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February 10, 2004

SIUE Spring Enrollment Reaches 12,597

Spring 2004 enrollment jumped to 12,597, compared to last spring's 12,161, about a 3.6 percent increase. Compared to spring 2002, spring enrollment is up by almost 1,000 students

Boyd Bradshaw, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, said he was pleased with spring enrollment. "We've seen consistent strong increases in our fall enrollment," he said. "Now what we're starting to see is a spring growth pattern that mirrors the fall increases."

SIUE's fall (2003) enrollment was 13,295, continuing a nine-year trend of enrollment growth. Fall enrollment was up about 4.5 percent over fall 2002.

Todd Burrell, Director of Admissions, said early projections for Fall '04 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 '04 is May 31; for all other undergraduate students, the deadline is Aug. 2. Graduate students should submit applications no later than July 23. Additional information about applying for admission to SIUE is available online at

UCM To Sponsor Annual 'Death By Chocolate Affair' At SIUE Religious Center

During the 1960s, comic folk-singer Tommy Smothers sang about falling into a vat of chocolate, but the United Campus Ministry (UCM) will stop short of that danger during its annual "A Death by Chocolate Affair," on Friday, Feb. 13.

But, those attending the affair might find that tasting the amazing chocolate delicacies is tantamount to the same thing. "We have more than 20 establishments from the area, many of them famous for their desserts, donating chocolate to this event," says Rev. Cherie Hambleton, dorector of the UCM at the SIUE Religious Center.

The event takes place from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. that Friday at the domed center. Hambleton said the event is an important UCM fund-raiser. "Members of the surrounding communities are invited to tempt their taste buds with the pure enjoyment of 'sinfully' delicious desserts from some favorite establishments..

"Local restaurants and establishments-Houlihan's, Neruda, Franks' on Main, Rusty's, Mrs. Seibold's Bakery, My Just Desserts, Sacred Grounds, to name a few-will be represented at the affair, and, for the cost of admission, folks can sample as much chocolate as they wish. We'll also have chocolate treats from local kitchens."

Admission is $10; children under 12 and students, $5. A "to-go" plate is $8; students and children, $5. For more information, call (618) 650-3248.

The UCM on campus represents the United Methodist Church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, and the Church of the Brethren.

International Travel With Experts Also Offers Part In Video Documentary

Southern Illinois University students, their families, alumni, senior citizens, and other community members will have the chance to travel to ancient Greece or Egypt again this spring with the university's Expeditions in the Ancient World programs.

But this year there's a chance to be a "star."

SIU Carbondale has added funding to produce a video documentary of the expedition to Greece, utilizing faculty who are professional documentary producers. "This is an exciting step for our program, which is entering its 22nd year of providing expertly organized sojourns led by teams of professors in various fields of ancient culture," says SIUC Philosophy Professor Robert Hahn, who founded the travel program.

"This will be unique from other documentaries in that we will not only talk about the places and ideas that came out of Greek civilization, but we also will demonstrate the activities that fostered the ancient Greek's ideas of self knowledge and self-investigation, such as the theater and the Olympics," Hahn said.

The Greece program (May 27-June 10) takes in Athens, Delphi, and the Greek Islands of Samos and Kos, Troy, and the west coast of Turkey. Activities include performing in an ancient play in an ancient theater on Kos, with costumes and masks made by participants. Travelers also will re-enact the trial of Socrates, run an Olympic race in the stadium at Delphi, build ancient sundials on the beach, create pottery in a shop on Samos, and build an architectural model of an ancient Greek temple.

The Egypt program (May 15-28) will take up to 35 participants to Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, Egypt, as well as a luxury cruise on the River Nile. The trip includes site visits to ancient Egypt's wonders, temples and tombs, a re-enactment of the ancient mummification rituals, carving and painting hieroglyphic tablets, model-making reconstruction of the Great Pyramids, and erecting an obelisk.

Hahn says he hopes the documentary can be marketed to Public Television or to one of the cable learning channels. "We not only want the documentary to highlight our travel programs but to also attract benefactors who want to support us so that we can offer scholarships and more expanded programs," Hahn said. "We would also like to attract more participants who not only want to learn but also do."

