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February 12, 2002

Spring Enrollment Grows 1.25 Percent Over Last Year

Spring enrollment grew to 11,623 students, an increase of 143 students, or about 1.25 percent, over last spring.

Director of Admissions Boyd Bradshaw said the increase was indicative of the growing enrollment SIUE has experienced for the last several years.

"The spring enrollment indicates what we've seen consistently for the last several years in both the fall and spring," Bradshaw said. "Our reputation is growing across the state and region. Students and their families are discovering that SIUE offers a quality educational experience at an affordable price."

In addition to the increase in enrollment, the university's full-time equivalent rose to 9,098, an increase of 3.6 percent over the previous spring.

Early indicators suggest fall enrollment likely will continue the growth trend. "Although it is too soon to make projections on fall enrollment, applications are running ahead of this same time period last year," he said. "We've opened Bluff Hall, our third residence hall, this fall, which has had a positive impact on enrollment and retention."

Search Committee Formed To Find Coach's Replacement By Spring

Jack Margenthaler began his collegiate career as a student-athlete at the University of Houston as a Cougar. After 10 seasons at SIUE as its men's head basketball coach, Margenthaler retires as a Cougar.

Margenthaler informed his team during the season and then asked SIUE Athletic Director Cindy Jones that he be reassigned from his coaching duties effective at the conclusion of the 2001-2002 basketball season. He will retire June 30. A search committee has been formed to find a replacement by spring.

"I appreciate the opportunity I've had for the last 10 years, and I really feel this is a great institution," Margenthaler said. "The potential of the athletics program is unbelievable. My job is and will continue to be a good job."

Jones said Margenthaler brought dignity, accountability, and integrity to the basketball program at SIUE. "Jack has put the men's basketball program in a position to take it to the next level," she said. "My job now is to begin a national search to find our next coach."

Margenthaler, a native of Pinckneyville, played collegiate basketball for Guy Lewis at Houston. The National Basketball Association came calling in June 1965 as the Philadelphia 76ers drafted him. Margenthaler turned down a professional contract to further his academics, completing a bachelor's in Physical Education and Science in 1965 and a master's in 1967 at Houston.

LaSalle-Peru High School named Margenthaler its boy's basketball coach in 1968. He spent six seasons there, winning five conference championships, five regional tournaments, one sectional tournament, and one supersectional. He was the North Central region's Coach of the Year from 1968 to 1973.

Margenthaler made the move to intercollegiate athletics in 1974 when he was hired as assistant coach and a member of the physical education faculty at Drake University. The 1974-75 Drake team finished 25-6 and won the National Commissioner's Trophy.

After three seasons as an assistant, he became head coach at Western Illinois, where he was twice named Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year in 1981 and 1982. He spent 15 seasons at Western before heading to SIUE. At SIUE, he helped develop three of the top 10 scorers in school history, including all-time leading scorer Jason Holmes.

Margenthaler and his wife, Mary Beth, have two sons, Matt and Ty. Both of Coach Margenthaler's sons played college basketball for him. Matt is now the head men's basketball coach at Minnesota State-Mankato. Ty is in his second season as the assistant women's basketball coach at Bradley University.

Margenthaler, who has amassed more than 300 victories in 25 seasons at SIUE and Western Illinois, was a stabilizing force for the athletic program in the mid-1990s when SIUE was searching for a permanent intercollegiate conference. SIUE and Margenthaler participated in the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the first time during the 1995-96 season.

Black Heritage Month Activities Set For February

The Black Heritage Month Planning Committee is presenting its Fifth Annual Black Heritage Month Program during February, with its theme of Africa, My Roots: America, My Home. Below is the remaining calendar of events:

• Delyte W. Morris Center Gallery Exhibit, Perspective and Perception XI, by Ambrose Wesley; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

• Art Exhibit, Africa My Roots: America, My Home; Morris Center (second floor, south wall), during regular business hours.

• Black Student Association presents MUC Showcase, 11:30-1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18; first floor of Morris Center.

• African Drum and Dance Co. of Cahokia, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13; first floor of Morris Center.

• SIUE East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts Dance Co., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, first floor of Morris Center.

• Fourth Annual Black Heritage Month Talent Show, 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Meridian Ballroom, first floor of Morris Center.

