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October 11, 2005

SIUE Welcomes Back Legendary Folk Singer Baez


Legendary folk singer and activist Joan Baez, who appeared at the Mississippi River Festival in 1969 and 1975, makes a triumphant return to campus at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in Meridian Ballroom.

From the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s to Woodstock Nation to songs from her new live CD retrospective due out this fall, Baez's appearance at SIUE will merge past, present, and future for an evening of beautiful and thought-provoking music from a timeless performer.

"The Mississippi River Festival at SIUE provided an eclectic decade of musical styles from jazz to folk to rock 'n' roll, right here on this campus," said John Peecher, coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. "And, Joan Baez was one of that festival's brightest stars. We are excited to have her return to campus a third time, knowing that she will bring back great memories to many MRF fans.

"During the 30 years since Joan has performed at SIUE, she has become one of the very symbols of American folk music, creating an incredible canon of work that has cemented her place in history."

Never content to just perform, Baez has used her musical talents to cry out against human rights abuses, support environmental causes, or rally a social movement. From the moment she burst upon the folk scene in 1959 when she was a student at Boston University, Baez has shown a special talent for playing guitar and singing. During the early 1960s, her star quickly rose as she performed in Chicago at the Gate of Horn nightclub, the Newport Folk Festival, and in New York City coffeehouses.

As that volatile decade continued, Baez became more involved with the Civil Rights Movement, took a stand against the Vietnam War, took part in a boycott of ABC-TV's Hootenanny because of the show's censoring of folk singer Pete Seeger for his political activism, and appeared at Woodstck. Throughout that decade, she also continued to record her songs, garner Grammy Award nominations, and headline annually at the Newport festival.

During the 1970s, Baez continued her political activism, while turning out hit records including her landmark album, Diamonds & Rust, in 1975. She also provided soundtracks for documentary films and performed concerts throughout the world. During the 1980s and 1990s, she never showed signs of slowing down. In 2001, Baez appeared in the role of La Contessa as part of the cast of Teatro ZinZanni in San Francisco; the following year, after touring the U.S. and Canada, she rejoined Teatro ZinZanni for a limited tour.

After more than four decades, Baez has never meant more to fans across the globe, and has never shown more vitality and passion in her concerts and recordings. She says that she is always searching for a new song or a new social movement that would benefit from her support. As she wrote in "Wings," from the Dark Chords from a Big Guitar album, Joan Baez always will continue to seek "a place where they can hear me when I sing."

Tickets still are available for historian David McCullough on Oct. 27 and for economist Steve Forbes on Jan. 10, 2006. The Dec. 2 appearance of Kathy Mattea is sold out. Information and tickets for Joan Baez or other Arts & Issues events are available by contacting the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or at the Web site: artsandissues.com.

School Of Nursing Obtains Approvals From State Board

The Illinois State Board of Nursing has approved both the SIUE School of Nursing's revised undergraduate curriculum proposals and the Accelerated Baccalaureate in Nursing option.

SIUE Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer said that the approvals were necessary for the School's curriculum planning. "Securing these approvals is an important step for the nursing program at SIUE to execute the revised curriculum and the Accelerated option," Maurer said.

"It also enables the School of Nursing to stay on its implementation schedule."

Maurer explained that the revised undergraduate curriculum was initiated this semester and the accelerated option will have its "first cohort" enrolled in January. "The accelerated baccalaureate option for nursing is open to individuals who have a baccalaureate or higher degree in another field," she said. "These individuals will be able to complete the nursing degree in 15 months because they will already have earned credits in many of the courses required, particularly in the pre-nursing component of the program.

"We have received more than 500 inquiries about the accelerated option," Maurer said. "We're aiming to admit 40 students to the first cohort."

Dean Maurer reported that the meeting with the State Nursing Board was very affirming. "We were complimented for the strength of our curricular proposals. One member of the Board asked permission to use the model for the curriculum in a modified format for the orientation of new nurses to her agency," she said.

