More students graduating, success in retention efforts, and increasing numbers of students participating in graduation ceremonies have brought overflow crowds to SIUE's Vadalabene Center for commencement ceremonies.
Rather than restrict the number of guests attending and to accommodate more family and friends of students, SIUE has opted to add an additional ceremony for fall and spring commencements.
The Dec. 14 commencement will take place in two ceremonies. The 9 a.m. ceremony will be for the Schools of Engineering and Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences; the 1 p.m. ceremony will be for the Schools of Education and Business. Plans for spring commencement are not yet complete.
It is unlikely that summer commencement will be changed because the numbers have remained consistently manageable through the years.
"This is a 'nice' problem to have," said Provost Sharon Hahs, "and I think the increase in the number of students at graduation is mostly due to the faculty's focus on student learning."
Hahs said several options were explored, including restricting the number of guests per student, "but I believe the decision to add a ceremony will best serve the needs of our students and their families.
"It's more of a celebration for the graduate when the entire family can share in the day."
The newly created SIUE Foundation Planned Giving Council has approved a Charitable Gift Annuity program, which members of the council hope will "capture the attention" of alumni and friends of the university. It was the council's first official action since it was convened earlier this year.
Planned Giving Director Harold Melser said the Foundation's gift annuity program will provide annual income ranging from six to 12 percent on annuities of $5,000 or larger. "We hope to capture the attention of many alumni and friends of SIUE," Melser said.
"We believe this program is the place to start in building a larger base of financial support for the university." Melser said the rates are particularly attractive because part of the income is tax-free.
Gathering several area financial experts in recruiting the new council, Melser said the group is an ad hoc committee of the SIUE Foundation. "We have been very busy-since the council was formed in April-contacting SIUE alumni and others in an effort to improve their financial plan with this gift program," Melser said.
Al Hagemann, chair of the council, is a 1963 graduate of SIUE and a retired CPA from the Kansas City area. He said the council's purpose is to provide leadership in securing financial support for the Foundation, and ultimately SIUE, through planned gifts. "SIUE is nearly 50 years old and we are beginning to see a tradition forming," Hagemann said. "Look at the makeup of the council. Many of the members are alums or they are parents of students currently attending the university.
"Plus, many of these members are financial planners or have ties to financial planning," Hagemann pointed out. "We are taking a multi-faceted approach in presenting the financial plans available through SIUE. The council members have various levels of experience in finance and can answer most questions."
Hagemann said he was happy to join the council because his SIUE degree has helped open many doors during his career. "It's payback time," he said. "If not for SIUE, I would never have been able to afford a college education. And that SIUE degree helped my career in countless ways. So, I believe it's time for me to give something back.
"Harold is to be commended for gathering so many impressive people who have ties to the university," Hagemann said. "I'm excited about the future of this council and our programs. I believe it's a great opportunity and I also believe the leadership we have now in the Foundation will be doing great things for the university."
Meeting the demands of the future is the guiding theme behind a set of forward-looking recommendations made recently by a distinguished panel formed earlier this year by SIU President James E. Walker.
Walker initiated the SIU 2020 Vision Committee to review the university's current status and give advice on how to best prepare for the challenges of the 21st century. Walker called for the creation of the committee in his address, A Shared Vision for Southern Illinois University, he presented at SIUE and at the other campuses last fall.
The committee, chaired by former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, who currently heads the Public Policy Institute at SIUC, was composed of successful men and women in the fields of business, education, and public policy from across the nation. Simon gave an overview of the recommendations at the Board of Trustees meeting Sept. 12 at Bluff Hall.
Walker said he is grateful for the comprehensive set of recommendations that will help "chart our course" into the new century. "I asked Sen. Simon and the committee to draw on their significant experiences, taking a look at where the SIU campuses are now and where we should be going, and they have given us some great insight."
After an extensive review of SIU's assets and challenges, the committee focused its efforts on macro-level recommendations that are intended to position SIU for a successful future. Key among the recommendations are increased fund-raising and marketing efforts, especially to attract and retain high-quality students and faculty; expanded use of technology to serve more students; expanded emphasis on global education; and re-focused academic programs that reward excellence.
