February 24, 2004
'Adventure Of The American Mind' Helps Teachers In The Region
SIUE is in its second year of offering the Adventure of the American Mind (AAM), a project funded through the Library of Congress to prepare teachers to use the Library's American Memory Web site (memory.loc.gov).
In fact, the program has received $600,000 in additional federal funding to continue the program another two years, with the help of U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), who initiated the program in the state of Illinois.
Through the AAM program, teachers can find not only interesting historical information on the Web site, but also may download historic images to help make learning more vivid for their students. The Library of Congress Web site provides 7.5 million historical items presented in more than 100 thematic collections, including photographs and rare documents, maps, films, and audio recordings.
AAM Program Manager Amy Wilkinson, of the SIUE School of Education, said the program helps teachers analyze and interpret original primary sources of information from the Web site. "Within the AAM program, teachers will learn how to download photographs taken during the civil rights era or letters written by Thomas Jefferson or George Washington, or even motion picture films from Edison Co. showing us life on the streets of New York in the early 1900s," Wilkinson said.
She explained the program is for in-service and pre-service classroom teachers, as well as for university teacher education faculty, to access and produce curriculum using the Web site's resources. "This program offers training on integrating technology, using digitized primary sources, resources, and technical support," Wilkinson said, "and provides resources such as laptops, LCD projectors, scanners, and digital cameras. We also have a technical specialist who offers a wide range of technical assistance."
Wilkinson said the AAM program involves a commitment to attend courses during one academic year, which includes three components-training (graduate course), enrichment (workshops), and mentoring. "Through the AAM program," she said, "teachers develop skills in using these primary sources to increase student's critical thinking skills and to enhance student learning.
"As technology continues to evolve, there is a need for educators to increase their technology skills to access rich educational information on the internet."
School of Education Dean Elliott Lessen said SIUE became involved in AAM because of the "unique opportunities" that were available. "The program is unique because it relies on primary source materials that have been digitized rather than pre-digested materials, such as textbooks," Lessen pointed out. "Thus, teachers' creativity is allowed to flourish as they use primary source materials in a variety of ways. For example, one source could be used differently for math or science, or history or English.
"Through the AAM program, we are able to teach a course for graduate students and also infuse the unique features of AAM into our undergraduate teacher education programs," Lessen said.
For more information about the AAM program at SIUE, call the School of Education, (618) 650-3350.
SLSO Returns To SIUE As Part Of Arts & Issues Series
Although it was a fixture at the Mississippi River Festival during the 1970s, the world renowned Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra has only returned to the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville twice since the summer festival's heyday.
The acclaimed ensemble's presence on the SIUE campus has been as rare as, well, Leap Day, so, what better day to enjoy this magnificent organization on campus again than Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom.
"Don't hesitate to 'leap'at the chance to hear again-or for the first time-one of the world's most applauded symphonic orchestras," says John Peecher, assistant development director for SIUE's College of Arts and Sciences and coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. "All joking aside, this orchestra is world class and is a wonderfully musical way to spend a winter's afternoon.
"Arts & Issues is proud to bring the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra to SIUE in a return engagement on our stage."
A familiar presence for many years in the recording industry, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra has met with critical acclaim and has garnered nearly 60 Grammy nominations, winning six of the prestigious music awards. The orchestra has expanded its audience through frequent tours of the United States, including both coasts, as well as tours to Europe and to the Far East.
In addition, the orchestra has played at Carnegie Hall in New York City and has been featured regularly on National Public Radio, both locally and nationally.
Information about the Feb. 29 appearance of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and how to order tickets may be found on the Arts & Issues Web site: artsandissues.com and in a printed brochure available through John Peecher, (618) 650-2626, or, by e-mail: email@example.com. Tickets for the event are $18; students, $9. Tickets also are available at the Morris Center Information Desk, (618) 650-5555.
The remaining Arts & Issues season includes: National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, who will speak about the Lewis and Clark Expedition (March 16); the explosive and creative movement of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago (April 2); and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Norman Mailer (April 20).
Ford Foundation Grant Funds Assessment Planning At SIUE
Thanks to a $9,000 grant from the Ford Foundation through the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), SIUE will be assessing the region's needs for two new professional master's degrees in the Social Sciences and Humanities, according to Stephen Hansen, dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
The two new graduate programs are Professional and Technical Writing and Criminal Justice Studies. "SIUE is one of only 38 institutions to receive funding for a planning grant from the Ford Foundation," Hansen said.
