Robotics seems to be in vogue these days for SIUE students as two groups recently showed off their "artificial intelligence quotient" at two separate events.
Students in the intro course to robotics offered by the Department of Computer Sciences recently created robots for the Predator-Prey Challenge in Goshen Lounge. And, students in the Department of Electrical Engineering took third place in the robotics contest at the Annual Region 5 Conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers recently held in St. Louis.
George Engel, associate professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering, was mentor to one of the SIUE teams at the IEEE conference, while Jerry Weinberg, assistant professor of Computer Sciences, mentored the other.
The third place team at the St. Louis event consisted of Nasr Khan, Saleh Ismail, Tina Hinton, and Todd Sproull.. The students who won the Predator-Prey Challenge in Goshen Lounge were Kathryn Verdoorn and Steve Flemke, in the Prey Category, while David Rudolph and Samara Secor won in the Predator Category.
The competition in Goshen Lounge pitted groups of two teams, each designated as either "prey" or "predator." Each team designed a robot and programmed it to meet its goals. "The goal of the predator was to capture the prey," Weinberg said, "while the goal of the prey was to find its way to the safety of its den."
Engel said the IEEE contest had students build a robot that could navigate a maze. The robot navigating the maze in the shortest time was declared winner.
Weinberg said these robotics challenges are a way to offer an experience that allows a comprehensive view of an integrated engineered system. "It provides a picture that illustrates the connection between the mechanical, electrical and computing components of a system," Weinberg said. "And, the robot competitions provide a capstone design project for studying these systems.
"Even though competitions have winners and losers, all the students who participate win through the experience itself," Weinberg said.
Engel, who also received the IEEE's Outstanding Student Branch Counselor Award for1999 at the annual conference, said teamwork and broad knowledge, cutting across engineering disciplines, is becoming increasingly important in the world of engineering today. "To be successful in a robotics contest, students must excel in a wide variety of skills," Engel explained.
"The IEEE robotics competition provides a challenging and fun-filled opportunity to practice these essential skills. For the SIUE School of Engineering, these types of competitions are important because they increase the visibility of our programs in the community and region.
"The success of students in competitions of this sort are a testimonial to the quality of undergraduate education at SIUE."
Why spend $5,000 to send a student to a foreign land to study business practices from a different perspective when similar results can be achieved with much less expense? Good question.
That's why the School of Business began its Bringing the International Experience into SIUE Business Classrooms program two years ago. Sure, the students don't get to see the exotic scenery, but, just the same, in those two years many students have received a wealth of global business savvy.
The program was developed and is co-directed by Kathryn Martell, associate dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Business, and John Navin, associate professor of Economics. Funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the program has caught the attention of the American Council on Education which selected it as one of 19 finalists for the Academic Excellence and Cost Management Award.
The award recognizes "successful initiatives in academic areas that improve quality while controlling costs" and is sponsored by the ACE-USA Group Foundation. Winners will be announced in June at the ACE's invitational symposium in Washington, D.C.
"It's such an honor just to get nominated out of 120 programs," Martell said. "Last year, we won the International Association for Management Education's award for academic excellence and innovation, but this award gets to the heart of what this program's all about.
"Many of our students have families and obligations that preclude them from traveling abroad to study," Martell said. "About one percent of our business students do take advantage of our travel courses," she said. "But this course affords an opportunity for many more students to gain an insight into international business without the expense."
As for the expense to the university, the program's costs have dropped even more since its inception because telecommunication technology has improved and costs have gone down. "We accomplish most of what we need for the class through the internet," Martell said, "but we also use conference calling. Several times during the semester the students talk 'face-to-face' in teleconferences between the two campuses.
"When we began two years ago, it cost us about $500 per hour to operate the course each semester," she pointed out. "Now, it costs us about $200 per hour, which comes to about $12 per student."
Students in the SIUE course interact with students at the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Toluca, Mexico, a sister institution to the Edwardsville campus, to produce and market a product in a simulated international marketplace.
"We've had tremendous support from the faculty in Toluca and that's a big reason why this program has been so successful," Martell said. "International business skills have become so important in the business world and our students become better equipped to operate in the real world with the help of courses like this.
"Students not only develop relationships with others in another culture, they also operate as part of a virtual international business team," Martell said. "The course helps students raise their international awareness and their awareness of technology."
