Six area family businesses were recognized recently by the SIUE School of Business for excellence in industry and positive impact on the community with the 2002 Mississippi Valley Family Business of the Year Award.
The winners-selected from a field of 13 nominees-were announced at the School of Business gala at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel and Suites in mid-November. "The School of Business takes great pride in being able to recognize these multigenerational family businesses who continually strive to make contributions to their industries and their communities," said Gary Giamartino, dean of the School of Business.
The 2002 School of Business gala-attended by more than 350 people-raised more than $85,000 for minority student scholarships in the School of Business and for family business education programs.
The winners of this year's awards were selected by a panel of judges-experts in financial services, organizational management, and law, along with principals of family businesses. Each nominee submitted an application packet to the panel and was judged on the following criteria:
Proven business success
Positive family-business linkage
Multi-generation family business involvement
Contributions to industry and community
The awards were given in three categories: large (250 or more employees), medium (50 to 250 employees), and small (fewer than 50 employees). Separate awards were given to firms located in Illinois and Missouri. Past winners have included businesses in fields as diverse as home building, food distribution, party rental, and mechanical contracting, and have demonstrated an ability to thrive through two or more generations of family leadership.
Joining the ranks of these successful businesses, the winners of the awards are:
F.H. Terbrock & Sons, Inc., St. Charles, Mo.-With six children to support, Frederick Henry Terbrock, encouraged by his wife, Clara, launched Fred H. Terbrock & Sons in 1957. With his sons, Alvin and Virgil, and three other employees, the business provided union-based carpentry for other builders with a goal of providing high quality service. Fred unexpectedly died at the age of 56 in 1967, leaving his sons to carry on the business. The two purchased it over the next several years, with Alvin doing the majority of the paperwork while Virgil took the lead as foreman of the men in the field. The company incorporated as F.H. Terbrock & Sons Inc., in 1967, and continued growing. By the 1980s, the company had grown to 112 carpenters, and Virgil's sons, Greg and Ken, joined Alvin's son Steve in the family business as carpenters. The company passed from the second generation to the third in 1997 with the purchase of the company by Greg, Ken, and Steve. They had an enormous amount of hands-on experience in the construction industry and through their determination and deep mutual respect for each other have worked to triple the revenues of F.H. Terbrock since assuming the company.
Paris Beacon Publishing Co., Paris, Ill.-The Paris Beacon Publishing Co. began as the weekly Prairie Beacon newspaper in 1848, incorporating under its current name in 1898. Though ownership changed a number of times, since 1926 it has been owned and managed by the Jenison family. E.M. Jenison moved from Wisconsin to take control of the company, bringing his son, Edward, along with him, and together they worked to bring the small county-seat newspaper up to near metropolitan standards. Upon his death in 1938, E.M.'s widow, Mary, became publisher with Ed assuming the role of editor. Sister Ernestine soon joined the company, and, before long, Ed's son, Ned, began working around the office. During the next 54 years, Ed continued to manage the business-becoming publisher upon Mary's death in 1972 at the age of 100-while also being called to other public duties, including three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He remained active in the company until his death at age 89 in 1996. Ned formally joined the company in 1959, and his son, Kevin, joined the staff in 1978. Today, the present corporation has four family members as officers and six as total ownership of the corporate stock. The company has kept pace with industry technology, maintaining the latest generations of computer production and establishing its presence online with a Web site.
SSE, St. Louis-While there are many women in the field of information technology, few actually own companies. When Susan Spoehrer Elliott, chairman and CEO of SSE, graduated from college and entered the workforce in 1958, career options for women were limited, but IBM was actively recruiting women. Elliott joined the company, spending eight years as a systems engineer, designing and writing programs. When she became pregnant with her first child, she left IBM to found Systems Service Enterprises Inc., now known as SSE. Operating as a corporation, Elliott continued her programming and systems analysis work, balancing her company's development with her role as wife and mother. As the personal computer was being introduced into the workplace in the early 1980s, she saw an opportunity for SSE and began offering microcomputer training, resulting in the company becoming one of the largest technology solutions providers in the region. Daughter Elizabeth Elliott Niedringhaus joined SSE as an account executive, and in helping prepare the company for the future, she has served as vice president of solutions and, currently, as vice president of business development. SSE has been a pioneer in the field of information technology, transitioning itself as the industry has evolved from mainframe computers to PCs, surviving recent industry downturns and experiencing continued overall growth.
