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August 23, 2005

Live ... From SIUE ...

SIUE and area merchants are in the midst of welcoming back new and returning students who began arriving on campus last week.

As part of the festivities, Welcome Week is in full swing, culminating Friday with the Fourth Annual Welcome Back Block Party in downtown Edwardsville.

A schedule of Welcome Week activities, with its theme of Live From SIUE, It's Welcome Week 2005, may be found on the official Web site:

New students attended the New Freshman Convocation and Orientation program Saturday, Aug. 20, in the Vadalabene Center.

In addition, SIUE Admissions and Academic Marketing staff distributed "Welcome SIUE Students" signs to businesses in the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon area.

The annual Block Party is scheduled from 6 p.m.-midnight Friday in the 100 blocks of St. Louis Street and Second Street, adjacent to the Madison County Courthouse. The event, with its theme of Rock the Block, will feature live music performed by the Smash Band, as well as food and beverages from popular Edwardsville restaurants and other organizations.

More than 2,500 SIUE students and residents of the community are expected to attend.

Meet The New Faculty

Kimberly Archer, Music, received a doctor of musical arts in composition from the University of Texas at Austin. Archer has composed six original compositions for band, one for string quartet, and three for small ensembles. Her scholarly interests include music for public school ensembles and music for wind and percussion. She enjoys film and science fiction.

Rick Chamberlin, Foreign Language and Literature, received a doctorate from the University of Michigan; his dissertation topic was "Medieval German Literature." Recent publications include "Coming Out of his Father's Closet: Klaus Mann's Der fromme Tanz as an Anti-Tod in Venedig" (Monatshefte, forthcoming). Scholarly interests include German literature; he also enjoys tennis, music, and travel.

Rhonda Comrie, School of Nursing, received a doctorate in Education Administration and Higher Education; her dissertation topic was "Identifying and Measuring Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Students' Moral Sensitivity." Scholarly interests include student moral sensitivity and development and student centered learning; she also enjoys gardening, reading, and sewing.

Doug Conley, director of the Gardens at SIUE and a member of the SIUE professional staff, is expected to receive a master of science in Public Horticulture at the University of Delaware; his thesis topic is "The Greenhouse Complex at Winterthur, a Country Estate During Henry Francis duPont's Stewardship." A Michigan native, Conley enjoys golf, hiking, and travel.

Mike Crider, chair of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, earned a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Kentucky and completed his post doctoral work in medical chemistry from Purdue University. His dissertation topic was "Syntheses of Ling-Acting Anticonvulsants of the Succinimide Type." Scholarly interests include synthesis and development of somatostatin peptidomimetics; he also enjoys gardening, walking and canoeing.

Tom Douglas, Management and Marketing, received a doctorate in business administration from the University of Tennessee. Recent publications include "Understanding Strategic Responses to Institutional Pressures" (Journal of Business Research) and "Evaluating the Deming Management Model of Total Quality in Services" (Decision Sciences Journal). Scholarly interests include competitive advantage, entrepreneurship, total quality management, and sustainable environmental strategies; he also enjoys cooking, sailing, and travel.

Mike Dudley, Psychology, received a doctorate from the University of Kentucky; his dissertation topic was "Psychological Consequences of Socially Mandated Stigma Concealment." Scholarly interests include stigma, stereotyping/prejudice, and teaching effectiveness; he also enjoys spelunking and enology.

Christine Emling, School of Nursing, earned a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Evansville; her thesis topic was "Effectiveness of Live vs Videotaped Patient Education." Emling is currently a doctoral student at SIU Carbondale. She is a board certified lactation consultant, an Illinois State certified school nurse, and a prenatal educator.

Richard Essner, Biological Sciences, received a master's in Biology from Southeast Missouri State University and a doctorate in Biology from Ohio University. His dissertation topic was "Morphology, Loco-motor Behavior, and Habitat Use in Arboreal Squirrels." Scholarly interests include evolution of novel loco-motor modes and musculoskeletal/biochemical modeling. He enjoys fishing, hiking, and gardening.

Ayse Evrensel, Economics and Finance, received a doctorate in Economic Geography from the University of Zurich and a doctorate in Economics from Clemson University. Her dissertation topic was "Effectiveness of International Monetary Fund Programs in Developing Countries." Current publications include "IMF Programs in Emerging Countries" (Comparative Economic Studies). Scholarly interests include real business cycles and technological innovations; she also enjoys sewing and making jewelry.

Kathleen Fick, Mathematics and Statistics, received a doctorate from Auburn University; her dissertation topic was "2nth Order Boundary Value Problems." Scholarly interests include preparing future educators, error analysis, and program restructuring; she also enjoys woodworking, reading, and spending time with family.

Louise Flick, School of Nursing, earned a doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina; her dissertation topic was "Psychological Development as a Determinant of Adolescent Maternal Behavior." Scholarly interests include infant mortality, prenatal psychiatric disorder in pregnancy and effects on the fetus, and maternal child epidemiology; she also enjoys running, gardening, and travel.

Thomas Fowler, Biological Sciences, received a master of science and a doctorate at The Ohio State University; his dissertation topic was "Identification of Four Genes for Plant Cell Wall Proteins." Scholarly interests include pheromone and receptor signaling and fungal molecular biology; he also enjoys biking and gardening.

Joel Friedrich, English Language and Literature, received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. He has published poetry in The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, and River Styx. Scholarly interests include creation of identity for speaker and reader in lyric poetry and what that says about distancing in the writing process.

Ann Gorman, Management and Marketing, received a master of science from the University of Colorado at Denver. Scholarly interests include sales process, general marketing, and channel management; she also enjoys traveling and sailing.

E. Gary Gum, School of Nursing, received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix; his dissertation topic was "The Completion and Availability of Advance Directives at the Time of Admission to Acute Care." Scholarly interests include the advancement of nursing as a profession; he also enjoys sports and traveling.

Manu Gupta, Economics and Finance, earned a doctorate at Texas A&M University; his dissertation topic was "Board Independence and Corporation Governance: Evidence From Director Resignation." Scholarly interests include corporate finance and international finance; he also enjoys biking and reading.

Donna Hale, Mass Communications, received a doctorate from Bowling Green State University; her dissertation topic was "The Image of Disabled People as Reflected In Award Winning Photos." Scholarly interests include mass communications ethics, minority stereotypes in print and broadcast, and newsroom sociology and management; she also enjoys playing the piano, charitable volunteer activities, and travel.

Jessica Hinz, School of Dental Medicine, earned a doctorate at the University of Missouri at Columbia; her dissertation topic was "Predictions of Child Abuse Potential of Pregnant Teens: Social Support, Conflict, Attachment." Scholarly interests include cross cultural communication in the medical and dental setting; she also enjoys gardening, travel, and baking.

Michaela Hoenicke-Moore, Historical Studies, received a doctorate from the University of North Carolina; her dissertation topic was "Know Your Enemy: American Interpretations of Nazi Germany, 1933-1945." Current scholarly interests include biography and ideology in 20th century Germany, and intellectuals and problems of transatlantic modernity; she also enjoys hiking and meditation.

John Hunt, Educational Leadership, received a doctorate from SIU Carbondale; his dissertation topic was "A Study of the Means Whereby Selected Illinois School Districts Met Financial Exigencies: 1973-1977." Scholarly interests include differentiation of instruction to meet No Child Left Behind targets; he also enjoys reading and classical music.

Asao Inoue, English Language and Literature, received a doctorate from Washington State University; his dissertation topic was "Structural Racism and Assessment." Recent publications include "Community-Based Assessment and Pedagogy" (Assessing Writing). Scholarly interests include assessment of writing, the rhetoric of assessment, and rhetoric of racism; he also enjoys weightlifting and building computers.

Julie Karpinski, School of Pharmacy, earned a Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas. Recent publications include a book chapter, "Pharmacy Practice Issues in Oncology: Drug Information," (Concepts in Oncology Therapeutics). Scholarly interests include new drug products, drug information, and drug interactions.

Jessica Kerr, School of Pharmacy, received a doctorate from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Scholarly interests include clinical research in Cardiovascular Risk Management and diabetes, hyperlipidemia, anticoagulation, heart failure, and COPD.

Hyung-Jun Kong, School of Dental Medicine, received a DDS from Northwestern University and a certificate in advanced Prosthodontics from the University of Florida.

