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October 25, 2005

Chancellor Outlines How SIUE Will Progress Toward Its Strategic Goals

Citing the vision statement of SIUE-"SIUE as a premier Metropolitan University, will be recognized nationally for the excellence of its programs and development of professional and community leaders"-Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift said today that the institution is making progress toward achieving our goal of national recognition. Vandegrift made the remarks during his 2005 Report to the University.

With a theme of "Realizing the Vision for National Recognition," Vandegrift spoke of the University's increasing excellence and the corresponding increase in national rankings. He reported that SIUE ranked 16th among public universities in the Midwestern Universities-Master's category of U.S. News and World Report magazine's annual university rankings.

Additionally, U.S. News & World Report cited SIUE for its Senior Capstone integrative learning experience required by all seniors prior to graduation. SIUE was one of only 15 universities nationally recognized in this category that includes Harvard, MIT, Duke, Princeton, and the University of Chicago.

Vandegrift reviewed the three initiatives he proposed in October 2004 to help the University achieve its vision. First, he indicated that SIUE would further align its enrollment management program to attract a student population that is characteristic of a premier Metropolitan University. "Just as excellent students seek a well-prepared and committed faculty, an excellent faculty seeks well-prepared and committed students," he said.

Vandegrift reported that ACT scores for incoming freshmen, applications for admission, and full-time equivalent student enrollment all continue to rise.

The second initiative is to strive to position SIUE as a premier Metropolitan University in the marketplace of ideas. Vandegrift said that the development of the University's new media campaign was based on the results of stakeholder surveys. The objective of the campaign is to "communicate, foster and sustain academic quality." He also discussed recent and future campus accessibility, navigational and beautification projects.

The third initiative is to develop the University's resource base. Vandegrift explained that, in addition to charitable gifts, grants and tuition, the enhancement of the resource base for SIUE can also be influenced by the University's role in regional economic development. "Our university is an economic engine for this region," he said.

Vandegrift shared with the audience his vision for SIUE's future. "While we will always serve our region by accepting quality transfer students, the academic preparation of our first-time, full-time freshman class will continue to improve and thus increasingly characterize us as a premier Metropolitan University."

Vandegrift gave several more examples of how SIUE will progress toward its strategic goals:

• SIUE will enhance its overall reputation as a university committed to maximizing student learning.

• SIUE will become a more residential campus.

• Graduate level programs will flourish as more certificate programs and applied professional degrees will be developed by faculty and offered throughout the region.

• SIUE will have active support from regional citizens as they increasingly recognize the value of the University.

• SIUE alumni will recognize that the value of their degrees is increasing yearly.

"The purposes of higher education lie in the fulfillment of human potential," Vandegrift concluded. "We add value to people's lives.

SIUE Auction Of Original Art Set For Nov. 17 At Sunset Hills Country Club

The 28th Annual Art Auction, sponsored by the SIUE Friends of Art, is set for Thursday, Nov. 17, at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville. All artwork is original and may be previewed between 6 and 7 p.m. when the auction begins. Admission fee is $5; students and members of the Friends of Art are free.

Each year, the Friends of Art assembles an impressive array of donated artwork from faculty, students, and alumni of the Department of Art and Design for auction, all in the name of enhancing the University's undergraduate and graduate art programs.

Since l977, the Friends of Art has assisted the department in staging the fund-raiser; last year's event saw nearly 175 pieces sold by professional auctioneer Gary Neimeier and members of Ahrens & Niemeier Auction Service. Some 60 additional items were sold during the Silent Auction.

Money raised by the auction is used to fund a number of events for the department and its students. Last year, these included 20 nationally and internationally-known artists/scholars who came to SIUE to conduct workshops and lectures. The funding also supports the Art Scholarship Fund and helps purchase books and films about art and design for Lovejoy Library.

Additional monies are awarded to students traveling to conferences, for visiting artist receptions, the High School Award and Art Auction Awards, the Graduate and Undergraduate Exhibit Purchase Awards, and stipends for speakers in the Art Seminar. Funding also aids the local ArtEast Studio Tour reception.

For further information, call Dianne Lynch, (6l8) 650-3073, or Pam Decoteau, (618) 650-3107.

Hundreds Of Students Expected To Attend Regional ICE Fair At SIUE Tonight

Representatives from approximately 100 colleges, universities, and branches of the military, as well as 1,000 high school students and their families, will converge on campus from 6-8 tonight for the annual Illinois College Exposition (ICE) Regional College Fair.

The ICE Fair. sponsored by the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC), will be conducted in the Morris University Center.

Historically, college fairs were held several times a year at various area high schools. The ICE Fair is a consolidated opportunity to explore a wide variety of higher education options. Karen Bollinger, ICE On-Site chairperson, said: "the regional college fair concept continues to support its ultimate goal to help students learn more about post secondary education options.

