Chancellor David Werner said the university continues to make strides toward a goal of being a "premier metropolitan university…the best of its kind" and laid out a plan for continued progress, in his sixth State of the University address.
The strategic plan was created last year by a group of more than 80 faculty, staff, students and community members. The committee took several months to create the plan and re-examine the mission, vision, values, and long-term goals of the university.
"Our vision is not to be just good," Werner said, "but to be 'premier.' We strive to be among the best, to set the standard for others to emulate. And, we can point to much evidence that we are premier, perhaps not yet in everything we do, but certainly in much of what we do."
The chancellor then outlined the plan based on seven long-term goals:
1. Engaged students and capable graduates
2. Innovative, high-quality programs
3. Committed faculty and staff
4. Harmonious campus climate
5. Sound physical and financial assets
6. Active community engagement
7. Excellent reputation.
Werner pointed to enrollment growth, degrees awarded, strong accreditation reviews, survey and anecdotal evidence of the effectiveness of faculty and staff, a positive campus atmosphere, construction projects, success of students, the natural beauty of the campus, and unique programs as evidence of SIUE's success.
"In summary," he said, "budget difficulties notwithstanding, the state of the university is good. But, we must have a strategy to move forward over the coming years."
The chancellor said the "first and foremost" task in moving forward is to integrate the vision and long-term goals into the university's planning process. He said the University Planning and Budget Council (UPBC) is in the process of integrating its budget recommendations with the university's seven long-term goals to "complete the strategic plan."
He added, "But, the integration of the vision and goals into the life of the university must go beyond the work of the UPBC. By the end of this year, each unit needs to have measures of how it is doing on each of the long-term goals that apply to it. And, based on what the (initial) data shows, each unit needs plans to move forward."
Werner named "serious discussion" of the meaning of student engagement data, making the School of Pharmacy a reality, enhancing campus communication, securing funding for renovations to the Science Building, and continuing to enhance SIUE's reputation as being among the actions that should be priorities in short- and long-term planning.
He concluded his presentation by encouraging everyone affiliated with the campus to continue the steady progress of the university.
"Over the last year, we have made steps, some large, others small, in moving SIUE to achieve its vision, in making Edwardsville synonymous with academic excellence, in making this a great place for students to live and learn," Werner said. "We will continue to move in steps, not giant leaps, just as those who came before us moved the university forward a day, a week, a month at a time.
"Let us resolve to continue our progress this academic year, continuing into 2003 proud of our accomplishments, confident of our future, and knowing that the fruit of our labor will be our ability to say again next fall: 'Now is the best time ever to be a student at SIUE.' "
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SIUE's spring 2003 enrollment is up by more than 500 students over last year's spring enrollment, reflecting the university's increased emphasis on retention.
Spring '03 enrollment stands at 12,161; spring '02 enrollment was 11,623. "Continuing undergraduate" students were up about 400 over last year. Continuing graduate students were up about 100.
"There is a stronger emphasis on retention campuswide," said Boyd Bradshaw, acting assistant vice chancellor for enrollment.
"From student life activities to additional emphasis on academic programs outside the classroom, we have instituted a range of activities designed to keep students engaged in their studies and the community."
SIUE's fall (2002) enrollment was 12,708, continuing an eight-year trend of enrollment growth. Fall enrollment was up about 2 percent over fall 2001.
Bradshaw said early projections for fall '03 are "looking good" for an increase roughly equal to or slightly better than fall '02. He said the admission application deadline for freshmen entering fall '03 is May 31; for all other undergraduate students, the deadline is Aug. 4.
Graduate students should submit applications no later than July 25. Additional information about applying for admission to SIUE is available online at www.admis.siue.edu.
R. Buckminster Fuller was quite a thinker by most accounts, a visionary to many who advocated the environmental global village idea long before anyone else really could grasp the concept.
His structure-The SIUE Religious Center-embodies the "Spaceship Earth" concept that Fuller espoused-that we are a global family and Earth is our vehicle that must be maintained. It's distinct geodesic design has always been a conversation piece for campus visitors.
But, after 30-plus years, the center itself needs some major repair and the Friends of the Religious Center (FRC) support group is being created to facilitate matters. The FRC is made up of about a dozen members of the university community and the surrounding community at-large, including the three ministerial directors headquartered at the center. They all share an interest in the structure as an architectural treasure.
