(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Claiming two major awards this year, Tom Jordan is both satisfied and humbled. The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville assistant professor of Historical Studies received SIUE’s 2005 Teaching Excellence Award as well as the crystal apple through the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Emerson Electric.
Jordan said he eyes 2006 with optimism.
Both awards were based on the recommendations and feedback of other teaching professionals. Jordan said he feels honored to have been recommended for the awards by his peers, and that much of his teaching style has been influenced by those he has worked with during his tenure at SIUE.
“These were big honors for me and I am humbled by the recognition,” said Jordan, who has been a member of the Historical Studies faculty since 2000. “I think one thing that is so nice about SIUE, is there are so many good teachers. It was humbling and also very satisfying being recognized as a good teacher by my peers.”
He added, “One thing that our department has, which I think we’re really proud of, is a peer review of teaching. We visit one another’s classrooms and critically assess the teaching of our colleagues. I’ve found that to be very helpful.” Jordan said the opportunity allows him to evaluate his style, and determine what he is doing right, and what he could improve upon.
While Jordan said he knew he was a nominee for the University’s award last spring, “It was a huge surprise that I won.” When he learned he also had won the Emerson award, he noted, “I didn’t even know I was being considered.” He received the crystal apple Nov. 20.
Emerson Teaching Excellence Awards have gone to outstanding teaching professionals—kindergarten through higher education—for 16 years. Teachers from schools in Illinois and Missouri are nominated by school administrators and selected by committees, based on their professional commitment to teaching, and educational contributions.
Jordan, who spent most of his childhood in Texas, earned a bachelor’s at Trinity University in San Antonio. He earned a master’s and a doctorate, both in history with an emphasis in Latin American history, from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Joining the faculty at SIUE in fall 2000, he traveled to Brazil in 2001 as part of the University’s Summer Research Fellowship, through the SIUE Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
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The Chicago Dental Society (CDS) today announced two gifts totaling $600,000 to the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine to endow a faculty position and to help create a Faculty Recruitment-Retention Fund for the School. From left, holding one of the two checks presented, are: Randall B. Grove, executive director of the Chicago Dental Society; Dr. Ronald G. Testa, society president; Dr. Ann Boyle, dean of the School; SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift; Dr. H. Todd Cubbon, CDS vice president; and Dr. John F. Fredricksen, CDS secretary and chair of the CDS Grants and Donations Committee.
CDS Donates $600K To Dental School For Faculty Support
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The board of directors of the Chicago Dental Society today donated $600,000 to the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine to support faculty recruitment and retention and to endow a faculty position in clinical dentistry at the School in Alton.
The largest portion of the gift—$500,000—will be used to endow the faculty position. The remaining $100,000 will create a Faculty Recruitment and Retention Fund.
“The fund will help us recruit and retain faculty in an increasingly difficult job market,” said Dr. Ann Boyle, dean of the School of Dental Medicine. “Dental education journals and publications have been predicting the dental education faculty crisis for the past several years, and it is very real.
“At the SIU School of Dental Medicine we continually struggle to attract qualified faculty to fill our open positions, particularly in the dental specialty areas.”
In any given year, 300 to 400 funded faculty positions are not filled throughout the country. “Furthermore, even some of the most altruistic faculty in dental education find the private sector too lucrative, and they are leaving academics for private practice,” said Boyle.
Boyle said the School will utilize revenues generated from the endowment, as well as the other faculty recruitment-retention support funding, to supplement salary and benefits for faculty members. In the case of the endowment funding, the support will be directed toward a faculty member in clinical dentistry.
“The Chicago Dental Society has offered the SIU School of Dental Medicine another tool to continue to entice the best faculty to teach at the SIU/SDM,” Boyle said. “By working toward a solution to the dental education faculty crisis now, we hope to continue to offer our students true excellence in dental education for many, many years.”
Boyle extended her sincere thanks on behalf of the SIU School of Dental Medicine to the Chicago Dental Society for its foresight and generosity.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Former two-time presidential candidate and visionary economist Steve Forbes, who is president and CEO of Forbes Inc. and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, will speak at 7:30 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 10, in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Meridian Ballroom as part of the University’s Arts & Issues series. Forbes’ visit is sponsored by the SIUE School of Business.
SIUE’s Arts & Issues program is in its 21st season of presenting world-class performers and noted speakers to Southwestern Illinois audiences.
