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October 3, 2000

Birger Hall Dedicated Oct. 4; Open House Oct. 6

Invited guests took part in a ceremony dedicating B. Barnard Birger Hall, the new home of SIUE's Office of Development and Public Affairs, on Oct. 4. The university community attended an open house two days later.

The SIUE Foundation and Alumni Association are housed in the 12,000-square-foot facility, located on the outside of the campus' Circle Drive near the Vadalabene Center. "This is a much anticipated moment for the Foundation, alumni, and the university," said G. Patrick Williams, vice chancellor for Development and Public Affairs and chief executive officer of the SIUE Foundation.

"Through the generosity of Mr. Birger, we have not only established an on-campus presence for the Foundation and Alumni Association, we have increased the two organizations' visibility and roles as integral parts of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville."

Birger, who died earlier this year, was a long-time member of the SIU Board of Trustees and a long-time supporter of the university. He also was chairman of BBB Companies, Inc., a conglomerate of auto dealerships, a real estate firm, and a construction company. In addition, he was a lifetime honorary member of the SIUE Foundation Board. Birger's bequest of his Collinsville home and property, valued at $1.3 million, enabled the university to construct Birger Hall in his honor. It was the second-largest, one-time gift to the Foundation in its history. Birger later established a challenge grant with an additional $200,000 donation.

Ground was broken for the building in May 1999. Korte Construction Co.; Peckham, Guyton, Albers, Viets Inc., an architectural firm; Keller Construction Inc.; and Oates Associates Inc. contributed in-kind services for the construction of the facility. Korte Construction served as the general contractor.

James Walker, newly named SIU president, attended the Oct. 4 dedication along with members of the Foundation and Alumni Association boards. Students, faculty, staff and the community took part in a public dedication of Birger Hall on Friday, Oct. 6.

In addition to office space, Birger Hall features a conference room for staff and meetings of the Alumni and Foundation board of directors, a paneled executive lounge, a service kitchen, and a special-event room for meetings and banquets. The special-event room has been envisioned as an ideal location for alumni groups to hold social activities as well as being available for rent to the public.

The building replaces the former Foundation offices located in the Tosovsky Center, a remodeled home on Highway 157. It had been donated by the Tosovsky family.

Individual support continues to be sought for the completion of a second-floor conference center with video conferencing capabilities in Birger Hall. Additional offices and an outdoor patio connected to the special-event room overlooking the campus' scenic Cougar Lake are planned as well.

Several naming opportunities for Birger Hall's various rooms and facilities have been identified; information is available by contacting the SIUE Foundation, (618) 650-2345.

SIUE Campus Formally Annexed By Edwardsville

The Edwardsville City Council formally voted Oct. 3 to annex the remaining portion of the SIUE campus not already included within city boundaries.

In 1995 the city annexed the portions of campus that included Cougar Village, Woodland Hall, a strip of property along Poag Road, University Park, and Korte Stadium. This latest annexation ensures SIUE will continue to receive fire and ambulance service from the city at no cost, while the city will realize some sales tax revenue and will be able to include resident SIUE students in census counts.

During a brief ceremony at city hall, SIUE Chancellor David Werner said the city and the university can work together to put Edwardsville on the national map, similar to the way college towns such as Columbia, Mo., Chapel Hill, N.C., and Austin, Texas, have become well known.

Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur said, "Certainly SIUE is one of the good things about our community that deserves our recognition, attention and support. We have been partners in many ventures over the years, and we have built a strong working relationship that has benefited all involved."

Shout

It made 'em wanna' shout when Otis Day and the Knights (above) performed at Korte Stadium for Cougarfest 2000 on Saturday night. The group and it's signature tune, Shout, was a hit after National Lampoon's Animal House became a cult film. Below, Justin McMillian, of Granite City, was given the Jack Blake Award during the Cougarfest festivities on Sunday. Behind Justin are SIUE Men's Soccer Coach Ed Huneke, and Jim Kersting, both former teammates of Blake's, and members of the Blake family. Also in attendance were members of the Tim Tighe family, who created the annual award. Tighe also was a teammate of Blake, who died of cancer in 1997. Blake was a former All-American and a member of the Olympic soccer team; he was a Cougar from 1968-1970. (SIUE Photos)

Winners

Summit the dog, was one of the winners-along with his master, Codie Aljets-of the Cougarfest Toga Contest. The winners are shown with members of the SIUE Alumni Association Board: Larry Lexow, Elzora Douglas, and Deb O'Neill. (Photo by Kathy Turner)

Rhetoric, Schmetoric, Let's Debate The Issues

Every election year brings debates between presidential candidates. Make your blood boil? Now's your chance to talk back.

