What would Welcome Week be without a, well, welcoming message? So, the city of Edwardsville and the university cooperated to place an overhead banner on Buchanan Street between CVS Pharmacy and the city park.
It reads: "The City of Edwardsville and theUniversity Welcomes SIUE Students." And, as they did last year, many merchants throughout the city are displaying similar signs in storefront windows. The banner and the messages were plaed in time for students arriving on campus Aug. 17-19 for the first day of classes, Monday, Aug. 20.
And, the welcoming continues with Welcome Week 2001 activities. So, when you get a chance, stroll out to the Stratton Quad and try to welcome someone. Here's a schedule of Welcome Week events:
• The New Wagner Art Gallery presents the annual Faculty Exhibition through Sept. 14.
• Chancellor David Werner will address the new student convocation Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of the Morris University Center. Refreshments and entertainment will follow afterwards.
• The Kimmel Center offers a day of music, games, and food today, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Stratton Quadrangle. Student organization will offer food and information booths. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day.
• The Kimmel Center will present area businesses on the Stratton Quad from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, to show new students what the Southwestern Illinois area has to offer.
• Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur and Chancellor Werner will meet and greet students at noon Wednesday, Aug. 22, on the Stratton Quad. They also will be handing out free Dairy Queen Blizzards provided by area Dairy Queen stores.
• The University Center Board will present the MUC LateNighter from 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, to 2 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in the Morris Center. Entertainment will be provided throughout the night, including psychics, sumo wrestling, and a laser and video dance party.
Marcus Agustin, Mathematics and Statistics, earned a master of science in 1991 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a doctorate at Bowling Green State University in 1997. His dissertation was titled "Dynamic Competing Risks Model: Inference and Applications." His current scholarly interest is reliability and survival analysis.
Bala Baptiste, Mass Communications, teaches mass media and society; writing for the media; public affairs reporting, among others. He is completing his doctoral studies at Indiana University. His scholarly interests include black culture, mass media, communications, and history. He enjoys writing, playing basketball, tennis, golf, and nature activities.
Charles Berger, English Language and Literature, teaches modern literature, contemporary literature, literary theory, and composition. He is a 1977 graduate of Yale University. His dissertation topic was "The Early and Middle Poetry of Wallace Stevens." He enjoys jogging, biking, and squash. He and his wife are the parents of two sons.
Bijoy Bordoloi, Computer Management and Information Systems, was awarded a Ph.D. in 1988 at Indiana University. A recent article, "Sustainability of IT-enabled Competitive Advantage and the Role of Software Patents: An Assessment and Directions for Research," (with co-authors), is forthcoming in the Journal of Strategic Information Systems. He enjoys bridge, films, and golf.
Susan Breck, Curriculum and Instruction, teaches pre-service and graduate teacher education. Her article, "Professional Development with Added Value: A Compelling and Pragmatic Reason for Team Planning," has been accepted for publication in spring 2002 by Rural Educator. She enjoys biking and reading.
Berit Brogaard, Philosophical Studies, is a 2000 graduate of the University of Buffalo. Her dissertation topic was "Philosophy of Language, Temporal Mereology." She has written several papers that have appeared in The Monist, Translation of the C.S. Peirce Society, and other journals. Current scholarly interests include American philosophy.
John Bryden, Mathematics and Statistics, was awarded a doctorate in 1991 at the University of Western Ontario. His scholarly interests are stable homotopy theory, topological and homotopy quantum field theory, and representation theory of quantum groups. He is the director of the NATO Advanced Research Programme in Topological Quantum Field Theory, and is a visiting professor at the Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematik in Bonn.
Rick Bunch, Geography, teaches geographic information systems and cartography. His dissertation topic was "Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Cognition." He has published in the Southeastern Journal of the Association of American Geographers. His scholarly interests are GIS and spatial cognition. He enjoys fishing and camping.
Livy Coe, Economics and Finance, teaches business statistics, introductory corporate finance, and derivative securities. He was awarded a master of science in 1978 at Colorado State University, an MBA degree in 1979 at Harvard Business School, and is working toward another MS at SIU Carbondale. His scholarly interest concerns community acceptance of dairy farms.
Virginia "Ginny" Cruz, Nursing, teaches nursing research, health care policy, nursing theory, and growth and development. She earned a doctorate in gerontological nursing at the University of Iowa in 1997. Her scholarly interest is family caregivers of Alzheimer's Disease patients (predictors of depression and interventions). She volunteers time for various charitable organizations.
