Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Logo
Apply to SIUE
SIUE News
SIUE News
Institutional Header

SIUE - News - TheOArchive - 042903


April 29, 2003

Honors Convocation Cites More Than 270 Students


More than 270 SIUE students were recognized recently at the annual Honors Convocation with special awards for academic achievement.

Each year at the convocation, the SIUE Foundation recognizes graduating male and female students with the highest four-year grade-point averages. This year's awards for highest academic excellence went to: A. Lauren Hood of McLeansboro, majoring in Biological Sciences; Joanne M. Olson of Aurora, majoring in English Language and Literature; and Mitchell Rentfro of Strasburg, majoring in Economics and Finance.

Also during the April 13 ceremony, the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award was given to Dennis Hostetler, a professor of Public Administration and Policy Analysis. The award is the highest honor that SIUE gives one of its faculty members. Hostetler received a $2,000 prize and will be given a plaque of recognition at the May 10 spring commencement.

In addition, other faculty were cited with Teacher Recognition Awards: Kay Gaehle, a lecturer in the SIUE School of Nursing, and Paul Brunkow, an assistant professor of Biological Sciences. Each will receive a $500 prize at the convocation.

Carrie Carducci Named SIUE, Illinois Student Employee Of The Year

Carrie Carducci of Powell, Ohio, a front desk supervisor in the Student Fitness Center, recently was named the SIUE Student Employee of the Year only to find she also had been named the State Of Illinois Student Employee of the Year, a first for an SIUE student.

Carducci, a junior studying Kinesiology and Health Education, received the state designation from the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA). MASEA presented Carducci with a congratulatory letter, a check for $75, and a certificate honoring her selection.

Employed at the Student Fitness Center since December 2001, Carducci was promoted to her current position in November 2002. As a front desk supervisor, she sells memberships, program services and merchandise, maintains a membership filing system, coordinates student staff interviews, and assists in the hiring and training of Student Fitness Center student employees.

In nominating the 21-year-old SIUE cross country and track standout, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Assistant Director Aimee Knitter said Carducci was one of the most reliable and professional student staff members in the Office of Campus Recreation. "Fitness Center patrons will leave a conversation with Carrie feeling as though they were able to speak their mind and get their message across," Knitter said. "In addition, she ensures that something will be done about their concerns."

Carducci also has been able to manage multiple commitments. In addition to working for Campus Recreation, Carducci has been a four-year member of the SIUE women's cross country and track and field teams. She has provisionally qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships, scheduled at Korte Stadium on May 22-24.

She is secretary for the SIUE Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has spearheaded several programs sponsored by the committee, including the Athletic Pen Pal program and a community event in which SIUE student-athletes will work with students at Woodland Elementary School in Edwardsville.

Runners-up for the SIUE Student Employee of the Year were Gabriel Dubois of Mackinaw, Summer Finkbiner of Marshall, Lisa Bauer of Virden, and Melissa Dickson of Moro.

UCM Annual Chocolate Fund-Raiser Set For May 1-2

The third annual chocolate extravaganza, known as A Death by Chocolate Affair, is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 2, and from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the SIUE Religious Center.

Sponsored by the United Campus Ministry, with offices in the center, the event is an important fund-raiser, according to the Rev. Cherie Hambleton, UCM director.

"Members of the community are invited to tempt their taste buds with the pure enjoyment of chocolate," Hambleton said. "Local restaurants and establishments will be donating chocolate desserts and, for the cost of admission, folks can sample as much chocolate as they want.

"We anticipate more than 20 establishments will be supporting the event, but we'll also have chocolate treats from local kitchens."

Admission is $10; students and children under 12, $5. A "to-go" plate is $8; students and children, $5. For more information, call (618) 650-3248.

UCM on campus represents the United Methodist Church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, and the Church of the Brethren. United Campus Ministry integrates fellowship, service, study, and worship for students, faculty, and staff, to provide a place to grow and to be challenged, with acceptance and love.

