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March 30, 2004

Chancellor Candidates Visiting, Touring Campus

Two Chancellor candidates from out of town will be visiting campus and touring the area during April. Meanwhile, SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs, also a candidate, has been participating in forums with various groups across campus since March 28 in her part of the search process.

Hahs has been provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at SIUE since 2000. She had been dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1995-2000. She holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of New Mexico.

The two other candidates are: Vaughn Vandegrift, Georgia Southern University provost and vice president for academic affairs/chief information officer, and Aaron Podolefsky, Northern Iowa University provost and vice president for academic affairs. They are scheduled to visit campus April 4-7 and April 14-17, respectively.

Vandegrift will be available in an open forum for employees from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, April 5, in the Mississippi Room, on the second floor of the Morris Center; Podolefsky's open forum is scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in the adjacent Illinois Room.

Podolefsky has been provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northern Iowa since 1998. He had been dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northern Iowa from 1990-1998. He holds a doctorate in anthropology from SUNY-Stony Brook.

Vandegrift has been provost and vice president at Georgia Southern since 2000. He had been dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University (N.J.) from 1988-2000. He holds a doctorate in chemistry from Ohio University.

The candidates were chosen following a three-month process of screening and preliminary interviews by the chancellor search advisory committee. The committee is composed of representatives of various groups across the campus and the community.

For more information on the candidates, their visit schedules, and a list of committee members, see the Web site. The site also can be reached by clicking the "chancellor search" link on the lower right corner of the SIUE homepage.

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago Is Coming To Arts & Issues

Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, a troupe of dancers who have been called "a riotous explosion of color and enthusiasm" and "an accelerated onslaught of ecstasy," are coming to the Arts & Issues stage this Friday (April 2).The internationally known troupe will appear at 7:30 p.m. in Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

For more than 40 years critics have been raving about Giordano's dancers, calling them Chicago's most exciting jazz dance company. "Traditionally, our Arts & Issues audiences love dance concerts and the tickets tend to go very fast," said John Peecher, coordinator of the Arts & Issues series.

"Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago will be one of the most exciting dance troupes we've had on our stage," Peecher said. "They take up where Bob Fosse left off. They are pure energy."

Beginning in 1962 as Dance Incorporated Chicago, the group was founded by Giordano and several other dancers, later changing its name to the Gus Giordano Dance Company. In 1974, the company toured the former Soviet Union upon invitation of the Bolshoi Ballet. It was the first time a jazz dance troupe had toured that country. The group eventually changed its name to Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.

With its mission to develop and preserve the indigenous American art form of jazz dance as a true artistic expression of American life, Giordano has brought that excitement to audiences around the world including Europe, Canada, Brazil, and Japan. Also performing throughout the United States, the troupe has a very active outreach education program with a Chicago Park District residency and teaching residences on many college campuses.

Jazz dance is an exciting mix of styles, as varied as jazz music itself, with elements of ballet, modern dance, percussive- and pop-based movements, as well as musical theater, wrapped in ethnic influences of every kind. Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago performs all of these styles in an energetic and highly physical way, while demonstrating amazing technique and skills.

Information about the April 2 appearance of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and how to order tickets may be found on the Arts & Issues Web site: and in a printed brochure available through John Peecher, (618) 650-2626, or, by e-mail:

Tickets are $18; students, $9, and also are available at the Morris Center Information Desk, (618) 650-5555.

The final Arts & Issues presentation of the 2003-04 season takes place April 20 with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Norman Mailer, one of the most important writers of 20th century American letters.

Four Cougars Qualify In Opening Meet

Picking up right where it left off from its successful indoor season, the SIUE track and field team had four provisional qualifiers for the NCAA Division II Championships.

The Cougars used a steady stream of top-notch performances at the opening meet of the outdoor season, the Gatorade Classic, hosted by Southeast Missouri State University.

Tairisha Sawyer's (Chicago) 200-meter dash time of 24.74 seconds broke the school record and placed her name on the provisional-qualifying list.

Breanne Steffens (Moline) broke a school record and qualified for nationals in the 1,500-meter run after finishing the event in 4 minutes, 36.80 seconds.

