During a new academic year, we not only welcome new and returning students, but we also enjoy meeting new faculty and staff. Below is a list of new faculty members with some bio information. If you click on their names, a photo will put a face with the name.
Jennifer Arnoldi—Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy/Pharmacy Practice
Jennifer Arnoldi earned a doctorate at the Chicago College of Pharmacy in 2006. Her research interests include internal medicine pharmacotherapy. Her teaching philosophy states: "My strategy for teaching comes from the belief that students not only need to learn the clinical knowledge and skills to become a pharmacist, but to also develop and cultivate a mindset of critical thinking and life-long learning." She continued: "As a pharmacy educator, another key role I play is to teach students how to become educators themselves and provide drug information to other health care professionals and the general public."
Chris Bulock—Electronic Resources Librarian, Library and Information Services
Chris Bulock earned a bachelor's at Occidental College in 2007 and a master's at UCLA in 2009. His research areas are electronic resource management and use of open access publications; and when asked about teaching philosophy writes, "Inspire students to search out knowledge, and give them the tools they need to find it and absorb it."
Xudong Fu—Assistant Professor, Economics and Finance
Xudong Fu earned a bachelor's at Fudan University in 1999; a master's at Texas Tech University in 2003; and a doctorate at the University of Alabama in 2008. His research areas include equity offerings, insider trading, capital structure, management incentive, earnings management and corporate governance. Fu's teaching philosophy is: 1) help students succeed in the classrooms and beyond; 2) get students involved; and 3) always be available when students need help.
Jennifer Gapin—Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Education
Jennifer Gapin received a bachelor's from Bryn Mawr College in 2003, a master's from University of Illinois in 2005, and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina in 2009. Research interests include sport and exercise psychology, mental skills training and performance enhancement, and exercise and cognitive function. Gapin states: "My teaching is focused on an interactive and collaborative learning environment that motivates students to be contributing members in the classroom and greater community." She continued: "Three key components of my philosophy include: 1) balancing individualized learning styles with teaching to the larger group; 2) applying knowledge outside the classroom; and 3) enhancing research and professional skills."
Jie Gong—Assistant Professor, Construction
Jie Gong earned a bachelor's at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1999; a master's at Texas Tech University in 2004; and a doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. His research involves sensing systems for civil infrastructure.
Mark Grinter—Assistant Professor, Construction
Mark Grinter received a bachelor's from Western Washington University (1977) and a master's from SIUE in 2008. His research interest includes construction and environmental issues. Grinter's teaching philosophy is: "Tell me; show me; do it."
Andrew Griffin—Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia
Andrew Griffin earned a bachelor's at Saint Louis University/SIU Carbondale in 1992/1986; a master's at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia in 1997; and a doctorate at the University of Hawaii in 2010. His research interests include spiritual well-being and holistic care throughout the perioperative period. Griffin's teaching philosophy states: "Be respectful of the student. They are adults, with not only great potential, but also valuable past experience. As stated by (educator Paulo) Freire: 'be authoritative not authoritarian.'"
Brian Henderson—Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature
Brian Henderson earned a bachelor's at Francis Marion University in 1993; a master's at Western Carolina University in 1999; and a doctorate at the University of South Carolina in 2010. Research interests include composition pedagogy and rhetorical theory, with a focus on eco composition. His teaching philosophy states: "I approach teaching as an inventive process that derives its possibilities in large part from the students and institutional environment where it takes place."
Dayna Henry—Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Education
Dayna Henry received both a bachelor's (2002) and master's (2004) from the University of Guelph. She earned a doctorate at Indiana University earlier this year. Research interests include sexual health across the lifespan, sexuality education among adults, sexual relationships, couple relationships and satisfaction. Her teaching philosophy statement is: "Continual process of learning and adjusting my teaching to meet students' needs. It's my job to motivate students, address diverse learning styles, meet students where they are and self-evaluate my teaching."
Hsin-hsin Huang—Assistant Professor, Social Work
Hsin-hsin Huang earned a bachelor's at National Taiwan University in 1990; a master's at Washington University in St. Louis in 1992; and a doctorate at the University of Missouri–St. Louis in 2010. Her areas of research include trauma, multicultural counseling and women's issues. She said she believes in empowering students and honoring their individuality.
Bryan Jack—Assistant Professor, Historical Studies
Bryan Jack earned a bachelor's at Baker University in 1993; a master's at the University of Alabama in 1996; and a doctorate at Saint Louis University in 2004. His scholarly interests include African- American history, post reconstruction era. When asked about his teaching philosophy, he writes, "I want my students to be active learners who think critically about history and the world."
Candice Love Jackson—Assistant Professor, English
Candice Jackson received a bachelor's from Tougaloo College in 1997; and both a master's (1999) and a doctorate (2004) from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Research interests include African-American literature, Southern literature, and popular literature. As far as her teaching philosophy, Jackson believes in "rigorous teaching, a creative learning space and improving as an instructor." She also believes that teaching critical thinking and writing are most important to student development.
David Jennings—Assistant Professor, Biology
David Jennings received a bachelor's from Kansas State University in 1987; a master's from Rutgers University in 1990; and a doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1996. Research interests include hormonal control of development and life-history evolution.
Heather G.S. Johnson—Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature
Heather Johnson earned a bachelor's at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo in 1998; a master's and doctorate (2008), both from Indiana University. Her research emphasis is in 17th century British literature. When asked about her teaching philosophy, an important element she listed was "to treat students as adults and colleagues, engaging them in scholarly discourse."