"Designed for high school juniors, seniors, and community college transfer students, the ICE Fair gives students and parents an opportunity to speak with more than 100 private and public educational institutions in a well-structured setting." Bollinger said.

Judy Verseman, director of guidance at Edwardsville High School, said she is excited about the regional concept. "This fair gives prospective students and their parents access to a variety of colleges and universities at one site. It is exciting to see our students have this opportunity."

Bollinger added: "The ICE Fair is a result of a collaborative effort among area high school counselors and college admission professionals to best serve area students who are in the process of choosing a college or university."

SIUE Among Winners Of The Annual Green Thumb Award

Thirteen properties throughout Edwardsville-including the so-called "Avenue of Trees" in the median area of University Drive-have been selected 2005 Green Thumb Award winners by the city of Edwardsville.

The award was given to SIUE by the Green Thumb Award Committee of the Mayor's Beautification and Tree Commission. The winners were chosen for "their beautiful and creative landscapes and gardens that enhance the appearance of the community."

Honorable mention also was given for the landscaping at the Morris University Center and at the Early Childhood Center.

The committee considers nominations of properties within the Edwardsville city limits in three categories: residential, civic/neighborhood, business/commercial. Each winner has been notified by mail and received a certificate from Niebur. In addition to SIUE, this year's winners include 11 residential properties and the Edwardsville Children's Museum.

Cal State Professor To Speak About American Perceptions Of The Arab World

As'ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science at California State University-Stanislaus and a visiting professor at UC- Berkeley, will be the third speaker in the series, "The View from the Arab World," coordinated by Steve Tamari, an assistant professor of Historical Studies at SIUE.

With a theme of "The Arab World: Reality and Political Fantasy," AbuKhalil, the man behind the independent Angry Arab News Service (, will speak from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Mississippi Room, on the second floor of the Morris Center.

AbuKhalil-born in Tyre, Lebanon, and who came of age in Beirut-received a bachelor's and a master's in Political Science at the American University of Beirut and then came to the United States in 1983. He went on to earn a doctorate in Comparative Government at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

He has taught at Tufts University, Georgetown, George Washington University, Colorado College, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. AbuKhalil also served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Middle East Institute in Washington and as a free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News. He said the latter two experiences have served to increase his disdain for mainstream U. S. media.

Author of several books, including The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power; as well as Bin Laden, Islam, and America's New "War on Terrorism"; and The Historical Dictionary of Lebanon, AbuKhalil said he will "untangle the confusion that surrounds official and popular perceptions" of the Arab World.

Cougars Break Wins Record

For the first time ever the SIUE women's soccer team will play for the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament championship as the Cougars defeated UW-Parkside 3-0 tonight.

The 21st-ranked Cougars improve to 17-4 overall setting a new school record for wins in a season. The previous mark of 16 victories was set in 1996.

The second-seeded Cougars will battle top-seeded Northern Kentucky in the GLVC championship on Sunday (11/6) at noon EST.

Jenny Kates led the way for the Cougars netting a goal and picking up two assists.

The Cougars took a 1-0 just 6:26 into the contest as Elizabeth Valenti netted her third goal of the year. Amy Million gave SIUE a 2-0 lead heading into halftime on a header from Kates. Kates scored her fourth goal of the season just 1:59 into the second half that sealed the win for SIUE.

This marks the first time SIUE has defeated the Rangers since Sept. 24, 2000.

The Cougars outshot UW-Parkside 9-4 in the contest.

Kim Roady and Kaci Backs shared goalkeeping duties for SIUE with each player making two saves.

Senior Night Thriller

It was probably not the kind of match SIUE's volleyball team hoped for on senior night. But it will do.

SIUE came back from a 2-1 deficit and defeated Indianapolis 30-27, 20-30, 31-33, 30-20, 17-15 tonight at the Vadalabene Center. The Cougars won their 14th consecutive match and clinched the No. 2 seed for next week's Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. SIUE will travel to Kansas City as Rockhurst also earned the No. 1 seed tonight with a three-set victory over UW-Parkside.

The Cougars, 23-5 overall and 13-2 in the GLVC, overpowered the Greyhounds with 79 kills but were hurt by 38 attack errors, 15 service errors and eight Indianapolis service aces.

Five SIUE players finished in double figures in kills, led by senior Heather Bonde with 20. Freshman Kate Hofeldt was second on the squad with 16, followed by Tina Talsma with 14, Kindra Westendorf with 13, and Kim Potthast with 10.

The two top defensive teams in the GLVC each had 11 blocks and were consistently extending points with sound defense. SIUE collected 90 digs while the Greyhounds had 70.

Lynn Ross led Indianapolis in kills with 14. The Greyhounds fell to 22-12 overall and 11-4 in the GLVC.

