SIUE Chancellor David Werner announced his retirement last week at the end of his annual State of the University address. The 61-year-old educator made the announcement to the 600 or so faculty, staff, students, and community guests assembled in Meridian Ballroom for the address. Werner said he plans to complete the academic year.
Appointed to his current post in September 1997 and an employee of the university since 1968, Werner's tenure has included significant enrollment growth and a transformation of the campus to a mix of residential and commuter students.
In his announcement, Werner alluded to his first State of The University Address (September 1997), relaying the story of his decision to come to SIUE as a faculty member: "I came expecting to stay six months or so with the intent to then move to 'some better place.' I grew up in St. Louis, and, although my mother was from Columbia, Illinois, I had never heard of Edwardsville and knew little about SIU.
"As an undergraduate at Saint Louis University, I had friends from Alton and Granite City. But with the insularity of a St. Louisan, I wondered why anyone would live on the east side of the river.
"My first students, in an evening class, were, to me, shockingly different and diverse. I was 26; nearly every student was older, some old enough to be my parents. Most were married; I don't think I had ever met a married undergraduate before. They were white and black; from all sorts of small towns with unfamiliar names; they all worked, and held jobs as varied as the American economy.
"But, beneath the diversity, they were united in their quest for an education. And, in the words of our Alma Mater they saw SIUE as their 'fount of opportunity.'
"I said six years ago how I was drawn to the faculty and the staff who had left secure positions at other institutions to come to Alton or East St. Louis or Edwardsville ... not just because of what was here, but because of their common vision of what this place would become, and because of their determination to be a part of making the vision a reality.
"So I stayed. And I put aside the plan to go to some 'better place.' Then, at some point-I really don't recall when-I realized that SIUE had become 'that better place.'"
He added, "I hope I played a role in making SIUE that 'better place.'"
Werner joined the SIUE School of Business faculty in 1968 and served as dean of the school from 1975 to 1987, when he became provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Since 1997, SIUE has grown from 11,207 students to 13,278, an increase of about 16 percent. The university also has undertaken seven major building projects.
The chancellor also crafted the "Next Level" plan for continued growth at SIUE, leading to the current strategic plan.
Commenting on Werner's announcement, SIU President James Walker said, "David Werner has provided outstanding leadership for SIUE, and he will be missed. His retirement is well-deserved and it will be a challenge to find a new chancellor who cares as deeply about SIUE as does Chancellor Werner."
No immediate announcements were made regarding the search for a new chancellor.
PREVIEW SIUE 2003 was the best ever, based on attendance and compliments received by parents and students, said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of Admissions and coordinator of the event.
This is our day for high school students and their families, as well as community college students, to see what we're about," Bollinger said. "They are in the midst of deciding an important step in the educational process and we do everything possible at PREVIEW SIUE to put our best foot forward."
Bollinger said university departments and units, including faculty and staff, were on hand to answer questions about academic programs and services available to students.
"We welcomed 1,445 total guests, including 637 prospective high school and transfer students," Bollinger said. "In terms of student attendance, this was our best-attended open house since Preview began in 1985.
"On behalf of the PREVIEW SIUE Committee, I thank the faculty, staff, and students who contributed their time and energy to this important event. Their contributions helped us roll out the red carpet to the next generation of SIUE students," she said.
Chancellor David Werner made opening remarks, before students and families toured the central campus, including the residence halls and Cougar Village.
Informational sessions were scheduled throughout the day, with topics including SIUE-The Place to Be; Financing Your Education at SIUE; Countdown to SIUE; and Emerging Careers, as well as academic sessions presented by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering and Nursing.
"PREVIEW SIUE is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to get answers to all their questions in one visit to campus," Bollinger said. "Our program is one of the few campus-visit programs that includes participation from virtually all academic and student services units in one setting."
With the opening of Auntie Anne's Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels®, there's an extra "twist" to SIUE's newly remodeled Morris University Center.
Auntie Anne's, which opened Oct. 14, is the latest addition to the center. And, the popular pretzel outlet is the first one located on a university or college campus.
"We've consulted students from the beginning," said Mary Robinson, director of the center. "Students told us in our initial survey that they wanted to see more outlets like Auntie Anne's-places where they can get a quick snack between classes."
While a few finishing touches are still being done, the center's "grand re-opening" on Oct. 13 effectively marked the end of the major portion of a $20 million renovation project.
Phased in over two years, the renovation delivered new study spaces and computer labs, a refurbished Meridian Ballroom, expanded outdoor dining areas, ADA accommodations, renovated offices for the staff and student organizations housed in the building, expanded Union Station convenience store, relocation of the information desk, a new look for Cougar Den, and the addition of Starbuck's. The University Restaurant on the second floor also was remodeled.
"With Auntie Anne's, Starbuck's and the Food Court, we have given students a wide range of choices."
Along with offering 12 varieties of pretzels, Auntie Anne's has an array of dipping sauces, Auntie Anne's Old Fashioned Lemonade™, and Dutch Ice®.
"Auntie" Anne Beiler began twisting pretzels in 1988 when she opened a farmer's market stand in Chester County, Penn. One day the wrong ingredients were used, which produced a bland pretzel. With the help of her husband, Jonas, Anne altered the pretzel recipe and the Auntie Anne's pretzel was born.
Auntie Anne's Inc. is a Pennsylvania-based franchisor that supports nearly 800 Auntie Anne's Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels locations in 43 states and 13 international territories.
SIUE will be seeking bids to modify the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and humidity control at the three residence halls on campus: Woodland, Prairie, and Bluff.