The SIUE Head Start program has been designated as a Program of Excellence by the National Head Start Association.
This recognition makes SIUE Head Start among only 12 such designated of 2,000 such programs in the United States. The university's program became an NHSA Program of Achievement in 1997 and has worked since that time to attain the next level of honor.
John Lovelace, SIUE Head Start director, received the newest award recently during the NHSA's Annual Training Conference in Washington, D.C., on the 35th anniversary of the national Head Start movement.
NHSA's Quality Initiative has been operating since 1994 and was designated to recognize programs offering high quality services to children and families. Initiative applications are reviewed by a national panel of experts from the early childhood and family service fields. The review process is rigorous, resulting each year in only a small percentage of programs accepted for recognition.
Programs are assessed in areas such as program management and systems, services and initiatives, and program impact. According to the NHSA, the SIUE program "has displayed a strong contribution in all of these critical areas" and "has created unique and innovative approaches to engaging children in learning and connecting with their families.
University Personnel Services and Health Service have arranged for two health screening opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.
Screenings for breast and prostate cancer are offered as follows: mammograms will be offered through arrangements with Barnes-Jewish Hospital Mammography Van (associated with Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology) on Tuesday, May 2 to females age 40 or older who: have not had a mammogram in the past year, have no symptoms of breast cancer (such as lumps or dimpling), do not have breast implants, have not had breast cancer, or are not pregnant.
It takes approximately 15 minutes, and the fee is $85. The results are reported to your personal physician. The Mammography Van will be parked on the hairpin in front of Peck Hall. To schedule an appointment, call Janet Kleinmann, Ext. 2100.
Employees covered by the Quality Care health plan should be sure to bring their insurance cards with them as Mallinckrodt will bill Unicare direct. Prudential HealthCare HMO members are eligible for mammogram screening recommended and provided by their HMO providers only. HMO and POS members who use the on-campus screening will be expected to make payment at the time of the screening. HMO members will not be reimbursed. Prudential Healthcare POS members may be eligible for 80 percent reimbursement if their out-of-network deductible has been met.
That same day, prostate screenings also will be offered by SIUE Health Service. The examination consists of a PSA blood test and is available to men age 50 or older (or younger with identified concerns). The results may be given to the individual or sent to their personal physician with a signed release. The cost of the examination is $30.
To schedule an appointment, call Mary Ann Raymond, Ext. 2844. Payment will be required at the time of the screening. Members of the Quality Care health plan should submit their itemized bill, with a claim form (available from the Offices of Human Resources) to Unicare. Prudential HealthCare HMO members are eligible for prostate screening recommended and provided by their HMO providers only. HMO members who use the on-campus screening will not be reimbursed. POS members may be eligible for 80 percent reimbursement if their out-of-network deductible has been met.
For more information, call Personnel, Ext. 2190.
Area community leaders have long cited a need for collaboration among towns and cities, businesses, and educational and governmental organizations.
The newly created Institute for Urban Research at SIUE is designed to help facilitate such collaboration and provide a new tool for ensuring the future of the region. The Institute for Urban Research received about $800,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The institute will work toward addressing concerns of the Illinois region of Metro St. Louis, with a goal of helping to remove barriers to cooperation. "The Metro East is growing rapidly," said Kevin McClearey, associate dean of Graduate Studies and Research. "A closer look shows that some areas are growing far faster than others. In some areas there is an obvious lack of quality of life factors such as good education, good health care, and access to jobs.Crime and environmental quality also pose problems."
McClearey added that even in areas of relative affluence, there are problems resulting from "urban sprawl" created by rapid growth. "Many of our cities share common problems," he said, "but have been unable to address them effectively partly because of geographic boundaries."
The Institute for Urban Research has three basic goals:
• Encourage public discussion of a policy agenda for Metro East
•Conduct policy-oriented research pertinent to the Metro East
•Bring together policy makers, health care providers, business, labor, educational, community and religious leaders to help address key issues.
In its first year (beginning this summer), the institute will focus on health care issues, such as health care needs of the population, the configuration of health services and providers, the impact of environmental factors, and fragmentation caused by jurisdictional boundaries.
Two advisory groups will guide the institute and its executive director: An Advisory Board of 15 to 30 representatives of various communities, governments and organizations; and an SIUE coordinating council of seven to nine faculty members and representatives of other units dedicated to regional service, such as the East St. Louis Center.