Jamie Thomas (Blue Island), a two-event qualifier for nationals during the indoor season, broke a school record and provisionally -qualified in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.64.

Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) provisionally qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:28.05. She advanced to the national finals in the same event last season.

Although the men's team did not have any qualifiers, a few were close and will be expected to do so as the season progresses.

Provisional qualifying times place individuals on a national performance list by event. Only the top performers in the nation advance to the NCAA Championships.

SIUE will now look toward its own Cougar Classic on Saturday (4/10) at Korte Stadium. Field events will begin at 9 a.m. with the running events taking off at 10 a.m.

Baseball Looks Ahead To UMSL, NKU

After picking up two big wins Sunday (4/4) against Southern Indiana, the SIU Edwardsville baseball team hopes to ride some of that momentum when it travels to UM-St. Louis for two games and Northern Kentucky for a four-game weekend series.

The Cougars dropped the first two games of a weekend series with USI but stormed back and with the help of quality pitching and timely hitting swept the Screaming Eagles in Sunday's (4/4) doubleheader. With the two wins, the Cougars improved to 10-20 overall and 7-10 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

"We kept our hopes alive with those two wins," Coach Gary Collins said. "We are still in the hunt for a conference tournament spot."

Once again, it was the pitching staff that came up big for the Cougars. Ron Jones (Kankakee), who has eased through the transition from basketball to baseball, pitched his way into the starting rotation and did not disappoint. The junior pitched five innings in game one of Sunday's (4/4) doubleheader and allowed just two hits, both bunt singles, and struck out six while walking one.

Jones leads the pitching staff with a 3-0 record and a 1.04 earned run average. "He had a great outing against Southern Indiana; he won me over," Collins said. "I think he's going to continue to get better, although it will be hard for him to pitch any better than he did Sunday."

In game two, it was David Briesacher (Waterloo) who carried the load for the Cougars. Briesacher pitched seven innings in a relief role and allowed only one unearned run and scattered five hits. "Briesacher did a wonderful job," Collins said. "His velocity was up and that made him look like the Briesacher from last year."

The Cougars now look at another big week of baseball, playing six games against teams that are close to the Cougars in the GLVC standings. Missouri-St. Louis is four spots ahead of the Cougars with a 10-8 GLVC mark. The two teams split a doubleheader earlier this season at Roy Lee Field. Northern Kentucky enters the week 8-8 in the GLVC and two spots ahead of the Cougars in the standings.

Softball Prepares For Eight-Game Homestand

SIUE softball has a busy week ahead with two Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheaders sandwiching a non-conference doubleheader with Missouri Baptist.

The Cougars, 21-11 overall and 6-2 in the GLVC, begin the week Wednesday (4/7) when they play host to Missouri-St. Louis at 4 p.m. at Cougar Field in a make-up game. UMSL is eighth in the GLVC standings with a 3-5 conference record and a 15-16 overall mark.

SIUE will then step outside of the GLVC when it plays host to Missouri Baptist on Thursday (4/8). First pitch of that doubleheader is slated for 5 p.m. at Cougar Field.

Quincy will then come to Cougar Field for a Saturday (4/10) doubleheader slated for noon. Quincy begins the week fifth in the conference standings at 22-12 overall and 3-5 in the GLVC.

The Cougars were shut out in both games of a doubleheader with Lewis last Saturday. Then, SIUE's offense bounced back the next day to score 21 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin-Parkside. "We didn't play well against Lewis," Coach Sandy Montgomery said. "But they got the job done, and we didn't. We did bounce back nicely against Wisconsin-Parkside."

After this week of play, the Cougars will welcome Alabama-Huntsville to town to complete its eight-game homestand. "We've got to get on track," Montgomery said. "With our two losses against Lewis, we can't afford to slip up and lose to someone we should beat."

Veronica Schmidt (Westmont) and Shannon Evans (Manhattan) both played well against Wisconsin-Parkside. They both had two RBIs in game one of the doubleheader. Schmidt then drove in three runs in game two and Evans added two more RBI in the second game.

Men's Tennis Enters Final Tune-up

The SIU Edwardsville men's tennis team enters its last week of the regular season and will face Saint Joseph's and Lewis at home on Saturday (4/10).

