October 2, 2001
SON And LCCC Set To Launch New Program
The School of Nursing, in cooperation with Lewis and Clark Community College, is set to launch a "2 Plus 2 RN to BS Program" in the fall 2002. The curriculum will facilitate LCCC nursing program students' efforts to pursue a baccalaureate in nursing upon completion of their associate's degree at the Godfrey, Ill., college.
"This is a plus, plus, plus for everyone," Nursing Dean Felissa Lashley said. "At a time when the medical field is suffering a shortage of qualified nurses, the program will help create greater educational opportunities for a wide range of nursing students. As the only four-year public nursing program south of Interstate 74, SIUE has a statewide mandate to provide access to nursing education in Southern Illinois."
The part-time program strives to meet the needs of working registered nurses who wish to advance from an associate degree to a bachelor of science. The RN to BS program offers most of its classes in the evening to meet the needs of working RNs.
"We are so pleased and excited about this joint venture," said Donna Meyer, LCCC nursing program coordinator.
"This opportunity supports Lewis and Clark Community College's mission of advancing lifelong learning," Meyer said. "Working together with SIUE, we have developed a curriculum here for our associate degree students that is a seamless fit with the advanced courses that will be offered at SIUE."
Meyer said that approximately 82 percent of the graduates of LCCC's nursing program continue to pursue their education beyond their associate's degree.
With the advanced coursework offered at SIUE, LCCC students will utilize the University's state-of-the-art psychomotor skills lab and its computerized human patient simulator. SIUE's School of Nursing is the only baccalaureate nursing program in the Midwest that offers the patient simulator experience.
Discussions about the "2 Plus 2 RN to BS Program" between the two schools began more than a year ago. A graduate of SIUE's School of Nursing, Meyer found the staff of the LCCC nursing program to be very supportive of the concept.
For additional program and admission information, contact either SIUE's southern region academic advisor, (618) 650-3904 (toll-free at 800 234-4844) or Donna Meyer, (618) 468-4436.
ESLHEC Closer To Reality With Groundbreaking
Renovations at the East St. Louis Higher Education Center (ESLHEC) moved a step closer to reality last week with the center's official groundbreaking.
Four buildings will be renovated and two new buildings will be built on the site at 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., two blocks from the intersection of Broadway and Eighth in East St. Louis. The complex will house East St. Louis Community College Center, SIUE's East St. Louis Center, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). A skills center, library, classroom, and administration building will be used jointly by the community college center and the SIUE East St. Louis Center.
The $27.2 million project is funded by the state; construction will begin in October and will be carried out in four phases, with a projected completion date of May 2003. In funding the project, Gov. George Ryan envisioned the ESLHEC as a "one-stop location" for education and workforce training in East St. Louis.
Joe Cipfl, president/chief executive officer of the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) said the idea is to make it easier for local residents to gain access to higher education and potential job opportunities. "This integrated facility will serve as a model of partnership between higher education and state government," Cipfl said.
"The ESLHEC combines programs currently offered at three separate sites. Community college courses will be offered here, assistance in training and finding jobs will be provided by IDES, and the SIUE East St. Louis Center offers a variety of child care, education, and health services."
East St. Louis Center Director Pat Harrison said the SIUE facility will continue to administer its award-winning programs at the new site. "Among the many quality programs, the SIUE East St. Louis Center houses a nationally recognized Head Start program, the Upward Bound project, the Talent Search program, and operates a charter school as well as several health care-related programs that provide services to the community."
SIUE is responsible for operations and maintenance oversight at the ESLHEC. "We have many good programs at the East St. Louis Center," Chancellor David Werner said. "Now we will finally have a facility that is as good as the programs, and as good as any you will find on the Edwardsville campus."
The project will be carried out in four phases. Phases One and Two involve the renovation of the existing community college facilities, a total of about 128,000 square feet. Phase Three is the IDES building, about 12,000 square feet. A building exclusively for SIUE, about 50,000 square feet, will be completed in the fourth phase.
Administrative officials ICCB, IDES and SIUE, were joined at the groundbreaking by area legislators from Madison and St. Clair counties, representatives from the city of East St. Louis, regional administrators from the Capital Development Board, Korte Construction (the general contractor), and Woolpert Architects.
