Fall enrollment has grown to 13,493 students, an increase of 198 students, or about 1.5 percent higher than fall 2003, according to Todd Burrell, the university’s director of Admissions.
The figure represents the highest enrollment since 1975.
The enrollment announcement comes on the heels of SIUE’s recent ranking of 16th among public universities in the Midwestern Universities-Master’s category of U.S. News and World Report magazine’s annual university rankings. As part of that U.S. News ranking, SIUE was recognized by university administrators in the category with a peer assessment, or reputation, score that was highest among Illinois public universities.
Much of the fall 2004 enrollment increase is attributable to student retention at the undergraduate level. The number of continuing undergraduate students is up 278 over last year. New freshmen for fall 2004 number 1,682, down from 1,709 last year. “We could have enrolled more new freshmen if we had more classroom space and additional space in the three residence halls,” Burrell said.
“But we feel our current enrollment management strategies allow us to continue providing a quality education for our students.”
Not only is enrollment up, but there also was an increase in full-time equivalent (FTE). FTE is based on the number of hours taken by all students. The number is then divided by 12 semester hours, the level at which a student is considered full-time at SIUE.
The university’s FTE jumped from 9,556 in fall 2000 to 10,778 this semester, an 11-percent increase. Burrell said growing FTE levels have prompted discussion regarding stabilizing enrollment growth and also raising admission standards. “Over the last several years, there has been a great deal of discussion on campus regarding enrollment and admission standards, prompting a change in admissions standards,” he said.
“The higher FTE is a positive reflection of that change and puts SIUE at an optimum level in the size of our classes, the available classrooms, faculty load, and our ability to provide personal service for our students.”
Burrell also attributed the increases to a continued awareness of SIUE as an affordable institution that provides a quality education.
The U.S. News rankings, published in August, are based on several key measures of quality that are used to capture the various dimensions of academic quality at each college. These measures fall into seven broad categories: peer assessment; graduation and retention rate; faculty resources (for example, class size); student selectivity (for example, average admission test scores of incoming students); financial resources; alumni giving; and, only for national universities and liberal arts colleges, graduation rate performance.
“We are excited about the continued growing interest and reputation at SIUE,” said Boyd Bradshaw, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management. “More and more students and parents view SIUE as a first choice institution due to our course offerings, first rate residence halls and the engagement of students inside and outside the classroom," Bradshaw said.
Overall, in the Midwest Master’s category, SIUE was ranked 58 out of 142 institutions, a list that includes private and public universities.
The School of Nursing is encouraging donations for its Scholarship Walk on campus Saturday, Sept. 18. The event is aimed at recruiting and retaining nursing students to address a nursing shortage, a problem nationwide.
The School is recruiting participating walkers and calling on them to ask for donations that will be used for scholarship support of pre-clinical, clinical, and graduate nursing students at SIUE. The walk is also designed to increase public awareness of the nursing shortage, and what the SIUE School of Nursing is doing to address the problem.
Graduates of the school's basic program earn a four-year BSN degree that develops and supports critical thinking skills, clinical decision-making abilities, and nursing values and ethics.
The Sept. 18 Scholarship Walk will be a pleasant two-and-one-half-mile stroll through SIUE’s Donal G. Myer Arboretum, and around “The Crossing,” a sculpture just east of the SIUE Engineering Building, according to Bob McElligott, Development director for the School.
The walk, which kicks off at 11 a.m., will begin and end at SIUE's Alumni Hall. Refreshments will be served from noon-1 p.m. The route is wheelchair accessible, and there are many places to rest, if necessary.
McElligott said: “Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 in scholarships for nursing students. They are essential partners in our health-care delivery systems. We are trying to reach as many of our graduates as possible, asking them to return to campus to walk and support current and future nursing students.”
Anyone who donates at least $25 will receive a red-and-gray, commemorative T-shirt with imprints of the SIUE “Nursing Gem of Southern Illinois” logo on the front, and “Nursing-the most honest and ethical profession” on the back.