• Reading by East St. Louis Poet Laureate Eugene Redmond, acclaimed poet and author and SIUE professor of English Language and Literature, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26; first floor of Morris Center.

• African American Dance Ensemble, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, first floor of Morris Center.

For more information about Black Heritage Month, call the Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686.

Mahalia To Be Performed Feb. 23 At EHS For A&I

The life of Mahalia Jackson, the most famous gospel singer in American musical history, will be told in song at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, to be staged at Edwardsville High School (EHS) auditorium as part of the Arts & Issues series. EHS is at 6161 Center Grove Rd., Edwardsville.

Arts & Issues is in its 17th season of offering Southwestern Illinois audiences quality entertainment and provocative presentations from entertainers and newsmakers from around the world. This performance was scheduled off campus because it was uncertain if renovations at Meridian Ballroom would be under way.

"This production is stirring as it focuses on a remarkable woman who became an icon of an era," says Karen Bollinger, acting coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. "The musical takes audiences from Mahalia's poor beginnings as the grandchild of plantation slaves to her international fame performing before presidents and royalty."

Though Mahalia Jackson achieved the affection of a nation and a permanence in American musical history, little is known about her life, which was plagued by the prejudices of the time, and included odd idiosyncrasies, such as a distrust of financial institutions.

The musical, written by Tom Stolz and directed by Joy Vandervort-Cobb, also traces Jackson's rise to wealth and international fame as she also fought alongside The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the battle for equality during the civil rights movement.

Tickets for the Feb. 23 event are $16; students, $8. For ticket information, call (618) 650-5555, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 5555; write: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1083; or by e-mail,

SIUE Choirs To Present Three Concerts This Semester

SIUE Choirs will present three concerts during spring semester, covering a wide range of literature, according to Joel Knapp, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at the university.

"We have so much variety planned for this semester," Knapp said. "There is something for everyone." The three SIUE choirs that will be performing are the University Singers, the Concert Choir, and the Community Choral Society.

The music of Mozart and Bach will be presented Feb. 17 at St. Kevin's Church in East Alton at 7:30 p.m. A string quartet will join regular choir piano accompanist, Kang Le, in Bach's Motet VI, "Lobet den Herrn," and Mozart's Missa Brevis in D Major. Tickets are $3.

A dessert buffet and a Concert of Love Songs will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Eden Church in Edwardsville. "Our theme will be 'B is for Broadway,' taking the audience through the lexicon of terminology used in musical theater," Knapp said. Admission is $10, which includes the buffet..

At 7:30 Thursday and Friday, April 25-26, the SIUE Choirs and Orchestra will combine under the baton of Associate Music Professor Michael Mishra to present Poulenc's Gloria and Mozart's Coronation Mass. Performances will take place in SIUE's Dunham Hall Theater.

Mishra is music director of the SIUE Orchestra. Knapp also is the assistant conductor of the Bach Society of St. Louis and director of the Masterworks Concert Choir.

'Bus Stop' Presents Us With Complicated Relationships

William Inge's compelling play, Bus Stop, is ostensibly an examination of relationships in the mid-1950s, but according to director Cameron Ulrich, the play indicates we may not have come all that far in nearly 50 years.

Bus Stop will run a second weekend on the Mainstage at Dunham Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 15-16, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.

Opening on Broadway in 1955, Inge depicted what he considered repressed characters struggling with the modern world, a common theme throughout his plays.

But in 2002, Ulrich points out, not much is different between men and women. "This play is an amazingly powerful slice-of-life with issues that still resonate today," Ulrich said. "It's a love story among several characters, trying to make a connection between each other. It centers on isolation; the characters are trapped in one place- Grace's Diner, the Bus Stop."

So many times, Ulrich contends, we tend to romanticize the 1950s, but Inge is not having any of that at Grace's. "Inge is reflecting on the 1950s in a realistic way," the director said. "It was a lonely time, an isolated world of the Cold War. After reading it, I thought, however, nothing much has changed since 1955 in relationships between men and women."

The plot finds a group of people traveling by bus who stop at Grace's on the way to various destinations. As the play unfolds, their varied stories are revealed and we find each of them in some sort of relationship-healthy or otherwise-with the other travelers or the employees of the diner.

