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April 2008

·Political Science Professor Wins 2008 Teaching Excellence Award
·Tribute To Miles Davis May 3 With Grammy Nominee Russell Gunn
·SIUE SON Assistant Professor Receives National Research Award
·SIUE Graduate Student Recognized By National Organization
·The Gardens at SIUE Postpones Trailer Dedication; Going Ahead With Festivities
·SIUE Showcases Best of Senior Assignment
·SIUE Marketing Team Wins Third At AMA Conference
·R. McNaughton Named Employee Of The Month For April
·No Damage Reported At SIUE From Early Morning Quake
·SIUE Office Assistant Named Student Employee Of The Year
·SIUE Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center; SWIC To Bounce Ideas
·UW Professor To Speak At SIU/SDM In Alton April 22
·SIUE Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center Offers Programs
·SIUE School Of Education Creates Executive Advisory Board
·Engineering To Offer Three Summer Programs For HS Students
·SIUE Offers Attractive Options For Study During Summer
·SIUE Fee, Rental Rate Changes Approved By SIU Board Of Trustees
·SIUE Nursing Program Fee, Athletics Fee Changes Approved By BOT
·SIU Board Of Trustees Approves Changes In Tuition
·BOT Awards Contracts Worth Over $18.3 Million For SIUE Projects
·Ancient Greek Play, Antigone, Still Relevant Today
·SIUE School of Nursing To Bring Pandemic Flu Seminar To Campus
·SIUE Junior From Belleville Wins Carol Kimmel Scholarship
·Several Illinois Residents Are Recipients Of SIUE Kimmel Award
·The Gardens at SIUE to Launch Recycling Effort on Arbor Day
·April Wraps Up A Year of Celebrating SIUE's 50th Anniversary
·Anna Quindlen To Speak April 24 At SIUE For Arts & Issues
·SIUE To Welcome Middle East Issues Speaker May 1
·SIUE To Play Host To Academic Achievement Reception

4/30/08

Political Science Professor Wins 2008 Teaching Excellence Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An "ability to facilitate discussions" among students and his patience in answering students' questions, are some of the reasons Brian Harward, assistant professor of political science, recently won the 2008 Teaching Excellence Award at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It is the most prestigious teaching award a faculty member can receive at SIUE.

Harward received a $2,000 prize as part of the recognition determined by the Teaching Excellence Award Committee. The committee, which consists of faculty and students, also awarded Teaching Distinction Awards to two other faculty members: Jack Glassman, an assistant professor of physics, and Steve Brant, an instructor in the Department of Accounting. They each won $500.

In addition, three other faculty members were given $250 Teaching Recognition Awards-Amelia Siatkowski, an instructor in the School of Nursing; Wendy Cook Mucci, an instructor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies; and Riza Demirer, an assistant professor of economics and finance. All winners will be recognized at the May 10 commencement ceremonies.

Harward earned a master's and a doctorate in political science, both at the University of Georgia at Athens, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. He earned a baccalaureate in 1992 at Gettysburg (PA) College.
Before joining the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2003, Harward held several teaching positions at the University of Georgia and also had been a special project assistant for the American Association for Higher Education in Washington, D. C. According to the committee, Harward was found to be "informative, articulate (and) engaging." One committee member said Harward "was very good at serving as the link between what students just read and what they would read before the next class meeting." Members of the committee said they were impressed with Harward's ability "to facilitate discussions among his students at all levels, from a basic American government class to his constitutional law class."

The committee went on to say Harward responds to student questions "very effectively" and that students feel challenged in his classes, "but thought that being challenged lead them to higher understanding of the material." According to the committee, one student summarized Harward's effect on classes: "He is so passionate about the law that he makes us passionate about the law."

Glassman was recognized by the committee for his "tremendous passion for physics." Committee members said Glassman's "enthusiasm attracted students' attention (until) the end of class." The committee also noted it was impressed by his "profound knowledge of the subject (that) allows him to break complex concepts down to simple notions." The committee members also said that Glassman has an ability to "promote critical thinking skills by challenging his students" and that he also shows patience by "allowing students to learn from their mistakes."

One committee member said that Brant "is not only knowledgeable and well prepared but also embodies enthusiasm in teaching." The committee went on to say Brant "motivates students by encouraging reading and using learning opportunities which include dialogue and discussion." The committee also noted Brant "influences (students') attitudes about the profession "and helps them to critically analyze the data presented."

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4/29/08

Tribute To Miles Davis May 3 With Grammy Nominee Russell Gunn

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn will be the guest artist at a jazz festival honoring the music of renowned trumpeter Miles Davis-a graduate of Lincoln High School in East St. Louis-at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Morris University Center.

At 10 a.m. that day, local high school bands will take part in jazz clinics conducted by noted saxophonist and clinician Ron Carter as well as trumpeter and educator Anthony Wiggins, who also came out of the Lincoln High music program where Carter was director. Wiggins and Gunn, who also graduated from Lincoln, are cousins. Gunn also will conduct a clinic at 1 p.m. The SIUE Jazz Studies program, in the Department of Music, is conducting the festival that will feature performances by SIUE Jazz faculty and the SIUE Concert Jazz Band.

It was while working at Cicero's in St. Louis in 1993 that saxophonist-composer and co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet Oliver Lake, heard Gunn play, subsequently inviting him to New York City. Appearances in New York led to Gunn's joining renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Gunn began to earn recognition as "one of the most dynamic and exciting musicians of his generation," which led to tours of Europe and the United States with several well known jazz groups, and eventually to two Grammy Award-nominated albums.

The high school clinics at the May 3 festival all will be conducted in Meridian Ballroom. The clinics are free and open to the public. Admission to the 5 p.m. concert is $5 per person; for more information, call the department, (618) 650-3900.

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4/25/08

SIUE SON Assistant Professor Receives National Research Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Assistant Professor of Primary Care/Health Systems Nursing Rick Yakimo is the recipient of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) Research Award.

Yakimo has been a member of the SIUE faculty for three years.

According to the society's Web site, "ISPN awards provide an opportunity for the association to formally recognize some of the many outstanding contributions of psychiatric mental health nurses throughout the world.

ISPN's mission is to unite and strengthen the presence and the voice of specialty psychiatric-mental health nursing, while influencing health care policy to promote equitable, evidence-based and effective treatment and care for individuals, families and communities.

Yakimo is a member of the ISPN, the American Nurses Association and the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association. In addition to his most recent award, Yakimo was elected a distinguished practitioner in the National Academies of Practice last fall.

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4/25/08

SIUE Graduate Student Recognized By National Organization

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Lindsey Nixon, a graduate student in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, recently was named the 2008 Outstanding Graduate Student Staff Member by the American College Personnel Association's (ACPA) Commission for Housing and Residential Life.

