Gov. George Ryan led a delegation last week that included Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois), Rep. John Shimkus (R, Illinois-20), SIU President James Walker, and SIUE Chancellor David Werner in breaking ground for the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Pilot Plant in University Park.
"The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Pilot Plant will have a profound impact on the economy of Illinois," said Werner in remarks at the ceremony, where about 200 gathered for the event. "The demand for ethanol is expected to increase enormously during the next decade.
"By accelerating the implementation of new technologies designed to increase the cost effectiveness of producing ethanol from corn, this facility will increase the demand for Illinois corn and significantly enhance the Illinois economy. The increased use of ethanol will also have a positive impact on the environment and on national energy independence."
In June 2000, President Clinton signed a bill that completed funding for the research plant. The $14 million in federal funds, along with $6 million already appropriated by the State of Illinois, means that the facility is fully capitalized.
The plant-which will be used solely for the purpose of research and not as a production facility-is the culmination of many months of planning by University Park Executive Director Brian Donnelly and the legislative work done by the Illinois delegation.
"Many people have worked long and hard to obtain funding for this project," said Werner. "The entire Illinois legislative delegation is to be commended for bringing this unique research facility to University Park. We're especially grateful for the work of Rep. Shimkus, Sen. Durbin, and Sen. Peter Fiztgerald (R-Illinois), as well as that of House Speaker Dennis Hastert, and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest."
Half of the 20,000-square-foot facility includes a highly flexible pilot scale corn wet mill and corn dry mill ethanol plant. This will enable teams of researchers to "scale-up" benchtop research findings that hold great promise for reducing the cost of producing ethanol from corn. The other half includes wet labs, offices and visitor areas.
Research conducted in the facility is expected to significantly reduce the cost of ethanol and have very positive ramifications for the Midwestern agricultural economy. This major national asset will also have major positive ramifications for the environment and national energy security.
Donnelly said the plant will be "the only research facility of its kind anywhere in the world. This plant will be a great addition to the university, a benefit to ethanol researchers, and a plus for farmers."
In 1995, SIUE received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the feasibility of constructing a pilot ethanol plant in Illinois. The study looked at several things. First, it examined what would be needed in a designated site to accommodate the pilot plant. Second, it viewed whether it was possible to build a pilot plant that would emulate a full-scale wet and dry facility. Third, it tried to understand the economic implications of commercializing some of the ethanol production techniques currently being developed by laboratory researchers.
Late in 1996, Congress appropriated $1.5 million for final design of the pilot plant. Using these funds, Raytheon Engineers and Constructors, now Washington Group International, Inc., completed design of the plant. Construction on the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Pilot Plant is expected to be completed in December 2002.
"This is just the beginning," Werner said. "The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Pilot Plant is a strong eastern anchor for an effort by the St. Louis region, known as Bio Belt, to enhance its reputation as a world-class center for plant and life sciences research, investment and business opportunity."
In Swahili the proper way to greet the prime minister is "karibu waziri mkuu" which translates to "Greetings Prime Minister." Tanzania's Prime Minister Frederick Sumaye was on campus to speak about his vision for peace in East Africa. He was in St. Louis at the Tanzanian consulate for a full day of visiting. Above, Anthropology Professor Dallas Browne shakes the prime minister's hand. Browne, an honorary Tanzanian consul, was instrumental in bringing Sumaye to campus. Awaiting their turn in the foreground are SIUE Chancellor David Werner and SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs. (SIUE Photo)
Gloria Atkins, assistant vice chancellor for Administration, has been named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration- East St. Louis Operations, assuming responsibility for campus operation and management at the East St. Louis Higher Education Center, Vice Chancellor Kenn Neher announced last week.
In her new role, Atkins will provide property management services, including development and implementation of operating and maintenance procedures for the center, and allocating and scheduling space. She also will act as liaison between the units occupying space at the Center and VCA departments providing support.
Atkins' duties will include planning and coordinating building maintenance, custodial, grounds, and information technology operations for the Center, Neher said. She also will provide day-to-day supervision of university personnel assigned to the center for routine building maintenance, custodial, and grounds care. She will provide the same services to the existing East St Louis Center until it is closed.
In addition to managing the current construction and renovation project, Atkins will be responsible for coordinating the relocation of staff and offices during the renovation and relocation of the East St. Louis Center and after the renovation and new facilities are completed.
"Her assignment to this position will allow a smooth transition of the daily operations and maintenance activities at the site," Neher said. "And, she will continue to foster positive relations with the East St. Louis Community."
With a notebook as a constant companion, Assistant Sociology Professor Jennifer Hamer interviewed and surveyed as many African-American fathers as she could over a three-year period.
