Lois Wood, an attorney and executive director of the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Inc., will receive a Distinguished Service Award at SIUE's May 7 commencement ceremonies.
Distinguished Service Awards have been given for more than 35 years at SIUE to those who have performed outstanding or unusual service to the university, the region, or the state.
Wood's legal foundation, based in East St. Louis and Alton, has a strong record of advocacy for low-income residents of St. Clair and Monroe counties, as well as advocacy for elderly residents in a seven-county area. She has been successful in bringing numerous and individual class-action lawsuits about housing issues and representation of community groups in economic development matters.
As managing attorney of the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Wood has helped thousands of clients with issues ranging from health care to housing. Last year, Wood received the National Legal Aid Defender Association's (NLADA) 2003 Kutak-Dodds Award, honoring her accomplishments in contributing "in a significant way to the enhancement of human dignity and quality of life."
The NLADA describes Wood as "a remarkable legal advocate to improve every aspect of her clients' lives; from health care, to housing, to education, to consumer rights, her dedication is unmistakable."
Graduation ceremonies continue at 1 p.m., at which graduate candidates from the Schools of Education and Nursing will receive their degrees, and at 5 p.m., at which candidates from the Schools of Business and Engineering will receive degrees.
The SIU Board of Trustees has awarded bids totaling some $1.02 million to four Metro East businesses for renovations of the SimmonsCooper Baseball Complex on the SIUE campus. The bids were awarded at the board's regular monthly meeting March 10 at SIU Carbondale.
The current renovation project is being made possible by a $1 million donation from attorney John Simmons, a member of the SIU Board, and his law partner, Jeff Cooper. Because of the two attorneys' generosity, the SIU Board recently named the entire baseball complex in honor of their East Alton law firm.
The current project will include renovation of the grandstand and press box, new field lighting, a new building for public restrooms and concessions, and a brick plaza.
Roy E. Lee Baseball Field is contained within the complex. Earlier improvements at Lee Field-including new dugouts, a locker room facility, nets behind home plate, and a warning track-were made possible by donations from Fernando Aguirre, Steve Davis, and current assistant baseball coach Steve Haug.
The bids approved today-totaling $1,016,114-were awarded to: Plocher Construction Co. Inc, Highland, for general contracting, $644,400; J.F. Electric Inc., Edwardsville, for electrical, $331,900; Bel-O Sales and Service Inc., Belleville, for plumbing, $29,250, and for ventilation, $10,564.
The overall budget also includes $50,806 in contingencies and $34,500 in architect and consultant fees, as well as $2,500 for soil and materials testing. The project is scheduled for completion by Sept. 1.
Because of the nature of this project and the source of funding, it is classified as a non-instructional capital improvement project. The Board of Trustees recommended it to the Illinois Board of Higher Education for review and approval, which was received Dec. 7.
As a result of the construction schedule, all 2005 SIUE Cougar Baseball home games will be played at either T.R. Hughes Park in O'Fallon, Mo., the site of the 2005 Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament in May, or Gordon Moore Park in Alton.
A concrete canoe race and a bridge-building competition will be the highlights at the 2005 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Mid-Continent Conference, sponsored later this month on campus.
The SIUE student chapter of the ASCE is playing host to this year's conference, which takes place Thursday, March 31, to Saturday, April 2. "This is the first time the University has hosted this annual event," said Jacob Faust, secretary of the SIUE student chapter of the ASCE. "The event rotates each year among the 14 campuses in the Mid-Continent Conference."
Faust said some 35 SIUE students have helped plan the conference. "We's been working on this since summer," Faust said. "We're excited because the event gives us an opportunity to showcase our campus among some of the biggest Engineering schools in the nation.
The conference is actually a series of engineering-related competitions and evenets involving 14 Midwest universities from six states. The competitions will allow civil engineering students of all levels to apply their technical knowledge and creativity in a spirited competitive environment.