The Honest-To-Goodness Truth Promises To Delight Young And Old. It's TRUE!

Libby Louise Sullivan is in big trouble with her mama. She was caught in a lie and mama had to sit her down and tell her the virtues of being truthful.

But, that's when the bigger trouble began.

It's all part of the fun, with a dose of education, in the St. Louis Black Repertory Company's production of The Honest-To-Goodness Truth at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

The production is sponsored by the SIUE Friends of Theater and Dance, with help from TheBANK of Edwardsville, as part of A Season for the Child, the annual theater series for the family.

Children will delight in the story of Libby who quickly learns that telling the truth and being a "tattletale" are two very different things. Through difficult experience Libby learns she's "gotta' tell the truth, gotta' use tact, gotta' tell it clean, but don't be mean, tell the truth without fail, and don't be a tattletale."

Written by award-winning St. Louis children's author Patricia C. McKissack and adapted for the stage by Gregory S. Carr, The Honest-To-Goodness Truth delivers a simple moral about truth and kindness wrapped in a story to which children will relate. Ms. McKissack has written more than 50 books with the help of her husband, Fredrick, who does the research.

A Season for the Child returns Oct. 25 with the Piwacket Theater for Children's production of Hansel and Gretel.

Tickets are $5; for more information or to order tickets, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

W. Shaw Named Associate Dean Of Arts & Sciences

Wendy Shaw, an associate professor of Geography and chair of that department, has been named associate dean of Academic Programs and Faculty Development for the College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1.

Recipient of a Teaching Recognition Award in 1999, Shaw has taught classes in human and physical geography, world regions, history and philosophy of geography, and geography of development, to name a few.

A native of Oldham, England, near Manchester, Shaw was a scientific officer in the information retrieval unit for the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority when she moved to Arkansas in 1981.

Before joining the SIUE faculty in 1994, Shaw received a doctorate in Geography at the University of Georgia that same year, and a master's in geography and a bachelor's in secondary education, both from the University of Arkansas, in 1990 and 1988, respectively.

Shaw said she "will be supporting both undergradauate and graduate CAS studies" and overseeing research functions of the college. "I'll also be working to support diversity of faculty in recruitment and retention," she said. "I'll be working with the Women's Studies and African-American Studies programs in that regard."

When asked about the transition from teaching to an administrative post, Shaw pointed out that she was acting chair of Geography for a year and is now completing her third year as full-time chair. "I've been an advocate for Geography and now I will be an advocate for all the departments in CAS," she said.

"I'm very excited about this move," Shaw said. "I've been part of the College of Arts and Sciences from its inception and I've seen it develop under a collaborative model and I want to continue that tradition. I believe in an open collaborative approach."

P. Medon Named Dean Of SIUE School Of Pharmacy

After 20 years, the new dean of the SIUE School of Pharmacy is returning home. Well, in the sense that Philip Medon has lived in Indiana and in Chicago in the past, he's coming back to the Midwest.

"My wife, Chris, and I feel like we're coming home," said Medon, who has been at the University of Louisiana-Monroe College of Pharmacy for the past 20 years. "We have very fond memories of our years at Purdue University and at the University of Illinois in Chicago."

Medon was a David Ross Research Fellow at Purdue in 1971 and 1972, and was assistant professor of Pharmacology at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy at the U of I's Medical Center from 1979-1981.

He also has been a research pharmacologist for Miles Laboratories and an assistant professor of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy.

Since 1981 Medon has been teaching at ULM, where he currently is executive director of the College of Pharmacy Medicaid Outcomes Research and Evaluation program. He also has been associate dean of Student and Professional Affairs for the college.

"We love the people of the Midwest and we're glad to be back," Medon said. "But, professionally, I feel like I'm coming home because our focus here at SIUE will be teaching, much like the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science where I earned my bachelor of science in Pharmacy in 1968.

"It is the oldest pharmacy college in the country and they focus on teaching and training pharmacists, which is what we'll be doing here at SIUE."

