SIUE's fall enrollment is at 13,295 students, an increase of 587 students, or about 4.5 percent higher than fall 2002, when enrollment stood at 12,708.
Most of the enrollment increase is attributable to student retention. The number of continuing students is up about 450 over last year.
Not only is enrollment up, but there was an even larger increase in full-time equivalent (FTE), which is based on the number of hours taken by all students.
The total undergraduate enrollment is divided by 15, while the total graduate enrollment is divided by 12 which are the equivalent of a full-time undergraduate and graduate student. These two numbers combined make up the full-time equivalent.
SIUE's FTE jumped from 10,124 in the fall 2002 to 10,604, an increase of almost 5 percent. Since 1998, FTE is up more than 15 percent, a higher than expected increase.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Boyd Bradshaw said the FTE increase has prompted continuing discussion regarding stabilizing enrollment growth and also raising admission standards. For example, the deadline for new freshman applications was moved from August to May 31 this year.
"Over the last several years, there has been a great deal of discussion on campus regarding enrollment and admission standards," Bradshaw said. "We feel as though we are in the optimum range in the size of our classes, available classrooms, faculty load, and our ability to provide personal service for our students."
Bradshaw attributed the increases to a continued awareness of SIUE as an affordable institution that provides a quality education. "This growth continues what we've seen consistently for the past several years in both the fall and spring enrollment figures," Bradshaw said.
"More and more students and parents view SIUE as their first choice for a quality, affordable education," he said. "A strong faculty, small class sizes, community service opportunities, an active campus life, and the newest residence halls in the state continue to fuel our growth.
"At the same time, we continue to put a strong emphasis on retaining students, as the increase in the number of continuing students shows."
SIUE's enrollment has grown from 10,938 in 1994 to this fall's 13,295-about an 18 percent increase in the nine-year span. During the same time, FTE has increased more than 30 percent.
U.S. Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., led the Illinois delegation and other state, local, and university officials today in dedicating the National Corn-To-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) located in SIUE's University Park.
Hastert, a long-time advocate for agriculture, joined U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., U.S. Congressman John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, and Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn for the morning ceremony that took place inside the main research bay of the center at 400 University Park Drive.
Also on the dais were SIUE Research Professor Rodney Bothast, director of the new 36,000-square-foot center, SIUE Chancellor David Werner, and SIU President James E. Walker.
The $20 million center was constructed with $14 million in federal funds and $6 million from the state of Illinois.
Walker said the research center will play an important role in fulfilling the university's mission of service. "This research center is truly one-of-a-kind in the U.S., bringing unique opportunities for research and business development to the region," Walker said. "We are grateful for the support of the many people who made this facility possible, especially our elected officials."
Werner added that the center will help open new doors to producing alternative, renewable fuels. "The Illinois Congressional Delegation and our state senators and representatives worked hard for the creation and funding of the research center, and to bring it here to the SIUE campus," Werner said. "Their hard work is the reason we can stand here on day one of what we believe will lead to a revolution in the creation of alternative fuels."
Center Director Rodney J. Bothast, internationally recognized authority on industrial microbiology and biochemical engineering, said the NCERC will enable researchers to experiment with alternatives to fossil fuels in the only facility in the world that fully emulates both a corn-wet mill and corn-dry mill in commercial fuel ethanol production.
"The NCERC will serve a major role in commercializing new technologies for producing ethanol more cost effectively from corn," Bothast said. He explained there have been promising efforts to find efficient production methods, but these results have not been tested on a large scale. "Until now, these results have not been tested because of the prohibitive costs and the risks behind injecting an exploratory technology into an existing, large-scale, commercial facility," he said.
Bothast pointed out that the center also will allow for finding ways to add value to co-products from the ethanol process. "Researchers are working to come up with better technologies to break down corn and its co-products to make the process economically sound," Bothast said.
