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June 29, 2004

Myer Arboretum Designated A Shaw's Garden East Site

The Donal G. Myer Arboretum, a 30-acre garden and forested area on the SIUE campus, has been designated a Shaw's Garden East site by the Missouri Botanical Garden.

The Garden's designation will help further develop the Myer Arboretum not only as an aesthetically pleasing site for the general public but also as a natural laboratory for students. The SIUE Foundation will guide further development of the arboretum with private donations.

The arboretum was officially established in 1990 and named in honor of the late Donal G. Myer who was a biologist and dean of the former SIUE School of Sciences. However, plans for an arboretum were included when the university was first conceived.

"Thanks to the hard work and generosity of many of our supporters over the years, the Myer Arboretum has grown to become a lovely spot on our campus," SIUE Chancellor David Werner said. "With this new designation from the Missouri Botanical Garden, we can further develop the arboretum to become a significant landmark in Southwestern Illinois, as we continue our vision to become a premier metropolitan university.

"We are very pleased with the Missouri Botanical Garden's recognition of the Myer Arboretum and look forward to continuing our partnership with Garden director Peter Raven and his staff."

Under Raven's leadership and the leadership of Ralph Korte, a Missouri Botanical Garden trustee and an SIUE Foundation board member, an initiative was created in 2000 to establish a greater presence for the Garden in Southwestern Illinois. That effort led to the creation of the Shaw's Garden East Advisory Council, made up of community and business leaders including several members of the SIUE Foundation.

Raven said the university's efforts are to be commended. "I am delighted that our collaboration over the last several years is now resulting in the further development of SIUE's spectacular campus," Raven said. "The purpose of this designation is to develop an appreciation for gardens and green space and thus the importance of plants in our lives," Raven said.

"It also will provide opportunities to enhance educational and horticultural benefits to communities in the region," he said. "We are confident the Myer Arboretum will be an excellent Shaw's Garden East site."

G. Patrick Williams, SIUE's vice chancellor for Development and Public Affairs and CEO of the SIUE Foundation, said the designation will help open doors for further opportunities to develop the Myer Arboretum. "With the help of university resources we have been able to provide a garden spot that the campus and the region can be proud of.

"However, more needs to be done to enhance the site. We look forward to unveiling plans in the near future for important additional plantings, for new pathways, a gazebo, and for construction of a welcome center that will include classroom space," he said.

"It's an exciting plan that will benefit not only our students but also provide a green space to be enjoyed by communities throughout the region."

Werner Gives Address At His Last Graduation As Chancellor of SIUE

Chancellor David Werner offered the address to the graduating class of the SIU School of Dental Medicine at commencement exercises earlier this month.

It was the last commencement that Werner will share as chancellor of SIU Edwardsville. He is retiring June 30 after more than 35 years of service to the university as a faculty member and as an administrator.

The SDM commencement was conducted in the Meridian Ballroom at the Morris University Center.

The 45 graduates who earned doctor of Dental Medicine degrees were honored for achieving a 10th-place national ranking on the National Board Dental Part II Exams. The ranking marked the third consecutive year that students of the SIU School of Dental Medicine have earned a top 10 ranking on the exam.

During his address, Werner made four points. "First, be grateful for what you have. Second, think about your responsibility to help prepare the next generation of dentists. Third, be ethical. Fourth, be good citizens." Werner expounded on each of those points during his address, and he closed by urging the Class of 2004 to "do good things" and "make us proud."

Dr. Theron Waisath was selected as the Student Responder for the Class of 2004. Four students were hooded by SDM alumni: Leann Burch was hooded by her husband, Jeff Burch ('03); Kristin Miller was hooded by her husband, Ed Miller ('03); and Kimberly Speckhart and Jessica Speckhart-Smith were hooded by their father, Dan Speckhart ('77).

SIUE Students take Second Place in International Business Competition

Five senior School of Business students captured second place in the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition that took place recently in San Diego.

The participants included Jennifer Peyla of Galva, an Economics/Finance major who acted as CEO of the mock corporation; Katie Beyers of Pana, a Finance major, acting as vice president of Marketing; David Spindler of Nashville, an Economics/Finance major, acting as vice president of Finance; Jay Goebel of Saint Rose, a Computer Management Information Systems major, acting as vice president of Planning; and Lesa Coles of Ellery, a Human Resources Management major, acting as vice president of Production.

Joseph Michlitsch, associate professor of Management & Marketing at SIUE and chair of that department, was the faculty advisor who coordinated the training and accompanied the students to California.

Participants competed against 27 other business teams from the United States and international colleges and universities. Training leading up to the competition took place throughout the semester, when the team was required to submit a "decision set" via the Internet each week from February through early April. The culmination included teams making 10 more business decisions during an intense, three-day competition in San Diego.

