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November 4, 2003

SIUE Art Auction Of Original Art Set For Nov. 20 At Sunset Hills C.C.


The 26th Annual Art Auction, sponsored by the Friends of Art, is set for Thursday, Nov. 20, 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.

Each year the Friends of Art assembles an impressive array of donated artwork from faculty, visiting artists, 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 200 pieces sold by professional auctioneer Gary Neimeier. Nearly 40 additional items were sold during the Silent Auction.

Money raised at the auction is used to fund a number of events for the department and its students. Last year, these included 14 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 Lovejoy Library.

Additional monies are awarded to students traveling to conferences, for visiting artist receptions, the High School Award and the Art Auction Awards, the Graduate and Undergraduate Exhibit Purchase Awards, and stipends for speakers in the Art Seminar. The funding also aids the local Art-East Studio Tour reception, as well as support for the Edwardsville Arts Center.

For further information, call Dianne Lynch, Ext. 3073; or Pam Decoteau, Ext. 3107.

SIUE Cellist To Perform In Concert Nov. 5 At Lovejoy Library

Cellist Kangho Lee, an assistant professor of music, will perform in concert with his wife, pianist Minyoung Lee, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the John C. Abbott Auditorium, on the ground floor of Lovejoy Library. The Lees will be performing works by Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms, and Jalbert.

Since his orchestral debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of 12, Kangho Lee has been an active performer as a soloist and a chamber musician. He has performed with leading orchestras in Korea, the United States and Europe, such as the KBS (Korean Broadcast Service) Symphony, the Korean Symphony, the Seoul Academy Symphony, the Yale Philharmonia, and the Sofia National Academy Orchestra, to name a few. He joined the SIUE music faculty in 1998.

Minyoung Lee has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist and as a collaborative artist with prestigious ensembles including the George Enescou Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Korea Symphony Festival Orchestra, and the Seoul National University Orchestra. Miss Lee also has performed in The Philippines, Malaysia and Korea.

The Nov. 5 concert is free and the public is invited. For more information, call the Department of Music, Ext. 3900.

Rodin's Walking Man At Rest After Five Months; Back At Lovejoy

Rodin's Walking Man has returned to his place in Lovejoy Library after "walking" to Canada and "vacationing" for five months. He claims to have had a good time; says he didn't lose his head ... uh...sure, bud.

The artwork, by the French sculptor François-Auguste-René Rodin (1840-1917), has graced the lobby of Lovejoy Library since shortly after it opened in 1965, and in May the piece was loaned to Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada (The National Gallery of Canada) for a major exhibition "of international scope."

The bronze piece was placed in an exhibition space at the Cité de l'energie in Shawinigian, Canada. The exhibition, "The Body Transformed," was on the site of the oldest industrial complex in North America-an aluminum smelter recently designated a national historic site.

"Now, the university has been recognized as an institution with significant artwork in its collection," said Eric Barnett, director of The University Museum. "This is the first time we've been asked to lend a piece from our collection to a foreign government. It's a great honor for the university to be recognized in this way.

"Specialized art handlers from ARTEX, a premier shipping company, were brought in to oversee the shipping," he said. "We anticipate that similar requests will be made in the future."

The Rodin, Barnett said, was purchased for about $30,000 by the university in 1965, and recently was appraised in excess of $1 million.

Nominations, Entries Sought For MLK Jr. Awards

Nominations are being sought for the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian and Scholarship awards to be given at the 21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Luncheon.

Nomination applications are available in the Kimmel Leadership Center, on the first floor of the Delyte W. Morris University Center, and must be completed and returned by Friday, Nov. 7.

Entries also are being sought for an essay, poetry, and visual arts competition for high school students. Guidelines for this competition have been sent to all area high schools. Winners of the high school competition will receive a $100 honorarium and a plaque of recognition.

The awards are given each year to recognize those who exemplify the philosophy of nonviolent social change as demonstrated by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

An SIUE employee and a resident of Illinois are each eligible for the Humanitarian Award, while a current SIUE student is eligible for the Scholarship and Humanitarian Award.

Complete criteria for eligibility for the high school competition, the Humanitarian Award, and the Scholarship and Humanitarian Award are contained in nomination packets at the Kimmel Center. For more information, call the center, Ext. 2686.