DebateWatch 2000 comes to SIUE this year with the three presidential debates-Oct. 3, 11, and 17-offered on a big-screen TV in the Morris University Center and a chance to mull the issues afterwards during roundtable discussions.

According to David Valley, professor of Speech Communication and chair of that department, information gathered-from students, staff, faculty, and the general public-at that roundtable will be sent to the national DebateWatch clearing house and compared with perceptions from similar sessions around the country. And, all that will then be disseminated to the press around the country.

Refreshments will be served at 7:30 p.m. and each debate begins at 8. The three sessions are being co-sponsored by the SIUE College of Arts and Science and the Departments of Speech Communication and Political Science.

Work

Stephen Schwartz's musical Working, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel, one of Chicago's favorite sons, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7 and 13-14, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 and 15, all in the Katherine Dunham Hall theater. Terkel's work records the voices of America; men and women from various walks of life tell of their likes and dislikes, fears, problems, and happiness on the job. Members of the cast from left are: Brock Hill, as Frank, the trucker; Kathy Hilker, as the prostitute; Nathan Ellsworth, as the firefighter; Michael McKittrick, as the office manager; David Dumoulin, as the businessman; and Jackie Marshall, as the newspaper carrier. Tickets are $7; students, $5, and are available by calling the Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774. (SIUE Photo)

Midnight Madness Tips-Off SIUE Basketball Seasons

What? Are they mad? Free pizza, free soda, free popcorn!!! OK, OK, maybe a little but it's just Midnight Madness and it's coming soon.

Midnight Madness marks the official start of the 2000-2001 Cougar Basketball season on Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Vadalabene Center.

The disco band, Sable, jumpstarts the festivities beginning at 10 p.m. The first 500 students with valid ID will receive a "Red Zone" T-shirt. Throughout the night, students also will have four opportunities to win $10,000 and take part in other fun activities. SIUE faculty, staff and the community also are invited to take part in free activities.

The 2000-2001 Cougar players and coaches will be there to talk with fans; at the stroke of midnight, both the Men's and Women's basketball teams will be introduced to the fans followed by a 30-minute practice.

Mad? Come out and see ... you be the judge.

Jazzed

Marion Miller (above) and Johnny Johnson (below) were winners of this year's Music and Jazz Music Achievement Awards, respectively, at the 12th Annual Jazz Supper Dance. The musicians each have storied careers, both on the St. Louis music scene and across the country. The SIUE Friends of Music, WSIE-FM (88.7), and the SIUE Department of Music presented the affair recently in Meridian Ballroom. The sellout crowd listened and danced to the music of the SIUE Concert Jazz Band conducted by Reggie Thomas, an associate professor of music. The evening also featured special performances by Johnson and Miller. Proceeds benefited the Friends of Music scholarship fund. (SIUE Photos)

SIU President Walker To Lead Mission To Cuba

SIU President James E. Walker will lead a delegation of faculty, researchers and key Illinois officials on an exploratory educational mission to the Republic of Cuba in November.

While in Cuba, the delegation will participate in a series of discussions and presentations with Cuban university professors and researchers, farmers, teachers, health care workers and government officials to build mutually beneficial relationships.

Among those joining Walker on the mission are: Hazel Loucks, deputy governor for Education and Workforce Development; Paul Simon, former U.S. senator who now directs the SIU Public Policy Institute; Edgar Lopez, Illinois state representative; Lucy Sloan, member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education; Lourdes Monteagudo, executive director of the Teacher's Academy of Math and Science and a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education; and Keith Sanders, executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

SIU officials sais the mission will build strong relationships with Cuban educators, researchers and government officials that will "pay dividends for SIU in the form of cooperative research and other partnerships."

The delegation also includes faculty and staff from the Edwardsville and the Carbondale campuses, including the School of Medicine, who are experts in topics of mutual interest to Cuba, such as community health care, agriculture, biotechnology, public policy and education. Plans are also being made to include a student from SIUC as a member of the delegation.

Edwardsville campus officials are equally optimistic about potential benefits of the mission. "SIUE's School of Business has developed a strong international studies program, most recently working together with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature to begin the China Track," SIUE Chancellor David Werner said.

