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August 2014

XFest 2014 Opens at SIUE September 10-13

27 August 2014, 2:55 pm

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Cutting-edge theater and dance will characterize XFest 2014, a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Theater and Dance show, presented Sept. 10-13 in conjunction with the Arts & Issues series.

This year’s fifth season of XFest will have such offerings, in the order of appearance, as Split Knuckle Theatre of Storrs, Conn., Manual Cinema of Chicago, Matt Smith of Seattle and The Seldoms also of Chicago.

Endurance will be performed Sept. 10 by the Split Knuckle Theatre. Split Knuckle is a critically acclaimed company that creates dynamic, physical, visually striking theatre from simple materials. Through imagination, text and movement, they create vast landscapes, vivid characters and epic stories. Company members trained at the London International School of Performing Arts in the methods of Jacques Lecoq.

Manual Cinema - Company Photo - Maren Celest

On Sept. 11, Manual Cinema will present Ada/Ava. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic motifs and live sound manipulation to create immersive theatrical stories. Using overhead projectors, paper puppets, actors in silhouette and a live band, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and imbues it with liveliness, ingenuity and theatricality.

Matt Smith - Nuns - John Jeffcoat

XFest 2014 continues on Friday, Sept. 12 with Master monologist Matt Smith. An accomplished actor and playwright with 35 years of experience in the Seattle arts community, he will perform My Last Year With the Nuns. His improvisational work has been performed with several artistic groups and venues. Smith has appeared in several films, including starring in Whiteface (2001) and playing prominent supporting roles in independent features The Naked Proof (2003), Outsourced (2006) and The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (2009). He was also the mailman in Sleepless in Seattle (1993).

XFest 2014 concludes on Saturday, Sept. 13 with a world premiere production, Power Goes, presented by The Seldoms. Power Goes is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art in partnership with SIUE Xfest.

The Seldoms are a dance company that values making intelligent, visually rich dance theater that is driven by inquiry. Under the direction of choreographer Carrie Hanson, the center of The Seldoms’ work is dance. However, the vision extends to the whole of action and environment on stage. The Seldoms was named “best local dance company” for its “timeliness of subject and singularity of vision” by New City in 2012.

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Shows and workshops will be presented in the Metcalf Theater and Dunham Hall Theater on the campus of SIUE.

For the Endurance presentation, tickets are: $25 general admission, $20 seniors (65 years and older), $15 students with a valid student ID and free admission to the first 50 SIUE students with a valid ID.

For all other XFest performances, ticket prices are $15 for adults (18 years and older) and $12 for all others such as seniors, non-SIUE students and children (17 years and younger). SIUE students are free with a valid I.D. to all three shows: ADA/AVA, My Last Year With the Nuns, and Power Goes.

For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts box office at (618) 650-2774 or toll free at (888) 328-5168, extension 2774. The Fine Arts Box Office is located on the SIUE campus in Katherine Dunham Hall, room 1042B.

Also visit, XFest, Department of Theater and Dance and Arts & Issues.


Shown is a scene from Endurance.

Pictured is the cast of Manual Cinema.

Matt Smith will perform My Last Year With the Nuns.

Strident dance movements are captured in Power Goes.


SIUE Students Dress Not to Impress, But to Keep Cool and Study On

26 August 2014, 2:45 pm

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Walking at a fast clip across the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville quad, clad in a short dress she made out of bandanas is freshman Bailey Allen.

“I’m just trying to wear the lightest clothes I can,” said Allen, who stopped briefly Tuesday in the 92-degree temperatures. The humidity levels, however, bumped temperatures up to feeling like 97.

Allen, who makes some of her clothes, was one of several SIUE students who shared how they are dressing to beat the heat. St. Louis and the metro east are broiling with high temperatures and have been under an excessive heat warning for the past several days.

Jermeia Avery

“I try to wear less clothes as possible,” said sophomore Jermeia Avery. “I’m used to hot weather in Chicago, but not this hot. Even the wind is hot here. It’s just sticky hot.”


Audrey Snow

Junior Audrey Snow said she stays cool by wearing shorts, putting her hair up, wearing a baseball hat and big sunglasses.

Austin Beebe

Senior Austin Beebe said he wears the clothes he plans to work out in and keeps his water bottle handy.

“I also try to stay inside, because it’s so hot,” Beebe said.

But besides going to class, there are other times when students are forced outside, said freshman Kourtney Goodyear.

Kourtney Goodyear

“Yesterday someone set off the fire alarm at about 3 p.m. when they burned some popcorn,” Goodyear said. “We had to stay outside for 40 minutes. It was terrible. It was so hot.”

Goodyear, dressed in a sleeveless T-shirt and shorts, recommends dressing as “cool as you can” and to go through the Morris University Center (MUC) for “A/C breaks.”

Adrian Munoz

Sophomore Adrian Munoz said he has to wear long jeans on some days.

“Jeans are mandatory on lab days,” Munoz said. “I just have to work with it, and on those days I sprint to the buildings and the MUC to get the A/C.”

Munoz also said he drink lots of water in the heat. “Generally, with my workouts, I drink a gallon of water a day, and these past few days I’ve been drinking more than that.

“But everything has its perks,” Munoz said. “It may be hot, but I’ve got a good tan.”

