Because of general wear and tear, and exposure to the elements, the eight-year-old rubberized track at Ralph Korte Stadium will be resurfaced. The $300,000 project was approved last week by the SIU Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting conducted this month in Carbondale.
The project, expected to be completed by June 30, 2003, will be paid for with FY03 Deferred Maintenance funds.
The board also approved an upgrade of the smoke detector system in Cougar Village Apartments. The estimated cost of the project is $1 million to update the system above and beyond state mandated guidelines. Although the university expects the cost to be somewhat less, it asked for and received board approval for a $1 million budget.
The track was installed in 1994 and requires "rejuvenation" every six to eight years. SIUE's offices of Intercollegiate Athletics and Facilities Management have been monitoring the condition of the track and have recommended the renovation. Officials said delay of the project would accelerate deterioration and affect the performance of and safety of athletes.
The upgrade of the smoke detectors in Cougar Village has been proposed in the aftermath of a fire in the attic of one of the apartment units in late January. Although the current system aligns with state codes mandating a detector in each apartment bedroom, university officials said those codes do not include attic placement of detectors.
Under the new proposed system, sensors will be placed in attics and utility rooms of all 62 apartment buildings in the complex. In addition, an audible alarm will be installed in each building that will sound throughout the building and not just in an affected apartment.
The matter is being expedited so that the project will be completed by Fall Semester.
Cathy Santanello, program director of The Excellence in Learning and Teaching Initiative at SIUE, is recipient of the 2002 Kimmel Community Service Award for Faculty and Staff.
She has been a long-time volunteer with the Metro East Humane Society (MEHS) and in more recent years with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Friends and colleagues say her involvement with these two organizations utilizes her skills as a fund-raiser, grant writer, and educator.
Santanello will be honored Thursday, April 4-along with the Kimmel Scholarship winner as well as other recipients of the Kimmel Community Service Awards (see accompanying stories)-at the Kimmel Leadership Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom.
Sponsored by SIUE and the Belleville News-Democrat, the annual award was established to recognize outstanding SIUE faculty or staff and members of the external community for dedication and contributions to volunteer service.
To be eligible for the faculty-staff honor, a nominee must have been a full-time, continuing employee of the university for at least two years and demonstrated continuous service to a single community agency, organization, or business for at least two years.
A member of the MEHS board since the late 1980s, Santanello has been very active in fund-raising. In part, because of grants she has written, the organization has a permanent building, and she remains involved in fund-raising through various society sponsored events. For the AAUW, she is chair of the Education Committee and is working toward establishment of a scholarship fund.
"As a child, I was exposed to a life filled with 'lending a helping hand' through the work of my mother, who was a constant source of inspiration," Santanello said. After her retirement from nursing, she was on the boards of organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the River Bluffs Girl Scout Council.
"My mother's attitude was that her children should not just witness but should become involved as well," Santanello said. "She was forever taking up collections of perishable goods and clothing for less fortunate families and, with the help of my siblings and me, delivering them in a celebratory manner.
"I try to represent an organization in a proactive way because the public supports us and we should never lose sight of that," she said. "There are so many not-for-profit organizations that people can be supporting through donations or volunteerism. These two organizations happen to be two whose goals I believe in and I hope that my contributions have made at least a small impact."
Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person. For more information, call the Office of Conferences and Institutes, (618) 650-2660, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2660.
Several Southwestern Illinois residents will receive Kimmel Community Service Awards at the April 4 Kimmel Leadership Awards Banquet..
The annual award was established to recognize outstanding community members for dedication and contributions to community volunteer service as exemplified by Carol Kimmel, a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees, who for most of her adult life has given freely of her time and talent to volunteerism.
There are six award categories: education, social service-social welfare, environmental and civic betterment, regional leadership, agency-organizational concerns, and special populations. Those nominated must have been a resident of Illinois or Missouri for at least two years, and volunteered for at least one agency, organization, or business for at least two or more continuous years.
In addition, nominees must have demonstrated a variety of community service contributions for an extended period; demonstrated outstanding voluntary community service, as well as a commitment to the citizens of Illinois or Missouri; and must document leadership roles and responsibilities.
This year's winners are:
Lisa Gooley of Pocahontas, a sophomore studying Psychology and Criminal Justice, is recipient of the Carol Kimmel Scholarship. The scholarship is co-sponsored by the Belleville News-Democrat.
The annual scholarship was established to recognize students for their outstanding leadership and community volunteer service contributions, in addition to academic excellence.
