SummerArts 2000 Concert Series is under way and the season promises some cool evenings of music on campus.
All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the John C. Abbott Auditorium of Lovejoy Library unless otherwise noted; admission is free:
• Tuesday, June 13-The Miró String Quartet from the Juilliard School, returning by popular acclaim for a second season at SIUE. Formed in the fall of 1995, the group has already won international kudos as winner of the Coleman, Fischoff, and Banff Chamber Music Competitions. At SIUE, the group will perform Haydn's Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2; Dvorak's Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. l05; and a new prize-winning work by the Chinese composer Chan Ka Nin.
• Friday, June 23-The LeClaire Trio. Members of the SIUE music faculty-pianist Linda Perry, violinist Lenora-Marya Anop, and cellist Kangho Lee, are in their second year of performing together and the chemistry is evident.
• Tuesday, July 11-Faculty Jazz Concert; Katherine Dunham Hall Choral Room. The jazz will be hot and the Jazz Studies faculty have the ignition to make things light up.
For more information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900.
Madhav N. Segal, a professor of Marketing and Marketing Research in the Department of Marketing and director of the Master of Marketing Research (MMR) program for the School of Business, has been chosen by members of the SIUE Alumni Association as recipient of the 2000 Great Teacher Award. He will be recognized with the award at the Aug. 5 commencement.
The annual award is given after a vote by mail is taken of members of the association. "For these alums to take the time and effort to vote for Professor Segal means he had a great impact on their education and in their personal lives," said Kathy Turner, assistant director for Alumni Services.
"Alumni enjoy the chance to recognize a teacher who has made a difference in their career choices and who made the experience at SIUE a memorable one."
Segal, who joined the SIUE faculty in 1979, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington: MBA (Marketing) and Ph.D. (Marketing and Marketing Research); and the Birla Institute of Technology & Science: BE (Honors) Chemical Engineering.
Segal's teaching and research credentials also include several awards for outstanding teaching and scholarly research, as well as the 1997 Paul Simon Teaching-Research Award. Additionally, he has been invited as visiting scholar to many prestigious universities in Europe and Asia.
He is actively engaged in ongoing research with a focus on evaluation of measurement issues in cross-cultural marketing/consumer research, marketing information utilization, customer satisfaction, ethical issues in marketing research, product concept testing international marketing research, and service marketing issues.
In addition, Segal has presented papers at many international, national and regional marketing conferences and has authored more than 75 articles and papers, many of which have been published in leading marketing journals such as Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Business Research, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Data Collection, Industrial Marketing Management, California Management Review, Journal of Professional Services, Marketing, Health Marketing Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Marketing Research, International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, Journal of Business Ethics, and Marketing Research: A Magazine of Management & Applications.
The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, in the second-floor Conference Center of the Morris University Center.
Location of the $20 million National Corn to Ethanol Research Pilot Plant in University Park is not only good news for the university but also for Southwestern Illinois, SIUE Chancellor David Werner said today.
"Many people have worked long and hard to obtain funding for this project," Werner said. "The entire Illinois legislative delegation is to be commended for bringing this unique research facility to University Park. We're especially grateful for the work of Rep. John Shimkus (R, Illinois-20), Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-Illinois), and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois), as well as that of House Speaker Dennis Hastert, and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest."
The $14 million in funding for the research plant was passed last week by both the House and the Senate. The bill will be sent to the White House this week and President Clinton is expected to sign it into law. It is anticipated that construction will begin in 2001.
Earlier, $6 million in matching funds was approved by the Illinois General Assembly and earmarked by Gov. George H. Ryan as part of the total cost of the facility. "The new ethanol plant is an important part of our ongoing commitment to promote the ethanol industry and support Illinois farm families," Ryan said. "I want to thank the members of the Illinois Congressional delegation for their efforts to secure this crucial funding."
