More than 1,300 students are expected to graduate at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, during spring commencement exercises in the Vadalabene Center.
During the morning ceremony, Lee Shulman, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching since 1997, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. He will give the commencement address at both ceremonies.
The morning ceremony will confer degrees on candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of Engineering and Nursing; the afternoon ceremony will confer degrees on candidates from the Schools of Business and Education.
Shulman formerly was president of the American Educational Research Association, and received its highest honor, the career award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational Research. He also has received the American Psychological Association's E.L. Thorndike Award for Distinguished Psychological Contributions to Education.
His writing and research center on the study of teaching and teacher education; the growth of knowledge among those learning to teach; the assessment of teaching medical education; the psychology of instruction in science, mathematics, and medicine; the logic of educational research; and the quality of teaching in education. His most recent research emphasizes the importance of "teaching as community property" and the central role of "scholarship of teaching" in supporting needed changes in the cultures of higher education.
A native of Chicago, Shulman received a doctorate from the University of Chicago. He previously was on the faculty at Michigan State University, where he was professor of Educational Psychology and Medical Education and co-founder of that university's Institute for Research and Training.
Final exams came early for the campus and the teachers say we must have studied because our preliminary grades were top notch.
The campus recently was "graded" by Bill McGrane, director of administration for the Chicago Bears' football organization, and Clyde Emrich, the Bears' training camp coordinator. They were scouting campus recently as one of 13 possible locations (including SIU Carbondale) for their NFL team to conduct summer training. They will pick a location by July.
McGrane and Emrich met with reporters after a tour in which they visited campus dining facilities, residence halls, and meeting rooms, as well as Korte Stadium, the Vadalabene Center, and athletic fields. They were accompanied by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Narbeth Emmanuel, Director of Facilities Management Bob Washburn, and Assistant Intercollegiate Athletics Director Nick Adams.
"Our 'report card' for SIUE would certainly be very positive," McGrane told reporters. "It is a beautiful site for one thing. The fields would need work, but that's not any different from anywhere else we've visited," he said. McGrane explained that most university playing fields aren't up to NFL standards and that the Bears' head groundskeeper would be in charge of an upgrade at any site that would be chosen.
Other team needs include 230 sleeping rooms, food service for 200 team personnel and 30 members of the media, and use of 10 meeting rooms. "There are a few points that have to be addressed, and that's the fields and the locker rooms," said Emrich. "I think the dining and the housing (facilities) are terrific."
Vice Chancellor for Development and Public Affairs G. Patrick Williams said SIUE would be ideal for the Bears because of its facilities and their proximity to each other, as well as the campus' location near a metropolitan area and access to two airports. "Not only would this be good for SIUE, but also would have a positive economic impact on the region," Williams said.
"We welcome the Chicago Bears and look forward to working with them in their decision to relocate."
Remy Billups' education and career have taken him across the state and back again … and again. He's ready for his latest move.
"I'm excited about the new opportunity," said Billups, SIUE's new director of Alumni Affairs. "We're going to have a lot of fun building chapters and making new friends for SIUE."
Pat Williams, SIUE's vice chancellor for Development and Public Affairs, said Billups brings experience and enthusiasm to the university. "Remy brings a professional attitude, and good experience in alumni affairs and relationship building," Williams said. "I am confident that with Remy on board our alumni outreach will flourish. He will provide the kind of support, service and connectivity that our alums are looking for and deserve."
Billups-with a bachelor of science in Speech Communication and a master of science in Education from SIUC-comes to SIUE with 13 years of experience in institutional advancement, alumni relations, public relations, sales and marketing. He joins the SIUE Foundation and the Alumni Affairs team after six years as assistant director of alumni programs and corporate relations for SIUC's Chicago office. Billups, who began his new job today, also has served as assistant dean of Student Development at Eureka (IL) College.
"I believe my experience provides a good foundation for stepping into the SIUE Alumni Affairs job," Billups said. "I have some ideas for reaching out to alumni, starting with finding out more about our alumni expectations.
