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SIUE Moves Up in U.S. News & World Report Rankings
SIUE School of Pharmacy on Track to Accreditation
SIUE Friends Of The Religious Center Awards Dinner Set For Sept. 16
August Employee Of The Month
• Meet The New Faculty

Exciting A&I Season Begins With Deepak Chopra Sept. 28
• SIUE, City Join To 'Rock the Block' At The Welcome Back Block Party

SIUE And The City Of Edwardsville Welcome Back Students
August Employee Of The Month
Student Shares Internship Experience In Washington
SIUE Team Takes Second Place In National Robotics Competition
Commencement List For Summer 2006 (pdf)
Professor Donates $2.4M To SIUE; Largest Single Donation Ever
Nursing, Chemistry Professors Win SIUE Research Awards
SIUE Associate Dean To Participate In AACP Leadership Fellows Program


SIUE Moves Up in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Heralded a second year for its senior capstone experience, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville again joins the ranks of an elite 15 universities-including Yale, Harvard, MIT, Duke and Princeton-for its comprehensive programs measuring the competency of graduating seniors.

At SIUE, the program is called senior assignment and is required curriculum for all seniors to demonstrate their degree of general education knowledge, as well as knowledge within their disciplines prior to graduation.

The University again was included as a "Top School" in U.S. News, ranked 12th among public universities in the Midwestern master's universities category; 55th among all Midwestern master's universities, which includes 142 institutions. This is an improvement from the University's ranking as 58th last year-16th among public universities in the category.

SIUE's senior assignment program has been recognized on several occasions, recently as a model for other institutions across the nation. In a report from The Association of American Colleges and Universities, SIUE's program was lauded as an effective tool in gauging the comprehensiveness of academic programs.

"Many places do not assess general education, but our assessment is all-encompassing," said Lesa Stern, director of SIUE's undergraduate assessment and program review, and the Undergraduate Research Academy. "Some universities have a standard, ongoing assessment. Each department owns the senior assignment here so they can craft it to assess the skills and capabilities of graduates."

It was explained that SIUE's assessment program is not the same as traditional capstone programs, which assess individual learning. The University's senior assignment program assesses the overall program effectiveness and the degree of interdisciplinary competence among graduates.

"A good example of a senior assignment program here would be the public relations track of speech communication" Stern said, noting seniors form small groups and each group submits a proposal to an outside company or organization outlining details of putting on a special event. Such organizations in the past have included the Collinsville Area Recreation District and the National Children's Cancer Society.

"In the spring, the students actually put on the event for these organizations," Stern said. "If they do it well as senior assignment candidates, they can do it in the real world."

This type of assignment incorporates more than the knowledge gained during the students' track of study, Stern said, adding that it involves critical thinking, budgeting and people skills, and other skills that students gain during the early stages of study at the University.

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SIUE School of Pharmacy on Track to Accreditation

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy recently reached a milestone on its journey to accreditation status-achieving candidate status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE.)

Candidate status is "critical to the continued development of our program because our graduates will have the same rights and privileges as graduates from a fully accredited program," said School of Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon. "The receipt of candidate status from the ACPE is a major milestone in our School's history and reflects the confidence of ACPE in our planning and program implementation."

The SIUE School of Pharmacy achieved "pre-candidate status" in 2005. The latest announcement marks another great achievement in the School's young history.

"This status is extremely important for our School," Medon said of the recent ACPE candidate status designation. "The final part of the process comes when the ACPE considers us for full accreditation. That occurs when the program is found to have met all ACPE standards for accreditation and has graduated its first class.

"It provides assurances to our students that upon graduation they will be considered to be graduates of an accredited program and will be eligible to take the NABPLEX licensure examination to become practicing pharmacists."

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy License Examination (NABPLEX) is the required exam that pharmacists must pass to obtain licensure to practice in the United States.

The SIUE School of Pharmacy, the only downstate Illinois Pharmacy doctorate program, opened in Aug. 2005. The first class will graduate in spring 2009, at which time the ACPE will make another site visit to determine whether the School will become accredited.

"SIUE is also on target to meet its mission of providing an opportunity for pharmacy education to residents in Southern and Central Illinois," Medon said. "More than 80 percent of current students reside in this geographic area of the state and, overall, more than 90 percent are Illinois residents."

The SIUE School of Pharmacy, located in University Park, values excellence in teaching, pharmacy practice, research-scholarship and service. The program of study is based on current knowledge and technology from pharmacy and other disciplines, and is delivered through a variety of innovative teaching strategies.

