Student retention continues to increase at SIUE as Spring Semester enrollment figures show continuing undergraduate enrollment up more than 230 students from spring semester 2004, according to Boyd Bradshaw, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management at SIUE.
The continuing undergraduate population for the current spring semester is at 9,309, compared with 9,076, at the same time last year. Overall, Spring Semester 2005 enrollment is steady at 12,600, compared with last spring's 12,597. Compared with spring 2002, spring enrollment is up by more than 1,000 students.
Bradshaw said he was pleased with the retention figures. "The increase in retention is an indication that students have a high level of investment in SIUE," Bradshaw said. "In addition to the retention increases, the School of Nursing continues to see an increase in its enrollment, with a current increase of more than 24 percent.
"Enrollment also has benefited from more students enrolling in pre-pharmacy curriculum with anticipation of applying to the new SIUE School of Pharmacy," he said. Bradshaw also noted that first-semester freshmen this past fall declared their majors at a higher rate than in past years. "This will have a more positive effect on both retention and graduation rates in the future."
SIUE's fall (2004) enrollment was 13,493, continuing a 10-year trend of enrollment growth. Fall enrollment was up about more than six percent over fall 2002.
Todd Burrell, Director of Admissions, said early projections for Fall '05 point to a slight growth in enrollment. "We believe that maintaining enrollment at a certain level best serves our students in terms of size of classes, access to professors, available resources and student services," Burrell said.
The admission application deadline for freshmen entering Fall '05 is May 1; for all other undergraduate students, including transfer students, the deadline is July 22. Graduate students also should submit applications no later than July 22. Additional information about applying for admission to SIUE is available online at www.admission.siue.edu.
SIUE will present its Eighth Annual Black Heritage Month Program during February, with its theme of Remembering Our Past: Building Our Future.
Below is a calendar of events (any activities that have already occurred are dimmed):
• Photography Exhibit-Feb. 1-27, Morris University Center Gallery (second floor)-"Warriors, Dreamers, and Rhymers: An Extra-Literary Exhibit from the Eugene B. Redmond Collection."
• Opening Ceremony-11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center-Features readings by SIUE Professor Eugene Redmond, a performance by the Fundisha Dance Troupe, and a performance of Lift Every Voice and Sing by the SIUE Gospel Choir.
• Panel Discussion-Blacks, Television, and History, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center-Panelists include Diane White, the first black weathercaster in the nation who was with what was then known as KSD-TV in St. Louis; Bernie Hayes, former host of historic television programs, "Soul Brotherhood" and "Black Circle Hour," in St. Louis; and Donn Johnson, a reporter and television anchor for 20 years in St. Louis.
• Steve Birdine, speaking about "I Never Thought About It That Way: Linking Black History and Taking Responsibility for Your Own Success," 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center.
• Voyage Through Africa, 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, Goshen Lounge-A family event with audience interaction, featuring storytelling by African Culture Specialist Janice Lesane Katambwa.
• Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Meridian Ballroom; admission, $12.50; students, $8.
• Forum Discussion-African American Women and Community Building-11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, Goshen Lounge.
• Film and Panel Discussion-Emmett Till: A Tragedy Remembered, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, John C. Abbott Auditorium, on the lower level of Lovejoy Library-Panelists will discuss the film, exploring the impact of Emmett Till's death in 1955 by a lynch mob and its effect on the Civil Rights Movement.
• Annual Cultural Bazaar-10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Feb. 10-11, in Goshen Lounge-Offering Afro-centric books, clothing, crafts, jewelry, and other wares, as well as entertainment and prize drawings.
• Panel discussion, "Sudan: Three Degrees of Genocide," noon-1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, Mississippi Room, Morris University Center- Discussion will center on the genocide in the Darfur region of the Sudan. The discussion is co-sponsored by Iota Phi Theta fraternity.
• Performance by the SIUE Concert Jazz Band, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10-Goshen Lounge.
• Second Annual Gospel Explosion-6-10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, Meridian Ballroom-This event features poetry, rap, praise dance, and gospel music.
• Open forum-Mental Slavery Today, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, Goshen Lounge-Explores the physical slavery of black ancestors and how it contributed to "mental slavery of the present African-American generation today." Sponsored by SIUE's Black Student Union.
• Storytelling with Rudy Wilson-11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, Goshen Lounge-Wilson, SIUE assistant provost for cultural and social diversity, will weave tales of faith, hope, survival, and courage, illustrating African and African-American contributions to American history.
• Lecture-Sudan: From Slavery to Freedom-7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, Goshen Lounge-Francis Bok, a former slave from the Sudan, will share his life story and speak about issues of slavery and genocide in Africa and in the world.
