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SIUE Upward Bound Students Tour Colleges This Summer

16 August 2016, 11:05 AM

Upward Bound College TourFor a group of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Upward Bound Program students, visiting various colleges proved to be important and exciting trips. 

“I got to see firsthand those college campuses that I was most interested in attending,” said Dajanae Jackson, a student in Upward Bound EC, who is a senior at East St. Louis Senior High School. “I was able to talk with some of the staff and hear from current students about their college experience.” 

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SIUE Upward Bound Partners with IDOT to Present Engineering Program

11 August 2016, 8:45 AM

UpwardBoundEngineering1Students in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Upward Bound Program learned about the engineering industry in a July 20 workshop presented by former Upward Bound participant Sharon Byrd. 

An engineer with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Byrd spoke about being a former Upward Bound student and her 25-year career with IDOT. 

More than 120 students participated in the Upward Bound BEM and EC programs at the Career Pathways Workshop Series in Civil Engine...

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SIUE East St. Louis Center Performing Arts Summer Program Concludes Another Successful Year

1 August 2016, 4:28 PM

West African girlsMore than 80 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts students, ages 6-17, burst on stage Friday, July 29 with skill, confidence and excitement. 

“In the tradition of the late, great Katherine Dunham, the SIUE East St. Louis Center presents its 31st Annual Performing Arts Summer Program,” said Jack Williams, program director, at the beginning of the show. “We had offered the program year-round for more than 40 years.”

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SIUE East St. Louis Center for Performing Arts Alumni Bring Expertise and Passion to their Classrooms

28 July 2016, 3:58 PM

Venezia Manuel is putting rubber bands around white T-shirts, while observing the ballet moves of a group of six to eight-year-old students enrolled in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center (ESLC) Performing Arts Summer Program. 

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In another studio, TaShayla Montgomery is showing dance steps she choreographed to a group of 13-17 year olds. While in another room, Gerald Babatudne Sylla Williams is teaching African drumming and dance, after taking a break from...

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SIUE Upward Bound Students Learn About Food Engineering at PryCor

26 July 2016, 2:57 PM

For several Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Upward Bound students, making ice cream in class was one of many highlights of the Food Science and Technology Program. 

DuPont tour“I loved the food science class,” said Lonnie Roberson, Upward Bound BEM student at the SIUE East St. Louis Center. “It was fun, and gave me a lot of information on what is put into the food we eat.”

Roberson was one of 21 freshman Upward Bound EC and BEM students selected to participate in a ...

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SIUE Upward Bound Students Take a Spin at Reality

21 July 2016, 12:18 PM

Reality storeFifteen-year-old Kelsey Simmons wants to become a trauma surgeon. But with a spin of the wheel, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) student learned she was a college dropout with an annual salary of $22,040. 

Simmons, a sophomore at Cahokia Senior High School, was one of 48 Upward Bound students who participated in the original game, “Reality Store,” created by SIUE Career Development Center Counselor Robin Kilpatrick and revised by ...

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SIUE East St. Louis Center Students Learn About Manufacturing and Craft Careers

19 July 2016, 9:50 AM

The challenge is educating youth and their parents about the high pay that comes with the 1,500 manufacturing jobs in Southwestern Illinois in the next five years, and connecting them to the right resources to ensure their success, according to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center Executive Director Jesse Dixon.

The SIUE East St. Louis Center hosted a Manufacturing/Craft Day Experience for youth, ages 2-18, on Monday, July 18. The theme was “Manufacture Your Fut...

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SIUE Police Department and East St. Louis Charter High School Students Participate in Police Youth Camp

15 July 2016, 3:58 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Charter High School (CHS) student Rozelle Phillips has enjoyed spending the past week with Metro East law enforcement officers. 

Police youth campThe CHS sophomore is one of 60 teens, ages 12-17, who was accepted to participate in the 11th annual TeamIllinois Youth Police Camp, sponsored by the Illinois State Police headquartered in Collinsville.

“Law and order are important in society,” said Phillips, an African American camp cadet. &#8...

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SIUE East St. Louis Center Hosts Manufacturing/Craft Day Experience for Children

15 July 2016, 3:40 PM

East St. Louis CenterThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center, Mid America Workforce Investment Board and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois will host 300 summer program students for its Manufacturing/Craft Day Experience from 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, July 18, at the SIUE East St. Louis Center. The event will challenge, motivate and inspire youth to choose careers in advanced manufacturing and the trades.

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SIUE Head Start Screening Better Prepares Greater East St. Louis Children

1 July 2016, 9:15 AM

allen-danielleSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start is one of 30 partners working to ensure that Greater East St. Louis children are linked to high quality early learning programs and services that will help them succeed in school and life.

The Greater East St. Louis Early Learning Partnership & Innovation Zone is offering its second annual enrollment and developmental screening event for children and families in East St. Louis, Washington Park, Centreville and Alorton, sa...

