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July 30, 2002

Detroit Mercy Professor To Head SIUE School Of Business

Gary A. Giamartino, professor of Management and dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Detroit (MI) Mercy, has been named dean of the SIUE School of Business. He will assume his new post Oct. 1, according to SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs.

At Detroit Mercy since 1997, Giamartino also had been a professor of Business Administration and dean of the School of Business, Society and Public Policy at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for four years prior to his Detroit post. He also was director of the Institute for International Trade, Diplomacy and Development and a member of the Management faculty at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia from 1986-1993.

Giamartino also has been a member of the faculty at The Citadel and the College of Charleston, both in Charleston, SC.

He earned a doctorate in 1979 from Vanderbilt University, where he majored in Social Psychology, with related studies in Organizational Behavior and Theory in the Owen Graduate School of Management. He also holds a master's in Psychology from Western Kentucky University, and a bachelor's in Psychology from State University College at Fredonia, NY.

In addition, Giamartino also graduated from the Management Development Program at Harvard University in 1994.

He is a member of the Academy of Management, the International Council for Small Business, the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He also has authored and co-authored numerous articles for various journals ad also has made several presentations and conferences.

Hahs said she was pleased with the search committee's selection and was appreciative of the committee's effort. "We look forward to welcoming Dr. Giamartino to campus," she said. "I also want to commend the search committee members and chair for their care, thought, and hard work during the process.

"They represented the School of Business and the university well. My thanks to all who participated and provided their insights."

KSDK-TV's Jankowski Speaks At Aug. 3 Graduation

More than 560 students graduated during summer commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Vadalabene Center.

Steve Jankowski, "night beat" reporter for KSDK-TV (Ch. 5) in St. Louis, received SIUE's Distinguished Alumnus Award at the ceremony, and presented the commencement address. Sue Thomas, an associate professor of Psychology, received the Great Teacher Award. Both awards are sponsored annually by the SIUE Alumni Association.

Jankowski's broadcasting career spans nearly 30 years, beginning with a stint as a news and sports reporter at WOKZ radio in Alton. He also served as program director for KEZK radio, a reporter at KMOV-TV, and a show host, anchor, and reporter at KMOX radio, all in St. Louis.

A 1975 graduate in Mass Communications, Jankowski has shared his knowledge of broadcasting as an associate professor in radio broadcasting and speech at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey and as a guest lecturer in television production at SIUE.

Jankowski serves on committees and boards for the YMCA of the Ozarks, SHARE: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Organization, and the American Heart Association. He also has served as emcee for the Viennese Ball sponsored by the Friends of Music at SIUE.

In his spare time, he enjoys public speaking, writing, and carpentry. Jankowski and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Alton and have two children, Benjamin and Natasha, who are both in college.

Susan Thomas' recognition for excellence in teaching began during her experience as a teaching assistant at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she completed a master's in Social Psychology. Since coming to SIUE in 1991, Thomas has received the departmental Psi Chi Outstanding Faculty Award in 1994, 1998, and 2001. In addition, Thomas received the SIUE Teaching Recognition Award in 2000.

Thomas, who earned a doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, received the American Psychological Association Instructional Research Award in 2001; she has also received four SIUE grants and awards. She earned an MBA at the University of Illinois.

Since 1993, Thomas has been a mentor for more than 300 student research posters, presentations, papers, master's theses, and other student papers. She has co-authored with students 13 research studies in refereed journals. Thomas also chairs the SIUE University Planning and Budget Council, serves on program review committees, as well as a search committee and many other university committees.

The SIUE Alumni Association nominates faculty who have been dedicated and committed to the educational process at SIUE. Thomas has been one of the truly dedicated faculty at the university, according to colleagues and alumni. As one alumnus said, "She cared and she pushed me just enough to make me excel." Another said, "She makes each student feel comfortable working with her, both in and out of the classroom."

Ian Hobson Returns To SIUE To Perform Complete Chopin Solo Piano Works

Frédéric François Chopin's complete solo piano works will be performed-over a seven-month period in nine recitals at SIUE-by the renowned pianist Ian Hobson.