Schuette Stores Inc., St. Rose-Peter Schuette came to the United States from Germany in the late 1850s, settling in St. Libory. After moving to a farm in St. Rose, he became known and respected as an honest and fair businessman; so much so that in 1870 he opened a general store. His two sons, Joseph and Frank, began working in the store in 1887, and as it continued to grow it dealt in dry goods, notions, shoes, stoves, tailor-made clothing, groceries, harnesses, hardware, sewing machines, barbed wire, carpets and linoleum. The St. Rose general store also dealt in live animals, such as horses and cows, and at one time, the Schuettes were the largest suppliers of fresh eggs in Clinton County. To handle its growing business, the family established the first banking concern in the St. Rose area to facilitate its expanded commerce. Frank's sons, Francis and Peter, joined the business in the 1930s, and soon operations expanded with additional grocery stores in nearby towns. Peter's sons, Mike and Tom, joined the company in the 1970s, becoming the fourth generation of Schuettes to operate the business. Today, the company employs more than 200 associates, operating six modern SuperValu Food Stores in addition to the original St. Rose general store. The company is one of the oldest continuously operating family businesses in the state of Illinois, and Schuette SuperValu Food Stores were recently ranked by Chain Store magazine as the third oldest ongoing supermarket business in the United States.
Wallis Companies, Cuba, Mo.-Bill Wallis spent his years in high school working at a local Standard gas station in Sullivan, Mo., and, when he graduated from high school in 1961, he had his mother co-sign a $1,800 note at the bank to cover the costs of acquiring the station. Over the next few years he accumulated four more stations in the area, and would have continued on had he not enlisted in the armed forces during the Vietnam War. Returning in 1968, he married high school sweetheart Lynn, bought a Skelly distributorship in Cuba, Mo., and Wallis Oil Company was created. Bill and Lynn soon decided to become a Mobil gasoline distributor and built their first Mobil station in Leasburg, Mo., which opened the same month that their first child was born. From then on, the business and the family continued to grow. In addition to the oldest child, Rachel, Jason, Chad and Adam soon followed, and Wallis Oil Company became an integral part of their lives. Mom and Dad established one rule, however: After graduating from college, the kids were required to have their first job outside of the family business. By 1992, Wallis Oil had grown to more than 20 convenience store sites with a reputation for clean facilities and quality employees. When the company acquired 47 Mobil properties in the St. Louis region, daughter Rachel and her husband, Thomas, joined the business, and over the next six years as the Wallis Companies concentrated on infrastructure, the three Wallis sons came onboard. The continued success of the company is a tribute to Bill who passed away in 2001, and today Lynn carries on as president and CEO.
Weber Chevrolet Company, Columbia-In 1902, George Weber founded Weber Implement Company, selling farm equipment such as plows, thrashers, wagons, buggies, and steam engines for farmers. It was a catalog business, located on the St. Louis waterfront, where the Gateway Arch now is located. In 1908, the company took on automobiles, and the name was changed to Weber Implement and Automobile Company, selling Hupp Mobiles, Mitchell, Lozier and others. Chrysler Corporation appointed the firm to be a distributor of Plymouth and DeSoto autos in 1930. George Weber Jr. took over as manager and president in 1941, but auto production was halted during World War II, so the showroom was converted into a die casting plant to manufacture blanking dies for Curtiss Wright aircraft. Auto production resumed in 1945, and auto sales once again became the company's main focus. Chrysler lines were dropped in 1952 when the firm became a Chevrolet franchise, and as the business grew, space problems arose, resulting in a move to West St. Louis County in 1969. George Weber III took over management of the business in 1977, and since then locations have been added in Columbia and Granite City. Each Weber Chevrolet location consistently is one of the top five Chevrolet dealers in the district in both sales and customer satisfaction.
