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April 2011

Gov. Quinn Reappoints Wiley, Names Three New Trustees

28 April 2011, 4:24 pm

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has made three new appointments to the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees and has reappointed current SIU Trustee Marquita Wiley. Coupled with last month's appointment of Donna Manering of Makanda, the board is now at full membership.

The recent appointments include:

• Marquita Wiley, of Belleville, reappointed to a term that expires Jan. 19, 2015. Wiley, who has served as a trustee since 2005, is a business executive with 30 years experience in the financial services industry. She is president of Trenier Enterprises L.L.C. Her career includes serving as vice president for new technology development for Citicorp; senior vice president for product development at Boatman's Bank; and senior vice president and central region executive for Bank of America's Premier Banking organization.

• Dr. Roger Herrin, of Harrisburg, who will serve a term that ends Jan. 16, 2017. Herrin replaces William Bonan II. Herrin is president of RDK Management Services, which owns and manages three long-term care facilities in Southern Illinois. He is past chairman of ComBank Inc., a banking corporation that owns and operates seven community banks under the name of Community National Bank. He currently serves on the board of the Illinois Finance Authority and formerly served on the Illinois Health Care Reform Task Force, and was a board member of the former Illinois Health Facilities Authority. He is retired from the practice of surgical podiatry and sports medicine.

• Mark Hinrichs, of O'Fallon, who will serve a term that expires Jan. 21, 2013. Hinrichs fills the remainder of the term of the late Keith Sanders. He holds a bachelor of science from the former School of Technical Careers at SIUC and is owner of Impact Strategies, a commercial and retail construction company based in Fairview Heights.

• Donald Lowery, of Golconda, who will serve a term that expires Jan. 19, 2015. Lowery fills the vacancy created by the resignation of former SIU Board Chair Roger Tedrick. Lowery is a former Massac County state's attorney and is a retired judge of the Illinois First Judicial Circuit. He earned a bachelor of science in economics at SIUC and a law degree at the SIU School of Law.

The new appointees will join current trustees Ed Hightower, Donna Manering, John Simmons as well as student trustees Jeff Harrison and Alex Vansaghi. The appointments are effective today and require Illinois Senate confirmation.

"The Other 40" Showcases Business Talent At SIUE

28 April 2011, 3:17 pm

Because it has been reported that roughly 60 percent of business enterprises fail, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Business and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) joined forces to introduce "The Other 40," a showcase of student talent and enterprise to promote business success.

The competition was created to promote student entrepreneurship and innovation by providing individuals with the resources, skills and incentives required to launch businesses from initiation to incorporation. More than $10,000 in cash and support was awarded to the top three students and/or student groups based on innovation, achievement and growth potential.

Winners of the first "The Other 40" competition included:

• $5,000 for first place-Eric Trey Garrison, a junior business major, for the e-Scene.

Garrison described his business idea as "a safe, affordable, non-alcoholic facility targeted toward students and young adults," tasked with bringing "a high quality music venue to engage Edwardsville and the surrounding area" with local and national musical acts.

• $2,500 for second place-Brian Derrow, Cory Akers and Taylor Hook, all senior

Engineering majors, for their idea for a Virtual Reality Bicycle Application company bringing virtual reality concepts to the home or gym. The project was described as "a startup company with a working prototype of a bicycle adaptation kit that allows users full control of Google Earth, while pedaling and steering." Users can enjoy the virtual experience of cycling through the Grand Canyon or the mountains from the comfort of their living room or the local fitness center.

• $1,000 for third place-Paulo Gonzalez, a senior business major, for his company, Tech

Language, which provides custom language learning programs through what his business plan described as "personal language coaches with the portability of the internet." He explained, "Tech Language strives to transform the language learning process by giving each client a custom coach to provide assistance and mentorship every step of the way."

Each of the winning ideas was awarded a professional service support package in addition to their cash prize.

Members of CEO consulted with SIUE School of Business leadership to organize the competition. Within six months of the birth of the idea for "The Other 40," the group established the competition, secured the prizes and professional service support, and brought the project to life.

"I'm very proud of them," said Tim Schoenecker, CEO's faculty advisor and an associate professor of management and marketing. "The leadership team worked very hard to get this competition up and running. The goal is to repeat this competition in the future."

Schoenecker said the ideas that took the top prizes were the furthest along in the business development process, or, the closest to becoming a reality.

More than 30 ideas were submitted for consideration. Participants in the program took part in a series of entrepreneurship workshops aimed at helping them build the skills they would need to succeed in the competition, as well as in later business pursuits. The students then were required to submit a one-page executive summary outlining their business plan. Those selected based on the one-page executive summary were asked to submit a full business plan. After that, the finalists were chosen to make a "pitch," presenting their idea in less than three minutes before a panel.

SIUE Focused Interest Communities Enhance College Experience

26 April 2011, 11:29 am

For more than 500 students on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus, living in a Focused Interest Community (FIC) means having access to valuable mentors and cultivating strong connections with like-minded students on a daily basis.

Almost a decade has passed since the first FIC was established at SIUE, and Assistant Director of Residence Life for Residential Education Vicky Dean said in many ways the communities have helped shape students' futures and direct their careers. "Research has shown that higher retention rates, higher grade point averages and lower risk of academic withdrawal all have been associated with participation in learning communities," she said, citing information from the Journal of College Student Development.

Currently there are FICs in nursing and health professionals programs, such as pre-dental, pre-pharmacy and pre-medical; education; engineering and technology; business; enterprise; psychology; Sustainability in Society (SIS), Future Leaders and Scholars for honors students. There also is an international student community; a Sophomore Year Experience community open to sophomores getting acclimated to campus and hoping to pursue leadership and career development opportunities; and Eco-House, which works with The Gardens at SIUE on sustainability initiatives. The groups of students reside in the same buildings and often take the same classes as program requirements. Living in the same neighborhood makes it more convenient for students to study together and share information.

"Overall, the FICs meet the students' needs in developing social connections, adjustment to college life and connection to college resources, whether that be in the area of course work or out-of-class work," Dean said.

There are 26 faculty and staff members at SIUE acting as mentors and leaders for the FICs. Lecturer Kristine Jarden from the SIUE School of Business works closely with the group of students comprising Cougar Enterprises; one of the newest FICs on campus. With eight members in its first year, the entrepreneurship group took part in a number of regional and state competitions, collaborated on projects and worked to build the businesses of their dreams.

"We met often and worked on our businesses," Jarden said. "There was a lot of brainstorming and networking involved."

Jarden said applications already have been coming in for the fall cohort of the Enterprises FIC, with students from a variety of majors, from business to engineering. "All majors are accepted," she said. "There has been a lot more interest in entrepreneurship and I think the economy has a little to do with that."

The students used a special study lounge and resource center to work on homework and business ideas in privacy, allowing them to capitalize on their creativity, Jarden said. The class focused on building the basics of starting a business enterprise, from deciding if a business idea is feasible to writing a business plan.