An influential pro-growth advocate, domestic and foreign policy speaker and writer, Forbes is one of the most well respected figures of our time. He will explore with the Arts & Issues audience some of the most compelling global business issues of the day. “Mr. Forbes brings moral clarity and decades of experience to his perceptions of today’s global economy,” said John P. Peecher, coordinator of the Arts & Issues series.
“With his command of the current business environment, Mr. Forbes translates the economics trends that affect the future of business, government, and families.”
Since Forbes assumed his current position in 1990, the company has launched a variety of new publications and businesses. Seven years later, Forbes entered a new media arena with the launch of Forbes.com, a Web site that now attracts more than seven million visitors each month and has become the leading destination site for business decision-makers and investors.
The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes and Forbes Global together reach a worldwide audience of nearly five million readers.
In both 1996 and 2000, Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the presidency. Key to his platform were the issues of a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits, and a strong national defense.
From 1996-99, Forbes was honorary chairman of Americans for Hope, Growth, and Opportunity, a grassroots, issues advocacy organization founded to advance pro-growth, pro-freedom, and pro-family issues. From December 1993 until June 1996, he served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Empower America, a political reform organization founded by Jack Kemp, Bill Bennett, and Jeane Kirkpatrick.
Tickets are $20; students, $10, and are available by contacting the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or at the Web site: artsandissues.com. Tickets for the Jan. 27 appearance of the Alexander String Quartet and the March 17 performance by the Minnesota Dance Theatre also are available.
SIUE Business School Dean Gary Giamartino said Forbes’ visit will be a learning experience for students. “We are grateful to the family of Abraham Rutman for the gift that allows us to help bring Steve Forbes to SIUE,” Giamartino said. “Their generosity is an inspiration to us as we strive to provide the best value in business education in the Midwest.”
The SIUE School of Business, offering 18 programs of study for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students, has since 1975 been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Fewer than 15 percent of business schools worldwide have earned this prestigious seal of approval which represents the highest standard of achievement.
The SIUE School of Business, which serves more than 1,500 students every year, also serves the external business community through a variety of outreach programs including the Small Business Development Center, the Entrepreneurship Center, and the International Trade Center.
U.S. Army Capt. Carla (Hughes) Perkins, an adjunct assistant professor of Military Science at SIUE, died Dec. 11 at Saint Louis University Hospital, following a year-long bout with leukemia. She was 39.
A native of Greenville, Perkins joined SIUE in 2003. She graduated at Purdue University in 1990 with a bachelor’s in Psychology. That same year she was commissioned as an officer in the Army after previously serving as a soldier.
Capt. Perkins served tours of duty in Germany and at Ft. Lewis in Washington state, where she was a quartermaster company commander. She married Scott Perkins in October. He survives.
Visitation is scheduled after 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home, 203 West Oak St., Greenville. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will follow at Montrose Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to leukemia research or to the American Cancer Society.
Annette Baich of Edwardsville, professor emerita of Biological Sciences, died Thursday, Dec. 8, after a brief illness. She was 75.
Joining SIUE in 1969 as an associate professor in what was then known as the Division of Science and Technology, Baich became a full professor in the SIUE Department of Biological Sciences in 1974. She chaired the department from 1984-1990. Baich retired earlier this year and was granted emerita status. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Baich, retired faculty member of the SIU School of Dental Medicine at Alton.
Annette Baich earned three degrees in chemistry: a bachelor of science at Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1951, a master of science in 1954, and a doctorate in 1960, both at the University of Oregon. Colleagues and friends say that she earned advanced degrees in chemistry at a time when women rarely did. She also completed post-doctoral studies at Oregon State University and at Rutgers, the state university in New Jersey.
From 1951-54, Baich was a teaching assistant at Oregon, and was a senior technician at the Agriculture Experiment Station in Riverside, Calif., from 1954-55. The following year she became an instructor at Oregon. From 1960-62, Baich was a post-doctoral fellow, first at the Science Research Institute (SRI) at Oregon State University and then in the Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers. In 1963, she returned to the SRI as an assistant professor.
During her career, Professor Baich engaged in sabbatical studies at the University of Colorado Medical School at Denver, Oxford University, Jefferson Cancer Institute in Philadelphia, and at Tufts University. Her initial research interests at SIUE involved the control of proline synthesis in Escherichia coli. She also studied the biochemistry of ornithine metabolism in chick embryo tissues. Her most recent work centered on the biochemical understanding of age-related macular degeneration of the eye.