Guim Kwon, School of Pharmacy, received a doctorate from the University of Michigan; her dissertation topic was "Lateral Mobility of Fluorescently Labeled G Protein Subunits in Intact Cells." Scholarly interests include understanding the mechanisms involved in the regulation of B-cell proliferation and survival; she also enjoys tennis, biking, and reading novels.

James LeCheminant, Kinesiology and Health Education, received a doctorate from the University of Kansas; his dissertation topic was "Comparison of a Low Carbohydrate and Low Fat Diet for Weight Maintenance After Weight Loss." Scholarly interests include obesity research and risk reduction/prevention for chronic disease; he also enjoys playing basketball and reading biographies.

Dong-Eun Lee, Construction, earned a doctorate in Civil Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology; his dissertation topic was "Construction Business Automation System." Scholarly interests include construction business automation, simulation, and construction automation and robotics.

Tim McPherson, School of Pharmacy, received a doctorate from Purdue University; his dissertation topic was "Biocompatibility of Synthetic Biomaterials." Publications include: "Phytostanol Tablets Reduce Human LDL" (Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology) and "Fat-free Foods Supplemented with Soy Stanol-Lecithin Powder Reduce Cholesterol Absorption and LDL Cholesterol" (Journal of the American Dietetic Association). He also enjoys cycling.

Larry Miller, Chemistry, is expected to receive a doctorate from Purdue University this year; his dissertation topic is "Elementary Education Majors' Understanding of Particulate Nature of Matter." Recent publications include "Students' Attitudes Toward and Conceptual Understanding of Instrumentation" (Journal of Chemical Education). Scholarly interest include misconceptions/conceptual change; he also enjoys playing piano.

Barbara Nwacha, Art and Design, received an MFA at the University of Iowa; her MFA project was a 22-piece series of silkscreen and foil stampings based on "Arcana Barbie." Current scholarly interests include graphic design history, graphic design and cultural anthropology, and graphic design with social issues; she also enjoys cake and cookie decorating, making greeting cards, and swimming.

Michael O'Malley, Educational Leadership, received a doctorate from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. His dissertation topic was "Constructing a Critical Pedagogy of Human Soul Through a Postmodern Analysis of Kairos." Recent publications include "Perspectives" (Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy). Scholarly interests include ethics and educational leadership and qualitative research methodologies; he also enjoys scuba diving.

Caroline Pryor, Curriculum and Instruction, received a doctorate from Arizona State University; her dissertation topic was "How Student Teachers Made Sense of Teaching: the Derivations of an Individual's Education Philosophy." Recent publications include: Democratic Practices in Education: Implications for Teacher Education, (Scarecrow Press), and Writing a Philosophy of Education Statement: An Educator's Workbook (McGraw-Hill Press). Caroline enjoys swimming and golf.

Andrea Reaka, School of Pharmacy, received a bachelor of science, a master of science, and a doctorate, all in bioengineering and all from the University of Illinois at Chicago; her dissertation topic was "Construction of a Virtual High Throughput Screen by 4D-QSAR Analysis." Recent publications include "Metal Complexes of Chiral Pentaaza Crowns as Conformational Templates for Beta-Turn Recognition" (Journal of Computer Aided Molecular Design). Andrea enjoys running and camping.

Paul Rose, Psychology, received a doctorate from State University of new York (SUNY) at Buffalo; his dissertation topic was "Motivational Influences Decision Making." Scholarly interests include motivated cognition as it relates to self-concept, romantic relationships, and consumer behavior.

Donyell Roseboro, Educational Leadership, received a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; her dissertation topic was "Icons of Power and Landscapes of Protest: The Student Movement for the Sonja Haynes Store Black Cultural Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill." Scholarly interests include student social movements in America, critical race theory, and feminist theory; she also enjoys monitoring inner city youth.

Kevin Rowland, School of Dental Medicine, received a doctorate from West Virginia University; his dissertation topic was "Electrophysiology of Auditory Brainstem Neurons." Scholarly interests include understanding the neural mechanisms underlying the sensation of pain and temperature in the human body.

Alyssia Ruggiero, Art and Design, earned a master of science in Art Education at Florida State University; her thesis top was "Caring in Middle School Art Classrooms." Recent presentations include a presentation at NAEA, "An Atmosphere of Caring" and a presentation at the Florida State Museum entitled "An Artists' Statement or Relationship." Scholarly interests include working to support the emotional development of students and holistic education.

Michelle Sears, Library Information Systems, received a master's in Library Information Systems from the University of Alabama. Scholarly interests include library resources and services in the electronic environment; she also enjoys yoga, running, and cooking.

Jerome Shen, Chemistry, received a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin; his dissertation topic was "Local Origins Nuclear Shielding Theory and Line Shape Analysis." Jerome has retired from the protein technologies industry, where he developed soy protein products for the food industry. Scholarly interests include the history of the Civil War and World War II; he enjoys gardening and duplicate bridge.

Albertina Siatkowski, Department of Nursing, received a master's from SIU Edwardsville. She is currently working on her doctorate at St. Louis University; her dissertation topic is "Patient Compliance." Scholarly interests include acculturation and health care decision making among Hispanics.

Myung-Sin Song, Mathematics and Statistics, received a doctorate from the University of Iowa; her dissertation topic was "Wavelet Image Compression." Scholarly interests include wavelet image processing, functional analysis, and computer programming; she also enjoys photography and the performing arts.

Diane Sol, Theater and Dance, earned a doctorate at the University of California, Davis. Publications include "The Role of Culture in the Theater of Business/New Delhi, India" and "How to Succeed in the Theater of Business: India." Scholarly interests include theater history and primary source documentation; she also enjoys art history and ethno-music.

Cathryn Springer, Geography, received a doctorate from Texas State University; her dissertation was about " Nature, Process and Effects of Virtual Field Studies." Scholarly activities include reviewing for the Journal of Geography; research topics include fieldwork in geography and geoscience education and virtual field studies; she also enjoys traveling and camping.

Lucian Stone, Philosophy, received a doctorate from SIU Carbondale; his dissertation topic was "Blessed Perplexity: The topos of Hayrat in Farid al-Din Attar's Mantiq al-tayr." Scholarly interests include issues in Islamic philosophy and Sufism; he also enjoys reading and baseball.

Zsuzsanna Szabo, Educational Leadership, received a doctorate from the University of Arizona; her dissertation topic was "Sex-Role Attributional Style, and Career Choices: A Cross-Cultural Analysis." Scholarly interests include information processing, cognition, team learning, and gender issues.

Christopher Theodorakis, Biological Sciences, received a doctorate from the University of Tennessee; his dissertation topic was "Molecular Toxicology of Fish." Recent publications include "Thyroid Endocrine Disruption in Stonerollers and Cricket Frogs from Perchlorate-Contaminated Streams in East-Central Texas" (Ecotoxicology).

Erin Timpe, School of Pharmacy, earned a doctorate at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Publications include "Environmental Exposure to Category D and X Medications by Pregnant Healthcare Professionals" (American Journal of Health-Systems Pharmacy). Scholarly interests include diabetes mellitus and adverse drug reactions.

George Watson, Management and Marketing, received a doctorate from Virginia Tech; his dissertation topic was "Ideology and Psychological Contacts." Scholarly interests include moral decision-making and self-affirmation theory; he also enjoys doing home renovations and improvements.

Chin-Chaun Wei, Chemistry, received a doctorate from the City University of New York (CUNY). Scholarly interests include metalloenzyme structure and function, protein electron transfer, and protein-protein interactions involved in biological signal transduction. Chin-Chaun enjoys reading, music, and programming.

Lisa Welch, Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, received a doctorate from Brown University; her dissertation topic was "The Meaning of Welfare Reform as Seen in its Political and Economic Context as Well as in the Lived Experience of Those Affected by the Policy Shift." Scholarly interests include social policy, social stratification, inequality, and political economy; she also enjoys bicycling, hiking, and theater.

Kim White, School of Nursing, received a doctorate from Barry University; her dissertation topic was "Childhood Lead Exposure: Caregivers' Knowledge of Lead, Perceptions of Risk, and Risk Reduction Behaviors." Scholarly interests include childhood lead poisoning and communication of health information using mass communication; she also enjoys golf, gardening, and reading.

Patricia Wilkins, School of Nursing, received a doctorate at Louisana State University Medical Center; her dissertation topic was "Participation in Decision Making, Organizational Commitment and Job Satisfaction of Nurses with Either a Shared Governance or Non-Shared Governance Structure for Nursing Services." Scholarly interests include nursing services organizational structures, learner center education, and adult health nursing; she also enjoys travel, reading, and youth sports.