SIUE closes out the regular season on Saturday (11/5) with a 1 p.m. match at the Vadalabene Center against the Pumas of Saint Joseph's.

Sluggish Shooting Dooms SIUE

SIUE women's basketball could not recover from a slow start as the Cougars fell to Southeast Missouri State 87-37 in exhibition action tonight.

The Cougars shot just 19.2 percent from the field as the Redhawks shot 59.0 percent in the game.

Amy Austin and Deidra Dace led the team with nine points each with Dace adding a team high six rebounds.

The Cougars trailed 38-17 at halftime. The Redhawks shot 69.0 percent in the second half outscoring the Cougars 49-20.

SIUE will be back in action at Bradley next Saturday afternoon (11/12) at 2 p.m. for their final game of the preseason. The Cougars will open up the regular season Nov. 15 against Robert Morris at the Vadalabene Center at 7 p.m.

Bencini Earns Academic Award

SIUE defender Padra Bencini (Carbondale) has been named to the 2004 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District V College Division Women's Soccer first team.

The Academic All-District team includes all NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA school from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and parts of Canada. They are selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. Bencini was a third team All-District selection last season.

She now will be placed on the national ballot with the possibility of being named Academic All-American.

Bencini, who holds a 3.89 grade point average in Health Education at SIUE, has been one of the major reasons for the Cougars' 16-4 record and 11-2 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Bencini has started 19 of 20 games this season and is used primarily as a marking back and sweeper.

Bencini and the Cougars play tonight at the Great Lakes Valley Conference in Wilder, Ky. SIUE faces UW-Parkside in a 7:30 p.m. EST game.

Defense Still Rules For 2005-06 SIUE Men's Basketball

Even though the faces may change each season with the SIUE men's basketball team, the commitment to defense remains the same for head coach Marty Simmons.

Since the 2001-2002 season, the Cougars opponent scoring average has dropped 20.1 points per game. Last season, the Cougars held their opponents to 61.0 points per contest, which ranked fourth in the NCAA Division II. "We were a little spoiled last year with all those veterans," said Simmons. "They knew the drills and what we wanted out of the drills. Overall our team speed and quickness is better this season. Hopefully, we can find a way to knock that ball loose a little bit more and get some baskets in transition."

The Cougars will look to build on an NCAA Tournament appearance and a 23-9 campaign last year. There are a long list of accomplishments that SIUE has from last season, setting a school record with a 14-game winning streak. SIUE also recorded its best Great Lakes Valley Conference mark, finishing at 15-5 good for second place in the league.

" We really like our guys," said Simmons. "We are getting better. I think we are going to be a different team than what we have had here in my first three years."

SIUE begins the exhibition season Thursday night in Peoria as the Cougars battle Bradley at 7:05 p.m. "Bradley is a great program," said Simmons. "They have a great team coming back. It's a good experience for our guys and our program to have a chance to compete against a team that has a legitimate shot at winning the Missouri Valley Conference."

SIUE follows that contest with exhibition games at SIU Carbondale on Nov. 12 at 1 p.m., and in West Lafayette, Ind., against Purdue Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. The Cougars open up regular season play on Nov. 16 at the Vadalabene Center versus Lindenwood at 7:30 p.m.

The Cougars are picked second this season in the newly aligned GLVC. The conference will have a West and East Division this season, with the Cougars residing in the West. The teams in the West Division include Drury, Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri-Rolla, Quincy, Rockhurst, SIUE, and Southern Indiana. The clubs in the east division are Bellarmine, Indianapolis, Kentucky Wesleyan, Lewis, Northern Kentucky, St. Joseph's, and UW-Parkside.

SIUE returns five players, including two starters from last season's squad. Last season's GLVC Freshman of the Year J.B. Jones (Belleville) will lead the Cougars in the backcourt this season. Jones, a 6-2 guard, ranked third on the team with 10.8 points per game, while leading with 5.1 assists per contest.

"J.B. is a leader on this team," said Simmons. "We are asking him to take a lot of leadership responsibilities. We are expecting big things out of him. He is going to get the assignment of the other team's best offensive player most nights."

Fellow guard 5-11 sophomore Anthony Jones (Centralia) led the team in three-pointers made (60) while averaging 8.3 points per game for SIUE. "He seems to be playing with a lot more confidence," said Simmons. "His defensive pressure seems to be better, and he is just more confident in getting open without the basketball.

Senior Justin Ward (Moline), a 6-6 forward, had a solid campaign last season with 8.0 points per game and starting 23 games. "Justin is really working hard," said Simmons. "He is in a position where he may play a little more inside that what he has in the past. I think Justin will have a fine senior year."