SIU President Frank Horton also thanked Congressman Shimkus, Illinois Gov. Ryan, and the Illinois delegation involved in bringing the plant to SIUE. "This project was adopted by the Congressional delegation as one of its top priorities," Horton said. "The resulting legislation is proof of what the delegation is capable of delivering to the people of Illinois.
"The environmental and economic benefits of this important project will be felt for many years to come," Horton said. "SIU is appreciative of the support and confidence of our Congressional delegation."
Horton and Werner joined Shimkus in congratulating supporters of the major research project. Their remarks were made at a news conference called by the Congressman last week at the designated site of the proposed plant in SIUE's research park.
Shimkus said the plant will not only provide many benefits for Illinois corn growers but also for farmers across the country. "This is a huge step forward in my efforts to advance the cause of renewable fuels, especially as gasoline prices have reached record levels," he said.
Brian Donnelly, executive director of University Park, said the plant will be "the only research facility of its kind anywhere in the world. This plant will be a great addition to the university, a benefit to ethanol researchers, and a plus for farmers."
The small research plant, encompassing 20,000 square feet, will emulate a full-scale, commercial ethanol-producing facility. Such a testing site is needed to continue experimenting with alternatives to fossil fuels.
Y. Michelle Collyar's first job as a costume designer was at the age of 10. "I used to make Barbie doll clothes by hand," she recalls. "I'd make enough to fill a shoe box and then I'd sell the box for $10."
Today, she is a costume designer and instructor in the Department of Theater and Dance. Collyar's work will be on display in the Summer Showbiz 2000 productions Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in June and South Pacific in July.
For the first production, Collyar and her staff of one part-time assistant, Delyle Robbins, and 8 to 10 students will "build" costumes for 24 performers, with an average of four costume changes per cast member. A lot of work for someone whose first love was dance. "Dance was an artform I could not master," Collyar said. "It is very competitive."
When asked what motivated her switch to costume design, she says with a laugh: "I never liked my costumes."
A visit to the costume shop on the first floor of Katherine Dunham Hall might be cause for claustrophobia. There is not one square inch of space that isn't being used for patterns, swatches, thread, sewing machines, rotary wheels for cutting and, of course, costumes. They hang from the open balcony of the second floor. When asked where she finds her fabrics, she explains: "I really hate shopping in St. Louis because there are no fabric stores with long tables of fabrics for $1.49 or $1.99 a yard. I go to Vogue Fabrics in Chicago. I can't compromise the vision but I can at least compromise the price," she explained.
A native of La Crosse, Wis., Collyar earned her master of Fine Arts at the University of Mississippi. She occasionally makes trips to Tupelo, Miss. (at her own expense), to buy heavy felted wool for $1.50 a pound. "You can't find that everywhere, but they have it there because of the Civil War re-enactments."
For South Pacific she has reached out to a friend who is artistic director at the Thunder Bay Theater in Alpena, Mich., to borrow military hats for the 23 actors playing sailors in the cast. "I hate to borrow, but they are very expensive," she says.
At 36 and in her third year at SIUE, Collyar believes that audiences should look at costumes and realize "how intensely collaborative this artform is. In the long run it is very rewarding and has potential for a lot of personal growth," she said. "What I like the most about it is looking at the stage and watching a dream come true or watching it become better than you imagined it."
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat runs Thursday-Sunday, June 8-11 and June 15-18, and South Pacific is set for Thursday-Sunday, July 6-9 and July 13-16. All curtain times are 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 8-10 and 15-17, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11 and 18, all in the Katherine Dunham theater. For ticket information, call the Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.
Sharon Hahs, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, announced last week by Chancellor David Werner.
The appointment will be effective July 1, subject to ratification by the SIU Board of Trustees.
In his announcement, Werner said Hahs brings "tremendous" experience to the position. "Sharon served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 1995 and as Acting Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs during the 1997-98 academic year," Werner said.
"On behalf of the university community, I thank the Search Committee, chaired by Kay Covington, associate professor of Kinesiology and Health Education, for identifying an outstanding group of candidates from which to choose a leader to help move SIUE to the next level."