Professor Baich received numerous research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Research and Projects at SIUE. She sponsored symposia and helped attract national speakers from Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, and was a founding member and enthusiastic supporter and leader of the SIUE Sigma Xi Club, which later became a chapter. She also was recipient of the prestigious National Institutes of Health Career Development Award and two Sigma Xi Science Research Awards from the SIUE chapter.
Baich was an active member, and for many years president of, the SIUE Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). She was a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As an avid reader, Baich also was an active member of the Jane Austin Society of North America.
Promoting science and intellectual inquiry in all facets of her professorial work, Professor Baich brought to campus a founding member of the Sceptic Society, the “Amazing Randy,” who gave lectures to Biology and Philosophy students in Logic, stimulating them toward critical thinking.
Considered an inspirational professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, proteins, microbial physiology, and bioethics, Baich developed several innovative interdisciplinary courses at SIUE, including the popular ‘Survival of the Fittest’ offering that combined science and the humanities.
Colleagues said university service was an important component of Professor Baich’s academic life. She was highly dedicated to promoting research and graduate studies and twice was chair of the SIUE Graduate Council. She served for many years on SIUE’s Undergraduate Research Academy, mentoring students as well as serving on the selection committee. At various times in her career, Baich also helped select Presidential Scholar students and served as chair of a Vice-President and Provost Search Committee, the Planning Council, the Rules and Procedures Council, and various committees of the Graduate Council. She was the first president of the SIUE Faculty Senate and was a member of its executive committee, serving on the Faculty Senate for more than 18 years.
Burial took place Sunday, Dec. 11, at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A philosophy professor has received a $30,000 grant from the Metanexus Institute to found the World Religions, Knowledge and Science (WoRKS) Group, Edwardsville at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The group will offer programs to study and discuss the relationships between science and religion.
Gregory Fields, associate professor of Philosophy and founding coordinator of SIUE’s Religious Studies minor program, wrote the grant. George Henderson, SIUE emeritus professor of Physics, is the grant’s co-principal.
The WoRKS Group, Edwardsville will be one of 214 Science and Religion groups worldwide participating in the Metanexus project, Local Societies Initiatives. WoRKS Edwardsville will be connected with Metanexus groups in 37 countries, such as the Society for Religion, Science and Technology at Yale; the Research Group in Religion and Science at Goethe University at Frankfurt, Germany; the Beijing (China) Center for Studies of Science and Faith; and the Dialogue on Religion and Science Group at Moi University in Kenya, Africa.
Fields said programs will engage interested faculty, students, and citizens in dialogue with scholars and renowned specialists in a colloquium series. “WoRKS will bring to the SIUE campus regional and national specialists in areas such as philosophy, religion, physics, biology, medicine, psychology and other disciplines,” Fields said.
“The dialogues will be publicized for the campus, surrounding communities, and other institutions in the region, and will be integrated with courses in religious studies and other fields.”
The Metanexus Institute in Philadelphia advances research, education, and outreach in constructive discussions of science and religion. Metanexus seeks to create an enduring intellectual and social movement by collaborating with persons and communities from diverse religious traditions and scientific disciplines (www.metanexus.org).
Fields explained the acronym WoRKS has three meanings that represent the group’s priorities: 1) Projects that serve a purpose; 2) bodies of knowledge (textual, scientific, artistic, etc.); and 3) action and functionality: procedures that work for human and ecological well being. Participants will include SIUE and regional faculty in science, humanities, and the professional schools, as well as students, members of world faith communities, professionals in the private sector, and the general public.
WoRKS will operate out of the Religious Center at SIUE, which houses educational and spiritual activities of several faiths. The building’s offices and activity rooms surround a geodesic dome in the image of planet Earth, designed by the late R. Buckminster Fuller, the world-renowned visionary who was a member of the SIUE and SIUC faculties.
Ron Schaefer, acting associate dean of the SIUE Graduate School, said the grant represents a unique opportunity for the University to “engage the ethical foundations” of a variety of disciplines. “In recent years, ethical issues have come to the fore in business, science, arts, and the humanities,” Schaefer said. He cited challenges to cloning and genetic engineering as an example.
“Ethical questions provide a common frame of reference across disciplines where we often emphasize differences rather than similarities,” Schaefer said. “Opportunities for discussion and reflection provided by this grant will create a forum in which faculty, students and the community surrounding SIUE can assess this significant challenge to 21st century society.”