In addition to the winners of this year's Mississippi Valley Family Business of the Year Awards, a Legacy of Excellence Award was presented to Sachs Electric of St. Louis.
Sponsors for the 2002 Mississippi Valley Family Business of the Year Awards are TheBANK of Edwardsville; Collarelli, Meyer & Associates; Edward Jones; Emerson; H&H Construction Services, Inc.; Illinois Power; The Korte Company; Laclede Gas Charitable Trust; Lexow Financial Group; MassMutual Financial Group; The Messing Family Charitable Foundation; Moto, Inc.; Paric Corporation; Partners Bank; The St. Louis American Newspaper; D & K Healthcare Resources, Inc.; Enterprise-Rent-a-Car Foundation; St. Louis Business Journal; Sheraton St. Louis City Center; Stupp Bros. Bridge and Iron Co. Foundation.
Three candidates for the position of dean of the new School of Pharmacy will visit campus in January, and as part of those visits, open meetings with faculty, staff, and students have been scheduled.
The three candidates are: Richard Stull, associate dean for Academic Affairs and a professor of Pharmacology and Endowed Chair of Informatics at Shenandoah University in Winchester Va.; Philip Medon, associate dean of Student and Professional Affairs for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Louisiana-Monroe; and Gary Stoehr, associate dean for Student and Academic Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.
With a target enrollment of 300 students, the proposed school will enroll its first class of 75 students in fall 2005. The program will accept qualified students from an accredited community college, college, or university and who have completed a defined pre-professional curriculum.
The SIUE School of Pharmacy program is a four-year professional curriculum, offered in a 2 + 2 format. The first two years will consist of study on the SIUE campus; years three and four will take place on three regional clinical campuses in Central and Southern Illinois. One of these regional clinics will be in Springfield, adjacent to the SIU School of Medicine.
The academic program will seek accreditation by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.
Stull will be on campus Jan. 16-17 and will meet with students and employees the first day of his visit from 11 a.m.-noon in Room 2407 of Founders Hall. A similar open meeting with Medon is set Jan. 23 at the same time and in the same location, and Stoehr's meeting is set for the same time and place on Jan. 27.
Stull is a 1968 graduate of SIU Carbondale,where he earned a bachelor of science in Biological Sciences. He went on to receive two degrees at Louisiana University-Monroe, a master of science in Pharmacology in 1970 and a doctorate in Pharmacology in 1973. The following year Stull was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, at the University of California- San Francisco in 1974.
Medon concurrently serves as the executive director of the University of Louisiana's Medicaid Outcomes Research and Evaluation Program. He is a 1968 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, with a bachelor of science in Pharmacy, and earned two degrees at Purdue University-a master of science in Pharmacology (1971) and a doctorate in Pharmacology (1972).
Stoehr is a 1973 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a bachelor of science in Pharmacy, and served as a resident at the Duke University Medical Center Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program in 1974-75. He also is a 1978 graduate of Duquesne University, earning a doctorate in Pharmacology.
The faculty of the proposed school will comprise about 40 members in addition to shared biomedical sciences and librarian faculty members.
Textbook Services recently moved into the building in University Park that formerly housed the School of Engineering. To drive there, take University Drive south and turn east across the median (just across from Prairie Hall) at the entrance of University Park. Then turn at the first left to 200 University Park Drive (circled above). If a brisk walk is what you crave, walkways lead from Rendleman Hall to the building in University Park. (SIUE Photo)
The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at SIUE, has been ranked fourth out of 270 ROTC programs nationally for the 2001-2002 academic year.
In making the announcement, Lt. Col. Joel Hillison, professor of military science for the ROTC program, attributed the achievement to the high quality faculty, staff, and students involved in the program. "Our success results directly from the strong teamwork between the Army ROTC program and the university," said Hillison.
"Enthusiastic support from the academic departments, especially the Schools of Business and Nursing, has led to an increase in the number of scholars, athletes, and leaders entering the program," he said.
