Mark G. Bolyard, an associate professor of Biological Sciences, and director of the university's Office of Science and Mathematics Education, is the recipient of the 2004 Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award.
With SIUE since September 1991, Bolyard received the Simon Award because of his research in molecular biology with a special emphasis on the application of DNA biotechnology to problems in biology, and because of his work with his students. The award is presented to an SIUE faculty member each year to recognize the role of research and creative activities in achieving excellence in teaching. The award confirms SIUE's belief that an individual must be a good scholar to be a good teacher.
The award is sponsored by the SIUE Graduate School and is presented by the SIUE Graduate Faculty. Bolyard was nominated for the award by Richard Brugam, professor of Biological Sciences at SIUE.
In 1997, Bolyard received the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award.
Emily Kilman of Marissa, a senior studying Geography, is the 2004 SIUE Student Employee of the Year. Kilman is a clerical assistant in the Office of Undergraduate Assessment and Program Review and for the Excellence in Learning and Teaching program, both part of the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Employed in the Assessment office since August 2002, Kilman has gone beyond duties expected of a student employee and has helped with several projects, from routine tasks to complex projects. But, co-workers say they are impressed with Kilman's balance between studies as a Chancellor's Scholar and her employment responsibilities.
In nominating the 20-year-old SIUE student, Douglas Eder wrote that Kilman has "communicated ample good cheer and enthusiasm, competence, creativity, and perseverance" in her everyday duties. Eder is director of Undergraduate Assessment for the university. "Her skills are broad and encompass data analysis, concise writing, quantitative reasoning, statistical manipulation, and drawing conclusions from the data," Eder wrote.
Her supervisors also agree that Kilman shows a level of maturity and thoroughness in her work, factors in the decision to choose her for the annual honor. "Emily cheerfully breezes through any task requested of her and is thorough in every job she undertakes," wrote Cathy Santanello, program director for the SIUE Excellence In Learning and Teaching initiative.
"She has always been unfailingly pleasant, punctual, and a real team player," Santanello wrote.
Each year, the Office of Student Financial Aid requests nominations for the student employee recognition, which is part of National Student Employee Week (April 11-17) as designated by the National Student Employment Association.
Runners-up for this year's Student Employee of the Year were: Rachel LaRussa, of Coffeen; Sonia Vaughan, of Brighton; and Brooke Gengler, of Effingham.
Continuing its bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and its theme of exploration, SIUE is sponsoring an appearance by astronaut Sandra Magnus, a member of the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis, who will speakcat 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in Meridian Ballroom.
Magnus, a Belleville native, will relate her experiences on board the Atlantis and speak about her work on the international space station in October 2002. Her appearance is part of SIUE's celebration theme, "Exploration: The Legacy of Lewis and Clark."
The April 28 event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Lovejoy Library and SIUE's Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committee.
This will be the fifth event in the celebration that began at the start of the academic year, including the Arts & Issues series appearance of renowned undersea explorer Robert Ballard in the fall and last month's visit by National Geographic photographer Sam Abell.
The remaining events sponsored by the committee are: May 13-a discussion by a panel of Native Americans who will discuss what impact the Lewis and Clark exploration had on their peoples, and a six-week Lewis and Clark Institute during summer term that will focus on the expedition and the relationship between the explorers themselves and the indigenous peoples they met.
A graduate of Belleville West High School in 1982, Magnus went on to earn a bachelor's in physics and a master's in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1986 and 1990, respectively, as well as a doctorate at the School of Material Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996.
From 1986 to 1991, Magnus was a stealth engineer for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company, where she studied the effectiveness of RADAR signature reduction techniques. She also was assigned to the U.S. Navy's A-12 Attack Aircraft program. She returned to school and in 1996 was selected as a NASA astronaut. She completed two years of training and evaluation at the Johnson Space Center.