"These comments are a testimony to the hard work and creativity of the SIUE School of Nursing faculty who have worked so hard to bring these curricular initiatives to fruition."

BOT Member Resigns; Cites Personal And Professional Obligations

Marilyn Jackson, a Chicago dentist and a member of the SIU Board of Trustees since Feb. 5, 2004, recently submitted her resignation from the board to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to Board Chair Roger Tedrick.

Tedrick said Jackson had cited increasing personal and professional obligations as limiting her future ability to serve. Her resignation is effective immediately, Tedrick said. Her decision leaves one vacancy on the board.

The board chair said he received the news with "great" regret. "Marilyn is an accomplished dentist and, as a sole practitioner, admirably balanced her professional demands and her commitment to this University," Tedrick said.

Blagojevich appointed Dr. Jackson to the SIU Board of Trustees on which she served as chair of the board's Executive Committee and as a board representative to the Joint Trustee Committee for Springfield medical education programs.

Dr. Jackson was the first pre-dental student admitted to SIU Carbondale's Med-Prep program, a nationally recognized pre-medicine/pre-dental program for disadvantaged students. She earned a bachelor of science in Biological Sciences at SIUC.

Dr. Jackson's tenure on the board will be most remembered for her work in promoting diversity at SIU. "Marilyn made her time and her voice on this board count," Tedrick said. "Her advocacy for ethnic and racial diversity, including efforts to increase retention and graduation rates for minority students, played a significant role in bringing critical awareness to the Board on this important subject.

"While we wish her well in her future endeavors, there can be no question that Marilyn's unique qualifications and her unique contributions to this Board will be sorely missed," Tedrick said.

Annual Security Report Is Available On-Line

The Fall 2005 issue of the SIUE Annual Security Report is available on-line: admin.siue.edu/studentrightto

The report contains campus safety and security information as well as crime statistics for calendar years 2002, 2003, 2004, and is published in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, formerly known as the Federal Student Right To Know and Campus Security Act of 1990.

The report also may be accessed through the SIUE Home Page: www.siue.edu under Resources for Current Students/Campus Safety/Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics. The report also is available at the Lovejoy Library Circulation Desk, or from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Rendleman Hall, Room 2228, Campus Box 1158, or by telephone: (618) 650-2536.

Art Exhibit, 'Oppression Of Falun Dafa (Gong),' Begins Oct. 16

An art exhibit of more than 40 paintings, depicting what has been called the Chinese government's persecution and oppression of practitioners of Falun Dafa, will be presented from Oct. 16-22 at the SIUE Religious Center.

Falun Dafa is a traditional self-cultivation practice to improve mind and body, which is seen as a threat by the Chinese government. In 2004, the United Nations produced a report on what it called "the terrible torture and killing of women, men, and children, including infants."

The exhibit-The Oppression Of Falun Dafa (Gong)-will be shown from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunnday through Saturday. Practitioners will be available to discuss the artwork and talk about Falun Dafa. At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Huagui Li, a Chinese national, will speak about her captivity and torture in the Chinese jail and her witness of persecution of torture and killing of other Falun Dafa practitioners.

At the same time, Falun Dafa practitioners will be demonstrating their exercises in the SIUE flagpole area. The exhibit and programs are free and open to the general public.

For more information, contact Suzanne Kutterer-Siburt, of the Student Leadership Development Program and Volunteer Services, (618) 650-3472, or by e-mail: skutter@siue.edu. The event is being provided by local Falun Dafa practitioners.

The following SIUE programs and organization are sponsoring the event on campus: the Student Leadership Development Program and Volunteer Services, Raise Your Voice, Campus Activities Board (CAB), the United Campus Ministry, the Catholic Campus Ministry, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

SIUE To Present Blur, A Quirky But Comic Play

There's a favorite scene in Annie Hall, in which Alvy is in line at a movie theater and he overhears a pompous windbag expounding on the work of Marshall McLuhan, a media visionary of the day.