FICs are located in Cougar Village-the University's campus apartment housing-as well as in the campus residence halls. Those interested in living in a FIC are encouraged to submit applications to University Housing by May 1 for fall placement. For more information, or for an application, visit

2010-11 Housing Faculty Fellows Recognized

25 April 2011, 4:34 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Housing Faculty Fellows program provides residents a unique opportunity to get to know faculty members on a more personal level. The Faculty Fellows program is a collaborative effort between the Office of the Provost, the Office of Student Affairs and University Housing. Twenty-six faculty members from various disciplines served this academic year as Faculty Fellows to the 3,500 on-campus residents.

Members of the Faculty Fellows include Kathryn Bentley, Joaquin Florido Berrocal, Cory Byers, Dennis Bouvier, Danice Brown, Paul Brunkow, McKenzie Ferguson, Denise DeGarmo, Cristina DeMeo, Anthony Denkyirah, Katie Durbin, Rick Essner, Tom Foster, Jenni Hunt, Kristine Jarden, Jessica Krim, Faith Liebl, Min Liu, Darron Luesse, Thad Meeks, Sorin Nastasia, Sheila Pietroburgo, Ann Popkess, Jennifer Rehg, Carolina Rocha and Melodie Rowbotham.

members of the Faculty Fellows and their contributions to the program are diverse. Faculty Fellows have hosted trips to the Science Center, the Nursing Simulation Lab, promoted flu shots on campus, provided study breaks, presented business plans, and attended a variety of community meetings and campus programs with residents. In fact, Faculty Fellows were in attendance at more than 100 events with University Housing residents this year.

Jennifer Rehg, assistant professor and Faculty Fellow from the Department of Anthropology says "The Faculty Fellow program reminds students and faculty that we are people outside of those roles, and also provides opportunities to demonstrate that learning does not just happen in the classroom."

Each Faculty Fellow volunteers time and energy in order to enhance efforts to bridge learning both in and out of the traditional classroom setting. Faculty Fellows work both Focused Interest Communities (FICs) and the general Housing population, both freshmen and upperclassmen.

For questions regarding the Faculty Fellow program, please contact Vicky Dean, assistant director of Residential Education, (618) 650-5296, or by e-mail:

SIUE Business Students Organize Service Project In Belleville

25 April 2011, 3:49 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business students recently took part in a service project at Our Lady of the Snows Retirement Community in Belleville. Andrew Foster, Jeffry Harrison and Kaylee Krischel coordinated the event, while students provided a brief presentation that covered basics such as how to safely turn on a computer, basic computer functions, how to open the Internet, and how to use Google and e-mail.

Following the presentation, students had one-on-one breakout sessions with the participants to help answer more specific problems. "The breakout sessions are very helpful because of the varying of skill levels of the participants," said Doug Bock, professor of computer management information systems and chair of that department.

The SIUE students who organized the event are a part of the Homer L. and Helen L. Cox Scholars Program, an endowed fund that provides students with financial assistance and unique educational opportunities designed to enhance academic and creative potential. "This scholarship provides students like ourselves the opportunity to receive financial assistance while helping others in the community. I enjoyed working with residents and hope that they find their newfound computer skills useful," Harrison said.

SIUE Engineering Team Highly Ranked In International Competition

25 April 2011, 12:21 pm

The SIUE student chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) made a solid finish in the recent Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites Competition, placing fourth in the international competition.

On April 3, the SIUE team made an impressive showing amongst competitors from as far away as Canada, Mexico, Turkey and Puerto Rico at the ACI 2011 Spring Convention in Tampa, FL. Individual teams designed and created a fiber reinforced polymer-concrete composite beam or arch structure that sustained great strength and was also cost effective. Anne Werner, assistant professor of construction management and faculty advisor of the SIUE ACI chapter, believed the team thrived in achieving these goals. "There were 31 teams competing at the Spring Convention so it was a very challenging environment. A fourth place finish for SIUE is outstanding given the level of competition," Werner said.

"After all of the hours and days in the lab, the team earned this placing," added Cordt Hicke, president of the SIUE ACI chapter. "Although we did extremely well, we look forward to raising the bar. This is just a step in the right direction for us and we will take that step vigorously. We are looking forward to the next competition in the fall."

SIUE Prepares To Celebrate Earth Week 2011

22 April 2011, 3:16 pm

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Student Organization for Sustainability are joining forces to celebrate Earth Week 2011 on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus April 25-29.

A series of activities are planned in the Morris University Center Goshen Lounge, including a display of SIUE's sustainability efforts from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, a panel of faculty, staff and students on the importance of sustainability education from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, and information about local businesses and their sustainability efforts featured from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday.

A local Bluegrass band, Cumberland Gap, will perform in the Quad from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday in celebration of the week, with a day of planting in The Gardens at SIUE on Friday, Arbor Day, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to conclude events. Those taking part in the planting event are required to register in advance through the Kimmel Leadership Center and are asked to wear work clothes, sturdy shoes and gloves. The group will meet in the Goshen Lounge.

For more information about the Arbor Day event, contact

For more information about the other activities planned for the week, contact or

NRHH Awards Go To Members Of SIUE Housing Staff

21 April 2011, 4:42 pm

Various members of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Housing staff were awarded regional National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) "Of the Month" (OTM) Awards for March.

The Prairie Hall Resident Assistant (RA) staff was named the regional NRHH Organization of the Month and the St. Baldrick's Fundsraiser-sponsored by the Prairie Hall staff-was awarded the NRHH Community Service Program Of the Month. After being recognized locally, each nomination was submitted regionally. The region includes campus winners from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. The NRHH is the recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. NRHH supports monthly recognition of student staff, programs, professional staff, faculty and more through OTM Awards.

Prairie Hall RA Kolby Spiker nominated the Prairie Hall RA staff for the Organization OTM award. The staff sponsored two large events in the month of March-the St. Baldrick's Fundraiser, an event to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer, and the Prairie Shore Boardwalk, a social program providing more than 150 residents with a chance to build community and socialize in a safe setting.

Spiker said the RAs deserves the praise. "This group put in countless hours of planning, execution, and evaluation of the programs held in the month of March," Spiker said. "Their teamwork and support for one another continuously provides a quality environment for residents. The impact on residents, housing community, and the SIUE community made by the Prairie Hall RA staff was outstanding and deserves due recognition."

The St. Baldrick's event was recognized as the regional Community Service program Of the Month. The program was nominated by Prairie Hall RA Lindsey Barry. "This successful program was initiated by group of Prairie Hall RAs and executed campus wide," Barry said. "Nearly $4,000 was raised by a number of students, staff, and faculty. A participant commented that, 'St. Baldrick's was such a moving experience.' It was great to see so many students sacrifice and participate in an impactful program."

NRHH Adviser Cathy Passananti said all OTMs are voted on at each nominating campus. "Winning awards on each campus are then submitted to a regional board where they are voted on once again. Regional winners are few and far between and have the great honor of national submission," Passananti said. "Nominations are a testament to the quality of work coming from SIUE's campus and University Housing."