"Students who do try the ROTC program find it to be both personally rewarding and challenging."
SIUE's program ranking was based on the number of officer commissions, the number of nurse commissions, and the quality ranking of SIUE cadets against all other cadets nationwide. "On behalf of the university, I've expressed my congratulations to Lt. Col. Hillison, the military science faculty, and the cadets," said Gary Giamartino, dean of the SIUE School of Business. "This is quite an accomplishment and an honor for our program and for SIUE."
The selection of the SIUE Army ROTC program is noteworthy as this is the second year the program has been ranked among programs at the top 10 schools in the nation. Until 2000, the SIUE Army ROTC program was an extension of the program at Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, the SIUE Army ROTC program includes students from the university, as well as McKendree College, Lewis and Clark Community College, and Southwestern Illinois College.
The Army ROTC program awards scholarships that provide financial assistance for the education and training of highly qualified and motivated young men and women. Those students who complete the program are commissioned as officers in the active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard after graduation from college.
Information about SIUE's Army ROTC program and its ranking is available by calling (618) 650-2500 or by visiting the program's Web site: www.siue.edu/ROTC.
The 25th Annual Art Auction, sponsored by the Friends of Art, raised $14,000 this year, a disappointing amount compared with the past two years but still a respectable showing.
Friends of Art President Dawn Nash said economic factors may have played a part in the low numbers. "We broke the $20,000 mark each of the past two years, so this definitely was a disappointment," Nash said. "But the amount we did collect will still go a long way in helping the efforts of the Friends of Art."
Money raised at the auction is 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 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 ArtEast Studio Tour reception.
Each year the Friends of Art assembles an array of donated artwork from faculty, visiting artists, students, and alumni from the department for auction, all in the name of enhancing the university's undergraduate and graduate art programs. This year, more than 160 pieces were sold by professional auctioneer Gary Niemeier; more than 40 pieces also were sold in a silent auction.
"We greatly appreciate the generosity of our patrons," Nash said. "We've been through dips in the economy for the past 25 years, so we know this kind of thing goes in cycles. We're confident we will eventually return to the numbers we've generated in the past."
This year's student winners of Art Auction Awards are: Pat Vivod, Printmaking, (Founder's Award-$500); Eric Nichols, Ceramics, (Don F. Davis Award-$300); Amy Harmon, Sculpture, (Robin W. Brown Award-$200); Michael LaRiccia, Printmaking, (Helgen-Huntley Award-$150); and Eric Hoefer, Ceramics, (Don F. Davis Award-$100).
Laura Strom, a 1992 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, was named SIUE registrar effective Dec. 1, according to Boyd Bradshaw, director of Admissions and acting assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management.
Strom came to SIUE after six years as associate registrar at Southwestern Illinois College.
Bradshaw said Strom "brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and skills to this position. She has a sincere dedication to the success of students and has demonstrated this by her ability to enhance the quality of services provided to students in her role at Southwestern Illinois College," Bradshaw said.
Strom, who graduated from SIUE with a bachelor of science in Social Work, also completed graduate coursework at SIUE. She is a member of Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and formerly a member of the Illinois Community College Admissions & Records Officers Organization.
Before her most recent post at SWIC, Strom also had been an academic records evaluator on that campus. Before joining SWIC, she also had been activity director and social service director at Bohannon Care Center in Lebanon, and an advocate for Central Baptist Family Services in Madison and Bond counties.
In her new position, Strom is responsible for units within the Office of the Registrar, including: Academic Scheduling, Course Articulation and Degree Audit, Records, Graduate Records, and the Service Center. Her office is in Room 1208, Rendleman Hall. Her telephone number is (618) 650-2631.
While many Illinoisans are learning to spell the new state governor's name, SIUE's Rich Walker will be helping plan activities for Rod Blagojevich's inauguration in January.
"I've been invited to serve on an inauguration subcommittee that will plan a portion of the inaugural activities for Gov. Blagojevich," Walker said. Walker is assistant to the SIUE vice chancellor for Administration and was formerly director of the university's Arts & Issues series for more than 15 years.
