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September 19, 2000

Relationship Violence Is Subject Of Events Sept. 25-26

In an effort to raise awareness about relationship violence and how to respond "proactively" to it, SIUE is presenting two days of events on the topic, Monday, Sept. 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Morris University Center.

In addition to the events, business cards with emergency telephone numbers are being made available in several locations on campus. The cards are inscribed in memory of Ramonna Johnson-McDonald, an SIUE graduate student who died in 1998 as a result of relationship violence.

The two-day program is co-sponsored by SIUE's Women's Studies Program, the Office of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the Office of Student Affairs. The events will be conducted by Holly Rosen and Peter Hovmand, both of the Michigan State University Safe Place.

A schedule of events follows:

• Monday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Goshen Lounge-Questions and answers about relationship violence.

• Monday, 7-9 p.m., Madison Room (in Meridian Ballroom)-Community forum on relationship violence: "What Happens After A 911 Call?" Panelists include Sarah Bradbury of SIUE Counseling Services, Capt. Gina Hayes of SIUE Police, Madison County Associate Judge Lola Maddox, Madison County Assistant State's Attorney Kyle Knapp, Cahokia Police Lt. Scott Peoples, and Holly Rosen and Peter Hovmand of MSU's Safe Place. Moderator will be Margaret Trushel of the Oasis Women's Center in Alton. SIUE Chancellor David Werner will welcome participants.

• Tuesday, 9-11 a.m., Mississippi-Illinois Room (second floor of Morris Center)-Awareness and Intervention Workshop. All SIUE faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.

• Tuesday, 3-4 p.m., Mississippi-Illinois Room-"What's the Next Step for SIUE?" All SIUE faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.

Enrollment Surpasses 12,000 For First Time Since Mid-'70s

SIUE enrollment stands at 12,193 for fall 2000, continuing a trend of steady enrollment growth. Enrollment has increased by about 300 students per year since fall 1997; this year's enrollment is up 316 students compared to last year.

Chancellor David Werner attributed the increase to planned growth. "Like many other colleges and universities, we have watched the trends and forecasts that show an increase in the number of high school seniors and in seniors who are enrolling in college," Werner said.

"We began to make plans for this growth as far back as the early 1990s, when we began work on our first residence hall, and created a recruiting plan to complement the projected growth of potential students." Werner added that SIUE's enrollment target is 13,500 by 2005.

Enrollment stood at 11,207 in 1997, increasing to 11,520 in '98, and 11,877 last year. This year's enrollment not only reflects an overall increase, but an increase in new freshman, students taking courses on campus, and the full-time equivalent (FTE):

1999 2000 Difference

New Freshman 1,365 1,509 +144

On-Campus 11,606 12,016 +410

FTE 9,123 9,556 +433

Overall enrollment is its largest since 1976; on-campus enrollment is the largest since 1975; and, the FTE is the highest since 1977.

The School of Engineering, which moved into its new building with the beginning of Fall Semester, showed the biggest increase in the number of students with declared majors, gaining about 20 percent, from 815 students in 1999 to 984. Graduate student enrollment increased from 2,564 to 2,610, the second consecutive increase after several years of slight declines.

Students Receive Funds Faster Due To Improvements

This year, SIUE students received financial aid faster than ever before because of advanced technology and improvements in procedures in the Office of Student Financial Aid, says Director Marian Smithson.

Smithson credits her staff for streamlining office procedures which contributed to the higher numbers of students served. "It was a very busy year for our office," Smithson said, "and my staff worked very hard to meet our goals."

The office also took advantage of a new internet confirmation option to pay grants for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission's Monetary Award Program (MAP). "In the past, award payment was delayed because we were mailed MAP confirmations, but now we can access those confirmations via the internet," Smithson said.

In addition, procedures for the Direct Loans program also were streamlined to save time. "Students sign a master note for their first loan and aren't required to sign for each new loan," Smithson said, "and that has helped us deliver funds faster."

