Chancellor David Werner, cited as a leader who has taken SIUE into the community, was given the Albert Cassens Award for Outstanding Community Achievement recently at the annual meeting of the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce.
He accepted the award from Robert McClellan, a former recipient and president of Florists Mutual Insurance. In presenting the award, McClellan said the Chancellor has played a strong role in taking the university "outside its gates" and into the community.
"He has initiated an integration that promises economic growth and stability, improved efficiencies of public educational institutions, and expanded educational opportunities beyond our most creative imagination," McClellan said.
The "blending of SIUE into the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon community" was mentioned as one of eight events that affected the region during 2000. McClellan explained that the selection committee used the events as criteria in choosing the winner.
"Our 2000 award winner's commitment to the communities surrounding the university goes well beyond 'other duties as assigned,' " McClellan said. "(Dr. Werner) is fond of saying: 'There has never been a better time to be a student at SIUE.' His leadership has contributed to our boast: 'There has never been a better time to live and work in Edwardsville-Glen Carbon."
In accepting the award, Werner said the university has been doing more in the way of blending with the community, noting that the campus recently had been annexed by the city of Edwardsville. "We really need to build on the name 'Edwardsville' to make it synonymous with quality education. We have a great program … a great community and a great place to live and work. Our job is to let people know."
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 was honored at the celebration, where SIUE Chancellor David Werner presented the award. Shown below 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. A retired teacher from the Edwardsville School District, 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. At the bottom is Sherida Stewart, a senior studying nursing at SIUE, receives the MLK Scholarship and Humanitarian Award. (SIUE Photo)
Parsons Dance Company, a gravity-defying troupe of dancers, will perform at SIUE today and tomorrow as part of the Arts & Issues season. Performing two shows at 7:30 each evening in Katherine Dunham Hall theater, the troupe uses virtuosity, speed, and elegance to present a wide variety of works.
Company members seem to fly across the stage with a unique ability to entertain, with a love of unusual scenic effects. According to Arts & Issues Coordinator Richard Walker, David Parsons has created a wonderful array of dance pieces that have been presented throughout the world. "Since 1987, the company has performed on six continents, having given more than 1000 performances," Walker pointed out. "International tours have included Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.
"At the same time, as a native of Illinois, it is quite fitting that Mr. Parsons appears here in his home state. We're proud to have the troupe performing on the Arts & Issues stage."
The company is recognized for its community-based residencies and has given hundreds of master classes, lecture-demonstrations and workshops, benefiting thousands of people of every age. The company performed in New York City on New Year's Eve for Times Square 2000, the 24-hour performance marathon that celebrated the arrival of the millennium in every time zone in the world.
In addition to being featured on CBS Sunday Morning and the Discovery Channel, the company's performances for Times Square 2000 were seen by the millions who packed Times Square as well as one billion worldwide who watched the festivities via satellite.
Tickets for each of the shows are $16; students, $8. For tickets, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Arts & Issues Web site is: www.siue.edu/ARTS_ ISSUES. Admission includes free parking in the lots behind the Morris University Center or Dunham Hall theater.
After two weeks of teaching orchestra conducting technique in Taiwan, John Bell believes even more in the adage that music is universal.
Bell, a professor of music and director of band activities for the university, spent the last days of his fall sabbatical in Taipei at the invitation of a former student. During the first part of his sabbatical, Bell studied conducting with the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.
But Taiwan isn't D.C. and most of the musicians with whom Bell worked spoke very little English, while he spoke even less Chinese. Even so, they managed well. Bell previously had heard recordings of the groups with which he'd be working, and found they did indeed understand Western music. "I found spectacular musicianship and familiarity with Western music.
"But I was a bit apprehensive about the culture itself," Bell said. "I knew little about it."
Bell had been invited to Taiwan by Gary Bratten, a tuba player who has been in that country for several years performing with the Wings of the Angels Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Epoch Brass Quintet. Bratten previously had studied with Bell at the University of Northern Colorado, where Bell had been associate director of bands before coming to SIUE in 1990.
"Gary went to Taiwan to play tuba in 1992 and decided to stay," Bell pointed out. "Gary's immersed himself in the culture and has made a nice music career for himself there. In fact, when I was there, I met several American 'expatriates' who have music careers in Taiwan."
While in Taiwan, Bell conducted seminars with three Taiwanese band directors-a university band director, a high school band director, and a violist from the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.
"Most of these musicians have other full-time jobs and play music for the love of it," Bell said. "The conductors with whom I worked were professional musicians, but teaching them techniques in conducting is something that involves more than musical knowledge. There's an emotional component that a conductor needs to impart the spirit of the music to the musicians, so they in turn can impart that to an audience.