Criteria for winning the scholarship includes maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and demonstrating 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. The scholarship provides one full year of tuition at the SIUE in-state rate.
President of SIUE's first Women's Volleyball Club and of the first Chapter of the Golden Key Honor Society, Gooley is a dean's scholar and a member of the Honor Academy of Psychology and of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society.
In addition to academic achievement, Gooley also is active in the Madison County Juvenile Probation Mentor program and is a member of SIUE's Student Leadership Development Program (SLDP), through which she has volunteered as a dance chaperone and as an assistant at the Madison County Humane Society shelter. Also through the SLDP, Gooley has participated in the Alternative Spring Break trip to Oklahoma to help on the Cherokee Nation reservation and as a presenter for the dean's scholars program.
Gooley, who expects to graduate in December 2004, said she is delighted about receiving the award, which will be applied to her tuition at the university. She also said volunteerism is an important part of her life. "I have very high expectations of myself," she said, "and, as a good leader, I never give up. Determination in the face of even the most imminent defeat is a quality that leaders possess, a quality I possess.
"This scholarship will enable me to continue in my endeavors of striving for success," Gooley said. "'Hitch your wagon to a star' was a phrase coined by Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the most prominent writers in history. Assistance offered by this scholarship will allow me to do just that-reach for, and possibly transcend, my aspirations.
"I volunteer in the hope that I am setting an example for future volunteers and leaders," Gooley said. "Volunteering is not just a résumé-builder for me, but rather, it is about challenging myself. Even if I fail the task at hand, I know that I have succeeded, because by accepting the challenge to volunteer, I have already won."
He practices what he preaches and preaches what he practices. As mayor of the City of Hazelwood Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, T.R. Carr uses many of the strategies he teaches in his public administration classes at SIUE.
"Practice isn't meaningful without theory, and theory isn't meaningful without practice," says Carr, who emerged from a field of four two years ago to win the mayoral election. Good communication and "a good (city) council" made for smooth governing until recently when Carr heard the news every mayor dreads. Ford Motor Company, one of Hazelwood's largest employer, notified the city that it intends to shut down its Hazelwood plant in 2005.
"It was certainly not good news," Carr said. "The Ford plant affects some 3,000 jobs in Hazelwood and a total of over 14,000 jobs on both the Missouri and Illinois sides of the river. Keeping the plant open became our top priority."
Perhaps it's appropriate that a mayor named Carr would take on Ford Motor Company.
Since that call, Carr has initiated a campaign that now includes the governor of Missouri, Congressman Dick Gephardt, Senator Jean Carnahan and support from Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello. Ford has not yet changed its mind, but Carr thinks the potential is there because of a commitment by Ford to continue the dialogue.
"They're listening," he said. "This isn't about tax incentives. It's about modernization of a plant that is out of date. We're willing to help them modernize and keep the plant open."
Carr says the negotiations with Ford have been "fascinating."
"We're dealing with the basic principles of international trade, work force modernization, advances in technology, geopolitics … a whole range of issues," he said.
Carr says the mayor's job is a logical extension of his role of teaching public administration in the classroom. The experience he gained as president of the SIUE faculty senate (in 1998-1999) also helped.
"I really do see both jobs as a blending of roles," said Carr, who not only teaches but also serves as chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis. "Both allow me to apply theory and practice, and both allow me to bring something unique to the classroom and to the mayor's office."
His students agree and applaud the depth of Carr's experience as well as his ability to translate that experience into the classroom. Carr was "Outstanding Teacher" of the year for the School of Social Sciences in 1991. The success of Public Administration Policy Analysis Policy graduates is a testimony to the success of the program.
Some MPA graduates involved in local government in the SIUE Service Area:
• Mike Schoedel, City Manager, Richmond Heights
• Stacy Pate, Dir of Administration, Wood River
• Julie Szymula, Assistant City Manager, University City
• Tim Pickering, City Manager, Olivette
• Barry Alexander, City Manager, Shrewsbury
• Amy Schutzenhofer, Assistant City Manager, Richmond Heights
• Dave Bradford, Chief of Police, Glen Carbon
• Carl Wolf, Chief of Police, Hazelwood
• Pam Hylton, Director of Administration, Collinsville
• Frank Miles, former City Administrator, O'Fallon now staff for Congressman Jerry Costello
Wine, song, and gourmet delicacies are some of the highlights to be offered at An Evening in Vienna, presented April 6 by the Department of Music and the Friends of Music, a support organization for the department.
