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December 2010

2010 Year in Review

31 December 2010, 4:20 pm

Poised to face the triumphs and challenges of a new year, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift reflects on the accomplishments and high points of 2010.

It was an exciting year at the "e," Vandegrift said, recounting the top 10 best University stories of 2010:

  • For the second consecutive year the University was recognized by its peers and reported in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2011 as one of 68 "up and coming schools" in the nation. SIUE was cited for making "innovative changes in the areas of faculty, student life, campus life and facilities."
  • A study by School of Business faculty revealed the University had a $471 million annual economic impact on the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, a 32 percent increase from five years ago. It also reported that SIUE is the second largest employer in Madison and St. Clair counties with nearly 2,500 full-time employees and a total yearly payroll of more than $130 million. The University completed half of a $250 million, Year 2012, construction and infrastructure improvement plan.
  • Fall 2010 enrollment stood at 14,133, representing the highest total in the University's history. Currently, 3,500 students reside on campus and nearly 4,000 students have relocated to the area to attend SIUE. With undergraduate tuition and fees held by the SIU Board of Trustees at $8,401, SIUE continued its position as the lowest cost public university in Illinois.
  • The Daily Beast , an online national news magazine, recognized SIUE as the 21st safest campus in the nation, as part of its top 50 safest colleges listing.
  • Washington Monthly ranked 551 master's universities nationally with SIUE placing in the top 50, citing its work with students and the University's contributions to the community it serves. Among the top 50, only 14 public universities were listed.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. News edition of America's Best Colleges listed SIUE among 15 universities, including four public institutions, as having outstanding capstone experiences.
  • All SIUE athletics teams competed fully at the NCAA Division I level. The final certification self-study in the process of transitioning to Division I is scheduled for completion July 1, 2012.
  • For the seventh consecutive year, SIUE was ranked in the top tier of all Midwestern universities by U.S.News, including among the top 20 public Midwestern master's universities.
  • In FY10, SIUE faculty and staff won nearly $29 million in grants and contracts, a 40 percent increase from 2005, including $7.9 million for research, $3.5 million for academic instruction and support, and $17.3 million for public service projects.
  • The SIU Board of Trustees approved a plan to create the SIUE Nature Preserve, a 380-acre expanse of natural area on the western edge of campus between the campus core and along Stadium Drive and New Poag Road.

"We at the "e" realize we have experienced growth and good fortune during the last year despite difficult economic times," Vandegrift said.

"We recognize that our ability to continue to progress and thrive is a testament to the region's support of higher education in recognition of the importance of SIUE to the well-being and prosperity of the citizens of Southern Illinois."

FOTAD Trivia Night Jan. 15 Means Fun, Food And Prizes

22 December 2010, 4:20 pm

The 11 th Annual Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) Trivia Night is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the James F. Metcalf Theater on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. A mini-silent auction also will be available. FOTAD is a support organization for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance. The doors will open at 6 p.m., with the game scheduled to begin promptly at 7. Proceeds from the event benefit FOTAD's student merit award fund for qualified SIUE students majoring in theater and dance at the University.

Winners of the competition will receive 1 st ($160), 2 nd ($80), or 3rd prize ($40) for scoring the most points per table. Reservations may be made for tables of eight. The evening will offer challenging trivia, during the regular question-and-answer sessions and during survivor trivia. Free popcorn and pretzels will be offered; also, soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $10 per person; a table of eight, $80. A $40 deposit must be received by Jan. 14 to guarantee a table will be held. Make checks payable to the SIUE Foundation and send to Greg Conroy, 217 N. Buchanan St., Edwardsville, IL 62025-1740. To make reservations, call (618) 692-0874; participants must arrive by 6:50 p.m. or their reservation may be given away, unless a 50 percent deposit has been received.

St. Louis Television News Anchor To Speak Feb. 8 At MLK Luncheon

22 December 2010, 4:17 pm

Vickie Newton, news anchor for KMOV-TV (Ch. 4) News 4 in St. Louis and an instructor of mass communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will speak at SIUE's 28 th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Luncheon on Feb. 8.

The luncheon-with its theme of "We Are One: Building a Community of One"-is set for 11:30 a.m. that Tuesday in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. Winners of the MLK Jr. Scholarship and the SIUE faculty-staff and Community Humanitarian Awards will be announced. In addition, winners of the MLK Jr. Essay, Poetry and Visual Arts High School Competition will be announced.

The awards are given each year to recognize those who exemplify the philosophy of nonviolent social change as demonstrated by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A native of Arkansas, Newton has been with News 4 in St. Louis since 2002. She earned a master's in journalism at the University of Detroit and has spent more than 20 years in radio and television. Since childhood, Newton has harbored a passion for reading which she inherited from, and was encouraged by, her mother, an English teacher. This passion found expression in her formation of a partnership of organizations that promote literacy, such as The Literacy Roundtable, The St. Louis Rams book drive, and Reading is FUNdamental.

