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April 15, 2003

Dennis Hostetler Wins 2003 Teaching Excellence Award

It's a world in which students communicate with the instructor and with others in the class, and all of them provide discussion about the subject matter. Sounds ideal, doesn't it?

It's happening now across campus with WebCT software, and Dennis Hostetler, professor of Public Administration and Policy Analysis, has been a leader in bringing the system to SIUE faculty and in training them in its use.

Because of that work and the care he takes in the classroom to insure a quality education for his students, Hostetler is this year's recipient of the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award. The award is the highest honor that can be given an SIUE faculty member. Hostetler received a $2,000 award this past Sunday at Honors Convocation, and will receive a plaque of recognition at the May 10 commencement.

The Excellence Awards committee also gave Teaching Recognition Awards to Kay Gaehle, a lecturer in the School of Nursing, and to Paul Brunkow, an assistant professor of Biological Sciences. Each received a $500 award at the convocation.

Web CT gives students a variety of ways to enhance learning, Hostetler said, from online discussions to links with course material such as lecture notes, secondary readings, and student presentations. "The instructor can build a network of resources for each week's assignment," he said.

Hostetler said he builds in ways within the WebCT program to monitor how students are progressing. For example, students prepare feedback at the end of each week about what they have learned and how the instructor might improve his or her delivery. "This system of continuous feedback has transformed how I teach," Hostetler said. "It allows me to more effectively monitor what information students retain and has helped me remove many of the barriers between student and instructor."

As for the award, Hostetler said he's pleased he won. "I was impressed with the documentation the committee demands from nominees." Nominees were considered by members of a university-wide committee which made the final selections. Hostetler was praised by the committee as "a key" faculty member in the introduction and dissemination of technologies to aid student learning both inside and outside the classroom.

The committee also said Hostetler's teaching is characterized by "sensitivity" to the needs of his students and colleagues. "He stimulates active learning by providing a structured, non-threatening environment within the classroom, which supports the open exchange of ideas; he responds dynamically to student feedback as it is given."

Hostetler, who joined the SIUE faculty in 1975, earned a bachelor's at the University of Montana, and a master's and a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Iowa. The committee further noted that Hostetler transforms the process of learning from "faculty centered" to "student centered" (and) "garners high praise from both students and colleagues."

Brunkow, in his sixth year of teaching, received a bachelor of science in Zoology from the University of Washington and a doctorate in Zoology at Arizona State University. His teaching has been described as "challenging," "interesting," and "enlightening." Brunkow said he still is "excited" about coming to class. He describes his own teaching as "a dynamic process" with a main goal of helping "dispel the fear associated with advanced biology courses."

Gaehle, in her fourth year at SIUE, earned a master of science in Nursing at Saint Louis University. She has clinical experience in medical/surgical nursing, acute care, and pediatrics, and she focuses her research on medication administration safety and breast cancer detection. Her students describe her as "engaging, entertaining, and informative." The committee noted Gaehle's teaching has been characterized as sensitive to the needs of students. "She fosters engaged and active learning by providing a structured, non-threatening environment within the classroom and in clinical experiences," the committee said. One of her students said of her: "Kay Gaehle has a high degree of respect for all students inside and outside the classroom. She includes reasoning and examples behind all concepts so that students learn processes, not just memorizing."

Hostetler said his philosophy of teaching requires a connection with the experences and learning styles of the students. "Learning only occurs if students are actively engaged," he said. "The trick is to create a learning environment that stimulates students to become active participants in the interpretation and evaluation of course content. Just preparing lectures isn't enough anymore."

SIUE FY03 Budget Reserve Set At 2.9%; FY04 Uncertain

Gov. Rod Blagojevich began laying out his plan to address Illinois' budget crunch on April 9. Under his plan, SIUE's fourth-quarter budget would be reduced 2.9 percent; significantly lower than the 8 percent reserve asked for originally by the Bureau of the Budget.

The 2.9 percent ($1.982 million), was taken from unbudgeted funds from a carryover in the income fund and an increase in tuition income. In addition, the chancellor and the vice chancellors identified funds from within existing budgets to cover the reserve..