For more information about NRHH and OTMs, please contact Passananti,, or by phone, (618) 650-4652.

SIUE Journalism Alumna Wins 2011 Pulitzer Prize For Investigative Work

21 April 2011, 3:06 pm

A Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumna and investigative reporter at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune newspaper took the coveted 2011 Pulitzer Prize for her investigative work focusing on Florida's $10 billion property-insurance system for homeowners.

Paige St. John, the reporter who took the top prize, graduated from SIUE in 1986 with big dreams and a bachelor of science in mass communications. On Monday she was named the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner for investigative journalism; the highest mark of prestige and excellence in U.S. journalism.

With the Herald-Tribune since 2008, St. John also has covered Florida politics, the environment and natural disasters; a stint as the statehouse bureau chief for Gannett News Service, an environmental reporter for The Detroit News, and Traverse City, Mich. correspondent for the Associated Press.

The Sarasota newspaper's website stated: "A product of what was once the nation's smallest accredited journalism program (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), St. John continues the school's tradition of multi-faceted journalism." The Pulitzer Prize website cited St. John's special use of database-driven projects, graphics, websites and narrative writing, as well as investigative journalism. SIUE's Department of Mass Communications includes four program tracks, including print and electronic journalism, television and radio, media advertising, and corporate and institutional media. All tracks are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

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Roundtable Set For East St. Louis Higher Education Campus

20 April 2011, 2:58 pm

The St. Louis Metropolitan Research Exchange (STLMRE) Brown Bag Speaker Series will present a roundtable discussion for The Making of an All America City: East St. Louis at 150 from noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, Building D auditorium.

Mark Abbott, professor of history at Harris-Stowe State University and the book's author, as well as contributors Debra Moore, executive director of the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department, Joseph Galloy, cultural resource archaeologist and Andrew Hurley, professor and chairperson of the University of Missouri St. Louis Department of History will join in a roundtable discussion on the newly edited volume.

A limited number of books will be available for review at the event and orders can be placed. Those planning to attend must bring their own lunches.

The STLMRE is sponsoring the event. Free parking will be available in visitor lot E2.

SIUE Enters Formal Agreement With L&C; Benefits Transfer Students

19 April 2011, 1:40 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey have teamed to make a four-year degree more attainable for a larger number of individuals across the region.

In line with its mission to provide area residents with access to a four-year degree, SIUE entered a formal agreement recently with L&C that will open doors to opportunity for students admitted to Lewis and Clark for fall semester.

The Dual Admission/Partnership Agreement with Lewis and Clark allows students at the onset of their collegiate careers to immediately begin working directly with advisors and staff at both campuses to ensure a well-planned transition between the two institutions, following the completion of a two-year associates' degree program at L&C.

"Our goal was to create a seamless process for Lewis and Clark Community College students to complete a baccalaureate program at SIUE," said the University's Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. "Hundreds of 'Trailblazers' make the decision to become Cougars each year. They have been a big part of this community for many years. This agreement is just one example of how our continuing partnership with Lewis and Clark is growing to benefit students from the region.

"This program is targeted specifically toward students who know now that they will be earning degrees from both Lewis and Clark and SIUE over the next few years," Vandegrift said. "They are a pragmatic and hardworking group. We want to exceed their expectations by not only admitting them early in the process but by providing them with the services and guidance they will need to succeed and enter the region's workforce prepared to lead."

Lewis and Clark President Dale Chapman said geography plays a big part in determining where Lewis and Clark students transfer. "So, a large percentage of Lewis and Clark students transfer on to SIUE to complete their bachelor's degree already," he said. "Having this agreement in place will surely make that transition for our growing student population a seamless process.

"Having access to an SIUE advisor as a freshman at Lewis and Clark will help ensure that students are on the right paths early on in their educational careers," Chapman added, "which will increase their chances of successfully completing their bachelor's degree. We are pleased in these economically challenging times to offer this new dual admission opportunity for our district students, which is now the most economical bachelor's degree option for students in our district."

Scott Belobrajdic, SIUE's assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management, said the agreement further strengthens the collaboration among academic leadership at both institutions. "This new agreement is an important step to formalize a smoother transition for students who intend to earn an associate's degree from Lewis and Clark and a bachelor's from SIUE," Belobrajdic said.

He added, "We hope this formalized agreement will allow students to see their academic paths very clearly. When they finish their associate's degree at Lewis and Clark, they already will be able to see themselves as juniors at SIUE and soon will be graduates of both institutions."

Green Energy Ready To Beam Through SIUE's ERTC

18 April 2011, 10:04 pm

The SIUE School of Engineering's Environmental Resources Training Center (ERTC) is ready to beam with 'green' energy. The ERTC recently completed the installation of its alternative energy project consisting of a 120-foot wind turbine and 140 photovoltaic (solar) panels.

Both features are anticipated to annually generate up to 40 percent of the electricity to operate the Center's training-scale wastewater and drinking water treatment plants, laboratories and research offices. The ERTC is the training center for water and wastewater treatment operators for the state of Illinois. The operators trained at the ERTC are responsible for providing the University and surrounding area with clean water that is safe to drink and use for sanitary purposes. In achieving this purpose, ERTC Director Paul Shetley said center staff members were eager to implement resource conservation techniques that pulled from what nature freely offers-wind and sunlight.

Shetley added, "As our world changes and time goes on, the importance of finding alternative, affordable energy resources is huge," and the ERTC is doing just that with this green initiative.

Shetley said the wind turbine and solar panels, funded by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, will not only offer electrical power but will empower minds. School of Engineering and ERTC students will receive firsthand instruction on how the new, greener, energy sources power the building, as well accomplish research that is conducted at the ERTC.

The ERTC offers courses to students interested in careers in water pollution control management, as well as refresher courses for current plant operators.

SIUE Prepares To Showcase Best of Senior Assignment

16 April 2011, 9:27 pm

Research studies by undergraduates at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville-ranging from analysis of health literacy to creation of a virtual bicycling tour reaching "anywhere" in the world-will be highlighted at poster and display presentations, as well as multi-media presentations, from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, as part of the annual Senior Assignment and Senior Standout Showcase. The event is open to the public.

The presentations-scheduled in the Conference Center and the Mississippi-Illinois Room on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center-will be made by more than 100 students from more than 25 undergraduate majors, representing the top senior assignment projects. At SIUE, the senior assignment program is required curriculum for all seniors to demonstrate their degree of general education knowledge, as well as knowledge within their disciplines prior to graduation.

After the presentations, outstanding senior assignment and senior standout recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony and reception in Meridian Ballroom on the first floor of the Morris Center.

SIUE has been featured in U.S.News & World Report among the nation's top schools, including Brown, Princeton and Stanford for six consecutive years for its Senior Assignment program. The program at SIUE also has been recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as a model of a capstone undergraduate experience for the nation's institutions of higher learning.

