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April 26, 2004

SIUE Chancellor Search Nears Completion

(EDWARDSVILLE) The search for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's next chancellor is nearing completion, after the search advisory committee submitted recommendations on all three candidates to SIU President James Walker on April 21.

Walker will use the committee's research, interviews with references, and the counsel of search firm Baker-Parker to make his selection. The new chancellor could be introduced at the June meeting of the SIU Board of Trustees, or as early as the May board meeting.

"Our work is completed," said chancellor search advisory committee chair Don Elliott, professor of economics and finance. "We reviewed many well-qualified applicants, narrowed the field to the three best candidates and brought each one of them to campus for three days of interviews, open forums and meetings with various constituencies.

"As planned, we have submitted our analysis and assessments of the three candidates to President Walker for his final decision."

Elliott emphasized that it was not the committee's charge to recommend one candidate over the others, but to send recommendations on all three. He added that open forum participants were invited to fill out evaluation forms on the candidates.

Among other questions, participants were asked to rate the candidates as "highly recommended," "acceptable," or "unacceptable." All three were rated as acceptable or highly recommended by more than 80 percent of those who returned an evaluation.

The three candidates are:

• Sharon Hahs, SIUE provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs
• Aaron Podolefsky, Northern Iowa provost and vice president for academic affairs
• Vaughn Vandegrift, Georgia Southern provost and vice president for academic affairs/chief information officer

The new chancellor is expected to be in the position on July 1, when Chancellor David Werner officially steps down.

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April 22, 2004

SIUE East St. Louis SBDC To Conduct Forum May 25

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Small Business Development Center, located on the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, is hosting an SBA Lender Forum organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Springfield branch office on Tuesday, May 25.

The forum will provide an opportunity for local lenders and the community to learn about SBA resources and services that are available. Part of the SBA's efforts to encourage small business activities and boost economic growth, the May 25 forum will be conducted at the Higher Education Campus, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., East St. Louis, from 8 a.m.-noon.

Registration will be followed by a welcome session with the United States SBA, the director of SIUE's small business center, and the SCORE director. This will be followed by a seminar covering important issues, various loan programs, and financing options for small businesses.

For registration and other information, contact Theresa Ebeler, (618) 482-8330, or, by e-mail: Registration may be accomplished by phone using the number above. The cost to attend the forum is $25; checks should be made payable to SIUE and mailed to: SIUE Small Business Development Center, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., Campus Box 1200, East St. Louis, IL 62201.

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April 19 , 2004

SIUE Announces Early Closing Date For Freshmen

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Due to an unprecedented number of freshman applications, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has moved its admission file completion deadline for freshmen entering fall 2004 to May 1, which is 30 days earlier than the original May 31 filing deadline.

"We are very excited about the continued growing interest in SIUE; however, we are also committed to maintaining the quality of education and services that we have offered to students in our 47-year history," said Boyd Bradshaw, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management.

SIUE has grown from 10,938 students in 1994 to 13,295 last fall, an increase of about 22 percent.

Three new residence halls built since 1994 have served to draw even more attention to the quality education offered at SIUE, Bradshaw pointed out. "More and more students and parents view SIUE as their first choice for a quality, affordable education," Bradshaw said. "A strong faculty, small class sizes, community service opportunities, an active campus life, and some of the newest residence halls in the state continue to fuel SIUE's growth."

Bradshaw said the quickest and easiest way for students to apply for admission is on-line: The $30 application fee also may be paid online. Applications received after May 1 will be put on a wait list; however, the university does not anticipate granting admission to wait-listed students. Students interested in living on campus can download an application from The housing application and a deposit of $300 also must be submitted by May 1.

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April 17 , 2004

Simmons, Cooper Donate Gift For Baseball Complex

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An SIUE alumnus and his law partner have made a major donation to Intercollegiate Athletics, which will enable completion of the Cougars' baseball complex at Roy E. Lee Field.

John Simmons and Jeff Cooper, of SimmonsCooper Attorneys at Law in East Alton, announced the gift recently to SIUE Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt. The generous gift ushers in the latest in a string of improvements at Lee Field.