"These degrees are designed to meet the changing needs of the area's workforce. In order to ensure that the new programs will be meeting area workforce needs, each program will create a Business Advisory Board, modeled after other such boards for other SIUE programs," Hansen said.
"The Graduate School, through its Institute for Urban Research, will be working with these Business Advisory Boards to survey workforce needs in the area."
Hansen said SIUE graduate programs are developed with the region's needs in mind, making the university a good match for funding from the Ford Foundation. "For the past two years, the CGS has supported the development of professional master's programs in science and mathematics fields," Hansen said. "SIUE received funding for the new Biotechnology Management and Environmental Science Management programs from CGS and the Sloan Foundation."
With support from the Ford Foundation, CGS recently conducted a survey of master's education in the social sciences that generated interest among social science and humanities disciplinary societies for a collaborative research and demonstration project that assesses the need for and promising models of professional master's programs.
Professional master's degrees are interdisciplinary in design and typically combine study in various disciplines. The SIUE Professional and Technical Writing program would be housed in the Department of English Language and Literature, with students taking courses in such other disciplines as business. The Criminal Justice Studies program would be located within the SIUE Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, with students taking courses is such other disciplines as biology, psychology, and anthropology.
"Funding from the Ford Foundation and the Council of Graduate Schools is important national recognition of the quality of graduate education at SIUE," Hansen said.
Noting that graduate programs at SIUE are designed to be responsive to the needs of Southwestern Illinois, Hansen added: "We are excited that this grant will allow us to expand our program inventory by supporting the development of two new graduate programs that serve the region."
Board Approves Robert Remini For Honorary Doctorate At Commencement
Robert Vincent Remini, a history professor emeritus at the University of Illinois-Chicago and official historian for that campus, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during SIUE's May 8 commencement, according to action taken recently by the SIU Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting conducted in February at SIUE.
Honorary degrees have been awarded for more than 40 years at SIUE commencement exercises to those who have made significant contributions to cultural, educational, scientific, economic, social, or humanitarian fields, or other worthy fields of endeavor.
Remini is regarded as America's premier historian of the Jacksonian political era and of Andrew Jackson himself. In addition to his definitive works on Jackson, Remini, an award-winning author, has written biographies of John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, Mormon leader Joseph Smith, Martin Van Buren, and Daniel Webster. In 2002, Remini was honored by the Library of Congress with an appointment to write a narrative history of the U.S. House of Representatives.
A member of the faculty at the U of I-Chicago since its inception in 1965, Remini earned a bachelor's at Fordham University and went on to receive a master's and a doctorate from Columbia University. He taught at Fordham for 18 years before joining the U of I history faculty at the Chicago campus, where he has served as a teacher and administrator.
In other business at the February meeting, the SIU Board approved a new fee for all predoctoral students at the SIU School of Dental Medicine to cover maintenance and updating of clinical training facilities, associated dental and sterilization equipment, and classroom and laboratory equipment.
The new fee-$1,600 each for fall and spring semesters and a pro-rated $711 fee for summer clinic sessions preceding years three and four of the curriculum-will go into effect in fall 2004.
Business Educators To Visit SIUE During International Week March 1-6
Business educators from four countries will visit Southern Illinois University Edwardsville during International Business Week, March 1-6, to discuss issues of trade and global business practices.
The SIUE School of Business and the SIUE International Trade Center are co-sponsoring events during the week to provide opportunities for students and for the general public to discuss global business practices with the international educators as well as regional business leaders from the community.
Events are sponsored, in part, by a grant from the SIUE Excellence in Undergraduate Education fund.
The four visiting faculty members are Albrecht Sonntag, on the faculty at the École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d'Angers, who specializes in the political economy of the European Union; Hans Gühlert, on the faculty of Fachhochschule Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Germany, who specializes in marketing and marketing research; Sara Isabel García, on the faculty of the Instituto Tecnológico Y De Estudios Superiores De Monterrey in Mexico, who has expertise in marketing, with specialties in advertising, sales promotion, marketing planning, and business ethics; and Chen Yan, associate professor in the International Trade Department at Xiamen University in China.
They will be joined in a March 1 panel discussion by Rick Dreyer, vice president of international sales at T.J. Gundlach Machine Company in Belleville, and Stewart Dahlberg, manager of export sales at J.D. Streett & Company Inc. in St. Louis. The panel discussion is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Maple-Dogwood Room, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. Topics will include international trade and the state of international business.