"Specifically, I will work with a small group of people who are planning the arts activities for the "Families Celebrate Illinois" session on Sunday, Jan. 12," he said. "I think I was selected to help because of my Arts & Issues background and my board work with the Illinois Arts Alliance."
Walker said the subcommittee will schedule eight Illinois performing groups on two stages, as well as several area-specific performers throughout the reception spaces in Springfield. "The performers will be from Illinois but our goal is to present performers who represent the various heritages and cultures known throughout the state," he said. "That could be anything from Native American dancers to square dancers, from jazz to folk music, or Polish polka bands."
Walker said he's honored to have been asked to join the inaugural effort. "It's humbling to be asked to serve in this capacity and it's an interesting historical event that I'm proud be a part of."
The SIUE women's basketball team takes to the road this weekend for two tough Great Lakes Valley Conference games.
SIUE (6-5 overall, 3-2 GLVC) will face GLVC-leading Bellarmine Thursday evening (1/9) before playing third-place Northern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon (1/11). "Not only is Bellarmine playing well," said Coach Wendy Hedberg, "but they have a tough gym to play in. Bellarmine also has one of the league's best guards in Nikki Randall. We will definitely have our hands full."
Bellarmine (10-2 overall, 5-2 GLVC) boasts five players who average double figures in scoring, led by Audry Cannon's 13.9 points per game and Randall's 13.8 points per game.
Northern Kentucky (8-3 overall, 4-2 GLVC), the GLVC's leader in rebounding, has yet to lose on its home court. "Northern Kentucky is always a competitive team," Hedberg said. "They still have players from their National Championship team three years ago so they know how to find ways to win."
NKU is led in scoring by Connie Myers, who averages 15.7 points per game. Amy Mobley and Bridget Flanagan average 13.7 and 12.5 points per game, respectively.
SIUE is coming off a two-point victory over Southern Indiana on a LaKesha Cole (East St. Louis) shot with 0.7 seconds left.
Ruth Kipping (Quincy) leads the team and GLVC with 21.9 points per game and is fifth in the conference with 8.1 rebounds per game.
The SIUE wrestling team will travel to Central Missouri State University Saturday (1/11) to participate in the Roger Denker Open.
"This is traditionally a tough tournament," said Coach Booker Benford. "Schools from all divisions will be there and numerous All-Americans will as well. We basically will use this tournament as a fine-tuning for the second part of the season. It will give the guys a chance to get back into shape."
The Cougars are coming off a 13th-place finish in the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis. Aaron Wiens (Cicero) won his semifinal match in the final seconds before losing in the finals in the heavyweight division. "Aaron wrestled really well," Benford said. "He showed a lot of heart in the semifinals by winning 2-1 in the last seconds."
Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) placed third in the 174-pound division. In the latest NCAA Division-II rankings compiled by www.themat.com, Weins is ranked sixth nationally at heavyweight, while Stephens is ranked seventh at 174 pounds.
The SIUE men's basketball team begins its first road swing of 2003, facing Great Lakes Valley Conference foes Bellarmine and Northern Kentucky.
SIUE (5-6 overall, 1-4 GLVC) will take on Bellarmine Thursday (1/9) at 8 p.m. EST before playing at Northern Kentucky Saturday afternoon (1/11) at 3.
Although in last place in the conference standings, Bellarmine (6-8 overall, 1-4 GLVC) boasts the league's top-rated offense, averaging 86.6 points per game. Justin Cornell is one of five Knights averaging double-figures in points at 15 per game. "Bellarmine can have five guys on the floor at one time who can shoot the three," said Coach Marty Simmons. "They spread the floor and can penetrate. We need to eliminate their looks and step up our defense."
Northern Kentucky (11-2 overall, 4-1 GLVC) is ranked sixth nationally and sits in second place in the conference standings. Leading NKU in scoring is Brenden Stowers at 14.8 points per game. Quentin Smith averages 11.9 points per game and is the team's leading rebounder at 7.5 boards a game.