Senior Martel Mahon (Chicago) and sophomore Doug Taylor (McClure) round out the returnees for SIUE. Mahon, a 6-4 guard, appeared in 11 games last season, while Taylor, a 6-9 center, made 18 appearances. "Martel has gotten better," said Simmons. "(Taylor) has probably improved more than anybody. He is running the floor and being really aggressive inside. I am very pleased with Doug and how he is progressing."

Additions of transfers include Ty Johnson (Springfield), Mike Hardiek (Teutopolis), Asa Clayborne (Springfield), Logan Brand (Booneville, Ind.), and Ryan Belcher (Mexico, Mo.).

Johnson, a 5-11 guard, averaged 18 points and 4.8 assists per game at John A. Logan last season. Hardiek, a 6-7 forward, netted 16 points while shooting 48 percent from beyond the three point arc for Lincoln Land in 2005.

Clayborne is a 6-5 forward from Spoon River; and Brand, a 6-10 center, comes to the Cougars from Rend Lake.

Belcher, a 6-2 guard, joins SIUE from Southeast Missouri State where he averaged 4.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in 2004-05. "Ryan is a good athlete and is really fast," said Simmons. "He closes ground as good, or better than anyone. Defensively he is pretty strong and he gets a lot of steals."

Incoming freshman Nick Arth (Edwardsville) and Patrick McDermott (Columbia) each had successful high school careers and will add to the Cougars lineup. Arth, a 6-6 forward, was the Alton Telegraph and Belleville News Democrat Player of the Year. McDerrmott, a 6-3 guard, averaged 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds at Columbia High School.

No. 1 Cougars Meet Quincy In GLVC Semifinals

The SIUE men's soccer team will be in familiar territory this Friday (11/4) in the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament.

The top-ranked Cougars, 15-1-2 overall, face Quincy at 7:30 p.m. at the Don Dallas Field on the campus of Missouri-St. Louis.

This marks the third year in a row that No.1-seeded SIUE battles the No. 4 seed Quincy in the GLVC tournament semifinals with the Cougars winning both of the previous contests. "We were fortunate to meet them early in the year before their team was clicking together," said SIUE soccer coach Ed Huneke. "It is the longest lasting rival that we have on our schedule. Jack (Mackenzie) always has his teams ready to play us."

No. 2-seed Rockhurst takes on No. 6 seed Northern Kentucky in the first semifinal at 5 p.m. The winner of that game will meet the winner of the SIUE-Quincy match at Noon on Sunday at the UMSL soccer field.

The Cougars had to come from behind to advance to the semifinals. SIUE finished its quarterfinal match with Bellarmine in a 1-1 tie. The Cougars then defeated the Knights 3-2 in penalty kicks to move on. "It is interesting how teams mature over time," said Huneke. "Part of that maturity process is dealing with pressure situations. When we successfully come away from those situations, it makes us better. We will be better as a result of what we experienced on Sunday."

Mike Banner (Washington, D.C.) netted his seventh goal of the year in the contest with Bellarmine. Banner is tied for first on the team in goals. "He is a fun player to watch and a very talented individual," said Huneke. "When he is hot, he is unstoppable."

Trevor House (St. Louis, Mo.) also played well against the Knights notching an assist. "Trevor is a very good natural athlete," said Huneke. "Now that he has adjusted to our system, he plays a significant role on the team."

Depth has been a strength for the Cougars this year with 15 of the 23 players on the roster starting at least one contest and 21 players playing at least one game. Eleven players have four or more points on the season. "Our non starters have done a very good job for us this year," said Huneke. "They have been a big part of our success."

No. 24 Women's Soccer Ties Record

A smile comes to the face of SIUE women's soccer coach Lynda Bowers when you mention her team tying the school-record for wins in a season.

Not only has Bowers coached the team that has tied the record, she also played on the team in 1996 that set the mark of 16. "It is such a bigger accomplishment as a coach," said Bowers. "You really have to have the players believe in your style. I played on the team that set the record and now I am coaching the team that has just tied that. It is a great feeling."

The 24th-ranked Cougars, 16-4 overall, take on UW-Parkside this Friday in the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament at 7:30 p.m. in Wilder, Ky.

Second-seeded SIUE fell to the No. 3-seed Rangers 3-0 earlier this season at Korte Stadium. "It is definitely one of those games that we feel like we need a little bit of redemption," said Bowers. "If we can get by the semifinal match, we can almost clinch a berth in the NCAA's. The game has a lot of implications."

The Cougars claimed a 1-0 victory over Indianapolis in the quarterfinals Sunday. The shutout was SIUE's 11th on the season, tying a school record set last season. "Our girls played so well," said Bowers. "If you look at the shots (18-2), I felt like we were very dangerous the whole game. Our team played with a lot of poise and confidence."

Elizabeth Valenti (Overland Park, Kan.) netted the game-winning goal for her second of the season. "It is great for her confidence too," said Bowers. "She hurt her knee in the last Indy game. She is just a tremendous player."