The Steel Bridge Competition, scheduled from 11 .m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 1, in Meridian Ballroom, consists of design, fabrication, and timed construction of a steel bridge built to scale. The concrete canoe race, scheduled from 8a.m.-noon Saturday, April 2, at Cougar Lake, consists of designing, construction, and racing a canoe made entirely of concrete.
"We also get to compete against these schools, many of which are bigger than SIUE," Faust said. "But we have done pretty well over the years." Last year, Faust said, SIUE teams placed fifth overall in both the bridge competition and the Concrete Canoe Race. "That was against 11 other teams."
To commemorate the four-day event, the School of Engineering is offering personalized bricks for purchase at $50 each by individuals, businesses, or organizations. The bricks will become part of a permanent plaza area near the SIUE Engineering Building.
Here's a schedule of events:
Thursday, March 31
• Steel bridge aesthetics: 9-11 a.m. in Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center;
• Concrete canoe aesthetics and swamp tests: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Stratton Quadrangle;
• Steel bridge construction: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom; and the
• Mead Competition: 3-5 p.m. in the School of Engineering auditorium.
Friday, April 1
• Concrete canoe presentations: 9 a.m.-noon in Meridian Ballroom;
• K'NEX Competition: 9-10:30 a.m. in Goshen Lounge; and
• Mystery Event-Part One: 12:30-2:30 p.m., in the atrium lbby of the SIUE Engineering Building, and Mystery Event-Part Two: 2:30-4 p.m., on the lawn in front of the Morris Center.
Saturday, April 2 (all at Cougar Lake)
• Concrete Canoe Competition: 8 a.m.-noon;
• Concrete Bowling: 10:30 a.m.-noon;
• Concrete Canoe Finals: 1-3 p.m.; and the
• Awards ceremony: 4-5 p.m.
Existentialist French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre will be the focus of the 30th Annual Fritz Marti Lecture on Thursday, March 31, in B. Barnard Birger Hall
Thomas R. Flynn, professor of Philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., will speak about Jean-Paul Sartre: A Man of the Nineteenth Century Addressing the Twenty-First? at 5 p.m. in the Events Room of Birger Hall. A reception is scheduled from 4-5 p.m. that day in the same location.
Flynn's lecture will focus on how Sartre's existentialism and Marxism are relevant to life in current society. Flynn's focus also concerns his continuing research on an existentialist theory of history and a post-structuralist approach to history.
Author of Sartre and Marxist Existentialism: The Test Case of Collective Responsibility (Chicago 1986) and Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason (Vol. 1): Toward an Existentialist Theory of History (Chicago 1997), Flynn's research centers on contemporary continental (especially French) philosophy, aesthetics, social and political philosophy, and the theory of responsibility.
Flynn, who earned a doctorate at Columbia University in 1970, has garnered several fellowships and honors, including review editor of the international philosophical quarterly, Man and World (1978-97), ACLS Senior Research Fellow (1984-85); Mellon Fellow, National Humanities Center (1991-92); and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study (1998-99).
The Marti lecture was established in spring 1976 to honor the memory of Philosophical Studies Emeritus Professor Fritz Marti, who taught at SIUE from 1966 to 1973.
For more information about the March 31 lecture, call the SIUE Department of Philosophy, (618) 650-2250.
Right before our eyes, the Stratasys Titan Rapid Prototype Machine (RPM) created a solid, three-dimensional object from nothing. At least that's how it appeared.
The machine "built" an object (in this case, a crescent wrench) in its "oven," weaving the wrench with polymers and other ingredients. The demonstration was conducted recently by technicians at Lewis and Clark Community College.
The $275,000 RPM was purchased recently by L&C to be used in a mechanical engineering curriculum in partnership with the SIUE School of Engineering. It also will be made available to businesses and organizations on a contractual basis.
The amazing part, though, was that the wrench was not made in separate pieces and then assembled. The wrench came out of the RPM fully functional-that is, after it had its bath.
Manufacturers have historically used prototypes in creating a new product, but such prototypes are costly and take time to produce. The RPM enables a client to see an operating prototype in a matter of hours at fraction of the cost.