Her fervor has been rewarded by having a literacy grant named for her, being nominated for recognition by the Missouri Broadcasters Association and for an international award, to name a few. In her spare time, Newton reads to children and practices on her grand piano, a skill she has been enjoying since age seven.

For more information or to make reservations, call SIUE's Office of Educational Outreach, (618) 650-3210. Space is limited and fills quickly. Luncheon reservations will only be confirmed by receipt of payment by Feb. 1. Admission, which includes lunch, is $20; students, $15.

Two SIUE Business Students Are Finalists in Pitch Competition at Northwestern University

22 December 2010, 3:15 pm

Andrew Foster and Ryan McCullough, two business students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, were both finalists in the fourth annual business pitch competition, ENTREPRENEUR IDOL. The competition took place in mid-November at Northwestern University, where more than 30 teams from eight universities participated.

Foster first heard about the competition through Cougar Enterprises-a Focused Interest Community housed in Cougar Village. "The intent (of Cougar Enterprises) is geared at providing support and resources for aspiring entrepreneurs of various development stages," Foster said. When asked why he wanted to participate in the competition, Foster said it allowed him to work on public speaking. "The competition is helpful because it allows students the opportunity to perfect presentation skills, practice idea clarification, and receive critical advice and guidance on their potential venture," said Foster. He also added that "the contest provided a great sounding board for young entrepreneurs to explore each other's ideas, while building a potential network-partner relationship."

The pitch that gained Andrew recognition in the competition was an electronic entertainment kiosk that will focus primarily on the needs of college students. "DVDs, video games, local musician's CDs, and independent films will all be housed in these kiosks." Foster noted that his pitch was distinct because of his community focused business model. "For example, eight percent of all profits will go back to the community as voted on by university students. Additionally, each kiosk is custom designed by a university art student to give the machines true school spirit."

While Foster and McCullough were finalists, they did not receive a prize from the competition. "Just being recognized was truly an honor given the caliber of the businesses presented and the competitive nature of the contest." The winning team created an electronically integrated teddy bear that focused on teaching children how to administer insulin shots on their own, at an early age. "The concept was truly innovative and the product has a great outlook for future expansion," says Foster.

Foster also is president of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) at SIUE. Members of CEO learn about helpful resources for entrepreneurial research, local entrepreneurial successes, the start-up process, opportunities available to young entrepreneurs, as well as networking. The organization will be hosting SIUE's first business plan-pitch competition in spring 2011.

SIUE School of Nursing To Offer Doctorate In Nursing Program

21 December 2010, 5:30 pm

In a move to address the future needs of the nursing profession, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing is embarking on a new initiative, offering a doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), post-master's degree program beginning in the fall.

The new degree, a five-semester curriculum, is designed to address the new regulations proposed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Currently, 132 DNP programs, including SIUE, are enrolling students at schools of nursing nationwide; while an additional 160 DNP programs are in the planning stages.

Kathy Ketchum, assistant dean for graduate programs in the SIUE School of Nursing explained the DNP process. "Students will be immersed in doctoral education through on-campus week long intensives, focused coursework, experiential learning, self-assessment and reflection on learning and project management skill development," Ketchum stated.

SIUE Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer said the DNP will help master's prepared, advanced practice nurses move to the next level of expertise. "Nurses prepared at the doctorate level will be able to develop practice, organizational, economic and leadership skills," Maurer said.

"Building on their specialty practice, DNP graduates will be poised to become leaders as they design new models of nursing care, use evidence-based knowledge in decision-making, better evaluate health care outcomes, identify and manage health care needs of individuals, communities and populations, and use technology and information to create needed change in health care."

Admission requirements for the DNP program at SIUE include:

  • Application to the School of Nursing and the Graduate School;
  • Graduation from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited master's program in nursing;
  • RN licensing in good standing;
  • A minimum nursing graduate GPA of 3.0/4.0;
  • Narrative statements of applicant's goals for the DNP Program and project;
  • Three letters of reference, with at least one from a person with a graduate degree in nursing or related field; and a
  • Personal interview, among others pre-requisites.

Ketchum stated the SIUE School of Nursing DNP program would be a transformative learning process for all individuals involved. "The program will transform excellent nurses into the future leaders of the profession."

Visit the website for a full list of requirements and prerequisites. Applications from advanced nursing practice professionals will be open until March 1. For more information, please contact Pat Koehne, (618) 650-3930 or

Graduate School Workshop Slated Jan. 12 & 13

21 December 2010, 4:25 pm

Workshops to discuss Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS) proposal preparation will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 12-13 in the Graduate School Conference Room, Rendleman Hall, room 2202.

RGGS awards are small grants up to $500 offered on a competitive basis to support research initiated and conducted by classified graduate students to enhance academic progress. While faculty advisors oversee the research, the program is to support graduate student research, particularly related to the thesis or final project.

Graduate students are eligible to apply for grants if they are in good academic standing, maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA with at least 6 hours completed in the graduate program, and enrolled in graduate-level coursework as a degree-seeking graduate student during the term in which they apply. Previous grant recipients are not eligible for a second grant.

Students can find more information and applications online. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 7.

