduct and expand his research project entitled, “Adaptive Green Infrastructure for Urban Water Management,” at the Institute of Hydraulic Res...

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SIUE Engineering Students Win ASCE Geowall Competition

2 May 2016, 8:40 AM

Geowall studentsSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering students won the GeoWall Competition sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Friday, April 22 at the Mid-Continent Student Conference at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.

“I think it’s gratifying to see such hard work and dedication out of a group of students,” said team captain Andrew Burkhardt, a senior civil engineering major from Beckemeyer. “Teamwork is an extre...

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SIUE Undergraduate Research Experiences Fuel Student Success

29 April 2016, 10:45 AM

Hayley Day, a senior majoring in electrical engineering, demonstrates her research team’s Blind-Aid Glasses.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Undergraduate Scholars Showcase, held Thursday, April 28, featured the depth and variety of learning experiences offered by the University’s Senior Assignment and Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) programs.

More than 100 students, representing nearly 40 different departments and programs showcased their outstanding research and creative activities.

“We know that students who conduct undergraduate research, especially...

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