By the second week of Fall Semester, more than 5,300 students had received financial aid totaling $13.9 million, an increase of more than 10 percent in the student count at the same time last year and a 25 percent increase in dollar amount over the same time last year. "The university had an increase in enrollment and we were able to stay on time with our payouts," Smithson said.

"This means students are able to begin classes without taking out short-term loans and they're also able to get their textbooks on time. Receiving their checks in a timely manner relieves much of the stress of beginning a school term," she said.

"Our goal is to provide good service to students and support the university's enrollment growth."

New Day, New Home For SIUE School Of Engineering

For a decade, the possibility of a new building for SIUE's School of Engineering figuratively stood on the horizon. In that decade, a lack of space effectively scattered students and faculty across the campus-an academic diaspora.

Now, the new building literally stands on the University's western horizon, the years of waiting given over to the anxiety of the last few moments before the doors officially opened. And once again, a growing program is housed under one roof.

Last week, the new building was formally dedicated as students, employees, donors and friends of the university, alumni and community members joined to acknowledge this addition to campus.

The Engineering Building is SIUE's fifth new building in six years. (Birger Hall will open in October, and Bluff Hall in fall 2001.) Not only will the new building help students explore once they get to campus, but it also is helping recruit new students to SIUE. Enrollment, which had crept up steadily over the last few years, increased more than 20 percent over last year: 815 students in fall of 1999 to 984 students this year.

"I think we're already seeing the benefits of having our program under one roof," said Paul Seaburg, dean of the School of Engineering. "It is easier to 'showcase' what we have to offer and to talk about how good the program really is."

The School of Engineering began in 1968 with 37 undergraduate students. The first degrees were granted in 1970. Graduate students first enrolled in 1980, and the first graduate degrees were awarded in 1985. More than 3,000 SIUE students have received engineering degrees.

Dinner, Dancing, And Jazzin' It Up At The Jazz Supper Dance On Oct. 1

The joint will be jumpin' at the Jazz Supper Dance beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, in Meridian Ballroom where the music will be hot and so will the Southern-style buffet.

SIUE's Friends of Music, WSIE-FM (88.7), and the Department of Music will present the 12th Annual Jazz Supper Dance, one of the most popular campus social events of the year.

Ticket price includes the buffet and big band music performed for dancing by the SIUE Concert Jazz Band conducted by Reggie Thomas, an associate professor of music. The evening also features special performances by local music entertainers and this year's Jazz and Music Achievement Award winners: Johnnie Johnson and Marion Miller.

Tickets are $40 per person; a cash bar also will be available. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Music, which provides scholarships for SIUE music students. For tickets or for more information, call the SIUE Office of Conferences and Institutes, (618) 65-2660, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2660.

Dedicated

The Shurtleff Fund and the Illinois State Historical Society, with strong support from SIUE, recently erected an historical marker commemorating the pioneer spirit of John Mason Peck, founder of the old Shurtleff College, now the location of the SIU School of Dental Medicine. Peck, who founded several Baptist churches in Missouri and Illinois, traveled from New England with his family in a horse-drawn wagon "to bring the lamp of learning and the light of the Gospel" into the undeveloped West. In 1827, he founded a seminary near what is now O'Fallon, Ill., moving it to Alton in 1831. With a $10,000 gift from Benjamin Shurtleff of Boston, the seminary was renamed Shurtleff College in his honor in 1836. Peck Hall, on the campus of SIUE, is named for the educator. Here, SDM Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo Jr. and SIUE Chancellor David Werner stand near the marker with Clinton H. Rogier, past president of The Shurtleff Fund. (SIUE Photo)

Organizations And Service Groups Invited To Help At Cougarfest 2000

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and its Alumni Association are extending an invitation to community organizations and service groups to participate in Cougarfest, the upcoming weekend of music, sports, memories, open houses and fun.

