·SIUE's Accounting Students Take Second In The State On CPA Exam
·Professor Tobbs Moves West; Still Fighting The Good Maths Fight
·SIUE School of Nursing Faculty Member Receives $10K Fellowship
·SIUE Community-Oriented Policing Promotes Campus Safety
·Top 10 Finish For SIUE School of Pharmacy Students
·SIUE Chosen As A 2007 Greater St. Louis Top 50 Award Recipient
·East St. Louis Charter School Student Wins $1,000 NAACP Scholarship
·MCEIA Names Monsanto Employer of The Year; Nominated By SIUE's CDC
·SIUE Department of Psychology And Student Groups To Host Lecture
·Members Of SIUE Golf Team And Coach Help Big Brothers Big Sisters
·Starratt Left For WSU; Also Left IT Legacy At SIUE
·SIUE Emeritus Chancellor Werner Becomes Interim Provost At IUP
·Toys For Tots The Real Winner In American Girl Doll Giveaway
·Physical Chemistry Students Give Poster Presentations
·November And December Employees Of The Month
·SIUE Graduate School Open House Draws Over 200 Prospects
·Mother of Seven Prepares To Graduate From SIUE School of Nursing
·SIUE, Mackey Mitchell Teams Wins Second Phase Of National Competition
·Penn Scholar Calls For Change In Higher Ed.; Parents Can Help
·SIUE School of Education Awarded Federal Grant For Writing Project
·AT&T Holds News Conference To Announce SIUE School of Nursing Gift
·SIUE Holiday Tree Reflects Special People This Holiday Season
·SIUE/SIUC Engineering Schools To Start Cooperative Program
·Kansas State Distinguished Professor To Speak Dec. 5 At SIUE
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The results are in and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's accounting graduates ranked second among Illinois state universities for CPA exam scores.
SIUE, with nearly 40 percent of its test takers passing all parts of the exam, placed under Illinois State University, which boasted a nearly 41 percent passing rate, while ranking just above the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which reported a total passing rate of just over 36 percent.
"This is a great accomplishment for our graduates and our program," said Michael L. Costigan, professor and chair of the SIUE Department of Accounting, through the School of Business.
The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy publishes a summary of CPA exam results annually which reflect the previous year's results.
"These test results verify our belief that we have an excellent accounting program," said Tim Schoenecker, acting dean of the SIUE School of Business. "Our accounting program is one of only two in the St. Louis metropolitan area that is accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
"These results provide further evidence of the quality of our faculty and students in accounting."
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Tobbs may have moved his base of operations from the Heartland to the Pacific Rim, but he's still fighting the good fight-trying to convince American educators that young children have amazing mathematics abilities.
So, who is Tobbs? He's Tom O'Brien, a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education emeritus professor who's a grandfather now but still carrying on the same research in the San Francisco Bay Area, while enjoying his new granddaughter.
Tobbs is a sort of alter ego who shows up in some of the games, books and software O'Brien has created and marketed in the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Brazil and Australia. A creator of math games and activities for many years, O'Brien also has begun producing computer games to reach a wider audience of young people. Information about those games may be found on his Web site: www.professortobbs.com
For nearly 30 years, O'Brien has been doing research with youngsters in the St. Louis area whose teachers are former students of his. Together, O'Brien and these SIUE alumni have discovered some interesting findings and have published those findings in several math journals in the United States and in the United Kingdom.
"For several years we have been investigating children's performance on inference activities," O'Brien and his former student, Christine Wallach of Fenton, Mo., wrote last month in their co-authored article in Primary Mathematics, a magazine for math teachers published in the UK. Wallach, who has been teaching fifth graders and now first graders at the New City School in St. Louis, and O'Brien go on to explain that inference is "the generating of new knowledge based on old knowledge. Inference is one of the basics of mathematics."
They gathered research for articles for several years with Wallach's students as they played inference games created by O'Brien. In one game, the teachers offered a square divided into a four-by-four grid, creating 16 smaller squares inside the larger square. The columns were lettered A through D along the top while the rows were numbered one through four down the side. A "ruby" or other "gem" was mentally placed by the teachers in one or more of the 16 boxes.
"The children were told to ask questions, gather clues and find the gem," O'Brien explained. "For example, by the rules of the game, children would be told 'yes' if a hidden gem was in the box they asked about or if it were touching that box in any way. Otherwise they'd get a 'no.'"
O'Brien pointed out that in the class of first-graders and the class of fifth graders there was no teaching by the teacher. "As with our prior research," O'Brien and Wallach wrote, "no teaching whatsoever took place except that the rules of the game were announced and children were encouraged to keep a 'consequences grid' (showing) which boxes had been ruled out by the data or which were possible … as determined by the children."
What the two educators found was "pretty amazing," according to O'Brien. Young children were discovering the gem with a minimum of questions. "Even when we 'hid' more than one gem, they still were able to find the 'treasure' quickly," O'Brien said. "I've tried this with adults and most of them find the task very, very difficult.
"Chris and I were excited about the complexity of the children's thinking," O'Brien said about the four years of research he and Wallach have produced. "It was routine for us to be awed by their ideas as well as by their support and respect for one another's thinking."
This all illustrates the argument O'Brien's been making for years-teachers in this country tend to shove basic mathematics down the throats of students when, faced by well-chosen problems and challenges, they can learn to master these tools which in turn can lead to solid mathematical thinking as well as everyday critical thinking.
"It would be nice if one day (American administrators and teachers) could work together to develop a comfortable and sensible, as well as entertaining, approach to teaching math via children's problem-solving rather than memorizing," O'Brien said. "That way, we could all work from a common point of view. The traditional pedagogy hasn't been working, given the evidence of how our grade school kids are struggling with math."