"Many people may not know it, but the Religious Center structure is not a university-owned building," says Greg Fields, an associate professor of Philosophical Studies at SIUE and chair of the Friends group. "It was built with private money and opened in 1971 to serve the spiritual needs of the students.
"The Center is dedicated to keep religious faith and experience in dialogue with higher education," Fields said, "and to enriching the spiritual lives of students, faculty, and staff, as well as residents of the surrounding communities.
"The building has been maintained through the years by the University Religious Council, a private group, which in turn leases the land on which the center stands from SIUE," Fields said. "However, because of dwindling resources, the council has had more trouble in the past few years attaining funds to keep the building in repair. So, some concerned members of the community have banded together to form the FRC and help raise money for the building," Fields said.
Fields said the group is planning fund-raising events and hopes to attract attention to others who are concerned with preserving local architecture. The FRC is hosting A Celebration of World Faiths, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Religious Center. Spiritual leaders and groups from several traditions will share music, scripture, prayer, and information about their faiths. The goal is an evening of learning and fellowship, and an opportunity to cultivate more Friends of the Religious Center. This is a free event, with donations accepted. Refreshments with ethnic themes will be available, and all are welcome.
"This building was designed by Buck Fuller when he was a member of the faculty at both Edwardsville and Carbondale," Fields pointed out. "Not only is this a unique piece of architectural wonder, but also an integral part of the history of this university."
Most of the money raised by the URC through the years has helped maintain the building on a daily basis; however, a capital campaign is needed for more extensive projects, such as major roof repair and replacement of the heating and cooling system,as well as landscaping to deter flooding.
The FRC also is concerned with raising funds to help with programming at the center. "The FRC is interested in expanding the resources of the university's new minor program in Religious Studies, a subject, Fields says, "that is important for both religiously inclined students, and for those who are not, as a means to understand religion as a major force in the history and future of the world."
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 Friday, Feb. 28.
The annual service award and scholarship were established to recognize students for 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 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, as well as two letters documenting community service and leadership. 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, 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 3, 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.
Although it is in the midst of a nine-game losing streak, the SIUE men's basketball team is still striving to get better.
"We are taking each practice and each day one at a time," said Coach Marty Simmons. "We have done some things better but just not enough to win games."
The Cougars, 7-16 overall and 3-13 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, travel to Quincy Thursday (2/20) and Missouri-St. Louis Saturday (2/22) for two important GLVC contests.
Quincy (11-13, 5-12 GLVC) enters Thursday's match up on a three-game losing skid. It edged the Cougars 72-65 earlier this year at the Vadalabene Center.
"Quincy has a lot of weapons," Simmons said. "They are big, physical and quick."
The Hawks are led in scoring by Cory Cummens' 13.1 points per game. As a team, they average 9.58 steals a game, which ranks them atop the GLVC. Missouri-St. Louis (5-18, 2-15 GLVC) has struggled through a 12-game losing streak. Despite ranking last in the GLVC standings, the Rivermen are second in the league in scoring defense, allowing an average of 69.0 points per game.
"UMSL can guard as good as anyone in the league," Simmons said. SIUE defeated Missouri-St. Louis 61-51 earlier this season at the Vadalabene Center.
SIUE is led in scoring by Ron Jones (Kankakee). The junior leads the team with 15.9 points per game and his 46.9 percent three-point field goal percentage ranks him in the top 10 in the country. "He has done outstanding for us this year," Simmons said of Jones. "He was asked to add to his game. His efforts create more offense for us." Jones needs seven more three-point field goals to break Garrett Thomas' SIUE record of 73 three-point field goals made in a season.
The streaking SIUE women's basketball team will travel to Quincy for a Thursday matchup (2/20) and Missouri-St. Louis for a Saturday (2/22) contest.
The Cougars, 13-10 overall and 9-7 in the GLVC, have won seven of its last nine games. They swept a road series last week against Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis. "We played hard last weekend at two tough places to play," Coach Wendy Hedberg said. "Both wins were just a great team effort."
