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January 18, 2005

MLK Celebration Award Winners Announced


The Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian and Scholarship Awards have been announced. The awards will be presented at the university's 23rd annual luncheon to honor the late Rev. King at SIUE on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

The awards are given each year by the university to recognize those who exemplify the philosophy of nonviolent social change as demonstrated by Rev. King. This year's guest speaker will be SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift.

The luncheon program is set for 11:30 a.m. in Meridian Ballroom of the Morris University Center, followed by a reception in Goshen Lounge for the winners of the Scholarship and Humanitarian awards to be honored at the luncheon. Winners of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. High School Essay, Poetry, and Visual Arts Awards also will be honored.

Winners of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards include:

• Tyeast Frank, of Chicago-Scholarship and Humanitarian Award-A 28-year-old undergraduate pursuing a bachelor of science in Speech Pathology and Audiology toward a career in speech-language pathology.
• James Speciale-Community Humanitarian Award-An Edwardsville accountant and successful businessman who has served as president of the Edwardsville School board for the past 12 years.
• Cheryl Jackson- University Humanitarian Award-A registered nurse and instructor in the SIUE School of Nursing.

Winners of the high school competition are:

• Devin Dixon, a junior at Edwardsville (IL) High School-essay award;
• Dustin Davis, also a junior at Edwardsville-poetry award;
• Kendra Osterhage, a sophomore at Waterloo (IL) High School-visual arts award.

Tickets for the MLK luncheon are $12.50; students, $8. For reservations, call (618) 650-2660.

Associate Professor Thomas Chosen Assistant Provost For Planning

Susan Thomas, an associate professor of Psychology and a former chair of the University Planning and Budget Council (UPBC), has been named assistant provost for Planning. The appointment, effective Jan. 1, was announced recently by Provost Sharon Hahs.

Thomas, who joined the SIUE faculty in 1981, earned an MBA in Administrative Management and a doctorate in Social Psychology, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is the 2002 recipient of the SIUE Alumni Association's Great Teacher Award.

She succeeds Dwight L. Smith III, who left the University to become associate provost for Academic Affairs at Miami Dade College in Miami, Fla.

In the Department of Psychology, Thomas has served as Undergraduate Program director and Senior Assignment coordinator. In addition to the UPBC, Thomas has served on various University committees.

As assistant provost for Planning at SIUE, Thomas is responsible for coordinating academic planning activities in concert with the SIUE Strategic Plan, including service as a liaison with the SIU system and with external groups, such as the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission NCA, to name two.

Thomas reports to Provost Sharon Hahs and works closely with Associate Provost David Sill.

Hahs expressed appreciation to the members and chair of the search advisory committee "for their care, thought and hard work during the process. They represented the University well. My thanks to all who participated and provided their insights."

Coaches Pick SIUE Softball To Place Second In GLVC

The Great Lakes Valley Conference softball coaches have selected SIUE to finish second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in 2005, with 85 points and one first-place vote.

The coaches named Northern Kentucky University as their unanimous pick to win the conference title. NKU received the maximum 100 points and 10 first-place votes in the preseason poll.

NKU, which was 54-7 overall and 19-1 GLVC in 2004, returns all nine starters, including first-team All-America pitcher Krystal Lewallen, from a team that advanced to the NCAA II Championships. Lewallen led the nation in ERA (0.27) as a sophomore last season, allowing just 10 earned runs in 255 1/3 innings.

SIUE, which was 35-19 overall and 15-5 in the GLVC in 2004, received three more points than third-place Lewis University. Lewis won the GLVC Tournament in 2004 and finished the season with a 45-13 overall record, 18-2 in the GLVC. Both SIUE and Lewis were NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Tournament participants last year.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the University of Southern Indiana rounded out the top five picks. UWP was picked fourth with 73 points, while USI was picked fifth with 69 points.

With 49 points, the University of Missouri-St. Louis was picked to finish sixth, while the University of Indianapolis was picked seventh with 44 points.

Bellarmine University (38 points) and Quincy University (32 points) were picked to finish eighth and ninth, respectively, while Saint Joseph's College (23 points) and Kentucky Wesleyan College (10 points) rounded out the poll.

NKU will start the season February 11, while GLVC play begins March 19 when KWC visits NKU for a doubleheader. The GLVC Tournament will return to East Peoria, Illinois, and the Eastside Centre May 6-8.

Cougars Ranked No. 7

SIUE marked another milestone on Tuesday as the Basketball Cougars have now been ranked in the top 10 nationally for three consecutive weeks.