"I was concerned, because of the language and cultural barriers, that I wouldn't be able to do that successfully. They were very patient with my feeble attempts at Mandarin Chinese," Bell said with a laugh.
Bell said the situation was mitigated with the help of others in the group who had studied music in Europe and could help with some translating. But, Bell also found that in many instances he was able to impart the emotion, and that the music did most of the work. "The idea of music's universality really hit home for me with this experience," Bell said.
"During the conducting technique class, the viola player I mentioned earlier said it was the first time he had 'played' music without his instrument. It was the music. We found that common ground in the music. And, I came away with a bit more understanding about a culture that had been virtually unknown to me."
SIUE has been accepted officially as a participant in the Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP), an alternative self-assessment method to achieve accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
This new approach to reaccreditation emphasizes quality improvement of institutional goals. At the November SIU Board of Trustees meeting, SIUE Chancellor David Werner pointed out that the current method of accreditation is "bureaucratic, nonproductive, and disruptive." Werner said AQIP, on the other hand, is a process that is useful to mature institutions.
Under AQIP, the process involves a systemic view of the institution, defining and evaluating all of the processes within an institution as they relate to learning. According to the AQIP Quality Criteria, "quality refers to the continuous improvement of processes in support of mission." It further states: "The journey toward quality never ends."
The AQIP process provides nine quality criteria for self-assessment:
Dwight Smith, assistant Provost for planning, is coordinating SIUE's efforts to adopt AQIP. He pointed out that traditional accreditation is a 10-year project that can eventually end up on a dusty shelf. "AQIP provides a framework," Smith said, "posing questions that every organization should consider. It encourages continual reflection."
Provost Sharon Hahs said the next step involves seven university officials attending a goal-setting workshop in February-the Chancellor, the Provost, the associate Provost, the Faculty Senate president and president-elect, the chair of the Committee on Assessment, and the chair-elect of the University Planning and Budget Council. "A small number of goals will be selected to benefit SIUE," Hahs said.
Hahs said she is optimistic that SIUE will continue to become a better quality institution in utilizing AQIP. "Our efforts to address these chosen goals should help us improve the quality of what we do."
-Some information for this article appeared in the
December edition of The Focal Point
Six consecutive free throws in the final minute-and-a-half sealed a 68-63 win for the Cougars against Quincy.
SIUE, 15-5 overall and 10-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, went into the half with a 30-20 lead and was up by as many as 13 points with 10 minutes remaining. Quincy cut into the lead and tied the game 58-58 with 3:24 on the clock. The Lady Hawks went ahead 63-62 on a free throw by Colleen Sexton with two minutes remaining but the Cougars answered with six free throws down the stretch to seal the game. Quincy falls to 11-9 overall and 7-7 in the conference.
Misi Clark led the Cougars with 17 points, converting 10-12 from the line, and five assists. Clark recorded her 2,000th career point with a free throw at 16:53 in the first half. She becomes the only SIUE player, on either the men's or women's teams, to record 2,000 points.
Megan Grizzle added 15 points in 24 minutes off the bench, while Jessica Robert finished with 10 points, 8-8 from the line. Liz DeShasier led the team with six rebounds.
Colleen Sexton recorded 28 points to lead the Lady Hawks while going 10-16 from the field. Sexton and Katie McAlinden grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Lisa Farrell contributed with 10 points off the bench.
The Cougars return to action on Saturday when they play host to Missouri-St. Louis at 5:30 p.m. in the Vadalabene Center.
Marty Perry recorded a team-high 22 points and seven rebounds as the Cougars edged Quincy 77-73 in the Vadalabene Center this evening, snapping a 10-game losing streak.
The Cougars, 5-15 overall and 2-12 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, entered the half with a four-point lead. It was a close battle throughout the second half with the Cougars taking the lead for good on a three-point basket by Garrett Thomas with 2:15 remaining. The Cougars lead was at four points with eight seconds left when Jamal Thompson was fouled on a three-point attempt and converted all three points at the line to make it 74-73. Three free throws in the last four seconds sealed the Cougars second conference victory of the season. Quincy falls to 9-11 overall and 5-9 in the conference.
Besides Perry, four other Cougars finished the evening in double figures. Garrett Thomas scored 16 points while Nick Hartwig and Ben Garwitz each contributed with 11 points. Luke Humphrey pumped in 10 points in 27 minutes off the bench.
Joel Peterson scored a team-high 15 points for Quincy off the bench. Jamal Thompson added 14 points while Kareem Jabbar Cain pumped in 12 points. Brian McNeil finished the game with a double double, scoring 10 points and grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds.
SIUE returns to action on Saturday when the team hosts Missouri-St. Louis at 7:45 p.m. in the Vadalabene Center.