Fields said the three-year Metanexus grant also will be used to found WoRKS Edwardsville as a permanent national and international center for scholarly and applied initiatives that support human and ecological welfare. Future initiatives include publications for a scholarly audience, and audio and video productions for local broadcast.
“The Religious Center at SIUE can become a major center for inquiry, problem-solving, and cooperation across disciplines and among faiths and cultures,” Fields said. “We can be among the leading centers of the world as a model community that supports intercultural dialogue in the scholarly examination of religion and science.”
The WoRKS Group is an initiative of the SIUE Friends of the Religious Center, which has contributed funding for the project in cooperation with the University Religious Council. Additional support was provided by SIUE’s Department of Philosophy, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Associate Provost for Cultural and Social Diversity, and Graduate Studies and Research.
Cut lines: Associate Philosophy Professor Greg Fields is shown here earlier this year with Nobel Laureate Robert F. Curl, a distinguished professor of Chemistry at Rice University, who was on campus as the William Probst Memorial Lecturer. Curl spoke about The Discovery of the Fullerenes and the New World of Carbon Chemistry, regarding the 1985 discovery of a new form of carbon. The discovery of the carbon—dubbed the Buckminister Fullerene because of the carbon molecule's resemblance to visionary R. Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome structures—has led to new developments in pharmaceutical-related uses and in molecular detection using infrared light. Here, Curl demonstrates how the Fullerene molecule resembles Fuller’s geodesic dome structure to Fields who welcomed Curl to the SIUE Religious Center. The Center is known for its geodesic dome that was designed by Fuller for the University in 1970. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The core buildings at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have been fitted with highly visible “cast letters” identifying each of the structures. The lettering is part of the $1.25 million “Wayfinding” Replacement and Enhancement Project approved earlier this year by the SIU Board of Trustees.
The project also will replace and enhance existing directional and informational signs throughout the SIUE campus, and at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton and at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus.
As part of the project, new entrance signs are being constructed at the entrance on Illinois 157 and at the corner of North University Drive and New Poag Road. The sign at the University’s so-called I-270 entrance also will be refurbished. The cost of the project is being funded through Parking and Traffic Operating funds and regular operating funds at SIUE.
“Initial response has been extremely positive,” said Bob Vanzo, director of Administrative Services for the University and chair of the Wayfinding Committee. “It is now much easier for us to provide directions and much easier for guests to identify the buildings from a distance.” The project was undertaken because visitors often complain that it is difficult to navigate the campuses, Vanzo said.
Under the project, new vehicular, parking lot, and pedestrian directional signs also will be installed. Cloud Gehshan Associates, of Philadelphia, has been retained to advise and design the project, which should be completed in early 2006.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A national cast of marketing research leadership converged recently at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to tout ways to enhance the University’s Master of Marketing Research [MMR] program, offered through the SIUE School of Business.
As the SIUE MMR program nears its 20th year anniversary in fall 2006, MMR Program Director and Marketing Professor Madhav N. Segal said it is important that the program continues to stay relevant, rigorous, competitive and responsive to the needs of the marketing research industry. Toward that end, a 25-member MMR Advisory Board of marketing research leaders from across the nation and Canada was organized last year to provide practical guidance and relevant industry input to the program.
Segal said members of the MMR Advisory Board serve on several task forces to examine program enhancement issues throughout the year. The areas addressed include:
• Identifying curriculum changes that make the program proactive in addressing marketplace changes;
• Promoting the program to increase the applicant pool and expand the University’s reach nationally to attract high-caliber students and corporate sponsors;
• Building and maintaining strong alumni relationships; Expanding internship and mentorship programs to provide students a broader-based, interactive corporate experience.
“The charge of this advisory board is to provide us with immediate and continuing guidance, both regarding gaps that should be filled, as well as the process of doing so,” Segal said. “These are really the people who are engaged in the profession and who hold leadership positions in the research industry.”
Segal said members of the advisory board provide guidance and expertise, which assist faculty with the marketing research program in achieving program goals. He noted students take part in “a very strong corporate sponsored internship program,” adding that students spend 20 hours each week in a corporate research setting, while attending school full-time.
"In addition to providing relevant marketing research experience, these internships carry a monthly stipend of about $950 and a complete tuition waiver. Internship participation allows students to apply what they have learned during their studies in a real-world environment. This enables students to gain useful, practical experience, increasing marketability, Segal said, noting, “This way they hit the ground running when they graduate.”