Medon said he has heard from Southern Illinois pharmacists who say that a real shortage of phramacists exists in Southern Illinois. "We will be focused on training students to work in independent and chain pharmacies, and hospital sites in Southern Illinois," Medon said. "We will focus on keeping our graduates in the region and will seek students interested in patient care."

SIUE's School of Pharmacy program is a four-year professional curriculum, offered in a 2 + 2 format. The first two years will consist of study on the SIUE campus; years three and four will take place on three regional clinical campuses in Central and Southern Illinois.

One of these regional clinics will be in Springfield, adjacent to the SIU School of Medicine. The academic program will seek accreditation by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.

"We are looking for students who are transferring after two years of college, students with a variety of experiences," he said "I've been involved with pharmacy since high school, when I worked in a drugstore. It's a great career.

"Other pharmacy colleges in the region are in St. Louis and Chicago, and graduates there tend to stay in the larger urban areas," Medon said. "As the need for pharmacists grows for the next 20 years, my goal is that the SIUE program will fill a real need for pharmacists in Southern Illinois."

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.

R. Greenwalt Named Director Of Health Service

Riane Greenwalt, who has spent 16 years in academic clinical management in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, has been named director of SIUE's Health Service, according to Narbeth Emmanuel, vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

Before joining the SIUE staff, Greenwalt had been with the Saint Louis University Institutional Review Board since 2001, facilitating and processing human research protocols for the SLU Department of Medicine.

From 1992-2001 she was a clinical administrator for the Specialty Divisions of the Department of Internal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. She also has been clinic services manager for the General Internal Medicine area of the SLU Department of Internal Medicine.

A registered nurse who studied at St. John's School of Nursing in Springfield, Greenwalt went on to earn an MBA at Webster University in St. Louis, with an emphasis in Health Services Management.

Emmanuel said he was pleased with Greenwalt's selection and had high praise for the work of the search committee. "Riane brings a wealth of health care experience which will prove to be a valuable asset in providing quality health services and education for our students."

Greenwalt said she wants to build on the foundation laid by her predecessors at Health Services. "I plan to build on the staff's commitment to deliver quality medical care to students in a timely manner," she said. "I would like to see Health Services expand to include outreach programs that focus on health education and preventive health issues."

Softball Cougars Play Ashland In First Round of NCAA Regional

The SIUE softball team will enter the NCAA Great Lakes Regional as the third seed and will play No. 6 Ashland at 12:30 p.m. Thursday (5/8) in the opening game.

The regional will be hosted by Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. The tournament seeds, in order, are: Grand Valley State, Wayne State (Mich.), SIUE, West Virginia Wesleyan, Northern Kentucky and Ashland.

This year's regional field mirrors the six teams who qualified last season. The winner of this year's six-team double-elimination regional tournament advances to the NCAA II Championships in Salem, Ore.

SIUE and Ashland have played twice this season, with Ashland claiming the first game 6-3 on March 9th and SIUE blanking the Eagles 5-0 on April 12th at the GLVC-GLIAC Challenge. Last season, Ashland eliminated the Cougars from the Great Lakes Regional.

SIUE, 43-9 overall, received the automatic bid to the regional by winning the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship. The Cougars won back-to-back GLVC titles by defeating Saint Joseph's, Bellarmine and Wisconsin-Parkside in the tournament. SIUE came from behind to defeat Wisconsin-Parkside 5-4 in eight innings to claim the GLVC crown.

"The team played hard and was very focused all weekend," Coach Sandy Montgomery said. "They played with a lot of heart and character and that is great at the end of the season."

Holly Neuerburg (Orion) led the offense with five runs batted in and a .500 batting average during the tournament. Koree Claxton (Rantoul) provided a walk-off home run in a win over Bellarmine.

RyAnn Spann (Bethalto) won three games in the GLVC Tournament and improved her overall record to 25-5.