At some point, Alvy pulls McLuhan himself out from behind a lobby placard and the author begins to berate the windbag for not understanding his central themes. Alvy then looks at the camera and says: "Boy, if life we're only like this."

SIUE Assistant Theater and Dance Professor Chuck Harper recently had a chance to play out the same kind of fantasy, but without the windbag.

Playwright Melanie Marnich, who wrote Blur, the first play of the 2005-06 SIUE Mainstage Season, came to town recently and spent about two weeks at the University, conducting a playwrighting workshop and visiting with students. However, she didn't berate anyone. In fact she offered sage advice about her play and what it meant to her.

Blur opens at SIUE at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, and continues at the same curtain time through Saturday, Oct. 15, and then again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, all in Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

Marnich spent time with the cast of Blur, and her insights into the play helped all involved, Harper said. "She is an amazing playwright and an amazing person. We were very lucky to have her here for the students."

Blur is by turns quirky, comic, and poignant in its portrayal of Dot DiPrima, a teen-ager whose life has been "knocked wildly off balance" by the news that she is going blind. The play chronicles Dot's struggles in dealing with the blindness and its effects on her and her family as she journeys into womanhood.

But, Harper also says the play offers more. "It's not about the blindness, but about seeing clearly, seeing through," he said. "It's also ultimately about a mother-daughter relationship."

Although mostly a conventional play, Blur does veer off into its surreal moments, a trademark staging for Harper as a director, which may be why he chose to direct it. Harper last regaled SIUE audiences with his direction of Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage last year and, before that, the 2003-04 production of bobrauschenbergamerica.

"Blur does have its surreal moments, but it's also a very hopeful, positive play," Harper said.

Dot surrounds herself with friends who become family to her, but they are an odd assortment-chosen as friends without the benefit of sight. "Melanie said the play was inspired by a family member who was legally blind and surrounded by people who society wouldn't think of as beautiful," Harper said.

He also mused that the irony of the play lies in the fact that Dot, although going blind, has the clearest vision of anyone of the characters.

Harper pointed out that the play explores what "family" means. "Family is what you make of it," he said. "The play is populated by 'peripheral' people, outside the mainstream but still good people.

"Each of these quirky people has issues to work through, but, in the end, still become family to Dot."

Tickets for Blur are $10; senior citizens, students, and SIUE employees, $6; SIUE students are free with a valid SIUE ID. To order tickets, contact the SIUE Fine Arts Box Office, (618) 650-2774.

Polo Named EC Director In The School Of Business

Kristine Polo, of Glen Carbon, recently was named director of the Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center, a service of the SIUE School of Business.

In her new position, Polo is helping businesses stay profitable while assisting in their growth. "I enjoy getting out into the community and meeting new people," Polo said. "My current position allows me to do this and it helps me make valuable connections between the University and the region."

The SIUE Entrepreneurship Center (EC) serves as a facilitator between entrepreneurs and existing resources, providing in-depth assistance and accelerated services to entrepreneurs, as well as striving to promote an entrepreneurial culture throughout the region.

The EC provides support for start-up businesses as well as businesses in the growth, maturation, or transition stages. The EC also conducts assessments that identify gaps and limitations in a client's current operation and coordinates services for clients based on these limitations.

It also provides business coaching, financial assistance and planning, and accelerated services for clients with high-growth potential.

Polo, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in crop sciences, has focused her studies in agribusiness. She has extensive experience in business and sales, including work with Cargill Ag Horizons, the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center at SIUE, and the Illinois Farm Bureau.

For more information about the SIUE Entrepreneurship Center, contact Polo at kpolo@siue.edu or visit the Web site: www.siue.edu/BUSINESS/EC.