All public universities, except for the University of Illinois, had the same 2.9 percent reduction. The reduction for the U of I was 4.1 percent.

In his e-mail memo to employees last week, Chancellor Werner said: "In approaching the budget 'reserve' in this manner, we were able to avoid dipping into the 2 percent Contingency Fund which the University holds until late in the year."

The Contingency Fund is composed of various budget items that are very important to university operations such as funds for library materials, instructional equipment, and deferred maintenance projects. "I am very pleased that we will be able to proceed with these important items for FY03," Werner said.

As to FY04, Werner pointed out there will be lean times ahead but there is no specific information available at this time. "The Governor's address," Werner wrote, "while lacking specificity about individual institutions, implies significant reductions for higher education-a total of $112 million for public universities."

SIUE's Springfest Goes Public This Year At The SFC

Springfest is "going public" this year as SIUE invites residents of local communities to attend the annual festival, with this year's theme of "Waikiki Weekend," on Friday-Saturday, April 25-26, on the Student Fitness Center parking lot.

Students and employees still will enjoy the other usual activities in the Stratton Quadrangle from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, April 24. Student food booths will be offering lunch, the traditional "canoe" ice cream sundae will be served at noon, and inflatable games will provide even more fun. The Battle of the Bands takes place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

From 6-11 p.m. Friday, the action moves to the Student Fitness Center parking lot with free carnival rides, inflatable games, food, and student booths offering plenty of springtime fun. At 7 that evening, the winner of the previous day's Battle of the Bands will perform. The headliner for the evening is one of the St. Louis Area's most popular bands, The Moneyshot.

Springfest continues from noon-6 p.m. Saturday, with rides and food, and the 105.7 The Point radio's Midwest Campus Tour playing host to various bands from noon-2 p.m. Dancers from Aloha Entertainment will perform the hula and will offer to teach anyone in the crowd how to do the traditional Hawai'ian dance. At 3 p.m. the runner-up band from the Battle of the Bands will perform, and then a DJ will keep the music rolling until 6 p.m.

Student organizations are sponsoring food booths and other activities, such as face painting, making a Hawai'ian lei, or offering photos to be taken against a "Hawai'ian background." Proceeds from the student booths will benefit the sponsoring organizations.

For more information, call the Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2781 or (618) 650-2686. Springfest is sponsored by the Springfest Committee and the SIUE Campus Activities Board.

Annual Service Awards Event To Honor Employees

Lyman Sanford Holden is in his 77th year of life-45 of which he has spent in the mathematics offices of this university.

Never met him? First of all, perhaps you know him by his nickname, Zeke, or, perhaps you've seen or heard him playing the tuba, or, you've heard about his love for teaching math and statistics. That's Professor Lyman Holden.

At the annual service awards ceremony today, Holden will be honored for 45 years of service to SIUE. According to the folks who have been coordinating this event for the past 20 some odd years, Holden is the only one who has been honored in the 45-year category.

"That's no accomplishment," Holden says with a grin. "That just means I outlasted everybody else." But, he is proud of his work at SIUE, which has included receiving the university's Teaching Excellence Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed by SIUE on one of its faculty members.

Above his desk in his Science Building office hangs a quote from Thomas Jefferson: "It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness." The tranquility comes from his music, and he couldn't enjoy his occupation more. "I'm planning to retire in 2004, but I don't relish the thought of getting up in the morning with nothing to do," he said. "So, I plan to stay busy.

"I used to be involved in National Science Foundation summer institutes, in which we taught other teachers," Holden said. "If we could get that kind of funding in the future, I would like to be involved in that." Holden and his wife, Loyce-who has written programs for hand-held graphing calculators-have co-authored articles for statewide and national math journals, something they'd both like to continue.

Beginning as a pre-med student at Oberlin College in Ohio, Holden took a calculus course at what is now known as Case Western Reserve University and switched to math education at Oberlin, where he earned a bachelor's in 1950. "I found I liked math more than the pre-med," he said. Holden became a junior high science teacher in Parma, Ohio, and then went on to a master's in math at The Ohio State University. He arrived at SIUE in 1958.