The School collaborates with rural and urban health care institutions to meet the health care needs of Central and Southern Illinois and the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.

Medon noted that ACPE "candidate status" is a tribute to the advanced planning and strong commitment by the University, faculty and staff in the opening and operation of the Pharmacy program.

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SIUE Friends Of Religious Center Awards Dinner Set For Sept. 16

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A philosophy professor who is dedicated to building schools in India and a woman who has led the fight to help needy families locally will both be honored Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Fourth Annual Interfaith Awards Dinner, sponsored by the Friends of the Religious Center (FRC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Reservation deadline for the dinner is Sept. 6.

Ashok Malhotra, a professor of philosophy and a distinguished teaching professor at State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta, and Judy Moody, director of the Glen-Ed Pantry, will be guests of honor at the Sept. 16 event scheduled at 6:30 p.m. at the SIUE Religious Center, the geodesic dome just east of the SIUE Art and Design Building. The honorees will each receive the FRC's 2006 Spiritual Leadership Award.

Tickets are $25 per person, which includes dinner and free parking. The Sept. 16 event also includes a silent auction, with items and gift baskets from organizations and businesses throughout the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon communities.

Malhotra established the Ninash Foundation in 1996 with a goal to promote literacy among children and adults throughout the world by building elementary schools in India and in other countries. Since its inception, the Ninash Foundation has raised funds to construct several Indo-International elementary schools in India.

He also is founder and director of the SUNY "Learn and Serve in India" study abroad program. Through this international education program, students and professors build Indo-International Schools in impoverished regions of India.

The Glen-Ed pantry was founded in 1980, and Moody, initially a volunteer, accepted the position of director in 1985. The mission of the pantry is to narrow the economic gap between low-income families and the community. With the help of 500 volunteers annually, the organization provides food, clothing, school supplies, rent and utility assistance, prescription medicine assistance, tutoring, and self-help programs to people at or below poverty level income in southeastern Madison County. The pantry assists close to 2,300 people per year.

The FRC established the Spiritual Leadership awards (originally the Interfaith Leadership Award) to recognize religious leadership and interfaith cooperation in the region. "The leadership and dedication of Dr. Malhotra and Judy Moody requires broad vision and a deep interest in helping humanity," said SIUE Assistant Philosophy Professor Lucian Stone, who is president of the FRC board and coordinator of the SIUE Religious Studies Program.

"Their good spirit encourages cooperation among members of world faith communities in our region," Stone said. "Dr. Malhotra's work is on a global scale that deals with issues of poverty and education, while Judy's work addresses the same issues on the home front."

Stone said the FRC, formed more than five years ago, sponsors two main events each year to raise money to refurbish parts of the 35-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.

"The FRC is a support group dedicated to preserving the SIUE Religious Center as a significant contribution to architecture," Stone said, "as a place for the spiritual growth of SIUE students as the next generation of leaders, and for religious learning and fellowship within the community."

Dinner reservations may be made through the SIUE Religious Center, (618) 650-3246, or, toll-free from St. Louis, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3246, or, by calling Lucian Stone, (618) 650-2250; St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2250.

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August Employee Of The Month

Congratulations: Sandra Compton, administrative secretary in the School of Nursing, is recipient of the August Employee Recognition Award. In the photo, Compton is shown receiving the award plaque from Kenn Neher, vice chancellor for Administration. To Compton's left is her supervisor, Associate Nursing Dean Mary Ann Boyd, who nominated Compton for the award. At far left is Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer. In addition to the plaque she received, Compton was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, a parking spot close to her office for one month, and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson))

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Meet the new faculty

During Welcome Week, we not only welcome new and returnng students, but we also enjoy meeting new faculty and staff. Below is a list of new faculty members and a little bit about each one. If you click on their names, a photo will put a face with the name.

Jill Anderson-English Language and Literature-will receive a doctorate from Michigan State University. Her dissertation topic is "Early American Novels of Manners." Anderson enjoys film, television and politics.

Todd Anderson-Art and Design-earned an MFA at the University of New Mexico. His scholarly interests include socio-political landscapes mediated through printed matter. Anderson enjoys foreign travel and rock climbing.

Kelly Barry-Biological Sciences-earned a doctorate at the University of Hawai'i. Her dissertation topic is "Isolation of a Sugarcane Gene Promoter and Its Application to Chimeric Gene Expression in Sugarcane Protoplasts." Barry's scholarly interests include environmental restoration, gene expression in plants, and teaching strategies and assessment in science education. She enjoys quilting and gardening.