Highlights of the committee's recommendations suggest that SIU and its campuses should:
• Enhance efforts to secure financial aid for students so that no student should have to leave SIU for financial reasons only;
• Enrich the value added component of higher education by instituting "learning compacts" with students so that they know what the university expects from them and what they can expect from SIU;
• Enhance excellence among faculty and staff by providing competitive salaries and implementing rigorous standards for retention, promotion and tenure;
• Initiate capital fund-raising campaigns;
• Aggressively market SIU campuses;
• Build on "signature" academic programs that have a strong reputation for excellence and eliminate weak programs;
• Ensure that every degree program offers e-capability to students;
• Raise the level of global education through study-abroad programs, increased international student populations at SIUC and SIUE, and the establishment of an International Center at SIUC; and
• Recommended that SIUE's optimum enrollment is approximately 13,000 students. SIUC should undertake a process to determine appropriate enrollment size and a proper mix of academic program offerings.
Simon said he is pleased with the group's efforts. "The members of this committee brought a wide range of experiences to the table, all with the goal of preparing SIU for the century ahead," he said. "We had rich discussions, and I believe these recommendations will help SIU better serve its students and the citizens of our region, nation and world."
Committee member David G. Carter, president of Eastern Connecticut State University, says the committee did achieve its goal. "I believe that the 2020 Vision Committee's report and recommendations chart a course for Southern Illinois University that, when realized, will place the university among the pre-eminent institutions of higher education," Carter said.
Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, also a member of the committee, recognizes the need for universities to plan for the future. "SIU has unique attributes that set it apart from other universities in Illinois and the nation," Edgar said. "Higher education is changing rapidly, and institutions that fail to plan for their future will fall behind.
"SIU should be commended for bringing together leaders from all walks of life to help shape plans for the university's future and ensure it is prepared to meet the needs of the people it serves."
Walker has directed the chancellors of SIUE and SIUC to incorporate the committee's recommendations into their campus planning processes and to report back to him on the status of implementation by September 2003.
The full report of the 2020 Vision Committee is available here.
The construction "to-do list" is getting smaller at the Morris Center-Cosmic Bowling is almost here!
The lanes are operational, with new re-surfacing and state-of-the-art electronic scoring, and the billiards center has been remodeled with new carpeting, tiling, and more space.
Some work continues on the special lighting for "Cosmic Bowling." However, that portion of the project should be completed by early October. "It will be a visual experience, like laser dance-floor lighting, shooting in various directions and in several colors," said Stephen Siegel, manager of the bowling and billiard center.
"But the other improvement to the bowling center that is in place already is the electronic scoring. It's the best system on the market today."
In addition to the bowling center, the billiards center also has been improved with new carpeting and tiling, Siegel said. "We took out two tables to make more room for the players to sit and enjoy refreshments while they play."
Siegel pointed out that once the old kitchen is eliminated and moved to the southeast side of the building, and that area is refurbished as a dining area, glass partitions will give a full view of the recreation center.
"And, we have a new, larger table tennis area and a new variety of electronic arcade games," Siegel said. "We'll be planning a grand opening for the center soon after we're finished with everything.
"I think the students are going to be very pleased with the changes here."
With a win against Indianapolis and a tie against No. 1-ranked Northern Kentucky, the SIUE women's soccer team is without a loss in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, sitting at a record of 1-0-3.
Northern Kentucky (9-0-1, 4-0-1) managed to salvage a tie with the Cougars after SIUE opened to a 2-0 halftime lead in the 9/29 match. Ann Crawford (St. Louis) and Sarah Landt (Carbondale) each scored in the first half for the Cougars.
NKU's Kristen Noakes then scored twice in a span of six minutes in the second half, forcing the game into overtime. Neither team had many chances in the two overtime periods as they played to a 2-2 tie.
"Anytime you can play with a No. 1 team in the nation, that's good," said Coach Brian Korbesmeyer. "I thought we had the better of play in the first half, and they had the better of play in the second-half and overtime.
"Our girls never stopped trying and kept playing hard, and I think that has been our trademark this year. If we continue that we will be in good shape the rest of the season."
The Cougars received their first GLVC win on Friday (9/27) at the hands of Indianapolis (2-6, 0-2). Becky Baker (St. Louis) scored unassisted and Sara Decker (St. Louis) scored the game-winning goal to give the Cougars a 2-1 advantage.
The Cougars now look to a weekend road trip at Bellarmine on Friday (10/4) and at Kentucky Wesleyan on Sunday (10/6). "Bellarmine might be the most improved team in the conference," said Korbesmeyer. "They defeated Missouri-St. Louis on Friday, and UMSL is a pretty good team. It will be a tough game, especially because it is on the road."
The SIUE men's soccer team picked up convincing wins against conference opponents Indianapolis and Northern Kentucky this weekend to improve to 4-0 in the GLVC.