SIUE Student Research Showcases SIUE Nature Preserve

15 April 2011, 4:05 pm

Twelve students and seven faculty members from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville departments of Biological Sciences, Anthropology and Geography recently showcased their research from the new SIUE Nature Preserve at the 103rd Annual Conference of the Illinois State Academy of Sciences (ISAS).

The conference took place at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston and featured universities from across the state. Posters and oral presentations by SIUE undergraduates, graduate students and faculty reported research providing valuable new information that will contribute to the effective management of the SIUE Nature Preserve.

The Preserve, which covers 380 acres, includes Sweet William Woods, Whiteside Prairie and a corridor extending north along the bluff line, which provides ecological connectivity with Bohm Woods State Nature Preserve, adjacent to campus. Bohm Woods, managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is considered the best remaining example of mature oak-hickory forest in the region.

Student research at the conference covered a wide range of topics in ecology, conservation biology and anthropology. Ben McGuire, a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded third prize in the Botany section during the conference for his poster on the effectiveness of metal tree guards in reducing the impact of deer damage to planted trees in forest restoration sites. The results of his master's project with Associate Professor Peter Minchin in the Department of Biological Sciences will have direct application in planning the reforestation of areas within the SIUE Nature Preserve's bluff corridor.

Several students presented work as part of their senior assignment projects.

Johanna Guthrie, a senior anthropology and biological sciences double major, won third prize in the Botany oral section for a report based on her Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Senior Assignment project presentation, which was conducted under the guidance of Associate Professor Julie Holt, chair of the Department of Anthropology, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Gregory Vogel, and Professor of Biological Sciences Richard Brugam. Guthrie's research, titled "Evolution of Horticultural and Agricultural Practices among Hopewellian Native Americans," focused on plant remains from the Gehring archaeological site on SIUE campus on the Mississippi floodplain.

"The range of excellent presentations by SIUE students and faculty at the ISAS conference last week clearly shows how the SIUE Nature Preserve provides outstanding opportunities for high-quality research that not only contribute to basic knowledge, but can also inform management of this valuable new addition to the region's conservation reserve network," Minchin said.

BOT Finalizes Contracts For $1.8M Window Replacements At Peck

14 April 2011, 4:01 pm

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today finalized the awarding of $1,832,618 in contracts to two Illinois companies to replace the windows in SIU Edwardsville's John Mason Peck Hall. Funding for the work will come from student Facilities Maintenance Fee revenues. In other business, the board gave project and budget approval to proposed replacement of windows at Rendleman Hall, for a proposed budget of $3.3 million. The project also will be funded through revenues from the student Facilities Maintenance Fee.

Planning approval for the Peck Hall project was given by the board at its September 2009 meeting. The window replacement projects are aimed at improving each building's energy efficiency and comfort. Replacement window projects for Founders and Alumni halls will take place when additional funding becomes available.

A $1,779,000 contract was awarded to Poettker Construction of Breese for general contracting for the Peck Hall project, while a $53,618 contract was awarded to Camp Electric and Heating Inc. of Alton for electrical work. The window replacement projects are aimed at improving the buildings' energy efficiency and comfort. The original approved project budget was $2.8 million for the Peck Hall project.

Under the Rendleman window replacement project, Ittner Architects will design the project in accordance with the Campus Design Guidelines. An architect, independent of the consulting architect, will provide design and document review of the plans and specifications on behalf of the Board before the bidding process begins.

The board also today approved a 10-year, $25,750,000 agreement with Pepsi Beverages Co. to purchase Pepsi soft drink products for resale at the Edwardsville, East St. Louis and Alton campuses. Each year of the contract, SIUE will purchase approximately $2,575,000 of Pepsi products and will be funded through sale of the product.

Planning approval was given at the meeting for a proposal to replace the nearly 20-year-old rubberized track at Korte Stadium. The track has aged because of exposure to the sun and weather. The SIUE offices of Intercollegiate Athletics and Facilities Management have been monitoring the condition of the track and recommend that the track be resurfaced during the next fiscal year. Further board action will be necessary to approve the project and its budget.

In another matter, the board gave project and budget approval to construct an indoor practice facility for the SIUE softball program at the Edwardsville campus. The project would include the construction of a 12,100 square foot building with batting cages and infield practice space. The estimated cost of the project is $980,000 and would be funded through University Plant funds and private contributions.

Board members also gave project and budget approval to renovate the Pizza Hut/Taco Bell locations on the lower level of SIUE's Morris University Center. The cost of the project is estimated to be $550,000 and will be funded through the Morris Center Repair, Replacement, and Reserve Fund.

This project would expand Pizza Hut and Taco Bell to offer new product lines to students and incorporate new re-branding components as required by the license agreement. The project also will expand storage facilities and enhance the rear work area to improve efficiency and increase safety with improved circulation and equipment locations.

BOT Awards $332,225 In Contracts For Creation Of Business Center

14 April 2011, 3:51 pm

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today awarded $332,225 in contracts to two Illinois companies to renovate 3,700 square feet in SIUE's Founders Hall for the new School of Business Cougar Business Resource Center (CBRC). Funding for the work will come from private contributions and University construction funds. The project, which was given planning and budget approval in December by the board, will include new online learning technologies, space for students to practice presentations, communication technology for students to interact with faculty and teammates regardless of location.

The center also will be home to the Executive in Residence program, developed as a mentoring/coaching program for students and faculty to take advantage of the experience of business professionals. In addition, the CBRC will include shared office space for School of Business student organizations.

The contracts were awarded to:

• Korte & Luitjohan Construction in Highland; $238,799 for general contracting

• Rakers Electric in Aviston, $93,525 for electrical work.

The original approved project budget was $600,000 for the Founders Hall project.

BOT Considers Alternative Tuition Rate For DNP For AY11-12

14 April 2011, 3:48 pm

Under a proposal considered today by the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, students enrolled in the new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program through the SIU Edwardsville School of Nursing would pay $650 per credit hour. The new rate would be in effect for fall and apply to Illinois residents and out-of-state residents.

In related business, the board also considered two other alternate tuition change proposals that would mean lower tuition rates for high-achieving international students and new tuition rates for non-resident students who are participating in the dual diploma program with the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in Turkey. That program is conducted by the SIUE School of Engineering.

All three proposals will be up for final approval at the board's May 12 meeting to be conducted at SIUE.

The DNP tuition proposal would make SIUE's primarily on-line program the least expensive of four of its five nearest program competitors. The DNP degree is the preferred advanced practice degree in nursing rather than the master of science in nursing. This change is in response to the occupational demand from the nursing profession that by 2015 MSN degrees be replaced by DNP degrees.

For the first three years of the DNP program, the School will admit post-masters students only; thereafter post-baccalaureate students will be admitted as well. DNP enrollment will be stabilized at 200 students, which is consistent with current graduate enrollment numbers.

Under a rate change proposal for high-achieving international students, such students would pay 1.2 times the in-state tuition rate. Current international students are paying 2.5 times the in-state rate. The new proposed rate structure is part of an enhanced international undergraduate recruitment initiative to increase enrollment of talented international students to promote global awareness and a campus climate of academic excellence for all students.