Kathryn Bentley-Theatre and Dance-a graduate of SIUE, Bentley received an MFA in directing from Lindenwood University. Her thesis topic is "The Lynching of the African-American Male through the Eyes of African American Female Playwrights." Bentley's scholarly interests include multicultural theatre. She enjoys community arts programs and youth art programs.

Scott Bergman-Pharmacy Practice-received a doctorate in Pharmacy from South Dakota State University. His dissertation topic is "Nursing Home-Acquired Pneumonia Treatment." Bergman's eaching interests include infectious diseases and antiretrovirals for HIV/AIDS. He enjoys hiking, camping and watching NFL football

Robyn Berkley (no photo available)-Management and Marketing-earned a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her dissertation topic is "Realistic Job Information, Job Relatedness, and Procedural Information Influence on Perceptions of the Employer: Mediation Effects of Selection Procedural Justice." Berkley's teaching interests include organizational behavior and human resources management. She enjoys yoga, pilates exercise and camping.

Cory Blad-Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies-received a doctorate from the University of Tennessee. His dissertation topic is "Multiculturalism and the State: The Impact of Globalization on Policy Capacities and Adaptation in Canada and Quebec." Blad's scholarly interests include global political economy, social movements and culture.

Margaret Boldt-Accounting-earned a doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation topic is "The Effects of Functional Fixation on Relative Performance Evaluations." Boldt's teaching interests include managerial/cost accounting and financial accounting. She enjoys crafting, reading, watching films and spending time with family.

Dennis Bouvier-Computer Science-received a doctorate from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. His dissertation topic is "Algorithms for Scientific Visualization of Medical Volume Studies." Bouvier's teaching interests include software engineering, human-computer interactions and computer graphics. He enjoys running and racquetball.

Lori Campbell-Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies-earned a doctorate at The Ohio State University. Her dissertation topic is "Parental Wealth and Child Development." Campbell's scholarly interests include wealth equity. She enjoys tennis, gardening and sports.

Wai Hsien Cheah-Speech Communication-received a doctorate from the University of Kentucky. His dissertation topic is "The Impact of Sensation Seeking and Cultural Orientation on the Effects of Fear Appeal Messages: A Four-Country Study." Current scholarly interests include Bosnian refugees' cultural adaptation in St. Louis. He enjoys traveling, ethnic food, and playing tennis and badminton.

Song Foh Chew-Mathematics and Statistics-earned a doctorate at the Purdue University. His dissertation topic is "Robust Supervision for Flexible Manufacturing Systems with Unreliable Resources." His teaching interests include operations research, mathematics and statistics. He enjoys reading, jogging and fishing.

Ralph Córdova-Curriculum and Instruction-received a doctorate from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His dissertation topic is "Discursive/Social Construction of Professional Identities of Pre-Service Teachers in Relation to Their Fixed-Site Supervisor, An Ethnographic Study." Cordova's scholarly interests include language arts/literacy. Ralph enjoys travel, gourmet cooking and long distance running.

Yixin Dai-Public Administration and Policy Analysis-earned a doctorate at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Her dissertation topic is "Patent for Publish: University Researcher's Choice between Traditional and Commercial Research Outcomes." Her scholarly interests include science and technology policy and environmental policy. She enjoys music reading, hiking and cooking.

Elizabeth Delfert-Library and Information Systems-received a master of Library Information Science from Dominican University. Her scholarly interests include online medical information and the application of innovative technologies in the library setting. Delfert enjoys reading, travel, and spending time with her family.

Gregory Everett-Psychology-earned a doctorate at the University of Southern Mississippi. His dissertation topic is "Behavioral Psychology-The Importance of Escape Expectation in Time-Out Procedures Used to Treat Escape Maintained Noncompliance." Everett's teaching interests include school psychology, behavioral interventions and child psychology. He enjoys watching movies, playing golf and spending time with family.

James Hackard-Economics and Finance-received a doctorate from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His dissertation consisted of three essays on "Informational Transmission in Financial Market." Hackard's teaching interests include corporate finance, investments, insurance and market microstructure. He enjoys golf, jogging and college sports.

Corinne Harmon-Special Education and Communication Disorders-earned a doctorate in Education at Saint Louis University. Her dissertation topic is "An Historical and Philosophical Analysis of the Meaning of Intelligence and Its Relationship to the Determination of Cognitive Disabilities." Harmon's teaching interests include special education and leadership. She enjoys hiking, reading and yoga.

Roberta Harrison-Primary Care and Health Systems Nursing-received a doctorate from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Her dissertation topic is "Weigh to Life: A Combined Lifestyle Intervention of Diet, Physical Activity and Behavioral Strategies." Harrison's teaching interests include care of older adults, rehabilitation nursing, and nursing management and administration. She enjoys golf.