SIUE will try to continue its hot streak against Quincy (19-5, 13-4 GLVC). The Lady Hawks defeated the Cougars 68-56 earlier this season at the Vadalabene Center. "The game against Quincy earlier this season was back-and-forth most of the game," Hedberg said. "If we minimize our mistakes and keep playing good defense we'll be successful."
Missouri-St. Louis (9-13, 4-13 GLVC) also defeated the Cougars earlier this season at the Vadalabene Center. Ebonie Halliburton scored 33 points and hit clutch free throws in the final minutes to seal the victory for UMSL. "Halliburton is a dangerous shooter, and UMSL's inside play is tough," Hedberg said.
Ruth Kipping (Quincy) is second in the GLVC with 18.6 points per game. She trails Wisconsin-Parkside's Sammy Kromm who averages 19.3.
Liz DeShasier (Carrollton) scored a career-high 22 points in the Cougars' win against Lewis. Her scoring average has jumped to 9.1 points per game, just behind Jessica Robert's (Carlyle) 9.2 points per game.
The SIUE men's and women's indoor track and field teams will begin preparation for the GLVC Indoor Championships, which will be held March 1 in Kenosha, Wis.
The Cougars are coming off the Saluki Open in Carbondale in which several athletes achieved personal records. "It was a good meet for us," Coach Darryl Frerker said. "It will make them more confident going into the conference meet."
Jennifer Jaquez (Aurora) finished fourth in the 400 meter dash in a time of 52.08 seconds. On the men's side, Darren Dinkelman (Nashville) won the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.63 and Kevin Koller (Centralia) placed fourth in the 400 meters in a time of 49.66.
Mark Milleville (Altamont) won the weight throw with a toss of 58 feet-0.25 inches. The mark improved his chances of qualifying for the NCAA-II Championships from March 14-15 in Boston. Milleville finished third in the shot put, also an event in which he has provisionally qualified.
The SIUE wrestling squad has one dual remaining before its Regional meet. It travels to Central Missouri State Tuesday (2/18) to take on the Mules in a 7 p.m. dual.
"Central Missouri is in our region," said Coach Booker Benford, "so this dual is important because we need to beat them to get a higher seed in the Regionals."
Benford indicated the team will once again be short-handed in a few weight classes, thus he will concentrate on individual victories instead of a team victory. "Just like the recent duals, this will be used as a fine-tuner for Regionals," Benford said. "Each guy is going to have to wrestle tough for seven minutes against Central, because they are a tough team to compete against."
Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) is currently third in the nation at 174 pounds. He has a record of 25-10 this season.
Results of Feb. 18 wrestling match.
Ruth Kipping (Quincy) has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.
The senior scored 26 points in a win against 18th-ranked Northern Kentucky and had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort against 15th-ranked Indianapolis. In her past four games, Kipping has averaged more than 22 points per game.
"Ruth is a great offensive player," said Coach Wendy Hedberg. "She does well when she is double-teamed as well, whether she kicks the ball out to a teammate or tries to split the defense." Kipping leads the GLVC with 19.6 points per game.
Mark Milleville (Altamont) has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in a second event.
Milleville, a sophomore, threw the shot put 16.35 meters (53 feet-7.75 inches) for a school record at the Titan Open in Bloomington. His throw does not guarantee a spot in the national indoor meet, set for Boston on March 14-15. He'll need to be among the top 12 when the final performance list is released in early March.
Milleville previously qualified on a provisional basis in the weight throw. "Mark has thrown equally well or better before," said SIUE Coach Darryl Frerker. "He'll have a couple of more meets to improve his spot on the performance list."
Freshman Steve Landers (Auburn) threw the shot put 15.10 meters this week and lost his school record to Milleville. "They are staring to hit their peak. Hopefully, they will carry it through to the national meet," said Frerker.
The SIUE men placed third at the Titan Open with 79 points behind junior colleges Rend Lake (93) and St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley (92).
Frerker said he expects at least three others to be close or break provisional qualifying this week.
Many of the top SIUE runners will head to the Canon IV Classic in Indianapolis. Meanwhile, most of the throwers will head south to Carbondale for the Saluki Open.
Frerker said he expects Richard Skirball (Granite City) to earn a spot in the 800-meter run at the indoor nationals just like last season. Skirball did not run the 800-meter event this week but still has two more meets in which to qualify.
