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January 15, 2002

MLK Jr. Awards To Be Given At Annual Luncheon

David B. Valley, a professor of Speech Communication and chair of that department, and Al Womack Jr. of Godfrey, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Alton, have been selected to receive the 2002 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian awards, held in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at the university.

They will be honored at the celebration luncheon, Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Delyte W. Morris University Center.

Joe Munshaw, also a professor of speech communications, was among several who nominated Valley for the Humanitarian Award.

"In August of 2002, Dave Valley will retire from SIUE, completing a distinguished career of service as a scholar, educator, and departmental administrator," Munshaw said. "The SIUE of today is significantly different from the university that Dr. Valley joined as a junior faculty member in 1972. Dr. Valley has contributed to making this University a better place."

Munshaw notes that Valley was instrumental in the development and teaching of an interracial communication workshop. The course, first offered in the mid-1970s, has been taught for more than 25 years at the University. "As an effective speaker, a great conversationalist, and a powerful listener, Dave Valley has promoted diversity, harmony and understanding at this university and beyond," Munshaw wrote.

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his famous speech, 'I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,'" said Jeanne Wuellner, president of the Boys and Girls Club of Alton in her letter of nomination for Al Womack Jr. "(Al) has the same dream, not just for his two children, but for the 800-plus children he serves each year at the club."

In his four years of service as the club's executive director, Wuellner states, "(He) has done a great job at promoting racial sensitivity, harmony, and understanding."

The 11:30 a.m. MLK luncheon will take place in the Morris University Center's Meridian Ballroom. SIU President James E. Walker will deliver the keynote address at 12:45 p.m. Tickets for the luncheon are $10; students, $8. Reservations may be made by calling (618) 650-2660.

Records Management Clerk Carries Olympics Torch

Carrying a torch. It's an expression of unrequited love. However, in Marjorie Glassmaker's case, it takes on a whole new meaning-it's about her love for family and the things she holds dear in her life.

And, in Glassmaker's case, carrying a torch was an olympic effort-a U.S. Olympic effort. Last week, she became one of the many thousands of people across the land who have been carrying the Olympic torch since Dec. 4 from Atlanta, Ga., (the previous U.S. city to host the games) to Salt Lake City, Utah, where the 2002 Winter Olympics will begin Feb. 8.

Glassmaker, a clerk in Records Management, ran two-tenths of a mile in Wentzville, Mo., before handing off the Olympic flame to the next runner. "My husband, Tom, and my daughters, Melissa and Lynn, were there with me when I ran," Glassmaker said. "They are all very supportive."

In fact, it was Melissa, a producer at KSDK-TV (Ch. 5) in St. Louis, who nominated her mother to be one of the torchbearers. In all, 11,500 participants will carry the torch through 250 U.S. cities and 46 states. Then, on Feb. 8, a "very special" torchbearer will carry the Olympic symbol into Salt Lake's Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium and light the cauldron to officially start the 2002 winter games.

Melissa's nominating essay referred to her mother as an "inspiration to others" and one who "treats others fairly." Glassmaker, though, is modest but she's also proud of her family and is obviously pleased to have been chosen. Still, she doesn't like to blow her horn all that much.

"I believe you should treat everyone with the same respect," Glassmaker said. "I always 'preached' this to my two daughters when they were growing up." In her nominating essay, Melissa said her mother has lived by that premise every day.

An SIUE employee since last year, Glassmaker also has been township clerk since 1979 in Alhambra, where she and her husband reside. She also is a very active volunteer, helping with flu shot programs, Christmas basket distribution, and school programs.

"I've always believed in giving back to my community, but carrying that torch was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," she said. "It was an honor and a privilege, especially at this time as a show of unity across America. It also was special to share it with my family."

Keller Construction Awarded Bid For Retention Structures

A contract for storm water detention at SIUE was awarded to Keller Construction Inc., of Glen Carbon, by the SIU Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting in December.

Kelleher will receive $254,579 for construction, while the engineers for the project, Hurst-Rosche Engineers, of Hillsboro, will receive $24,000 for project fees. The project also includes a $21,421 contingency fund.

The $300,000 project will be paid for under an Illinois First grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. It will help curb flooding along Sand Road, which runs north and south along SIUE's western boundary.

The detention structures will be located along the Madison County Bike Trail on land owned by the university and Sunset Hills Country Club, under an agreement with the club. The project is expected to be completed by the end of January.