"We will begin to assemble the advisory board in the very near future," McClearey said. "It is very important that we have this board in place to ensure that the institute is in touch with the needs of Metro East's communities."
Elizabeth Fonseca, a professor of Spanish for Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, has been chosen to receive the university's 2000 Teaching Excellence Award, the highest honor that can be awarded an SIUE faculty member.
She received a $2,000 prize recently at the annual Honors Convocation and also will be awarded a plaque of recognition at the May 6 commencement.
Awards also will be given at the April 16 Honors Convocation to: Wayne Ellis, assistant professor in the School of Nursing and program coordinator for the Nurse Anesthesia Specialization; Wendy Shaw, associate professor of Geography; Susan Thomas, associate professor of Psychology; and E. Duff Wrobbel, assistant professor of Speech Communication. Each recognition awardee will receive a $500 prize.
Ten nominees were considered by members of a university-wide committee of faculty and student representatives who made the final selection. Fonseca was chosen as an "exceptional educator who provides learning opportunities for students both inside and outside the classroom."
In recommending Fonseca, Kathleen Bueno, an assistant professor of Foreign Languages and Literature, said: "Dr. Fonseca's efforts to foster connections across the university and with the community represent one of the hallmark's of exemplary teaching." Fonseca, who earned a doctorate in Spanish from the University of Iowa, teaches a wide variety of courses in Spanish language and Latin American literature and culture.
She also participates in a team-taught, interdisciplinary course in General Business Administration, bringing a unique cultural perspective to this course about business operations.
Last year, Fonseca and other SIUE School of Business faculty led a service project to Mexico that enabled students from a variety of academic disciplines to increase their sensitivities to cultural differences while also helping build cement blockhouses for in a poor neighborhood. The project has served as a pilot for a new interdisciplinary course involving field work and service: "The Global Marketplace: Culture, Gender, and International Production."
Since joining the faculty in 1986, Fonseca has offered a weekly conversation hour in Spanish that has included students, faculty, and interested community members, as well as teachers and students from the public schools. As faculty adviser for the Latin Awareness Student Organization, Fonseca has helped organize community service projects as well as cultural events.
According to the award winning professor, her final goal in every class is "to be able to convey that we live in a multicultural world. We speak different languages and have different beliefs," she said, "yet, we form one unit."
Ellis began teaching at SIUE in 1997; he also serves as a staff nurse anesthetist at Washington University in St. Louis. Colleagues in the School of Nursing say one of Ellis' strengths is his ability to incorporate into lectures a wide range of experiences in the field of anesthesia, dating to 1964 when he began a military career. In addition to honors from both the U.S. and Vietnamese governments and the U.S. military, Ellis was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society in 1995 and currently is a member of Who's Who in the World.
Colleagues also say Ellis' students respect and admire him, that Ellis' insights and understanding "have helped him grow personally as a teaching professional." They also say his teaching style reflects "a calm and caring attitude."
Shaw, a native of England, received a doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1994 and joined the SIUE faculty the same year as a specialist in the geography of development. She teaches Cultural Geography, Physical Geography, and a graduate seminar in History and Philosophy of Geography. She also advises the international honor society for Geography majors.
Geography Chair Noble R. Thompson III said this about his colleague: "It is common to see Dr. Shaw crossing the campus, going to her class wearing the typical dress and carrying food or objects common to the culture or country she and her students are studying at the time." On her style of teaching, Shaw says she stresses: "appreciation and understanding of other cultures" as well as active integration of knowledge through innovative assignments, such as keeping a diary of international events.
She also practices a "commitment to utilizing the enormous power of technology and the internet within my classes for the benefit of students."
Thomas, who holds a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia, has been a member of the SIUE faculty since 1991. A specialist in Social Psychology, Thomas also teaches Introduction to Statistics and Methods of Psychological Inquiry. She also is coordinator of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Psychology. Describing her teaching philosophy, Thomas notes that "active learning, critical thinking, self-schematic processing and self-growth" represent core components of her approach.
"What this means," says Thomas, "is that students are forced to become more than just passive receptacles for information; they must actively integrate, synthesize, and use the information to which they are exposed."
Wrobbel's teaching style often is described as dynamic by colleagues and students. He teaches courses in speech communication, public speaking, interpersonal communication skills, and others ranging from freshman level courses to graduate seminars.
