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April 14, 2003

SIUE Small Business Centers To Offer Workshops

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Small Business Development Centers at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and at SIUE's East St. Louis Center will continue offering its "Start-Up Basics (SUB) Workshops at both locations during the latter part of April. The SUBs are free but reservations are required.

Sponsored by the SIUE School of Business, SUBs offer tools to the potential entrepreneur who needs to know the basics of starting a small business. Here are the scheduled SUBs:

o SIU Edwardsville, Room 1118, 200 University Park Drive-8:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17-9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 19.

o East St. Louis Center, 411 E. Broadway, East St. Louis, Room 1013-9-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16-1-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 29

For reservations, call the SIUE Small Business Development Center, (618) 650-2929.

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April 17, 2003

Carrie Carducci Named SIUE, Illinois Student Employee Of The Year

Carrie Carducci of Powell, Ohio, a front desk supervisor in the Student Fitness Center, recently was named the SIUE Student Employee of the Year only to find she also had been named the State Of Illinois Student Employee of the Year, a first for an SIUE student.

Carducci, a junior studying Kinesiology and Health Education, received the state designation from the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA). MASEA presented Carducci with a congratulatory letter, a check for $75, and a certificate honoring her selection.

Employed at the Student Fitness Center since December 2001, Carducci was promoted to her current position in November 2002. As a front desk supervisor, she sells memberships, program services and merchandise, maintains a membership filing system, coordinates student staff interviews, and assists in the hiring and training of Student Fitness Center student employees.

In nominating the 21-year-old SIUE cross country and track standout, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Assistant Director Aimee Knitter said Carducci was one of the most reliable and professional student staff members in the Office of Campus Recreation. "Fitness Center patrons will leave a conversation with Carrie feeling as though they were able to speak their mind and get their message across," Knitter said. "In addition, she ensures that something will be done about their concerns."

Carducci also has been able to manage multiple commitments. In addition to working for Campus Recreation, Carducci has been a four-year member of the SIUE women's cross country and track and field teams. She has provisionally qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships, scheduled at Korte Stadium on May 22-24.

She is secretary for the SIUE Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has spearheaded several programs sponsored by the committee, including the Athletic Pen Pal program and a community event in which SIUE student-athletes will work with students at Woodland Elementary School in Edwardsville.

Runners-up for the SIUE Student Employee of the Year were Gabriel Dubois of Mackinaw, Summer Finkbiner of Marshall, Lisa Bauer of Virden, and Melissa Dickson of Moro.

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April 17, 2003

International Trade Center To Conduct Trade Agreement Seminar

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Illinois Trade Office (ITO), of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and the International Trade Center (ITC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will conduct a US-Chile and US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Seminar from 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 30, 2003. Deadline for registration is April 25.

The seminar will include a live videoconference with the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, and presentations by representatives of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Singapore Trade Commission, as well as a panel discussion with international marketing representatives from the Illinois Trade Office.

International Trade Center Director Silvia Torres said the seminar will present answers to questions about the free trade agreements between the United States and Chile and with Singapore. "Chile is one of Latin America's most dynamic and promising markets," Torres said. "Its strength and attractiveness lie in the transparency of its regulation and the predictability of its decision-makers. The FTA will bring new opportunities to exporters interested in doing business in Chile.

"Singapore will improve market access to U.S. providers of professional services such as legal, financial, architectural, engineering, and surveying services," she said. "The U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement will lock in Singapore's current duty-free treatment on almost all U.S. products."

Admission is $15 and registration is required. Continental breakfast and parking will be provided; space is limited. For more information, contact the SIUE International Trade Center: (618) 650-2452 or by e-mail:

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April 22, 2003

SIUE Students Given Awards At Honors Convocation

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) More than 270 students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville were recognized recently at the annual Honors Convocation with special awards for academic achievement.

Each year at the convocation, the SIUE Foundation recognizes graduating male and female students with the highest four-year grade-point averages.

This year's awards for highest academic excellence went to: A. Lauren Hood of McLeansboro, majoring in Biological Sciences; Joanne M. Olson of Aurora, majoring in English Language and Literature; and Mitchell Rentfro of Strasburg, majoring in Economics and Finance and Policy Analysis. The award is the highest honor that SIUE gives one of its faculty members. Hostetler received a $2,000 prize and will be given a plaque of recognition at the May 10 spring commencement.