O'Brien believes teachers sometimes don't believe young students are all that smart. "Working with kids is fascinating," he said. "They know a lot more than we can imagine. If we treat them right, children will become capable of very complex thinking. And, this type of logical thinking becomes the basis of critical thinking which will help them for a lifetime.
"My hope is that our research will help to diminish enthusiasm for the back-to-basics nonsense and the authoritarian teaching approaches so common these days," O'Brien said. "In much of the world, my point of view is run-of-the-mill," O'Brien said. "But in America it's not very common."
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Frank Lyerla, assistant professor of primary care/health system's nursing in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing, recently received a $10,000 competitive Nursing Educator Fellowship Award from the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
Lyerla, who is one of 15 nurses throughout the state to receive the fellowship, will use the money to further his studies in nursing informatics, a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science and information science. He plans to become the School of Nursing's informatics expert.
This award marks the second consecutive year that a member of the SIUE School of Nursing has received the Nursing Educator fellowship.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Eleven years ago, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville introduced its philosophy on community policing, which charges staff, faculty and students to help officers keep its campuses safe. The philosophy includes being responsive and responsible to the community by building partnerships with students, faculty, staff and law enforcement agencies in the Metro East.
"We have a model program," said SIUE Police Chief Gina Hays. "We meet weekly with student affairs, housing, counseling and the dean of students and we talk about every police report that involves a student."
Currently the police department has 31 officers on staff, stationed on the main campus in Edwardsville, as well as at the East St. Louis campus. The police department operates in four squads and each officer works 12-hour shifts.
"The University Police Department is committed to a safe and secure campus," Hays said. "Our officers are sworn police personnel under the authority granted by Illinois law and have the power to make arrests."
The University police presence is highly visible in squad cars, as well as on bike and foot patrols. Last year, officers spent 544 hours in training sessions, with each individual on the force averaging between 40-50 hours of training. From January-October 2007, officers spent more than 110 hours presenting crime prevention and safety information at meetings for SIUE students and staff.
Some educational training opportunities for officers include REID Interview and Interrogation Techniques, Crisis Intervention Team Training, Internet Crime Prevention and Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention.
Statistics for 2006 show officers responded to four instances of burglary, which includes cases of illegal entry with the intent of taking property; two cases of motor vehicle theft, one case of aggravated assault and three cases of sex offenses.
The police department works closely with neighboring law enforcement agencies, including local, county, state and federal entities. Each fall, the vice chancellor for Student Affairs hosts a meeting with representatives from these agencies. Representatives come to campus for an opportunity to collaborate on student issues that may arise within their communities. Hays said the idea for this meeting came from SIUE Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Narbeth Emmanuel. He orchestrated the annual event as a way to strengthen and enhance relationships, and promote a cohesive approach within the law enforcement community at all levels.
The University Police Department provides services 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The agency handles 9-1-1 calls by dispatching appropriate police, fire and/or ambulance services. In addition to managing emergency situations, the department assists those on campus in salvaging keys from locked vehicles, offering crime prevention programs and supplying tools for engraving items to prevent theft.
SIUE Police also provide an escort service for employees, students and visitors. Anyone on the campuses may request to be accompanied to a vehicle or from one campus location to another by an officer.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two students from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy recently finished among the top 10 at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2007 Clinical Skills Competition in Las Vegas. Diana Jason and Mary Janet Stunson, members of the SIUE School of Pharmacy's class of 2009, competed as a team against 90 other schools from across the nation.
"To have the SIUE School of Pharmacy team make 'top 10' is a signature achievement," said SIUE School of Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon.
Most of the students in the competition were in their fourth year of pharmacy school and had the benefit of completing many of their experiential courses. The SIUE students are in their third year.
"The other deans, faculty and students at the conference were quite impressed that students from a new school of pharmacy, in their third year, made the top 10," Medon said. "We are all proud of Diana and Janet. They represented SIUE well."
The clinical skills competition marked the first time Jason and Stunson participated in a competition outside SIUE.
"Clinical skills competitions are terrific preparation for pharmacy students," said Lisa Lubsch, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice and faculty advisor to ASHP. "They take a real world situation and apply what they have learned in the classroom by identifying the patient's acute and chronic medical and drug therapy problems and recommending a pharmacy care plan."
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be recognized as one of the 2007 Greater St. Louis Top 50 Award recipients in St. Louis Commerce magazine and honored at an awards presentation dinner Monday, Dec. 17, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Union Station. In order to be selected, companies and organizations must show significant economic and civic impact on the region.
"Receiving this award emphasizes the significance of SIUE as a powerful economic engine in the region," said Jim Pennekamp, special assistant to the Chancellor for regional economic development and director of University Park, which is an applied research and technology park on the SIUE campus. "It recognizes excellence in academic programming and a strong commitment to enriching the area and its citizens by bringing quality businesses and jobs to the region."
SIUE was one of only two universities and one college named among the Top 50, which included a list of corporations and businesses including BJC HealthCare, MasterCard Worldwide, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the Korte Company and Maritz Inc.
The awards are presented by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), in collaboration with the St. Louis office of Deloitte. The Top 50 was launched in 1996 to focus on technology-related companies. The number of notable companies across all industries prompted the expansion of the program in 2004 to include the recognition of companies and organizations in all areas of business.
According to the Commerce magazine Web site, "The quality of the 120 nominees was top notch and made the selection committee's job arduous. Those selected 2007 awardees represent the best of each of their respective fields and a commitment to making the St. Louis region strong economically and civically."
Selection criteria for choosing the 2007 winners included: growth in number of employees, enhancement of the community, revenue growth, acquisitions and expansion/development of facilities.