Larry Dailey, Mass Communications, is a doctoral student at the University of Missouri. He is a scheduled panelist at the forthcoming AEJMC Convention in Washington, D.C., on the topic of convergence of media. He enjoys spending time with his family and bicycling. He is a former multimedia producer for MSNBC on the Internet, and has worked as a newspaper photographer and photo department manager.
Seran Dogancay-Aktuna, English Language and Literature, teaches courses in language teaching methods, language awareness, language and culture, graduate writing, and grammar pedagogy. Scholarly interests include the role of cultural factors in language learning and teaching, and language planning and policy making. She enjoys time with her 3 1/2 yr. old son, and traveling and cooking.
Chris Dussold, Economics and Finance, was awarded a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Missouri earlier this year. His dissertation topic was "The Nature of IPO Lockups." His scholarly intersts are new securities issues and regulation. He enjoys running and bridge.
Hiroshi Fujinoki, Computer Science, expects to receive a doctorate this month in August from the University of South Florida. An article he co-authored, "The Directed Reverse Path Join (DRPJ) Protocol," is scheduled to appear in Computer Communication. He hopes to start a research lab in the area of computer networks, and to contribute to the standardization of computer network protocols.
Denise Gibson, Nursing, teaches public health nursing and mental health nursing. She received a master of science in nursing from SIUE in 1998. Her scholarly interests include medication efficacy of new generation antipsychotics; nursing practice within the inpatient setting; and restraints and seclusion-standards and practice in reducing use of these interventions. She plans to pursue doctoral studies. She and her husband are the parents of 14 year old twin girls and a son, 11.
Kyle Hagen, Restorative Dentistry, is a 1996 graduate of the SIU School of Dental Medicine. His current scholarly interests include posterior composites, and bonding agents. He enjoys golf, movies, traveling, most sports, family, and NASCAR.
Abdulatif Hamad, Physics, teaches conceptual physics lab, optics, and experimental methods of optical spectroscopy. A 1996 doctoral graduate of Oklahoma State University, his dissertation concerned "Nonlinear Optical Properties of CdTe and Laser-Induced Grating in Eu3+-Doped Silicate Glasses." He enjoys his family, sports, and reading.
Linda Harbison, Nursing, earned a master of science in nursing, with a clinical specialty in medical-surgical nursing, from SIUE. Her thesis topic concerned cardiac rehabilitation. She enjoys intensive care nursing. A mother of four children, she and her husband have been married for eight years.
Rhoda Headley, Nursing, received post-master's certification as an adult nurse practitioner in 1997 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her scholarly interest is in the area of evidence-based clinical practice. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, 21st General Hospital.
Mark Hedley, Sociology, was awarded a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in 1994. His dissertation topic was "Sentiments of Sexism: Cultural Transmission and Male Motivation." His scholarly interests include social movements, and volunteerism and social protest. He enjoys cooking and swimming.
Christienne L. Hinz, Historical Studies, teaches East Asian history, world history, and Japanese history. She recently made a presentation, "Women Beyond the Role: Misfits and Outcasts Among Japanese Female Entrepreneurs," at the Business History Conference in Miami. She enjoys fiber arts, ceramics, gardening, fiction, and equestrian sport.
Lenore Horner, Physics, was awarded a Ph.D. at SUNY-Stony Brook. She published an article in the May 2001 edition of Nebraska Academy Science titled "Hypergeometric Functions: Towards a Generalized Treatment of Contiguous Relations." Her scholarly interests include hypergeometric functions, and computational modeling of electrons in 2D and astrong magnetic field (Beowulf clusters). She enjoys reading, cycling, and music.
Carol Huang, Educational Leadership, graduated earlier this year from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation topic was "The Soft Power of the U.S. Education and the Formation of a Chinese American Intellectual Community at Urbana-Champaign 1905-1954." She enjoys traveling and gardening.
Kevin M. Hubbard, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, is a 1996 graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla. His dissertation topic concerned "DC and DLC Based Device Control." His current scholarly interests concern automation, computer integrated manufacturing, and environmentally friendly manufacturing.
Sharon James McGee, English Language and Literature, is a 1999 graduate of Purdue University. She teaches technical writing, academic writing and research methods, and composition studies. Her scholarly interests include empirical research methodology, including feminist research; teacher response; technical writing; and activism/politics in pedagogy. She was a faculty member at Kansas State University for three years, and served on the Faculty Senate.