“Hospitals and other organizations and individuals, who appreciate the nursing profession’s vital role, are encouraged to consider being a sponsor with a donation of $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more,” McElligott said.
During the past five years, the SIUE School of Nursing has graduated 681 baccalaureate-level (BSN) nurses and 231 master's and advanced-practice (e.g., Nurse Practitioners) nurses. Most SIUE graduates tend to come from—and return to work in— Southern Illinois and in the St. Louis region.
SIUE graduates also are teaching at SIUE and in other nursing schools around the country. Nearly 4,000 nursing students have graduated during the school’s 39-year existence.
For more information about the Sept. 18 walk, or to register to walk, contact McElligott, (618) 650-3906, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the SIUE School of Nursing may be found on the Web: www.siue.edu/NURSING.
SIUE will present Feel the Beat, Get Out the Vote, an informational program that will provide an opportunity for the community to learn about the issues and meet Illinois Supreme Court Judge candidates Thursday, Sept. 16.
The program also will feature live bands and information on political, social, economic, educational, and health issues during the day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the flagpole area in front of Rendleman Hall.
At 6, SIUE students will present Meet the Candidate in Meridian Ballroom, with Washington County Circuit Judge Lloyd Karmeier and Fifth District Appellate Justice Gordon Maag who will discuss their candidacy for the Supreme Court position to be left vacant in December by the retirement of Justice Philip Rarick of Troy.
Following the candidates’ presentation there will be a session by the students about Passive Activism/Civil Disobedience, including a poetry reading expressing responsibilities as citizens of the United States.
The day-long program is sponsored by the League of Women Voters Edwardsville Area, the United Congregations of the Metro-East, SIUE’s Raise Your Voice organization, SIUE's Student Leadership Development Program and Volunteer Services, the EOP Office, and Student Government.
Collaborating organizations include IOTA Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., the Blaq Poet Society, Making Waves, RHEMA, Phi Eta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., SIUE’s WebRadio, WSIE-FM, RAM, the Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, the United Steel Workers of America, AFSCME, the United Commercial and Food Workers Union, Focus St. Louis, and the Edwardsville Chapter of the NAACP.
It’s late. It’s the middle of January and you’re trying to start your car in a fan lot about 4,000 miles from the core campus. It’s nice to know the emergency phone is nearby and an MAP agent can be there in minutes.
MAP, or Motorist Assistance Program, is a service provided through University Police and its Parking Service Agents, who are equipped to handle most motorist-related problems on campus.
"We’ve been offering this service since 2000, and we’ve helped a lot of motorists, but from time to time we need to remind the University Community about what we do,” says Tony Langendorf, a MAP agent and coordinator of the program. Langendorf said information about MAP is enclosed with materials for parking hangtags.
According to Robert Vanzo, director of Administrative Services, MAP is mentioned in various university publications and brochures, and signs on campus remind motorists of the program. “We have vehicles marked with the MAP logo and we have erected signs around campus with the assistance phone number (650-3324) as well as the logo,” Vanzo said.
“The agents wear shirts with the logo imprinted and MAP information is imprinted on the back of parking hang tags,” he said. The imprint contains the emergency assistance number that can be called through one of 64 emergency phone stands dotting the SIUE campus and the Higher Education Campus in East St. Louis..
Langendorf also pointed out that as part of MAP’s awareness campaign, program details are outlined on a Web site listing services offered, such as battery jump-starts, portable compressors to help with flat tires, de-icing equipment, and access to a tow-truck service. “These services are offered at no cost to the person needing assistance,” Langendorf said, “except for the tow service.”
Vanzo pointed out that MAP is another way to provide service to students and employees. “We’re committed to provide the highest level of emergency assistance to faculty, staff, and students, but this also is a chance for our agents to show they’re not always the bad guys who write the parking tickets.”
Vanzo said the SIUE Parking and Traffic Committee has been supportive of the program. “This assistance service has been the most warmly received,” he said. “It’s such a relief when you’re car won’t start in the middle of winter and you see a MAP agent coming your way.”