Playing the tuba also is something he plans to continue after retiring from teaching. "My Dad taught music at the Oberlin Conservatory, so music has always been a major part of my life," Holden said. "During my time at SIUE, music has allowed me to be part of the communication between the university and the outside community," he explained. "It has given me a chance to get out and see people I know and meet new people."

Holden's claim to musical fame was his involvement in the 1960s and 1970s with The Old Guys Jazz Band, a popular group in the St. Louis Area, comprised mostly of SIUE faculty or former faculty. Holden played tuba and shared piano duties with now-Emerita Associate Professor Jean Kittrell. Others in that group included Dan Havens and Jack Ades.

For the past 15 years, Holden has played in the Edwardsville Municipal Band and the New Horizons Band, which is the Lewis and Clark Community College community band. He also performs regularly with River Bend Brass, a brass ensemble that includes SIUE Mathematics and Statistics Professor Steve Rigdon.

"I can't imagine not teaching or playing music," Holden said. "It's difficult to describe, but they've become a big part of what I do."

More than 140 employees will be recognized at 2:30 p.m. today at the Annual Service Awards Reception on the second floor of the Morris Center. Those with service of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 45 years will be presented with catalogs from which they will be able to order some very nice gifts.

Listed below are the faculty and staff members who will be recognized at the reception:

45 YEARS: Lyman S Holden

30 YEARS: Judith A Bartel, Daniel L Corbett, Jeanette M Handling, Sang-Ki Kim, Frederick J Noel III, Karen A Take, Robert A Vanzo, Gloria A Walker, and Joseph A Weber

25 YEARS: Thomas P Anderson, Mary Ann Boyd, Richard B Brugam, Bernice Coleman, Tamara M Danks, Claudia M Davidage, James W Declue, Vickie L Edsall, Malcolm D Goldsmith, F. Richard Harrison, Donna K Ireland, Pamela K Jones, Janet K McReynolds, John F Oltmann, Jo Ann Ruyle, John F Schrage, Douglas M Sullivan, and Mary S Turner.

20 YEARS: Janet S Bateman, Ronnie A Burton, David C Caires, Suzanne L Eder, Linda S Etling, Loretta D Haynes, Barbara Hilliard, J. Calvin Jarrell, Tena M Jones, Elisabeth Kusmanoff, Stephen A Lochhaas, Norman M Mueller, Paula D Ogg, Vanessa G Outlaw, and Christina B Wilson.

15 YEARS: Nancy J Andrews, Katherine D Blackford, Susan Burmeister, Doris R Butts, Gregory J Conroy, Annie M Cooper, Nelda KCovington, Roger L Diepholz, Gary R Dunn, Jane A Floyd-Hendey, Ralph W Giacobbe, Jolynn K Gregor, Doris A Hardwick, Brad C Hofeditz, Shirley A Houston, Minnie L Huddleston, Krzysztof M Jarosz, Deirdre L Johnson, Janette R Johnson, Helen J Jones, King D Lambird, Eric M Langenwalter, Lonna M Logan, Judith A Malone, Joan Debbie Mann, Paula A Manny, Judith K Meyer, William P Meyer, Sheryl L Meyering, Anngela M Mosby, Kelly M Murphy, Ellen Nore, T K Parthasarathy, Jay W Patrick, Lynda L Pavia, Rhonda A Penelton, Laura L Perkins, Gerald J Pogatschnik, Brian A Ragen, Debra E Scheibal, Scott R Smith, Roberta J Stanford, Peggy S Thyer, Joyce A Toombs, Janina S Turley, James W Varady, Sherry L Venturelli, Darlene I Wagen, Alicia B Wainright, Theresa C Wasylenko, Jacqueline D Young, Rena Young, and Sofia Zamanou-Erickson.