The Saint Joseph match will begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the Lewis match at 3 p.m. Both matches will take place at the SIUE Tennis Courts adjacent to the Vadalabene Center.

Even though the Cougars dropped three matches last week, they are still a lock to advance to the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament, which begins Apr. 16 in Indianapolis.

SIUE, 6-9 overall and 2-4 in the GLVC, dropped matches against regional rivals Missouri-St. Louis, Northern Kentucky and Indianapolis last week. SIUE will try to halt a four-game losing skid before it starts the conference tournament.

"We had a tough week against some tough teams," Coach Bill Logan said. "We are just going to focus on closing out the season on a positive note to get ready for the conference tournament."

Justin Free (Danville) leads the Cougars with a 12-7 record, playing primarily at No. 3 singles. Chris Rigdon (Glen Carbon) has 10 wins on the season after playing mainly at the No. 5 singles spot.

Baseball Looks To Build On Momentum

After winning three of its last four games, the SIU Edwardsville baseball team will try to continue its string of good play when it plays host to Missouri-St. Louis on Wednesday (3/31) and Thursday (4/1) at Roy Lee Field. First pitch for both games is slated for 2 p.m.

SIUE, 7-17 overall and 4-7 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, leaped to the eighth spot in the GLVC standings after picking up three conference wins last week. It will now focus on Missouri-St. Louis, which enters the week 11-14-1 overall and 6-6 in conference play. UMSL is coming off a doubleheader split against Southern Indiana.

SIUE will then play a home-and-home series with Southern Indiana on Saturday (4/3) and Sunday (4/4). USI, which enters the week 9-20 overall and 5-11 in the GLVC, visits Lee Field Sunday for a 1 p.m. start.

Things have looked to start coming together for the Cougars, who defeated Lewis in game two of a doubleheader on Saturday (3/27) to give Coach Gary Collins his 800th career win. "Winning 800 games is a very big testament to the players who have came through the program," Collins said.

The Cougars then won a rain-shortened game on Sunday (3/28) against Lewis in come-from-behind fashion. SIUE rallied from a 4-1 deficit to pick up the victory. "We swung the bats better last week," Collins said. "Craig Ohlau (Chester) is starting to hit and Eric Tritsch (Troy) is giving us something at second."

Freshman Adam Tallman (Gillespie) continues to lead the team in hitting with a .385 average and continues to receive praise from Collins. "Tallman has been very consistent all year," Collins said. "He has a great approach at the plate."

Jared Brueggeman (East Alton), who hit three home runs in a seven-inning game at Quincy, is hitting .352. Robert Rahn (Wood River) and Ohlau are hitting .312 and .304, respectively. Kyle Martin (Byron) drove in three runs in SIUE's win on Sunday.

The bullpen is another reason why the Cougars have been playing well as of late. Collins said the addition of Ron Jones (Kankakee) and the emergence of Jameson Sheley (Lincoln) and Pat Evers (St. Louis) has been a good complement to SIUE's starting pitching.

Softball Returns To GLVC Play

Coming off a 3-2 performance at the GLVC/GLIAC Challenge in East Peoria, the SIU Edwardsville softball team will now focus on conference play. The Cougars, 19-9 overall and 4-0 in the GLVC, begin a string of six consecutive conference games when they play host to Missouri-St. Louis on Wednesday (3/31) at 4 p.m. The Riverwomen are 3-1 in conference play and 14-11 overall.

SIUE then travels for weekend doubleheaders to Lewis and Wisconsin-Parkside. Because it is still early in the conference season, Coach Sandy Montgomery understands every conference game is important. "We want to win the GLVC for the third straight year, but it will not be an easy task," Montgomery said. "There is definitely a lot of parity in the conference this year."

SIUE defeated Wayne State, Findlay and Gannon at last weekend's GLVC/GLIAC Challenge. Its losses came against Ashland and Grand Valley. The Cougars bounced back from its Saturday night loss to Grand Valley and defeated Gannon on Sunday morning. Gannon previously defeated Northern Kentucky, who is atop the GLVC standings, earlier in the tournament. "In my opinion, the Gannon game was a must win," Montgomery said. "I was very happy they were able to bounce back like they did after the loss to Grand Valley."