And, The Hon. Gernot Wiedner, Austrian consul general from Chicago, will be the guest of honor that evening. Along with the consul general, members of the Austrian Society of St. Louis will be attending.
The festivities are set to begin at 6 p.m. at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville. Deadline for reservations is March 22.
The musical gala also offers desserts and a variety of live music for dancing and listening by the SIUE Symphony Orchestra and the SIUE Concert Jazz Band, as well as several ensembles featuring a variety of musical styles.
Also that evening, a silent auction will be conducted featuring products and services from area businesses and organizations.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of Music Scholarship Fund. Brenda Fedak, president of the Friends group, said the event is the largest fund-raiser the group conducts. "An Evening in Vienna has become a tradition in the St. Louis area," Fedak said. "The money raised through this annual event helps fund a large part of our scholarship program.
"These scholarships enable the Department of Music to recruit talented students who might otherwise not have an opportunity to attend SIUE."
Tickets are $100 per person and are available through the Office of Conferences and Institutes, (618) 650-2660, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2660.
The targets on their backs just got bigger.
The softball team is now ranked No. 4 in the nation in the latest USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Poll. The Cougars were ranked No. 8 in the previous poll.
The Cougars, 25-6 and 4-0 in the GLVC, play a doubleheader at Lewis on Friday (3/29) at 2 p.m. and a doubleheader at Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday (3/30) at 1 p.m. SIUE returns home next Wednesday (4/3) for a GLVC doubleheader against Southern Indiana. Game time is 4 p.m.
The USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 is voted on by eight NCAA Division II coaches representing each of the eight Division II regions. Records are through games of March 24. First-place votes are in parentheses. The next ranking will be announced Wednesday, April 10.
Two Bethalto natives have earned recognition as the Great Lakes Valley Conference's softball Player and Pitcher of the Week.
Valerie McCoy, a junior second baseman, and RyAnn Spann were honored by the GLVC for their play in the Cougars' four wins over Kentucky Wesleyan and Bellarmine this past weekend. SIUE is 25-6 overall, 4-0 in the GLVC and ranked No. 4 in the nation.
McCoy batted .583 (7 for 12) during the four games. That includes a triple and five runs batted in. McCoy also made two incredible defensive plays in the same inning against Kentucky Wesleyan. She recorded two putouts at first after balls had been hit sharply to the first baseman only to end up in McCoy's glove. McCoy beat her Kentucky Wesleyan opponents to first base for the putouts.
Spann earns her third GLVC Player of the Week nod this season with a pair of one-hit shutouts over Kentucky Wesleyan and Bellarmine. In 14 innings of work, Spann struck out 22 and walked just two. She allowed a leadoff hit to Kentucky Wesleyan and subsequently didn't allow any runners left on base.
In the Bellarmine win, an infield hit in the sixth inning broke up her no-hitter. SIUE's next action is Friday (3/29) at rival Lewis in Romeoville.
The Baseball Cougars fell short in their final game of a three-game home series against Lewis, falling to the Flyers 6-1.
The Cougars, 14-10 and 3-3 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play, were stifled by Lewis pitcher Matt Petrusek and Ryan Johnson. The duo scattered eight hits and struck out four.
Lewis (13-8, 2-2 GLVC) led the game early on after scoring two runs in the first inning on a two-run single from Brian Fritzler.
The Cougars scored their only run of the game in the second inning off an RBI double by junior Justin McBride (Troy/Triad). Lewis pulled away scoring once in each of the fourth, sixth, eight, and ninth innings.
SIUE plays a doubleheader against Lincoln on Wednesday (3/27). Game time is 1 p.m. at Roy Lee Field.
SIUE won three events and even managed a 1-2-3 finish at 800 meters at the Washington University Invitational last Friday (3/22).
Tyrone Walker (East St. Louis), Dan Walden (Springfield) and George Murphy (Virden) won their events at the Invitational.
Walker won the 100-meter race in 10.90 seconds. Walden placed first at 800 meters at 1:55.94. Richard Skirball (Granite City) and Darren Dinkelman (Nashville) finished second and third, respectively, behind Walden at 800 meters. Murphy was the winner in the javelin at 171 feet, 11 inches.
Tamekia Howard (Florissant, Mo.) was the strong finisher for the women's track team with a sixth-place finish at 100 meters (12.85) and fourth at 200 meters (25.77)
RyAnn Spann (Bethalto/Civic Memorial) tossed a pair of shutouts Saturday (3/16) as the Softball Cougars completed their spring break trip in Florida.