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of nearly 14,000.


Kortney Goodyear, freshman, is dressed in a yellow sleeveless T-shirt and blue jean shorts.

Bailey Allen, freshman, models her hand-made bandana dress.

Jermeia Avery, sophomore, keeps cool in a black T-shirt and black shorts.

Austin Beebe, senior, wears his workout clothes in the heat.

Adrian Munoz, sophomore, sprints to air-conditioned buildings, especially on those days he’s required to wear long jeans.

Audrey Snow, junior, tries to counter the heat by wearing shorts, her hair up and sunglasses.


SIUE and City of Edwardsville Welcome Students Back with Annual Block Party

25 August 2014, 9:46 am

Edwardsville Block Party 8-22-14 Ethan Neathery Addison Talbott

Thousands of people were drawn Friday night to the intersection of Second and St. Louis streets in downtown Edwardsville as the City and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville hosted their annual block party for students.

The festivities included carnival games, activities, tons of local food options and live music by That 80’s Band. SIUE students, faculty, staff and community attended the party with no admission charge.

Edwardsville Block Party 8-22-14 Matte Gibbons

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottom land and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of nearly 14,000.


Ethan Neathery and Addison Talbott stack apples in a contest Friday night.

Matte Gibbons enjoys herself in a jumping harness.


University Housing Hosts House Calls for the 10th Year

22 August 2014, 2:28 pm

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For the 10th consecutive year, SIUE University Housing hosted House Calls this week in first-year residence halls for freshmen.

On-campus residents in Prairie, Woodland and Bluff halls received a “House Call” on Wednesday. The event is an official University welcome to students in their new home and allows them a chance to ask any questions they might have regarding their dorms, their classes, the campus, the University or any other issue.

Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Narbeth Emmanuel and Eddie the Cougar were among those SIUE administrators who visited the freshmen halls this year.

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Michael Schultz, director of University Housing, noted the friendships that were already forming in the new communities. “It was refreshing to meet with new members of our community,” Schultz said. “All of the residents I spoke with were very happy to be at SIUE and excited about opportunities ahead of them. You can see the new friendships that have developed in less than a week’s time.”

The number of University representatives who are a part of House Calls has continued to increase over the years. This year, 66 volunteers from across campus welcomed students. Vicky Dean, assistant director for Residential Education and House Calls coordinator, expressed gratitude about the continued success of the program and campus partners.

“I would say the House Calls program was a definite success,” Dean said. “We had a number of first time volunteers who wanted to be part of this special opportunity. Volunteers distributed treats and handy posters with a checklist of 57 things to do before they graduate.”

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottom land and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of nearly 14,000.


Three Woodland Hall residents are pictured from left to right: Housing Resident Assistant Chelsea Pierce, Gianni Bennett and Alana Bunfill. The SIUE students enjoy a night of House Calls with Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, Eddie the Cougar and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Narbeth Emmanuel.

Student Kaitlin Fleetwood reaches into the bag for a treat from Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe.


SIUE Students to Enjoy Downtown Edwardsville During Annual Block Party

22 August 2014, 9:13 am

Edwardsville Block Party 8-23-13SIUE and the city of Edwardsville welcome back students today with the 15th Annual Block Party. Music, food and fun are the order of the day starting at 6 p.m.

The University and the city host the annual event, which runs until midnight, at the intersection of Second and St. Louis streets in Edwardsville’s downtown. SIUE students, faculty and staff, and the community are invited to attend the party with no admission charge.

A deejay will entertain from 6-8 p.m. before That ‘80s Band takes the stage from 8 p.m. to closing.

Food vendors will line the downtown streets, along with many non-food vendors offering products, services and information.

Block Party attendance has more than tripled since it began in 2000, with approximately 3,500 people attending each of the past two years.

The event is sponsored by the city of Edwardsville, SIUE and the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce.

Photo: Zachary Mills (cougar shirt) and Tiarra Hill are painting a frisbee.

Hundreds Turn Out For Ice Cream Social

20 August 2014, 4:42 pm


The annual SIUE Merchant Fair and Ice Cream Social took place in the Morris University Center Goshen Lounge from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday. Each year, local businesses and vendors are invited to set up promotional booths and interact with students during the Merchant Fair. Businesses benefit from the exposure and students have the chance to become more familiar with the amenities available to them off-campus in Edwardsville. This year, more than 50 businesses were in attendance as students bustled in and out of the busy Morris University Center.

The Ice Cream Social took place at noon. Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, SIU President, Randy Dunn, and Edwardsville Mayor, Hal Patton, handed out free Dairy Queen Blizzards to students, faculty and staff.

The events were part of Welcome Back Week, SIUE’s week-long celebration of the new academic year and students returning to campus.

SIU School of Dental Medicine Provides Screenings at Illinois State Fair

20 August 2014, 11:14 am

Free dental screenings were conducted by volunteer oral health professionals in the Illinois Department of Public Health Wellness on Wheels mobile health van at the Illinois State Fair last week.

Fourth-year SIU School of Dental Medicine students Mark Hobbie and Vance Knauer, alongside Dr. Poonam Jain, director of community and preventative dentistry, were among those who volunteered on Friday, Aug. 15.

