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Welcome to the SIUE Foundation

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007; with this most solid foundation, the institution is now poised to be a national leader in higher education in the future.  We are truly moving up as we—with passion, innovation, and enthusiasm—meet the needs of our students now and our students in the future.

The SIUE Foundation works with donors and the unit that will benefit from the gift to ensure the best use of the gift, honoring both the donor and the University.  Donors may receive income and tax benefits through the gifts they give. 

Donors have numerous options for giving to SIUE and may designate their gifts for a specific college, school, department, program, award, scholarship, or other area.  Donors may also give an unrestricted gift which may be used at the discretion of the SIUE Foundation Board of Directors. 

Announcing the launch of the SIUE High-Impact Campaigns

Ensuring a quality educational experience for nearly 14,000 students is priority one at SIUE. Many of you, our 90,000-plus graduates, have become leaders and productive contributors to society, perhaps because of SIUE’s donor family and network of friends and benefactors.

Gifts made through the SIUE Foundation help meet the needs of the University and provide our students with additional opportunities. Look at the High-Impact Campaigns below, and GET INVOLVED TODAY by supporting one or more that you believe in. You can choose to support a scholarship, a travel scholarship, a writing contest, STEM education, Lovejoy Library, faculty research and retention, athletics, or student activities. Your contribution will have a high impact on our students and take the “e” to the next level of excellence.

If you would like more information, please contact Rachel Stack, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, at (618) 650-5310, or any of the staff listed below or you can click here pdficon for the brochure.

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Have an impact on SIUE today!

Lovejoy Library

College of Arts & Sciences

School of Pharmacy

School of Education, Health and Human Behavior

Intercollegiate Athletics

School of Nursing

The Gardens at SIUE

Graduate School

School of Dental Medicine

School of Engineering

School of Business

Lovejoy Library

High School Writers’ Contest Endowment

Impact: Enhancing and rewarding writing skills in high school juniors and seniors

Impact on SIUE: Since 2008, this contest has become an excellent recruiting tool for SIUE as 34 percent of all winners have selected SIUE to continue their education

Description of Program: High School Writers’ Contest Endowment engages 30,000 high school juniors and seniors at 65 public and private high schools in 11 Southern Illinois counties. It challenges them to display their passion and showcase their skills. The four top writers are awarded $500, $300, $100 or an honorable mention in three categories: fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Financial Goal: $100,000 in 18 months

Contact: Kyle Moore, Director of Development, at or 618.650.2714

College of Arts & Sciences

International Travel Awards

Impact: Cross-cultural education for our students by studying internationally

Impact on SIUE: Increased international profile, which adds a global experience to round out students’ education

Description of Program: Students will work through the Office of International Programs to find and secure transformational educational experiences.

Financial Goal: $100,000 in 18 months

Contact: Craig Steiner, Director of Development, at or 618.650.5048

School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy’s Best & Brightest Paver Drive and Endowed Scholarship Campaign

Impact: Meeting the demand for highly qualified pharmacists to serve the diverse, complex and evolving healthcare needs of patients and providers, and the pharmacy profession in the Central and Southern Illinois region and beyond. 

Impact on SIUE:  Reflects the SIUE School of Pharmacy’s commitment to excellence and leading position at the forefront of pharmacy practice and research by attracting, retaining and advancing the education and careers of the region’s most highly talented and deserving pharmacy students and 21st century healthcare leaders. 

Description of Program: Gifts to this campaign provide outstanding pharmacy education and financial aid opportunities for students in the region through merit-based and hardship-based scholarships.  In support of this campaign the Alumni Council of the School of Pharmacy is conducting a paver drive to build a path that surrounds the School’s Medicinal Garden.  Having opened in 2009, the School of Pharmacy has become distinguished on state and national level as a leader in education, patient care and research.  The time is right to establish an endowed scholarship fund for our students. 

Financial Goal: is $100,000 in 18 months

Contact: Patricia McDonald, Senior Director of Development, at or 618.650.5154.