Hahs, a professor of chemistry, served as dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg (1984-94) before coming to SIUE. She also had been a member of the chemistry faculty at Metropolitan State College in Denver (1974-83).
She received a baccalaureate in chemistry from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master of science and doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of New Mexico.
Hahs is active in a number of professional organizations, including the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences; she regularly serves as panelist and committee member at national meetings and has taught summer workshops for new deans.
Locally, Hahs is a member of FOCUS St. Louis and serves on the board of the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis. She is past president of the South Carolina Academy of Science and a member of the class of 1992 Management Development Program at Harvard.
Carl Springer will join the College of Arts and Sciences July 1 as associate dean for Student Development and General Education and Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature.
Springer earned a doctorate in Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught at Illinois State University for 16 years. For the past four years, Springer has served as chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at ISU.
He brings extensive experience in curriculum, budgeting, personnel, student recruitment and advisement, faculty development, and instructional technology development. He has also provided leadership in ISU's revision of its general education curriculum.
SIUE is among 20 institutions and organizations nationwide to receive a grant for a program linking public schools or community organizations with colleges and universities to develop educational technology projects for youth in under-served areas.
The five-year, $200,000 grant will fund "Bridging The Digital Divide." In its first year, the project will enable about 750 school children in the East St. Louis, Fairmont City and Washington Park areas to better their computer skills through after-school programs.
The project will be expanded in subsequent years. The students, ages 5-13, will have access to computers and the Internet and use it to better their community. For example, a group of students may research the problems surrounding lead-based paint using the Internet and identify methods for addressing the problem in homes in the neighborhood.
The program also will match them with successful professionals and college students in an on-line mentoring relationship. Don Baden, SIUE professor of curriculum and instruction, and author of the grant proposal, said "Bridging" is a "very practical" step toward teaching computer and research skills.
"The idea behind the project is that kids in poor communities have limited Internet access," Baden said. "If we're going to bridge the digital divide, we have to find a way for kids to get access to computers and instruction. This is a small but very practical step in that direction. It joins the university with existing community agencies and it brings in the added benefit of mentoring."
Community professionals and teachers, SIUE students, and volunteers will act as on-line mentors, helping the students develop their computer skills and explore the Internet. Baden and local agencies are gathering used computers for the project.
The program will begin on July 1. The grant is part of "Making a Civic Investment," a program funded by WorldCom and administered by Campus Compact at Brown University.
A recent survey mailed to each employee seeks to find SIUE's economic impact on the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, and the premise that a university does have significant impact on a region is borne out by a recent study indicating a return of double the money the state spends on higher education.
The study, filed in March, was sponsored by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois and the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and was conducted by faculty from the U of I and from Loyola University in Chicago.
Results of the survey were presented to the SIU Board of Trustees by Professor Don Elliott, chair of the SIUE Department of Economics. Elliott pointed out that each year, according to the study, tax receipts from increased earnings of college graduates in one year in Illinois equal $5.9 billion and that the state spends $2.5 billion annually for higher education.
Elliott said the results of SIUE's economic impact study will be released in fall and also pointed out that SIU Carbondale is planning a similar study of its impact in Central and Southern Illinois.
The purpose of the statewide study, Elliott said, was to document monetary and non-monetary benefits created by the Illinois higher education network, which is the fourth largest in the country. "Illinois higher education institutions educate 750,000 students each year," he said. "Those students attend 12 public and 117 private colleges and universities, as well as 40 public community colleges throughout the state. The study found that a degree from a university or a college can mean more than $590,000 in extra earnings over a graduate's lifetime, or nearly $1.25 million in extra lifetime earnings for a graduate with a professional degree," Elliott told the board.
"A total of $55 billion in extra earnings is generated from one year's activity by Illinois higher education institutions."