Kevin Koller (Centralia) and Jeff Fearday (Teutopolis) also are among those who are nearing NCAA qualifying marks.
Frerker said the SIUE women also have a couple of student-athletes on the verge of qualifying for the national indoor meet.
Jennifer Jaquez (Aurora) and Breanne Steffens (Moline) look to qualify in the 400-meter dash and the mile, respectively.
The SIUE women placed seventh at the Titan Open with 32 points. Host Illinois Wesleyan won the meet with 102 points.
With six games left in the regular season, every game will be important for the SIUE women's basketball team as it travels to Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis this weekend for two Great Lakes Valley Conference games.
SIUE has won five of its last seven games and has jumped into fifth place in the conference standings. The Cougars hold an overall record of 11-10 and a 7-7 mark in the GLVC.
The Cougars face Wisconsin-Parkside Thursday (2/13) for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. SIUE defeated the Rangers 65-59 in overtime earlier this season at the Vadalabene Center. "Wisconsin-Parkside played tough on our court," said Coach Wendy Hedberg. "I have no doubt it will be just as tough on their home floor."
Sammy Kromm leads the team and is second in the GLVC with 19.4 points per game. The Rangers (10-11, 6-8 GLVC) are coming off a 25-point win against Saint Joseph's.
The Cougars then travel to Lewis for an afternoon tip-off on Saturday (2/15). The Flyers (8-14, 4-11 GLVC) snapped their nine-game losing streak last Saturday (2/8) with a win over Saint Joseph's.
"Lewis had a big win over Saint Joseph's," Hedberg said. "The win lets them know they can still win games, and that will be fuel for the fire."
Liz DeShasier (Carrollton), one of two Cougars who have started every game this year, has contributed valuable minutes as of late. She is currently second on the team with 5.4 rebounds per game and third with 8.5 points per game.
The SIUE men's basketball team will try to halt a seven-game losing streak this week when it travels to Wisconsin-Parkside for a Thursday (2/13) night matchup and Lewis for a Saturday (2/15) afternoon game.
The Cougars are currently 7-14 and 3-11 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. They are just behind Bellarmine and Saint Joseph's, both 4-11 in the GLVC, for the eighth spot in the conference standings. The top-eight teams qualify for the conference tournament in March.
Wisconsin-Parkside (11-10, 6-8 GLVC) is led in scoring by Quincy Moman's 16.6 points per game. Moman scored a game-high 21 points in the Rangers' 70-53 triumph over the Cougars earlier this season.
Lewis (18-4, 11-4 GLVC) is currently the 19th-ranked team in the nation and is on a three-game winning streak. Monta McGhee leads the team with 17.9 points per game. Lewis defeated the Cougars 74-64 earlier this season at the Vadalabene Center behind McGhee's 18 points per game.
Ron Jones (Kankakee) paces SIUE with 16.1 points per game. He also is ranked in the top-30 in the nation with a 45.5 percent three-point, field-goal percentage.
Ron Heflin (Gary, Ind.) and Justin Ward (Moline) average 12.4 and 12.1 points per game, respectively.
Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyville) is the team's leading rebounder with 4.9 boards per game.
The SIUE wrestling squad will travel to Truman State University Sunday (2/16) for a dual meet with the Bulldogs. The meet will begin at 2 p.m.
"Truman State is kind of in the same boat as us in the fact it is hard for them to fill their lineup," said Coach Booker Benford. "If our guys wrestle tough, and Truman State's lineup falls in our favor, I think this is a team we can beat."
SIUE is coming off a 47-3 defeat to Northern Illinois. Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) claimed the lone victory for the Cougars. Stephens is currently ranked third in the nation at 174 pounds.
After Sunday's dual, the Cougars only have one more meet before the NCAA Regionals on March 2. The NCAA Championships are set for March 14th and 15th.
The SIUE men's tennis team will participate in its first competition of the season this weekend at the Principia Invitational.
The Cougars will compete against Truman State, Washington University and The Principia.
No team scores will be calculated. "This is mainly a warm-up tournament for the teams," said Coach Bill Logan. "We will use it as a preparatory tournament for our players."
Singles will be held Friday (2/14) with the doubles action taking place Saturday (2/15). "The team has been practicing really hard," Logan said. "We have had some really good practice sessions."