Dance In Concert, the annual dance program from the Department of Theater and Dance, is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 9-11, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, all in Katherine Dunham Hall theater. This year’s concert contains a piece choreographed by Professor J. Calvin Jarrell, director of dance, which features Andrew Lackey, an SIUE theater major with a disability and who is in a wheelchair. Elements of the piece are loosely based on the book, Fly By Night, by Randall Jarrell, about a small boy who flies from his bed at night. Funding for the piece comes from the SIUE Friends of Theater and Dance, the SIUE Office of the Assistant Provost for Cultural and Social Diversity, and the Department of Theater and Dance. Shown here with Lackey are: (clockwise from top left) Sharon Rodawold of Wilmington, Cari Gaffke of Mundelein, Kristin Best of Rochester (behind Lackey), Julie Scott of Granite City, Heather Hill of Wood River, Katie Drienen of New Athens, Elizabeth Martinkus of Princeton (kneeling), Jenny Baker of Bunker Hill, Susan Zaiser of Manchester, Mo., Taimica Nrita of Edwardsville (kneeling), and Shamar White of Evanston (kneeling). Tickets for the dance concert are $7; senior citizens and students, $5. To order tickets or for more information, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774. (SIUE Photo).
Usually those who drive cars to campus everyday find themselves giving money to University Parking Services. Recently, the office was able to refund some of that money to 20 lucky motorists who applied for their stickers by Aug. 1.
It was part of a giveaway offer to try and shorten the usually long lines that appear at Parking Services at the beginning of each fall semester. “We used to offer Cardinal tickets or a membership to the Fitness Center,” said Carolyn Turner, manager of Parking Services, “but we didn’t receive all that much response.”
But, this year’s offer to refund $70 for an employee or $60 to a student seemed to do the trick. “This time we got a lot of students involved who took advantage of the Aug. 1 deadline. The result was we had shorter lines for fewer days compared with past years,” Turner said.
Winners of the refunds are:
Nicholas Fogleman Veronica Corradini
Jason Owen Rachel Ritterbusch
Kathryn Stuart Andrew Weber
Fan Zhang Barbara Davis
Mark Koester Bryce Sullivan
Nicholas Perjack John Meisel
Joshua Pohlman Amy Brown
Rachel Rodeghiero Phillip Veenstra
Mike Cantu Margaret Simons
Kyle Briggs Linda Perry
Turners said the program will be continued because it accomplished the objective. “This was the best year in recent memory,” she said. “We’re very appreciative of everyone who applied for their stickers by Aug. 1.”
If you appreciate art, you’ll appreciate the 23rd Annual Art Auction set for Thursday, Nov. l6, at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville. Preview of works begins at 6 p.m. and the auction begins at 7.
Every year the Friends of Art assemble an impressive array of artwork from faculty, students, and alumni of the SIUE Department of Art and Design and auction it, all in the name of enhancing the university’s undergraduate and graduate art programs.
Since l977 the Friends have assisted the department in staging its biggest fund-raiser of the year; last year’s event saw more than 200 pieces sold by professional auctioneer Gary Neimeier; and 40 additional items sold during the Silent Auction.
The 1999 auction was a spirited event with intense competition for choice artworks. Attendees come from several states for this auction, which raised $24,000 last year.
Two awards—one named for retired long-time Art and Design Chair Don Davis and the other for the late Robin Brown, who was chair for 10 years after taking over for Professor Davis—are given for students’ works.
Money raised by the auction are used to fund a number of events for the department and its students. Last year, these included 13 nationally and internationally-known artists who came to SIUE for workshops and lectures. The funding also supports the Art Scholarship Fund and helps purchase books and films about art and design for SIUE’s Lovejoy Library.
Additional monies are awarded to students traveling to conferences, for visiting artist receptions, the High School and Art Auction Awards, the Graduate and Undergraduate Exhibit Purchase Awards, and stipends for speakers in the Art Seminar. The funding also aids the local ArtEast Studio Tour reception.