Junior Kristine Armstrong (St. Peters, Mo.) is tied for second in the GLVC and leads the team with 12 goals. She now is tied for eighth all-time in SIUE history with 26 goals, and ranks ninth in school history with 62 points.

Volleyball Smashes Consecutive Wins Record

More than a month ago the SIUE volleyball team started the Great Lakes Valley Conference season with two losses with a 9-5 overall record.

Since then the Cougars have been on fire, winning a school-record 12 straight matches a No. 3 ranking in the Great Lakes Region. "We have felt a sense of urgency ever since the beginning of the (conference) season after going 0-2," said SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober. "We have always felt we have to take it one game at a time. I believe that half of those games were on the road and against playoff-caliber teams. It is very important that we keep that momentum."

The Cougars, 21-5 overall and 11-2 in the GLVC, begin their final homestand of the season with Kentucky Wesleyan tomorrow night. Game time is 7 p.m.

Second-place SIUE will then battle third-place Indianapolis Friday at 7 p.m. "I am very happy that we have Indianapolis this late in the season," said Gober. "I think that you need to have some tough matches getting ready for the playoffs. It's going to be a good test for us."

After the matchup with the Greyhounds, the Cougars will take on Saint Joseph's at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Seniors Heather Bonde (Millstadt), Allison Buss (Towanda), Krystal Majernik (Normal), Kindra Westendorf (Effingham), Tina Talsma (Orono, Ontario), and Mellisa Spann (Bethalto) will be playing in their final regular season home game on Saturday.

"There is going to be a lot of emotion," said Gober. "I couldn't ask for a more dedicated group of athletes than what these seniors have been in the last four years. They definitely hold a special place for me."

Bonde leads the team in kills (343), Talsma is second with 241 kills, Westendorf ranks fourth with 190 kills, and Spann has a .392 hitting percentage this season.

Buss ranks third in the GLVC in digs per game (5.36), and Majernik is sixth in the league with 9.72 assists per game.

Men's And Women's Cross Country At NCAA Regionals

The SIUE men's and women's cross country teams visit Big Rapids, Mich., and Ferris State University for the NCAA Regional this weekend.

Senior Brian Taghon (East Moline) leads the men's team having finished in the top five of every event he has raced in this year. He became the first runner in SIUE history to finish in the top 10 of the Great Lakes Valley Conference championships for four straight years.

Erik Steffens (Moline) and freshman Kyle Cameron (East Moline) also look to have good showings.

The women's team will rely on senior Heather Zipparro (Mt. Prospect) at the regional. Zipparro has three of the Cougars' top six finishes on the performance list this season.

Freshmen Michelle Meador (Bower) and Elizabeth Williams (Mt. Vernon) look to continue a string of consistent performances.

Meador has three top finishes in the top 10 on the SIUE performance list while Williams has two this season.

The men will run the 10,000 meter course, while the women will run a 6,000 meter race.

Cougars Advance In GLVC Tournament

The 24th-ranked SIUE women's soccer team advanced in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament today with a 1-0 victory over Indianapolis.

The tournament quarterfinal win gives SIUE a 16-4 record. That ties the school record for victories in a season with the 1996 team, which finished 16-4-2.

SIUE now advances to the GLVC Tournament semifinals to be played in Wilder, Ky. The Cougars face UW-Parkside, which earned its spot in the semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Missouri-St. Louis. Game time is 7:30 p.m. EDT. Northern Kentucky plays Rockhurst at 5 p.m.

In today's match, Elizabeth Valenti scored the game's lone goal from five yards out at 8:44 of the first half. She tapped in a shot from five yards out off two quick inside passes from Jenny Kates and Kelly Dill.

SIUE dominated the shot count with an 18-2 edge. Indianapolis had a shot in each half. Kim Roady and Kaci Backs shared goalkeeping duties for SIUE. Neither had a save.

Indianapolis goalkeeper Maggie Miller was kept a little more busy. She collected seven saves.

Valenti led the shots for SIUE with four. Lindsay Kampwerth and Crystal Schellenger had three each.

Cougars Win On Penalty Kicks Over Bellarmine

Top-ranked SIUE men's soccer advanced to the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament, winning 3-2 on penalty kicks over Bellarmine today after tying the Knights 1-1 in overtime.

The No. 1 seed Cougars face the No. 4 seed Quincy Hawks next Friday (11/4) at 7:30 p.m. That contest will be played at the Missouri-St. Louis soccer field. Northern Kentucky, the sixth seed, upset UW-Parkside in the quarterfinals and will face second-seeded Rockhurst at 5 p.m. The championship game of the GLVC Tournament will be Sunday (11/6) at noon in St. Louis.

