Illinois State Sen. Evelyn Bowles will receive a Distinguished Service Award at SIUE's Dec. 14 commencement.
The SIUE award is given at commencement exercises to honor those who have demonstrated outstanding service to the university, the region, and the state. Sen. Bowles has served the people of Madison County and the region as a dedicated public official for more than 45 years.
Fall commencement is scheduled at 9 a.m., with ceremonies for the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Schools of Engineering and Nursing; and at 1 p.m., with ceremonies for the Schools of Business and Education. The commencement speaker in the morning will be Emerita Professor Marilynn Livingston, who served the university for more than 30 years until her retirement earlier this fall. The afternoon commencement speaker will be Economics and Finance Professor Donald S. Elliott Jr.
A native of Worden, Bowles began her career as a public school teacher in Livingston and Edwardsville, entering government service in 1951 as Chief Deputy Madison County Clerk. In 1974 she was elected County Clerk, serving five consecutive terms. In May 1994 she was appointed to represent the 56th Illinois Senate District after the death of Sen. Sam Vadalabene. Later that year, she was elected to the senate and re-elected in 1998 to a four-year term. Last year, Bowles announced her intention not to run when her term expires in January.
Sen. Bowles' legislative leadership has been significant, including her introduction of new penalties for individuals convicted of illegally possessing chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine and the increase in penalties for those who desecrate grave markers in cemeteries.
In 1997, she helped pass the first state statute in the nation regulating the preprocessing of certain single-use surgical devices. The FDA subsequently incorporated several of the same guidelines. Bowles also has sponsored several important health-related bills that were passed by the General Assembly.
Bowles has been honored by many organizations for outstanding public service. Her accomplishments have been recognized by the National Organization for Women, the Girl Scouts, the Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women, Rotary Clubs International, and the Sons of the American Revolution.
As an Illinois state legislator, Bowles has been an exemplary representative of her constituents and a staunch supporter of SIUE. For example, she helped appropriate state funding for the electronic entrance signs to the university, which have improved the gateways to SIUE.
In addition, she was instrumental in encouraging SBC Ameritech to donate $25,000 as a kick-off for the initial fund-raising campaign of the Friends of the Sou'wester, a support organization for the literary magazine published by the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature. The senator also regularly participates in seminars and educational activities for SIUE.
Professor Livingston, who joined the SIUE Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 1969, became a faculty member of the newly formed Department of Computer Science in 1986. She served as chair of that department from 1999 until her retirement.
She earned a doctorate in Mathematics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and served on the Mathematics faculty at the University of Alberta and at Oregon State University before coming to SIUE.
Joining the faculty in 1976, Professor Elliott went on to receive the Teaching Excellence Award, the highest accolade given a teacher at SIUE. During his tenure at SIUE, Elliott has welcomed the opportunity to broaden his perspective by participating in faculty exchanges in France and China. Professionally, Elliott has served as president of the Illinois Economic Association and as past chairman of the SIUE Department of Economics and Finance.
He earned a bachelor's in Economics and Mathematics at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and his doctorate in Economics at the University of Minnesota.
During her career as an anthropologist, Katherine Dunham anticipated the way anthropologists treat research today by documenting her relationships with the people she studied, according to SIUE Emerita Professor Joyce Aschenbrenner.
Dunham recorded not only the facts, but also her interactions with the people in the Caribbean and in other societies.
When Dunham did the research about a particular culture, she demonstrated and interpreted that research in a dance medium. "I recall many years ago," Aschenbrenner said, "Ms. Dunham spoke at Yale about her research, but also brought along her dancers to interpret the research through dance.
"I don't think the academics at Yale had ever seen that before," Aschenbrenner said with a chuckle. "She had become immersed in the culture of a country and presented it as anthropology research, but also as art."
Aschenbrenner taught anthropology at SIUE for more than 20 years until she retired in 1972. The admiration she feels for Dunham is evident in her newest book: Katherine Dunham: Dancing a Life. It's an astute biography of the dancer-anthropologist as a globally influential choreographer and institution-builder. Aschenbrenner's first book about Dunham was Katherine Dunham: Reflections on the Social and Political Contexts of Afro-American Dance.
Aschenbrenner will be autographing the new book at a book signing from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Katherine Dunham Museum, 1005 Pennsylvania Ave., East St. Louis.
"This new book is more of a biography than the first one," Aschenbrenner said, "but it's also different in that it looks at Ms. Dunham's dancing and how it fits in with her anthropological interests. Ms. Dunham has a broad view of dance; to her it's part of the total society."