Filmmaker To Speak At SIUE About Arab-Americans

Filmmaker Joan Mandell will speak at SIUE on Oct. 13 about her films concerning special circumstances facing Arab-Americans today as they strive to balance their identities as Arabs and Americans.

Mandell will be speaking from 5-7 p.m. that Thursday in the Mississippi Room, on the second floor of the Morris University Center. This the second event in the series "The View from the Arab World," coordinated by Steve Tamari, an assistant professor of Historical Studies at SIUE.

Mandell, executive director of Olive Branch Productions, began her film career in 1982 with the feature length documentary, Gaza Ghetto, which she produced while living in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. After time spent in the Middle East as an English teacher and journalist, Mandell chose film as her medium for bringing a human face to issues of what she calls "social injustice hidden from mainstream view."

Tamari said Mandell has produced films for the past 20 years that "unravel the complexities of broad issues in American history, its culture and immigrant communities by presenting with dignity and humor the stories of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events."

Mandell's career also includes community-based media activism, curating, consulting, teaching (UCLA, UC-Irvine and community venues), and research (Fulbright fellowship, Felton Scholar in Media Literacy).

The series is made possible by a grant from SIUE's Excellence in Undergraduate Education program. For more information about the series, contact Tamari, (618) 650-3967.

A Season For The Child Continues With Rumplestiltskin

He may be short of stature but the little guy can spin straw into gold, for heaven's sake. However, he's not very nice.

Rumplestiltskin kicks off A Season for the Child, entering its 17th year of presenting family-oriented theater to Southwestern Illinois audiences, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

The series, sponsored by the SIUE Friends of Theater and Dance and TheBANK of Edwardsville, features professional theater troupes from St. Louis that stage adaptations of various children's stories, using interactive techniques that not only delight children and parents, but also provide a learning experience.

Piwacket Theatre Company will present its lively adaptation of the 19th Century fairytale penned by the Brothers Grimm. Rumplestiltskin is a gnome who helps a young woman threatened by a ruthless King. The King wants the girl to spin gold from straw, which she hasn't a clue how to do.

She is visited by the gnome who tells the woman he will do the spinning for her if she gives him gifts, the last one of which is her firstborn. But he gives her one chance to forego that final precious item-she must guess his name.

Piwacket Theatre for Children is in its 14th season of captivating young audiences with cleverly adapted fairytales, filled with catchy songs, dance, colorful costumes, and magical props.

Tickets are $5 per person and may be obtained through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. Subscriptions are available at $16 per person for the four-show season, a savings of $4.

Homecoming Week Features Hall of Fame Ceremonies

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Intercollegiate Athletics will induct 16 individuals and four teams into its inaugural Hall of Fame Class this Saturday (10/22) night at the Vadalabene Center Gymnasium.

The class will be inducted at a dinner and ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 each and may be reserved by calling Theresa, (618) 650-3273.

The 12 student-athletes to be inducted include Mike Allen (Granite City/now lives in Midwest City, Okla.), SIUE's first track and field All-American. Three representatives from the men's soccer program are Chris Carenza (St. Louis), a member of SIUE's first national champion in 1972, Ed Gettemeier (St. Louis), a member of the national championship team in 1979, and Greg Makowski (St. Louis/now lives in Lake Mary, Fla.), a three-time, first-team All-American for the Cougars.

Pete Delkus (Collinsville/now lives in Plano, Texas) was an All-American pitcher in 1985 and is tied for the all-time lead in wins with 26.

The men's and women's tennis teams were power houses during the 1970s and 1980s with Arjun Fernando (Sri Lanka), a seven-time men's tennis All-American, Portia George-Morrow (Columbia, S.C./now lives in O'Fallon) an eight-time All-American for the women's tennis Cougars, Christina Bokelund (Gothenburg, Sweden), an eight-time women's tennis All-American in singles and doubles.

