More than 1,600 SIUE students were recognized recently for academic achievement at the annual Honors Convocation. That's about 500 more than were honored last year. And, Meridian Ballroom was standing-room-only, something organizers can't recall in recent memory.
"I have coordinated this event for two decades for Phi Kappa Phi and the Provost's office and I've never seen it like this," said Janet McReynolds, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs.
McReynolds said she wasn't sure what conclusions to draw from the overflow crowd, but she said she'll be looking into a more spacious venue for next year. Ceremonies were conducted Sunday, April 8, in Meridian Ballroom.
Last year, more than 250 of the total students honored were given special awards, compared with more than 270 students receiving special awards for individual scholarly achievements. Other students recognized at the Honors Convocation achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or better and successfully completed at least 16 calculated hours of study.
As every year, the ceremony also includes recognition of faculty. The SIUE Teaching Excellence Award was given to Randall Pearson, associate professor of Geography. Pearson, who was presented a $2,000 prize, was chosen as an outstanding faculty member first by students and then by members of a university-wide panel of faculty and student representatives.
In addition, other faculty were cited with Teacher Recognition Awards: Zenia Agustin, assistant professor of Mathematics and Statistics; Marjorie Baier, assistant professor in the School of Nursing; Joseph Michlitsch, associate professor of Management and Marketing; and Jerry Weinberg, assistant professor of Computer Science. Each recognition awardee received a $500 prize. I. Kay Mueggenburg, a lecturer in the School of Nursing since 1995, was selected by the committee to receive the Teaching Recognition Award for a non-tenure-track faculty member. She also received a $500 prize.
Each year at the Honors Convocation, the SIUE Foundation recognizes a graduating male and female student with the highest four-year, grade-point averages. This year's awards for highest academic excellence went to Kyle Brueggeman, of East Alton, who will receive a bachelor of science in Biological Sciences with a specialty in Genetic Engineering, and Amy Jean Austin, of Belleville, who will receive a bachelor of science in Chemistry.
April 21 might be like any other spring night, but not for SIUE. Five events are scheduled that day-four on campus and one off campus and the traffic will keep the campus buzzing.
The Vadalabene Center and the Student Fitness Center will be closed at 4 p.m. that day to prepare for the 3,500 ticketholders who will be attending the sold-out Nelly concert at 8 p.m. Nelly, who hails from St. Louis, is a Grammy-nominated rapper. SIUE Police say Parking Lot A will be available for those attending. The center's lot also will be closed at 4 p.m.
That closing will present a small challenge to those who will be attending a production of K2, a compelling drama by Patrick Meyers, also playing that night at 8. The play, to be staged at the James F. Metcalf Theater just behind the Vadalabene Center, is about two friends climbing the second highest mountain in the world who find themselves trapped on an ice ledge at 27,000 feet. Patrons will be directed to park in Lot E behind Katherine Dunham Hall. There is a walkway between Lot E and the Metcalf that theatergoers may use.
Those holding tickets for that evening's performance of Marisol in Dunham Hall theater, also may park in Lot E. Marisol, by José Rivera, will be performed at 7:30 that evening. The drama was winner of the 1993 Obie Award and has been described as an "apocalyptic urban fantasy" that urges society to wake up and somehow find a way "to recover the long lost and much needed compassion for our fellow man."
Also, Lot E will be used for the School of Engineering Open House that day from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., where potential students, current students, faculty, and alumni will converge in the new Engineering Building, just south of the lot. Activities planned include: building tours, scheduled presentations in the Environmental Resource Training Center, an ROTC land navigation field exercise, laboratory displays and demonstrations by faculty and students, and an alumni reception.
While motorists are negotiating the streets of SIUE, the Friends of Music will be playing host to a number of patrons at the annual "An Evening in Vienna," at the Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville. The event offers elegant dining and music by faculty and students, providing atmosphere, entertainment, and a chance to dance the night away. That event is set for 6 p.m. April 21 and tickets are available by calling (618) 650-2660. Proceeds benefit music scholarships for SIUE students.
Issues surrounding the role of the media in today's society will be debated between a well-known attorney and the president of the American Civil Liberties Union on April 26 as part of the Arts & Issues series.
"The Role of the Media in Youth Violence: Scapegoat or Co-Conspirator?" is the topic of the Arts & Issues debate between ACLU President Nadine Strossen and Jack Thompson, who has made a career prosecuting cases involving obscenity and violence in popular culture. The debate will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom.
In addition to their appearance for Arts & Issues, Strossen and Thompson also will be addressing students earlier that day, co-sponsored by the Student Leadership Development Program and the United Campus Ministry.
