(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) SIUE Associate Dean Carl Springer, from the College of Arts and Sciences, said it will take him at least five and possibly as many as 10 years to track down translations and commentaries of the fifth-century Christian Latin author Sedulius.
Springer is the recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award, which has been granted to the prestigious Catalogus Translationum Et Commentariorum project. The project published its first volume in 1958.
The associate dean for student development and general education, and a professor of classics at the University, Springer is perusing these works to gain more knowledge about the reception of Sedulius, an author whose numerous Latin hymns, poems and literary works were steeped in the Roman Catholic faith. Springer already has completed several books on Sedulius.
"What I'm doing is studying the commentaries and any translations there were of this author from the very earliest manuscripts we have through the 16th century," Springer said. "I'm really excited to be part of this because it asks pre-eminent scholars in the field, throughout the world, to take responsibility for one author and find out all the different translations and commentaries that were produced for the works of that classical author in the medieval and renaissance periods."
Mellon Foundation awards are making it possible for scholars to catalogue translations and commentaries on the works of hundreds of ancient authors, Springer said.
Springer has spent many years of his life studying, as a recipient of the Alexander Von Humboldt award in Germany, and as a Fulbright scholar in Belgium. With his family in tow, he did research in libraries throughout France, Italy, England, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Spain, and Germany.
Some of his fondest memories during his years of research abroad include living in a cottage built in 1603, eating silent meals with Belgian monks, and working closely with manuscripts over a thousand years old.
His next great adventure will take place this summer at the Newberry Library in Chicago and at the Pontifical Institute in Toronto, Canada, Springer said, where he plans to study translations and commentaries in early printed editions. In addition to travel, the award will help pay for ordering microfilms of the work.
One of the components to the research initiative that thrills Springer is, "you're actually discovering knowledge," he said. "Some of our earliest examples of the English language are found in the glosses (interlinear and marginal notations) from Sedulius' works, as well as old high-German glosses, an earlier form of the German we know today."
He said additionally the opportunity to share his scholarly passion with advanced students who have helped him with his research is one of the major reasons for his excitement about receiving the funding.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Ken Witt, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, recently received a $100,000 grant from the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation to investigate potential treatments for the illness, as well as ways to hinder its progression.
A chronic, progressive, and ultimately fatal brain disease that causes irreversible loss of mental function, the U.S. National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging reports those diagnosed with the disease usually are over the age of 60.
The likelihood of developing the illness increases with age, the institute purports, with an estimated 50 percent of those 85 years and older living with the disease. "As the U.S. population is living longer, we will continue to see a rise in this devastating disease, to which there is no cure or treatments to halt disease progression," Witt said.
Witt said he will focus on drugs designed to break down brain plaques that form with Alzheimer's disease progression. "This approach has the potential to enhance a sufferer's cognitive abilities and reduce or even prevent the disease's development," Witt said.
The event was conducted in conjunction with the Annual Student Government Shadow Day, when local high school leaders "shadow" members of Student Government throughout the day to observe leadership skills. The students who were invited this year were from Edwardsville High School and the SIUE East St. Louis Charter School.
Following a luncheon, legislators participated in a roundtable discussion with the high school students and SIUE Student Senators and leadership. The discussion topic was "Leadership-Leading by Example." The event concluded with recognition of each legislator in attendance.Shown in photo from left are: Illinois Rep. Ron Stephens, (R-Highland); Illinois Rep. Jay Hoffman, (D-Collinsville); Sara Brillhart of Springfield, an SIUE student senator; Illinois Sen. Bill Haine, (D-Alton); Illinois Sen. Deanna Demuzio, (D-Carlinville); Illinois Rep. Dan Beiser, (D-Alton); Carl B. Mitchell Jr. of St. Louis, SIUE student body president; Betsy Hall of Charleston, SIUE student senator; Cameron Cobb of Burnham, SIUE student body vice president; Jesse Phelps of Granite City, SIU Board student trustee; Illinois Rep. Jim Watson, (R-Jacksonville);SIU President Glenn Poshard and SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)
The competition, sponsored by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) and the 21st Century Project, chose the finalists from 46 entries. The next stage for the finalists will be a presentation before nine jury members at the Wyndham Hotel and Resort in Phoenix, Ariz., on Jan. 26. The jury will consist of one university chief financial officer, one university chief academic officer, one university student affairs officer, one university chief housing officer, one student, two architects, and two industry design professionals.The winning entry will be awarded $25,000.