Alisa Williams, School of Nursing, earned an MSN at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; her graduate research topic was "Effectiveness of the Nursing Skills Lab in Preparing Nursing Students for the Initial Inpatient Clinical Experience." Scholarly interests include grant writing for the Edwardsville Children's Museum; her current project is "Healthy Communities-Healthy Children."

Ron Worthington, School of Pharmacy, received a doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis; his dissertation topic was "Biochemistry of Blood Cell Development." Scholarly interests include human genetic variation as a determinant of drug response; he also enjoys digital photography.

Bill Wuller, School of Pharmacy, received a master of science in Pharmacy Administration from St. Louis College of Pharmacy; his thesis topic was "Administrative Perceptions of Hospital Pharmacists: A Study of Personnel Directors, National Survey, 1990." Scholarly interests include contemporary experiential education methodologies and benchmarking methodologies for health system pharmacy; he also enjoys golf, football, and raising bonsai.

Rick Yakimo, School of Nursing, received a doctorate from Saint Louis University; his dissertation topic was "Outcome Analysis in Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing." Scholarly interests include psychiatric nursing, psychosocial care of the physically ill, and quality of life in older adults; he also enjoys photography and music.

Valerie Yancey, School of Nursing, received a doctorate from Saint Louis University; her dissertation topic was "William James as a Resource for Ethics at the End of Life." Current scholarly interests include complexity theory, holistic nursing, and health care; she also enjoys art and music.

School Spirit Committee Seeks Funding For Sculpture

A group of SIUE students have formed a committee-the School Spirit and Pride Committee-to raise money to erect a bronze sculpture of a cougar, the University's mascot, on campus.

Nikki Grashoff, chair of the committee, said the proposed sculpture would be "a monument" to the live cougars that lived on campus between 1968 and 1987. "This statue will be a monument to Chimega and Kyna and will enrich the campus by providing a rallying point for students to show their pride in SIUE."

Chimega was the name of the University's first live cougar mascot who came to campus in early 1968 and who "retired" in 1982. Chimega, who for many years was featured at Intercollegiate Athletics events and in Homecoming parades, continued to live in a designated area next to the student center until her death in March 1985. She was buried next to Peck Pond.

In 1982, the campus acquired a second cougar, Kyna, who reigned as mascot until the program was discontinued in 1987 because of safety concerns. She was given to a wildlife preserve near Cairo in Southern Illinois.

"A fund-raising campaign has been implemented by the School Spirit and Pride Committee, in conjunction with SIUE Student Government, to raise money for this project," Grashoff said. "We are resolved to bring this cougar statue to campus." She pointed out that $30,000 is the goal of the student fund-raising effort.

The bronze sculpture, created by artist Dawn Weimer, of Loveland, Colo., is nine feet tall and depicts a stalking cougar. Four locations are being proposed for placement of the sculpture, Grashoff said: two locations near the Morris University Center, in the area above the "hairpin" turn near the Stratton Quad, or in the flag pole area between Rendleman and Peck halls.

"Rubber bracelets are being sold in the University Book Store at $2 each," Grashoff said, "and soon we will be offering a limited supply of commemorative bricks at $50 each to be placed in a patio surrounding the proposed statue." The committee already has raised $1,000 from a recent committee-sponsored trivia night.

"We are also encouraging other groups to hold additional fund-raisers, such as a car wash, a bake sale, or a dance, to help with this cause."

For more information about the campaign, contact Grashoff by e-mail:, or visit the Web site:

The 2005-06 A&I Season Begins With Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ... Extraordinary!

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a high-energy swing band whose music puts the "zoot" in "zoot suit," opens the Arts & Issues series 2005-06 season at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Sept. 30. Partners Bank of Glen Carbon is sponsoring the band's appearance.

Arts & Issues presents the 2005-06 season-billed as "extraordinary"including the return to SIUE of legendary singer/songwriter Joan Baez, internationally known historian David McCullough, the breathtaking contemporary dance of the Minnesota Dance Theatre, former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes, and the music of Mozart played exquisitely by the Alexander String Quartet.

And, in a special encore engagement from last year's sellout concert, two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Kathy Mattea will return to the Arts & Issues stage with a holiday show, performing an evening of Christmas and seasonal music from her Joy for Christmas Day and Good News albums.

"For more than two decades the Arts & Issues series has made extraordinary things happen, so we're presenting our 21st year as an extraordinary season," said John Peecher, coordinator of the series. "We are very thankful for the enthusiastic support of our audiences over the past 20-plus years and for the generosity of our donors, as well as the continued sponsorship of the University, making Arts & Issues a cultural staple of the region," Peecher said.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, infusing old-school jive and a lively horn section, will appear at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in Meridian Ballroom. BBVD promises an evening of music that swings- rockin' and rollin' with a bit of Dixieland and some Jazz thrown in. With a New Orleans sensibility, BBVD takes their swing into a modern and (did we mention fun?) direction. BBVD's appearance is made possible by Partners Bank of Glen Carbon.

Singer/songwriter Joan Baez, who appeared at the old Mississippi River Festival in 1969 and 1975, makes a triumphant return to campus at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in Meridian Ballroom. From the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s to Woodstock Nation to songs from her new two-CD retrospective due out in the fall, Baez will merge past, present, and future for an evening of beautiful and thought-provoking music from a timeless performer.

Other Arts & Issues 21st season appearances include two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough-author of the runaway New York Times No. 1 best-seller 1776, as well as the popular biographies Truman and John Adams-at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Meridian Ballroom, sponsored by the School of Education, and visionary economist Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes Inc. and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, in Meridian Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, sponsored by the School of Business.

The Alexander String Quartet, one of the premier ensembles of its kind, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, in Dunham Hall theater, sponsored by Erato Wine Bar and Shop, with locations in Edwardsville and St. Louis. Having appeared in the major music capitals of four continents, ASQ will present an evening of Mozart in celebration of his 250th birthday. The quartet also has established itself as an important advocate of new music through more than 25 commissions and numerous premiere performances.

Renowned as one of its home state's cultural treasures, the Minnesota Dance Theatre will perform "vividly expressive dance and choreographic adventures" at 8 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2006, in Dunham Hall theater. MDT's distinctive and admired contemporary dance aesthetic is one of the valued legacies of the company's founder, Loyce Houlton, internationally acclaimed choreographer. She masterfully integrated ballet and modern dance techniques to create the distinctive style that has excited MDT audiences and continues to characterize the group's performances.

Back by popular acclaim from last year's season, singer-songwriter Kathy Mattea returns to Arts & Issues in a special holiday concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, also in Dunham Hall theater. Mattea will offer a "touching range of human emotions with music that will make your heart sing and your spirits soar."

Subscription tickets are on sale with six events offered for $125; students $62.50, or six events with the added attraction of Kathy Mattea, $147, students, $73.50. More information and tickets are available by contacting the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. Subscriptions and tickets also may be purchased at the Web site:

Research Professorships Announced By Graduate Studies And Research

The second recipient of the Vaughnie J. Lindsay Research Professor Award is Leah O'Brien, professor of Chemistry, for her work on spectroscopy of palladium and platinum catalyst mimetics.

The seventh recipient of the Hoppe Research Professor Award, chosen in this sixth year of the award, is Edward Sewell, professor of Mathematics and Statistics, for his work on operations research.

The Vaughnie J. Lindsay Research Professor Award was created to honor Vaughnie J. Lindsay, who served as the dean of Graduate Studies and Research from 1973-1986 and who began the strong support of faculty research that continues today. The award is funded by private donations from faculty and emeritus faculty and by the SIUE Graduate School, as well as the SIUE schools of Business, Dental Medicine, Education, Engineering, and Nursing, and the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences

The Hoppe Research Professor Award is partially made possible 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. The program is funded by the Hoppe Faculty Research Endowment; the SIUE Graduate School; the SIUE schools of Business, Dental Medicine, Education, Engineering, and Nursing; and the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences.

Both the Lindsay and the Hoppe Research Professor awards are programs for faculty members of SIUE to recognize and support individual agendas of research or creative activities. These Awards recognize 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.

These Professorships are unlike other University awards. They are designed to support a significant portion of a faculty member's larger research agenda. Professor O'Brien and Professor Sewell will be appointed for a two-year period, during which time they will each 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 $1,000 in support lines.