10 YEARS: Elaine M Abusharbain, Steven H Appel, Shirley M Archer, Roberta L Ault, Kim E Bateman, Marsha A Brady, Patsy M Brown, Sarah M Burns, Gregory P Cash, Karen L Childers, Timothy J Clemann, Sandra L Compton, Kathy R Cotton, Robert V Denby, George L Engel, Sharon L Haar, Rhonda E Harper, William G Hendey, Deborah A Hopkins, Tammy L Hornberger, Steven D Huffstutler, Annette M Longsdon, John E Lopez, Norris F Manning, Kelly J Meyers, Teresa M Militello, Michael Mishra, Judy L Newell, Marguerite A Newton, Jennifer S Nickel, Dawn R Olive, Bruce L Ooton, Geert S Pallemans, Alice R Prince, Kurt E Schulz, Nahid Shabestary, Marian G Smithson, Mary K Steible, Mary L Tally, Socratis G Tornaritis, Joann B Tucker, Steven W Varady, Robert B Washburn, Deborah A Webb, Prince A Wells III, Dwight M Wright, E. Duff Wrobbel, and Xiaojun "Terry" Yan.

Business Course Looks At Ethics From Various Angles

The stock market was hot; investors were flush. The competitive fires kept the proverbial candle lit until well into the night as corporate officers and their employees racked their brains in an effort to squeeze out any advantage that would put them a little ahead.

Good, clean competition…the epitome of free-market capitalism. Then, things started to go very wrong.

An economic slowdown, worsened by an unsettled political climate and the pressure of terrorist acts at home and abroad slowed the stock market's torrid run. And as the markets receded from the record run of the 1990s, evidence of fraud emerged.

As one fraud followed another-Enron, Andersen, Worldcom, Tyco, Qwest and others-investors, once so confident in their holdings, saw their life savings wiped out. Employees saw their pension plans drained and company officers in handcuffs.

"In short, corporate greed had come to be acceptable behavior," said Madhav Segal, professor of Marketing. "Our corporate culture reached a point where ethical lapses were tolerated and greater importance was attached to profits over principle. Now we have to look at ways to change the culture, and higher education has to be part of the equation."

"(Higher education) has to admit that it bears some responsibility for the business climate and to devote time to teaching that in business there is an absolute right or wrong," said Jim Wilkerson, assistant professor of Management.

Segal, Wilkerson and Joe Michlitsch, associate professor of Management, formed a coordinating team to study the idea of a graduate-level ethics class. The coordinating team and nine additional School of Business faculty members volunteered to create and staff "Ethics and Corporate Responsibility in the World of Enron, Andersen and Worldcom" for graduate business students.

The first session of the course concluded in February. Students and faculty-with the help of area industry leaders-took a multi-disciplinary view of ethical decision-making, and incorporated current business events relating to ethics. "We intentionally took the multi-disciplinary approach," Segal said. "It gives us a chance to see the issues from multiple angles and with the benefit of varied backgrounds. It's not only an issue of what the regulations say, or how to properly develop an economic forecast. It is all those things and more. Most especially, it is a managerial issue."

"It's not just a matter of teaching our future executives to make wise choices," said Gary Giamartino, dean of the School of Business. "We need to teach students to better recognize an ethical dilemma. It could be that we've taken for granted that people know an ethical dilemma when they see it."

Brett Krug, a project engineer at Icon Mechanical in Granite City, who is pursuing an MBA, said it was the interdisciplinary approach that made the class work for him. "It was interesting to see the issue from different perspectives," he said. "Having faculty and business leaders from different backgrounds and industries illustrated that the issues of ethics and corporate governance are not just classroom theories, but are significant issues applicable to all corporations and industries."

Robert Cherhoniak, a full-time MBA student, said he learned a great deal about ethics in the corporate world, including how ethical practices translate to his own investor confidence. "As an investor, I'd be comfortable buying stock in Coke," he said. "Based on what we learned in the class, I know that the company has made decisions based on ethics and not expediency."

The course recently received funding from SIUE's Excellence in Graduate Education, a program that funds innovative graduate program initiatives. Segal said plans are being made to evaluate the course so that changes can be made for next year.