"The NCERC will advance the role of bioconversion by developing and demonstrating the next generation of advanced technologies, making possible low-cost and sustainable biobased industrial products, biofuels, and biopower," Bothast said. "Since 1980, fuel ethanol production has been increasing annually and has reached 2.7 billion gallons this year from more than one billion bushels of corn grown in the United States.
"We expect to go to five billion gallons a year in 10 years if we are to meet the renewable fuel goals of this country."
More than 1,200 high school and community college students and their parents are expected to attend "Preview SIUE," the annual campus-wide open house. This year's event is scheduled on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 13, in the newly renovated Morris University Center.
SIUE Chancellor David Werner will present opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. Students will then have the opportunity to tour the central campus-including the state's newest residence halls-learn about campus life and student services, and visit academic departments.
Informational sessions are scheduled throughout the day. Session topics include SIUE-The Place to Be; Financing Your Education at SIUE; Countdown to SIUE; and Tailor-Made Careers, as well as academic sessions presented by the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, and Pharmacy.
In addition, Philip Medon, dean of the new SIUE School of Pharmacy, also will conduct informational sessions for interested students.
Students will be able to speak one-on-one to department representatives at the information fair in the Morris Center from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. "Preview is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to get answers to all their questions in one visit to campus," said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of Admissions and Marketing.
"Our program is one of the few campus-visit programs that includes participation from virtually all academic and student services units in one setting."
Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Morris Center, but students may pre-register online at www.admis.siue.edu/PREVIEW, or by calling (800) 447-SIUE. Campus tours will be offered until 12:30 p.m. and campus offices will be open until 4:30 p.m. Preview SIUE parking will be available in Lot B and Student Fan Lots. There is no charge for the event.
SIUE's enrollment has risen for nine consecutive years and now stands at 13,295, the largest enrollment since 1975.
Dan Lytle (Edwardsville) is an All-American even before he steps out onto the court for the first time as an SIUE men's basketball player.
Lytle, who transferred from the University of Evansville to complete his final season of eligibility in his hometown, was named to Street and Smith magazine's Preseason All-American list as an honorable mention honoree. "This is a testament to what he did at Evansville and to what people think he can do for us here at SIUE," said SIUE Coach Marty Simmons.
Street and Smith also tabbed two fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference schools among the 10 best in the nation. Southern Indiana was picked at No. 3, while Kentucky Wesleyan was selected ninth.
The Cougars officially begin practice on Oct. 15. The team's first contest is an exhibition game at Bradley on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The 2003-2004 season opens with a home game at the Vadalabene Center on Nov. 19.
The 14th-ranked SIUE men's soccer team will be on its home field this weekend when Saint Joseph's College and Wisconsin-Parkside come to town for two Great Lakes Valley Conference tilts.
The Cougars (6-2 overall, 2-0 GLVC) have yet to play a home game against a conference opponent. Last Friday's (9/26) game against Lewis was postponed due to storms in the area. "We definitely like our home-field advantage," Coach Ed Huneke said. "We like a big field with a nice surface, which we have here."
Saint Joseph's (3-4-3, 0-2-2) will be in search of its first conference win Friday night (10/3) at Korte Stadium. The Pumas are coming off losses to Missouri-St. Louis and Southern Indiana. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Wisconsin-Parkside (6-3, 3-1) is coming off two conference wins against Quincy and Missouri-St. Louis. Game time against the Rangers is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday (10/5). "Both of these teams have the potential to win a lot of games and have great seasons, especially if they beat us," Huneke said.
SIUE is coming off a 3-0 triumph against Missouri-Rolla. It now has three consecutive shutouts.
SIUE has been distributing the ball well on offense. Cal Thomas (Rochester) and Addae Rique (Trinidad & Tobago) each have five goals to lead the team. "Addae is taking his game up a notch," Huneke said. "He is really showing his superiority to most players.
"Cal is having his best year yet. He has been a hot finisher, and that is what you want in the striker position."
The No. 15-ranked SIUE's women's soccer team will play host to two important Great Lakes Valley Conference matches this weekend.