Annual dental visits are important for good oral hygiene and care, and also required by Illinois law for kindergartners, second graders and sixth graders. The free exams conducted by SIU students counted as the state required exams for the children.

The dental exams included checking a child’s lips, feeling the soft tissues and checking the physical conditions of their teeth and gums. Oral health professionals determined whether tooth eruption and loss was on schedule according to developmental guidelines. They also observed tooth abnormalities, plaque and tooth decay.

Two dental professionals were present during SIU’s screenings. Dr. David Miller, chief of the division of oral health within the Illinois Department of Public Health, and SIU alumnae Dr. Samantha Arnold frequented the tent to help Hobbie and Knauer with their screenings.

“Dr. Arnold served as a great role model for our students,” said Jain. “Both Mark and Vance enjoyed the opportunity to learn from the experience at the State Fair.”

The SIU School of Dental Medicine students manage approximately 35,000 patient visits each year at its patient clinics in Alton and East St. Louis. In addition, students offer oral health treatment, screenings and education to more than 10,000 people annually through a wide variety of off-campus community outreach events. These opportunities provide students the training they need to graduate and become highly skilled dentists. The School of Dental Medicine is a vital oral health care provider for residents of southern and central Illinois, and the St. Louis metropolitan region.

SIUE Hosts Innovation Expo Making Better Megawatts, Mousetraps and Medicine

20 August 2014, 7:00 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is hosting an SIU system-wide Innovation Expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Morris University Center Conference Center. “Making Better Megawatts, Mousetraps and Medicine” is the theme of the free event.

The expo supports long-term, sustainable innovation in collaboration with regional business and industry – from idea generation to partnership and commercialization. While the Edwardsville campus is hosting the expo for the first time, the Carbondale campus and the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield also participate.

The event includes an invitation-only noon luncheon for select faculty innovators and industry representatives. After a welcome from SIU President Randy Dunn, Dr. George Vermont will make the public keynote address at 1:30 p.m. A networking session with refreshments follows immediately.

Vermont has 32 years of experience in industry. He currently works for the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program. For the last nine years, he has interviewed over 2,500 small business recipients of SBIR awards in an attempt to validate the effectiveness of the SBIR program. In his presentation, he will highlight some of the study’s findings.

“This system-wide expo provides outstanding visibility for all of the research, patent work and technology being developed on all our campuses,” said Dr. Jerry Weinberg, SIUE associate provost for research, dean of the Graduate School. “Companies with research and project needs can seek out faculty to assist in achieving their goals.”

Following the presentation, a networking session will feature kiosks displaying faculty research, allowing industry representatives to learn what SIU researchers have to offer and to discuss potential matches to their needs and ideas. The featured work ranges from alternative energy and antibiotics to medical devices and gene therapy.

Sponsors include the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, University Park at SIUE, the SIUE Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Husch Blackwell, Dentons, Polsinelli, SIUE and SIUC.

For a complete list of participants and registration information, visit

Those interested in participating in the luncheon should contact the SIUE SBDC at 618-650-2929 or

Attorney General Madigan Discusses Protection Against Financial Abuse for Students

19 August 2014, 3:41 pm

Lisa Madigan Illinois Attorney General student loan scams 08-18-14Attorney General of Illinois Lisa Madigan sat down with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe and other members of the SIUE staff on Monday, Aug. 18, to discuss the increase in financial abuses and loan servicing scams targeting current and former students.

The discussion at SIUE’s Morris University Center was prompted by Madigan as part of a series of meetings she plans to initiate with higher education institutions to bring awareness to the issue.

After seeing a significant rise in complaints regarding loan repayment services, the attorney general felt it was important to investigate the companies accused of financial abuses and enforce consumer protection rights surrounding student loans. Involving higher education leaders was the next step to protecting citizens from illegal practices.

“We want to ensure that all universities are aware of this issue,” said Madigan.

Scam artists target individuals struggling to pay off large amounts of student loan debt. Meanwhile, they promise to lower the principal amount owed or other services for an up-front fee, some as high as $1,200.

“Our goal is to educate current and former students on ways to contend with student loan debt, and lessen the chance of honest people giving their money to criminals,” Madigan added.

Attendees conferred with Madigan and her staff about her work and ways SIUE can help to inform students leaving the University about safe and reliable options for managing student loan debt.

SIUE currently sends an informational brochure regarding financial management, repayment options and helpful resources to every student who exits the University. Fifty-three percent of students incur no student debt during their time at SIUE.

Photo: Attorney General of Illinois Lisa Madigan.

CAAHEP Accredits SIUE Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology Programs

18 August 2014, 7:00 am

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The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior announced this week that both the undergraduate exercise science and graduate exercise physiology programs have received accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

SIUE’s undergraduate exercise science program is the only accredited program at a public university in the states of Illinois and Missouri.

The graduate exercise physiology program is the only accredited program in the states of Illinois and Missouri. There are only six graduate programs accredited nationally.

According to Dr. Erik Kirk, associate professor of exercise science and chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, the accreditation application was submitted in July 2013. An onsite review was conducted in April 2014. The accreditation is through July 31, 2019.