Wrobbel, who holds a doctorate in Speech Communication from the University of Texas, was instrumental in designing the capstone Senior project for Speech Communication majors, which has been recognized as one of the best senior project programs on campus.
Chancellor Emeritus James M. Brown, also an emeritus English professor at SIUE and a long-time administrator and educator throughout the SIU system, will receive the SIUE Distinguished Service Award at the May 6 Commencement.
In addition, Emeritus English Professor William T. Going, another pioneer in SIUE's history, and Emeritus History Professor Patrick W. Riddleberger, also an SIUE pioneer, will each receive Doctor of Humane Letters at the May 6 event.
One year after his initial appointment as a faculty member of the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature in 1965, Brown was appointed an assistant to SIU system Vice President Robert MacVicar. Two years later, Brown was named an assistant to SIUE's first chancellor, John Rendleman. In 1969, SIU President Delyte W. Morris added Brown to his staff.
The following year, the SIU Board of Trustees abolished the office of system president and created a decentralized administrative structure for SIU campuses. Brown was chosen as the first chief of Board Staff; in 1974, his position and title changed to general secretary of the SIU system. Five years later, the SIU board established the position of chancellor and Brown served in an acting capacity.
In 1979, Brown assumed the role of system vice chancellor, a position he held until 1986 when once again he was asked to serve as acting chancellor. He then returned to the vice chancellor role and served in that capacity for five years, during which time his title was changed to vice chancellor emeritus for the SIU system and professor emeritus at SIUE. He was appointed SIU chancellor in 1991 and later named chancellor emeritus in 1995.
Brown graduated from Rice University in 1942 with a bachelor of arts in Chemistry, going on to earn a master of science in Meteorology from the California Institute of Technology in 1943, and a master of arts in 1948 and a doctorate in 1951, both in English, from the State University of Iowa. He is author of several books on the subject of technical writing and business communications, as well as several short stories.
Going also was a significant force in the evolution of SIU Edwardsville, serving at what was then known as the SIU Service Center in Alton during the very early years of SIU's educational venture into Southwestern Illinois. He began the 1957-58 academic year inaugurating SIU's operations at the former Shurtleff College campus in Alton. With other faculty, he developed the university's academic program and enrolled the first class at the Alton campus.
In 1958, as dean of instruction, Going recruited and hired the faculty who would teach at the residence centers and also staffed the fledgling Edwardsville campus. Going is credited with establishing academic standards at SIUE based on the premise that teaching and scholarship best flourish as intertwined enterprises.
He earned a baccalaureate in 1936 from the University of Alabama, a master's in 1938 from Duke University, and a doctorate in English language and literature from the University of Michigan in 1954. In 1973, Going's achievements were acknowledged with the Outstanding Educator of America Award and the SIUE President's Award of Merit.
Riddleberger has distinguished himself as a highly regarded scholar who has authored several books and a variety of articles and reviews. He has contributed significantly to his field of expertise, American reconstructionist history, and is author of 1866: The Critical Year Revisited and Restoration and Reconstruction, 1865-1880.
A Fulbright scholar in 1964-65, Riddleberger lectured at Maradwatha University in India and served as interim director of the American Studies Research Centre and Library at Hyderabad, India. Riddleberger joined the SIUE faculty in 1960 and demonstrated excellence in teaching, careful research, and significant service to the university and to the community. He served as a role model and mentor to new faculty and was recipient of the SIUE Outstanding Professor Award in 1961, the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award for senior faculty in 1972, the SIUE Alumni Association's Great Teacher Award in 1981, and the Outstanding Scholar Award in spring 1993.
He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1939, and earned a master's and doctorate in history from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1993, Riddleberger was given the SIUE President's Award of Merit.
You wouldn't think a Chicago boy whose father played for the Chicago White Sox organization would be the slightest bit interested in writing a book about the St. Louis Cardinals. But you might say Doug Feldmann is a little bit "Dizzy" over St. Louis' 1934 World Champs.
Feldmann's book, Dizzy and the Gas House Gang, chronicles one of the great seasons in baseball lore, bringing to light the role the '34 Cards played in giving the nation a respite from the Great Depression. "The players in that era were not overly concerned with stardom," said Feldmann, assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction. "They were just happy to have jobs," he pointed out.
"When the Depression hit most everyone had to take a (pay) cut. The players that played in the 1934 World Series needed that winner 's share of the playoff money. It made for a particularly hard-fought series."