Saint Joseph's comes to Korte Stadium for a Friday (10/3) match. The Pumas enter the game with a 3-6-1 overall record and a 2-2 record in the GLVC. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.
Wisconsin-Parkside is currently second in the conference standings with a 7-1-1 record and a 3-0-1 conference mark. The Rangers also boast one of the league's top scorers in Megan Jurvis. "Wisconsin-Parkside has always been a team that can knock you off," Coach Lynda Bowers said. "This will not be a cake walk for us."
Bowers insists her team will be ready for this stretch of important conference games. "Every conference game is important for home-field advantage and possibility of a tournament bid," she said.
SIUE is coming off a non-conference win at William Woods to improve its record to 7-1 overall and 1-1 in the GLVC. Every Cougar player saw playing time in the 5-1 win. "It was nice to get other players in the game to see what they could do," Bowers said. "We had our reserves in for 75 percent of the game and still knocked in some goals. That shows the depth of our squad."
SIUE had its game against Lewis suspended due to bad weather. The game has yet to be rescheduled.
Sara Decker (St. Louis) leads the team with four goals.
After a discouraging Great Lakes Valley Conference loss to Quincy University, SIUE's volleyball team will look forward to matches against Northern Kentucky and Bellarmine.
SIUE (15-3 overall, 3-1 GLVC) dropped its first Great Lakes Valley Conference match in four games at Quincy. SIUE rebounded with a non-conference win at Illinois-Springfield, an NAIA school. "We are not executing as efficiently as we were earlier in the season," Coach Todd Gober said. "It's good to find it out now so we can start working on a few things.
"We have not played well our last three outings, but have still won two of three, so that is encouraging."
Northern Kentucky sits atop the GLVC's Blue Division with a 12-6 overall record and a 5-0 conference mark. The Norse has won 12 of its last 14 matches. Bellarmine (0-13, 0-5) is still in search of its first victory of the season.
"We need to work on our serve receive and passing this week," Gober said. "We also need to improve our transition and up the tempo of our transition."
As a team, SIUE still leads the conference with a .285 hitting percentage. The Cougars also lead the league with 2.78 blocks per game.
A complement of seven runners for both the SIUE men's and women's cross country teams will compete at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago. Action gets started Saturday (10/4) morning with the women's 5,000-meter run. The men run an 8,000-meter course.
"This is one of the larger races we compete in," Coach Darryl Frerker said. "I was happy with our performance last year at the meet. It would give us confidence for the conference and regional meet if we perform well."
Brian Taghon (East Moline) and Breanne Steffens (Moline) seem to be the top individuals for the Cougars. Ryan Boyll (Normal) and Nick Campbell (Charleston) add depth to the men's side. Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) and Mary Witte (Normal) have joined Steffens as front-runners on the women's side.
Following the Lakefront Invitational, the Cougars return home next Saturday (10/11) for the Illinois/Missouri Border Wars in their final competition before the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships on Oct. 25 in Romeoville.
After a non-conference match against Principia College on Tuesday (9/30), SIUE's women's tennis team will play host to Indianapolis in its final Great Lakes Valley Conference match before the GLVC Tournament.
"The Indianapolis match is very important," Coach Bill Logan said. "It is big because a win can help position ourselves for the GLVC Tournament."
SIUE (5-3 overall, 5-3 GLVC) will first entertain Principia at 4 p.m. on SIUE's tennis courts.
Indianapolis (7-2, 4-2) is just one spot ahead of the Cougars in the GLVC standings. The GLVC Tournament is scheduled for Oct. 10-11.
The SIUE men's soccer team will play a makeup game against Rockhurst on Wed., Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. The two teams decided to meet halfway in Columbia, Mo., to make up the game originally scheduled to be played in Quincy at the Soccer Bowl during the first week of the season.
Plans for SIUE's makeup game against Lewis have not been finalized.
Heading into the week with a 13-2 record overall and a 2-0 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober knows the season is just getting started. "This group of players wants to keep getting better," said Gober.