Admission is free to the general public, but reservations are requested.
Please contact Vivien Shao by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone, (618) 650- 2452, to register and reserve seating.
The international faculty members also will speak to faculty, staff, and students from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Room 2401 of Alumni Hall on Tuesday, March 2. This session, part of the School of Business' weekly "Business Hour," will provide students with a greater knowledge of and appreciation for the global business environment and how social, legal, political, cultural, and economic forces shape business practices in various countries.
The SIUE School of Business is an active participant in international exchange programs and sends SIUE faculty and students to study overseas each year.
SIUE Presents Black Heritage Month Activities During February
SIUE is presenting its Seventh Annual Black Heritage Month Program during February, with its theme of Black History is American History. Below is a remaining calendar of events:
• Black Film Series: A Historic Perspective-6-10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 23-24, presents screening of films directed by Oscar Micheaux (Lying Lips, 1939), Gordon Parks (The Learning Tree, 1969), Reginald and Warrington Hudlin of East St. Louis (The Great White Hype, 1996), and a fourth film to be announced. Elza Ibroscheva and Bala Baptiste, members of the SIUE Mass Communications faculty, will present a conceptualization of African-American films and filmmakers.
• Panel Discussion: Blacks, Radio and History, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Goshen Lounge. Local radio talk show hosts and on-air personalities will participate in the discussion.
• Lecture-Are We Still Living Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream?-7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, Maple-Dogwood Room, Morris Center. Former Washington Post reporter Leon Dash will lead the discussion..
• Black Heritage Month Quiz Bowl, 11:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Goshen.
• Gospel Explosion-6:30-10 p.m., Meridian Ballroom. This event features poetry, rap, praise dance, and gospel music.
For more information, call the SIUE Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686.
Men's Basketball Set for GLVC Tournament
It has been five seasons since the SIUE men's basketball team has made an appearance at Roberts Stadium for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
It will be Coach Marty Simmons' first time back in Roberts Stadium since becoming SIUE's leader last season. Simmons was an assistant coach at the University of Evansville.
Nostalgia aside, Simmons takes his team into the league tournament beaming with enthusiasm and confidence. The Cougars hold a three-game winning streak. Their most recent victory was a homecourt upset of 14th-ranked Lewis 78-76 on Saturday (2/28). "That was a big win. It was what we had talked about before the game. Everything was dedicated to our seniors," Simmons said, referring to Corey Bradford (Chicago), Ron Jones (Kankakee) and Dan Lytle (Edwardsville).
Joel Jaye (Chicago) led all scorers with 28 points in the win.
SIUE, 16-11 and the No. 5 seed in the tournament, faces fourth-seeded Indianapolis in the first round on Friday (3/5) at noon.
Despite losing to Indianapolis twice during the regular season, Simmons said the team's one-game-at-a-time attitude remains. "Our guys are playing with confidence, but it all comes down to execution," said Simmons.
The Cougars will face an Indianapolis team, 19-8, searching for win No. 20 on Friday. Simmons said Indianapolis has a veteran squad led by David Logan. "They have a marquee player in Logan, but some of their supporting cast would be marquee players on other teams," Simmons said.
A win for the Cougars could put SIUE in the hunt for one of the region's eight bids to the NCAA Tournament. This week's regional rankings will be announced later this week and could give SIUE an indication of what needs to be done at the GLVC Tournament in order to gain an NCAA bid. The winner of the GLVC Tournament receives an automatic bid to the 64-team NCAA Tournament.
SIUE boasts a balanced scoring attack with four players averaging double figures led by Tyler Hackstadt (Okawville), Calvin Sykes (Chicago), Jones, and Jaye. The Cougars also lead the GLVC in scoring defense at 65.2 points per game.
Women's Basketball Faces Quincy
SIU Edwardsville Coach Wendy Hedberg and her women's basketball team have the task of playing top-seeded Quincy in the first round of the GLVC Tournament.
The Cougars, 11-16, face Quincy, 23-4, at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday (3/4).
Hedberg said the key to Thursday's game is to create better passing angles into the post players and apply pressure on Quincy's guards. Hedberg said the Cougars also have been passing up open shots at the basket hoping to create a better shot. "Everybody has to step it up a little bit," said Hedberg. "Once we get the ball inside, we need to finish inside."