Strossen, a professor at New York Law School, has written, lectured, and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, and international human rights. Thompson has become an advocate for a more responsible American entertainment industry. Their appearance for Arts & Issues is presented as part of Mass Communications Week on campus and is co-sponsored by The Alestle.
The debate covers some explosive issues and Arts & Issues Coordinator Richard Walker said the evening is sure to provide exciting rhetoric. "Nadine Strossen and Jack Thompson are two dynamic personalities who provide thought provoking insight into a very real issue debated today throughout the country," Walker said.
"Whatever side you take, this debate about the effect pop culture has on America's youth is an important matter for all of us to consider."
In 1991, Strossen became the first woman to head the nation's largest and oldest civil liberties organization. During the ensuing decade, several national law journals and magazines listed her as one of the most influential lawyers in America, including Vanity Fair magazine, which included her in its list of "America's 200 Most Influential Women."
She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College in 1972 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1975, where she was editor of the Law Review. After practicing law for nine years in Minneapolis, her hometown, Strossen moved to New York to become a law professor.
Thompson, an Ohio native, earned a bachelor's at Denison University and a juris doctor at Vanderbilt University Law School in 1976. He has been practicing law in Miami, Fla., since 1977 as a personal injury (medical malpractice) attorney. He has been actively and prominently involved in First Amendment issues since 1987, and he has discussed his work in that area on network television programs, such as Nightline, Good Morning America, and 48 Hours.
Because of his involvement in the "2 Live Crew" federal obscenity trial-resulting in the first verdict in American history declaring a sound recording to be obscene-Thompson became part of a 130-campus lecture tour on the issue of prosecuting obscenity cases within pop culture and the entertainment industry. Since then, Thompson has become involved in several high-profile lawsuits against studios for producing violent films he contends triggered violent acts.
Tickets for the April 26 debate are $8; students, $4. For tickets, call (618) 650-5555, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 5555; or, write: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1083; or, by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Arts & Issues Web site is: www.siue.edu/ ARTS_ISSUES. Admission includes free parking in the lots behind Morris University Center or Dunham Hall theater.
David E. Cassens, assistant director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) for Saint Louis University's Health Sciences Center, has been named director of development for Lovejoy Library, according to Jay Starratt, dean of Library and Information Services at SIUE.
In his new position, Cassens is responsible for maintaining fund-raising activities for the library, including cultivating and soliciting donors, and working with the Friends of Lovejoy Library and its volunteers, as well as coordinating annual fund-raising events, such as the library's Antiques Show and Sale.
At SLU, Cassens was with the Health Sciences Center from 1999-2001. He also had been at SLU from 1994-97 as a senior development researcher and assistant director of SLU's Office of Research Services. In addition, he has been a curator for the St. Louis Mercantile Library, associate director of development for Forest Park Forever, and manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.
He has been involved in several development campaigns in the past nine years, such as raising $120,000 for the Susan G. Koman Foundation, $750,000 for SLU's School of Business, $500,000 for an endowed scholarship program at SLU, and $250,000 for a Neighborhood Assistance Program Grant.
Cassens earned a bachelor's and a master's in Historical Studies at SIUE in 1977 and 1979, respectively, and studied for a doctorate at the University of Illinois and at SLU.
A recycling grant for $24,915 has been awarded to SIUE's Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs.
According to EHS Coordinator David McDonald, the grant will be used to purchase recycling equipment and collection containers for Bluff Hall and the Engineering Building. "This brings the total dollar amount of grants that EHS has obtained for university recycling efforts to approximately $205,000 over the past five years," McDonald said.
The recycling grants have allowed for a significant expansion of the recycling program. Currently, SIUE recycles 131 tons of office paper, newspapers, magazines and cardboard annually. This translates to a savings of 2,227 trees and 393 cubic yards of landfill space each year. "The university also recycles plastic and aluminum," McDonald said.
"In addition to the grant funded initiatives, the university also has implemented a paper purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of recycled content products. Buying recycled content paper products reduces energy and water use, tree harvesting, and waste generation and supports markets for recycled paper."
More information about the policy can be found on the EHS Web site: ehs.siue.edu and then click the link, "recycling."
Coach Gary Collins and his Cougar baseball team just keep piling up the wins. Thirteen straight to be exact.
The Cougars look to continue the trend as they play three conference doubleheaders this week. "This is a big week for us," said Collins. "We need to hold our own against Southern Indiana in the division and Indianapolis and Northern Kentucky in regards to conference play."