Angela A. Kaiser—Assistant Professor, Social Work
Angela Kaiser received a bachelor's from the University of Michigan in 1995; and both a master's (1998) and a doctorate (2010) from Wayne State University. Research interests include concepts of social capital and civic engagement, especially among lower income and minority groups in urban environments; capacity building in faith-based and community organizations; and the connections between religion/spirituality and social action. Kaiser's philosophy of teaching states: "As a teacher and scholar … of social work, I hope to present a strong generalist perspective of social work practice and research that emphasizes the importance of social justice for individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations." She continued: "It is important for students to understand the comprehensive nature of the field of social work and the importance of addressing social problems on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
Vincent Kieftenbeld—Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Vincent Kieftenbeld earned two master's degrees at Universiteit van Amsterdam in 2005 and a doctorate at the University of North Texas in 2010. Kieftenbeld's research is in descriptive set theory and mathematics education. He wrote this about his teaching philosophy: "When teaching mathematics, I make an effort to let students relate mathematics to the real world, visualize mathematical concepts using technology and experience mathematical problem-solving themselves."
Barbara Levergood—Government Information and Cartographic Resources Librarian, Lovejoy Library
Barbara Levergood received a bachelor's from UC San Diego in 1982; a master's from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1995; and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. Her research areas include U.S. government information resources, especially statistics, the Census Bureau, Congress, the budget and Social Security. When describing her teaching philosophy, she wrote, "My own approach to teaching is also deeply embedded in other aspects of my life. When I endeavor to learn something new, I approach my own learning process as being a process in which I teach myself." She continued: "I find it very easy to then quickly turn around to teach what I just learned to others."
Rebecca Luebbert—Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Rebecca Luebbert received a bachelor's from Union University in 1995, and both a master's (2002) and a doctorate (2010) from Saint Louis University. Research interests are in research ethics, human subject protection and competency/informed consent.
M. Shawn Maxfield—Instructor, Department of Mass Communications
Shawn Maxfield earned both a bachelor's and a master's degrees at Missouri State University, and is currently ABD, pursuing a doctorate at SIU Carbondale. His research interests include convergent communications and new media. Maxfields writes this about his teaching philosophy: "I am guided by the goal of providing excellent service to my students, I strive to meet each student where he or she is, both educationally and developmentally, and to challenge each student to go further in performing to his or her full potential. I seek to highlight both practical and contextual aspects of their studies, so that my students may maximize their professional and community leadership efficacies."
Erin Murphy—Assistant Professor, Sociology
Erin Murphy received a bachelor's from Illinois State University in 2000; a master's (2003) and a doctorate (2009) from the University of Illinois. Scholarly interests include race, class, gender, social theory, historical sociology, Sociology of Empire, and political sociology. Murphy wrote the following about her teaching philosophy: "I believe the classroom should be an effective hub around which the rest of course learning is based. To do this I try to foster a constructive learning environment that utilizes multiple vantage points."
Joel T. Nadler—Assistant Professor, Psychology
Joel Nadler received a bachelor's (2004), a master's (2006), and a doctorate (2010) from SIU Carbondale. His research areas include stereotypes, gender roles and bias in workplace performance appraisals. He said he believes the best outcome of structured instruction is in motivating students to continue learning outside of the class setting, and he aspires to impart a desire for continued learning in his students.
Ann M. Popkess—Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Ann Popkess earned a bachelor's at the University of Iowa in 1985, a master's at Saint Louis University in 1992, and a doctorate at Indiana University in 2010. Areas of research include nursing education, student engagement, and quality and safety in nursing education. She believes that " . . . good teachers design learning environments where there is a shared engagement of student and teacher knowledge."
Megan Robb—Assistant Professor, Art and Design/Art Therapy
Megan Robb received a bachelor's from Truman State University in 1996 and a master's from George Washington University in 2002. Research interests include art therapy—cross-cultural approaches, student learning and group dynamics. She pointed out that her teaching philosophy involves building curiosity and citizenship through questioning.
Ann K. Shelton—Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Ann Shelton received a bachelor's (2004), a master's (2005), and a doctorate (2008) from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Research areas include informed consent, ethics, and genetics and genomics. Shelton said she believes in "a collaborative approach to education, based on Malcolm Knowles' Theory of Andragogy . . . to facilitate the development of student proficiencies in critical thinking, problem solving, research, writing, and the pursuit of lifelong learning resulting in a higher degree of confidence and satisfaction with educational preparation for career success."
Vicki VanTuyle—Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership
Vicki VanTuyle received a bachelor's from Illinois College in 1973, and both a master's (1979) and Ed.D (2008) from Western Illinois University. Her research areas are rural schools, and new teacher retention, mobility and attrition. Her teaching philosophy is: "No significant change in behavior occurs without the development of a meaningful relationship."
Janet Christine Whitworth—Assistant Professor, Nursing
Janet Whitworth received a bachelor's from Saint Louis University in 1996; a master's from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, in 2004; and a doctorate in nursing from Chatham University in 2009. Research interests include nursing education and genetics/genomics. Her teaching philosophy is based upon (educational theorist David) Kolb's theory of experiential learning. Whitworth writes, "By creating experiences for students to utilize knowledge and transform knowledge, we can bring a deeper meaning to classroom content and greatly enhance learning."
Susan Winters—Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Susan Winters received a bachelor's from Clarion University of Pennsylvania (1985), and a master's (1987) and a doctorate (1997), all from University of Virginia. Her research areas include nursing history and nursing education. Winters believes ". . . nursing is an applied profession that is both art and science." She adds, "As a nurse educator, it is my responsibility to nurture those finer qualities, while also facilitating the acquisition of the skills, tools, and knowledge necessary to function as a highly competent nursing professional."
