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August 1, 2005

Hoover Fellow to Receive Honor at Aug. 6 Commencement

Shelby Steele, of Palo Alto, Calif., a 1971 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the SIUE Aug. 6 summer commencement ceremony, where he also will give the commencement address.

Nearly 630 students are expected to graduate at the 10 a.m. ceremony that Saturday in SIUE's Vadalabene Center. Eligible graduate candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering and Nursing will receive diplomas.

Steele said he plans to speak about the tension in America between group identity and individual identity. "I believe the greatness of American Society comes from its individuals rather than from its groups," Steele said. He specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism and affirmative action.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given each year by the SIUE Alumni Association for outstanding contributions to society by an SIUE graduate. "I am genuinely honored to receive this award," Steele said. "It has brought back many good memories.

"It is nice to know that the University I went to so many years ago still thinks of me."

Steele received his master's in Sociology from SIUE in 1971. "I have vivid memories of every single professor and several students," Steele said. "I felt nurtured and cared about during my time at SIUE."

As part of his graduate studies, Steele wrote a theoretical thesis versus the more common statistical thesis. "Theoretical theses were virtually unheard of at that time, but my thesis advisor supported my efforts," Steele explained.

"My theoretical thesis basically laid the groundwork for the work I've done thus far. That kind of specialized individual attention meant a lot to me."

Steele went on to earn a doctorate in English at the University of Utah. He was appointed a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in 1994, and was awarded the National Humanities Medal from President Bush in 2004.

Some of Steele's works include The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1990 and, most recently, A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America. He also has written for major publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and is a contributing editor for Harper's magazine.

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August 8, 2005

SIUE, City Join To 'Rock the Block' At The Welcome Back Block Party

Late-summer fun and entertainment comes to the intersection of Second and St. Louis streets in downtown Edwardsville as the Welcome Back Block Party returns for a fifth year to "Rock the Block" on Friday, Aug. 26.

SIUE students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to start the party at 6 p.m. that Friday. There is no admission charge. "This is a great way for our students to become acquainted with the downtown Edwardsville business district," said Barbara O'Malley, executive director of Marketing and Communications for the University.

"There will be several Edwardsville restaurants and shops with food and clothing booths at the block party to give students a taste of Edwardsville.

"In addition to activities for students, however, we'll have many inflatable games and activity booths for the entire family, so that everyone can join in the fun."

The Block Party has grown since its inception in 2001, with about 1,500 people attending last year. The popular Smash Band and a deejay will provide recorded music this year from 7-8 p.m. and then a live performance from 8-11:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the city of Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the SIUE Campus Activities Board (CAB) and Student Government, the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce, SIUE Campus Recreation, J. F. Electric, the Edwardsville Intelligencer, SIUE Marketing and Communications, and SIUE University Relations.

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August 8, 2005

SIUE And The City Of Edwardsville Welcome Back Students

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and area merchants are preparing to welcome back the more than 13,500 students attending SIUE who will begin returning to campus Aug. 19.

Welcome Week activities begin Aug. 19 and culminate in the Welcome Back Block Party in downtown Edwardsville on Aug. 26. Classes begin Aug. 22.

A schedule of Welcome Week activities, with its theme of "Live from SIUE: It's Welcome Week 2005," may be found on the official Web site:

"Activities are designed to greet new and returning students to SIUE and to promote an atmosphere of welcome and involvement," said Cheryl Heard, assistant director of SIUE's Kimmel Leadership Center.

Heard said a special invitation is extended to the University community to join SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur for a complimentary six-ounce Dairy Queen® Blizzard during the annual Merchants' Fair and Ice Cream Social at noon Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the Morris University Center Goshen Lounge.

"The week will be filled with lots of other fun and exciting events and activities such as free food, games, contests, prizes, and free T-shirts," she said.

Other activities include student organization information booths, a student employment booth, a poster sale, live music from the 399th Army Band Jazz Combo, the 12th annual showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and lunchtime entertainment at the Staff Senate Ice Cream Cabaret.

Next week, SIUE Admissions and Academic Marketing staff will be going into the community to distribute "Welcome SIUE Students" signs to businesses in the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon area.

Welcome Week activities end with the annual Block Party from 6 to midnight Friday, Aug. 26, in the 100 blocks of St. Louis Street and Second Street in downtown Edwardsville, adjacent to the Madison County Courthouse.

The event, with its theme of "Rock The Block," will feature live music by the Smash Band, as well as food and beverages from popular Edwardsville restaurants and other organizations. More than 1,500 SIUE students and residents of the community are expected to attend.