With its theme of Make Believe Ballroom Time, the 16th Annual Jazz Supper Gala, featuring a live old-time radio broadcast, will offer an evening of fun, food, and music from 6-10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at SIUE. Reservations deadline is Sept. 24.
Proceeds benefit the SIUE Friends of Music scholarship fund that provides scholarships to talented music students. Half of the ticket price is a gift to the Friends organization and may be considered a tax deductible contribution. The Friends organization is a support group for the SIUE Department of Music.
Set in Meridian Ballroom, the Jazz Supper Gala offers a cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing to the big band sounds of the Concert Jazz Band, under the direction of Professor Brett Stamps, director of the Jazz Studies Program. Vocalist Tom Heitman, guitarist Rick Haydon, also a professor of music, and pianist Reggie Thomas, an associate professor of Music, will be featured artists. The evening’s “special honoree” will be jazz vocalist Mardra Thomas.
The event also includes a live “Old Time Radio Broadcast,” featuring on-air interviews hosted by WSIE-FM (88.7) personality Ross Gentile, who will invite audience participation.
Tickets for the Jazz Supper are $50 per person; a table of eight may be reserved for $350. A Blue Note sponsorship entitles a table of eight to preferred seating and recognition in the evening’s printed program.
For reservations or more information, call Martee Lucas in the department, (618) 650-3799, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3799.
SIUE’s Early Childhood Center (ECC), which has served the university community’s childcare and Pre-kindergarten education needs since 1969, has been awarded a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to offer expanded family services in collaboration with Edwardsville Community School District No. 7.
The $58,776 grant will help expand high-quality early childhood educational experiences and provide an added family component in conjunction with the Pre-K program (FACES) in the district. The grant is part of the Early Childhood Block Grant Early Learning Partners program, said ECC Director Rebecca Dabbs-Kayser.
“This grant is aimed primarily at SIUE student families with Pre-K children,” Dabbs-Kayser said. She said the ECC is staffed with certified Pre-K teachers, but this grant will help expand services to families. “We’ll be offering parenting education, such as parent workshops about child development and school readiness, for example, as well as family events in conjunction with the Edwardsville district and the SIUE Family Resource Center," she said.
“Through the grant, children will be screened for hearing and vision, kindergarten readiness skills, speech and language, and fine and gross motor skills. The screenings will help to identify if a child needs additional developmental services which will be provided through the collaboration.
“The ECC has been providing quality Pre-K education for more than 35 years, but now we’ll be collaborating with District 7,” she said, “and, we are looking forward to working together to provide more services for our families.”
Ground was broken last week for the much anticipated Spring Green Lodge and Conference Center to be constructed in University Park near its entrance to Illinois 157.
The hotel and conference center complex, expected to open in summer or fall of next year, will be the Edwardsville area’s first upscale hotel and conference center. Among the speakers at the groundbreaking were developer William L. Shaw and SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift, as well as Edwardsville and Madison County officials.
The lodge, which will feature a permanent exhibit of drawings and photographs of noted American architects, reflects an alliance with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The permanent exhibit will have special emphasis on the works of Wright and Louis H. Sullivan, who gave Wright his first job in 1887. The University Museum at SIUE maintains the largest collection of Sullivan architectural ornament in the world.
Spring Green Lodge will exhibit reproductions of some of the more than 20,000 drawings, photographs, murals, watercolors, and other historical material spanning Wright’s 70-year career as America’s premier architect. “One of the missions of Spring Green,” Shaw said, “is to create an inspirational display of architecture. It is intended to heighten awareness of the importance of architecture to society.
“We hope this educational agenda will inspire young people to pursue art, architecture, design, and engineering as a career.”
Shaw said it is his intent to honor Wright by infusing many design and architectural concepts within the lodge, reflecting Wright's legacy. “These ideas will be evident in the exterior and interior design of the hotel public areas,” Shaw said. “The color palette of the interior will be ‘Wright-ian’ and create a lodging experience that feels like a walk through the forest in autumn.”
