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April 4, 2000

eMBA Launched By SIUE School Of Business

The World Wide Web is growing by two million pages every day. In two years, there will be more web pages than people on the plane. E-commerce sales will top the one-trillion-dollar mark, jobs are being created by the advent of internet services, careers are being made.

This fall, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) will offer a new graduate program designed to help students get their feet in the "e-door." SIUE's eMBA will take the best of a traditional MBA program and combine it with non-traditional electronic business instruction.

SIUE is the first accredited university in the St. Louis region to offer an MBA specialization in e-Business. "Businesses are in great need of e-Business-savvy people," said Robert Carver, dean of the SIUE School of Business. "Any number of businesses and industries are being drawn to the internet as a way of doing business.

"They need people to guide them. They need people who can tell them what the internet can and should do for them and their customers, and how best to fashion their internet presence. The SIUE eMBA will bolster students' business acumen and provide them with e-Business skills that will make them more marketable."

Carver said SIUE's eMBA will include e-Business courses, such as internet marketing, cyber law, and management in a "dot-com world." He said an advisory board of business professionals helped to create the eMBA, and that the program is tailored to give students access to these and other e-business entrepreneurs.

The advisory board includes: Keith Alper, co-founder and CEO of Creative Producers Group; Mike Conley, chairman and CEO of General Life and the "creator" of the first virtual life insurance company; Sanajy Jain, chairman and founder of WorkNet Communications Inc.; Dan Lauer, CEO of Haystack Toys; and Randy Schilling, CEO, Solutech.

"These e-Business professionals have helped us create a program that will ensure our graduates will be ready to step to the forefront of the 'e-revolution,' " Carver said. "They will be ready for a bright future helping to guide their company's electronic Business efforts."

For more on the SIUE eMBA visit online: www.siuemba.com; or call Greg Gomez, director of graduate recruitment, at 618-650-2981. From St. Louis, call toll free, (888) 328-5168, ext. 2981.

School Of Business Creates International 'China Track'

SIUE's business, language and culture courses just took a turn to the east with the inclusion of an international business "China track."

SIUE received a two-year, U.S. Department of Education grant covering the "start-up"costs for the addition of five new courses, the revision of key School of Business courses to include a Chinese and Asian perspective, and joint curriculum projects that will link faculty and students to two Chinese universities.

Economics Professor Stanford Levin wrote the grant along with Geert Pallemans, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. Levin said the curriculum changes address two major needs of students. "The Chinese economy is expanding," Levin said. "In 1992, it was 40 percent of the size of the U.S. economy. In 2020, it will be 40 percent larger than the U.S. economy.

"Including a Chinese perspective in the business school curriculum and offering courses in Chinese language and culture is essential to preparing students for the global marketplace." Levin added that most students are not financially able to study abroad. The curriculum expansion, and particularly the joint classroom activities, "will bring the international experience to students."

With the announcement, the School of Business and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature will begin building on past success at revising courses and curricula in order to deliver the new Chinese focus. The two faculties have worked together to deliver similar tracks in Latin American and European studies. "Typically, you'll find most schools geared toward European studies," Levin said. "A 'China track,' such as the one we are developing, is unusual."

Students majoring in business can opt for the China track, but Levin said the new courses extend benefits beyond business majors and beyond those students who choose to study the language and culture of China. "First, we have core courses that are required of all business majors and are optional for all students," said Levin.

"These core courses will be altered to add a China emphasis. Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture courses also will be added, and those courses can be taken by students regardless of major." The new courses begin in fall 2001.

Morris Center Referendum Set For April 11, 12, & 15

Morris Center and University officials are hoping students give a big thumbs up for a fee increase that would support improvements and renovation of the center-changes that students have asked for through a year-long series of surveys and focus groups.

"The proposal on the table is full of plans for things students say they want . . . and are willing to support with a fee increase," says Mary Robinson, center director.

High on the list of student requests is a Town Center food court, something prominently featured in the expansion proposal. The lower level of the center would be reconfigured to offer more menu offerings, additional food choices, shorter lines and more seating-something that the opening of a third residence hall in 2001 will demand. In addition to a Town Center food court, under the proposal, Cougar Den would be changed into a sports-themed, after-hours hangout-think Shenanigans or Applebee's with attitude.

Pizza Hut would be relocated into Cougar Den and would begin offering a full line of pizza menu offerings as well as on-campus pizza delivery. But, the changes for the Morris Center go beyond just spiffing up the food court. Also included in the plans are:

• A new cyber coffeehouse in the space now occupied by the Opapi Lounge.

•The opening of a full-service copy center.

• A much requested computer lab with 20 to 30 stations.

• The relocation and expansion of Union Station to allow for greater product selection.

• New retail and food locations, with ideas ranging from pretzels to ice cream to smoothies.