SIUE's entry involved a team of students and housing officials from the University who joined forces with architects MackeyMitchell Associates to create a diverse design group. "We believe this collaboration will set us apart because all of the other finalists are solely architectural firms," said Michael Schultz, director of University Housing for SIUE. "We've supplied input from students, operations, residence life and administration to MackeyMitchell for what we think will be a more comprehensive entry," Schultz said.
"We wanted to include sustainability," he said, "while incorporating what is known as 'the new urbanism' into the design and giving the design the flexibility to anticipate future technology. We think it's very exciting."
Narbeth Emmanuel, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, said he believes the SIUE entry will be very competitive "because of the nature of the team" which includes many of the leadership aspects of SIUE residential life. "It is, indeed, most impressive that SIUE has qualified for the final round which really reflects on the leadership and the quality of our staff in University Housing, as well as the expertise of MackeyMithcell," Emmanuel said. "The team's commitment to excellence, forward thinking and creativity is also reflected in our housing program at SIUE."
The 21st Century Project is a multi-phased initiative leading to the construction of a new, state-of-the-art residential facility for colleges and universities. In addition to creating one or more prototype residential facilities on several campuses, the project will assist colleges and universities in designing new residential facilities that reflect the ever changing roles that residences play in the collegiate experience.
"The demographics of the jury (to choose a winner) was selected based on the idea of who we felt should be at the discussion table when a college or university is considering the construction of new housing," said Coakley. "Each of these individuals will bring their own experiences and viewpoints as they try to determine which design is the winner."
To further the educational mission of the 21st Century Project, the jury presentations will be open to the public.
Other finalists included are (in alpha order): American Campus Communities & WDG Architecture Team (Austin, Texas). Angelini and Associates Architects (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Bergmeyer Associates Inc. (Boston), CSO Schenkel Shultz (Indianapolis), Levi Architects (Boston), Marks, Thomas Architects (Baltimore), and RATIO Architects Inc. (Indianapolis).
Designers, students, architects, and college housing professionals from around the world submitted design proposals for an individual student living unit. Each contestant was challenged to incorporate concepts such as flexibility, sustainability, student development, security, and technology as they created a vision for residence hall rooms and suites 25 years into the future.
"There are some truly innovative ideas represented in these designs," said Michael Coakley, coordinator of the 21st Century Project. "It's exciting to see these proposals and think that we're actually seeing the future of college housing being created."
Future competitions will build upon the winning entry from January's event. Designers will create ways to cluster the room into halls or pods, and those clusters will then be grouped into a building. "The ultimate goal of this project has always been the actual construction of a new, prototype residence hall," said Coakley.
For more information about the competition and the 21st Century Project, visit the Web site at www.21stCenturyProject.com or contact ACUHO-I at 614.292.0099. Press inquiries should be directed to James Baumann at email@example.com.
(CARBONDALE, IL) SIU President Glenn Poshard has selected representatives from the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses for a panel to review the University's policies on plagiarism. Creating this panel was a promise made by the president in response to incidents occurring at numerous university campuses, including both Carbondale and Edwardsville.
In addition to recommending new policies to cover administrative reports, marketing publications and other boilerplate language, Poshard will ask the panel to consider other issues including the impact of the Internet and how much weight should be given to an author's intent. Changes in SIU Board of Trustees policies and campus policies will likely result from the panel's work.
The panel will have access to all University policies on academic dishonesty as well as recent scholarship on the topic of plagiarism. The panel also will be asked to examine the discussion that is currently being held on college campuses nationwide on the practices of acknowledgement and attribution as they apply to institutional versus scholarly authorship.