Anderson Scholarship Goes To Mark Robb Of Watson

Mark Robb, a senior from Watson, has been awarded the 2003-2004 James R. Anderson Housing Scholarship. The award is given annually to an academically motivated student with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher who has demonstrated civic leadership in community service and Housing activities.

Robb, who is majoring in Computer Information Systems, received the award at the spring honors convocation on Sunday. Robb also has been named to the Dean's List, is a co-leader of Campus Crusade for Christ, a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, and is involved in CSF Raking Leaves for the elderly.

Robb, a resident of Cougar Village, plans to graduate with a bachelor of science in December and pursue an MBA with a Computer Management Information Systems specialization at SIUE.

The James R. Anderson Housing Scholarship Award was created in memory of Anderson, a former associate director of University Housing. Recipients are granted a $500 per semester stipend. "We're pleased to be able to honor Jim in such a manner as this award," said Michael Schultz, director of University Housing.

"Jim believed not only in the value of education in and out of the classroom, but also valued family, community involvement, and service."

Charter School Student Enjoys Journalism Workshop

Chasity Love, an East St. Louis Charter School sophomore, recently participated in the Minority Journalism Workshop at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The workshop was conducted by the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists.

She was among more than 100 partcipants who were chosen based on an essay competition. "I enjoyed the workshop," Love said. "I enjoyed learning more about the different areas of communications, like print, radio, television, public relations, photojournalism, and Internet journalism."

Initially, Love began the workshop in the print division where she learned how to compose a paragraph, but eventually completed this year's workshop with Internet journalism. "The Internet journalism division taught me how to write a complete story and create a Web site."

The association was founded in 1976. The journalism workshop was dedicated to providing students hands-on experience in the field of communications. High school students and college freshmen from the Metro-East area were invited to participate. The topic for this years' workshop was HIV/AIDS.

Love also was given the opportunity to organize a press conference. "People with AIDS came to the press conference," Love said. "We were able to talk to them, and the families of people with AIDS, about how their lives changed because of the disease."

Love noted that everyone in the workshop produced stories about HIV/AIDS. She chose to write her article about AIDS in St. Louis. Her article is located on her Web site created at the workshop:

If Love is chosen to participate in next year's Minority Journalism Workshop, she says she will join the broadcasting division. However, for future plans, Love had this to say: "I might consider going into broadcasting, but I really want to teach mathematics."

Athletics Prepares For Community Day

The SIUE Athletics Department, led by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, will sponsor a Community Day on April 25th at Woodland Elementary School.

SIUE student-athletes will be at Woodland School from 11:20 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. participating in numerous games and athletic activities with Edwardsville youth.

Third through fifth graders at Woodland will be invited to join in games such as soccer kick, four square, jump rope, knock-out, butts-up, hula hoop, and radar throw. The student-athletes aim to demonstrate the importance of a healthy lifestyle and life-long fitness.

Cougars To Play At GMC Stadium

The Cougar baseball team will play two key Great Lakes Valley Conference games this season at GMC Stadium in Sauget. The home of the Gateway Grizzlies will be the site for SIUE's night games against Indianapolis on Friday at 7 and Bellarmine on May 2nd at 7.

Softball Enters Final Weekend Of GLVC Play

After a non-conference game with Lincoln on Wednesday (4/23), the SIUE softball team will travel to Indianapolis on Saturday (4/26) and Saint Joseph's on Sunday (4/27) for doubleheaders.

SIUE, 33-9 and 13-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, is currently tied with Northern Kentucky for first in the conference standings. "We need to finish conference play with four wins," Coach Sandy Montgomery said.

Indianapolis and Saint Joseph's are in the middle of the pack in the conference standings. Both are attempting to position themselves for the GLVC Tournament, which begins May 2 at the conference's top seed.

