September 5, 2000
SIUE Ads To Air During 2000 Olympic Games
If you're planning on watching the 2000 Olympic Games, put down that remote when the commercials come on. Otherwise, you'll miss the ads for SIUE.
The university has purchased several 15-second ad spots during the first week of the Olympics (Sept. 17-24) being televised locally on KSDK-TV, Ch. 5. Four different ads focus on the University's attributes. "The goal is to build the university's image and awareness among a greater audience in our regional area," said Pat Williams, vice chancellor for Development and Public Affairs.
"The ads are not necessarily for recruiting purposes, although image awareness-building and maintenance certainly promotes recruiting, relationship-building and community relations." Williams said the ads for the Olympics continue an emphasis on TV ads that began in August on KMOV-TV, Ch. 4, and continued in September on KSDK.
"From a purely practical standpoint, this was an outstanding 'buy' for us," Williams said. "The two TV stations brought very affordable ad packages to us. Development and Public Affairs worked with Admissions and Graduate Studies to build and fund the original ad concepts. It definitely was a team effort.
"The Olympic ad package seemed like a natural extension of our efforts from earlier this summer."
Cardboard Boat Regatta, Music, Sports, Food All Part Of Cougarfest 2000
Cougarfest 2000 promises to be more fun than a barrel of, er....uh, well, cougars!
The Cardboard Boat Regatta will make a comeback on Cougar Lake, good food will be available, and live music and soccer will keep Korte Stadium hopping, all from Friday, Sept. 29 to Sunday, Oct. 1.
Here's a schedule of events:
Men's and Women's Soccer plays host to St. Joseph's at Korte Stadium, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., respectively; Volleyball plays host to UM-St. Louis at the Vadalabene Center, 7 p.m.; Alumni Hospitality Tent at Korte; Toga Contest for students at soccer games.
Activities begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day, including food and activity booths at Korte, with a chili/BBQ cook off; the annual Alpha Phi Fiesta Bowl Football Tournament on two fields at the Korte complex; the Cardboard Boat Regatta at Cougar Lake Recreation Area, campus tours conducted by STARs, special open house/activities in various university buildings, including the new B. Barnard Birger Hall; Construction Alumni Softball Game at the stadium complex, SIUE Alumni Soccer Game, SIUE Alumni Baseball Game. Booths will close at 6 p.m. The Capitol Steps, a nationally known comedy troupe from Washington, D.C., will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom as part of the Arts & Issues series. Visit the Arts & Issues Web site for ticket information. A 7 p.m. concert at Korte will feature Otis Day and the Knights, the blues band from the hit movie, Animal House.
Men's and Women's Soccer play host to IUPU-Ft. Wayne at 12:30 and 3 p.m., respectively, at Korte.
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What Does It Take To Be A Student Survivor?
-Eric Voss, Aug. 23, 2000
Good afternoon. Welcome to SIUE and the adventures of university life. I have been looking forward to today for several months, but perhaps not for the reason you may think. Yes, I do enjoy the relief of the approaching cooler autumn weather. Yes, I am always re-energized by the arrival of new students on campus. Yes, I do love teaching classes, and working with student researchers in the laboratory. These are all reasons to celebrate, but the real reason I have anticipated the arrival of Aug. 23 is that tonight is the final episode of the hit CBS show, Survivor.
I am almost ashamed to admit that I am completely addicted to the show, and I am not alone. Last Wednesday evening, 28.7 million Americans tuned in Survivor, and more are expected to watch tonight. On May 31, the producers placed 16 contestants on a desert island near the Malaysian section of Borneo. Contestants have had to scrounge for their food, build their own shelter, and participate in various physical and intellectual challenges. Every three days they are required to vote one of their own off the island, and the last one left after 39 days wins $1 million. The show is so hot that CBS is charging Super Bowl-sized ad rates of $600,000 for a 30-second spot.
What is most fascinating about the show is that those most likely to survive when stranded on a real desert island were among the first to be voted off. Although highly entertaining, so-called "reality TV" is not very real. Sonya, a true survivor of cancer was the first voted off, quickly followed by B.B., the millionaire real estate mogul, and Stacey, the San Francisco attorney. Ramona, a member of my own profession, chemistry, was the next to fall. Although highly trained in real wilderness survival, contestants Gretchen and Greg were also among the first to go. Many realized much too late that the most important skills needed to stay on the island were not wilderness survival skills, but the skills of effective human social interaction. This may explain why corporate trainer and "Tagi Alliance" leader Richard is among the final four survivors.