Bernie Madoff, the now infamous investor who bilked hundreds of clients out of millions of dollars, was brought down by one certified fraud examiner (CFE) who warned of the Ponzi scheme—one of the biggest since Mr. Ponzi himself swindled investors out of thousands of dollars in the 1920s.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville now has a certified fraud examiner on its faculty—SIUE Professor Brad Reed, who is a member of the academic accounting faculty in the School of Business, recently became a CFE, a designation that demonstrates a level of knowledge and commitment to the profession. To even qualify for the CFE examination, there are certain educational prerequisites to be met as well as a two-year history of experience in the field.
Reed, who teaches two auditing courses at SIUE, said what he has learned about the subject of fraud he is imparting to students. "There are only a few accounting professors in the world who have obtained the CFE designation, but I think we'll see that number grow," Reed said. "More and more, accounting students who are becoming CPAs will be involved in auditing and this knowledge now will be helpful for them in the future."
CFEs are very useful in investigating an employee, for example, who is trying to defraud a company. "A company could bring in a CFE to investigate if the company believes an employee is creating fraudulent financial statements to obtain bank loans or to issue stock at a higher price." Reed said CFEs also may be brought in to help a company not only detect fraud but also to create accounting procedures so the company may guard against such fraud in the future.
"CFEs who are part of accounting firms provide just one of the many financial services the firm offers," Reed said. "If a company suspects fraud, they can bring in a CFE to investigate because sometimes law enforcement gives these kinds of activities a low priority. Also, some firms may wish to handle it all in house so they can have more control over the investigation in its early stages." Reed did say that should a criminal investigation occur, the CFE is trained to work closely with law enforcement officials. "But the company does have the option of handling it all in house."
Reed says that an accountant who does obtain a CFE becomes a trusted member of the investigative team. "All of the work done by a CFE is trusted by the police because the CFE is trained to perform an investigation in conjunction with law enforcement," Reed said. "A big part of the CFE exam is about how to follow chain of evidence guidelines, an important part of a police investigation, and also how to interview witnesses and/or suspects in an ongoing investigation."
The number of CFEs throughout the world, while still small, is growing as more and more accounting firms are adding CFEs, according to Reed, who also is a CPA. "Many CPAs are obtaining CFE designations to make themselves more marketable in the private sector." The licensing body is the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), called the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. According to the ACFE's website, the organization is helping reduce business fraud world-wide and "inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession."
According to Reed, the Bernie Madoff case was interesting in that a CFE who worked on Wall Street was asked by his own firm to discreetly investigate Madoff to see how he was able to have such an unbelievable investment record. "That CFE, Harry Markopolos, recognized that there was fraud some 10 years before Madoff was finally arrested," Reed said.
"In fact, Markopolos sent many notices to the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission) and was largely ignored because of bureaucracy. When it was all over and Madoff was convicted, Markopolos wrote a book about the case and has become famous," Reed said. According to the Wall Street Journal, Markopolos was asked by a Congressman to head a whistleblower program at the SEC, but Markopolos declined.
SIUE School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino said Reed's recognition is indicative of the business faculty's commitment to professionalism. "We are delighted that Professor Reed has pursued his interest in accounting fraud and has been recognized as a CFE," Giamartino said. "It is a measure of personal achievement and another indication of the exceptional expertise of our accounting faculty."
The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 5 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned prestigious accreditation of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). The School's accounting program at SIUE is one of only 173 accredited accounting programs in the world to hold specialized AACSB accreditation.
Paul Brunkow, associate professor of biological sciences was named chair July 1 of that department.
Christopher Bulock, an assistant professor at Lovejoy Library, was named an associate professor Dec. 1.
Brian Elkenhout joined the University July 1 as an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences
Patricia Fazzone, a professor of family health and community health nursing and chair of that department, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
Carole Frick, a professor of historical studies, was named chair of that department July 1.
Danette Griffith joined the University July 1 as an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Hsin-hsin Huang, an instructor of social work, was named an assistant professor Aug. 16.
Anastasios Kaburakis, an assistant professor of kinesiology and health education, left the University Aug. 10.
Vincent Kieftenbeld, an instructor of mathematics and statistics, was named an assistant professor Aug. 16.
Larry LaFond, an associate professor of English language and literature and chair of that department, was named associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences July 1.
Leslie Lattimore joined the University July 1 as an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Sharon McGee, an associate professor of English language and literature, was named chair of that department effective July 1.
T.K Parthasarathy, professor of special education and communication disorders, was named chair of that department July 1.
William Retzlaff, associate professor of biological sciences and chair of that department, was named associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences effective July 1.
Steven Rigdon, professor of mathematics and statistics, was named a distinguished research professor effective July 1.
Cathryn Springer, an assistant professor of geography, left the University June 30.
Lucian Stone, assistant professor of philosophy, left the University Aug. 16 to accept a position elsewhere.
Huichun "Judy" Zhang, an assistant professor of chemistry, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
Jacquelyn Clement, a professor in the School of Nursing who retired June 30 after nearly 26 years of service, has been named emerita faculty.
N. Kay Covington, associate professor of kinesiology and health education, effective Dec. 31, 2009, after more than 21 years of service.
Malcolm "Mal" Goldsmith, professor of kinesiology and health education, effective May 31.
Robert Froeming, an assistant professor of restorative dentistry, effective June 30 after nearly 33 years of service.
