SECA. Don’t forget to complete your State and University Employees Combined Appeal (SECA) form by Nov. 30. Details are enclosed in the SECA booklet that was sent to employees recently. SECA enables employees to choose among 15 charitable organizations to support. Last year, the university community contributed more than $42,000 to the joint campaign.
It must be a sign of the times when nursing students can use a CD to learn how to help first-time mothers breast-feed their babies.
Mothers have been breast feeding since the beginning of time, haven’t they? And without the help of computers, so, why does the practice have to be taught at all? And in such a high-tech manner?
Laura Bernaix, assistant professor of Nursing, says the CD method is almost perfect. “Most nursing students are thrown into the clinical setting without having had the opportunity to learn the practical skills required to help first-time mothers breast feed,” Bernaix said. “Because the CD is interactive, and students can move through it at their own pace, this is an excellent medium for learning.”
Bernaix said there also are sociological implications regarding the practice of breast feeding. She said that the practice had fallen out of favor, but is once again becoming the choice of first-time mothers. “Because breast feeding had become a less prevalent practice, we basically have a generation of nursing students and the general population who view the female breast in purely sexual terms,” said Bernaix.
“That means they are unfamiliar with the lactation process. We are learning more every day about the short-term and long-term benefits of breast feeding. So, it’s even more important that nursing students learn more about it and are able to pass that knowledge on to mothers, with a goal of making breast feeding a positive experience for the mom and the baby.”
The instructional CD is part of a semester-long course, Care of the Child-Bearing Family, designed to help SIUE nursing students better understand maternity issues. Bernaix developed the idea for the CD and wrote the instructional content. Steve Huffstutler, coordinator of SIUE’s Faculty Technology Center, created the technical design.
The FTC is the faculty’s resource for help in giving students online access to course material. “We take course material that the faculty gives us and put it on the web so students can review it at their own pace.
“In Laura’s case, she needed something that would show students proper techniques and give them an additional way to build their knowledge of nursing.”
In the far corner of the Faculty Technology Center, past the computers packed tightly in the work room and behind a stack of electronic gadgets, a human peeks up from his work.
He is part of a growing wave of people who are most at home when surrounded by advanced technology and who can’t tell you what they do during a work day without putting their hands on a computer.
In Steve Huffstutler’s case, what he does is join the ancient art of pedagogy with the ultra-modern internet and other computer-related methods of getting an instructional point across. “What we do,” Huffstutler said, “is help make course material more accessible. We give instructors another avenue for teaching, and students another avenue for learning.”
He creates web pages for instructors that include course notes so that students can review the material at their own pace. A new service, WebCt, lets instructors put their entire course on-line. Course notes, assignments, quizzes and tests can be accessed by the students at any time. Built-in chat, mail, and bulletin board functions make communication with other students and the instructor just a mouse click away.
But, no, the sites are not a ready-made excuse to cut class. One of his latest projects is a CD that helps nursing students instruct new mothers on breast feeding their infants. It’s a point-and-click approach designed to look like a book. Click and the page turns. On the quiz pages, keys correspond to possible answers. The right key opens the door.
Besides the CD, the FTC also numbers the digitizing of tribal languages among its accomplishments.
Demand for the services provided by the Faculty Technology Center, the FTC, is going up—quickly. “We’re doing more workshops, some open houses and mainly relying on word of mouth to let people know we're here,” said Huffstutler. “At the same time, this is a growing and learning process for us. We’re getting a better idea of what everyone wants and how we can help provide it.
“People get scared by technology. But, we want faculty members to know that we’ll do the work for them. In fact, they don’t even have to come up with new material. We can use what instructors are using in the classroom. Many times an instructor only has an idea of something they would like to do. We talk to them about possibilities and then help them create and implement their ideas.”
The FTC is a joint effort by the offices of Academic Computing and Audio-Visual services. It was created to provide a centralized location offering this type of assistance to all faculty members. More funding and graduate assistant help has enabled the FTC to handle the increased workload.
For more information about the FTC, call Ext.5697.
Auction: SIUE students are preparing for the 18th Annual Friends of Art Auction, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville. Works may be previewed between 6 and 7 p.m. Friends of Art is a support organization for the SIUE Department of Art & Design; proceeds are used for student scholarships and educational enhancement programs. Admission to the auction is $2; students admitted at no charge. A number of well-established area artists, along with SIUE art faculty, students, and alumni have donated more than 200 pieces for the event, including paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media pieces, ceramics, sculpture, and glassworks. Smaller pieces, including hand-crafted jewelry, will be offered in a silent auction. Shown here are junior Jodie Lercher and senior Sara Dahlmann, both of Belleville; and Chris Campbell, a third-year MFA candidate from Houston, Texas. For more information, call the SIUE Department of Art and Design, (618) 650-3071, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3071.