"We may yet be some years away from a Cuba Track but this trip could be the beginning of faculty and program partnerships with Cuban counterparts." Werner added that the mission also holds potential benefits for Illinois businesses. Delegation members will visit Havana as well as other cities and rural areas of Cuba.

The SIU mission follows Gov. George Ryan's historic humanitarian trip to Cuba last fall and a visit to SIU one year ago by Fernando Remirez, chief of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C. During his visit, Remirez invited SIU officials to Cuba to participate in a people-to-people exchange with Cuban officials. The purpose of the mission is four part:

• To develop linkages with Cuba's educational system and explore the potential for SIU to offer programs and sponsor student and faculty exchanges;

• To establish connections between Cuba's community health system and the SIU School of Medicine and other health care related programs;

• To explore the potential for SIU to sponsor a symposium on Caribbean affairs;

• To explore cooperative research opportunities, specifically in the key areas of agriculture, aquaculture and biotechnology.

"This mission is truly an exciting opportunity that I believe will lead to a number of interesting possibilities for SIUC researchers," said SIUC Interim Chancellor John S. Jackson. "We have qualified faculty in areas of interest to the Cuban officials, specifically soybean research, sugar cane production, medicine and aquaculture. I look forward to good results from this mission."

Carducci Shatters Record

Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) set the goal of breaking SIUE's freshman record for 5,000 meters at cross country. On Saturday (10/7), she shattered it.

Carducci ran the Forest Park cross country course at the Washington University Invitational in a time of 17 minutes, 59.8 seconds. That topped the best time by a Cougar freshman previously set last season by Amanda Bozue (18:32.7). Her sub-18 minute time also was the second fastest 5,000 meters in school history.

Only Karin Beach-Pond (17:49) at the 1995 Missouri-Rolla Open has run faster. "All she had to do was get into the competition and run with the leaders," said Coach Darryl Frerker. "And she did that." Carducci ran the same 5,000-meter course on Sept. 8 and came within two seconds of Bozue's record. Frerker said Carducci planned on breaking the record at the course her next time around.

Carducci finished 14th in her record-breaking performance at the Washington University Invitational. As a team, SIUE placed 14th of 32 teams. Frerker hopes his freshman can help guide the women's cross country team to a strong finish at the team's next meet-the GLVC Championships. The event is set for Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m. in Evansville, Ind.

Olszowka Sets Pace For SIUE Men's Cross Country

Despite running the 14th fastest time in school history, Jason Olszowka (Lockport) probably could have run better, according to Coach Darryl Frerker. Frerker pointed to the sophomore's 1998 performance of Olszowka's where he ran 20 seconds better than Saturday's time of 25:48.2.

Both performances were at the Washington University Invitational. The Cougars placed 16th as a team out of 30 teams behind Olszowka. Frerker is hoping to see his other runners improve enough to challenge for a top 10 position at the GLVC Championships on Oct. 21.

Frerker said he thought freshman Tyler Krauss (Freeburg) and junior Robert Old (Hendersonville, Ky.) can finish the season strong enough to help the Cougars at the GLVC meet. The GLVC men's race begins at 11 a.m. in Evansville, Ind.

Women's Soccer Remains Undefeated in GLVC Play

They're still undefeated in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Cougars managed to remain undefeated last weekend by downing Indianapolis 3-1 and tying No.4-ranked Northern Kentucky 1-1.

The tie broke SIUE's string of eight consecutive wins, but the Cougars have not suffered defeat since Sept. 10 when they lost in overtime to regional rival Truman State. SIUE, No. 6 in the region, takes its 11-3-1 overall and 7-0-1 mark in conference to Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday (1014) at 7:30 p.m.

Colleen Creamer (St. Louis) scored her team-leading seventh goal against Indianapolis. Sara Decker (St. Louis) also scored a goal last weekend and tallied two assists. Decker leads the team with eight assists and 20 points. Emily Anderson (Florissant, Mo.) recorded the only goal for the Cougars in their tie with Northern Kentucky. On defense, Rebecca Mays (Springfield) shut down the one of the top scoring leaders in the GLVC in Northern Kentucky's Betsy Moore.

Men's Soccer Picks Up Key Road Victories

Not only were the two wins important, but they came in dramatic fashion, said Coach Ed Huneke. "They were important because it reinforces our position in the standings by winning two tough games on the road. And the drama in which the two goals were scored, strengthens our team's confidence."