Nixon, who is the assistant community director for Family Housing at SIUE, has accomplished the following:
• Created a mission statement for the SIUE Family Resource Center (FRC);
• Met individually with family housing residents who are parents of children who participate in activities and spend time at the FRC to discuss the children's interactions;
• Established a student supervisor position;
• Worked with an SIUE faculty member and kinesiology students to create a sports program for children at the FRC;
• Implemented quality programming for adults, including a social justice program showcasing family housing residents who shared their relationship experiences;
• Introduced a faculty fellow to family housing to enhance faculty/student interaction outside the classroom.

The FRC was established to offer support to students with families and the families that live in the University's Cougar Village. The center offers programs for married couples and parents, as well as their children. Programs are academic, social, creative and educational in nature.

"All of these positive changes are due to Lindsey's innovation, ethic of care and commitment to student learning," said Kathleen Gardner, SIUE associate director of Residence Life. "The FRC program provides the residents of family housing with the necessary support for their children so that they can focus on their classes and pursue their academic goals."

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4/24/08

The Gardens at SIUE Postpones Trailer Dedication; Going Ahead With
Festivities

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Friends of The Gardens at SIUE have postponed an 11 a.m. ceremony Friday for the dedication of a recycling trailer that has not yet arrived.

Activities at The Gardens at SIUE on the University campus still are planned for the day, starting with a tree planting featuring volunteers at 9 a.m.; a book reading and tutoring program for students from the East St. Louis Head Start program with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville education students, led by Claudia McVicker at 10 a.m.; and students and athletes volunteering in The Gardens from noon-3 p.m.

The Friends of The Gardens are challenging Metro-East gardeners to help save the planet by recycling plastic pots and trays. Metro-East homeowners and gardeners are encouraged to bring items to designated locations in the area on certain weekends this spring.

A new program launch event to dedicate the trailer, featuring Madison County dignitaries and community and university leaders, will be held at a later date.
Plastic pots and trays can be brought to Market Basket, 447 S. Buchanan, Edwardsville, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, April 26-27, May 17-18, 24-25 and 31, and June 1 and 7-8. The University of Illinois Extension Office, 900 Hillsboro, Edwardsville, will accept items from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 14.

The Friends, along with the Madison County Recycling Program, the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Environmental Improvement and Energy Resource Authority and Monrovia Growers, Inc. are partnering with the Missouri Botanical Garden to accept items for recycling, which will be turned into landscape timbers and raised garden beds.

No household plastic or clay pots will be accepted. Those making donations are asked to dump all soil from planting pots and trays, and remove metal hangers.

For more information, call Conley, (618) 650-3788. For more information, including other collection dates and sites, visit: www.siue.edu/gardens.
Nurseries, landscapers and garden centers are encouraged to collect pots and trays at their locations and call (314) 577-9561 to arrange delivery of the items to Missouri Botanical Garden.

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4/23/08

SIUE Showcases Best of Senior Assignment

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been featured among the nation's top schools, including Harvard, Princeton and Yale for three consecutive years for its senior assignment program. Recently SIUE showcased the program's best.

The work of 60 students from 25 undergraduate majors was featured. "All of these students have won the outstanding senior assignment award for their programs," said Victoria Scott, SIUE's director of assessment. SIUE's senior assignment program consists of a comprehensive project required of all graduating seniors.

The showcase was organized to spotlight the breadth and depth of the University's Senior Assignment program, which was recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2007. The program also has been named among the top programs of its kind for three consecutive years by U.S.News and World Report.

Offered in SIUE's Morris University Center, the events ran consecutively-with posters and music featured in Meridian Ballroom, dance performances and readings in the Goshen Lounge and multimedia presentations in the Maple-Dogwood Room.

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4/22/08

SIUE Marketing Team Wins Third At AMA Conference

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville American Marketing Association (AMA) chapter team won third place at the 30th Annual AMA International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans earlier this month. SIUE was up against a total of eight finalists from several schools attending the conference. The team's objective focused on a challenge presented by McGraw-Hill Higher Education Company, which originally asked more than 50 teams to develop an effective marketing strategy to increase McGraw-Hill's Web site presence in the collegiate market.

The eight finalist teams presented marketing ideas and concepts to a panel of judges that included McGraw-Hill marketing executives, AMA staff and other industry representatives. Based on the team's presentation, SIUE took third place and received a $1,500 prize. Assistant Marketing Professor Edmund Hershberger, advisor to the SIUE chapter, said he marveled at the hard work the students have put in during months of preparation. "This annual competition is an extracurricular challenge that the students elected to tackle in addition to their demanding school obligations," Hershberger said. "This is best result since the group began competing three years ago."

Hershberger said the team also was awarded AMA's Outstanding Chapter Communication Award and Outstanding Marketing Week Award. The team's nine undergraduate students included: Jacquelyn Tedford (team leader), of Troy; Adam Berry, of Carlyle; Kate Cantrell, also of Troy; Audra Gall of Highland; Sean Jordan, of Belleville; Kari Kabbes, of Effingham; Jeremy Mueth, of Hecker; Nathan Tatum of Worden; and Courtney Wetzler, of Waterloo.

Judges complemented the team on several specific elements, including the detail, writing style, and polished presentation. "If it hadn't been for the effort and enthusiasm of the team, we would not have been in the top eight," said team leader Tedford. "Their hard work and dedication is the reason we made it to the top three."

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4/22/08

R. McNaughton Named Employee Of The Month For April

Congratulations: The April recipient of the Employee Recognition Award is Rose McNaughton, business and administrative associate in the Office of the Dean of the School of Business. She is shown in the photo flanked by Dawn Munsey, the assistant to the dean who nominated McNaughton, and Interim Business Dean Timothy Schoenecker. At right is Vice Chancellor Kenneth Neher, who presented the award. In addition to the plaque she received, McNaughton was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, a parking spot close to her office for one month, and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

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4/19/08

No Damage Reported At SIUE After Early Morning Quake

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A search of the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville yielded no reports of any damage from an early morning earthquake Friday centered about seven miles east of West Salem, near the Indiana border. SIUE Facilities Management Director Bob Washburn said that he sent an early morning directive to campus work crews to search for any damage. "By 10 a.m. they had reported no damage," Washburn said. "We were looking for any ceiling tiles that may have fallen, or any windows broken, or also any framed photos or artwork that may have fallen from," he said.