Arts & Issues Series Continues With Robert Ballard On Nov. 18

Known internationally for completing more than 100 deep-sea expeditions-including his discoveries of the R.M.S. Titanic in 1985 and recently JFK's PT-109-explorer Robert Ballard comes to SIUE on Nov. 18 as part of SIUE's Arts & Issues series. The deep-sea explorer will appear at 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom.

Ballard also can boast the discovery of the German battleship Bismarck and World War II's "Ost fleet" of Guadalcanal. "Dr. Ballard's career has been filled with the excitement of discovery and the search for ancient history," says John Peecher, assistant director of development for the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences and coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. "He promises to bring some of that excitement to Arts & Issues in this year of our explorations theme.

"Whether he regales us with tales of the Titanic or his search for proof that a cataclysmic deluge gave rise to the story of Noah and the flood, Dr. Ballard always inspires us with his life-long passion of exploration."

Committed to fostering the next generation of explorers, Ballard founded the JASON Foundation for Education, dedicated to inspiring students to pursue learning in science, math, and technology through exploration and discovery

Ballard is president of the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, Conn., and director of the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography.

In addition to the Titanic, the Bismark, and the remains of the patrol torpedo boat that John F. Kennedy commanded in World War II, Ballard also found the American aircraft carrier Yorktown, sunk during the Battle of Midway. A 1999 Ballard expedition uncovered remains of ancient human habitation in the Black Sea and a nearly perfectly preserved, 1500-year-old shipwreck.

Information about the Nov. 18 Robert Ballard appearance and how to order tickets may be found on the Arts & Issues Web site: artsandissues.com and in a printed brochure available by contacting John Peecher, Ext. 2626, or, by e-mail: jpeeche@siue.edu.

Tickets are $9; students, $4.50; and also are available at the Morris Center Information Desk, (618) 650-5555.

The remaining Arts & Issues season includes: The acclaimed musicians of The Aspen Ensemble (Jan. 22); the "rockin' gospel celebration" of the Blind Boys of Alabama (Feb. 6); the exciting Grammy Award-winning Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (2:00 p.m. Feb. 29); National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, who will speak about the Lewis and Clark Expedition (March 16); the explosive and creative movement of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago (April 2); and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Norman Mailer (April 20).

Men's Soccer Collects NCAA Bid

SIUE received a bid to the NCAA Men's Soccer Championships and will be the No. 2 seed in the Central region. The Cougars, 16-3, play third-seeded Rockhurst, 10-8-1, on Thursday (11/13) at 1 p.m. The game will be played on the home field of the region's top seed Truman State in Kirksville, Mo.

The winner of the SIUE-Rockhurst game goes on to play Truman State on Saturday (11/15) at 1 p.m.

SIUE Coach Ed Huneke was elated with the news. "It's a whole new season now that requires us to be at our best," he said. Huneke noted that SIUE's 4-0 victory over Rockhurst on a neutral field should not allow anyone to be presumptuous.

"Rockhurst has been a dominant team the last two years. They know how to get ready for these big games," said Huneke.

The Cougars know a little something about the postseason as well. This is SIUE's 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars last made the tournament in 2001, advancing to the national semifinals before bowing out in an overtime game. This will be the 18th meeting between SIUE and Rockhurst. SIUE leads the series 12-4-1, including this season's victory.

Huneke said Sunday's (11/8) 3-1 heartbreaking loss to Lewis may prove to help the Cougars. Despite losing the Great Lakes Valley Conference title and a 15-game winning streak, Huneke said the Cougars appear to be ready.

In that game, SIUE had scored the first goal of the game just three minutes in as Pete Cacciatore (St. Louis), a second team All-GLVC pick, scored unassisted. "We got a little soft after scoring the first goal," said Huneke.

The Cougars will have to battle through the loss behind junior Addae Rique (Trinidad & Tobago), who was named the GLVC Player of the Year. He was joined on the first team by senior forward Cal Thomas (Rochester), sophomore back Tim Velten (St. Louis) and senior goalkeeper Bret Richardson (Mt. Vernon, Ind.). Richardson currently holds a 0.55 goals against average as the Cougars outscored their opponents 51-12 so far this season.