The winning steak has reached eight games after two key victories on the road last weekend (1/26-27). But Coach Wendy Hedberg and the women's basketball team know the streak will last only as long as the the team continues to play hard.
"We need to go in and get the win on the opponent's home court," said Hedberg. The Cougars, 13-4 overall and 8-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, look to avenge the homecourt loss earlier this season to IUPU-Ft. Wayne as they travel to Ft. Wayne, Ind., on Thursday (2/1) for a 5:30 p.m. EST match up.
The Mastodons enter the week with a record of 12-6 overall and 5-6 in the GLVC. "They beat us by four on our home court earlier this year. We expect to go and win on their home court to even the season series," said Hedberg. SIUE, ranked No. 6 in the region and tied for third place in the GLVC, are just one game behind conference leaders Northern Kentucky and Bellarmine.
The Cougars next travel to Rensselaer, Ind., to face Saint Joseph's, who enters the week 1-16 overall and 1-10 in the conference. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 3.
Last weekend, the Cougars defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 63-45 and Bellarmine 84-79. The Bellarmine win ended a seven-game losing streak SIUE has had in Louisville, Ky. "We entered the trip wanting to play as well as we could and minimize our mistakes," said Hedberg. "In Bellarmine, the team played together; it was a complete team effort."
The Cougars shot 50 percent or better from the field and shot 80 percent or better from the line in both wins over the weekend. SIUE also minimized the mistakes against Bellarmine, committing a season-low 10 turnovers.
Misi Clark (Paris) extended her double figures streak to 84 games by scoring 11 and 15 points, respectively. She continues to lead the team with 17.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. Jill Johnson (Highland) was a key factor last weekend. Johnson started both games and recorded 10 points in both first halves. She finished with a career-high 14 points against Kentucky Wesleyan. "Jill came in and gave us two strong halves of basketball in both games."
Hedberg also was happy with the performances of Megan Grizzle (Salem) and Sarah Cook (Columbus, Ohio) off the bench, especially in Bellarmine. Grizzle scored a career-high 15 points and six rebounds in the win against Bellarmine. Cook came off the bench for 18 minutes after sitting out the Kentucky Wesleyan game with an ankle injury. She scored 10, including the two free throws to put the Cougars ahead of Bellarmine in the final minutes.
Coach Jack Margenthaler and his men's basketball team look to end an eight-game skid this weekend on the road. The Cougars, 4-13 overall and 1-10 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, prepare for road games against IUPU-Fort Wayne on Thursday (Feb. 10) at 7:45 p.m. EST and Saint Joseph's on Saturday (2/3) at 3:15 p.m.
The Mastodons enter the week 6-15 overall and 3-8 in the GLVC while Saint Joseph's is 11-9 overall and 5-6 in the conference. SIUE fell to No. 6 Kentucky Wesleyan 96-70 last Thursday. The Cougars lost to Bellarmine 87-70 last Saturday.
Marty Perry (Jacksonville) scored 17 points in both games while recording 13 boards over the weekend. Perry leads the team in points per game (13.6), field goal percentage (53.5), free throw percentage (89.5) and three-point field goal percentage (41.2). Garrett Thomas (Riverton) scored 11 and 16 points, respectively. Thomas recorded 14 assists, nine of those coming against Bellarmine. He is averaging 11.7 points per game while leading the team with 80 assists this season.
Coach Booker Benford and his Cougar wrestling squad continue to struggle this season after dropping five dual meets over the weekend (1/26-27).
SIUE, 0-13, face Embry Riddle on Thursday (2/1) at Morton High School in Chicago. "Hopefully, the guys will wrestle better, especially since a couple of them are from the Chicago area," said Benford.
Last weekend, the Cougars lost two duals at home against Eastern Illinois and Central Oklahoma before being swept in Indianapolis the following day. Despite the losses, Benford said he is beginning to see some improvement. "There were minor victories as far as guys getting takedowns, finishing off certain moves and wrestling hard to the end."
Coach Darryl Frerker said this weekend's track and foeld meet is a tune- up for the indoor conference meet. "Individuals (who) are running well and close to qualifying times will have a good opportunity to compete against a number of Division I schools this weekend," said Frerker.
The men's and women's teams travel to Normal, Ill., for the Illinois State Open on Saturday (2/3). Field events begin at 8 a.m., while running events start at 9 a.m. "Illinois State is going to help set us up for the remainder of the season."
Last weekend, the Cougars competed at the Butler Indoor Invite. Daniel Walden (Springfield) barely missed qualifying for nationals in the 800-meter with a time of one minute, 55.07 seconds. The NCAA provisional qualifying time is 1:55:00. "Looking at the results, everyone ran well and stepped up to the level of competition," said Frerker.
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."