Her findings challenged a few myths about absent black fathers, which she chronicled in her new book, What It Means To Be Daddy: Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away from Their Children (Columbia University Press, 2001).
"One glance at studies on census data indicates that low income black men (and others of color) are actually a difficult population to access," Hamer said. "Additionally, there is sociological literature that makes similar arguments.
"Given this, I used many means of identifying and locating these men: radio ads, church bulletins, newspaper ads, word-of-mouth -for example, interviewing the mothers of their children first-and visits to places where black people and men live and leisure. It was the latter two methods that proved most fruitful," she said.
In all, Hamer spoke with 88 fathers, 33 mothers of those fathers' children, and 21 adult children. What she found was somewhat different from her own experience-growing up an African-American in a family where her father and mother both worked to make it through difficult economic times. "So, I was struck when, as an adult completing my academic course work, so many negative images and stereotypes of black fathers continued to inundate popular media and scholarly work as well," Hamer said.
"Black men and fathers were (and still are) perceived as uncaring, insensitive villains who take advantage of others to support their bad habits and super egos. Yet, for those who live with and among black people, this is an image that does not seem to reflect the general reality of our daily lives."
Hamer's findings put aside the popular image of poor, absent black fathers as bad or inept because they do not to care about their children's emotional or physical health. We also learn from Hamer that there are several forces that can undermine the extent to which African-American fathers parent their children: A lack of time (caused in part by difficult work schedules and job stress), physical separation, transportation problems, economic instability, multiple sets of children, and the father's own intimate relationships, including those with the custodial mother.
Hamer came away with a deeper appreciation of the complexities of the issues surrounding absent black fathers, but she also found an appreciation of "the real-life triumphs and tribulations of poor black live-away fathers and custodial mothers."
During her research for the book, Hamer often brought along her son, Nile, during interviews as a way to make the encounter less threatening. "Successfully identifying and interviewing these men usually required a personal introduction through some third party or a personal introduction instigated by me," hamer said. "Generally, wherever I visited Walmart, auto parts stores, parks, public housing projects-I would carry my interview materials with me. This way, I was always prepared to interview on the spot.
"I often had my own son when I approached men. His presence made the introduction very casual because the gentlemen would often comment on him (his size, what is he going to be when he grows up, etc.)-from there it was quite easy to segue into a discussion of the respondent's own parenting experiences.
"Another element that was certainly a beneficial-I, myself, was raised in a working class African American family; thus, I was quite at ease within the communities I visited and with approaching and interviewing the men who participated in this study," she pointed out.
"While I was an interviewer/researcher, some of the formality of my relationship with the respondents was countered by a mutual comfort and shared understanding. Several fathers reported that talking to me was liking talking to a sister or close female relative."
One of the most interesting findings, Hamer said, was that many of the fathers spend a lot of time and put a lot of effort into being parents, perhaps more than men who live in the same household with their children. "In other words, just because a father does not live full-time with his child does not mean that he is not a good parent."
After three games, nine different women's soccer players have scored SIUE's nine goals.
With those nine goals have come three victories without a loss. The latest wins for the SIUE women's soccer team were weekend triumphs over Northern Michigan 1-0 and Southern Indiana 2-0.
Colleen Creamer (St. Louis, Mo.) scored the only goal in the victory against Northern Michigan. It was her first of the season after assisting on two previous goals for the Cougars. She is tied with Erin Gusewelle (Edwardsville) with four points.
The win over Southern Indiana was non-conference, yet still important as a regional matchup. Three freshmen came through in the victory. Lindsey Tiemeyer (St. Louis, Mo.) and Lindsey Eubanks (Rochester) scored the goals. Jessica Brown (St. Louis, Mo.) posted her second straight shutout in goal for the Cougars.
This weekend the team will play Ferris State on Friday (9/7) at 5:30 p.m. and Grand Valley State at 10 a.m. on Sunday (9/9).
Justin McMillian (Granite City) was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference's men's soccer Player of the Week in helping SIUE to a 1-0-1 record this past weekend.
"McMillian had two nice, timely quality goals in the game against Gannon," said Coach Ed Huneke. McMillian scored the game-tying goal and the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime victory against Gannon (9/1). He also recorded an assist in a 2-2 tie with 21st-ranked Truman State (9/2).
"We played well in the Truman game in terms of territory and possession, but we fell short on finishing up on top, which is the more important thing," said Huneke of the overtime tie. "It was a good team outcome. It will help us out later on in the season.
"We are playing well but living dangerously. Every goal this weekend was a come from behind goal. That just is not a safe way to play," Huneke said.
Next, the team will travel with big expectations to Memphis, Tenn., to play 17th-ranked Christian Brothers (9/8). "If we win, it will generate some much deserved national recognition," said Huneke.