Michael Hasenstab-English Language and Literature-earned a master's at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His thesis concerns student motivation. Hasenstab enjoys publishing short stories, screenplays and dramas.

Chris Herndon-Pharmacy Practice-received a doctorate in Pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. His teaching interests include pain and palliative care and end of life care. His scholarly interests include policy barriers to safe and effective pain control. Herndon is married with two sons.

Allen Hunt-Accounting-earned a doctorate at Louisiana State University. His dissertation topic is "Voluntary Accounting Policy Choices of Lower Level Units in Multi Unit Firms." Hunt's main teaching interest is financial accounting. He enjoys woodworking and reading.

Jingyi Jia-Economics and Finance-will be receiving a doctorate from Temple University. Her dissertation topic is "Institutional Ownership Stability, Firm Performance and the Cost of Debt." Current teaching interests include corporate finance and financial markets and institutions.

Matthew Johnson-English Language and Literature-earned a doctorate at Indiana University. His dissertation topic is "The Subject at Play: Computer Games and Composition Studies." Johnson's scholarly interests include composition and rhetoric and writing pedagogy. He enjoys book collecting and pre-1946 aircraft model building.

Janice Joplin-Management and Marketing-received a doctorate from the University of Texas at Arlington. Joplin had been a faculty member in the SIUE School of Business from 1994-2000 before joining the faculty at UT-El Paso. Her dissertation topic is "Developing Leadership Skills." Joplin's teaching interests include strategic and international management. She enjoys golf, painting and travel.

Anastasios Kaburakis-Kinesiology and Health Education-earned a doctorate at Indiana University at Bloomington. His dissertation topic is "NCAA D-I Amateurism and International Prospective Student Athletes-The Professionalization Threshold." Kaburakis' teaching interests include sport law, NCAA policy, strategy, international law and governance. He also enjoys music and mountain biking.

Nicole Klein-Kinesiology and Health Education-received a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation topic is "Correlates of Adolescent Initiation of Sexual Intercourse, Contraception Use and Pregnancy." Klein's teaching interests include theories, program planning, implementation and evaluation, global health and sexuality. She enjoys biking, reading, music and parenting.

Cathy Koetting-Family Health and Community Health Nursing-earned an MSN at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her thesis topic is "Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: What Does the Literature Tell Us about Vulnerable Populations?" Koetting's Teaching interests include pediatrics and quality improvement in education. She enjoys working out.

William Kolling-Pharmaceutical Sciences-received a doctorate from the University of Iowa. His thesis topic is "Modification of Surface Functional Groups on Activated Carbon: Effects on the Adsorption of Phenobarbital from Aqueous Solutions." Kolling's teaching interests include pedagogical issues in pharmaceutical education, active learning strategies, curricular assessment and student assessment. He enjoys bike riding, astronomy and reading scientific biographies.

Ryan Krauss-Mechanical Engineering-will receive a doctorate from Georgia Tech. His dissertation topic is "Control of Flexible Systems." Krauss' teaching interests include controls, vibrations, and computer programming. He also enjoys hiking, backpacking and mountain biking.

Carla Lopez Del Puerto-Construction-earned a master of science at the University of Oklahoma. Teaching interests include cost estimating, project controls, design build and Spanish for construction.

Lisa Lubsch-Pharmacy Practice-received a doctorate in Pharmacy from Texas Tech HSC. Lubsch's teaching interests include pediatric pharmacy and addiction. She enjoys playing volleyball.

J. Christopher Lynch-Pharmacy Practice-earned a doctorate in Pharmacy at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Lynch's teaching interests include disease prevention and treatment, diabetes and women's health. He enjoys fiction writing and reading.

Ramana Madupalli-Management and Marketing-will receive a doctorate from Georgia State University. Her dissertation topic is "Salesperson Behavioral Determinants of Customer Equity-An Efficiency Perspective." Madupalli's teaching interests include marketing research and product management. She also enjoys playing and watching cricket, basketball and poker.

Vance McCracken-Biological Sciences-earned a doctorate at the University of Illinois. His dissertation topic was "Intestinal Inflammatory Responses to the Indigenous Microbiota." McCracken's scholarly interests include host-microbial interactions in health and disease, and microbial ecology. Vance enjoys motorcycling and Spanish literature.