In addition, other faculty were cited with Teacher Recognition Awards: Kay Gaehle, a lecturer in the SIUE School of Nursing, and Paul Brunkow, an assistant professor of Biological Sciences. Each will receive a $500 prize at the convocation.

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April 22, 2003

SIUE Corn-To-Ethanol Plant Wins Construction Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The National Corn-To-Ethanol Research Pilot Plant (NCERPP), constructed on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to research cost effective ways to produce alternative fuels, has won the 2003 Regional Excellence Award from the St. Louis Construction News and Review (CNR) in the science/research category.

The plant, located in SIUE's University Research and Technology Park, was constructed with $20 million in state and federal funds. Research at the plant is aimed at finding ways to significantly reduce the cost of producing ethanol, a renewable transportation fuel made from corn. It is expected to be operational later this year.

The CNR award was given for design excellence, construction efficiency and creativity, industry inclusiveness, and the "positive impact of those projects to the region's economy and quality of life."

The NCERPP won over two other finalists on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis: the Laboratory Sciences Building and Whitaker Hall for Biomedical Engineering. The judges said SIUE's plant "used bi-state contractors to solve global environment concerns and bring the educational world and community together."

Rod Bothast, a Biological Sciences research professor at SIUE and director of the plant, accepted the award at a recent ceremony. "This award represents the many efforts and dedication of the employees of the University Research and Technology Park, SIUE, Washington Group International, which was the architect and engineering firm for the project, and the many contractors who all contributed to this new and unique facility," Bothast said.

"The NCERPP has a very important role to play in reducing this country's dependence on foreign oil, improving the environment, and promoting rural development."

Bothast said continued growth in the renewable fuel market requires not only finding low-cost methods of producing ethanol from corn, but also new methods of converting low-cost renewable feedstocks into ethanol. "The NCERPP will advance the role of bioconversion by developing and demonstrating the next generation of advanced technologies making possible low-cost and sustainable biobased industrial products, biofuels, and biopower."

The judges for the CNR competition were Terry Hampton, president of TM2 Construction, representing the minority community; Deborah Henry, representing the St. Louis chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction; Vern Remiger, president of Arcturis and president of the American Institute of Architects-St. Louis; Rick Swanson, of Swanson Masonry, president of the Midwest Council of the American Subcontractors Association; and Peter Downs, editor of CNR.

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April 28, 2003

The Honest-To-Goodness Truth Promises To Delight Young And Old. It's TRUE!

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Libby Louise Sullivan is in big trouble with her mama. She was caught in a lie and mama had to sit her down and tell her the virtues of being truthful.

But, that's when the bigger trouble began.

It's all part of the fun, with a dose of education, in the St. Louis Black Repertory Company's production of The Honest-To-Goodness Truth at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

The production is sponsored by the SIUE Friends of Theater and Dance, with help from TheBANK of Edwardsville, as part of A Season for the Child, the annual theater series for the family.

Children will delight in the story of Libby who quickly learns that telling the truth and being a "tattletale" are two very different things. Through difficult experience Libby learns she's "gotta' tell the truth, gotta' use tact, gotta' tell it clean, but don't be mean, tell the truth without fail, and don't be a tattletale."

Written by award-winning St. Louis children's author Patricia C. McKissack and adapted for the stage by Gregory S. Carr, The Honest-To-Goodness Truth delivers a simple moral about truth and kindness wrapped in a story to which children will relate. Ms. McKissack has written more than 50 books with the help of her husband, Fredrick, who does the research.

A Season for the Child returns Oct. 25 with the Piwacket Theater for Children's production of Hansel and Gretel.

Tickets are $5; for more information or to order tickets, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

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April 28, 2003

P. Medon Named Dean Of New SIUE School Of Pharmacy

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Philip Medon has been named dean of the new Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, effective July 1.

Medon, currently executive director of the University of Louisiana-Monroe's College of Pharmacy Medicaid Outcomes Research and Evaluation program, has been in the field of pharmacology and toxicology since 1972-first as a research pharmacologist with Miles Laboratories and then as an educator at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy, the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in Chicago, and at ULM.