Hewitt said the announcement of the amount would be forthcoming pending formal approval by the SIU Board of Trustees. "The gift will enable us to complete the SIUE baseball stadium project and explore the expansion of the site into a baseball complex," Hewitt said.

Simmons grew up in East Alton and served in the Army as a combat engineer. He later attended SIUE, where he was elected Student Body president, attaining a position in the Dean's College. After earning a bachelor's, he went on to receive a law degree at Southern Methodist.

In 1999, he opened The Simmons Firm L.L.C. which has grown to 31 attorneys and 220 staff members. Recently appointed as a member of the SIU Board of Trustees, Simmons and his wife, Jayne, have four children.

Cooper was raised in Granite City, received a bachelor's from DePauw University and earned a law degree at Saint Louis University. He opened a firm in Granite City and ran for Congress in 2000. After the election, Cooper joined Simmons in what is now SimmonsCooper.

He resides in Edwardsville with his wife, Francesca, and two children, Jack and Ella. They are expecting a third child in September.

Improvements that already have been made in the past year to the university's baseball field include new dugouts, nets behind home plate, a warning track around the field, and a locker room facility.

Hewitt said previous gifts secured from former players Fernando Aguirre, Steve Davis, and current assistant Steve Haug also were instrumental in the current changes at the field.

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April 15, 2004

It's Not Too Late For SIUE Students Hoping For Financial Aid

(EDWARDSVILLE) For college students hoping for financial aid to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville next year, there's good news and bad news: It's not too late to file your paperwork, but you're way past the preferred filing date.

Sharon Berry, SIUE's director of financial aid, says that financial aid is still available for students attending SIUE next year.

"The preferred filing date was March 1," she said. "There is aid still available, but anyone who files after June 1 could be too late for their financial aid to be processed by the first fall tuition due date. We may not be able to help them with financial aid until later in the term. The amount of aid we have given out over the last few years has gone up steadily. So has the demand and the applications we must process."

For the current academic year, SIUE's financial aid staff processed more than $60 million in financial aid for more than 9,500 of SIUE's 13,295 students. Next year's figure will be in the $65 to $70 million range.

"SIUE's tuition remains a bargain compared to Illinois public colleges and universities," Berry said. "Still, a college education is typically a big investment for students and their parents.

"There is help out there in the form of financial aid. There's federal, state and institutional dollars…in scholarships, grants, loans and work study. And, we have made it easy to file for aid. Our entire filing process is on line, and students can check the status of their application on line.

"Our staff does a great job in prompt processing of applications. So, once an application is in the pipeline, the students know fairly quickly what aid they are eligible for."

For information and to apply for financial aid at SIUE, go to

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April 12, 2004

Penn Professor To Give Jones Lecture At SIUE April 26

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Jeremy Siegel, the Palmer professor of Finance at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, will give the 2004 Homer Jones Memorial Lecture at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Monday, April 26, presented by the SIUE School of Business.

The lecture by Siegel, who will address the question: "Can we measure 'expected' inflation?" begins at 4:40 p.m. in the second-floor Conference Center in SIUE's Morris University Center. A reception sponsored by Stifel, Nicolaus & Company Inc. will immediately follow the presentation.

Siegel, a widely acclaimed educator, has written and lectured extensively on the economy and financial markets. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR, and other radio and television networks; he also has contributed articles to the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and The Financial Times.

In 1994, Siegel received the highest teaching rating in a worldwide ranking of business school professors by Business Week. He also served for 15 years as head of economics training at JP Morgan. Siegel currently is the academic director of the U.S. Securities Industry Institute.

The Homer Jones Memorial Lecture honors a man who was pivotal in monetary economics and policy. Jones (1906-1986) was the research director and senior vice president at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, and he was a major contributor to the bank's leadership in monetary research and statistics. Jones served at Rutgers University, the University of Chicago, The Brookings Institute, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. before beginning his appointment at the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis.

The memorial lecture series began in 1987, shortly after Jones's death. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Gateway Chapter of the National Association for Business Economics, Saint Louis University, SIUE, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Washington University in St. Louis co-sponsor the annual lecture.