SIUE is coming off a sweep of Wisconsin-Parkside and split with Lewis. Junior Jenny Esker (Steeleville) continues to lead the GLVC in hitting with a .462 batting average. Esker has a GLVC-leading 61 hits and a .773 slugging percentage. Freshman Holly Neuerburg (Orion) is second with a .359 batting average, and freshman Shanna Waldo (Pekin) is third at .340 and a GLVC-leading 26 stolen bases. Senior RyAnn Spann (Bethalto) leads the pitching staff with a 19-5 record that includes 149 strikeouts.

Baseball Faces Busy Week

Thanks to some early-season rainouts, this has become a busy week for SIUE baseball. The Cougars will play a single game at Oakland City today, a single game at home against Missouri-St. Louis on Wednesday (4/23) and a four-game series with Indianapolis this weekend.

SIUE currently is eighth in the GLVC standings, while Indianapolis and Missouri-St. Louis are battling for the top spot in the conference. All games figure to be crucial as teams hope to lock in a spot in the six-team GLVC Tournament at the site of the No. 1 seed on May 9-11. Missouri-St. Louis is currently first in the GLVC standings. Game time for Wednesday's single game is 3 p.m at Roy Lee Field. "UMSL is the best team in the conference, and they're proving it," Coach Gary Collins said.

The Cougars will then play Indianapolis on Friday (4/25) at GMC Stadium in Sauget at 7 p.m. The series then moves back to Roy Lee Field for Saturday's (4/26) doubleheader and Sunday's (4/27) single, non-conference game.

SIUE is coming off a weekend in which it took two of three games at Saint Joseph's. Sophomore Craig Ohlau (Chester) pushed his batting average to a team-leading .350 last weekend. "Ohlau is swinging the bat well," Collins said.

Senior Brad Hinton (Clinton) picked up a win and a save against Saint Joseph's. "Hinton picked up a win and a save, and looked good doing it," Collins said. Hinton lowered his ERA to a team-low 2.29. His save at Saint Joseph's was his second of the season.

Cougars Play Host To SIUE Twilight

The SIUE women's and men's track teams will participate in its own SIUE Twilight meet, which will be held Saturday (4/26) at Ralph Korte Stadium. Field events are scheduled to get underway at 3 p.m. with running events at 4 p.m.

"Every year this meet grows in both numbers and quality," said Coach Darryl Frerker. "Across the board, there definitely will be quality competition."

The Cougars are coming off the Pacesetter Invitational at Indiana State. Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) lowered her NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to 11:20.79. Carducci and the Cougars hope her time will be among the nation's best to qualify for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be held at Korte on May 22-24.

"It (Pacesetter Invitational) was a decent meet for us," Frerker said. "Although we didn't have any additional qualifiers, we got experience that will only help us in the future."

Cougars Play Waiting Game

The SIUE women's golf team completed its regular season schedule with a seventh-place finish at last weekend's Illini Spring Classic in Champaign. The Cougars will wait one week to see if the team, or an individual, will be selected to participate in the NCAA Regional in Findlay, Ohio.

The top six teams in the region get a bid to the regional tournament, while the top-three players not on a top team get a bid as well.

Coach Larry Bennett said he expected Katie Farrell (Princeton), who is ranked high in the region, will have a good chance at receiving a bid for the second straight year. Farrell leads the Cougars with an 84.2 scoring average.

SIUE Finishes Seventh At Conference

The SIUE men's tennis team ended its season with a seventh-place finish at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships in Indianapolis this past weekend.

The Cougars were defeated by Indianapolis and Quincy before topping Lewis to end the season with a 4-10 overall record. "We are a young team and play in a tough conference," Coach Bill Logan said. "Everyone did the best they could under the circumstances."

The Cougars' roster consisted of all freshmen and sophomores except for junior Doug Kummer (Fenton, Mo.), who posted a 4-4 record playing primarily at No. 6 singles.

Freshman Steve Hupp (Edwardsville) and sophomore Andy Renner (Belleville) each led the team with seven victories. Freshman Daniel Lipe (Edwardsville) and sophomore Chris Rigdon (Glen Carbon) played to a 6-8 record in doubles action.