Amy Frey (Edwardsville/Edwardsville) was a two-sport standout for the Cougars in softball and field hockey, and Denise Schaake (Edwardsville/Edwardsville) was named the first-ever softball All-American in 1981 and was the Cougars' first female player with 1,000 points in women's basketball.

Wrestlers Al Sears (Huntsville, Ala./now lives in Belleville), a four-time All-American in the heavyweight class, and Tim Wright (Rock Island/now lives in Indianapolis), the only four-time NCAA Division II champion at SIUE, round out the first class of the SIUE Hall of Fame.

All 12 of the student-athlete inductees earned bachelor's degrees at SIUE.

Four administrators are being inducted; Rosemarie Archangel (Maryville), the first director of Intercollegiate Athletics for women, Harry Gallatin (Roxana native/now lives in Edwardsville), who served as the first director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Bob Guelker (posthumous induction), laid the foundation for the tradition of men's soccer at SIUE, and Roy Lee (posthumous induction) the founder of the SIUE baseball program in 1967.

The four teams are1972 men's soccer, 1978 men's tennis, 1986 women's tennis, and 1984 wrestling. All four were the first national titles in their respective sports.

Homecoming Week Features Softball, Baseball Alumni Events

The alumni of the SIUE softball and baseball programs will get a look at the upgraded facilities this Saturday (10/22).

The SIUE baseball program will dedicate the SimmonsCooper Baseball Complex in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. An alumni game follows at 11 a.m.

The Complex now features an upgraded grandstand, lights for night games, public restrooms, a concession stand and additional storage.

The SIUE softball team will play an alumni game at noon at Cougar Field. Fans and alumni will get an opportunity to see the upgraded facilities which include new seating, a locker room, new dugouts, and public restrooms.

Game Time Changes For Friday's Soccer Games

The SIUE men's and women's soccer games against Missouri-St. Louis have been rescheduled for this Friday (10/21). The women's game will begin at 2 p.m.; the men's game will follow at 4 p.m. Both contests will be played at the SIUE soccer practice field behind Korte Stadium.

Sunday's games against Missouri-Rolla will remain at the regularly scheduled time of noon for the men and 2:30 p.m. for the women, and also will be played at the SIUE practice field behind Korte Stadium.

The SIUE men's soccer game against Southern Indiana, set for next Tuesday, will be played at 4 p.m. on the SIUE practice field.

The games are being moved due to dry and spotty field conditions at SIUE's regular grass field in Korte Stadium. The move to the practice field, where the conditions are more suitable for soccer, is being done as a safety precaution for the players.

No. 2 Cougars Ready For Homecoming

The SIUE men's soccer team returns for homecoming with its destiny in its own hands.

The second-ranked Cougars play host to Missouri-St. Louis and Missouri-Rolla. SIUE can clinch the No. 1 seed in the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament with a win and a tie this weekend.

"Our goal is to win the national championship but also in order to do that we have to set the stage," said SIUE men's soccer coach Ed Huneke. "A big component of that equation is a No. 1 seed."

The Cougars have secured a home game in the quarterfinals of the tournament after wins over Northern Kentucky and Bellarmine last weekend.

SIUE is 13-1-1 overall and 9-0-1 in the league having won seven consecutive contests while being unbeaten in its last 14 games. "We are in the zone," said Huneke. "We are really benefiting from our experience together so long. The vast majority of this team has been together through big games."

The Cougars are unbeaten in their last 32 GLVC regular season games and have not lost in their last 22 GLVC regular or postseason contests.

SIUE's defense is the main reason the Cougars have been so successful. This season, they rank in the top five in the nation with a 0.39 goals against average, while recording four straight shutouts.

Kevin Thibodeau (St. Charles) has been a defensive leader for the Cougars and he netted the game-winning goal against Bellarmine on Sunday (10/16). "Kevin is a great two-way player," said Huneke. "When you combine a good natural athlete with a smart, skilled player you get a top level player like him."