In other business, the board authorized the board's executive committee to award contracts for repairs and renovation of the Delyte W. Morris University Center at SIUE. Contracts for the food service portion of the renovation must be awarded in January to insure the work is completed by Fall Semester. Since the full board does not meet in January, the executive committee must award the contracts.

The $19.6 million project includes a new roof, a portion of the project which is currently under way, and for total repair and renovation of the entire 35-year-old structure. During spring 2000, a student referendum approved an increase in student activity fees to help fund the project.

Also at the December meeting, the SIU board approved a project to upgrade controls on existing elevators in buildings on the SIUE campus. Estimated cost for the project is $600,000 and will be paid for with FY02 and FY03 deferred maintenance funds. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2003.

Track Posts Two Records

Sarah Turpin (Belleville) and a medley relay team broke indoor school records at the Illinois Wesleyan Relays this past weekend (1/19).

Turpin set a new standard with a leap of 9 feet, 8 inches, or nearly a full foot better than her best previous jump in competition. Coach Darryl Frerker said her recent improvement has been due to Assistant Coach Sandy Moran, who was a standout student-athlete at Wisconsin. "Sarah has been doing the pole vault pretty much by herself the last couple of year," said Frerker. "Sandy's coaching really has helped Sarah." Frerker said he also expected the new record in the medley relay.

The team of Breanne Steffens (Moline), Tamekia Howard (Florissant, Mo.), Mary Witte (Normal) and Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) broke the old record by more than 22 seconds in a time of 12 minutes, 43.12 seconds. "The ladies buckled down and ran competitively. They finished second behind Illinois State and led all but the last 100 to 150 meters," said Frerker.

SIUE next heads to the Smith Barney Invitational in Indianapolis on Saturday (1/26). "We're sending the student-athletes who are looking to qualify for nationals and the ones who need the experience to qualify for nationals," Frerker said.

Cougars Hope To Avoid Revenge Factor

The SIUE women's basketball team (10-7, 8-3 GLVC) is looking forward to another test this week. The Cougars face Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday (1/24) and Saint Joseph's on Saturday (1/26). Both contests are home games starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Cougars defeated Wisconsin-Parkside (3-11, 3-7 GLVC) in their first meeting. SIUE downed the Rangers 55-53 on Dec. 8. "This team is really going to want revenge for such a narrow victory on their home court," said Coach Wendy Hedberg. "Wisconsin-Parkside plays hard and gives it everything they have."

The Cougars are facing the unfamiliar when they play Saint Joseph's (4-12, 3-7 GLVC), the only team in the GLVC that SIUE has yet to play. "Saint Joseph's is a very up-tempo team," said Hedberg. "They like to keep the game moving and are a three-point shooting team."

The Cougars are coming off a 55-48 victory over Quincy last Thursday (1/17). SIUE was idle on Saturday (1/19) while the rest of the 11-team conference played. "I am always happy with a win, but I do not like the way that we played (against Quincy)," said Hedberg. "We have to play much better than that to be where we want to be in the conference."

Hedberg said that one of the things that SIUE must improve is avoiding turnovers. The Cougars had 23 turnovers in the Quincy game, and Hedberg said the turnovers are a result of poor passing. "We are just out of sync," said Hedberg.

She attributes the win to the Cougars' ability to outrebound and hit free throws. SIUE outrebounded Quincy 36-32 and was 81 percent in free throw shooting.

Jill Johnson (Highland) and Megan Grizzle (Salem) deserve a lot of credit, according to Hedberg. Both contributed big plays at the right time. Johnson was forced to wear a facemask because of a broken nose, which had taken place in a game a week earlier. "Johnson was uncomfortable in the mask but was still able to go out and play as hard as she could," said Hedberg. "Grizzle has played well in the last three games. She is a critical part of the team, and we need her out there playing well."

SIUE Men Hope To Keep On Rolling

After a thrilling 19-point comeback victory over Quincy (82-78) last Thursday (1/17), the SIUE men's basketball team hopes the winning continues.

Coach Jack Margenthaler and his team did not play on Saturday (1.19). The break, despite the big win, was welcomed. "From our standpoint, it was a great time to be off," he said. The Cougars used the time off to begin focus for their next opponents.