Forty-percent of the new book's sales will go toward operation of the Dunham Museum, which opened in 1979 as a cultural center that houses musical instruments, memorabilia, artifacts, and costumes from Dunham's 30 years of travel and performances in 50 countries.
The free Nov. 30 event, sponsored by the Katherine Dunham Center for Arts and Humanities (KDCAH) and the Friends of Katherine Dunham, will include a performance by KDCAH's Children's Workshop, which is under the direction of Dunham protégé Ruby Streate.
After chronicling Dunham's Northern Illinois upbringing, Dancing a Life also surveys the 93-year-old legend's artistic, academic, and activist careers: her entry into dance and anthropology in Chicago; her pioneering contributions to world cultures and societies; her adoption of East St. Louis as a permanent home in 1967, where she launched the SIUE-backed Performing Arts Training Center; and her 47-day fast of "conscience and compassion" for Haitian refugees in 1992.
It also covers the years from 1968-1982 when she was artist-in-residence at SIUE and director of the former Katherine Dunham Center for the Performing Arts at SIUE's East St. Louis Center. Dunham is an emerita university professor.
Dancing a Life also notes the naming of Katherine Dunham Hall at SIUE in 1998 and highlights Dunham's 90th birthday celebration in 1999. The latter event drew several generations of Dunham's friends, former dance company members, cultural luminaries such as Debbie Allen, and hundreds of community artists and residents.
"The book also covers Ms. Dunham's work in East St. Louis, her children's workshops, the Dunham Museum, and the annual Dunham Technique Seminar that is conducted by her former students from around the world.
"I've become so absorbed by what Ms. Dunham has done throughout her career," Aschenbrenner said. "She has done anthropology research the way it should be done. And, the way she writes about her research is so descriptive of everyday lives in a culture and how she relates to the people.
"Anthropologists now know that we can no longer separate the subjective from the objective."
For information about the Nov. 30 program, call the Dunham Museum, (618) 874-6480, or the SIUE Department of English (Drumvoices Revue), (618) 650-3991.
The SIU Board of Trustees approved the appointment at its regular monthly meeting last week on the Edwardsville campus. Stucky will fill the position currently held by Hyden, who is retiring Dec. 31.
"Duane's many years of experience in higher education finance and operations will serve the university well, SIU President James E. Walker said. "I've worked with Duane previously, and his steady leadership and advice in budgeting and business affairs will be valuable to me, especially as we continue to face difficult fiscal times in Illinois."
The vice president for financial and administrative affairs reports directly to the president and is the chief financial officer of Southern Illinois University. Major responsibilities include development of budget guidelines and financial policies, coordination of capital projects, management of investments, oversight for risk management and strategic planning. The vice president also serves as treasurer for the Board of Trustees.
Stucky, who earned a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University in 1968, has held various key leadership positions during his 30-year career in higher education, including chief planning officer, chief financial officer, treasurer and interim chancellor.
He has served five universities, including a nine-year stint at the University of Missouri, where he served as interim chancellor. Stucky, who currently resides in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has served on numerous professional and community service boards and has published articles on higher education planning and operation.
"While we are greatly disappointed by this turn of events, the situation was unavoidable," said John Peecher, assistant director of development for SIUE's College of Arts and Sciences and coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. "We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause our audience, and we send our best regards and wishes to Samite."
Series subscribers are being contacted by letter regarding the cancellation and postponement, and are being informed how their tickets will be handled. All other ticketholders are offered four options:
• Donate their tickets to the Arts & Issues series and receive a letter for income tax purposes;
• Return their tickets for replacement for next season's concert date to be announced;
• Exchange their tickets for an upcoming 2002-2003 Arts & Issues series event; or,
• Return their tickets for a refund.
For information, contact John Peecher, assistant director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences and coordinator of the Arts & Issues series by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone: Ext. 2626.
Organizers of the series offer their apologies to subscribers and ticketholders for any inconvenience this postponement has created. The entire Arts & Issues series is on the Web: www.siue.edu/ARTS_ISSUES.
A.) A notice from the IRS;
B.) An overdue parking ticket from a nearby city;
C.) Junk mail; or,
D) Your paycheck
If you're one of the 400 or so employees of SIUE who still receives a paper paycheck in the mail-as opposed to an electronic transfer of your hard-earned cash directly into the bank-you might want to check D.