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(CARBONDALE, IL) Susan M. Ford, chair of the Department of Anthropology, will head the 16-member committee that will conduct a nationwide search for the next chancellor of the Carbondale campus. The remaining members of the committee are:
The committee, which will hold its first meeting before the holiday break, will be assisted in the process by a search firm. The committee anticipates reviewing applications in February and March 2007, interviewing semifinalists at an off-campus location in late March, and selecting a short list of finalists to visit the Carbondale campus in April. The committee will provide its evaluation of the finalists to President Glenn Poshard, who will make the final selection. The committee hopes to complete the entire process by the end of the spring semester.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A student of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Nursing stands beside a man lying on a stretcher with a knee injury.
The type of pain medication she administers to this patient depends largely on what other medications he is taking, along with various other factors.
The 65-year-old man is an insulin-dependent diabetic and has a 40-year history of heavy smoking. He is noticeably wheezing and coughing, and his feet are somewhat swollen.
These factors all can impact pace and degree of recovery and the nurse knows this. While the patient in this scenario is a mannequin, or a human-simulator, and the stretcher is located in one of several examination and treatment rooms in SIUE's Simulated Learning Center for Health Sciences, the nursing student is able to gain exposure to situations like this one long before she encounters a real patient in the hospital with these problems.
Thanks to revisions to the undergraduate nursing curriculum in spring 2006, all student nurses will exercise critical thinking skills in similar situations prior to graduation, and will be more likely pass the National Licensing Exam (NCLEX), said Mary Mulcahy, assistant dean for undergraduate programs. It is mandatory that graduates pass the NCLEX in order to practice as registered nurses.
The school's state-of-the-art learning center is home to human-simulators that exist in a hospital-like setting. These simulators react to "medications" and "treatments" as a patient would in a hospital.
Clinical courses are designed to focus on specific age and special health-needs groups. Mulcahy said groups include women, child-bearing families, adolescents, young adults, middle-aged adults, older adults and groups with special health needs, such as those diagnosed with mental illnesses.
While the implementation of the revised curriculum program last spring presented challenges, a year later, Mulcahy said the Gordon's model has nationally become a more popular methodology for instructing student nurses.
"It's a much more holistic approach to caring for people versus the systems model," she said. "The focus in the nursing classes is to really look at the person as a whole instead of focusing on a disorder."
"The undergraduate curriculum revision has been sweeping," Maurer said. "Aside from what the students are learning, a key component of the revision is how they are learning.
"In the SIUE School of Nursing program the students and teacher are collaborators in the classroom. The students collaborate with the teacher who guides and facilitates their learning. The approach pushes the students to analyze and synthesize learning. This will make for an excellent nurse."
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Nearing the end of a successful first semester, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing's mentor program offers inspiration and motivation for future nurses, and helps faculty feel connected to the student base.
"Mentors guide students down many different pathways of nursing, opening doors that, otherwise, may not have been opened," said James Gauen, a senior nursing major from Pontoon Beach. "Through students, educators gain valuable insight on their teaching methods; and with this knowledge, can adapt their teaching style to enhance student learning.
"Faculty mentors provide great learning potential for both the educators and students. The SIUE School of Nursing is on the leading-edge of this interactive teaching method. Mentoring provides a student-teacher relationship that benefits both the student and the teacher."
Faculty members who act as mentors work closely with students within the program to ensure that engaging, enriching programs and activities are available through the school. The mentors also act as professional advisors, grooming students to enter the professional world with a greater sense of confidence and ability, according to School of Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer. Maurer acts as Gauen's mentor.
The dean added that faculty mentors lend students support in dealing with nursing school pressures, link them to valuable academic and professional resources, and help them prepare professional portfolios.
Sarah Jordan, 25, and her husband, both of Springfield, lost a daughter to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) two years ago. That loss, and the resulting response from health care professionals, sparked Jordan's interest in nursing.
Now a sophomore in the SIUE School of Nursing, set to graduate in spring 2009, Jordan recalls: "Out of all the emergency personnel we met with when our daughter died, the nurses were the most helpful," she said. "It felt like they really wanted to help us. They were tremendous."
That experience convinced Jordan to pursue a career in nursing. She said the guidance she has received from her mentor, faculty-member Cathy Koetting, an instructor with the school, has helped Jordan acclimate to the nursing program's challenging environment.