Claudia McVicker-Curriculum and Instruction-received her PhD from Kansas State University. Her dissertation topic was "Reader Response and the Preschool Child." Teaching interests include reading instruction for elementary education and reading assessment. Claudia enjoys reading, travel, and writing.

Craig Miner-Special Education and Communication Disorders-earned a doctorate at SIU Carbondale. His dissertation topic is "Effects of Preliminary Planning on IEP/ Transition Planning Process and Outcomes." Miner's teaching interests include inclusive education, transition and positive behavior supports. He enjoys playing the mandolin and guitar, and is a major league baseball and NFL fan.

Ken Moffett-Political Science-received a doctorate from the University of Iowa. His dissertation topic is "Restrictive Procedures in the Post-reform House." Moffett's scholarly interests include Congress, political parties, the courts, and state politics and policy. He also enjoys politics, travel, reading, football and baseball.

James Panico-Special Education and Communication Disorders-earned a doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His dissertation topic is "The Influence of Text Type, Topic Familiarity, and Stuttering Severity on Listener Recall and Comprehension." Panico's teaching interests include stuttering, counseling, and clinical methods. He also enjoys watching college football and spending time with his family.

Laurie Rice-Political Science-received a doctorate from the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation topic is "Campaigns Matter: Advertising Effects on Potential Voters in the 2000 Presidential Primary." Rice's scholarly interests include veto threats and the legislative process as well as presidential communication and legislative influence. She also enjoys music, cooking and photography.

Ying Shang-Electrical and Computer Engineering-earned a doctorate at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation topic is "Realization Theory, Model Matching, and Disturbance Decoupling Problem for Systems Evolving with Variable without Negatives." Shang's teaching interests include systems and controls, statistics and graduate seminars. She also enjoys painting, drawing, music and travel.

Walter Siganga-Pharmaceutical Sciences-received a doctorate from the University of Maryland. His dissertation topic is "Communication Models in Health." Siganga's teaching interests include health policy.

Marta Simidtchhieva-Music-earned a doctorate at Florida State University. Her scholarly interests include exploring and performing music by Bulgarian composers. Simidtchhieva also enjoys gardening and is an active promoter of recycling and global warming awareness.

Lance Speere-Mass Communications-will be receiving his doctorate from SIU Carbondale. His dissertation topic is "The Muddled Landscape of the First Amendment and the College Student Press: A Case Law Analysis." Speere's scholarly interests include student press law and women's page editors from the 1950s to the 1970s. Speere is national president of College Media Advisers Inc.

Christy Spivey-Economics and Finance-earned a doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation topic is "Marriage, Career, and the City: Three Essays in Applied Economics." Spivey's teaching interests include applied microeconomics. She also enjoys art and travel.

Jason Stacy-Historical Studies-received a doctorate from Loyola University. His dissertation topic is "Walt Whitman's Three Personas in the New Market Economy." Stacy's scholarly interests include antebellum American history and intellectual/cultural history. He also enjoys reading and hiking.

Steffany VanPutten-Special Education and Communication Disorders-will receive her doctorate from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her thesis topic is "Auditory Stimulation with Survivors of Brain Injury with Minimal Responsiveness." VanPutten's teaching interests include neurology and cognitive impairments.

Adam Weyhaupt-Mathematics & Statistics-will receive a doctorate from Indiana University. His dissertation topic is "Geometry: Triply Periodic Minimal Surfaces." Weyhaupt's scholarly interests include minimal surfaces. He also enjoys ham radio, hiking and camping.

Kim White-Family Health and Community Health Nursing-earned a doctorate at Barry University in Miami. Her dissertation topic is "Childhood Lead Exposure: Caregivers' Knowledge of Lead, Perceptions of Risk, and Risk Reduction Behaviors." White's teaching interests include adult learner approach and childhood development. She also enjoys golf, gardening, and working on her home.

Lakesha Wiley-Pharmacy Practice-received a doctorate in Pharmacy from Mercer University. Her teaching interests include diabetes, hypertension, lipids-cardiology and asthma. Wiley also enjoys watching films and exercise.

Ken Witt-Pharmaceutical Science-earned a doctorate at the University of Arizona. His thesis topic was "Modification of Opioid Peptides to Enhance Permeability into the Brain." Witt's teaching interests include pharmacology and patho-physiology. He also enjoys scientific research.

Tianlong Yu-Educational Leadership-received a doctorate in education from State University of New York at Binghamton. His dissertation topic is "Ideology, Politics, and Character Education-A Critical Study." Yu's teaching interests include multicultural education and philosophical and social foundations of education. Yu also enjoys classical and rap music, independent films, volleyball and gardening.