The recitals will be performed in Katherine Dunham Hall theater at 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Sept. 8-9; Monday, Nov. 18; Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 22-23; Wednesday-Thursday, March 19-20; and Tuesday-Wednesday, April 1-2.

Musicologist Allan Ho, a professor of Music, said complete works are rarely performed anywhere. "It's an honor for us to have Ian Hobson perform the cycle here," Ho said. The title of the nine-recital series is "Frédéric Chopin: Evolution of a Genius."

Ho explained that the cycle will be performed chronologically, following stages in the Polish composer's life and career. "Chopin remains one of the most popular composers of all time," Ho said. "Many of his works are famous, yet others seldom heard.

The series will include more than 200 compositions, Ho explained, tracing Chopin's development as a composer. "It will include all of his familiar works, as well as many new discoveries for our listeners," he said. "It will be a fascinating musical journey."

Called one of the greatest pianists of our time, Hobson's programs consistently demonstrate a repertoire that spans centuries and demands a command of styles and scholarly vision. His recordings and recitals encompass a cross section of works from miniature to mammoth.

A professor of Music at the University of Illinois, Hobson maintains and active performance, conducting, and recording schedule. In recent seasons, Hobson has performed at Wigmore Hall, London, Alice Tully Hall, the "Mostly Mozart Festival" in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

He also has performed the Chopin and Moscheles concertos at the Bard Music Festival, and has presented recitals in the United States, England, and Europe, featuring diverse works such as Beethoven's complete sonatas, excerpts from Gershwin's Song Book, Schumann's major piano works, Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit, and Prokofiev's Seventh Sonata, to name a few.

A native of Wolverhampton, England, Hobson studied at the Royal Academy of Music, at Cambridge, and at Yale. He won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 1981, after already garnering silver medals at both the Artur Rubinstein and Vienna-Beethoven competitions.

He also has been on the juries of international piano competitions, such as the Van Cliburn, and is known worldwide as a pianist, conductor, and teacher. Hobson has recorded more than 35 compact discs of works, including piano concertos by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Poulenc, and Saint-Saëns, as well as Liszt transcriptions and the complete Beethoven sonatas, Brahms variations, Chopin etudes, Hummel sonatas, and Rachmaninoff preludes, etudes-tableaux, and transcriptions.

Subscription tickets for the Chopin cycle at SIUE are $60; students and senior citizens, $45. Individual tickets for each of the nine recitals are $7; students and senior citizens, $6. For ticket information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900.

SIUE Women's And Men's Track Add 20 Student-Athletes

Track and field coach Darryl Frerker and his staff have been quite busy in the off-season signing national letters of intent for the women's amd men's track and field teams.

They are: Rebecca Powers (Plainview), Jenny Smith (Colstrip, Mont.), Lindsey Mathias (Moline), Kate Mohn (Canton), Kathryn Purcell (West Point, Pa.), Suzanne Stelk (Davenport, Iowa), Heather Zipparo (Mt. Prospect), Priscilla Peach (East Alton), Amanda McDowell (West Covina, Calif.) and D'Andrea Cunningham (South Haven, Mich.)

Powers, of Piasa Southwestern High School, placed fourth in the shot put at the Class A state championships this past spring. "Becky is a very strong young woman who has spent some time in the weight room already," Frerker said. "Her strength is her greatest attribute toward becoming a quality collegiate thrower."

Smith helped her prep team in Montana to the state championship in track two seasons ago. This season, she placed fourth in the 2A state meet. "Jenny provides some depth for us in the throwing events," Frerker said. "It will be interesting to watch her development as a collegiate athlete."

Mathias, of Moline High School, was a state finalist in the Class AA state meet in the pole vault. She already has leaped 11 feet, which would set a new school record at SIUE. Frerker said Lindsey has come along quickly in just her second year of pole vaulting this track season. "She is probably better than she even knows."

