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April 30, 2002

Shaw Returns To SIUE For Address At May 4 Ceremony

Kenneth A. "Buzz" Shaw, former president of SIUE and chancellor of SIU, will return to campus to give the keynote address at May 4 spring commencement exercises.

Currently chancellor of Syracuse University, Shaw was president of the University of Wisconsin from 1986-1991, where he presided over the 26-campus system serving more than 160,000 students. He was chancellor of SIU from 1979 to 1986, president of SIUE from 1977 to 1979, and vice president and dean at Towson State University from 1969 to 1977.

At Syracuse University, Shaw has directed an important restructuring process and, at the same time, has reinforced

the university's vision of becoming one of the nation's leading student-centered research universities. Syracuse officials say the result has been significant growth in national reputation and rankings, the quality of each new class of students, and a renewed sense of purpose and commitment on campus.

Born in Granite City, Shaw earned a bachelor of science from Illinois State University in 1961, a master of education from

the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1963, and a doctorate in Sociology from Purdue University in 1966. Shaw is recipient of honorary degrees from Purdue University, 1990; Illinois State University, 1987; Illinois College, 1986; and Towson State University, 1979. He was awarded the NCAA's Silver Anniversary Award in 1986.

He is chair of an NCAA task force on intercollegiate basketball, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, and a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Education. He also serves on the board of directors of the Student Loan Marketing Association.

In the Syracuse community, he is a member of the boards of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Development Association, and the Unity Mutual Life Insurance Company.

End Of Semester To Bring Changes In Morris Center

With the end of the spring semester, big changes will occur as the $19.3 million Morris University Center renovation project moves into a new phase. The two-week break before the summer semester commences will see a number of closings, relocations and other related modifications to daily life in the MUC.

"We're minimizing inconveniences as much as we can," said Mary Robinson, director of the center. "Work will progress as quickly as possible to restore some semblance of normality, but a little patience and a little advanced knowledge will smooth things out greatly."

The most noticeable change will be the closing of the entire lower level of the MUC beginning Monday, May 6.

"The Morris University Center hair salon will remain open, but the rest of the lower level will need to be closed for some demolition and construction work," said Robinson. "During the two weeks beginning May 6 and ending Friday, May 17, food service will only be available in the University Restaurant on the upper floor. While the Center Court is closed, we'll be making some modifications in the restaurant's menu to accommodate a wider range of offerings and prices."

The Center Court will reopen for the summer on Monday, May 20, but seating will be limited to Cougar Den so that the current dining area can be renovated.

"With the start of the fall semester, the construction walls will come down and everyone will be able to enjoy the first phase of the new and improved seating," said Robinson. "Sometime in early fall the new food court will open in the southeast area of the dining area and the current servery will be closed to make way for additional seating."

Also beginning May 6, Goshen Lounge will be closed for a month as renovations take place in that area. The University Bookstore will be closed for a short period - Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9 - to accommodate demolition of the existing ceiling.

"But it's not all about things closing up," said Robinson. "June 14 will see the opening of the new and enlarged Union Station. We're also hopeful that the administrative offices and information center will be back in their locations by early June, and we're on track for an opening sometime in July of the new Starbucks Coffee café."

As this stage of the renovation wraps up, work will begin on a number of other "Phase II" projects, including the renovation of the University Restaurant's exterior patio that will eventually allow for outdoor dining, as well as renovations to the Alestle offices, Cougar Lanes, the Kimmel Leadership Center offices, the copy center, and the hair salon. "We anticipate completing Phase II by early November," said Robinson.

"The renovations reflect the types of things students told us they wanted to see in the University Center," said Robinson. More than a year's worth of focus groups and surveys were held before recommendations were made in the winter of 2000 on improving the 33-year-old building.

Completion of the improvements to the center is scheduled for the summer of 2003. For up-to-the-minute information on the project, visit

SIUE Softball Named Host For NCAA Great Lakes Regional

One day after winning its first Great Lakes Valley Conference softball title, SIUE has the No. 1 seed and will be the host institution for the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championships.