So, don't throw that envelope away just yet. Check the return address. If it reads "Southern Illinois University Bursar," open it. However, if the return address is that of the Bureau of Traffic Fines for the city of St. Louis . . . well, you're on your own.
"We have a new, computerized system here in Administrative Accounting that prints the checks, imprints the signature, then seals the envelope," says SIUE Controller Karen Stovall. "Most of our employees have switched to using EFT (electronic funds transfer), but there are those who still prefer to have that paycheck in their hands."
Stovall said the old system involved running the paychecks through a "signature machine" that imprints the SIU treasurer's name and then stuffing each paycheck in the envelope. "It was a labor-intensive project," she said. "This new system automates everything."
Earlier this year, the university decided to encourage new employees to have paychecks electronically deposited into their back accounts. It also was decided that paper paychecks would be mailed to the home rather than making them available for pickup in the Office of the Bursar. "We didn't want to force current employees to switch over, but we gave them that option and when we went to mailing paychecks quite a few switched to EFT."
Stovall said there are several advantages to using EFT, not the least of which is it eliminates waiting for the mail. The process also eliminates driving to the bank. "EFT is good for the employees and it's good for the university because it's much more efficient," she said. "If employees don't trust the system, most banks have a phone number to call to make sure the money's been deposited."
Accounting wanted to get the word out about the new look of the paychecks, Stovall said, because they appear to be other than what they are. "We were afraid some employees might think they were junk mail and, of course, we don't want them to throw away their paychecks."
Volleyball Coach Todd Gober has announced that Beth DeGreeff (St. Louis), Tricia Happe (St. Louis) and Jamie Jones (Flanagan) have signed national letters of intent to play for the Cougars in 2003.
"We have addressed the areas we needed to address with these players," said Gober. "It will make for some good competition at certain spots."
DeGreeff, a 5-foot-9-inch outside hitter at Oakville (MO) High School, was named the Most Valuable Player her senior year. The first team All-District selection also spent two years at Nerinx Hall. "Beth is a very experienced player," Gober said. "She is coming in as a very polished player and should compete for an outside hitter position."
Happe, a 5-11 outside hitter, played prep volleyball at Incarnate Word Academy. She was awarded first team All-District honors for three consecutive seasons. She also was a second team All-Conference selection her senior season. "Tricia comes from a good high school and club program," Gober said. "She is good defensively, and has a great work ethic so I expect her transition to college to be smooth."
Both DeGreeff and Happe play club volleyball for Team St. Louis.
Jones, a 5-11 middle blocker from Flanagan (IL) High School, earned first team All-Area honors from the Bloomington (IL) Daily Pantagraph newspaper her senior year. She led the Bloomington area in blocking with 1.9 per game and was second in hitting with 5.5 kills per game. Jones, who plays club volleyball for Illinois Juniors, also added honorable mention All-State honors by the Champaign (IL) News-Gazette newspaper to her prep résumé. "Jamie led her high school team to a fantastic year," Gober said. "She has good athleticism and will fit in well with our team."
Chris Camacho (Quincy), Matt Evers (Edwardsville), Josh Hickam (Granite City), and Mike Ngonyani (Bloomington, Ind.) were honored as members of the 2002 National Soccer Coaches Association of America's All-Central Region men's soccer team.
The four players helped the Cougars to a 13-4-2 record and a Great Lakes Valley Conference title. "We had much success this year," said coach Ed Huneke. "That was obviously supported by this fine group of soccer players."
Camacho, a senior defender and a first team All-Region selection,. was a leader in the backfield and registered five assists. "Camacho had a great read of the game and had a high skill level for a defender," Huneke said.
Evers, a senior goalkeeper and named to the All-Region second team, was the GLVC's leading goalkeeper with a 0.72 goals against average. "Evers was very solid, steady, and played error-free goalkeeping," said Huneke.
Hickam, a senior forward and a second team All-Region selection, tied for most goals (12) and points (26). His five goals in the post-season led the Cougars to the GLVC title. "Hickam was very clutch," Huneke said. "He scored many game winning goals for us."
Ngonyani, a junior forward and a first team All-Region selection, matched Hickam with 12 goals and 26 points. He also led the team in shots with 62. "Ngonyani was dangerous in numerous ways," Huneke said.
In response to an unanticipated budget shortfall in the Intercollegiate Athletics program due to revenue cuts, recent increases in the cost of health care insurance, and an increase in board costs for student-athletes, SIUE will discontinue the sport of wrestling at the end of the 2002-2003 season.