Jenny Esker (Steeleville), who had a seventh inning home run to tie the game in SIUE's loss against Ashland, continues to lead the team with a .368 average.

Jessica Finch (LaSalle) has allowed only six earned runs in 48.1 innings pitched to lead the pitching staff with a 0.87 earned run average. Finch picked up the victory against Wayne State after pitching 11 innings. She moved her overall record to 6-0 on the season.

Track And Field Opens Outdoor Season

The SIU Edwardsville men and women's track and field squads will open their outdoor portion of the schedule this weekend when they travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo., for the Gatorade Classic.

"It was a very good meet last year," Coach Darryl Frerker said. "Since it will mostly be Division I competition, it will be a good meet for us."

The Cougars are coming off an indoor season in which they advanced a school-record four athletes to the NCAA Championships. Frerker indicated the success of the indoor season not only builds strength, but increases confidence as well. "We will have athletes in events in an attempt for them to qualify," Frerker said. "For some others, we're looking for personal records and experience that will help us prepare for the conference meet."

Richard Skirball (Granite City) was an NCAA qualifier last year for the Cougars in the 800-meter run. Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) advanced to the finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2003 and Jenny Jaquez (Aurora) qualified for nationals in the 400-meter hurdles.

Freshman Jamie Thomas (Blue Island) will make her outdoor debut after qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships in both the 60-meter hurdles and triple jump. After the Gatorade Classic, SIUE will play host to the Cougar Classic on Sat., Apr. 10, at Korte Stadium.

Men's Tennis Faces Crucial Test

The SIU Edwardsville men's tennis team will face three regionally ranked opponents this week in Missouri-St. Louis, Northern Kentucky, and Indianapolis.

The Cougars, who opened Great Lakes Valley Conference play last week with a 2-1 record, travel to face Missouri-St. Louis on Tuesday (3/30). UMSL, No. 6 in the region, dropped its first two conference matches of the year last week. SIUE then plays host to Northern Kentucky, ranked fifth regionally, on Friday (4/2) at 3 p.m. The Cougars then welcome Indianapolis, the 10th ranked team in the region, to the SIUE Tennis Courts for a Saturday (4/3) match also beginning at 3 p.m.

Coach Bill Logan is making no doubts that this could very well be the biggest week of play for his team. "Not only are these conference matches, but they are against opponents who are all regionally ranked," Logan said. "This week may determine whether or not we advance to the NCAA Regional."

The Cougars picked up impressive conference wins against Quincy and Bellarmine but dropped its match against Southern Indiana. Justin Free (Danville) and Chris Rigdon (Glen Carbon) each has a team-high 10 victories. Free has also posted a perfect 2-0 record in GLVC play.

After this week's three matches, the Cougars will only have two more before the GLVC Championships begin on Apr. 16-17 in Indianapolis.

FRC Offers Second Annual 'Celebration Of World Faiths'

The Friends of the Religious Center (FRC), a support group for the SIUE Religious Center, is sponsoring the Second Annual Celebration of World Faiths from 7-9 p.m. this Saturday, (April 3), at the domed center, located between the Morris University Center and the Art and Design Building.

Spiritual leaders and groups from several Christian and non-Christian traditions will share music, scripture, prayer, and information about their faiths. The goal is an evening of learning and fellowship, and an opportunity to tell visitors more about the Friends of the Religious Center.

The FRC is dedicated to preserving the center as the place on campus for serving the spiritual needs of SIUE students, as well as preserving its architectural importance.

"The FRC board of directors is made up of about a dozen members of the university community and the surrounding community at-large," said Greg Fields, an associate professor of Philosophy at the university and FRC board chair.

"Also included in the group are the three ministerial directors headquartered at the center. We all share an interest in the structure for its programming available to the university community and for its architectural significance."

Admission is free to the April 3 event, but donations will be accepted. Refreshments with ethnic themes will be served, and all are welcome.