'CougarDocs' Under Way; Imaging System In Place
A file cabinet can contain as much as 20,000 pieces of paper and, at last count, SIUE had about 500 of these four-drawered receptacles in campus inventory. Do the math. That's a lot of paper and a lot of space taken up by heavy metal.
It's quite a task-management of myriad organizational records created by hundreds of administrators, faculty, and staff, as well as thousands of students. And, to make that task more efficient and to supplement its long-standing records management policies, the university has implemented a new digital document imaging and management system affectionately dubbed "CougarDocs."
Bob Vanzo, director of Administrative Services, said the university carefully selected a digital document imaging system that has expansion capabilities campus-wide. "After two years of investigating, planning, reviewing, obtaining funds, selecting a product, and training, we have begun the imaging process in the Office of Admissions and the Office of the Registrar," Vanzo said.
"The university's Imaging Task Force determined that the project would be phased in, beginning with operational areas in which the new system would have the greatest positive impact on service to students," he said. "Admissions receives the greatest volume of paper subsequently shared with more units than any other on campus."
Vanzo, who is chair of the task force, said "industrial strength" scanners have been purchased to make digital copies of student transcripts, admissions records, and other documents that can add up to 20 or more pieces of paper in a student's file. In addition, the SIUE Office of Records Management is using the scanners to make electronic images of historic student transcripts and files that date back to the 1950s.
Christa Oxford, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Registrar, and a member of the task force, said the CougarDocs system already has improved access to needed documents. "Before implementation of this imaging system, employees would photocopy each document in a new freshman's file and that file copy would then be hand-carried to academic counselors who advise incoming students," Oxford explained.
"Now, that same file is available as electronic images that can be called up immediately on the counselor's computer during the advising process." Oxford said the time lag between a counselor's request for a student's file and receipt of the file has been eliminated. "This means advisors are able to provide better service to students, even when the Admissions office isn't open to search for and to photocopy files," she said.
"We are doing more with less and, as our enrollment continues to grow, this system may enable us to use resources for direct service to our students, rather than buying more file cabinets, paper, and photocopying machines."
Vanzo said the Office of Student Financial Aid is currently involved in the training process and will be the next unit to become part of the imaging network. "The task force determines which units will join the project by assessing the greatest impact on university operations," he said. "After Financial Aid is up and running, we will phase in Accounts Payable, Purchasing, Bursar, Instructional Services, and Human Resources. We hope these additional units will be on-line by the end of Fiscal Year 2002."
Vanzo pointed out SIUE is one of only a very few U.S. universities and colleges that has taken a systematic approach campus-wide to digital document imaging. "Most of the universities we contacted, or visited, used some sort of document imaging but they were implemented piecemeal," he said. "In other words, several units on a campus are using different software products that cannot be integrated. That's not very efficient, in our view.
"So, we're taking an 'enterprise' approach," he said. "We are networking this digital document imaging system throughout campus, which we believe will make for more efficient operation and maintenance."
Vanzo said the first-year cost for the program, which began in spring, was $281,000. That cost included software licensing, equipment, training, and salaries for employees dedicated to imaging millions of pages of historical documents. "Our reasons for implementing CougarDocs were to enhance our services, to make our operations more efficient, and to update and strengthen our existing records management capabilities, thus making an investment in the university's future."
Fewer Than 50 Tickets Remain For A&I's Presentation Of Frogz On October 17
Fewer than 50 tickets remain for the Oct. 17 return visit of IMAGO Theatre's presentation of Frogz, as part of SIUE's Arts & Issues series.
The event is "creature theater" at its best, staged with ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and finger-snapping music to create a carnival of the absurd. IMAGO creatively blends movement and dance, with a few escaped penguins, silent sloths, anf finicky frogs thrown in.
Tickets are $16; students, $8. For ticket information, call (618) 650-5555, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 5555; write: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1083; or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission includes free parking in the lots behind the Morris University Center or Dunham Hall theater.