The Cougars are ranked No. 7 in the nation despite a 61-60 loss to now 24th-ranked Southern Indiana in Evansville, Ind., this past Thursday (1/20). SIUE was ranked in the top 10 for two weeks back in January 1989.

SIUE, 16-3 overall and a GLVC-leading 9-1 in league play, rebounded from Thursday's loss for a 59-54 victory at the Kentucky Wesleyan. It was the first time SIUE had won at the Owensboro Sportscenter since 1989.

SIUE Coach Marty Simmons and his Cougars next return home to the Vadalabene Center on Thursday (1/27) to face Northern Kentucky. Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m.

Lucky Number 16?

SIUE men's basketball coach Marty Simmons may not think of 16 as a lucky number, but perhaps it is. The Cougars picked up their 16th win on Saturday (1/22) over Kentucky Wesleyan, defeating the Panthers in Owensboro, Ky. for the first time in 16 years.

The win matches the number of wins SIUE had last season and it ties Simmons for his most wins in a season since becoming the Cougars' coach. "To our guys credit they stepped in a hostile environment and made plays," Simmons said. "I think that's got to give them an enormous amount of confidence."

The Cougars, who are 16-3 overall, 9-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, will look to build on a 13-game homecourt winning streak as Northern Kentucky and Indianapolis visit the Vadalabene Center this weekend.

"They (Northern Kentucky) are very balanced and very hard-nosed team," said Simmons. "Indianapolis can shoot the three. They can beat you off the dribble. They are very athletic, very quick, and very tough."

Following the two contests this weekend, SIUE will have just two home games and six road games left during the month of February.

The Cougars success comes from a solid team defense that allows a conference best 58.3 points per game and holds opponents to a GLVC-leading 38.8 field goal percentage. "Our team and our success comes from being a team that is hard to score against," said Simmons.

Freshman J.B. Jones (Belleville) made big contributions in the Cougars' win over Kentucky Wesleyan. Jones netted 16 points and was 9 of 9 from the free throw line, including 6 of 6 in the last 30 seconds of the contest. He is second in the GLVC in assists per game at 5.32. "J.B. stepped up and made great drives to the basket and knocked in some huge free throws," said Simmons.

Senior Dan Heimos (Waterloo) averaged a double-double in the two games last weekend with 12.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. Heimos leads the conference in blocks and blocks per game. The Cougars' center has 96 career blocks and needs seven blocks to break the SIUE career record of 102 set by Antone Gallishaw during the 1988-90 seasons.

Fellow senior Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyville) leads the team in scoring (11.8) and is third in the GLVC with a field goal percentage of 63.7. After Heimos had fouled out with 5:25 to go in the game against Kentucky Wesleyan, Bauersachs netted four points down the stretch to seal the win. "He stepped up and showed the leader that he is in the last four minutes," said Simmons.

SIUE takes on the Norse at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday (1/27) before entertaining the Greyhounds on Saturday (1/29) afternoon at 3.

Women's Basketball Set For Second-Half Run

It the midway point in the Great Lakes Valley Conference season, the SIUE women's team sits in the middle of the pack of the league.

The Cougars have won four of their last five games with a record of 10-9 overall and 5-5 in the conference.

SIUE will face off against Northern Kentucky and Indianapolis this weekend. The Norse, in Hedberg's words, are "one of hottest team's in the conference." SIUE lost to Northern Kentucky 62-45 on Dec. 11. "We struggled early on, and we have changed things since then," said Hedberg. "The kids are playing with a lot more confidence."

After facing the Norse, the Greyhounds visit the Vadalabene Center. Indianapolis is tied with the Cougars for the sixth spot in the GLVC. "They are led by their seniors on the perimeter," said Hedberg. "They are going to be another tough team."

Freshman Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) scored a career-high 27 points in the win over Kentucky Wesleyan last Saturday. Sykes leads the GLVC in three-point field goal percentage (45.6) and is second in three-point field goals made per contest (2.74). "She is playing very well," said Hedberg. "She loves the game. If she is having problems with her shot, she is in the gym working on it. She isn't playing like a freshman right now."

Sykes needs five three-pointers to break the school record for three-pointers in a season set by Terri Evans during the 1995-96 season.

Sophomore Juilanne McMillen (Pana) came off the bench to chip in 17 points in the win over the Panthers. McMillen was 5 of 8 from the field and 7 for 7 from the free throw line. She is fourth in the GLVC in field goal percentage at 56.2. "She was ready to play," said Hedberg. "She had 31 against them last year. We reminded her of that, and that she could get things done on the court."

The Cougars have raised their defensive play the past few weeks. They rank third in the GLVC in field goal percentage defense at 40 percent while ranking fourth in the GLVC in scoring defense at 62.8.

