The Cat could be in the Hat, and, then again, George might become even more Curious-it's difficult to say-but it's a sure bet several local youngsters will have fun when Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur reads to them at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the kickoff of the annual A Book In Every Home (BIEH) campaign in Goshen Lounge.
Since it began, the BIEH literacy/book drive campaign has helped thousands of children own their own books, something many of them might not have otherwise been able to do. The university is again sponsoring the campaign from Jan. 15 to March 31.
Mayor Niebur, along with several SIUE students and faculty members, will read to children from the SIUE Early Childhood Center and the Riverbend Head Start in Alton.
John Davenport, coordinator of the Jan. 15 event, said the mayor and others will read from books written for children up to age five, the campaign's target audience for collecting books. "Because we've received a large amount of donated books, each child at the kickoff will receive their own book," Davenport said. "There will be a variety of children's stories available."
Literacy is one of the most critical issues facing our educational system. Studies show that children who cannot read are not likely to succeed in the classroom or in life. Recognizing that access to books is a key component to literacy, BIEH not only has placed 30,000 books in homes in St. Clair and Madison counties, it also encourages parents to read to their children.
"Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is advancing literacy at a grassroots level through the A Book in Every Home program,'" said Kay Werner, chair of the campaign. "Our goal is to place an age-appropriate book in the home of every Head Start child in Madison and St. Clair counties, as well as families served by crisis centers in those counties.
"We've also now serve juvenile centers in those counties by donating the books we receive for older youth."
In December, the campaign received a boost from the St. Louis Rams, one of the BIEH sponsors. "We received $5,000 from the Rams at the December 21 football game," Werner said. "The Rams donated $50,000 to five literacy programs and we were the only Illinois program to receive funds. We were mentioned at the game; in fact I represented BIEH and helped hold up the big check at the game," Werner said proudly. "Last year, we received $2,500 from the Rams, so they were very generous to us again."
There are drop-off points for book donations in the St. Clair County and Madison County Head Start programs, SIUE campus sites, all public libraries in Madison and St. Clair counties, the Piece of Mind Book Store in Edwardsville, and B. Dalton Booksellers Book Store, the Borders book store in Fairview Heights, and Fresh Words bookstore in Highland.
For specific addresses and locations of these drop off points, visit the Web site: www.siue.edu/BOOKS or call (618) 650-2020 for more information.
Age-appropriate books are requested for children ages six weeks to five years old. Cash donations also will be accepted. Checks for "A Book in Every Home" should be written to the SIUE Foundation, and mailed to:
A Book in Every Home
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1058
(In the memo part of the check, please write "A Book in Every Home.")
The 22nd annual celebration of the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at SIUE is set for Tuesday, Feb. 10. Tickets are available for the 11:30 a.m. luncheon that will feature a keynote address by St. Louis attorney Frankie Muse Freeman, an author who is very active with the St. Louis chapter of the NAACP.
The luncheon program will be held in the Meridian Ballroom, followed by a reception in the Goshen Lounge for the winners of the scholarship and humanitarian awards who will be honored at the luncheon.
Winners of the awards include:
• Scott Herbert-a "nontraditional student" who won the SIUE Student Scholarship and Humanitarian Award;
• Larry Hogg, a counselor in the Upward Bound/Science Awareness program at the East St. Louis Center and pastor of Holy Temple Lifeline Ministries, who won the Faculty/Staff MLK Humanitarian Award;
• Calvin Brown, owner of the Hair Biz Salon in Glen Carbon, executive board member of the NAACP, and very active in the Mt. Joy Baptist Church in Edwardsville, who is recipient of the Community MLK Humanitarian Award;
• Jesse Favre, a junior at Belleville Township East High School-essay award;
• L. Kristina Cottone, a senior at Edwardsville High School-poetry award;
• Matthew Stolze, a sophomore at Alton High School-visual arts award.
Tickets for the luncheon are $12.50; students, $8. Reservations are being accepted at (618) 650-2660.
The Aspen Ensemble, an internationally acclaimed chamber music group that includes an Edwardsville native, comes to the Arts & Issues stage Jan. 22.