For further information, contact Dianne Lynch, (6l8) 650-3073, or Friends of Art President Dawn Nash, at Morning Storm Studio, (6l8) 656-87l0.
Faces of America, a one-person show by Colin Cox that addresses issues surrounding multiculturalism in today’s society as seen through the eyes of Generation X, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Mississippi-Illinois Room of the Morris University Center.
SIUE’s Expressions of Diversity Committee is sponsoring the show starring Fran de Leon. The play presents eight characters all based on true stories researched through workshops and interviews with high school and college age populations. Admission is free; call Lisa Ramsey, (618) 650-2686, for more information.
The eight characters depicted each represent a different cultural aspect of American society: African, Asian, Mexican-American, Native American, East Indian, European, Happa (mixed blood) and an “All in One Generation X-er.”
First produced at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in California in March 1995, Faces has since embarked on a national tour of more than 200 colleges and universities including the University of Southern California, Pepperdine University, Cornell University, Colgate University, Penn State University, as well as community colleges and private schools across the country.
Featured as a Los Angeles Times “Best Bet,” Faces of America enjoyed playing to a full house, standing ovation for the United Nations at a special performance for the 51st Annual United Nations Day.
As a solo performer, de Leon has toured extensively to 100 cities in 20 states with Playfair, a specially designed interactive student program. She also has worked with several noted theater companies, including the East West Players, The Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble, The Educational Theatre Company, and Will & Company. Her theater credits include Buddha Baby in Canned Goods, Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice, Aramis in The Three Musketeers, Carolyn Babbitt in A Woman’s Hand, and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Sixth World Shakespeare Congress in 1996.
The Nov. 9 event at SIUE is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Office of the Assistant Provost for Cultural and Social Diversity, and the Expressions of Diversity Committee.
Whistemenee will return to campus as the leaves continue to fall in autumn, and he will again tell his stories and sing his songs.
To Greg Fields and to others who await what has become an annual tradition on campus, the return of Whistemenee, or Johnny Moses, as he is usually known, brings another opportunity to gather in fellowship “around the primal fire.”
Johnny Moses—a storyteller, historian, teacher of Native Northwest Coast languages, and practitioner of the SiSíWiss tradition and who hails from the Nootka and Tulalip Nations—will visit the SIUE Religious Center from 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Moses will offer songs, stories, and dances for all ages. A potluck supper will be served at 4 p.m.; those who participate in the potluck should bring a covered dish.
“Johnny tells tells ancient stories of the Pacific Northwest Coast, using humor, animal voices, sign language, and languages,” says Fields, an associate professor of Philosophical Studies, “including Nootka (Nuu-cha-nulth) of his native Vancouver Island, and a number of Salish languages of the Puget Sound area around Seattle.”
Fields explains that Moses was trained from youth in several of the Pacific Northwest’s many medicine societies. One of those medicine societies, SiSíWiss, he shares through storytelling. “In the growly voice of Bear Man—his hand forming a great bear-paw— Moses tells a story of the origin of time, of how we got to have day and night, by a singing and dancing contest between Bear Man (who wanted to sleep one whole year, and be awake the next) and Ant Lady, who was always busy, and wanted day and night.
“The characters are people with animal names, reminding us of our friends and relatives—and ourselves—giving us gentle lessons about our weaknesses, and examples of generosity, self-respect, and other virtues.”
In gathering around a SiSíWiss floor altar to hear the stories, Fields said, “one sees on the altar cloth instances of earth, water, and fire. Earth includes the fragrant Red Cedar that is burned for purification and blessing. A bowl of water honors this essential and cleansing element central to the ocean-based Northwest Coast peoples.
“Candles give the firelight that in old times came from seal oil burned in clam shells. The fourth element —air—is the Sacred Breath. SiSíWiss means ‘sacred breath’, (si: sacred; wiss: breath). SiSíWiss is known as “a healing tradition,” and stories have healing power. Johnny Moses says, the stories are the “sacred breath of our ancestors.”