Cougars Head To GLVC Tournament Confident

Forget about the fact that SIUE is the only school which defeated every other Great Lakes Valley Conference school in volleyball during the regular season.

That's irrelevant.

"What that means is that we can't get overconfident," said SIUE Coach Todd Gober as his 24-6 team prepare for this week's Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament in Highland Hts., Ky. The second-seeded Cougars play seventh-seeded Lewis at 2:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the tournament, a team the Cougars just downed in four games this past weekend. "The fact that we just defeated Lewis may be a negative for us. We have to come out fired up for them because they played us very tough at their place," Gober said.

Gober has watched his team has emerged as a balanced club with offensive weapons coming from all sides. Andrea Voss (St. Rose), a senior middle hitter, leads the GLVC in hitting percentage (.376) and blocks per game (1.73).

Sophomore middle hitter Heather Bonde (Millstadt) is third in hitting percentage in GLVC matches among those with five or more attacks per game. Sophomore outside hitter Kindra Westendorf (Effingham) has lifted her hitting percentage to .269 after finishing last season at .189. Sophomore setter Krystal Majernik (Normal) leads the GLVC in assists per game at 12.34.

"Every player on the roster has had a better year than I had expected," said Gober. "My first concern is that we were so young."

Men's Basketball Faces Bradley

Fans will get their first look at the revamped SIUE men's basketball team. Unfortunately, they'll have to go to Peoria to do it. SIUE plays the Bradley Braves on Thursday (11/13) in an exhibition game set for 7:05 p.m.

SIUE Coach Marty Simmons said this game will give him an opportunity to show off some different looks. "We have to see where we are collectively and as individuals," said Simmons. "We will play a lot of guys, but we'll treat it like a real game."

The real-game atmosphere is what Simmons said will give him a better idea about his team. "Bradley is one of the better teams in the Missouri Valley, and they have good fans."

Simmons said he hasn't made up his mind on a starting lineup, especially with some early-season injuries. Returning starters Ron Jones (Kankakee) and Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyville) look to return to their spots. Jones was SIUE's leading scorer last season at 15.5 points per game. Bauersachs averaged 7.1 points per game and has started all 53 games in his collegiate career.

SIUE also will look to preseason All-American Dan Lytle (Edwardsville) for support in the frontcourt. The 6-11 center transferred to SIUE from Evansville. "We just have to keep getting better and better as the season goes on. I like the makeup of this team. We just have to continue to get better," Simmons said.

Women's Basketball Opens Against UIS

SIUE Coach Wendy Hedberg watched on the sidelines as her women's basketball team took its lumps against Division I Western Illinois and Indiana State over the weekend. The Cougars now open the regular season on Saturday (11/15) with a 7 p.m. tip-off against Illinois-Springfield at the Vadalabene Center.

SIUE won by 34 points last season over UIS, but SIUE isn't expecting the same type of game this season. "I know they have added several players, so it will be an interesting game," said Hedberg.

While the Cougars aren't likely to see too many teams as tall, quick and pressure-oriented as Western Illinois and Indiana State, the experience should make SIUE a better team. "The exhibition games were two different styles. Western Illinois has a good inside game, while Indiana State is more guard-oriented and likes to pressure the ball," said Hedberg.

Hedberg said she saw some good play out of a number of players, including senior guard Jessica Robert (Carlyle), junior guard Sara Unterbrink (Madison, Mo.), senior center Kristen Boss (Carrollton) and freshman center Julianne McMillen (Pana).

Wrestling Faces McKendree In Opener

Look out Belleville, here comes the Cougars. The SIUE wrestling team opens the 2003-2004 dual meet season with a matchup against McKendree on Wednesday (11/12) at 7 p.m. The match will be contested at Belleville West High School where former SIUE All-American Al Sears is the head coach.

SIUE Coach Booker Benford will send his lineup against a McKendree program that began wrestling as an intercollegiate sport this past spring. Benford said he'll look to the team's experienced wrestlers like 165-pounder Matt Oliva (Bartlett), 157- pounder Matt Warren (East Peoria), and 184-pounder Branden Lorek (Bensenville) to set the standard. Benford said he's simply looking for his wrestlers to compete hard for seven minutes. "It will be interesting to see how they do in a dual meet," Benford said.