The Cougars have the top middle hitter in the GLVC and perhaps one of the nation's best in senior Andrea Voss (St. Rose). Voss has compiled GLVC-leading marks in hitting percentage at .443 and blocks at 1.80 per game. Voss has been complimented by a strong group of sophomores.
Sophomores Heather Bonde (Millstadt), Allison Buss (Towanda), and Kindra Westendorf (Effingham) all recorded double figures in kills in the win against Southern Indiana.
Sophomore Krystal Majernik (Normal) has quietly put together some good numbers as the team's setter. She leads the GLVC in assists per game at 12.04 and is 10th in service aces at 0.43 per game. "Every game it seems like different people are stepping up," said Gober.
SIUE's next challenge will be a week of road games. SIUE faces Missouri-St. Louis on Wednesday (9/24) at 7 p.m., Quincy on Friday (926) at 7 pm. and a non-conference battle at Illinois-Springfield against former SIUE coach Joe Fisher on Saturday (9/27) at 2 p.m.
A 2-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference record will be on the line Friday (9/26) when the SIUE men's soccer team plays host to GLVC foe Lewis University at 7 p.m. at Korte Stadium.
SIUE, 5-2 overall and ranked second in the Central Region, blanked Quincy and Missouri-St. Louis last weekend.
Senior goalkeeper Bret Richardson made seven saves in the two games in posting shutouts. "Our defense played well in the two games," Coach Ed Huneke said. Huneke said the two shutouts by Richardson will increase his confidence and will help him throughout the season. "It is important to have a confident goalkeeper," Huneke said.
Newcomer Addae Rique (Trinidad & Tobago) scored the lone goal at Missouri-St. Louis. Victor Pacheco (San Luis, Brazil) and Cal Thomas (Rochester) each had tallies against Quincy. "We are off to the start in the conference we thought we were going to have," Huneke said. "We have new players and I knew we wouldn't be on the same page in the beginning of the year. Now we are in the conference season and making strides. We will continue to show improvement."
Lewis enters Friday's matchup with a 2-4-2 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the GLVC. Lewis topped Missouri-St. Louis before falling to Southern Indiana last weekend. "Lewis has a rich tradition of winning," Huneke said. "They need a win so we better be ready."
SIUE will travel outside of the GLVC for a Sunday (9/28) game at Missouri-Rolla. The Miners enter the week with a 4-1-2 record. "Rolla is faring well in the region," Huneke said. "We have to win this regional game to enhance our chances at an NCAA Tournament bid."
Members of both the men's and women's cross country teams from SIUE broke records at last Friday's (9/19) EIU Open in Charleston.
Brian Taghon (East Moline) broke the men's 8,000-meter school record with a time of 24:48.33. The previous record, set by Rudy Rocha, stood since 1990.
Breanne Steffens' (Moline) 5,000-meter time of 17:29.49 also broke the school record, which was previously held by Karin Beach-Pond, who ran the 5K in 17:49 in 1995.
"It is nice to have new records established," Coach Darryl Frerker said. "Especially records that have not been broken in five or ten years."
On the women's side, Mary Witte (Normal) and Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) joined Steffens for top 20 finishes. Ryan Boyll (Normal) and Nick Campbell (Charleston) joined Taghon as front-runners on the men's side. "I expect us to keep improving throughout the season," Frerker said. "If we keep running like this the rest of the season we will have a good conference and regional meet."
Both squads will next be in action on Saturday, Oct. 4, for the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago.
SIUE will get a break from Great Lakes Valley Conference play when it travels to William Woods for a Wednesday (9/24) non-conference match up.
William Woods, an NAIA program in Fulton, Mo., enters Wednesday's game with a 2-4 record. "They have some big scorers," Coach Lynda Bowers said. "Other than that, we do not know much about them, so we'll go into the game just like it's any other game and see what happens."
SIUE, 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the GLVC, will then face Lewis on Friday (9/26) in its GLVC home opener. Game time is 5:30 p.m. at Korte Stadium. "We are looking forward to the game because it is our next home game and we want to show what we're made of," Bowers said. "We are just hungry for victories and look forward to all conference games."