Kevin Thibodeau netted the game-winning penalty kick as he slipped the ball past Knights goalkeeper Stephen Slough to win the contest. Slough replaced starting Knights goalkeeper Justin Welply after he went out with an injury. Slough would go on to make 10 saves.

Victor Pacheco and Tim Collico also found the back of the net on their penalty kicks.

Bellarmine put SIUE behind as it gained a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute when Tyler Schaefering scored on a header.

The Cougars fought back in second half to tie the game as Mike Banner scored his seventh goal of the year on crossing pass from Trevor House. Brian Higgins picked up the other assist.

SIUE had a number of chances to score in regulation with Pacheco and Thibodeau each missing penalty kicks, and Ameen Attas had a shot that went off of the cross bar.

The Cougars out shot the Knights 25 to 11.

SIUE is now to 15-1-2 on the season and Bellarmine ends its year at 9-8-3.

Cougars Sweep Past UMSL

The winning streak continues for SIUE volleyball.

SIUE, 21-5 overall and 11-2 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play, collected its 12th consecutive victory today with a 30-20, 30-24, 33-31 victory at Missouri-St. Louis. UMSL fell to 6-21 overall and 6-10 in the GLVC.

Kindra Westendorf led SIUE with 12 kills, and Heather Bonde added 11 with a .429 hitting percentage.

Freshman outside hitter Emily Rahn turned in the most efficient match off the bench with five kills, no errors, and six attacks for an .833 hitting percentage.

SIUE used 57 kills to defeat the Riverwomen, who countered with 36 in the three-game match. The Cougars closed out game three with 23 kills in 43 attacks.

As a team, SIUE hit .325 and have now posted better than a .250 hitting percentage in 10 of its last 12 matches.

Three UMSL players each had nine kills. They were Sarah Eisnaugle, Heather Nichols, and Claudia Medina. As a team, UMSL was held to a .083 hitting percentage.

SIUE returns to action Tuesday for a 7 p.m. home-court match against Kentucky Wesleyan.

The Cougars close out the regular season next Friday (11/4) and Saturday (11/5) with matches at the Vadalabene Center against Indianapolis and Saint Joseph's, respectively.

Women's Basketball To Face SEMO And Bradley

The SIUE women's basketball team begins the season with some stiff competition as the Cougars take on a pair of Division I opponents in exhibition games.

The Cougars, 13-18 last season, battle Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 4 at 5 p.m., then traveling to Peoria for a contest with Bradley on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.

SIUE women's basketball coach Wendy Hedberg begins her season with a home opener at the Vadalabene center on Nov. 15 against Robert Morris at 7 p.m. The Cougars' non-conference home opponents include Saginaw Valley on Nov. 19, Oakland City on Nov. 29, and Greenville on Dec. 1.

With the addition of three teams to the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the league will be divided into two divisions with seven teams in each division this season. SIUE plays each team from its division (West Division) twice, while playing each team in the East Division once.

The teams in the West Division include Drury, Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri-Rolla, Quincy, Rockhurst, SIUE, and Southern Indiana. The schools in the east division are Bellarmine, Indianapolis, Kentucky Wesleyan, Lewis, Northern Kentucky, St. Joseph's, and UW-Parkside.

SIUE's GLVC opener is on Dec. 3 at home against defending GLVC-champion Quincy at 1 p.m.

SIUE Men's Basketball Schedule Opens With Exhibition Contests Against Bradley, SIUC And Purdue

The SIUE men's basketball team looks to build on last season's NCAA Tournament appearance with a solid schedule for the 2005-06 campaign.

SIUE men's basketball coach Marty Simmons has his players ready for another exciting season as the Cougars look to improve on last season's 23-9 record.

The Cougars begin the exhibition season Nov. 3 as they travel to face Bradley at 7:05 p.m. The following weekend SIUE visits SIU Carbondale on Nov. 12 at 1 p.m., then going to West Lafayette, Ind., for a match up with Purdue on Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.

The Cougars non-conference home schedule kicks into full swing with games against Ferris State on Nov. 19, Robert Morris on Dec. 6, Kentucky Wesleyan on Dec. 20, Mesa State on Dec. 30, and Saginaw Valley on Dec. 31.

With the addition of three teams to the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the league will be divided into two divisions with seven teams in each division this season. SIUE plays each team from its division (West Division) twice, while playing each team in the East Division once.

The teams in the West Division include Drury, Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri-Rolla, Quincy, Rockhurst, SIUE, and Southern Indiana. The clubs in the east division are Bellarmine, Indianapolis, Kentucky Wesleyan, Lewis, Northern Kentucky, St. Joseph's, and UW-Parkside.

SIUE's home opener is set for Nov. 16 as the Lions of Lindenwood come to the Vadalabene Center for at 7:30 p.m. match. The GLVC season begins at home against Quincy on Dec. 3.