Here at SIUE, you are not a member of the Tagi, Pagong, or Rattana tribe, but are a member of the university community, and your adventures as a student will be much more interesting than those on Survivor island. As a university student you will not have to eat rats or larvae, sit next to a naked guy, or encounter "immunity" or "luxury challenges," but you will have challenges nonetheless. Like contestant Dirk, your beliefs may be questioned by those around you. Dirk chose a Bible as his one luxury item to bring onto the island, spent much of his free time discussing his faith with the other contestants, and purposefully left the Bible behind for them to read when he was voted off. Will you stand up for your beliefs or go along with the crowd? Another contestant, Joel, made sexist comments to the women of the tribe and was quickly voted off. How will you deal with those around you making sexist or racist remarks? Jenna and Gervase, both single parents, had to cope with an extended stay away from their children. In fact, Gervase's fourth child was born while he was away on the island. What strategies do you have to balance the responsibilities of family and school? Greg and Colleen found romance on Survivor island, though their behavior jeopardized their chances to win. How will you balance social and academic pressures? You will certainly meet lifelong friends while here, and may even find your future spouse while at SIUE.
Your success in university life depends on your ability to adjust to the freedom of independent living and the responsibilities of being a student. If you look carefully at the Survivor logo, there are three words around it: "Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast." Survivor contestants who have followed these "rules" most effectively are among the last to remain. These guiding words can also apply to the adventures of university life. Let's look at them one at a time.
Outwit: Think about the primary reason you are here. SIUE is an educational institution, and the main reason you are here is to get an education. Although there are other aspects to campus life, don't forget your obligation to academic studies. Like the first to be booted off Survivor island, the first students to leave SIUE are those who have not recognized the real skills needed to survive. They may have been extremely successful academically in high school, but fail to recognize the added challenges of college classes. When I teach CHEM121a, the chemistry course required for all science and engineering students, only about half of the class "survives" to the end of the course with a grade of C or better. I am not happy about this fact, but it is not unique to me as the teacher, nor to chemistry courses at SIUE. My personal belief is that for many students, chemistry is the first of many rigorous university courses that require disciplined daily study. Once a student has mastered the problem-solving skills and study habits necessary to succeed in chemistry, they are well prepared for future science courses. A rough guideline we recommend is to study two hours outside of class for every one hour in class. For CHEM121a, a four credit-hour course, that means four hours in class, and at least eight more outside for a total of at least 12 hours per week studying chemistry. The most successful students have told me they often spend even more.
Outplay: Unlike a deserted island, there are many opportunities for play at SIUE. During your time here, don't miss out on the many available activities. You may wish to cheer on the Cougars at an intercollegiate athletic event, visit an art exhibition, or attend a concert. Perhaps you will form an intramural team with friends. For social fulfillment you may choose to join a fraternity or sorority, or a faith-based fellowship group. There are also many community service organizations you can become involved with. If you want to meet someone famous, the Arts & Issues series features distinguished speakers and performers. A good guide to what is happening on campus is the campus newspaper, the Alestle. Remember that education is not limited to the classroom, and you are early on in a lifelong learning process.
Outlast: For the Survivor show, the 39 days on the island were just the beginning of what contestants had to endure. Each contestant was required to sign a contract that very specifically stated the rules they must follow during the media blitz after the broadcast of the show. If they reveal the identity of the winner, they will be sued for $4 million, and they are not allowed to publish a book based on their experience for at least three years. You too have a contract of sorts with the university and that is the SIUE Undergraduate Catalog. Answers to many of the questions you will have in the coming years are contained in this book. To last to the completion of your degree, you will need to fulfill certain requirements in general education and in your major, and they are all outlined in here. The catalog contains academic policies and requirements, financial information, degrees and programs offered, the SIUE statement of objectives, and a wealth of other information.