After suffering a double-overtime loss at Quincy on Friday (9/19), SIUE bounced back and won a 2-1 decision Sunday (9/21) at Missouri-St. Louis. "We just didn't adapt to Quincy's defense," Bowers said. "Our effort was there, they just caught us in the last minutes of the second overtime." With its loss, the Cougars fell to No. 2 in the Great Lakes region.
Sarah Landt (Carbondale) and Ann Crawford (St. Louis) each scored to lift SIUE against Missouri-St. Louis. "Ann Crawford was tenacious on goal and Landt, who was playing the right-wing position for the first time, came through with the game-winner."
For the first time this season, the SIUE's women's tennis team will play a non-conference opponent.
SIUE, 5-3 overall and in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, will square off Friday (9/26) against Illinois College. Action will begin at 3 p.m. on SIUE's tennis courts. "This is the start of a number of non-conference matches," Coach Bill Logan said. "These are schedules to help us stay in tune in preparing for the GLVC Tournament."
SIUE is coming off a 2-1 week that saw wins against Saint Joseph's and Bellarmine. It's defeat came against Northern Kentucky.
Logan attributes much of the team's success to doubles. As a team, the Cougars have posted an 18-6 doubles record on the season. The Cougars are currently in fifth place in the GLVC standings. They play one more conference match before the Oct. 4 GLVC Tournament.
Every Cougar player has either a .500 or better winning record. Gina Wohltman (Effingham) and Lisa Warner (Arlington Hts.) each have seven victories. SIUE's No. 2 doubles duo of Warner and Laura Zeeb (Greenville) has a 7-1 record.
SIUE's women's golf team has one more tune up before the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
The Cougars travel to Marion for the Lady Vols Invitational, which will be played Saturday and Sunday (9/27-28). The GLVC Tournament begins Oct. 4 in Edinburgh, Ind.
SIUE is coming off the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Golf Classic, where they finished the 36-hole tournament with a 612, three strokes behind team champion DePauw. SIUE bested GLVC rivals Indianapolis by five shots and Quincy by 13.
The Cougars waved goodbye to the old 36-hole record by 42 strokes. The previous record of 654 was set at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational two years ago. That finish would not have placed the Cougars in the top 10 this season.
Kallie Harrison (Decatur) continued to get her collegiate career off on the right track. Once again, she tied the school record with a 75 in the second round which gives her a new school record of 150. That breaks the old SIUE record of 156 set by Katie Farrell (2001), Deanna Bock (2001) and Harrison from last weekend at Southern Indiana. Harrison must share the 18-hole record with Brittany Auld (Nashville), who vaulted into a tie for 14th place with a final round 75.
Brittany Hood (Coulterville) also tied for 14th with a 155, including a career-best 77 in the final round. Farrell (Princeton) shot a final round 80 and was tied for 19th at 156. Kacy Gruenkemeyer (Salem), the defending GLVC individual champion, fired a career-best 76 and also tied for 19th at 156. Kristi Novak (Highland) shot an 83, also a personal best.
On Sunday, it was the first time an SIUE team had four players shooting in the 70s.
Joggers, walkers, cyclists, and nature enthusiasts now have a new way of accessing the campus from the network of MCT Trails in Madison County.
The university recently completed a half-mile connector that joins the MCT Nature Trail with SIUE's University Park and the central core campus. IDOT contributed 80 percent of the $165,000 project through a program encouraging alternative modes of transportation. The remainder of the funds was appropriated by the university.
"This project began with a request from SIUE students who were looking for other ways to come to campus rather than driving," said Robert Washburn, director of the Office of Facilities Management. "The Campus Recreation Advisory Committee came to the SIUE Parking and Traffic Committee asking for easier access to campus from residential areas in and around the ESIC, LeClaire, and Montclaire residential areas of Edwardsville," Washburn said.