Jeremy Jewell, Psychology, is a graduate of the University of Texas-Austin. He teaches in the areas of cognitive assessment and adolescent psychology. He has an article in progress, "The Effect of IQ on Treatment Success in a Residential Treatment Setting." His scholarly interests include the impact of family environment on the development of child psychopathology. He enjoys hiking, camping, and family activities.
Joe Keene, Applied Dental Medicine, attended Loyola University and the University of Nebraska. He teaches in the area of periodontology. Co-author of several articles, the most recent in preparation is "Prevalence of Dental Anxiety and Related Changes in Cardiovascular Status During Exodontia in an Open-air Rural Clinic." Scholarly interests include diabetes mellitus and oral disease, and periodontal disease.
David Knowlton, Educational Leadership, is a graduate of the University of Memphis. He teaches educational psychology, microcomputer in education, and special topics in instructional technology. He is the co-editor of a book, Principles of Effective Teaching in the Online Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 2000). He and his wife, Heather, have a one-year-old daughter, Emma.
Larry LaFond, English Language and Literature, graduate earlier this year from the University of South Carolina. He made a presentation, "Understanding Diachronic Changes from Null to Overt Pronouns in Freud," at a meeting this past January of the Linguistic Society of America. He is interested in second language learning, discourse analysis, and religious and political rhetoric. He enjoys tennis, chess, and scuba diving.
Elliott Lessen joined the SIUE faculty recently as dean of the School of Education. He earned a doctorate in 1976 at the University of Florida. His scholarly interests include collaboration and team building, large class teaching, and student development in higher education. He enjoys golf, working out, sporting/athletic events, travel, reading, and collecting art.
Mary Sue Love, Management and Marketing, teaches organizational behavior and leadership. She graduated earlier this year from the University of Missouri-Columbia. The author or co-author of several articles, she is currently revising a paper for the Eighth Annual Advances in Management meeting on "Self-in-community: Toward a Definition that Encompasses Both Individualism and Collectivism."
Greg Luttrell, Civil Engineering, graduated earlier this year from Kansas State University. His dissertation concerned modern roundabout operation. His scholarly interests are seat belt refining, roundabout operation, and equitable justice. His avocational interest is alternate modes of transportation other than gas-powered vehicles.
Kent Neely joined the faculty recently as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He earned a doctorate in 1976 from Wayne State University. His dissertation topic was "The National Endowment for the Arts Theatre Program: An Historical Analysis." He enjoys hiking, motorcycling, reading, listening to music, and cooking.
Pam Newland, Nursing, teaches physical assessment and medical-surgical clinicals. She received a master of science in nursing from SIUE in 1998. Her master's thesis concerned "Use and Effectiveness of Alternative Therapies in Multiple Sclerosis." Her scholarly interest is in the area of pain in multiple sclerosis. She enjoys travel and reading.
Alex Peregrina, Restorative Dentistry, teaches courses in removable prosthodontics, fixed prosthodontics, and occlusion. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University. His research concerns dental materials (impression, alloys); the color of dental porcelains; and teaching methods in pre-clinical teaching. He enjoys the arts and sports.
Laurie Puchner, Educational Leadership, teaches in the area of educational psychology and research methods. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation topic was "The Socio-Economic Impact of Literacy Program Participation on Women in Rural Mali." Her scholarly interests concern learning centers and motivation in elementary school, and professional development schools.
Ron Sandler, Philosophical Studies, graduated from the University of Wisconsin earlier this year. He recently wrote "The Least We Can Do," which appeared in Ethics for Everyday, Summer 2001. His scholarly interests are ethical theory in the modern period and environmental ethics. He enjoys bridge, soccer, skiing, and traveling.
Sara Sawyer, Biology, teaches introductory zoology and animal physiology. She is a 1998 graduate of UCLA. Her dissertation topic was "Cellular Mechanisms Underlying Temperature-induced Cnidarian Bleaching." Her scholarly interests include interactions within symbioses, and cell adhesion and cytoskeleton interactions.
Geoff Schmidt, English Language and Literature, teaches creative writing, literature, and composition. He received an MFA in creative writing in 1990 from the University of Alabama. He is working on a novel, God's Overcoat, and a collection of poems, Puritanical. He enjoys baseball, croquet, music, comic books, and gardening. He and his wife, Nicola, are the parents of Zoe, 5, and Amanda, 3.
Vicki Scott, Special Education and Communication Disorders, teaches reading and language arts methods, and math methods. Her doctorate is from the University of Kansas. Current scholarly interests include phonemic awareness and multidisciplinary collaboration. She enjoys fishing, camping, reading, and play time with her children.