SIUE battles Northern Kentucky on Thursday (1/27) at 5:30 p.m. Then Indianapolis comes to town on Saturday (1/29) at 1 p.m.

Men's Track and Field Builds Momentum

The SIUE men's track and field team continued its success in indoor events with two NCAA Division II provisional qualifiers and five event winners in all at Eastern Illinois Mega Meet last weekend.

"I think our performances at this meet were very solid in both the field events and on the track," said SIUE men's track and field coach David Astrauskas.

The Cougars were led by Lee Weeden (Ferguson, Mo.) who was an NCAA Division II provisional qualifier in the weight throw with a toss of 17.44 meters (57 feet, 2.75 inches). "Lee had a good performance in the 35-pound weight throw. His technique and speed have improved tremendously this year," said Astrauskas. "Lee is an extremely strong and explosive athlete who is very exciting to watch."

Brian Taghon (East Moline) also was a provisional qualifier in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 14 minutes, 53.86 seconds. Anthony Weber (Marenjo) set the school-record for the second straight week in the pole vault with leap of 15-5. "We have posted some very good performances at the beginning of the season and we look forward to bettering our times, distances, and heights," said Astrauskas.

The Cougars will be back in action at the Notre Dame Meyo Open and the Illinois Wesleyan Titan Open on February 4-5.

Women's Track And Field Continues Success

The SIUE women's track and field team continued its strong start in the indoor season with six NCAA Division II provisional qualifiers and five event winners in all at EIU Mega Meet last weekend.

The Cougars were led by Callie Glover (Bartlett), who for the second week in a row set the school record and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships in the 20-pound weight with a throw of 15.96 meters (52 feet, 4.5 inches).

"Callie's indoor season is off to a fast start, hopefully she can continue to improve each week," said Coach David Astrauskas, who guides the Cougar throwing events. "I expect Callie to be a big contributor in both of the indoor throwing events."

Lindsey DeFevers (Virden) was another NCAA provisional qualifier in the shot put with a throw of 13.19 meters (43-3.25). "Lindsey has had to overcome several obstacles this season, so it is nice to see her have some success in the shot put," said Astrauskas. "I expect Lindsey to post even farther throws as the season progresses."

Jessica Levy (Des Plaines) set school records in the 200 meters (25.56) and 400 meters (57.59) as well as provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division II Championships in both events.

Tairisha Sawyer (Chicago) provisionally qualified in the 200 meters with a time of 25.91. Christine Butler (Matteson) won the triple jump and provisionally qualified with a distance of 11.73 meters (38-6).

SIUE will be back in action on Feb. 4-5 for the Notre Dame Meyo Open and the Illinois Wesleyan Titan Open.

Wrestling Heads To Central Missouri State

SIUE wrestling is looking to build on some recent success. The Cougars head to Warrensburg, Mo., for a match with Central Missouri State on Thursday (1/27) at 7:30 p.m.

"We will line-up pretty well with those guys," said SIUE wrestling coach Khris Whelan. "It should be a tough match."

SIUE picked up its second win of the season 34-13 over UW-Eau Claire at the Warhawk Triple Duel in Whitewater, Wis. over the weekend.

The Cougars, who have a 2-8 record, were close to getting another victory leading UW-Whitewater 17-13 with three matches to go, but the Cougars couldn't hang on falling 28-17. They wrestled hard," said Whelan. "If we would have been totally healthy who knows we may come out on top."

Freshman Eric Scholle (Waukegan) led the way for SIUE at 174 pounds with two wins including a pin in his first match to go to 6-2 this season. "Eric is a good dual meet wrestler right now," said Whelan. "He is a go getter."

Sophomore Bill Breheny (Burbank) at 141 pounds had a solid day getting two wins to improve to 6-6 on the year. "He is tough," said Whelan. "He has been a pleasant surprise. He has been manhandling kids."

Steve Chico (Hammond, Ind.) at 133 pounds had a good match with two wins to go to 12-12 on the season.

GLVC Basketball Tourney Schedule Announced

For the seventh consecutive year, the Great Lakes Valley Conference men's and women's basketball tournament will take place at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Ind. The tournament, slated for March 3-6, will follow a slightly different format from previous years.