Mike Ngonyani (Bloomington, Ind.) had three goals on the weekend, two against Indianapolis and one against Northern Kentucky. His six goals so far this season is a team-high. "Ngonyani is an impact player, and we knew he would be," said Coach Ed Huneke. "He is just fun to watch."
Ngonyani's two goals against Indianapolis on Friday (9/27), along with goals from Brian Higgins (St. Louis), Josh Hickam (Granite City) and Pete Cacciatore (St. Louis), helped the Cougars to a 5-0 victory over the Greyhounds. The Cougars' defense allowed one shot on goal.
On Sunday (9/29), the Cougars opened scoring in the seventh minute off a Hickam goal. After NKU got on the board to knot the game at one, Ngonyani broke the tie in the 80th minute. Sean Huneke (Glen Carbon) scored three minutes later off a give from Cacciatore. It was Cacciatore's GLVC-leading seventh assist.
"I'm pleased with most facets of our game," said Huneke. "We are solid on defense, do a decent job at midfield, and most notably we are very aggressive on the attack. I think we have some dangerous forwards."
The Cougars now look to a weekend road-trip at Bellarmine on Friday (10/4) and at Kentucky Wesleyan on Sunday (10/6). "Bellarmine is always a tough place to play," said Huneke. "For some reason, very good teams have struggled at their place, so we have to be alert for that. They are having a decent year. If we are not careful, they might surprise us. But I plan on being careful."
The SIUE women's golf team will enter this weekend's GLVC Tournament ranked 24th in the nation and seventh in their region.
Katie Farrell (Princeton) leads the Cougars with an 84.4 scoring average. As a team, the Cougars hold an average tournament score of 346.25.
The GLVC Tournament will be held Saturday (10/5) through Monday (10/7) in Springfield at the Piper Glenn Golf Course.
In a thrilling five-set volleyball match Saturday (9/28), Northern Kentucky edged the Cougars 3-2. It was SIUE's first conference loss this season, and Coach Todd Gober's first home loss in two seasons.
The Cougars jumped out to a two-games-to-one lead but dropped game four and the decisive game five to fall to 2-1 in the conference. "I think this weekend will actually help us in the long run," said Gober.
"We had a good match against Bellarmine. Against Northern Kentucky (9/28), I think we proved to ourselves that we have the potential to be one of the top teams in our conference. I think we felt we could have won that match."
Jennifer Trame (Highland) and Andrea Voss (St. Rose) hammered 19 and 12 kills, respectively. Defensively, Amanda Wulfe (Vacaville, Calif.) recorded 24 digs. "Trame had a great match, she really stepped up her play," said Gober. "Amanda Wulfe had a very good match, and Voss did a good job with the numbers she put up with her kills and blocking."
The Cougars defeated Bellarmine in convincing fashion Friday night (9/27). Voss had a huge night, slamming 11 kills on 14 attempts for a .786 hitting percentage.
Next, the Cougars play Tuesday (10/1) against Rockhurst. The game will be played at Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, Mo. The Cougars then travel to Quincy for a GLVC rematch on Friday (10/4), then travel outside the conference again to play at Truman State on Saturday (10/5).
"Rockhurst and Truman State are both in the polls, so it should be some good competition," said Gober. "This gives us a chance to really jump back into the saddle against good competition. There's no time to dwell on the loss against Northern Kentucky. We have to move on and move on quickly."
Women's tennis team will compete this weekend at the ITA Mid-American Regionals in Indianapolis.
Coryn Reich (Newton), Chrissy Yingst (Belleville), Gina Wohltman (Effingham) and Kelli Keener (Bethalto) will all play singles in the tournament. Reich and Yingst will pair for doubles as will Wohltman and Keener.
"This should be a pretty tough tournament, it always is," said Coach Bill Logan. This is the last competition for the Cougars before the GLVC Tournament, which is set for Oct. 11-12. "The top-five schools in the conference will probably be at Indianapolis," said Logan. "This will be a good, competitive tournament before the conference tournament."
Pairings for GLVC Women's Tennis Tournament
Oct. 11-12 at Dwight Davis Tennis Center (St. Louis)
#1 Indianapolis vs. #8 Saint Joseph's
#4 SIU-Edwardsville vs. #5 Northern Kentucky
#3 Lewis vs. #6 Quincy
#2 Southern Indiana vs. #7 Missouri-St. Louis
There was good news and bad news this weekend for the SIUE women's soccer team. The good news is the Cougars did not allow a goal all weekend. However, the bad news is they did not score one either.