Tickets also are still available for the Nov. 9 Arts & Issues presentation of Lech Walesa, the first democratically elected president of Poland. Tickets are $8; students, $4. Subsequent Arts & Issues presentations for this season may be viewed on the Web site.
PREVIEW SIUE Set For Oct. 8; Families On Campus
On Monday, Oct. 8, we pay tribute to one of the world's greatest explorers with Columbus Day. But a different kind of explorer-and an anticipated 900 of them-will be charting a course for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
High school students and their parents will explore the campus and visit with faculty, staff, and students during "Preview SIUE," the University's annual open house. The event, based in the Morris University Center, is open to community college and potential transfer students as well.
"This has always been a great opportunity for students and their families to experience first-hand the SIUE experience," said Boyd Bradshaw, director of admissions. "Not only will they have the chance to interact with faculty, staff and students, but they'll be able to learn about campus life, student services, and visit academic departments. In addition to tours of the central campus, our three residence halls and the Cougar Village apartments will be open for our visitors to see."
Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the MC. The SIUE Information Fair, with exhibits by academic departments and student services departments, opens at 8:30 a.m. A 9 a.m. opening session in Meridian Ballroom leads off the day with a wide variety of session options and tours to follow.
Available sessions include an overview of SIUE's academic programs, "Emerging Careers," "SIUE: The Place To Be," "Countdown to SIUE", "Financing Your Education at SIUE," and sessions with the University's schools of business, education, engineering and nursing.
Campus and residence hall tours continue until 1:30 p.m. while programming for the day runs until 2:30 p.m. Campus offices will be open for students to visit through 4:30 p.m. Parking for "Preview SIUE" is available in Lots B and E on the west side of the campus.
For more information, call 800/447-SIUE, e-mail to email@example.com, or visit the "Preview SIUE" Web site at www.admis.siue.edu/preview.
Midnight Madness Returns To The Vadalabene Center
It's almost here. The official start of the 2001-2002 basketball season. SIUE prepares to kick off the season with Midnight Madness on Sunday (10/14) at the Vadalabene Center. Festivities begin at 11 p.m. with the one-hour practice beginning at midnight.
Students will have at least four opportunities to win $10,000 throughout the night. One student will walk away with free tuition for the semester. There also will be free "Red Zone" T-shirts to the first 500 students with a valid ID. SIUE faculty, staff and the community also are invited to take part in free activities.
The 2001-2002 Cougar players and coaches will be present to
interact with fans all night. There will be free Papa John's pizza and soda. At the stroke of midnight, both the men's and women's basketball teams will be introduced to the fans followed by a 60-minute practice. Oct. 15th is the first official day of practice for NCAA basketball players.
For more information about Cougar Basketball, visit the SIUE Athletics Web site.
Women's Tennis Earns No. 3 Seed For GLVC Tournament
Women's tennis, which earned the No. 3 seed for this week's Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament, faces No.6-seeded Quincy University in the first round.
Coach Bill Logan said he thinks the Cougars can go far if the team applies some extra effort. "We're looking forward to facing Quincy," said Logan. "All of our players are healthy and playing well right now."
The Cougars did not play up to expectations at this past weekend's Intercollegiate Tennis Association's regional tournament in Indianapolis. All five of SIUE's entries lost in the first round of the single-elimination tournament. The doubles teams finished a little better. The teams of Amber Stanley (Effingham) and Laura Zeeb (Greenville) as well as Coryn Reich (Newton) and Chrissy Yingst (Belleville) both won first-round matches but were later defeated in the second round.
GLVC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Oct. 12 (In bracket order)
First/second rounds at Indianapolis North Central HS
#1 Northern Kentucky vs. #8 Bellarmine
#4 Lewis vs. #5 Indianapolis
#3 SIU Edwardsville vs. #6 Quincy
#2 Southern Indiana vs. #7 Missouri-St. Louis
Final round at Indianapolis Ben Davis HS.
SIUE Athletics Announces Charity Opportunity
The SIUE Athletic Department has announced a special event which will take place at Wednesday's (10/10) volleyball match against the University of Southern Indiana.