The men will open Thursday, March 3, with quarterfinal games at noon, 2:30, 6:00, and 8:30pm CST. On Friday, the women's quarterfinal games will take place, also at noon, 2:30, 6:00, and 8:30pm. Games on Saturday, March 5, begin with the men's semifinals at noon and 2:30, followed by the women's semifinal games at 6:00 and 8:30pm. Championship games will be played on Sunday, with the men's at 1:00 and the women's at 3:30pm. The tournament winners will represent the conference as the league's automatic qualifiers in the 2005 NCAA Division II National Tournament

The 2005 GLVC All-Conference Teams, Freshman, Player, and Coach-of-the-Year Awards will be presented on March 3 for the men and March 4 for the women between the quarterfinal's first and second sessions.

All-tournament passes are on sale for $30 until Jan. 31. This pass, along with additional ticket information, is available through the Roberts Stadium Box Office at (812)476-1383 ext. 25. This year's tournament is made possible thanks to Kenny Kent Toyota-Lexus, Dunn Hospitality, Pepsi, and the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Great Lakes Valley Conference is widely recognized as one of the top athletic conferences in NCAA Division II. A GLVC men's basketball team has advanced to the national championship game for 11 consecutive years.

For more information about the GLVC and each conference member, please visit www.glvcsports.org.

Cougars Topple KWC 59-54

Freshman J.B. Jones hit six free throws in the final 30 seconds as SIUE defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 59-54 in Great Lakes Valley Conference men's basketball today.

SIUE, 16-3 overall and a GLVC-leading 9-1 in league play, won for the first time in nearly 16 years at the Sportscenter. The last time was 1989, the same season SIUE last made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Jones led the Cougars with 16 points, including a 9-of-9 effort from the free throw line. He also had eight assists. Dan Heimos added 10 points and nine rebounds despite fouling out in the second half. Justin Ward also had 10 points for the victorious Cougars.

Kentucky Wesleyan, 11-6 overall and 6-5 in the GLVC, defended its home court with pride, erasing as much as a 16-point, second-half deficit with a 22-5 run in the second half to take the lead at 47-46. SIUE regrouped after leading most of the game, including 31-23 at halftime.

Tim Bauersachs scored his only four points on back-to-back scores from the paint to give SIUE a 50-47 advantage with 3:36 to play. Antonio Bright, who had 15 points for the Panthers, pulled KWC within one at 50-49 with a layup at 3:08.

SIUE answered with Anthony Jones' only three-pointer of the game to take a 53-49 lead. Franklyn Ferguson, who led all scorers with 17 points, cut SIUE's lead to three by hitting one of two free throws. SIUE and KWC went back and forth in the final second, but it was J.B. Jones' six free throws that gave the Cougars the win.

The Cougars head back home to the Vadalabene Center. SIUE faces a return game with Northern Kentucky on Thursday (1/27). Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m.

Sykes, Cougars Trip Up KWC

Whitney Sykes hit a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left as SIUE edged Kentucky Wesleyan 65-64 in women's college basketball on Saturday (1/22) at the Sportscenter.

Sykes bombed Kentucky Wesleyan for a career-high 27 points, including 5 of 6 from three-point range. The Cougars improved to 10-9 overall and 5-5 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. KWC falls to 9-9 and 4-7 in the GLVC.

Kentucky Wesleyan jumped out to a seven-point lead at halftime despite 14 from SIUE's Sykes. The Panthers shot 46 percent from the field in the half and held the Cougars to 37 percent shooting. KWC took advantage of SIUE's 11 turnovers with 13 points off the Cougar mistakes. SIUE managed just three points off KWC's 10 first-half turnovers.

Amber Wisdom, who like Sykes played all 40 minutes for the Cougars, scored 12 points. Julianne McMillen, playing her fourth straight game off the bench, pumped in 17 points, including a 7-for-7 effort from the free throw line.

The Panthers led for much of the second half, taking as much as a 10-point lead. SIUE went on a 21-8 run midway through the second half and grabbed a 49-46 lead when McMillen hit a pair of free throws with 9:02 left in the game. KWC fired back with a 12-2 run over the next five minutes, leading 60-53 with 3:18 to play.

Sykes then hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to four at 3:02. After the teams exchanged baskets, Wisdom put SIUE just three points behind with her own three-pointer with 1:03 left. After a set of fouls from KWC, Sykes hit the last four free throws of the game, including the eventual winners with 12 seconds left.

SIUE now returns home to the Vadalabene Center on Thursday (1/27) to take on a red-hot Northern Kentucky squad. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

Basketball Coaches Rank SIUE Fifth In NCAA-II Men's Basketball

The top three teams in last week's NABC Division II rankings -Metropolitan State, Virginia Union and Minnesota State-retained their spots atop this week's rankings, while last week's No. 4, West Georgia dropped to seventh and SIUE moved up to fifth from sixth.