A slide presentation about the programs will be conducted in Edwardsville, St. Louis, and Carbondale:

• 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, Wild Oats Community Market, Ladue Rd. & Interstate 170, St. Louis
• 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, both at Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas St., Community Room, on the lower level
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, Rm. 3117, Peck Hall, SIUE
• 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, Illinois Room, SIU Carbondale's Student Center

Students may earn hours of credit in a variety of subjects for participating, and may apply for financial aid through the university. Both programs offer a blend of archaeological site visits each morning, with free afternoons for relaxing, swimming and shopping, and a lecture series in the evening before dinner, Hahn said. "Our travel programs provide five-star accommodations all the way."

The programs' Web site is: Those interested also may contact SIUE Professor Nancy Ruff by e-mail:, or by calling: (618) 650-3649 for more information.

Exhibition at SIUE Offers Some Valentine's Day Snooker

You might not think of an appearance by the "Duchess of Doom" as a great place for a Valentine's Day date, but look at it this way: Do you want the standard box of chocolates, or the world's best snooker?

Snooker, nine ball, and trick shots will be the order of the day as Allison Fisher, one of the world's best pool players, with a host of national and world titles, will put on an exhibition from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Morris Center's Recreation Center.

.Fisher began playing pool when she was 12 years old and won her first World Snooker Championship at 17. Since then, she has made a name for herself playing snooker and nine-ball, and lately can be seen frequently in pool tournaments on ESPN.

Fisher's appearance coincides with the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region 9 Recreation Tournament being held Feb. 13-15 at SIUE. Several hundred college students from across the region will compete in bowling, pool, and table tennis with the winners going on to national finals.

Fisher was born in England and now resides in Charlotte, N.C. She once held the top ranking on the women's tour for five consecutive years, and returned to the top spot in 2003.

She's not the first world champion pool player to play at the Morris Center. In 1967, when the center opened, 14-time world champion Willie Musconi played an exhibition.

Professor To Participate In German Language Leadership Program

Belinda Carstens-Wickham, a professor of Foreign Languages and Literature and chair of that department, has been selected to participate in a leadership program in the field of German language education.

The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut established a program, Transatlantisches interkulturelles Nachwuchsfoerderungsprogramm Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Transatlantic Intercultural Program To Support Faculty Teaching German as a Foreign Language), designed to build future leaders in the field of teaching German. This program, now in its fourth year, is funded through the German government.

Carstens-Wickham, who has taught German at the university since 1989, will take part in the program with other participants who will strengthen their leadership skills, develop strategies for advocating German at all levels of instruction, and deepen their understanding of Germany and the European Union. Participants will also learn more about the activities of the AATG and the broader field of world languages.

Program participants will attend an orientation meeting in Washington D.C. from April 22-25. This summer, they will take part in seminars in Germany, and they also will attend the AATG Annual Meeting in Chicago in November.

SIUE Women's Golf Ranked 13th Nationally

With a 2003 Great Lakes Valley Conference championship in the bag, the SIUE women's golf team will begin its spring season ranked 13th in the nation among NCAA Division II schools, according to a coaches poll on www.thegolfchannel .com.

SIUE is coming off its best season in the history of the program. The Cougars dominated the GLVC Championships to win by 17 strokes. Kallie Harrison (Decatur) and Katie Farrell (Princeton) were both tabbed All-GLVC, and SIUE coach Larry Bennett was named Coach of the Year in the conference.

The Cougars open its spring schedule in March 15-16 at the Lady Emerald Invitational in Greenville, S.C., in hopes of making a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Men's Basketball Plays Host To USI, UMSL

With only three conference games left on the schedule and a fifth-place standing in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the SIUE men's basketball team is on its way to its first GLVC Tournament appearance since the 1998-1999 season.

SIUE, 13-10 overall and 9-8 in the GLVC, will entertain 16th-ranked Southern Indiana on Thursday (2/19) and Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday (2/21). Both games will be held at the Vadalabene Center.

Southern Indiana (19-4, 12-4 GLVC) has scored over 113 points in each of its past two games and is battling with Lewis for a conference championship. "It's not like you can take away one or two things from Southern Indiana and expect to win," Coach Marty Simmons said. "They can beat you in many different ways."

Missouri-St. Louis (9-14, 5-11 GLVC) has won three of its last five games to position itself for a possible appearance in the GLVC Tournament. "I don't like to look ahead, but I know UMSL is playing good basketball," Simmons said. "They have had some good wins recently."

