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July 31, 2001

Staff Senate Announces Attendance Prize Winners

Winners of attendance prizes at the SIUE Fitness and Benefits Fair in May have been announced.

Two employees won prizes funded by vendors' fees: David Daiber, of University Graphics, Publications and Printing, a mountain bicycle, and Sharon Giffhorn, of Purchasing, a 19-inch color television set.

Other winners included:

Sheila Sorrell, of Textbook Services, and Judy Walter, of Student Financial Aid, folding chairs; Susan Stephan, of Facilities Management, and Deanna Taylor, of Human Resources, back packs; all donated by TIAA-CREF;

Elke Harris-McIntosh, of University Services to East St. Louis, a One-Year Student Fitness Center Membership, from Campus Recreation;

Shirley Clayton, of the College of Arts and Sciences, Denise Hunt, of Human Resources, and Karen Straube, of the Bursar office, each one-month membership to Our Health Club & Spa in Glen Carbon;

Janet Caselton, of Continuing Education, Jim Gilmore, of Housing, Steve Snyder, of Biological Sciences, Don Stahlheber, of Purchasing, and Kerri Weishaupt, of Academic Counseling and Advising Titlist golf balls; Michele Bensa, of Curriculum and Instruction, and Michael Pulley, of Information Technology, golf shirts; Catherine Banks, of Lovejoy Library, Cheryl Marshall, of Continuing Education, and Lynda Pavia, of Facilities Management, Women and Investing (book); all donated by Martin Wier Financial.

Volunteers Being Sought For State Games Of America

Volunteers from SIUE are being sought to help make the upcoming State Games of America a success. A wide variety of volunteer areas are available at each of the venues covering 15 exciting sporting events, four of which will occur on the SIUE campus.

The Southwestern Illinois region and the St. Louis Metropolitan Area will again play host to the State Games of America from Aug. 10-12.

Those interested in making these games a memorable event for the athletes, fans, the university, and the community, please take a moment to complete a volunteer application available at: Any questions about volunteering, call Becky Painter: (314) 992-0687.

Staff Senate Talent Search Picking Up Steam For Event

The University Staff Senate is looking for some Virginia Baked Hams, the human kind who enjoy singing, dancing, and performing.

Their talents will be used again at the annual Ice Cream Cabaret scheduled during Welcome Week. Proceeds from the Aug. 24 event, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, will support the University Staff Senate Scholarship Fund.

According to Laura Scaturro, the Staff Senate is seeking faculty, staff, or student entertainers to perform during the cabaret. "If you can sing, dance, juggle, mime, play an instrument, or perform a dramatic reading, we would love to include you in the festivities.

"This also is a great way to highlight your office and services," Scaturro said. "The printed program distributed that day will list each performer, his or her department and a brief description of the service the office provides."

A $5 admission includes a deluxe ice cream sundae; performers will be admitted free. There also will be attendance prizes for a few lucky people attending the event.

Those interested in performing may e-mail Scaturro, Eric Barnett, Donna Blackwell, Rebecca Dabbs-Kayser, Gary Dunn, William Dusenbery, Jesse Harris, Gloria Hartmann, Bill Hendey, Carolyn Howard, A. G. Monaco, Judy Pifer, Chad Rogers, Connie Schaefer, Melanie Schoenborn, or Linda Wense.

Bluff Hall Stands Ready To Serve Student Population

The newest member of the residential hall family-Bluff Hall-has been inspected and awaits its turn to serve the student population who will arrive in 17 days. But first, employees will get a chance to see the new hall during tour opportunities Aug. 15.

According to Housing Director Michael Schultz, the new residence hall was finished in plenty of time for the Fall Semester, unlike its two predecessors. "On the first two (Woodland and Prairie halls), we had about a year to get each of them constructed and opened," Schultz pointed out. "With Bluff Hall, we had 16 months. We got the timing right on this one," he said with a smile.

Schlutz also said his office has the advantage of experience in dealing with the first two residence halls. "This time we knew what to include in the original contract for Bluff Hall because of what was learned in building the first two halls. Third time's the charm," Schultz quipped. "Adding change orders after the fact can slow down the construction process, so this time went a lot smoother."

The new hall has 507 beds and is at near capacity for Fall Semester, Schultz said. "It's a clone of Woodland Hall, with a Multi-Function Room, but with a larger lecture room. There also is a cafe with a good selection of food and snacks," he said.

With the addition of Bluff Hall, the number of students living on campus in the three halls and in Cougar Village will be 2,961. Here's how the population will be grouped on campus:

  • Prairie Hall-all freshman, non-smoking
  • Woodland Hall-freshman and upperclassmen, one wing smoking
  • Bluff Hall-Focus Interest Communities (FICs), international students, all non-smoking
  • Cougar Village-upperclassmen, graduate students, families

Tours for employees are scheduled from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. There's also a dedication set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. As part of the new construction and for the convenience of students, new walkways have been added connecting Bluff Hall with the Engineering Building and the Art and Design Building.

"Students will be moving in from Aug. 17 to Aug. 19," Schultz said, "and we'll be ready for the Aug. 20 beginning of classes."