Board members come from leadership positions at top companies locally, nationally and internationally. Some companies include Edward Jones, Commerce Bank and Maritz Research of St. Louis; SBC Communications Inc., of San Antonio, Texas; Microsoft Corp. of Redmond, Wash.; Kellogg Co. of Battle Creek, Mich.; Abbott Laboratories of Columbus, Ohio and Ipsos-Reid of Ontario, Canada.
The SIUE’s MMR program is one of only four such focused programs in the country and is the only marketing research program in the bi-state region, Segal said. It boasts a nearly 100 percent graduate placement rate, he noted. “The program offers practice-driven quality education via small class sizes and individualized instruction and internships,” Segal said, which makes the experience “more relevant for the unique interests of students who plan to pursue marketing research careers.”
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An award winning history professor and the associate dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education will be giving addresses at two fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 17 at SIUE’s Vadalabene Center.
More than 900 students are expected to graduate during the ceremonies, scheduled for 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. that Saturday. Eligible graduate candidates from the Schools of Business and Education will receive diplomas at the morning ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Engineering and Nursing will receive degrees during the afternoon.
Lela DeToye, associate dean for the SIUE School of Education, will give the commencement address during the morning ceremony and SIUE Historical Studies Professor Shirley Portwood will give the address during the afternoon ceremony.
A former grade-school teacher for 14 years, DeToye maintains she has relied on “that rich experience for everything I have done at the university level.” Associate dean and professor of Curriculum and Instruction, DeToye joined the University faculty in 1989.
Before becoming an educator and administrator at SIUE, she earned three degrees at the University—bachelor’s and master’s of science in Elementary Education in 1972 and 1980, respectively, and a doctorate in Instructional Process in 1989.
Prior to her stint at SIUE, DeToye taught fifth and sixth grades in the Highland School District. She also taught for two years at Webster University and has been the SIUE School of Education’s associate dean and certification officer since 1999.
Since that time, she also has served as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education coordinator. Since 2003, DeToye has served as an NCATE executive board member and chair of the organization’s specialty area studies board.
DeToye is a lifetime member of the SIUE Alumni Association and served on the Association’s board of directors from 1989 to 1995. She also has served as president of the Illinois Association of Teachers of English and a Metro East Consortium for child Advocacy board member. She has written three published works and has served as a reviewer for the English Journal and the Illinois Reading Council Journal.
Portwood, author of numerous articles, books, professional papers and reviews, has been a member of the SIUE faculty since 1980. She also has been the recipient of various awards. In 2001, she received the Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society and the Sojourner Truth Award from the International Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry, Chicago’s Carter G. Woodson Branch.
Earning a master’s at SIUE, specializing in Russian History, in 1973, Portwood went on to receive a master’s and a doctorate, both in History, from Washington University in St. Louis in 1979 and 1982, respectively. Primary areas of study included histories of African Americans and American women, as well as modern Russian history.
Portwood has participated in the summer institute, African American Struggles for Freedom and Civil Rights, through the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research through Harvard University.
Through the years, Portwood has participated as a member of various University committees, including the University New and Expanded Programs and the Chancellor Search committees, and professional boards, including the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s Historic Sites Advisory Committee and the Illinois State Historic Society’s Board of Directors.
She currently is conducting research for a manuscript, “The Alton School Case and African American Community Consciousness in the Land of Lincoln, 1897-1908.”
Also at each ceremony, a student will make remarks on behalf of the Class of 2005. Amanda Krayniak, a candidate for a bachelor of science in Business, will speak during the 9 a.m. ceremony, and Bryan Grubaugh, a candidate for a bachelor of science in Computer Science, will give an address during the afternoon.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) At SIUE, the “e” stands for encouraging responsibility—and not just during the holidays. Throughout the academic year, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville supports programs that emphasize safety when it comes to alcohol use.
“I believe SIUE is proactive in providing educational opportunities for students, including alcohol education and awareness information,” said Steve Sperotto, director of SIUE’s Kimmel Leadership Center. “We definitely promote responsible use among students 21 and older.”
Sperotto noted several University programs that address responsibility, as well as legal repercussions and other problems associated with alcohol misuse, offered on campus throughout the year. An example of this is an upcoming event—speaker Ross Szabo will speak on campus Jan. 22 about depression, alcohol use, and suicide.
