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August 28, 2003

Historian To Speak At SIUE; Part Of Expedition Celebration

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Fred Hoxie, the Swanlund Professor of History at the University of Illinois, will speak at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as part of SIUE's bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

SIUE's celebration, Exploration: The Legacy of Lewis and Clark, continues with three more events throughout the 2003-04 academic year and a Lewis and Clark Institute during summer 2004. Two of the celebration events in November and March also are part of the university's Arts & Issues series.

Hoxie, a widely recognized expert in Native American history, will speak about the Impact of Lewis and Clark on Indigenous Peoples at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in the John C. Abbott Auditorium on the lower level of SIUE's Lovejoy Library.

Under direction by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the newly purchased Louisiana Territory, the Corps of Discovery began the trek May 14, 1804, at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, near what is now the campus of SIU Edwardsville. They camped on the Mississippi's Illinois shore during the winter of 1803-04 in preparation for the journey.

After finding passage via several waterways, the explorers arrived at the mouth of the Columbia River at the Pacific Ocean in November 1805. The expedition returned to St. Louis on Sept. 23, 1806.

Admission is free to Hoxie's Sept. 8 appearance. For more information, contact Ryan Browning, (618) 650-5618, or by e-mail: For the complete Arts and Issues season, visit the Web site:

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August 28, 2003

SIUE Jazz Supper Sept. 28 To Feature Jazz 'Kansas City Style'

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A "special jam session" and Kansas City-style jazz will highlight an evening of fun, food, music, and dancing at the 15th Annual Friends of Music Jazz Supper at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Reservation deadline is Sept. 19. The evening is co-sponsored by TheBANK of Edwardsville and the SIUE Department of Music.

Set in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center, the Jazz Supper offers "Kansas City Cuisine" and dancing to the big band sounds of SIUE's Concert Jazz Band, as well as other "surprise" musical guests.

This year's event also includes a "Special Jam Session," featuring an audience member who makes a donation that evening. "For a contribution to our scholarship fund," Department of Music Chair John Korak III said, "an audience member can sit in and play a few bars with the band. It's all part of the fun-filled and enjoyable evening we have planned." Korak said the department will make available a few percussion instruments and a piano for the jam session, or a participant can bring an instrument.

Tickets for the Jazz Supper are $50 per person; a table of eight may be reserved for $375. The Friends of Music is a support organization for the Department of Music; proceeds will benefit the Friends scholarship program for SIUE music students. For reservations or more information, call Martee Lucas in the department, (618) 650-3799, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3799.

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August 25, 2003

EBR Club Begins 17th Year Of Meetings At ESTL Higher Ed. Campus

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club begins its 17th year of twice- monthly meetings at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, in Room 1007 of Building B on the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive. The club is named for SIU Edwardsville Professor Eugene Redmond, a member of the English Language and Literature faculty.

All writers-beginners and veterans-are invited to attend the meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, September through May. While tutoring and giving exposure to writers, the group offers cultural and literary events such as the "Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration" and "Fresh and Ancestral" each year.

Members of the club also collaborates with the SIUE English department to publish Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural literary journal, and to conduct Break Word With The World, a literary event scheduled this year for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Crown Hotel on the East St. Louis waterfront.

Board members of the organization include Associate Professor Dallas Browne of the SIUE Department of Anthropology; Professor Redmond; Darlene Roy, president of the EBR club and a published poet, and poet Evon Udoh.

For information about the group's calendar, call (618) 650-3991. or write the EBR Writers, P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62202.

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August 4, 2003

NCPG Elects SIUE's Melser To Board Of Directors

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Harold Melser, director of Planned Giving for the SIUE Foundation, as been named to the board of directors of the National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG). Melser will serve a three-year term.

Melser, who joined the SIUE Foundation staff in September 2001, has 27 years of fund-raising experience, including planned giving. Before coming to the university, Melser had been development director for The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) World Mission since 1997. He also served for 17 years as executive director of The Deaconness Foundation in St. Louis.

During his first 18 months at SIUE, Melser has developed gifts totaling more than $3 million and has worked with donors on several planned gifts, including a bequest expected to total more than $2 million as well as charitable gift annuities totaling $650,000. He also has assisted in the planning of the Meridian Society, an organization for women in philanthropy begun last month with $21,000 in membership gifts and pledges for its Impact Fund.

Since joining the SIUE Foundation, Melser has created several initiatives for the support of the university, including the Planned Giving Council with 17 attorneys, financial planners, trust officers and realtors; a charitable gift annuity program; the development of a real estate acceptance policy; the creation of a Heritage Society Marketing Committee; and a Donor Advised Fund Program.

One of the founding members of the St. Louis Planned Giving Council in the 1970s, Melser said he is honored to serve on the board. "I believe I can assist NCPG through my years of experience as a planned giving practitioner and educator," Melser said. "I will assist the organization in its mission to help donors and their advisors see the benefits of planned giving as part of their charitable giving plan.

"Primarily, I plan to help the NCPG increase the skills of fund development professionals and gift planning advisors through educational programs."

Melser received a bachelor of science in Education from Ball State, and a master's in Communication from the University of Nebraska. He and his wife, Amy, live in Columbia.

NCPG and its 115 planned giving councils represent more than 11,000 individuals nationwide, including fundraisers, attorneys, and financial advisors involved in the process of planning and developing major charitable gifts.

NCPG's activities include providing education, training, and research to gift planners; advocacy on behalf of donors and charities; and sponsorship of its national public awareness program, LEAVE A LEGACY.

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