Can we trust a guy who wears a bowtie and makes jokes about the top politicians in the country? Sure. Because he’s Mark Russell, and, he’s funny to boot.
PBS’s favorite funny man and his special brand of political humor and song come to the Arts & Issues stage Nov. 15 at SIUE. The series is in its 15th season of bringing quality entertainment and provocative presentations to Southwestern Illinois audiences.
Russell will appear at 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, co-sponsored by the Dick H. Mudge Jr. Endowment Fund.
Russell’s no-holds-barred political commentary, highlighted with droll one-liners and bouncy tunes, refuses to take politicians as seriously as they take themselves.
A political satirist, a syndicated columnist, an errant pianist, and a staple on PBS Television for more than 20 years, Russell delivers stand-up comedy while accompanying himself on piano.
In addition to writing a column and recording CDs and videos, Russell also is a weekly commentator on CNN’s Inside Politics Weekend. And, he’s on the road with his show during most of the year. His answer to the frequently asked question, “Do you use writers?” is “Yes, 535 of them—100 in the Senate and 435 in the House.”
Admission to the Nov. 15 Arts & Issues event is $18; students, $9, which includes free parking in the lots behind the Morris Center and Dunham Hall. For ticket information, call (618) 650-2320, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2320; or write: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1083; or by e-mail, email@example.com. For the complete Arts & Issues season, go to http://www.siue.edu/ARTS_ISSUES on the World Wide Web.
Dean Lashley Is Distinguished. Felissa Lashley, dean of the School of Nursing, recently received the Illinois Nurses Association Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award, which was given at the ISN's annual Awards Banquet last month. The award was given Dean Lashley for her research, which has “increased Nursing's knowledge in areas of education and practice.”
In the fifth century B.C.E, a Greek warrior, Pheidippides, supposedly ran from Marathon to Athens, a distance of more than 35km, to bring the news of a victory to the people of Athens.
Pheidippides had a reason for running nearly 26 miles. But runners today can’t always articulate why they participate in marathons.
Bill Hendey knows. It’s about competition and about a certain kind of spirituality. Hendey, assistant director of Academic Counseling and Advising, lives for the next marathon. In fact, he set out to run six in 1999—one for each decade he’s been alive. He turned 60 on Jan. 2 and he just finished his fifth marathon.
When asked the ultimate question about why he runs, Hendey becomes thoughtful and says that the truth lies somewhere between wanting to stay fit and some sort of spiritual place. “The late George Sheehan, sort of the runner’s guru in those early years, was a cardiologist but also a philosopher who wrote a book called Running and Being which dealt with the spiritual side of running.
“Many assume I run for health reasons, but the weight thing was as close as I got to that and then it became a competitive thing. I was running in road races every weekend, in training seven days a week. If I missed a day, it felt awful.
“I discovered that spiritual side,” Hendey said. “I came to realize that even if I didn’t compete, I would still run. I do some of my best thinking when I’m running; I don’t know if it’s biocehmical, but things seem so clear and I become so focused.”
Leading up to his 60th birthday, Hendey decided he would do something to commemorate that milestone. “Dylan Thomas wrote ‘Do not go gentle into that good night, / Old age should burn and rave at close of day; / Rage, rage against the dying of the light’ / and I thought to myself that it was time for me to start burning and raging.”
This past year Hendey has run in the Olympiad Marathon, Chesterfield, Mo., in February; Lake County Races, Zion, Ill., in April; the Hoosier Marathon, Ft. Wayne, Ind.,; and the Heart of America Marathon, Columbia, Mo., in September.
He just finished 9,060th at the Chicago Marathon in late October with a 3:57 time. That wasn’t good enough to win, of course, but keep in mind there were nearly 30,000 runners, 5,000 of whom didn’t finish. That means Hendey finished ahead of 15,000 other runners. “I felt good and bad,” Hendey said. “I would have liked to have finished higher up, but I did finish. And, that’s not bad for a 60-year-old with a bad leg.” In December, Hendey is heading for the Memphis Marathon to complete his sextuplet.
His all-time best marathon was in 1982 at age 43 at Marion, where he ran a 2:38 time. He won the master’s division and was awarded a free trip to the Boston Marathon. However, he injured himself and couldn’t run that year. He did go back five years later to Boston where his time was 2 hours, 53 minutes. He was 48.