Each year, Arts & Issues brings some of the best and brightest performers and speakers from around the world to Southwestern Illinois audiences for entertaining and thought-provoking presentations on the SIUE campus. The prestigious Aspen Ensemble will present an evening of breathtaking virtuosity at 7:30 p.m. in Katherine Dunham Hall theater.
On another Arts & Issues note, the Feb. 6 appearance of The Blind Boys of Alabama has been sold out. Arts & Issues Coordinator John Peecher said the sell-out was exciting news but also bittersweet for those who won't be able to attend. "We are happy with the response to the Blind Boys' concert and we're sorry not everyone will have the opportunity to see this wonderful group of musicians," said Peecher, who also is assistant director of development for the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences.
"We're providing this information about the sold out concert so that other patrons will not make an unnecessary trip to campus for tickets."
The Aspen Ensemble is a group united in the love of chamber music and the desire to bring unique, exciting programs to audiences around the world. The ensemble will perform the music of J.S. Bach, Mozart, David Schiff, and Gabriel Fauré.
In the 50-year history of the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival, the Aspen Ensemble is the first ensemble formed from resident artists of the festival to bear the Aspen name. These five musicians have performed chamber music together in Aspen for several years and, for the first time, are available for touring during the winter months.
Violinist for the ensemble is David Perry, son of violinist R. Kent Perry of St. Louis, emeritus music professor at SIUE, and Linda Perry of Edwardsville, a professor of music at the university who is well known to regional audiences as an accomplished pianist. Ms. Perry has performed for more than 30 years during the perennial favorite-the SIUE Coffee Concerts Chamber Music Series-currently performing there with the LeClaire Trio.
"Not only are we presenting a world class chamber music ensemble but with an added bonus of welcoming back one of our own-David Perry," Peecher said. "Of course, all the members of this ensemble have been thrilling audiences throughout the world in their respective careers, performing a wide repertoire that includes music from Bach to Kodaly, from Bartok to Durufle, and from Beethoven to Mercadante."
In the past two years, the ensemble-made up of pianist Rita Sloan, flutist Nadine Asin, violinist Perry, violist Victoria Chiang, and cellist Michael Mermagen-has brought a standard and unusual repertoire to audiences nationwide. All members of the group serve on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival, with extensive experience in other ensembles and at other venues including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, and the Emerson Quartet.
In addition, several of the members have held high-level orchestral positions. Asin was a first-desk player in James Levine's Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Perry was among the rotating concertmasters of the renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Information about the Jan. 22 Aspen Ensemble appearance and how to order tickets may be found on the Arts & Issues Web site: artsandissues.com and in a printed brochure available through John Peecher, (618) 650-2626, or, by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for the Jan. 22 event are $18; students, $9. Tickets also are available at the Morris Center Information Desk, (618) 650-5555.
Fifty-five School of Nursing students recently presented their senior assignment projects to an audience of faculty, peers and invited University guests.
The Senior Assignment project represents a culmination of the entire undergraduate experience at SIUE. This requirement arises from the university's belief that the ability to integrate a general education perspective into one academic discipline is an essential mark of a university-educated person.
Senior nursing assignments take the form of exploration of an issue relative to nursing such as the nursing shortage or childhood obesity, a case study involving in depth investigation of a population such as adolescents and nutrition, lead poisoning in African-American children, or a teaching project with a population such as hypertension to cardiac patients, sexually transmitted diseases to adolescents and unique clinical experiences such as working with a pediatric outpatient hospice program.
These experiences occur in locations throughout Southern Illinois and the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.
At the poster presentations, students discussed their learning objectives and results of their project with faculty and University administrators. "The School of Nursing Senior Assignment provides an opportunity for students to bring together the knowledge and experience they have gained during their undergraduate learning experience," said Dean Marcia Maurer.
"Our students have provided service in the communities and demonstrated skills as researchers by collecting data on important nursing issues. We are proud of what these students accomplish during their tenure at SIUE and in the School of Nursing."
The School of Nursing is fully accredited by National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The 90th Meridian of longitude passes through the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, a quarter of the way around the world from the prime meridian that passes through Greenwich, England.
The significance of the 90th Meridian serves as a symbol for the Meridian Society, a newly formed organization of women dedicated to raising funds in support of SIUE programs.