SIUE Alumni Association Accepting Applications For Scholarship

20 December 2010, 9:48 am

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association is now accepting applications for association's two scholarship programs, which provides assistance to the children, grandchildren, siblings, spouses and partners of association members. Each year, the association board awards two full scholarships-one to a current undergraduate student and another to an incoming SIUE freshman-in addition to five $100 scholarships.

The 2010-2011 Legacy Scholarship winners were Kristina Copeland and Lisa Mosby. Copeland found the scholarship to help ease the financial burden of college. "This scholarship greatly relieves my worries and even assures me that SIUE is the place for me," Copeland said.

The second scholarship program is the Stahlschmidt Family Legacy Scholarship. It was created by the Stahlschmidt in honor of their parents, Dorothy and Raymond. Eight of the 10 Stahlschmidt children attended SIUE and are thankful to their parents for their support. The Stahlschmidt Scholarship consists of two $1,500 scholarships to incoming SIUE students.

Last year's recipients of the Stahlschmidt award were Kristopher Klette of Edwardsville and Matya White of Neoga.

The association wants to provide beneficial assistance to as many SIUE students as possible. "Our alumni members know firsthand the value of their educational experience, and we are delighted to recognize scholarly achievement," said Bev George, president of the SIUE Alumni Association.

Applications for both scholarships are due by Friday, Feb. 25. For more information about the scholarships or to apply, visit the Awards and Scholarships page:

Psychology Student Wins Non-Traditional Student Award

17 December 2010, 12:18 am

Alec Macdonald, a psychology major at SIUE, is recipient of the 2010 Prestigious Non-Traditional Student Award for academic excellence and for meeting "the challenges of academe with determination and enthusiasm." A 3.5 cumulative GPA is required for this award.

Macdonald, 40, was nominated by Assistant Professor Thaddeus Meeks and also supported by Associate Professor Betsy Meinz, both psychology faculty members. Macdonald, who has a 3.8 GPA, is a research assistant in Meeks' laboratory.

"He is very eager to learn about the topics he researches," Meeks said. "Alec has consistently been one of the top performers (with) exam scores among the top in his class of 15 students. Alec picks up on material very quickly and seems to understand the information at a deeper level than most students. His research writing skills are beyond what is expected" and "his actions strongly support his native intellectual curiosity."

Meinz had this to say: "Alec MacDonald is performing at the top of my PSYC 221 course. Most impressive, however, is his sincere desire to understand the course material. His writing skills are top-notch," she said, "yet he continues to work to refine them. He asks insightful questions in class, and pushes his classmates (and me) to understand the material more deeply.

"Simply put, he isn't content to earn an A; his goal is to master the course material. On top of it all, he's a kind, generous and an exceedingly intellectually curious student. He's simply a joy to have in class."

A. Weeks Is December EOM

15 December 2010, 3:28 pm

Congratulations: Ann Weeks, an office support specialist for Instructional Services, is the December recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. In the photo, Weeks (center) holds the award that was given her by Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher (far right). In addition to the plaque she received, Weeks was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant or other Dining Services locations and parking close to her office for the month. Also in the photo, Weeks is flanked by Raymond McDaniel, another IS instructor who nominated her, and Yvonne Mitkos, IS director who endorsed the nomination. At far left is Sherry Senkfor, director of Human Services. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

Leisure Learning Language Opportunities Offer International Exposure

15 December 2010, 3:14 pm

Leisure Learning Activities starting in February will provide adult learners exposure to international culture and language on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.

The SIUE Office of Educational Outreach is offering several courses to raise cultural awareness and give adult learners the chance to learn a new language. Beginning Latin II will kick off from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 1-April 12 in SIUE's Peck Hall, room 2406.

Instructor Lyle Buettner will take students on a journey, focusing on vocabulary, simple sentence structure and an introduction to Roman life and culture. The 10-session course is $99; $114 after Jan. 25.

Intermediate Spanish, designed for individuals with a strong basic understanding of the language, is being offered to expand students' grasp of the Spanish culture and language. Classes will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 14-April 11 in SIUE's Peck Hall, room 0309.

Instructor Ana Harris will lead the course to enhance participants' ability to effectively communicate. The 8-session course is $59; $74 after Feb. 7.

A mix of language courses will be offered starting Wednesday, Feb. 16 including Advanced Italian Language from 4-6 p.m. at Manning Hall Library, St. Peter & Paul School, 239 Morrison in Collinsville by Instructor Barbara Klein; Beginning Italian Language from 6-8 p.m. in SIUE's Peck Hall, room 0309 led by Instructor Fabia D'Amore-Krug; Beginning German from 6-8 p.m. at Collinsville High School, room 140, 2201 S. Morrison in Collinsville led by Instructor Gabriele Steinhauff, and Conversation in Japanese from 7-8:30 p.m. in SIUE's Peck Hall, room 2410 led by Instructor Sachiko Kobayashi. Courses will run for 8-to-10 sessions. Fees vary by course, with early bird registration taking place before Feb. 9.