SIUE Athletics and the SIUE Women's Studies Programs are asking fans to benefit the Oasis Women's Center, a shelter in Alton for victims of domestic violence. Fans are asked to bring a women's toiletry item to the 7 p.m. game and receive free admission.
Men's Soccer Turns On Offense
It's been said 'You can't win if you don't score.' Winning and scoring certainly have not been problems for the SIUE men's soccer team.
Coach Ed Huneke hasn't had an offense this potent since the 1997 season when the men's soccer Cougars scored a school-record 64 goals. This season, SIUE, ranked No. 23 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's NCAA-II poll, has 44 goals in 13 games.
The offense is led by seniors Justin McMillian (Granite City) and David Mwendapole (Kenya), who both enter this week's play with 25 points. "That McMillian and Mwendapole combination has been good," said Huneke. "It's just too much for a lot of teams to handle."
McMillian plays an aggressive midfield, pushing the ball forward with speed and quickness. Mwendapole has explosive speed and outstanding finishing moves. Huneke said that has allowed other players to enjoy offenseive success. Yuzuru Takami (Japan), Justin Huneke and Matthew Horan (St. Louis) all have scored more than 10 points this season.
SIUE, 10-1-2 overall and 5-0-1 in the GLVC, has a crucial road trip this weekend at Northern Kentucky University and the University of Indianapolis. Both teams are above .500 in conference play and would like nothing better than to knock off a ranked team.
"I think we know from last year these are formidable opponents," said Huneke. "Those close victories we had should be a good reminder that we need to be at our best."
Women's Soccer Cruises To Third Straight Win
After scoring 11 goals in a win on Friday (10/5) against Kentucky Wesleyan, it was no surprise that the Cougars slowed down on Sunday 10/7). SIUE downed Bellarmine University 1-0 on Sunday and improved its season record to 9-1-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the GLVC.
The Cougars used a penalty kick by freshman Angela Light (St. Louis) to edge Bellarmine. On Friday, the SIUE offense scored 11 goals against Kentucky Wesleyan, the most since the Cougars scored 12 against Kentucky Wesleyan during the 1995 season.
The Cougars now face their most challenging opponent of the season on Friday (10/12) at 5:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky is ranked No. 1 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). A win on the road against the nation's top team would give the Cougars some much-needed respect.
SIUE is ranked seventh in the Great Lakes Region, according to the NSCAA. Northern Kentucky is ranked No. 1 in the region. Indianapolis, who SIUE faces on Sunday (10/14) at noon in Indianapolis, is fourth in the region.
The Cougars have outscored their opponents 31-6 after 11 games. The defense has been stabilized by the play of freshman goalkeeper Jessica Brown (St. Louis), Brown recorded 15 saves in the wins over Kentucky Wesleyan and Bellarmine.
Volleyball Prepares for Cougar Classic
With an 11-10 overall record, Coach Todd Gober is focusing his efforts on trying to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in virtually the only way available-via the GLVC Tournament in November. "We're looking at how we fit in the overall picture," said Gober.
The Cougars hold a 6-3 record in the GLVC, one match behind Green Division leader Southern Indiana. SIUE gets a chance to move into a tie for first in the division on Wednesday, meeting Southern Indiana at the Vadalabene Center. It will be the third meeting for the two teams with SIUE winning the first two.
SIUE is one of the handful of GLVC teams playing this weekend. This is an off-week for GLVC volleyball matches. SIUE decided to use its off-week for the Cougar Classic at the Vadalabene Center on Friday and Saturday. The tournament features five Great Lakes Region teams. Along with SIUE, the tournament has Southern Indiana, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Wheeling Jesuit College and the University of Charleston.
Gober said he's looking not only at what has worked so far this season but also what needs to be improved. "We've been serving and blocking real well. We have spells where we hit well," said Gober. "The things we need to shore up are in ball control and floor defense."
Andrea Voss (St. Rose) is second in the GLVC in blocks with 1.25 per game. Stephanie Trame (Highland) is fourth in the GLVC with exactly 1.00 blocks per game.
Cougar Classic Schedule
Southern Indiana vs. Charleston, 5 p.m.
Missouri-St. Louis vs. Wheeling Jesuit, 5 p.m.