In addition to SIUE’s Sullivan collection pieces, Pre-Columbian ceramics and antiquities also will be displayed in the hotel’s exhibit areas. The lodge also will be highlighted by a mezzanine displaying some of the exhibits and a first-floor Wright Library with book about architecture. This area also will be used for reading, business tasks, and relaxation.
Also featured will be a great room with a massive stone fireplace and intimate seating, a dining area with a fireplace, extensive outdoor decks and patios, and a conference center for up to 300 attendees on the lower level of the facility.
A lodging tower—with 54 upscale, suite-style rooms—will include 12 conference suites for up to 18 attendees per suite. Brian Donnelly, executive director of University Park, said the Spring Green project is welcomed by the university as a valuable asset, providing needed lodging and meeting space for the university and its student body, for companies located in the research park, and for communities throughout the area.
SIUE’s men’s soccer ran its streak of Great Lakes Valley Conference regular-season wins to 13 by defeating Kentucky Wesleyan 3-0 and Southern Indiana 4-0 over the weekend.
The Cougars improved their record to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the GLVC with the wins.
SIUE has seven players with at least two goals this season. Coach Ed Huneke believes that fact has played an important role in his team’s success. “If you rely on one or two players, other teams have enough guys to neutralize those players,” Huneke said. “We have a wide spread arsenal of attack that is too much for a lot of teams to contain.”
The Cougars got big contributions over the weekend from several players, including junior Kevin Thibodeau (St. Charles), who scored a goal against Southern Indiana. “He contributed a lot,” the coach said. “He is picking it up a notch.”
Freshman forward Adam Lanter (Edwardsville) scored two goals against Kentucky Wesleyan, raising his total to a team-high five. “We like him leading the team in goals,” Huneke said. “We didn’t anticipate that before the season. It’s been a nice surprise.”
Captain Brian Higgins, a junior from St. Louis, had a goal in each of the games. Forward Tim Collico (St. Louis) continued his solid play with a goal and two assists, and Pete Cacciatore (St. Louis) added two assists in the Cougar wins.
SIUE returns home for two contests this weekend at Ralph Korte Stadium as the Cougars battle Indianapolis on Friday (9/24) at 5 p.m. They will follow that up with a match against Northern Kentucky on Sunday (9/26) at noon.
SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober knows that his team is playing well fresh off of two 3-0 wins over Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis, but he also knows that the Cougars have a lot of Great Lakes Valley Conference play left.
“I think we played really well,” Gober said. “I give tons of credit to our defense this weekend. We have room to improve in a couple areas.”
The Cougars were led over the weekend by setter Krystal Majernik (Normal) as she averaged more than 14 assists per game. “She really has a lot of options to go to,” said Gober. “She has five young ladies who can flat out hit the ball.
She does a good job exploiting the other team’s weaknesses.”
Junior Tina Talsma (Ontario, Canada) had a stellar performance for SIUE, totaling 29 kills and a .338 hitting percentage in the two contests. “She was getting blocked quite a bit,” the coach said.. “She has really worked on it.
If you watched her kills they were sharp angles. She was hitting people.”
The Cougars defense was a key factor in the two wins as junior Allison Buss (Towanda), who is second in the GLVC, averaging 5.00 blocks a game. “I give tons of credit for defense this weekend with 60 digs in two consecutive matches,” Gober said. “That’s awesome.”
Along with the SIUE defensive play, they have served well, too. That includes a 10-ace performance against Lewis. Junior Heather Bonde (Millstadt) leads the GLVC with 32 service aces averaging 0.62 a game. “We served very aggressively,” said Gober. “We are hoping that we knock the other teams out of their system. I see our serving getting stronger.”
SIUE travels on the road this week, first with a non-conference stop in Lebanon to face McKendree on Tuesday (9/21) night at 7. Then it is on to Northern Kentucky for a big GLVC match with the Norse on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Cougars will finish out the weekend at Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday (9/25) afternoon at 1.
SIUE women's tennis coach Bill Logan believes strongly that his team's ability to play well in doubles matches will lead to victories.