EHS Office Looking For Mercury Thermometers

As children years ago, we had no idea that playing with mercury and watching it roll around on a flat surface could make us sick.

Now we know better that the liquid metal is toxic and that's why Dave McDonald and his crew have been collecting mercury-filled thermometers from departments on campus.

McDonald, coordinator of SIUE's Office of Environmental Health and Safety, said the office recently conducted a thermometer exchange initiative to accept mercury thermometers from departments on campus. These units were then provided new non-mercury thermometers.

"The old thermometers can break, releasing tiny mercury droplets to the environment," McDonald said. "The droplets can expose staff and students to toxic mercury vapors if not cleaned up properly. The broken thermometers can also result in exposures to personnel during the cleanup process."

McDonald said the cost of cleanup and disposal for one mercury thermometer can be as high as $500. Mercury thermometers collected through this initiative will be recycled off-site to recover the mercury. "We are working with SIU Carbondale's Center for Environmental Health and Safety on this project," McDonald explained.

"We ship our thermometers to the Carbondale center and they extract the mercury and, when there's enough quantity, it is shipped to B.F. Goldsmith Chemical and Metal Corp. in Evanston," he said. "They in turn recycle it to other manufacturers of products that use mercury, such as makers of fluorescent light bulbs.

"Our initiative will help to reduce the number of broken mercury thermometer spills and minimize personnel and environmental exposures to mercury," McDonald said.

Any departments or units still using mercury-filled thermometers should contact the EHS office, Ext. 3584.

BOT OKs Outdoor Sports Complex, UC Roof Repairs

An outdoor sports complex at SIUE gained budget and project approval recently in action taken by the SIU Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting.

In other business on July 12, the board awarded a roofing contract to Shay Roofing Inc., of Millstadt, for replacement of the 63,850-square-foot roof for the Delyte W. Morris University Center. The $559,862 roofing contract is part of the overall $19.6 million repairs and renovation of the center planned over the next three years. Roofing costs will come from proceeds remaining from revenue bonds sold in 1999 for construction of Bluff Hall.

The $700,000 outdoor sports complex will be funded through a combination of Campus Recreation and Student Welfare and Activity Fees (SWAF), as well as operating funds. The proposal must be submitted to the Illinois Board of Higher Education for its approval as a non-instructional capital improvement project.

The complex would provide enhanced multi-purpose use for Campus Recreation's intramural, recreational, and club sports programs to accommodate needs expressed by a growing population of residential students at the university.

Under the proposal, the complex will include improved intramural sports fields, an additional lighted and fenced field, a lighted golf driving range and putting green, and a central 1,800-square-foot support building serving the entire complex.

According to Narbeth Emmanuel, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, the complex will provide a quality environment for intramural sports activities. "We have found that one of the highest priorities among our students for extracurricular activities is intramural sports," Emmanuel said. "The new outdoor complex will enhance the quality of campus life we provide our students."

The first phase of the sports complex project would include all the planned improvements without the support building, while the second phase would include construction of the building.

Arts & Issues To Begin Seventeenth Season At SIUE

Following a proven format-blending artistic presentations with forums for global concerns-the Arts & Issues series begins its 17th season at SIUE, where Southwestern Illinois audiences have come to expect quality entertainment and provocative presentations from entertainers and newsmakers from around the world.

All Arts & Issues events are presented at 7:30 p.m. either in Meridian Ballroom of the Delyte W. Morris University Center or in Katherine Dunham Hall theater, unless otherwise noted.

The upcoming season begins Sept. 14 with the Chicago Brass Quintet offering a range of music from Bach to Bernstein, from Gabrieli to Gershwin, blending their style, grace, dazzling technique and humor into a marvelous evening of music and fun. The quintet will appear in Meridian Ballroom.

Returning to the Arts & Issues stage after 12 years is IMAGO Theatre, presenting Frogz, on Oct. 17 in Dunham Hall theater. The event is "creature theater" at its best, staged with ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and finger-snapping music to create a carnival of the absurd.

Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa will speak Nov. 9 in Meridian Ballroom, with his theme of "Democracy: The Never Ending Battle." In 1980, he led the 10-million-member Solidarity Labor Movement that inspired fear in the hearts of Communist leaders and hope in the hearts of those starved for freedom.

Singer, songwriter, and comedienne Christine Lavin-the original "Babe" from the singing group, The Babes, will perform in concert Nov. 30 in Dunham Hall theater. With only an acoustic guitar and an endless supply of witty anecdotes, she takes audiences on a wonderful journey.

Juan Williams, columnist and White House correspondent for the Washington Post and now host of NPR's "Talk of the Nation," will speak about "Eyes on the Prize: The Truths of American Race Relations" on Friday, Jan. 25, in Meridian Ballroom. Williams' inspirational and informative speaking style has earned him praise from college audiences throughout the country.

The life of Mahalia Jackson, the most famous gospel singer in American musical history, will be told in song at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, to be staged at Edwardsville High School auditorium. This event takes audiences from Jackson's poor beginnings as the grandchild of plantation slaves to her international fame performing before presidents and royalty.

