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Karen R. Matkins, a personnel officer in the Office of Human Resources, is recipient of the 2001 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award for faculty and staff, held in conjunction with SIUE's MLK Jr. Birthday Celebration.
Matkins will be honored at the celebration luncheon this Thursday in the Morris University Center. Also honored will be Jane E. Hornberger of Edwardsville who won the community-based MLK Jr. Humanitarian Award.
Shrylene Clark, training and development specialist for Human Resources, nominated Matkins for the award. "Karen embraces and exemplifies the philosophy of nonviolent social change espoused by Dr. King on a daily basis," said Clark.
"Unknown to most, Ms. Matkins is the person on the SIUE campus most responsible for the quality of the staff and for its diversity," said A. G. Monaco, director of Human Resources. "She has managed, despite setbacks and at times a lack of attention by the community, to keep the SIUE Learner Employment Program alive and successful. This program assists people without work backgrounds or limited experience to learn while earning wages. It also has been responsible for providing jobs to scores of people who have been deprived of opportunities, and it has provided SIUE with many excellent employees."
Many letters of recommendation received by the award review panel mentioned Matkin's involvement and commitment to her family and church, as well as her service on the Venice School Board.
A retired teacher from the Edwardsville School District, Jane E. Hornberger has been praised for her efforts-often behind the scenes-promoting sensitivity and diversity throughout the district. "Ms. Hornberger excels as a tireless leader in the community and spokesperson for the cause of justice for all," said John E. Cunningham, director of Human Resources and Planning for Alton Community Schools.
The 11:30 a.m. luncheon will be held in Meridian Ballroom. Kweisi Mfume, leader of the NAACP and former congressman, will deliver the keynote address at 12:45 p.m.
Mention the "Bubble Gym" or the "Mississippi River Festival" and most residents of the region probably would connect them with SIUE.
Authors Stephen Kerber and Donna Yates Bardon have tried to collect those kinds of images in their new pictorial, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Arcadia Publishing), available at local bookstores. At 128 pages, the book contains 217 photos, plus text, in a visually-engaging historical reminiscence concerning the origins and development of Madison County's bluff-top campus. It's the book with Chimega, the late Cougar mascot, on the cover.
Kerber is university archivist and Special Collections librarian at Lovejoy Library. Bardon, a past president of the SIUE Alumni Association, recently retired as director of Development at Lovejoy. Their affection for, interest in, and knowledge of SIUE are reflected in this pictorial history.
According to Kerber, this is the first "scholarly" history of the university, although it's not considered an "official" history. "There was a book by Emeritus Professor David Butler that was commissioned by then-SIUE President John Rendleman in 1975-76 for the 10th anniversary of the completion of the core campus buildings," Kerber said.
Bardon also pointed out that "scholarly" does not equate to boring. "Our book is fun to read and we enjoyed working together to create it," she said. "I've been involved with this university in one way or another since 1963, so, for me, co-authoring this book was a labor of love."
The book was 18 months in the making and, according to Bardon and Kerber, most of the information will be new to readers. The photos are from the Louisa H. Bowen University Archives and mostly were taken by long-time Campus Photographer Charlie Cox and Bill Brinson, who succeeded Cox, as well as Brinson's assistant, Denise Macdonald.
The authors will be at a book signing at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the SIUE Bookstore. Proceeds from the book's sale will benefit the Friends of Lovejoy Library. "The information we've compiled is not available anywhere in one book," Kerber said. "It's a collection of images and information that distinguishes this campus from others."
Bardon echoed the sentiment: "People have many pleasant memories about SIUE and we're hoping some of those memories are brought back through the work we've done."
A $276,000 federal appropriation will help fund an SIUE initiative in East St. Louis Public Schools that is being implemented by the School of Education. It's part of a larger SIUE teacher quality initiative that prepares students to become teachers.
The funding, sponsored by Congressman John Shimkus (R-20th) of Collinsville and passed in both the House and Senate in mid-December, is part of the federal budget for the new fiscal year. The SIUE portion will help create a professional development partnership between SIUE and East St. Louis public schools. "Through our partnerships with other school districts in the region, the School of Education has provided quality training for our students who will become future teachers," said SIUE Chancellor David Werner. "With the help of Congressman Shimkus, we will be able to expand that successful program to the East St. Louis Schools.
"We are grateful to Congressman Shimkus for his continued support of SIUE," Werner said. "His efforts in obtaining this funding will go a long way in furthering educational training for Southwestern Illinois."
According to Mary Polite, dean of the School of Education, improving teacher quality has become a national issue that has captured the attention of legislators and citizens around the country. "Of particular concern, is the quality of education provided in high-need, urban school districts, where teacher shortages often force districts to hire less than fully qualified teachers. This funding will focus on the preparation, induction, and professional development of teachers in this kind of setting."