The Cougars used their doubles play to defeat Missouri St. Louis 6-3 last week to improve to 3-4 overall and in the Great Lakes Valley Conference this year. “We won all three doubles matches,” Logan said. “That’s the name of the game in Division II tennis.”
As well as playing good on the doubles side, the Cougars’ singles play was led by senior Chrissy Yingst (Belleville), who won at No. 1 singles cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 win, improving her record to 4-2 on the year. “Chrissy played really well,” the coach said. “She led the way with a significant win.”
Also victorious at No. 4 singles was Lisa Warner (Arlington Hts.), winning 6-2, 6-4 for her as she improved to 4-2. Freshman Katherine Ferry (Springfield) won at No. 6 singles in dominating fashion 6-1, 6-0. “She did well,” Logan said. “Picking up a big win for us.”
The Cougars will shoot for the .500 mark as they take on Southern Indiana at home on Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.
SIUE women’s golf coach Larry Bennett was pleased with his team’s performance at the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic as the Cougars finished fourth of 24 schools with a score of 626.
“It was a good weekend overall,” Bennett said. “There were some tough teams there. It gives us some confidence heading into the next two weeks.”
The Cougars got a great performances from Kallie Harrison (Decatur) and Brittany Hood (Coulterville). Harrison shot an 82 on Saturday (9/18) but followed that up with a 73 on Sunday (9/19) to finish 13th. “She came back in great fashion,” said Bennett. “She made it into the top 18 which is on the all-tournament team.”
Hood finished with a two-day total of 154 for 12th place in the tournament. She had a career best 74 on Saturday (9/18). “She is striking the ball really well,” Bennett said. “That is going to bode well for the next couple of weeks.”
Freshman Rachel Roberg (Rice Lake, Wis.) shot a 79 and 77 for a tournament total of 156 that tied her for 15th place. “She is going to be a good player,” Bennett said. “I am glad to see her get down in the 70s.
“I was really pleased with her play. It gives her and the team more confidence.”
SIUE will be back in action this next Sunday (9/26) and Monday (9/27) at the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagle Fall Classic at Helfrich Hills Golf Club in Evansville, Ind.
After starting the year with a 1-3 and being outscored by their opponents 7-1, SIUE women’s soccer coach Lynda Bowers knew her team would rebound, and rebound they did.
The Cougars defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 6-0 and Southern Indiana 2-1 to improve their record to 4-3 on the year and 2-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
“ Every game we play is going to be a battle,” said Bowers. “We just have to make sure we come out on top.”
Ann Crawford (St. Louis) came up big for SIUE with two goals in the win over Southern Indiana. “It was really good for her,” Bowers said. “She has been begging for goals.”
Senior goalkeeper Jessica Brown (St. Louis) also was outstanding for the Cougars in their win over the Screaming Eagles. Brown made two saves to improve to 2-2 on the season. “She played with so much poise,” Bowers said.
“She had a huge second half.”
SIUE’s win over Southern Indiana was a huge one in Bowers’ eyes. “They beat us last year in double overtime,” the coach said. “It was a very hard fought game. It was a good test for our character.”
The Cougars had six different players score in the win over Kentucky Wesleyan. “It is great to have that kind of team effort where everyone can kind of get that kind of action,” Bowers said.
Sophomore Kristine Armstrong (St. Peters) had a goal and an assist to lead all scorers against the Panthers. “Kristine is a natural finisher,” Bowers said. “She is a tremendous player.”
SIUE will be back at Korte Stadium this weekend for matchups with Indianapolis on Friday (9/24) night at 7:30, then Northern Kentucky comes to town for a contest on Sunday (9/26) at 2:30 p.m.
SIUE’s Sarah Landt (Carbondale) has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference women’s soccer player of the week. The junior forward scored in the 59th minute as the Cougars upset #7-ranked Ashland 1-0 on the road.
Landt had two shots in the game, including the game winning goal, after coming in off the bench for the Cougars. She netted the first goal of her collegiate career in a 3-2 win over Ashland on Aug 31, 2002.
SIUE is now 2-3 on the season and will open up GLVC play at Kentucky Wesleyan on Friday.