Mohn, of Illini Bluffs High School, is a two-time Class A qualifier in the shot put. She also ran relays for her prep team. "She is an overall good athlete, and that is what you need to become a good thrower," said SIUE Assistant Coach Sandy Moran. "I expect her to develop well and reach a high level in NCAA Division II Track and Field."

Purcell, of North Penn High School, was a state qualifier her senior year in the javelin event. Her most notable achievement was a 10th-place finish at the Penn Relays. "Kathryn also throws the shot and discus and can only add to our team's strengths in those events," Frerker said.

Stelk, of Davenport Assumption High School, ran a personal best 59.2 at 400 meters and was a two-time qualifier in the event in Iowa.

"She will be a key part of the 4x400-meter relay team next year and will contribute in the long sprints," Frerker said.

Zipparo, of Mt. Prospect, will focus on the cross country season first for the Cougars. She placed 42nd at the state cross country meet and is a two-time qualifier in Class AA. Zipparo also is a two-time qualifier in track. "I see Heather as more of a 3,000-meter runner in college," Frerker said. "She has a nice speed base and is pretty tough in a racing situation. Heather will contribute immediately in cross country and challenge for a top five spot."

Peach, of Roxana High School, is a two-time Class A qualifier in track and field and a cross country qualifier once. "Priscilla is a good middle distance runner who will fit in well with our team makeup," Frerker said.

McDowell, of West Covina, Calif., transfers to SIUE from Mt. San Antonio College with junior eligibility. "Amanda is a 400-meter and 400-meter hurdle runner who is a strong heptathlete," Frerker said.

Cunningham, of South Haven, Mich., is a sprinter and will focus mainly on the 100- and 200-meter races. "D'Andrea is a double transfer from Western Michigan and then Kalamazoo Junior College. We're excited to get her into the mix at SIUE," said Frerker.

Men's team

The 10 additions to the men's team are: Eric Steffen (Springfield), Phil Freimuth (Effingham), Rodney Blue (Carbon Cliff, Ill.), Brian Taghon (East Moline), Matt Davis (Williamsville), Nick Osterbur (Thomasboro), Steven Landers (Auburn), Michael Reick (Aledo), Mark Melleville (Altamont) and Dane Shaw (Edwardsville).

Steffen, of Lanphier High School, was a state qualifier in the Class AA 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles, placing sixth at 110 meters. "Eric fills a major need we have at the hurdles. He is a top-level hurdler with developing speed," Frerker said.

Freimuth placed fourth at the Class AA state meet for Effingham High School in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 8 inches. The SIUE coaching staff sees Freimuth as a prototype decathlete. "He has the correct build and abilities to become a high-level decathlete," Frerker said. "He can jump well both in the long jump and has good speed in the 100 and 400 meters. He should push (GLVC Outdoor Freshman of the Year) Taylor Reich toward national qualifying marks in the decathlon next year."

Blue placed seventh at the high jump at the Class AA meet for East Moline United High School after making his second appearance at the state championships. He also qualified for the state championships in the triple jump. "We will mainly focus on the high jump and triple jump with Rodney, and he should bring a lot to the jumps crew next season," said Frerker.

Taghon, who joins prep teammate Blue at SIUE, placed eighth as an individual at the Class AA cross country meet, earning All-State honors. He also qualified for the two mile and the mile run at the state track meet. "We expect Brian to come in and challenge for one of the top spots in cross country," Frerker said. "We also need him to come into the track season expecting to place in the distance events."

Davis, of Williamsville High School, is a two-time state qualifier at the Class A cross country state meet. He was an All-State performer as a junior, and he qualified for the state track meet for three consecutive years. "Matt will add depth to our cross country team and track distance squad. He could challenge for the top five in cross country."

Osterbur, a two-time state qualifier in the discus for St. Joseph-Ogden High School, was instrumental in helping his prep football team to a state championship as a junior. "Nick is only in his second year of throwing. He's quite tall with a great wingspan and has a natural whip to his arm."