SIUE has been working with Alton schools in a similar program since 1998 and in fall the School of Education began programs in Belleville and Cahokia schools. The programs are modeled after Professional Development Schools, commonly referred to as PDSs, which are more and more becoming a part of university education training throughout the country. SIUE's programs have been called Building Bridges for Success, which represents a change in how teachers and administrators are prepared.
"Through the PDS programs we've created teams of personnel from the school districts and from SIUE for training student teachers. In Alton, we also train administrators. In other words, theory and practice go hand in hand from the beginning when an SIUE student enters our program," Polite said. "When our students are finished with the PDS curriculum, they don't need to spend time as student teachers because they've been doing it all along."
The East St. Louis program will provide the same kinds of training for SIUE students. "Our program in partnership with East St. Louis schools will be designed to attract and train new teachers, while also providing support for new teachers during early years in the classroom," Polite said. "We also will be enhancing the skills of existing teachers."
In another aspect of SIUE's PDS program, a one-year partnership was developed with the Edwardsville and Belleville schools using SIUE School of Education students, and a secondary education program began this fall at East St. Louis Senior High School. "These programs also provide a training model for our students and a valuable learning experience for district students."
From Dec. 22 through Jan. 2, there were more than 11,000 student grade reports gone AWOL between campus and the home mailboxes of SIUE students.
The story had a happy ending, though-the missing grade reports were found. They had been misplaced by postal authorities in a holiday overflow facility in St. Louis.
The snafu became apparent to university officials when on Tuesday, Jan. 2, the SIUE service center began receiving a high volume of calls from students who said they had not yet received fall grades, normally mailed to students before Christmas. An investigation showed that the grades left campus on Dec. 22 bound for the Edwardsville Post Office. Edwardsville postal officials said the mailing left Edwardsville, also on the 22nd, for the St. Louis distribution center.
The situation potentially left thousands of students in the dark about how they fared in their Fall Semester classes. But, that's when the resourcefulness of the students also became apparent, according to Christa Oxford, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management. "Between the date the grades were posted and the day before classes, there were more than 14,000 accesses to the university's grade report Web site, where students could check their grades," Oxford said.
"In turning to CougarNet, many of the students were able to find out how they did in class and we had minimal problems and few complaints." Oxford pointed out that students who needed hard copies of grade reports for tuition reimbursements also were being assisted with reprints through the Service Center.
On Jan. 2, postal officials called the university-the errant grade reports were found in the St. Louis facility and mailed the same day. "Under the circumstances," Oxford said, "it was amazing we didn't have more complaints and more irate students. But they were very understanding.
"And, I might add, the Post Office was very cooperative in keeping us updated on the progress of searching for the missing grade reports."
Four Cougars scored in double figures as the SIUE women's basketball team defeated Lewis 64-61 at the Vadalabene Center this evening (1/20), extending the win streak to six consecutive games.
With two free throws and 27 seconds remaining in the game, Misi Clark recorded the most career points by any SIUE player in history, men or women. Her 17 points tonight gives her 1,950 career points, surpassing current men's assistant coach, Jason Holmes, who finished his career (1993-97) with 1,949 points. Clark also extended her double figures scoring streak to 82 consecutive games. She recorded one block against Lewis, which moves her into third all-time with 61 career blocks.
SIUE trailed by as many as seven points in the first half but went on a 9-2 run in the last two minutes to tie the Flyers 29-29 going into halftime. The game was tied five times in the second half, including 54-54 with 4:42 remaining. A basket by Jessica Robert put the Cougars ahead for good with 3:38 on the clock.
The Cougars improved to 11-4 overall and 6-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, while the Flyers fell to 5-10 overall and 2-7 in the conference. SIUE has now won five consecutive conference games.
Jessica Robert pumped in 15 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Crystal Gladson finished with 10 points. Megan Grizzle scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench. Grizzle also recorded a career-high five assists.
For the Flyers, Andrea Gunnell led the team with 15 points, while Erin Watterson and Jennifer Simon each recorded 11 points. Bryanne Callahan grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
The Cougars return to conference action on Thursday (1/25) when they travel to Kentucky Wesleyan for a 5:15 p.m. match up.
Despite career highs from a number of players, the SIUE men's basketball team could not overcome the 12-point deficit from halftime as the Cougars fell to Lewis 85-69 this evening (1/20) in the Vadalabene Center.
SIUE, 4-11 overall and 1-8 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, shot 38.2 percent from the field (21-55) and 63.6 percent from the line (21-33). Lewis, 7-8 overall and 5-4 in the GLVC, led from the start and were up by as many as 25 points at one point in the second half. The Flyers shot 49.3 percent from the field (34-69) and 47.4 percent from behind the arc (9-19).