James Green , a coordinator in Information Technical Services, effective April 30 after nearly 15 years of service.
Jean Harrison, associate professor of special education and communication disorders and chair of that department, effective June 30 after nearly 31 years of service.
Philip Medon, founding dean of the School of Pharmacy, effective June 30 after seven years of service.
Allen Otsuka, associate professor of applied dental medicine, effective May 31 after nearly 31 years of service.
Jean Paterson, director of the Career Development Center, effective Dec. 31, 2oo9, after nearly 15 years of service.
Mickey Stanley, associate professor of primary care nursing, effective Dec. 31, 2009, after more than 12 years of service.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association will play host to an Alumni Networking Breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Fr. Jim Kringes Conference Center of SSM St. Clare Health Care, 1015 Bowles Ave., Fenton, Mo. The event—to include a presentation by SIUE alumna Sherry Hausmann, president of St. Clare Health Care—will be an excellent opportunity to network with fellow SIUE alumni and enjoy a free breakfast of pastries, fruit and coffee.
With more than 270 SIUE alumni residing in the Fenton area, possible business opportunities could arise, so attendees are encouraged to bring business cards.
Hausmann received a bachelor's from the SIUE School of Nursing in 1987. Last year, Hausmann also was named Service Line executive for the SSM Neurosciences Institute for SSM St. Louis.
Parking for the free Sept. 15 breakfast will be available in the main parking lot at the front of the building. To register, visit: www.siue.edu/alumni. For other information, contact Katie Bennett, assistant director of SIUE Alumni Affairs, by e-mail: email@example.com, or, by phone: (618) 650-2762.
Since its inception in 1957, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has produced more than 85,000 graduates who have earned more than 90,000 degrees, in turn achieving tremendous success in their careers. To honor their successes, the SIUE Alumni Association—along with the deans of the Schools and College at SIUE— manages the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame with honorees receiving a plaque that will be displayed in a prominent place within each of the alum's respective Schools or College.
The 2010 honorees also will be recognized Oct. 8 at the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Dinner that begins with a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Center of the Morris University Center on the SIUE Campus. The dinner and awards presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of ten.
The 2010 honorees include:
For more information, call the Alumni Affairs office, (618) 650-2762 or visit www.siue.edu/alumni.
The true story of Hanny's Voorwerp is now a comic book produced by two art and design students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville under the guidance of researcher Pamela Gay in the SIUE Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research, Education and Outreach. It will be released nationally Sept. 3.
According to Gay, reality is sometimes "cooler than fiction," especially when it involves monster black holes, glowing green gas, and everyday people making extraordinary discoveries. "All of these realities came together in the story of "Hanny's Voorwerp," a real-life tale of scientific adventure that is being released at the Dragon*Con conference in Atlanta, which is considered the world's largest fantasy/science fiction convention.
"The comic book was produced at SIUE, with line art by Elea Braasch and color by Chris Spangler, both art majors here," Gay said. The comic book also was produced in collaboration with Bill Keel, a professor of astronomy at the University of Alabama.
Artists Braasch and Spangler transformed the story into a piece of art, drawing inspiration from Dave McKean's work on The Sandman comic book series. "I never thought I'd get a chance to turn a true story into what feels so much like a fantasy piece," Braasch said. "It's been an amazing experience."
The project also shows that science and art can make an interesting pairing. "I've always liked astronomy," Spangler said. "This project allowed me to learn so much while exploring how to combine Hubble images and my own artistic ideas."
Gay is known for her writings about astronomy and her involvement with Galaxy Zoo, an internationally recognized "citizen astronomy" project, and the highly acclaimed Astronomy Cast and the award-winning 365 Days of Astronomy podcasts. Both shows are produced as collaborations between SIUE and Astrosphere New Media Association.
"In summer 2007, Dutch schoolteacher Hanny van Arkel was exploring galaxies through the Galaxy Zoo citizen science project ," Gay explained. "In one image she saw a mysterious glowing blob of gas. She wasn't the first person to see this blob, but she was the first person to ask, 'What is the stuff?'
"Her simple question started her and a global team of astronomers on an adventure of discovery that would take them around the world and even into orbit," Gay said. "This story, including how the Hubble Space Telescope helped solve the mystery, is told in the comic book."
In the spirit of the "citizen science" nature of this discovery, the comic book was scripted through a citizen writing project. A team of authors was recruited at CONvergence, a three-day science fiction conference in Bloomington, Minn., in early July. Editing of this team project was provided by Gay and Kelly McCullough, author of the WebMage series.
The comic book will be released in digital and physical form at 10 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 3 during a special event at Dragon*Con. Gay, Braasch and Spangler plan to be present, and the event will be streamed over the internet: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/voorwerp-comic-release.
The first 500 attendees of the event will receive copies of a special first printing of the comic. Online viewers will be able to download a PDF file from http://hannysvoorwerp.zooniverse.org. A second printing will be available for order via the website in mid-September.
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Terrorism Expert To Speak Aug. 30 On SIUE Campus
Pi Alpha Alpha To Sponsor Appearance
Who: Terrorism expert Amos Guiora—a distinguished law professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah
What: Professor Guiora will speak on the subject of terrorism
When: Noon-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30
Where: Meridian Ballroom, no the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center
"Terrorism is such a timely topic and one of international concern," said Morris Taylor, associate professor of public administration and policy analysis at SIUE and moderator for the event. "Professor Guiora has first-hand dealings with global issues that threaten the safety and vitality of all human beings. This issue in the United States is complex and affects every aspect of our lives, challenging our freedoms and thoughts about free speech and religion."