SIUE is one of the largest employers in Madison County, with nearly 2,000 full-time employees. SIUE's total regional economic impact was $365 million in FY05. About 3,500 students live on the campus and the majority of its nearly 13,500 students live in the region, contributing to the Greater St. Louis regional economy. Additionally, more than 37,000 alumni live and work in the area, adding to the vitality of the economy.
In the past year, the American Red Cross selected SIUE's University Park as the site for a new, state-of-the-art, 170,000-square-foot centralized blood manufacturing and testing facility, which will bring more than 500 new jobs with it.
(EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill.) Black people must first respect themselves before expecting others to hold them in high regard, said an SIUE East St. Louis Charter School senior. "The 'N' word is the most degrading stereotype we carry around to this day . . . ," wrote Retunda Jackson. "This word is unacceptable and unjust for anyone of any race to use."
The passage above was taken from the essay "Power Beyond Measure . . . United We Stand," which won second place in the Second Annual East St. Louis NAACP High School Senior Essay Contest, open for high school seniors throughout St. Clair County. Jackson received an NAACP Scholarship of $1,000 and a year membership to that organization..
The 17-year-old was honored recently at the 53rd Annual East St. Louis NAACP Freedom Fund Life Membership Banquet at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis. Jackson's essay placed emphasis on ways the black community can act effectively. Jackson proposes that: "dropping the 'N' word out of our vocabulary, ending the degradation of women in rap songs and instilling better values in our children," are ways that the black community can gain power.
Also, Jackson placed importance on instilling moral values such as self-respect and self-esteem, specifically within youth. "It's time for us to teach the children that what they do not know will kill them. We should be role models, setting examples and not just giving directions."
Jackson said her essay content was inspired by a deep compassion for her community. "I like helping people, and I want to see my community get better," she said. Jackson takes that conviction personally. "I plan to be an OB-GYN, so that I can help heal African-American women."
Fortunately, Jackson is surrounded by educators who support her. "Retunda Jackson is one of the most dedicated and diligent young women that I've come to know," said Sharon Joiner, English instructor at the East St. Louis Charter School. There is a lot of promise in Jackson, according to Anthony Neal, East St. Louis Charter School principal. "Retunda is an exceptionally hard working student and is an example of what every student in the school can do when they are focused," he said. "She is willing to go the extra mile, and she has a sincere desire to be successful."
The Midwest Cooperative Education and Internship Association (MCEIA) recently honored Monsanto Corp. as the MCEIA Employer of the Year. Monsanto's Information Technology unit was nominated for the award by Yasemin Koss, associate director of the SIUE Career Development Center.
The award is given each year by MCEIA to spotlight companies who provide "best-in-class co-op and internship opportunities for college and university students throughout the Midwest." MCEIA is a nonprofit organization of employers, universities, and individuals with a goal to promote, strengthen and support cooperative education.
According to an article about the award in a Monsanto newsletter, the company has provided co-op and internship opportunities for more than 30 years but the program was "revitalized" by the company's IT unit by "taking ownership" and collaborating with Human Resources.
In her letter of nomination, Koss referred to Monsanto as a global employer that "consistently recruits seven-eight students each semester" from SIUE for the corporate IT department, "converting students to full-time placement" immediately after graduation. "The quality of Monsanto's Co-op Program is outstanding," Koss wrote. "The work environment is very relaxed and fun, which makes this experience more valuable overall."
Koss also pointed out that Monsanto has been very active at SIUE, participating in career fairs, on-campus interviews, classroom presentations to market the co-op program and its IT career opportunities.
The Monsanto newsletter article states that 55 of the 250 students who have participated in the corporate co-op program since 2002 have joined Monsanto as full-time employees. This number will increase to more than 60 "direct hires" by January, according to the article.
Koss wrote that she is very impressed with the program. "It is clear that there is much mentoring going on as students go through the Monsanto program."
Click here for a photo of Yasmin Koss (second from right) and Jean Paterson, director of the SIUE Career Development Center, with officials from Monsanto, David West and Mark Showers, who accepted the award.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Psychology and some student groups are hosting An Evening with Dr. Robert J. Sternberg at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.
Sternberg, former president of the American Psychological Association, is one of the top 75 "eminent psychologists" of the 20th century according to the Review of General Psychology. The SIUE department, the Psychology Club and the Psi Chi Honor Society are sponsoring the event, which will begin with a student research poster showing at 6 p.m.
Sternberg has received many academic awards throughout his career and holds eight honorary doctorates from universities around the world. He is the author of more than 1,100 journal articles, book chapters and books, and has received more than $20 million in government grants and contracts, among others, for his research.
"Sternberg is among the most highly cited researchers in the fields of psychology and psychiatry" said Bryce Sullivan, chair of the Department of Psychology. Sullivan said, "The depth and breadth of his scholarship is really astounding. His main areas of research include intelligence, creativity, wisdom and leadership.
"The faculty and students are excited about having a scholar of his reputation and acclaim giving the keynote at our department's 50th anniversary." Psychology courses were among the first offered at SIUE when it opened in 1957.
"Through this event, we hope to bring together community members, alumni, faculty, staff and students," Sullivan said. "The goal is to get more people excited about SIUE and psychology as a science."
Sternberg earned a bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, from Yale in 1972 and a doctorate at Stanford University in 1975. He has held full-time faculty positions at Yale and Harvard and acted as a consultant to such corporations as Crayola Crayons and Kimberly-Clark, and such organizations as Harper Collins College Division, Harcourt Brace Educational Development Group, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, School Department, and the Psychological Corporation. He is currently dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University.
Sternberg also served on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Communications Requirement Evaluation Committee in 2005, and has acted as a
consultant to major state universities and as a reviewer of graduate programs and research for the psychology department at the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1998.