Freshman Matt Kuban (Pekin) recorded four victories playing No. 2 singles. He also paired with Kummer to go 2-3 in doubles.

"It was a learning year for us," Logan said. "Hopefully we'll stay injury-free next year, and we should improve throughout the off-season."

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NCAA Student-Athletes To Discuss Issues, Promote Leadership At Conference

Missy Koenig, a junior softball player, will be among the NCAA student-athletes who will meet next month to discuss student-athlete welfare issues and to enhance their leadership skills at the 2003 NCAA Leadership Conference, May 25-29, at the Coronado Springs Resort in the Walt Disney World Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

Koenig, of Mapleton, will attend the NCAA Leadership Conference, which is one of the largest non-competitive gatherings of NCAA student-athletes. This will be the seventh leadership conference that the NCAA has hosted for student-athletes who compete in fall, winter and spring sports in Divisions I, II and III.

The conference was designed as a forum for student-athletes to discuss key issues collectively, and to provide them with an opportunity to enhance skills, which will enable them to become more effective leaders and motivators when they return to their campuses. The conference also provides student-athletes with exercises to enhance their decision-making and problem-solving skills, and to improve planning and priority management.

During the five-day leadership conference, student-athletes have the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics, which include the demands and expectations of student-athletes; inclusion education; international student-athlete experiences; recruiting visits; student-athlete responsibility; party behaviors; trust gaps within intercollegiate athletics; and sportsmanship.

Following the leadership conference, the student-athletes will be asked to share their experiences and topic discussions with their campus student-athlete advisory committees, as well as other campus leaders. The participants are also asked to develop a strategic plan that will address or solve an issue on their campus or in their community, and implement the plan when they return to their campuses.

Criteria for selection include the student-athletes' demonstrated ability and strong desire to be a leader and the student-athletes' potential o benefit significantly from a leadership development experience. College and university officials who have CHAMPS/ Life Skills programs at their schools are encouraged to nominate student-athletes for the conference. Many of the participants selected for the leadership conference also are members of the student-athlete advisory committees in their athletic conference or on their campus.

The NCAA education services division directs the leadership conference. NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills coordinators and other related athletic administrators and coaches participate as facilitators. In addition, NCAA committee members and Leadership Advisory Board members are invited to participate and assist with the dialogue sessions.

SIUE Men's Basketball Adds Crosby

Men's Head Basketball Coach Marty Simmons continued his signing of area players with the addition of Kris Crosby, a graduate of Belleville East Township High School. Crosby will join the Cougars next season with two years of eligibility.

A 6-foot-5-inch small or power forward, Crosby has been with the Blue Storm of Southwestern Illinois College for the last two seasons. "He's very athletic, a good defender, and plays hard," Simmons said. "And he comes from a good program at SWIC, which is a big plus."

Simmons said he hadn't settled on what position he wanted Crosby to play next season. "He could be a small forward or a power forward for us," Simmons said.

Crosby was an honorable mention All-State selection and team most valuable player his senior year at Belleville East. He also earned third team All-Metro honors. Crosby also ran track in high school, specializing in the high jump and sprints.

Softball Cougars Resume GLVC Play

After a weekend of battles at the GLVC-GLIAC Challenge, the SIUE softball Cougars are ready to return to Cougar Field.

SIUE will play host to Wisconsin-Parkside on Friday (4/18) before playing Lewis on Saturday (4/19). Both are scheduled doubleheaders, with Friday's game starting at 4 p.m. and Saturday's (4/19) at noon at Cougar Field.

SIUE, 30-8 overall and 10-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, is in first-place in the league standings. Lewis is second with an 8-2 conference mark. Wisconsin-Parkside is in the middle of the pack with a 6-4 GLVC record. "Both schools will be tough," Coach Sandy Montgomery said. "Every conference game is important at this time."

SIUE is coming off a 4-1 performance against regional foes at the GLVC-GLIAC Crossover. Mary Heather White (Pulaski, Tenn.), a freshman, pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings and RyAnn Spann (Bethalto) picked up a save in SIUE's 1-0 victory against sixth-ranked Grand Valley State. "Mary Heather pitched really well against Grand Valley State," Montgomery said. "That was a great win for us."