A celebration of the SIUE community, the fall festival will be held Friday, Sept. 29, Saturday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 1. "Cougarfest will be a chance for university student organizations and community groups to spotlight themselves through activities and booths," said festival organizer and SIUE Foundation assistant director, Kathy Turner.

"We invite organizations to participate with food booths, arts and crafts displays, or other activities that will contribute to the overall celebration." Interested organizations may contact either Turner or Jackie Brown, at 650-2345, for more information.

Cougarfest already features a wide range of activities and events that includes Friday night SIUE Men's and Women's soccer games, alumni baseball and softball tournaments, chili and barbecue cook-offs, campus tours and open houses, Family Weekend events such as the Ya' Gotta' Regatta cardboard boat regatta, the annual Jazz Supper Dance, and the Arts & Issues series presentation of The Capitol Steps.

Following the Friday evening soccer games will be a student toga contest, a preview of things to come with the Saturday night festival capper, a Ralph Korte Stadium concert by Otis Day and the Knights of National Lampoon's Animal House fame.

Tickets for the concert are $10; students, $5, and are available through MetroTix. Up-to-the-minute information on Cougarfest is available by calling 618/650-2760 or visiting the Web site: www.siue.edu/COUGARFEST.

Celebrate The Arts Week Set For Sept. 29-Oct. 6

While you're wandering around campus in that toga during Cougarfest, don't forget to think about the arts once in awhile.

And, to help us remember there's more to life than toga parties and soccer games, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and the Departments of Art and Design, Music, and Theater and Dance are inviting everyone on campus to "Celebrate the Arts" Monday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Oct. 6.

The kick-off takes place at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Goshen Lounge. Chancellor Werner will set the stage for the events to follow: A sampling of music, art, and theater to introduce the audience to the week's activities. And, a pumpkin scramble will be a special feature.

Saturday evening at 7:30, Arts & Issues presents the Capitol Steps in Merdian Ballroom; Sunday, Oct. 1, the annual Jazz Supper Dance is set for 5:30 p.m.in Meridian; Thursday, Oct. 5, a Careers in the Arts forum will be sponsored by the Career Development Center, at 11:30 a.m. in Dunham Hall theater, with a free lunch in the lobby; Friday, Oct. 6, a Faculty Art Exhibit Closing Reception takes place in the New Wagner Gallery of the Art and Design Building at 4 p.m.

And, to top off the week, the Department of Theater and Dance has planned Pack the Theater Night on Friday, Oct. 6, for the opening of Stephen Schwartz's hit musical, Working, based on the award-winning book of the same name by Studs Terkel. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. in Dunham Hall theater. Tickets are $7; students, $5. The show continues Oct. 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15. Curtain time for Oct. 8 and 15 is 2 p.m.

For more information about Celebrate the Arts Week, call Lana Hagan at 650-5748, or contact her by e-mail: lhagan@siue.edu.

Louderman Named GLVC Soccer Player Of The Week

Beth Louderman, a senior from Girard, has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conferences women's soccer Player of the Week. Louderman helped the Cougars reach an 8-3 record and a 4-0 mark in GLVC play.

The goalie has yet to allow a goal in conference play and has not allowed a goal in her last 404 minutes, 57 seconds of play. She recorded 12 saves in three games last week in wins over Rockhurst University, Lewis University, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Louderman lowered her season goals against average to 0.78.

Senior Justin McMillian To Receive Jack Blake Award

Justin McMillian, a senior from Granite City, will receive the Jack Blake Award in a halftime ceremony on Oct. 1 when the Cougars play IUPU-Ft. Wayne at 12:30 p.m. McMillian, who was injured in the preseason, will be the fourth recipient of the honor named for Jack Blake, a former SIUE All-American and member of the U.S. Olympic Men's Soccer team.

The criteria for the award includes outstanding soccer play, leadership, a positive spirit of university and community involvement, a person dedicated to high fitness and intensity, and a 2.5 grade point average or above. McMillian scored nine goals last season and added three assists in helping the Cougars to an 11-7-1 record.