When I was asked to speak today, I thought back to my first year in college. It didn't seem too long ago until I realized that the year I started college was the same year that many of you were born, 1983. To you, 17 years has been your entire life. Much has changed since I started college, and we live in a world of rapid change. When I started college, my brother Brian, a computer major, wrote all of his programs on punch cards that he submitted to the university mainframe computer. Now most students have a computer of their own. In 1983, the Arpanet was a U.S. Defense computer network used by a handful of Cold War scientists for swapping military data. Today it has become the Internet, which is used by millions all around the world. My residence hall room had a phone, but it had a rotary dial and the cord only reached about 10 feet. Now students can be seen talking on their cell phones as they walk across campus. Remarkable change is evident in every field of study, and as an educated citizen you must be prepared to continue to learn and to expect the unexpected.
Let me give you an example from my field, chemistry. When I entered college in 1983, it was believed that there were only six forms of carbon, the most common being forms of graphite and diamond. Both graphite and diamond have structures consisting of extended three dimensional lattices of carbon atoms. At that time, if I had suggested the possibility of a molecular form of carbon, my general chemistry professor would have laughed at me. A few years later, in 1985, Richard Smalley and Robert Curl at Rice University isolated a brand new form of carbon consisting of 60 carbon atoms in a discrete molecule shaped like a soccer ball. They named the new molecule buckminsterfullerene, in honor of F. Buckminster Fuller, the Southern Illinois architect who designed the SIUE Religious Center. An entirely new branch of chemistry developed, with consequences in such diverse areas as astrochemistry, superconductivity, and materials science. In recognition of their discovery, Curl and Smalley were awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which they shared with collaborator Sir Harold Kroto.
This Monday on his morning radio broadcast, The Osgood Files, news commentator Charles Osgood reminded us how sad it is that more people are involved in following the Survivor show than are interested in the Presidential election. Osgood will be at SIUE on Friday, Oct. 20, as part of the Arts & Issues series, and I look forward to what he has to say about matters more important than Survivor. Although the winner of the Survivor show is a closely guarded secret, I have heard rumors that in one of the last immunity challenges the four remaining survivors will answer questions about the 12 castaways who have been voted off the island. Ironically, in a contest that has been dominated by dirty playing and outright lying, the only way to win is to have cared enough to listen while the others were still around. During your years at SIUE, don't make the mistake of losing focus of what is really important, and try to "Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast" with more dignity than those who were stranded on Survivor island.
Change Is In The Works For Dining Services On Campus
Bill Canney was born to serve. "I started my career as a waiter, and food service just got into my blood," he says. "It's what I love to do-serving people, working with people, presenting food."
In spring, Canney joined SIUE as the assistant director for Dining Services, which means he is the man behind the exciting changes going on in campus dining-such as the Skywalk Food Court, located between Founders and Alumni halls.
Since his days as a waiter, Canney has developed an impressive track record in the food service industry, including 14 years as the food service director at the University of Pennsylvania. He's also won numerous awards for designing healthy menus for college dining services.
"We were looking for someone who could take dining services to the next level," says Morris University Center Director Mary Robinson. According to her, Canney was tailor-made for the position. "We had extremely high expectations for where dining services was headed, and when these expectations were shared with Bill, he matched our enthusiasm and our interest. Our chemistry as a team excited me.
"Bill also has the teaching capabilities needed for this position. His job won't just entail putting menus together. Dining Services employs more student workers than any other department on campus, and a large part of Bill's job will be to train and supervise these students."
That's not a problem for Canney. "I love dealing with college students," he says. Already, Canney has been talking with students to gain a feel for the kinds of food most needed on campus. "I've spoken with Indian students to develop recipes that will address their needs. We're working on vegetarian items, ethnic items. "Of course, we'll keep items like burgers, fries, and pork on the menu. Those are the foods (many on campus) want-their part of the Midwestern food culture.
"But, my intention is to bring a uniqueness and a variety to campus dining. Things will change week to week, month to month."
Canney's ever-expanding offerings include a fresh fruit bar, specialty bars, and a spice rack, where diners can add extra flavor to their food. In the near future, students also will be able to access a computer program that will do a nutritional analysis of their meals. "What I'm really hoping to work toward is improving the perception of food service on campus," Canney says of the changes he's implementing.
"I want to increase the quality of freshness. I want to increase the show."
"The show" is something Canney talks about with enthusiasm: "The food will be cooked in front of the customers, made to order. So, if you order a panini-a grilled Italian sandwich-it's going to be grilled right there in front of you; you're going to see it come straight off the grill onto your plate."
In addition, Canney and his staff are doing away with what Canney calls the "institutional feel" of campus dining. "We're doing away with the reliance on stainless steel, making the dining areas into restaurants instead of cafeterias."