Despite the Cougars' No. 8 seed in the league tournament, Hedberg believes the Cougars can overcome the odds of upsetting the top seed. "Quincy is a good team, but I think we can play with them if we put two good halves together," said Hedberg.
Senior guard Jessica Robert (Carlyle) enters her final GLVC Tournament leading SIUE with a 13.9 scoring average. Junior forward Tanya Guell (Plymouth, Wis.) follows with a 12.7 scoring average. Freshman Julianne McMillen (Pana) holds a 10.3 scoring average.
Track Waits For NCAA Nods
After celebrating a first-ever Great Lakes Valley Conference championship for indoor track on both the men's and women's side, Coach Darryl Frerker now has an extra bonus.
Several Cougars have made the provisional qualifying list for the NCAA Championships in Boston on March 12-13.
Frerker, named the GLVC's Coach of the Year for men's indoor track and women's indoor track, said he expects Richard Skirball (Granite City), Jamie Thomas (Blue Island) and Callie Glover (Bartlett) to be on the entry list when it is announced later this week.
The top 12 performances in each event are invited to the national meet.
Frerker said Tairisha Sawyer (Chicago) also could make the trip with a little luck. Sawyer is 15th in the 60-meter dash, but with scratches to the meet and student-athletes who compete in multiple events, the possibility exists.
Skirball holds the 11th fastest time in the country at 800 meters. Thomas, the women's Freshman of the Year, is seventh in the 60-meter hurdles and 13th in the triple jump. Because she'll already be in attendance for the hurdles event, Frerker said, the meet committee will likely let her compete in the triple jump as well. Glover is tied for 11th in the shot put. "This is the most people we have had on the provisional list by a long shot," said Frerker.
That list also includes Brittany Reeves (Hanover Park), Breanne Steffens (Moline), and the women's 4 x 400-meter relay team. On the men's side, provisional qualifying marks also were made by Lee Weeden (Ferguson, Mo.), Cody Ellermeyer (DuQuoin) and Marvell Seals (Florissant, Mo.).
Baseball Opens Season 0-4
The SIUE baseball team must dig out of a four-game deficit after two losses to both Missouri Southern State and Grand Valley State this past weekend.
"We mixed in errors when we didn't need them," said SIUE Coach Gary Collins. "We tried to play everyone this weekend, but we just didn't take very good at-bats," said Collins.
Brad Scott (Benld) and Luke Humphrey (Rantoul) led the team with five hits each for the Cougars. Collins said despite the four losses that the SIUE pitching staff held up well. The staff completed the four-game series with a 2.01 earned run average.
SIUE has its first home contest of the season on Wednesday (3/3) when it entertains Lincoln in a noon doubleheader. The Cougars then head to Savannah, Ga., for their annual spring break trip. SIUE has six games scheduled in Savannah before returning to the grueling 40-game conference schedule which begins March 13 at home against Saint Joseph's
Collins said he'll use the trip to Georgia as an opportunity to fine-tune the team to get ready for the league season. "With a 40-game schedule, if we don't finish in the top two or three, we probably don't belong in the (NCAA) regional tournament," Collins said.
Softball Starts Over In Florida
After a 2-3 start to the 2004 season, Coach Sandy Montgomery and her SIU Edwardsville softball team will travel to Orlando, Fla., for the Rebel Spring Games.
SIUE has 10 games from March 8 to March 13 and hopes to use the opportunity to get a fresh start on the season. "I'm looking for us to play more consistent and build confidence," Montgomery said.
Shannon Evans (Manhattan) led the Cougars with a .571 batting average. Evans played four games behind the plate for SIUE. VJ (Veronica) Schmidt (Westmont) also came up with some big hits.
Montgomery also expressed confidence in the team's pitching staff despite a 3.17 earned run average to begin the season.
"Even though our pitching staff had a hard time, they've got a lot of potential," she said.
Women's Tennis Face MacMurray
The SIU Edwardsville women's tennis team will hope to continue its successful spring season when it plays MacMurray on Friday (3/5). The match will be held at 2 p.m. in Elsah at The Principia College.
The Cougars, 11-5 overall and 2-0 in the spring season, picked up wins last week against Illinois-Springfield and the University of Chicago. "They are doing well," Coach Bill Logan said. "I'm proud that they did what they had to do to get those wins."
Chrissy Yingst (Belleville) won both of her singles matches against Illinois-Springfield and Chicago. Every singles player got at least one win in the two matches.