SIUE opened conference play Friday (9/20) against Wisconsin-Parkside (3-0-1 overall, 1-0-1 Great Lakes Valley) and outshot the Rangers but couldn't find the back of the net as the two team's played to a 0-0 tie. Kristin Covalt (Palmer, Alaska) and Jessica Brown (St. Louis) combined for the shutout for SIUE.
Much of the same happened Sunday (9/22) as the Cougars traveled to Saint Joseph's (3-5-1, 0-1-1). SIUE did not score on 11 shots on goal. Once again, Brown and Covalt combined for the shutout for the Cougars.
SIUE, now 3-2-2 overall and 0-0-2 in conference play, will play host to GLVC foes Indianapolis (2-5, 0-1) on Friday (9/27) at 7:30 p.m., then No. 1-ranked Northern Kentucky (8-0, 2-0) on Sunday (9/29) at 2:30 p.m.
With everyone healthy, the SIUE men's soccer team returned to championship form as it opened conference play with two victories.
The Cougars earned a 3-1 decision Friday (9/20) at Wisconsin-Parkside and blanked Saint Joseph's 4-0 on Sunday (9/22). "Everyone was healthy this weekend, and I thought that really showed in our play," said Coach Ed Huneke.
The two victories put SIUE at 3-2-1 overall. More importantly, the Cougars are 2-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. "Conference play is important for our post-season hopes," said Huneke. "It was very important getting these two victories, especially because we were on the road."
Against Wisconsin-Parkside (5-1, 1-1), Mike Ngonyani (Bloomington, Ind.) scored his first two goals as a Cougar and Matt Evers (Edwardsville) gathered nine saves in the victory. "Ngonyani and Evers made the difference at Wisconsin-Parkside," said Huneke.
Pete Cacciatore (St. Louis) assisted on both of Ngonyani's goals. Josh Hickam (Granite City) added an insurance goal late in the game off a Brian Higgins (St. Louis) assist.
SIUE dominated Sunday's (9/22) match against Saint Joseph's (3-6, 0-2). Hickam opened scoring in the ninth minute off an assist from Chris Camacho (Quincy). Just a minute later, Ngonyani scored off a Cacciatore assist. In the 17th minute, Yuzuru Takami (Japan) scored, while Cacciatore added another assist. Josh Richardson (Mt. Vernon, Ind.) scored unassisted in the 82nd minute.
Evers and Jared Petersmith (East Moline) combined for the shutout as the Cougar defense allowed only one shot on goal in the 4-0 victory. SIUE sets its sights on GLVC opponent Indianapolis (0-3-2, 0-1), who comes to Korte Stadium Friday (9/27) for a 5:30 p.m. matchup. SIUE then face conference foe Northern Kentucky (3-3-1, 0-2) Sunday (9/29) at noon.
Brian Taghon (East Moline), Jason Olszowka (Lockport) and Ryan Boyll (Normal) led the Cougars to a second-place finish at Saturday's (9/21) EIU Open in Charleston.
Taghon, a freshman, ran the 8,000-meter course in a Cougar best time of 25 minutes, 54 seconds, which was good for seventh overall. It was the fifth fastest time by a freshman in Cougar men's cross country history.
Olszowka finished 10th with a time of 26:04, just ahead of 11th place finisher and teammate Boyll, who crossed the line at 26:18. Nick Campbell (Charleston), Jon Sadowski (Springfield) and David Droege (Nashville) finished 14th, 15th, and 16th, respectively. SIUE placed second behind host Eastern Illinois.
The Cougars will have next weekend off as they prepare for the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, which will be held Oct. 5th in Chicago.
Amanda Bozue (Joliet), Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio), Maria Ewersmann (St. Paul, Mo.) and Breanne Steffens (Moline) all finished in the top 10 as the Cougars finished second to host Eastern Illinois at the EIU Open in Charleston on Saturday (9/21).
Bozue led the Cougars on the 5,000-meter course with a time of 18 minutes, 39 seconds, which was good for third overall. It was the 14th fastest finish by a Cougar all-time.
Just behind Bozue was Carducci, who finished in a fourth-place time of 18:43. Ewersmann finished seventh with a time of 18:54, while Steffens finished ninth overall with a time of 19:01. Mary Witte (Normal), Erin McMullen (Salem) and Heather Zipparro (Mount Prospect) finished 12th, 14th and 15th, respectively.
SIUE placed second behind host Eastern Illinois. The Cougars will have next weekend off as they prepare for the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, which will be held on Oct. 5 in Chicago.