• Divine Nine-7-10 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, Meridian Ballroom-The National Pan-Hellenic Council, consisting of the nine predominately black Greek organizations on college campuses, will showcase their national programmatic initiatives, both as individual organizations and as a unified body.
• Black Heritage Month Game Show-11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, Goshen Lounge-Contestants compete concerning their knowledge about blacks in the entertainment world.
• Cosby's Comments: Criticism and Controversy-11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, Goshen Lounge-Panel discussion about recent statements by comedian Bill Cosby that ignited comments from black leaders, the media, and others.
• Keepers of the Dream: Part III-6-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, Meridian Ballroom-Carl Mack, president of the Seattle chapter of the NAACP, will speak about the importance of cultural awareness in today's society. Sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers.
• Blacks, Bullets, and Brigades-11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, Goshen Lounge-A panel discussion, reviewing the historical and current role played by African Americans in the U.S. military.
• Seventh Annual Black Heritage Month Talent Show-7-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, Meridian Ballroom-Tickets are $3; students, $2.
Black Theatre Workshop-7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 25-26, in Dunham Hall theater-A showcase of the works of African-American playwrights.
For more information, call the SIUE Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686.
Dance has been an integral part of Professor J. Calvin Jarrell's life for as long as he can recall, but during the past decade or so he has made in-depth studies of the intricacies and patterns of movement as a way to understand the human condition.
Unlike the Zen archer who became the ultimate hunter, only to eventually transcend the bow and arrow, Jarrell claims to have grown even closer to the art and theory of dance. "I use what's known as Movement Pattern Analysis, a system developed by Warren Lamb, to study how a person approaches decision-making, for example," Jarrell said. Currently, Lamb is continuing his management consultancy and teaching activities, and is researching movement and gender, while traveling frequently between U.S. and Europe. He also is chair of the Labanotation Institute at the University of Surrey, England.
Jarrell recently returned from South Africa, where he was a guest lecturer at the Community and Individual Development Association (CIDA) City Campus in Johannesburg. There he worked with students and CIDA administrators in presenting a month-long workshop in team development. "African culture is filled with movement, dance, and song, so they could relate immediately to what I was trying to show them," Jarrell said.
Located in the heart of Johannesburg, CIDA City Campus serves students from disadvantaged communities throughout South Afruca. "At CIDA the students acquire much more than an academic degree," Jarrell said. "They control the daily operations of the university, from administrative duties to cooking and maintenance.
Jarrell said the students are considered the owners and the principal stakeholders. "You can definitely feel a different kind of energy and a sense of pride when you walk into the buildings," he said.
As for teaching the workshop, Jarrell said he had his work cut out for him. "The workshop participants, a group of black Africans, were skeptical about what a white guy from the United States could possibly know or understand about their own culture, but I did win their trust eventually," Jarrell said.
"At the end, they showed gracious appreciation for the work that I did with them by honoring me with a song and a dance."
In addition to teaching, Jarrell found time to explore the culture and environment outside the big city. This included visits to game preserves and to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. "After working with the workshop participants and becoming steeped in African culture, I came away with an even better sense of dance and how it can be a vehicle for human communication.
"I can apply the philosophy and theory of dance movement to my work in Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA), which is about body knowledge, body wisdom, and how our movement patterns affect our daily lives," Jarrell explained. "It's about body consciousness."
Jarrell also had the opportunity to use MPA to work with a group of executives from ESKOM (Electricity Supply Commisson), South Africa's largest electric utility. As a result, he was invited to participate in a drumming session with the ESKOM executives. "It was an exercise in team development," Jarrell said.
"Team development is something the South Africans are very interested in exploring further as a way of strengthening the economic development in their country," Jarrell said. "They are very interested in learning a wide variety of ways to work together to foster greater understanding and cooperation, while maintaining traditional African culture.
"The drumming sessions are definitely a strong element to team building. I think if every faculty meeting at SIUE opened with a drumming session, we'd get a lot more done," Jarrell said with a laugh. "I was also invited to participate in a traditional 'la-hote-lah,'" he said, "which is very similar to the Native American 'talking stick' ceremony. Everyone sits in a circle and participants are allowed to speak without interruption about their concerns regarding the company. Everyone is required to listen with an open mind until the speaker has finished."
But, it was the movement sessions that the workshop participants seemed to enjoy most. "Because their culture is steeped in dance, the role of movement as part of education is a very strong motivator," Jarrelle said.
"I find that MPA helps me merge deeper into dance, blending it with the theoretical study of movement in our lives. And, as it's used in team development, it can be a tool to understand someone's personal style of decision-making. It's not about body language or gestures," Jarrell said. "It's about integrated movement or how we merge our postures and gestures into movement 'phrases' that have a cohesive reflection throughout the entire body.