Ulrich, who is from eastern Iowa and South Dakota, comes from a region of the country where bus stops probably exist aplenty. "I was familiar with this play only slightly and I found that the movie with Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray doesn't do the play justice," Ulrich said.

"Our production explores how these characters fight loneliness and make significant strides to arrive at some sort of healthy relationship toward the end of the play."

Tickets for Bus Stop are $7; students and senior citizens, $5. For ticket information, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

Applications Available For Kimmel Community Awards

Nomination-applications for the 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. 22.

The annual award and scholarship were established to recognize students for their outstanding leadership and community volunteer service contributions, as well as 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.

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 Faculty-Staff 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.
• Nominees must have demonstrated a variety of community service contributions for an extended period of time;
• 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.

Winners will be recognized Thursday, April 4, 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.

UC Research Professor To Deliver 26th Annual Probst

William R. Heineman, distinguished research professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati, will deliver the 26th Annual William J. Probst Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18.

Appearing in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of the Delyte W. Morris Center, Heineman will speak about Chemical Sensors: Why They Are Important To You. In addition to the evening lecture, a student research symposium will be conducted earlier in the day, and a session is scheduled the following morning for faculty and students, New Concepts for Chemical Sensors.

The Probst lecture, named for the late SIUE Chemistry professor, is presented by the SIUE Department of Chemistry and the SIUE Chemistry Club. The lecture is funded in part by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, and the department, as well as student activity fees and the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. For more information, call the department, (618) 650-2042.

Softball Jumps Out To 5-0 Record

With five wins and ranked 15th in the nation, Cougar softball heads to Kennesaw State for its second tournament of the season.

SIUE, 5-0, faces Texas A&M-Kingsville, Georgia College & State and Lander in its tournament pool on Friday (2/22). Teams will be placed in brackets on Saturday )2/23) based on their finishes in Friday's games.

Coach Sandy Montgomery's team exploded for seven home runs in its first five games. Three came from All-American and all-time SIUE home run leader Erin Newman (Fairfield, Calif.), who improved her career total to 39.

Koree Claxton (Rantoul) also had three home runs and 13 runs batted in during the wins over Valdosta State, Lincoln Memorial, Mississippi Women, Alabama-Huntsville and West Alabama. Claxton hit .632 (12 of 19).

The Cougars' offense outscored their opponents 39-12 and outhit them 51-21. Pitchers Missy Koenig (Mapleton) and RyAnn Spann (Bethalto) combined for the victories. Spann allowed just six hits in 18 innings pitched. Koenig gave up five earned runs but issued just one walk in 14 innings.

Baseball Takes Two Of Three From Pittsburg State

Josh Cate's (Imperial, Mo.) eighth-inning grand slam home run proved to the game-winner as the Baseball Cougars won the rubber game of a three-game series at Pittsburg State (Kan.) 8-7.

SIUE, 2-1, also picked up a 5-0 shutout from Nick Seibert (Edwardsville) and Jeff Ebeler (Waterloo) in game two of the series. The duo scattered five hits and fanned four. The Cougars hit well in the series with a .343 batting average.

The defense, however, struggled with 11 errors. SIUE faces McKendree during the week and then heads to Florence, Ala., for the weekend for a single game with North Alabama and two games with Southern Arkansas.

Cougars Finish Season On The Road

Having been eliminated from qualifying for the GLVC Tournament, the men's basketball team may have the opportunity to have an effect on first-round matchups in the league tourney.

SIUE plays Saint Joseph's on Thursday (2/21) at 5:30 p.m. The Cougars meet Indianapolis at 3 p.m. on Saturday (2/23).

Coach Jack Margenthaler's club is 7-17 overall and 3-15 in the GLVC. It will be Margenthaler's final road trip as SIUE's head coach, having previously announced his retirement.

Marty Perry (Jacksonville) can place himself among an elite group of names by scoring 21 more points in the final two games. Perry needs 21 points to become the 12th player in school history to score 1,000 points.

The Cougars already have set school record for three-pointers made (192) and three-pointers attempted (553).

Women's Basketball Heads To SJC, Indianapolis

The regular season comes to an end this week after SIUE meets Saint Joseph's on Thursday (2/21) at 5:30 p.m. and Indianapolis at 1 p.m. on Saturday (2/23). Both contests are away games for the Cougars.