SIU Edwardsville vs. Charleston, 7 p.m.
Southern Indiana vs. Wheeling Jesuit, 7 p.m.
Southern Indiana vs. Charleston, 11 a.m.
Missouri-St. Louis vs. Wheeling Jesuit, 11 a.m.
SIU Edwardsville vs. Wheeling Jesuit, 1 p.m.
Missouri-St. Louis vs. Charleston, 1 p.m.
SIUE Athletics Announces Charity Opportunities
Intercollegiate Athletics has announced several special events which will take place at upcoming Cougar soccer and volleyball matches.
On Friday and Sunday (10/5 & 10/7), the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will sponsor a canned food drive. Bring one canned food item and get into the women and men's soccer game free. The soccer Cougars face Kentucky Wesleyan College on
Friday. The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men's game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, SIUE meets Bellarmine. The women will start at noon and the men will play at 2:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, SIUE Athletics and the SIUE Women's Studies Programs are asking fans to support the Oasis Women's Center, a shelter in Alton for victims of domestic violence. Fans are asked to bring a women's toiletry item to the 7 p.m. game against the University of Southern Indiana and receive free admission.
SIUE Women's Soccer Working Overtime
It took double overtime for the women's soccer team to defeat the University of Southern Indiana on Sunday (9/30) 2-1 on a goal by Sara Decker (St. Louis). Coach Brian Korbesmeyer hopes this week's matches with Kentucky Wesleyan College and Bellarmine University are not as lengthy and less stressful.
The Cougars head into this weekend with a 7-1-2 overall record and a 2-1-1 record in the GLVC. SIUE will host Kentucky Wesleyan on Friday (10/5) at 5:30 p.m. The Cougars play Bellarmine at noon Sunday (10/7).
Korbesmeyer credited team depth for the win over Southern Indiana. The team was able to use five subtitutions in the first half and four in the second, while Southern Indiana only had three players available to use as substitutions. "We are always in the game because of our depth," said Korbesmeyer. "We always use our starters at the end to finish off the game because they are still fresh."
Decker headed the ball in the net at 108:14 on a pass from Colleen Creamer (St. Louis). SIUE scored first in the game as Heather Bebe (Florissant, Mo.) scored from five yards out on an assist from Creamer.
Women's Tennis Travel to ITA Championships
Women's tennis head into post season play with a 7-2 record. The Cougars travel to Indianapolis for the ITA Mid-American Championships this weekend. This tournament helps determine the regional rankings for the teams.
SIUE also will have to wait to find out who its first-round opponent will be for the GLVC Tournament in Indianapolis on Oct. 13-14. The Cougars are the No. 3 seed behind Northern Kentucky University and Southern Indiana. The fourth, fifth and sixth seeds will be determined by coin flip later this week between the University of Indianapolis, Lewis University and Quincy University. The University of Missouri-St. Louis and Bellarmine round out the GLVC Tournament field as the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds.
The Cougars are coming off a very hectic weekend. SIUE defeated Bellarmine 8-1 on Friday (9/28). On Saturday (9/29), the Cougars downed Indianapolis 5-4 in the morning and lost to Northern Kentucky 7-2 in the afternoon. "Indianapolis was a very good team, and it was a tough match for us," said Coach Bill Logan.
Keli Keener (Bethalto) was able to pull off a very important victory when the match was tied 4-4, according to Logan. Northern Kentucky has been the GLVC's dominant team for the last four years. SIUE got off to an early 2-1 lead after winning two of the three doubles matches but could not hold off NKU.
"I am happy because our doubles play still looks very good," said Logan. "Last week's performance showed promise and was a good warm up," said Logan. "Hopefully we will do as well this weekend."
Huneke Pleased With Cougars' Play
Men's soccer coach Ed Huneke can only smile. His team, ranked 23rd in the nation according to the latest National Soccer Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll, is continuing to have success against GLVC rivals.
The Cougars' GLVC record now stands at 3-0-1 with the overall record standing 7-1-2. "Things are starting to fall into place," said Huneke.