Moses was trained as a “memorizer” of his people’s history and culture, and in a lecture on oral history given at SIUE in 1996 he said, “Your soul, which is lost somewhere, will hear the stories and be drawn back to your body.”
Along with the short and entertaining stories of animal-people that Moses shares nationwide as a professional storyteller, his work in his local community includes carrying epic stories, some which last several nights in the telling.
“Owing much to the efforts of Moses’ aunt, Vi Hilbert of the Upper Skagit,” Fields said, “their Lushootseed language is well-documented, and Lushootseed Press recently published an Epic Story carried by Johnny Moses, The Clothes Look at the People.
The event, which is free and open to the public, commemorates American Indian Heritage Month and is sponsored by the SIUE Philosophy Society, the Office of the Assistant Provost for Cultural and Social Diversity, and the Office of the Chancellor. For more information, call (618) 650-2461.
After 35 years as a professional educator, 20 of those with SIU Edwardsville, East St. Louis Center Director Willie J. Epps has announced his retirement effective Jan. 31.
In the meantime, Epps will step down from his post Nov. 1 to allow the newly appointed acting director, Patricia Harrison, an opportunity to serve for most of the academic year. Harrison’s appointment is subject to approval by the SIU Board of Trustees.
During his tenure as director of the center, Epps has presided over tremendous growth, achieving a number of benchmark goals:
• An increase in local, state, and federal funding of programs offering educational, social, and health care services to more than 2,000 clients daily, from pre-schoolers to senior citizens.
• Overall supervision of more than 400 professional and civil service employees
• Management of an annual budget totaling more than $16 million
• Head Start Program Quality and Excellence Awards
• Establishing the SIUE East St. Louis Charter School
• Helped to gain a $27 million appropriation from the Illinois General Assembly to construct a new facility to house the center (Completion expected by 2003)
Associated with SIUE since 1980, Epps initially was director of the National Science Awareness Demonstration Program at the East St. Louis Center and later was named director of the university’s Head Start Program in St. Clair County. He assumed leadership of the center in 1994.
He holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University. He earned a baccalaureate at Mississippi Valley State University and a master’s in education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
In addition to his accomplishments at SIUE, Epps also serves as vice president of the Greater East St. Louis Community Fund and is vice chair of the Logan College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees.
Among his many awards and honors, Epps has received a Kansas State Doctoral Fellowship; received a Master Executive Training, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; named Region V Outstanding Head Start Director of the Year, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; named Outstanding Leader of St. Louis, Center for Leadership of St. Louis; and received the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, SIUE.
Harrison, who has been associated with the East St. Louis Center since 1983, has been assistant director since 1995. From 1988-1995, Harrison was coordinator of the center’s Upward Bound program. She has successfully written grant proposals that have generated more than $2.27 million annually for the center.
A native of East St. Louis, Harrison earned a bachelor of science in Biological Sciences from Illinois State University in 1979 and a master of science in Education Administration from SIUE.
A step in the right direction. In the first tournament of the season and a young squad, the Cougar wrestlers made a statement by finishing the Lindenwood Open with three champions.
“It is a big step in the direction we want to go,” said Coach Booker Benford. “We had success last weekend and even those who lost wrestled tough and stayed focused in their matches.” Benford said his team was in very good shape, which had a lot to do with their success. “The Lindenwood Open isn’t really the toughest open, but it put us in a very good position to have success in the upcoming tournaments.”
Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.), Aaron Wiens (Cicero) and Michael Butts (Carthage, Mo.) won each of their respective weight classes at the open. At 174 pounds, Stephens won all three matches, including winning the championship match in a 30-second tiebreaker. Wiens won the heavyweight class with a 3-1 win in overtime. At 165 pounds, Butts also won in a 30-second tiebreaker after winning four prior matches to make it to the finals.