"Chapter development is an excellent way to reach out to alums, especially in places like Chicago and Springfield, where SIUE is not in the news as regularly as in the St. Louis area media."
SIUE alumni have been developing chapters in Chicago, East St. Louis and Springfield in just the last few months. Billups says chapter organizations and events keep alumni involved. "Ideally, we want alumni to drive the alumni program," he said. "We want them to take ownership, and we want to help them stay in touch with their university. Chapter organizations help keep alumni informed. Constant communication is important to the task of keeping everyone pumped up.
"That's where events play an important role-getting people involved and keeping up their enthusiasm. If events are done right, they are an easy way to get everyone on board. But, we have to show people a good time, and give them a reason to keep coming back."
Billups grew up in the Quad Cities, went south to SIUC for college, north to Chicago and now to Southwestern Illinois for the SIUE position. "SIUE has a beautiful campus and I already have met a lot of people who are enthusiastic about taking alumni relations to a new level," Billups said.
"SIUE's reputation is growing across the state. We can capitalize on that growing reputation and recognition with alumni, and we can draw on alumni enthusiasm to help enhance SIUE's reputation."
Remy Billups may be reached at (618) 650-2346, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 150 employees were recognized at the Annual Service Awards Reception in early April. Those with service of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years were presented with various gifts.
Also, nearly 70 five-year awardees were sent certificates and pins to commemorate their anniversaries. Listed below are the faculty and staff members who were recognized at the reception:
35 YEARS: Louis J. Labash Jr.
30 YEARS: A. J. Braundmeier Jr., Warren Howard Handel, Barbara Jean Havis, Louella L. Hawkins, Jean Renee Hunt, Kurt Albert Kaiser, Gloria D. Kharibian, Earnest E. Newton, Randy Paul Rock, Robert M. Wagner, and Karen June Webster.
25 YEARS: Catherine C. Banks, John Robert Danley, Dorothy Kay Ebbeler, Douglas J. Eder, Donald S. Elliott Jr., Michelle E. Funk, Carolyn J. Goetten, Jaclyn A. Harper, Jack George Kaikati, Thomas E. King, Karen Renee Matkins, Charles Alan Mecum, Cynthia Ann Schmidt, Kerry Jean Shaul, Margaret Ann Simons, Earl S. Snyder Jr., Bruce Wayne Voyles, and Barbara L. Zika.
20 YEARS: Jacquelyn A Berleman, Paulette Marie Bosaw, Louise J. Burnett, Charla Jean Collins, Tammy Rene Duggan, Franklin G. Gaither, John R. Garrett, Barbara J. Harris, Patricia A. Harrison, John Douglas Hoehn, John T. Kautzer, Riley Maynard, Hope M. Myers, Alan Kent Ortegren, Shirley J. Portwood, Larry G. Reynolds, Kenneth M. Scott, Mary Lee Shaw, David Judson Sill, Helen L. Smith, Robert D. Stegall, Ronald E. Sutton, Albert L. Touchette, and Patsy Lee Uhlemeyer.
15 YEARS: Beverly Ahrens, Franklin L. Akers, Rosemary A. Albert, Oktay Alkin, Betty J. Basola, Carol Ann Baumann, Margaret L. Beaman, Mark Alan Belcher, Virginia R. Bryan, Julian Bueno, Jack L. Butler, Linda V. Carlisle, Sharon D. Clark-Hooks, Shrylene Clark, Dorothy M. Coleman, David Lee Danks, Jeanie M. Dickerson, Jill A. Eschbach, Marvin S. Finkelstein, Elizabeth A. Fonseca, Peggy Guiliacci, David Alan Hampsch, Larry S. Harper, Ladonna Holshouser, Edward J. Huneke Jr, Barbara Lee Hunter, Janice B. Hunter, Chris C. Kessler, Ann Luttrell, Michael Gary Mangum, Steven A. McCommas, David Hal McCoy, Robert J. Miller, Karen Lee Montgomery, Virginia Moran, James Lindsey Parish, Mary Jo Peck, Steven Earl Rigdon, Mohammad A. Rouf, Connie L Schaefer, Ronald P. Schaefer, Richard Schannot III, Connie S. Schneider, Kyle Lorene Stunkel, James W. Trent, Carolyn Ethel Turner, Jean K. Walker, Richard Lee Walker, Gustave D. Wills, and Karen June Wilson.