SIUE, 49-10 and ranked No. 2 in the nation in the USA Today/ NFCA NCAA Division II final regular season poll, faces sixth-seeded Ashland (25-14) at 12:30 p.m. in its first game of the tournament (5/9). In the other first round games, No. 2 seed West Virginia Wesleyan (32-10) faces No. 5 seed Wayne State (31-17) at 10 a.m. (5/9) Third-seeded Northern Kentucky (36-11) meets Grand Valley State (41-10-1) at 3 p.m. (5/9) All of the tournament's games will be played at SIUE's Cougar Field, which is adjacent to Korte Stadium on Stadium Road.

The double-elimination tournament runs through Sunday (5/12) with the champion advancing to the NCAA Division II Championships in Salem, Va., May 16-20.

Coach Sandy Montgomery said SIUE's first venture into being the host for the regional tournament is one she hopes the Cougars will exploit. "It's going to be nice to have a big crowd at the games," said Montgomery. "And we play well in front of our fans."

The Cougars brought back their first GLVC Tournament trophy on Sunday (5/5), defeating Southern Indiana in the final game 4-0.

"They are a very focused group," Montgomery said of her 2002 team, "They know exactly what they want and are going after it."

SIUE broke the record for wins in a season several weeks ago. With every win, the Cougars extend that record previously set at 41 last season. The Cougars were one game away from advancing to the final eight in the nation. This season, Montgomery said her team's seniors know this is the last chance for the national title.

Erin Newman (Fairfield, Calif.), Valerie McCoy (Bethalto) and Dawn Farmer (Columbia) have been a part of 162 victories and now their third consecutive NCAA appearance. Newman is a two-time All-American, and McCoy was named All-American last season.

"Newman did a great job at the conference tournament. She played exceptionally well," Montgomery said. It was Newman's three-run homer that gave the Cougars the winning runs in the GLVC Tournament title game.

Montgomery also lauded her freshman catcher Cassie Witherell (Abingdon), who has started all 59 games behind the plate for the Cougars. "Cassie has been calling some great games behind the plate. For a freshman, she has handled all of this with a great deal of maturity."

Cougars Win First GLVC Softball Title

Cougar softball leaped past step one Sunday (5/5) with the winning of its first-ever Great Lakes Valley Conference title. SIUE, 49-10 and ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/NFCA NCAA Division II poll, won the final game of the GLVC tournament 4-0 over Southern Indiana after losing in the first game of the day 6-3 to the Screaming Eagles.

The GLVC champions join Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion Ashland (Ohio) and West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champ West Virginia Wesleyan as teams with automatic bids into the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championships, which begins Thursday (5/9).

Three more at-large bids complete the regional field of six in a tournament expected to be played at SIUE's Cougar Field. Official word is expected from the NCAA early Monday (5/6) afternoon.

SIUE won its first softball conference title and the university's first GLVC title in any sport in nearly three years by going back to the long ball and some outstanding pitching. Erin Newman (Fairfield, Calif.) blasted a three-run homer in the third inning of the championship game. It was the two-time All-American's eighth of the season and 44th in her career. Newman ripped the homer to left center field after Melissa Lindgren (Frankfort) singled and Jenny Esker (Steeleville) walked.

Esker, the GLVC Player of the Year, later added her version of the long ball with a home run to lead off the fifth inning. It was Esker's 12th home run of the season.

RyAnn Spann, a first team All-GLVC selection, won her third game of the tournament with a three-hit shutout, striking out three while improving to 26-6 for the season. Spann had been lifted in the first game of the day as Southern Indiana remained alive in a 6-3 victory. USI's Rachel Bowling blasted a three-run homer off Spann in the third inning, her fifth homer of the GLVC Tournament.

SIUE struggled in the first game with five hits, scoring all three of its runs unearned.

The Cougars now have little time to reflect on the accomplishment with the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional approaching. The winner of the NCAA Regional advances to the eight-team finals in Salem, Va., on May 16-20.

SIUE already has shattered the school record for wins and has set several individual and team records.