Larry Bennett, who has led the Cougar women’s golf program since its beginning in 1998, will retire as the team’s head coach effective at the end of the fall season.
Bennett said after deep reflection over the past year that he felt he had other goals and challenge he wanted to pursue and that the program was well set up to make a successful transition for a new coach. “It’s difficult to step down since it’s the program I started,” Bennett said.
“We've built it up from nothing to a top-20 NCAA Division II program.”
Intercollegiate Athletics Director Brad Hewitt said a search would begin this fall to find Bennett’s successor. “Larry has done a fantastic job with the program by providing a great deal of energy and enthusiasm,” Hewitt said. “He has left the program as such that the next coach should not only be able to continue the team’s success but also take it to another level.”
Bennett coached the Cougars to its first Great Lakes Valley Conference title in 2003 with an impressive 17-stroke victory. The Cougars have been to the NCAA East Regional Tournament in each of the last two seasons as a team. Three seasons ago, Katie Farrell became SIUE’s first participant in a women’s golf NCAA Tournament when she qualified as an individual.
“I want to thank the community and especially the golfing community, because without their support we would not have been able to have this much success,” Bennett said. “I also want to thank the athletics department and Brad for this opportunity.”
Bennett will coach the Cougars through the fall season and will continue to stay at SIUE. He also serves as an assistant director of the Office of Campus Recreation at SIUE.
SIUE has a home tournament on Sunday and Monday (9/12-13) at Fox Creek Golf Club in Edwardsville.
The Cougars come into the 2004 season with a very young, yet talented, team. The roster includes 2003 GLVC Freshman of the Year Kallie Harrison (Decatur), who set the SIUE record for lowest single-season scoring average at 79.9.
Junior Brittany Hood (Coulterville) is the veteran, posting an 84.5 scoring average last season. SIUE boasts four talented freshman in Natalie Connaway (McLeansboro), Kelly Morris (Normal), Rachel Roberg (Rice Lake, Wis.) and Jessica Tiffe (Brookfield, Wis.).
SIUE men’s soccer has jumped out to a 5-1 mark heading into Great Lakes Valley Conference play. The Cougars added two more victories to their record over the weekend, a 5-1 blasting of Missouri-Rolla and a 1-0 battle with Ashland (Ohio).
Juniors Tim Collico (St. Louis) and Brian Higgins (St. Louis) had big weekends for SIUE. Collico netted two goals in the win over Missouri-Rolla, and Higgins added three assists in the contest against the Miners.
Another Cougar, who stayed hot, was sophomore Victor Pacheco (Sao Luis, Brazil), scoring his fourth goal of the year against Missouri-Rolla. Junior Kevin Thibodeau (St. Charles) was the hero against Ashland (Ohio) netting his first goal of the year at 51:10 of the second half. Sophomore Mike Zaegel (St, Louis) picked up the assist, his second on the year.
The Cougars, who have won their last 11 GLVC regular-season games, will begin their quest for a GLVC title on Friday (9/17) afternoon traveling to Kentucky Wesleyan for a game at 1 p.m. On Sunday (9/19), SIUE battles the Eagles of Southern Indiana at noon in Evansville, Ind.
SIUE women’s soccer picked up a huge win before the start of Great Lakes Valley Conference action this week. The Cougars went to Ohio and knocked off 7th-ranked Ashland 1-0 on Sunday (9/12) afternoon.
Junior forward Sarah Landt (Carbondale) chose the right time to net her first goal of the year at the 59:26 mark of the second half. Sophomore Christina Stremlau (St. Louis) set up Landt's goal that improved the Cougars record to 2-3 on the year. Freshman goalkeeper Kim Roady (Granite City) was the backbone for the Cougars in the win. She made four saves for the first shutout of her college career.
SIUE's win over Ashland was the end to a weekend that started out in heartbreak as the Cougars fell to Mercyhurst 1-0 in double overtime Friday (9/10). In that contest, the Cougars outshot their opponents 20-11 only to lose on a breakaway at the 105:33 mark.