Kirk led the undergraduate exercise science accreditation. Dr. Josh Wooten, assistant professor and graduate program coordinator for specializations in exercise physiology in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, led the graduate exercise physiology accreditation, with the assistance of faculty from both programs.

“Currently, less than five percent of all undergraduate or graduate programs are nationally accredited,” said Kirk. “I would like to thank the programs of exercise science and exercise physiology and the entire department faculty for their help during this process.”

Accreditation standards are established by CAAHEP, Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council on Exercise, American Kinesiotherapy Association, Cooper Institute, National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Council on Strength & Fitness.

“This is a prestigious honor that indicates the quality of both programs,” said Dr. Curt Lox, interim dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior. “Students will receive a nationally accredited education at an affordable price.”

According to Kirk, the CAAHEP standards by which these two programs are measured have been developed by professionals involved in each discipline, are approved by each profession, and are intended to reflect the required knowledge and skills that a person needs to be able to successfully function within that profession. CAAHEP standards focus on quality outcomes, assuring that educational programs are preparing competent entry-level health care professionals.

“Employers will know that SIUE is training students to CAAHEP an ACSM accredited standards, making them a high-demand group of graduates, both locally and nationally,” said Kirk.

CAAHEP is one of the largest specialized accrediting bodies, reviewing and accrediting more than 2,000 education programs in more than 20 health-related disciplines, and is recognized by the Council for Higher EducationAccreditation (CHEA).

Photo: Dr. Erik Kirk, associate professor of exercise science and chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.

SIUE Partners with Zipcar to Offer Car Sharing on Campus

18 August 2014, 6:00 am

ZipcarSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville launched a new partnership today with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car sharing network, to offer a Zipcar sharing program on campus. The convenient transportation option is now available at an affordable rate 24 hours per day, seven days a week for SIUE students, faculty and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over.

SIUE will initially offer two vehicles, a Ford Focus and a Toyota Prius, which will be located in Parking Lot B on campus.

This year, SIUE members can join for a $25 fee and receive $35 of free driving. Rates for Zipcar vehicles on campus start as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. After the first year, members will pay an annual membership fee of $35. Gas, insurance, a reserved parking spot and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days. SIUE faculty and staff can join Zipcar at

“Zipcar is an outstanding opportunity and value for our students, faculty and staff to have transportation readily available when needed,” said Director of Administrative Services Bob Vanzo. “Zipcar also adds to SIUE’s commitment to sustainability by decreasing emissions.”

Participating SIUE members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile application to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles, and honk the horn to help locate the vehicle. Reservations can also be made over the phone or on Zipcar’s website.

“The Zipcar program on campus will give SIUE students, as well as faculty and staff, the freedom of having a car without having to experience the hassles,” said Zipcar University General Manager Kateyln Lopresti. “We’re happy to partner with SIUE to help give their community a transportation option to fit their needs and their wallets.”

Zipcar has established relationships with more than 350 universities across North America. For more information and how to become a member of Zipcar at SIUE, please visit  Additional information and promotions can also be found by following @ZipcarU on Twitter.

About Zipcar

Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, has operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a global leader in car sharing and vehicle rental services. More information is available at or by contacting Zipcar Public Relations Specialist CJ Himberg at 617-336-4537 or

SIUE World Record Attempt Rescheduled for Aug. 29 Against VaTech

17 August 2014, 1:15 pm
Rain thwarted SIUE’s attempt to break its own world record Friday, Aug. 15, during halftime of the Cougars men’s soccer match against Oakland University. The event has been rescheduled for the Cougars’ match against Virginia Tech on Friday. Aug. 29.

Approximately 1,800 fans will simultaneously pop the tops on cans of Pepsi. The Cougars and Hokies are set for kick-off at 7 p.m. at Korte Stadium. The event is all part of the SIUE Experience as the University welcomes students for the fall semester, which officially begins on Monday, Aug. 18.

A year ago, 1,134 fans set a world record as they simultaneously popped the tops on cans of Pepsi Next during SIUE’s match against UW-Milwaukee.

Ticket prices are: general admission – $7; SIUE faculty/staff – $5; senior citizens – $5; and students ages six to college with ID – $4. Admission is free for children five-years-old and younger.

SIUE’s Ward Finishes 8th at Pan-American Festival

15 August 2014, 6:25 pm

Ward_La'DerrickSIUE senior La’Derrick Ward finished eighth his first U.S. Track and Field appearance Friday at the Pan-American Festival in Mexico City.

Ward, who finished last season holding the longest NCAA Division I long jump, made it to the finals where he jumped 7.54 meters.

“I am very satisfied with La’Derrick’s performance at the Pan-American Festival,” said SIUE Jumps Coach Iliyan Chamov. “Making the finals at his first international event is a big statement.”

Ward will return to the States and gear up for the indoor track season which begins Dec. 7.

Finish Participant Country Distance
1 David Registe Dominica 8.08m
2 Jorge McFarlane Peru 8.01m
3 Yunior Diaz Cuba 7.83m
4 Jhamal Bowen Panama 7.79m
5 Emiliano Lasa Uruguay 7.77m
6 Raymond Higgs Bahamas 7.76m
7 Alvaro Cortex Chile 7.57m
8 La’Derrick Ward USA 7.54m

SIUE Welcome its Freshman Class of 2018

15 August 2014, 4:51 pm

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In-coming freshmen gathered Friday at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougar statue. More than 2,125 freshmen are registered for classes which represents a 9 percent increase over last year and an all-time high for the University.