Led by Dizzy and Paul Dean, and player-manager Frankie Frisch, the Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in seven games. At the time, the Cardinals were the southernmost and westernmost franchise in the major leagues and, according to Feldmann, their success made baseball less of an "eastern" game.
In researching the book, Feldmann, who does some scouting for the San Diego Padres baseball organization, used old newspaper accounts of the season and trips to the players' hometowns and other places where they lived. He also relied on Mickey Owen, who, even though he did not play for the 1934 team, spent time as a Cardinals players in the late 1930s and was Dizzy Dean's catcher.
Feldmann says there was at least one major difference between the game of the 1930s and today's play. "The players for the '34 Cardinals-and for most teams around the league-were from out-of-the-way small towns," he said. "With little opportunity on the farms that were drying up in the Dust Bowl, young men tried their luck in professional baseball.
"One writer of the era wrote, 'The players are going on the notion that it's better to be a well-fed ballplayer than a hungry bond salesman.'"
Women's tennis heads to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships this weekend in Tahlequah, Okla. SIUE, 14-8 overall, meets Northeastern State (Okla.) in the first round at 1 p.m. on Friday.
The winner would then move on to face the winner of Midwestern State (Texas) and Northwest Missouri State.
This is the first appearance in the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships since 1989 when the Cougars won their fourth consecutive national title.
The Cougars are led by Sarah Hardimon (Belleville) and Kim Mulherin (Belleville). Hardimon and Mulherin both finished the regular season with a 13-8 singles record and 19-7 doubles record.
Four SIUE softball players have been named to the 2000 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference team. Sophomore Erin Newman (Fairfield, Calif.), senior Kari Franzen (Rantoul) and freshman Katie Waldo (Peoria) were selected to the first team, while senior Sara Obrecht (Gifford) earned second team honors.
Newman leads the team in numerous offensive categories, including batting average (.436), runs scored (54), doubles (25), home runs(12), walks (29), total bases (134), runs batted in (50), slugging percentage (.822) and on base percentage (.520). She is currently second in the nation in doubles, 22nd in home runs and 34th in batting average. Newman set a single-season record for doubles in a season with 25 and runs scored with 54. She tied single season records in home runs (12), runs batted in (50) and walks (29), and earned second team honors as a freshman while also being named Newcomer of the Year.
Franzen is batting .318 in 51 games this season. She is third on the team with 35 runs batted in. Franzen is tied for sixth with teammate Waldo for triples in the GLVC with four. She has thrown out 20 of 37 base stealers this season. Franzen also was named first team All-GLVC the past two seasons.
Waldo earned her first selection to the All-GLVC team. She leads the team in at-bats (187), hits (75) and stolen bases (44). Waldo set a single season record for stolen bases and hits and leads the GLVC in both categories. She is second on the team in batting average (.401), runs scored (42) and on base percentage (.451). Waldo is fourth in the conference in total bases (86) and batting average and sixth in triples with four, and she has stolen 44 bases in 50 attempts and currently ranks eighth in the nation in stolen bases.
Obrecht also earned her first selection to the All-GLVC team. She leads the Cougars' pitching staff with a 19-7 record and 1.21 earned run average. Obrecht also leads in appearances (29), complete games (22), shutouts (6), innings pitched (167.2) and strikeouts (61). She tied for second in the conference in wins and ranks eighth in earned run average.
The Cougars record is 38-17 overall and 16-6 in the GLVC. SIUE must now await word on whether it will receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament, which begins May 12.
Men's and women's track conclude the regular season Friday at the Butler Twilight Invitational.
Mekelle Beck (Arenzville) automatically qualified last weekend for nationals in the javelin with a distance of 150 feet, one inch. Beck qualified last season in the javelin throw and finished fifth with a distance of 150'5."
Ann Miklovic (St. Louis) provisionally qualified for nationals in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 13 seconds. Miklovic's time was also a school record.
Coach Darryl Frerker looks for more national qualifiers this weekend. "We had a couple individuals come real close last weekend to qualifying, so, we are looking for a good, competitive effort from them this weekend," he said.
The women's team also set two other school records last weekend at the SIUE Twilight Invitational. Kelly Saunders (Eldorado, Ohio) set an SIUE record in the hammer throw with a distance of 134'1". Desiree Barcomb (Tampa, Fla.), Chenoa Glenn (Ferguson, Mo.), Alexis Schweinberg (Normal) and Tamekia Howard (Florissant, Mo.) set a new school record in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 48.73.