Guiora was a senior specialist Fulbright fellow for The Netherlands in 2008 and has published many works about national security, limits to interrogation, and religion and terrorism, For 19 years, Guiora served in the Israel Defense Forces, holding a number of senior command positions, including commander of the IDF School of Military and legal advisor to the Gaza Strip, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
Currently, Guiora teaches criminal procedure, international law and global perspectives on counterterrorism and religion and terrorism. A member of the American Bar Association's Law and National Security Advisory Committee, Guiora is a research fellow at the International Institute on Counter-Terrorism, the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzeliva, Israel. He also is a member of The Netherlands School of Human Rights Research at the University of Utrecht's School of Law.
Several departments at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will play host to "One Night," an evening of presentations to "help shatter students' beliefs that they are invincible to the consequences of alcohol consumption." The event will take place at 6 p.m. that Wednesday in SIUE's Morris University Center. Last year's program was attended by more than 800 SIUE students.
Participating SIUE areas include: University Housing, Counseling Services, Health Services, the Office of Admissions, Campus Recreation, the Kimmel Leadership Center, University Police, the School of Nursing and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. A variety of local area organizations also have donated time and resources to the program.
Cathy Passananti, SIUE's Prairie Hall community director and co-coordinator of the Sept. 1 program, said participating professionals from each of the areas have a deep commitment to educating students in an engaging way. "The twists and changes we have made to the program this year speak to the commitment of our committee to continue to implement a life-changing program," Passananti said. "The goal of the One Night program is to help students reconsider how their decisions concerning alcohol could land them in a hospital, a morgue, or in jail," she said. "This particular program puts the students in regular situations they may encounter when consuming alcohol, and then presents an extreme change of events to show how easy it can be for a fun evening to have a tragic ending."
Jessica Vanderwood, SIUE's Bluff Hall community director and the event co-coordinator, said she believes the program breaks new ground because it is not preachy in its approach. "The program does not promote alcohol abstinence," she said, "yet it both educates and gives students something to remember. Most college students believe they are invincible to the effects of alcohol; this program brings to life the possibilities of what may transpire if they choose to make a poor decision concerning alcohol consumption," Vanderwood said.
All SIUE students are welcome; participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts at a "reflection table" at the end of the program. A variety of door prizes—including an iPad, gift certificates and more—will be offered throughout the program. For more information, call Vanderwood, (618) 650-0579, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Passananti, (618) 650-4652, or e-mail: email@example.com.
Concert pianist Haochen Zhang, International Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, will open the 2010-11 season of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Arts & Issues series Sept. 10 at the theater in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall. For more than a quarter of a century, SIUE's Arts & Issues series has brought great performers and distinguished speakers to Southwestern Illinois. Zhang will appear onstage at 7:30 p.m. that Friday. The official media sponsors for A&I are the Edwardsville Intelligencer and KWMU-FM, while the series official hotel sponsor is Hampton Inn and Suites.
Arts & Issues Director Grant Andree said Zhang's music is very compelling high art. "It is astonishing the level of performance Zhang has achieved at so young an age," Andree said. "I predict the audience will be amazed at this young man's talent at the keyboard."
A 2009 Gold Medalist at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Zhang has "demonstrated a musical maturity almost unimaginable in one so young," observed Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News. The youngest participant in the Van Cliburn competition at 19, Zhang was previously recognized for his prodigious talent as the youngest winner of the 2007 China International Piano Competition when he was 17. Zhang is in demand worldwide for orchestral and recital engagements, an extraordinary musician.
Other Arts & Issues events for 2010-11 include:
Celebrate the holiday season with renowned solo pianist George Winston, whose legendary music has entertained audiences during more than 100 concerts a year in America and beyond. Winston's inspiration comes from the changing seasons as he conjures a variety of styles, including melodic folk piano, stride piano, New Orleans R&B piano and the music of the late jazz great Vince Guaraldi and his music from the beloved A Charlie Brown Christmas network television special as well as songs by The Doors and more. This Winter Concert will regale the Arts & Issues audience with Winston's songs of fall and winter.
Eisenhower Dance tours nationally and internationally, and will celebrate its 20th professional season in 2011. Artistic director Laurie Eisenhower founded the company in 1991 in metropolitan Detroit. Since its inception, the troupe has been dedicated to the performance of a diverse range of contemporary dance works. Along with Ms. Eisenhower's highly acclaimed choreography, EDE showcases the works of young talented artists along with internationally known choreographers. "On The Move" features a mix of repertory including excerpts from the group's "Rock and Roll."
Grandin recently was included in the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Among numerous other recognitions by media, Bravo Cable created a brief documentary about her life, and she was one of the "challenged" people featured in the best-selling book, Anthropologist from Mars.
An homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s, Hughes' 12-part epic poem is scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie-woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin "cha cha" and Afro-Cuban mambo, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming—a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death.
Shaheen brings his quartet to the Arts & Issues stage to dazzle the audience as he deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace have earned him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the 'oud and violin. Called one of the most significant musicians, performers and composers of his generation.
Called "the most accomplished documentary filmmaker of his generation" by the New York Times, Burns has captured the imaginations of television viewers in unprecedented fashion, setting rating records and winning dozens of awards with his stunning historical documentaries. His first major work, The Civil War, is a moving presentation eloquently celebrating America's fascinating history and culture.