For her research on the electronic spectra of palladium and platinum containing molecules, O'Brien will study the bonding in these mimetics, or models, of important catalysts. Catalysts are compounds that increase the rate of a reaction and are extremely important in synthetic industrial chemistry. O'Brien will investigate molecules spectroscopically, complemented with theoretical calculations.

The significance of her research is based on the interpretation of the molecular constants obtained from her analysis. Two of the projects she will study are "breakthrough" projects because other scientists have been unsuccessful in their approaches. O'Brien will also involve graduate and undergraduate students in her research program.

"I am honored and delighted to receive the Vaughnie J. Lindsay Research Professorship," O'Brien said. "This award will give me time and support to pursue this new research area for me."

Sewell's overall goal of his long-term research is to develop better ways to solve hard combinatorial optimization problems. A combinatorial optimization problem involves selection of the best solution from a finite number of possible solutions. For example, purchasers of pediatric vaccines want to find the least expensive set of vaccines that can be used to satisfy the U.S. Recommended Immunization Schedule of the Centers for Disease Control.

Because of the large number of shots that babies must receive at each visit, pharmaceutical companies are attempting to reduce the number of shots by combining several vaccines into a single shot. Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical companies are not combining the same vaccines into a single shot, which means that the decision about which vaccine to buy for one disease, such as Hepatitis B, now affects the decision about which vaccine to buy for the other diseases, such as polio. Choosing correctly can save millions of dollars.

Sewell's goal is to develop a better algorithm, which he calls branch, bound, and remember (BBR), for solving such hard combinatorial optimization problems.

"I am honored to be chosen for the Hoppe Research Professor Award," Professor Sewell said. "I am grateful to SIUE for this wonderful opportunity to dedicate additional time to developing new methods (and) it is my hope that this research project will produce algorithms that are capable of solving larger real-world problems."

Carole Frick, associate professor of Historical Studies, is beginning the second year of her Hoppe Research Professorship with research on the gender issues/material culture of 15th-century Italy and the socio-economic impact of the cloth/clothing industry on the inhabitants of the city of Florence.

The first recipient of the Vaughnie J. Lindsay Research Professor Award, Margaret Simons, professor of Philosophy, is beginning the second year of her award for her work on the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir, a noted 20th-century philosopher and feminist.

SIU Presidential Search Advisory Committee Members Announced

Roger Tedrick, president of the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, today released the names of 22 individuals who have agreed to serve on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC).

Harold Bardo was selected by the Board to chair the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. Bardo is director of SIU's MED-PREP program, a nationally recognized pre-medicine/pre-dental program for disadvantaged students.

"I cannot be more pleased with the list of individuals who have agreed to assist this Board in the selection of the next president," Tedrick said. "This diverse group represents virtually every aspect of Southern Illinois University. Their commitment of time and talent to the presidential search process will prove invaluable."

The Board of Trustees created the committee in July to assist in the selection of the University's next president. James Walker, current president of Southern Illinois University, has announced his plans to retire effective June 30.

The PSAC is charged with screening initial applications, assisting the Board in the selection of semifinalists and providing the Trustees an unranked list of at least three finalists who are well qualified to lead SIU.

Various university interest and constituency groups nominated individuals named today to the PSAC. In addition to Bardo, the committee members and their representation are as follows:

• Venessa Brown, Jackie Clement, Michael Shaw, and Prince Wells, all representing the Faculty Senate and Graduate Council at SIUE;
• Jyotika Ramaprasad and Margaret Stockdale, both representing the Faculty Senate at SIUC;
• Bill Muhlach and Wenona Whitfield, both representing the Graduate Council at SIUC;
• Morteza Daneshdoost, representing the Faculty Association at SIUC;
• Carolin Harvey, representing the Civil Service Employees Council at SIUC;
• Kyle Stunkel and Paul Pitts, both representing the Administrative/Professional Staff and Civil Service, University Staff Senate, at SIUE;
• Brad Dillard, representing the Administrative/Professional Staff Council at SIUC;
• Cindy Holesko and Melanie Rodrigues, both representing the Student Body at SIUE
• Alexis Allen, representing the Undergraduate Student Government at SIUC;
• Jon Pressley, representing the Graduate and Professional Student Council at SIUC;
• Elzora Douglas, representing the Alumni Association at SIUE;
• Richard Reynolds, representing the Alumni Association at SIUC;
• David Oates representing the SIUE Foundation; and
• Larry DeJarnett, representing the SIUC Foundation.

A public report on the work of the PSAC and the progress of the search will be made to the Board at its Sept. 8 meeting on the Edwardsville campus.

School Of Nursing Recruiting Participants For Annual Walk

The SIUE School of Nursing is encouraging donations for its Second Annual Scholarship Walk on Campus, scheduled this year for Saturday, Sept 17. The event is aimed at raising money for scholarships to support students enrolled in the School.

The event is one of the ways the School is addressing the shortage of professional nurses. The School is recruiting participants from the SIUE campus, nursing alumni, nursing students, nursing faculty, and area residents.

"The Sept 17 Scholarship Walk will be a pleasant two-and-one-half-mile stroll or bike ride or run through the SIUE campus," said Marcia Maurer, dean of the SIUE School of Nursing. The event, which kicks off at 10 a.m., will begin at SIUE's Alumni Hall. In conjunction with the event, campus tours will be offered from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., while a luncheon is scheduled from noon-1 p.m., sponsored by Illinois Oncology, Ltd.

"Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 in scholarships for nursing students," Maurer said. "They are essential partners in our health-care delivery systems. We are trying to reach as many of our graduates and retired faculty as possible, asking them to return to campus to walk and support current and future nursing students.

"Anyone who gathers at least $25 in donations will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Hospitals and other organizations are encouraged to consider being a sponsor with a donation of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more."

For more information about the Sept. 17 walk, or to register to walk, contact Diana Peters, by telephone, (618) 650-2551, or by e-mail: Information and registration forms can be obtained at our website

SIUE To Offer 15 Paid Government Internships Through Demuzio Program

SIUE is offering 15 paid internship opportunities to undergraduate students interested in a professional career in politics and/or state government, and who have junior class standing with either an overall 2.75 GPA or better, or a 3.0 GPA or better in their major field of study.

The Vince Demuzio Governmental Internship Program, which is effective immediately, is made possible through legislation recently signed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to commemorate the late state senator from Carlinville who died last year after a battle with cancer. Another 15 paid internships are being offered to undergraduates enrolled at SIU Carbondale.

A champion of downstate Illinois interests, Sen. Demuzio was elected to represent the state's 49th senatorial district in 1974, served as chair of the state Democratic Party from 1986-1990, and was serving as majority leader in the Illinois Senate at the time of his death at age 62.

"For the future of our governmental institutions, it is very important for young people to experience public service," said Sen. William Haine (D-Alton), representing the state's 56th senatorial district. "Knowing and working with Sen. Demuzio as I did for many years, I know Vince would be particularly proud of an educational program designed to attract bright and committed young people to government service."

The program offers two types of internship experience: Legislative staff internships at home offices of House or Senate members or internships with a local state agency office. In either case, interns would work 15 to 20 hours per week while attending classes full time, and perform duties as regular staffers.

Under the program guidelines, interns who work 15 hours per week would receive $660 per month, while interns who work 20 hours per week would earn $880 per month. Applications may be received at any time during the year and, depending on eligibility and availability, are referred to the appropriate legislator or department supervisor for consideration.

Applications rules and guidelines may be obtained by calling Jean Paterson, director of the SIUE Career Development Center, (618) 650-3708.

No. 2 Men's Soccer Gets Back On Track

The SIUE men's soccer team is headed in the right direction returning to Korte Stadium for two games this weekend.

The second-ranked Cougars are currently 3-1 and 1-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference as they face Truman State and Saginaw Valley. The Bulldogs also enter the Friday (9/9) 7 p.m. contest with a 3-1 mark.

"We have had a recent history of important games with Truman State," said SIUE men's soccer coach Ed Huneke. "This one fits into that category as well."

SIUE defeated Quincy on Saturday (9/3) to continue the Cougars' 22-game conference regular season streak without a loss.

Victor Pacheco (San Luis, Brazil) and Tim Collico (St. Louis, Mo.) netted two goals in the win over the Hawks. Pacheco leads the team with five points. "We are planning on a lot of goals from Victor this year," said Huneke. "Collico always will be capable of finishing when given the right opportunity."