SIUE, who enter the week tied for fifth in the region, looks to improve on its 8-4-1 record overall and 6-2 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference after defeating both Indianapolis and Northern Kentucky 2-1 on the road last weekend. The team in now tied for first in the conference.

The Cougars cross the river this weekend for a match up against Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday (10/14) at 5 p.m. "It is still a tight race and every game continues to carry significance," Huneke said.. "We are resolved to approach each game accordingly."

Brandon Gibbs (St. Charles, Mo.) scored the game-winning goals in both wins last weekend while also recording an assist. Gibbs is second in the GLVC in assists with six and is tied with Justin Huneke (Glen Carbon) for a team-leading five goals. Yuzuru Takami (Japan) added his fourth goal of the season against Indianapolis. Kevin Corrigan (St. Louis) tied the game against Northern Kentucky with his third goal.

Volleyball Cougars Note Marked Improvement

Coach Joe Fisher saw improvement in his team's play last weekend, and the results are proof. "We played much better in both matches," he said. "Friday night we played with desire and heart but lost to a better team, but we came back on Saturday and played with the same intensity and won."

The team got back on track last weekend. Despite falling to IUPU-Ft. Wayne, the Cougars battled back to defeat Saint Joseph's 3-1. SIUE, 8-12 overall and 4-5 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, plays Southern Indiana on Wednesday (10/11) at 7 p.m. in the Vadalabene Center. The Cougars then have the weekend off before getting back into action the following weekend.

It was the supporting cast that stepped up this weekend and pleased Fisher. Andrea Voss (Breese) is second in the conference in blocks averaging 1.16 per game. Voss recorded 23 kills over the weekend. She leads the team with 25 solo blocks and 66 total blocks for the season. Kelly Schaill (Princeton) recorded 17 kills and nine total blocks on the weekend. "Kelly and Andrea had outstanding weekends," Fisher said.

The coach said Meghan Daugherty (Canton) and Melissa Schaeffer (Ballwin, Mo.) also had solid outings against Saint Joseph's. Daugherty tallied six service aces, two short of the school record for aces in a match. Schaeffer finished with 10 kills and seven digs. "Missy took advantage of getting some playing time. I was very happy with her performance."

Lindsay Rust (Belleville) continues to lead the team in kills per game (3.70), kills (281) and digs (295). Rust tallied 22 kills last weekend. She is eighth in the conference in kills and first in digs with an average of 3.88 per game.

Louderman Grew Up Playing Several Sports; She Chose One To Play At SIUE

Five sports. How do you choose? Especially when the one you end up playing wasn't even an option to your gender as a child.

Well, in Beth Louderman's case, she just tried something new ... and then competed with the guys.

Now, a senior goalkeeper for the SIUE Women's Soccer team, Louderman said her hometown of Girard didn't have competitive girls' sports when she was younger. "So, I played soccer with the guy's team until we eventually got a girl's team."

A tri-captain in 2000, Louderman earned GLVC Player of the Week for her performance during the week of Sept. 18. She helped the team to improve to 8-3 overall and 4-0 in conference play by recording 12 saves and two shutouts. Louderman had not allowed a goal in last 465 minutes and 17 minutes of play until Saint Joseph's scored in the second half last Friday night (Sept. 29). The Cougars are currently 10-3 and undefeated in the conference at 6-0. Louderman currently is second in the GLVC with a 0.74 goals against average mark.

Louderman tried numerous sports growing up. She competed in volleyball, basketball and track in high school and played club soccer and softball. "The high school didn't have a soccer team so I played club soccer on an all-girls team every Sunday and on the guy's team every now and then."

However, it wasn't soccer that brought her to SIUE. Louderman came here in 1997 on a track scholarship and competed in the high jump and discus. She had qualified for the state high school championships in discus as a prep her junior and senior, finishing fourth in 1997.

Even though she enjoyed track, something was missing. She had played soccer for most of her life and wanted to continue. So she approached Women's Soccer Head Coach Brian Korbesmeyer when she arrived on campus. "I liked track because it was an individual sport where the only person who could bring you down was yourself," said Louderman. "But I also wanted to play soccer so I tried out."

Korbesmeyer said she came in a little unsure but wanted to give it a try anyway. "Beth is a good athlete," he said. "She likes the soccer atmosphere. She ended up earning a soccer scholarship and has turned into an excellent goalkeeper."