Also placing for the Cougars was sophomore Steven Bryant (Bethalto). Bryant won four matches and placed third in the 141-pound weight class. “This is his first competition in a long time. He looked sharp and went out with a lot of intensity. He will be a force for us at 141 this season.”
Juniors Cress Maddox and Ryan Stoddart have played soccer together at SIUE for three years and have been instrumental in many wins. Their biggest win at SIUE’s Ralph Korte Stadium however, did not come while playing for the Cougars.
In 1997, Maddox and Stoddart were starters on defense for Springfield High School, which made it to the first IHSA Class A state finals played at Ralph Korte Stadium in Edwardsville. Springfield won the state championship with a 7-0 victory over St. Joseph's High School (Westchester). “It was the first time the (Springfield) soccer team had even made it to [the] state [finals], and we won the championship game 7-0,” Stoddart recalled. “It was the thrill of a lifetime.”
Maddox and Stoddart have played soccer together for many years (since fifth grade) and it shows on the field. “We know where the other is going to be on the field,” Stoddart said. “I know where he’ll be so I know what the defense is going to have to do.
Maddox echoes that sentiment: "We know what we’re capable of doing. I know when he (Stoddart) needs help and he can tell whether to stay up on defense or fall back.”
The two also serve as co-captains for the Cougars, ranked 25th nationally among NCAA Division II schools and with a chance to make it to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1997.
Maddox was recruited by Head Coach Ed Huneke while at Springfield. “Cress is a physical specimen with a big heart,” Huneke said. “He’s very fast, has a great vertical leap and is extremely tough.”
Maddox also liked what he saw at SIUE. During his senior season at Springfield, the Cougars finished the season ranked No. 3 in the nation. He also knew that he liked his experience at Ralph Korte Stadium. “They had a good team, and I just liked the campus.” Maddox said.
As a freshman, Maddox earned a spot in the starting lineup. During the fifth game of the season, he broke his collarbone and was out for the year. Since then he has started 35 of the Cougars' last 36 games. In his sophomore season he emerged as the Cougars' top marking back and helped lead the team to an 11-7-1 overall record and 8-2-1 record in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. For his efforts he was named second team All-Midwest Region and second team All-GLVC. A leader on and off the field, it was no surprise when the team voted him as captain.
Stoddart was not heavily recruited out of high school. “I just came to SIUE because I liked the school. I just wanted to walk on and see what happened,” Stoddart said. He found some playing time as a freshman but developed more as a sophomore, when he started the last six games of the season. “After the first year, I got a little playing time and I realized that I could do it. I really started working hard,” Stoddart said.
Huneke agreed, “Ryan has come a long way. Once he got a taste of collegiate soccer he has worked tremendously hard, and it shows.”
The combination of Stoddart and Maddox has worked well this season. “I think we've given every team a pretty good game,” Maddox said. “We’ve beaten ourselves more than they’ve beaten us.” The Cougars have given up an average of 1.1 goals per game, which is third best in the GLVC and the Cougars have not given up more than three goals in any game. “The thing that has hurt us the most are counter attacks on mistakes that we make,” Stoddart said. “No one has really penetrated our defense and scored with a set offense.”
The Cougars begin the GLVC tournament at home against Southern Indiana University on Wednesday, Nov. 1. If they advance, they will travel to Lewis, who is hosting the semifinals and finals of the tournament. “Our goal now is to win the rest of our games and hopefully make the NCAA tournament,” Maddox said. “We all know that we can play with everyone and that all the games we have lost we could have won. We are a close knit team and want to be able to keep playing as long as possible.”
Hopes are still alive for an appearance at the NCAA Division II Tournament. But first, Coach Ed Huneke and his men’s soccer team have to get through the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament this weekend.