SIUE, 27-15 overall and 13-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, play Southern Indiana on Wednesday (4/18) at 1 p.m. at Roy Lee Field. The Screaming Eagles are tied for second in the South Division with a 9-6 mark, four full games behind the Cougars.
Over the weekend, the Cougars face Indianapolis and Northern Kentucky at Roy Lee Field. SIUE, No. 3 in the Great Lakes Region, plays Indianapolis, ranked first in the region, on Saturday (4/21) at noon. Indianapolis enters the week with a 33-10 record overall and 14-1 mark in the North Division of the GLVC. On Sunday (4/22), the Cougars face Northern Kentucky, No. 4 in the region, for a noon doubleheader. Northern Kentucky has a record of 33-11 overall and 9-6 in the GLVC North Division.
Last weekend, the Cougars dominated in its three wins over Bellarmine at home. SIUE edged the Knights 3-2 in 14 innings on Friday (4/13) and then swept Bellarmine on Saturday (4/14) 9-0 and 16-2. "The pitching dominated their hitters. We seem to be improving offensively little by little, and I am pleased with the defense. They committed only two errors all weekend."
Collins said Josh Clark (Olalla, Wash.) and Matt Wilkinson (Melbourne, Australia) are coming around. "Josh and Matt stepped it up a notch. They are throwing the ball a lot better now." Clark won the first game of the Saturday doubleheader by pitching a one-hitter for his first shutout and second complete game of the season. He improved his record to 3-0 overall. Clark is second on the team in innings pitched (59.2) and strikeouts (52) and fourth on the team with a 3.92 earned run average. Wilkinson capped off the doubleheader by pitching seven innings, giving up one earned run. He is now 5-0 on the year with a 4.14 earned run average.
Dave Crouthers (Edwardsville) pitched 10 innings in Friday afternoon's game but didn't earn a decision in the 14-inning battle. Crouthers leads the team in innings pitched (67.0), strikeouts (74) and complete games (3). He has an earned run average of 2.42 and a record of 6-4. At the plate, Crouthers recorded career hit No. 200 by hitting a single to left field in the 13th inning of Friday's win. He is the ninth Cougar to record 200 or more career hits. Crouthers is batting .366 and leads the team in at-bats (164), runs batted in (54) and slugging percentage (.610).
Todd Haug (Rosewood Hts.) and Chad Opel (Edwardsville) also had good performances, said Collins. "Todd took some good swings last weekend. His bat is coming back. Opel also is hitting the ball better." Haug was 5 for 10 at the plate with four RBIs while Opel finished the weekend 8 for 16 with a double, home run, four runs scored and an RBI. Haug is batting .274 on the season and Opel improved his average to .327.
After a disappointing weekend, the Cougar softball team looks to rebound as they travel to Battle Creek, Mich., for the Great Lakes Valley Conference/Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Challenge.
Coach Sandy Montgomery said each game is important.
"Every game is huge for us at this point," said Montgomery. "It is all about winning."
The Cougars, No. 3 in the Great Lakes Region, play two games on Saturday (4/21) and three games Sunday (4/22) with match-ups yet to be determined.
SIUE, 26-12 overall and 13-5 in the GLVC, dropped three of four games at home this weekend. The Cougars split with Wisconsin-Parkside, winning game one 5-4 and losing game two 6-3. On Sunday (4/15), SIUE dropped the games to Lewis 2-0 and 6-4. "We are very disappointed with the results. We played hard but couldn't catch a break."
Montgomery said Dawn Farmer (Columbia) pitched well over the weekend.
"Dawn threw a nice game against Wisconsin-Parkside. She gave up a couple of runs early but really settled in after that. I think she also threw very well against Lewis." Farmer picked up the win against Wisconsin-Parkside. With a loss against Lewis, Farmer now has a record of 11-4 on the year and a team-leading 1.54 earned run average.
At the plate, Montgomery has been pleased with the production of Mandy Uhrhan (Dupo) and Valerie McCoy (Bethalto). "Mandy continues to swing a hot bat. Val has also been consistent. Both are playing exceptionally well for us." Uhrhan finished the weekend 5 for 13 with a two doubles, two home runs, three runs scored and three runs batted in. She is third on the team with a .389 batting average. McCoy was 3 for 12 over the weekend with two runs scored and an RBI. McCoy is leading the team with a .442 batting average.
Coach Larry Bennett and his women's golf team take the week off before wrapping up its regular season next weekend at the John A. Logan Invitational. The Cougars have had strong spring season.