School of Education, Health and Human Behavior

Student Research Travel

Impact:  Undergraduate/graduate student funds to present research at professional conferences.

Impact on SIUE:  Supports the school’s commitment to student research activities. 

Program Description:  Financial support for students currently enrolled in an SEHHB academic program who have engaged in research as a student at SIUE and are presenting results at a regional, state, or national conference.

Financial Goal:  $100,000 in 18 months

Contact:  Beth Weeks at or 618.650.3353

The SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School

Impact:  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education for students in a high-need school district.

Impact on SIUE:  Meaningful learning and teaching experiences for SIUE students and faculty.  Critical educational and professional career preparation for East St. Louis high school students.

Program Description:  Prepares East St. Louis high school students for college/career success.  Specific priorities include updated equipment and learning technologies, professional development for STEM faculty, and access to updated textbooks and instructional materials.

Financial Goal:  $100,000 in 18 months

Contact:  Beth Weeks at or 618.650.3353

Intercollegiate Athletics

Relocation of Tennis Courts and Creation of Indoor Tennis Center

Impact: More competitive playing surfaces for tennis athletes

Impact on SIUE: More competitive recruitment of tennis players

Description of Program: Intercollegiate Athletics has identified the need to relocate the tennis courts and build an adjoining indoor facility for our tennis program. This new center, to be located in the athletic fields on the western-most portion of the campus with soccer, softball and baseball, will cost approximately $1.2 million. We will initially seek $500,000

Financial Goal: $500,000 in 18 months

Contact: Jason Coomer, Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs at or 618.650.2841

School of Nursing

Honoring the Past – Empowering the Future: SIUE School of Nursing Endowed Scholarship Campaign and 2016 Celebration

Impact: To meet the future demand for highly qualified baccalaureate and graduate level prepared nurses serving the diverse, complex and evolving healthcare needs of patients and providers in the Southern Illinois region and beyond, the SIUE School of Nursing is conducting its first endowed scholarship campaign.

Impact on SIUE:   This campaign re-unites and engages five decades of alumni in celebrating the past successes and future impact of the SIUE School of Nursing and its graduates, by attracting, retaining and supporting the education and careers of talented and diverse nursing professionals, and next generation of healthcare leaders.  

Description of Program: In these challenging economic times, need-based scholarships make all the difference for students undergoing financial hardship, and merit-based scholarships make a significant difference in the ability to attract outstanding nursing students and future leaders to the nursing profession and the SIUE School of Nursing. Having recently celebrated the School of Nursing’s 50th Anniversary, the time is right to reach out to our alumni to build an endowed scholarship fund that will be there in perpetuity to support the next generation of SIUE nursing students and leaders.   The goal for our “Honoring the Past – Empowering the Future: SIUE School of Nursing Endowed Scholarship Campaign and 2016 Celebration” is to raise $100,000 over 18 months in support for endowed scholarships for talented and deserving undergraduate and graduate students of nursing. School of Nursing alumni Cody Gowler ’09 and Saundra Spilotro ’69 have graciously stepped forward to co-chair and rally alumni support of the campaign that will culminate with a special recognition event in the spring of 2016. 

Financial Goal: $100,000 in 18 months.

Contact: Patricia McDonald, Senior Director of Development, at or 618.650.3906.

The Gardens at SIUE

New Visitor Entrance

Impact: To create a welcoming space from the new parking lot at The Gardens

Impact on SIUE: Continuing our progress as a Signature Garden of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Description of Program: The Gardens at SIUE is creating a new visitor entrance, the next phase of its updated Master Plan. The improved entrance will include new parking for added convenience, a welcome garden, and a Treetop Bridge spanning the width of the Delyte Morris Bike Trail and connecting the new parking area to The Gardens. The Treetop Bridge will be the hallmark installation that sets the stage for an engaging entrance experience.

Financial Goal: $125,000 in 18 months

Contact: Jim Pennekamp, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Regional Economic Development and Executive Director of University Park at SIUE, at or 618-659-9300.