The Cougars defeated Missouri-Rolla 1-0 last Friday (10/27) to finish its regular season 11-6-1 overall and 8-3 in the GLVC. “It was a big regional win that kept our NCAA hopes alive,” Huneke said. “It was a very strong defensive effort by the team, particularly Ryan Harken (Bloomington) and Brian Horan (St. Louis).”
Cal Thomas (Rochester) scored his third goal of the season in the win over Missouri-Rolla. SIUE, No. 5 in the region, is the No. 3 seed in the GLVC tournament and hosts sixth-seeded Southern Indiana at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday (11/1) at Bob Guelker Field. With a win, the Cougars advance to the semifinals in Romeoville.
The Cougars defeated Southern Indiana 1-0 in overtime on Oct. 22 at home. “Southern Indiana gave us a real close game last time by taking us into overtime. Winning twice isn’t going to be easy, but we do believe we can win.”
The second season begins Wednesday, Nov. 1, for Coach Brian Korbesmeyer and his women’s soccer team. “We still have a stake in the NCAA Tournament,” he said.
“If we win out, we might have the opportunity to be considered by the committee.”
The Cougars enter the Great Lakes Valley Conference as the No. 2 seed and host a first-round game at 3 p.m. on Wednesday (11/1) against No. 7 seed Wisconsin-Parkside. “It was a real tough match there earlier this season. We won 2-0, but they are a very aggressive team. This is one of the best teams they ever had, and they are looking to keep on improving.”
With a win, the Cougars would advance to the semifinals at Northern Kentucky on Friday. SIUE, 13-3-3 overall and 8-0-3 in the GLVC, defeated Missouri-Rolla 1-0 on Friday night (10/27) to end the regular season undefeated in its last 13 games. “Both teams played like it was the last game of the regular season. We picked it up enough in the second half to score a goal and keep them off the board, but we didn’t play as well as we could have.”
Colleen Creamer (St. Louis) scored her team leading 10th goal of the season off an assist by Tasha Siegel (Collinsville). It was the first assist of the season for Siegel, a two-time All-GLVC sweeper. Sara Decker (St. Louis) leads the team with nine assists and 27 points. Beth Louderman (Girard) posted her sixth shutout of the season and lowered her goals against average to 0.78.
Coach Joe Fisher said his team is looking for two wins to end the regular season on a positive note. SIUE travels to Quincy and Missouri-St. Louis on Friday and Saturday (11/3-11/4), respectively.
The Cougars play Quincy at 7 p.m. and Missouri-St. Louis at 1 p.m. “These are two big matches to avenge two early-season losses to each team,” Fisher said. “We are battling with teams for seeding next weekend at the conference tournament and need to get two wins to move up. Ending the season at .500 is going to be a goal for us going into the tournament.”
The Cougars lost all three matches last weekend at home to Northern Kentucky, Indianapolis and Rockhurst. SIUE is 10-16 overall and 6-8 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Senior Melissa Schaeffer (Ballwin, Mo.) had a solid match on Saturday in a three-game loss against the University of Indianapolis. Schaeffer finished with 13 kills and 16 digs. Senior Lindsay Rust (Belleville) and freshman Andrea Voss (Breese) also had good weekends. Rust tallied 41 kills and 47 digs last weekend, while Voss contributed with 19 kills and seven total blocks. Rust continues to lead the team in kills per game (3.83), kills (360) and digs (373). She is first in the GLVC with 3.97 digs per game and tied for eighth with 3.83 kills per game. Voss leads the team with 32 block solos and 86 total blocks. She is second in the conference with 1.16 blocks per game.
Strong races and a better performance are what Coach Darryl Frerker is looking for from both his men’s and women’s cross country teams this weekend at the NCAA Division II Regionals. The regionals are on Saturday (11/4) in Ashland, Ohio.
The men’s 10,000-meter race begins at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s 6,000-meter race to follow at 11:15 a.m.