The 5-foot-9-inch Louderman said the transition wasn't as difficult as she first thought. Since she had played softball and volleyball, it wasn't hard for her to adjust to the hand-eye coordination needed in soccer. Louderman received limited time at goalkeeper in her first two seasons, but her patience at backup paid off because her opportunity came last year as a junior. She started all 19 games for the 13-6 Cougar soccer team. Louderman recorded 56 saves and six shutouts. She ranked fourth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference among goalkeepers with a 0.92 goals against average.

"She gets better every practice," Korbesmeyer said. "Her athleticism keeps her moving up to the next level."

Louderman, who is majoring in business administration, said her family has been very supportive. "My dad has a lot to do with what I am doing," she said. "He has never been pushy. He lets me make my own decisions. Even though he thinks I would do better at track, he let me make my own decision."

It wasn't only her track scholarship that brought her to SIUE. Her older brother also attends the university. "I liked the fact that SIUE is small. I like the small classrooms because I know the teacher and students in my classes personally."

Seven Straight Wins For Women's Soccer

Seven wins in a row. Six wins in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. SIUE has shut out its opponents five of the last seven games and remains undefeated in the conference.

The Cougars, 10-3 overall and 6-0 in the GLVC (as of 10/2), try to extend the streak on the road this weekend. SIUE, No. 7 in the region, travels to Indianapolis for a 3 p.m. match on Friday (10/6) and then heads to Northern Kentucky to face the Norse at 3 p.m. on Sunday (10/8).

Northern Kentucky is ranked No. 1 in the region with a 10-1 record overall and is second in the conference with a 5-0 mark. Last week, the Cougars defeated Saint Joseph's 2-1 and IUPU-Ft. Wayne 1-0.

Beth Louderman (Girard) allowed her first goal in 465 minutes, 17 seconds of play in the second half to Saint Joseph's. Louderman has 57 saves on the season and 0.74 goals against average, which is second in the conference. Colleen Creamer (St. Louis) scored a goal and recorded one assist against Saint Joseph's. Creamer leads the team with six goals. Sara Decker (St. Louis) also recorded a goal this weekend and now leads the team with six assists and 16 points.

The only goal scored against IUPU-Ft. Wayne came from Tasha Siegel (Collinsville) off an assist from Megan Steward (Glenarm). Siegel has three goals on the season while Steward recorded her second assist.

Contrast Does Not Equal Consistency For Men's Soccer

There was a contrast in our team last weekend," said Coach Ed Huneke. One performance was good, the next time out wasn't.

"Last Friday, we came out with a good attitude and an aggressive approach to the game and played well. But then on Sunday, we were a little flat against a good team like IUPU-Ft. Wayne. And that is what beat us."

SIUE looks to improve on its 6-4-1 record overall and 4-2 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference after splitting last weekend's games against Saint Joseph's and IUPU-Ft. Wayne. The Cougars take to the road this weekend to face Indianapolis on Friday (10/6) at 1 p.m. and Northern Kentucky at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday (10/8).

Yuzuru Takami (Japan) and Eric Modeer (Hershey, Pa.) recorded the only two goals of the weekend for the Cougars in the 2-0 win over Saint Joseph's. Takami also recorded an assist and now has three goals and two assists on the year. Modeer's goal was his second this season. "In addition to scoring, Takami and Modeer both played extremely well for us on Friday night," Huneke said.

Brandon Gibbs (St. Charles, Mo.) continues to lead the team with five assists and 11 points on the year while Justin Huneke (Glen Carbon) has a team-leading five goals. Gibbs' assist total is tied for second in the GLVC.

Cougar Volleyball Learning The Difficult Way

Coach Joe Fisher and his volleyball team are looking for something to learn from its mistakes. "I am trying to take something from each match and learn from it," the second-year coach said. "And, sometimes it is the hardest thing when you take something from a loss and learn from it."

SIUE, 7-11 overall and 3-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, looks to end its four match losing streak against IUPU-Ft. Wayne and Saint Joseph's this weekend. The team travels to IUPU-Ft. Wayne for a 7 p.m. match on Friday (10/6) and then heads to Saint Joseph's for a 2 p.m. match on Saturday (10/7). "IUPU-Ft. Wayne is a tough place to play," Fisher said. "Saint Joseph's has a new coach and a young team. I look for them to be a challenge. It will be a fight. Hopefully, we will be up to the challenge this weekend."

Fisher said turning it around is just a matter of finding the consistency. "We need to continue to learn, grow and fix things such as consistency and the up and down of emotions."