The third proposal considered today by the board would establish a tuition rate of $7,050 per semester for engineering students in the ITU dual diploma program, about 33-percent lower than the regular out-of-state rate. ITU dual diploma students are now paying $5,794 per semester. The program brings talented students from ITU to study at SIUE. This program also assists the Republic of Turkey expand its capacity to deliver higher education to its citizens, and enriches the global diversity of the students at SIUE. The initial program under this collaboration is a bachelor's in industrial engineering.

SIUE Fee, Rental Rate Change Considered By SIU Board Of Trustees

14 April 2011, 3:26 pm

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today considered fee-related changes that will affect the SIU Edwardsville campus, including changes in the student fees for Information Technology and Intercollegiate Athletics. Other student fee changes considered include those for Housing rental rates, Student Fitness Center, the Student Welfare and Activity (SWAF) fee and the Facilities fee. The changes were considered by the Board at its regular meeting conducted at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. The fees will be on the May 12 meeting agenda for final approval.

Other University fees that will not be changed for the 2011-12 Academic Year include the Textbook Rental fee, the Morris University fee, the Campus Housing Activity fee, the School of Nursing Program fee and the Student Success Center fee. If approved by the board in May, a full-time undergraduate student (15 credit hours) would pay an Intercollegiate Athletics fee of $160.85 per semester beginning in the fall, a change from the current rate of $156.20. The proposed increase of $4.65 per semester would support the annual operating expenses associated with an NCAA Division I program and would move the program toward established fund balance targets.

If approved in May by the board, the Information Technology fee would change from $6.55 per credit hour to $6.65, resulting in a full-time undergraduate student paying $199.50 annually (two academic semesters of 15 hours each) compared with $196.50 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 proposed changes in other student fees:

+$ 5.40
o Student Fitness Ctr.
o Facilities Maint.

The Board also considered changes in SIUE's housing rental fees for the fall term. Under the proposals, rental rates for a shared room at Woodland, Prairie and Bluff residence halls would be $2,560 per semester compared with the current charge of $2,485. A deluxe single room would cost $10,240 annually compared with $9,940 now. Housing rates at Evergreen Hall would be $5,440 annually for a shared apartment compared with $7,260 for a private apartment or a private suite rate of $5,980 annually. If approved, meal plan fee changes for students in the residence halls would range from $80 more per year for Plan A (most popular) to $110 more annually for Plan B.

Upperclassmen residing in Cougar Village Apartments would pay $3,890 per year for a shared room compared with $3,780 paid currently per year, while a single room would cost $5,780 annually compared with $5,610 now. A deluxe single room would be assessed at $7,780 per year compared with $7,560 per year now.

Families in Cougar Village, now paying $930 per month for a two-bedroom, unfurnished apartment, would pay $960 in the fall and $990 in fall 2012. The same family paying $1,090 per month now for a furnished two-bedroom apartment would pay $1,125 per month in fall and $1,160 in fall 2012. Families in a three-bedroom unfurnished apartment now paying $1,225 per month would pay $1,080 per month in fall and $1,110 in fall 2012; a three-bedroom furnished is now $1,225 per month and would be $1,260 in fall and $1,300 in fall 2012.

SIU Board Of Trustees Considers Proposed SIUE AY11-12 Tuition Rates

14 April 2011, 3:13 pm

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today considered a proposed tuition plan for the 2011-12 Academic Year at SIU Edwardsville that calls for a $615 increase over last year for in-state undergraduates. A $300 annual increase also was considered today for graduate students at SIUE for the coming fall.

In addition, the board also considered other tuition change proposals that would mean an annual increase for students in the accelerated bachelor studies program (ABSN) in nursing as well as for students in the Schools of Dental Medicine and Pharmacy. The overall tuition proposal was considered during the board's regular meeting conducted on the campus of the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. The tuition proposals are scheduled for a vote at the May 12 board meeting on the campus of SIUE.

Under the guidelines considered today, the annual tuition rate would be $6,816 for new undergraduate students entering this coming fall. Continuing undergraduate students would pay $5,850 in tuition for AY2011-12, an increase of $622.50 over AY2010-11. Undergraduate students currently in a guaranteed tuition plan would see no increase in their annual tuition rate. Students in the SIUE Graduate School would pay $6,312 in tuition.

The board also considered a $21,250 annual tuition rate for the SIUE School of Pharmacy, a $26,400 annual tuition rate at the SIU School of Dental Medicine and $17,805 over 67 credit hours for the ABSN program. Pharmacy students currently are paying $19,674 annually, while dental students currently are paying $24,910 annually. ABSN students are currently paying $17,286 tuition over 67 hours.

SIUE 2011 Student Employee Of The Year Recognized

14 April 2011, 11:35 am

Mary Ryan of Granite City was named the 2011 Student Employee of the Year at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for her outstanding commitment to Disability Support Services as an employee for more than two years.

Ryan was recognized during a recent reception to celebrate National Student Employee Week, as designated by the National Student Employment Association, for her role in the office as an accommodations assistant. She was described by her boss, DSS Director Phillip Pownall, as "truly an exemplary person, a knowledgeable student, an honest and practical worker, and someone who will succeed in any endeavor she puts her mind to accomplish."

"Mary came to us with no knowledge of how the office worked, what the laws are concerning the civil liberties of people with disabilities, nor the specialized adaptive equipment necessary to give legal academic accommodations to students with disabilities at SIUE," Pownall said. "In two months, Mary had learned the organizational structure of exam proctoring, application for services, documentation referral, computer entry of sensitive information, test proctoring and alternative text manipulation."

Ryan, a senior in the School of Education, also has worked closely with office staff on DSS policy and procedure updates and provisions.

This year's first and second runners up for the prestigious award were Trisha Revelle of Glen Carbon, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Brittany Groppel of Jerseyville, a junior in the School of Business, respectively.

D. Boyer Is April Employee Of The Month

14 April 2011, 10:17 am

Congratulations: Donna Boyer, office support specialist in the SIUE School of Pharmacy, is the April recipient of the University's Employee Recognition Award. In the photo, Boyer (second from left) is flanked by William Wuller, director of experiential education and clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice for the School, who supported the nomination as Boyer's supervisor, and Teri Kerr, a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice and assistant director of experiential education, who nominated Boyer for the award. At far right is Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher. In addition to the plaque she received, Boyer was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant or other Dining Services location. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

SIUE Engineering Professor 'ExCEEds' In Teaching

11 April 2011, 12:46 pm

Ryan Fries, assistant professor of civil engineering in the SIUE School of Engineering, will receive the prestigious national 2011 ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE). Fries will accept the honor at an American Society of Engineering Education conference in Vancouver, Canada, on June 28.

"I am very honored to receive the ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award," said Fries. "I am very thankful for the support from my colleagues and the SIUE School of Engineering toward continually improving my teaching." ExCEEd, an acronym for Excellence in Civil Engineering Education, is an invitation-only, week-long course sponsored by ASCE that teaches civil engineering professors best practices for effective, student-centered instruction. Fries acknowledged, "I gained several useful techniques during the course and reorganized the way I teach many of my classes."