A manager who opened the Delyte W. Morris University Center early Friday reported to The University Museum office that the "Plumbbob" sculpture hanging from the ceiling in Goshen Lounge appeared "different." The Plumbbob, made up of wooden dowels connected with monofilament, was created by Yoshidi Kobashi, who helped install the work in 1966. "We know the Plumbob moves when hit by air currents because the pieces are independently hung," said Eric Barnett, director of The University Museum at SIUE. "So, I'm not surprised to hear that it moved when the tremor hit. It did what it's supposed to do." Barnett said no other Museum artwork, most of which is displayed in hallways of University buildings or out on the grounds, has been reported damaged because of the temblor.

Other artwork created by art students is displayed around the campus by the SIUE Department of Art and Design. "We have had no reports of any damage from the earthquake," said Thad Duhigg, a professor of art and design and chair of that department. "Most of the pieces are substantial enough to withstand strong winds and other elements," he said. "I would imagine the pieces could withstand a moderate earthquake."

Although the University recently launched an "e-lert" system of notifying subscribers by cell phone in the event of an emergency, the system was not activated as a result of the quake that registered 5.2 on the Richter Scale and considered moderate. "An e-lert was not sent to those registered for text messaging emergency notifications because this earthquake did not result in a significant disruption to the University community," said David McDonald, director of Emergency Management and Safety for the University. "Information about what can be done to protect yourself during an earthquake or other emergencies is on our Web site, Emergency Management and Safety: www.siue.edu/emergencymanagement," he said.

"I'm asking our community to please take this earthquake as a reminder to be prepared for all types of emergencies on campus."

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4/19/06

SIUE Office Assistant Named Student Employee Of The Year

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) During the last two years as an office assistant in the Department of Economics and Finance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, faculty and staff have seen Marilee Beck as a dependable employee who shows initiative, and who conducts herself with professionalism, friendliness and poise. On these merits, Beck has been chosen as the 2008 SIUE Student Employee of the Year Award.

"We have had several capable student workers in the past 10 years, but no one as good as Marilee," wrote Rik Hafer, chair of the department in the SIUE School of Business. Beck also is a business major at the University. Hafer was one of two faculty members who nominated Beck for the recognition. He pointed out that Beck always is on time for work, turns in near flawless work, takes initiative to go the extra mile to assure excellent work, shows professionalism in all aspects of the job, and is always congenial.

Interim School of Business Dean Timothy Schoenecker wrote that his first impressions when he met Beck as a freshman were that the University was "lucky" to have her as a student and that she would make a "perfect" student worker. "I am always impressed by her friendliness, courteous manner and professionalism," Schoenecker wrote. "In the fall, Marilee attended an alumni reception ... as one of our student representatives. "We have found that alumni and other supporters love to meet our current students and I knew that Marilee would represent us very well."

Beck was recognized recently as part of National Student Employee Week, April 13-19, which was designated by the National Student Employment Association.

Click here for a photo of Marilee suitable for print: In the photo, Marilee is shown with Interim Dean Timothy Schoenecker; Kim Durr, a representative from the SIUE Chancellor's office; and, at right, Economics and Finance Professor Rik Hafer. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

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4/17/08

SIUE Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center & SWIC To Bounce Ideas

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Beware of bouncing business ideas flying at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center is hosting Idea Bounce, in collaboration with SWIC and St. Clair County Economic Development. The event will take place on the second floor of SWIC's Belleville Information Sciences Building, room 2163.

Organized by the Entrepreneurship Center through the SIUE School of Business, unusual, out-of-the-ordinary, fun and outrageous entries are being sought, said Kristine Jarden, the center's director. Past entries have included ideas for new restaurants, retail shops and cars. "This is an opportunity to share creative, innovative and maybe just weird ideas," Jarden said.

Out of all the ideas submitted, a number of presenters will be selected to give two-minute presentations to a panel of judges and a room full of spectators. The judges will select winners to receive $100 each "Even if you don't have a business idea, please come and listen to the presenters," Jarden said. "Networking, snacks and refreshments will be available for everyone after the ideas are bounced."

Ideas must be submitted to the Idea Bounce Web site: www.ideabounce.com, to be considered for the event. Anyone can post ideas at any time and review past ideas. Those interested in participating should register at the Web site and choose SIUE as their location. For more information, contact Jarden, (618) 650-2166.

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4/16/08

UW Professor To Speak At SIU/SDM In Alton April 22

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Margaret R. Byers, a research professor of anesthesiology and biological structure at the University of Washington in Seattle, will speak at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton on April 22. She also is a research affiliate at UW's Center on Human Development and Disability. Speaking about "Dental Innervation and Pain: New Ideas, Cellular Actors and Questions," Byers will appear in Buildings CPA I and II from 1:15-2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Since receiving her doctorate from Harvard in 1969, Byers has earned an international reputation as an expert on the neurobiology of peripheral nerve fibers that cause pain. She has more than 80 research publications and reviews that describe their functions in normal tissues, interactions with inflammation, contributions to wound healing and reactions to anesthetics and other clinical treatments. In addition, Byers has authored textbook chapters such as, "Nerve Supply of the Pulpo-dentin Complex and Responses to Injury" in Seltzer and Bender's Dental Pulp.

Her expertise has been recognized by the scientific community in many ways. For example, she has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health since 1989; she was elected an honorary member of the American Association of Endodontists in 1999; and in 1995, she received the prestigious Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Association for Dental Research.

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4/16/08

SIUE Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center Offers Programs

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) People will learn about the function of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for independent inventors from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Midwest Inventors Conference in the Technology and Management Center, 245 S. Research Drive, University Park, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Designed for first-time inventors, the conference will include topics such as licensing, patent development and more to guide individuals through the process of evaluating and protecting their inventions.

The event is sponsored by the Illinois Innovators and Inventors Club.

Also on April 19, the SIUE Entrepreneurship Center will host So, You Want To Be A Millionaire from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Cougar Den, just off the Food Court on the lower level of SIUE's Morris University Center. The event, known as the Youth Entrepreneurship Camp, is a series of workshops hosted by the Center to introduce area youth to entrepreneurial ideas and concepts.

"The purpose is to expose the youth in the area to entrepreneurship by stimulating their minds and providing many tips on small business development and entrepreneurship through informational sessions and activities," said Kristine Jarden, the center's director.

Each session lasts between 30 and 45 minutes and focuses on becoming an entrepreneur, managing finances and other fun, stimulating activities for grades 6-12.
For more information, contact Jarden, (618) 650-2166.

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4/16/08

SIUE School Of Education Creates Executive Advisory Board

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Bette Bergeron, dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, has announced formation of the School's Executive Advisory Board, whose members include SIUE alumni, educators, corporate executives, business owners, local philanthropists and community leaders. The advisory board held its first meeting recently with a kickoff luncheon at the University. "The board is a diverse and prestigious group of educational and community leaders that will provide the School with critical insight into their perspectives regarding students, programs and outreach initiatives," Bergeron said.