Canned Food Donation Brings Free Admission To Sept. 29 Weekend VB

Cougar volleyball is asking for your support. Anyone attending this weekends games against Missouri-St. Louis and Quincy has the opportunity to receive free admission. All the Cougars ask is that you donate a canned food item and in return any non-students receive free admission to the games.

Cougars Face Lengthy Week In VB

Three wins, six losses, three wins. A pattern may be forming, but Coach Joe Fisher is not fond of patterns unless it's wallpaper.

It's a good thing, too. SIUE, 6-6 overall and 2-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, hopes to put an end to the patter at Southern Indiana on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match.

"Southern Indiana is key because it is the first head-to-head matchup with the two strongest and undefeated teams in our division. Southern Indiana is a much-improved team from a year ago with a new coach and strong, young talent," said Fisher.

SIUE then returns home for the first time in a month to face Lewis on Friday at 7 p.m. and Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday at 1 p.m. "We want to build on our wins from last weekend. We hope to have the bugs worked out, and it will be nice to finally play at home again," Fisher said.

Lindsay Rust (Belleville) led the team in attack percentage last week at .396 percentage. Rust had 47 kills, seven service aces and 42 digs. She now has 167 kills, 16 service aces and 163 digs, leading the team in all three categories. Stosha DeShasier (Carrollton) also hit well the last three games. She has recorded 20 kills in 54 attempts.

Defensively, Kelly Schaill (Princeton) recorded 10 block assists against Kentucky Wesleyan and Bellarmine. She leads the team with 29 total blocks. Schaill also recorded 16 kills over the last three matches.

Women's Soccer Extends Win Streak to Five

Spreading the ball and adaptation. It's something SIUE Coach Brian Korbesmeyer was pleased to see from his team last weekend and expects from his team in the future. "Against Lewis, we spread the ball well," he said. "We had a much tougher game on Sunday, but having the day off help us to get our legs back.

"The team really battled with Wisconsin-Parkside until we adapted to their physical style of play."

SIUE has allowed just one goal during Great Lakes Valley Conference play and is undefeated with a record of 4-0. The Cougars, 8-3 overall, hope to keep the winning ways alive this weekend at home. It is going to be a tough weekend. SIUE plays Saint Joseph's on Friday night (9/29) at 7:30 at Bob Guelker Field. The Cougars entertain IUPU-Ft. Wayne on Sunday (10/1) at 3 p.m. Saint Joseph's has won one game, lost one game.

"They lost three of its best players last year, so you are not sure what team is going to show up to play," Huneke said. "They have always played us well."

Colleen Creamer (St. Louis) scored two goals in the 4-1 win over Lewis last weekend off assists by Megan Steward (Glenarm) and Melissa Montgomery (Granite City). "We had outstanding play from Colleen. She had excellent passes from Megan and Melissa to put it in the goal."

Korbesmeyer also is happy with the play he is getting from his freshmen. Sara Decker (St. Louis), Becky Baker (St. Louis) and Erin Gusewelle (Edwardsville) have been solid all year long. Decker added two goals and an assist last weekend. She now leads the team with six assists and 14 points. Gusewelle also scored her first collegiate goal in the 2-0 win over Wisconsin-Parkside.

Men's Soccer Settles For Split at Lewis, Wis.-Parkside

Win-loss records don't always tell the story. And, that's why Coach Ed Huneke isn't worried about splitting last weekend's games with conference opponents.

"Obviously, the world is concerned with win-loss results, but coaches have the additional concern with how we played," Huneke pointed out. "I was very pleased that we played extremely well."

SIUE returns home this weekend to begin the second half of conference play with a 5-4-1 overall record and 3-1 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. "I told the team that it is important that we continue to improve in the second half of the season. And if we do, it is going to be a very successful year."