NCAA Great Lakes Softball Regional
Allendale, Michigan

Thursday, May 8
Game 1 - #4 W. Virginia Wesleyan vs. #5 Northern Kentucky, 10 a.m.
Game 2 - #3 SIU Edwardsville vs. #6 Ashland, 12:30 p.m.
Game 3 - #1 Grand Valley State vs. Winner of Game 1, 3 p.m.
Game 4 - #2 Wayne State vs. Winner of Game 2, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 9
Game 5 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 4, 10 a.m.
Game 6 - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 2, 12:30 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 3 p.m.
Game 8 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 10
Game 9 - Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 11 a.m.
Game 10 - Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 11
Game 11 - Necessary only if winner Game 9 defeats Winner Game 7 in Game 10

Baseball Cougars Play Their Way Into GLVC Tourney

At one point this season, the SIUE baseball team was hoping just to get into the Great Lakes Valley Conference post-season tournament.

But SIUE took seven of its last nine conference games to vault into second place in the standings and grab the No. 2 seed in this week's GLVC Baseball Championships, which will be played at top-seeded Missouri-St. Louis.

"We can't complain considering we were in 10th place in the conference earlier this season," Coach Gary Collins said. SIUE will have to wait until it knows its first round opponent, but it will be either Quincy or Wisconsin-Parkside. SIUE's first-round game is scheduled for noon Thursday (5/8).

Offensively, centerfielder Joe Wargo (Streator) leads the team in hitting with a .338 average. Jared Brueggeman (East Alton) has been hot as of late and has raised his average to .315. "Wargo and Brueggeman have both done a great job," Collins said.

The Cougars have been getting solid innings from their starting pitching, and their relievers have been getting the job done when called upon. "Starters Jarad Rettberg (Divernon) and David Briesacher (Waterloo) were both great this weekend," Coach Gary Collins said. "Ryan Spurgeon (Bethalto) has been pitching well, and Brad Hinton (Clinton) has been super out of the bullpen."

GLVC Baseball Tournament
St. Louis, Missouri
Thursday, May 8
Game 1: #1 Missouri-St. Louis vs. #6 Kentucky Wesleyan, 3 pm
Game 2: #2 SIU Edwardsville vs. #5 Quincy/Wis-Parkside, Noon
Game 3: #3 Indianapolis vs. #4 Quincy/Wis-Parkside, 9 am

Friday, May 9
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2, 9 am
Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3, Noon
Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 3 pm

Saturday, May 10
Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 9 am
Game 8: Loser Game 6 vs. Winner Game 4, Noon
Game 9: Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 3 pm

Sunday, May 11
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9 - Noon
Game 11: (if necessary) Winner Game 10 vs. Loser Game 10 - 3 pm

Track And Field Prepares For GLVC Meet

The SIUE track and field teams are preparing for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships, which will be held Thursday and Friday (5/8-9) at SIUE's Ralph Korte Stadium.

"We will be strong," said Coach Darryl Frerker. "I expect us to be one of the top three teams on both sides."

The Cougars sent a few athletes to last Saturday's (5/3) Butler Twilight. Three athletes on the men's squad provisionally qualified for the NCAA II Championships. They were Ben Hilby (Rockford) in the 800-meter run, and Ryan Boyll (Normal) and Brian Taghon (East Moline) in the 1,500-meter run.

Frerker indicated their times, although good enough to put them on the national qualifying list, will not place them in the NCAA-II Championships field. Therefore, they will have to improve their times at this week's GLVC meet.

Softball Signs Catcher For 2004

While guiding her team to a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, SIUE softball coach Sandy Montgomery also has been preparing for the 2004 season.

The Cougars have added catcher Shannon Evans (Manhattan). A prep standout at Lincoln Way High School, Evans comes to SIUE from St. Xavier College. Evans played in one game this season, her second season at St. Xavier. Her 2002 season included a .346 batting average and All-Chicagoland Conference and All-Region selection. "She adds a lot of experience and a good bat to the lineup," Montgomery said.

