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August 26, 2004

Nursing School Plans Scholarship Walk For Sept. 18; Seeks Donations

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing is encouraging donations for its Scholarship Walk on campus Saturday, Sept. 18. The event is aimed at supporting scholarships to recruit and retain nursing students to address the nationwide nursing shortage, says, Bob McElligott, Development director for the School.

"We're recruiting participating walkers and calling on them to ask for donations that will be used for scholarship support of pre-clinical, clinical, and graduate nursing students at SIUE," McElligott said. "The walk is also designed to increase public awareness of the nursing shortage, and what the SIUE School of Nursing is doing to address the problem."

Graduates of the school's basic program earn a four-year BSN degree that develops and supports critical thinking skills, clinical decision-making abilities, and nursing values and ethics.

"The Sept. 18 Scholarship Walk will be a pleasant two-and-one-half-mile stroll through SIUE's Donal G. Myer Arboretum," McElligott said, "and then on to "The Crossing," a sculpture just east of the SIUE Engineering Building." The walk, which kicks off at 11 a.m., will begin and end at SIUE's Alumni Hall.

Refreshments will be served from noon-1 p.m. The route is wheelchair accessible, and there are many places to rest, if necessary. McElligott said: "Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 in scholarships for nursing students.

They are essential partners in our health-care delivery systems. We also are trying to reach as many of our graduates as possible, asking them to return to campus to walk and support current and future nursing students."

Anyone who donates at least $25 will receive a red-and-gray, commemorative T-shirt with imprints of the SIUE "Nursing Gem of Southern Illinois" logo on the front, and "Nursing-the most honest and ethical profession" on the back.

"Hospitals and other organizations and individuals, who appreciate the nursing profession's vital role, are encouraged to consider being a sponsor with a donation of $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more," McElligott said. "While many people have heard about the nursing shortage, possibly even more dramatic is the nursing faculty shortage. SIUE is uniquely positioned to educate both basic and advanced practice nurses."

During the past five years, the SIUE School of Nursing has graduated 681 baccalaureate-level (BSN) nurses and 231 master's and advanced-practice (e.g., Nurse Practitioners) nurses. Most SIUE graduates tend to come from-and return to work in-Southern Illinois and in the St. Louis region. SIUE graduates also are teaching at SIUE and in other nursing schools around the country. Nearly 4,000 nursing students have graduated during the school's 39-year existence.

For more information about the Sept. 18 walk, or to register to walk, contact McElligott, (618) 650-3906, or by e-mail: rmcelli@siue.edu. Information about the SIUE School of Nursing may be found on the Web: www.siue.edu/NURSING.

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August 26, 2004

SIUE's Pharmacy Practice Chair Wins ACCP Fellowship

(EDWARDSVILLE, ILL.) Mark Luer, newly appointed chair of Pharmacy Practice in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, has been named a Fellow with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Upon earning a bachelor of science and a doctorate, both in Pharmacy, from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Luer went on to serve a clinical pharmacy residency and a critical care pharmacy residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He also received a neuroscience fellowship at Kentucky.

Before joining the SIUE School of Pharmacy, Luer had been on the faculty in the Department of Pharmacy Practice in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences since 1996. During that time he also has been a pharmacotherapist for the University Hospital at Arkansas. In addition, Luer has been on the faculty at the College of Pharmacy of the University of Illinois-Chicago, a pharmacist at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, and a pharmacist at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood, Mo.

Luer was among 22 ACCP members elected as fellows to be recognized in October at the college's annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. After nomination by colleagues, ACCP Fellow candidates undergo comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of their practice and/or research accomplishments. Those nominated also must have made a substantial contribution to ACCP through service-related activities.

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