His résumé also includes a list of honorary doctorates from Tilburg University in Holland, St. Petersburg State University in Russia, the University of Durham in England, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia, the University of Leuven in Belgium, the University of Cyrpus, the University of Paris in France and the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain.
Attendance to the Jan. 17 event is free, but advance registration is requested. For more information, or to register, contact the SIUE Department of Psychology, (618) 650-2202, or by e-mail: email@example.com.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Members of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville golf team, and Coach Kyle Viehl, recently helped Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois, which hosted a holiday party to celebrate the season.
More than 250 volunteers and children attended the event, which included a free lunch, music and crafts. Children visited with Santa Claus and received a gift card provided by the law firm SimmonsCooper LLC in East Alton.
Other businesses that contributed to the festivities included Southwestern Illinois College, Commerce Bank, DJ Tim Warren from HH Audio Services of Troy, Landshire Sandwiches in Belleville and Starbucks Coffee in Granite City. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit www.bbbsil.org, or call (618) 398-3790.
SIUE's athletics teams participate in community programs throughout the year, said Jaci DeClue, assistant director of Intercollegiate Athletics-Compliance/Student Services. In fact, giving back to the community is a required component of participating in intercollegiate athletics, she pointed out.
"We think that it's very important that our athletes give back to the community that supports them," DeClue said. "Some of our teams give free lessons to area children, some work with community organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and Faith in Action.
"This is a component of our CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) Life Skills Program."
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) When Jay Starratt arrived at SIUE from the Carbondale campus in 1996, there were a handful of computer labs, a few "smart classrooms," the University's mainframe computer and one or two network servers.
Starratt recently left his position of associate vice chancellor for Information Technology, or OIT as it is called, and dean of Library and Information Services at Lovejoy Library, to become dean of libraries at Washington State University.
In just a dozen years at SIUE, Starratt has overseen the installation of a new digital telephone system on the Edwardsville campus, as well as in Alton and East St. Louis, turned many of the classrooms on the Edwardsville campus into "smart classrooms," created more than 20 computer labs and classrooms on campus, and developed a network with more than 200 servers."We have some 8,000 nodes (jacks) installed," Strarratt said. "We now run all sorts of things on the network not just computers-alarms and a huge adoption of Blackboard (a faculty tool to help distribute course materials) not seen at many other universities. And, we built a Faculty Technology Center to help users with the technology.
"Now, computer systems are everywhere. We run parking, the bursar's office, the ID card system, it just goes on and on, library loans, Blackboard, Luminus (a Web-based Web page creator), scheduling. There are a huge amount of things we support on the SIUE network today."
He demures at accolades and is quick to acknowledge his staff in all of the progress, but it's evident he's proud that he could help affect such change. "The new technology was coming whether we wanted it or not, but we still had to do the planning to make sure it worked efficiently," he said. "If you buy the latest gear and no one uses it, that's no good, so I've always believed in involving all the constituency groups in the planning of new services. And, we've always used the concept of sustainability in our planning-can we sustain the newest technology," Starratt pointed out.
"Some universities adopt the latest technology without having the support to sustain it. We haven't made that mistake here," Starratt said. "I don't think we've made many foolish moves. We ask what is it that people want to do with the technology and how they want to use it. No prediction 20 years ago would have been accurate of how technology would grow to what it has today. There's no way we could have seen how fast information would move as it does today."
In 1996, Starratt explained, there were a few e-mail networks operating with other "decentralized boutique operations" on campus. "Everything is centralized now. It's much more efficient," he said. A recent count showed more than 1 million e-mails came through the SIUE servers in one weekend.
Starratt points out that in some cases the newest technology has gotten ahead of the average users and that over the years OIT has taken some knocks about service. "When I first got here, all the students who brought computers on campus knew how to operate them; they knew a lot about what they were using," Starratt observed. "Nowadays that's not always the case. They want whatever they're using to work now without thinking about it."
As newer and newer technology becomes available, OIT will be challenged to keep up. "People have come to 'live on the network.' And, sometimes, the clients have an unreasonable expectation of what can be done. They want help and they want it now. The IT environment is so complicated in that it's sometimes overwhelming to keep up with it. Even so, it's still exciting.
"In 1996, when a network went down it was no big deal," Starratt said with a chuckle. "Now, a network goes down and all the work grinds to a halt pretty fast."
David Werner, chancellor emeritus and research professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been named interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania by IUP President Tony Atwater. Werner began his duties yesterday at the university located in Indiana, Pa.
The provost and vice president for academic affairs is the chief academic officer of the institution, reports directly to the president and fulfills the duties of the president in the event he or she is absent. The provost and vice president for academic affairs also is a member of the president's senior cabinet. "Dr. Werner brings almost 30 years of academic leadership to this position, including serving as interim president of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, as chancellor and as provost at (SIUE)," President Atwater said.
Since retiring in 2004, Werner has been active in accreditation activities and, from August 2005 to June 2006, served as interim president of Mansfield. From October to December 2004 he served as a project visiting researcher for Group Three, Local Human Resources and Public Policy Development Open Research Center at Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan. With many published works to his credit in the field of accreditation and management, Werner has been an active member of a number of accreditation commissions, including the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the accrediting agency for IUP's Eberly College of Business and Information Technology; the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association; the American Dental Association Commission on Accreditation; the American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.
Werner served as SIUE chancellor from 1997 to 2004 and as provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1987 to 1997. He also served as dean and associate dean of the SIUE School of Business. During his tenure in that position, he established the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Production and served as its first director. He began his career as a faculty member in management information systems and in the management department of the School of Business.
Werner was project director of the program that received the 1975 Western Electric Award of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business for the Outstanding Innovation in Management Education. He was honored in 1999 as a Distinguished Alumnus of Saint Louis University's Institute of Technology and was named the 2001 Administrator of the Year by the State Advisory Committee to the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
He earned a bachelor's in industrial engineering at Saint Louis University and a master's and a doctorate, both at Northwestern University and both in Industrial Engineering and Management Science.