SIUE Volleyball Signs 6-0 Talsma

Tina Talsma, who spent last season at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, has decided to transfer to SIUE and play volleyball for the Cougars. She will have three years of eligibility beginning in the fall.

"She is an impact type player," Coach Todd Gober said. "I'm excited to bring her in."

Talsma, who hails from Ontario, Canada, was the 2002 co-Freshman of the Year in the Peach Belt Conference. She also was named to the PBC's All-Conference team. Talsma led UNC-Pembroke in blocks (137) and kills (454) in 2002.

"She brings size to our front row, and I love her attitude," Gober said. "She will fit in with this team really well."

Gober expects Talsma to compete for a position at middle blocker or right-side hitter.

SIUE Cross Country/Track Signs Kyle Fluck

Kyle Fluck (Geneseo) has signed a national letter of intent to compete for SIUE next season in cross country as well as track and field.

Coach Darryl Frerker said Fluck will be a welcome addition to the Cougars next season. "He'll be shooting for one of the top five spots in our cross country lineup as a freshman," Frerker said.

Fluck is a four-year varsity award winner in cross country and was the team Most Valuable Player as a senior. He is a three-year letter winner and a two-time All-Conference award winner.


Baseball Cougars To Play At GMC Stadium On Friday

The SIUE baseball team will play a key Great Lakes Valley Conference game Friday at GMC Stadium in Sauget. The home of the Gateway Grizzlies will be the site for SIUE's 7 p.m. game Friday against Bellarmine. Any SIUE baseball alumni who would like to attend should contact the Athletics Department, (618) 650-2871.

Softball To Face Saint Joseph's In GLVC Tourney

The SIUE softball team will play Saint Joseph's College Friday (5/2) at Cougar Field in the first round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships. Game time is set for 11 a.m.

SIUE will play host to the eight-team double-elimination tournament by way of finishing first in the conference standings during the regular season. "I hope we have big crowds like we did during the regional last season," Coach Sandy Montgomery said. "That was really a big boost to our team."

If SIUE wins Friday, it will then play the winner of Southern Indiana/Bellarmine at 3 p.m. later that day. SIUE, which finds out after the GLVC Tournament its fate for the NCAA Tournament, is currently riding a seven-game winning streak and has won 18 of its last 20 games. "I'm comfortable with where we are," Coach Sandy Montgomery said. "We are capable of doing a lot of things. Come tournament time, anything can happen."

Jenny Esker (Steeleville) leads the team in hitting with a .457 batting average. She is only 14 hits short of breaking her own school record for hits in a season, which she set last season with 83 hits. Esker leads the GLVC in numerous offensive categories.

RyAnn Spann (Bethalto) leads the pitching staff with a 22-5 record and 169 strikeouts. Mary Heather White (Pulaski, Tenn.) has pitched well as of late and has posted a 9-1 overall record.

GLVC Tournament
Friday, May 2
Game 1 - #4 Southern Indiana vs. #5 Bellarmine, 9 a.m. at SIUE
Game 2 - #3 Lewis vs. #6 Indianapolis, 8:30 a.m. at EHS
Game 3 - #1 SIU Edwardsville vs. #8 St. Joseph's, 11 a.m. at SIUE
Game 4 - #2 N. Kentucky vs. #7 UW-Parkside, 10:30 a.m. at EHS
Game 5 - Losers of Game 2 and Game 3, 1 p.m. at SIUE
Game 6 - Losers of Game 1 and Game 4, 12:30 p.m. at EHS
Game 7 - Winners of Game 1 and Game 3, 3 p.m. at SIUE
Game 8 - Winners of Game 2 and Game 4, 2:30 p.m. at EHS
Game 9 - Winner of Game 5 and Loser Game 7, 5 p.m. at SIUE
Game 10 - Winner of Game 6 and Loser Game 8, 6:30 p.m. at EHS

Saturday, May 3 at SIUE
Game 11 - Winners of Game 9 and Game 10, 1 p.m.
Game 12 - Winner of Game 7 and Game 8, 3 p.m.
Game 13 - Winner of Game 11 and Loser Game 12, 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 4 at SIUE
Game 14 - Winners Game 12 and Game 13, 1 p.m.
Game 15 - Repeat Game 14 if necessary, 3 p.m.