"This was not an easy decision," said SIUE Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt, "but it is the most prudent financial decision. In keeping with the university's Vision Statement, Intercollegiate Athletics' prime ambition is to be recognized nationally for the excellence in its programs," said Hewitt.
"We considered many options, including across-the-board cuts and the opportunity for additional revenues sources, and decided that discontinuing the wrestling program was the most realistic option, consistent with the our guiding principles and strategic plan."
Hewitt said SIUE's Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (ICAC), an 11-member advisory panel made up of nine staff and faculty members and two SIUE students, assisted in the identification and analysis of the viability of each of the university's 15 sports.
This analysis looked at several facets, including the university's affiliation with the Great Lakes Valley Conference, participation levels at NCAA Division II institutions and state of Illinois high schools, overall academic performance of the sport's student-athletes, media interest, community involvement, facility conditions, and recent success.
Hewitt, who estimated the annual budget shortfall at $110,000, said other options, such as a dramatic increase in student fees or seeking additional recurring state support, did not receive constituent support because of these difficult financial times. He said each student-athlete on the wrestling team currently receiving aid from Athletics would have their current level of aid continued through graduation with the expectation they make progress toward a degree.
The Cougars have emerged as the early leader in the Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy race with the completion of all of the fall league championships.
SIUE leads with 51 points and is followed closely by Southern Indiana with 49, Indianapolis with 43.5 and Northern Kentucky with 43. Points are awarded based on each team's performance in conference championship events.
The remaining conference sports include men's track, women's track, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's golf, men's tennis, softball and baseball.
2002-03 GLVC All Sports Trophy Team Standings
(As of Nov. 18, 2002)
1. SIU Edwardsville 51 points
2. Southern Indiana 49 points
3. Indianapolis 43.5 points
4. Northern Kentucky 43 points
5. Lewis 36.5 points
6. Quincy 31 points
7. Wisconsin-Parkside 30 points
8. Missouri-St. Louis 27 points
9. Bellarmine 25 points
10. Saint Joseph's 20 points
11. Kentucky Wesleyan 5 points
A new era of Cougar men's basketball will begin Saturday (11/23) as SIUE plays host to Illinois-Springfield at 7:30 p.m. at the Vadalabene Center. It will be the first home game and first regular season game for new Head Coach Marty Simmons.
"Our guys are excited about the first game," Simmons said. "The guys have worked extremely hard in the off-season and in preseason practice and are looking forward to the game."
Illinois-Springfield's program is in its first season and is a member of the NAIA. Simmons indicated they have some key recruits and will pose a test to the Cougars. "They are good," Simmons said. "There is no doubt they will be a test for us."
SIUE dropped an 89-70 decision to Illinois State two weeks ago (11/4) in an exhibition game. After being down 21 points at halftime, the Cougars cut the lead to 10 at one point in the second half, and outscored Illinois State 46-44 in the second frame. "Even though we were down early," said Simmons, "we kept fighting back, and I think that showed good character from our team.
"We did allow a lot of points, so we have been concentrating on and working with our defense in practice so we'll see an improvement on Saturday."
The SIUE women's basketball team will begin its season this weekend at the Kitchen Pass Tipoff in Pittsburg, Kan. SIUE will play Southwest Baptist on Friday (11/22) at 5 p.m., going on to play host to Pittsburg State on Saturday (11/23) at 7 p.m.
"We need to go into the games and play our game," said Coach Wendy Hedberg. "We need to pick up and maintain our intensity. We will be ready to get out there and play hard."
The Cougars fell to Southeast Missouri State 81-65 in an exhibition game Friday (11/15). Ruth Kipping (Quincy) led all scorers with 23 points. Hedberg mentioned she was pleased the way the team fought Southeast's press. "For the most part, I was happy with our effort," she said. "We were down most of the game, but we never gave up, so I was happy about that. Overall, it gave us a good look at where we are right now and what we need to work on."
SIUE will open conference play at Indianapolis Nov. 30. The home opener is Dec. 5 vs. Lewis.
Despite three match points, SIUE's volleyball team was eliminated from the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament by Indianapolis. At the same time, the Cougars did not receive a bid to the 48-team national tournament.
"Overall, I am very happy with the way the season has gone," said Coach Todd Gober, who guided the Cougars to a 21-10 record overall and an 11-3 record in the GLVC. "We defeated some good teams at the beginning of the season and had great matches against the top teams in the conference at the end of the year. I think we have a lot to build on for next year."