A search to fill the IUP permanent position has been launched with the assistance of R.H. Perry and Associates. Dr. Mary Ann Rafoth, dean of the College of Education and Educational Technology and Dr. Robert Davies, vice president for University Relations, will co-chair the search committee. Plans call for appointment of the Provost by May 1.
Each year, the SIUE Bookstore holds a drawing to win an American Girl Doll, an educational toy that portrays girls during a particular era of American history. Cheryl Powley, a cashier in the Morris University Center, was determined to win this year, putting ner name in the drawing as often as possible. "Cheryl came into the store almost every day since we announced this year's contest," said Cindy Reinhardt, assistant manager of the Bookstore.
The reason? Powley wanted to win the doll to then donate it to the Toys for Tots holiday program for needy families sponsored by the U.S. Marines. Reinhardt said Powley's husband is a civilian employed by the federal government in Baghdad. "She appreciates that the Armed Forces keeps her husband safe, so she wanted to make this gesture" Reinhardt explained.
Click here for a photo of Powley with the doll and with Marine Sgt. Jason Livesay, assigned to the Marines recruiting office in Alton. At the far left is Emily Gray, manager of the Bookstore. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)
In preparation for their senior assignments, a prerequisite of graduation at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, students in Assistant Professor Nahid Shabestary's physical chemistry class recently made poster presentations in their labs. SIUE's senior assessment program has been cited three years in a row by U.S.News & World Report as one of the top 13 senior "capstone" programs in the country, along with much larger private schools such as Princeton, Harvard, MIT and Duke.
Below are the SIUE student presenters with their poster titles, listed by hometown. Click on the bold faced name for a photo suitable for print and download. All SIUE photos are by Bill Brinson and Denise Macdonald.
Alton: Emily Wunderlich shows her poster, "Lasting Effects of Nicotine Treatment and Withdrawal on Serotonergic Systems and Cell Signaling in Rat Brain Regions: Separate or Sequential Exposure During Fetal Development and Adulthood."
Belleville: Sean Hudson presents his poster, "Effect of Carbon/Non-Carbon Addition on Hydrogen Storage Behaviors of Magnesium Hydride."
Bethalto: Lindsey Hamilton explains her poster, "Identification of a Novel Partner in DUOX."
Centralia: Stuart Hanon shows his poster, "Direct Determination of Organophosphate Nerve Agents."
Chicago (60628): Jason Johnson explains his poster, "Neural Effects of Cocaine on Awake/Anesthetized Rats."
Chicago (60650): Miguel Magallanes shows his poster, "A Cell Nanoinjector Based on Carbon Nanotubes."
Decatur: Neha Parikh presents her poster, "Biodiesel Production Using Membrane Reactor."
Dupo: Luke Weber presents his poster, "A Metal - Organic Framework Containing Cationic Inorganic Layers: Pb 2 F 2 [C 2 H 4 (SO 3 ) 2 ]."
Edwardsville: Koby Kizzire shows his poster, "Efficient Metabolic Engineering of GM3 on Tumor Cells by N-Phemylacetyl-D-Mannosamine."
Fieldon: Michael Scott explains his poster, "Use of poly(ethylene glycol) to Increase the Ethanol Production of Softwood Lignocellulose Through Enzyme Activity."
Freeburg: Benjamin Harris presents his poster, "Application of Caffeine, 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine, to control Escherichia coli O157:H7."
Granite City: Rachel Harris explains her poster, "Evaluation of the Formation and Stability of Hydroxyalkylsulfonic Acids in Wine." Kenneth Rodgers shows his poster, "Intramolecular Trapping of an Intermediate in the Reduction of Imines by a Hydroxycyclopentadienyl." Derek Rensing presents his poster, "Flavonoid and Hydroxycinnimate Profiles of English Apple Ciders."
New Baden: Nichole Kraetsch shows her poster, "Expression of E. coli araBAD operon encoding enzymes for metabolizing L-arabinose in Saccharomyces cervisiae."
Shiloh: Cameron Whitney presents her poster, "MALDI-based Imaging Mass Spectrometry Revealed Abnormal Distribution of Phospholipids in Colon Cancer Liver Metastasis."
Springfield: Nathan McGee explains his poster, "Variation of the Barcoding Gene COI for Use in Forensic Genetic Species Identification." Ashia Small presents her poster, "Arsenic Speciation in Urine from Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia Patients Undergoing Arsenic Trioxide Treatment."
Sterling: Derek Poci presents his poster, "Heteronuclear Macrocyclic Iron - Copper Complex Catalyst Covalently Bonded to Modifies Alumina Catalyst for Oxidation of Cyclohexane."
Troy: Lynn Kelly presents her poster, "Evidence for DNA charge transport in the nucleus."
Waterloo: Elise Mullins explains her poster, "Evolutionary Analysis of HIV-1 Protease Inhibitors: Methods for Design of Inhibitors that Evade Resistance."
Worden: Daniel Banks shows his poster, "Transformation of Aluminosilicate Wet Gel to Solid State."
Ballwin: Michael Mueller presented his poster, "Diastereoselective Synthesis of y-lactams by a One-Pot, Four-Component Reaction."
Dallas Center: Sarah Beavers explains her poster, "Morphological Changes in Human Head Hair Subjected to Various Drug Testing Decontamination Strategies."