Elliott also said the study showed a significant economic impact from higher education's employment and spending in the state. "At least 138,000 Illinois jobs and over $10 billion in annual economic activity are attributable to funds that higher education attracts from outside of the state," he pointed out. "These are jobs and spending that would not exist in Illinois otherwise."
Other benefits of higher education, according to the study, include:
• Better health
• Greater civic reponsibility
• Increased employment
• Higher productivity
• Greater access to academic libraries and outreach activities for Illinois citizens
"The study shows that Illinois Higher Education is a prudent investment in people," Elliott said. "Funding higher education provides a magnificent return for Illinois."
Thank you, Chancellor Werner for your kind remarks. Looking over my years at SIU in general and SIUE in particular, I sometimes feel a bit like Huck Finn. "If I'd a' knowed what a trouble it was . . . I wouldn't 'a' tackled it, and ain't a-going to no more."
But upon reflection, I find that my feelings are more akin to those of Dean Acheson regarding his role as Secretary of State in President Truman's Administration: "I was present at the creation."
I have enjoyed a front row seat and have even played a minor part- perhaps at the third gravedigger level-in one of the most exciting stories in American Higher Education, the development of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
I arrived at SIUE in 1965-the building in which we are now seated was, as far as I know, only a gleam in some planner's eyes-the rest was mud and confusion. There was the library, and more mud. Lovejoy Library was like El Dorado, shining in a muddy cornfield.
Initially, SIUE was designed as a commuter campus to serve the higher education needs of Madison and St. Clair counties. Today, it has become a magnificent, multifaceted campus serving students both from this region, from around the nation and around the world, and with a purpose and a destiny of its own. There is very little mud left, and that initial confusion has become a well defined and focused purpose.
Amazing! In 1965, this fledgling university was blessed with a board, a faculty, administrators and staff who saw quite clearly the potential of SIUE and set about to realize it. I was indeed lucky to work closely with many remarkable individuals-two of whom, Pat Riddleberger and Bill Going, are receiving honorary degrees today. Even now, years on and presumably wiser, I remain more than slightly in awe of the abilities and accomplishments of these gentlemen. This beautiful campus and these buildings and these memories are a part of their legacy to you, to me, and to the world.
More importantly, however, their legacy includes the education of thousands of students, many of whom would not have had access to a university education if SIUE had not existed. Today, you graduates become a part of that proud legacy. SIUE has, I'm sure, provided you with the intellectual and ethical tools you need. Now, like those before you, go forth and do good so that today's audience-your parents, friends, and family-will be proud and the university mission will be re-affirmed.
As for myself, I accept this Distinguished Service Award on behalf of those with whom I served, but I can assure you that no one enjoyed his servitude more.
Thank you, Chancellor Werner. This is indeed a great honor. I accept it with pride and humility, especially when it comes from an institution where I have spent half of my life. When it comes from an institution that knows all my weaknesses, all my warts, all my failures.
And, now ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, friends, and especially graduates.
One of America's most distinguished novelists, poets, and critics, John Updike, spoke on this campus a year ago. Last month, he wrote a very interesting sentence in The New Yorker magazine. "History begins," he said, "when memory leaves off." History begins when memory leaves off. I want to share with you one memory and a little snippet of history.
The memory I wish to share with you is that of our first commencement in 1958. It had been a dreadfully odd year. In East St. Louis, we staffed a freshmen class in part of an old high school building and some vacant storefronts. Our offices were in the old Broadview Hotel. On the Alton campus, we crowded too many students into a very small defunct college. We had prepared for 500 students and we had 1,800.
At the end of that year, part of our faculty suggested that we have a small commencement under the great oak trees on the Shurtleff campus where we had had a drama series in the spring. Other members of the faculty said, "No. We need to go to Carbondale and let them know we're here." So, we did both. Those students that we had assumed a moral responsibility for, who could meet the requirements of the last printed catalogue of Shurtleff College, our registrar certified to the Shurtleff Foundation, the legal imperatives of the board of trustees of Shurtleff College.