The doubles tandem of Coryn Reich (Newton) and Yingst went 2-0 on the week, as well as the team of Gina Wohltman (Effingham) and Allison Coats (Belleville).
Men's Tennis Searches For First Win
The SIU Edwardsville men's tennis team will vie for its first win of the season when it travels to The Principia College to face MacMurray College. First serve is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
SIUE, which is 0-2 on the season, dropped a 6-3 decision to Western Illinois last Saturday (2/28) at King's Point in Belleville.
Matt Kuban (Pekin), Andy Renner (Belleville) and Chris Rigdon (Glen Carbon) all picked up victories in singles play, but SIUE was shutout in doubles action in three close matches. Western Illinois edged the Cougars by the scores of 8-6 in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, and used a tiebreaker to come out on top in No. 3 doubles.
"We need these beginning matches to work out some kinks," Coach Bill Logan said. "We're a good team and will do much better as the season progresses."
Including the MacMurray match, SIUE still has nine matches to prepare for the Great Lakes Valley Conference portion of its schedule, which begins March 23.
Men's Basketball Battles Lincoln, Lewis
SIU Edwardsville men's basketball will travel outside of conference play when it plays host to Lincoln University on Wednesday (2/25). It then wraps up its regular season schedule on Saturday (2/28) against Lewis at the Vadalabene Center.
Lincoln, an NCAA Division II team in the Heartland Conference, comes into the contest with a 3-19 overall record. Wednesday's tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. "We're going to treat it just like a conference game," Coach Marty Simmons said. "They are going to come in and try to beat us."
The Cougars then face Lewis at 3 p.m. Saturday. Lewis has clinched at least a share of the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season title. It can clinch the title outright with a win Thursday (2/26) at Quincy or a win against SIUE.
For the first time since the 1998-1999 season, SIUE will be involved in the eight-team GLVC Tournament. Currently, the Cougars are sixth in the conference standings, a half game behind fifth-seeded Saint Joseph's. "That was one of our goals coming into the season," Simmons said. "After achieving the goal of reaching, you want to try to win it."
Saturday's game against Lewis will mark a sendoff to SIUE's two seniors, Ron Jones (Kankakee) and Corey Bradford (Chicago).
"Both players are great ambassadors to the program," Simmons said. "They are both quality people and it has been a joy to coach and be around them."
Jones was SIUE's leading scorer last season and is currently averaging 11.6 points per game. "Jones has had an outstanding career at SIUE," Simmons said. "I am lucky to have been able to coach him."
Bradford had last season cut short after a foot injury, but he fought back and has seen action in 19 games so far this year. "Corey battles through adversity as well as anybody," Simmons said. "He worries more about the team success than any of his own accomplishments."
Women's Basketball Faces Lewis In Regular Season Finale
Already assured of an eighth-seed in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament, the SIU Edwardsville women's basketball team will face Lewis Saturday (2/28) at the Vadalabene Center. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
The Cougars, 11-15 overall and 6-13 in the GLVC, are coming off an 80-54 win against Missouri-St. Louis. "We went back to playing the way we are capable of," Hedberg said of her team's performance against UMSL. "It nice to put some points on the board and see some emotion and intensity. They knew their backs were against the wall, and they stepped it up."
Lewis, who has clinched a tournament berth but is still jockeying for position, comes into the week with a 15-10 record overall and a 12-6 mark in GLVC play. "We need to worry about what we are doing and execute," Hedberg said. "You would like to go into the conference tournament after playing a good game."
Saturday also will mark the final home game for SIUE's four seniors, Kristen Boss (Carrollton), Jaque Howard (Galesburg), Jessica Robert (Carlyle) and Sarah Schweers (Chatham).
Boss has played in 76 games in her career, averaging 3.6 points per game. She will end her career sixth on SIUE's all-time blocks list with 49. "Over her four years in the program she has done some nice things for us," Hedberg said. "She helped solidify the post position for us."
Howard has played 95 games throughout her four-year career, and she has contributed in a big way recently. "Jaque sees the floor well and is a great passer," Hedberg said. "As of late, she has really stepped it up and hit some big shots for us when we needed them."
Robert became the 16th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. She is having one of her best years offensively, averaging 14.3 points per game. "Jessica has been a solid player all four years here," Hedberg said. "This year, we asked her to step up, and she has done that with her overall game."
Schweers is second all-time on SIUE's three-point field goals made list. She is also having one of her best years, averaging just less than eight points a game. "Sarah is one of the hardest working players we've had," Hedberg said. "She was a walk-on who made herself into a starter through hard work."