Congratulations: The November recipient of the Employee Recognition Award is Patricia Apponey (second from right), secretary in the Office of Dining Services. She is shown here with Ann Emmanuel (at far right),who nominated her, and her supervisor, Lori Schneider, specialist in Dining Services. She also is shown with Kenneth Neher, vice chancellor for Administration, who presented the award. In addition to the plaque she received, Apponey was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, a parking spot close to her office for one month, and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)
Congratulations: The December recipient of the Employee Recognition Award is Gloria Hartmann, manager in the Office of the Registrar. She is shown in the photo with Vice Chancellor Neher, who presented her the award. In addition to the plaque she received, Hartmann was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant. Gloria will retire Jan. 1 after more than 23 years of service. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) More than 200 prospective students recently attended two graduate school open house events at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
"We had students come in from as far away as Oregon, Ohio and Indiana," said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of admissions and academic marketing, and the open house coordinator.
A total of 48 of those who attended the day of events applied for admission to graduate school on the spot, Bollinger said, adding that attendees received information about the University's 65 graduate programs available through the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of business, education, engineering and nursing, as well as financial aid opportunities.
SIUE moved into the top 10 of the Top Public Universities Midwest-Master's category, according to the 2008 U.S.News and World Report rankings. Moving up nine positions in the Midwest-Master's ranking, among public and private universities since last year, no Illinois public university ranked higher than SIUE. Rankings are based on several criteria, including a peer assessment by university administrators.
The graduate school admission application deadline for spring 2008 is Dec. 14. For more information contact the Office of Admissions, (618) 650-3705.
Individuals can pay the $30 application fee and apply online at www.siue.edu/graduate.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) When Roslind Harper had her first child at the age of 16, people said she would never achieve her educational dreams.
Twenty-three years and a total of seven children later, 39-year-old Harper, of Shiloh, will graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Dec. 15 with a bachelor of science in nursing and a bachelor of arts in liberal studies. It has taken her many years of sacrifice and strength to achieve her goal, but Harper maintains it has been worth every second.
"When I had my first child when I was 16, going on 17, I wasn't able to finish high school," she said. "I felt like I would never finish. And I was told my life was over and I'd never be able to do anything."
Harper said her faith also has guided her along her life journey. She remembers a woman coming in to her hospital room after the birth of her first child, talking to her about the future. The woman encouraged her to enroll in a program in Chicago called ChildServ. Through the program, the teenager earned her general education degree (GED) and was able to apply to college.
"She was an angel sent to encourage me," Harper said. "I don't know this lady's name, but to this day I still cry when I think about her. I stuck to my guns and whenever I heard something negative from someone around me, I would spin it and turn it into a positive." One of the negative things that still sticks in her mind is what she was told by a university admissions counselor: "When I was 18 or 19, I went to this college and talked to a counselor about classes I'd need to take. My baby was with me. He said, 'Why don't you go to a community college. You won't be able to make it here with a baby.' That really hurt my feelings.
"I just kept my head up and kept going."
In fact, Harper pressed on and said that her children-Krystal, 23, Katrina, 19, Katrice, 16, Kayanna, 9, Karis, 7, Isaiah, 4, and London, 2-have been a constant source of inspiration and strength. "They were the ones who really sacrificed," she said.
Now a grandmother of one-a one-year-old granddaughter who lives with her mother, Krystal, and Krystal's husband in Newport News, Va.-Harper said she plans to begin a correspondence master's program through the University of Cincinnati, where she plans to study women's health and become a nurse practitioner.
"I see myself working with young women like me," she said. "I did have a baby early. I did hear from everyone that having kids would not allow me to go further in life and my life was ruined and over.
"It is hard, but the sacrifice is worth it in the end. Don't give up. It's not the end of the world." The children's father also has been a source of support and encouragement for Harper, who said he has helped in many ways. She added that he and her children will be attending the graduation ceremony.
"Having children might slow you down, but you just have to pace yourself," said Harper, who always wanted a large family. "The little one is there," she said. "Enjoy the little ones while you can and do the best you can. Look for positives and look for people who will support you and get you through it."
Harper, who was born in Germany to a military family, traveled a great deal during her early years, attending grade school and high school in Chicago and living in Minnesota. She has been in the St. Louis area since 2000. While attending SIUE full time since spring 2005, Harper, who already has two associates' degrees-one in nursing-has worked as a nurse on contracts with Scott AFB. "In all, it's taken me 10 years to get a four-year degree, because I had to work and care for my family," she said. "But I am here to tell you that it can be done."
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A state-of-the-art concept for a university residence hall, designed by SIUE Housing staff and students and Mackey Mitchell Architects of St. Louis, is among five finalists in the second phase of the 21st Century Project Design Showcase competition sponsored by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I). The five finalists will present their designs to a jury on Feb. 1 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
In the 2006 competition, the same team received two prestigious awards from the association-the Compelling Commitment to Community Award and the People's Choice Award, voted by the audience. At the time, Housing Director Mike Schultz said SIUE's entry in the competition was unique. "I think it is a great honor for SIUE to be the only higher education institution to compete and be so successful in the competition."
After competing as a finalist in the first 21st Century Project Design Showcase in January 2006, the team of students and housing officials from SIUE and architects from Mackey Mitchell once again joined forces for the competition. With the recent news, Schultz said "again this year we were the only university to submit a concept and to be chosen as a finalist. We were able to expand our concept from the first phase of the competition and enhance our product for this phase of the competition," Schultz said.
"Our collaboration with Mackey Mitchell and the expertise of its architects has been a great learning experience for all those involved." Mackey Mitchell is known nationwide for its expertise in providing student housing to campuses including Emory University, The University of Notre Dame, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Cincinnati.
Concepts for this newest phase of the competition were submitted focusing on the "block and neighborhood" of a residence hall community, defined by the interaction of the students and the relationship between public and private spaces, and how those concepts foster social and academic activity. Each contestant was challenged to incorporate sustainable features, finding creative uses of technology as it relates to both the social and academic component of the residence hall and a flexible, multi-use of space.