Moving between planned elements and improvisation, this performance will leave its audiences excitedly uncertain as to what is and what is not planned. In each show, an innovatively designed set piece (with hi- and low-tech mechanics) propels the clowns into extreme physical behavior and rough-style acrobatics. Comic mayhem will be served abundantly to the Arts & Issues audience as our three clowns embark on a madcap journey to construct Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory.
For more information, be sure to pick up a copy of the new Arts & Issues season brochure available now to the public at several locations throughout the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon area or by calling (618) 650-5194. The brochure contains information about the events and subscription sales for the 2010-11 season. For additional information about the series, call Grant Andree, (618) 650-5774.
More information and tickets are available through the Web site: artsandissues.com.
EDITORS: The 2010-11 Arts & Issues photos suitable for print are available at http://www.siue.edu/artsandissues/PhotoIndex.shtml
Terrorism expert and professor of law, Amos Guiora—a distinguished law professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah—will speak from noon-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Morris University Center. Pi Alpha Alpha is sponsoring this event.
Guiora was a senior specialist Fulbright fellow for The Netherlands in 2008 and has published many works in the United States and Europe about national security, limits to interrogation, and religion and terrorism, including Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism, Fundamentals of Counterterrorism, Constitutional Limits on Coercive Interrogation and Freedom From Religion: Rights and National Security. For 19 years, Guiora served in the Israel Defense Forces, holding a number of senior command positions, including commander of the IDF School of Military and legal advisor to the Gaza Strip, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
Currently, Guiora teaches criminal procedure, international law and global perspectives on counterterrorism and religion and terrorism. A member of the American Bar Association's Law and National Security Advisory Committee, Guiora is a research fellow at the International Institute on Counter-Terrorism, the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzeliva, Israel. He also is a member of The Netherlands School of Human Rights Research at the University of Utrecht's School of Law.
The SIUE Community and all students from any university can attend for free with valid student identification. All law enforcement, public safety and states' attorneys also can attend free of charge with valid identification. For others there will be a $10 fee. Reservations may be made by contacting the SIUE Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis, (618) 650-3762. Parking is available for visitors in SIUE's pay Lot B.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing's Community Nursing Services (SON/CNS) in East St. Louis is co-sponsoring a "KA-Blooming," which includes planting of a community garden at Jones Water Park, 2920 Argonne Drive, East St. Louis, from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 28. Volunteers are needed to help with planting and other activities. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing, work gloves and sturdy shoes. For more information or to volunteer, contact Kathi Thimsen, (618) 210-6484, or, by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning for the garden has been ongoing and is a continuation of the work done by the School of Nursing in the spring with residents of an 11-block area of East St. Louis that involved a neighborhood clean-up effort. The Aug. 28 gardens project at Jones Park—site of a greenhouse and adjacent gardening beds— will involve building 30 raised gardens including an educational garden for children and the proposed community garden, all open for "adoption" by local residents.
"This project involves the Public Health Nursing students from the SON working with the Washington University George Brown School of Social Work from St. Louis, the University of Illinois and the East Side Health District, as well as neighborhood residents and agencies in East St. Louis," says Thimsen, SON/CNS director. "After several months of planning, we've developed a strategic plan that addresses needs in East St. Louis neighborhoods and we are continuing to implement our plan," Thimsen said. She also said a work plan is being created to address additional property safety and street repair tasks. "The ultimate goals of the project are to improve the health and well being of the neighborhoods, developing a sense of pride of ownership."
Thimsen also noted the benefits for SON students. "Our students are gaining experience in project planning and management, needs assessment, community organizing and engagement, and teaching, along with service learning," she said. "The project also produces a tangible and real outcome that the students will see as a significant and lasting contribution to East St. Louis."
Legislative Night 2010, sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing and the 10th District Illinois Nurses Association, will take place from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. Registration information is available on the SIUE School of Nursing website: siue.edu/nursing/continuinged/index.shtml or by e-mail: email@example.com. Registration deadline is Sept. 20; walk-in registrations will be accepted as space is available.
The event will feature a panel of speakers moderated by Donna Meyer, dean of Health Sciences and project director of Nurse-Managed Center for Healthcare and Education at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfey. Illinois Rep. Tom Holbrook (D-Belleville) will be on the panel along with educators as well as area and regional healthcare professionals. Other area legislators have been invited to attend.
The panel will:
1) Explore issues that support or impede access to health care to Southern Illinois residents;
2) Examine the role of health care organizations in improving access to health care services;
3) Discuss the role of the state in improving access to health care in Southern Illinois.
Registration is $20 for RNs and LPNs; $7 for pre-licensure students with valid identification. Continuing education contact hours will be awarded through the SIUE School of Nursing for attending the event. Onsite check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m.; exhibits from nursing organizations also will be displayed.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will provide a sneak peak at the designs of five finalists chosen in an international competition for the proposed revitalization of the grounds surrounding the St. Louis Gateway Arch and the Metro-East side of the Mississippi River. The City * The Arch * The River competition designs will be on display Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, in the University Gallery on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.
Organized by national park supporters, the design community, and civic leaders from both Missouri and Illinois, the City Arch River Competition aims to "breathe new life" into the existing Gateway Arch and Riverfront area, said Tom Bradley, superintendent of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. "The challenge is great – to take one of America's first urban park sites and weave it into the fabric of the St. Louis region – as well as connect it more organically to the Illinois side of the river," Bradley said.
"Embracing the Mississippi River and extending the National Park into Illinois is imperative to the mission of this revitalization project," said Bradley. "The iconic Arch is meant to serve as a gateway for people and ideas to pass freely between East and West, and this project will aid the landmark in fulfilling that purpose."