Those students, isolated and left as they were from Shurtleff College, who could meet the printed requirements in the Fine Arts, the Liberal Arts, in Business and Education, our registrar certified along with the registrar of Carbondale. We drove down to the Carbondale campus in two university cars.
We were, of course, the cow's tail. We were the smallest and newest unit. And, when I rose to read the names of our graduates, I sensed a restless murmur among the Carbondale faculty. I had a good idea what they were thinking: "What are they doing up there? They haven't been in operation for the year. We always knew they would embarrass us."
At the end of the ceremony, the dean of the School of Business came dashing up-you know how suspicious deans are-and he said, "What gives with you?" In like manner, I responded, "In the Metro East, we work academic miracles. Seriously, sir, we have tried very hard. It has not been an easy year. We have all done three or four things we were not qualified to do. We have burned lights from early morn to near midnight." He seemed satisfied with this.
It was not long, however, before we had a piece of land; no roads, a few farm houses-but we cleared a patch of ground near the entrance on 157 and we had a commencement. Hundreds of folding chairs, a makeshift platform-we looked like a setting for the Lincoln-Douglas debate, but our speaker was the governor of Illinois, William Stratton. The sun was going down, the animals were rustling, the birds were twittering as if to say, "What is the meaning of all this intrusion into our fields and woods?" And, Governor Stratton stopped in the middle of his speech and said, "Those birds are doing a much better job than I am." And we all clapped vigorously, because we knew that politically we were on the map. So much for the memory.
Now, I wish to turn to a moment of history. Memories are personal things; they cannot be otherwise. History is based in facts that are verifiable, but the interpretation of these facts is what makes history fascinating.
Come with me for a moment to the year 1817, a year before Illinois was a state. A young gentleman by the name of John Mason Peck, from Litchfield, Connecticut, was ordered by a general Baptist convention to come and spread the Bible and the ability to read in the Wild West. He founded a little Sunday school in St. Charles (Mo.) on the Missouri (River); he crossed over to the Illinois territory and founded a similar little school at Rock Springs.
In the 1820's, he went back to New England to see if he could raise a little money because, and I quote him: "I cannot bear to see our preachers and teachers in southern Illinois remain as ignorant as some of them are." By the 1830's, he was back in this area, accompanied by a newly-appointed supervisor of religion and education by another Baptist convention. This gentleman had the interesting name of Jonathan Going-not a relative of mine that I know, but I would gladly claim him if I could.
He stayed three months. He looked over the area. He told the Reverend Peck, "Move your school to higher ground. Upper Alton would be a nice place; three rivers meet there-the Illinois, the Missouri, the Mississippi. It's obliged to be a place of commerce and growth. I will go back and find financing for you."
So, there emerged Alton College, Alton Seminary. Very shortly, a gentleman (arrived), who had a few books and a little money he could spare, by the name of Shurtleff, and the institution borrowed his name. Alton College, Alton Seminary became Shurtleff College and, interestingly, just exactly 200 years before, this other gentleman by the name of John Harvard, who had a few books and little money to spare, created the opportunity in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the first college in the American colonies.
And, the last date I wish to call to your attention is 1842. (The University of) Illinois had (not yet) become a state organized (school) and Shurtleff College was chartered to grant degrees.
Now, why have I bored you with these facts? I want to draw an interesting conclusion and crunch a little numbers with you. When we talk about the age of institutions of academia, we have to watch it carefully. Is it the date when somebody drew up plans? Is it the date when the doors first opened? Is it the date of the commencement, as your chancellor has informed you, announced a continuity, and a second year.
Granted a little latitude, this is what I want to tell you: We are not 43 years old. We are 158 years old. I take a sort of amused pride in this. Not legally-I wouldn't want to upset our board of trustees with the new dates-but by every other measure. The continuity is clear. We are on that same higher ground. The bluffs have tapered down a bit. But the dental school occupies the Shurtleff campus.