Finally, the team was responsible for a strategic business plan, an annual report, and one formal oral presentation to judges (who were senior business executives) sitting as the firm's Board of Directors. One member of the SIUE team, Katie Beyers, said, "Among many other lessons learned, I realized how important it was not to dwell on poor past decisions, because they cannot be changed," Beyers said.

"Rather, we should learn from them, analyze what went wrong, determine how the company is going to recover, and focus on the future."

Michlitsch says the competition is an important exercise in preparing students for the corporate world by enhancing classroom knowledge with real-world experience. "The most important goal for this competition is to learn a great deal," he said. "That includes not only learning about managing a business, but also learning some personal things: how we interact with others in a group, how we react under pressure, and how we communicate with each other and with the board of directors."

Gypsy Continues The Fun On The Summer ShowBiz Stage

The Summer ShowBiz 2004 production of Gypsy will feature five separate art nouveau theaters in the set design. The production, presented by the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance and part of the university's SummerArts 2004 series, opens July 8.

Gypsy runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 8-10 and July 15-17, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 11 and 18.

The hit Broadway musical opened in 1959, starring the incomparable Ethel Merman in the role of Mama Rose. With music and lyrics by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy has been one of the most revived musicals on Broadway, including the popular version starring Bernadette Peters which just closed in May after a very successful run.

The play tells the story of Rose Hovick and her two daughters, June and Louise, as they troupe throughout the country with their vaudeville act in the late 1920s. However, they eventually discover that vaudeville's waning years are giving way to a new entertainment phenomenon-burlesque.

As a result, Louise becomes Gypsy Rose Lee, one of the most celebrated burlesque dancers in show business. The play, written by Arthur Laurents, is based on Louise Hovick's memoirs.

The show has endeared itself to audiences over the years because of the strong character of Rose and because of memorable songs such as Everything's Coming Up Roses, Together, Wherever We Go, and Small World.

SIUE's version features sets created by designer Jim Dorethy, an associate professor of Theater and Dance at SIUE, who created them to mirror the theaters of 1920s and '30s America. "I wanted to do the sets from a historical viewpoint focusing on the middle and late years of vaudeville and burlesque," Dorethy said. "The play's characters are going through a succession of theaters and the sets then were done in flat-screen, art deco."

All of the sets are hand-painted, flat pieces of scenery. There will be four separate proscenium archways that surround the stage and four theater interiors on stage, Dorethy explained.

"The real interest for me is the opportunity to use flat-painted scenery, a technique I studied at the University of Minnesota. This style of scenery was not only used for theater backdrops in those days, but also for Masonic ceremonies," he added.

Each piece begins with a one-inch scenic rendering. One might assume that the painting would be time intensive. "Not really. It's as much about knowing what to paint as knowing what not to paint. The audience's eyes fill it in," Dorethy said. "I'm using designs at The Fox in St. Louis, the new Pantages Theater in L.A., and the restored New Amsterdam Theater in New York to draw from."

One aspect Dorethy hasn't decided on is what subject to use for the mural across the proscenium. "I can't decide whether to use a classical scene or something from the Lewis & Clark expedition," he says.

For tickets or for more information, call the Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774. The SummerArts 2004 series is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

BOT Approves Fee Changes For SIUE In FY2006

The SIU Board of Trustees recently approved changes in SIUE's housing rental fees, as well as various student fees, all effective Summer Term 2005. The action was taken at the board's regular meeting at SIUE on June 10.

The action calls for increases in housing rates and meal plans for students in the residence halls and Cougar Village Apartments, and for various student fees: Student Welfare and Activity (SWAF), Athletics, Textbook Rental, and Housing Activity.

For single students living in the residence halls in 2005-06, the increase ranges from $52 per semester for a shared room to $104 per semester for a deluxe single room. Meal plan charges for all residential students range from $35 more per semester for Plan A to $50 more per semester for Plan B.

Housing rate increases for Cougar Village students will range from $48 per semester for a shared room to $69 per semester for a single room, and $96 per semester for a deluxe single room.

Family housing rates at Cougar Village will increase from $21 per semester for a two-bedroom unfurnished apartment to $28 per semester for a two-bedroom furnished apartment. Three bedrooms unfurnished will increase $26, while three bedrooms furnished will increase $30.

The Housing Activity Fee, charged only to students living on campus, will increase to $14.50 per semester in FY06, up from $14 in FY05.