Board members include: Ann Beatty, Psychological Associates; Anthony Neal, SIUE East St. Louis Charter School; Bev George (chair), Bev George & Associates, Realtors; Brad Harriman, St. Clair County Regional Office of Education; Carol Wetzel, Friends of The Col. Stephenson House; Christy Magnusen, Belleville Area Special Service Cooperative; Cynthia G. Doil, Scott AFB; Donna Murphy (vice chair), retiree from Bethalto Comm. Unit District #8; Faye Coffman, Ready Mix Service Inc.; Greg Moats, Belleville Township High School; Greg Springer, Christian-Montgomery Regional Office of Education; Hazel Mallory, SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start; John Dunphy, The Second Reading Book Shop; Kathleen Medder, Lewis and Clark Community College; Katie Harper Wright, St. Louis Argus Newspaper; Kelton Davis, Monroe-Randolph Regional Office of Education; Lela DeToye, retiree from the SIUE School of Education; Matt Klosterman, Belleville Public School District; Paul Wreford, Southwestern Illinois College; Philesa White, Goodwill; Rebecca Dabbs-Kayser, SIUE Early Childhood Center; Robert Daiber, Regional Office of Education; and Tanya Patton, Edwardsville School District #7.

Bergeron said the advisory board "will have a full agenda," but believes one role will be especially critical. "Perhaps most importantly," Bergeron said, "advisory board members will provide us with feedback on how the School of Education can work in collaborative and innovative ways to address the needs of children and families across the Metro-East region. The Executive Advisory Board members can be considered our 'eyes and ears' within the community."

Bev George, SIUE alumna and owner of Bev George & Associates, said she is truly excited to chair the new advisory board. "We have a fabulous group of people from a variety of professional and educational backgrounds, eager to lend their visions to the exciting ventures of the School of Education," George said.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the charter members of this board," Bergeron said. "This is an exciting phase in the history of SIUE's School of Education."
For more information, please contact Christi Donsbach, (636) 931-5818, or by e-mail: cdonsba@siue.edu.

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4/15/08

Engineering To Offer Three Summer Programs For HS Students

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering has announced three exciting summer programs for high school students who currently have freshman, sophomore or junior standing. The programs, to be conducted by Engineering faculty, will include thought-provoking and fun activities involving soccer-playing robots, video game programming, digital audio and video, alternative energy sources, designing and building a bridge with the help of high-tech laser scanners, and simulation games.

"Common traits of successful engineers are powerful imagination, enterprising spirit, strong desire to explore, and willingness to challenge the traditional ways of doing things," said Oktay Alkin, associate dean for Research and Development in the SIUE School of Engineering. "We plan to develop and nurture the interest in engineering among teenagers by framing it with the issues that matter to them."

Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim said high school students don't often think in terms of pursuing an engineering career. "Engineering careers are not always understood by high school students," Sevim said. "Although most teenagers are savvy users of technology in the form of cell phones, portable music players and video games, they do not always think about all the ways that advancements in engineering disciplines impact their daily lives." Recent studies suggest that only a small percentage of teenagers think that engineers are sensitive to societal concerns, and an even smaller percentage think that the work of engineers contribute to saving lives.

Information about the SIUE School of Engineering summer programs may be obtained by contacting Oktay Alkin, (618) 650-2541, or by email: oalkin@siue.edu. Details of the programs, including application materials and instructions, also are available on the Web site: www.siue.edu/engineering.

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4/15/08

SIUE Offers Attractive Options For Study During Summer

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Even during summer, the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a hive of activity as the University offers a wide range of courses designed for the summer student's schedule, as well as camps, art and music activities, and a variety of science-related activities for children ages eight to 18. The deadline for enrolling in summer courses is April 25.

Those who want to stretch their education dollar will find that summer session is an excellent time to enroll because summer fees are less expensive than fall and spring semesters. And, for more savings, living on campus during summer term is significantly less expensive than fall or spring semesters. There are two options for living on campus this summer-Cougar Village and Evergreen Hall.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers summer classes in all departments, with more courses than ever in science and math, as well as interdisciplinary course. With many classes offered in a five-week session, and opportunities for online learning, travel study and field work, students will not only be able to find suitable courses but also will find them affordable.
Some of the class subjects are quite unique. For example, CAS offers an introduction to comic books as an art form, examining the aesthetics of comics as a medium, the history of comic books, and thematic trends and developments over the past 70 years.

Meanwhile, the SIUE School of Nursing will offer 10-week courses and two-week workshops, ranging from basic Human Growth and Development courses to a graduate level Pain Management course. Some courses may have pre-requisites. The SIUE School of Business will offer new and continuing students a broad range of core classes this summer. Also, visiting students may take core courses that are transferable to another institution. The SIUE School of Engineering has announced three exciting summer programs for high school students who currently have freshman, sophomore or junior standing. The programs, to be conducted by Engineering faculty, will include thought-provoking and fun activities involving soccer-playing robots, video game programming, digital audio and video, alternative energy sources, designing and building a bridge with the help of high-tech laser scanners, and simulation games.

The deadline for degree-seeking students to apply for financial aid for summer 2008 is June 30. Because summer term is the last term of the 2007-08 academic year, students must complete then 2007-08 FAFSA form using 2006 tax returns.

A variety of summer camps full of learning and activities are offered, including academic camps in art, dance, theater, science, music, and writing, as well as sports camps in baseball, boys and girls basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. SIUE sports camps give young athletes extensive coaching and training, as well as opportunities to learn new skills and participate in competitions. Good sportsmanship is emphasized. For more information, call Intercollegiate Athletics, (618) 650-2871. The SIUE Writing Camp, coordinated through the Department of English Language and Literature, offers skill development articulating thought in the sentence, the paragraph, and the short essay, as well as, by means of collaborative effort, in such creative forms as drama and fiction. Students at all grade levels will use computers extensively in the composition process, but participants do not need prior experience with computers to do well in the program.

All SIUE camps-in music, art, theater and the various sciences, are co-ed day camps conducted on campus unless otherwise noted in the registration information. Recreation activities also are included in many camps. Campers are grouped by age and experience. For more information about SIUE summer camps and courses, call (618) 650-2660, or, visit the Web site: www.siue.edu/summercamps.

The SIUE Department of Theater and Dance continues Summer ShowBiz, which for nearly 30 years has entertained audiences with Broadway hit musicals, comedies and other light-hearted off-Broadway plays. This year, the playbill offers Tomfoolery, a collection of the satiric songs of comic singer-songwriter Tom Lehrer; The Boy Friend, a spoof of the 1920s stage musicals with a festival of songs amidst amusing entanglements between would-be couples; and Honk! the Olivier Award-winning musical based on The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen. For ticket information and Summer ShowBiz 2008 schedules, contact the SIUE Fine Arts box office: (618) 650-2774.