Continuity of place, continuity of faculty. If we had not had the service of some of the distinguished ladies and gentlemen of Shurtleff College, we could never have offered four years to begin with, to say nothing of a few graduate courses. A number of those people have stayed with us and have retired from this institution. Students, yes, when we assumed moral responsibility for those stranded students in Shurtleff College and a number of people in this area who had not been able to finish degrees because there was no public education in the metropolitan area. Continuity of faculty, staff, and students.
From 1842 in this area there has been a convocation of this sort for the people in this area. And, if you agree with my logic of continuity of place, faculty, staff, and students, then I think we can draw an even more amusing conclusion. We are older than SIU Carbondale; indeed, we are older than the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. These two institutions were post-Civil War schools.
So, this brings me back to you, the graduates in the year 2000. I want to say three words to you, and I mean that literally: three words. And I will say them in Latin because, as the Chancellor suggested, we need a little Latin culture. The three words I want to say to you are: matrum alma momento-remember your kind intellectual mother. We want to be sure that you will let us know of your accomplishments and achievements, and we hope that you will be interested in our plans and developments.
And so, as you go out now full-time into the world of the internet, the world of dot-coms, the world of e-mails and love bugs, the world of cyberspace-matrum alma momento-remember your alma mater, and, Godspeed.
Before addressing the graduates, I want to take just a moment to say how grateful I am for the honor I have received. I want to thank the Chancellor and others who may have had a hand in it.
I also want to thank the University for all that it has done for me. From the beginning it has been, for me, a gentle, caring, and stimulating place. This persists, into my octogenarian years. And for nothing am I more grateful than for the privilege of teaching our students over a period of thirty-five years.
Now, the graduating class of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2000 anno domini, I welcome you and congratulate you.
This is an important day for you-a rite of passage, so to speak-after which your lives will never be quite the same again.
But I hope your education will continue. I am not speaking so much of more formal education as of the self-education that will follow, when you, yourselves, will take charge of it and direct it.
Education has to do with growing up, with becoming mature, and there is no reason why it cannot continue for a long time, possibly for the rest of your lives, or at least as long as you have energy and mind left in you.
To some extent this will happen naturally, as you meet new people, and make new friends. It will come from your openness and readiness to explore new things, and to take some risks.
It should not be just passive, but active in a constructive way, that will call for disciplined effort on your part. An honest desire to grow, intellectually and spiritually, would seem to be essential, and taking care not to miss opportunities that will come to you.
I trust that the University has given you a foundation on which to build such a life. I hope that you will be successful. But that you will not push too hard in pursuit of the "Bitch Goddess Success."
The phrase is not mine, ladies and gentlemen, it is from William James, an American psychologist and philosopher of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. I will not comment further on it, but ponder it, and consider what it might mean.
I hope that tragedy will never strike you, but if it does, that it will leave not rancor or bitterness, but, rather, fortitude, acceptance, and compassion.
If you achieve distinction, as some of you undoubtedly will, I entreat you, in order to guard against complacency or smugness, never to forget your origins, the place and people you came from. And may I add, your university?
Power is another matter. I'm not sure Lord Acton was altogether correct in his dictum, "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." I cannot quite conceive of what absolute power would be.
But power can be treacherous, and can do strange and terrible things to those who possess it or strive for it. For some it becomes a voracious appetite, or addiction. But with a wrong action, or a stroke of bad luck, it can be precipitantly lost. Lord Byron made this point in writing of Napoleon, "daring made thy rise and fall."
I hope there is an inclination, and time, for repose in your lives. Some quietude for contemplation and reflection has always been essential, it seems to me, to a good and authentic life. And is it no more vital now, with the breakneck speed of technological change, and its profound consequences for all of us?
I hope there will be joy and laughter in your lives, but much more important is happiness-a supreme good. Said Aristotle, "an object pursued for its own sake. An activity of the soul in accordance with virtue."
I hope your lives will be replete with love-
• Intimate love.
• Love among family and friends. • Love of the world.
• Love of nature.