"We have many students and employees living in those areas who can now use the MCT trail and this connector as a safe way to access campus."
The new connector begins at the MCT trail, about four-tenths of a mile east of Supporting Services Road, along the southeast edge of campus at University Park. The asphalt path wends its way from the MCT trail to the cul-de-sac of South Research Drive, where a shared roadway then takes bikers and/or pedestrians to the north end of North Research Drive. At that point, the path continues to Fan Parking Lot No. 5, where access is available to Stratton Quadrangle at the core campus.
The connector is another part of the more than 10 miles of nature and biking trails available on or adjacent to SIUE's 2,660-acre campus. Trail users are able to enjoy the natural beauty of the campus, while using the network of MCT and campus trails.
For more information about MCT Trails, visit the Web site: www.mcttrails.org. For more about trails on campus, call the Office of Campus Recreation, (618) 650-2348.
An existing building in University Park will be renovated and a new building constructed to provide laboratory, classroom, and office space for the new School of Pharmacy at a projected cost of $5 million.
The project and its budget were approved recently by the SIU Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting conducted this month at the Edwardsville campus. Funding for the project will come from the university's operating budget and from a loan through the Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative to be retired by revenue generated from the School's tuition income.
About 15,000 square feet in the building at 200 University Park Drive will be renovated and an adjacent, 22,000-square-foot building will be constructed to provide space for the new school. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2005.
In other business, the board approved acceptance of a gift of real estate to SIUE for future development of the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus. The parcel of land, on Bond Avenue, is across from the southeast corner of the campus property near Eighth Street.
The parcel was purchased for $400 at auction by the SIUE Foundation. Transference of the property, appraised at $3,800, was allowed today by Board action at no cost to the university.
For years, School District 189 in East St. Louis has seen comparatively high numbers of children who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities. Meanwhile, East Side Health District and St. Mary's Hospital frequently test children who may have elevated blood lead levels.
Now, District 189, East Side Health District, and other local agencies will join the SIUE Institute for Urban Research to conduct a longitudinal study to determine the possible correlation between blood-lead levels and learning ability.
"Judging by the available data, there is very good reason to believe there is a direct connection between high blood-lead levels and the high number of East St. Louis children who have been labeled with a learning disability," said Debra Moore, executive director of the SIUE institute.
We not only want to further analyze existing data, but begin a process of establishing a definitive connection, and help initiate the kind of lead removal projects we have seen in St. Louis and other areas of Missouri."
Stephanie W. Carpenter, assistant superintendent of schools for Dist. 189, said the study will greatly complement the district's work toward understanding the deficiencies that some area children exhibit. "We know that they are able to accomplish and lead could very well be the obstacle that hinders their success."
Moore said most children who have lead poisoning are not monitored beyond "about the third grade. Because this is a longitudinal study, we can follow children for a longer period of time to see the long-term effects of lead and perhaps arrive at a more direct correlation between (blood) lead levels and academic performance."
Moore said the study will collect information on:
1. Influence of lead contaminated industrial and residential sites on blood-lead levels of children,
2. The effects of blood-lead levels on the cognitive ability and educational achievement of children,
3. The interventions by various agencies needed to address the problem, and,
4. Avenues policy makers should consider in addressing lead abatement and quality of life issues for children who suffer from lead poisoning.
Moore said several area agencies have collected data relative to lead poisoning in children, but no single agency has developed an all-encompassing study leading to a clear establishment of a "cause and effect" solution to the problem. "We have data sources from St. Mary's Hospital, East St. Louis School District 189, East Side and St. Clair County Public Health Districts, and the Illinois and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency," Moore said.
"Each of these sources provides information that will help us understand the complex mosaic that characterizes the causes and effects of lead poisoning in children living in older urban areas."
Moore said aggregating the information into a single database, then building on the existing information will lead to a common and more complete understanding of the problem. "As we map out a clear picture of the situation," she said, "we can then begin the process of seeking funding from government and private organizations to help children currently suffering from lead poisoning and prevent the poisoning of future generations."