Graduate School

The Science & Engineering Research Challenge

Impact: Annually engaging 400 local students through a STEM Challenge

Impact on SIUE: Students are exposed to STEM and the rigorous programs at SIUE

Description of Program: The Science & Engineering Research Challenge hosts 300-400 student projects (grades 5-12) from a 10-county area. While working on these projects, students learn to apply the scientific method, which includes observing, inferring, measuring and collecting data, and forming conclusions to interpret interactions between experimental variables. Students become aware of the interdisciplinary nature of science and engineering as they apply, not only reading and writing skills, but also mathematics and art to communicate their research findings. SIUE has been hosting this regional competition since 1984. This competition provides important exposure for SIUE to regional parents and potential future students. The Challenge costs $20,000 per year, and we are seeking to stabilize the program for the next five years.

Financial Goal: $100,000 in the next 18 months

Contact: Kyle Moore, Director of Development, at or 618.650.2714

School of Dental Medicine

Dental Student Scholarship

Impact: Removing barriers to dental education

Impact on SIUE: Lead in raising awareness of this issue in dental education

Program Description: Federal and state support for dental education has declined dramatically in recent years. In turn, the cost of tuition has increased. One result of this progression is that debt for dental students has continued to accelerate at a significantly faster rate than the real net income of practicing dentists. In short, dental education is becoming unaffordable at a time when more dentists are needed to serve the population. Tuition costs and post-graduate debt may discourage talented students from pursuing dental careers. Education debt already serves as a barrier for graduates to choose dental education as a profession and adversely impacts practice opportunities to provide care in under served areas. Support for dental student scholarships will allow the School to guarantee significant scholarship assistance for deserving dental students

Financial Goal: $100,000 in 18 months

Contact: Stephen Schaus, Director of Development, at or 618.474.7271

School of Engineering

Student Design Center

Impact: Expand offerings to SIUE’s competitive engineering students by offering project and display space for their creations

Impact on SIUE: Increase SIUE’s reputation for excellence in engineering and market-prepared, collaborative students

Description of Program: The proposed Student Design Center in the School of Engineering will provide much-needed space for student engineering competition teams to build cars, steel bridges and concrete canoes, in addition to other activities. Students will also use this space to work on senior design projects. In order for SIUE’s students to compete at a level with other universities, they need dedicated space to build their projects. The Center will be a combination of renovated space and new construction. The two story, 14,000 - square foot facility will include five work bays, a shop and student design area, hospitality room, engineer’s alley to showcase projects, amphitheater seating, conference room, research areas, and a second-floor terrace. This Center will improve workflow, provide more handson learning and collaborative opportunities for students to work together and allow for better monitoring of work areas. While the overall project is expected to be approximately $4 million this campaign seeks to raise half or $2 million in 18 months.

Financial Goal: $2 million in18 months

Contact: Karen Wicks, Director of Development, at or 618.650.5020

School of Business

Business Transitions Curriculum

Impact: These new required courses will assist business students

Impact on SIUE: The new courses will assist students with the transition to a professional business environment and further develop their professional skills related to job searching, professional networking, interviewing and business etiquette

Description of Program: The School of Business is seeking funding support for a leading-edge curricular program that will help mold SIUE business students into excellent leaders entering the workforce. The courses, the GBA 301 Business Transitions 1: Planning for Success and GBA 402 Business Transitions II: Commitment Beyond College, are required for all business majors. They are designed to assist students with the transition into the School of Business and for developing knowledge and skills related to career planning, including resume development and initial job search strategies. Students will be introduced to the concepts of individual responsibility and ethical behavior, social responsibility of organizations, and global perspectives on business. They will assist students with the transition to a professional business environment and further development of professional skills related to job search, professional networking, interviewing and social etiquette. The goal is to put forth the best equipped business students into the workforce and remain innovative in our approach with students. The goal of the School of Business is to be as innovative as any industry.

Financial Goal: $250,000 in 18 months

Contact: Sara Colvin, Director of Development, at or 618.650.2317

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