Winners of attendance prizes at the SIUE Fitness and Benefits Fair in April have been announced. The fair is held each year in conjunction with the Health Walk and the Staff Senate BBQ. The fair affords employees a chance to assess their health coverages through the university, as well as assess their health in general.
Two employees won prizes funded by Benefits Fair vendors’ fees: Cindy Leonard, a bicycle; Jo Ann King, a DVD player; and Karen York, a 25-inch color TV.
Other winners included:
Cindy Reinhardt, a one-year membership to the Student Fitness Center donated by Campus Recreation; and Deanna Taylor, a DVD Player donated by Gallagher Byerly Inc. Sunset Hills Family Dental donated products won by: Nancy Hansel and Rianne Greenwalt, toothpaste; Joan Green, Gloria Hartmann, Jo Ann King, and Patty Take; electric toothbrushes; Janet Hupp, Sally Mullen, Chris Heather, Heather Kniffel, Zenia Augustin, night whitening; and Dona Blackwell, in-office whitening. MassMutual donated Applebee’s Restaurant gift certificates won by Amy Isom and Sharon Byington. The SWICSIU Credit Union donated three months of free internet banking and bill payments won by Bu Catalano, Karen Matkins, and Bill Houba, and Bonnie Adams, Bill Houba, Gail Erb, Sheri Goleanor, Rose McNaughton and Diane Chappel won SWICSIU Credit Union bags.
Donna Blackwell won $50 gift certificate and Kyle Stunkel won a $40 gift certificate, both from Our Health Club & Spa in Glen Carbon, and Deanna Taylor won a T-shirt from the club and spa.
Connie Schmidt won a thermos and a thermal cup from VALIC.
More than 900 students took part in spring commencement Saturday—with its expansion to three ceremonies because of growing numbers of graduates and attending family members.
Internationally known genetic biotechnologist Roy Curtiss III, a professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis, received an honorary doctorate at the morning ceremony; George Arnold, an SIUE emeritus professor of Environmental Engineering, received a Distinguished Service Award at the 1 p.m. ceremony for his life-long dedication to the environment in the region and around the state; and the university granted an honorary doctorate at the 5 p.m. ceremony to jazz legend John “Bucky” Pizzarelli Sr.
Since the 1970s, Professor Curtiss and his research group have sought to define the biochemical bases and genetic controls by which bacterial pathogens cause tooth decay, gastroenteritis, typhoid fever, leprosy, pneumonia, and septicemia (blood-poisoning). Some of their groundbreaking research has been patented to develop commercial products that will prevent disease in animals and humans.
In 1956, Curtiss earned a bachelor of science in agriculture from Cornell University and a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Chicago six years later. In 2001 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Called the master of the seven-string guitar, Pizzarelli has conducted workshops at SIUE for the university’s Jazz Studies Program and has been an integral part of the music world for more than half a century.
His career dates from 1943 when he was 17 and was asked to play guitar with the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra. During his career he has performed with the NBC Orchestra, toured with Benny Goodman, and performed with Goodman and Frank Sinatra at the White House. He also was featured on the late Charles Kuralt's CBS-TV Sunday Morning program in 1992.
In 1998, Pizzarelli played at the Carmichael Auditorium in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian Museum of American History exhibit, “Blue Guitars,” with his son, John Pizzarelli Jr., a jazz recording artist in his own right.
Arnold has championed several environmental projects locally and statewide, including two bikeways bills passed by the Illinois General Assembly with the help of the late Sen. Sam Vadalabene: one directing the Illinois Department of Transportation to establish a bikeways program, while the second called for the Department of Natural Resources to build the bikeways. The result can be seen in the hundreds of miles of safe and scenic bicycle routes throughout the state.
A long-standing member of the 10-state Mississippi River Parkway Commission, Arnold was chosen to represent Illinois in the Federal Mississippi River Corridor Study to promote the river’s heritage. He was a founder of and is currently past-president of the Madison County Conservation Alliance, devoted to maintaining a clean environment.
More recently, Arnold was instrumental in establishing the new Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center near Hartford. The center, recently completed, was supported by U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello in collaboration with Jim Edgar and George Ryan, past Illinois governors.