SIUE returns home with an impressive 21-6 record and a No. 8 ranking in the latest USA Today NFCA/NCAA Division II Poll. Spann allowed nine hits, struck out 10 batters and walked just two in a 1-0 win over No. 2-ranked Bloomsburg and a 2-0 triumph over Ashland.
Coach Sandy Montgomery and her club now have a week off to recover from 15 games in the last eight days in Florida, including a first-place finish at the St. Leo Tournament and a 7-2 record at the Rebel Spring Games in Florida.
SIUE was engaged in a pair of pitching duals on Saturday. Koree Claxton (Rantoul) singled home Jenny Esker (Steeleville) for the only run of the game against Bloomsburg. Esker and Claxton had SIUE's only two hits of the game.
In the Cougars' win over Ashland, Esker drove in both of SIUE's runs. The win could come back to help the Cougars in the long run as a regional win, a criteria for advancing to the postseason.
SIUE's next action is Saturday, March 23, against Kentucky Wesleyan at 1 p.m. After playing 27 games to start the season on the road, it will be SIUE's home opener.
Most students use spring break as a chance to relax. SIUE runner Tamekia Howard (Florissant, Mo.) used it as a chance to qualify for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Howard ran 400 meters in 56.55 seconds at the Snowbord Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla. Her time is better than the provisional qualifying time to compete at the national championships in May. She will be placed on a national list in hopes of being among the best times.
SIUE competitors did well in several areas.
Josh Benton (Carbondale) was the champion in men's high jump with a winning leap of 6 feet, 8 inches. Benton won the event after judges determined he had fewer misses than Florida State Christian Bland.
SIUE women set two outdoor school records. Sarah Turpin (Belleville/East) continued to set records in the pole vault. She leaped 10 feet, breaking the old record by 1.5 feet. Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) also set the record for the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 12:25.62.
SIUE's next action is for those athletes competing in the decathlon and heptathlon at the Vernon Kennedy Invitational on Friday (3/22) and Saturday (3/23) in Warrensburg, Mo.
On what was a pitcher's day, SIUE and Saint Joseph's split a Great Lakes Valley Conference baseball doubleheader at Roy Lee Field on Saturday (3/16).
SIUE (13-8, 2-1 GLVC) won the opener 4-1 and lost the nightcap 4-2 to Saint Joseph's (11-9-2, 1-2 GLVC).
In game one, SIUE's Michael Bowen (O'Fallon) threw 5 1/3 innings and allowed the Pumas just one run and one hit. Adam Brennan (St. Louis/Ritenour) cleaned up the final 1 2/3 innings for his first save.
The Cougars strung together nine hits for their fifth straight win. Justin McBride (Troy, Ill./Triad) had two hits and two runs batted in for the Cougars.
In the nightcap, Saint Joseph's Andy Augsburger handcuffed the Cougar offense with a two-run, five hit effort and a complete game victory. SIUE's Jarrod Peters (Ellis Grove) took the loss.
SIUE next faces GLVC rival and No. 18-ranked Missouri-St. Louis on Wednesday (3/20) in St. Louis. Game time is 2 p.m.
St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated just a bit longer this year as The Boys of the Lough-the first of the full-time professional Celtic bands to arise on the international scene-bring their special brand of traditional music to the Arts & Issues stage at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21, in Dunham Hall Theater.
"The Boys of the Lough occupy a unique position of respect in the world of traditional music," said John P. Peecher, assistant director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences, who is responsible for coordination of the series. "They have established a reputation for technical brilliance and integrity in their performance of Irish and Scottish music."
A ready wit and sense of fun enliven the Boys of the Lough (pronounced "lock") onstage performance, while their original arrangements and dynamic interactions between the two major strands of the Celtic tradition-Irish and Scottish-keep the music always bright and fresh. A hallmark of the band's approach has been its refusal to dilute performances with addition of inappropriate vocalists or electric instruments or percussion. Band members prefer the natural tone colors of their acoustic instruments, traditionally played.
The Boys of the Lough have completed 51 tours of the USA and recently celebrated 30 years as a band. Since the first tour in 1967, the Boys have traveled extensively in their mission to gain traditional music a wider audience and respect. Their warm and vital performances have won them friends from the village halls of Scotland to international concert and festival stages. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said that the band is "perhaps the greatest contemporary Irish folk music ensemble" performing in this age.