The Cougars (7-10, 3-8 GLVC) face Wisconsin Parkside (10-7, 6-5 GLVC) on Thursday (1/24) and St. Joseph's (4-13, 1-10 GLVC ) on Saturday (1/26). Both are 7:30 p.m. home games.

SIUE fell to Wisconsin-Parkside 70-64 in December and hope for a different outcome this time around at home. "It was a ball game we played well. We thought we could have had that one," Margenthaler said.

On Saturday (1/26), the Cougars will battle Saint Joseph's for the first time this year. The Pumas are coming off their first GLVC win of the season, having defeated Southern Indiana in Rensselaer 92-87. Margenthaler said he isn't worrying too much about Wisconsin-Parkside or Saint Joseph's. Rather, Margenthaler wants his own team to get better. "We just need to refine what we do," he said.

Marty Perry (Jacksonville) continues to lead the team with 16.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Three-point specialist Garrett Thomas (Riverton) also leads the GLVC in three-pointers made per game at 3.18.

Wrestlers Face Four Dual Meets

All of the regular-season tournaments have been completed. It's time for some team head-to-head competition.

SIUE, 2-4, has four dual meets scheduled this week. The Cougars travel to Lindenwood on Wednesday (1/16). SIUE entertains Illinois and Missouri Valley on Friday (1/18) for a triangular meet. On Sunday (1/20), the Cougars head to Charleston to meet Eastern Illinois.

"The tournaments basically gave us a chance to see where we stand individually " said Coach Booker Benford. "These dual meets are going to test our toughness."

Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) and Aaron Wiens (Cicero) performed the best for the Cougars at the Roger Denker Open this past Saturday (1/12). The tournament was held at Central Missouri State.

Stephens, ranked seventh in the latest NCAA Division II poll at 174 pounds, placed third. He picked up a pair of major decisions over Missouri's Ian Semmelroth and Missouri Baptist's Jim Ott. Stephens' only setback of the tournament was a 10-7 loss to Ohio State's Chris Pendleton, who was the eventual champion.

Wiens lost to Lindenwood's Roger Miller in the quarterfinals and then picked up a pair of wins over Oklahoma's Tom Ward and Colby (Kan.) Community College's Derek Daugherty. Weins placed fifth on a default in his final match.

Track Travels To Illinois Wesleyan

Coach Darryl Frerker is giving his student-athletes a break and a test at the same time.

The Cougar coach is sending his team to the Illinois Wesleyan Relays in Bloomington on Saturday (1/19). The meet is SIUE's first indoor competition of the year and comes after a three-week layoff.

"We need to get an idea of what kind of shape we're coming back in," said Frerker. Most of the meet will be relay events, giving Frerker an opportunity to see his athletes' progression without having a time posted as an individual.

The only events compatible with qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships are the field events, the 55-meter sprints, the men's 5,000 meter run and women's 3,000-meter run.

The Cougars have a couple of individuals chasing personal record or hoping to qualify for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

Sarah Turpin (Belleville) broke her own indoor school record in the pole vault at 8 feet, 8.25 inches. Her previous best was 8 feet. "Sarah is at a point where she could break the school record on a weekly basis," said Frerker.

The Cougars' Ryan Gold (Hartford) has been a steady force in the long jump. He leaped 22-2.25 at the Illinois Wesleyan Early Bird Invitational in December. Gold needs to jump at least 23-6 to hope to qualify for nationals.

Cougar Women's Basketball Seek Injury-Free Week

Coach Wendy Hedberg would like to give the team trainers a breather.

It's been one injury after another. The latest was a hard elbow to the nose of Jill Johnson (Highland) in the Kentucky Wesleyan game (1/10). Johnson did not play this past Saturday (1/12) at Southern Indiana and remains questionable for Thursday's game against Quincy (1/17).

SIUE (9-7, 7-3 GLVC) watched Ruth Kipping (Quincy) return to the lineup after a two-week layoff. Her 25 points and 15 rebounds against Southern Indiana was a bright spot for the Cougars in the loss. "As banged up as we are, this week will give us a little time to heal," said Hedberg.

After playing Thursday, the Cougars have a full week off before facing Wisconsin-Parkside at home on Jan. 24. SIUE is holding on to third place in the GLVC. Five of its next seven games are at the Vadalabene Center.

Men's Basketball Gears Up For Quincy

With one game this week, SIUE Coach Jack Margenthaler likes having his Saturday idle.