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August 19, 2005

School Spirit Committee Seeks Funding For Bronze Cougar Sculpture

A group of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students have formed a committee-the School Spirit and Pride Committee-to raise money to erect a bronze sculpture of a cougar, the University's mascot, on campus.

Nikki Grashoff, chair of the committee, said the proposed sculpture would be "a monument" to the live cougars that lived on campus between 1968 and 1987. "This statue will be a monument to Chimega and Kyna and will enrich the campus by providing a rallying point for students to show their pride in SIUE."

Chimega was the name of the University's first live cougar mascot who came to campus in early 1968 and who "retired" in 1982. Chimega, who for many years was featured at Intercollegiate Athletics events and in Homecoming parades, continued to live in a designated area next to the student center until her death in March 1985. She was buried next to Peck Pond.

In 1982, the campus acquired a second cougar, Kyna, who reigned as mascot until the program was discontinued in 1987 because of safety concerns. She was given to a wildlife preserve near Cairo in Southern Illinois.

"A fund-raising campaign has been implemented by the School Spirit and Pride Committee, in conjunction with SIUE Student Government, to raise money for this project," Grashoff said. "We are resolved to bring this cougar statue to campus."

She pointed out that $30,000 is the goal of the student fund-raising effort.

The bronze sculpture, created by artist Dawn Weimer, of Loveland, Colo., is nine feet tall and depicts a stalking cougar. Four locations are being proposed, Grashoff said: two locations near the Morris University Center, in the area above the "hairpin" turn near the Stratton Quad, or in the flag pole area between Rendleman and Peck halls.

"Rubber bracelets are being sold in the University Book Store at $2 each," Grashoff said, "and soon we will be offering a limited supply of commemorative bricks at $50 each to be placed in a patio surrounding the proposed statue."

The committee already has raised $1,000 from a recent committee-sponsored trivia night. "We are also encouraging other groups to hold additional fund-raisers, such as a car wash, a bake sale, or a dance, to help with this cause."

For more information about the campaign, contact Grashoff by e-mail:, or visit the Web site:

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August 19, 2005

SIUE To Offer 15 Paid Government Internships Through Demuzio Fund

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is offering 15 paid internship opportunities to undergraduate students interested in a professional career in politics and/or state government, and who have junior class standing with either an overall 2.75 GPA or better or a 3.0 GPA or better in their major field of study.

The Vince Demuzio Governmental Internship Program, which is effective immediately, is made possible through legislation recently signed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to commemorate the late state senator from Carlinville who died last year after a battle with cancer. Another 15 paid internships are being offered to undergraduates enrolled at SIU Carbondale.

A champion of downstate Illinois interests, Sen. Demuzio was elected to represent the state's 49th senatorial district in 1974, served as chair of the state Democratic Party from 1986-1990, and was serving as majority leader in the Illinois Senate at the time of his death at age 62.

"For the future of our governmental institutions, it is very important for young people to experience public service," said Sen. William Haine (D-Alton), representing the state's 56th senatorial district.

"Knowing and working with Sen. Demuzio as I did for many years, I know Vince would be particularly proud of an educational program designed to attract bright and committed young people to government service."

The program offers two types of internship experience: Legislative staff internships at home offices of House or Senate members or internships with a local state agency office. In either case, interns would work 15 to 20 hours per week while attending classes full time, and perform duties as regular staffers.

Under the program guidelines, interns who work 15 hours per week would receive $660 per month, while interns who work 20 hours per week would earn $880 per month. Applications may be received at any time during the year and, depending on eligibility and availability, are referred to the appropriate legislator or department supervisor for consideration.

Applications rules and guidelines may be obtained by calling Jean Paterson, director of the SIUE Career Development Center, (618) 650-3708.

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August 19, 2005

School Of Nursing To Conduct Annual Walk For Scholarships

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing is encouraging donations for its 2nd Annual Scholarship Walk on Campus, scheduled this year for Saturday, Sept 17.

The event is aimed at raising money for scholarships to support students enrolled in the School. The event is one of the ways the School is addressing the shortage of professional nurses.

The School is recruiting participants from the SIUE campus, nursing alumni, nursing students, nursing faculty, and area residents. "The Sept 17 Scholarship Walk will be a pleasant two-and-one-half-mile stroll or bike ride or run through the SIUE campus," said Marcia Maurer, dean of the SIUE School of Nursing.

The event, which kicks off at 10 a.m., will begin at SIUE's Alumni Hall. In conjunction with the event, campus tours will be offered from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., while a luncheon is scheduled from noon-1 p.m., sponsored by Illinois Oncology, Ltd.

"Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 in scholarships for nursing students," Maurer said. "They are essential partners in our health-care delivery systems. We are trying to reach as many of our graduates and retired faculty as possible, asking them to return to campus to walk and support current and future nursing students.

"Anyone who gathers at least $25 in donations will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Hospitals and other organizations are encouraged to consider being a sponsor with a donation of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more."

For more information about the Sept. 17 walk, or to register to walk, contact Diana Peters, by telephone, (618) 650-2551, or by e-mail: Information and registration forms can be obtained at our website

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August 24, 2005

An Extraordinary A&I Season Begins With Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a high-energy swing band whose music puts the "zoot" in "zoot suit," opens the Arts & Issues series 2005-06 season at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Sept. 30. Partners Bank of Glen Carbon is sponsoring the band's appearance.

Arts & Issues, which has a long-standing tradition of bringing world-class performers and noted speakers to Southwestern Illinois, presents the 2005-06 season-billed as "extraordinary"-that includes the return to SIUE of legendary singer/songwriter Joan Baez, internationally known historian David McCullough, the breathtaking contemporary dance of the Minnesota Dance Theatre, former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes, and the music of Mozart played exquisitely by the Alexander String Quartet.

And, in a special encore engagement from last year's sellout concert, two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Kathy Mattea will return to the Arts & Issues stage with a holiday show, performing an evening of Christmas and seasonal music from her Joy for Christmas Day and Good News albums.

"For more than two decades the Arts & Issues series has made extraordinary things happen, so we're presenting our 21st year as an extraordinary season," said John Peecher, coordinator of the series. "We are very thankful for the enthusiastic support of our audiences over the past 20-plus years and for the generosity of our donors, as well as the continued sponsorship of the University, making Arts & Issues a cultural staple of the region. " Peecher said.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, infusing old-school jive and a lively horn section, will appear at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. BBVD promises an evening of music that swings-rockin' and rollin' with a bit of Dixieland and some Jazz thrown in. With a New Orleans sensibility, BBVD takes their swing into a modern and (did we mention fun?) direction. BBVD's appearance is made possible by Partners Bank of Glen Carbon.

Singer/songwriter Joan Baez, who appeared at SIUE's Mississippi River Festival in 1969 and 1975, makes a triumphant return to campus at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in Meridian Ballroom. From the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s to Woodstock Nation to songs from her new two-CD retrospective due out in the fall, Baez will merge past, present, and future for an evening of beautiful and thought-provoking music from a timeless performer.

Other Arts & Issues 21st season appearances include two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough-author of the runaway New York Times No. 1 best-seller 1776, as well as the popular biographies Truman and John Adams-at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Meridian Ballroom, sponsored by the SIUE School of Education, and visionary economist Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes Inc. and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, in Meridian Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, sponsored by the SIUE School of Business.

The Alexander String Quartet, one of the premier ensembles of its kind, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, in Dunham Hall theater, sponsored by Erato Wine Bar and Shop with locations in Edwardsville and St. Louis. Having appeared in the major music capitals of four continents, ASQ will present an evening of Mozart in celebration of his 250th birthday. The quartet also has established itself as an important advocate of new music through more than 25 commissions and numerous premiere performances.

Renowned as one of its home state's cultural treasures, the Minnesota Dance Theatre will perform "vividly expressive dance and choreographic adventures" at 8 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2006, in Dunham Hall theater. MDT's distinctive and admired contemporary dance aesthetic is one of the valued legacies of the company's founder, Loyce Houlton, internationally acclaimed choreographer. She masterfully integrated ballet and modern dance techniques to create the distinctive style that has excited MDT audiences and continues to characterize the group's performances.

Back by popular acclaim from last year's season, singer-songwriter Kathy Mattea returns to the Arts & Issues stage in a special holiday concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, also in Dunham Hall theater. Mattea will offer a "touching range of human emotions with music that will make your heart sing and your spirits soar."

Subscription tickets are on sale with six events offered for $125; students $62.50, or six events with the added attraction of Kathy Mattea, $147, students, $73.50. More information and tickets are available by contacting the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. Subscriptions and tickets also may be purchased at the Web site:

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August 24, 2005

SIUE Friends Of Religious Center Seek Nominations For Award

Nominations are being sought for the Third Annual Interfaith Leadership Awards, sponsored by the Friends of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Religious Center (FRC) and set for Saturday, Oct. 6, in the domed center on campus.