SIUE also topped Ashland, Saginaw Valley and Gannon before falling 2-1 against Wayne State (Mich.). "We played well this weekend, even in the loss," Montgomery said.

Shanna Waldo (Peoria) posted a team-high .571 batting average in the tournament. She also stole five bases and scored six runs.

"Shanna had an exceptional weekend," Montgomery said. "She played aggressive, heads-up ball and helped us win some games."

Jenny Esker (Steeleville) continues to lead the team with a .471 batting average. The junior outfielder also is ranked 20th nationally in batting average. She has a team-leading 13 doubles, four triples and six home runs. Spann leads the pitching staff with an 18-4 record and a 1.61 ERA. Her 18 wins is among the top 30 nationally.

Cougars Travel To Indiana

The SIUE men's and women's track teams will head to the Pacesetter Invitational on Saturday (4/19). The meet, withe Indiana State as host, will feature many NCAA Division I schools.

"This meet obviously will be good competition for us," Coach Darryl Frerker said. "Our main focus at this meet is to qualify athletes for nationals."

Individual athletes will be aiming to join 400-meter qualifier Jennifer Jaquez (Aurora) and 3,000-meter steeplechase qualifier Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) as the athletes who have provisionally qualified for nationals.

Meanwhile, Jaquez and Carducci will look to improve their times to better position themselves on the national performance list in their respective events.

Both teams are coming off the Cougar Classic last Saturday (4/12). The women's 4x400-meter relay team set a school record with a time of 3:56.59. "We again had numerous personal records in the meet," Frerker said. "It has just been a great start to our season. Hopefully, we can keep it going this weekend."

Baseball Returns To GLVC Play At Saint Joseph's

The SIUE baseball team will try to snap a four-game losing streak when it travels to Saint Joseph's on Friday (4/18) for the beginning of a three-game series with the Pumas.

SIUE, 15-18 overall and 8-9 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, split a two-game series with Lincoln and was swept in a three-game series at Rockhurst. All five games were non-conference contests.

Joe Wargo (Streator) saw his first action of the season at Lincoln. He hit .353 and scored five runs in the five games. He was also 3 for 4 in stolen base attempts. Jason Kessler (Mattoon) continues to lead the team in offense with a .377 batting average. David Briesacher (Waterloo) leads the pitching staff with four wins. Briesacher has posted a 2.68 ERA and is second on the team with 26 strikeouts.

SIUE had a doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday (4/16) at Quincy, but the games were moved to April 30 because of a scheduling conflict.

Cougar Men's Tennis Take No. 7 Seed

SIUE men's tennis team is playing its best tennis of the season at a good time. SIUE has won three straight matches and is now preparing for the Great Lakes Valley Conference tennis championships, which will be held Friday (4/18) and Saturday (4/19) in Indianapolis, Ind.

After losing its first seven matches of the season, SIUE (3-7, 2-6 GLVC) picked up wins against the University of Chicago, Saint Joseph's and Lewis last weekend to play itself into the eight-team tournament.

Steve Hupp (Edwardsville) and Andy Renner (Belleville) lead the Cougars this season with five victories each. SIUE, the No. 7 seed in the championships, will play No. 2 seed Indianapolis at 9 a.m. Friday in round one of the GLVC Championships. The semifinals begin at 1 p.m. with the final set for Saturday (4/19) beginning at 9 a.m.

GLVC Men's Tennis Tournament At Indy (North Central H.S.) Friday
No. 1 N. Kentucky vs. No. 8 Lewis, 9 am
No. 2 Indianapolis vs. No. 7 SIU Edwardsville, 9 am
No. 3 Southern Indiana vs. No. 6 Quincy, 9 am
No. 4 Bellarmine vs. No. 5 Missouri-St. Louis, 9 am

Second Round, 1 p.m.
Sat., April 19
Final Round, 9 a.m.

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