10 YEARS: Patricia Alberternst, Michael A. Allsup, Joann Baker, Rose M. Barnes, Lynn Kahney Bartels, Mary Blain, Mark Gregory Bolyard, Debbie M. Bowles, Myron G. Bownes Sr, Phyllis L. Brake, Laverne Bright, Jonna S. Carroll, Annie Ruth Clay, Shirley A. Clayton, Rhonda Wollin Comrie, Michael L. Costigan, Debbie D. Cox, Emmanuel S. Eneyo, Paula M. Geiger, Carole J. Graff, Stella Gregory, Sharon K. Harris, Sandra L. Holt, William R. Houba, Dana R. Jackson, James T. Jackson, Thomas O. Jewett, Johnetta S. Jones, Linda Keller, Carole A. Kotkiewicz, Judith K. Landers, Kathy L. Long, Kathryn Martell, Linda K. Marvin, David Eugen McDonald, Geesia D. Mcintosh, Renata R. Muhammad, Sarah J. Mulholland, John C. Navin, Francis O. Odemerho, Helen Glenda Piek, Lee W. Pogatshnik, Pamela Rickman, Bobbie J. Ridgel, Valerie M. Samuels, Nader Saniei, Diane O. Schaefer, Connie J. Schmidt, Maryann C. Skowron, Martha Lynn Swanson, Susan Lynn Thomas, Terry R. Uebinger, Joan Elle Warrington, Lorraine D. Williams, Karen S. York, and Lisa Marie Young.
More than 3,500 books were collected and distributed to children through A Book in Every Home, an annual campaign first begun by Beverly Sanders and now coordinated by Kay Werner. LaVernn Wilson is chair of the program's committee.
Under their leadership, A Book in Every Home has undergone changes: the campaign now occurs in second semester, with a focus on April, the Month of the Child, and recipient programs have been added: Riverbend Head Start and Family Services (Madison County Head Start) and Easter Seal Discovery Depot. Other changes include involvement of community leaders as members of the committee, and separating the campaign from the Carbondale campus program which conducted its own campaign in fall.
The SIUE campaign collected books and money for the purchase of books from Feb. 3 through March 30 for children ages six weeks through five years. "The books were sorted, labeled and distributed by volunteers," Werner said. "During this month, April, the programs had events prior to giving each child a book of his or her very own."
About 600 books that were donated were not age appropriate, according to Werner who said volunteers sorted these books and distributed them to the Early Childhood Development Center's after school program, to the East St. Louis Center school age programs, and to the Lewis and Clark Library System. Books with religious themes were donated to the Religious Center, she said.
"Yes, we plan to do this next year. Our campaign is scheduled from Jan. 15 through March 15 with the month of April being designated for the centers' activities," Werner said. "We invite any faculty or staff member to participate in this program. We have had a wonderful committee this year (see the list at www.siue.edu/BOOKS) but we certainly would welcome additional members."
Edwardsville Target Store assistant team leaders recently presented a $5,000 check to Richard Walker (far left), coordinator of SIUE's Arts & Issues program, as a donation for the series which just finished its 16th year of presenting quality entertainment and provocative speakers. This marks the tenth year that the Target Community Grants Program has made donations to the Arts & Issues series in support of family programming. "For 16 years we've been meeting the needs of communities, both at SIUE and in the surrounding region," he said. "These communities have been remarkable in their reception and support of Arts & Issues." The managers shown here are (from left): Trevor Harrison, Cortnie Hodges, Lisa Sutton, and Bryan Cowan. (SIUE Photo).