Metro State (14-0) won a pair of games to extend its winning streak to 14, tying No. 5 SIUE (15-2) for the longest winning streak in Division II. Virginia Union (12-1) won three times last week and Minnesota State (17-1), whose 17 wins are the most in the D-II ranks, also won twice. West Georgia (14-2) lost last Monday to Valdosta State and fell to seventh, behind new No. 4 Bentley (16-2), SIUE, and No. 6 Findlay (14-2).

The remainder of the top ten includes Indiana, Pa. (14-2) at No. 8, followed by No. 9 Kennesaw State (12-2) and No. 10-ranked Central Arkansas (13-2), whose loss Monday to Harding does not factor into this week's rankings as only games played through Sunday are considered.

Others receiving votes: Lynn (Fla.) 16, South Carolina Upstate 16, Saint Rose (N.Y.) 14, Florida Gulf Coast 11, Ferris State (Mich.) 10, Emporia State (Kan.) 8, Mount Olive (N.C.) 7, Michigan Tech 5, Gannon (Pa.) 3, Barry (Fla.) 1.

Tough Road Tests Await Cougars

SIUE men's basketball coach Marty Simmons isn't complacent with the team's best start in school history.

Even though the No. 6-ranked Cougars are 15-2 overall and 8-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, Simmons knows that for the Cougars to have continued success they will have to improve. "We have to get better in some areas," said Simmons. "We are a team that has to do the little things to be successful. To our guys credit, they have done a good job."

SIUE will ride on the nation's longest Division II winning streak (14 games) as it travels to play traditional GLVC powers Southern Indiana on Thursday (1/20) and Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday (1/22). The Cougars sit in first place in the conference, two games ahead on the loss side in front the Screaming Eagles and Indianapolis. "Our guys have had a good mentality," said Simmons. "They are looking forward to the challenge of playing both of those teams on the road."

The key to the Cougars winning streak has been their defense, giving up an average of 58.4 points per game. "You have to credit the guys for that," said Simmons. "These aren't easy teams we are playing. A lot of these teams have guys who can shoot the three. You exert a lot of energy trying to fight through screens to take away those threes."

One of the key components to that defense is senior Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyville), who had a career-high 21 points in a win over Quincy last Saturday. Bauersachs is fourth in the GLVC in field goal percentage at 63.3 percent. "He is one of those guys who takes what the defense gives him," said Simmons. "He doesn't take bad shots and he believes in the system."

Fellow senior Dan Heimos (Waterloo) also takes high quality shots. Heimos is third in the conference, shooting at 65 percent as well as leading the league in blocks with 43.

After Heimos got into foul trouble against the Hawks this past weekend, he was replaced by redshirt freshman Doug Taylor (McClure). In 12 minutes of play Taylor recorded three blocks, two steals, and two rebounds to spark SIUE's interior defense. "Doug has a great knack for blocking shots," said Simmons. "He has done a very good job. You will continue to see him improve not only this year but later in his career."

The Cougar offense leads the GLVC in field goal percentage at 50.3 percent per game, while holding clubs to 38.7 percent each contest. To go along with that SIUE has six players averaging more than eight points a game.

SIUE battles at Southern Indiana on Thursday (1/20) night at 7:30 before heading to face the Panthers on Saturday (1/22) afternoon at 3:30.

Hedberg, Cougars Look Past Milestone Win

Just a few days removed from winning her 400th career victory, SIUE women's basketball coach Wendy Hedberg realizes the accomplishment, but she is looking to improve on the teams three game-winning streak.

It was nice to get the win," said Hedberg. "I can't say enough about the team and how hard they are playing right now."

The Cougars are 9-8 overall and 4-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference as they head to the road this weekend to play at Southern Indiana on Thursday (1/20) and at Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday (1/22) . SIUE is in sixth place in the conference, one-half game ahead of the Panthers and game and one and one-half in front of the Screaming Eagles. "They are both good teams," said Hedberg. "USI is going to be dangerous. Also, the Sportcenter (Kentucky Wesleyan) is a tough place to play and get out of there with a victory."

The Cougars have stepped up their defense in recent games utilizing a zone defense to stop teams interior play. "We are playing with it (zone defense)," said Hedberg. "We have played some really good post players in this conference. It has been working for us."

Junior Alisa Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif.) has stepped up her play with 16 points and eight rebounds in the win over Quincy. "She is doing a great job for us right now," said Hedberg. "She gives us added depth at the post position."

Freshman Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) continues her solid play, averaging 10.3 points per game, shooting 43 percent (43-100) from three-point land. Sykes is third in the GLVC in three-point field goal percentage and three pointers made per game (2.53). "She is that kind of shooter," said Hedberg. "If you give her just a second to get the shot off, she can be deadly."