SIUE Solar Car Takes Home Award at American Solar Challenge

15 August 2014, 4:30 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Solar Car Team placed 13th out of 20 total cars at the 2014 American Solar Challenge Formula Sun Grand Prix race during July in Austin, Texas.

The SIUE car, Black Nova, was judged on the number of laps and total time per lap. Overall, the team was awarded the Fastest Stop in the Dynamics Brake Test award. The award is based on braking time during the dynamic testing.

“We have made significant improvements from last year’s competition including upgrading the solar array and batteries,” said Dr. Andy Lozowski, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. “Our next tasks will be to upgrade the motor and the motor controller, and building the lower body for improved looks and aerodynamics.”

This year, universities from around the country came to compete, as well as teams from Canada, Puerto Rico and Iran. In comparison to the 20 other competing universities, SIUE had one of the fewest amount of total students enrolled in its institution.

The SIUE Solar Car Team’s goals are to design, build and race solar cars powered entirely by the sun’s energy. The team races competitively against other colleges from the U.S. and from around the world. The organized group enables students from all majors to learn about solar energy, apply hands on knowledge and create a unique project.

Photo: SIUE’s Amy Sunderlin, electrical and computer engineering, master’s candidate.

Move-In Day Volunteers Welcome SIUE’s Largest Freshman Class

14 August 2014, 4:43 pm


A record number of volunteers worked all day Thursday to help a record incoming freshman class move into their residence halls at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. More than 2,125 freshmen are registered for classes which represents a 9 percent increase over last year and an all-time high for the University.

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“The movers are great, and it’s very helpful because I’ve got a lot of stuff,” said freshman Luka Radovic, as he bent his 6-foot, 8-inch frame inside his family’s maroon Toyota Sienna. He spoke Serbian to his mother, Suzanna Cucuk, who then pushed her end of the rolled-up carpet towards him.


Radovic, of Quincy and originally from Serbia, was praising SIUE’s “Movers and Shakers”. The program began in 1996 and welcomes incoming freshmen to the University by providing smiles, information and muscle. Volunteers meet freshmen at their vehicles, help unload their belongings and move their items to their designated rooms.


Also wearing a burnt orange “Movers & Shakers” T-shirt, pulling boxes and items from vehicles of all sorts and loading them onto carts was Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe.

“It’s a perfect day to move-in,” said Furst-Bowe, who was at the Woodland residence hall. “Families have come to bring their loved ones to college, and the SIUE community is here working together to help them. I can’t believe how much stuff some people can fit into one vehicle.”

Freshmen moved all day long into the Bluff, Prairie and Woodland halls, according to Mallory Sidarous, specialist in University Housing.

“This year we have a total of 550 volunteers, which is a record number,” said Sidarous. “And well over half of them are repeat volunteers.”


“I used Movers and Shakers last year as a freshman,” said Karmien Wesley, a sophomore from Chicago. Wesley was on her way out of Prairie Hall to bring in more belongings of her classmates.

“I’m helping out, because it was so convenient and helpful for me last year,” Wesley said. “I was greeted with smiles, and all I had to do was bring in my purse. And I lived on the third floor of Woodland.”

“I thought it would be a much longer process,” said Talyr Nokes, a freshman from Quincy. “It’s a lot smoother than I thought. All that is left to do is go unpack and watch dad cry.”

However, Zach Nokes, father of Talyr, said Marines do not cry.

“She is a daddy’s girl, and this is the first one off to college,” Zach Nokes said. “But she’s well-prepared and a smart young lady. I know she’ll be fine and will do great at SIUE.”

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottom land and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of nearly 14,000.


Freshman Emily Penick gets help from SIUE “Movers & Shakers.

Joe, an SIUE “Mover & Shaker” carries a load of clothes into Prairie Hall.

SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe welcomes freshman Deysi Nava of Hampshire.

A group of “Movers & Shaker” move students into Woodland Hall.


SIUE Nursing’s New Anesthesia Specialization Draws Nationwide Interest

13 August 2014, 8:00 am


As the application deadline came to a close on June 30, the SIUE School of Nursing received a total of 102 applications for only 24 open positions in its first doctor of nurse practice (DNP) nurse anesthesia specialization cohort. The next step of the application process involves narrowing down the applicants to half before scheduling interviews.

“It will be difficult to narrow the applicant pool down to 50 for interviews as the student candidates are strong,” said Dr. Andrew Griffin, nurse anesthesia director, and assistant professor and department chair for primary care and health systems nursing. “They have solid academic backgrounds and significant work experiences.”

The impressive pool of DNP nurse anesthesia specialization applicants are from all over the U.S., including Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Kansas, California, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Georgia.

The DNP nurse anesthesia specialization prepares registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees to provide individualized anesthetic patient care for diagnostic, therapeutic or pain management procedures. The program offers courses and clinical experiences that meet or exceed the standards of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Within the specialization, students learn to provide anesthetic care in diverse settings, including both rural and urban settings. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. The DNP nurse anesthesia specialization is offered full-time over nine semesters (36 months) at the Edwardsville campus.