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4/10/08

SIUE Fee, Rental Rate Changes Approved By SIU Board Of Trustees

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved fee-related changes that will affect the SIU Edwardsville campus, including changes in the student fees for Information Technology, for Textbook Rental and for the Student Success Center currently under construction.

Other student fee changes approved include those for the University Center, the Student Fitness Center, the Student Welfare and Activity (SWAF), and Facilities Maintenance. The fee changes were approved by the Board at its regular meeting conducted today at SIU Edwardsville.

For a full-time undergraduate student, the Student Success Center fee will change from its current rate of $55.20 per semester to $63 per semester in fall 2008, $70.80 per semester beginning in fall 2009 and $79.20 per semester beginning in fall 2010. The center will provide 68,000 square feet of space for all student services in one central location.

Under the new Textbook Rental fee approved today for undergraduate students, the change will mean a full-time undergraduate student (enrolled in 15 hours or more) will pay $307.50 annually as opposed to the current $288. With textbook costs continually increasing, often resulting in hundreds of dollars in expense at other schools, the SIUE textbook rental program is popular among students.

With today's approval by the board, the Information Technology fee will change from $6.20 per credit hour to $6.25, resulting in a full-time undergraduate student paying $187.50 annually (two academic semesters of 15 hours each) compared with $186 that is paid currently for two semesters. This fee helps defray the costs of supporting computing resources and networking infrastructure on campus.

Below is a chart of the approved changes in other student fees:
Annually (for a full-time student enrolled in 15 hours or more during fall and spring)
FY08 FY09 Change
o SWAF $173.10 $182.00 +$ 8.90
o University Center $296.00 $297.80 +$ 1.80
o Student Fitness Ctr. $124.60 $138.60 +$14.00
o Facilities Maint. $472.50 $495.00 +$22.50

The Board also approved changes in SIUE's housing rental fees and a change in the Housing Activity Fee, both for the fall term.

With today's board approvals, rental rates for a shared room at Woodland, Prairie and Bluff residence halls will be $4,380 annually compared with the current charge of $4,170. A deluxe single room will cost $8,760 annually compared with $8,340 now. Housing rates at Evergreen Hall will be $4,880 annually for a shared apartment compared with $6,510 for a private apartment. A studio apartment will be assessed at $9,130 annually while a private suite rate will be $5,520.

Meal plan fee changes for students in the residence halls will range from $80 more per year for Plan A (most popular) to $110 more annually for Plan B.

Upperclassmen residing in Cougar Village Apartments will pay $3,560 annually for a shared room compared with $3,460 paid currently per year, while a single room will cost $5,290 annually compared with $5,140 now. A deluxe single room will be assessed at $7,120 per year compared with $6,920 per year now.

Families in Cougar Village, now paying $855 per month for a two-bedroom, unfurnished apartment, will pay $880 per month in fall 2008 and $905 in fall 2009. The same family paying $1,000 per month now for a furnished apartment will pay $1,030 per month in fall 2008 and $1,060 in fall 2009. Families in a three-bedroom unfurnished apartment now paying $960 per month will pay $990 per month in fall 2008 and $1,020 in fall 2009; a three-bedroom furnished is now $1,120 per month and will be $1,155 in fall 2008 and $1,190 in fall 2009.

Under a separate proposal, the Board also approved today a change in the Campus Housing Activity fee for family residents at SIUE during fall term from $40 to $41 per term and, for singles students, from $15 per semester to $15.50. This fee supports programming, activities and services at the Family Resource Center at Cougar Village.

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4/10/08

SIUE Nursing Program Fee, Athletics Fee Changes Approved By BOT

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved a proposal to continue the Nursing Program fee and an Intercollegiate Athletics fee change, both at SIU Edwardsville. The fee proposals were passed by the Board at its regular meeting conducted today at SIU Edwardsville.

For a full-time undergraduate student enrolled as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student in the SIUE School of Nursing and taking clinical courses, the Nursing program fee will continue at the existing rate of $220 per clinical course per semester. Freshman Nursing students do not take clinical courses.

Under the Intercollegiate Athletics fee proposal approved today, the change will mean a full-time undergraduate student (enrolled in 15 hours or more) will pay $117.50 per semester as opposed to the current $71.20 beginning in fall. In approving the proposal, the board learned that the fee change will support the initial year's operating expenses associated with the reclassification from NCAA Division II to Division I status and will move the program toward established fund balance targets.

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4/10/08

SIU Board Of Trustees Approves Changes In Tuition

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Under a proposal approved today by the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, new undergraduate students entering SIU Edwardsville this fall will pay $622.50 more in annual tuition than new students who entered the University in fall 2007. The proposal is part of the University's guaranteed tuition plan, under which students pay their entering tuition rate for four years.

The proposal, approved today at the board's regular meeting at SIU Edwardsville, will create an annual tuition rate of $5,850.00 for new undergraduate students entering this coming fall. Students who entered SIUE in fall 2007 currently pay a $5,227.50 rate.

The SIUE plan also calls for a $15,970 annual tuition rate for the SIUE School of Pharmacy and a $21,760 annual tuition rate at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton. Pharmacy students currently are paying $14,520 annually and dental students currently are paying $19,960 annually.

The SIUE School of Pharmacy, the only such school in downstate Illinois, opened its doors in fall 2005 and currently enrolls more than 240 students. This year, the number of applicants for fall 2008 has increased nearly 6 percent over 2007, with more than 80 percent of them residents of Illinois.

The SIU School of Dental Medicine has been serving the healthcare needs of Southern Illinois for more than 30 years by graduating quality dental care professionals, many of whom practice in downstate Illinois.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is proud to celebrate its 50th Anniversary and first half century of excellence. The University has grown from 1,776 students in 1957 to nearly 13,500 students today. SIUE is a catalyst for the cultural and intellectual vitality and economic development of Southwestern Illinois and the greater St. Louis region.

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4/10/08

BOT Awards Contracts Worth Over $18.3 Million For SIUE Projects

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today awarded more than $18.3 million in contracts to 10 Illinois companies and a Missouri company for two proposed construction projects on SIUE's Edwardsville campus.

In addition, the board awarded a $218,960 for electrical work in an upgrade to the School of Engineering's Environmental Resources Training Center (ERTC). The Board made the awards at its regular meeting conducted at SIUE.

Contracts worth $10,910,055 were awarded to several companies to construct the proposed SIUE Student Success Center approved by the SIU Board in September. A contract worth $1,965,000 was awarded to L. Wolf Company of Granite City in January to relocate utilities in anticipation of construction of the proposed center. The project had been earlier estimated to cost some $16.6 million.