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Exciting A&I Season Begins With Deepak Chopra Sept. 28

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Deepak Chopra, known worldwide as a proponent of holistic healing, opens the Arts & Issues series 2006-07 season at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Sept. 28. The SIUE School of Nursing is sponsoring this season's inaugural event.

Arts & Issues, which has a long-standing tradition of bringing world-class performers and noted speakers to Southwestern Illinois, presents the 2006-07 season-billed as "exciting"-that includes the return to SIUE of American humorist Garrison Keillor and the swinging sounds of a classic American band-the Glenn Miller orchestra.

"Where will you be when the excitement begins?" asks John Peecher, coordinator of the series, who says this 22nd season promises to be yet another "exciting" season to remember. "Individual tickets will go on sale later in the year, but until then you have the opportunity to guarantee a seat with a subscription," Peecher pointed out. "The popularity of Arts & Issues continues to grow, with recent seasons seeing standing-room-only audiences for many of the shows.

"Only subscribers will know they won't miss a single, memorable moment," he said.

Deepak Chopra, who has been at the forefront of "mind and body medicine" for more than a decade, will appear at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. As a physician who has combined his credentials with the study of holistic healing, Chopra is considered one of the foremost teachers of personal growth. His appearance is made possible by the SIUE School of Nursing.

Keillor, who is currently coming off his success as a screenwriter of the Robert Altman film, A Prairie Home Companion, returns to the Arts & Issues stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, also in SIUE's Meridian Ballroom. He previously appeared here before a sold-out crowd in 2004. His blend of down-home humor and intelligent storytelling made SIUE audience members ask for him to return soon.

Other Arts & Issues 22nd season appearances include seven-time Ireland fiddling champion Eileen Ivers who will present her holiday show- An Irish Christmas: An Nollaig-at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in Meridian Ballroom, sponsored by the Cassens Companies, and a captive overture of Cajun sounds for Mardi Gras with Michael Doucet and his BeauSoleil, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, also in Meridian, which is sponsored by Partners Bank of Glen Carbon. Before the concert there will be a special Mardi Gras Cajun dinner hosted by Arts & Issues. Tickets are $22.00 per person for the dinner.

The eclectic Imani Winds expands the traditional wind quintet with a distinct presence in classical, contemporary, and jazz music. Acclaimed for dynamic performances, Imani Winds will sparkle with warmth and polished ensemble work at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, in the theater of SIUE's Dunham Hall.

Contemporary dance will explode onstage at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2007, in Dunham Hall, with the appearance of the North Carolina Dance Theatre. Breathtaking beauty and boundless energy coupled with amazing athleticism are trademarks of the dance troupe. Members boldly combine classical ballet with choreography on the cutting edge. In this appearance, the group will perform "Under Southern Skies," an exploration and celebration of the South, featuring live music by the bluegrass band, The Greasy Beans, and rising singer-songwriter Christine Kane.

While the Glenn Miller Orchestra evokes memories of World War II tunes, this modern version of the legendary orchestra combines the unmistakable sound of the past with modern swing as the group presents a "musical extravaganza" on Saturday, April 27, 2007, in Meridian Ballroom. The Glenn Miller Orchestra's concert is sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy Inc.

Subscription tickets are on sale with seven events offered for $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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SIUE, City Join To 'Rock the Block' At The Welcome Back Block Party Aug. 25

(EDWARDSVILLE) The Smash Band, featuring lead singer, Smash-aka popular 97.1 FM Talk radio personality Asher Benrubi-leads the late-summer fun and entertainment as they "rock the block" at the intersection of Second and St. Louis streets for the Seventh Annual Welcome Back Block Party in Edwardsville on Aug. 25.

Smash returns for a second year by popular demand, with music from 8-midnight that Friday for dancing. The Smash Band knows how to rock the new tunes, but also swings the oldies and also adds a touch of the big band era.

SIUE students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to start the party at 6 p.m. with 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 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 2000, with some 3,000 people attending last year throughout the evening.

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, J. F. Electric, the Edwardsville Intelligencer, SIUE Marketing and Communications, SIUE University Relations, Apple Computers, Lois Ladd DC, Office Max and National City Bank.

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SIUE And The City Of Edwardsville Welcome Back Students

(EDWARDSVILLE, ILL.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and area merchants are preparing to welcome back 13,500 students attending SIUE who will begin returning to campus Aug. 18. Welcome Week activities begin Aug. 18 and culminate in the Welcome Back Block Party in downtown Edwardsville on Aug. 25. Classes begin Aug. 21.