SIUE Women's Soccer Ranked No. 24 In National Poll

The SIUE women's soccer team has been ranked No. 24 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Division II poll. This is the second time the Cougars have been ranked in the top 25 this this season. SIUE entered at No. 17 in the Sept. 20 poll, then jumping to No. 14 on Sept. 27.

SIUE, which earned the No. 2 seed for the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament, will face seventh-seeded Indianapolis in the quarterfinals.

The Cougars will take on the Greyhounds at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at the SIUE practice fields behind Korte Stadium.

The Cougars hold a 15-4 mark this season with a 11-2 in GLVC play. SIUE has a record of 20-3 during the last two seasons of conference regular season action.

SIUE head coach Lynda Bowers has led her Cougars to 13 wins in their last 15 games.

Kristine Armstrong (St. Peters, Mo.) leads the team and ranks second in the GLVC with 12 goals.

SIUE Men's Soccer Reclaims No. 1 Ranking In National Poll

The SIUE men's soccer team will enter the postseason with the top ranking in the land.

For the third time this season the Cougars have garnered the top spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Division II poll.

SIUE was ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll and in the Sept. 14 poll. The Cougars heads into their Great Lakes Valley Conference quarterfinal matchup with Bellarmine riding a nine game-winning streak.

SIUE will take on the Knights at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the SIUE practice fields behind Korte Stadium.

The Cougars finished the regular season with a 15-1-1 overall record and, 11-0-1 in the GLVC.

SIUE coach Ed Huneke and his Cougars are the No. 1 seed in the GLVC tournament for the third consecutive year.

The Cougars have gone 34 GLVC regular season games without a loss. SIUE is 30-0-4 in conference regular season play since falling to Missouri-St. Louis on Oct. 18, 2002.

Victor Pacheco (San Luis, Brazil) leads the team with 20 points (seven goals and six assists). Mike Banner (Washington, D.C.) and GLVC Player of the Week Ross Beveridge (Dunfermline, Scotland) are tied for second on the team with six goals.

SIUE ranks second in the nation with a 0.40 goal against average having outscored its opponents 35-7 this year.

Beveridge Named GLVC Player of The Week

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's soccer player Ross Beveridge (Dunfermline, Scotland) has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference men's soccer player of the week after leading the Cougars to two conference wins over Missouri-St. Louis and Missouri-Rolla.

SIUE hosted a 2-0 shutout against UMSL on Friday (10/21), with Beveridge scoring the second of two goals. He scored the game-winning goal off a corner kick deflection with just more than a minute to play in the second overtime period against Missouri-Rolla, ending the game at 2-1.

Beveridge is second on the team with six goals and third on the squad with 13 points.

Cougars Earn No. 1 Seed For GLVC Tourney

For the third consecutive year, the SIUE men's soccer team will be the No. 1 seed in the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament.

The second-ranked Cougars, 15-1-1 overall and 11-0-1 in the GLVC, play host to Bellarmine in the quarterfinals next Sunday (10/30) at 2:30 p.m. at the SIUE practice fields behind Korte Stadium.

"We look upon the season with a number of goals to accomplish," said SIUE soccer coach Ed Huneke. "One of those goals was to win the GLVC league play. There is more ahead and the playoffs are of special importance."

The Cougars continued their unbeaten streak in GLVC regular season games to 34 contests with a win over Missouri-St. Louis and a double overtime victory against Missouri-Rolla. "That is an impressive run of which I am really proud," said Huneke. "As many good teams as we faced, to string it that far says a lot about the talent we have here."

In the win over the Miners, Ross Beveridge (Dunfermline, Scotland) scored the game-winner, after Mike Banner (Washington, D.C.) had tied the game in the 81st minute. "That win can help us down the road," said Huneke. "Knowing that we will always find a way to win and we can come from behind that is a nice tool to have."

In four years at SIUE, the senior class has a mark of 63-12-6 overall and 36-2-4 in GLVC regular season play. "We have an excellent senior class. They are experienced," said Huneke. "They have been through some big games together."

Brian Higgins (St. Charles, Mo.) and Pete Cacciatore (St. Louis, Mo.) have both been with the Cougars for four years. "Higgins leads the team well and has a good read for the game," said Huneke. "Pete has come through real big for us in terms of being utilized in different positions."

Seniors John Lamping (Barnhart, Mo.), Kevin Thibodeau (St. Charles, Mo.), and Tim Collico (St. Louis) all transferred to play at SIUE. All three players have made contributions in their time with the Cougars. "John adds a lot to our team," said Huneke. "Kevin has an unbelievable read for the game. We can always get a good goal out of Tim in tight situations."

Women's Soccer Hosts Indianapolis For GLVCs

The SIUE women's soccer team has earned the No. 2 seed in the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament.