To learn more information about the DNP Nurse Anesthesia program, visit the SIUE School of Nursing.

Photo: Dr. Andrew Griffin, SIUE assistant professor and department chair for primary care and health systems nursing.

Visiting Chinese Scholars Learn SIUE Academic Culture

12 August 2014, 6:55 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior welcomed 12 visiting scholars on Sunday, Aug. 10, from Northwest Normal University (NWNU) in Lanzhou, China, and Shenyang Aerospace University (SAU) in Shenyang, China.

The scholars will live on the SIUE campus during the fall semester and participate in the School’s International Training Program in Pedagogy. According to Dr. Mary Weishaar, associate dean in the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, the program is focused on pedagogy – how to teach in an American university.

The program also enhances internationalization efforts at SIUE to help students compete globally, provide an opportunity for faculty to form international relationships and allow the visiting scholars to fully experience SIUE’s rich American higher education culture. Developing relationships with NWNU and SAU will potentially lead to study abroad opportunities for SIUE students and enrolled students from China at SIUE in the future.

This is the third year Chinese scholars have visited SIUE as participants in this program. This year’s scholars are from a variety of fields, including chemistry, computer engineering, business, environmental sciences, physics, literature, microbiology, curriculum and instruction, music education, instructional technology, and English as a Second Language. Unlike the first two years in which the visiting scholars were from one institution, this year’s scholars are from two institutions.

“The scholars observe in classes in their areas of expertise and within the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior,” Weishaar explained. “The class within our School serves as an observation for teaching, plus background content on the organization and cultural context of American education.

“All scholars also attend a weekly seminar class that focuses on pedagogy, along with community outreach and cultural activities.”

The benefits of the program reach far beyond the learning opportunities for the visiting scholars. SIUE faculty form international relationships with NWNU and SAU faculty for scholarship, research and service activities.

One SIUE faculty member was recently awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to teach at Northwest Normal University. The visiting scholars present in the Lifelong Learning Series offered through the SIUE Department of Educational Outreach and interact with local school personnel.

SIUE’s Ward to Compete at Pan American Festival in Mexico City

12 August 2014, 12:47 pm


Senior member of SIUE’s men’s track and field team, La’Derrick Ward of Alorton was chosen as the U.S. representative in the men’s long jump for the Pan American Festival in Mexico City, Mexico Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16.

The USATF team will include one male and one female for 11 different events in throws, jumps, and distance. The selection is based on a ranking order list.

“To have La’Derrick chosen as the USA representative in the men’s long jump is great exposure for him and SIUE,” said Head Coach Eileen McAllister. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for him to gain exposure to international competition.”

Ward posted a school record of 8.0 meters (26 feet, 3 inches) at the SIUE Gateway Invite last April. Ward’s 8-meter jump also was an NCAA Division I best for the past season.

Ward saw tremendous success in the 2013-2014 indoor and outdoor seasons at SIUE. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Track and Field Athlete of the Year as voted on by the league’s coaches. He won the long jump at three different events: the SIUE Gateway Invite, the OVC Outdoor Championships and the Cougar Classic. He also posted SIUE’s best finish in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships with a fourth-place in the long jump.

Ward competes on Friday at 5 p.m. CST.


School of Education, Health and Human Behavior Announces Undergrad Degree in Nutrition

11 August 2014, 7:00 am

Erik Kirk 8-17-12The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved a new undergraduate degree in nutrition at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville beginning Fall 2015.

The bachelor of science in nutrition, offered by the SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, will focus on the study of foods and nutrients and their effect on the health of individuals, according to Dr. Erik Kirk, associate professor of exercise science and chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.

Instruction will include areas related to:

  •          Human nutrition
  •          Nutrient metabolism
  •          The role of foods and nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention
  •          Diet and nutrition analysis and planning
  •          Food preparation
  •          Special diets
  •          Client education

The bachelor’s in nutrition can also serve as a pre-professional degree that will meet the requirements for pre-med, nursing, dental, optometry, pharmacy and other post-graduate programs in health care and dietetics.

“Combining theory with hands-on experience, the bachelor of science in nutrition will prepare students for a profession with great employment opportunities at an affordable price,” said Kirk.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nutritionists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than average for all occupations nationally.

Typically, students graduating with a bachelor’s in nutrition can pursue a wide variety of careers in clinical, community and public health, consulting-private practice, food/nutrition business industry, food service management, research and education, sports and wellness nutrition.

Students can also pursue post-baccalaureate training in dietetics, which would enable those students to become registered dietitians.

“Students may find the bachelor’s in nutrition to be a great first or even second major that provides knowledge in nutrition and would make them even more marketable to employees,” Kirk said.

With the first classes beginning in Fall 2015, students may apply to the program by visiting For more information, contact the SIUE Office of Admissions at 618-650-3705 or 800-447-SIUE.

Photo: Dr. Erik Kirk, associate professor of exercise science and chair of SIUE’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.


Asphalt Recycling in SIUE Lots Highlighted in Post-Dispatch

10 August 2014, 12:59 pm

SIUE Director of Administrative Services Bob Vanzo was quoted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article regarding the recycling process utilized in the repaving of the campus parking lots during the summer. Writer Bob Kelly focused on the recycling process in a story posted Friday, Aug. 8.  Read it here.