For more information about the 2004 Homer Jones Lecture, contact the SIUE School of Business: (618) 650-2317, or, by e-mail: The SIUE School of Business leads the region in preparing students and business professionals by creating high quality innovative programs to serve Illinois and the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.

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April 12, 2004

'Book Value:' Libraries Can Prove Their Worth, Thanks to Research by St. Louis Public Library, SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE) Everyone agrees that even in tight budgetary times public libraries are a valued asset, right? Well, maybe and maybe not.

"Touching anecdotes about the joys of children participating in a summer reading program, or statistics reporting numbers of books circulated will not hold off budget cuts," said Don Elliott, professor of economics and finance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. "The value of libraries must be demonstrated in dollar terms.

"The basic public presumption is that libraries are invaluable," said Elliott, who along with Glen Holt, recently retired executive director of the St. Louis Public Library, conducted the research. "Although that is a popularly held opinion, where's the proof? State and local governments all over the country have had to make hard choices about their budgets. So when it comes down to, for example, some aspect of infrastructure maintenance versus the library budget, which is the best choice?"

In an effort to quantify the value of a library, Holt and Elliott studied 14 library systems. Their studies of libraries began in 1996 with five large libraries-Baltimore, Birmingham, Ala., King County (Seattle), Phoenix, and St. Louis. With the help of SIUE's Institute for Urban Research, a second study began in 2001 on smaller libraries.

"Bigger libraries have a more diverse audience," Elliott explained. "They are used by corporate headquarters staff for business research. They are major partners with large school systems, support not-for-profits and nonprofits, and also are centers of activities for families.

"Smaller libraries are less diverse and more oriented toward families and schools. So, the first study created a methodology for valuing large libraries. The second evaluated libraries in smaller communities."

Nine mid-sized libraries in three states were sampled: Joliet, Schaumburg, and Skokie, Ill.; Montgomery County, Pasadena, and Sterling/Baytown, Texas; and Everett, Kennewick/Mid-Columbia and Pierce County, Wash.

The study of smaller libraries required answering questions such as "if there was no library, how much more would a school have to spend for books and computers?" "How much would families spend?"

Results from one site in the latest study show that households report, on average, that the services they use are worth $235-$389 per year per household or $2.25-$4.35 million per year.

Households place the greatest value on adult and children's books, and audio and visual media. The study also showed that for each dollar of local operating expenditures produced at least $1.24 in benefits to library patrons. The larger libraries typically show much higher returns.

The studies are being used to create a methodology that is portable, giving most libraries the ability to create a more definitive statement about their worth.

"I'm very confident that we have created a useful tool for public libraries," Elliott said.

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April 8, 2004

Theater Professor Sees Oedipus As Good, But Making Bad Decisions

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Above all, director Johanna Schmitz wants us to know that there are no bad people in Oedipus The King, only good people making bad decisions. In fact, Schmitz, assistant professor of Theater and Dance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, doesn't even like to utter the "TF phrase."

She is directing the play being staged at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, April 21-24, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, all in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall theater

"I reject the notion of 'tragic flaw' when it comes to Greek theater," Schmitz says. "I prefer to fall back on the word hamartia, from the Greek meaning to 'miss the mark.'

"It's not interesting for the audience to watch someone who is inherently bad. It's much more dramatic to watch good people making bad choices and how those choices drag them down. It's very cathartic for the audience."

The play centers on Oedipus, the king of Thebes, which when the play opens is in dire straits-people starving, plague raging, as well as drought. Oedipus is trying to save the city just as he did the first time by solving the riddle of the Sphynx.

This time, however, the oracle announces that Oedipus must find a murderer in their midst to solve all the problems. Creon, brother-in-law to Oedipus, investigates and comes to the false conclusion that Oedipus is the murderer. In turn, Oedipus comes to the false conclusion that Creon and others are trying to depose him.

With that, Oedipus sets out to exonerate himself and the play rolls on from there in high Greek tragedy fashion. However, there's an interesting production twist-Schmitz has eschewed the Greek toga look and is instead calling for modern day dress in the costume plot. "I didn't want to do a museum piece," Schmitz said. "We don't know how the Greeks did it and I didn't want the audience to be caught up in wondering if we got the costumes right.

