The snowstorm last week caused a few vehicles to spin out of control and traffic personnel on campus to maintain a hectic pace, and it all caused some headaches for administrators.
It was exam week and the university was forced to close at noon on Wednesday because of dangerous weather conditions. Any exams scheduled that afternoon were rescheduled for Friday. The inclement weather schedule was posted on the university's main Web site.
University Police were busy helping stalled motorists with dead batteries or vehicles immobilized by deep snow. "We de-iced about 30 cars, in which motorists couldn't get into the cars because they were iced shut," said University Police Lt. Tony Bennett. "Our officers also were helping jump vehicle batteries.
"In all, we had 65 such incidents reported," Bennett said. "Thankfully, these were one-vehicle mishaps and no one was hurt."
But, despite the problems, the snow-covered trees and shrubs on campus framed an idyllic scene as some families, oblivious to the somewhat chaotic conditions around them, sledded the hills on campus in a winter wonderland.
Meanwhile......KMOV-TV and KMOX Radio in St. Louis were contributing to the confusion for some students and employees of the university, with incorrect snow-closing announcements. The problems were caused by a combination of computer breakdown and human error, according to station personnel. Spokesmen at both stations said they had identified the glitches and were addressing the problems for the future.
A secondary fallout to the electronic announcement problems appeared in at least one local newspaper which also incorrectly reported SIUE would be closed Thursday. The reason for that glitch? Reporters relied on St. Louis electronic media reports.
Five Points to Freedom is the focus of the Jan. 18 visit of Kweisi Mfume, leader of the NAACP and a former Congressman, as part of the 16th Arts & Issues season.
Following a proven format, the Arts & Issues tradition continues to emphasize quality in programming that Southwestern Illinois audiences have come to expect from the SIUE series. Mfume's presentation takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom of the Delyte W. Morris University Center.
Mfume's five-point "action agenda" encompasses civil rights, political empowerment, excellence in education, economic development, and youth outreach. Chief executive officer of the NAACP since February 1996, Mfume gave up his seat in the House of Representatives to take the position. For 10 years, he served Maryland's 7th Congressional District.
"We are proud to have Kweisi Mfume as part of the Arts & Issues family," says Richard Walker, coordinator of the series. "His work in Congress and with the NAACP has been exemplary, and his presentation here will outline the issues about which he has become so passionate. Mfume has given the NAACP a clear and compelling blueprint for the 21st century."
A native of Baltimore, Mfume became an activist in college and followed a political career that led to a seat on the Baltimore City Council, where he worked to diversify government, improve community safety, enhance minority business development, and divest city funds from the apartheid government of South Africa. In 1986, he was elected to Congress.
As a member of the House, Mfume consistently advocated landmark minority business and civil rights legislation. He successfully co-sponsored and helped pass the Americans With Disabilities Act and also authorized minority contracting and employment amendments to the Financial Institutions Reform and Recovery Act.
He also served two terms as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and later served as the Caucus' chair of the Task Force To Preserve Affirmative Action.
Tickets for the Jan. 18 event are $8; students, $4. For tickets, call (618) 650-5555, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 5555; write: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1083; or by e-mail, email@example.com.
Tickets also may be ordered on-line: www.siue.edu/ARTS_ISSUES. Admission includes free parking in the lots behind the Morris University Center or Dunham Hall theater.
Nomination-applications for the SIUE Carol Kimmel Scholarship and Community Service Award for Faculty and Staff are now available in the Kimmel Leadership Center on campus. Deadline for the nominations is Friday, Feb. 2.
The annual award and scholarship were established to recognize students for their outstanding leadership and community volunteer service contributions, as well as academic excellence, and for faculty and staff who are community volunteers. The awards were named for Carol Kimmel, a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees, who continues to give freely of her time and talent to volunteerism.
For the scholarship, individuals may nominate a student, or students may nominate themselves, according to the following criteria:
• Currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student at SIUE, with sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate standing;
• an accumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale);
• demonstrated volunteer contributions within the last two years in leadership, service, and/or citizenship, including leadership in a student organization or at least one elected office;
• and more than 30 hours of nonpaid service to a community agency or community organization.
In addition, a nominee must provide two letters of documented University service and leadership, as well as two letters documenting community service and leadership.
In order for a student to be considered for a second Kimmel Scholarship, documentation submitted for previous Kimmel Scholarships will not be reconsidered. The scholarship provides one full year of tuition at the SIUE in-state rate.
For the community service award, the following criteria apply:
• Organizations, agencies, businesses, or individuals, including colleagues, may nominate those who they have known through professional association for at least two years;
• who have been a full-time, continuing employee of SIUE for at least two years; and
• who have demonstrated continuous service to a single community agency, organization, or business for at least two years.
• Nominees must have demonstrated a variety of community service contributions for an extended period of time;
• outstanding voluntary community service, as well as a commitment to the citizens of Illinois or Missouri.
Nominees must document leadership roles and responsibilities, and provide two letters of recommendation. Prior recipients are ineligible to apply.
Winners will be recognized Thursday, April 5, at the Kimmel Leadership Awards Banquet. For more information about nomination procedures or for a nomination-application form, call the Kimmel Center, (618) 650-2686, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2686.
Erwin H. Brinkmann, emeritus professor of Psychology, died Thursday, Nov. 16, at Illini Hospital in Pittsfield. He was 71.
During his tenure at SIUE, Brinkmann served as a university senator, chair of the SIUE Graduate Council, and chair of the graduate faculty. In 1981, he received the Illinois State Board of Education "Those Who Excel" Award, which was presented by the Edwardsville School District.
Brinkmann earned a bachelor of science in Mathematics and Physics and a master of science in Guidance and Counseling in 1952 and 1957, respectively, both from SIU Carbondale. He earned a doctorate in Education and Psychology in 1963 from the University of Michigan.
From 1957-58, Brinkmann taught at Ann Arbor (MI) High School and was a research associate and a lecturer at the University of Michigan before coming to SIUE in 1963 as a faculty member in what was then called the Education Division.. He retired in 1991.
Memorials may be made to Lutheran Children and Family Services or to Trinity Lutheran Church in Edwardsville.