Adds Robinson: "We want to move beyond just providing basic sustenance by providing more well-rounded offerings. People are on the go. They're eating out so much these days, and the traditional fast-food campus meal is not what they're looking for now."
Associate Professor Pedals Coast-To-Coast In 52 Days
As an associate professor who teaches exercise physiology, Kay Covington pretty much has to practice what she preaches, and she did that recently when she pedaled a bicycle nearly 4,000 miles across the United States in 52 days.
Covington and 65 other cyclists began the cross-country trek June 3 by placing their rear bicycle wheels in the Pacific Ocean at the Golden Gate Bridge and ended it July 25, dipping their front wheels in the Atlantic Ocean at Portsmouth, N.H. What occurred in between was an exciting experience Covington says she won't soon forget.
"I have ridden several bicycle tours over the years, increasing my distances," says the 45-year-old Covington, who teaches in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. "This one was quite a challenge. The longest tour I'd done before was a 1,400-mile trip on the Alaska Highway last summer."
Covington said the first third of her recent trip was not too eventful, even though it included one day of climbing 8,300 feet for 73 miles. "We eventually crossed the Sierra Nevadas, the Rockies, and went over the Continental Divide, and then crossed the Salt Lake Desert," she said. "But, it wasn't until we left Topeka, Kan., July 1, on our way to St. Joseph, Mo., that I encountered problems."
Covington had been away from the humidity of the Midwest for about a month before this part of the trip and she found herself dehydrating. "I had to get off my bike and lie down every so often because I couldn't replace the fluids in my body quickly enough.
"It was the worst day for me on the tour," she said. "But I went on from there and was OK after that."
Of the 66 cyclists on the tour, Covington said, a 74-year-old rider was hit by a truck, suffering three fractures, and a second rider fell from his bicycle, suffering a fractured clavicle. "I didn't have any close calls with vehicles," she said. "Even though they were close to us, for the most part we were safe."
The trip was organized by America By Bicycle which provided an eight-person staff who assisted the cyclists along the way and transported the group's luggage throughout the trip. With meals and accommodations, each participant paid $4,200 for the experience, an amount that was worth every penny, according to Covington.
"The point was to see America from a bicycle," she said. "We had an itinerary but we didn't necessarily all have to be together every minute, so there was time for some sightseeing.
"Any touring cyclist will tell you it's their dream to ride across the United States," Covington said. "I guess I could have done this trip by myself, but it would have been a lot more stressful and not near as much fun. We all bonded with this common goal."
As for the memories, Covington said it's been hard to articulate what it all meant to her. "I was able to observe how this group responded to the strenuous exercise, but I'm not planning to use it for any research. However, I will share the experiences with my students and incorporate the experience into my teaching.
"I had such a good time; it was bittersweet when it was over," Covington said. "The day-to-day interaction with the people was important; we became family. It was special."
Golf Coach Waits For Adjustments To Improve
The SIUE women's golf team began the 2000 season last Friday at the Kentucky Wesleyan Fall Invitational in Owensboro, Ky.
Coach Larry Bennett returned one player from last year in junior Spring Riley (Salem). Riley finished with a 94.1 average in 15 rounds of play. Riley is joined this season by a sophomore transfer and seven incoming freshmen.
"We should be better this season, but it will all depend on how quickly the women adjust to college life." Bennett said most of this season would consist of a "wait-and-see" attitude. "We are a young team. Eventually, I will give all the freshmen an opportunity to play this season.
"I just want them to get comfortable playing at the college level."
Volleyball Readies for Regional Play
Volleyball continues its play on the road this weekend when it heads to Midland, Mich., for the Great Lakes Valley Conference/Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Challenge. The Cougars, 3-3, play their first match on Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Ferris State. On Saturday, SIUE faces Northern Michigan and Grand Valley State at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively.
"All three are going to be good regional matches and very competitive," said Coach Joe Fisher. "All three have also gone through significant personnel changes in the past year as well." The Cougars fell to three tough opponents last weekend in Nebraska-Omaha, North Florida, and Tampa but proved they were able to hang with them.