• Big changes in the recreation area to include "Cosmic" bowling with automatic scoring and a larger video arcade.

• Renovations of Meridian Ballroom to provide better seating and sound for concerts and events.

• More space for student organization offices.

• Outdoor dining added to the University Restaurant.

• An overall expansion of hours to meet student demand.

All in all, the "face-lift" of the Morris University Center will mean more things to do, more hours to do them in, and more choices for those who walk through the doors.

If approved, the project would begin during fall 2001 and would be wrapped up during spring 2003. A yes vote from students puts the machinery in motion. Students will be asked to approve a semester fee increase of $9 a credit hour-with a maximum increase of $45 for full-time students-to fund the proposed changes and improvements. The increase would take effect with the Summer 2001 term.

Robinson has been kept busy informing students about the proposal. "But I'm only one person," she points out, "and I can only be in one place at a time. Students want to know more about the plans, so we've set up a Web site (for) answers to ... questions, so everyone can take a look at the future of the Morris University Center, and have a little fun at the same time."

The site is at www.siue.edu/facelift. In addition to polling stations in the Morris University Center, Peck Hall and the Student Fitness Center, residential students will be able to vote right in their residence hall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 12. Voting continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Peck Hall on Saturday, April 15.

Clark Adds Another Honor To Her Accomplishments

Misi Clark, the Cougar junior point guard, has added another honor to her list by being selected to the Daktronics Inc. Division II All-America women's basketball honorable mention team.

Clark, a daughter of Michael and Cheryl Clark of Paris, concluded her 1999-2000 season by being named Co-Player of the Year in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, as well as becoming the SIUE career leader in points (1,676), free throws made (484) and free throws attempted (710).

She was named first-team All-Conference for the third consecutive year and set the single-season points per game record at SIUE with an average of 21.4. An honorable mention All-American pick her freshman year, Clark also ranks among the top five in several other career offensive categories. Clark is No. 2 all-time in three-point field goals made (130) and attempted (385), No. 3 all-time in steals (254) and No. 4 in field goals attempted (1,183), assists (344) and blocks (52).

Earlier in the season, Clark tied the school record for points in a game with 40 against Kentucky Wesleyan. Clark helped the Cougars to an 18-9 overall record and 13-7 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

In Other Cougar Sports News:

Melissa Koenig, who signed a national letter of intent to play for the softball team next season, was one of 27 graduating high school students named Chancellor's Scholars at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Koenig, of Mapleton, receives a four-year Chancellor's Scholarship, special academic status and individualized educational opportunities while attending SIUE. The selection is based on an individual's previous academic work and special talents and abilities. Koenig was named first-team All-Conference in 1999 and 1998 and second-team All-Conference in 1997. She was voted second-team All-State and second-team regional by the Peoria Journal Star in 1999. She led her team to win the 1998 Regional Championships at Illini Bluffs High School. As a pitcher, Koenig throws a knuckleball, slider and 58mph fastball. She also can play centerfield and shortstop. Koenig is a member of the I.B. Diamonds U-18 summer softball team, which won the Amateur Softball Association state tournament in 1999.

The Baseball Cougars, 16-14 overall and 4-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, are facing a big week with big games, according to Coach Gary Collins. "We are short on pitching, so it is going to be a real test for us." Mark Bugger (Edwardsville) leads the Cougars with a .456 batting average. Chad Opel (Edwardsville) went 7 for 17 in the last six games with three doubles, a triple, home run and nine runs batted in. Opel had eight runs batted in last Tuesday in the 21-6 win at Lindenwood.

Cougar Softball begins a six-game home stand this week, and Coach Sandy Montgomery said her team isn't looking too far ahead, preferring to concentrate on the coming week's games. The Cougars, 24-10 overall and 9-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, play doubleheaders with Bellarmine and Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Both games begin at 1 p.m. at Cougar Field. The team, ranked No. 21 by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, won three of its four games last weekend. "We played well," Momtgomery said, "but we need to learn how to be more patient with the bad pitchers." The wins against UM-St. Louis were two big wins. Sara Obrecht (Gifford) pitched a one-hitter in game one against UMSL. Obrecht leads the pitching staff with a 11-4 record while Erin Newman (Fairfield, Calif.) continues to lead the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a .469 batting average. Katie Waldo (Peoria) has 31 stolen bases on the seasons and needs only 6 more stolen bases to hold the single season record.