"Members of the SIUE community continue to be a hearty source of intellectual, cultural and economic support to the city of St. Louis," says SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. Vandegrift, a member of the Governance Group overseeing the competition, said this is "just one example of the important connection the university has with the city." Vandegrift is also a member of St. Louis Civic Progress, Innovate St. Louis, the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association and the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
The exhibit will move on to various locations throughout the region during August and September. Winners of the competition will be announced Sept. 24. For more information, visit the competition website: http://www.cityarchrivercompetition.org
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has for the second consecutive year been cited by its peers and reported in U.S.News & World Report as an "up and coming school." SIUE was listed as one of only three Midwestern regional universities for recently making "innovative changes in the areas of faculty, student life, campus life and facilities." The listing is in the magazine's Best Colleges of 2011 issue that will hit newsstands next week. In addition, for the sixth consecutive year, SIUE was listed in the senior capstone experience category, among 15 universities—including Brown, Princeton and Stanford—for its comprehensive program measuring the competency of graduating seniors.
At SIUE, the program is called Senior Assignment and is a required culminating curriculum experience for all seniors to demonstrate their degree of general education knowledge, as well as knowledge within their disciplines prior to graduation.
Also, according to the U.S. News rankings released today, SIUE is among the top 20 public universities in the best Regional Universities Midwest (master's granting) category for the fourth consecutive year. The overall scores are based on the academic preparedness of students, graduation rates, faculty characteristics and the reputation of SIUE in higher education. SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift said he was "extremely pleased" with the recognition of SIUE as one of the "2011 Up-and-Comers" schools. "To have SIUE among the top three public universities in the Midwest in a category that touts innovation is a credit to this institution," Vandegrift said.
"We owe this recognition to a committed faculty of teacher/scholars as well as to strong programs, excellent staff support and a shared sense of community. It all adds up to a great educational experience at SIUE," Vandegrift said. The "Up-and-Comers" category includes a total listing of 68 colleges and universities throughout the country. Vandegrift said SIUE has embraced innovative change, pointing to improvements made in the general education curriculum to enhance the educational experience as well as the newly constructed Student Success Center that consolidates student services in one location, a new Science Building under construction, and planned additions to the SIUE Art and Design and Engineering buildings. SIUE is in the midst of a $250 million planned campus infrastructure update and construction phase.
He also cited the University's commitment to NCAA Division I certification in Intercollegiate Athletics as another indicator of excellence. "The E continues its strong dedication to providing a quality and affordable education to our students."
SIUE's Senior Assignment initiative has been recognized on several occasions as a model for other institutions across the nation. The Association of American Colleges and Universities has lauded SIUE's program as an effective tool in gauging the comprehensiveness of academic offerings. "This recognition speaks to the hard work, innovation, and commitment of the SIUE students and faculty," said Victoria Scott, Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation and Effectiveness at SIUE. "The Senior Assignment optimizes the role of a capstone experience by engaging students in an open-ended, holistic and authentic assessment of discipline specific outcomes as well as general education competencies.
"We are thrilled to receive this recognition for the sixth consecutive year."
In response to SIUE's U.S. News rankings, Paul Ferguson, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, commented, "this consistent national recognition from our peers and national associations strongly endorses the long term commitment of SIUE to continuous quality improvement and academic innovation in all of our academic programs, and is a wonderful affirmation of the excellence of our faculty, staff and students."
A study of school principals in Illinois from 2001 to 2008 recently was released by the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) located on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Leadership in schools has been identified as a critical indicator for school improvement and raising student achievement. The study analyzes data concerning school principals across the state in more than 3,900 public schools.
Kathleen S. Brown, executive director of the IERC, and Bradford R. White, senior researcher with the IERC, conducted the study in line with the council's mission of promoting educational attainment in the state through research and initiatives such as the P-20 Council, Comp ete College America and the American Diploma Project.
Brown said the study, coupled with other research the group has conducted, "is an analysis of changing trends in the characteristics of school leaders and will be useful as a baseline for further steps toward improvement.
"Our findings are divided into three major sections focused on principal characteristics: demographics, experience and academic background," Brown said. "The study finds that the Illinois principals corps became slightly more racially diverse between the years 2001 and 2008. The typical principal in 2008 was younger and less experienced than the typical principal in 2001.
"However, we also observed that the proportion of those with experience as an assistant principal is increasing and that more frequently than in the past principals come from a teaching background in academic core subjects." The study indicates research on the effectiveness of public school principals has not been as widely available as it has been on teachers. In line with the national Race to the Top initiative, the study focuses on school accountability and instructional leadership as it relates to principals in the state's public school systems.
The research is funded by a two-year grant from the Joyce Foundation. The complete report is available at http://ierc.siue.edu. For more information, call the IERC, (618) 650-2840, or (866) 799-4372.
The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees Executive Committee has awarded $580,652.58 in contracts to five Illinois companies, three in Belleville, to renovate the Intercollegiate Athletics locker rooms in the SIUE Vadalabene Center. The action was taken recently by the executive committee under authorization of the full board so that the project may proceed in timely fashion for opening before the basketball and wrestling seasons. The full board, which will not meet again until September, gave the authorization at its July 8 meeting.
The project includes renovation of the second floor men's and women's basketball and wrestling locker rooms. University officials said the current locker rooms, which have been heavily used since they were constructed in 1984, are outdated and no longer serve the needs of the Athletics program. The construction will include new student lockers, a study/lounge area, grooming/ shower/toilet facilities, laundry room, equipment and coaches' offices and shower/toilet facilities. Upgrades will include new heating and air-conditioning ductwork and controls, and new lighting, floor materials, and finishes.