Luke Humphrey led the Cougars with a career-high 22 points, converting 4 of 7 from the three-point line. Nick Hartwig recorded his first double-double of the season, scoring a career-high 16 points and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds. Marty Perry also finished in double figures with 12. Andrew Gajewski scored a career-high seven points, all of those coming from the line (7-9), while tying a career-high with seven rebounds.
Josh Virostko led the Flyers with 24 points. He was 6 of 10 from beyond the arc. Austin Real recorded 15 points, while Sammy Bacino contributed with 14 points. Gibran Carter led the team in rebounds by grabbing 10 boards and scoring seven points.
The Cougars return to conference action when they travel to Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday (1/25). Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
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Senior Misi Clark hit the game-winning shot with seven seconds left as the Cougars extended their win streak to five consecutive games by edging Wisconsin-Parkside 62-60 at the Vadalabene Center this evening (1/18).
The Cougars, 10-4 overall and 5-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, led by five going into the half and by as many as 18 points early in the second half. The Rangers, 4-10 overall and 1-7 in the conference, came back to tie the game up 56-56 with four minutes left after going on a 25-7 run in the previous eight minutes.
Wisconsin-Parkside went ahead 60-57 with 45 seconds remaining. Clark converted two free throws to pull the Cougars within one with 35 seconds left in the game. After two missed free throws by the Rangers, Clark drove the middle of the lane to lay in the game winner with seven seconds on the clock. Heather Hillebrenner added a free throw with two seconds left to seal the game.
Clark led the Cougars with 20 points and six assists, extending her double-figures scoring streak to 81 consecutive games. She also became SIUE's all-time leader in field goal attempts with 10 attempts this evening. Clark now has 1,365 career field goal attempts.
Freshman Jessica Robert finished with 16 points after scoring 13 points in the first half. Junior Jill Johnson contributed with eight points and four rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. For the Rangers, Joy Rodefer scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Denita Sublett and Tiesha Campbell came off the bench to finish with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Cougars return to conference action on Saturday (1/20) when they host Lewis at 5:30 p.m. in the Vadalabene Center.
Despite four players finishing in double figures, men's basketball team was unable to defeat Wisconsin-Parkside as they fell 76-63 this evening (1/18) in the Vadalabene Center.
The Cougars, 4-10 overall and 1-7 in the conference, shot 41.8 percent from the field while the Rangers, 6-8 overall and 3-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, shot 52.9 percent. SIUE struggled from the free throw line only converting 11-of-22.
Marty Perry led the team with 16 points while Nick Hartwig contributed 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Also finishing in double figures was Luke Humphrey with 14 points and Garrett Thomas with 11 points. Thomas also tallied a team-high eight assists.
For the Rangers, Brian Coffman led the way with 20 points. Quincy Moman finished with a double double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Marlon Grice and Nick Knuth each added 10 points.
The Cougars return to conference action when they host Lewis at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday (1/20) in the Vadalabene Center.
Misi Clark pumped in 19 points and recorded nine assists as the SIUE women's basketball team eased by Illinois-Springfield 73-55 Monday night (1/8) at the Vadalabene Center.
SIUE, 7-4 overall, had 11 players who scored in the rout, including 10 points from senior center Crystal Gladson. The Cougars forced 28 turnovers off the Prairie Stars, who fell to 6-12. The Prairie Stars have now lost six straight games.
The Cougars used a 15-0 run at the end of the first half to take a 32-15 lead. SIUE Coach Wendy Hedberg then used her bench to hold back Illinois-Springfield. SIUE's next contest is Wednesday (1/10) when it travels to Missouri-St. Louis for a 5:30 p.m. contest.
Men's basketball team dropped a close game to Indianapolis on Jan. 6 in the Vadalabene Center despite trailing by as many as 14 points in the second half.
The Cougars fall to 4-7 overall and 1-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. SIUE trailed by seven entering the half but came back to take the lead by one with 2:19 left in the game. Indianapolis responded with a basket at the 2:07 mark and hung on to win. The Greyhounds improve to 8-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Offensively, Tim Rose (DuQuoin) led the Cougars with 19 points and four steals. Garrett Thomas (Riverton) also contributed with 17 points on the night. Defensively, Mustafa Cetin (Edmonton, Canada) grabbed a career-and team-high 11 rebounds while finishing with six points.
Andy Foster led Indianapolis with 22 points, including the go-ahead basket to put the Greyhounds up for good. Foster also grabbed six rebounds and recorded three assists. Quincy Davidson also added nine points and four rebounds.
The Cougars return to conference action when they travel to Missouri-St. Louis on Wednesday (1/10) for a 7:45 p.m. match up.
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