"Each of us has a unique style or manner in how we arrive at decisions or how we commit to action," Jarrell said. "We also have a unique way in how we choose to involve or not involve others in our decision-making.
"Many conflicts can occur in the workplace because of a lack of understanding about these various modes of interaction and of an individual's preferred style of decision-making," he said.
"MPA can have a profound influence on the understanding of ourselves and others, and how we work and interact with one another."
Nomination-applications for the SIUE Carol Kimmel Scholarship and Community Service Award for Faculty and Staff are now available in the Kimmel Leadership Center on campus. Deadline for the nominations is Monday, March 14.
The annual service award and scholarship were established to recognize students for their outstanding leadership and community volunteer service contributions, as well as for academic excellence, and for faculty and staff who are community volunteers.
The awards were named for Carol Kimmel, a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees, who has been very active in dedicating her time and talent to volunteerism. The awards are co-sponsored by the Belleville News-Democrat.
For the scholarship, individuals may nominate a student, or students may nominate themselves, according to the following criteria:
• currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student at SIUE, with sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate standing;
• an accumulative SIUE grade-point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale);
• demonstrated volunteer contributions within the last two years in leadership, service, and/or citizenship, including leadership in a student organization or at least one elected office;
• and more than 30 hours of nonpaid service to a community agency or community organization.
In addition, a nominee must provide two letters of documented university service and leadership from university employees, as well as two letters documenting community service and leadership from external community members.
In order for a student to be considered for a second Kimmel Scholarship, documentation submitted for previous Kimmel Scholarships will not be reconsidered.
The scholarship provides one full year of tuition at the SIUE in-state rate.
For the community service award for staff or faculty, the following criteria apply:
• Organizations, agencies, businesses, or individuals, including colleagues, may nominate those who they have known through professional association for at least two years;
• who have been a full-time, continuing employee of SIUE for at least two years;
• who have demonstrated continuous service to a single community agency, organization, or business for at least two years.
• who have demonstrated a variety of community service contributions for an extended period of time; and
• who have demonstrated outstanding voluntary community service, as well as a commitment to the citizens of Illinois or Missouri.
Nominees must document leadership roles and responsibilities, and provide two letters of recommendation. Prior recipients are ineligible to apply. Only community service unrelated to a nominee's job duties will be considered. Posthumous nominations will be considered if the nominee died during the past 12 months. Past recipients are not eligible to re-apply.
Winners will be recognized Thursday, April 1, at the Kimmel Leadership Awards Banquet. For more information about nomination procedures or for a nomination-application form, call the Kimmel Center, (618) 650-2686, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2686.
Eugene Ionesco defined what he called "theater of derision"-which is commonly referred to as the theater of the absurd-when he introduced The Bald Soprano to the world in 1950.
A Romanian, living in France and writing in French, Ionesco referred to The Bald Soprano (originally titled The Bald Prima Donna) as an "anti-play," a concept embraced by Peter Bukalski, director of SIUE's upcoming production of Ioensco's gem.
"I love The Bald Soprano because it works against our expectations of what a play should be," Bukalski said. The director, a professor of Theater and Dance, may be remembered for his 1990 directorial effort at SIUE, The Threepenny Opera.
The Bald Soprano will open at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, and will continue at the same curtain time through Saturday, Feb. 19, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, all in the James F. Metcalf Theater, located behind the Vadalabene Center.
Ionesco was a fervent believer in human rights and a longtime foe of political tyranny. His work conveyed what he viewed as humanity's struggle to survive in a society that he said formed barriers between human beings. A militant anti-communist, he had long campaigned from exile against the authoritarian regime of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who banned his plays.
Critics have said The Bald Soprano satirizes the deadliness and idiocy of the daily life of a bourgeois society frozen in meaningless formalities. "Ionesco labeled this work an 'anti-play' and it clearly satirizes theatrical traditions and the audiences' conventional expectations," Bukalski said.
"In this attack on the conformity and the banalities of everyday life, Ionesco demonstrates his belief that ordinary language has become 'fossilized' and devoid of significant meaning.
"He challenges us at every turn in The Bald Soprano, all the while reminding us that we are just watching a play, nothing more."
Bukalski also has made a statement of his own by introducing "gender-bending" among the characters. He also comments on society by using three different sets of actors to play the Smiths, the central characters. "The first Smith couple represents the 1950s; they're drinking martinis and smoking cigarettes. The second couple is the '60s, and they're smoking pot; while the third couple, from the '70s, snorts cocaine," Bukalski said.
"In keeping with Ionesco's satirization of bourgeois, everyday life, I'm trying to show that, although the times may change, couples pretty much stay the same. In society, we carry on with our mundane conversations and, whatever we think we are, at home we stay the same."