"She played well defensively," said Hedberg. "She gave us some good minutes off the bench."

The Cougars rank fourth in the league in points per game, giving up an average of 62.7, while holding teams to 39.7 percent shooting from the field.

SIUE faces Southern Indiana on Thursday (1/20) at 5:15 before visiting Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday (1/22) at 1:15 p.m.

Men's And Women's Track Get Off To A Good Start

SIUE men's and women's track and field teams, the defending Great Lakes Valley Conference champions, started things right where they left off last season with solid showings at the Illinois Wesleyan Relays.

"It was great getting back into the swing of things on a winning note," said SIUE women's track coach Ben Beyers.

The two teams combined for 15 champions in all with eight going to the men's side and seven on the women's to start the indoor season. "We were very strong throughout the meet in almost all aspects," said Beyers.

The men's 4x200 meter relay team, made up of Chris Wright (Richton Par), Kyle Rose (Kankakee), Jason Hall (Chicago), and Jeff Fearday (Teutopolis), set a new school record.

Sophomore Anthony Weber (Marengo) set the school record in the pole vault at 4.57 meters.

For the women, Callie Glover (Bartlett) set a school record in the 20-pound weight with a throw of 15.62 meters. The 1,600 meter relay team, made up of Valerie Simmons (St. Louis), Jessica Levy (Des Plaines), Jenny Jaquez (Aurora), and Kimetha Williams (Bellevue, Neb.), provisionally qualified for the national meet and currently rank fifth in the country in that event with a time of 3:55.75. "We still have some improving to do to get to where we'd like to be by the end of the season," said Beyers. "We're certainly on our way after this type of start."

The Cougars are back on the road this weekend traveling to Charleston for the Eastern Illinois University Mega Meet on Saturday.

Wrestling Heads To Wisconsin

SIUE wrestling continues a busy stretch of its schedule as the team heads to the UW-Eau Claire/UW-Whitewater meet this weekend after picking up its first win last week.

The Cougars defeated Briar Cliff 44-6 on Jan. 12 as nine SIUE wrestlers picked up wins for their first dual meet victory of the season.

SIUE, which has a record of 1-7 on the season, had four grapplers place at the Roger Denker open on Saturday (1/15).

John Ficht (Burbank) has a record of 13-12 at 165 pounds this season. Ficht had a fourth-place finish at the Denker Open. Senior Brandon Lorek (Bensenville) at 197 pounds was 5-2 this past week with a fifth-place finish at the Denker Open to improve his record to 13-13. Junior Joe Rujawitz (Belleville) went 3-3 in last weeks events for a 10-8 overall record on the year.

The Cougars will be in Whitewater, Wis., on Saturday (1/22) with the meet starting at 3 p.m.

Men's Basketball Team Continues Longest Winning Streak In Division II History

Tim Bauersachs pumped in a career-high 21 points as the SIUE Basketball Cougars won for the 14th consecutive time defeating Quincy 72-63 on Saturday afternoon in Great Lakes Valley Conference action at the Vadalabene Center.

The sixth-ranked Cougars currently hold NCAA Division II's longest winning streak as they improved to 15-2 overall and 8-0 in GLVC play. Quincy falls to 9-6, 5-4 in conference action.

Bauersachs shot seven of 10 from the field and six of six from the free throw line while grabbing six rebounds for the Cougars.

SIUE led by as many as eight in the first half, but Quincy had trimmed the score to 39-36 at halftime. The Cougars gained a 53-48 lead with 12:17 left in the second half. Neither team had a point for the next 5:51 of the half. Quincy would cut the lead to 62-58 with 1:01 left, but SIUE made 10 of 12 free throws the last 56 seconds to seal the win.

The Cougars went 24 of 32 (75 percent) from the free throw line in the contest.

Joel Jaye had 15 points and freshman J.B Jones chipped in 14 points and four assists. Dan Heimos and Anthony Jones netted 10 points a piece with Heimons collecting four blocks in the game.

The Cougars held the Hawks to 38.7 percent (24-62) shooting as SIUE shot 45.7 percent (21-46) in the contest. Quincy outrebounded SIUE 43-26, including 17-4 on the offensive glass.

SIUE is now 13-1 when holding opponents under 70 points and 8-0 when opponents shoot less than 40 percent from the field.

Jordan Roth's double-double led way for the Hawks. Roth had 20 points on eight of 12 shooting, while grabbing 13 rebounds. Phil Gettinger had 15 points and nine rebounds for Quincy.