Ben Hilby (Rockford) and Daniel Walden (Springfield) not only set personal bests but also broke into the rank's of the nation's elite runners on Saturday (4/28).
Hilby and Walden ran the 800-meter race at the SIUE Twilight Invitational in 1:51.69 and 1:51.79, respectively. The marks qualify the duo on a provisional basis for the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships to be held at SIUE's Ralph Korte Stadium on May 24-26.
Since neither recorded an automatic-qualifying mark, Hilby and Walden must be among the top 16 in the nation to make the field for the national meet. The nation's NCAA Division II schools still have more than two weeks to qualify athletes for the championships.
SIUE Coach Darryl Frerker said Hilby and Walden will try to better their times this weekend at the Woodland Mortgage Championships in Indianapolis. The meet, hosted on the campus of IUPU-Indianapolis, will give the duo and their SIUE teammates one more chance to qualify for the national championships.
"With Walden and Hilby qualifying, that was the highlight of our meet, " Frerker said. "Outside of those two, we had several personal records. This was the largest turnout we've had for the SIUE Twilight. I believe this meet will continue to grow and become more competitive."
Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) led the women's team with a victory in the 3,000-meter run. Her time of 10:41.49 was nearly five seconds better than her nearest competitor.
The SIUE softball team must continue to win if it hopes to gain a bid to the NCAA Tournament next month. "I'm glad we won out this weekend to get ourselves into the No. 2 seed in the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament," said Coach Sandy Montgomery.
SIUE, 34-13 overall and 17-5 in the GLVC, defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 11-2 and 10-0 with both games being five innings. The Cougars downed Bellarmine 3-2 and 4-3 on Sunday (4/29). The Cougars play seventh-seeded Bellarmine for a third straight game in the first round of the GLVC Tournament on Friday (5/4) at 11 a.m. in Kenosha, Wis. Lewis grabbed the No. 1 seed in the eight-team tournament.
Montgomery hopes to have another chance to defeat the Flyers in the championship game of the tournament. However, third-seeded Southern Indiana, fourth-seeded Wisconsin-Parkside, fifth-seeded Northern Kentucky, sixth-seeded UM-St. Louis and eight-seeded Indianapolis may have something to say about that.
"There are a lot of teams playing well right now," Montgomery said. The Cougars enter the tournament batting .343 as a team, and their earned run average is less than two runs per game. the coach said her team's offense has played well this season. It seems as if there has been someone who has played well, whether it has been second baseman Valerie McCoy (Bethalto), who is batting .392, or shortstop Mandy Uhrhan (Dupo), who is batting .391 with eight home runs and 25 runs batted in.
"Erin Newman stepped up this weekend," said Montgomery. With a home run in four straight games against Kentucky Wesleyan and Bellarmine, junior third baseman Erin Newman (Fairfield, Calif) broke the single-season record for home runs with 15, topping the previous mark of 12 she tied last season with Sarah Sollberger (1998). Newman also has a new school record with 58 runs batted in with the conference tournament and, she hopes, some NCAA games ahead of her.
GLVC Tournament at Kenosha, Wis.
Fri., May 4
Game 1 - #4 UW-Parkside vs. #5 N. Kentucky, 9 a.m.
Game 2 - #3 Southern Indiana vs. #6 UM-St. Louis, 9 a.m.
Game 3 - #1 Lewis vs. #8 Indianapolis, 11 a.m.
Game 4 - #2 SIU Edwardsville vs. #7 Bellarmine, 11 a.m.
Game 5 - #3 / #6 loser vs. #1 / #8 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 6 - #4 / #5 loser vs. #2 / #7 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 7 - #4 / #5 winner vs. #1 / #8 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 8 - #3 / #6 winner vs. #2 / #7 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 9 - Game 5 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 5 p.m.