"They are progressing," said Bennett. "They are only freshmen, so they keep improving weekly. We are way ahead of any schedule I would have had for them."
SIUE has eight freshmen on this year's squad along with one sophomore and one junior. Over the past three tournaments, the Cougars have set a number of school and personal records.
Last weekend (4/13-14) at the McKendree Invitational, sophomore Nonie Ehlke (Highland) set the 18-hole school record by shooting a 79 on day two. "It was really encouraging to see her set the record after struggling the day before with a 91."
The 36-hole record at SIUE has been tied twice in the past two weeks. Freshman Katie Farrell (Princeton) set the record in the fall with a 167 and then tied it two weeks ago at the Quincy Invitational with rounds of 85 and 82. Junior Spring Riley (Salem) tied the record this past weekend at McKendree with rounds of 84 and 83. Farrell leads the team with an 86.1 average, followed by Ehlke with an 89.5 average, Kacy Gruenkemeyer (Salem) with an 89.6 and Riley at 90.0.
The Cougar track teams travel to Romeoville for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships this weekend.
Coach Darryl Frerker said he is looking for some individual success for the women's team. "On the ladies side, I am hoping to come away with a conference champion. I am focusing on individuals since our numbers are down on the women's side."
On the men's side, Frerker looks for a higher team finish. "I expect the guys to improve on their fourth place finish at the indoor conference meet. Hopefully, we can come out with some conference champions and a few national qualifiers."
Last weekend, SIUE played host of the Cougar Classic. "It was a great weekend for a meet. If you get nice weather, you will get good performances"
Daniel Walden (Springfield) continued to inch closer to the national qualifying mark. Walden ran the 800-meter in a time of one minute, 53.26 seconds, missing the qualifying time by 0.66 seconds (1:52.60). Bill Wolfe (Carpentersville) broke the school record in the pole vault last weekend with a leap of 14 feet. Wolfe finished first in the event.
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Following a 4-1 record at the Great Lakes Valley Conference/Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Challenge, the SIUE softball team concludes the regular season on the road this weekend.
The Cougars, 30-13 overall and 13-5 in the GLVC, travel to Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday (4/28) for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. On Sunday (4/29), the Cougars wrap up regular season conference play against Bellarmine. The doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.
SIUE won four of the five games at the GLVC/GLIAC Challenge in Battle Creek, Mich., last weekend. SIUE defeated Saginaw Valley State 1-0, Findlay 18-4, Gannon 2-0 and Wayne State 5-0. The only loss was 6-0 to Grand Valley State.
Erin Newman (Fairfield, Calif.) went 6 for 16 over the weekend with a double, a grand slam, three runs scored and six runs batted in. Newman is batting .393 and leads the team in hits (57), doubles (16), home runs (11), runs batted in (48) and slugging percentage (.745).
Mandy Uhrhan (Dupo) also had another strong weekend at the plate, finishing 5-for-14 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBI. Uhrhan is third on the team with a .386 batting average and is second in hits (56), doubles (11), home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.621).
Missy Koenig (Mapleton) picked up two wins over the weekend, pitching 15 innings, scattering 11 hits giving up one unearned run. Koenig improved her record to 10-6 and leads the team with a 1.62 earned run average.
Dawn Farmer (Columbia) and RyAnn Spann (Bethalto) also picked up a win apiece. Farmer goes to 12-5 on the season with a 1.77 ERA while Spann improves to 8-2 with a 1.81 ERA.
After splitting the last three conference doubleheaders, the No. 25 Cougar baseball team faces its biggest games this weekend when it takes on conference rival, UM-St. Louis, in a three-game series.
"Everything is riding on Saturday and Sunday," said Coach Gary Collins.
However, the Cougars have one more non-conference game on its schedule. On Wednesday (4/25), SIUE plays Lindenwood, an NAIA school, in a single game beginning at 3 p.m. at Roy Lee Field.
The Cougars, 30-18 overall and 16-5 in the conference, host the Rivermen for a doubleheader on Saturday (4/28) beginning at noon. On Sunday (4/29), SIUE travels across the river for a single game scheduled for 1 p.m. Missouri-St. Louis, 25-15 overall and 13-8 in the conference, trails the Cougars in the South Division standings by three games.
Last week, the Cougars 13-game winning streak was snapped when SIUE dropped game one of its doubleheader against Southern Indiana 4-1. The team won game two 12-5 before splitting its doubleheaders with No. 10 Indianapolis and Northern Kentucky last weekend. "It was a very disappointing weekend. I wasn't very happy with our offense. We have been playing a lot better but didn't have very good at-bats and lost a game in the standings."