Susan Morgan, professor of civil engineering and chair of that department, shared her excitement for Fries and was delighted that he was selected. "He is well-deserving of this award," said Morgan. "The SIUE Department of Civil Engineering hired Ryan expecting him to be an excellent teacher and colleague, and he has lived up to our expectations." Fries, an expert in transportation systems and safety, joined the School of Engineering in fall 2008.

SIUE Women's Club Basketball Team Wins National Championship

11 April 2011, 12:42 pm

The SIUE Women's Club Basketball team recently won the 2011 National Championship title in the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) by beating Arizona State University 57-38, capping a three-day tournament at the University of Texas at Austin. SIUE's Jenny Bealmear and Georgia Mueller were named All-Americans in the finals. The SIUE club team beat the University of Virginia 47-37 in the semifinals before heading to the final championship game.

The national championship win follows the team's state championship win over Northwestern University in March at the NIRSA Illinois state tournament at the University of Illinois in Chicago. SIUE also won the regional championship at Kansas University earlier this year, which qualified the team to compete at the national tournament.

At Kansas, the SIUE club basketball team posted impressive wins over Denver University (50-33), Kansas University (50-29), Kansas State University (40-17), the University of Missouri (53-35) and Truman State University (48-38).

In addition to Arizona State and Virginia, other teams at the NIRSA nationals included Lamar University, Marquette University, Northwest Vista College, State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland and the University of Texas at Austin.

SIUE's MMR Program To Feature Top Executives Speaking At Its 25th Anniversary Conference

8 April 2011, 12:56 pm

The Master of Marketing Research (MMR) Program, founded in 1986 by Management and Marketing Professor Madhav N. Segal in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business, will celebrate its 25 anniversary with a conference April 15 that will feature several distinguished speakers from top companies throughout the country. These marketing experts will anchor several panel discussions throughout the day in SIUE's Morris University Center.

Segal designed the program to address the "unrealized need of businesses for skilled marketing research professionals and students' needs for careers in marketing research." According to Segal, the positive reputation of this prestigious program comes from its ability to remain relevant, innovative, and responsive to the needs of both students and the industry.

It is one of the few specialized programs in the nation that combines practical knowledge with intensive academic training resulting in excellent employment opportunities with an exceptionally high placement rate. An active advisory board for this nationally acclaimed program is comprised of marketing research industry leaders from several leading research agencies and Fortune 500 client organizations.

For a complete schedule of panel discussions, visit the website:

Elementary Ed Major 2011 Kimmel Scholarship Recipient

7 April 2011, 1:45 pm

Michelle Sutorius, elementary education major in the SIUE School of Education, is the 2011 Carol Kimmel Scholarship recipient.

Michelle Sutorius, a junior majoring in elementary education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been named this year's recipient of the university's Carol Kimmel Scholarship.

The scholarship program is co-sponsored by the SIUE Kimmel Leadership Center and the Belleville News-Democrat.

The annual scholarship was established to recognize students for their 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 died in 2008. For many years, she donated freely of her time and talent to volunteerism.

As the co-coordinator for the SIUE Homeless Program, Sutorius has donated her time for more than two years serving lunches on Saturdays to the East St. Louis homeless community, and spent many Fridays making sandwiches and sorting through donated clothing, food and hygiene items to prepare for Saturday distributions. Being a strong advocate for the organization, Sutorius has organized campus donation drives and other activities to spread the word about the volunteer initiative, as well as gain support. She also was instrumental in creating an awareness video capturing the plight of the homeless in the greater St. Louis area.

Among her other service commitments, Sutorius is the elected treasurer and elementary education representative for the Association for School and Community Careers (ASCC.) The organization is committed to offering networking opportunities to students, allowing them to access resources to enhance their education and increase their knowledge base. As part of her tenure with the organization, she helped organize a winter dance at the SIUE East St. Louis Charter School and solicited area businesses to donate prizes for the event. Sutorious also is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS.)

Sutorius will be recognized at a 4:30 p.m. ceremony Wednesday, April 27, as part of the Kimmel Leadership Awards Ceremony 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.

SIUE Jazz Concerts Set For April 18-19 At Dunham Hall

6 April 2011, 3:25 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music will present two nights of jazz as part of its Annual Spring Jazz Concert-the first one featuring internationally known jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin at 8 p.m. Monday, April 18, followed the next night at the same time by the SIUE Big Bands, both in the theater at SIUE's Dunham Hall.

Guest artist Rubin will perform with the Reggie Thomas Trio and the SIUE Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Reggie Thomas. This concert is funded by the Kimmel Leadership Student Association and the Music Department.

Rubin is not only vocalist, lyricist, and composer, she's a producer, arranger, an educator (cited for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education by the International Association of Jazz Educators), music business consultant/facilitator, and music student adjudicator engaged by such auspicious institutions as the Thelonious Monk Institute, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. The April 18 performance will include classic jazz repertoire arranged by Thomas. Students from the Belleville East High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble also will make a guest appearance.

The following night the SIUE Big Bands will perform, directed by Brett Stamps, director of the SIUE Jazz Studies Program and graduate assistant Marty Morrison. The Jazz Lab Band will feature classic jazz arrangements by Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Sammy Nestico, John Clayton and Maria Schneider. The Concert Jazz Band will feature compositions and arrangements by SIUE students, alumni and faculty including compositions by URCA scholars Michael Dee and Jordin Harth.

Admission is $10; senior citizens and patrons under 18 years of age, $7; SIUE students with a valid Cougar ID, no charge, compliments of SIUE's Arts-For-All program. For more information, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

SIUE To Play Host To Annual Regional BotBall Tournament April 30

6 April 2011, 9:22 am

Video - Three SIUE Students Place Second In International Robotics Competition - July 21, 2009

Seventeen teams from around the region will compete- including teams from Indiana, Illinois and Missouri-at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering Annual Greater St. Louis Botball Educational Robotics Tournament, set for Saturday, April 30, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. Seeding rounds begin at 10 a.m. and double elimination rounds commence at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the tournament, which is free and open to the public.

The Botball Educational Robotics Program engages middle- and high-school-aged students in a team-oriented robotics competition that develops students' science, technology, engineering, computer science and math skills. Home schoolers and community teams are also welcome to participate. In Botball, all the design, coding, and building of robots is done by students, and no machining is necessary.

Each Botball team will consist of five to 20 middle and high school students who will design, build, program and document a single or pair of autonomous robots (without remote controls). The tournament challenges participants to program robots that navigate a game board, transport and pick up various colored objects and go head-to-head against other robots.

The theme of this year's tournament games is "Botball Airport Renovation." To score points the robots must load "unclaimed luggage into matching baggage carts," transport "airplanes" to the "runway," move "bio-fuels" to a manufacturing facility and erect a new "control tower" on a tarmac. Finally, "Botguy," the mascot of Botball, must be transported from the terminal to the top of the new control tower.