Kerry Slattery, Construction, teaches construction materials, construction methods, structural systems, and risk management. A 1989 graduate of the University of Mississippi, his current scholarly interests are developing "design by analysis" software for structural systems and highway work zone construction issues. Avocational interests include running, skiing, hiking, canoeing, and church/school volunteer work.
Steve Tamari, Historical Studies, teaches world history, Middle East history, and Arab-Israeli conflict. He earned a doctorate in 1998 at Georgetown University. Scholarly interests include Syria; the Ottoman Empire; and the Palestinians and Israelis. He enjoys pottery and bird-watching.
Bob Trumpbour, Mass Communications, teaches radio production and media studies. He is a doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University. His dissertation topic is "Media Coverage of Stadium Construction in Major Cities." This month he is scheduled to make a presentation at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He enjoys home improvement and media history.
Beatrix Ulrich, Theater and Dance, received an MFA earlier this year from the University of South Dakota. Her thesis project involved producing Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. Her scholarly interest is costume history. She enjoys rubber-stamp art.
Jim Wilkerson, Management and Marketing, graduated earlier this year from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has published articles in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology and the Journal of Applied Psychology. He enjoys choral music, theater, reading, and beach time with his family.
The newest member of the residence hall triumvirate is open and doing quite well, thanks. Also, mark your calendars for the dedication of Bluff Hall at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.
With the addition of Bluff Hall, the number of students living on campus in the three halls and in Cougar Village is nearly 3,000.
Here's how the population is grouped on campus: Prairie Hall-all freshman, non-smoking; Woodland Hall-freshman and upperclassmen, one wing smoking; Bluff Hall-Focus Interest Communities (grouping by interest or major study), international students, all non-smoking; Cougar Village-upperclassmen, graduate students, families
Students are settling into Bluff Hall and the newness hasn't yet worn off. Here are some facts about the latest jewel in the university's crown:
• 507 beds; two students per room
• Constructed at a cost of $18 million; River City Construction Co. of Peoria was the general contractor
• Telephone, cable TV, and internet connections in each room
• 120,000 square feet of usable space
• Lecture Room
• Multi-Function Room
• Learning Resource Center for quiet study
• Computer lab with internet access
• Laundry room with coin-operated or student ID access
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.
The Ameritech/SBC Foundation gave $50,000 in two gifts recently to the College of Arts and Sciences-$25,000 for a "Smart Classroom" and $25,000 to help kick off the Friends of Sou'wester organization, a new support group for the literary journal published for more than 40 years by the Department of English Language and Literature.
Walter Hickey, regional director of External Affairs for Ameritech, was instrumental in helping CAS obtain the gifts, according to Marilyn Marsho, director of Development for CAS. Hickey was an English major at SIUE during the 1970s and is currently enrolled as a graduate student.
With the help of the Ameritech gift, a classroom in Peck Hall will be renovated as a Smart Classroom for use as a CAS lecture room, with access to the latest computer technology. Marsho said the classroom will have a console to project computerized and internet information onto a screen.
"Smart Classroom technology provides a computer console that will allow instructors to individualize teaching material, taking information from the computer and projecting it directly onto a large screen" Marsho said. "It also allows instructors to take advantage of a world of information via the Internet."
One instructor who has used a similar Smart Classroom at SIUE said such an environment provides more than access to the internet. "The Smart Classroom also allows me to teach research techniques to my students," said Dallas Browne, chair of the Department of Anthropology. He said he is able to show students where to find census data, what databases to access, and detail the research process they would use.
"It really expands what you can do in the classroom," Browne said. "There's no comparison between a lecture using this technology and a professor using chalk and a blackboard."
The second gift from Ameritech was presented as seed money for the Friends of Sou'wester. "The magazine's not in trouble," says Fred Robbins, editor of Sou'wester. "But it needs to grow, and to do that we need additional funding above and beyond what the English department can provide."
Robbins, who is retiring Sept. 1 after more than 30 years' service to the university, said he hopes the friends organization attracts both readers and writers. "The group is for those who are interested in matters literary," Robbins said.
"The group is charged with raising funds to guarantee continuity of Sou'wester," he said. "If we don't make some changes, the magazine will wither. I'd like to stay involved with the magazine through this friends group."
Illinois Sen. Evelyn Bowles, who was on hand for the check presentation, said she has been a subscriber to Sou'wester for many years and is a close friend of Robbins. "We need to find ways of supporting the literary arts, which are vital to the intellectual and cultural lives of the university and the community, just as they add a vital dimension to the lives of the people of the state of Illinois," Bowles said in a prepared statement.