Why did he choose the Metcalf Theater to stage the play? "It's an intimate space, which I think is perfect for this play," Bukalski said. "I think it will work well with Ionesco's juxtaposition of illusion and reality."
Tickets for The Bald Soprano may be obtained through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.
Three successful SIUE alumni are among the winners of the annual St. Louis Business Journal "40 Under 40" Awards, sponsored by the Washington University Olin School of Business in St. Louis.
Sherry Mohr Hausmann, who earned a bachelor's in Nursing in 1987, and Michael Schoedel and Kathryn Szedlar, who each earned MBAs in 1992 and 2000, respectively, will receive their awards Thursday, Feb. 3, at a dinner at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in downtown St. Louis.
Hausmann, who recently became president of St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood, Mo., part of the SSM Healthcare System, is leading a hospital of about 950 employees and a medical staff of 725. She's also in charge of bringing on line a $215 million SSM hospital in Fenton, which eventually will replace the Kirkwood facility.
Joining SSM in 1998 as director of surgical services at DePaul Health Center, Hausmann was promoted to vice president of specialty and ambulatory services less than two years later and then became executive vice president and chief operating officer.
As COO at DePaul, she helped increase admissions and labor productivity, as well as DePaul's market share, all in four years.
Schoedel, who has been city manager of Clayton, Mo., since last year, began his career after graduation with a regional planning commission in Indiana. From there, he returned to the St. Louis area as city manager of Richmond Heights, Mo., from 1998 until he took the position in Clayton.
Schoedel was instrumental in shepherding several high-profile developments during his tenure in Richmond Heights, including The Boulevard Development, just east of the Galleria on Brentwood Boulevard, and several projects totaling $24 million, such as the Richmond Heights public service garage, a recreation complex, a public library, and a public safety building. As Clayton city manager, Schoedel also is involved in efforts to increase density in downtown Clayton, including residential development
Szedlar, who is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Partners Bank in Glen Carbon, is responsible for daily operations, managing the organization's investments, and supervising accounting functions at the bank, to name a few. Before joining the Partners staff, Szedlar was at First Bank for eight years as vice president and credit department manager, among other titles.
Helping a "start-up" bank, such as Partners, from concept to reality was a challenge for Szedlar but one that was rewarding, she said. Her immediate career goal is to continue overseeing the growth and development of Partners Bank, which she said is now poised for growth. The bank has about $140 million in assets.
Two campus-wide fund-raising events at SIUE were conducted to benefit the victims of the Dec. 26 Asian tsunami disaster, including a concert, and two basketball games. In addition, a walkathon is being planned for Feb. 27 which also will benefit victims of the disaster.
SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift hailed the response as an important show of the University's commitment to "global education and citizenship" in the face of sweeping tragedy. "We are united in our commitment to aiding and supporting the families of the victims of this tragic event," Vandegrift said. "These events provide opportunities for members of our academic community to reach out for this important need."
The Jan. 27 Tsunami Relief Benefit Concert by the SIUE Gospel Choir raised ($?) for the victims, while contributions totaling $? were collected this past weekend at two Cougar-Indianapolis basketball games, both in the Vadalabene Center.
The walkathon is set for Sunday, Feb. 27, at Korte Stadium, sponsored by the Master of Marketing Research Student Association. The time of the event will be announced later.
Other contributions may be sent to the SIUE Foundation, Birger Hall, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1082, attention the Tsunami Relief Fund.
The SIUE Suzuki String Program will play host to SIUE Music Professor Emeritus John Kendall as he conducts classes at the Suzuki Weekend Workshop on March 5-6. Deadline for participation is Feb. 15.
Other clinicians include former SIUE graduates Goran Berg, of Livermore, Calif.; Celina Boldrey, of St. Louis; and Andrew Driscoll, of Chesterfield, Mo.
Joanne Bath, of Greenville, NC, and teachers from the Webster Community Music School and SIUE Suzuki faculty will instruct more than 200 young violin, viola, and cello students in technique, repertoire, jazz, and Swedish fiddling.
Kendall, of Takoma Park, Md., who founded the string program at SIUE in the early 1960s, taught for more than 24 years at the University before retiring in 1987. Even after "retirement," Kendall remained an active part of the University's music program until moving to Maryland in 1998.
A catered dinner is planned with Kendall and area Suzuki teachers at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Morris University Center.
The final concert at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, March 6, is free and open to the public in Dunham Hall theater. For more information, contact the Office of the Suzuki String Program, (618) 650- 2839.
SIUE undergraduate students-with good academic standing and a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or above-are eligible to apply for the Ina Peabody Sledge Award. Application deadline is Feb. 23.