The Cougars play Saint Joseph's on Friday (9/29) at 5:30 p.m. at Bob Guelker Field and IUPU-Ft. Wayne on Sunday (Oct. 1) at 12:30 p.m. Saint Joseph's is showing improvement from last year while IPFW was one of the best teams in the country last year. "We have to do our job to make sure we stop them this weekend," Huneke said.

Cal Thomas (Rochester) and Chris Camacho (Quincy) scored goals over the weekend while Brian Douglas (Centerville, Ohio) recorded his second assist on the season.

Women's Tennis Improves To 5-1

Ten singles victories in two days equal a tough team and two wins. And, most of the singles wins are courtesy of a young team. Freshmen Amber Stanley (Effingham) and Coryn Reich (Newton) are dominating the No. 2 and No. 4 positions, respectively for Coach Bill Logan.

"The freshmen are doing great," Logan said. "Amber is first on and off the court in singles and has been looking strong."

Stanley improves to 5-1 on the season, while Reich is now 4-1. Junior transfer Laura Zeeb (Greenville) has been a solid addition. Zeeb won both her matches at No. 3 and has a 4-1 record.

The Cougars, 5-1 overall and in Great Lakes Valley Conference play, returns home, literally. Not only does SIUE play Southern Indiana on Friday (9/29) at 3 p.m., but it also returns to play on the SIUE tennis courts for the first time in about two years. Southern Indiana comes in 5-0, so it looks to be a very important match in regards to standings. SIUE faces Kentucky Wesleyan at home on Saturday (9/30) at 9 a.m.

Women's Golf Anxious For Next Test

Rested and ready to go. That is what the SIUE Women's Golf team is. After a week off and a strong, record-setting tournament before that, the Cougars are ready to get back on the course.

Coach Larry Bennett's team travels to the Indianapolis Invitational for a two-day tournament on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Records were set two weeks ago at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational. The team shot a two-day school record of 678 (335-343), while freshman Katie Farrell (Princeton) set two records of her own.

Farrell set the school record for 18 holes on the first day by shooting an 81, which was set two years ago by junior Spring Riley (Salem) (82). She also set the school record for 36 holes with a 167 (81-86).

CC Set for Cougar/Bearcat Challenge

Coach Darryl Frerker is looking for this weekend's meet as a warm-up to the conference championships next weekend. SIUE and McKendree College host the Cougar Bearcat Challenge at SIUE.

The Women's 5,000-meter run begins at 10 a.m. with the Men's 8,000-meter run following at 10:45 a.m. "Both teams have a good shot at being top teams in this meet," Frerker said. "We will get to see some new competition with NAIA teams coming in. But it also is an opportunity to warm-up for conference."

Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) and Jason Olsowka (Lockport) both finished first for the Cougars last time out at the Illinois Invitational. Carducci finished 23rd with a time of 18 minutes, 54 seconds. Olsowka finished 15th with a personal best on the year with a time of 25:52.

"Freshmen have been filling in the top five for both teams throughout the year," Frerker said. "The position in the top five is always changing. We have yet to develop a consistent top five."

Men's Soccer Offense, Defense Both Post Strong Weekend

There are smiles all around. Coach Ed Huneke's team didn't allow a goal all weekend. At the same time, the Cougars scored four goals each against Bellarmine and Kentucky Wesleyan.

"Goals make forwards smile and shutouts make defenders smile," Hyneke said. "It was a high priority to do well in the conference. Two shutouts with a good number of goals makes Monday mornings feel good."

SIUE continues conference play this weekend at Lewis and Wisconsin-Parkside. The team plays Lewis on Friday (9/22) at noon and faces Wisconsin-Parkside at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday (9/23). "It is a very important weekend. These are two highly-regarded teams in the conference and region. Success this weekend could put us up for a very nice season."

The Cougars jumped back over the .500 mark with wins last weekend against conference opponents. SIUE is 4-3-1 overall and 2-0 to start Great Lakes Valley Conference. Brandon Gibbs (St. Charles, Mo.) led the charge last weekend scoring his first three goals of the season while recording two assists. "We have been counting on Brandon to score a lot of goals this season," says Huneke. "I had become a little concerned, but goals tend to be streaky. Hopefully, this is a start of a nice streak for him."