Next, the Boys of the Lough hits the Arts & Issues stage at Dunham Hall on Thursday, March 21, performing music ranging from traditional melodies of Ireland to the fiddle music of Shetland, Scotland, and North America. With more than 30 years' entertaining experience to audiences around the world, the Boys of the Lough display their well-known ready wit and sense of fun.

The 2001-02 Arts & Issues series draws to a close with Keith Campbell, a cell biologist/embryologist with 28 years' scientific experience who will speak about "Cloning: What We Can Do and Should We Do It" on Thursday, April 18, in Meridian Ballroom. Much of Campbell's career has been in the field of cell growth; last year he published Dolly, recalling his experiences with the cloning of that now famous Scottish sheep.

Arts & Issues season tickets are available now at $98 for all eight events; students, $49. For ticket information, call (618) 650-2626, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2626; write: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1083; or by e-mail, Admission includes free parking in the lots behind the Morris University Center or Dunham Hall theater.

Karen Stovall Named To Accounting Operations Post

Karen Ann (Dochwat) Stovall has been named associate director of Financial Affairs for Accounting Operations (Controller), according to David Heth, director of Financial Affairs.

Stovall received her bachelor's in Business Administration with a specialty in Accounting in 1978 from SIUE and is a CPA.

In her new position, Stovall will be responsible for Administrative Accounting, Property Control, and Accounts Payable. Earnie Newton, the current leader of those units, announced his retirement effective April 2002. After a brief training period, Karen will assume responsibility Oct. 1, 2001.

Before joining the university, Stovall was employed by St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Granite City for 20 years. During her tenure at the medical center she was an accountant, assistant controller, and controller. She took the controller position in 1988, and her areas of responsibility were Accounting, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Budgeting, and Fixed Asset Reporting.

Stoval also had been auditor in the St. Louis office of Arthur Andersen for three years.

While a student at SIUE, she worked in the Office of Admissions and Records and the Internal Audit office. She also was a secretary in Textbook Services at SIUE for a year.

Stovall is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She and her husband, Greg, and their two daughters, Kristin, 20, and Lauren, 13, reside in Granite City. Kristin is a Business major currently in her junior year at SIUE. Lauren is an eighth-grader who is very active in softball, basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading.

Patricia Harrison Named ESTL Center Director

Patricia A. Harrison has been appointed director of the East St. Louis Center.

"I'm delighted to announce this appointment," said Provost Sharon Hahs. "Patricia's extensive successful administrative experience has been in evidence during her nearly two decades of service at the East St. Louis Center."

Harrison served as assistant director of the center for five years. She most recently assumed the position of acting director of the center following the retirement of center Director Willie J. Epps in January 2000. Harrison received the recommendation of a search committee following a national search.

Harrison holds a bachelor of science in Biological Sciences from Illinois State University and a master of science in Educational Administration and Supervision.

The East St. Louis Center provides academic and non-academic services for persons of all ages and backgrounds within the University's service region, particularly the city of East St. Louis. The Center's classrooms and laboratories support the offering of University upper-division and graduate-credit courses in selected programs as determined by community needs.

The center also operates the East St. Louis Charter School which this fall will begin its third year as a school of choice for youths 14 to 19 years of age in the East St. Louis School District boundaries. The SIUE center also is the site of community service programs and activities that address a variety of public-school and preschool-age children's needs.

It also encourages and assists potential college students, seeks to enhance the cultural and aesthetic values of those within the community, and fosters community involvement. Notable among the Center's public service efforts are the Head Start Program, Upward Bound/Science Awareness Program, the East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts, comprehensive dental care through a dental clinic operated by the SIU School of Dental Medicine, a nurse-managed health care facility through the SIUE School of Nursing, and an optometry clinic in partnership with the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Hampton Named Foundation Financial Affairs Director

Richard P. Hampton was named director of Financial Affairs July 1 for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Foundation, according to G. Patrick Williams, SIUE's vice chancellor for Development and Public Affairs and CEO of the foundation.

Hampton, who earned a bachelor's in accountancy at SIUE in 1990, also is a CPA and currently a Level III candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst program. He recently was elected treasurer for the city of Edwardsville.

In his new position, Hampton is responsible for management and maintenance of state appropriated funds and the budgets of SIUE's Office for Development and Public Affairs, as well as tracking and reporting activities in the SIUE Foundation's investment portfolio, and management of the activities of the foundation's investment management firms. He also will manage and maintain SIUE Alumni Association accounts, both state and local.

Before joining the university, Hampton had been chief deputy and investment officer for the Madison County Treasurer's Office since 1998. From 1990-98 he was comptroller in the Madison County Auditor's Office. During that time Hampton also was a financial accounting and managerial accounting instructor at Lewis and Clark Community College.

Hampton is a member of the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the SIUE Alumni Association, and the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association. He and his wife, Holly, a teacher at Staunton Junior High School, and their two children, Maren, 3, and Cole, 1, reside in Edwardsville.

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