The Cougars, 15-4 overall and 11-2 in the conference, take on No. 7 Indianapolis in the quarterfinals next Sunday (10/30) at the SIUE practice field at noon. "I am very proud of my team and everything we have accomplished so far," said SIUE women's soccer coach Lynda Bowers. "To come out second is fantastic and 11-2 in our conference is quite a feat."

The Cougars became just the third team in school history to reach the 15-win mark with the win over Missouri-Rolla on Sunday. "I think it is great to reach those milestones," said Bowers. "Our goal is to win the conference championship and go on and get a (NCAA) bid. If we happen to accomplish those two things and achieve the milestones along the way then, I think it is awesome."

Kristine Armstrong (St. Peters, Mo.) netted two goals in the win over the Miners. She leads the team and is tied for second in the GLVC with 12 goals. "That is her job," said Bowers. "She is supposed to be our goal scorer. She is a natural finisher."

SIUE's senior class had led the Cougars to a 20-3 record in GLVC regular season play the last two seasons.

Seniors Kelly Dill (Florissant, Mo.), Liz Fleer (Washington, Mo.), Allison Sweet (Springfield), and Sarah Landt (Carbondale) have been at SIUE for four years. "Kelly is the leader of the team," said Bowers. "Liz has been a model role player on our team. Allison is the rock of our team, and Sarah is an extremely intelligent player."

Fellow seniors Lindsey Kampwerth (Highland) and Crystal Schellenger (St. Louis, Mo.) transferred to play for SIUE. "Lindsey has started every single game for us in two years here," said Bowers. "She is just a tremendous person. Crystal is a very versatile player who can play many positions and is another element to our attack."

Volleyball Set For Final Stretch Of The Season

SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober knows he has a tough test tomorrow (10/25) as the Cougars travel to face Southern Indiana.

It has been 10 days since SIUE's last match. The Cougars face the Screaming Eagles in Evansville, Ind., at 7 p.m.. They begin a stretch of six matches in 10 days to end the regular season. "I think it was a well-deserved rest for the team," said Gober. "We were getting banged up. It just gave everyone a chance to clear their mind and get focused on the push through the remainder of the season."

SIUE is 18-5 overall and 8-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Cougars are ranked third in the Great Lakes Region. "The USI match is one of the biggest games remaining on our schedule," said Gober. "Southern Indiana plays very well at home, and they have a very strong team."

The Cougars will visit Quincy on Friday night (10/28), before facing Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday (10/29). "UMSL is a team that is fighting for playoff," said Gober.

"This weekend is going to be a big weekend. They are both well coached teams."

SIUE will rely on seniors Heather Bonde (Millstadt), Allison Buss (Towanda), and Krystal Majernik (Normal) to finish out the season. Bonde leads the team in kills (304) and kills per game (3.85). Buss ranks first in the GLVC in digs per game (5.46), and Majernik is first on the club with 9.30 assists per game.

Men's Cross Country Places Third At GLVC Meet

The SIUE men's cross country team finished with a third place finish at the Great Lakes Valley Conference championships this past weekend.

"I was happy with how the team ran," said SIUE cross country coach Eileen McAllister. "We have to get ready for (NCAA) regionals now." The Cougars finished with 94 points as Southern Indiana won the meet with a score of 26.

Senior Brian Taghon (East Moline) became the first runner in SIUE history to finish in the top 10 of the GLVC championships for four consecutive years. Taghon finished in third place with a time of 24 minutes, 39 .93 seconds at 8,000 meters. "Brian ran very well," said McAllister. "He really closed on the leader. He has had an awesome career."

Erik Steffens (Moline) placed seventh in a time of 25:09.02. "Erik has a good race," said. "He was disappointed by his finish, but he has been consistent over the course of the season."

Justin Crain (McLeansboro) came in 15th with a mark of 25:29.78. "You could tell by seeing Justin's race that he was very confident," said McAllister. "He did a nice job."

Women's Cross Country Comes In Seventh At GLVCs

The SIUE women's cross country placed seventh at the Great Lakes Valley Conference championships.

The Cougars ended the meet with 211 points, while GLVC champion UW-Parkside with 51 points. "It was a super competitive meet," said SIUE cross country coach Eileen McAllister. "My girls are super young, but they had a good meet."

Heather Zipparro (Mt. Prospect), a senior, led the way for the Cougars finishing in 25th place with a time of 22 minutes, 35.02 seconds in the 6,000 meter race. "Heather continues to have her best season," said McAllister.

Freshman Michelle Meador (Bower) came in 38th with a time of 23:15.74. Elizabeth Williams (Mt. Vernon) placed 42nd with a mark of 23:49.62. "They both have remained consistent and competitive over the course of the season," said McAllister. "I look for future success from both of them."

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