"Just being able to talk to someone who has knowledge has been so helpful," Jordan said. "The mentor, and really the faculty are always there and they always have so much support to offer.
"Having a mentor makes you feel like you're more a part of the program. You feel like the school really wants you here and people want you to succeed."
The program was initiated to strengthen relationships between students and faculty members, said Stephen Held, the School of Nursing's director of admissions.
Held acts as a faculty resource, helping mentors become more effective by recommending activities and opportunities for their students.
For more information about the mentoring program, call the School of Nursing, (618) 650-3956.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The International Franchising Academy, part of Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai, China, has some 800 students studying franchising under the tutelage of 30 faculty in a four-year degree program.
Marko Grünhagen, an assistant professor of Marketing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been named a visiting professor at the academy. "I was one of only 10 academics from around the globe with research expertise in franchising to attend the four-day China Franchise International Summit recently at Zhuhai," Grünhagen said.
"I also met the Deputy Head of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and took part in a ribbon-cutting of China Franchise City in Guangzhou."
Grünhagen said China Franchise City is a building complex with six floors dedicated as a "test mall" in which retail franchising concepts may be tested on consumers. The remainder of the building is dedicated to office suites for foreign franchise companies planning to expand into the Chinese market.
The marketing professor, whose research interest is franchise marketing and who is associate editor of the Journal of Small Business Management, pointed out that nearly half of all goods and services sold in the United States is through franchise operations. "It's a trillion dollar industry," he said.
Grünhagen presented a paper on how franchising affects emerging economies. "Mainland China has had McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants for many years," Grünhagen said. "Even though the majority of franchising throughout the world has taken place outside China, the Chinese also have been developing their own franchise food businesses.
"I predict that over the next five to 10 years, Chinese franchise companies will become major players in other countries," Grünhagen said.
Grünhagen explained that the conference he attended in China was a meeting of franchisees, franchisors, franchise attorneys, consultants and scholars from around the world.
It was a chance for the Chinese to learn more about the franchise phenomenon from other perspectives and to show off what they have accomplished.
"The students from the Franchise Academy were very enthusiastic, soaking up information from the conference like sponges," Grünhagen said. "Every free moment, they were asking us questions about life and business in the United States," he said.
During the conference, Grünhagen pointed out, place settings at the table always included a cup of hot tea and bottled water. Grünhagen said this was symbolic to him of the co-existence of traditions and modernity in China. "This has not been an easy road for China, but it's incredible to me to see how quickly the economy has grown there compared with other economies in the world."
Marko Grunhagen is shown here receiving a letter from Miao Zhongzheng, president of Beijing Normal University at Zhuhai, appointing him visiting professor
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The holidays are upon us and like several student organizations at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, members of the Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) have become swept up in the spirit of giving, so much so they had to expand their activities.
It all started when the group-the SIUE School of Pharmacy chapter of the American Pharmacists Association ASP-decided to help two needy families through the Glen-Ed Food Pantry by sponsoring a trivia night. "The idea was to use proceeds from the event to help the needy," said Timothy McPherson, associate professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the School and co-advisor of the local ASP chapter.
"The students adopted two local families through the Glen-Ed Pantry and proceeds from the trivia night fundraiser went to them," McPherson said. "But the students also asked for donations from parents of the students and it took off from there."
That effort blossomed into something the ASP students have named Operation Holiday Humanity. McPherson explained that additional donations were used to purchase personal items that fit in shoeboxes to help homeless families who visit the Holy Angels Shelter in East St. Louis.
"Now, through Operation Holiday Humanity, fund-raising activities have gone beyond anyone's expectations, so chapter members decided to expand their efforts to help the homeless through the East St. Louis shelter," he explained.
Items purchased for the shoeboxes have included gloves, hats, baby wipes, and other personal items, said Jessica Kerr, assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice at the School and co-advisor to the ASP chapter. "One student's father is a dentist and he donated toothbrushes, dental floss and toothpaste," Kerr said. "Students who are working while attending classes also have been soliciting their employers with impressive results.
"The students originally thought they would put items in stockings, but then they decided that the shoeboxes may be more helpful to homeless families."