A schedule of Welcome Week activities, with its theme of "Cougar Pride: Welcome Week 2006," 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 Thursday, Aug. 24, in Goshen Lounge on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. "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 jazz music , the 14th annual showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and lunchtime entertainment at the Staff Senate Ice Cream Cabaret.

This 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. "It's such a pleasure to work with the community to welcome new and returning students to campus," said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of SIUE Academic Marketing Services.

"It must be a great feeling for SIUE students to walk or drive through the major arteries of town and find the Welcome SIUE Students signs in practically every window. We work hard throughout the year to meet, recruit and engage students to choose SIUE," Bollinger said.

"We try to throw out the red carpet for students to help them know SIUE and the surrounding community is their home away from home."

Welcome Week activities end with the annual Block Party from 6 to midnight Friday, Aug. 25, 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 2,500 SIUE students and residents of the community are expected to attend.

Click here for photo to accompany the Welcome Back release above. In the photo, Jamarcus Smith, an SIUE admissions counselor, delivers a Welcome Back SIUE Students sign to Monica Allen, owner of Mon-Tees' prints in Edwardsville. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

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Student Shares Internship Experience In Washington

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Andrew J. Givens is serving the kind of internship most people in his field only dream about. Currently at the Potomac Institute's International Center for Terrorism Studies in the Washington, D.C., area, Givens is an intern under Yonah Alexander, an authority in terrorism studies and author of books on the subject.

Givens, a political science major and a senior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, says he enjoys his work for the nonprofit public policy research center in Arlington, Va., and is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to Alexander's current book on nuclear ambitions and state sponsorship of terrorism. He is researching Iran's political system and profiling its leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

As an intern, the student's responsibilities include data collection and analyzing threats of terrorism and weapon proliferation. "It is really comforting and encouraging that the education I have received at SIUE to this point is directly affecting my effectiveness in the workforce," said the Johnetta Haley Scholar.

Givens has met renowned career analysts from the Middle East, including Randy Rydell, senior political affairs officer in the office of the U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, and Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency.

Givens is enrolled in two classes at the institute: The Dynamics of the International Community and Post Conflict Society Transformation. Last month, he participated in a panel discussion with the University of Cairo in Egypt on issues regarding the Middle East, including Iraq, Hamas, Israel and Iran.

"Overall, this type of internship really requires that I pull from all the knowledge I've gained at SIUE," Givens said.

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SIUE Team Takes Second Place in National Robotics Competition

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Ross Mead, Jeff Croxell, and Jerry Weinberg have given Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) another reason to be proud. The SIUE robotics team, Fishtank Assassin, clenched second place, losing first when it failed to hurl toxic waste at its opponent recently at the finals of the national Beyond Botball competition at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

"We gave them a good run for their money; they stayed up all night trying to figure out how to beat us. We feel good about our results." Weinberg said.

According to Weinberg, the competition requires building and programming autonomous robots for the removal of items representing toxic waste and saving the mascot of the Botball competition.

Using a robot with color-camera tracking, a five-degree freedom arm and four-wheel drive, Fishtank Assassin eliminated all its opponents, except the Lockheed Martin team. There were 12 teams represented.

Mead, a senior majoring in computer science, Croxell, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, and Weinberg, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, hope to meet the Lockheed Martin engineers in a rematch next year.

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Retirements (effective June 1, 2006, unless otherwise noted)

  • John Baker, professor of Kinesiology and Health Education, after 12 years of service
  • Natalie Carter, senior library specialist for Library and Information Services; effective Aug. 1, after 11 years of service
  • Hau-Cheung Chow, professor of Physics; effective May 31, 2006, after more than 26 years of service
  • James Declue, associate dean of the School of Dental Medicine, after 29 years of service
  • Lela DeToye, associate dean of the School of Education, effective July 1, after nearly 18 years of service
  • Dorothy Ebbeler, information supervisor in the School of Dental Medicine; effective Aug. 1, after more than 30 years of service
  • John Farley, professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, after nearly 29 years of service
  • John Garrett, program director in Academic Counseling and Advising, after nearly 26 years of service
  • Juanita Gosch, director of Conference and Institutes, after 30 years of service
  • Judith Landers, assistant professor of Mass Communications, after more than 14 years of service
  • Elliott Lessen, dean of the School of Education; effective July 1, after five years of service
  • Antoinette Liston, advisor in International Student Services, after more than 19 years of service
  • Judith Meyer, instructor in the Department of Speech Communication, after nearly eight years of service
  • Michael Montgomery, instructor in the Department of Mass Commnunications and program director of Student Publications; effective Aug. 1, after nine years of service
  • Alice Prince, associate professor of Kinesiology and Health Education, after nearly 13 years of service
  • Dennis Savoca, associate dean of the School of Dental Medicine, effective Aug. 1, after 30 years of service
  • Luke Snell, professor of Construction; effective July 1, after 27 years of service
  • Bernard Waxman, professor of Computer Science; effective July 1, after nearly 17 years of service

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Professor Donates $2.4M To SIUE; Largest Single Donation Ever

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Foundation recently received notification of the largest single bequest in the history of SIUE-a $2.4 million gift to benefit the School of Business.