Freshman Robert Ridder (Quincy) picked up a goal and an assist in the two games over the weekend, scoring his first collegiate goal against Northwood at Soccer Bowl XIII. "He had some points this (past) weekend in front of a hometown crowd," said Huneke. "He is showing us more and more, and we like nice surprises."

Goalies Nicholas Frasca (St. Charles) and Greg Crook (Columbia) have given up just one goal this season. Frasca has two shutouts while Crook has one for a goals against average of 0.25. "Shutouts are a good sign of a team that is playing well not only in goal but with team defense," said Huneke. "If we continue in this fashion it will help us win a lot of games."

The Cougars take on Truman at 7:30 p.m. Friday (9/9) before a 2:30 p.m. matchup with the Cardinals on Sunday (9/11).

Women's Soccer Opens GLVC Season

The SIUE women's soccer travels to Quincy tomorrow (9/7) to begin the Great Lakes Valley Conference season. The Cougars head into the match against the Hawks with a 2-2 record.

SIUE is looking to get back to its winning ways after a 4-0 loss to Grand Valley State on Friday (9/2) and 3-0 defeat to Southeast Missouri State yesterday (9/5).

The Cougars are in the midst of four games in seven days. After the matchup with Quincy, SIUE returns home for contests with Trinity International on Friday (9/9) and Saginaw Valley on Sunday (9/11).

Freshmen Jenny Kates (Florissant, Mo.), Amy Million (Granite City), and Elizabeth Valenti (Overland Park, Kan.) lead the team with four points each. Valenti and Million have both netted game-winning goals.

The contest with the Hawks begins at 6 p.m. tomorrow (9/7). SIUE returns to Korte Stadium, facing Lady Trojans at 5 Friday night and the Cardinals at noon Sunday.

Volleyball Gains Edge Before CMSU Challenge

SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober feels his team has gained an edge that he doesn't want his team to lose.

The Cougars are 7-2 after posting a 3-1 mark after hosting the Cougar Classic.

"If someone would have told us that we would be 7-2 at this point, I would be very happy," said Gober. "I am pleased with how we are playing and the direction we are headed."

SIUE notched a huge four-game win over 23rd-ranked Northern Michigan on Friday night (9/2) during the tournament.

The Cougars head to the Central Missouri Challenge this Thursday (9/8) to face the No. 8-ranked Jennies. The Cougars follow that contest up with matches against Pittsburg State and Henderson State on Friday (9/9) and Saturday (9/10). "This is a good weekend to see how we are doing against some more top teams in the country," said Gober. "Central (Missouri) is a team that you can't just play good for a game. You have to play an entire match. You can't have little breakdowns against them."

Senior Allison Buss (Towanda) leads the Cougars and the Great Lakes Valley Conference in digs per game with 5.41.

Buss's biggest accomplishment of the past weekend was breaking Kim Gilman's (1996-99) digs record of 1,416 against Alderson-Broaddus. She now has 1,433 digs for her career as SIUE's all-time leader. "Allison has done a great job," said Gober. "Her serve receive has been one of our most consistent areas this year. She is passing incredibly well."

Fellow senior Heather Bonde (Millstadt) leads the Cougars with 112 kills, a .311 hitting percentage, and 3.50 kills per game. "This past weekend I thought she hit very well," said Gober. "We need to find a way to get the ball to our middles more, so they can terminate especially Heather."

The Cougars play the Jennies at 7 p.m. on Thursday, before the Gorrillas at 5:30 Friday night and the Reddies at noon on Saturday.

Men's Cross Country Finishes First at Early Bird

The SIUE men's cross country team visits Peoria on Saturday (9/10) for the Bradley Invitational.

The Cougars are fresh off a first place finish at the Washington (Mo.) University Early Bird last week.

SIUE scored 35 points, six ahead of second place Washington University. "I was very pleased with how they ran," said SIUE cross country coach Eileen McAllister. "We wanted to act as a team and as one unit. I felt that we did that."

Brian Taghon (East Moline) led the way in the 5,000 meter run, finishing third in a time of 16.17.

Eric Steffens (Moline) placed fifth with a mark of 16.21 and Justin Crain (McLeansboro) was 20 seconds behind him for a seventh-place finish.

Kyle Cameron (Moline) came in with a time of 16.49 in 10th place. "It was good to see that many guys that close together," said McAllister. "They all finished really strong I like the effort they showed."

The meet at Bradley begins at 5 p.m Friday. "It should be a faster course," said McAllister. "I am looking for people to improve on their times."

Women's Cross Country Heads To Bradley Invite

The SIUE women's cross country goes to the Bradley Invitational this week.

The Cougars placed second at the Washington (Mo.) University Early Bird last weekend. SIUE finished second with 65 points, behind Washington University which had 21.

"I think with such a young group I was happy with how they did.," said McAllister. "I thought they all competed hard. We still have a lot of improvement, but that will come as the year goes along."

Kelly Flounders (Homer Glen) came in at ninth place with a time of 22.12 in the 5,000 meter run.

Freshman Michelle Meador (Bower) placed 13th with a mark of 22:12. "Michelle has really been challenging everyone in practice," said McAllister. "She has been practicing really hard."

Elizabeth Williams (Mt. Vernon) finished at 22nd with a time of 22.43 for the Cougars.

The meet with the Braves begins at 5 Friday evening.

Men's Soccer Opens GLVC Season At Soccer Bowl XIII

As SIUE men's soccer coach Ed Huneke looks back on the team's first two games of the season he says there's one word that comes to mind- unsatisfied.

The Cougars are 1-1 this year heading into the start of Great Lakes Valley Conference play on Saturday (9/3) at Quincy.

SIUE has scored just one goal in a loss at Christian Brothers last Thursday (9/1) and a win over Ashland 1-0 on Sunday (8/28).

"I'm not happy with where we are at this point," said Huneke. "The pieces of the puzzle are there and with a little refinement of placement of personnel, while adjusting to style, I think we will be OK."

Other than the Hawks, SIUE will battle Northwood on Sunday (9/4) at Soccer Bowl XIII. "Quincy is one of our longest standing rivals," said Huneke. "We are ready for two wins and a tournament trophy. That would give us a nice boost."

SIUE headed into the Christian Brothers game ranked number one in the country, but could record only six shots against the Buccaneers. "We had better be aware that it is a big game every time anybody plays us," said Huneke. "They are really going to be geared up and coming at us hard."

In the win over the Eagles, Andrew Crider (Granite City) picked up the game-winning and collegiate goal. "He is adjusting to our style," said Huneke. "I think he has some potential, and he is very athletic."

Kevin Thibodeau (St. Charles, Mo.) leads a Cougar defense that is allowing 7.5 shots per game. "Thibodeau is solid in the back for us," said Huneke. "There are a number of players that need to take it up a bit."

The Cougars will battle with Quincy at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, then taking on the Timberwolves at 5 p.m Sunday.

Freshman Lead The Way For Women's Soccer

Of the six goals that have been scored in two games by the SIUE women's soccer team this year, five have been scored by freshmen.

The Cougars have a 2-0 mark including a upset of 7th-ranked Ashland. SIUE travels north to face Grand Valley State on Friday (9/2). "We are getting all of our top regional opponents out of the way early," said Bowers. "That is another regional opponent that we have to beat. Last year, we lost to them 1-0 and that was a big hit in terms of us getting a NCAA bid."

Leading the freshman charge are Jenny Kates (Florissant, Mo.), Amy Million (Granite City), and Elizabeth Valenti (Overland Park, Kan.). Kates and Million both have netted two goals on the season. "That is pretty much what I expected from them," said SIUE women's soccer coach Lynda Bowers. "They are just very talented and goal hungry."

Valenti recorded one goal, adding two assists including the game-winner over Missouri Southern last Friday (8/26). "She is a very talented player," said Bowers. "She is extremely composed for a freshman. She can control the game and find passing lanes that most freshmen wouldn't even dream of finding."

Fellow freshman Jennifer Kratzer (St. Charles, Mo.) and junior Kristine Armstrong (St. Peters, Mo.) also have made contributions from their forward spots. "All four of our strikers in the Ashland game played great," said Bowers. "Their names were all over the stats."

Junior Padra Bencini (Carbondale) has led the Cougars' defensive, holding their opponents to 16 shots in two contests. "She is a rock for us on defense," said Bowers. "She is such a leader."

SIUE's matchup with the Lakers will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday (9/2) in Allendale, Mich.