SIUE faces Kentucky Wesleyan on Friday (10/5) at 7:30 p.m. and Bellarmine on Sunday (10/7) at 2:30 p.m. at home this weekend. Kentucky Wesleyan is 0-5-0 in the GLVC and Bellarmine has a conference record of 1-3-0. "Right now we just need to avoid upsets," said Huneke. "If we do that we will go far."
SIUE defeated Southern Indiana 4-1 on Sunday. Justin McMillian (Granite City) scored two of the four SIUE goals, including the eventual game-winner. David Mwendapole (Kenya) contributed a goal and an assist. The final goal scored was scored by Josh Richardson (Mt. Vernon, Ind.) and was assisted by Kevin Corrigan (St. Louis).
"We played decently, but it was not one of our better games despite the 4-1 score," said Huneke. Mwendapole played very well and deserves some recognition, said Huneke. "Mwendapole's speed and pursuit of the goal gives a nice dimension to the attack and makes life easier for the rest of the forwards," said Huneke.
Volleyball: Short-Lived Stay On Top
SIUE's volleyball team was forced off their cloud this past weekend. The Cougars, who were in first place in the GLVC's Green Division, now have a 5-2 GLVC record and a 10-9 overall record after falling at Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis.
The Cougars play at Quincy University on Friday (10/5) and then at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday (10/6). Quincy is 1-4 in GLVC play. UM-St. Louis has a conference record of 2-4. SIUE has defeated both of these teams at home, but SIUE volleyball Coach Todd Gober believes that they are playing better now than they were earlier in the season.
SIUE fell to UW-Parkside on Friday (9/28) 3-1. Then Cougars were defeated by Lewis, who is 5-0 in conference play, 3-1 on Saturday (9/29). "It was a frustrating weekend," said Gober. The loss to UW-Parkside was more upsetting because the Cougars play was flat and emotionless, according to Gober. SIUE hit better in the match with Lewis, Gober said. "Jenny Franklin (LaSalle) had a big game against Lewis," said Gober. Franklin had 14 digs and 12 kills.
Cross Country Readies For Border States Invitational
Cross country is getting ready for another meet at home this weekend. The Border States Invitational will be held at the SIUE cross country course Saturday (10/6). The women's race will start at 10 a.m. The men will run at 10:45 a.m.
SIUE co-hosted the Cougar/Bearcat Challenge with McKendree College on Saturday (9/28). The Cougars took first place out of four in the men's event and first out of three in the women's race.
SIUE swept the top four places in the women's 5,000-meter race. Amanda Bozue (Joliet) finished first with a time of 19 minutes, 21.3 seconds. Breanne Steffens (Moline) finished second (19:24.60), Mary Witte (Normal) was third (19:47.30), and Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) was forth (20:34.60).
The men were successful as well. Nine Cougars finished in the top 10. The first Cougar to finish was Tyler Krauss (Freeburg). Krauss finished second (26:41.30) behind Chris Walker (26:39.70) who ran unattached. Jason Olszowka (Lockport) (26:54.90), Ryan Boyll (Normal) (27:14.30), and David Owens (DeSoto, Mo.) (27:19.40) all finished in the top five.
GLVC Tournament Upcoming For Women's Golf
Women's golf Coach Larry Bennett is very optimistic about the future. The Cougars will play in the GLVC tournament on Oct. 7-8 at Timbergate Golf Club in Edinburgh, Ind.
Bennett, however, added a new twist to the schedule. The Cougars play at McKendree College on Thursday against McKendree and William Woods College. Bennett felt that it was important to add another match before the GLVC Tournament because the last match they played was on Sept. 22-23 in the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational.
Bennett is still shaping his lineup for the GLVC Tournament. Two of SIUE's players have guaranteed their spots for the GLVC tournament and the rest of the players currently are playing in qualifying rounds. Katie Farrell (Princeton) and Deanna Bock (Edwardsville) hold scoring averages of 83.4 and 84.5, respectively. The duo set a school record for 36 holes at the Illinois Wesleyan Tournament with a 156 score. Farrell set the 18-hole record at 75.
"There is no reason why we could not win (the GLVC Tournament), but realistically we are aiming for the top four," said Bennett. "Anything below that would disappoint the women and myself."