SIUE (14-10, 12-6 GLVC) picked up its third straight win on Saturday (2/16) against Lewis 65-62. Ruth Kipping (Quincy) recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds against the Flyers.

The Cougars are currently in fifth place in the GLVC. SIUE can move up as high as third with a pair of wins and some help from the teams playing fourth-place Bellarmine and third-place Quincy.

Coach Wendy Hedberg and her Cougars celebrated senior night this past Saturday (2/16) as Amanda Buldtman (Metropolis), Heather Hillebrenner (Quincy) and Jill Johnson (Highland) were honored. The trio's only hopes of returning to the NCAA Tournament may be through an automatic bid, which can be earned by winning the GLVC Tournament.

SIUE should know its seed for the GLVC Tournament on Saturday afternoon after four of five games in the league have been completed.

Wrestling Hangs Hopes On Regionals

It's the time of year every wrestler anxiously awaits. The NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships is set for Sunday (2/24) in Aberdeen, S.D. The Cougars are sending eight wrestlers to the meet.

Coach Booker Benford said he believes as many as five could advance to next month's NCAA-II Championships in Kenosha, Wis. Wrestlers must finish in the top four in their respective weight classes to advance to the NCAA-II Championships on March 8-9.

SIUE's best hopes of advancing are heavyweight Aaron Wiens (Cicero), 149-pounder Nathan Graumenz (Vandalia), 165-pounder Omari Johnson (Chicago), 174-pounder Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) and 133-pounder Manny Herrera (Chicago).

Track's Turpin Sets Another Pole Vault Record

Sarah Turpin (Belleville) broke another personal and school record with her leap of 10 feet at the USA Open in Carbondale this past weekend.

Turpin has broken the school record several times during the indoor season and will likely break the current outdoor record of 8 feet, 6 inches held by Crystal Anderson when the outdoor season begins in March.

Coach Darryl Frerker still has a watchful eye on the national performance list, which has three SIUE performances on it. Kevin Koller (Centralia) is listed at 10th with his performance of 48.62 at 400 meters. Richard Skirball (Granite City) is ninth at 800 meters with his time of 1:52.68. The men's 4 X 400-meter relay is currently 13th overall.

SIUE heads to the GLVC Indoor Championships this weekend at Lewis. The field events are scheduled to start at 11 a.m. with the running events set to go off at noon.

Track Team Posts Qualifying Performances

Kevin Koller (Centralia), a sophomore, and Richard Skirball (Granite City), a sophomore, exceeded the provisional qualifying times for the 400- and 800-meter events at the Cannon Classic on Saturday (2/9) and may have qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships to be held Mar. 8-9.

The 4 X 400-meter relay also qualified for the national championships on a provisional basis. Competitors can automatically qualify for the national championship by passing a high standard. Those who provisionally qualify are placed on a performance list after which the top competitors are invited to compete at the national championship.

Koller ran 400 meters in 48.62 seconds, breaking the old school record set by Kettrell Berry in 1985. Skirball also broke a school record with his 10th place finish at 1:52.68. The old record was held by Travis Roundcount at 1:53:53 in 1997.

The 4 X 400-meter relay team finished sixth but set a new SIUE standard with a time of 3:17.46. The old record was 3:23.86 set back in 1999. The foursome of Koller, Tyrone Walker (East St. Louis), Jeff Fearday (Teutopolis) and Ryan Gold (Hartford) set the new record.

"We'll have to wait now and see if those performances hold up, but I think all three are in good position to be at the national meet," said SIUE Coach Darryl Frerker.

Tamekia Howard (Florissant, Mo.) was the bright spot for the Cougars on the women's side. She finished 19th in the 400-meter dash in 57.93, setting a new school record.

Kipping Named GLVC Co-Player Of The Week

Ruth Kipping (Quincy) was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference's Co-Player of the Week after SIUE swept No.7-ranked Southern Indiana and Missouri-St. Louis last week.

Kipping averaged 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while converting 60.9 percent of her field goals. A junior forward, Kipping began the week by scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the 70-59 upset victory over USI. She came back on Saturday (2/9) to toss in 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting, grab eight rebounds and block two shots as SIUE completed the sweep with a 64-50 triumph over UMSL.