Cougars Unleash On Norse 10-1

Todd Haug (Rosewood Hts.) led a charge of 17 hits as SIUE overpowered Northern Kentucky 10-1 in the final game of the regular season on Sunday (5/5).

SIUE (28-22, 16-12 GLVC) returns to Northern Kentucky (31-22, 21-8 GLVC) next week for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. SIUE's first-round opponent will be either Missouri-St. Louis or Indianapolis.

The Norse will be the top seed in the six-team GLVC Tournament.

Haug collected three hits and drove home four runs for the Cougars. He joined seven players who had two or more hits for SIUE.

SIUE's Jarrod Peters (Ellis Grove) and Ryan Spurgeon (Bethalto) combined on a six-hitter in the nine-inning game.

Farrell Shoots 86 At NCAA Tournament

Katie Farrell (Princeton) shot an 86 in the second round of the NCAA Division II Women's Golf East Regional and placed 28th overall. The SIUE sophomore was one of three individuals who qualified for the NCAA East Regional based on their season's scores.

Diane Camacho, of Northern Kentucky, was the individual champion with rounds of 73 and 74 for a 3-over-par score of 147. Camacho won the event by six strokes over Ferris State's Kathryn Bobbie.

Northern Kentucky won the team title with a score of 623 in the 36-hole event. NKU advanced to the NCAA finals along with Grand Valley State (645). They were followed by Ferris State (648), Quincy (663), Longwood (663) and Indianapolis (666). SIUE did not qualify for the tournament as a team.

Cougars Grab No. 1 Seed At GLVC Tourney

With a No. 2 national ranking heading into the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament, the SIUE softball team hopes to start bringing home some hardware.

With the regular season now complete and SIUE holding steady with a 45-9 record, the Cougars are the No. 1 seed for the GLVC Tournament in Romeoville. The three-day tournament is an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The biggest prize isn't necessarily the trophy which comes with winning the title but is the automatic bid given for the first time this season.

The NCAA Division II softball tournament expanded to a 48-team bracket, handing out automatic bids to virtually all of the nation's conferences. There also are several at-large bids available for the regional tournament May 8-12, a process Coach Montgomery would gladly push aside if possible.

SIUE plays its first GLVC Tournament game at 11 a.m. on Friday (5/3) against eighth-seeded Wisconsin-Parkside. If the Cougars win its first game, they would face the winner of Southern Indiana and Bellarmine in a 3 p.m. game. If SIUE falls in its first game, it would play the loser of Lewis and Saint Joseph's in the first elimination game of the tournament.

The other teams in the tournament by order of seed are Northern Kentucky, Lewis, Southern Indiana, Bellarmine, Saint Joseph's, Missouri-St. Louis and Wisconsin-Parkside.

The Cougars enter the weekend with the most potent offense and one of the stingiest defenses in the GLVC. SIUE is hitting a GLVC-best .315 and holds the second-best earned run average at 1.38.

Jenny Esker (Steeleville) has put up phenomenal numbers in her sophomore season. She leads SIUE in batting average (.412), hits (75), home runs (10), doubles (20), total bases (125) and stolen bases (25).

Returning All-American Valerie McCoy (Bethalto) has put together another strong season at second base with a .369 batting average, including 15 doubles.

SIUE has a 1-2-3 punch in the pitching staff. RyAnn Spann (Bethalto) leads the Cougars with a 23-5 record and 189 strikeouts, the most in a season since then-player Sandy Montgomery set the school record in 1985 with 231 fanned batters.

Melissa Koenig (Mapleton) won four games in last year's GLVC Tournament and heads into this year's with a 15-4 record. Dawn Farmer (Columbia) has hurled for a 7-0 record in limited innings due to an early-season injury.

Farrell Advances To The NCAA Tournament

Katie Farrell (Princeton) got the call to play in the NCAA Division II East Regional. Unfortunately, she is the lone Cougar golfer to make the trip.