The Cougars defeated Northern Kentucky last Thursday (2/12), thanks to a 40-foot three-pointer at the buzzer by Calvin Sykes (Chicago). "I'm proud of the team because we battled back and gave ourselves a chance to win," Simmons said. "To see the emotion after Sykes' shot was outstanding."

Sykes powered SIUE with 19 points Saturday (2/14) at Bellarmine, but SIUE dropped the contest as Bellarmine hit 71.7 percent of its shots.

Tyler Hackstadt leads the squad with 12.2 points per game. Ron Jones follows with 11.6 ppg and a team-high 44.7 three-point field goal percentage. Sykes averages 11.3 ppg and has a team-high 84 assists.

Women's Basketball Gears For Three-Game Homestand

With its remaining three games all at the Vadalabene Center, the SIUE women's basketball team is poised to make a run at qualifying for the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament.

SIUE, 10-14 overall and 5-12 in the GLVC, will face Southern Indiana on Thursday before playing host to Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday (2/21).

Southern Indiana (16-7, 9-7 GLVC) has mathematically qualified for the tournament, but Missouri-St. Louis (6-17, 3-13 GLVC) is currently on the outside looking in. "We've been fighting all season and every game has been important," Coach Wendy Hedberg said. "Depending on what happens Thursday, Saturday's game against UMSL could be a big matchup. We will come ready to play."

The Cougars are coming off road loses to Northern Kentucky and Bellarmine. "This was the hardest I've seen them play in a while; both NKU and Bellarmine are just quality teams," Hedberg said. "We battled hard at NKU and got off to a slow start at Bellarmine, but battled back to get into the game."

SIUE shot poorly in both games, hitting 38 percent against NKU and 35.7 percent against Bellarmine. "We are just missing too many shots near the basket," Hedberg said. "We need to knock down our open looks."

Jessica Robert (Carlyle) continues to lead the team with 14.6 points per game. Post players Tanya Guell (Plymouth, Wis.) and Julianne McMillen (Pana) follow with 12.8 and 10.9 ppg, respectively.

No. 20 Softball Opens In Georgia

The two-time defending Great Lakes Valley Conference champions will open their 2004 campaign with five games in two days at the West Georgia Tournament in Carrollton, Ga., this weekend.

SIUE plays West Alabama, West Florida and Georgia Southwestern on Friday (2/20), then West Georgia and Lincoln Memorial on Saturday (2/21).

It will be the first true competition for the Cougars since the fall season. Due to the weather, SIUE has yet to have had a practice outdoors. "We'll be ready by Friday," Coach Sandy Montgomery said. "We haven't seen a few live scenarios, but I think we're talented enough to work through it."

The opening tournament of the season will give players on the squad an opportunity to work for some playing time, but Montgomery realizes that every win is important. "We play to win every game," she said. "The team knows they have been practicing for playing time. They'll get an opportunity to play and we'll make our decisions on positions at that point."

Men's Tennis Opens At The Principia Invite

With five of its players returning from a year ago, the SIUE men's tennis team will open play this weekend at The Principia Invitational in Elsah.

The round-robin tournament begins Friday and will conclude Saturday. "This is a good warm-up to start the season," Coach Bill Logan said. "This tournament gives us a chance to get things rolling."

Newcomer Matt Warner (Arlington Hts.), a transfer from Midwestern State, will compete at No. 1 singles. Matt Kuban (Pekin) will play No. 2 singles. Warner and Kuban will team up to make the No. 1 doubles team.

At No. 3 singles, Logan will get a look at newcomer Justin Free (Danville). Andy Renner (Belleville) returns to the No. 4 slot, with Chris Rigdon (Glen Carbon) playing No. 5 and Doug Kummer (Fenton, Mo.) rounding out the lineup at No. 6 singles.

Rigdon and Daniel Lipe (Edwardsville) will play No. 2 doubles, with Free and Kummer competing at No. 3 doubles.

Track Teams Split For Weekend Action

The SIUE track and field team will be scattered this weekend, with some athletes participating at Indiana University and some at the Friday Night Special at Eastern Illinois.

"Only a handful of athletes will participate at Indiana University, giving them a chance to drop some qualifying times," Coach Darryl Frerker said. "The bulk of the team will be going to EIU."

Callie Glover (Bartlett) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in the shot put with a throw of 53 feet, 5.75 inches at the Lewis Invitational.