SIUE will have a number of newcomers in the lineup, including 125-pounder Steve Chico (Hammond, Ind.), 134-pounder Steve Peach (Granite City), and 149-pounder Joe Rujawitz (Belleville), who graduated from Belleville West High School.

Decker Named First Team All-GLVC

Sara Decker was honored last weekend after being tabbed a first team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection. Decker, a four-time All-GLVC honoree, helped the Cougars to a 10-7 record after scoring four goals and adding four assists. She earned GLVC Player of the Week honors in September after scoring goals in three consecutive games.

She added a goal and an assist in SIUE's conference victory over Lewis. It is the third time in her collegiate career she has been named first team All-GLVC, the others being the 2000 and 2002 season. She was a second-team All-GLVC choice in 2001. She also was named GLVC Freshman of the Year in 2000. She ends her collegiate career tied for sixth on the all-time scoring list with 25 goals and 22 assists for 72 points.

Men's Soccer Poised For GLVC Repeat

SIUE men's soccer wants another trophy. After winning the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament last season, SIUE heads into this year's tournament with a 14-game winning streak and a 15-2 overall record.

SIUE, ranked 10th in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II poll, plays rival Quincy on Friday (11/7) at 7:30 p.m. at Korte Stadium in a tournament semifinal game. That game will be preceded by the first semifinal matchup featuring second-seeded Southern Indiana, 10-6-1, and third-seeded Lewis, 10-5-2, at 5 p.m. The championship game of the tournament is set for Sunday (11/9) at noon.

SIUE men's soccer coach Ed Huneke is confident that his team's 13-day layoff should be a plus rather than detrimental. "We've had time to heal some wounds, and we can still create intense enough practices to keep them sharp," said Huneke.

The Cougars will not take fifth-seeded Quincy lightly. Huneke said the two teams' long-time rivalry may be a factor. He also sees Quincy aiming to end its season on a positive note. Quincy, 9-8-2, upset fourth-seeded Wisconsin-Parkside 3-0 in Sunday's quarterfinal game in Kenosha, Wis. "Winning the conference tournament would be a big plus for them," Huneke said.

The Cougars feel confident of their spot in the NCAA postseason. SIUE holds just one loss in the region to undefeated Truman State, a 1-0 defeat on a neutral field on the first day of the season.

Cross Country Set For NCAA Regionals

SIUE coach Darryl Frerker believes his men's and women's cross country teams are in the best position possible to advance to the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships.

The regional qualifying meet gives the top four women's teams and the top two men's teams a ticket to the national championships in Raleigh, N.C., on Nov. 22. The regional meet is set for Saturday (11/8) at Hudsonville, Mich., with a 6,000-meter women's race set to begin at 11 a.m. followed by a 10,000-meter men's race at noon. "We're finally at that position of being healthy and running well," said Frerker.

The Cougars placed second at the recent Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships and are hoping for a similar finish at the regional meet, which includes teams from the Great Lakes Valley and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic conferences.

SIUE's top individual performers appear to be Breanne Steffens (Moline) for the women and Brian Taghon (East Moline) for the men. Steffens became the first SIUE runner to win the GLVC Championships individual title. Taghon, a sophomore, placed fourth and became a two-time All-GLVC performer.

SIUE's Mary Witte (Normal) and Nick Campbell (Charleston) also were All-GLVC runners, placing in the top 10 at the league's annual meet. "We're going to this meet with the attitude that someone is going to qualify for the national meet," Frerker said.

Volleyball Eyes Postseason

With three games remaining in the regular season, SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober believes the time is now to begin planning for the postseason. SIUE, 22-5 overall and 10-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, plays its final home game of the regular season on Tuesday (11/4) against Central Missouri State, which enters the match ranked 20th nationally according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The Cougars then travel to Lewis on Friday (11/7) for a 7 p.m. match and Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday (11/8) for a 1 p.m. match. The Lewis and Wisconsin-Parkside games conclude the regular season and the Cougars' GLVC schedule. "Our playoff attitude has got to get going right now," said Gober.

The Cougars held a slight lead to become the No. 1 seed and the host for the GLVC Championships on Nov. 14-16. However, a three-game loss at Southern Indiana this past Friday (10/31) may have shifted the seeds and the hosting duties. SIUE must now sweep Lewis and Wisconsin-Parkside and have Northern Kentucky take a loss to Southern Indiana or Kentucky Wesleyan. "We didn't overlook Southern Indiana. They were incredibly fired up," Gober said.