University officials have noted the project will be funded through Intercollegiate Athletics revenues and donations, as well as University construction funds.
The companies awarded the contracts are:
• L. Wolf Co. of Granite City, $302,795, for general contracting;
• Pyramid Electrical Contractors of Fairview Heights, $75,583, for electrical work;
• Bel-O Sales and Service Inc., Belleville, $52,161, for heating;
• Ehret Inc., Belleville, $123,188.58, plumbing; and
• Bel-O Sales and Service Inc., Belleville, $26,925, ventilation system.
Edwardsville vendors, as well as the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville office of Intercollegiate Athletics, will be offering a variety of food and clothing for purchase at the 11th Annual Welcome Back Block Party in downtown Edwardsville on Friday, Aug.27. Inflatables and a children's area also are available for family fun.
SIUE Athletics as well as Caffê Avanti and Bull and Bear are just three of the vendors providing food and beverage during the party that begins at 6 p.m. that Friday. Johnny Rock-itt will rock the block for late summer fun and entertainment as part of the celebration that every year welcomes back SIUE students at the intersection of Second and St. Louis streets. SIUE students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to the party—with no admission charge. A DJ will play music from 6-8 p.m. and Johnny Rock-itt will play from 8 p.m. to closing with great rock-n-roll music for dancing.
Desserts at the party will be available from Little Jimmy's Italian Ice and The Cup (formerly The Cupcakery), while Justiva will offer unique clothing and jewelry.
The Block Party has grown since it began in 2000, with some 2,500 people attending in 2009. The event is sponsored by the city of Edwardsville, SIUE, the SIUE Campus Activities Board and Student Government, the Ed-Glen Chamber of Commerce, the Edwardsville Intelligencer, SIUE Marketing and Communications, SIUE University Relations and PNC Bank.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing's Student Nurse Achievement Program (SNAP) has been awarded a grant of $898,360 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. This grant will be administered over the next three years to increase student participation in SNAP, a part of the baccalaureate nursing program at SIUE that is committed to providing academic, financial and social support for students from underserved communities to achieve success in their pursuit of a career in nursing.
These future nurses will return to those same communities, from which they were recruited to provide excellence in health care needed by the residents of those communities.
Lorraine D. Williams, an associate professor in the SIUE School of Nursing will serve as the director of Project SNAP. "SNAP is dedicated to attracting high-achieving, graduating high school students from East St. Louis, Washington Park, Brooklyn, Cahokia, Granite City, Madison and Alton.
"SNAP will increase the presence of well-prepared, diverse, health care professionals in communities that are traditionally underserved by professional healthcare providers," Williams said. "The grant will support the achievement of specific outcomes of the program addressing the issues of eliminating healthcare barriers, while assuring the appropriate supply, diversity, composition and distribution of the professional nurses in the workforce.
"In addition to financial assistance for the students, SNAP provides mentoring, tutoring, and individual social attention to assist the students in navigating the challenging School of Nursing curricula," she said. "We provide behavioral lifestyle experiences that promote self-accountability and self-esteem."
Upon graduation from the program, the students return to work for one year in the communities from which they were recruited, Williams explained "Those communities are traditionally underserved by health care providers, especially professional nurses."
The HRSA funding awarded to SNAP will support the final three years for the current students in the program. "Upon completion of the freshman curricula," she said, "students are eligible to apply to the SIUE School of Nursing. Once they are accepted to the school, they complete the standard progression plan for the sophomore, junior and senior years. The juniors and seniors are eligible for scholarships. The sophomores are eligible for stipends."
Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer, who started SNAP as part of her Robert Wood Johnson Executive Fellowship project, said the program was aimed at addressing the nursing shortage and improving access to nursing. "Specifically, I wanted to focus on young men and women who would best represent the diverse populations that do not always have access to the means to attend nursing school," Maurer said.
"SNAP has become the way to support future nurses from regions that are typically underserved, while having a direct impact on their communities. Seeing SNAP move to the next level to achieve HRSA support is very gratifying, and we are excited to have Lorraine Williams serve as project director."
Students interested in SNAP may contact Natasha Matkins: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Music, a support group for the SIUE Department of Music, is offering its annual jazz gala Sunday, Oct. 3, but this year the gala will be offered on a Mississippi River cruise boat so that participants can "Swing, Sail and Support" SIUE music students. Paid reservations must be made by Sept. 10.
The Jazz Cruise will take place aboard the Gateway Arch Riverboat, a replica of a 19th century steamboat that combines the charm of the 1800s with modern conveniences of today. The evening includes dinner as well as dancing to the sounds of the SIUE Jazz Ensemble, while taking in the colors of autumn from 6-8:30 p.m.
Boarding begins at 5:30 at the foot of the St. Louis Gateway Arch on Wharf Street. Tickets are $75 per person ($65 if purchased by Aug. 27); children 12 and under, $30 each. A cash bar will be available. Each adult admission includes a $20 gift to the SIUE Friends of Music, which may be tax deductible. Proceeds will help build the Friends of Music Scholarship Fund for talented SIUE music students.
For reservations or for more information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, ext. 3900.
Gladys Mabunda, PhD, RN
To honor the memory of nursing faculty member, Gladys Mabunda,
who died this past June, the SIUE School of Nursing is holding a memorial service
From 2 to 4PM Friday, Aug. 27,
SIUE Center for Spirituality and Sustainability (formerly the Religious Center)
For more information, contact Kim Becker (email@example.com), (618) 650-3969