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SIUE Partners with Joyner-Kersee Foundation to Provide Performing Arts Program to Camp Participants

25 June 2015, 4:05 PM

United Way has awarded the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation $25,440 to operate in partnership with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center. Through the partnership, the SIUE East St. Louis Center will provide its performing arts program to JJK’s summer camp participants.

Writer Carolyn Smith details the grant funding and partnership in an article posted Wednesday in the Belleville News Democrat.

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Pride and Healing Wrapped up in a Quilt for SIUE East St. Louis Project Success Program Students

25 June 2015, 1:50 PM

ESLC Quilting ESLC Quilting
Edna Patterson Petty ESLC quilting

Students in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center’s Project Success program eagerly work on their pieces of fabric. Some are cutting the outlines of their hands, while others are helping secure the shapes on the fabric. 

Sewing all the pieces together in a quilt will be Edna Patterson Petty of East St. Louis, noted multimedia and fabric artist and art therapist. Petty earned a bachelor’s of art and design in 1984 a master’...

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SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Collaborates to Promote Developmental Screening

23 June 2015, 8:04 AM

April Sturgill and Jer'Kyre Neal Jaden McGuire
Janice Moenster

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start has partnered with the Greater East St. Louis Innovation Zone and other Metro East agencies to offer the first community-wide free developmental screening for children, ages one month through five years. 

The screenings are offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday through July 2 at Vivian D. Adams Early Childhood Center, 501 Katherine Dunham Place, East St. Louis. Other developmental screening pa...

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SIUE East St. Louis Performing Arts Program Returns to the Metro East for a Summer Session

5 June 2015, 11:17 AM

Performing Arts West African dance Performing Arts dance
Performing Arts musicians

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center is reintroducing the East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts (ESLCPA) program, to the delight of its Metro East supporters. 

The highly acclaimed ESLCPA will resume its programming this summer at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus (ESLHEC), 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., in East St. Louis. 

“After a three year hiatus, I am pleased to announce the return of the Performing Arts...

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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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Kick-Off Event Educates Those Impacted by Asthma

22 May 2015, 12:01 PM

Children Learn from SIUE School of Pharmacy studentsFamilies with children who suffer from asthma attended the East St. Louis Asthma Kick-Off event hosted by educators from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy, in partnership with Harmony Health Plan of Illinois and the City of East St. Louis on Thursday. Celebrated Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee spoke at the event held in the East St. Louis City Hall Rotunda.

The event served to engage and empower those impacted by asthma. The chronic lung disease ...

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SIUE Upward Bound Students Inspired to Shine at Flawless Conference

21 May 2015, 9:36 AM

Austin and Allen

For 16-year-old Krissauna Austin, walking down a runway is one of the last things she would envision herself doing. But following the Flawless Young Ladies Conference, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s TRIO Upward Bound student strutted down the cat walk, wearing a big smile and exuding self-assurance. 

“My inner self gained a lot of confidence after Gina Walker’s class,” said Austin, a sophomore at Madison Senior High School. &...

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SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Plants Roses for National Program’s 50th Anniversary Observance

19 May 2015, 3:55 PM

Belleville Head Start Discovery Center
Lovejoy Head Start Central Office

Dozens of little hands dug in the dirt on Monday, but it wasn’t just for fun. Preschoolers at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start helped plant rose bushes at the St. Clair County centers. 

“We joined with all the Head Start Centers across the country in planting rose bushes on May 18,” said Carolyn Jason, program operations coordinator. “The rose bushes are to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Head Start.&#...

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SIUE Upward Bound Seniors Instructed to Apply Tenacity and Focus When Headed to College

20 April 2015, 12:44 PM

Senior Dinner
Senior Dinner

High School seniors in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s TRIO Upward Bound celebrated their graduation from the program during a dinner Friday, April 24, at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus. 

“For many of you, going off to college will be one of the most important times in your life,” said Yusuf Haqq, who holds a bachelor’s in political science and a master’s in public administration, both from SIUC. Haqq was the k...

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SIUE School of Nursing Hosts Health and Career Fair for East St. Louis Charter High School Students

9 April 2015, 8:49 AM

Blood Pressure Health Fair


Different ways to prevent obesity in teens was among the information presented Wednesday at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Health and Career Fair designed for the East St. Louis Charter High School (CHS). 

“We want to bring awareness to the students about healthy BMI (body mass index),” said Abigail Wooley, SIUE nursing student. “If they have problems when they’re younger, it will lead to adulthood. We want them to make lifestyle chang...

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SIUE East St. Louis Center Announces its 2015 Summer Food Program

30 March 2015, 12:09 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. 

Meals will be provided to all SIUE East St. Louis Center Summer Program enrolled children free of charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. 

Any person who believes that he or she has been ...

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Upward Bound Math and Science Students Take their Project to SIUE’s STEM Center Regional Competition

23 March 2015, 5:02 PM

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Three high school students are hoping their “trash” will win them praise from judges at the 31st Science and Engineering Research Challenge (SERC) regional competition on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The East St. Louis Center Upward Bound Math and Science students will submit their entry, “Trash Can Ethanol,” for the March 28 competition hosted by the STEM Center. The young scientists are Mikiyah Bell, Martell Cotton and Pari...

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SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Staff Recognized at State Conference

23 March 2015, 3:19 PM

Lisa Tate and Carolyn Jason were among some of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start staff members who were acknowledged at a recent state conference in Springfield, Ill. 

Tate, program operations and instructional services coordinator, spoke at an Illinois Head Start Association (IHSA) conference luncheon as a Head Start alum. She shared both her experiences as a Head Start student and her current role as an employee of the federal program. 

She w...

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SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School Celebrates Black History

6 March 2015, 5:12 PM

Leon Gillespie II, CHS student, performs “Disappointed.” Kim Allen
Samaria Clemons Seth Cluster
Willis Young

Words of encouragement, songs of inspiration and dances of praise were offered Friday as part of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Charter High School’s (CHS) black history program.

More than 30 CHS students presented various acts as part of the program. Also, a longtime Charter High School staff person was honored for his service. Special acknowledgements were made for Willis Young, assistant CHS director, who has worked at school fo...

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