SIUE Coach Larry Bennett's team was not among the top six in the region when play completed. Farrell's numbers, however, gave her an individual bid to the tournament. Farrell is averaging a team-best 83.5 strokes per round. She competed in every tournament but one this season. Farrell set school records earlier this season for 18-hole score (75 at the Illinois Wesleyan Inv.) and shared the school record for 36-hole score with teammate Deanna Bock (Edwardsville) at 156 during the Illinois Wesleyan Inv.

The 36-hole tournament begins Friday (5?3) at Perry Park, Ky. Farrell joins Findlay's Renee Hoskins and Lewis' Liz Schweihs as the individuals selected. The teams selected for the East Regional are Longwood, Northern Kentucky, Indianapolis, Grand Valley State, Ferris State and Quincy.

The top two teams and the top two individuals not with a team from each regional advance to the 2002 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships on May 15-18 at The Meadows Golf Club in Allendale, Mich.

Track Standout Finishes Career At SIUE

"I just want to go out with a bang," said SIUE women's track sprinter Tamekia Howard.

It is all "coming to an end" for the Florissant, Mo., senior, who is completing her final year of eligibility with the women's track team. Howard is SIUE's 2002 leader in the outdoor 100- and 200-meter dash events. She also is tops in the 400-meter event, for which she holds the school record, one she broke this year with a time of 55.92 in her first home meet of the season on April 13 at the Cougar Classic.

Topping the list of accolades she has received this year is a recent victory in the 400-meter dash at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship meet, with a time of 55.98, nearly a second faster than her closest competitor.

"This year has been my best year competing yet," Howard said. "One of the main reasons has been working under new assistant coach Peter Juszczyk. He is a good influence on me and makes me want to work hard."

Howard feels that the biggest difference between this year and her previous year is Juszczyk's influence. "I have to give him credit," she said. "He is a great coach and his stuff really works."

Juszczyk feels the same about Howard. "I wish to have every kid on the team like her," said Juszczyk. "I would love 20 Tamekia Howards to coach."

SIUE Head Coach Darryl Frerker compliments Howard on her drive and determination. "Howard's dedication and commitment to track has been absolutely outstanding," Frerker said. "Last year, she set her goal on qualifying and running in the national meet and she has done everything to get there and it has paid off."

Howard is on the list of national qualifiers to run at the NCAA Division II national meet in the 400-meter dash, her favorite event. She currently is eighth in the nation in that event. "I have worked hard and really wanted it to show and it really did at the GLVC meet," Howard said.

Throughout her life, Howard's dream has been to compete in the Olympics. She hopes this opportunity will be a step in that direction.

Despite all of her success at the collegiate level, Howard still stays in touch with her high school coach, Dan Futrell. "Mr. Futrell has been a big influence in my life and I am always pleased to tell him how I improve."

SIUE Students, Teachers Honored At Convocation

More than 265 SIUE students and several teachers were recognized recently at the annual Honors Convocation for special awards in recognition of academic achievement.

Each year at the 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 Karen A. Johnston of Alton, who will receive a bachelor of science in Psychology, and Brad R. Blackard of Dorsey, who will receive a bachelor of science in Computer Engineering.

Also during the April 21 ceremony, the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award was given to Michael Shaw, an assistant professor of Chemistry. The award is the highest honor that can be given to an SIUE faculty member. Shaw received $2,000 and will be given a plaque of recognition at the May 4 spring commencement.

In addition, other faculty were cited with Teacher Recognition Awards: Kathleen Tunney, assistant professor of Social Work, and Anne Valk, assistant professor of Historical Studies. Alan Shiller, an instructor in the Department of Speech Communication, will be given the teaching Recognition Award for Non-Tenure Track Faculty. Each received $500 at the convocation.

Performing For Shimkus Worth The Inconveniences

Delivering band instruments to SIUE at 7 a.m. on a Monday ... transporting those instruments and sleepy musicians by 8 a.m. to the Collinsville Gateway Convention Center (only to wait around three hours before performing) .... watching scent dogs sniff expensive instruments one by one ...

It was quite an adventure for the SIUE Jazz Concert Band and the SIUE Suzuki Strings tour group, but they say it was all worth the inconveniences for the chance to be in the same room with U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and to perform for Congressman John Shimkus at a Republican luncheon in the Collinsville center to raise funds for the upcoming 19th Congressional District race.