The entire project is being funded through a student academic success center fee, created in 2006 by a student referendum, and by the sale of revenue bonds to be paid off through center fees. The new 68,000-square-foot center, to be constructed adjacent to SIUE's Morris University Center, will consolidate academic support service functions currently spread throughout campus. This facility will provide students with a central location for academic support and other personal needs.

The successful bidders for the construction phase of the Student Success Center Project are: Bruce Unterbrink Construction of Greenville, $7,469,807 for general construction; Rakers Electric of Aviston, $1,560,000, for electrical; Superior Fire Protection of Forsyth, $200,120, for fire protection; France Mechanical of Edwardsville, $687,000, for heating; Bel-O Sales and Service Inc. of Belleville, $536,317, for plumbing; and Hock Mechanical Inc. of Belleville, $456,811, for ventilation.

In another project, GRS Construction Inc. of Columbia was awarded a $5,335,750 contract as general contractor; Pointer Electric of Jerseyville was awarded a $793,880 contract for electrical work; Dreyer Investment Corp. of St. Charles, Mo., was awarded a $106,350 contract for fire protection; GRP Mechanical Co. of Bethalto was awarded a $521,965 contract for heating; Amsco Mechanical of Granite City was awarded a $339,500 contract for plumbing; and Hock Mechanical of Belleville was awarded a $293,910 contract, all for construction of SIUE's Student Fitness Center expansion. SIUE officials said the project will be funded by the sale of revenue bonds to be re-paid from center fees.

The fitness center expansion project calls for two multi-purpose rooms for group exercise and student organization activities, an office addition, a 30,500-square-foot gymnasium (for two additional courts and a second level for fitness activities), and a food and juice bar.

The third project awarded a contract today went to K+F Electric Inc. of Belleville for $218,960 for electrical work in the upgrade to the ERTC, located on campus just off New Poag Road. Previously, architect and engineering fees totaling $11,500 and a $228,290 contingency were approved, making the upgrade a $460,500 project.

Since 1977, the ERTC has been training water quality professionals who now work throughout the nation. This project-funded through an EPA grant-will provide modern equipment and control systems to train its students in various systems and methods of water treatment.

In other business, the board gave project and budget approval for two proposed additions at SIUE-a School of Pharmacy addition and the construction of biology laboratories and a geographic information systems (GIS) suite at the Biotechnology Laboratory Incubator (BLI) in SIUE's University Park. The project would be paid for by University operating funds.

At an estimated cost of $1.8 million, the BLI expansion calls for building two biology teaching labs and associated support space, as well as a suite for the SIUE Department of Geography's GIS unit. The unit employs various software in performing spatial analysis for external clients. The unit is currently housed in Alumni Hall next to the School of Nursing's offices, which needs additional space.

The space needed in the School of Pharmacy, 220 University Park Drive, will provide student gathering and a common study area at a cost of $350,000 to be paid for by University operating funds. The Pharmacy program, now in its third year, has more students using the building in University Park, hence, the need for additional space.

The board also approved planning for a proposed roof replacement project for six buildings on the SIUE campus to be paid for by the Facilities Management fee. The project would include Founders Hall, Alumni Hall, Dunham Hall, the Vadalabene Center, the Supporting Services Building and Rendleman Hall.

In another matter, the board approved a change of scope in a project that will improve University Park Drive in SIUE's University Park. In 2006, the board approved construction of new, two-lane roads in University Park. However, University planners have come to the conclusion that there is a greater need to construct a smaller portion of a two-lane road and use the remaining funds to improve the shoulders along University Park Drive.

The newly proposed, two-lane road will connect North Research Drive to the road that runs behind Parking Lots 8 and 9. Estimated cost for the project remains at $500,000-consisting of a $400,000 grant from the Federal Transportation Bill through the Illinois Department of Transportation and $100,000 of matching funds from University operating funds.

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4/10/08

Ancient Greek Play, Antigone, Still Relevant Today

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Antigone, one of the Greek tragedies by Sophocles, will be staged at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville later this month and Director Diane Sol points out that even though the play is hundreds of years old it still has relevant issues for today's audiences. Antigone runs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, to Saturday, April 26, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, all in the theater at SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall.

The play is straightforward. Antigone wants to bury her brother, Polyneices, but he's considered an enemy of the state by Creon, king of Thebes. If you recall from your Oedipus handbook, Polyneices and Eteolces, sons of Oedipus, the king, were to share the kingship of Thebes after Oedipus kills his own father, marries his own mother and then puts out his own eyes in shame. Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, cares for him in exile until he dies.

Meanwhile, Eteocles decides he doesn't like the shared leadership arrangement, so he banishes Polyneices. The play focuses on the aftermath-Polyneices returns to overthrow Eteocles. War ensues and the two of them meet and kill each other. Then, Creon becomes king of Thebes and he declares Polyneices a traitor; therefore, denying Antigones' request to bury him.

Several issues come into play here and Sophocles, as well as the other ancient Greeks, loved to put those issues onstage for discussion, according to Sol, an SIUE assistant professor of theater and dance. "This play is about the choices people make, it's about law and order, a lot of different issues. The Greeks loved an argument. They loved fighting on the battlefield and they loved an argument in the courtroom," Sol said. "Family conflicts and sibling rivalries in this play will resonate with today's audiences." Sol points out that this version of the play has never been performed in English, although it has been the basis for a film in Greek. There are several versions based on Sophocles' version including a Croatian version in 1985.

"This play has a love story as well as conflicts between father and son. All these elements are in this play," Sol said. "There's even an element of politics. I'm telling my students to watch televised debates between the current presidential candidates. Watch the gesturing. It all comes from the Greek tradition." Sol teaches theater history and the cultural theory of performance. She believes Antigone has a lot to offer modern audiences. "Some of my students were concerned that a Greek play would be boring, but, if you consider our form of government, consider democracy ... it's all there," she said.

"I asked them not to have any preconceived notions. Just watch the play and let it wash over you." For ticket information, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

For photos suitable for print, click on the following numbers: 1 | 2 | 3: In Photos 1 and 2, Creon, king of Thebes, portrayed by Josh Douglas of Granite City, announces to Antigone, played by Bethany "Duke" Dukett of Winchester, she cannot bury her brother because he was an enemy of the state. In Photo 3, the ever-present Greek Chorus weighs in on the matter. (SIUE Photos by Bill Brinson)

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4/10/08

SIUE School of Nursing To Bring Pandemic Flu Seminar To Campus

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) If a deadly influenza (flu) outbreak hit the Midwest, would the region be ready?