Here is a chart of changes in other student fees:
Per Semester (for a full-time student)

FY05 FY06 Change
SWAF $66.95 $69.60 +$2.65
Athletics $56.50 $60.85 +$4.35
Textbook Rental $102.00 $105.00 +$3.00

Benefits Fair Attendance Prize Winners Announced

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.

Three employees won prizes funded by Benefits Fair vendors' fees: Alicia Wainright, a 20-inch color TV; Marti LoRusso, a DVD/VCR; and Suzanne Eder, a bicycle.

Other winners included: Larry Becker, a one-year membership to the Student Fitness Center donated by Campus Recreation; and Michelle Bensa, a $50 gift certificate to Bella Milano restaurant, donated by SWICSIU Credit Union..

Colonial Life and Accident donated $25 Wal-Mart gift cards that were won by: Denise Hunt, Bev Ahrens, Sandy Holt, Natalie Carter, and Cindy Reinhardt.

Lexow Financial Group donated $10 Krieger's Pub and Grill gift certificates that were won by Angela Pulliam, Laura Deininger, and Kim Heyen..

Linda Etling won a gift basket, Debbie Taylor won scented candles, both donated from Resources Trust, and Karen Take won lenses from Eigenbrodt Vision.

GLVC Announces Expansion

The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and the Council of Presidents have announced that Drury University (Springfield, Mo.), Rockhurst University (Kansas City, Mo.), and the University of Missouri-Rolla will join the league for the 2005-06 academic year.

The addition of these three institutions will bring the GLVC's membership to 14 schools, tying it with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) as the fifth largest conference in NCAA Division II. SIUE began competing in the conference in 1995.

There are a total of 23 NCAA Division II conferences in the country. "Our institutional representatives have been discussing conference expansion for the past two years and are delighted to welcome Drury, Rockhurst, and Missouri-Rolla to the GLVC," said GLVC Commissioner Jim Naumovich.

"All three institutions have outstanding academic reputations, strong presidential leadership, and boast solid athletic programs," Naumovich said. "We feel their addition to the GLVC greatly strengthens our Conference, and provides our member schools with a presence and additional visibility in three new markets."

The GLVC last expanded in 1995 when the University of Missouri-St. Louis joined as the league's 12th member. Indiana University-Purdue University, Ft. Wayne, left the GLVC in 2001 to pursue NCAA Division I membership status. The league has remained at 11 institutions since that time.

Each year more than 2,500 student-athletes participate in 17 conference championships. The GLVC has won a total of 10 NCAA Division II Basketball National Championships (i.e. nine men's titles and one woman's title). In addition, the GLVC has had a team participate in the men's basketball title game for 10 consecutive years.

Cougars Name Whelan Head Wrestling Coach

Chris Whelan, a former assistant coach and two-time All-American at Missouri, has been named the head wrestling coach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Whelan, most recently the wrestling coach at Cahokia High School, takes over the Cougar wrestling program on a part-time basis, according to SIUE Athletics Director Brad Hewitt. Whelan was chosen from a pool of 28 applicants.

"We're excited about having Khris join the program," said Hewitt. We knew it was going to be tough to find someone with quality credentials for this part-time position. I believe we have achieved that goal."

Whelan has a wide variety of experience as a wrestling coach on an international, national, and grassroots level. He was the British National Freestyle wrestling coach and British Grassroots Development coach from 1994 to 1997, often coordinating United Kingdom tours for high schools from Tennessee, New York, Oregon, Missouri, Wyoming, and Wisconsin.

"It's a great honor and privilege," Whelan said of his appointment. "I'm looking forward to the challenge."

He will be joined by Ronald Bessemer, who will serve as an assistant coach for the Cougars. Bessemer, of Mt. Olive, was the USA World University Games Greco-Roman head coach and freestyle assistant coach. His coaching credentials include virtually every level of amateur wrestling including high school, junior college, college, and the U.S. Army. Bessemer has worked numerous clinics and camps. He also served in the officiating ranks working the Pan Am trials in 1967, the National Open Championships from 1969-71, and a USA-Russia dual meet in 1971.

Whelan said that after previously helping the Missouri Tigers develop eight NCAA Division I All-Americans, he was ready to return to the collegiate level. He had been the head coach at Cahokia since 2000 and previously was the coach at Hazelwood (Mo.) Central High School.

A third-degree black belt in Judo, Whelan also was an accomplished wrestler. He wrestled to a career record of 114-5 and was a Class AA Illinois prep champion for Granite City North High School. A two-time All-American at Missouri with a record of 102-19-3, he went on to become a four-time National Junior Freestyle and Greco-Roman champion. An alternate on the 1976 Olympic Greco team, he was later named to the 1983 U.S. World Greco team. In 2001, he was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Whelan can be reached by e-mail:

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