Jazz Studies Director Brett Stamps was proud of the members of the 17-piece jazz band. "We were flattered to be asked to play," Stamps said. "They all worked together to make this happen on just one week's notice. Overall, it was extremely professional of the students."

Stamps said the command performance also was welcome because the group's spring concert had been cancelled earlier in the month because of snow. "We had that material from the concert that we were able to use at the luncheon," Stamps said. "We were pleased that our hard work wasn't wasted."

He also was impressed with Shimkus, an SIUE alum who had requested the two music groups perform at the fund-raiser. "He came up to us with his wife and personally addressed all of us. They were very gracious; it was a big day for him. It was so crowded they had to squeeze in the band."

Vera McCoy-Sulentic, director of the Suzuki String Development Program for the university, was equally impressed. "We were sitting within 25 feet of Dick Cheney," McCoy-Sulentic said. "But, after he spoke for 11 minutes, they whisked him away. So, he came in, spoke, and left.

"Still, afterwards, the kids got their pictures taken with Congressman Shimkus (who has two children in the Suzuki program here) as he posed with the kids for picture-taking. It was exciting for the jazz group and for us to be in the same room with the vice president of the United States and the Congressman.

"Also, the kids loved the scent dogs and took pictures as the dogs sniffed each violin." she said. "The Secret Service agents were impressive, with the curly wires in their ears, standing around looking very imposing at each corner of the vice president's table.

The kids thought it was all pretty cool."

SIUE Prof. To Serve As Policy Adviser To Sen. Hatch

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has announced that Garett Jones, assistant professor of Economics and Finance, will take a leave of absence beginning in May to serve as an economic policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah).

In 1995, before entering the Economics doctoral program at the University of California-San Diego, Jones served as an intern and then as a fellow in Sen. Hatch's Washington, D.C., office. After receiving the phone call last November from the Senator's tax policy adviser, Evan Liddiard, Jones said: "While I've always had an interest in politics and policy, I had comfortably settled into the life of an assistant professor, with its mix of teaching, research, and university service.

"A call from Sen. Hatch's office was the last thing I expected. But within two weeks of that phone call, I was on a plane to Washington, interviewing for the newly created position of economic policy adviser."

Jones says that most of his time will be spent working on legislative issues surrounding banking and tax policy, with the remainder devoted to legislative policies that encourage economic growth and productivity.

He says he is looking forward to bringing his Senate experience back into his SIUE classes. "U.S. economic policy gets debated in scholarly articles and at academic conferences, but it actually gets made in Congress.

"One of the reasons I chose economics as my field of study is because economists' ideas often get a chance to be tried out in the real world. From the debates over the size and scope of government, to questions over tax and regulatory policy, the U.S. Congress is where many of these questions get resolved.

"After my time in the Senate, I will be able to bring new political and policy perspectives into my courses at SIUE. I'm grateful to the Department of Economics and Finance, the School of Business, and SIUE for allowing me to take a leave of absence in order to pursue this opportunity to serve the nation."

S. Fields Named Assistant Director At ESTL Center

Sandra Fields, formerly executive director of National Louis University in St. Louis, has been named assistant director of the East St. Louis Center, effective April 1, according to center Director Patricia Harrison.

Fields assists Harrison with the overall supervision of the center's administrative, programmatic and fiscal operations. She also provides supervision and evaluation of program/unit directors and evaluation of center activities, operations, and services. In addition, Fields helps program and unit directors complete program proposals and reporting documentation.

She also works with Harrison in building collaborative activities and partnerships throughout the university and the community.

Fields, who had been NLU executive director since 1998, was responsible for overall operations of the St. Louis campus including comprehensive recruitment, marketing, and enrollment management programs.

Before coming to NLU, Fields was interim dean of Public Agency and Special Programs at City Colleges of Chicago and had served as assistant dean of the college's Academic Support System and as assistant dean of the Adult Basic Skills Program.

Fields earned a bachelor's at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and received a master's at Spertus College in Chicago.

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