"Northern Kentucky is obviously one of the best teams in the conference and perhaps in the nation," Simmons said. "We are going to need to block-out and we need to handle the ball better offensively."
Ron Jones (Kankakee) is leading the team in offense with 14.8 points per game. Ron Heflin (Gary, Ind.) averages 12.6 points per game. Justin Ward (Moline) anchors a strong Cougar bench as he averages 10.9 points per game.
SIUE has won four of its last five games, including its first GLVC victory in the Marty Simmons era with a 61-51 win over rival Missouri-St. Louis last Thursday.
Mr. Basketball in Illinois in 1983 and a member of the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame, Marty Simmons, now the head coach of the SIUE men's basketball program, continues to collect honors from his playing days.
The Charleston Times-Courier named Simmons the all-time top player in the history of the Charleston Holiday Tournament. The newspaper chronicled the past 25 years of the annual high school tournament. Simmons was a two-time Most Valuable Player at the tournament and once held the single-game scoring record of 45 points in 1982.
The SIUE baseball team has been picked to finish third in the Great Lakes Valley Conference by a vote of the league's 11 coaches.
SIUE picked up two, first-place votes. The Cougars, 30-24 last season, begin the 2003 season on Feb. 16 at Christian Brothers (Tenn.). Defending GLVC champion Northern Kentucky, which garnered six, first-place votes, tied Indianapolis for the top position in the preseason poll. Saint Joseph's, picked fourth, was chosen first on three ballots.
1. Northern Kentucky- 85 points (six 1st place votes)
1. Indianapolis- 85 points
3. SIU Edwardsville- 80 points (two 1st place votes)
4. Saint Joseph's - 75 points (three 1st place votes)
5. Missouri-St. Louis- 70 points
6. Quincy- 59 points
7. Lewis- 43 points
8. Kentucky Wesleyan- 35 points
9. Southern Indiana- 34 points
10. Wisconsin-Parkside- 21 points
11. Bellarmine- 17 points
After an 82-72 victory over Greenville College on Monday (12/16), the SIUE men's basketball team will look to continue its winning ways against Monmouth College on Thursday (12/19). Game-time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Vadalabene Center.
Monmouth plays in the NCAA Division-III Midwest Conference and enters the week with a 3-3 record. It travels to Concordia College for a Tuesday night (12/17) matchup before playing SIUE (2-5). "Monmouth is a similar team to Greenville," said Coach Marty Simmons. "They are a well coached team and are disciplined. They are a tough team to play against."
Ron Jones (Kankakee) led all scorers with 21 points in Monday's victory against Greenville. He is also the Cougars' leading scorer, averaging 14.6 points per game. "Jones gave us a big spark against Greenville," Simmons said. "He is catching on to our offense and has turned into a good player for us."
Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyille) leads the team in rebounds with 40 boards on the season. He collected a team-high eight rebounds against Greenville and contributed 11 points. Ben Garwitz (Springfield, Mo.) added to his team-leading assist total of 24 with a career-high seven against the Panthers.
Justin Ward (Moline), Ron Heflin (Gary, Ind.) and Logan Glosser (Mt. Zion) combined for 28 points and nine rebounds off the bench in the Greenville victory. "At times, we looked sluggish against Greenville," Simmons said. "Overall, we were happy with our play and was glad to get a win."
The SIUE women's basketball team will try to push over the .500 mark for the first time this season when it plays host to Illinois-Springfield on Thursday (12/19). Tip-off is 5:30 p.m. at the Vadalabene Center.
Illinois-Springfield begins the week with a 4-10 record. Before playing SIUE, the Prairie Stars will face Southern Indiana Tuesday night. "Illinois-Springfield is a small team, and they like to shoot the three a lot," said Coach Wendy Hedberg. "We really need to focus on getting a win before we break for the holidays."
SIUE (3-3) is coming off a 64-60 win at Missouri-Rolla. Ruth Kipping (Quincy) led all scorers with 20 points, while Liz DeShasier (Carrollton) had 16 and Jessica Robert (Carlyle) added 14. DeShasier has scored 27 points in the last two games for the Cougars. "Liz has been playing hard and has been giving us good minutes," Hedberg said.