SIUE goes on the road next week traveling to Southern Indiana on Thursday (1/20) for a 7:30 p.m. game with the Screaming Eagles.

Following that will be a trip to Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday (1/22) as the Cougars face the Panthers at 3:30 p.m.

Rare WPA Murals Donated To The University; Will Be Displayed On Campus

Four rare murals, by the acclaimed Missouri artist Michael Chomyk, have been donated to SIUE by retired financial planner and real estate investor Heinz Peter, in honor of his mother, Elise Peter.

The murals, painted by Chomyk who died in 1993 in Ironton, Mo., at the age of 82, are the only surviving examples of his large-scale paintings from what was once a significant body of work, including a mural above the ticket area of St. Louis Union Station when it was a railroad terminal during the city's heyday.

"The importance of works such as these frequently is forgotten and the pieces are abandoned and destroyed as buildings change ownership and are either renovated or demolished," said Eric Barnett, director of The University Museum at SIUE.

"The public should be grateful to Mr. Peter for working to save the paintings and donating them to a public institution."

Chomyk was one of a select group of artists chosen by the Works Progress Administration beginning in 1935 to create works that document the evolution of American trade, exploration, and achievement. Chomyk is listed as an artist with the WPA project in the book, The Federal Art Projects in Illinois, by George Mavigliano and Richard Lawson.

The murals donated by Peter depict the rise of St. Louis from its founding as a trading post to the time when the murals were painted by Chomyk in 1955 for the Farm and Home Savings & Loan Association. Six of Chomyk's smaller works are in the collection of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Peter, who was born in Germany and educated in Switzerland, is an avid antique and art collector residing in Edwardsville. He donated the pieces to the SIUE museum so that they can be "kept together and enjoyed forever by the public.

"It gives me great pleasure to donate works of great historical value," Peter said, "especially from such an accomplished St. Louis artist."

Barnett said the murals will be cleaned, relined, and conserved over the course of the next several months. "We look forward to placing the paintings in a public space on campus so that the entire community can enjoy them," Barnett said.

Production Company Seeks Financial Support For Arkansippi Bard

Donations are being sought to help complete Arkansippi Bard, a biographical film about internationally renowned poet, author and activist Eugene B. Redmond, a professor of English Language and Literature at SIUE.

Despite the success of a recent fundraiser, $40,000 is still needed to finish the project. Producers hope to enter Arkansippi Bard in film festivals during Summer 2005.

Redmond, an important figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, has been poet laureate of his native East Saint Louis since 1976. He conducts poetry-in-the schools programs and serves on the board of directors of the Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities.

The author of 12 books and six plays, Redmond is a founding editor of the multicultural literary magazine Drumvoices Revue, published by SIUE and the Eugene Redmond Writers Club.

Redmond has received the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, Lifetime Achievement Awards from Pan African Movement USA (PAMUSA) and the Furious Flower Poetry Conference (2004), a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Tribute to An Elder Honor from the Afrikan Poetry Theatre, and an American Book Award for The Eye in the Ceiling: Selected Poems. He also is an inductee in the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent.

In 1968, following the death of his friend and colleague Henry Dumas, Redmond became literary executor of the Dumas Estate. With the help of Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka, Maya Angelou and others, he has edited seven volumes of Dumas's works, the latest being Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas (Coffee House Press 2003).

Redmond also served as writer-in-residence at Oberlin College in 1969-1970 and was a professor of English and Poet-in-Residence in Ethnic (and Pan African) Studies at California State University-Sacramento from 1970 to the mid-1980s. He joined the SIUE faculty in 1988.

An avid photographer, Redmond's photo exhibit, Visualizing Black Writers: An Extra-Literary Exhibit from the Eugene B. Redmond Collection, is currently touring and has been on exhibition at SIUE, the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis, the East St. Louis Municipal Building, James Madison University in Virginia, and the Casino Queen Hotel on the East St. Louis Riverfront.

Checks or money orders, made payable to Simone de Cyrene Productions, may be sent to Atty. Sheryl Johnson, 4870 Kossuth Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63115. She may be reached by telephone: (314) 550-5599. Redmond also may be contacted by telephone, (618) 650-3991, or by email: eredmon@siue.edu.

Simone de Cyrene Productions, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to chronicle, through the medium of film, diverse Midwest artists who have contributed to the Black Arts Movement, "globally enriching the cultural landscape."

School of Business Students Assist Local Company

This past fall, the Information Technology (IT) Department at Royster-Clark Inc. in Collinsville, teamed with three graduate students from the School of Business to initiate a business process review of customer payments.