“Those earlier races were much easier for me than running marathons these days,” Hendey said. “That’s because I was 20 pounds lighter and 17 years younger. Now, I have chronic knee problems. But, I enjoyed the Chicago Marathon so much that I know I’ll go back. I’ve run in Boston and LA marathons, but Chicago is the biggest.
And, with a twinkle in his eye, Hendey said: “I’ll continue to run in marathons but I probably won’t do six in a year again anytime soon. But, maybe I’ll do seven the year I turn 70.”
MOVEMENT: Tickets are available for Dance In Concert '99 to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 11-13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, all in Katherine Dunham Hall theater. Dancers shown here, top to bottom, are: Kathy Mordini, Jeff Bulkley, and Erin Hartmann. The evening of creative movement will include original music written by Dave Carter, a composer and recording artist of “post-modern mythic American music.” Carter, who performs with Tracy Grammer, has won several awards at West Coast folk music festivals. He wrote music especially for Address Unknown, a piece choreographed by J. Calvin Jarrell, professor of theater and dance and director of dance for the university. Tickets are $7; SIUE faculty and staff, senior citizens, and students, $5. For more information, call SIUE's Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888)328-5168. (SIUE Photo)
A troop of strangely dressed creatures landed on the SIUE campus recently and began digging through the university’s trash barrels. No, they weren’t aliens.
They were conducting a solid-waste composition study, an investigation performed by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) in cooperation with the Department of Civil Engineering.
Every five years the university is required, by law, to conduct the study. This year, student and staff volunteers, led by Assistant Professor Susan Morgan, spent three weeks sorting the university’s trash. About 12 representative dumpsters from various areas on campus were sampled, their contents spread out on tarps, and divided into recyclable and non-recyclable materials.
“A solid-waste study gives us a good overall view of the university’s solid waste stream,” says David McDonald, EHS coordinator. “The goal of this study is to use the observations we make to improve the University Recycling Program.”
For example, according to McDonald, recyclable materials were found in various containers on campus. The discovery of such materials may mean that additional education is necessary, encouraging everyone on campus to use the recycling program properly.
From its implementation in 1992, SIUE’s program has recycled more than 600 tons of paper—that’s equivalent to more than 10,200 trees. Currently, the university provides for the recycling of newspaper, magazines, aluminum cans, cardboard, and mixed office paper. “The key to the recycling program is for people to remember to use it,” says McDonald.
One item found by the study was a bag of office paper, thrown in a trash can rather than in a designated recycling receptacle. “It’s discouraging to see such waste,” McDonald said. “Collection containers are available all over campus. If people just take the time to think about what they’re throwing away, and put their recyclable materials in the proper place, we all benefit.”
For more information about the solid-waste composition study, or about the university’s recycling program, readers can visit the Environmental Health and Safety webpage at ehs.siue.edu.
Weeks of hard work paid off for the university’s ROTC unit that trained for the Ranger Challenge and came in sixth out of a field of 16 college units from the Midwest in the recent competition.
During the past several weeks of training for the Challenge, most SIUE students were still in bed while 12 university Army ROTC cadets were up and out on 10km road marches across campus.
At 6 on those mornings the cadets were moving at a fast clip with a 35-pound, fully equipped pack on their backs—just one of the exercises they were engaging in as they prepared for the “varsity sport” of the Army ROTC.
The 12 cadets eventually were culled to 10 who then travelled by a UH-60 Army helicopter to Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo., to compete in the brigade level of the Challenge on Oct. 29 - 31. Around the country, university ROTC teams compete at a preliminary level such as this one, and teams placing first and second move on to regional competitions in the spring.
The SIUE unit won’t be going to the regionals, but they finished with their heads held high. As part of the overall finish, the unit came in third in the patrolling event and fourth in the one-rope bridge event.
“This competition isn’t just about physical endurance,” said SIUE Cadet Matthew Cloud. “It’s about motivation and building a team. The 12 cadets we had preparing for the Challenge are a pretty motivated bunch—they are really into it. Their motivation motivates me to come in each day and work with them.”
While women have competed in the past with SIUE’s Ranger Challenge teams, this year’s team consisted of only men. The team represents the approximately 80 men and women enrolled here in the Army ROTC program as they prepare to become junior officers in the Army Reserve, Army National Guard, or Active Army. Those who successfully complete the ROTC program normally earn commissions as lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
One such SIUE graduate and now army lieutenant is Matthew Sims who has competed in the Ranger Challenge before and who helped with this year’s SIUE team training while awaiting his first Army assignment. “There is a lot of hard work and training involved in getting ready for the Ranger Challenge,” he said.
Says Capt. Bak: “This competition is not only a test of physical achievement, but it’s a process that helps these individual develop into good leaders,” he said.