Health Fairs, which focus on educating students and curbing alcohol and drug abuse, also are held throughout the academic year. Programs start during Welcome Week, and continue through spring and summer terms. Resource materials and literature about combating alcohol and drug abuse are available year round across campus, Sperotto said.
Michael Schultz, director of University Housing said, “One of the big things I think we do is we set a presence. We’re very visible at the beginning of the semester, trying to set the tone for the rest of the year.” During the first three weeks of the semester, individuals from the campus community—including students, faculty, staff and administrators—make rounds in residential areas, specifically in Cougar Village and at residence halls, he said.
Another goal of University Housing, Schultz said, is to work in collaboration with University Police, to send a clear message to non-residents who visit campus: the University is a place for studying and the promotion of maturity and intellectual growth. Alternatives to alcohol use—including activities, and special programs and functions—are a way SIUE works to engage students.
Schultz explained that staff training takes place to show students how to recognize signs of alcohol abuse and how to deal with the issue. Students who are found to be involved with alcohol or drug use on campus are reprimanded, and parents or guardians are contacted, he added.
John Davenport, SIUE’s Greek life coordinator, said alcohol use is an issue for campuses across the country. He noted, “We try to be as proactive as possible in giving the students resources, and we educate them to make responsible choices.” Andrew King, director of counseling services, added, “We provide information if they want to attend an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) group and we provide counseling services, free of charge, to the students.”
During the University’s orientation program, Springboard, students learn about campus programs, King said. “In that message, we tell them about Counseling Services. With Health Services, we send the message that drinking leads to bad grades and other problems.”
Counseling Services also hosts a program with University Housing called “Have a Safe Spring Break.” Students who are age 21 or older are asked to sign a pledge, vowing their commitment to be responsible in their alcohol consumption over break week. Also, programs aimed at educating students about the symptoms of alcohol poisoning and the legal ramifications of irresponsible alcohol use are held. King said his office always is available to speak to classes at a faculty member’s request.
A task force has been initiated on campus to tackle alcohol-use issues, King said. SIUE’s Alcohol and Drug Awareness Task Force is comprised of students, faculty members and administrators. Also, King said Counseling Services has hopes of incorporating an alcohol-use education program into the framework of a course for incoming students. “We’re working with the coordinator of the University 112 class,” he said. “Basically it’s a class aimed at freshmen to help prepare them to be college students.”
He noted he hopes the program will become a regular part of the course by fall 2007. The course provides new students with guidance in cultivate relationships with professors, developing good study habits and health related issues, which includes alcohol and drug use.
DOLL: Meg Manning, daughter of Lil Manning who is a coordinator in the SIUE Office of Research and Projects, was the winner recently of two American Dolls through the annual drawing sponsored during the holiday season by the SIUE Bookstore. Meg, a student at St. Mary's School in Edwardsville, won Felicity and Elizabeth, part of the Revolutionary War era collection in the series. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) This semester, 23 business students from China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Ukraine visited SIUE. The School of Business Office of International Programs has exchange partnerships with schools in England, Germany, France, Hungary, Mexico, and Holland. These students significantly increase the number of international students in undergraduate business classes at the University.
American business students at SIUE benefit from the presence of exchange students in the School of Business in several ways. These students help American business students learn about business education in other countries. Moreover, exchange students help American students learn foreign languages and learn about other cultures. Also, they often form friendships with SIUE students and, in doing so, encourage American students to study abroad at partner institutions.
School of Business visiting exchange students offer SIUE students an opportunity to interact with people from other cultures, while earning a degree. Since business is becoming increasingly global in nature, employers are seeking business students who have experience with other cultures. Exchange students can help provide this experience.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Joining a select group of prominent national scholars, a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville geography professor is preparing to trek thousands of miles to Nepal as a Fulbright Scholar, for a seven-month teaching and research post at Kathmandu University.
Associate Professor Mark Hildebrandt recently was awarded a Fulbright grant to be a visiting scholar in Nepal from January through July. The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board make award determinations. Fulbright Scholars are chosen based on academic or professional achievement.
The teaching award is reserved for people who have “demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields,” according to a release from the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Originally from Keene, N.H., Hildebrandt received a bachelor’s in 1991 and a master’s in 1995 from Kent State University in Ohio, majoring in geography and specializing in climatology and meteorology. In 1999 he earned a doctorate in geography from Arizona State University at Tempe, again specializing in climatology and meteorology. He began teaching at SIUE later that year.