SIUE volleyball opened Great Lakes Valley Conference play in dramatic fashion, disposing of Quincy in a 3-0 victory at the Vadalabene Center Saturday afternoon (9/21). The Cougars hit .363 while exploding for 58 kills as a team in the three games.
Jennifer Trame (Highland) led the Cougars with 14 kills, while Kindra Westendorf (Effingham) added 12. Allison Buss (Towanda) recorded 14 digs to lead the team. Tricia Winter (Germantown) turned in an impressive match, recording eight kills and a .500 hitting percentage.
The win moves SIUE to an 11-3 overall record, and a 1-0 mark in the GLVC. The Cougars are the lone undefeated team in the GLVC's Green Division.
Last Wednesday (9/18), SIUE took care of Drury 3-1. Andrea Voss (St. Rose) led the way for the Cougars with 15 kills. Amanda Wulfe (Vacaville, Calif.) anchored the defense with 17 digs.
SIUE continues its current homestand Friday (9/27) with a 7 p.m. match against GLVC foe Bellarmine (3-12 overall, 1-3 GLVC). Northern Kentucky (4-6, 2-1) comes to town Saturday (9/28) for a 1 p.m. match.
The Siue women's tennis team completed its Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule this weekend with a win at Saint Joseph's and a loss at Lewis. The split gives SIUE a 6-3 record, which gives the Cougars the fourth seed in the GLVC Tournament.
SIUE defeated Saint Joseph's 5-0, but fell to Lewis 5-2. Keli Keener (Bethalto) won both of her matches to improve her singles record to 8-1 on the season.
Next, the team will compete in the ITA Mid-American Regional in Indianapolis Oct. 4-6. The GLVC Tournament is scheduled for Oct. 11-12 at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in St. Louis.
Katie Farrell (Princeton) and Kacy Gruenkemeyer (Salem) led the Cougars to an eighth-place finish at last weekend's Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic in Normal.
Farrell carded a final-round 76 to finish tied for 18th. Her 76 tied her with three other golfers for the low round of the day. Gruenkemeyer fired a team-low 79 in round one of the tournament, helping her to finish 24th overall.
SIUE finished with a team score of 656, 28 strokes behind tournament champion DePauw. Fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference foes Quincy and Indianapolis narrowly finished ahead of the Cougars. Quincy took third at 634 while Indianapolis finished seventh at 654.
SIUE will travel to Owensboro, Ky., for this weekend's Owensboro Women's Fall Invitational. The GLVC Tournament is set for Oct. 5-7 in Springfield.
Coach Bill Logan didn't place too high of an expectation on his SIUE women's tennis program this fall. Yet that hasn't stopped the Cougars from tallying a 6-3 record in the Great Lakes Valley Conference season.
SIUE lost Amber Stanley and Laura Zeeb, his top two players from last season. Logan and the Cougars had to refocus with their existing players and add freshmen Gina Wohltman (Effingham) and Katie McKay (Caseyville).
The result has left the Cougars in a great position in the GLVC. SIUE's best move was its first match of the season at Northern Kentucky where the Cougars defeated the Norse 6-3 and halted a 51-match GLVC winning streak.
"I'm real happy with the way the team has come together. They really have been able to get the job done," said Logan.
The biggest move was by junior Coryn Reich (Newton). She moved from No. 3 singles into the No. 1 singles. As the No. 1 singles player, Reich not only is seen as the team's best players but also faces the best players in the conference.
Reich said the addition of two new players to the lineup has helped and the returning starters have been able to adjust to the new lineup.
"All of the rest of us are playing better and showing improvement," said Reich.
After nine conference matches, Reich holds a 3-3 record in singles and a 6-3 record in doubles with partner Chrissy Yingst (Belleville).
"I'd like to be playing better all of the time rather than be streaky. But I'm not intimidated by the position," she said.
Keli Keener (Bethalto) has been one of the more consistent players on the team at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles. Keener, according to Logan, has shown great improvement from last season and solidifies the middle of the lineup.
"Coach and I talked about it before the season and decided we could get more wins at No. 4 singles," Keener said. "I worked hard this summer with weight training and lots of practice." She holds a 7-2 record in singles and a 8-1 record in doubles with Wohltman.
From Keener's perspective, the reason why the Cougars have managed a 6-3 record as a team has to do with chemistry. "We have found the right mix."
At No. 3 doubles, McKay matches up with sophomore Allison Coats (Belleville). The duo has combined for a 7-2 record and provided the necessary depth.
The Cougars are awaiting The GLVC Championships on Oct. 11-12 in St. Louis.