Despite the disappointment in offense, Collins said he was pleased with his pitchers. "I thought Matt Wilkinson (Melbourne, Australia), Dave Crouthers (Edwardsville), Bret Giaudrone (Gillespie) and Nick Seibert (Worden) pitched well. Seibert kept us in the game until we could score runs."
Wilkinson and Seibert each picked up wins this weekend. Wilkinson earned two wins last weekend with a 12-5 victory against Southern Indiana and a 6-1 win against Indianapolis on Saturday (4/21). He improved his record to 7-0 on the season.
Seibert earned his first win of the year (1-2) by pitching 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out five batters against Northern Kentucky. Seibert also set the SIUE record with 24 consecutive hits, breaking Mark Briggs' record of 23 straight games in 1996, against Southern Indiana in game two. Seibert, whose hitting streak was snapped in game one against Indianapolis, finished the week 6-for-23 with two home runs and six runs batted in.
Crouthers pitched 11.1 innings, giving up seven runs on five hits and striking out eight batters in his two stints on the mound last week. He earned losses (6-6) in both games, losing to Southern Indiana 4-1 and Northern Kentucky 5-4.
Giaudrone pitched in four games last week. He threw 7.0 innings of relief, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out eight batters. Giaudrone earned his 10th save of the season against Northern Kentucky in game two.
Collins also said that Chad Opel (Edwardsville) had quality at-bats. Opel finished the week 9 for 22 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, five runs scored and five RBI. Opel improved his average to .337 and leads the team with 59 runs scored.
Coach Larry Bennett and his women's golf team wraps up its third season at the John A. Logan Invitational this weekend. The two-day event begins Saturday (4/28) at the Crab Orchard Golf Course in Carterville.
Last time out, the Cougars finished in fourth place with a score of 680 (341-339). Sophomore Nonie Ehlke (Highland) set the 18-hole school record by shooting a 79 on day two at the McKendree Invitational.
The 36-hole record at SIUE also was tied at the McKendree Invitational. Junior Spring Riley (Salem) tied the record this past weekend at McKendree with rounds of 84 and 83.
Freshman Katie Farrell (Princeton) leads the team with an 86.1 average.
After solid showings at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships, the Cougar track teams host the SIUE Twilight Open this weekend in hopes of qualifying individuals for the NCAA Division II Championships at SIUE on May 24-26.
"This weekend is going to be a strong meet," said Coach Darryl Frerker. "Some events will be very competitive with several Division I schools being represented."
The meet consists of individuals from the following schools-SIU Carbondale, Eastern Illinois University, Bradley University, University of Illinois, UM-Rolla, Fontbonne College and Greenville College. The two-day meet starts Friday (4/27) at noon with the heptathlon, followed by the decathlon at 12:30 p.m. The decathlon and heptathlon continue into Saturday (4/28), beginning at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively. Field events begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday with running events scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
"This weekend is more focused on individual competition rather than team. I look forward to good weather this weekend and hope to qualify someone for nationals."
Seven individuals walked away with All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors this past Saturday (4/21) at Romeoville, Ill.
The women's team finished in fifth place with 43 points. Ruth Kipping (Quincy) and Kathleen Wilson (Carterville) were conference champions in their respective events. Kipping placed first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 24.50 seconds. Wilson finished first in the javelin throw with a distance of 116 feet, 5 inches.
"The ladies competed very well with two conference champions," said Coach Darryl Frerker. "Kathy Ostrander (Valparaiso, Ind.) scored in all four of her events." Ostrander placed third in the discus throw (128'11"), fourth in the javelin (93'1") and sixth in the hammer throw (113'1") and shot put (32'9").
On the men's side, the team scored 72 points to finish in fourth place. Five individuals finished All-GLVC. Three of those were conference champions.
"I was pleased with our team placing," Frerker said. "I look for us to be that much better next year because we are only graduating one guy."
William Wolfe (Carpentersville) was named Male Athlete of the Year in the GLVC. Wolfe was the conference champion in the decathlon and set a new conference record by scoring 5,974 points. George Murphy (Virden) also finished first by setting a conference record with a throw of 182'9" in the javelin.
Marqus Hall (Hillsdale), Daniel Walden (Springfield) and Josh Benton (Carbondale) finished second in the triple jump, 800-meter run and high jump, respectively. Hall recorded a distance of 44'03.25". Walden finished in a time of 1:56.28 while Benton reached 6'8" in the high jump.
"Both teams had a lot of determination and competitiveness for the conference meet. They stepped up to the level of competition and did very well."