As a first-year student last year, Maggie Rodeffer of La Harpe was in charge of Christmas donations for the class of 2009. "We collected nonperishable food items for the Glen-Ed Food Pantry as well as new toys for the Toys for Tots campaign," she explained.
"Based on the success of that drive, I was asked to chair the committee for the Operation Holiday Humanity campaign.
"We are really encouraging students, faculty, and staff to make small monetary donations that are within reach for a college student, so we can provide items to people who are less fortunate than us," Rodeffer said. "Just a small donation can make a really big impact on a person's life, just knowing that someone cares about them.
"I believe that everyone wants to be able to give something to others who are in need, especially during the holiday season."
Officers of the SIUE School of Pharmacy chapter of the American Pharmacists Association (APA) recently met with the president of the national APA, Dan Zlott, second from left. The officers and members of the group are involved in a holiday gift giving effort for the homeless. From left are: Jessica Kerr, assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice for the School and co-advisor to the ASP chapter; President Zlott; Chapter President Jennifer Lurk, of Kansas City, Mo.; Chapter Vice President Diana Jason, of Buffalo Grove; Chapter Treasurer Mary Janet Stunson, of Elizabethtown; Chapter Secretary Brandy Bratcher, of Ridgway; and Chapter Membership Vice President Michael Schneider, of Swansea. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)
Faculty and staff attended meetings last week with representatives of Hastings and Chivetta Architects Inc. (H+C) and Research Facilities Design (RFD) Laboratory Consultants as the planning began for a new science building and renovation of the existing building at SIUE. Earlier this year, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich visited campus to announce the allocation of $2.9 million in planning funds for the project, which is expected to cost some $52 million. In the photo, from left on the stage, Richard M. Heinz, a principal with RFD, Leslie Ashor, a laboratory architect with RFD, and Christopher Chivetta, a principal with H+C, were on campus to conduct meetings over three days between the architects, lab designers, and College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Rudolph G. Wilson, assistant provost for Cultural and Social Diversity at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will speak to more than 950 graduation candidates at SIUE commencement ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec.16, in the Vadalabene Center.
Candidates from the Schools of Business and Education will attend the morning ceremony and candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Engineering and Nursing will attend the afternoon event.
Wilson has headed SIUE's diversity initiatives for several years while also serving on the Edwardsville School Board for 18 years-initially as its first elected African-American member and later as its first elected African-American president.
Using Pathways to Harmony; a University diversity initiative created by Wilson, he emphasizes the need for sensitivity in educating the campus community about issues involving gender, race, culture, lifestyle and people with disabilities. He also is in charge of the University's minority faculty and student recruitment and retention program.
A member of SIUE's curriculum and instruction faculty in the School of Education, Wilson is a graduate of Los Angeles State College and has pursued graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of California at Los Angeles, Stanford University and Claremont College Graduate School in California.
Rachel Aubrey, a master of marketing research candidate, will address students at the morning ceremony, while Brittney Rutherford, a candidate for a bachelor of science in dance and a bachelor of science in physics, will speak at the afternoon event.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A $50,000 commitment from Regions Bank over the next three years means more opportunities for students through Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's new Business Student Information Center.
"Collaboration between business schools and businesses creates value for students and the business community," said SIUE School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino. "The Student Information Center is just one aspect of a great partnership."
Nestled near the School of Business offices, along the south wall on the third floor of SIUE's Founder's Hall, the center features a comfortable location for students to study or review electronic information on a 100-inch diagonal front-projection screen, which is divided into sections.
The front-projection television provides up-to-date business statistics and figures, including stock market news and banking information, announcements of upcoming events and activities, and it displays the time and current temperature with weather conditions.
Headline news, business analysis and continuous video feed from Bloomberg News and CNN stream throughout the day and into the evening. The center provides the School of Business with an exclusive "business" feel, said Judy Woodruff, director of development for the School.
According to Woodruff a number of regional executives at Regions Bank are SIUE School of Business alumni. "We appreciate this additional expression of confidence in the Regions/SIUE partnership," she said.