"There are two types of authenticity-historical, in which we would have to use large masks, three speaking actors, and such to approximate Greek theater-and receptive, in which the audience reacts emotionally to the action without other distractions.

"I'm more interested in giving the audience an emotional ride," Schmitz said. "Which brings me back to the hamartia, in which we watch a good person make the wrong decisions, causing a downfall. And, Oedipus falls pretty far. He is a good person, as are the other characters, which makes the play itself a catharsis for the audience," Schmitz said.

"Reacting to the emotion and pity for the tragedy in the lives of the characters relieves members of the audience of their own fears," Schmitz said. "However, if the central character is inherently bad, the audience automatically wants bad things to happen to that character. I believe the play would be a simplistic, unemotional reckoning if we gave into the notion that Oedipus is the arrogant and narrow-minded character he is sometimes made out to be," she said.

"It is much more interesting, and I hope cathartic, for an audience to watch a generally good man make an error, recognize it, and then willingly suffer the consequences of his action in order to set things right."

Tickets, at $8 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens, are available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, toll-free from St. Louis, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774.

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April 8, 2004

BOT Approves SIU/SDM Clinic Expansion At Alton Campus

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine main dental clinic at Alton will undergo a $2 million expansion under a budget and project approval resolution approved today by the SIU Board of Trustees.

Funding for the project will come through the issuance of Certificates of Participation to be retired by revenue generated through SIU/SDM tuition. The resolution was passed today at the board's regular monthly meeting, conducted this month at SIU Edwardsville.

Continual advances in technology and equipment, as well as modifications in teaching methods and philosophy, have resulted in a need for more clinic space. The project calls for expansion of the main clinic from 32,000 square feet to 36,500 square feet, providing space for up to 30 new dental workstations.

This additional space would allow the SDM to consolidate teaching in specialty disciplines and general dentistry to one location, making better use of the faculty and staff, and increasing productivity.

The project cost includes expansion, as well as furniture, fixtures, and equipment. It also would allow for incorporation of new technologies into the clinical education program (e.g. lasers, operating scopes, intraoral cameras, bleaching lights, cad-cam, and air abrasion equipment) that would in turn provide teaching and learning benefits for faculty and students.

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April 6, 2004

Museum Curator To Speak At SIUE About Lewis And Clark

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Carolyn Gilman, curator of the "Lewis and Clark: The Bicentennial" exhibition at the Missouri Historical Society Museum in St. Louis, will speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the third-floor conference room at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Lovejoy Library.

For seven years, Gilman gathered artifacts, art, manuscripts, maps, and specimens of the Lewis and Clark expedition, in order to reunite them in an exhibit for the first time in 200 years. Gilman will share what challenges she met while collecting the widely scattered collection items, a search that took her from Montana to the Smithsonian and from modern forensic laboratories to dusty archives.

In her illustrated lecture, Gilman will tell about her methods of detection, and how her efforts turned up surprising new knowledge about Lewis and Clark.

The April 13 event is sponsored by the Historical Society Museum, with funding provided by an Excellence in Graduate Education Grant from the SIUE Graduate School.

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April 5, 1004

Arts & Issues Series Continues April 20 At SIUE With Author Norman Mailer

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer, considered an American original, comes to the Arts & Issues stage Tuesday, April 20, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Each year, Arts & Issues brings some of the best and brightest performers and speakers from around the world to Southwestern Illinois audiences for entertaining and thought-provoking presentations on the SIUE campus. Mailer will share his artistry, thoughts, and memories at 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.

Mailer, who stands as one of the most important figures of 20th century American literature, continues to offer thought-provoking and emotionally charged writing today. His works of fiction and non-fiction have offered a subjective richness and an imaginative complexity.

"This is the first time we've had Norman Mailer on our series bill and we couldn't be more pleased," said John Peecher, coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. "This is the author who combined journalism, autobiography, and political commentary with the richness of a novel, to become one of the most important contributors to an emerging form of literature-New Journalism," Peecher said. "Mailer is larger than life and a true champion of American letters."