The award includes a stipend of $500; applicants will be selected on the following criteria that embody the positive ideology of Ina Sledge:
· Strong pursuit of educational goals;
· Strong character and moral fortitude;
· Caring, motivated, and giving attitude; and
· Active community involvement.
Preference will be given to students who are residents of Alorton, Brooklyn, Centreville, East St. Louis, Venice, and Washington Park.
Sledge, a native of East St. Louis, served as Education Librarian at Lovejoy Library from 1983 until her death in 1998. During 30 years of service at the University, she worked in a number of positions including head of the East St. Louis Center Library.
Colleagues said Sledge's caring, giving attitude motivated and encouraged students to pursue educational goals. She recognized and valued strong character and moral fortitude, co-workers said.
The Ina Peabody Sledge Award will to be given in the spring at the SIUE Honors Convocation on April 17. Applications are available on-line: www.library.siue.edu.
SIUE men's basketball remains in the thick of a tight Great Lakes Valley Conference race that will come down to the wire. The Cougars are 18-5 overall and 11-3 in conference action, one game behind Southern Indiana for first place.
"This is a tough league," said SIUE coach Marty Simmons. "The neat thing about this is that with six games to go we are competing for a championship."
SIUE continues a four-game road trip this week, traveling to battle Quincy on Thursday (2/9) and Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday (2/11). The Quincy Hawks have won four games in a row and seven of their last nine contests. "They are a balanced team," said Simmons. "They are shooting the ball extremely well right now, and they are as hot as any team in the league. It's going to be a tough test."
The Cougars continue to build around a solid defense, giving up a GLVC-leading 60.6 points per game.
Senior Dan Heimos (Waterloo) is one of the reasons for SIUE's strong defense. Heimos, who transferred from the University of Nebraska after his sophomore season, became SIUE's all-time blocks leader with 104 blocks in his career. "For a guy to set a record at a four-year school only being here two years, is quite an accomplishment," said Simmons. "Dan is a very intelligent basketball player. He's got good anticipation and good timing. I am really happy for Dan." Heimos' abilities are not limited to the defensive end as he ranks second in GLVC field goal percentage (65.2) and leads SIUE in rebounding at 6.7 boards a game.
J.B. Jones (Belleville) continues to show why he should be considered for GLVC Freshman of the Year. Jones notched 46 points in two games over the weekend, scoring 24 in the win over UW-Parkside this past Thursday. Jones hit the game-winning shot with two seconds left and was a perfect 9 of 9 from the free throw line. "J.B. was just outstanding down the stretch at the free throw line and making big shots," said Simmons.
The Cougars will be at Pepsi Arena in Quincy on Thursday (2/10) night before visiting the Mark Twain Center and Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday night (2/12). Both games tip off at 7:30 p.m.
SIUE women's basketball coach Wendy Hedberg knows that every game is a "huge game" the rest of the season if her team wants to compete in the postseason Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament.
If the season ended today, the Cougars, 10-13 overall and 5-9 in league play, would be the eighth and final seed in the tournament. "We are on the bubble," said Hedberg. "We have to take care of our own business and not worry about anyone else."
The Cougars continue a four-game road swing, traveling to GLVC leading Quincy on Thursday (2/10) and then to Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday (2/12). The Cougars defeated both the Hawks and the Riverwomen earlier in the season at the Vadalabene Center.
"Quincy plays really tough at home," said Hedberg. "That is going to be a difficult game because we got one here. UMSL is a big rivalry. They play hard and are going to come at you for 40 minutes."
Freshman guard Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) became the single-season record holder for three-pointers in a season over the weekend. Sykes has scored 59 three-pointers this season making at least one for 21 consecutive games. "She works very hard at her shooting," said Hedberg. " I just see good things ahead for her. She is really going to be a tough guard in this league."
Sophomore Julianne McMillen (Pana) leads SIUE with 11.7 points per game after two solid performances this past weekend. McMillen netted 21 points in the loss to Lewis on Saturday, making 11 of 13 from the free throw line notching 83.9 percent free throws this season. "She is playing hard right now," said Hedberg. "She is doing a good job getting to the free throw line."
The Cougars will be in Quincy on Thursday (2/10) at 5:15 before visiting Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday (2/12) at 5:30.
As the SIUE men's indoor track travels to the DePauw Invitational this weekend, senior Lee Weeden (Ferguson, Mo.) will find it hard to improve his mark from this past weekend.
Weeden broke his own school record twice, becoming the first Cougar to record a weight throw of better than 60 feet in indoor events. Weeden notched a throw of 59-5 (18.11 meters) on Friday (2/4) at the McDonald's Invitational in Carbondale. Then at the Titan Open in Bloomington on Saturday (2/5) he muscled his way to a throw of 60-3.75 (18.38 meters).