The gift will be made by the estate of Homer Cox, a business professor who taught from 1967 until his retirement in December 1978. He died this past May 12 in Sun City, Ariz. He was 93.

G. Patrick Williams, vice chancellor for University Relations and CEO of the SIUE Foundation, said the Cox gift is an affirmation of the important work being done by educators at SIUE. "This gift is an important milestone in the work we've been doing in development at the University," Williams said "The generosity of donors such as Homer Cox shows a strong dedication to this University," Williams said.

The gift is for scholarships in the SIUE School of Business.

A native of Jonesboro, Tenn., Cox had been a professor of business communication at Bowling Green State University in Ohio for a year before coming to SIUE to teach business education. He also was an associate professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder and at Northwestern University in Chicago. Cox taught high school in Nokomis, Park Ridge, Jerseyville, and Elmhurst before turning to higher education.

He earned a degree at Illinois State University in 1936 and a master's and a doctorate in business education, both at Northwestern, in 1945 and 1955, respectively.

School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino said he was humbled by news of the gift. "Homer Cox taught at several places earlier in his career, yet he chose to give such a large gift to SIUE," Giamartino said. "I am moved by his vision to shape so many Business students' lives," he said.

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Nursing, Chemistry Professors Win SIUE Research Awards

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Louise H. Flick, a professor of nursing, and Michael J. Shaw, an associate professor of chemistry, both at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently were awarded research professorships by the SIUE Graduate School. Flick is the third recipient of the Vaughnie J. Lindsay Research Professor Award for her work on maternal child health epidemiology, especially adolescent and prenatal exposure to psychiatric disorders and effects on fetal growth.

"It is a great opportunity," Flick said. "The existence of such opportunities shows the commitment of the SIUE community to fostering the creative contributions of faculty," she added.

Shaw was given the Hoppe Research Professor Award for his work on the investigations of the electron-transfer-induced physical and chemical properties of metal-alkaline complexes, working toward new antitumor agents. He is the eighth recipient of the award.

"The Hoppe Award will allow me to focus on my students and our research. I will make most of this exciting opportunity," Shaw said. He added that his work may have application in anticancer research.

Flick plans on completing five research studies during her tenure as a Lindsay Research Professor in hopes that these studies will contribute to knowledge development and draw students into individual research. As a Hoppe Research Professor, Shaw will examine two specific consequences of metal- alkaline bonding.

Flick and Shaw will be appointed to do research for a two-year period. They will each receive a 50-percent assignment for research each academic year, the service of graduate assistants for nine months and $1,000.

The Lindsay Award was created to honor Vaughnie J. Lindsay, who served as dean of Graduate Studies and Research at SIUE and strongly supported faculty research. The award is funded by private donations from faculty, emeritus faculty and by the SIUE Graduate School.

The Hoppe Award was established by the late Joseph W. Hoppe. He created an endowment with the SIUE Foundation to support SIUE's mission, which includes support for faculty research. The award is funded by the Hoppe Faculty Research Endowment and the SIUE Graduate School.

Professors Leah O'Brien and Edward Sewell are previous winners of the awards. They are beginning their second year of research in chemistry and mathematics respectively.

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SIUE Associate Dean To Participate in AACP Leadership Fellows Program

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Gireesh V. Gupchup, associate dean for student affairs at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, has been selected to participate in the 2006-07 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP).

The program is aimed at training leaders for future leadership roles in academic pharmacy and higher education. As one of the 25 fellows selected nationwide by the AACP committee, Gupchup will work with faculty and administrators from other pharmacy schools across the nation on issues pertaining to pharmacy education.

"I hope to bring to SIUE the skills and knowledge I gain from interacting with fellows and mentors," Gupchup said. "I hope to learn more about administration and help move the SIUE School of Pharmacy to national recognition."

Gupchup helped establish the SIUE School of Pharmacy and has been associate dean for student affairs for two years. His one-year appointment as fellow begins at end of July 2006.

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