In the mid-1950s, Mailer began to gain fame as an anti-establishment essayist. Mailer examined violence, hysteria, crimes, and confusion in American society through an existential framework. He defined the "hipster" of the 1950s as a philosophical psychopath and urban adventurer who adopted elements from black culture.

During the 1960s, Mailer co-founded and named the Village Voice, one of the earliest underground American newspapers. He has been a columnist for Esquire magazine and for Commentary, and also a member of the executive board and president of the PEN American Center. In 1969 Mailer ran for mayor of New York City as an independent.

Some of his more memorable works include: The Naked and the Dead, The Armies of the Night (Pulitzer), Of a Fire on the Moon, The Executioner's Song (Pulitzer), and Oswald's Tale.

Information about the April 20 appearance of Norman Mailer and how to order tickets may be found on the Arts & Issues Web site: and in a printed brochure available through John Peecher, (618) 650-2626, or, by e-mail: Tickets for the April 20 event are $9; students, $4.50. Tickets also are available at the Morris Center Information Desk, (618) 650-5555.

The 2004-05 season of Arts & Issues will be announced this summer.

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April 1, 2004

Emily Kilman Named SIUE Student Employee Of The Year

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Emily Kilman of Marissa, a senior studying Geography at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is the 2004 SIUE Student Employee of the Year. Kilman is a clerical assistant in the SIUE Office of Undergraduate Assessment and Program Review and for the SIUE Excellence in Learning and Teaching program, both part of the SIUE Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs.

Employed in the Assessment office since August 2002, Kilman has gone beyond duties expected of a student employee and has helped with several projects, from routine tasks to complex projects. But, co-workers say they are impressed with Kilman's balance between studies as an SIUE Chancellor's Scholar and her employment responsibilities.

In nominating the 20-year-old SIUE student, Douglas Eder wrote that Kilman has "communicated ample good cheer and enthusiasm, competence, creativity, and perseverance" in her everyday duties. Eder is director of Undergraduate Assessment for the university. "Her skills are broad and encompass data analysis, concise writing, quantitative reasoning, statistical manipulation, and drawing conclusions from the data," Eder wrote.

Her supervisors also agree that Kilman shows a level of maturity and thoroughness in her work, factors in the decision to choose her for the annual honor. "Emily cheerfully breezes through any task requested of her and is thorough in every job she undertakes," wrote Cathy Santanello, program director for the SIUE Excellence In Learning and Teaching initiative.

"She has always been unfailingly pleasant, punctual, and a real team player," Santanello wrote.

Each year, the Office of Student Financial Aid requests nominations for the student employee recognition, which is part of National Student Employee Week (April 11-17) as designated by the National Student Employment Association.

Runners-up for this year's SIUE Student Employee of the Year were: Rachel LaRussa, of Coffeen; Sonia Vaughan, of Brighton; of Virden; and Brooke Gengler, of Effingham.

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April 1, 2004

MBA Student At SIUE Receives Wentz Scholarship

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Jamie Maedge of Highland, a graduate student in the School of Business at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been awarded the 2004 Charles Alvin Wentz, Jr. Master of Business Administration Scholarship.

Maedge, who earned a degree in accounting last year at McKendree College, was chosen as a Wentz scholar for her academic achievement, work experience, and professional goals. Expected to graduate in May with an MBA from SIUE, Maedge currently is a staff accountant with Scheffel & Company P.C. in Highland.

The Wentz scholarship is awarded each spring to an MBA student in their last semester of study at SIUE. The award is sponsored by Charles Alvin Wentz Jr., of Edwardsville, who earned an MBA from SIUE in 1986 and a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. Wentz's philanthropy also extends to other local high school and college scholarships.

Maedge said she is proud to receive the scholarship, which recognizes her work ethic and academic achievement. "By being a student in the MBA program," she said, "I have gained the knowledge and tools I will need to have a successful professional career." She will receive $1,000 and recognition at the University's annual Honors Convocation later this month.

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