During the morning ceremony, degrees were conferred on candidates from the Schools of Education and Nursing; Business and Engineering occurred at 1 p.m.; and the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony was held at 5 p.m.
Marine Cpl. Evan James, a former SIUE student who died recently during the fighting in Iraq, and Thomas C. Schmisseur, a non-traditional student who died recently, were awarded degrees posthumously at the May 10 spring commencement.
Bachelor of science degrees for James and Schmisseur were accepted by family members at the 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ceremonies, respectively.
Evan James, 20, the son of Mike and Donna James of La Harpe, was a sophomore studying Kinesiology and Health Education when he joined the Marines Sixth Engineer Support Battalion in Peoria at the end of fall semester 2002. He subsequently was deployed to Iraq.
James drowned March 24 while crossing the Saddam Canal in Southeastern Iraq between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, just five days after the war began. A military spokesman said James was among four Marines who were attempting to set up a defensive position to protect a water-supply area when he and another soldier were swept away by the canal's current.
James, a personal trainer at Our Health Club and Spa in Glen Carbon before he was called to duty, was studying to become a personal trainer. He was a competitive body builder and enjoyed participating in triathlons.
In memory and honor of their son, the James family recently established the Cpl. Evan T. James Memorial Scholarship to be awarded through the SIUE Foundation to a qualifying full-time SIUE student with a declared major in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.
Schmisseur, 52, nearly had completed requirements for a BS in Social Work at the time of his death March 21. He graduated from Triad High School and became a truck driver, then a dispatcher when his health deteriorated. When he was no longer able to work, Schmisseur began college. He transferred to SIUE from Southwestern Illinois Community College.
He was an avid reader and gardener. Friends and family said that even though Schmisseur was burdened by limited health throughout his life, he remained cheerful and in good spirits, and was happiest when he attended classes at the university. He maintained a very strong grade point average and was highly motivated to continue learning.
Winners of SIUE’s Ninth Annual High School Writers’ Contest have been announced. The contest, sponsored by the Friends of Lovejoy Library, was open to area high school juniors and seniors who each submitted work in one of three categories: nonfiction, fiction, or poetry.
Co-sponsors and contributors for the competition were the Pulitzer Foundation/St. Louis Post-Dispatch; the Edwardsville Target Store; the Belleville News-Democrat; and the Friends group, a support organization for the SIUE library. More than 360 entries were submitted by contestants from Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, St. Clair, and Washington counties.
Nine winners, three in each category, were honored recently at an awards banquet on campus. First prize winners each received $500, while second- and third-place winners in each category received $300 and $100, respectively.
First prize in the poetry category went to Ashley Naguit, a senior at Belleville East Township High School, for her poem, “Requests.” Second and third prizes were won by two seniors from Belleville West—Meagan Graul for “The Stray Dog” and Kristina Poston for “Dilemma.”
In the fiction category, first prize was given to Claire Gion, a junior at Columbia High School, for her story, “The Portrait.” Second place went to Theresa Luebbers, a senior at Carlyle High, for “The Penny.” Craig Louer, a junior at Edwardsville High School, took third prize for his story, “Paradise Lost.”
Amy Miller, a senior at Virden High, won first prize in the nonfiction category for her essay, “Man Without a Face.” Second prize in that category went to Amanda Vollmer, a senior at Belleville West, for her essay, “Missing Socks and the Quantam Theory.” Third prize was won by Stephanie Brauer, a junior at Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo, for her essay, “Old Red: A Seasonal Marvel.”
All award-winning entries have been published in a booklet that is available for purchase by calling (618) 650-2730.
Counseling and teaching have been a major part of Bill Hendy’s life, with 10 years in the high school classroom, 17 years as an academic advisor at Ball State University, and 11 years at SIUE as assistant director of Academic Counseling and Advising.
Well, there was that three-year break when he wanted to become a novelist at the age of 50 , but we’ll just chalk that up to mid-life crisis.
“I found I was better at exposition than imagination, so I returned to higher education,” said Hendey, ACA’s soon-to-be acting director. Hendey will assume his new position July 1 after the retirement of Terrell Martin, who will have served the university for more than 16 years.
“My main goal is to move forward and build on the foundation that Terrell has built here in Academic Counseling and Advising,” Hendey said. “Terrell has made this office one of the best in in the country.”