Also, 8-and-10-session courses will begin Thursday, Feb. 17 including Intermediate German from 6-8 p.m. at Collinsville High School led by Steinhauff; Introduction to Chinese (Mandarin) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in SIUE's Peck Hall, room 2409 led by Instructor Shu-Lin Englert, and Japanese for Beginners from 7-8:30 p.m. in SIUE's Peck Hall, room 2410 led by Kobayashi. Fees vary by course, with early bird registration taking place before Feb. 10.

Students are required to purchase texts for the Leisure Learning Activities courses. For more information, visit or call (618) 650-3210. To register online, visit

No courses on campus will be offered the week of spring break, March 6-12.

SIU School of Dental Medicine Prepares To Give Kids a Smile

15 December 2010, 1:56 pm

Dental professionals through the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SDM) in Alton are urging parents to bring their qualified children, ages three to 13, to the Give Kids A Smile Day on Friday, Feb. 4, for free examinations, necessary X-rays, cleanings and fluoride treatments, fillings, any necessary extractions and other dental care.

Children qualified to participate in the event are those eligible for free and reduced-priced meal programs. Give Kids A Smile Day will last all day, with registration of children to take place from 7:30 a.m.-noon on that Friday at the SDM Gymnasium, Building 281, while care will be administered in the Main Clinic, Building 263, both at 2800 College Ave.

The SDM, the Madison District Dental Society, the St. Clair District Dental Society and Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C) are sponsoring the event; professionals and volunteers from the community will participate. "While many area schools provide in-school dental programs, allowing students access to dentists and some dental services, qualified children who attend Give Kids a Smile Day have the ability to undergo dental work on the spot at no charge, said Dr. Poonam Jain, an associate professor at the SDM and director of Community and Preventive Dentistry for the School. She also is chair of the Feb. 4 event.

" Give Kids a Smile is a national program sponsored by the American Dental Association to raise awareness of oral health issues for the underserved children of our country, and to provide dental care for these children on the designated day," Jain said. "During past years, this event has attracted local dentists, hygienists and dental students, who have helped treat hundreds of children, providing thousands of dollars in free dental treatment."

Activities for children will take place throughout the day on Feb. 4. The L&C Dental Hygiene and Assisting programs will host a "Smile Station" on site, featuring games to help children learn the importance of keeping their teeth clean.

While registration for the event is required throughout the morning, dental work will be performed throughout the day. For more information, contact Sherie Gottlob, (618) 474-7200, or, by e-mail:

Senior Business Student Is Recipient of Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award

15 December 2010, 1:51 pm

Heather Fischer, a senior student in the SIUE School of Business, is recipient of this year's Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award. This award is presented by student government and is given to students who are "non-traditional," which is defined by the Illinois Board of Higher Education as an undergraduate student who is at least 24 years old and also meets at least one of the following criteria: is a parent, is employed full or part time, is married, or has delayed enrollment in higher education. The award is given to such students involved in leadership roles in the University or community and to those who demonstrate exemplary leadership by upholding the values of SIUE: citizenship, openness, integrity, excellence and wisdom.

Fischer was nominated by her strategic management (MGMT441) professor, Yuping Zeng. "Heather is highly qualified for the Non-Traditional Student Award. I nominated Heather because of her excellent academic performance and her commitment to her family and the community." Zeng sadi. In addition to her family responsibility and school work, Heather is a Girl Scout leader, Girl Scout co-leader and Girl Scout day camp co-director.

Debra Hoge Memorial Lecture Series Honors Lifetime Of Service

15 December 2010, 1:59 pm

An event recently held featuring noted sportscaster Bob Costas raised money in honor of the late Debra Hoge, a professor in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education's Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders (SECD.)

The Debra Hoge Memorial Lecture Series was established to carry on the efforts of the late professor, who was an outstanding teacher and child advocate. To honor her lifetime of service to education and children, and her dedication and passion to her work, the lecture series was organized. The money raised through events will be used to organize an all-day workshop for area school professionals about medically fragile infants and children and the role professionals can play in response to intervention. It also will be used for two on-campus assistive technology conferences for students, faculty and members of the community.

The focus and driving force behind every event in the Hoge Series is to embrace collaborative partnerships with the university and broader community, improve education for all students through professional development of school personnel, and provide opportunities for students, faculty, and community members to learn alongside one another.

For more information on the Dr. Debra Hoge Memorial Lecture Series or to make a donation, contact SIUE's Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, attn. Michelle Kreger, Campus Box 1147, Edwardsville, IL, 62026 or

Bob Costas, front and center, surrounded by SIUE School of Education faculty.

BOT Gives Project, Budget Approval For $6.5M Greek Housing

9 December 2010, 5:42 pm

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today gave project and budget approval to renovate eight Cougar Village Apartment Complex buildings at SIUE to accommodate Greek organization housing at a cost of $6.5 million to be funded through the University Housing Repair and Replacement Reserve funds. The action was taken at the board's regular meeting conducted on the campus of SIU Carbondale and was among several affecting facilities at the Edwardsville campus.