That is a question being posed by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing, which is bringing Pandemic Flu: Are You Ready? to campus.

The seminar, which will be conducted from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, May 2, in the Hickory-Hackberry Room on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center, will focus on developing a pandemic plan for businesses; establishing planning efforts to tackle global pandemics; examining the history of pandemics in the United States; differentiating between pandemic flu and seasonal flu; and using personal protection equipment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that since 2003, the number of avian influenza virus cases (H5N1) has risen in Asia, Europe and Africa. It is further purported that more than half of people infected with H5N1 virus have died. While there has been no sustained human-to-human transmission reported, the fear by the CDC is that H5Ni could evolve into a virus capable of such transmission.

"Education and preparation are essential when it comes to dealing with any emergency situation," said Rita Sander, assistant professor of primary care-health systems nursing at SIUE. "This seminar will provide the education and preparatory knowledge necessary to respond appropriately to a pandemic flu.

"We do not know when the time of the next event will occur, but we will have another pandemic in our lifetimes."

Admission is free. Those who attend also are invited to stay for lunch and a tabletop pandemic planning exercise in the afternoon. The SIUE schools of Nursing and Pharmacy will award contact hours credit to those who attend the event.

SIUE and PandemicPrep.Org are co-sponsors of the event. Roche Laboratories is a corporate sponsor. Pandemic Prep.Org is a consortium of businesses, organizations, schools, universities, hospitals and government agencies from Illinois and Missouri that is helping prepare the St. Louis region. For more information, visit www.pandemicprep.org.

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4/8/08

SIUE Junior From Belleville Wins Carol Kimmel Scholarship

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Belleville have been benefiting of late from internships served there by Jessica Rae Schuette, who is very busy these days with studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and volunteer efforts on and off campus. A business major and a junior at SIUE, Schuette is this year's recipient of the Carol Kimmel Scholarship.

The annual Kimmel scholarship, co-sponsored by the University and the Belleville News-Democrat, was established to recognize students for outstanding leadership and community volunteer service contributions, in addition to academic excellence. It is named for Kimmel, a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees, who for many years donated freely of her time and talent to volunteerism.

"I am first and foremost dedicated to my school work," Schuette said, "but I am also extremely involved in volunteering for SIUE's Campus Activities Board (CAB) and also off-campus with Big Brothers Big Sisters." She said she has invested several hundred hours in volunteer efforts and finds it all very rewarding. "I feel I'm helping the students by helping create events on campus that enhance student life opportunities," Schuette said. "Concerts and other events give students a feeling of community with their fellow students."

With SIUE's CAB office, Schuette has been the Concerts Committee chair, responsible for coordinating the University's LiveWire concert series and is currently coordinating the annual Battle of the Bands. One supervisor who nominated her for the Kimmel Award noted Schuette "is perhaps one of the most responsible and dependable members of CAB. She is always the first one to ask if we need any help in the office and is one of the most caring and kindest individual on the board."

In addition to her work with CAB, Schuette also is involved with volunteering through the Kimmel Leadership Program in weekend service in the community. For BBBS Schuette finished one internship and then volunteered for another stint as intern. One nominator wrote that she "is a great team player who possesses excellent leadership skills," with a work ethic that "reflects a commitment" to the Belleville program. As part of her volunteer effort with BBBS, Schuette helped develop a special mentoring program funded through BBBS of Southwestern Illinois. The new program is aimed at youth whose parent is incarcerated.

Schuette said the work has been worthwhile. "I want to lend a helping hand and I hope to make a difference."

Schuette will be recognized Wednesday, April 30, at the Kimmel Leadership Recognition Program-scheduled at 4:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. For more information, call the Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2686.

Click here for a photo of Jessica Rae Schuette

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4/9/08

Several Illinois Residents Are Recipients Of SIUE Kimmel Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Several Southwestern Illinois residents will receive Kimmel Community Service Awards at the April 30 Kimmel Leadership Recognition Program, sponsored by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Belleville News-Democrat. The annual award was established to recognize outstanding community members for dedication and contributions to community volunteer service as exemplified by Carol Kimmel, a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees, who for many years gave freely of her time and talent to volunteerism.

This year there are winners in six award categories: agency-organizational concerns, education, environmental and civic betterment, social service-social welfare, and regional leadership and special populations. Those nominated for the Kimmel Community Service Award must have been a resident of Illinois or Missouri for at least two years, and volunteered for at least one agency, organization, or business for at least two or more continuous years. In addition, nominees must have demonstrated a variety of community service contributions for an extended period and demonstrated outstanding voluntary community service, as well as a commitment to the citizens of Illinois or Missouri; and must document leadership roles and responsibilities.

Click on the highlighted name to see a photo of each winner. (All photos are by SIUE Photographic Services except as noted)

This year's winners are:
AGENCY/ORGANIZATIONAL CONCERNS: Eddie Lee of Granite City.
EDUCATION: Joyce Williams of East St. Louis.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND CIVIC BETTERMENT: Nancy Berry of Collinsville.
SOCIAL SERVICE-SOCIAL WELFARE: Vicky L. Jackson of Collinsville.
REGIONAL LEADERSHIP: James Gray of Alton (Photo from James Gray)
SPECIAL POPULATIONS: Johnny Campbell of East St. Louis.

Admission is free for the April 30 recognition program-scheduled at 4:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. For more information, contact the Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2686.

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4/08/08

The Gardens at SIUE to Launch Recycling Effort on Arbor Day

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Friends of The Gardens at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are challenging Metro-East gardeners to help save the planet by recycling one plastic pot and tray at a time. Homeowners and gardeners are encouraged to bring items to designated locations in the area on certain weekends this spring. A program launch event, featuring Madison County dignitaries and community and University leaders, is set for 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, at SIUE's The Gardens Support Center, 95 Arboretum Lane, Edwardsville.

"Plastic pots and trays are a significant source of waste for the gardener," said Doug Conley, director of The Gardens at SIUE. "This recycling program, made possible in part by a grant from the Madison County Recycling Program, provides a valuable service to the community," Conley said, "while raising awareness of The Friends of The Gardens at SIUE. It also further strengthens our Missouri Botanical Garden Signature Garden status." Plastic pots and trays can be brought to Market Basket, 447 S. Buchanan St., from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, April 26-27, May 17-18, 24-25 and 31, and June 1, 7, and 8. The University of Illinois Extension Office, 900 Hillsboro Ave., will accept items from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 14.

The Friends, along with the Madison County Recycling Program, the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Environmental Improvement and Energy Resource Authority and Monrovia Growers Inc. are collaborating with the Missouri Botanical Garden to accept items for recycling, which will be turned into landscape timbers and raised garden beds. No household plastic or clay pots will be accepted.