Richard Skirball (Granite City), who has provisionally qualified in the men's 800-meter, dropped his time to 1 minute, 53.38 seconds. On the women's side, Jamie Thomas (Blue Island) dropped her time in the 55-meter hurdles to a school record 8.41 seconds.

Overall, Frerker was impressed with his team's performance at the Lewis Invitational. "It was a great meet for us," Frerker said. "It was a continuation of what the first few weeks have shown."

This weekend marks the final competition before the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Championships, which will be held Feb. 28 at Lewis University. "Every weekend gets just a little better for us," Frerker said. "If we keep it up, we'll have a shot at the GLVC Championships."

Wrestling Travels To EIU, Central Oklahoma

SIUE wrestling will conclude its regular season this week with duals at Eastern Illinois and Central Oklahoma. It is the last competition before the Midwest Regional on Feb. 29.

The Cougars, who are 7-11 in dual matches, travel to EIU Wednesday (2/18) before heading to Central Oklahoma on Saturday (2/21).

The NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association currently ranks Central Oklahoma second in the nation. "The Central Oklahoma match is important because they are in our region,"

Coach Booker Benford said. "It is important to bump off some of those guys to get higher seeds in the regional."

Eastern Illinois, who competes in NCAA Division I, will come into the match with a 4-9 dual record. "EIU is very stacked this year," Benford said. "We have competed well with them these past few years, but had to give up points because of forfeits."

SIUE is coming off the CMSU Dual Jamboree, where it went 1-3 as a team. Steve Chico (Hammond, Ind.) was the only Cougar to win all four matches.

Basketball Cougars Look to Continue Hot Streak

After enjoying a three-game home stand that resulted in three Great Lakes Valley Conference victories, the SIUE basketball Cougars will take to the road to try to continue their string of wins.

The Cougars, 12-9 overall and 8-7 in the GLVC, travel to face Northern Kentucky on Thursday (2/12) and Bellarmine on Saturday (2/14).

SIUE is currently fifth in the conference standings, but Thursday's opponent NKU is a half-game back in sixth place. Bellarmine has dropped four straight and is currently 10th in the GLVC. The top eight teams advance to the conference tournament in March. "In a conference battle like this, all games are equally important," Coach Marty Simmons said. "It all goes back to the theory that you take one game at a time."

SIUE defeated both teams earlier this season. The Cougars broke NKU's string of 14 consecutive victories against the Cougars with a 81-75 victory at the Vadalabene Center. SIUE topped Bellarmine 68-53 in the GLVC home-opener earlier this year.

Tyler Hackstadt (Okawville) is averaging a team-high 12.6 points per game. He scored a team-high 17 points in SIUE's win against Wisconsin-Parkside. "Tyler plays hard and is asked to do so many things," Simmons said. "He is probably more consistent than anyone."

Joel Jaye (Chicago) has given the Cougars a big boost off the bench. He is averaging 10.5 ppg even though he has yet to start a game. He also leads active SIUE players with 5.3 rebounds a game. "Joel gives you the option of bringing energy into a game from an offensive standpoint," Simmons said. "He is almost like a sixth starter. He has accepted his role and has done a good job with it."

Ron Jones (Kankakee) is second on the team with 12.1 points per game. Calvin Sykes (Chicago) is averaging 10.5 ppg while leading the team with 78 assists.

Records Continue To Fall

Numerous SIUE indoor track and field records were broken last weekend at Illinois Wesleyan's Titan Open, bringing the season total to 17 records broken thus far.

Overall, the women's team won the meet with 145.16 points, well ahead of second-place Illinois Wesleyan who totaled 106 points. It is the first indoor team win for the Cougars since the 1999 season. The men's squad placed second in the meet.

Perhaps more important, the Cougars gained three NCAA provisional qualifying marks this weekend on the women's side. Jamie Thomas (Blue Island) provisionally qualified in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.43 seconds. Breanne Steffens' (Moline) time of 2 minutes, 16.15 seconds put her on the qualifying list in the 800 meters.

The Cougars' 4x400-meter relay team of Valerie Simmons (St. Louis), Jenny Jaquez (Aurora), Julia Scherer (Sumner) and Shevon Shegog (Anchorage, Alaska) also provisionally qualified with a time of 3:54.99. All qualifying times also broke the school record in the respective event. Thomas also broke the triple jump school record with a jump of 11.39 meters.

On the men's side, the distance medley relay team broke the school record with a time of 10:18.16. Making up the relay team were Ryan Boyll (Normal), Cody Ellermeyer (Duquoin), Richard Skirball (Granite City) and Brian Taghon (East Moline).