In October 2002, Magnus flew aboard Atlantis, operated the space station's robotic arm during the three spacewalks required to outfit and activate a component. The crew also transferred cargo between the two vehicles and used the shuttle's thruster jets during two maneuvers to raise the station's orbit.
Atlantis was the first shuttle mission to use a camera on the External Tank, providing a live view of the launch to flight controllers and NASA TV viewers. The mission was accomplished in 170 orbits, traveling 4.5 million miles in 10 days, 19 hours, and 58 minutes.
Tickets for Magnus' visit are $5; students, $3. For information, visit the Friends of Lovejoy Library Web site: www.library.siue.edu/friends or call the Friends office, (618) 650-2730. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Friends office or by calling Ryan Browning, (618) 650-5618.
The SIU School of Dental Medicine main clinic at Alton will undergo a $2 million expansion under a budget and project approval resolution approved today by the SIU Board of Trustees.
Funding for the project will come through the issuance of Certificates of Participation to be retired by revenue generated through SIU/SDM tuition. The resolution was passed last week at the board's regular monthly meeting, conducted this month at SIU Edwardsville.
Continual advances in technology and equipment, as well as modifications in teaching methods and philosophy, have resulted in a need for more clinic space. The project calls for expansion of the main clinic from 32,000 square feet to 36,500 square feet, providing space for up to 30 new dental workstations.
This additional space would allow the SDM to consolidate teaching in specialty disciplines and general dentistry to one location, making better use of the faculty and staff, and increasing productivity.
The project cost includes expansion, as well as furniture, fixtures, and equipment. It also would allow for incorporation of new technologies into the clinical education program (e.g. lasers, operating scopes, intraoral cameras, bleaching lights, cad-cam, and air abrasion equipment) that would in turn provide teaching and learning benefits for faculty and students.
Coming off a week in which it went 2-4 in road games, the SIU Edwardsville baseball team will return to Roy E. Lee Field for an eight-game homestand.
The Cougars play host to a doubleheader with Kentucky Wesleyan on Wednesday (4/14). First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. Wisconsin-Parkside, which sits atop the conference standings, then comes to town for doubleheaders on Saturday (4/17) and Sunday (4/18). Both games begin at noon.
SIUE, 12-24 overall and 9-14 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, is currently 10th in the conference standings. The Cougars still have 16 conference games scheduled and will try to climb up in the standings, as only the top six teams advance to the conference tournament in May.
After being swept by UM-St. Louis last week, the Cougars split a four-game series with Northern Kentucky. The Cougars picked up a win in the first game of the series behind the pitching of Ron Jones (Kankakee). Jones picked up his team-leading fourth victory of the season after allowing three runs, one earned, on nine hits. He also leads the team with a 1.16 earned run average.
Craig Ohlau (Chester) came up big offensively in the first game, going 3-for-4 at the plate and driving in five runs. He leads the team with a .331 batting average and is second with 23 RBI.
"Ohlau has been hitting much better ever since the conference season began," Coach Gary Collins said.
David Briesacher (Waterloo) pitched a complete game two-hitter in the first game on Sunday. The sophomore struck out three and walked none. With the victory, Briesacher ups his record to 2-2 on the season. "Briesacher had an outstanding outing," Collins said. "He has pitched his way into the rotation."
SIU Edwardsville softball will try to extend an eight-game winning streak this week when it plays host to non-conference foe Alabama-Huntsville. The Cougars then travel to Northern Kentucky and Bellarmine to round out a tough week of softball.
SIUE mustered 24 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Quincy this past weekend to move to 27-11 overall and 10-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Cougars trail only Lewis and this Saturday's (4/17) opponent Northern Kentucky in the conference standings.
Before getting into conference games this weekend, the Cougars will play an Alabama-Huntsville team that is coming into the week 34-5 overall and ranked ninth nationally. Alabama-Huntsville plays UM-St. Louis on Monday. "Alabama-Huntsville is a very good team," Coach Sandy Montgomery said. "They are playing well and are one of the top teams in the country. It should be a good battle."