Dixie Engelman, emeritus dean of the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences and now chair of the society, said the group is dedicated to supporting a variety of SIUE programs through grants made annually at the society's spring meeting. "The Meridian Society also will provide information to women on financial and estate planning, primarily at its fall meeting.
"We are learning what we can do collectively, as well as what we need to do on an individual and personal level."
Provost Sharon Hahs, one of the group's charter members explained the society's name was chosen as a reminder of a "special feature of our campus. The 90th Meridian is an important delineation on the Earth, exactly one-fourth of the way around the globe from the Prime Meridian," Hahs said.
Julie Babington, director of development for the SIUE School of Education, provides staff support for the society. "I am very excited about the spirit of the Meridian Society Steering Committee and charter members, particularly the leadership of Dixie Engelman," Babington said.
The original concept for the society was suggested by Harold Melser, director of planned giving for the Foundation, who is providing assistance to the organization as it continues to plan for the future. "I had heard about Ball State University's Discovery Group," Melser said, "and realized that creating a philanthropic organization matched the goals of the SIUE Foundation in regard to women in philanthropy," Melser said.
The two types of society membership are full-membership (3-year pledge of $1,000 annually) and associate membership (3-year pledge of $500 annually). The Meridian Society currently has pledges totaling more than $40,000. Those interested in joining the Meridian Society, may call the SIUE Foundation, (618) 650-2345.
The SIU Board of Trustees has approved a $3.2 million project to install high-efficiency boilers and heaters in the campus core buildings, effectively de-centralizing the current campus heating system. The matter was approved during the board's regular meeting conducted at SIU Carbondale in December.
University officials expect the boiler project to be completed by the fall 2004 heating season. Once the new system is in place, the related distribution system will be shut down and abandoned. The project will not affect the separate campus cooling system.
The current high-temperature, hot-water distribution portion of the system was replaced in 1994 and has been failing-four times in the past year alone. Officials estimate that in 10 years the system would need to be replaced at a cost of $10 million. In addition, the existing system draws high operating, maintenance, and utility costs. The new system would mean a $250,000 reduction annually in utility and maintenance costs.
The project would be funded through a loan from the Illinois Public Higher Education Consortium. The loan would be repaid through cost savings and with deferred maintenance funds. Under the plan, compact boilers would be placed in each of 10 buildings: Peck Hall, Lovejoy Library, the Science Building, Dunham Hall, Morris University Center, Founders Hall, Alumni Hall, the Vadalabene Center, the Religious Center, and the Engineering Building.
In other business, the Board approved procurement of an easement at no cost to allow a connection between SIUE's Supporting Services Complex and the city of Edwardsville's wastewater treatment system. Supporting Services is currently using a separate septic system from that of the core university. Officials said the city of Edwardsville has agreed to allow the complex to connect with the city's system, but it must be done through private property owned by the developers of nearby Cherry Hills subdivision. The developers have agreed to the easement.
The former site of the East St. Louis Center at 411 E. Broadway, an historic hotel which later housed the SIUE center for more than 40 years, would be deeded to the city of East St. Louis under a proposal passed last month by the SIU Board of Trustees.
The East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., now houses the East St. Louis Center and the East St. Louis Community College Center. By spring the campus also will house the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
The proposal to transfer the old center to the city was considered at the SIU Board's regular meeting conducted at SIU Carbondale.
The university originally proposed demolition of the East Broadway building and to pass the deed to the city, but city officials asked that the building remain intact. Once the university and the city reach an agreement, the state legislature must authorize the final transfer of deed.
The building was used by SIUE as a center that housed several educational programs and community service programs, as well as health clinics. Before the university became associated with the building in 1957, it had been the Broadview Hotel since 1928.
In other business at the December meeting, the Board approved purchase of vacant land adjacent to or near the Higher Education campus. The proposal was initiated to add green space and to provide a degree of control over future development of the property near the existing campus.
The vacant parcels of land represent 17 city addresses on Bond Avenue, Market Street, Eighth Street, and Trendley Avenue. Under the proposal, the agreed price would be $152,400. The land was appraised by Joshway Harding Real Estate.
Funding for the purchase would come from SIUE cash reserves or from state Capital Development Board excess funds that were budgeted for the entire Higher Education Campus project. The purchase of the parcels also is subject to approval by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.