Game 10 - Game 6 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 5 p.m.
Sat., May 5
Game 11 - Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 1 p.m.
Game 12 - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 13 - Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 loser, 5 p.m.
Sun., May 6
Game 14 - Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13, 1 p.m.
Game 15 - Repeat game 14 if necessary, 3 p.m.
Erin Newman, a junior third baseman from Fairfield, Calif., is the GLVC's Player of the Week. Newman hit .692 in four consecutive wins over Kentucky Wesleyan and Bellarmine. She was 9 of 13 with six runs scored.
Newman hit a home run in each of the four victories and ended the week with a 1.692 slugging percentage and a .714 on-base percentage. For the season, Newman leads the GLVC in hitting (.418), hits (66), doubles (17), home runs (15), runs batted in (58) and slugging percentage (.823).
To the host go the spoils. The SIUE baseball team won the South Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference after defeating UM-St. Louis in two out of three games this past weekend.
With that distinction, SIUE, 32-20 overall and 18-6 in the
GLVC, will be the host institution for the GLVC Tournament on May 3-6 at Roy E. Lee Field. The Cougars next play at Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday and Sunday. SIUE faces KWC in a doubleheader on Saturday (5/5) at 1 p.m. and a single game on Sunday (5/6) at Noon in Owensboro, Ky.
Coach Gary Collins likes the fact that he knows he won't have to travel far for the league tournament. His next focus is on finishing strong and earning an NCAA bid. "Now we move on to goal No. 2, which is an NCAA regional bid," said Collins. "And along the way we'd like to win the conference tournament."
Collins noted junior shortstop Chad Opel (Edwardsville) as one player who has stood out. In his last 10 games, Opel has batted .500 (19 of 38) with five extra-base hits and nine runs batted in. "His defense has been strong, and he's been hitting up a storm," said Collins.
The Cougars also feel they some of the best starting pitching in the league with the trio of Matt Wilkinson (Melbourne, Australia), Dave Crouthers (Edwardsville) and Josh Clark (Olalla, Wash.). "Our pitching has been awful good," Collins said. "Matt especially has been rock solid," SIUE holds a team earned run average of 4.40 heading into the weekend.
Mark Bugger (Edwardsville) recorded his 330th career hit on Sunday and moved into third on the NCAA Division II's all-time hits list. The senior second baseman passed Eric Mirza (1995-1998) of Tampa who had 329. The all-time leader is Mike Stevenson (1988-1991) of Lewis with 341 hits.
NCAA Division II Baseball All-Time Hits List
Player Team Years Games Hits
Mike Stevenson Lewis 1988-1991 236 341
Ronnie Merrill Tampa 1997-2000 227 339
Mark Bugger SIUE 1998-2001 214 330
Eric Mirza Tampa 1995-1998 234 329
Mark Altobella Lewis 1981-1984 254 312
Bugger By Season
Year BA GP/GS AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB SO SB/AS
2001 .418 52/52 201 53 84 57 13 6 5 22 8 9/11
2000 .414 56/56 220 51 91 59 17 3 2 18 12 6/9
1999 .360 53/53 197 36 71 46 14 4 3 14 25 8/11
1998 .387 53/53 217 51 84 41 8 3 8 9 14 7/9
Totals .395 214/214 835 191 330 198 52 16 18 63 59 30/40
Katie Farrell, a freshman from Princeton, carded a 36-hole score of 175 at the John A. Logan Invitational and placed eighth overall. As a team, SIUE finished fourth with 712 strokes in the team's final event of the season. Lindenwood was the winner with 672 strokes.
Spring Riley (Salem) placed 10th with a score of 177. Kacy Gruenkemeyer (Salem) finished 12th with a 178.
Nominations are being sought by May 2 for two committees-the Research and Projects Advisory Board and the Research and Development Committee. Service on either one of these committees provides an opportunity to guide and nurture SIUE's commitment to scholarly research and creative activities. Contact Kevin McClearey for details.