• Love of all living things that inhabit this little planet with us, because it is their home too.
• Love of self. I do not speak of conceit, egotism, narcissism, nothing of the sort, but of healthy self-love, call it self-esteem, self-confidence, if you like. They are all the same.
It is a quality that makes possible the effective use of our God-given talents and capacities, a quality that permits modesty.
Finally, I have a request, or proposal, for you which I trust is appropriate for a graduating class in the year 2000. It is that you, each and every one of you, try to eradicate all bigotry and prejudice from your being. It is not easy. There are some many ingrained habits, so many stereotypes.
But I plead with all of you graduates, as an example for all of us, to take this, your first post-graduation step, toward becoming truly educated and loving people.
Thank you. All the best and Godspeed.
Mark Bugger, a junior from Edwardsville, has been named second team NCAA Division II All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Bugger led SIUE with a .414 batting average this season. His 91 hits was the second most in a single-season by a Cougar.
The Great Lakes Valley Conference's Player of the Year also led the team in runs batted in (59) and total bases (120). Bugger, who helped SIUE to a 33-23 record this season and a third-place finish in the GLVC, will head into his final season in 2001 needing just 27 hits to take over No. 1 on the all-time hits list.
Hard work and determination pay off. That's something sophomore Erin Newman of Fairfield, Calif., and freshman Katie Wald of Peoria, are experiencing since being named to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II All-American team.
Newman earned first team honors while Waldo was named second team, becoming the first national All-Americans in SIUE softball since Michele Cleeton was honored in 1991. It is also the first time in school history that two softball players have been selected in the same year.
Newman led the team this season in numerous offensive categories, including batting average (.425), runs scored (54), doubles (25), home runs (12), walks (31), total bases (137), runs batted in (51), slugging percentage (.787) and on base percentage (.512). She set single season records in doubles, runs scored, runs batted in and walks while tying the single season record for homeruns.
She ranked third in the nation in doubles and 18th in the nation in home runs. Her .425 batting average was third best in school history. The 5-foot-8-inch third baseman has also made her way onto a number of the career lists at SIUE. Newman is No.1 in batting average after two seasons, hitting .416 in 320 at bats. She is No. 2 in all-time home runs (19) and tied for second in doubles all-time (38). She is also tied for fifth all-time in walks (51) and tied for 10th in runs batted in with 84. She was named first team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference and first team All-Region this season.
Waldo finished her initial season hitting .407 in 58 games. She led the team with 199 at bats, 81 hits and 48 stolen bases and was second on the team in batting average, runs scored (43) and on- base percentage (.456). Her 199 at bats broke an 18-year-old single season record held by Patty Suessen (189) in 1982. Waldo also set single season records in hits and stolen bases.
The 5-foot-4-inch designated player ranks 12th in the nation in stolen bases, stealing 48 of the 54 bases attempted. Waldo also earned first team All-GLVC and first team All-Region honors.
Newman and Waldo were honored as All-Americans recently in Columbus, Ga., the site of the NCAA Division II Softball Championships.
The Department of Central Management Services has begun releasing details about coverage and employee costs, so the benefit choice period continues through June 20. A reminder-the benefit choice period is generally the only time most changes can be made unless you experience a change in family status. Be sure to review the benefit choice information carefully, and consider which plans best suit your needs during the upcoming year.
Boyd Bradshaw, director of Admissions, recently was elected as a National College Delegate for the Illinois Association For College Admission Counseling. He was elected to a three-year term.
Bradshaw will represent Illinois ACAC as part of its delegation team in the National Association For College Admission Counseling assembly.
He also received the Illinois ACAC Presidential Service Recognition Award. This award seeks to recognize significant contributions of those members with five or more years of active involvement with IACAC.
The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling is the only professional association in the state which brings together those who work with students as they make plans for postsecondary education. The eight working districts of the IACAC provide forums for open discussion of the issues which affect students in transition, customized geographically to address the issues which affect the daily working lives of the professional community.