Budget and project approval was given recently by the SIU Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting held this month at SIU Carbondale. The cost of the project is estimated at $5 million and is expected to be completed by fall 2004.
Funding will come from three sources: University Housing reserve and operating funds, construction bond proceeds, and to the extent it is needed an internal loan from the university's cash and investment funds.
The project will involve equipment replacement and installation, reworking air distribution systems, sealing and insulating equipment installations, and drywall repair.
The board matter came out of an evaluation of the HVAC, the indoor air quality, and the building envelopes in the three residence halls by Henneman, Raufeisen and Associates of St. Louis. Part of the evaluations revealed high humidity levels in Woodland and Prairie halls, which were built in 1994 and 1998, respectively.
University officials said it is estimated that FY05 residential hall rates will not be affected by the cost of the project.
The Fall 2003 issue of the SIUE Annual Security Report is available on-line at: http://admin.siue.edu/studentrightto
The security report contains campus safety and security information and crime statistics for calendar years 2000, 2001, 2002, and is published in compliance with the Federal Student Right To Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, now known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
The report also may be accessed through the SIUE Home Page: www.siue.edu under Resources for Prospective Students/Reference Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics/The Annual Security Report. The report is also available at the Lovejoy Library Circulation Desk.
For those without computer access, a paper copy of the report may be obtained upon request to: SIUE Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Rendleman Hall, Room 2228, Campus Box 1158.
Senior cross country runner Breanne Steffens (Moline) posted a 6,000-meter time of 22 minutes, 31.1 seconds to finish first in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday (10/25). She is the first SIUE runner to claim an individual conference title.
SIUE earned runner-up honors as a team, finishing second to Southern Indiana who claimed the team title. The meet was hosted by Lewis University.
Steffens outdistanced her nearest competitor by 20 seconds to earn GLVC Runner of the Year and All-GLVC accolades. Mary Witte's (Normal) sixth-place time of 23.39.6 is also good for All-GLVC honors. Erin McMullen (Salem) (24:17.1) and Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) (24:26.5) finished 12th and 14th, respectively.
SIUE will now set its sights on the Nov. 8 NCAA Regional, where it will attempt to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Brian Taghon (East Moline) and Nick Campbell (Charleston) each earned All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors as they led SIUE's men's cross country team to a second-place finish at Saturday's (10/25) GLVC Cross Country Championships.
Southern Indiana claimed the team title. Indianapolis' John Parson was the individual champion, finishing the 10,000-meter run in 32 minutes, 4.2 seconds.
Taghon finished in 32:30.2, which was good for fourth-place overall. Campbell finished sixth overall with a time 32:42.1. Ryan Boyll (Normal) finished 12th overall with a time of 33.10.2. David Droege (Nashville) was 21st with a time of 33:47.8.
SIUE will now set its sights on the Nov. 8 NCAA Regional, where it will attempt to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
With its third consecutive victory in Great Lakes Valley Conference play, the SIUE women's soccer team gets an opportunity to play in November.
SIUE, 10-6 overall and 4-6 in the GLVC, grabbed the No. 8 seed in the GLVC Tournament after defeating Bellarmine 1-0 on Saturday. The Cougars now travel to Wilder, Ky., to play top-seeded Northern Kentucky (13-2-2) in the quarterfinals of the GLVC Tournament.
Coach Lynda Bowers said her team hit the crossbar three times on Saturday (10/25).
It was an unassisted goal by Angela Light (St. Louis) which gave the Cougars the eventual victory. "Our conference games were a lot better than the region games we played early," said Bowers. "Now our freshmen have some confidence and are playing better." Bowers fell far short of predicting that a No. 8 seed could go upset a No. 1 seed.
SIUE earlier lost at Northern Kentucky 2-1 in overtime. Bowers' focus has been on continuing to encourage the offense and defense to get better. "Offensively, we looked much better (against Bellarmine). We were able to penetrate the penalty area, which is something we weren't able to do lately," Bowers said.
If SIUE defeats NKU, the Cougars would advance to the semifinals at the site of the highest remaining seed on Friday, Nov. 7.
SIUE volleyball Coach Todd Gober is putting pressure on himself and his team with the Cougars' remaining schedule.
The Cougars are 21-4 and 9-1 in the GLVC, both of which are the best records in league play. If SIUE wins its final four regular season games, the Cougars earn the right to host the GLVC Tournament on Nov. 14-16. "From here on out, our backs are against the wall," Gober said. "Any loss will cost us the No. 1 seed."
Gober said he won't take any of his GLVC opponents lightly. SIUE has Southern Indiana and Kentucky Wesleyan on Friday and Saturday. Next weekend, SIUE plays at Lewis and Wisconsin-Parkside.
The Cougars have the best middle hitter and perhaps the best player in the league in senior Andrea Voss (St. Rose). Voss leads the GLVC in hitting percentage at .393 and blocks per game at 1.79 per game.
Gober also is impressed with the progression of sophomores Kindra Westendorf (Effingham) and Krystal Majernik (Normal). "Kindra has steadily improved. She's had a good October, and it's exciting to see her playing like this," Gober said. Westendorf recorded 33 kills and hit .371 in three matches.
Gober said the height on the sets from Majernik, who is second in the GLVC with 12.09 assists per game, have improved and has given Westendorf and her teammates reason to swing even harder for kills.
SIUE also has its final regular season home match on Nov. 4. The Cougars play No. 23 Central Missouri State in a 7 p.m. match at the Vadalabene Center.