The SIUE Men's Tennis team continues Great Lakes Valley Conference play this week when it faces Quincy and Southern Indiana. The Cougars recorded their first two wins of the season last weekend with shutouts over Lewis (7-0) and St. Joseph's (5-0) on the road. SIUE is now 2-5 overall and 2-4 in the GLVC. On Tuesday, the Cougars take on Quincy at Sunset Hills Country Club, beginning at 9 a.m. SIUE plays Southern Indiana and Truman State on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Both matches begin at 9 a.m. at Edwardsville High School. Corey Pace (Brighton) leads the Cougars with a 3-3 record overall and is 3-2 in the conference. Laramie Gavin (Bethalto), Justin Lombard (OFallon) and Ben Myers (Edwardsville) each hold a singles record of 2-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

After a week off, Women's tennis returns to action this weekend. The Cougars, 14-6 overall, play Missouri Western on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Sunset Hills Country Club. SIUE then faces Truman State on Sunday at Edwardsville High School, beginning at 9 a.m.

The Men's and Women's Track teams travel to St. Louis to compete in the Washington University Invite on Saturday, April 8. Both teams are competing well and training hard, says Coach Darryl Frerker. "If we can continue this trend through this weekend, we will be very competitive in the conference championships." Ann Miklovic (St. Louis) set a new school record at the Cougar Classic last weekend with a time of 2 minutes, 15 seconds in the 800-meter run. Chenoa Glenn (Ferguson, Mo.) finished first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03. On the men's side, Joshua Benton (Carbondale) placed first in the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 6 inches. Ryan Gold (Hartford) finished first in the 400-meter dash with a personal record time of 49.54.

GOOD

Bertolt Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 7-8 and 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16, all in Katherine Dunham Hall theater. Brecht's enchanting parable with music tells of three gods who come to Earth in search of one good person, who they find in Shen Te, a prostitute. With money from the gods, Shen Te tries to lead a decent life, but, to survive, she must impersonate a fictitious, unscrupulous male cousin. Shown here in a scene from the play are: Shen Te (left), portrayed by Natasha Baumgardner; Mrs. Shin, played by Monica Samii; and the "god of gold," played by Bryan Welser. Tickets are $7; senior citizens and students, $5, and are available through the Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774. (SIUE Photo)

Fulbright Study Application Packets Available On The World Wide Web

Apply for a Fulbright and see the world. It's an incredible experience and one that will benefit not only a faculty member but also students.

Kevin McClearey, associate dean of Graduate Studies and Research, says the application process can seem complicated because the Fulbright criteria can be very specific, but the results are worth the trouble. "We understand that it could also be difficult for faculty who have families to think about travel halfway around the globe," McClearey said.

"But, the Fulbright program makes a strong effort to assist its scholars' dependents. The international experience can also be an unforgettable family opportunity.

"As for the scholars, the experience not only benefits them professionally but also helps contribute to the international flavor and scope of the campus," McClearey said. "Faculty come back with a new perspective and knowledge which also contributes to that flavor. And, students also benefit.

"Anytime a faculty member has an an opportunity for enrichment, it shows up in the classroom, it shows up in their research, which can, and often does, involve students. Faculty come back excited and are ready to share that with students."

McClearey said application packets are available on the World Wide Web for Fulbright lecturing, lecturing/research, and research awards worldwide. Those are located at www.iie.org/cies/awards2001/appl2.htm. Application deadline is Aug. 1.

Some 800 scholar awards in 130 countries will be offered. Approximately one-fifth are for research and four-fifths are for lecturing, combined lecturing and research, or seminar participation.

For more information, contact Lil Manning, Ext. 3114, or by e-mail: limanni@siue.edu.

May 15 Deadline Set For Hoppe Award Applications

Applications for the Hoppe Research Professor Award are due May 15 in the appropriate dean's office.

The Hoppe Research Professor is a two-year appointment which carries 50 percent released time, a 25 percent graduate assistantship, and $1,000 in support lines for each year. Two awards will be made this first year.

Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate School's R&D Committee and awards will be announced by June 15. The appointment will begin Fall Semester.

For applications or for additional information, call the Graduate School, Ext. 3010.

Winner

The SIUE Student Employee of the Year for 2000 is Justin Cleveland, a computer engineering major from Mascoutah. The competition commemorates National Student Employee Week, declared by the National Student Employment Association, which celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of student employees as a vital part of a university's success. Cleveland is employed in the Department of Instructional Services. He is shown here with instructor Patricia Traxler, who nominated Cleveland; Sally Mullen, assistant director of Student Financial Aid; and Christa Oxford, assistant vice chancellor. (SIUE Photo)

Victims' Rights Group & Head Start To Observe Rights Week April 10

Consider this: there were 23 murders in East St. Louis last year, down from 65 in 1991. Pretty grim statistic, no? And, it's tough to put the decrease in a "positive" light.

The good news would come when a year goes by with zero murder statistics. In the meantime, advocacy and emotional support is necessary and that's where the Community Coalition Against Violence comes in.

The coalition is made up of a group of community members and professionals who live and/or work in East St. Louis. They have joined to address an important issue affecting the quality of life in the region, working to bring awareness of violence and violence prevention through community education.