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SIUE East St. Louis Center Offers New Kindergarten Readiness Program

28 June 2016, 3:50 PM

Kindergarten Kamp participantsLittle heads line up and stand still in a long line. And when one person makes a sound, a four-year-old boy turns and gives a stern “shhh!” His teacher smiles, because the student is learning one of the many lessons to be grasped at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center’s “Kamp Kindergarten,” a new Kindergarten Readiness Summer Camp.

“All of the data is now stressing the importance of developing children’s non-cognitive skills ...

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SIUE East St. Louis Center Announces its 2016 Summer Food Program

13 June 2016, 10:13 AM

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 discriminat...

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SIUE Upward Bound Students Participate in Speed Networking Event with STEM Professionals

6 June 2016, 4:01 PM

Twelve students from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Upward Bound program were selected to participate in a 12-week program “Two Degrees” that explored career possibilities in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). 

Cornell Cox“Two Degrees connected teens with STEM professionals, resources and prospects to help build their own networks and become prepared to pursue STEM jobs of the future,” said Javonda Quinn, director of the ESLC’s ...

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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.

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

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SIUE Upward Bound Students Motivated to Excel at Victory/Flawless Conferences

1 June 2016, 3:46 PM

FlawlessSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Upward Bound students were encouraged to pursue promising career paths, while focusing on character development at two separate conferences, each targeted for males and females. 

On April 30, the SIUE East St. Louis Center’s Upward Bound Program hosted a Victory Young Men’s Empowerment Conference and a Flawless Young Ladies Conference. 

“The purpose of the conferences was to further equip, encourage and empower our young men...

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Hundreds Celebrate the New SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center during Dedication Ceremonies

27 May 2016, 10:23 AM

ribbon cuttingJackie Joyner-Kersee, an Olympic legend, gold medal winner and East St. Louis native, thanked Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for its partnership during the Wednesday, May 25 ribbon cutting and open house for the SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start center that bears her name. 

Approximately 150 people attended the dedication of the new wing at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, which includes the SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center. Cutting the ribbon were Joy...

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Registration is Open for SIUE East St. Louis Center Performing Arts Summer Program

20 May 2016, 1:39 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center (ESLC) Performing Arts Summer Program will continue the legacy of legendary dancer, anthropologist and social activist. Katherine Dunham, by providing educational and cultural enrichment for the surrounding community. 

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Classes, for youth ages 6-17, will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, June 27-Friday, July 29 at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus. The cost, which includes daily lunches and field trips, is $150 per child...

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SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation Offer New Program for Children

17 May 2016, 4:58 PM

Olympic legend and gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee will speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 during a ribbon cutting ceremony in East St. Louis for the new Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start Program’s new wing located at the Foundation Center which bears her name. 

annette“We are excited about the lives of children and families whose lives will be enhanced and empowered because of the partnership between SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start and the Jacki...

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SIUE Charter High School Class of 2016 Graduates all College Bound

17 May 2016, 8:53 AM

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Charter High School (CHS) graduating class of 2016 was encouraged to experience life and not be afraid to make mistakes during their commencement ceremony held Friday, May 13 in SIUE’s Morris University Center. 

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“It’s time to grow up. Step up. Mess up a little, but clean it up,” T’Yon Leach, CHS commencement speaker and valedictorian, told his classmates. “We may not always get it right the ...

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SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School Seniors Display Their Accomplishments

9 May 2016, 1:53 PM

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Through tears and laughter, anxiousness and great pride, 30 students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Charter High School (CHS) presented the highlights of their high school career from May 3-5, as part of their Senior Exit Portfolio Presentations.

“I want to say thank you for not giving up on me and wanting the best for me,” said Ajane’ Muhammad, concluding her presentation through watery eyes.

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SIUE East St. Louis Center to Participate in Give STL Day on May 3

21 April 2016, 4:16 PM

Jesse Dixon, executive director of the SIUE East St. Louis CenterThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center (SIUE ESLC) is participating in Give STL Day on Tuesday, May 3. Give STL Day is part of a national fundraising event called Give Local America (GLA). During the 24-hour nationwide crowd funding event, individuals can make online donations in support of the SIUE ESLC and hundreds of other nonprofits by visiting givestlday.org.

“Giving to the SIUE East St. Louis Center on Give STL Day is an opportunity to support success fr...

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SIUE Awarded $1.08 Million Federal Grant for East St. Louis Clinic

13 July 2015, 7:50 AM

Kim WhiteThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing has been awarded a three-year grant worth $1,085,903 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This interdisciplinary grant provides funding for the School of Nursing, along with the SIUE Schools of Pharmacy and Dental Medicine, and the SIUE Department of Social Work, to greatly expand the scope of services provided at the WeCare Clinic on the School’s East St. Louis campus.

“The population we serve ...

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