The polymers are woven in the RPM, contained in a material that holds the prototype together while it is being created. After the item is complete, a technician places the prototype in a chemical "bath" that washes away the material, leaving the item free-standing.
Students who are being instructed in use of the RPM will be an elite group because there are only a handful of these machines in the real world. L&C Board Chairman Robert Watson said the RPM, currently located at the Godfrey campus, is the only one of its kind in the Midwest. "Lewis and Clark is one of only a few community colleges in the nation to have this manufacturing technology," Watson said.
"Although the machine is being used at the Godfrey campus by students in the CAD/Drafting and Engineering Technology Programs, it will soon be permanently relocated, along with the SIAM partnership, to Lewis and Clark's N.O. Nelson Campus in Edwardsville when the final phase of construction is complete in 2007."
SIAM (Southwestern Illinois Advanced Manufacturing) is the entity created through the joint initiative of SIUE and L&C to help sustain and develop the regional economy by engaging in activities designed to retain the existing manufacturing base, as well as promote the creation of new products, technologies and enterprises.
The initiative is helping create applied manufacturing research, workforce development and training, and traditional education and outreach. L&C President Dale Chapman said he is excited about how the new technology can offer to area businesses and to the students of both institutions. "We have already had conversations with many of our area manufacturing corporations, and they are all very interested and excited about using the new technology to assist in their product development," Chapman said.
"The new technology will advance the capabilities of our area manufacturers, and, by using state-of-the-art technology to teach SIUE and L&C students, we also will be training the future workforce of the region with the most advanced engineering equipment."
SIUE Engineering Dean Paul Seaburg pointed out that the collaboration between SIUE and L&C will produce several benefits across engineering disciplines and specifically in the field of manufacturing engineering. "With the SIUE School of Engineering's continued interest in sharing its resources, both as a tool for economic development and as a research opportunity to strengthen the region's manufacturing technology, we're confident the SIAM project will succeed on both the educational and research levels," Seaburg said.
"With Lewis and Clark's partnering, SIUE is now providing excellent opportunities to help not only our students but also local and regional manufacturers."
Poor weather conditions have forced cancellation of two events for SIUE softball.
Today's doubleheader at Lincoln was cancelled and have been rescheduled for April 18th at 2 p.m.
SIUE Coach Sandy Montgomery also has learned this weekend's Regional Showdown in Battle Creek, Mich., has been cancelled. SIUE had five games scheduled against regional opponents.
Every round and every tournament is important. That's the way SIUE women's golf coach Mark Marcuzzo sees it. "When the season started, I didn't know what to expect," said Marcuzzo.
His team's 327 score in the final round of the NIU Springlake Invitational gave Marcuzzo a good idea of how good the Cougars can be. SIUE is ranked fourth in the East Region. The top six teams in the region will advance to the NCAA East Regional Tournament.
Marcuzzo said about 12 schools are scheduled to participate at the Northern Kentucky Invitational and said he expects many of the region's top teams to compete, forcing this event to be key to the regional rankings. "Our players know it and have been working real hard," Marcuzzo said.
The Cougars are led by sophomore Kallie Harrison (Decatur), who holds a 77.1 scoring average.
If someone told SIUE coach Gary Collins that his team would score six runs and split a four-game series with Northern Kentucky, he probably wouldn't believe them.
Still, that's what happened Saturday and Sunday (3/19-20) as the Cougars swept Northern Kentucky 1-0 and 4-0 in the series opener, and then lost 12-1 and 5-0 in the final two games.
SIUE, 7-8 overall and 2-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, struggled at the plate but picked up a pair of strong pitching performances from Kyle Jones (New Baden) and Cameron Cheek (Atlanta).
Jones tossed a three-hit shutout, outdueling the 2004 GLVC Pitcher of the Year Derrik Moeves in an extra-inning contest. Both pitchers on Saturday (3/19) held their teams scoreless until the SIUE catcher Jake Smith (East Peoria) singled home the game-winning run with two outs in the eighth.
Cheek matched Jones' effort in game two of the doubleheader with a three-hit shutout. He struck out six, walked one, and didn't allow an NKU runner past second base.