The Cougars (6-10, 2-8 GLVC) face Quincy (5-10, 2-7 GLVC) on Thursday (1/17) at the Vadalabene Center in what will be an important game for both teams hoping to leap into the top eight and a berth in next month's GLVC Tournament.

"This gives us an opportunity to put our focus on Quincy," Margenthaler said. SIUE's schedule allows the Cougars to be off on Saturday (1/19) while the other 10 teams in the league square off. "It comes at a really good time because we only have one game for which to prepare," he said.

Margenthaler said he was happy with the team's effort at Southern Indiana (1/12). After falling to Kentucky Wesleyan last Thursday (1/10), Margenthaler was concerned about a letdown against Southern Indiana. "We played a very good team game," he said. "It would have been a great one to win. We picked ourselves up and played well."

SIUE shot 57.7 percent from the field despite losing by six points, its best shooting effort since the first game of the season. "It's what young teams do sometimes," said Margenthaler.

The Cougars seem to have settled on a solid lineup since the winter break. SIUE has started freshmen Rob Baumgardner (Madisonville, Ky.), Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyville) and Brent Mueller (Columbia), along with sophomore Wes Pickering (Springfield, Mo.) and senior Marty Perry (Jacksonville).

ROTC Program Is Ranked Seventh Of 270 In The Nation

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) at SIUE, has been ranked seventh out of 270 ROTC programs nationally for the 2000-2001 academic year.

In making the announcement, Lt. Col. Joel Hillison, professor of military science for the university's ROTC program, attributed the achievement to the high quality of students entering the program and the support of the SIUE faculty and administration.

"We're seeing an increase in the number of students interested in Army ROTC and an increase in the number of scholars, athletes, and leaders entering the program," said Hillison. "The students are finding the ROTC program helps them focus and improve their skills."

SIUE's program ranking was based on the number of officer commissions, the quality ranking of SIUE cadets against all other cadets nationwide, and the number of nurse commissions. The selection of the SIUE program is noteworthy because the 2000-2001 academic year was the first year that SIUE's was a stand-alone program. It had been an extension of the ROTC program at Washington University. The SIUE program includes students from the university as well as McKendree College, Lewis and Clark Community College, and Southwestern Illinois College.

Hillison notes that the quality of Army ROTC cadets at SIUE is demonstrated by the fact that federal scholarships have increased from two in the 2000-2001 academic year to 13 at SIUE and two at McKendree College. A federal scholarship provides tuition, books, fees, and a stipend of $250 to $350 per month.

The Army ROTC scholarship program provides financial assistance for the education and training of highly qualified and motivated young men and women who desire to become commissioned officers in the Army after graduation from college.

Information about SIUE's Army ROTC program and its ranking is available by calling (618) 650-2500 or by visiting the program's Web site: www.siue.edu/ROTC.

NPR's Juan Williams Here Jan. 25 As Part Of A&I

One of America's leading political writers and a senior correspondent for National Public Radio, Juan Williams will speak Jan. 25 at SIUE as part of the Arts & Issues series.

Speaking about "Eyes on the Prize: The Truths of American Race Relations," Williams will appear at 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom.

After a 23-year career as a columnist and White House correspondent for the Washington Post, Williams joined NPR as host of its daily news and talk program, "Talk of the Nation." A political analyst for the Fox News channel, Williams also has appeared on numerous television programs, including Nightline, Washington Week in Review, Arsenio, Oprah, CNN's Crossfire (where he frequently served as co-host), and Capitol Gang Sunday.

Karen Bollinger, acting coordinator of the Arts & Issues series, said Williams is a respected political writer with an impressive background. "His inspirational and informative speaking style has earned him praise from corporations, trade associations, colleges, civil rights groups and citizen associations," Bollinger said. "Juan Williams is indicative of the kind of quality speakers our audiences have come to expect from the Arts & Issues series."

Williams has won an Emmy Award for TV documentary writing, as well as widespread critical acclaim for a series of documentaries including Politics-The New Black Power. His documentary on A. Phillip Randolph was featured on PBS. Articles by Williams have appeared in magazines ranging from Newsweek, Fortune and The Atlantic Monthly to Ebony, Gentlemen's Quarterly and The New Republic.

He also is author of two books-the critically acclaimed biography: Thurgood Marshall-American Revolutionary and the nonfiction bestseller, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965, which is a companion volume to the critically praised PBS series.