Hendey said SIUE has reached a “critical mass,” a time when it will emerge with “a well-defined” identity and a reputation for high quality education programs. “I believe (ACA) has a a vital role to play as SIUE continues it progress toward becoming one of the best institutions of its kind.
“The university has much to offer students in the way of academic programs and services of all kinds, and I want to be sure our students get what they want and need while they’re here.”
So, about that novelist thing? “After 17 years at Ball State I took early early retirement in 1989 to pursue a longtime infatuation of mine—creative writing,” he said. “I spent the next three years as a graduate student at Florida State University working on a second master’s program in creative writing.
“Though I enjoyed the writing program immensely, I discovered at Florida State what I perhaps already knew anyway—I didn’t really have the creative talent and discipline to be a working novelist.”
In addition to advising at BSU, Hendey also wore several hats: director of a liberal arts residential instruction program, designer of an individualized associate degree program and an individualized baccalaureate program which are still in effect at Ball State, teacher of required freshman composition courses, and serving as assistant to the dean of the Honors College, to name a few.
“After returning to advising here at SIUE and after 11 years, I realize higher education is where I belong.”
Boyd Bradshaw, acting assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, is president-elect of the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC).
Boyd, elected to a three-year term, will serve as president-elect in the first year, president in the second, and past president in the third. As president-elect Bradhsaw assumes the duties of president in the absence of the current president, and also acts as chair for the IACAC’s annual spring conference.
The IACAC is made up of more than 1,600 counseling professionals throughout the state, who are dedicated to serving students as they explore options and make choices about pursuing post secondary education. IACAC members are counselors, admission or financial aid officers, active retirees, or students who are concerned about the future of education in Illinois and in the nation.
IACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process.
Bradshaw’s past IACAC Professional activities include: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) College Delegate (2000-Present); Membership Co-Chair, 1999-present; annual conference On-Site Co-Chair, 2002-present; Presidential Service Award recipient, 2000; Newcomer Award recipient, 1998; annual conference First Timers’ Committee Co-Chair, 1996-2000; annual conference, district seminar, and Summer Institute Program presenter, 1995-present; as well as other IACAC committees and workshops.
Bradshaw’s NACAC professional activities include delegate, 2000-present; Membership Committee, 2001-present; Reading Committee, 2003; Assembly and General Membership Meeting; Conference presenter, 2001.
His other professional activities include Illinois ACT Council, secretary, 2002-2003; Illinois ACT Council Executive Committee, 2001-20003; and Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling National College Fair Committee, 1999-2002.
Junior Jenny Esker (Steeleville) and senior Katie Waldo (Peoria) were each named to the Verizon/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District team, as voted upon by Sports Information Directors throughout the district.
Esker, previously named to the 2003 first-team All-Conference and All-Region teams, led the Cougars in hitting (.439), homeruns (nine), and RBIs (48). Esker also was a first team Verizon/ CoSIDA Academic All-District and a second team Academic All-American in 2002. Esker, a physics major, also maintains a 3.98 grade point average.
Waldo, a first-team All-GLVC and second-team All-Region selection, hit .330 for the Cougars. She also stole a team-leading 30 bases. As SIUE’s all-time leader in stolen bases with 141, Waldo maintains a 3.62 grade point average in Psychology.
“Academics is just as important as athletic ability,” said Coach Sandy Montgomery. “Jenny and Katie have been leaders both on the field and in the classroom.”
The duo helped SIUE to a 44-11 record this past season and a fourth consecutive appearance for the Cougars in the NCAA Tournament.
Softball coach Sandy Montgomery today announced that Ashlea Hoheimer (Walton, Ind.) and Erin Jackson (Olive Branch) will transfer to SIUE and play softball for the Cougars for the 2004 season. Both will have two years of eligibility.
Hoheimer comes to SIUE after spending the past two seasons at Division I University of Dayton (OH). She will fill the void left by senior hurler RyAnn Spann. “Ashlea will help improve our pitching staff in 2004,” Montgomery said. Hoheimer was the ace of Dayton’s staff in 2001. She won 14 games while posting a 1.27 earned run average. She struck out 107 hitters and did not allow a home run in 182 innings pitched.