Fisher looks to make some minor adjustments this week and hopes his team is rested for the weekend. "We played well last weekend. I think it showed the ladies they could play with the best teams." Senior Lindsay Rust (Belleville) led the team in kills (51) and digs (45) last weekend. Rust is averaging a team-leading 4.04 kills per game and is second with 81 digs on the season. Junior Shanan McLean (Belleville) also finished the weekend strong with 32 kills and 40 digs. McLean leads the team in digs with 82 and is second in kills per game (2.62). Sophomore Kelly Schaill (Princeton) stepped up last weekend and recorded 30 kills in the three matches. Schaill is averaging 2.38 kills per game and is second on the team in total blocks with 17.
"I was happy with Kelly's offense last weekend. She showed consistency over the weekend and kept us in the matches. She also took some of the pressure off of Lindsay and Shanan."
Men's Soccer Returns Home To Face Lincoln, Christian Brothers
Men's soccer faces Lincoln and Christian Brothers this weekend at home. The Cougars, 1-2-1, play Lincoln on Friday night at 7 at Bob Guelker Field. On Saturday, SIUE takes on Christian Brothers at 7 p.m.
Coach Ed Huneke looks to this weekend to get his team back on track. "These are two games which could help us get on the winning track, if we are at our best and that is what we are striving for."
SIUE finished in a 2-2 tie with Rockhurst and fell 2-1 to Truman State last weekend. "We would have liked to have had better results. However, I was pleased with most of the play against two strong competitors. We won't have many tough weekends like that, so we should be better if we learn from it."
Yuzuru Takami (Japan) and Justin Huneke (Glen Carbon) each recorded their team-leading second goal of the season over the weekend. Cress Maddox (Springfield) scored his first goal. Eric Modeer (Hershey, Pa.) tabbed two assists while Brandon Gibbs (St. Charles, Mo.) recorded his first assist as a Cougar.
Women's Soccer Heads To Truman State Invitational In Kirksville, Mo.
After a split last weekend, women's soccer travels to Kirksville, Mo., to play in the Truman State Invitational this weekend. The Cougars, 2-2, face Central Missouri State on Saturday at 2 p.m. SIUE wraps up the tournament on Sunday against Truman State at 2 p.m.
Coach Brian Korbesmeyer said this weekend would be important. "With two losses on the seasons and playing two regional teams this weekend, it is really important to come out with victories." SIUE defeated Northwest Missouri State last weekend 4-0 but fell the next day to Northern Colorado 3-0. "I was happy with our game against Northwest Missouri State. Northern Colorado put a lot of pressure on us and deserved to beat us. We had no legs in the second half and as soon as our fitness left us so did our concentration."
Sara Decker (St. Louis), Becky Baker (St. Louis), Emily Anderson (Florissant, Mo.) and Tasha Siegel (Collinsville) each scored their first goals of the season last weekend against Northwest Missouri State. Decker also recorded her second assist of the season on the goal by Baker. Melissa Montgomery (Granite City) and Brandy Bradshaw (Quincy) tabbed their first assists this season.
"Emily has played well since stepping into the starting role." The Cougars had two player on the Cougar Classic All-Tournament team. Siegel earned the honors as a back while Colleen Creamer (St. Louis) was named a top forward.
Tennis Season 'Looks Promising'
Without making any bold predictions, Coach Bill Logan can say one thing about this upcoming season and that is "it looks promising" for the women's tennis teams it returns four letter winners, including senior and All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection Kim Mulherin (Belleville) for the fall season.
In addition, Logan has brought four new players on board. The Cougars finished second last year in the GLVC with an 8-2 mark, reaching the semifinals of the conference tournament before falling to Northern Kentucky 5-2. However, SIUE continued its solid play into the spring season, earning its first NCAA bid since the Cougars won their last of four consecutive national titles in 1989.SIUE went 14-9 overall and finished 16th in the Midwest Regionals.
Mulherin posted a record of 13-9 overall and 8-1 in the GLVC at the No. 2 spot. Logan said Mulherin would move up to the No. 1 position. "I look for her to be the team leader this season." Along with Mulherin, the women's tennis team returns juniors Kelly Wohltman (Effingham) and Gretchen DeLaney (Grafton) and sophomore Keli Keener (Bethalto). Sophomore transfer Laura Zeeb (Greenville) joins the Cougars this season and looks to lock up the No. 4 spot. "She will add more strength to the team."
Freshmen Coryn Reich (Newton) and Amber Stanley (Effingham) and sophomore walk-on Laura Stoeber (Belleville) round out the new players Logan has brought in. "I am very happy with the incoming freshmen and both sophomores joining the team. They will provide additional strength to the team."