The Cougars travel to Kentucky Wesleyan for a game on Friday (9/17) afternoon at 3:30. SIUE visits Southern Indiana on Sunday (9/19) for a 2:30 p.m. start.
SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober leads his 8-4 team into Great Lakes Valley Conference play starting this week. “We are ready for conference to start,” Gober said. “We have a lot of things to work on, but we have a lot of positives. We will be carrying some momentum heading into our conference season,” said Gober.
The Cougars played three games over the weekend at the GLVC-GLIAC-WVIAC Crossover in Wheeling, W.V. “I am very happy coming back with a 2-1 record,” said Gober. “I was really impressed that we were able to step up our game.”
The Cougars battled some stiff competition in the crossover. After defeating Mercyhurst in four games on Friday (9/10), SIUE was set up for a huge match against Ferris State on Saturday (9/11) morning. SIUE jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Bulldogs sent the match to a fifth game where the Cougars prevailed 15-8. “That was a great match,” Gober said. “I have a lot of respect for their program.”
After the big win over Ferris State, the Cougars fell in their last match to Findlay 3-1. “That was right there for us,” Gober said. “If we improve in a few areas I feel that we are as good as the Findlay team.”
Junior Heather Bonde (Millstadt) had a great weekend with 57 kills in the three matches raising her hitting percentage by 50 points to .324. Another middle hitter Tina Talsma (Ontario, Canada) was outstanding against Mercyhurst, registering 24 kills and a .667 hitting percentage. “Both of our middles are very athletic and they both jump very well,” said Gober. “We could have some of the best middles in the conference.”
Gober also felt that many other Cougars played well at the Crossover. “Krystal Majernik (Normal) did great job distributing the ball,” he said.
SIUE begins GLVC play on Friday (9/17) night as Wisconsin-Parkside visits the Vadalabene Center at 7. The Cougars will follow that with a match on Saturday (9/18) against Lewis at 1 p.m.
Women's tennis coach Bill Logan knows his team sits in the middle of the pack of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, but Logan also knows his team is about hit its stride.
The Cougars are 2-4 after a recent road trip to St. Joseph's and Lewis. The Cougars defeated St. Joseph's 8-0 on Friday (9/10), drawing great performances from each Cougar. “They did a good job,” Logan said. “They played fine.”
Freshman Katherine Ferry (Springfield) picked up her first win at No. 6 singles in the match. SIUE followed that up with a tough 8-1 loss to Lewis. “Lewis is one of the top teams in the conference as well as the region,” Logan said.
Allison Coats (Belleville) was the lone winner at No. 3 singles, losing the first set 6-1 before coming back to win the second set 6-2. She finished off the match with a 11-9 tie breaker win to run her record to 4-1 on the year.
The Cougars will continue conference play as Missouri-St. Louis visits the SIUE tennis courts on Tuesday (9/14) afternoon at 3 p.m. SIUE travels to the ITA Mid-American Regional in Midland, Mich., for a tournament this weekend.
The SIUE men's cross country team turned in some record-breaking performances at the Bradley Invitational. The Cougars, ranked No. 21 in the latest national coaches poll, received several great performances.
Senior Ryan Boyll (Normal) finished fifth with a time 25 minutes, 4.61 seconds, which stands as the third-fastest ever at SIUE at 8,000 meters. Finishing not far behind Boyll was junior Brian Taghon (East Moline). Taghon finished sixth at 25:07.22 for the fourth fastest time in 8,000 meters in school history. Freshman Erik Steffens (Moline) finished with sixth fastest time for a freshman in SIUE history, placing 25th in 25:56.90.
The women's team was just as impressive with their second-place finish. Senior Mary Witte (Norman) finished 20th with a time of 19:08 39 in the 5,000 meters. Freshman Kelly Flounders (Homer Glen) placed 39th at 19:43 62, and Junior Heather Zipparro (Mount Prospect) came in at 65th with a time of 20:40.
The Cougars will travel to make a run at the Eastern Illinois Twilight meet on Friday (9/17) at 4 p.m.