Andrea Voss (Breese) leads the conference in blocks averaging 1.29 per game. Voss recorded her second double figure in total blocks (10) in the loss against Quincy. Over the three matches last week, Voss tallied 20 total blocks (nine solo blocks) and 27 kills. Her .416 hitting percentage against Quincy was the fifth highest SIUE percentage of the season for players with 10 or more kills in a game.

Not only was Fisher pleased with the performance of Voss but said Stosha DeShasier (Carrollton) also had a good week. DeShasier recorded 27 kills and 10 block assists in the last three matches. Lindsay Rust (Belleville) continues to lead the team in kills per game (3.70), kills (259), service aces (23) and digs (277). She is tied for ninth in the conference in kills and first in digs with an average of 3.96 per game.

Women's Tennis Prepares For GLVC Tournament

Preparation. That is the way Coach Bill Logan is looking at this week of competition. The Cougars finish up regular season Great Lakes Valley Conference play at home on Tuesday (10/3) against Quincy before heading to the ITA Midwest Regionals this weekend in Indianapolis.

"Quincy gives up the chance to finish the regular season with a win," Logan said. "The regionals will be tough competition and get us ready for the conference tournament the following weekend."

Only the top four singles players-Kim Mulherin (Belleville), Amber Stanley (Effingham), Laura Zeeb (Greenville) and Coryn Reich (Newton) - are attending the regionals this weekend. Mulherin has a 4-2 record at the No. 1 position while Stanley is 5-2 at No. 2. Zeeb and Reich enter the week with a 4-2 and 5-1, respectively.

The Cougars, who will be the No. 3 seed behind Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament, stand at 6-2 overall and in GLVC play after losing 6-3 to Southern Indiana and then defeating Kentucky Wesleyan 5-0 last weekend.

SIUE is the host school for the GLVC Women's Tennis Championships on Oct. 13-14. The tournament site will be split up between the Simpson Complex in Alton and the tennis courts at Lewis and Clark Community College.

Katie Farrell Sets Another Women's Golf Record

New records once again. With such a young team and a young program, record-setting is becoming a regular occurrence. SIUE Women's Golf is in its third year and is stacked with eight freshmen.

Freshman Katie Farrell (Princeton) broke the school record she set two weeks ago shooting an 80 this past weekend in the second round of the Indianapolis Invitational. Farrell also tied another school record she set a couple of weeks ago by finishing with a 167 in 36 holes. Farrell finished tied for ninth overall at the Indianapolis Invitational. "She came back well the second day," said Coach Larry Bennett. "Once she gets it going, she plays well. I am very happy with her performance."

The team finished seven strokes behind the defending GLVC champion Indianapolis last weekend. "It is a great improvement very quickly," Bennett said. "We finished tied with Bellarmine for the first time ever and beat Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky."

Freshman Kacy Gruenkemeyer (Salem) shot a 177 (87-90) to finish 24th while sophomore transfer Nonie Ehlke (Highland) shot a 179 (87-92) and tied for 31st. Junior Spring Riley (Salem) tied for 35th with a 180 (89-91) and freshman Kristi Novak (Highland) tied for 44th with a 188 (92-96).

The Cougars now prepare for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships on Oct. 9 and 10 in Columbus, Ind., at the Timber Gate Golf Course. "It is going to be a dogfight next week," Bennett said. "It will be much more exciting than in previous years. It is really anybody's tournament."

Cross Country Looks For Personal Bests

Coach Darryl Frerker looks for personal records to be the goal for this weekend meet in St. Louis, Mo. "For as young as we are, I think a personal record from everyone of them would be a success, especially since we ran that course earlier this season."

The Cougars compete in the Washington University Invitational on Saturday morning (10/7). The Women's 5,000-meter run begins at 10 a.m. followed by the Men's 8,000-meter run at 10:35 a.m. Last weekend, the women's team finished first. Jill Irlam (Virden) and Stephanie Mullen (Girard) looked strong last weekend, said Frerker. "Irlam was looking for a big personal record last weekend and did just that."

Irlam finished with a time of 21 minutes, 24 seconds, while Mullen recorded a time of 21:08. Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) was the top runner in for the Cougars. Carducci placed third with a time of 19:31. The men finished in third place behind Robert Old (Hendersonville, Tenn.). "Robbie came in first for us and had a breakthrough race along with Darren Dinkelman (Nashville)," Frerker said. Old finished the race with a time of 28:01 while Dinkelman came in fourth for SIUE at a time of 28:40. "Almost everyone had a personal record on our course last weekend which was good to see coming off an intense week of practice."