She also acknowledged Ameritech's generosity and thanked Hickey for his efforts in helping secure the grant. "We all hope that other corporations will imitate Ameritech's generosity to the literary arts."
Forest plants and animals exist in a delicate balance and imposing changes will have consequences. According to Associate Biological Sciences Professor Kurt Schulz, forest management practices should be studied more closely to make sure the consequences aren't dire.
After more than six years of research in forests of northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan, Schulz recently revealed his findings at the annual conference in Madison, Wis., of the Ecological Society of America, where 3,000 scientists gathered to discuss various aspects of ecology.
Funded by a U.S. Forest Service grant, Schulz's study discovered that selective harvest of forests over several decades may reduce the diversity of smaller plants growing on the forest floor. "These species are key sources of food and habitat for the thriving community of organisms which make up the bulk of forest biodiversity," Schulz explained.
"Selective harvest followed by abundant natural regrowth of trees seems like a good thing, but because forests may be harvested every 20 years, effects on the understory accumulate," he said. "I'm recommending we should, perhaps, rethink what we've been doing."
Schulz likened forest ecology to a knitted sweater. "If you pick at the stitching of that sweater, eventually it will fall apart because the stitches are interwoven. You don't have to pick at the sweater long before it's gone. In the forest, if you disturb it too many times, we lose organisms in the understory and when we lose those organisms we begin to lose other species that depend on them."
His presentation was reported in BioMedNet, a Web magazine from Med Line, which provides a major database for medical and scientific research.
Schulz is quick to note, as he did in his presentation for the Society, that he doesn't want to be the one "who cries wolf," but that the situation needs to be studied further in other parts of the country. "This is just one study in one, albeit important, Midwestern forest system," he points out.
A "Chief Grant," which is the research funding Schulz received from the Forest Service, is quite competitive. "Less than one percent of proposals were funded and it's unusual for a state school the size of SIUE to obtain this type of Forest Service grant. So, I'm proud of that accomplishment."
Most people might recognize the country of Tanzania for Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the island of Zanzibar, or the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy at Dar es Salaam.
Few would recognize Tanzania, one of the world's poorest countries, as a successful experiment in inclusivity and a major player in attempts to bring peace to a region where tribal hatred has become the most disastrous war currently being waged.
Tanzanian Prime Minister Frederick Sumaye will bring that story to Meridian Ballroom at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. Sumaye, Tanzania's prime minister since his appointment by a democratically elected president in 1995, will discuss the genocide in Rwanda arising from tribal hatred between the Tutsis and Hutus.
The tribal war has spilled over into neighboring Burundi and The Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 2.5 million people have been killed-most of them systematically hacked to death with machetes-and millions of refugees have streamed into Tanzania.
While its neighbors to the west have been at war, Tanzania has been relatively stable. The embassy bombing and recent political unrest in Zanzibar have been the only significant signs of problems.
Dallas Browne, SIUE professor and chair of anthropology, and honorary consul for Tanzania, says that the relative peace in Tanzania stems from an official policy of inclusion.
"Tanzania has tribal factions just like Rwanda," said Browne, who monitored the elections in Zanzibar last year as one of 16 international experts chosen by the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES).
"But the country has managed to avoid the problems that factional differences can cause by creating a formal policy that brings the tribes into contact with each other.
"For example, if you work for the Tanzanian government, you have to go outside your region and outside your tribe. You have to learn the language and dances, the food and customs of the tribe that dominates that region."
Browne said the political parties have taken that concept a step further by purposely reaching out to the country's minorities. The population is 99 percent African, but there are significant populations of Asians and European Caucasians. He said the political parties will not let the members of those populations "be shy" about participating in government. In fact, the parties often compete to bring minorities into their party structure.
"It's amazing that in a region where such terrible atrocities have taken place, Tanzania has been stable," Browne said.
"And I think the social and political structure makes all the difference. Just outside Tanzania's borders there is a very, very sad situation. Most people think that the war between the Tutsis and Hutus ended years ago, when the mainstream media coverage stopped. But, the war goes on," he said.
"This is the most venal of tribal hatreds and the crimes are as atrocious as any war has produced. People were and are being hacked to death, and it's a very slow and painful death. Think about this: at their worst, the killings produced a situation where if a person wanted to die quickly by bullet, they had to pay. They had to pay for their own execution.
"Prime Minister Sumaye is trying to return the world's focus to these atrocities," Browne pointed out, "and the immediate need to bring peace and stability to the region."