It is the third longest toss among those qualifying for the NCAA Division II indoor championships. "Lee just amazes me every week," said SIUE track coach Ben Beyers. "He's come so far in the weight (throw) this year and I know that with his training he's looking to do even more."
Anthony Weber (Marengo) also became a school recorded holder in the pole vault over the weekend at 15-5.75. Weber becomes the 11th person in the nation to post a provisional NCAA qualifying mark in the pole vault. "Anthony just goes out every week and puts together very solid performances," said Beyers. "His consistent and steady improvement really shows that a break out meet is on the horizon soon."
Jonathan Bannister (Plano, Texas) also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.15.
The Cougars will get a good indication of its chances for the GLVC Championships this weekend at the DePauw Invitational, as it will feature five Great Lakes Valley Conference teams.
SIUE women's track looks to continue its success in the indoor season at the DePauw Invitational this weekend.
The Cougars picked up five more NCAA provisional qualifiers over the weekend at the McDonald's Invitational in Carbondale and the Titan Open in Bloomington.
Tairisha Sawyer (Chicago) and Jessica Levy (Des Plaines) set school records in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. Sawyer broke Levy's record in the 200 by running 25.54. Levy broke her own record in the 400 by running 57.30. Both marks improve NCAA provisional qualifying marks. "Jessica continues to perform and impress every time she steps on the track," said SIUE track coach Ben Beyers. "Tairisha was definitely aiming to reach the time she ran. I'm sure we'll be seeing even better things in the coming weeks."
Brittany Reeves (Hanover Park) provisionally qualified in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.90. "It was great to see Brittany put a complete race together in her 200," said Beyers.
The women's 4 X 400-meter relay team also sprinted to an improved time to provisionally qualify for the NCAA indoor meet. The group of Levy, Valerie Simmons (St. Louis, Mo.), Sawyer and Jenny Jaquez (Aurora) ran the event in 3:53.29. "I'm really looking forward to bringing the teams together next week and re- focusing on some team goals as we aim to defend our conference titles."
The Cougars will get a good indication of its chances for the GLVC Championships this weekend at the DePauw Invitational as it will feature five Great Lakes Valley Conference teams.
SIUE wrestling will be back in Warrensburg, Mo., for the Central Missouri State Jamboree this Saturday (2/12). SIUE will battle Central Missouri State, Fort Hays State, Southwest State, Indianapolis, and Upper Iowa at the meet.
The Cougars went 0-2-1 during a recent quadrangle at Truman State for a record of 2-11-1 on the season. SIUE fell to Truman State 30-16 and Eastern Illinois 33-16 before tying Newman (Kan.) 18-18.
Senior Brandon Lorek (Bensenville) picked up three wins at the Truman State meet to improve his record to 16-13 on the season at 197 pounds and heavyweight. "He wrestled great," said SIUE wrestling coach Khris Whelan. "That is the best I have seen him wrestle all year. He kept after it."
Freshman John Ficht (Burbank) continued his successful season, going 3-0 at 157 pounds to go to 17-14 on the year. "He is just an animal," said Whelan. "He mentally breaks down his opponents, and he gets the job done."
Sophomore Steve Chico (Hammond, Ind) ran his mark with 15-13 overall with three wins at 133 pounds during the meet.
The SIUE men's tennis team returns to action against Lindenwood at King's Point in Belleville on Friday (2/11) at 1 p.m.
The Cougars are 0-1 on the young season, falling to Saint Louis University 7-2 on Jan. 28.
SIUE picked up a win on the double's side and one on the singles side thanks to Andrew Reznack (Edwardsville). Reznack won at No. 5 singles 6-0, 6-1 after he and Andy Renner (Belleville) won at No. 3 doubles 8-5.
Renner lost his No. 6 singles match after winning the first set 7-5, he fell in the final two 6-2, 10-5.
Justin Free (Danville) battled No. 2 singles for SIUE losing the first set 6-3, but coming back for a second set 6-3 win, before falling in 7-5 in the final set.
Lee Weeden became SIUE's first athlete to record a toss of 60 feet in the indoor weight throw and broke the school record twice over the weekend's events.
Weeden began his quest on Friday (2/4) with a throw of 59-5 (18.11 meters) at the McDonald's Invitational in Carbondale. He then ventured up to the Titan Open in Bloomington and muscled his way to a throw of 60-3.75 (18.38 meters). It is the third longest toss among those qualifying for the NCAA Division II indoor championships.
Weeden also improved his shot put markto 51-7.75 (15.74 meters).
Anthony Weber became the 11th person in the nation to post a provisional NCAA qualifying mark in the pole vault. He set a school record at 15-5.75.