The Cougars received votes in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of American NCAA-II poll and are currently fourth behind Lewis, Wisconsin-Parkside, and Truman State in the Central Region poll.
With a 4-4 record, SIUE Volleyball Coach Todd Gober isn't exactly jumping for joy, but he isn't disappointed either.
The Cougars won both of their matches this past Friday (8/31), defeating Southwest Baptist in three games and Dallas Baptist in four games. On Saturday (9/1), the Cougars lost to both Pittsburg State and host Rockhurst.
"We started out well. We played really well on Friday with good blocking and a good hitting average in both games," said Gober.
On Saturday, the team made too many errors, according to Gober. "We believe that we are better a better team than Pittsburg State but they got some late momentum and our team just did not fight back.
"The team has good team chemistry, good attitudes and they want to get better," said Gober. "Our 4-4 record is not bad considering we are still learning a new system and trying to set up our lineup."
Andrea Voss (St. Rose) was named to the All-Tournament team at the Rockhurst Tournament. She leads the Cougars with 1.27 blocks per game and is third in the GLVC in blocks.
Jennifer Trame (Highland) emerged as the team's top hitter. Trame holds a .281 hitting percentage with 3.06 kills per game.
Amanda Hampton (Park Hills, Mo.) was the team's setter and had a good weekend, according to Gober. She leads the team in digs with 82, which Gober feels is unusual for a setter. "It means she can really read plays well," he said.
Gober also was pleased with Stephanie Trame (Highland), who had 18 digs against Dallas Baptist and led the team in digs for the weekend. It was her first time to play back row defense for SIUE. Jenny Franklin (LaSalle) also had 22 digs in the game against Pittsburgh State and is second on the team in digs per game.
"This team has a lot of bright spots but haven't put it all together yet," said Gober. The team travels to Findlay, Ohio, for the Findlay Invitational this weekend (9/7).
"This weekend we need to settle the lineup. That is more important than wins and losses. This is a tournament with regional teams so it is an important one. We have a shot at coming back four and zero from it but it depends on if we can bring it together or not."
Robert Wagner, senior professor of Special Education and director of that program, is this year's recipient of The Great Teacher Award, given each year by the SIUE Alumni Association.
The award is voted by SIUE graduates who are members of the Alumni Association.
Wagner has been a member of the SIUE faculty for 30 years, during which time he has taught and been an administrator and chair of the department. He earned a bachelor's from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1962, and a master's and a doctorate at Saint Louis University, both in Special Education.
He's been nominated several times for SIUE's Teaching Excellence Award, but the Great Teacher recognition "came out of the blue" for him. "I tend to be low key about these things," Wagner said. "For years I've had pretty good teacher evaluations from students but this was a complete surprise to me. "I'm very pleased to get this recognition."
Wagner had been teaching special education students in Missouri but decided to come to SIUE to teach future teachers. "I felt that in coming to a university I could make an impact on the people who would become the teachers," he said. "I could instill in them my philosophies about special education and in turn they would reach a wider population than I ever could as a teacher.
"And, during these years here I've never just stood in front of the class and spewed words to the students. I've tried to keep it simple and make it fun. We develop models and do as much hands-on training as we can. I interact with the students and it seems they've appreciated that through the years.
"Interacting with my students helps them retain what I'm teaching, in turn making them better teachers."
The Chicago Brass Quintet, a talented group of musicians who have been thrilling audiences worldwide for more than 30 years, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in Meridian Ballroom.
The quintet kicks off the 17th season of SIUE's Arts & Issues series, which blends artistic presentations with forums for global concerns.
Offering a range of music from Bach to Bernstein, and from Gabrieli to Gershwin, the Chicago Brass Quintet blends style, grace, dazzling technique and humor into a marvelous evening of music and fun. "We are proud to have the Chicago Brass Quintet on the Arts & Issues stage," says series Coordinator Richard Walker.
"I know the group has prepared an exciting evening of music, with a repertoire that has been played before audiences around the world," he said. "The breadth of the group's talent-performing a diverse selection of music-is quite astonishing."
As Chicago's original brass quintet, the group's five artists-Ross Beacraft and Matthew Lee, trumpeters; Gregory Flint, French horn; James Mattern, trombone; and Daniel Anderson, tuba- combine their technical and musical mastery to perform music of all periods and styles to equal praise.
The quintet has appeared throughout the United States and Canada, and recently began a tour of Asia and South America. Highlights have included guest performances for the International Trumpet Guild in New York and London, a two-and one-half-week tour of Hawaii, and performances at: The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Hall at the West Point Academy, Chautauqua Institute, Taiwan, and Brazil.
Since 1981 the group has released six albums on the Delos, Crystal, Centaur, Covenant, and Reel recording labels.
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