Justin Huneke (Glen Carbon) tabbed two goals over the weekend and now leads the team with five goals and 19 shot attempts. Eric Modeer (Hershey, Pa.) and Cal Thomas (Rochester) recorded two assists. Modeer and Gibbs lead the team with four assists apiece.

Also adding goals were Kevin Corrigan (St. Louis), Cress Maddox (Springfield) and Sean Huneke (Glen Carbon). Matthew Horan (St. Louis) tabbed his second assist of the season.

Women's Soccer Cougars Eager To Continue Their Winning Ways

Coach Brian Korbesmeyer is wasting no time when it comes to getting his women's soccer team back into action. "Anytime you are playing well, you want to get back out there and play again quickly." And quickly they are.

The Cougars are back on the field (tonight, 9/19) against Rockhurst beginning at 6:30 at Korte Stadium. "Rockhurst beat us last year, but we're playing better and a little bit quicker"

After Rockhurst, the Cougars prepare for more conference play. The team travels to Lewis on Friday (9/22) and Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunday (9/24). Both games begin at 3 p.m.

SIUE, which broke the school record for shots in a game with 36 against Bellarmine, swept the first weekend of Great Lakes Valley Conference play by shutting out both Bellarmine and Kentucky Wesleyan 3-0. The team is now 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the GLVC. "With each half this weekend we got better," Korbesmeyer said. "This weekend our depth really showed. We really had a lot of gas in the second halves of both games."

The opportunity to play a number of players also helped. "I think we got over our injury bug," he said. "We're down to just two girls out, and were able to get a lot of player into both games, which allowed some girls to rest."

Michelle Montgomery (Granite City) recorded her first points of the season with two goals and two assists this past weekend. Megan Steward (Glenarm) and Heather Bebe (Florissant, Mo.) tabbed their first goals of the year against Bellarmine. Leslie Henigman's (Florissant) and Colleen Creamer (St. Louis) added goals to the board against Kentucky Wesleyan. Creamer, who added an assist against Bellarmine, now leads the team with three goals and 26 shot attempts. Sara Decker (St. Louis), Becky Baker (St. Louis) and Melissa Montgomery (Granite City) assisted on goals over the weekend. Decker leads the team with five assists.

Douglas Looking Forward; Also Recalls 1997 Cougars

Some things are worth repeating. When Brian Douglas was a freshman at SIUE, he was a part of a soccer team that was 18-2-1 and advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament. Now a junior, Douglas feels that the time is right to go back.

The 1997 edition of Cougar Soccer won a school-record 15 consecutive games and was the first to advance to the NCAA tournament in 15 years. Then, Douglas was one of only a few freshmen on a senior-laden team. Now he is one of the most experienced players on a team that went 11-7-1 last season and returns nine starters.

Douglas looks back fondly on that 1997 team, and is proud of his contributions to one of the best teams in SIUE history. "Going almost undefeated in the regular season my freshman year and making it to the tournament was a great experience," Douglas said. "I played more than I expected to as a freshman. I had an opportunity to show my skills and contribute to a great team."

Douglas believes he has a chance to be a part of another special Cougar team in 2000. "I think we have a chance of making it back to the tournament this year," he said, "and maybe going farther (than in 1997)."

If the Cougars make it back to the tournament, Douglas will play a major role. He's played in 37 games in a Cougar uniform, second only to senior Eric Modeer. Douglas scored one goal and added four assists in 1999, but what Douglas provides for the team does not show up on any statistics sheet. "My position doesn't get opportunities to score many goals, so when you do score a goal or create an assist, it gives you a better feeling, especially when it helps the team win," Douglas said.

"I mean, everyone on the team contributes, but you're recognized officially (for scoring)."