On the women's side, Tairisha Sawyer and Jessica Levy set school records in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash, respectively. Sawyer broke Levy's record in the 200 by running 25.54. Levy broke her own record in the 400 by running 57.30. Both marks improve NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
The women's 4 X 400-meter relay team also sprinted to a improved time to qualify for the national meet. The group of Levy, Valerie Simmmons, Sawyer and Jenny Jaquez ran the event in 3:53.29.
The Cougars placed third at the McDonald's Invitational but bested Division I schools Vanderbilt, Southeast Missouri State and Eastern Illinois.
Dan Heimos (Waterloo) set a career record for blocks at SIUE; however, the men's basketball Cougars suffered a road loss at Lewis 69-62.
The Cougars lost to Lewis despite a 22-point effort from J.B. Jones and 14 points from Heimos. Randy Wright lifted the Flyers with 18 points, including four three-pointers.
With the loss, SIUE is now 18-5 overall and 11-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Lewis improved to 9-12 and 4-10 in the GLVC.
Heimos now has 104 blocks in his career at SIUE, passing Antone Gallishaw, who blocked 102 shots during the 1988-90 seasons. Heimos' record-breaker came at the 9:54 mark of the first half against Lewis when he thwarted a layup by Steve Turner.
SIUE now turns its attention to the second half of its four-game road trip. The Cougars next face Quincy on Thursday (2/10) at 7:30 p.m.
SIUE suffered its fourth straight setback Saturday (2/5) with an 81-71 loss at Lewis.
Lewis, 12-9 overall and 9-5 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, led for all but three minutes of the game. The Flyers finished with five players in double figures with Mary Moskal leading the way with 17 points.
SIUE, 10-13 and 5-9 in the GLVC, picked up a season-high 21 points from Julianne McMillen. Whitney Sykes added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Lewis led at halftime 37-27 and built a second-half lead as much as 17 points. The Cougars were strong from the field throw line, hitting 23 of 26 shots. However, SIUE didn't shoot as well from the field, scoring 4 of 22 from three-point range (18.2 percent) and 22 of 56 (39.3 percent) overall.
After building its halftime lead, Lewis got stronger in the second half. The Flyers shot 53 percent from the field in the second half.
SIUE now heads to Quincy for a meeting on Thursday (2/10) against the Hawks. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.
With six of its final eight regular season games on the road, SIUE men's basketball coach Marty Simmons says it won't be easy to win the school's first Great Lakes Valley Conference championship.
"We are very fortunate. There is no doubt about it," said Simmons. "It is up to us to use that as motivation as we prepare for these games. We need to take that enthusiasm and energy on the road with us."
The seventh-ranked Cougars are 17-4 overall and 10-2 in the GLVC, tied for first with Southern Indiana as they begin a four game road trip. SIUE travels to play UW-Parkside on Thursday (2/3). "They (UW-Parkside) are really hard to guard," said Simmons. "They shoot three-pointers very well. They will be ready for us."
Following the matchup with the Rangers, SIUE visits Romeoville on Saturday (2/5) to face Lewis.
SIUE split its last two games over the weekend defeating Northern Kentucky and falling to Indianapolis for its first home loss this season.
In the win over the Norse, seniors Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyville) and Dan Heimos (Waterloo) each recorded double-doubles. Bauersachs and Heimos rank in the top four in the conference in field goal percentage, while being No. 1 and No. 2 on the team in scoring and rebounds. "What he (Bauersachs) does for the team is unbelievable," said Simmons. "The leadership he brings to this basketball team is immeasurable. Heimos has worked his way into that same boat. They both mean so much to our team."
Fellow senior Calvin Sykes (Chicago) netted a season-best 18 points in the loss to the Greyhounds. Sykes, who was trouble by a knee injury at the beginning of the year, is playing up to form. "He (Calvin) was really aggressive to the basket and let his offense come to him," said Simmons. "That is nice to see."
Freshman J.B. Jones (Belleville) continues his solid play with averaging 9.5 points, 5.2 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. "He is solid as a rock," said Simmons. "He is a lot like Bauersachs. He does what it takes for his team to win."
SIUE continues to lead the GLVC in scoring defense (60.0 points per game) and field goal percentage defense (39.7 percent). "We have to get back to paying attention to details," said Simmons. "That has what has got us to 17 wins. Our guys have been willing to give a lot of effort and pay attention to details -- to do the little things right."
The Cougars face off against the Rangers on Thursday night (2/3) at 5:30 and battling the Flyers on Saturday (2/5) at 3 p.m.
After losing three of their last four games, SIUE women's basketball coach Wendy Hedberg believes that her team has to play like "there is no tomorrow" in the final eight regular season games .
The Cougars currently sit in seventh place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, with eight of the 11 teams making the postseason tournament. SIUE has a record of 10-11 overall and 5-7 in league play. "We have to find ourselves and play with the same energy and confidence we had when we were winning," said Hedberg. "We need to go back to the basics and fine tune everything for the stretch run."