The capital project, Greek Living and Learning Community, includes authorization to allow the board's Executive Committee to award contracts for the project, if such action would expedite the matter in lieu of scheduling full board action.

In planning the project, an analysis was done to determine demand and to develop program scenarios to meet those demands. University officials said the proposal represents a solution that would allow for the conversion of the apartment buildings with the intended users to be Greek student organizations.

SIUE's Greek Community consists of some 18 chapters and more than 650 members. A task force was established in fall semester 2009 to develop an action plan for those chapters that have an interest in living in a Greek life setting that promotes a sense of community. The model developed is unique to SIUE in that it complements the existing Housing Program, built on the concept of a living-learning environment.

The proposal involves some 60,768 square feet that would be located within the 400 side of Cougar Village Apartment Complex, adjacent to parking lot 4A, 4B and 4C. Each building would feature a mix of shared and single bedrooms, with a total accommodation of 176 beds.

The proposed area would be clustered together and would involve updating the facade of the buildings to give each building individual identity. The residential portion would be mostly on the second floor except for each organization's student leadership and accessible units on the first floor. The proposal calls for each community area to feature a study room, living room, multifunction room, storage, dining area and kitchen on the first floor.

The proposal also includes plans to promote academic success, to foster personal development, to encourage residential social responsibility, to contribute to campus life and to advance SIUE's commitment to excellence, officials said.


BOT Awards Contracts For NCERC Equipment Installation Site Prep

9 December 2010, 5:34 pm

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today awarded $366,840 in contracts to three Illinois companies for site preparation at the SIU Edwardsville National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC). The project will prepare the facility for installation at a later date of the NCERC's new corn fractionation equipment.

The action was taken today by the SIU Board at its regular meeting conducted on the campus of SIU Carbondale and includes a provision to authorize the board's executive committee to award contracts for the purchase of the fractionation equipment and its installation, if it will expedite the project in lieu of scheduling full board action.

The NCERC action was among several affecting facilities at the Edwardsville campus. The board also gave project and budget approval to expand the Vadalabene Center with an Athletics Office addition at a $4.5 million cost to be funded through private donations and University construction funds. It will be named the Charles and Mary Lukas Athletics Annex.

In regard to the NCERC action, the companies awarded the contracts are:

  • River City Construction of Peoria, $154,000, for general contracting;
  • Lowry Electric of East St. Louis, $32,840, for electrical work; and
  • Amsco Mechanical of Granite City, $180,000, for heating.

University officials have noted the project will be funded through existing grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

The NCERC project includes:

  • Removing the existing wet mill system no longer used at the research center;
  • Clearing all process mechanical systems, electrical systems and accessory components associated with the wet mill process.

The NCERC performs research using emerging technologies and it has been determined by the Illinois Corn Growers Association that corn fractionation is a priority technology in the corn-to-ethanol industry. Corn fractionation is the process of separating a corn kernel into its three parts: endosperm (starch), germ (oil) and bran (fiber). That equipment will be installed under another contract at a later date.

In other business the board also approved a modification in the SIUE land use plan to create a 380-acre nature preserve on the 2,660-acre campus. Under the plan, the board designated the preserve to be located along the western edge of the campus between the campus core and Stadium Drive and between the campus core and New Poag Road. The area will be protected from development and will preserve the space for faculty and student research and educational opportunities.

The SIUE Nature Preserve is unique in the region and positions SIUE to compete for research funds and continue to attract superior faculty. This faculty-led initiative facilitates inter-disciplinary collaboration and joint projects with other universities, research foundations and government agencies.

The Nature Preserve designation will continue for 50 years in order to facilitate long-term research projects. At the end of the 50-year designation, the SIU Board will evaluate the efficacy of the preserve and decide whether to continue the designation. The approval also includes an administrative change to recognize the designation of The Gardens at SIUE, incorporating the Donal Myer Arboretum, south of East University Drive and along North University Drive.

In other action today, the SIU Board:

  • Gave project and budget approval to renovate 3,700 square feet of space in SIUE's Founders Hall to create the School of Business Resource Center at an estimated cost of $600,000 funded through private donations and University construction funds;
  • Gave planning approval for an indoor, off-season softball practice facility that would also be used for storage.

Nursing Students Offered Health Screenings, Clothing Drive for Underserved

8 December 2010, 3:27 pm

The Salvation Army in East Saint Louis received much-needed assistance on Tuesday, Nov. 23, through the charitable efforts of six Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing students. The public health clinical group of Kelley Humphrey, Mary Moran, Lauren Drahl, Emily Cowell, Katie Kolb and Emily Watson organized a clothing drive after completing their clinical rotation at the same Salvation Army location.

The initial clinical project included offering blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. While performing these services, the students recognized the need for assistance and realized they could do more to help this particular community. The students began organizing a clothing drive immediately. Four vehicles were filled with donated clothing and taken to the Nov. 23 event.