Volleyball Hosts Cougar Classic

After returning from the Nebraska-Omaha Tournament with a 3-1 mark, SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober is pleased with his team's performance heading into the Cougar Classic this weekend.

The Cougars play their home opener on Tuesday (9/6) against McKendree before battling with Alderson Broaddus, Northern Michigan, Missouri Southern and Truman State in the tournament at the Vadalabene Center.

"The Northern Michigan match holds the most importance to us because it is a regional match," said Gober. "Truman State is another tough one because we do have aspirations of being a top 20 team. Missouri Southern is not going to be a walk over either."

SIUE defeated regional foe Hillsdale, Regis, and host Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend. "I am very happy with our team," said Gober. There was a real possibility that after game one on day two we could have come back 2-2."

Heather Bonde (Millstadt) and Kim Potthast (St. Rose) led the Cougars in the kill department with Bonde recording 54 kills and Potthast notching 44. "Kim is an absolute difference maker, said Gober. "We are just now getting a taste of what she will bring to this team. We need to keep getting Heather the ball."

Senior Allison Buss (Towanda) notched 88 digs over the weekend, passing Lindsay Rust (1998-2000) for second place all-time at SIUE for digs in a career with 1349 in 311 games. Buss needs 68 digs to overtake the all-time leader Kim Gilman (1996-99), who had 1416 digs in 482 games. "I rarely have to worry about what she is going to contribute," said Gober. "We know she is going to deliver."

In the win over the Mavericks, the Cougars began to run a 6-2 offense with setters Krystal Majernik (Normal) and Mallory Clements (Mt. Pulaski). The pair combined for 49 assists and 21 digs in the victory. "I want them to become one player and get it in their minds that this is our offense and we are of one mind," said Gober.

Jamie Jones (Flanagan) also had a solid four matches as she averaged 1.33 blocks per game."She had a wonderful weekend," said Gober. "She is only going to get better."

The Cougars will take on Alderson-Broaddus at 4:30 p.m. and Northern Michigan at 7:30 p.m. Friday (9/2). Then SIUE faces Missouri Southern at 9:30 a.m. and Truman State at 5 p.m. Saturday (9/3).

Women's Tennis Open Season At KWC

First year head coach Brian Belt looks to improve upon a 9-7 record from 2004 as the SIUE tennis team gets started this year.

The Cougars will begin their season Friday as they travel to Owensboro, Ky. to take on Kentucky Wesleyan at 3 p.m. "I am looking forward to the season," said Belt.

"We had a good week of practice. That will be a good match for us to get our feet underneath us."

Starting at No. 1 singles for the Cougars will be senior Gina Wohltman (Effingham), at No. 2 singles is sophomore Katherine Ferry (Springfield), No. 3 singles is senior Celia Montes (Chicago), starting at No. 4 singles will be sophomore Brittany Kockler (Troy), and freshmen Kristen Bray (Effingham) and Jennifer Ruthe (Chicago) round out the No. 5 and 6 signals spots.

Belt noted that the match against the Panthers gives his team an opportunity to set up their doubles teams and see how they play.

Men's And Women's Cross Country Begin Seasons

The SIUE Men's and Women's cross country teams get a jump start on the year with the Washington (Mo.) University Early Bird on Saturday (9/3).

The Cougars and Coach Eileen McAllister are looking for a successful season in 2005 after the men finished last year 12th in the regional and the women placed 18th."It is a nice early season meet to see where people are at," said McAllister.

On the men's side key returnees include captains Brian Taghon (East Moline) and Trae Cotner (Springfield), to go along with Eric Steffens (Moline), Brian Getz (East Moline), Josh Bozue (Fairborne, Ohio), Justin Crain (McLeansboro), Blake Marcum (Centralia), and Bart Smith (Benton). New freshman are Kyle Cameron (Moline), Martin Copeland (Alton), Marc Corcoran (Rockford), Tim Raube (Utica), and Steve Werths (Granite City).

On the the women's side returnees are captains Kelly Flounders (Homer Glen) and Heather Zipparro (Mount Prospect), sophomore Sam Christie (Washington), and junior Betsy Hall (Charleston). Incoming freshmen Stacey Riggs (Hanover Park), Katelyn Davis (Williamsville), Hannah Malik (Edwardsville), Michelle Meador (Bower), Chelsey Patterson (Sherman), and Elizabeth Williams (Mt. Vernon) look to make contributions.

Crider, Cougars Blank Ashland

The No. 1-ranked SIUE men's soccer rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 1-0 victory on Sunday (8/28) against Ashland.

Andrew Crider scored off a corner kick from Victor Pacheco at 38:29 for the game's only goal. SIUE improved to 1-1, while Ashland fell to 0-2.

The Cougars also edged the Eagles in shots at 14-8. Nicholas Frasca grabbed three saves for the Cougars. Charles Curren had four saves in goal for Ashland.

SIUE returns to action on Saturday (9/3) at Soccer Bowl XIII. SIUE plays a Great Lakes Valley Conference matchup with Quincy on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Cougars follow that up with a 5 p.m. game against Northwood on Sunday (9/4).

Cougars Knock Off No. 7 Ashland

SIUE peppered No. 7-ranked Ashland with 23 shots and went on to a 3-1 victory at Korte Stadium on Sunday (8/28).

Freshmen Jenny Kates and Amy Million both collected their second goals in as many games for the Cougars. Katie Yearian scored her first of the season on a penalty kick at 74:12.

SIUE, 2-0, outshot the Eagles 23-11. Kim Roady collected the victory in net for the Cougars, collecting seven saves.

Kates gave SIUE the early lead at 33:49 on a corner kick from Jennifer Kratzer. Kates comes flying in past teammate Elizabeth Valenti and headed the ball past Ashland goalkeeper Becky Kasper, who finished with eight saves.

Ashland fired back in the second half at 51:45 when Karen Carty scored off a corner kick from Erin Brockway.

Million earned the eventual game-winning goal at 65:14 when she scored from 12 yards out on the right side on a quick pass from Valenti.

SIUE's next action is Friday (9/2) at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich.

Cougars Take No. 1 Ranking On the Road

For most teams, being ranked No. 1 in the country means kicking off the season with a home game against a lesser opponent. But, that's not the case for the SIUE men's soccer team.

The Cougars travel to Memphis, Tenn., on Thursday (8/25) to battle Christian Brothers University for their season opener. SIUE is 0-3 when visiting the Buccaneers, and 2-4-1 against them overall.

"I believe that to be tough at the end you need to develop a tough team at the beginning of the year," said SIUE coach Ed Huneke. "We will be challenged, Christian Brothers has always been difficult for us."

After their matchup with the Bucs, the Cougars return home to face regional rival Ashland for the home opener at Korte Stadium on Sunday (8/28). "They have a very good program," said Huneke. "We barely squeaked out a 1-0 win up there last year. They are a good team."

SIUE will rely on a group that returns nine of 11 starters and eight players who netted four or more goals. "We are further ahead this year than we are in most years because of how many returning players that we have," said Huneke.

Three notable players that scored six or more goals last season are Victor Pacheco ( San Luis, Brazil), Adam Lanter (Edwardsville), and Mike Banner (Washington, D.C.). "Lanter and Pacheco have been having good preseason practices," said Huneke. "Banner is going to continue his play from the end of last year to a full season this year."

The Cougars will take on Christian Brothers at 4 p.m. Thursday (8/25) before the Eagles visit on Sunday (8/28) at 2 p.m.

SIUE Women's Soccer Gets Set For Home Opener

As the SIUE women's soccer team prepares for the season opener against Missouri Southern on Friday night (8/26), head coach Lynda Bowers believes that her team's preparation in the preseason will more than have them ready to take on the Lions.

"We accomplished what we set out to with overall team building and developing a better team chemistry," said Bowers. "We had our team spend every waking moment together for two weeks. Missouri Southern is an up and coming team and we can't look past them."

Following that contest, SIUE takes on regional rival seventh-ranked Ashland on Sunday afternoon (8/28) at Korte Stadium. The Cougars have defeated the Eagles the last three seasons. "It seems like every year it's a good game (with Ashland)," said Bowers. "We have had their number the last couple of years fortunately. It will be a tough game."

With seven returning starters and a fresh crop of new freshmen, the Cougars can rely on a deep bench this season. Two newcomers who have stepped up in the preseason have been freshmen Kelly Limpert (St. Charles, Mo.) and Jennifer Kratzer (O'Fallon, Mo.). "Kelly is really quick, quicker than any girl I have seen in a while," said Bowers. "(Jennifer) is definitely a gamer. She really steps up in matches, and I think she was really our biggest surprise this preseason."