Track Prepares For GLVC Championships
After breaking numerous school records and posting provisional qualifying marks during the regular season, SIU Edwardsville's indoor track and field teams will attempt to claim a Great Lakes Valley Conference championship when the meet gets under way Saturday (2/28) at Lewis.
The Cougars have never won a GLVC Indoor title, but this season seems to be their best chance to do so. "Both the men's and women's team is in a position where one or both could come away with a GLVC championship," Coach Darryl Frerker said. "We are going to put ourselves in a position to score enough points to win."
The Cougars are coming off a weekend that sent some athletes to the Hoosier Hills Invitational and others to the Friday Night Special at Eastern Illinois.
Jamie Thomas (Blue Island) posted a provisional qualifying mark in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.98 seconds. She is also provisionally qualified in the 60-meter dash and triple jump.
Breanne Steffens (Moline) lowered her provisional qualifying mark in the mile with a school record time of 5 minutes, 3.60 seconds. She is also qualified in the 800-meter dash. Callie Glover (Bartlett) is a provisional qualifier in the shot put.
On the men's side, Richard Skirball (Granite City) has provisionally qualified in the 800-meter dash.
Baseball Opens At Missouri Southern
SIU Edwardsville baseball may finally get the opportunity to play outside. The Cougars will play three games against Missouri Southern and two against Grand Valley this weekend in Joplin, Mo.
The weather has prevented the Cougars from holding a practice outdoors, trading Roy E. Lee Field for the Vadalabene Center.
"We've been working hard, but its all been inside," Coach Gary Collins said. "It's hard to prepare your infielders and outfielders indoors."
Missouri Southern has played three games this season, dropping them all to Oral Roberts. Grand Valley State, ranked 10th nationally, has yet to play a game this season.
The Cougars have 10 new faces on this year's squad, and Collins is anxious to see what they can do on the playing field. "We'll probably try to play everybody," he said. "We'll be looking at the new guys to see who steps up."
Following its trip to Missouri Southern, SIUE will play host to a doubleheader with Lincoln next Wednesday (3/3) at Roy Lee Field. The Cougars then depart for a six-game trip to Carrollton, Ga.
Wrestling Prepares For Regionals
The regular season is history for SIUE's wrestling team. It will travel to Edmond, Okla., for the Midwest Regional tournament Sunday (2/29).
The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the NCAA II Championships in March. "I am counting on five or six guys to possibly qualify," Coach Booker Benford said. "It will take some upsets to do so, but they have the ability, they just have to show it on the mat."
Joe Rujawitz (Belleville), who leads the team with 34 wins, should contend in the 149-pound division. Sean Tyus (Springfield) has posted 25 wins on the season and will contend at 197 pounds. Branden Lorek (Bensenville), Steve Chico (Hammond, Ind.) and Matt Oliva (Bartlett) should also contend in their respective weight classes as well.
"We're gearing up this week," Benford said. "We are going to start practicing a little harder to set us up for our regional, which is really strong this year."
Men's Tennis Faces Western Illinois
Fresh off its first competition of the season at last weekend's Principia Invitational, SIU Edwardsville men's tennis will open its dual-match schedule Friday night (2/27) against Western Illinois. The match will be held at King's Point in Belleville.
According to Coach Bill Logan, the Cougars had a successful opening weekend. "I'm very pleased with the team's performance at Principia," Logan said. "It was probably one of our best showings in the last four years."
SIUE's two newcomers, Justin Free (Danville) and Matt Warner (Arlington Hts.), each posted 2-1 records in singles play. Doug Kummer (Fenton, Mo.) also posted a 2-1 record. The doubles tandem of Kummer and Free went 3-0 in the tournament. "The team's performance shows our guys that their hard work in the off-season is starting to pay off," Logan said.
Women's Tennis Gears For Two Matches
SIU Edwardsville's women's tennis team will face Illinois-Springfield on Friday (2/27) and the University of Chicago on Saturday (2/28). Both matches will be held at King's Point in Belleville.
The Cougars, playing in the non-traditional spring season, opened two weeks ago at the Principia Invitational. Chrissy Yingst (Belleville) won two of three matches, and teamed with Gina Wohltman (Effingham) to play to a 2-1 record in doubles action. "All and all, everyone played well at Principia," Coach Bill Logan said.
During the fall season, the Cougars played to a 9-5 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.