Nursing student Kelley Humphrey had worked diligently over several weeks with her clinical group to create a well-organized drive for the community. "The main thing that stuck with us the day of our clinical was that many residents are in need of additional resources," she explained. "We wanted this clothing drive to be really organized to ensure the maximum number of people was assisted."

The students' clinical professor, Kathi Thimsen, said initiatives like this prove that nursing students are not only committed to their education, but to the community around them. " Learning from Service goals were met beyond a doubt as the nursing students gave up precious holiday vacation time to provide the clothing and serve dinner to the individuals and families that were present."

Commenting on the experience, Humphrey said, "It was a lot of hard work, but it was extremely rewarding. We were all very excited to be a part of this effort to give back to the community."

In the photo (from left) are: Lauren Drahl, Emily Cowell, Salvation Army East St. Louis Core Administrator Lt. Katie Harris-Smith, East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks, Mary Moran, Kelley Humphrey and East St. Louis Program Coordinator Latoya Greenwood.

SIUE School of Engineering Professor Realizes His Vision with Sound Technology

7 December 2010, 1:50 pm

Andreas Stefik, assistant professor of computer science, turns his vision of helping the blind and visually impaired into reality. By using his passion in computer science and programming, Stefik continues to work with colleagues to create sound-infused programming languages to help people who are blind or visually impaired learn to program. He hopes it will ultimately assist them in obtaining careers as computer programmers.

Read more about how Stefik and his cutting-edge innovation in the interview, " Blind Usability with NetBeans IDE at World Usability Day."

University Staff Senate Recently Awarded Scholarship To Daughter Of Two Employees

3 December 2010, 4:33 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville University Staff Senate recently awarded a scholarship to Chelsie Lesicko, the daughter of Jeff Lesicko, a carpenter in Key Control for Facilities Management, and Donna Lesicko, an account technician in Accounts Payable.

The Staff Senate awards scholarships annually to qualifying students who apply, who are the son, daughter, grandchild or spouse of a current SIUE employee, as specified in the application.

Click here for the photo at right: In the photo, (from left) are: Jeff and Donna Lesicko; Chelsie Lesicko, who is receiving the award certificate from SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift; University Staff Senate President Michael Pulley; and Staff Senate Treasurer Jesse B. Harris Jr. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

Local Business, SIAM Collaborate On Revolutionary Machinery

3 December 2010, 2:31 pm

Hydrodynamic Technologies Inc. of Collinsville and the Southwest Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Center (SIAM) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are preparing locally to globally revolutionize the roughly $50 million bar feeding industry, a business segment related to metalworking and production machining.

For the last five years, Ray Varady, a graduate of SIU Carbondale with a bachelor of science in manufacturing engineering and owner of Hydrodynamic Technologies, has worked with SIAM Center Director Kevin Hubbard, SIUE associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, on research and development of a patented fluid that will allow companies to retrofit expensive machinery.

Such a move would save money, create jobs and improve efficiencies and productivity for industry leaders ranging from aerospace to electrical, plumbing, automotive and medical.

Varady said for machines that currently use hydraulic oil in a bar feeder for production-turning operations in a lathe, his invention will support the use of electromagnets to change the viscosity of magnetic rheological fluid. The fluid will support the bar stock at the required RPM, whatever the size, without the need to retool the barfeeder, reducing changeover time and the expense of additional guide channels.

"This will allow the machinery to be used to cut the materials to size to fit specification and use," Varady said. "Whether you want 10,000 pieces of a faucet part or valve, or 100,000, it will run seamlessly.

"And, it doesn't matter if you are changing your bar stock diameters from 3/8 of an inch to 2 inches. You won't have to change out parts. You can just adjust the viscosity of the fluid using the electromagnets."

The technology was introduced recently at the 2010 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. Varady said his company is negotiating a licensing agreement.

"What makes SIAM unique is that it brings together every element necessary to make manufacturing work-the intellectual resources, the physical capacity to fabricate and test new technologies, and the academic programs necessary to enhance our technical workforce," Hubbard said.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Area is the nation's largest producer of military aircraft, and hosts the greatest concentration of automotive production outside Michigan. Hundreds of companies in Southwestern and Central Illinois serve as suppliers to the equipment and defense industry super-cluster.

The region also lies at the center of the emerging bio-belt. Enterprises in the bio-processing industry operate at the intersection of the region's two largest economic engines-manufacturing and agriculture.

The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) has funded the creation of the SIAM Center at SIUE. SIAM works with both established and start-up enterprises. The Center assists these technical enterprises in activities including:

• Product Design and Fabrication

• Product Development

• Process Optimization

• New Technology Development

The EDA provides matching funds for SIAM projects, allowing companies like Varady's to leverage their research and development investments. SIAM has achieved a return-on-investment ratio of more than 10, Hubbard said. For each dollar spent on SIAM projects, more than $10 is returned to the regional economy in the form of created and retained jobs, improved productivity and quality, and reduced production costs.

"The creation of the EDA-funded SIAM Center represents a total investment of more than $690,000 annually in the regional economy," he said.