Finalists will make a presentation Feb. 1 before a nine-member jury-consisting of one university chief financial officer, one university student affairs officer, one student representative, two industry design professionals, one university chief academic officer, one university chief housing officer, and two architects and/or campus planners. The winning design team will be awarded a cash prize of $25,000 and its design concept will be featured in the ACUHO-I Talking Stick magazine. The winner also will make a special presentation at the 2008 ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition, June 21-24.
In addition to creating one or more prototype residential facilities on several campuses, the 21st Century Project will assist colleges and universities in designing new residential facilities that reflect the everchanging roles that residences play in the collegiate experience.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The fate of higher education rests in the hands of university and college administrators, K-12 educators and parents of potential college students, according to Robert Zemsky, who recently served on a U.S. Department of Education task force and who will be speaking at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Jan. 16.
He will speak at 7 p.m. that Wednesday in SIUE's Meridian Ballroom as part of the University's year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration. His presentation, "Dancing with Change and Other Strategies for Transforming American Higher Education," will discuss the findings of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings Commission Report, "A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of Higher Education," and why he believes the report fell short of its mission.
"What the Commission provided was an important set of clues as to why higher education seems so impervious to change and what an enlightened public might do to enable reform and encourage transformation," Zemsky explained in a recent interview. "The trouble with the recommendations of the Spellings Commission is that they are very general and they never say who's going to do what."
Zemsky, a professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and founding director of Penn's Institute for Research on Higher Education, also is chair of The Learning Alliance for Higher Education, an experiment in bringing strategic expertise to university and college presidents. With a bachelor's from Whittier College and a doctorate in history from Yale, Zemsky's areas of expertise include higher education and policy reform, missions and markets of higher education and college choice. He is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Post-Doctoral Social Science Research Council Fellow in Linguistics and later became chair of that Council's Committee on Social Science Personnel. In 1998 he received a Doctor of Humane Letters (Hon.) at Towson University.
"We need a 'system-changing' strategy, Zemsky said. "In the past, a few institutions would lead the way and the rest would follow, but it turns out no one follows anymore. Now, everyone wants to stay in the middle of the pack; make sure you're above average with your peer schools. It's created a logjam and what we need are 'dislodging' events that will shake up the entire system."
Zemsky agreed that his Jan. 16 appearance at SIUE will appeal to more than higher education administrators. He encourages K-12 educators and administrators to attend as well as parents of potential college students. He proposes at least two solutions. "I would like to see a total change in federal financial aid to higher ed.," he said. "We spend some $190 billion annually in federal financial aid. Let's divide up that money and give every sixth grader in America a 529 (tax deferred savings) plan. It would not be more expensive then what we do now and we could replace federal aid." Zemsky said this plan would also encourage children and parents to begin considering college early on and preparing for that outcome.
The Commission report found higher education has become complacent, refusing to change and eventually has taken a back seat to higher education systems in other countries. The Commission points out that graduates in other nations have become superior to their counterparts in the United States. "Unacceptable numbers of (US) college graduates enter the workforce without the skills employers say they need in an economy where … knowledge matters more than ever," the report finds.
Although he signed off on the report, Zemsky and a few of the commission members have said that the report did not go far enough. "There were a lot of feel-good points, but no real solutions to some very real problems," Zemsky said. "The chairman of the Spellings Commission believed you had to vilify higher education to get them to change but that won't work. If you want change, you have to work toward it and not throw bricks.
"The other dimension is to recognize that big changes must occur in middle school and high school. We can talk all we want about change in higher education, but if they aren't coupled with big changes in essentially what is the supply chain, nothing's going to happen because we have a market economy with student consumers who aren't smart shoppers.
"If you're going to have change in a market economy you need smart shoppers," Zemsky said. He used the analogy of the U.S automobile market in the 1950s. "We would go down to the local dealership and buy whatever Uncle Harry was selling that week. American automakers were more interested in changing styles, enlarging the fins. Then, along came the Japanese with alternate engineering and they moved ahead in global market share.
"By the 1970s, with the help of Consumer Reports and Consumers Union, we finally learned how to become smart shoppers for automobiles. It took awhile, but we learned. You'll need that kind of education to begin as early as grade school and middle school to effect change in higher education."
If higher education does nothing, Zemsky predicts that in 25 to 50 years there will be 60 or so of the biggest schools operating the same as they are today, while smaller schools would become "for-profit" institutions. "Many colleges and universities will become like the mom and pop hardware stores who couldn't survive the arrival of the big box stores," Zemsky explained. "The small stores became part of the TrueValue chain and they now offer very specific products at reasonable prices but there's nothing unique about any of the stores," he said.
"In presenting my own answers to these questions what I hope to offer is an invitation to dance with change, to engage in a measured process of reform and rejuvenation that will secure for American higher education the same prominence and dependability in the future that it has enjoyed over the past five decades and more."
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education is resurrecting the local arm of a national project aimed at addressing the needs of teachers of writing.
The Piasa Bluffs Writing Project, formerly the Mississippi Valley Writing Project, which was directed by SIUE Education faculty from 1982 to 1995, will be reintroduced in the area and among 200 sites of the National Writing Project (NWP) across the country. The School received a $30,000 federal grant for the project, which was matched with institutional support by SIUE.
The NWP is a professional development network for teachers of writing at all grade levels, in all subjects. The organization's purpose is to promote student achievement by improving the teaching of writing, thus positively influencing learning in the nation's schools.
"The Piasa Bluffs Writing Project has been reinstated and reformulated to address the local and national needs of local teachers of writing at all grade levels-primary through university-and in all subjects," said Ralph Cordova, director of the project and assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the School.