On Sunday (3/20), SIUE's pitching couldn't hold off Northern Kentucky. "It was disturbing to me that we walked too many people yesterday," said Collins. SIUE allowed 16 walks in 16 innings of pitching on Sunday.
Collins was pleased with the hitting and defense of Joe Wargo (Streator) and Cory Bunner (Jacksonville). "Both Joe and Cory gave us some good gloves in the outfield and were swinging the bats better," said Collins.
The Cougars next head to Lewis for a four-game series in Romeoville. Lewis is 2-14 overall and 0-4 in the GLVC after dropping a four-game set to Missouri-St. Louis.
Coming off a pair of victories, the SIUE men's tennis team heads into an important portion of the schedule.
"This is why we have been training," said Coach Bill Logan. The Cougars, 5-4, face Saint Joseph's on Friday (3/25) and Lewis on Saturday (3/26). Both are road contests.
SIUE No. 1 player Matt Warner (Arlington Hts.) and No. 2 player Justin Free (Danville) hold a 6-5 record in doubles play at No. 1 doubles, having swept both doubles matches against St. Francis and Illinois-Springfield most recently.
The Cougars defeated St. Francis 6-3 and handed UIS a 5-3 loss at the Cougar Tennis Courts.
With a 4-2 finish this past weekend, the SIUE softball team improved to 18-8 overall and now looks forward to the Regional Showdown in Battle Creek, Mich., this week.
The Cougars pounded out nine home runs in six games at the South Carolina-Upstate Tournament in Spartanburg, S.C.
Coach Sandy Montgomery and the Cougars picked up regional wins over West Virginia Wesleyan 5-2 and West Liberty 6-0. "We played very well against both West Virginia Wesleyan and Columbus State. They are two pretty good teams," she said. SIUE edged Columbus State 4-3.
SIUE lost to Presbyterian 4-2 in the single-elimination portion of the tournament. Presbyterian went on to lose in the championship game of the tourney to host USC-Upstate.
The nine home runs were spread out among eight players. Sam Easterley (Belleville) led the team with two homers. SIUE's other homers were by Mallory Ruggles (Nashville), Holly Neuerburg (Orion), Libby Lenart (Bartonville), Alicia DeShasier (Carrollton), Casey Wantland (Fisher), Emily Lenart (Bartonville) and Amy Rogers (Tucson, Ariz.).
Montgomery couldn't single out one player who stood out for overall offensive performance. She said she was pleased to see all of the players share in creating opportunities on offense. "We work pretty hard on hitting," said Montgomery.
SIUE's schedule at the Regional Showdown in Battle Creek begins with Grand Valley State at 11 a.m. on Friday followed by Saginaw Valley State at 3 p.m.
On Saturday, the Cougars face a rematch with West Liberty on Saturday at 9 a.m. followed by Wayne State (Mich.) at 11 a.m. and Ferris State at 3 p.m.
SIUE picked up a pair of three-hit shutouts from Kyle Jones and Cameron Cheek in a sweep over Northern Kentucky in college baseball action Saturday (3/19) at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.
The Cougars, 7-6 overall and 2-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, defeated the Norse 1-0 in eight innings in game one and 4-0 in the second game. The Norse, the defending GLVC champions, fall to 5-7 overall and 0-2 in the GLVC.
Jones, 3-1, had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning as he outdueled NKU ace Derrik Moeves, the 2004 GLVC Pitcher of the Year. Jones struck out seven and walked four.
SIUE catcher Jake Smith drove home the game-winning run in the eighth with a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Jeremy Bond from third. Smith's hit came with two outs.
In the nightcap, Smith blasted a two-run homer in the third inning off NKU starter-loser Paul David Patterson. Bond collected SIUE's two other RBIs with singles in the fourth and sixth innings.
Cheek's was equally as strong as Jones from the first game. He struck out six and walked just one. No Northern Kentucky runner made it past second as Cheek improved to 2-1.
Both teams return Sunday (3/27) for a noon doubleheader.