The focus of the project was improving operating efficiencies and funds available at Royster-Clark, a retail and wholesale distributor of mixed fertilizer materials, seed, crop protection products, and agronomic services to farmers. The company has more than 300 outlets primarily in the East, South, and Midwest.

Royster-Clark faced at least two challenges: receiving payments from 50,000 customers through two types of transactions and documenting and applying payment to a customer's accounts involving extra, unnecessary steps. Both of these challenges have financial impacts, such as delays in cash flow and additional costs to the company.

The SIUE graduate students-Gaston Reinoso, Mike Klaus, and Zhangfan (James) Lin-conducted nearly 50 interviews with Royster-Clark customers regarding payment of monthly statements. For more than two days, the students reviewed flowcharts, spreadsheets, and other data to identify processing efficiencies and ways to alleviate the delays.

One of the activities in which the students took part was a check float study. Four hundred checks were sent to 20 locations and were deposited over a five-day period. Each location received 10 checks and mailed two checks per day, one to a lockbox and one to a local bank depository or to the company's Collinsville office, whichever location was normally used. The bank float and the mail float were tracked to measure the length of time it took to reach the bank or the Collinsville office.

It was found that because of logistics and network traffic, a 10-mile destination for a letter could actually become a 100-mile trip.

As project coordinators, Timothy Schoenecker, associate dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Business, and Gertrude Pannirselvam, associate professor of Management, are pleased with the results of the students' experience. Not only were the students given a chance to put into practice what they have learned through coursework, but the company was able to benefit from the students' access to SIUE's academic library, where they could research practices of leading companies.

While the three graduate students have completed their portion of the project, more students from the School of Business will be working with Royster-Clark. Bob Paarlberg, managing director of Royster-Clark's IT department, said, "We want the SIUE School of Business to think of our office as a real life laboratory for their graduate school students.

"With this resource, we get to learn about emerging practices that are still in the incubator stage."

New SIUE Nursing Scholarship Announced

The School of Nursing recently received a generous donation to establish the Wilma Lee Buck MacDonald Endowment.

The endowment will fund annual scholarships to nursing students in memory of Roberta MacDonald Dial, a registered nurse who in 1990 earned a bachelor of science in Nursing at SIUE. Roberta is the late daughter of Wilma MacDonald, who, with her other daughter, Sandee MacDonald Crome, of Edwardsville, had discussed establishing the endowment. Wilma MacDonald died in 2003.

According to Bob McElligott, director of Development for the SIUE School of Nursing, "This memorial gift honoring Roberta also advances the School's mission," McElligott said. "As more nurses become involved in the healthcare profession through the SIUE School of Nursing, it is our hope that they will be inspired by Roberta's commitment and dedication to despite her own health impairments.

"Her story is an inspiration and is an example of how perseverance in life goals is extremely important."

Roberta Dial was one of the first nurses at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, starting there Nov. 1, 1977. "She wheeled in the first Obstetrics patient and helped deliver the first baby at the new hospital," said her sister, Sandee Crome. "During her 30-year career in nursing, Roberta worked in Illinois, Arizona, and Utah.

"She returned to school at SIUE to complete the RN-to-BSN program in 1990 at age 47," Crome said "On one occasion, Roberta attended class even though earlier in the day she needed a constant intravenous drip after being released from the hospital," Crome said. Dial retired in 1993 because of a disability and died in 2001 from complications of diabetes.

Dial was a student nurse at Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville and graduated from that nursing program in 1963. She became a registered nurse in 1964.

The late Wilma MacDonald was one of nine children and the first in her family to receive a college degree. She graduated with a bachelor of science in Human Services from SIUE in 1978 at age 59. She was program coordinator at the Edwardsville Senior Center until her retirement at age 74.

McElligott said the Roberta MacDonald Dial RN BSN Award will be presented annually to a final year nursing student, beginning in May. "Pink roses were Roberta's favorite flowers," Crome said, "so, award recipients will get a scholarship award and a pink rose."

Although about half of all SIUE nursing students enrolled are in the basic BSN program, the RN-to-BS nursing program has always been popular with RNs who want to increase their leadership capabilities and continue a nursing education. Current enrollment in the program is 64 students. The remaining students are nurses who are pursuing graduate nursing degrees and certifications at SIUE.

Additional gifts may be made to the Wilma Lee Buck MacDonald Endowment and/or to the Roberta MacDonald Dial RN BSN Award fund. For more information, contact McElligott, (618) 650-3906, or by e-mail: rmcelli@siue.edu. Information about the SIUE School of Nursing may be found on the Web: www.siue.edu/NURSING.