The Greater St. Louis Botball Program started with a two-day, hands-on professional development workshop for educators on March 5-6 at the SIUE's School of Engineering. At the workshop, teams received instruction in addition to their reusable kits of robotics equipment. Each kit will be used for competition and will be kept by the school or team to be integrated into the classroom or extracurricular activities. This ensures that schools will be able to continue growth in science, math and technology curricula through robotics after the Botball season is over.

NASA, which has sponsored Botball for more than a decade, utilizes autonomous robots in space and planetary exploration. NASA also uses Botball as an opportunity to reach out to its future workforce members to help them acquire relevant hands-on experience and skills. Additional regional sponsorship was provided by Basler Electric Company, Hal and Jean Gentry, and Kay and Paul Guse.

The SIUE School of Engineering has been very proactive in using Botball to reach out to middle- and high-school students, helping to prepare and motivate individuals who may one day attend SIUE. Last year, SIUE hosted the Global Conference on Educational Robotics, which attracted more than 500 students, families and educators to campus. For more information about Botball, visit the website: or contact by e-mail: .

Noted Clinical Research Professor To Speak At SIU/SDM April 12

6 April 2011, 8:54 am

Dr. Robert Kelly, director of the Dental Clinical Research Center at the University of Connecticut Health Science Center, will be the guest speaker at the 2011 Research Day and Table Clinic competition Tuesday, April 12, at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU/SDM) in Alton. Speaking about "Clinical Meaning of Laboratory Tests: How to Read the Material Literature as Evidence," Dr. Kelly will appear at 1:15 p.m. that day in the auditorium of the SIU/SDM Center for Professional Advancement in Building 280.

A professor of reconstructive sciences at UConn, Dr. Kelly is also on faculty at that university's Center for Biomaterials. He earned a DDS at The Ohio State University, a master of science in Materials Science at Marquette University and a doctor of medical science in Oral Biology at Harvard University.

Dr. Kelly's research focuses on the development of new clinical products and their translation to patient care. Clinical products resulting from his research include new and improved CAD/CAM ceramics, a salivary diagnostic to assess patient immune status and a novel dental implant that directs vertical bone. As director of the UConn Clinical Dental Research Center, Dr. Kelly has seen the center's clinical research grow to 1,200 annual patient visits and involved dental faculty in 15 active clinical studies under a mix of NIH, foundation and industry sponsorship. His leadership led to the opening of an 1,800 sq. ft. dental clinic devoted to research.

Dr. Kelly has been involved in more than 50 peer-reviewed publications; served on editorial boards and been guest editor for numerous dental journals including the Journal of Dental Research and Dental Materials. He has maintained grant support for his research and has won numerous awards, most recently the 2003 Clinician/Researcher Award from the American College of Prosthodontists.

Five Illinois Residents Are Recipients Of SIUE Kimmel Community Awards

5 April 2011, 9:03 pm

Five Southwestern Illinois residents will receive the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Kimmel Community Service Awards at a 4:30 p.m. reception Wednesday, April 27, part of the Kimmel Leadership Awards Ceremony in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.

The annual awards event is sponsored by the SIUE Kimmel Leadership Center and the Belleville News-Democrat. It was established to recognize outstanding community members for dedication and contributions to community volunteer service as exemplified by the late 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 these award categories: agency/organizational concerns, social service/social welfare, regional leadership, and special populations. The event also will honor one SIUE student, who is the Kimmel Scholar Recipient for the year, and an SIUE employee who will be presented the SIUE Faculty/Staff Community Service Award.

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.

This year's winners are:

Admission is free; for more information, call the Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2686.

Historical Studies Professor 2011 Teaching Excellence Awardee

5 April 2011, 1:07 pm

Jason Stacy, assistant professor of historical studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been recognized as the recipient of the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award because he helps students "become critical thinkers capable of grappling with difficult questions," as well as empowers them to reflect on their performance, according to the Teaching Excellence Awards Committee.

The award is the most prestigious teaching award a faculty member can receive at SIUE. Stacy received a $2,000 prize as part of the honor.

Linda Forbringer, associate professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders in the SIUE School of Education and chair of the awards committee, wrote in a letter to Stacy: "The depth of your understanding of effective pedagogy was evident in your ability to take examples provided by students and use them to develop their understanding of important course concepts.

"You provided constructive feedback in a supportive manner that gently guided students toward continuous improvement," she wrote, "and exhibited a deep respect for your students and their ideas, while maintaining high expectations." The committee continued that Stacy was selected as this year's recipient because his "dynamic style and supportive interactions with students encourage thoughtful participation."

The committee also awarded Teaching Distinction Awards (tenure track faculty) to Christopher Herndon, assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the SIUE School of Pharmacy, and Faustina Blankson, (non-tenure-track faculty) instructor in the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. Each distinction award includes a $500 prize.

Herndon was honored for his "ability to break complex concepts into clear, simple explanations," the committee stated. "Students appreciate his ability to clearly explain difficult concepts, as well as his enthusiasm and approachability, sense of humor and ability to use real world examples to illustrate course content." Pharmacy students have selected Herndon as "Teacher of the Year" multiple times during his tenure.

Blankson, who is pursuing a doctorate at SIU Carbondale, was recognized by the committee for actively engaging students in discussions and incorporating hands-on activities in the classroom designed to prepare students for their future careers. Blankson led a travel study experience for students to Ghana last summer and is planning another trip this year. The committee stated, "Students who participated in last year's trip describe the experience as life-changing."

Awardees are selected based on a committee review of dossiers, as well as classroom observation. The process is conducted each year to recognize members of the SIUE faculty for their commitment and dedication to the profession.

East St. Louis Sesquicentennial Proclamation Delivered Today By SIUE Chancellor

1 April 2011, 4:09 pm

This was a proclamation delivered by SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift speaking today at the East St. Louis Sesquicentennial Celebration ceremony:

To all whom these presents shall come, GREETING.