For more information, contact Hubbard, (888) 708-7483, or visit the website:

Lovejoy Library Collection Digitizes SIUE Observer

3 December 2010, 2:28 pm

A new digital collection from Lovejoy Library at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville makes accessible and searchable the University community's once popular column-style communication piece that was published from 1978-1999.

The Observer started out as an administrative newsletter from the Office of the SIUE President. The late Pete Simpson, a former assistant to the president, served as the publication's editor from 1978-1986.

In a statement of purpose, Simpson declared the "attention of our columns will be directed to matters of general policy interest, the activities that salt the SIUE calendar, and reportage about all the people who make up our so-called 'community' on the Edwardsville campus." The intent of The Observer, he stated was to complement the student-produced newspaper, The Alestle.

As a weekly 8 ½-by-11-inch distribution with illustrations, the piece served as the primary administrative communication tool for staff, faculty and students. Focused on informing the University community about decisions made by administrators, The Observer also accepted submissions from its readers.

For two years, while Simpson battled cancer, several individuals were involved in contributing to and publishing The Observer. Then, in 1988 Gregory J. Conroy, then of University News Services and now director of SIUE Public Affairs, took over the prominent role as editor.

Conroy and Graphic Designer Ed Stan gave The Observer a new look within the existing paper format. Then in early 1989, the publication switched to a 4-page, 4-column tab-size newspaper format of 11 ½-by-14 ½ inches and was circulated every other week.

"In 1988, when I joined the SIUE Office of University News Service, then-director Sam Smith was so proud of the fact that he had just installed some Apple IIe computers with 256K-that's K, not M-of memory," Conroy said. "The floppy discs were indeed floppy and the monitor screen sported green lettering.

"But, like Sam, we all were impressed that it was all so much easier than dealing with typewriters, literally cutting out mistakes and pasting over them with new copy."

Conroy recalled how advances in technology paved the way for cost-savings and a reinvention of the publication. Prior to technological innovation, The Observer was printed and published by printers off campus with the help of SIUE's Ruth Armes-in what was known then as Graphics and Publications-producing the typesetting on galleys, which were then laid out by the graphics department.

"The cost to us for the typesetting and the layout were high," Conroy said. "Then I heard about the Macintosh, a computer with a tiny screen and a printer that would print out typesetter-quality galleys.

"I convinced Sam to purchase a Mac and a laser printer for a total of about $5,000."

Conroy said he and Stan took over the typesetting and layout using the new machines and considerably cut the cost of producing the newsletter. "Thank goodness the cost of that computer and printer was recaptured in the first year," Conroy said.

The next effort under Conroy was changing the newsletter to a newspaper-style layout and having it published by The Edwardsville Intelligencer. For nearly a decade the publication was produced in this way.

Declared a publication of record in 1993, The Observer would highlight "the activities of our faculty and staff through news and information reports, features, profiles, and through publication of policy matters," Conroy said.

In 1999, with the ever-growing popularity of e-mail and the Internet, Conroy made another change-publishing The Observer online, which became known as The O. "Gone were the days of newsprint, printer's ink and doing the mailing of some 2,500 of those papers every two weeks with the help of several student workers," he said.

The final change for The O came in 2004 when the content began being published as SIUE News in a linear format.

"We no longer tried to emulate a newspaper layout," Conroy said. "I'm happy to see the newsletter and the newspapers have been preserved digitally.

"Seeing these now brings back some great memories."

Conroy thanked Library & Information Services Dean Regina McBride and her staff, especially Steve Kerber, head of the Louisa H. Bowen University Archives & Special Collections at Lovejoy Library, for creating the new digital collection.

The digital version of the SIUE Observer, and other Library & Information Services Digital Collections and Exhibits, may be accessed at the website:

K. Ledford Is August EOM

3 December 2010, 8:58 am

Congratulations: Katherine Ledford, an office support specialist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the August recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. Because of scheduling conflicts, Ledford's award presentation did not occur until Thursday, Dec. 2, in the lobby of the Engineering Building. In the photo at right, Ledford is flanked by Professor Luis Youn, chair of the department, and Chris Gordon, assistant professor of construction and chair of that department. At far left is Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim. In addition to the plaque Ledford received, she was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant or other Dining Services locations and parking close to her office for the month. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

SIUE Housing Staff Member Wins Regional Case Study

23 November 2010, 4:30 pm

Jamie Matthews, the community director of Woodland Hall-one of four residence halls at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville-along with a colleague from Miami University of Ohio, were co-winners of the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) Regional Case Study Competition at the recent GLACUHO conference in Collinsville last month.

Matthews participated in the post-master's category of the competition-professionals with a master's and up to five years' experience. The case study is an opportunity for professionals to apply theory to practice in a competitive case study environment. The annual conference focuses on advancing professional knowledge and standards in the field of student housing. More than 70 educational program sessions were offered, with two keynote speakers who focused on partnerships with faculty and the economic impact on student housing, as well as the case study competition.

Thirteen teams participated in the post-Master's category of the competition. The teams represented all states within the GLACUHO region. Matthews and Phil Campbell, the co-winner from Miami University, completed two cases. They first completed a case against all teams in their division and then the top two teams had a "case off," which Matthews and Campbell won.