Regions Bank officials recently donated $50,000 to the SIUE School of Business over three years for the Student Information Center. Dean Gary Giamartino (center) accepted the symbolic check at a brief ceremony. Flanking Giamartino from left are: SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson; Paul Lowery, of Regions Bank; Mike Ross, president of the bank; and Harlan "Skip" Ferry and Ed Ryrie, both of Regions Bank. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The public is encouraged to take part in a two-day grant workshop offered through a partnership between Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Washington University in St. Louis. Registration deadline is Thursday, Dec. 21.
The Metropolitan Saint Louis Grants Conference is scheduled from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in Whitaker Hall at Washington University and at the same time Thursday, Jan. 11, in SIUE's Morris University Center.
The registration fee for the two-day event will be waived for SIUE faculty members and approved staff, said Christa Johnson, assistant dean for SIUE's Graduate Studies and Research program. She said all interested individuals are encouraged to attend "to foster relationships and collaboration" between the two universities.
Federal officers have been invited to attend the grant series, which will feature topics such as the National Science Foundation: The American Competitiveness Initiative; the National Endowment for the Humanities: Building Sustainable & Fundable Digital Research Programs in the Humanities; Biofuels and Bioprocessing; The Global Challenge: Fostering and Leveraging International Collaboration and Promoting; and Integrating Research and Education in Primarily Undergraduate Institutions.
Registration is $50 per day and includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking and a reception. For more information, or to register, contact Johnson, (618) 650-2171, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration is required.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Kay Gaehle, an assistant professor at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing, has received a $10,000 fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education for faculty development.
Gaehle will use the money to focus on oncology nursing, which is her area of expertise, said School of Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer. "Dr. Gaehle will be using the fellowship to enroll in short, intensive courses in oncology nursing, as well as for some clinical experiences with expert oncology nurses," Maurer said.
"The outcome of this venture will be a wonderful asset to our School."
Maurer said the award will benefit the school's partnership with the SIU School of Medicine's Rural Cancer initiative and will strengthen SIUE's undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) "Seven days of creation or a Big Bang" will be the topic at the next World Religions, Knowledge, and Science (WoRKS) Group Edwardsville discussion series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Religious Center.
George Henderson, emeritus physics professor at SIUE, will host the evening's dialogue that will examine discoveries and ideas "behind the current picture that astronomers and cosmologists have developed" about the beginnings of the universe and the various responses from religions to that picture.
"Based on our previous events, I think we can expect a lively and stimulating discussion on an interesting topic," Henderson.
The WoRKS Group Edwardsville is presenting a three-year series of distinguished lecturers and study group meetings in which science and religion interface for the campus and regional communities. WoRKS is funded in part by the Metanexus Institute.
There is no admission charge and parking is available at Visitors Lot B for $1 per hour.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Eugene B. Redmond (EBR) Writers Club and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of English Language and Literature will present their annual holiday family events-a literary festival and Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, Dec. 9, and Tuesday, Dec. 19, respectively, both in the multipurpose room of Building D on the Higher Education Campus , 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, East St. Louis.
The Dec. 9 "Tapping the Cultural Tapestry of East St. Love" will take place from 9 a.m.-noon. with poets Christienne Hinz and Kenita Jalivay, as well as members of the Soular Systems Ensemble and Reginald Petty of the East St. Louis Historical Society.
Kwanzaa: A 40th Anniversary (Community) Celebration begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and features a Kwansaba candle lighting ritual with the Soular Systems Ensemble-Roscoe Crenshaw, Sherman Fowler, Patricia Merritt, Darlene Roy, Debra "Fo Feet" Warren and Eugene Redmond, a professor of English Language and Literature at SIUE and founder of the EBR Writers Club.
The Dec. 19 celebration also will include an "open mic" event as well as gifts, books, and an art-fabric bazaar.
For more information, call the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature, (618) 650-3991, or write EBR Writers Club, P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62202-6165.
The EBR Writers Club co-publishes Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural journal, with the SIUE English Department. EBR trustees include noted authors and poets Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Avery Brooks, Walter Mosley, Barbara Teer, Quincy Troupe and Lena Weathers. Past trustees include celebrated authors Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998), Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), and Raymond Patterson (1929-2001).