Jean Paterson elected president of GCSA.

The director of SIUE's Career Development Center has been elected president of the Gateway Career Services Association. The association is made up of career services professionals from 45 colleges and universities in Illinois and Missouri. She will serve until September 2001.

Pakistan Millennium Night Set For Oct. 14 In Meridian

An evening of Pakistani culture comes to SIUE on Saturday, Oct. 14, with Pakistan Millennium Night, sponsored by the Pakistan Students Association.

The evening, which begins at 6 in Meridian Ballroom, features a cultural dress show, Pakistani food and a musical performance by Janis Miller. The evening is sponsored by Prime Mortgage, the Kutis Cricket Club, Seema Enterprise, and Akber Grocery, as well as student activity fees in part.

Tickets are $10; SIUE students with a valid ID, $6, and are available at the SIUE Information Center, the Mideast Market in St. Louis, Akber Grocery in St. Louis, and at the door. For more information, call (618) 655-1606.

James Boyle Joins DSS Staff As LD Specialist

Realizing plans that have been in the works for several years, the Office of Disability Support Services has hired James Boyle to assume the newly created position of learning disability specialist.

"We have been working toward the creation, funding and hiring of this important position for many years," said DSS Coordinator Jane Floyd-Hendey. "We're very excited that James has joined our staff. We're confident he is going to have a major impact in helping the program provide effective services for SIUE students with disabilities."

Boyle evaluates students for potential learning disabilities, interpreting previous and new testing results. He also provides academic advisement to students with disabilities and is a liaison to faculty and staff for the student in making special accommodations in the classroom or in curriculum.

"I have wanted to work with students on the college level," Boyle said. "Coming to SIUE will be a great experience as I really like the atmosphere on this campus, the people of the university community I've met, and the commitment SIUE has to providing a quality education to all students, regardless of their circumstances."

Boyle will be developing and implementing new tests for detecting possible learning disabilities in students such as reading deficits, mental processes in writing and mathematics, attention deficit and other potential hindrances to learning. He hopes to have the tests ready for implementation by the end of the Fall Semester.

Boyle has worked closely with people with disabilities since 1986. He graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville before coming to SIUE to receive a master's in Clinical Adult Psychology. He worked for 12 years at Beverly Farms, a residential facility for people with developmental problems. He joins an active department that is responsible for the implementation and coordination of many programs, activities, and services for persons with disabilities.

SIUE offers a full range of resources to support students with disabilities in an effort to eliminate any barriers to learning and help individuals reach their educational goals. Academic advising and registration, guidance and counseling, referrals to related offices and departments, and assistance in obtaining specialized equipment or supplies, support services, and special accommodations are provided by DSS.

"Whether it is extending priority registration to a student with a mobility impairment, working with instructors to provide extended time on exams for students with learning disabilities or visual impairments, or coordinating volunteer notetakers for a student with a disability, Disability Support Services is here to see that all students enjoy the full benefit of their educational experiences at SIUE," Floyd-Hendey said.

For additional information on the SIUE Disability Support Services office, call 618/650-3782.

Success

Dress for Success of Southern Illinois, in partnership with SIUE's East St. Louis Center, has provided suits and accessories for 500 women since it began in July 1999. Through the program, a woman seeking a job can receive a complete business outfit-a suit, shoes, handbag, accessories, and hosiery-to be worn at job interviews. In addition, a client may be coached for the interview, given hair styling and make-up assistance, and also may be provided a mentor. If an interview is successful, the client may also return for another complete outfit. One measure of the program's effectiveness is that 70 percent of the women come back for that second suit. Dress for Success, 614 North Seventh St., East St. Louis (in the basement of the Neighborhood Law Office), is operated by Barbara (at left) and Sandy Parker (center) who believe the program is more than "just come in and look pretty." They point out that the program helps women set long-term professional and personal goals. Here, client Melonie Polk, of Belleville, picks out an outfit for her upcoming job interview. Says Polk: "I wore casual clothes at my last job, so I don't have anything dressy for work," she said. "This makes me feel like a million bucks." Clothes drop-off points are located at any of the St. Clair County Head Start program locations, the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton, or at Rendleman Hall on the Edwardsville campus. For more information, call (618) 274-1770.(SIUE Photo)

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."