The FRC established the awards to recognize religious leadership and interfaith cooperation in the region. "Each year the FRC honors such interfaith leaders so that the community at large can learn about the good work they do," said SIUE Associate Philosophy Professor Greg Fields, who is president of the FRC board and coordinator of the SIUE Religious Studies Minor Program.

Fields said the FRC, formed some four years ago, sponsors two main events each year to raise money to refurbish parts of the 34-year-old Religious Center that is need of repair. "We offer this Interfaith Awards Dinner in the fall and also the Celebration of World Faiths in the spring to encourage interfaith dialogue.

Nominees may be youth, elders, volunteers, professionals, or clergy. Send an e-mail describing the nominee's contributions to or send a nomination letter to the Religious Center, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1059. Nominators should include their own name and contact information.

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August 25, 2005

Starratt to Receive the 2005 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Jay Starratt, associate vice chancellor for Information Technology and dean of Library and Information Services, will receive the prestigious Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award from the Illinois Library Association (ILA) in October during the annual ILA conference in Peoria.

Named for Atkinson, director of the University of Illinois Library and visionary advocate of multi-type library cooperation throughout the state, the award is given annually either to an individual, a group, a program, or an institution that has made sustained and lasting contributions relating to library cooperation and/or resource-sharing in librarianship. Atkinson died in 1986.

"Being chosen for the Hugh C. Atkinson Award is a huge honor," Starratt said. "I respect the work of Atkinson so much-as a librarian, we are always looking for ways to make our resources go further. Cooperation makes providing information and knowledge to more and more people possible."

Starratt's special interest in promoting library cooperation is evident in his record of leadership of cooperative groups. Most recently, he has taken a leadership role in supporting the merging of three statewide library consortia; the Illinois Library Computer Systems Organization (ILCSO); the Illinois Cooperative Collection Management Program (ICCMP); and the Illinois Digital Libraries organization (IDAL).

The three organizations were merged July 1 into the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois or CARLI. Starratt also was elected recently to the new Board of Directors of CARLI.

Starratt's contributions to library consortia in Illinois dates back more than a decade. He has served as a member and chair of the ILCSO Policy Council and as President of ILCSO's Board of Directors. He chaired ILCSO's Systems Assessment Task Force, which paved the way for ILCSO's consortium-wide implementation of Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.'s "Voyager" system. He also has served as chair of the Illinois Cooperative Collection Management Program and the Illinois OCLC User Group (IOUG).

Starratt is an elected delegate to the OCLC Members Council and is a member of the Executive Committee. He was one of the authors of the Illinois Academic Library "White Paper" that challenged the academic library community to take bold new steps toward enhanced collaboration, an initiative that is coming to fruition with the formation of CARLI.

Starratt received a bachelor's and a master of Library Science from Emory University. Before coming to SIUE, Starratt served as director of Technical and Automation Services at SIU Carbondale's Morris Library. His previous professional positions include those of assistant director for Administrative Services at the University of Nebraska-Omaha's Library and assistant to the director and supervisor of Circulation at Emory University Library.

August 25, 2005

EBR Club Begins 19th Year Of Meetings At ESTL Campus

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club begins its 19th year of twice- monthly meetings at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Room 005 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 to professionals -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 "Fresh and Ancestral" each year.

Members of the club also collaborate with the SIUE English department to publish Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural literary journal. As co-publisher of the journal, the EBR Writers this year are issuing a "call" for "Kwansabas for Jayne Cortez," a pioneering poet, social-cultural activist, publisher, and co-founder (with Ama Ata Aidoo) of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa (OWWA).

The kwansaba, a 49-word poetic form invented during the 1995 EBR Writers Club workshop season (in East St. Louis), consists of seven lines of seven words each; each word must contain no more than seven letters. Exceptions to the seven-letter rule are proper nouns. Previous issues of Drumvoices have featured "Kwansabas for Katherine Dunham" (2004) and "Kwansabas for Amiri Baraka" (2005).

Last year, OWWA produced "Yari Yari Pamberi: Black Women Writers Dissecting Globalization" at New York University. Cortez will perform with "Firespitters," her world-renowned band, at an Oct. 24-28 Black Arts Movement Symposium on the campus of SIUE.

Kwansaba submissions should arrive by Nov. 1 at Drumvoices Revue, English Department, Campus Box 1431, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431. Submissions must hard copies as well as on a floppy disk in MicroSoft Word format. Accepted kwansabas will be published in the Spring 2006 issue of Drumvoices Revue.

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

For information about group's calendar, call (618) 650-3991; write the EBR Writers, P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62202; send e-mail to:; or send by FAX, (618) 650-3509.

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