Southern Indiana may have returned the favor as it was SIUE who dashed Southern Indiana's hopes of being the No. 1 seed last season. Gober said his team has to remained focused with the top offense in the GLVC. SIUE is hitting .287 as a team. Middle hitters Andrea Voss (St. Rose) and Heather Bonde (Millstadt) are Nos. 1 and 6, respectively, in hitting percentage.

Women's Basketball Plays Exhibition Season

With exhibition season, it's also evaluation season for the SIUE women's basketball team.

SIUE plays two games in three days on the road in exhibition play. The Cougars face Western Illinois at 7 p.m. on Friday (11/7) and Indiana State on Sunday (11/9) at 2 p.m.

SIUE coach Wendy Hedberg said four of five spots in her lineup appear to be set, although with strong bench play even that could change. "The players coming off the bench and contributing will help," Hedberg said. Her focus, however, will be on running the offense and sharpening the defense. "We need to see where we are and get a feel for different combinations of players," Hedberg said.

"Right now, I'm happy with where we are with practice."

Study Shows Fatal Vision Campaign Works … For Some Students

No, being "virtually drunk" doesn't give you a virtual hangover. It also may not be the anti-drunk-driving tool we all assume it is.

The "Fatal Vision" anti-drunk-driving presentation (produced by Wisconsin-based Innocorp) features goggles that provide a "virtual reality" for the wearer. Their lenses are designed to simulate the visual impairment caused by alcohol or other drugs.

Fatal Vision presentations are made to high school and college students by school officials, law enforcement officers, government agencies and community groups across the country. A few students are picked out to wear the goggles and perform tasks such as walking heel to toe. A video featuring people whose lives have been affected by drunk drivers also is shown at each presentation.

Jeremy Jewell, assistant professor of Psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, says the approach works-but only for those students who actually wear the goggles. "I don't think there's been any other study in the country on the effectiveness of the presentation," Jewel said. "It's a good approach under the right circumstances, but probably not as it is being used now."

In a study of 163 SIUE students, Jewel found that those who wore the goggles changed their perceptions about drinking and driving. Those who didn't had a different reaction. "We compared perceptions of drinking and driving before and after the presentation," Jewel said.

"The students who wore the goggles felt differently about drinking and driving afterward. Those who only watched the others came away with the opinion that the presentation did not depict their behavior when they're drunk.

"The conclusion you can draw is that the presentation is effective for those few who actually wear the goggles," Jewel said. "But it is not broadly effective for all who attend the presentations, so may be reaching only a limited audience. The goggles work, but the research shows that we have to get them on more of our students and children."

More than 500,000 people are injured or killed in alcohol-related automobile accidents every year, according to a National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. A national survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration showed that 10 percent of Americans admitted to driving while under the influence of alcohol within the previous year. In fatal crashes, 21-24 year-olds have the highest intoxication rates, and 15 percent of the 16-20-year-old drivers that were involved in fatal crashes were intoxicated (NHTSA, 2000).

Additionally, recent research shows that children who begin drinking before the age of 16 were significantly more likely to engage in future drunk-driving behavior than those who started drinking later.

Todd Burrell Named SIUE Director Of Admissions

Todd Burrell, of Columbia, was named SIUE director of Admissions, effective Oct. 20, according to Boyd Bradshaw, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment. Management.

In his new position, Burrell is responsible for participating in enrollment planning, development and implementation of marketing and recruitment plans and strategies, management of all student admission file processing, and implementation of SIUE's admission policies.

Burrell also oversees the offices of Admission Counseling and Recruitment, Admission Review and Processing, International and Graduate Admissions, and Academic Marketing and Mailing Services.

Before joining the SIUE staff, Burrell had been associate director in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Saint Louis University. From 1992-1996, Burrell was assistant director of Admissions at Quincy University. Burrell earned a bachelor of science in Business Management at Quincy in 1992.

He has been a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) since 1997, and he is currently serving a three-year term as president-elect of the Missouri ACAC. In addition, Burrell is a member of Great Plains ACAC, the Illinois ACAC, as well as the American Association for College Registrars and Admission Counselors.

           
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