Landers, of Auburn High School, was the state champion at the Class A meet in the shot put with a throw of 55'3.25" Landers also is an all-state football player. "Steven is another good athlete and seems to really enjoy track and field. He can throw the shot put well because of his speed and power as well as his strength."

Reick, of Aledo High School, led his prep football team to a state championship this past season. On the track, Reick qualified for the state meet in the discus. "We will try different events with him to find him another throwing event or two to contribute in," said Frerker.

Melleville, a transfer from Rend Lake College, was a junior college national qualifier in all four throwing events in the javelin, shot put, discus and hammer. "With his strength and athleticism," noted Frerker, "he will improve greatly at the hammer and the javelin once he has time to work on it."

Shaw, of Edwardsville High School, helped the Tigers to a seventh place finish at the Class AA cross country meet. He placed 80th in the state championship in a field of 268 runners. "It"s great to see a local athlete who wants to take his craft to the next level. We're excited to have him here."

SIUE Softball Signs DeShasier, White

Coming off its best season ever, the Cougar softball team has added two more players for the 2003 season.

Alicia DeShasier (Carrollton) and Mary Heather White (Pulaski, Tenn.) have signed national letters of intent to play softball for Coach Sandy Montgomery and the Cougars next season.

DeShasier had an outstanding prep career after having been recently named the IHSA Sports Report's Player of the Year. She is the first Metro St. Louis area player to earn the honor since Marnie Trefenbach of Belleville West High School was named in 1982.

DeShasier not only helped Carrollton High School defend its Class A basketball title this past season but also went undefeated at 10-0 for the softball team while hitting .484. She also was a three-year starter for the volleyball team. "I told her softball was her best sport and that she could add to our program," Montgomery said.

Montgomery said DeShaiser may be one of the more versatile players she has recruited in a number of years. She can pitch as well as play on the infield.

White hails from Giles County High School, where she led her prep team to second place in the Class A Tennessee State Championship in 2002. "She's going to be a very good prospect for us," Montgomery said.

White tossed three shutouts during the state championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. In the seven games she pitched during the state tournament, White recorded 60 strikeouts.

SIUE is coming off a 51-12 season and three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars finished ninth in the final USA Today/NFCA NCAA Division II poll after being placed as high as No. 2 nationally during the regular season.

Renovation Continues In Morris University Center

A much larger Union Station opened in early July and Morris Center staff are ensconced in their remodeled administrative offices as the center's $19.3 million renovation project progresses. The Food Court re-opened earlier in the summer with limited seating in the Cougar Den, and as summer continues we will see a number of relocations and other related modifications to daily life in the MUC.

"We're minimizing inconveniences as much as we can," said Mary Robinson, director of the center. "Work will progress as quickly as possible to restore some semblance of normality, but a little patience and a little advanced knowledge will smooth things out greatly."

The Kimmel Leadership Center and the Information Offices have moved to the Mississippi-Illinois Rooms on the second level of the MUC. The Print and Design Shop has moved into temporary quarters in the same space that Union Station had used during the store's renovations.

In addition, the old Alestle offices are undergoing remodeling on the second floor of the center. Meanwhile, the Alestle staff is nestled in the second-floor University Center Gallery. The recreation center is undergoing renovation and construction continues in the cafeteria area that will sport a new kitchen space and servery area on the southeast end of the building.

For up-to-the-minute information on the project, click here.

SIU Board Votes To Grant Easement For Route 157 Project

Temporary and permanent easements have been granted to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) by the SIU Board of Trustees as part of an IDOT project to improve Illinois 157 between Center Grove Road and Lewis Road in Edwardsville.

Part of that project runs along the east edge of the SIU Edwardsville campus.

The easements, which total 3.2 acres, run along the highway between Center Grove and Lewis and include one of the main entrances to the university. The IDOT project includes widening, grading, and installation of stoplights.