Pete Cacciatore (St. Louis, Mo.) and Andrew Crider (Granite City) have been successful for the Cougars defensive unit. "They have continued to do well in the backfield," said Huneke. "Our team defense is more than just our backs, but those two did exceptionally well."

SIUE goalkeeper Nicolas Frasca (St. Charles) has notched a record of 9-0 on the season with a GLVC leading seven shutouts. "Goalkeeping is very much like goal scoring," said Huneke. "Momentum is important and right now Nick's hot."

Women's Soccer Gears Up For Final Homestand

The SIUE women's soccer team finishes up its regular season schedule this weekend.

The Cougars, 13-4 overall and 9-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, face Missouri-St. Louis and Missouri-Rolla for homecoming.

"The UMSL game is another giant game," said SIUE women's soccer coach Lynda Bowers. "It is going to be a very nerve- racking weekend but hopefully we can finish out strong."

The Cougars are two games ahead of the Riverwomen for third place in the GLVC and a win on Friday (10/21) would clinch the No. 3 seed for the tournament and a quarterfinal home game.

If SIUE wins the two games this weekend, the Cougars will notch their third 15-win season in the program's 24-year history and the first one since 1996. "It would mean a lot for our regional standing to hit the 15-win mark," said Bowers. "It would really keep us in the mix for getting one of the top four seeds in the regional and making the national tournament."

The Cougars ended a two-game losing streak with a win over Bellarmine on Sunday (10/16).

Jenny Kates (Florissant) netted her third goal of the year off a corner kick from Christina Stremlau (St. Louis) for the game-winner. "Jenny has been out for a while (with an injury)," said Bowers. "She is so good in the air. Anytime she is in the game we need to target her, especially on corner kicks."

Kayla Fromme (New Berlin) netted the other goal for the Cougars. She is tied for second on the club with five goals. "Kayla sneaks in on the wing," said Bowers. "She is so fast. She does such a good job of continuing her runs and really has a nose for the goal."

Men's Cross Country Prepares For GLVC Meet

The SIUE men's cross country team travels to Rensselaer, Ind., for the Great Lakes Valley Conference championships this weekend.

"We know GLVC will be very competitive," said SIUE cross country coach Eileen McAllister. "We are ready to compete hard. Things will be very close and there is no room for error."

Senior Brian Taghon (East Moline) has led the way for the Cougars this year. Taghon has finished in the top five of every event he has races in this season. He finished first at the EIU Panther Invitational and the Sean Early Loyola Lakefront Invitational.

Erik Steffens (Moline) also has had a good season with the third fastest 8,000-meter time this season. Steffens recorded a time of 25 minutes, 27.90 seconds on Sept. 10 at Bradley.

Kyle Cameron (East Moline) has the fastest time for a freshman this season at 8,000 meters. He notched a 26:01.18 mark also at Bradley.

Women's Cross Country Wins At Millikin

The SIUE women's cross country team picked up a win at Millikin last weekend.

With the confidence-builder behind them, the Cougars will battle at the Great Lakes Valley Conference championships this Saturday (10/22) in Rensselaer, Ind.

"I'm looking for the women to better their finish from 2004 and gain experience," said SIUE women's cross country coach Eileen McAllister. "It will be the first GLVC race for the majority of the team this season."

SIUE scored 69 points, just seven ahead of second-place North Park University.

"It was very exciting to see the women win at Millikin," said McAllister, "especially since this was their first 6,000 meter race of the season. I think this will give them extra confidence going into the conference and regional races."

Freshman Michelle Meador (Bower) came in seventh with a time of 24 minutes, 20.94 seconds. Fellow freshman Elizabeth Williams (Mt. Vernon) was less than five seconds behind in eighth place with a mark of 24:25.77. "Michelle and Elizabeth continue to be consistent and competitive." said McAllister.

"They really pushed each other during the race."

Heather Zipparro (Mt. Prospect) finished 12th for the Cougars with a time of 25:07.06.

           
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