Women's Basketball Poised To Advance In GLVC Standings

With three games left in the GLVC regular season, Coach Wendy Hedberg knows each and every game is important.

SIUE (13-10, 11-6) plays Lewis on Saturday (2/16) in a 5:30 p.m. game, the final home contest of the season. The Cougars travel to Saint Joseph's and Indianapolis next week to close out the regular season.

The Cougars could finish as high as second place and as low as fifth place in the regular season standings. "It's not going to be easy," said Hedberg, "because the teams we play are below us in the standings and are trying to make it into the tournament."

Hedberg is waiting to see if senior Jill Johnson (Highland) can return to the lineup. Johnson suffered a knee injury one week ago and has been sidelined. The Cougars are hoping a brace and an OK from doctors will bring her back to the court.

Hedberg said her team has improved play despite not having Johnson in the lineup. Megan Grizzle (Salem) moved into the lineup and has improved her play, Hedberg said. Ruth Kipping (Quincy) has had 17 consecutive games in double figures for the Cougars. Kristen Boss (Carrollton) continues to lead the Cougars in blocks with 11 even though she did not play in half of the team's games.

Men's Basketball Hopes To Break Losing Streak

SIUE sits idle from GLVC basketball on Thursday (2/14) and returns to league play on Saturday (2/16) as it entertains Lewis in a 7:30 p.m. game.

The Cougars were all but eliminated from advancing to the GLVC Tournament after losses on Thursday (2/7) and Saturday (2/9) to Southern Indiana and Missouri-St. Louis. SIUE's losing streak now stands at six games.

"We're in a position now where we have three games left and playing for pride," said SIUE Coach Jack Margenthaler.

The Cougars will have extra time to prepare for the Lewis game. It also will be senior night when the Cougars honor lone senior Marty Perry (Jacksonville). The 6-9 forward needs just 40 points to become the 12th player in school history to score 1,000 points.

Wrestlers Challenge No. 1 Central Oklahoma

Coach Booker Benford and the SIUE wrestling team head to Edmond, Okla., to face No. 1-ranked Central Oklahoma in a dual match on Thursday (2/14).

SIUE, 4-8, picked up its latest dual meet victory on Sunday by defeating Truman State 31-21. The Cougars used pins from 147-pounder Nathan Graumenz (Vandalia) and heavyweight Aaron Wiens (Cicero) to push past the Bulldogs.

Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) picked up a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Gregg Nurrenbern, recording three takedowns in the final period.

SIUE may be able to use the Central Oklahoma match as a gauge for how well it will do in the postseason. The dual meet at Central Oklahoma is the final competition of the season until the NCAA Division II Regional Championships in Aberdeen, S.D., on Feb. 24.

Baseball Opens Season At Pittsburg State

Coach Gary Collins has his starting rotation set for the season opener at Pittsburg State (Kan.) on Saturday (2/16).

Nick Seibert (Edwardsville) and Jarrod Peters (Ellis Grove) are scheduled to start the noon doubleheader. On Sunday (2/17), Michael Bowen (O'Fallon) is the projected starter in a single game.

SIUE is 24th in the current Baseball America/NCAA Division II poll. Pittsburg State enters the three-game series with a 2-1 record.

Chad Opel (Edwardsville), who was a third-team All-American selection last season at shortstop, figures to lead the Cougar offense.

Softball Plays Six Games At Delta State Tourney

Coach Sandy Montgomery realizes her team will be the one to defeat at the Delta State Tournament.

SIUE opens the season ranked No. 15 in the NFCA/NCAA Division II Poll. The Cougars face Valdosta State, Lincoln Memorial and North Alabama on Friday (2/15). On Saturday (2/16), SIUE meets Mississippi Women, Alabama-Huntsville and North Alabama. All six teams play in the Gulf South Conference.

Montgomery said that despite this being the opening weekend of the season, SIUE will have a decided advantage. "Offensively, I think we have the upper-hand on our opponents because we've been practicing against live pitching for as long as anyone," said Montgomery.

The Cougars' offense has some outstanding potential with All-Americans Katie Waldo (Peoria), Valerie McCoy (Bethalto) and Erin Newman (Fairfield, Calif.).

SIUE was 41-17 last season and was within one game of the nation's final eight.

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