21 Faculty Members Receive Promotions July 1

Chancellor David Werner has recommended promotions for the following faculty, effective July 1. Their names and recommended ranks are listed by school affiliations below:

Arts and Sciences: Belinda Carstens-Wickham, professor; Anthony Cheeseboro, associate professor; Darryl Coan, associate professor; Renee Eaton, associate professor; Elizabeth Esselman, associate professor; Kevin Johnson, associate professor; David Kauzlarich, associate professor; Asha Tickoo, associate professor; and Prince A. Wells III, associate professor.

Business: Linda Lovata, professor, and Jo Ellen Moore, associate professor.

Education: Ellen Lavelle, associate professor; Cynthia Nordstrom, associate professor; Andrew Pomerantz, associate professor; and Bryce Sullivan, associate professor.

Engineering: Keqin Gu, professor; Susan Morgan, associate professor; Jerry Weinberg, associate professor; and Xudong "William" Yu, associate professor.

Nursing: Marjorie Baier and Gladys Mabunda, both associate professors.

U. Ledzewicz Is Recipient Of Hoppe Research Award

Urszula Ledzewicz, a professor of Mathematics and Statistics, is the fourth recipient of the Hoppe Research Professor Award, announced by Stephen Hansen, dean of the Graduate School.

Ledzewicz received the professorship for her research on the application of optimal control theory to chemotherapy treatments for cancer and for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The third Hoppe Research Professor, whose work will continue this fiscal year, is Ronald P. Schaefer, professor of English Language and Literature, for his research in Northern Edo language studies. The first two Hoppe Research Professors, whose professorships end June 30th, are Biological Sciences Professor F. Marian Smith and Allison Funk, associate professor of English Language and Literature.

The Hoppe award is a program to support faculty members of SIUE and to support individual agendas of research or creative activities. The program is funded by the Hoppe Faculty Research Endowment; the Graduate School; the SIUE schools of Business, Dental Medicine, Education, Engineering, and Nursing; and the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences.

The Hoppe Award recognizes faculty members on continuing, full-time appointments whose research or creative activities have the promise of making significant contributions to their fields of study. Recipients are expected to produce published scholarly works and to submit externally-sponsored grants.

The award is made possible in part through an endowment established by the late Joseph W. Hoppe, who was originally from Carlinville. He created this endowment through the SIUE Foundation because he believed in SIUE's mission, including the value of faculty research.

Optimal control theory is a discipline born in the 1950s out of the military needs of the cold war. It has now joined other sciences in a war against a variety of diseases.

One of the important developments in mathematical biology has been the construction and analysis of models for the chemotherapy of diseases with strong cell proliferation aspects, such as cancer or HIV. Ledzewicz plans to construct a complete solution to the chemotherapy models in the form of a synthesis of optimal controls. The analytical results obtained for the model will help in the analysis of existing chemotherapy protocols, i.e., what drug dose has to be administered at what time with what length of rest periods in between to achieve the goal: maintain the highest possible level of healthy cells, while at the same time minimizing negative effects and the cost of the chemotherapy.

Overall, Ledzewicz's proposed research promises to shed light on the analysis of existing chemotherapy protocols, indicate directions for possible improvements, and contribute to the design of optimal chemotherapy protocols for these diseases in real life. The design of long-term strategies for treatment is particularly important for HIV patients since the drug treatment does not cure the disease but rather provides a kind of maintenance program, which is expected to prolong the life of the patients.

Ledzewicz said that the Hoppe Research Professor Award will lay a solid foundation for long-term research. "I am honored to receive this prestigious award and I want to thank the Graduate School for this recognition and for years of their support and encouragement in my research throughout my whole career at SIUE," Professor Ledzewicz said.

"I expect that the research under the Hoppe Award will lead to more external funding and result in publications which will shed more light on the design of chemotherapy protocols for these deadly diseases."

The Hoppe Professorship is unlike any other award within the university, Hansen said. "It is designed to support a significant portion of a faculty member's larger research agenda. As a Hoppe Research Professor, Professor Ledzewicz has been appointed for a two-year period, during which time she will receive 50 percent assigned time for research each academic year, the services of a one-quarter time graduate assistant for nine months per year, and a $1,000 budget."

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