Jackson transfers to SIUE from John A. Logan College, where she hit .300 in 2001. She was just as impressive in the field where she posted a .989 fielding percentage. As left-handed hitter, Montgomery feels Jackson can help to improve the Cougar offense next season. “Both Erin's offense and defense will be useful to our team next year,” Montgomery said.
SIUE completed the 2003 season with a 44-11 and a fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio), Jennifer Jaquez (Aurora) and Richard Skirball (Granite City) have met NCAA qualifying standards and will participate in the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships to be held May 22-24 at Ralph Korte Stadium.
“This is the most we have ever had qualify,” Coach Darryl Frerker said. “It is an indication that our program as a whole is moving in a positive direction.”
Carducci provisionally qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the first meet of the season. She continued to lower her time throughout the season, ultimately to a school-record time of 11 minutes, 10.25 seconds. “Carrie has been running strong all year,” Frerker said. “There really was no fear of her not qualifying because she kept improving.”
Jaquez, who provisionally qualified for the 400-meter hurdles in the first meet of the season, lowered her time to 1:02.46 at last Sunday’s Billy Hayes Invitational. “It paid off for her to go the (Billy Hayes) last chance meet,” Frerker said. “It was very exciting to have her qualify.”
Skirball qualified for nationals in the 800-meter run. The Great Lakes Valley Conference champion in the event, he posted a season-low time of 1:52.02. “He is seasoned for this event,” Frerker said of Skirball. “He ran at the indoor nationals a few years back. He still has his best ahead of him.”
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced that SIUE softball standouts Jenny Esker (Steeleville) and Holly Neuerburg (Orion) have been named NFCA/NCAA Division II All-Americans.
Esker, a junior outfielder, was tabbed first-team All-American. Neuerburg, a freshman second baseman, was named to the third team. “Both had wonderful years and are very deserving of this honor,” Coach Sandy Montgomery said.
Esker, previously named first-team All-GLVC and All-Region, can now add the prestigious All-American honor to her already full trophy case. Esker posted the best offensive statistics in the GLVC. She led the Great Lakes Valley Conference in batting average (.439), slugging percentage (.749), on-base percentage (.497), runs scored (48), hits (75), runs batted in (48), total bases (128) and fielding percentage (1.000). “It’s a nice honor for Jenny,” Montgomery said. “She was deserving of the award last season so it’s great to see her get such an honor this year.”
Neuerburg, previously named second team All-GLVC and first team All-Region, hit .357 and drove in 43 runs for the Cougars.
“Holly had a great season for us,” Montgomery said. “It is quite an honor for a freshman to be named All-American.”
This is the fourth consecutive year that the Cougars have had an All-American and the ninth and 10th players to earn such an honor in Cougar softball history.
In conjunction with annual area celebrations of the great jazz trumpeter Miles Dewey Davis—who hailed from the Metro East—the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club will present Rap/tures & Reminiscences, a montage of poetry, recorded music (of Miles) and testimonies from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, in the Garden Room of the Crown Hotel, 220 South Front Street, next to the Casino Queen in East St. Louis.
Rap/tures & Reminiscences, a free event coinciding with the writers club’s last meeting of the season, will feature jazz poetry by members of the Soular Systems Ensemble, recollections from friends and relatives of Miles, and a broad sampling of the trumpeter’s recorded music. Light refreshments will be served.
Among special guests who will offer recollections of Miles will be Eugene Haynes, renowned classical pianist, educator, author, and Miles’ classmate at Lincoln High and The Juilliard School in New York City.
Born in Alton in 1926, Miles’ and his family moved to East St. Louis the next year where Miles’ father, Dr. Miles Dewey Davis Sr., a dentist, set up a practice. As a teenager, Miles already was a standout as a local band leader and performer at Lincoln Senior High School.
After graduating from Lincoln in 1944, the young trumpeter attended Juilliard before joining saxophone legend Charlie Parker, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and other jazz innovators on the New York music scene.
Those who would care to share memories of Davis or for more information, may call (618) 650-3991. Correspondence should be sent to EBRWC, P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, Illinois 62202-6165.
In addition to the writers club, sponsors include the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature, The Casino Queen, the East Saint Louis Cultural Revival Campaign Committee, the Miles Davis Arts Festival Advisory Board, Drumvoices Revue, and the Renaissance Literary Arts Press/Black River Writers Press.