"This summer, and every summer thereafter, through our Invitational Summer Institute, the Piasa Bluffs Writing Project will recruit, train and support up to 20 exemplary teachers who are nominated from their districts, who then, in turn will act as consultant and teacher leaders for our local writing project to offer professional development experiences and workshops to the teachers and school districts in our service area."
Attendees of the Invitational Summer Institute will take part in a four-week intensive training program, with a focus on educating educators about high-quality, theoretically and research-based, professional development in the teaching of writing, reading and interdisciplinary-based learning. This information then is designed specifically to meet the needs of local school districts, Cordova said.
For more information about the Mississippi River Bluffs Writing Project, visit http://www.siue.edu/piasabluffswritingproject or e-mail Cordova: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Thanks to the generosity of AT&T Inc., students in the SIUE School of Nursing's Student Nurse Achievement Program (SNAP) will have brand new laptops this spring semester. The organization gave the School $13,500 to purchase the laptops, which will be given to students who have been identified to take part in SNAP.
Representatives from AT&T recently held a news conference on campus to honor the School of Nursing, as well as the Madison County Arts Council, which received a $6,000 grant for technological advancements to enhance its office management.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A campus group is making it simple to honor or remember a special person this Holiday season. For a minimum of $5, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Religious Center is offering a lighted bulb to honor a special person on its seasonal tree, as part of its annual holiday tree campaign.
Launched during the 2004 Holiday season, the campaign is a way for the Religious Center to raise money to keep offering its programs and services to students at no charge. Students can enjoy free hot coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate Monday through Friday, as well as quiet rooms to study. Free soup, bread and deserts also are available to students Monday-Thursday of finals weeks.
The Religious Center is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donations can be made during a visit to the dome building adjacent to visitors' parking lot B, or mailed to the University Religious Center, SIUE Box 1059, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1059. Contribution forms can be printed from the Religious Center Web site, http://www.siue/edu/RELIGION. For more information, contact the Center, (618) 650-3246.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A cooperative agreement offering a doctoral program in engineering science through the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering and the College of Engineering at SIU Carbondale will begin during spring semester.
A doctorate in engineering science-encompassing areas of specialization in civil, electrical, computer and mechanical engineering-would open several doors of opportunity for a graduate, according to Oktay Alkin, associate dean for research and development for the SIUE School of Engineering. "Graduates will be sought highly by universities, research laboratories and engineering companies," Alkin pointed out.
The program, created last year with a "memorandum of understanding" between SIUE and SIUC, recognizes SIUE as a residency center for the doctoral program at Carbondale, said Hasan Sevim, dean of the SIUE School of Engineering. "This is a great opportunity that will allow our faculty to engage in more externally funded research, publish in prestigious journals, and more importantly provide continuity in research with doctoral students being available longer than master's students," Sevim said.
Patrick Solt, a computer engineering major at SIUE, is the first student to enroll in the cooperative program. Solt has been provided with an academic advisor at SIUE who will chair a dissertation committee that consists of faculty from both campuses. The School of Engineering recently has launched a campaign to recruit for the program and inquiries already have been received from domestic and international students.
To begin, two courses taught by SIUC engineering faculty will be made available to SIUE graduate students by videoconference for Spring Semester. Engineering faculty at SIUE will return the favor in future semesters by making courses available to students in Carbondale.
Alkin explained that it will be possible for a student to complete the requirements of the degree without leaving Edwardsville, if that's what the student prefers. "The ability to complete the program in Edwardsville makes it very attractive for professionals employed in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area," he said.
John Nicklow, associate dean of SIUC's College of Engineering and director of the engineering science doctoral program, said the program will bring together more than 100 engineering faculty from both campuses. "This is a significant intellectual compilation that will benefit doctoral students and boost research capacity in both institutions," Nicklow said.
For more information about the cooperative program, contact Alkin, (618) 650-2541, or by e-mail: email@example.com. Details of the program, including application materials and instructions, also are available through the Web: http://www.siue.edu/engineering/phd.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Christopher Sorensen, University Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Physics and Chemistry at Kansas State University, will be the 12th William C. Shaw Memorial Lecturer on Dec. 5 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Speaking about "Fire, Fractals and the Divine Proportion," Sorenson will appear at 7:30 p.m. that Wednesday in the theater of SIUE's Dunham Hall. The Shaw Lecture has been presented by the SIUE Department of Physics since its inception in the 1980s. Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed at the door beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Sorensen, who also holds the University Distinguished Teaching Scholar Chair at KSU, researches particulate systems and soft matter physics. He has written more than 210 papers and holds five patents. In 2003, he won the David Sinclair Award of the American Association Aerosol Research for his work on aerosol fractal aggregates and light scattering, and he is currently serving as president of that organization.
Earlier this year, Sorensen was named the CASE/Carnegie Foundation National Professor of the Year for doctoral granting institutions. He also has won many teaching awards at KSU, and has introduced the "New Studio" method for instruction, integration of readings of the great scientists into the lowest-level, non-STEM physics course, and a summer workshop for teenage girls to give them mechanical skills relevant to science and engineering.
A native of Omaha, Sorensen received a bachelor of science in physics in 1969 at the University of Nebraska. After a tour of duty in Vietnam with the U. S. Army, Sorensen earned a doctorate in physics in 1977 at the University of Colorado.
Shaw was a dedicated physicist and educator long associated with SIUE, where he was professor of physics from 1959-1973 and professor emeritus until his death in 1977. After his death, Shaw's family and friends established the William C. Shaw Memorial Fund at SIUE, proceeds from which funded the construction of the Shaw Skylab on the north end of campus, used by students and keeping alive Shaw's love of teaching astronomy. The lecture series also is supported by the fund. For more information, call the SIUE Department of Physics, (618) 650-2472.