SIUE Alum’s Artwork Featured at Edwardsville Art Center

9 August 2014, 2:31 pm

SIUE alum Elizabeth Kaegy’s artwork is being featured at the Edwardsville Arts Center’s Dennis DeToye Student Gallery through Friday, Aug. 22. Edwardsville Intelligencer writer Julia Biggs featured Kaegy’s experience dealing with skin disease as her inspiration in a story posted Thursday, Aug. 7.

Kaegy earned a bachelor’s of Fine Art from SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences.

SIUE Sustainability Workshop Looks at Ways to Bring the Theory and Practice of Sustainability to Classrooms

6 August 2014, 4:42 pm

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Several area educators interested in incorporating sustainability into the curriculum, in classrooms and in the community met Monday in a daylong faculty workshop at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Lovejoy Library.

One of the goals of the Mississippi Project IV: Green Curriculum, Green Campus, Green Community was “to help faculty explore the shift in pedagogy from a paradigm of teacher as expert to teacher as facilitator of learning, becoming co-learners with students and with one another,” said Dr. Connie Frey Spurlock, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies and Sustainability Faculty Fellow.

Spurlock and Kevin Adkins, SIUE sustainability officer, were the seminar facilitators. The training will also be offered from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11 in the Lovejoy Library Third Floor Conference Room.

“We were dealing with love and empathy as part of the theoretical background for sustainability as well as practical ways to teach and implement sustainability,” Spurlock said. “We want faculty to develop a heart for the subject in order to reach students in the same way.”

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Priscilla Hammon, coordinator for Illinois Military Family Initiative Reveille Network in Granite City, said she sees the need for sustainability because it will help put relationships first again.

“It’s important to get back to connectedness as a community,” Hammon said. “For instance, by going to neighborhood food markets, people tend to talk more to one another. Talking can lead to networking, and networking can have an impact on jobs and businesses.”

Dr. Paul Rose, chair and associate professor in the SIUE Department of Psychology, said he came to the workshop to look for ways to infuse sustainability ideas into his teaching.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Rose said. “Also, the higher education market is sensitive to these issues. I don’t think we can be as competitive as a university if we do not persist and continue to be successful in our sustainability efforts.”

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Spurlock told the group of eleven educators that SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe has been a champion of sustainability on campus.

Patrick McKeehan, director of SIUE’s Metro East Small Business Development Center, came to the workshop to learn more about sustainability and how to help business students understand and promote it.

“When the market place accepts and understands sustainability,” McKeehan said, “it will drive a lot of the activity.”

Sustainability can be viewed from a place of feeling and finance, according to Jessica Trout, program coordinator for the Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service at McKendree College. “I think it’s important to use empathy and love with markets and economy,” Trout said. “Sustainability does and can impact people’s lives in social ways, but it is also important to engage the markets that help drive the consumer to make sustainable choices.”

The SIUE Sustainability Officer summed up the topic of sustainability as a quality of life issue.

“The key to being happy is sustainability,”” Adkins said. “”Research shows that happiness is not economically driven. People want employment that means something to them. The more sustainable we are as a community, the more time and energy we will have to connect with family, nurture our other relationships and simply breathe.””


Dr. Connie Frey Spurlock, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies and Sustainability Faculty Fellow, discusses ways to infuse sustainability into the curriculum.

Kevin Adkins, SIUE sustainability officer, talks about the correlation between retention rates and graduation rates with sustainability.

Joe Martinich, founder’s professor in the College of Business at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, said the workshop will help him think of exactly how he can present sustainability in his classroom.


SIUE School of Pharmacy Students Win National Competition

6 August 2014, 1:01 pm

Elzerman-Knightn_2014Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy students Yasmyn Knight and Kathryn Elzerman won the Division 1 Clinical Skills Competition at the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) national conference in Arlington, Va.

The 50-team competition involved writing a pharmaceutical care plan, presenting their drug therapy recommendation to judges, answering questions to defend their case and a patient counseling session.

“Competing in national competitions, like the Clinical Skills Competition, builds the confidence of students and is a great opportunity to enhance their clinical and patient counseling skills,” said Dr. Lakesha Butler, clinical associate professor and SNPhA advisor. “Our students continue to represent SIUE in a way that has created national respect, recognition and exposure for our School.”

“SIUE School of Pharmacy’s strenuous curriculum proved to be award-winning,” said Knight, a P2 student from Glen Carbon. “During our first year in pharmacy school, the professors passed along their knowledge and guided us in gaining the skills we need to be successful.”

Elzerman, a P2 student from Athens, attributed a portion of the duo’s success to their friendship and work ethic. “Seeing our hard work pay off motivates us to continually strive for doing the best that we can while at the SIUE School of Pharmacy and beyond,” she said.

As first place winners, Knight and Elzerman were each awarded an Apple iPad mini tablet, a round trip flight voucher to any domestic location, a $700 cash prize, a $100 Kroger gift card, a Kroger/SNPhA National Clinical Skills Competition lapel pin, a one-year subscription to Lexi-Complete, a $175 Amazon gift card to purchase current resources and additional resource materials.