Along with SIUE's Head Start Program, the coalition will observe National Victims' Rights Week with a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, in the City Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 301 River Park Drive, East St. Louis.

The ceremony includes a memorial service for last year's murder victims from East St. Louis and the surrounding area, a total of 32. Surviving friends and family are welcome to attend and are asked to bring a pair of shoes belonging to their loved ones. Organizers of the event say the victims' shoes symbolize the loss and the empty space left by the tragedies.

In addition, the East St. Louis School District is sponsoring a "Dare to Dream" essay contest. The theme of the national observance is Victims Rights 2000-Dare to Dream. The April 10 ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, call Francella Jackson, (618) 482-6789, or Patti Bortko, (618) 482-8309.

In addition to SIUE's Head Start program, coalition members also include East St. Louis Police, the Women's Crisis Center of Metro East, Call for Help, V.O.I.C.E.S. of St. Mary's Hospital, East St. Louis School District's Safe and Drug Free Schools, and the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service.

Ethics Conference 2000 Looks At Key Issues For Teachers

Do institutions of higher learning have a duty to teach moral values? That's one of three key issues to be addressed during Ethics Conference 2000 continuing on campus through April.

According to John Danley, professor of Philosophical Studies and conference coordinator, the three issues grew out of concerns raised by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. "As a means of insuring that planning for the future of Illinois higher education will be well-informed, the IBHE commissioned researchers to survey residents, opinion leaders, and employers," Danley said.

The surveys were conducted in fall 1998, and presented to the IBHE in December of that year. They revealed extremely strong approval of two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities in Illinois, said Danley: "Ninety-three percent of residents and ninety-five percent of opinion leaders approved or strongly approved of the job being done, and were also very satisfied with the way higher education was preparing graduates for the workplace.

"At the same time, the results also indicated room for improvement in a couple of areas." According to the survey, "less than half of the residents and only a third of the opinion leaders thought higher education was doing a good job in instilling ethical and moral values in students.

"Ethics Conference 2000 is SIUE's attempt to address this concern," Danley pointed out. SIUE has identified three issues to be discussed at the conference:

• What do citizens mean when they claim they want public higher education to inculcate students with moral values?

• What is higher education doing with respect to teaching moral values?

•What should public higher education's role be in teaching moral values?

"In one way or another," Danley said, "our activities at this conference will attempt to address these three concerns." Danley also said the conference has a Web site with several resource links devoted to ethics, applied ethics, business ethics, and engineering ethics, to name a few. The site also features a conference activities schedule: www.siue.edu/~ bsakkar/ETHICS.html.

Here's the remaining schedule:

• Monday, April 10, 4:30 p.m., Mississippi Room of the Morris Center-Ethical Issues in Healthcare-Sr. Jean deBlois, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and retired vice-president of Mission Services with the Catholic Health Association in St. Louis, will present a paper, "The use/non-use of life sustaining interventions: Ethical Challenges."

• Thursday, April 13, 11 a.m., Room 3115 of Founders Hall-SIUE School of Business "Business Hour," at which J. Walter Kisling Jr., retired chairman and CEO of Multiplex Company Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of beverage dispensing equipment, will speak about "Leadership and Ethics in the Modern Business World."

• Thursday, April 13, 12:15 p.m., SIUE School of Business Luncheon, Sunset Hills Country Club-J. Walter Kisling Jr. will speak about "Leadership and Ethics in the Modern Business World."

• Thursday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., Meridian Ballroom-The Arts & Issues series presents noted pollster George Gallup who will address the key issue of the conference, "What do citizens mean when they say that they expect higher education to inculcate students with moral values?" Gallup also will participate in a panel discussion that same day at 2 p.m. in the Red Bud-Oak Room. He also will speak to students at 5 p.m. that day. In addition, Gallup will preside at a 7:30 a.m. breakfast Friday, April 14, in a location to be announced.

• Friday, April 14, throughout the day, at various locations-Professor Michael Pritchard, professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University. He will be guest lecturer at a 10 a.m. Engineering Ethics class and will conduct a 1:30 p.m. workshop for Engineering faculty and interested students. Pritchard, director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at WMU, is author, co-author, or editor of ethics textbooks as well as chapters in textbooks. He also has written numerous articles for journals.

• Friday, April 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., luncheon for SIUE faculty-Donna Werner, program coordinator for Ethics Across the Curriculum at Saint Louis University, will speak about the SLU program that provides faculty members across various disciplines with tools and resources to address ethical issues in the classroom. The program sponsors seminars, workshops, lectures, symposia, and roundtable discussions open to all SLU faculty.

For more information about Ethics Conference 2000, call Professor John Danley, (618) 650-2096, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2096, or by e-mail: jdanley@siue.edu.