Those making donations are asked to dump all soil from planting pots and trays, and remove metal hangers. For more information, call Conley, (618) 650-3788. Nurseries, landscapers and garden centers are encouraged to collect pots and trays at their locations and to call (314) 577-9561 to arrange delivery of the items to Missouri Botanical Garden.

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4/2/08

April Wraps Up A Year of Celebrating SIUE's 50th Anniversary

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will wrap up its 50th anniversary by celebrating with the community. For nearly a year, SIUE has celebrated its 50th anniversary and its commitment to the community. Activities on April 16, 17 and 19 will close the first 50 years of the University's history, ushering in the next 50 years. The community is invited to join in the fun.

What has been called the largest ever fireworks display in Southwestern Illinois history was launched Saturday night, April 5, with more than 300 people braving the chilly weather while seated on lawn chairs along University Drive on campus. The fireworks displayed followed a 50th Anniversary Gala in SIUE's Delyte W. Morris University Center that featured local dignitaries including Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur, Madison County Board President Alan Dunstan and Illinois State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton). The evening's festivities and the fireworks kicked off the final month of the year-long anniversary celebration.

A Time Capsule Burial Ceremony will take place from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the lobby of SIUE's Rendleman Hall. The time capsule-actually a decorative box provided by The University Museum at SIUE-will be sealed and unopened for 50 years. It will be placed in a glass case display under the spiral staircase in the lobby. Newspaper reporters are being asked to bring a paper from that day for placement in the box, while TV crews are being asked to bring a videotape or digital video of a newscast to be placed in the capsule.

That same day and also Thursday, April 17, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Quad, individuals are invited to take part in an SIUE tradition-painting "the Rock." For more than 30 years, students have gathered at the Rock for rallies, meetings and activities. A pictorial history of the Rock also will be featured in the foyer of SIUE's Morris Center.

The culminating event will be the 50th Anniversary Community Festival, Discover "e" Day, featuring fun and educational campus tours, activities, demonstrations and performances from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Two trolleys will be on hand to transport visitors to stops around campus, introducing them to exciting, family-friendly venues. Free parking will be available all over campus.

"As our 50th Anniversary draws to a close, I invite you to mark your calendars for these exciting events as we finish up this milestone year," said Dixie Engelman, SIUE dean emerita and associate professor emerita, and chair of the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee. "It's been a terrific year and we hope to see everyone at these final 50th Anniversary events." For more information, visit the 50th Anniversary Web site: www.siue.edu/50.

Click here for photo from 50th Anniversary Gala. The photo depicts 19-month-old Marissa Meier and her mother admiring the ice sculpture in Goshen Lounge placed there for the reception that guests enjoyed before the April 5 gala began.

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4/1/08

Anna Quindlen To Speak April 24 At SIUE For Arts & Issues

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Anna Quindlen, who became only the third woman to write for the influential New York Times op-ed page, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as part of SIUE's Arts & Issues series. Quindlen's appearance is being sponsored by National City Bank. Speaking in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of the Morris University Center, Quindlen will present "The Media in the Modern Age: Better Than Ever."

Quindlen's books have appeared on fiction, nonfiction and self-help bestseller lists. Her columns have won her many of journalism's most prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, and she currently writes a column, "The Last Word," on the back page of Newsweek. Her book, A Short Guide to a Happy Life (Random House, 2000), has sold more than a million copies. It was followed by Being Perfect (Random House, 2005); it, too, became a national bestseller. Her latest book, Good Dog. Stay (Random House, 2007) is a loving tribute to her late dog, Beau. Rise and Shine (Random House, 2006), debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at No. 1.

Bringing her wit, charm and intellect to SIUE for the first time for one memorable evening, Quindlen promises to engage the audience in her talk about how the media fits in today's information-seeking society. "Anna is a novelist, journalist, social critic and an astute observer of the world today," said Grant Andree, director of Arts & Issues. "Her appearance here wraps up an exciting season for Arts & Issues," Andree said. "And, we think audiences will enjoy the evening with this delightfully witty speaker."

Quindlen also has written four other bestselling novels: Object Lessons (Ivy Books, 1992), One True Thing (Random House, 2006), Black and Blue (Delta, 2000), and Blessings (Fawcett, 204). She has published three collections of her columns, Living Out Loud (Ivy Books, 1989), Thinking Out Loud (Ballantine Books, 1994), and Loud and Clear (Ballantine, 2005), as well as How Reading Changed My Life (Ballantine, 1998) and Imagined London (National Geographic Directions, 2006).

A native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Barnard College, where she is chair of the board of trustees, Quindlen is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from more than a dozen American universities. She is married to attorney Gerald Krovatin and is mother to Quindlen, Christopher and Maria Krovatin. Tickets for Quindlen's appearance are $24; students, $12, and may be purchased through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or through the Web site: www.siue.edu/artsandissues.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is proud to celebrate its 50th Anniversary and first half century of excellence. The University has grown from 1,776 students in 1957 to nearly 13,500 students today. SIUE is a catalyst for the cultural and intellectual vitality and economic development of Southwestern Illinois and the greater St. Louis region.

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4/1/08

SIUE To Welcome Middle East Issues Speaker May 1

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The next speaker in The Middle East: A Humanity Misunderstood series will be Zeina Azzam Seikaly presenting Words Transcending Borders: Arab Voices in the American Classroom, says Gloria Reading, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the SIUE School of Education.

Seikaly, whose March event to appear on campus was cancelled due to inclement weather, will be speaking at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Missouri-Illinois Room, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. Seikaly is a curriculum advisor in the Washington, D.C., area and outreach coordinator for the Center for Contemporary Arab studies at Georgetown University in Washington.

She works closely with elementary and secondary teachers to develop online lesson plans and novel guides that will be made available to educators across the nation. A poet, writer and speaker, Seikaly focuses her work on the Arab world, the Middle East and Islam. "Educators and all those interested in curriculum and development will find Zeina Seikaly's talk particularly valuable," Reading said.

The event is free and open to the public and CPDU credits are available. Pre-register to attend at www.siue.edu/globalit.

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4/1/08

SIUE To Play Host To Academic Achievement Reception

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An Academic Achievement Reception, honoring Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students and faculty, will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, April 7, in Meridian Ballroom on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.

The event is being conducted by Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society, and the SIUE Office of the Provost to honor undergraduate, graduate and professional students who have earned departmental awards. Nearly 250 students will be recognized at the event.

SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson will act as the afternoon's emcee, with speeches from SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and SIUE Philosophy professor John Danley, a representative from the Phi Kappa Phi fraternity.

In addition to honoring students, recipients of the Teaching Excellence Award and the Distinguished Research Professor Award will be announced.

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