“I’ve always had a concern for the environment and also the way in which humans and our activities adversely affect the environment,” Hildebrandt said. “Kathmandu is a growing city with some of the worst air pollution in the world.” The geography professor said he plans to impart his knowledge to students at Kathmandu University about how human activity, overpopulation, industry, vehicle traffic, and emissions have detrimentally impacted that region’s climate.
Having visited Nepal four times, Hildebrandt said he is quite familiar with how its physical geographic location in a valley predisposes it to pollution issues. Pollutants are trapped in the valley, and old vehicles, without proper modern-day emissions controls, worsen the situation the Nepalese people face, he said.
Similar to the research he did for his dissertation in the Phoenix area, and his work as an SIUE geography professor, Hildebrandt will teach meteorology and climatology. He also will train students in air pollution monitoring and forecasting, he said. Hildebrandt also said he hopes to coordinate an exchange program for faculty and students between SIUE and Kathmandu University in the future. Currently, he is working with a Nepalese student who is attending SIUE.
Hildebrandt says he attributes his interest in Nepal to his wife, who earned a doctorate in linguistics, specializing in the preservation of endangered languages, primarily studying the Himalayan region. The couple met while they were teaching in the Upward Bound program at Keene (N.H.) State College. His wife, Kristine, will join him in Nepal during his tenure. She currently is teaching at the University of Manchester in England.
Hildebrandt noted he plans to return to SIUE in fall semester next year. He is one of about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals chosen to travel abroad to one of 140 countries for the academic year.
The Fulbright program was established in 1946, from legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Its purpose is “to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries,” according to the program’s release.
Among Fulbright Scholar alumni are Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pulitzer-prize winning poet Rita Dove, and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corp.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of English Language and Literature will present their annual family events: a literary festival and Kwanzaa Celebration on Dec. 10 and 20, respectively, both in the second-floor council chambers of the East St. Louis Municipal Building, 301 River Park Drive, East St. Louis.
The Dec. 10 drum voices festival of east saint love (exploring the Arkansippi roots/routes) is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon that Saturday and will be conducted by The Community Performance Ensemble, a dance/drum troupe directed by Sylvester “Sunshine” Lee. Poets of The Soular Systems Ensemble also will be on hand for the event: Roscoe Crenshaw, Sherman Fowler, Janice Haskins, Sheryl Johnson, Charlois Lumpkin, Patricia Merritt, Dahveed Nelson, Howard Ramsby II, Darlene Roy, Alnando Sesson, and Eugene B. Redmond, professor of English Language and Literature at SIUE.
Kwanzaa: A Community Cultural Arts Mosaic, featuring a percussive invocation by Sylvester “Sunshine” Lee, is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. The evening includes the traditional KwanSaba candle lighting ritual by the writer’s club’s Soular System Ensemble, as well as an art-book-gift bazaar and poetry readings.
Kwanzaa is a holiday based on the tenets of resilience, creative expression, family ties, self-reliance, and faith, and is celebrated from Dec. 26-Jan. 1 by 20 million people worldwide.
For information, call (618) 650-3991 or write the EBR Writers Club: P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL. 62202-6165.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Bob Cratchit works in an ATM machine and Scrooge throws the remote at ghosts. Fractured Christmas tales? No, it’s the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) holiday show, part of the organization’s A Season for the Child.
This year it’s the return of Bah! Humbug! staged in two performances by the Imaginary Theatre Company (ITC) , the traveling arm of the Repertory Theatre Company of St. Louis, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in SIUE’s Dunham Hall theater. The ITC has been working with FOTAD for nearly two decades and continues to produce family-oriented theater.
In ITC’s version of A Christmas Carol, Mr. Scrooge throws his television remote at ghosts, while Bob Cratchit works inside an ATM. Audiences will travel with the three spirits on a journey through past, present, and future as old Ebenezer Scrooge learns the joys of kindness and giving.
Can Christmas be saved for the Cratchits? Playgoers will find out in this musical romp that promises to put a smile on the “Scroogiest” of faces.
Bah! Humbug! continues A Season for the Child, in its 17th year of presenting family-oriented theater to Southwestern Illinois audiences. The series, sponsored by FOTAD and TheBANK of Edwardsville, features professional theater troupes from St. Louis that stage adaptations of various children’s stories, using interactive techniques that not only delight children and parents, but also provide a learning experience.
Next month, Piwacket Theatre Company will present one of the most popular fairytales of all time—The Three Little Pigs.
Tickets are $5 per person and may be obtained through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.