He earned a bachelor of science in Pharmacy in 1968 at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, and a master of science and a doctorate, both in Pharmacology, in 1971 and 1972, respectively, at Purdue University.

"Dr. Medon brings a wealth of experience to his work as founding dean of our new School of Pharmacy," said SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs. "He has served in several administrative roles at Louisiana, which makes him eminently qualified to take on SIUE's newest school. We look forward to welcoming him to our campus and working with him."

Medon said coming to SIUE is a homecoming to the Midwest. "My wife, Chris, and I feel like we're coming home," Medon said. "We have very fond memories of our years at Purdue University and at the University of Illinois in Chicago. We love the people of the Midwest and we're glad to be back," Medon said. "But, professionally, I feel like I'm coming home because our focus here at SIUE will be teaching, much like the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science where I earned my bachelor of science in Pharmacy in 1968."

Before taking his current position, Medon had been associate dean of Student and Professional Affairs. He also has held other administrative positions at the ULM College of Pharmacy including director of Research and Graduate Studies, director of the Pharmaceutical Research and Technical Services Center, coordinator of the Division of Continuing Pharmacy Education, and coordinator of the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology.He also is a professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at ULM.

Medon has received several honors during his career, including a service award from the College of Pharmacy and Health Science at Northeast Louisiana University in 1996 and the Researcher of the Year Award from NLU's Alumni Association in 1989, to name two. He and his wife, Chris, have two daughters-Jennifer, of Monroe, and Carrie, of Ft. Worth, Texas.

SIUE's 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.

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April 30, 2003

International Travel With SIUE, SIUC Experts Is Set For May And June

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University students, their families, alumni, seniors, and other community members are headed for ancient Greece and Egypt in May, June, and July with the university's Expeditions in the Ancient World programs. These unusual programs, now in their 21st year, offer expertly organized sojourns, led by a team of professors in various fields of ancient culture.

The Egypt programs (May 13-24 or June 22-30) will take up to 35 participants to Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, Egypt. The trip includes site visits to ancient Egypt's wonders, temples and tombs, a re-enactment of the ancient mummification rituals, carving and painting hieroglyphic tablets, a camel ride into the Sahara at dusk, a visit with Bedouins, and a three-day luxury Nile cruise.

The Greece programs (May 23-June 7 or July 1-8) takes in Athens, Mycenae, Delphi, Troy, the west coast of Turkey, and the Greek islands of Samos and Kos. Activities include climbing the Acropolis and exploring temples and museums guided by an art historian. Travelers also will re-enact the trial of Socrates, run an Olympic race in the stadium at Delphi, build ancient sundials on the beach, create pottery in a shop on Samos, and re-enact an ancient play in an ancient theater on the island of Kos.

A slide presentation about the programs will be conducted at two Edwardsville locations:

o 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, SIUE's Peck Hall, Room 2414

o 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, Edwardsville Public Library, 112 South Kansas St.

Students may earn two to six semester hours of credit in a variety of subjects for participating, and may apply for financial aid through the university.

Robert Hahn, the SIU Carbondale philosophy professor who founded and directs the programs, has organized the trips to optimize participants' experience. "Both programs offer a blend of archaeological site visits each morning, with free afternoons for relaxing, swimming and shopping, and a lecture series in the evening before dinner," Hahn said. "The programs provide five-star accommodations all the way.

During the program's two decades, SIU has taken more than a thousand travelers on trips to ancient cultures, and the participants' praise is resounding. One traveler said: "The trip to Egypt was all we had hoped for and a lot more. The program was great, faculty members were superb, and fellow travelers were wonderful."

In creating the programs and directing them for two decades, Hahn says he has hoped to give people "who like programs on the Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, and PBS, a chance to experience their wonders in real time." The programs' success, he says, lies also in its "truly interdisciplinary, team taught, and hands on approach, applied in an effort to help us all understand more deeply both other cultures and our own."

The programs' Web site is: Those interested also may contact SIUE Professor Nancy Ruff by e-mail:, or by calling: (618) 650-3649 for more information.

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