“I am extremely proud of Yasmyn and Kathryn,” said Butler. “They are both hard working, well-rounded students whose dedication and desire to learn is quite evident in the classroom.”

OVC Honors Cougar Teams, Student-Athletes for Academic Achievements

4 August 2014, 11:17 am

PrintThe Ohio Valley Conference honored two SIUE athletics programs as recipients of the 2014 Team Academic Achievement Awards.

Women’s cross country and women’s golf, garnering the award for the second-consecutive season, finished with the greatest percentage of their student-athletes who achieved a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Eight different OVC institutions claimed at least one award.

The women’s golf team, which has carried the highest GPA among SIUE athletics programs for four-consecutive semesters, notched a 3.79 team GPA. Women’s cross country finished with the second-best team GPA at 3.53.

In addition, 86 SIUE student-athletes across 14 sports earned spots on the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, including the 11 distinguished student-athletes that were recipients of the conference’s Medal of Honor award.

Medal of Honor winners achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA, while members of the Honor Roll earned a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

SIUE’s Medal of Honor winners included four women’s golfers: Brittney Jostes (St. Charles, Mo.), Miranda Lidisky (Swansea), Molly Marcum (LeRoy) and Ashton Stair (Milton, Wis.).

Other Medal of Honor winners were Caleb Wilkerson (Festus, Mo.), baseball; Ashley Capotosto (Des Plaines), women’s basketball; Erin Kennedy (Wilmington), women’s cross country and track and field; Megan Campbell (Pekin), women’s soccer; Nicolas Vincent (Gatineau, Quebec, Canada), men’s tennis; Mia Frogner (Oslo, Norway), women’s tennis; Cori Harris (Champaign), volleyball.

For a complete listing of SIUE’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipients by sport, visit

For the complete OVC release, visit

Effingham Daily News Features SIUE Students’ App

1 August 2014, 1:48 pm

SIUE students Dalton Hinterscher and Shelby Flach are marketing a game app for Apple devices. Effingham Daily News writer Tony Huffman featured their Letter Rain – Get in the Game app in a story posted July 31. Read it here.

Record Five Female Graduates Highlight ERTC Commencement

1 August 2014, 11:40 am

ERTC graduation ceremony 07-31-14The Environmental Resources Training Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduated 24 students Thursday, July 31, from its one-year Water Quality Control Operations Program.

Included among the graduates were five women, the highest number of females ever enrolled in the program.  “It is good to see more females entering the field of water treatment, which is typically a male dominated profession,” said ERTC Director Paul Shetley. “It is an excellent career for anyone who wants to enter the workforce with good pay and benefits.”

The women graduates are Misty Grady of Mt. Vernon, Miranda Rawlings of Bethalto, Jessica Russell of Fairview Heights, Danielle Schaake of Edwardsville and Devin White of Collinsville.

The training center was conceived and constructed specifically to provide training in water treatment technology to produce certified drinking water and wastewater operators. The ERTC students learn from instructors who have many years of experience in the field and hold professional certifications and licenses.

The training center is one of the most unique facilities in the nation, and may be the only one of its kind.  “We are extremely proud to have this training center at SIUE,” Shetley said. “The center contains classrooms, laboratories, a library/computer center, and a one-of-a-kind 30,000 gallon per day training-scale drinking water and wastewater treatment plant.”

The educational philosophy at ERTC is based upon an adage attributed to Benjamin Franklin:  “Tell me, I forget. Teach me, I remember. Involve me, I learn.”

ERTC was built with the intention of involving the students in the operation of the training-scale treatment plants.  The instructors utilize the treatment plants daily in their teaching, as a way to make the students ready for the job market.  The instructors consider the plants to be one of the greatest training tools ever built.

“In the Midwest, we have an abundance of water, and we have a tendency to take for granted that it will always be there,” Shetley explained. “However without the water treatment operator, the quality of our water would be unacceptable.

“Our community’s drinking water professionals provide safe and reliable drinking water. Meanwhile the wastewater treatment plant operator provides sanitation and removal of pollutants to ensure that our natural waters are not fouled.”

Shetley said wastewater treatment plant operators also play an important role in the reduction of nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus (plant food), from entering the nation’s waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is in charge of protecting our nation’s waters, is placing lower limits on the release of nutrients from treatment plants, making the removal of nitrogen and phosphorus more important.

ERTC also teaches the concept of nutrient removal and other methods of advanced water treatment. Students from ERTC have the knowledge and skills to operate the modern treatment plants and reduce the level of nutrients entering rivers and streams.

The students in the graduating class of 2014 are predominantly from the metro-east area, with some students coming from Springfield, LaSalle, Chicago and Mt. Vernon. The students’ ages range from 19 to 50 years old.

“The younger students are looking for their first job, while the older students, who are usually displaced workers, are seeking new careers,” Shetley said. “The job market for the graduates appears to be gaining strength as the economy improves.”

ERTC is currently enrolling students for the program that begins again on Tuesday, August 19. In collaboration with Lewis and Clark Community College, students can also earn an Associate in Applied Science in Environmental Treatment Technology – Water Treatment. The AAS can be earned by completing one year at ERTC and one year at LCCC.

Photo: The Environmental Resources Training Center 2014 graduating class in the training center on the SIUE campus.

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