The Cougars did have a chance at a bid for the NCAA Tournament, but learned Sunday (11/17) that Lewis, Southern Indiana, Grand Valley State, Northwood, Ferris State and Wheeling Jesuit will represent the Great Lakes Region in the tournament.
SIUE had opened a 2-1 lead on Indianapolis, but dropped game four and the decisive game five as it was eliminated from the conference tournament. "We were in control of some games, but it seemed like Indianapolis was just a little more hungry and focused," Gober said. "We held our composure but Indianapolis came out on top."
Southern Indiana defeated Northern Kentucky to claim the conference tournament title. SIUE closes its season with a 21-10 overall record and an 11-3 Great Lakes Valley Conference record. "I can't say enough about our seniors Kelly Schaill (Princeton), Jennifer Trame (Highland), Jenny Franklin (LaSalle) and Kari Karban (Belleville)," Gober said. "We also have some great players on the team that we can build around."
The SIUE wrestling team will face a tough test Saturday (11/23) in the Missouri Open in Columbia, Mo. "In the past, this has always been a tough tournament," Coach Booker Benford said. "There will be a lot of Big Ten schools there as well as a lot of Big 12 teams."
SIUE is coming off a win over Missouri Baptist. The Cougars were down 14-0 but won the last six matches to secure a 25-14 victory. Matt Oliva (Bartlett) got the Cougars on the board with a victory in the 157-pound division. Mike Davis (Alton) and Branden Lorek (Hanover Park) each pinned their opponent. Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.), Shaun Diltz (Mexico, Mo.) and Aaron Wiens (Cicero) each outlasted their opponent to help the Cougars to the victory.
"Oliva's win helped the team a lot," Benford said. "After that match, we were able to regroup and get the team more mentally tough."
Using a basketball metaphor, Mark Bacus says when the writing comes easiest, he's "in the zone." And, he seems to have reached the zone on more than one occasion.
Over the years, his screenplays have been admired by no less than Francis Ford Coppola and several well-known actors and producers, such as R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket), Bill Paxton and Brent Briscoe (Simple Plan), Forrest Murray (Spitfire Grill), and Brian Hohlfeld (He Said, She Said).
His latest effort, co-authored with his "idea guy," Marty Nowak, recently came in third in the Cinemaspoke screenplay competition at the St. Louis International Film Festival.
"I've never been enamored with competitions," Bacus said, "but now that we entered one, I can see the merits." The assistant to the SIUE provost says that last remark with a straight face, but he is clearly excited by this latest development. "The script (whose title is Harlan Poe) was given a public reading earlier this year and that was the most exciting part about this competition," he said.
"You never really know if a script is tight enough until you get that audience reaction." But he also admits to excitement at becoming a finalist. "It is a form of validation."
Harlan Poe could be "the" break he's been looking for. The folks at Wyle-Katz Co. (that's Wyle as in ER's Noah Wyle) have taken an option on the script, which means they get first chance to turn it into a film.
Bacus also wrote a script, Win Each Way, that chronicles a dart match in a pub in England. It was developed from an idea by Jeffrey French, a producer-director Bacus met through a networking group of writers and producers. French's company has already shot the film on location in the north of England and in San Francisco and is now in post-production.
"The networking group that was established with Coppola's help (called "The Viewmasters") has been a great help to me over the years," Bacus said. "I've made many great friends there. That's how I met Marty."
For several years, Bacus-a 1986 SIUE graduate-directed, performed and wrote for the Piasa Players in Alton. He also has won recognition and awards for his poetry (notably, the "Axis Mundi" cycle), for his essays, short stories, and stage plays, which include Two Hours Before the Ford and Sometimes a Light Surprises.
Because he's been noticed in parts of the film industry, Bacus receives requests by production companies and other writers to edit scripts and help hone dialogue. "I am passionate about character development," he said. "I try to give each one a distinct voice," Bacus explained. "When I'm 'in the zone' I get an adrenaline rush while creating dialogue and situations."
And, he admits to bucking the established Hollywood norms. "I'm very careful in telling a story," Bacus said. "My intention is to create stories that uplift and give hope. Don't get me wrong-I'm all for drama and dark characters; my writing is full of them, but in the end, goodness is the victor. In today's market, that may not be an 'easy sell,' but I stand by my convictions that a well-told story can still shape the values and ethics of its audience.
"I steer clear of trendy plots and themes" he said. "My stories are akin to a good old herringbone jacket-timeless, comfy, and plain. Perhaps that's why I placed third instead of first. But, that's OK-there's still a market for tweed."