Tickets for the Jan. 25 event are $8; students, $4. For ticket information, call (618) 650-5555, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 5555; write: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1083; or by e-mail, kbollin@siue.edu. Admission includes free parking in the lots behind the Morris Center or Dunham Hall theater.

Royalties From History Book Benefit Lovejoy Library

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Friends of Lovejoy Library has received nearly $1,000 in royalties from the sale of a pictorial history of the university.

All royalties from the pictorial, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Arcadia Publishing, 2001), go into an endowment for purchase of materials for Lovejoy Library. The book was written by Stephen Kerber, university archivist and Special Collections librarian, and Donna Yates Bardon, retired director of Development for Lovejoy Library. The book contains 128 pages of historical photographs covering the period 1957 to date.

Kerber said that he and his co-author have been very gratified and grateful with the positive response to the book. "Many people have been kind enough to contact us and thank us for reminding them of events they had participated in and people they had known," he observed. "Even our dentist keeps a copy in her waiting room," he chuckled.

"We have been rather surprised and pleased by the interest of new students on campus," Kerber continued. "Many younger students are indicating a genuine curiosity about the history of the university and its pioneers. We feel especially honored that the book was distributed to incoming first-year SIUE faculty members this past August."

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is available for sale at the University Bookstore in SIUE's Morris University Center, at Piece of Mind Books in Edwardsville, and at Borders in Fairview Heights.

'A Book In Every Home' Campaign Begins Today

SIUE's "A Book In Every Home" campaign begins today. The campaign raises books, and donations that are used to buy books, for children ages six weeks to five years old.

The goal is to support literacy efforts in Madison and St. Clair counties by giving the books to children in area Head Start programs and selected day-care facilities.

"Multiple studies show that literacy is one of the most critical issues facing the country's educational system," said Kay Werner, chairperson for this year's book drive. "Literacy is the first step toward a good education, and parents reading to their children is the first step toward literacy."

This is the sixth year of the Book In Every Home campaign, which collects several thousand books annually. The campaign has several drop-off points for book donations, including St. Clair County and Madison County Head Start sites, SIUE campus sites, all public libraries in Madison and St. Clair Counties, Piece of Mind Books in Edwardsville, B. Dalton in Fairview Heights, Borders in Fairview Heights and at 11745 Olive Blvd. in St. Louis, and the Early Explorations Center located in SIUE's University Park.

For specific addresses and locations of these drop-off points, please consult the "A Book In Every Home" Web site: www.siue.edu/BOOKS or call (618) 650-2020 for more information.

This year, books will be given to children in the SIUE Head Start Program (serving St. Clair County), the Riverbend Head Start and Family Services Program (serving Madison County), the SIUE Early Childhood Center, the East St. Louis Child Development Program and Early Explorations Center. Age-appropriate books are requested.

Individuals may also donate cash as well as books. Checks for "A Book in Every Home" should be written to the SIUE Foundation, and mailed to:

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
A Book in Every Home
Edwardsville, Illinois 62026-1058

(Note: In the memo part of the check, please write: A Book in Every Home.)

SIUE's bookstore also is offering 20 percent off all books purchased for the BIEH during the campaign through March 15. Book orders can be called in (618) 650-2132. If ordered with a credit card; bookstore staff will place the books in a BIEH drop-off box.

The Dutchman Kicks Off Gallery's Theater Season

Amiri Baraka's compelling and influential play, The Dutchman, will kick off the Hatshepsut Studio/Art Gallery's theater season at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 and 26, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 and 27, at the gallery, 1210 Washington Ave., St. Louis.

Co-sponsored by MAAT Productions and the Eugene B. Redmond Writer's Club-affiliated with the Department of English Language and Literature-the play also will include several dance numbers as a backdrop, with accompanying music of popular 1960s rock artists.

The Dutchman, Baraka's parable of "murderous white rule," is about a black man, Clay (played by Joel Patrick Edward King, a theater major at SIUE) on a subway, and a white woman, Lula (played by Lisa Doerge, also a theater major at SIUE), who provokes and finally kills him.

The Obie Award-winning play, written under Baraka's given name, LeRoi Jones, struck a chord with audiences when it opened nearly 40 years ago in New York City in the midst of the civil rights movement.

Tickets are $7; students and senior citizens, $5. Call (314) 436-7577 for more information

           
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