Both teams will try to continue their success when they travel to Lewis University on Friday (2/13) for the Lewis Invitational. "We added this meet to our schedule for several reasons," Coach Darryl Frerker said. "First, it is one of the few meets that run the 200-meter hurdles, which will be run at the conference meet. Second, it will be good for the young athletes to get experience on the track, because it is where the GLVC Championships will be held."

Women's Tennis Begins Spring Season

The SIUE women's tennis team will open its spring schedule this weekend when five individuals participate in the Principia Invitational in Elsah.

Singles competition will be held Friday (2/13), with doubles action taking place Saturday (2/14). Coach Bill Logan hopes his team can build on its performance during the fall semester. "I really thought the team did well last year although we finished fifth," Logan said. "We had numerous close matches and could have easily placed better."

Gina Wohltman (Effingham), who led the team in the fall with 11 victories, will be one of five SIUE participants in the Principia Invitational. Lisa Warner (Arlington Hts.), Chrissy Yingst (Belleville) and Allison Coats (Belleville) also will try to build on their impressive fall season. Celia Montes (Chicago) will make her Cougar debut at the tournament. "This is a tournament with good competition and is a great tournament to start off the spring season," Logan said.

During the fall, the Cougars played to a 9-5 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Rujawitz Picks Up Win No. 30

Joe Rujawitz (Belleville) picked up his 30th victory of the season Saturday (2/7) in a 2-1 overtime win over Central Missouri's Jesse Zeugin.

"A 30-win season means you are doing good things for yourself and the team," Coach Booker Benford said. "He really showed a lot of heart out there in that match."

Over the past few seasons, only SIUE's elite has surpassed the 30-win plateau, including NCAA national qualifiers Zach Stephens and Titus Taylor. However, things were not as glorious from a team standpoint. The Cougars dropped the Central Missouri match 24-19 before falling to Northern Illinois 49-0 Sunday evening.

SIUE, which now posts a 6-8 dual record on the season, will travel to Central Missouri for the CMSU Dual Jamboree. Other teams expected to enter the tournament are Southwest State, Indianapolis, Northern State and Fort Hays State. "Hopefully we can pick up two or three wins, but we will have to wrestle tough to do so," Benford said. "I told the team I was proud of their performance this past weekend. There were just a few small things that cost us points. This is all part of gearing up for nationals."

Women's Basketball Looks To Build On Victory

With its win Saturday (2/7) against Saint Joseph's, SIUE remains in the hunt for post-season play. The Cougars defeated Saint Joseph's 77-69 to solidify its eighth-place position in the Great Lakes Valley Conference standings. The top eight teams advance to the GLVC Tournament in March.

SIUE, 10-12 overall and 5-10 in GLVC action, will travel to Northern Kentucky on Thursday and Bellarmine on Saturday 2/14) for two GLVC contests. Coach Wendy Hedberg hopes the SJC victory will give her players a boost. "I thought coming off our win against Southern Indiana a few weeks ago would be a lift, but it wasn't," Hedberg said. "Hopefully, this win will give our players some confidence."

Julianne McMillen (Pana) recorded her sixth double-double on the season with 10 points and 10 boards against Saint Joseph's. Jessica Robert (Carlyle) poured in a season-high 23 points.

Jaque Howard (Galesburg), who prior to Saturday's game scored only six points in her last 12 games, came up big with 13 points which including four three-point field goals. "Hopefully, that will give Jaque some confidence to shoot the ball," Hedberg said. "She is a great passer, so sometimes she passes before she looks to shoot. We have not been taking enough shots lately."

Northern Kentucky enters Thursday's game with a record of 13-7 overall and 8-6 in the GLVC. It has lost its last two games, including a defeat to 5-16 Missouri-St. Louis. Bellarmine is 14-7 and 10-5 in GLVC play. "NKU will be tough, especially coming off two losses," Hedberg said. "I think we can play with them, and they are beatable as proven at UMSL."

Robert continues to lead the team in scoring with 14.8 ppg. Her 52.7 three-point field-goal percentage should be near the top in the nation when updated NCAA statistics are released Tuesday (2/10). Tanya Guell (Plymouth, Wis.) is second with 12.5 ppg. McMillen averages 11.1 ppg and leads the team with 7.7 boards per game.

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