SDM Program Provides Dental Care For Those With Severe Mental Disabilities

Providing dental care for a person with severe mental disabilities is not an easy proposition. In fact, dental hygiene may be nonexistent because in most cases people with severe mental problems cannot cooperate, nor in many cases will they even allow a dentist near them.

According to Dr. William Goebel, a professor at the SIU School of Dental Medicine at Alton, the need for dental care among the severely mentally disabled in Southern Illinois is an "unending" phenomenon. "We see more than 100 patients each year and we've been providing such care for about five years," Goebel said.

Goebel directs the hospital component of the SIU/SDM's Advanced Education in General Dentistry curriculum in which dentists are being trained to provide dental care in a hospital operating room environment. "In most severe cases, a patient must be taken to a hospital and put under general anesthetic before we can begin to provide dental care," Goebel said.

"These are patients who cannot or will not cooperate in the care of their mouths. Our program not only cares for these patients but also trains dentists to take this knowledge to their practices after completion of the residency program."

Goebel said the program is making inroads with hospitals in Southern Illinois but the need is great. "In Alton, we have an agreement with St. Anthony's Hospital to help these patients."

Goebel explained that a patient who qualifies under the program is brought to the SDM for an evaluation, but the actual dental care is done at St. Anthony's with SIU/SDM dentists.

"Until the patient is under a general anesthetic, we can't even completely assess their needs, he said. "Once they are asleep we can explore their problems using X-rays, determine their needs, and then provide definitive care."

The program is not for every person with mental disabilities. "Those with milder disabilities can usually receive care as an outpatient at their own dentist's office or at the SDM's outpatient clinics," Goebel said. "Our program is only for the severely disabled patient. We're providing a full range of care including, deep cleanings, cavity restoration and dental surgery.

"We reserve this service to those with the greatest need," Goebel said. "You or I might have access to dental care and we can participate in the day-to-day care of our teeth, but we're serving those who can't or won't.

For mental health caregivers, the SIU School of Dental Medicine is a last resort. "Many dentists are not equipped to handle these patients in their offices and are often untrained in how to provide care in a hospital environment. That's part of our goal-to train dentists in these procedures. And, from what I've seen over the past five years, there appears to be an unending need for this program."

Design Firm CEO To Speak At SIUE For Kimmel Banquet

Patricia Whitaker, president and CEO of Arcturis in St. Louis and a member of the boards of several organizations in the St. Louis area, will be the featured speaker for the 15th Annual Kimmel Leadership Awards Banquet at 7 p.m. this Thursday (April 1), in Meridian Ballroom.

Arcturis, 1910 Pine St., is a full-service design firm founded by Whitaker in 1977. The firm offers planning, architecture, interiors, and technology for major corporations, higher education, developers, financial institutions, and public facilities.

The April 1 banquet honors recipients of the Kimmel Scholarship and the Kimmel Community Service Awards (see other article), all of whom have given time and effort to volunteerism. The awards are named for Carol Kimmel, a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees who devoted most of her adult life to helping others.

Whitaker is an active member of the St. Louis civic and professional community, serving on the YMCA of Greater St. Louis Board, the Regional Business Council, the Regional Chamber and Growth Association Board, also serving on the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, and Business Services Committee. She also serves as chair of the Business Service Committee.

In addition, Whitaker serves on Webster University's Technology Advisory Board and on the United Way of Greater St. Louis Board. She was appointed in 1997 to The Hawthorn Foundation, a state board that addresses Missouri's economic policies. She also takes a leadership role in various charitable events in and around the St. Louis area each year.

Corporate memberships include the St. Louis Art Museum, as chair of the Corporate Partners Committee and the Development Committee, the St. Louis Science Center Board, and the Dance St. Louis Board. She also is current past president of the St. Louis Forum, a professional women's organization.

Whitaker also is Forest Park Forever 2004 Luncheon co-chair.

Whitaker's professional certifications include the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Whitaker was the 1996 recipient of the prestigious McKendree College Excellence in Enterprise Award, which recognizes a member of the community who reflects the true spirit of enterprise and demonstrates the skills that make enterprising efforts successful.

Tickets for the April 1 banquet are $30 per person; for more information about tickets or about ordering them, call the SIUE Office of Conferences and Institutes, (618) 650-2660, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2660.

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