SIUE- Cougar Field on SIUE's Campus
EHS - Edwardsville H.S. varsity field

Cougars Travel To Quincy; Close Regular Season Against Bellarmine

The SIUE baseball team will travel to Quincy for a Wednesday (4/30) doubleheader before hosting Bellarmine in the final regular-season Great Lakes Valley Conference series.

Wednesday's doubleheader is crucial for SIUE and Quincy. SIUE is just a half-game back of Quincy for fourth place in the conference standings. The top six teams in the conference standings advance to the GLVC Championships in two weeks.

SIUE, now 20-23 and 13-12 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, took two games of a three-game GLVC series from Indianapolis this past weekend. Coach Gary Collins hopes his club can find a way to keep the momentum going into the final five games of the season. "We haven't kept momentum at all this season," Collins said. "We do not seem to know what momentum is."

SIUE previously defeated Quincy at Roy Lee Field 10-5 earlier this season. The Cougars will face Bellarmine on Friday (5/2) for a 7 p.m. start at GMC Stadium in Sauget. The series then returns to Roy Lee Field for a Saturday (5/3) doubleheader beginning at noon.

Bellarmine is currently next to last in the GLVC with a 12-32 and 9-18 in the GLVC. "Everything is riding on these last five games," Collins said. "We are in much better shape now than we were a week ago."

Craig Ohlau (Chester) leads the team in hitting with a .345 batting average. Jason Kessler (Mattoon) and Joe Wargo (Streator) follow with .322 and .321 averages, respectively. David Briesacher (Waterloo) leads the pitching staff with four victories.

Brad Hinton (Clinton) and Brian Keating (St. Louis) follow with three wins each.

Carducci Improves Time For NCAA Meet

Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) lowered her 3,000-meter steeplechase time to 11 minutes, 10.25 seconds at Saturday's (4/26) SIUE Twilight. That time places her in better position on the national performance list and increases her chances to be selected to participate in the event at the NCAA Division II Championships at SIUE on May 22-24.

Carducci provisionally qualified for the event in the first meet of the season and has lowered her time each meet she has run the event. "It is looking secure for her getting into nationals," Coach Darryl Frerker said. "She will run again at conference and will be looking to win the event at the conference meet."

Cristen Carducci (Powell, Ohio), Carrie's sister, provisionally qualified in the 3,000 meter run in a school-record time of 10:16.11.

On the men's side, Richard Skirball (Granite City) provisionally qualified in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.02. "Overall, the team is getting the experience we need to set us up for the conference meet," Frerker said. "If we stay healthy, we'll be one of the better teams."

Some select athletes will participate at the Butler Twilight on Saturday (5/3) in Indianapolis, while the rest of the squad will prepare for the GLVC Championships, which will be hosted by SIUE May 8-9.

SIUE Selected For NCAA East Regional

The SIUE women's golf team was one of six teams selected to the NCAA East Regional golf tournament, to be held May 6-7 at Findlay, Ohio. It is the first time the Cougar golf team has advanced to the regional as a team.

"We are obviously happy to make it," Coach Larry Bennett said. "It is a credit to the team's hard work."

SIUE will enter the tournament as the sixth-seed. SIUE joins Grand Valley State, Ferris State, Longwood, Indianapolis, and Northern Kentucky in the tournament. "We are going to need to play well to be one of two teams to advance out of the regional," Bennett said.

Bennett expects to know by Wednesday which golfers he will send to the regional. Katie Farrell (Princeton), who finished 28th in the East Regional last season, leads the Cougars with an 84.2 scoring average. Bennett said Farrell guaranteed herself a spot on the regional roster

           
facebookoff twitteroff vineoff linkedinoff flickeroff instagramoff googleplusoff tumblroff foursquareoff socialoff