Friday's contest with Missouri Southern kicks off at 7 p.m. The game with Ashland is set for Sunday (8/28) at noon with both games at Korte Stadium.

SIUE Grabs Top Spot In GLVC Volleyball Preseason Poll

SIUE claimed just five No. 1 votes but received enough points to claim the No. 1 spot in the 2005 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) volleyball preseason coaches' poll.

Rockhurst, a newcomer to the league this season, followed in second place after garnering six first-place votes but three points less than SIU Edwardsville.

The SIUE Cougars ended the 2004 season with a 25-7 overall record and a 14-2 conference record, finishing second in the regular season and the conference tournament to Southern Indiana. SIUE Coach Todd Gober, entering his fifth season, has seven seniors returning to this year's team.

Rockhurst, out of Kansas City, may be new to the Great Lakes Valley Conference but hardly new to Midwest volleyball fans. Rockhurst, under Coach Tracy Rietzke, finished the 2004 season with a 26-10 record and ranked 23rd in the final NCAA Division II poll. Rockhurst begins this season ranked 19th.

Southern Indiana, which advanced to the GLVC Tournament final last season for the fifth consecutive year after posting a 24-7, 15-1 mark last season, earned one first-place vote and was tabbed to finish third.

The 2005 season brings the addition of one other new school to the GLVC-Drury University. The University of Missouri-Rolla, also new to the GLVC this year, plans to add volleyball in the near future.

Conference play kicks off in September and culminates with the GLVC tournament hosted by the No. 1 seed at the conclusion of regular season play. This year's conference tournament will feature an eight-team format to be played Nov. 10-12.

Cougars Head To Cornhusker State For Tourney

SIUE Volleyball coach Todd Gober is looking forward to his teams first games at the Nebraska-Omaha Tournament this weekend, but he also has some question marks on his squad.

"Our team is pushing each other and three days before the first tournament we still need to settle some position issues," said Gober. "We will need to get our rotations set in the next couple of days."

The Cougars have been picked as the preseason favorite in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. SIUE finished last season with a 25-7 mark falling to Southern Indiana in the GLVC Tournament Championship. "A lot of that is based on the fact that we do have a lot of seniors coming back," said Gober. "It's a big honor, and it is nice for the program to get that kind of respect."

SIUE faces Hillsdale in the first game of the tournament Friday (8/26). The Chargers made the NCAA Tournament last season with a 19-10 mark. "They are a lot like us," said Gober. "They are returning a big nucleus from last season. They are going to be an experienced team and a very tough match for our first game."

The Cougars also battle Regis on Friday, and Wayne State (Neb.) and Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday (8/27).

Some unexpected players have been surprises for Gober and his staff this preseason.

Most notably is junior Jamie Jones (Flanagan). "She is making us rethink our offense right now," said Gober. "Jamie is giving us some options because she is so quick in the middle and she can possibly play on the right side."

Freshmen Emily Rahn (Waukesha, Wis) and Kate Hofeldt (Antioch) have both shown they have ability to provide depth to the Cougar roster. "They have greatly exceeded my expectations," said Gober. "They can step in and play right now. I am very confident in both of them."

SIUE opens the tourney against Hillsdale at 1:30 p.m. Friday (8/26).

Cougars Take No. 1 Ranking On The Road

With a No. 1 preseason national ranking, SIUE men's soccer coach Ed Huneke is excited about the prospects for the 2005 season, especially considering most of his team returns from a year ago.

The Cougars finished 19-3-2 last season, won the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season with a near-perfect 8-0-2 mark, claimed the GLVC's postseason tournament, and advanced to the national title game only to come up one goal short of a gold trophy. In the history of Cougar soccer, it was the fourth time SIUE has advanced to the national championship game, having won in 1972 and 1979 and placing second in 1975 and 2004.

Huneke's 2005 team has a solid mix of returners and newcomers. The Cougars can only hope the intangibles such as chemistry, team leadership, and a little luck play once again in their favor. "We've always been a respected team, but now (with the No. 1 ranking) the target on our back will be bigger than ever," said Huneke. "We're going to have to deal with staying on top."

With an offense which outscored its opponents 55-16 last season, surprisingly, there were no standout scorers. Eight different players scored game-winning goals, and junior midfielder Victor Pacheco (Sao Luis, Brazil) led the team with seven goals and 10 assists. Six other players finished with six goals each.

Among that group was junior Mike Banner (Washington, D.C.), who joined the team nine games into the 2004 season and quickly became the player other team's either tried to mark or wanted to mark.

The SIUE front line of returners includes John Matthews (Edwardsville), Tim Collico (St. Louis), Ross Beveridge (Dunfermline, Scotland), and Adam Lanter (Edwardsville). The foursome accounted for 21 goals last season, including 10 game-winning goals.

"I certainly couldn't predict who will be the leading scorer this season," Huneke said. "Knowing we have a 4-5 forward who can score, it makes us a real treat to watch."

Pete Cacciatore (St. Louis) also returns for the Cougars. Currently 25th on the all-time scoring list with 15 goals and 20 assists, Cacciatore may be making a transition to another position. His speed and playmaking abilities may make him better suited to take on a new role.

Huneke also has a number of other options at forward with newcomer Ameen Attas (Saudi Arabia), a junior, Robert Ridder (Quincy), a freshman, and returning junior Chris Johnson (Springfield).

The midfield returns Brian Higgins (St. Louis), who has started 61 games as a Cougar and picked up 13 goals and 13 assists.

Mike Zaegel (St. Louis) started all 24 games last season. The junior's only goal of the season was in an overtime victory over Northern Kentucky at home.

Matthew Siegel (Collinsville) returns for his senior season after playing in 14 games last season.

The Cougars also will throw newcomers Andrew Crider (Granite City) and Rob Minnis (Omaha, Neb.) into the fold.

While the offense has been strong, Huneke credits the defense with much of the team's success. The Cougars may have lost All-American back Michael Burgund from last season's 0.64 goals against average, but Huneke said the defense aims to maintain its status as top-notch.

It has been an "attractive formula for success," noted Huneke, that while the offense has been scoring goals at a sharp pace the defense has been stingy.

"We've been preaching that defense is what wins championships," Huneke said.

Junior back Kevin Thibodeau (St. Charles, Mo.) and senior John Lamping (Barnhardt, Mo.) return as starters. They'll be joined by sophomore Jon Barth (Greenville), Trevor House (St. Louis), and Afif Najjar (St. Charles, Mo.).

All three newcomers are transfers from Division I schools with Barth coming from Oakland (Mich.), House coming from Louisville, and Najjar hailing previously from Memphis.

SIUE returns three goalkeepers to the roster this season, all sophomores. Nicholas Frasca (St. Charles, Mo.) emerged as the team's top gatekeeper last season with a team-leading 57 saves and a 0.73 goals against average. Greg Crook (Columbia) started seven contests and recorded a 0.41 goals against average. Pat Kelly (Florissant, Mo.) played in three games last season for a 0.88 goals against average.

The top-ranked Cougars open the regular season on August 25 on the road at Christian Brothers. Game time is 4 p.m.

Bowers Feels SIUE Women's Soccer's Biggest Strength Is Depth

SIUE women's soccer coach Lynda Bowers feels fairly confident that her team's depth also will be the biggest asset.

SIUE, 13-6 overall and 9-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference last season, finished in a three-way tie for first place in the conference regular season standings. Bowers, whose team finished eighth in the 2003 GLVC regular season during her first season as head coach, want to keep making leaps ahead.

One way to start is to maintain its status as one of the nation's top defenses. SIUE allowed 12 goals as a team last season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kim Roady (Granite City) finished second in the nation in goals against average at 0.30. She had split time last season with Jessica Brown.

Bowers added two more goalkeepers to the roster this season to challenge Roady for the starting position. They are freshmen Victoria Purdy (Grayslake) and Kaci Backs (Greenville).

The defense for the Cougars became of strength due to many of the team's returning starters. Junior marking back Kayla Fromme (New Berlin) earned second team All-GLVC honors last season. "She helps set our attack out of the backfield. She can be a dangerous player who can open gaps up for her teammates," said Bowers.