WHEREAS, on April 1, 1861, the village of East St. Louis was created by a vote of its citizens; and

WHEREAS, a thousand years earlier on the very ground where the city rose, Mississippians lived and built mounds as part of the great Cahokia, one of the largest communities in North America; and

WHEREAS, the city quickly became a powerhouse of industrial production, providing jobs for diverse people from around the world, as well as goods and services to a growing nation; and

WHEREAS, the city endured great pain from the destruction caused by the Great Cyclone of 1896, the devastation caused by the Great Flood of 1903, and the brutal killing of innocent families during the infamous Riot of 1917, but through it all the people pressed forward; and

WHEREAS, the people of East St. Louis built stout churches to nurture their souls, strong schools to prepare their children, lively social organizations to bring fellowship, beautiful parks to give respite from hard work, labor unions to bring fairness in wages and conditions; and

WHEREAS, the city was not immune from the forces of deindustrialization and vice, once again having to endure pain, this time from disinvestment, unemployment, poverty, and crime, but once again, undaunted people pressed forward; and

WHEREAS, the city has made contributions to world culture through its famous sons and daughters: jazz great Miles Davis, Olympic gold medalists Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Dawn Harper, silent film actress Lillian Gish, Little Rock Nine student Thelma Mothershed-Wair, Julliard-trained pianist Eugene Haynes, former UN Ambassador Donald McHenry, tennis champion Jimmy Connors, and musical couple Ike and Tina Turner, to name just a few; and

WHEREAS, the city's history contains many names of national prominence, including a young lieutenant named Robert E. Lee who brought an end to the dueling-ground called "Bloody Island"; the great writers Charles Dickens, Sherwood Anderson, and Walt Whitman, who all wrote of the area; the great composers Duke Ellington, W. C. Handy, and Jimmy Yancey, all of whom wrote songs about the city; rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry, who began his career at the Cosmo Club at 17 th and Bond; as well as numerous presidents, especially William Howard Taft, who dedicated the Federal Courthouse on Missouri Avenue in 1909; and

WHEREAS, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville traces its beginnings to East St. Louis in 1957 and has maintained a presence in the city since then with the East St. Louis Center, and its faculty have had a lasting impact on the city, especially Katherine Dunham, whose museum occupies the Maurice Joyce mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue; Eugene Redmond, poet laureate of the city and founder of the Drumvoices Revue that publishes the creative work of area artists; and R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome and whose building in Lincoln Park now houses the Mary Brown Center; and

WHEREAS, the city is preparing to celebrate is sesquicentennial in 2011, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is preparing to honor the city throughout the year with a Sesquicentennial Book Series to document the city's history, a Sesquicentennial Conference in July to discuss the city's impact, and the exhibition and expansion of its vast East St. Louis holdings in the Bowen Archives;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Vaughn Vandegrift, Chancellor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, proclaim April 1, 2011, as "East St. Louis Day," and call on the University and the greater community to join me in recognizing the contributions of the city and its citizens to the history of the region and the culture of the nation.

SIUE To Present Absurdist Comedy April 13-17

1 April 2011, 11:42 am

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Theater and Dance concludes its 2010-11 mainstage season with Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, directed by SIUE Theater Professor Chuck Harper. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, and continues each night at the same time through Saturday, April 16, and then at 2 p.m. on April 17. All shows are in the theater at SIUE's Dunham Hall.

When it premiered 115 years ago, Ubu Roi was jeered, but many have credited it since with being the spark that began what came to be known as the Theater of the Absurd and the surrealist art movement that characterized the early part of the 20th century. The character, Ubu, is playwright Jarry's metaphor for the modern man; Ubu is ugly, vulgar, gluttonous, grandiose, dishonest, stupid, voracious, cruel, cowardly and evil, an anti-hero of grand proportion. This play is the first of a trilogy of stylized satires in which the playwright savages power, greed and resulting evil practices - in particular the tendency of the "complacent bourgeois" to abuse the authority brought on by success.

The other two pieces in the trilogy- Ubu Coco and Ubu Enchaîné-were never performed during Jarry's short lifetime. Ubu Roi chronicles Ubu's political and felonious exploits, all the while offering a parody-like adaptation of situations and plot lines from Shakespeare's dramas such as Macbeth, Hamlet and Richard III.

It seems interesting to point out that Linda McCartney in her book, Sixties (Bulfinch, 1993), maintained that her husband, songwriter and Beatle founder Paul McCartney, used the play as an inspiration for the Beatles' tune, Maxwell's Silver Hammer. Some observers have said that Ubu Roi inspired filmmaker Tim Burton to craft the villain, Ooogie Boogie, in The Nightmare Before Christmas, after Ubu.

Director Chuck Harper points out that the play has a strong audience advisory because of its adult language and situations. By way of director's notes, Harper chose to quote Jarry, who said: "Talking about things that are understandable only weights down the mind and falsifies the memory, but the absurd exercises the mind and makes the memory work." Harper also quotes Gabriel Brunet, a French militarist: "Every man is capable of showing his contempt for the cruelty and stupidity of the universe by making his own life a poem of incoherence and absurdity."

Tickets, from $8-$10, are available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

In the photo at right: Cast members of Ubu Roi include Alex Kowalchik, Dana Szarzynski , Kenny Long and Kirk Dulin. (SIUE photo by Bill Brinson)

Illinois Education Research Council Releases Study On Illinois Principals

1 April 2011, 10:57 am

An increase in the level of school principal attrition in Illinois coupled with low return rates indicate a greater loss of principal resources from the state in recent years, according to a new study from the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) located on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

This study continues the IERC's examination of changing trends in the characteristics of Illinois educators in light of changing conditions in the policy atmosphere within which they operate. The study includes data concerning school principals across the state in more than 3,900 public schools and points out that district administrators are likely to continue to face increased pressure to recruit talented new principals because of the losses in the principal ranks.

The IERC study examined principal retention and turnover in Illinois public schools and is the second report of an IERC series on public school principals in Illinois from a two-year study funded by the Joyce Foundation.

Karen DeAngelis, assistant professor in the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester (previously with the IERC at SIUE), and Bradford R. White, senior researcher with the IERC, conducted the study in line with the IERC's mission to provide objective and reliable evidence for P-20 education policymaking in Illinois.

DeAngelis and White's findings focus on principals' movement during 2001-2008, a time marked by increasing school accountability and public scrutiny of principal effectiveness. Other research indicates school principals have a significant, though largely indirect, impact on school quality and student outcomes.

The current IERC study explores how principals' job movements are related to their personal and school characteristics and examines changes over time. Some of the study's key findings include:

  • Principal turnover has increased. On average, 79 percent of all principals stayed in the same school from one year to the next between 2001 and 2008, compared to approximately 86 percent of all principals between 1987 and 2001.
  • Chicago principals exhibited both greater retention and greater attrition than principals in other locales. While seemingly contradictory, the average percentages of Chicago principals who remained in their schools from year to year and who left Illinois public schools altogether were greater than those of principals in other locales. This is because Chicago principals rarely move to principalships in other districts.
  • The vast majority of principals who left Illinois public schools did not return. Of the 8 percent of all principals who left Illinois public schools during the study timeframe, 89 percent had not returned by 2008. And few principals left to pursue work outside of education.
  • Illinois principals who moved across districts tended to move to more advantaged schools, but those who moved within districts did not. Principals who transitioned across district lines tended to move to schools with significantly lower percentages of low-income students and higher average achievement levels. In contrast, principals who changed schools within districts experienced little difference, on average, in the characteristics of the students and teachers in their new schools.
  • For better or worse, accountability pressures appear to have had a negative impact on principal stability in Illinois between 2001 and 2008. Accountability pressures, both with regard to student achievement and teacher qualifications, appear to have contributed to this instability such that student achievement scores, a school's AYP status, and the percentage of non-highly qualified teachers in a school all affected principal turnover during this time.

The complete report is available at For more information, call the IERC, (618) 650-2840, or (866) 799-4372.

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