Kipping leads the team in scoring at 23 points per game. Her 7.8 rebounds per game leads the team, but Hedberg thinks that number could be higher. "Ruth is obviously a major scoring threat," Hedberg said. "A goal for her is to average double-digits in rebounds. She is definitely capable of doing that."
Robert holds the team lead in steals (13) and assists (36).
The SIUE women's basketball team will travel to Rolla, Mo., to face Missouri-Rolla in a non-conference game Saturday (12/14). Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
"We just need to play our game at Rolla," said coach Wendy Hedberg. "We are fine as long as we play focused basketball."
UM-Rolla, which plays in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, has a record of 2-4 under first-year Coach Alan Eads. The Lady Miners have lost their last four games after winning their first two.
After a 66-55 win over Lewis Thursday night (12/5), SIUE sits at an overall record of 2-3. Ruth Kipping (Quincy) leads the team and the Great Lakes Valley Conference in scoring with 23.6 points per game. She also is the team's leading rebounder, averaging 8.4 rebounds per game.
The SIUE wrestling team begins a busy week of competition with dual meets in Jacksonville against Illinois College and MacMurray College on Wednesday (12/11). The triangular meet begins at 6 p.m.
The Cougars, 1-0, then travel to No. 9-ranked Illinois on Saturday (12/14) and will participate in the Purdue Duals on Sunday (12/15). "These will be tough duals," said Coach Booker Benford. "Illinois and Purdue are loaded and are both nationally ranked. I'm looking for the guys to wrestle hard for seven minutes and to not give up." Purdue is ranked No. 15 nationally in Division I.
The Cougars are coming off an impressive showing at last week's Northern Iowa Open. Aaron Weins (Cicero) placed in the top eight in the heavyweight division. Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) wrestled to a top 12 finish as a 174-pounder.
"The Northern Iowa Open went real well," Benford said. "The guys just being there will really help them in the future. Everyone got a great deal of experience from the tournament."
The SIUE men's basketball team will entertain Greenville College on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. The game date and time are a change from the original schedule.
Greenville, a member of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, enters Monday's matchup with an 0-4 record.
SIUE is coming off a 61-50 defeat against Delta State. The Cougars had a five-point lead at one point in the game, but the Statesman used a 16-3 run in the second half to gain the victory.
"We need a win," said coach Marty Simmons. "We've been close a couple times, but we need a win to get over the hump. The guys know this and they have been working hard in practice."
Justin Ward (Moline) leads the offense with a 15.0 scoring average. Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyville) is the team's leading rebounder at 5.3 caroms per game.
SIUE's Andrea Voss (St. Rose) has been selected to the Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region second team.
Voss, a junior middle hitter, led the Cougars with a .330 hitting percentage, the second-best in school history.
Voss recorded 358 kills and a team-leading 156 blocks. Her 40 solo blocks accounted for nearly half of SIUE's solo blocks for the season. The Cougars finished the season 21-10 overall and had the third best league record in the Great Lakes Valley Conference at 11-3.
Daktronics First Team
Amy Gruszynski- 5-8 Senior Setter- Northwood University
Page Needham- 5-6 Junior Libero- Wheeling Jesuit University
Alaina Olds- 5-10 Senior Middle Blocker- Ferris State Univ.
Katie Gilman- 6-1 Junior Middle Blocker- Lewis University
Shannon Wells- 5-8 Senior Outside Hitter- U. of So. Indiana
Carly Miller- 5-11 Senior Outside Hitter- Grand Valley State
Daktronics Second Team
Kim Boehmer- 5-6 Junior Setter- Univ. of Southern Indiana
Chara Fehsnefeld- 5-9 Senior Libero- Grand Valley State
Sladjana Vasiljevic- 6-3 Sophomore Middle Blocker-Northwood University
Andrea Voss- 6-3 Junior Middle Blocker- SIU Edwardsville
Amber Heimann- 6-0 Sophomore Outside Hitter- Quincy U.
Kim Pirisino- Senior Outside Hitter- Shepherd College