SIUE, ranked 17th in the latest NCAA-II poll, then enters a showdown with No. 8 Northern Kentucky. The Norse have yet to lose a GLVC contest, going 10-0 in conference play so far this season.
SIUE's winning streak, which includes six conference games, can be attributed to timely hitting and strong pitching. Veronica Schmidt (Westmont) came up with some big hits last week and has increased her batting average to .261. Jenny Esker (Steeleville) is hitting .375 and has driven in a team-high 23 runs.
"I thought VJ (Schmidt) hit the ball really well last weekend," Montgomery said. "Melissa Lindgren (Frankfort) is playing well defensively and has been hitting the ball well."
The pitching staff that includes Jessica Finch (LaSalle), Ashley Hoheimer (Walton, Ind.), Missy Koenig (Mapleton) and Mary Heather White (Pulaski, Tenn.) has lowered its team earned run average to 1.35 during the streak. "We need to continue to improve on the mental side of our game," Montgomery said. "We need to get everyone on the same page on the same day."
SIU Edwardsville's track and field squads continue to qualify individuals for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. This time, a few athletes did so at the Cougar Classic.
On the women's side, Christen Carducci (Powell, Ohio) ran the 3,000-meter run in a school record time of 10 minutes, 4.46 seconds and put her name on the provisional qualifying list. She joins her sister, Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio), on the qualifying list after Carrie Carducci lowered her time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to 11:21.75.
Jamie Thomas (Blue Island) lowered her school-record time in the 100-meter hurdles to 14.51 seconds. Tairisha Sawyer (Chicago), Breanne Steffens (Moline) and Callie Glover (Bartlett) are also provisionally qualified for the national meet, which takes place May 27-29 in Pomona, Calif.
On the men's side, NCAA Indoor All-American Richard Skirball (Granite City) provisionally qualified in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.94.
The Cougars will look to have more qualifiers this weekend when it travels to Illinois State for the Redbird Classic.
All SIU Edwardsville knows is that it is in the Great Lakes Valley Conference men's tennis tournament. Its opponent will be determined Tuesday (4/13) morning when a coin flip will be conducted to determine the seedings.
SIUE, Bellarmine, and Missouri-St. Louis all finished 4-4 in the conference standings. The teams' head-to-head records could not break the tie, so the coin flip will determine the fourth through sixth seeds.
SIUE picked up wins against Lewis and Saint Joseph's this weekend to snap its four-match losing skid. It ends the regular season 8-9 overall and 4-4 in GLVC play. "Those two wins brought us to the .500 mark in the conference and put us in a good position," Coach Bill Logan said. "All we are thinking about right now is the conference tournament."
Justin Free leads the team with a 14-7 record on the year, which includes a 6-1 mark in conference matches. The duo of Free and Doug Kummer (Fenton, Mo.) have picked up a team-high eight victories in doubles play.
Regardless of its opponent, the GLVC Men's Tennis Championships will begin Friday (4/16) morning at 9 a.m. in Indianapolis.
The SIU Edwardsville women's golf team will finally get a chance to play close to home. The Cougars will enter the McKendree College Spring Invitational on Friday (4/17), their last regular season tournament before the NCAA East Regional.
"This will be a tournament in which the girls will try to have fun and relax," Coach Larry Bennett said.
SIUE seems to be in good shape to qualify for the NCAA Regional, although it will not know for sure until the field is announced in two weeks. "I think our regional standing is solid," Bennett said. "The team isn't yet where it wants to be, but they are getting stronger."
Kallie Harrison (Decatur) leads the team with a 79.2 scoring average. Katie Farrell (Princeton) is not far behind with an 81.6 scoring average.
Kacy Gruenkemeyer (Salem), Brittany Hood (Coulterville) and Brittany Auld (Nashville) round out the top five for the Cougars. "I'm confident that any of our top five can step up and shoot low," Bennett said. "They are certainly capable of doing so."