Logan believes his team is stronger, making them more capable of taking that next step to a GLVC title. "I think we should be right back in the hunt for the conference title. The team is coming in with more experience."
And, where better to win the conference title at home when the Cougars host this year's GLVC Tournament Oct. 13-14. The first match of the season is on the road on Friday, Sept. 8, against Bellarmine.
Cross Country Beats the Heat
With the first race of the season under their collective belts, Men's and Women's cross country travel to the Washington University Invitational in St. Louis, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday with the women's 5,000-meter run. The men's 8,000-meter run follows at 6:30.
Coach Darryl Frerker said regardless of the heat, both teams had a good start to the season. The men finished third in the SIUE Open last weekend with Jason Olszowka (Lockport) leading the way for the Cougars. Olszowka finished in seventh place with a time of 28 minutes, four seconds. "Jason was up in front where he needs to be."
Frerker was pleasantly surprised with his top five. "Nick Campbell (Charleston) and Steve McNamer (Charleston) stepped up to the competition and filled out our top five." Campbell finished 22nd overall with a time of 29:30 while McNamer was 28th at 29:51. Rounding out the top five for the Cougars are Tyler Krauss (Freeburg) and Robert Old (Hendersonville, Tenn.) with times of 29:15 and 29:47, respectively.
The women finished in second last weekend and were led by Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio). Carducci finished third with a time of 20:14. "Carducci looked tough and ran well." Just like the men, the women also had a couple of surprises for Frerker. "LeAnn Lomax (Georgetown) and Maria Ewersmann (St. Paul, Mo.) both ran outstanding races." Lomax finished eighth at a time of 20:52 while Ewersmann came in 15th with a time of 21:46. Lynette Brown (Danville), Breanne Steffans (Moline) and Natalie Kocher (Olney) also finished in the top 20 with times of 21:55, 22:01 and 22:04, respectively.
"The ladies had a better overall race. I was happy with their second-place finish, especially without our two top runners in Amanda Bozue and April Greenwood."
Paquette Exhibition At Morris Gallery Sept. 6-Oct. 9
Paintings by Thomas Paquette, who earned an MFA at SIUE in 1988, will be exhibited from Wednesday, Sept. 6, through Monday. Oct. 9, in the Morris University Center Gallery. The exhibition is titled "Small Works."
Paquette has been an active artist in Portland, Maine, where he resides. A reception for the artist is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the gallery. For more information concerning his work and an extensive curriculum vitae, visit his web site: www.thomaspaquette.com.
In addition, Paquette will be giving a demonstration of his landscape painting techniques from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 7, at the entrance to the Donal G. Myer Arboretum on campus.
The exhibition and demonstration are presented by The University Museum, with the support of the Friends of Art.
Orion String Quartet Leads Arts & Issues 16th Season
The Orion String Quartet, one of the most admired chamber ensembles on the international music scene, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall theater as the 16th Arts & Issues season gets under way.
The series has been entertaining Southwestern Illinois audiences at SIUE with distinguished performers and speakers since 1985.
Often hailed for its technical mastery and richness of tone, the Orion String Quartet is led by members Daniel and Todd Phillips, brothers who share the first violin chair, and violist Steven Tenenbom and cellist Timothy Eddy. The quartet was founded in 1987.
Now in its second decade, the quartet performs in the world's leading concert halls and serves as the Quartet-In-Residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at New York's Mannes College of Music.
Arts & Issues Coordinator Richard Walker said the quartet is an appropriate welcome for the new season. "This musical group formed only two years after we began the Arts & Issues program at SIUE," Walker pointed out. "We're halfway through our second decade and I am thrilled to have the Orion String Quartet with us to celebrate our 16th season.
"The quartet also is an excellent example of the quality performers the Arts & Issues series attracts to Southwestern Illinois."
The quartet's program at SIUE will include the Haydn Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2; the Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 59, No. 2; and the String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, "American" by Dvorak.
Arts & Issues season tickets are available at $98 for all eight events; students, $49. Admission includes free parking in the lots behind the Morris University Center or Dunham Hall theater. Individual and season ticket information is available by calling (618) 650-2320, or by writing: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1083, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Season information also is available on the World Wide Web: www.siue.edu/ARTS_ISSUES.