Fromme is joined by junior Padra Bencini (Carbondale), junior Whitney Hanson (St. Charles, Mo.), senior Lindsey Kampwerth (Highland), sophomore Sara Stroud (Collinsville) and senior Liz Fleer (Washington, Mo.). "We're trying to keep a certain shape to our defense," said Bowers. "We'll be trying our best to read the other team's cues. We have to be intelligent about when we press ahead and when we need to drop."

Bowers said the midfield and forward positions will see some new faces this season to complement an offense which tied for the lead in the GLVC in shots and was fourth in goals scored. "I think we have a lot more talent in terms of goal scorers. And we're faster at nearly every position on the field," said Bowers.

SIUE's top returning scorer is Kristine Armstrong (St. Peters, Mo.), who scored five goals and added six assists last season. Christina Stremlau (St. Louis) is close behind with five goals and three assists.

Senior Kelly Dill (Florissant, Mo.) returns at the midfield after being named second team All-GLVC last season. This season she will be one of the team's captains. "As a midfielder, Kelly already is in an important position. She is in such an important part of leadership on the field with controlling the pace," said Bowers.

Also returning at midfield are sophomore Katie Yearian (Waterloo), senior Sarah Landt (Carbondale), and senior Allison Sweet (Springfield).

Bowers hit the recruiting trail to add speed and depth to the roster. Her work paid off with eight new faces at midfield and forward. They include Kelly Limpert (St. Charles, Mo.), Lori Harvey (Troy), Jenny Kates (Florissant, Mo.), Crystal Schellenger (St. Louis, Mo.), Jennifer Kratzer (O'Fallon, Mo.), Elizabeth Valenti (Overland Park, Kan.), Amy Million (Granite City), and Elizabeth Ball (Troy).

Bowers said she expects many of the newcomers to make an immediate impact on the lineup. Making those choices on who to start will be difficult, Bowers added. Many of the players who feel they deserve to be among the starting 11 may find themselves coming off the bench.

SIUE opens the 2005 season at home against Missouri Southern State on Friday (8/26) at 7 p.m.

The Cougars' GLVC schedule opens Sept. 7 at Quincy. This season's GLVC schedule adds three schools to the mix with the addition of Drury, Missouri-Rolla, and Rockhurst. Bowers said the move only adds to the depth of the conference.

Gober Sees Volleyball Cougars Continuing to Improve

When SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober talks about each of the players on his 2005 roster, there's more than a hint of enthusiasm.

"This group came into the preseason ready to go," said Gober. "They want to come in and be better."

That may be as a result of Gober heading into his fifth season as head coach. Already the all-time winningest coach in the young program's history, Gober needs just eight victories for 100.

Last season, SIUE finished second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season and advanced to the GLVC Tournament title match.

SIUE returns seven seniors from last season's 25-7 team, many with multiple years of starting for the Cougars. "You don't have teams with that much experience too often," noted Gober.

Returning honorable mention All-American Heather Bonde (Millstadt) holds SIUE's best career hitting percentage at .318 and looks to boost that number this season. The middle hitter led the team last season in kills (431) and hitting percentage (.322). "She is one of our go-to hitters. She has to be a leader for us on the floor," said Gober.

Outside hitter Kindra Westendorf (Effingham) suffered a knee injury in the waning weeks of the 2004 season but has almost returned to the same form that led her to 328 kills and a .280 hitting percentage. "The best thing about Kindra is that her numbers have improved steadily from her first season to now."

Both Bonde and Westendorf need 84 kills to join SIUE's list of players who have recorded 1,000 or more career kills. The list is populated with only four names, dating back to the beginning of the program in 1995.

Middle hitter Tina Talsma (Ontario, Canada) made her mark as the team's top blocker with 1.03 per game last season. She also finished second in kills with 342. "You couldn't ask much more from her," said Gober.

Allison Buss (Towanda) anchored the defense as the team's libero and smashed the school record with 5.37 digs per game. A first team All-Region pick, Buss needs just 157 digs to become SIUE's all-time leader.

Krystal Majernik (Normal) returns as the team's setter. Now No. 2 in career assists at SIUE with 2,975, Gober said she sets up the offense well. "I think the biggest thing we need from her more this season is an increase in her attacks," said Gober.

Jenny Heimann (Germantown) made the transition from setter to defensive specialist last season. Melissa Spann (Bethalto) shared starting duties on the right side with junior Tricia Happe (St. Louis).

Even with all of the experience, Gober said he isn't looking to pencil in the starters as all seniors. Even though his group of freshmen, sophomores and juniors are turning heads now, some may see considerable playing time. All of them, however, figure to continue SIUE volleyball as a volleyball powerhouse.

Jamie Jones (Flanagan) returns for her junior season as a middle hitter. Jones hit .310 in 48 games last season. "It's just too bad she is behind a pair of multi-year starters (Bonde and Talsma)," said Gober. "Still, I would feel comfortable in her coming into a match at any time."

Sophomore Kim Potthast (Saint Rose) recorded 3.85 kills and 1.76 blocks per game last season while helping Southwestern Illinois College to a ninth-place finish nationally. "She is a hammer on the outside," said Gober. "If she's healthy, she can give us an entirely different look."

Sophomore Sadie Zurliene (Aviston) also gives the Cougars a measure of depth at a defensive position. "We're looking at her as a middle back or a right back on defense," said Gober.

Gober also has populated a deep team with a strong group of incoming freshmen. Emily Rahn (Waukesha), Jenny Gilman (Springfield), Mallory Clements (Mt. Pulaski), Emily Goebel (Montrose) and Kate Hofeldt (Antioch). With the list of newcomers being strong, Gober said it has given him the ability to explore a multitude of offensive options and defensive schemes.

The Cougars feel they have gained some conference and regional respect, according to Gober. The next opportunity, said Gober, is to make an impression on a national level.

SIUE holds a strong non-conference schedule along with the GLVC gauntlet. The Cougars face three top 25 teams in the first three weeks that have garnered votes in the first preseason AVCA Division II national poll. That includes No. 2 Truman State, No. 7 Central Missouri State, and No. 11 Northern Michigan.

The Cougars also have non-conference matches with Nebraska-Omaha and Hillsdale, both of which picked up votes in the national top 25 poll.

SIUE's conference season now includes two newcomers in No. 19 Rockhurst and Drury. With a 13-team league this season, SIUE's GLVC season begins Sept. 16 at Rockhurst.

SIUE begins its home season on Aug. 30 against McKendree and plays host to the Cougar Classic on Sept. 2-3 at the Vadalabene Center.

SIUE Men's Soccer Grabs No. 1 Spot In National Rankings

T he SIUE men's soccer team will open the 2005 season ranked first in the preseason National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas poll.

The defending Great Lakes Region and Great Lakes Valley Conference champions jumped ahead of defending NCAA Champion Seattle for the top ranking. The Cougars finished last season ranked second after falling to the Redhawks 2-1 in the NCAA Division II National Championship game.

SIUE coach Ed Huneke begins his 20th season at the helm of the SIUE program with a career record of 209-144-25. This marks the first time that one of Huneke's teams has started the season ranked first in the country. "It's a complement to what we did last year," said Huneke. "Our interest is really to be No. 1 at the end of this year."

The Cougars return 10 of 11 starters from last year's squad that posted a 19-3-2 record tying the school-mark for most wins in a season. During the 2004 campaign SIUE ranked fifth nationally with a goals against average of 0.64.

SIUE battles Lindenwood in a scrimmage tomorrow (8/17) at 7 p.m. at Korte Stadium before closing out the preseason on Sunday (8/21) at home against Eastern Illinois at 6:30 p.m.

The Cougars open up the regular season on the road at Christian Brothers on Aug. 26. SIUE's home opener is Aug. 28 as regional rival Ashland visits Korte Stadium at 2 p.m.

SIUE Athletics Ranked In NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings

SIUE has got the power. The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) listed SIUE as No. 25 among NCAA Division II institutions in its recent release of the 2005 NSCA Collegiate Power Rankings.

The NCSA bases its rankings by averaging the U.S. News &World Report ranking, the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup ranking and the NCAA student-athlete graduation rate.

SIUE was one of several Great Lakes Valley Conference schools in the NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings. Fellow GLVC members Indianapolis was ranked No. 20, Lewis was ranked No. 30 and Northern Kentucky was tabbed No. 46. Two of the newest members of the GLVC also were ranked. Drury placed fourth while Missouri-Rolla was 19th overall.

The rankings were developed to provide data aiming to evaluate the strengths of universities based on academic and athletic standards. For more information, go to the NCSA web site at

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