Commenting on the experience, Matthews said, "winning the case study competition was an honor. However, more than winning, the process was a great experience; providing an opportunity for feedback from fellow colleagues and peers in a challenging environment where we apply theory to practice."

For additional information on the GLACUHO conference, contact Amanda Stonecipher, (618) 650-4627 or by e-mail:

39th Annual SIUE Holiday Crafts Fair Set For Dec. 1-2

23 November 2010, 2:41 pm

The 39th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is set for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 1-2, in SIUE's Morris University Center.

Sponsored by the Morris University Center Print and Design Shop, there is no admission charge to attend the fair and the public is invited.

Items at the fair will include original works produced by local and regional artists and crafts persons. Many types of handmade goods will be available for purchase, including ceramics, wood, weaving, fiber, metal and glass, among others. Selections for purchase will include many articles suitable for holiday gifts.

For more information about obtaining booth space or about the fair itself, call Tom Ostresh in the Print and Design Shop, (618) 650-2178.

SIUE Charter School Students Hear Some of Poetry's Finest

19 November 2010, 10:17 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Charter High School students recently "ego-tripped" their way through the writings of some of the most gifted poets of the 21 st Century.

A group of students got a chance to listen to recorded readings of Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Nikki Giovanni, Eugene B. Redmond and Margaret Walker, reading respectively, "Still I Rise," "Rhythm Blues," "We Real Cool," "Won't You Celebrate With Me," "ego-tripping," Milestones" and "Molly Means."

Howard Rambsy II, associate professor of English language and literature and director of the Black Studies Program at SIUE, presented his Black Poetry Mixed Media Project. Students participated in an interactive experience, mixing poetry and culture. The students used an audio device to listen to various African-American poets reading their own poetry.

While students listened, they also read the poems and looked at various pictures on poster board presentations. The pictures were from the Eugene B. Redmond Collection at SIUE's Lovejoy Library. Redmond, who is East St. Louis Poet Laureate, is a professor emeritus. The poster boards and plaques displayed photos, poetry and biographical information about each poet.

In the photo above: Discussing the value and contributions of black poets is Howard Rambsy II, associate professor of English language and literature and director of the Black Studies Program at SIUE, with Charter High School student Henrie Wicks.

Retired Assistant Provost Rudy Wilson To Be Honored Nov. 16

11 November 2010, 5:42 pm

Several educators, including those from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will gather from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, to pay tribute to retired SIUE Assistant Provost for Cultural and Social Diversity Rudy Wilson by presenting a book of essays that was published in his honor. The book, Multiculturalism in the Age of the Mosaic: Essays in Honor of Rudolph G. Wilson (Nova Publishing, 2010), will be presented at the ceremony in the Hickory-Hackberry Room on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center,

A collection of essays that address issues of multiculturalism and diversity, it was edited by Michael O. Afọláyan, a former SIUE faculty member who is now assistant director for Academic Affairs for the Illinois Board of Higher Education. "This collection is a festschrift (a book honoring a respected person) that takes scholarship in multiculturalism one step beyond stereotypical discourses and procedural dimensions," Afọláyan said. "With a conglomerate of scholars from fields of education, anthropology, linguistics, and allied professions around the world providing critical perspectives from their expertise, what we see here is a rare scholarship that accentuates humanities at its best.

"A meta-textual document, this work provides the definition of 'multiculturalism' in its contents as well as in its contexts. It is as practical as it is theoretical," Afọláyan said. "This is one book that will pass the test of time and broaden the horizon of scholarship in libraries as well as in classrooms, research desks and in international policy making activities."

During his tenure in the Provost's office, Assistant Provost Wilson was responsible for SIUE's Minority Recruitment and Retention Program designed to recruit and retain outstanding minority faculty and students. He also sponsored programs dealing with "at risk" learning, mentor training, pedagogy and research, and was coordinator of the Johnetta Haley Scholarship Academy. In addition, Wilson coordinated the University's initiative on diversity, "Pathways to Harmony," which helped promote greater sensitivity to and positive awareness of gender, race, culture, lifestyle and disability issues on the SIUE campus.

In addition to Wilson, the ceremony will include SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson; Northeastern Illinois University President Sharon Hahs, former SIUE Provost; SIUE Assistant Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Venessa Brown; and Eugene Redmond, poet laureate of East St. Louis and professor emeritus of English language and literature at SIUE, among several others.

Wagner Potters Association Hosts 34th Annual Turkey Feast

10 November 2010, 2:04 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Wagner Potters Association is hosting the 34th Annual Turkey Feast from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Nov. 12 in the Art and Design Building Atrium on campus.

The event is a potluck turkey dinner and will conclude the ceramic area's visiting artist workshop, featuring Susan Beiner, professor of Art at Arizona State University. Grupo Bembe will provide live music during the event. The SIUE community is invited to attend and bring a dish.

The event is partly funded by Student Government. For more information contact the department of art and design, (618) 650-3146.

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