It did not take long this season for Douglas to gain a little recognition. In the first game of the season, against Missouri Southern State, Douglas' leaping header set up freshman Cal Thomas for the Cougars' first goal of the year. The goal tied the game at 1-1. A few minutes later, junior Yuzuru Takami flicked a ball over the goalkeeper's head to give the Cougars a 2-1 win.

Douglas has since added a goal of his own, but is not worried about the slow start. "I've had a good feeling about this team for months," he said. "It's just a feeling I've had that we're going to be successful. We have a lot of talent. Now it's time for me to be one of the leaders of the team and have guys looking up to me and follow my leads, on and off the field. I try to take that seriously."

Off the field Douglas majors in Mass Communications. Like so many college students, it took time for Douglas to settle in on what he wanted to do. After talking to a friend about advertising, he decided to give it a try. "So far, I've loved it," Douglas said. "It offers so many different varieties of classes, and advertising allows me to be creative."

Douglas enjoys being a student-athlete at SIUE, but understands that title comes with responsibilities. "The attention is nice (but) people tend to look at you and hold you at a higher level." He recognizes this with students and professors alike.

When asked which he likes the best about playing-a goal-saving tackle, a sweet pass for an assist, or scoring a goal-the answer comes quickly. "Scoring a goal. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does, it's a feeling like no other."

Professor Visits Russia To Address School Health Issues

A teen-ager on an island off the coast of Russia might live in the midst of a totally different culture, say, from a teen-ager in Edwardsville, Illinois, but both are faced with the same global health issues.

In fact, Mal Goldsmith, Professor of Kinesiology and Health Education, learned this to be true first-hand during a recent visit to Korsakov, a city on Sakhalin Island, off the coast of Russia and just north of Hokkaido, Japan. Under a grant from the Baylor College of Medicine, Goldsmith spent 10 days there working with city officials, educators, and physicians to address teen health issues and create a school health program.

"Korsakov is a fishing town, but the industry is dead now, as free enterprise has Russian fisherman going to Korea or Japan to get better prices," Goldsmith observed. "The economy is depressed, and we found many young people reacting to that kind of stress through smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, and in general leading an unhealthy lifestyle."

Goldsmith said concerned educators are looking for ways to teach Russian youth to make healthy choices. Goldsmith and Nick Iammarino, a professor of Health Education at Rice University, were in Korsakov to share health concerns of American youth and to provide insight into how coordinated school health programs can bring together school, family and community resources to address teen problems.

The concept of a coordinated school health program was presented, including an eight-point model for addressing adolescent health issues. The elements of a coordinated school health program are: health education, health services, healthy environment, school, family and community relations, physical education, school on-site health promotion, school nutrition and food service, and school counseling.

"The key to this model working," says Goldsmith, "is to establish a School Health Council to help implement and evaluate the eight points of the program. The required coordination is all based on the concept that schools do not operate in a vacuum."

Goldsmith said the city realized there would be no help from the current Russian government to turn things around for Korsakov youth, so officials have sought help from around the world and the Baylor project is part of that effort.

In addition to working with educators, Goldsmith also made two presentations to Russian physicians and school health personnel about health attitudes and behaviors of American youth and the role of coordinated school health programs in addressing adolescent health issues.

"We're also interested in sharing results of a study done on the health attitudes and behaviors of Russian youth in Korsakov. Goldsmith said plans already have begun for a follow-up study. "We'll utilize questions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, that have been translated into Russian by another colleague from Baylor," Goldsmith said.

"Eventually, we will share with Russian officials and American educators the results of these comparative studies between American and Russian youth. Such data is helpful in planning prevention education and enables health professionals from across the world to realize how they can learn from each other."

Although he found some of the conditions in Korsakov depressing, Goldsmith said, for the most part, the Russians manage to make a life for themselves. "The people reminded me of a time in the U.S. when Americans had much less, but found happiness in family and friends.

"Russia was under Communism for nearly 100 years, and it may take that country another 100 years for capitalism to evolve into something that improves quality of life for everyone."