Of their final eight games, the Cougars play six of eight games on the road with five of those contests coming against teams that are ahead of SIUE in the GLVC. "They are not going to be easy games," said Hedberg. "The two that we have at home are going to be tough."
SIUE travels north to face UW-Parkside on Thursday (2/3), then visit Lewis for another tough matchup on Saturday (2/5). "They are going to be ready for us," said Hedberg. "Lewis is a tough place to play and so is Parkside. It is going to be a battle."
Even though the Cougars dropped two games over this past weekend, they did pick up some solid performance from two bench players.
Freshman Tiffany Sproat (Belleville) recorded a career-high 19 points in the contest versus Indianapolis, shooting 8 of 11 from the field. "Tiffany is starting to shoot the ball better in practice," said Hedberg. "She is a competitor. She plays hard, and she is on the floor for everything. She gives us that extra boost or energy that we need."
Sophomore Jamie Kennedy (Colfax) came in off the bench to chip in a season-high 10 points while grabbing six rebounds against the Greyhounds. "She came in and had a great game," said Hedberg. "I was happy to see her play well."
Freshman Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) needs just three three-pointers to break the school record for threes made in a season, at 57.
Sophomore Julianne McMillen (Pana) and Sykes rank first on the team in scoring at 11.1 points a contest.
SIUE will be in Kenosha, Wis., Thursday (2/3) to face the Rangers at 5:30 p.m. and then on to Lewis on Saturday (2/5) at 1 p.m.
SIUE men's and women's track and field will split up to the Illinois Wesleyan Titan Open and the McDonald's Invitational in Carbondale this weekend. That move comes after the Cougars picked up more NCAA provisional qualifiers over the weekend at the Illinois State Redbird Invitational on Saturday (1/29).
"All in all we had another successful weekend; we need to continue to stay focused and work hard at practice," said SIUE Men's Track and Field coach David Astrauskas.
The Cougars had only six performers at the indoor event. Senior Lee Weeden (Ferguson, Mo.) broke the school record in the 20-pound weight throw with a toss of 17.90 meters (58-08.75 feet). He finished second in the event and the throw, the fourth longest in the nation, improved his NCAA provisional qualifying mark. "Lee again had another big performance," said Astrauskas. "One of our goals before the season started was to break the SIUE school record."
On the women's side, Holly Noller (Pawnee) provisionally qualified for the national championships in the shot put with a throw of 13.44 meters (44-01.25 feet). Noller's throw was the longest for SIUE this season. "Holly is a great competitor who was very determined to have a good performance this past weekend," said Astrauskas. "Holly has come a long way from the ACL tear that she suffered at the outdoor conference meet last season."
Senior Christen Carducci (Powell, Ohio) finished first in the mile, setting a season-best time of 5 minutes, 14.81 seconds in the event.
The SIUE wrestling team travels to Kirksville, Mo., this weekend for the Truman State Quadrangle on Saturday (2/5) at 5 p.m.
The Cougars have a record of 2-9 on the year after falling at Central Missouri State 21-14 last Thursday (1/27).
SIUE trailed 15-14 heading into the final two matches. After a double forfeit at 197 pounds, senior Brandon Lorek (Bensenville) lost at heavyweight with a fall in 4:11 to give the Mules the win.
Freshman Eric Scholle (Waukegan) improved his record to 7-2 on the season with a win at 174 pounds. Scholle has won his last three matches.
Sophomore Joe Rujawitz (Belleville) continued his solid season with a win at 149 pounds to run his mark to 12-9 on the season.
Fellow sophomore Scott Audo (Glenarm) notched a win at 125 pounds for SIUE as he improves to 6-12 on the season.
Junior Jamie Johnson (Woodward, Okla.) received his fourth win this year at 157 pounds, defeating Central Missouri's Andrew Hicklin 3-0 in a tightly contested match.
The Cougars battle Truman State, Eastern Illinois, and Carson Newman on Saturday (2/5).
SIUE men's and women's track and field received another solid performances in the indoor from Lee Weeden and Holly Noller at Illinois State University today.
Weeden broke the school record in the 20-pound weight throw with a toss of 17.90 meters (58-08.75 feet). He finished second in the event and the throw, the fourth longest in the nation, improves his NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Noller set the tone on the women's side, provisionally qualifying in the shot put with a throw of 13.44 meters(44-01.25 feet). Noller throw was the longest for SIUE this season.
Senior Christen Carducci finished first in the mile, setting a season-best time of 5 minutes, 14.81 seconds, in the event.
The Cougars will be back in action at the Illinois Wesleyan Titan Open on Saturday (2/6).