On the men's side, George Murphy (Virden) finished second in the pole vault while setting a school record at 13'7".
"Overall, the home meet provided good competition and a competitive atmosphere," said Freker, "while also moving a few people closer to possibly qualifying for nationals this weekend."
The top seed in the Great Lakes Valley Tournament is now up for grabs. SIUE Baseball wraps up Great Lakes Valley Conference play at Bellarmine for three games this weekend, two on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Cougars, 29-20 and 17-7 in the conference, are tied with UM-St. Louis.
"Bellarmine has one good pitcher but not much else to help him out," said Coach Gary Collins. "If we get by him, we should be able to sweep them, but you never know what to expect with a team who is 3-19."
After losing a game to McKendree last weekend, the Cougars went on to sweep their weekend series with Indianapolis and Northern Kentucky. "It was a huge weekend for us," Collins said. "We went from third in our division to tied for first." He said the top of the order did well last weekend.
Mark Bugger (Edwardsville) went 6 for 14, including three doubles and seven runs batted in in game two against Indianapolis. Bugger finished with four doubles on the weekend and leads the team and the GLVC with a .427 batting average.
Dave Crouthers (Edwardsville) went 8 for 16 at the plate with four doubles and six runs batted in. Crouthers also earned a win over Northern Kentucky, giving up three hits and one earned run in seven innings. Crouthers is 4-4 overall as a pitcher and is batting .339 with a team-leading 21 doubles.
Travis Dawson (Collinsville) went 7 of 16 last weekend, with a double and five runs scored.
Collins said Jared Wood (Cairo, Mo.), Matt Wilkinson (Barwon Heads, Australia) and Bret Giaudrone (Gillespie) pitched extremely well last weekend. Wood pitched six innings, giving up two hits and two earned runs to improve his record to 3-3 on the season. Wilkinson picked up his team-leading seventh win against Indianapolis. He allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out nine batters in nine innings. Giaudrone picked up two saves this weekend and now has three on the season. He pitched three and a third scoreless innings while striking out three.
Friday, May 5-
Track at Butler Twilight Invitational
Women's Tennis at NCAA Midwest Regionals, 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 6-
Baseball at Bellarmine (DH), Noon
Women's Tennis at NCAA Midwest Regionals, 11 a.m.
Sunday, May 7-
Baseball at Bellarmine (DH), Noon
Wednesday, May 10-
Women's Tennis at NCAA Nationals, TBA
Thursday, May 11-
Women's Tennis at NCAA Nationals, TBA
Friday, May 12-
Women's Tennis at NCAA Nationals, TBA
Baseball at GLVC Tournament
Softball at NCAA Tournament
Saturday, May 13-
Women's Tennis at NCAA Nationals, TBA
Baseball at GLVC Tournament
Softball at NCAA Tournament
Sunday, May 14-
Baseball at GLVC Tournament
Apply for a Fulbright and see the world. It's an incredible experience and one that will benefit not only a faculty member but also students.
Kevin McClearey, associate dean of Graduate Studies and Research, says the application process can seem complicated because the Fulbright criteria can be very specific, but the results are worth the trouble. "We understand that it could also be difficult for faculty who have families to think about travel halfway around the globe," McClearey said.
"But, the Fulbright program makes a strong effort to assist its scholars' dependents. The international experience can also be an unforgettable family opportunity.
"As for the scholars, the experience not only benefits them professionally but also helps contribute to the international flavor and scope of the campus," McClearey said. "Faculty come back with a new perspective and knowledge which also contributes to that flavor. And, students also benefit.
"Anytime a faculty member has an an opportunity for enrichment, it shows up in the classroom, it shows up in their research, which can, and often does, involve students. Faculty come back excited and are ready to share that with students."
McClearey said application packets are available on the World Wide Web for Fulbright lecturing, lecturing/research, and research awards worldwide. Those are located at www.iie.org/cies/awards2001/appl2.htm. Application deadline is Aug. 1.
Some 800 scholar awards in 130 countries will be offered. Approximately one-fifth are for research and four-fifths are for lecturing, combined lecturing and research, or seminar participation.
For more information, contact Lil Manning, Ext. 3114, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.