On the women’s team, Frerker is looking for a much better performance than the conference race two weeks ago. The women finished the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships in seventh place. “We are very young and have a lot of talent. I am hoping to finish in the upper half this weekend,” Frerker said.
The women's team will consist of six freshmen—Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio), LeeAnn Lomax (Georgetown), Breanne Steffens (Moline), April Greenwood (Mt. Vernon) and Maria Ewersmann (St. Paul, Mo.)—and one junior in Jill Irlam (Virden). Carducci was the top finisher for the Cougars at the GLVC Championships with a 12th-place finish and a time of 23 minutes, 10 seconds.
As for the men, Frerker said he believes they also have the opportunity to finish in the upper half of regionals. “Since we don’t have anyone graduating, I look for regionals to be an experience to have a strong team in the future.”
The men’s regional team will consist of junior Robert Old (Hendersonville, Tenn.), sophomores Jason Olszowka (Lockport), Dustin Gentry (Charleston) and Darren Dinkelman (Nashville) and freshmen Tyler Krauss (Freeburg), Nick Campbell (Charleston) and David Droege (Nashville). Krauss was the top finisher at the conference championships two weeks ago for the Cougars. Krauss came in 18th with a time of 33:40.
Loaded with a core of young, new faces, the 2000-2001 season of Cougar wrestling begins this weekend under Coach Booker Benford at the Lindenwood Open. The open starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday (11/4).
The team returns two starters from last season along with 18 newcomers to the SIUE program. Benford isn’t looking for a miracle after a 0-9-1 season from a year ago. He is well aware of the youth on his roster. “I am just looking for them to give their best, not give up, and wrestle hard for all seven minutes,” said Benford.
The one thing Benford is looking for is improvement from last season. “I expect to improve the win-loss record from a year ago and see a lot better wrestling from the team since I am able to implement more practice situations with a bigger roster.”
Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) and Aaron Wiens (Cicero) return from a year ago and are expected to be the leaders on the squad. Stephens, a 174-pounder, finished last season 16-15, the second best record on the team. Wiens recorded a 6-21 record and one pin at the heavyweight position.
After a few years in the real world of television production, SIUE graduate Valerie Wieman is back on campus for a graduate degree and she has a few stories to tell—mostly about her alma mater.
Wieman is a graduate assistant in the Department of Mass Communications, where she received a bachelor of science in 1998, and she’s in charge of SIUE Global Village, a weekly series that is airing on cable access channels in the Edwardsville and Granite City areas (each Ch. 6) and on Continental CableVision in Belleville and St. Louis County (Ch. 3). She also will get some airtime soon on the Higher Education Channel (HEC-TV) in St. Louis.
“Our goal as far as content is concerned is to present the university to a wider audience,” Wieman said. “We’re producing interesting feature stories about the people who work here and about the students.” Wieman said ideas for stories come from several sources on and off campus. “The purpose of this program is to showcase all the great things being done at SIUE.”
She has tried to get the word out about the show to faculty and staff, as well as students. “Eventually, I’d like to see the series featured on the closed circuit network in the residences on campus,” Wieman said.
After graduation, Wieman went to work in Springfield at WICS-TV (Ch. 20) and then WKEF-TV (Ch.22) in Dayton, Ohio, before landing a job as a producer of the Saturday and Sunday morning shows on KSDK-TV (Ch. 5) in St. Louis. “That’s a part-time job which allows me to attend classes at SIUE.”
Another goal for Wieman is to provide undergraduates a chance to learn as much as they can about television production and deadline pressures. “I have more than 20 students working on this project and we’re scheduled to produce more than 20 shows by the end of this academic year,” she said.
“I’m trying to take what I’ve learned in the past 2-1/2 years and pass it on to these undergrads,” Wieman said. “This will help students be better prepared for this work in the real world. Ans, so far, these students are doing a great job. We had a slow start and we’ve only got three shows in the can, and I threw a lot at them in the beginning.
“But, they’ve learned how to work as a team and things are much smoother now.”