The music of the Boys of the Lough ranges widely through the fiddle, flute, piping and vocal traditions of Ireland and encompasses the fiddle music of Shetland, Scotland, as well as North America. Although sometimes melodically complex and difficult to play, the music remains at all times easily accessible to the listener through the compelling dance rhythms which give it such life, contrasting with the evocative slow airs and beautifully structured songs, some in the Irish language. The range of tone colors available from the band's acoustic instruments results in a great appeal for their lively performances.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. See the Web site for more information: www.siue.edu/ARTS_ISSUES.
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.
John P. Peecher, former executive director of the Madison County Arts Council (MCAC), has been appointed assistant director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences. In making the announcement, Dean Kent Neely said that in his new post Peecher will coordinate of the Arts & Issues series.
Neely said Peecher's experience in the arts and in fund-raising will serve him well in the new position. "John has an impressive background in arts programming, noteworthy success as a fund-raiser, and he will be a familiar face to many members of the university and Edwardsville communities."
Peecher served for eight years as MCAC executive director, where he mounted visual arts exhibitions of area artists and craftspeople, programmed a variety of performance events, managed the MCAC's re-granting program, established a number of fund-raising activities, and was instrumental in the creation of the annual downtown Edwardsville Halloween walk.
Peecher most recently has served as a development consultant in St. Louis after holding the position of director of individual and corporate giving for Easter Seals Missouri. He also has been director of marketing and development for St. Louis' Metropolitan School and associate director of development for The Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis.
He left the MCAC in 1991 to work for several years as a consultant and partner in a public relations consultancy that served a wide range of non-profit organizations and political candidates in the Metro East region.
Peecher steps into the position of coordinator for Arts & Issues following Richard Walker's appointment as assistant to the vice chancellor for Administration for Planning and Budgeting. Walker was Arts & Issues coordinator for 15 years.
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. Still to come on this year's season are the musical ensemble Boys of the Lough, March 21, and cell biologist/embryologist Keith Campbell who will speak of his experiences with the cloning of the Scottish sheep named Dolly.
For ticket information on the remaining Arts & Issues events, call (618) 650-5555, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 5555; or write: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1608.
Cherie Reed of East St. Louis maneuvers through the group of women with ease, confidence and style. She's dressed in a red pants suit she got courtesy of Dress for Success Southern Illinois-a not-for-profit organization co-sponsored in East St. Louis by SIUE-that outfits low-income women with work-related clothing and accessories.
"I enjoy networking," said the 22-year-old. "I like meeting new people and the Professional Women's Group allows me to do that."
The Professional Women's Group (PWG) is a service of Dress for Success Southern Illinois that gives women confidence and career development. "Dress for Success is a great organization. It provides nice clothing to women looking for work," said Reed, a secretary at the Children's Center for Behavioral Development in Centreville. "I already had a job when I learned about Dress for Success, but they've given me clothes, and I've learned things in the Professional Women's Group that I use on my job."
Dress for Success Southern Illinois is able to help low-income women prepare and succeed in the workforce because of generous donations received over its three-year history, said Kay Werner, chairman of the board. "The public will soon have a chance to help women in need. The SIUE Dress for Success Spring and Summer Suit Campaign will run through March 29."
Donations are needed for the campaign, said Barbara Parker, Dress for Success executive director. "What we want are interview- appropriate clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories for women only. All clothing should be clean and ready to wear. Hosiery should be new and packaged," she said.
Dress for Success is an international organization that clothes low-income women. Each referred client receives one suit for a job interview and another suit when she finds employment. The organization suits more than 30,000 women in more than 70 cities each year.
Locally, Dress for Success Southern Illinois has outfitted 1,000 women since its first site opened in July 1999 at 614 N. 7th St. in East St. Louis. The local organization also has sites in Belleville and Alton. "Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the SIUE East St. Louis Center have worked with Dress for Success Southern Illinois since it first came to East St. Louis," said Parker.
The Professional Women's Group allows women to network with other females who have also transitioned into the workforce, creating a support group that is comfortable and valuable. A woman receives a coupon for five free clothing items after attending a monthly meeting.
Below are the hours of operation and sites where donations can be taken during the March 18-29 SIUE Suit Drive. Tax-deductible cash donations may also be made to: Dress for Success Southern Illinois, P.O. Box 157 East St. Louis, Ill., 62201.
Sites open Address Telephone Contact Person
8 a.m-4:30 p.m.
Dress for Success 7705 W. Main Suite 15 618-398-3305 Barbara Parker
Southern Illinois Belleville, IL Director