Capitol Steps Bring Political Humor To A&I Sept. 30

If all politics "is local," then political comedy must be universal as proven by the Capitol Steps appearing here Sept. 30 as part of SIUE's Arts & Issues series.

The Capitol Steps will perform its special brand of musical satire at 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom. The SIUE series has been entertaining Southwestern Illinois audiences with distinguished performers and speakers since 1985.

Left, right, or center, this musical troupe of satirists from Washington, D.C., has a laugh and an insult for everyone. Poking musical fun at political figures, the Capitol Steps is a remarkably gifted group of former and current Congressional staffers who skewer the scene "inside the Beltway," responding to the scandal du jour in Washington.

Arts & Issues Coordinator Richard Walker said the Capitol Steps combines a raucous evening of song and satire in a timely appearance-just before the presidential election. "The Capitol Steps will be funnier than ever with an election on the horizon," Walker said. "I'm looking forward to an evening of fun that I'm sure will leave no candidate unscathed."

The Capitol Steps make mirth from their experiences among the very people and places that once employed them. The Steps perform more than 500 shows annually throughout the country. Since the troupe was founded in 1981, it has recorded 20 albums, including the latest, It's Not Over 'Til the First Lady Sings. The group has been featured in three PBS specials, numerous television shows, and can be heard four times annually on NPR stations nationwide during the "Politics Takes a Holiday" radio specials.

Individual tickets for the Sept. 30 event are $16; students, $8. Admission includes free parking in the lot behind the Morris Center. 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: rwalker@siue.edu. Season information also is available on the World Wide Web: www.siue.edu/ARTS_ISSUES.

Martin Named Executive Assistant To SIUE's Williams

Kevin W. Martin, formerly associate director of Development for Major and Planned Gifts, as well as Capital Campaigns, at Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio, has been named executive assistant to G. Patrick Williams, SIUE vice chancellor for Development and Public Affairs.

Martin also served as the special assistant to the president/CEO of the Lourdes College Foundation and assisted in the planning, preparation, and execution of all fund-raising programs for the college.

In his new position at SIUE, Martin assists the vice chancellor as a member of his staff of senior advisers in the university's efforts to expand and enhance community relations. In addition, he serves as the liaison for minority community affairs and alumni relations.

Martin attended the University of Toledo (Ohio) and Pasadena (Calif.) Community College, majoring in business administration with specializations in marketing and finance. Before entering the field of higher education, Martin had been assistant to the director of income tracking at MCA Music Publishing Company in Los Angeles, where his duties involved identifying, tracking and obtaining payment for lost revenues.

As assistant to the director of copyright for Windswept Pacific Entertainment in Beverly Hills, Calif., Martin was responsible for the tracking and filing of copyright documents. He also was manager of bindery buyout/shipping and receiving for George Rice and Sons in Brisbane, Calif. In addition, Martin was a customer service representative for Area Trade Bindery and a computer customer service representative for Entertainment Partners, both in Burbank, Calif., assistant to the vice president at The Marketing Network in Newport Beach, Calif., and a computer operations manager for Billings-Horn in Cerritos, Calif.

Scholar

Tawnya Hasty of Edwardsville, a freshman studying Early Childhood Education at SIUE, is recipient of the 2000 Staff Senate Scholarship. She is flanked here by Gary Dunn, president of the Staff Senate, and Chancellor Werner. The scholarship is awarded annually to an SIUE staff member's child or grandchild eligible under the $1,000 scholarship's academic guidelines. Tawnya is the daughter of Darrell and Deborah Hasty, secretary in the Department of Theater and Dance. (SIUE Photo)

ROTC Open House

The Department of Military Science is hosting an open house for faculty, staff, and students today from 3-5 p.m. Come see how Army ROTC has grown since its establishment on campus in fall 1993, and meet Maj. Joel Hillison, the new ROTC director. Refreshments and beverages will be served.