Former Surgeon General David Satcher to Speak on SIUE's 'Arts & Issues' Series Feb. 11
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) – Physician, scholar, and lifelong public health advocate, David Satcher speaks on "Politics, Opinions and Public Health: The Parting Words of a Surgeon General" on Tuesday, Feb. 11, as part of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Arts & Issues series. The 7:30 p.m. lecture will be held in the Meridian Ballroom of SIUE's Morris University Center.
"Dr. Satcher has been praised for the courage he has shown in tackling the health issues of our time," said John Peecher, assistant director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences and coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. "The observations he will offer here at the University are based on his experience as the 16th surgeon general of the United States under the Clinton administration."
Satcher was sworn in as surgeon general in February 1998. He also served as assistant secretary for health and human services from February 1998 to January 2001, making him only the second person in history to have held both positions of surgeon general and assistant secretary of health simultaneously.
This past fall Satcher was named director of the New Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Visiting Fellow with the Kaiser Family Foundation, spending time reflecting and writing about his experiences in government.
From 1993 to 1998, he served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Before that, he was president of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., from 1982 to 1993.
He was also professor and chairman of the Department of Community Medicine and Family Practice at Morehouse School of Medicine from 1979 to 1982, and he was on the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine and Public Health and the King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he developed and chaired the King-Drew Department of Family Medicine. From 1977 to 1979, he served as the interim dean of the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School. He also directed the King-Drew Sickle Cell Research Center for six years.
As surgeon general and assistant secretary for health, Satcher led the department's efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health, an initiative that was incorporated as one of the two major goals of Health People 2010, the nation's health agenda for the next ten years. He also released surgeon general's reports on tobacco and health; mental health, that was followed by supplements on children's mental health and culture; race and ethnicity; suicide prevention, that was followed by a national strategy to prevent suicide; oral health; sexual health and responsible sexual behavior; youth violence prevention; and obesity. A conference report on health disparities and mental retardation is forthcoming.
"We're very proud that Wendy Nehring, acting associate dean of SIUE's School of Nursing, was an invited and active participant in Dr. Satcher's conferences on health disparities and retardation," said Peecher.
Satcher is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical scholar and Macy faculty fellow. He is the recipient of nearly two dozen honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors, including top awards from the National Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and Ebony magazine. In 2000, he received the Didi Hirsch Erasing the Stigma Mental Health Leadership Award, and the National Association of Mental Illness Distinguished Service Award. In 1999, he received the Bennie Mays Trailblazer Award and the Jimmy and Roslyn Carter Award for humanitarian contributions to the health of humankind from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. In 1997, he received the New York Academy of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award.
Satcher graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1963 and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1970 with election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He did residence/fellowship training at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, UCLA and King-Drew. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American College of Physicians.
"Dr. Satcher has said that he would most like to be known as a surgeon general who listened to the American people and who responded with effective programs," Peecher said. "He continues to make it his mission to make health work for all groups in this nation."
Following Satcher's appearance on the 2002-2003 Arts & Issues series is Gloria Steinem – feminist, writer, and co-founder of Ms. magazine – who will address "What You've Always Wanted to Know About Feminism and Been Afraid to Ask" on March 19. The world-renowned Takacs Quartet come to SIUE on March 27, for an evening of Hayden and Beethoven, and Helen Thomas – a fixture of the White House pressroom for more than 40 years – concludes the season on April 8, offering her "Wit and Wisdom From the Front Row at the White House."
Tickets for David Satcher's appearance are $8. For ticket information, call 618/650-2626, or, from St. Louis toll-free, 888/328-5168, ext. 2626; visit the series' Web site at www.siue.edu/ARTS_ISSUES; or e-mail email@example.com. Admission includes free parking in the lots behind the Morris University Center or Katherine Dunham Hall.
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"SIUE, as a premier metropolitan university, will be recognized nationally for the excellence of its programs and development of professional and community leaders." -- SIUE's new vision statement
State of University Address: Chancellor Updates Campus On Progress Toward Achieving Strategic Plan
(EDWARDSVILLE) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor David Werner said the university continues to make strides toward a goal of being a "premier metropolitan university…the best of its kind" and laid out a plan for continued progress Wednesday in his sixth State of the University address.
The strategic plan was created last year by a group of more than 80 faculty, staff, students and community members. The committee took several months to create the plan and re-examine the mission, vision, values, and long-term goals of the university.
"Our vision is not to be just good," Werner said, "but to be 'premier.' We strive to be among the best, to set the standard for others to emulate. And, we can point to much evidence that we are premier, perhaps not yet in everything we do, but certainly in much of what we do."
The chancellor then outlined the plan based on seven long-term goals:
• Engaged students and capable graduates
• Innovative, high-quality programs
• Committed faculty and staff
• Harmonious campus climate
• Sound physical and financial assets
• Active community engagement
• Excellent reputation.
Werner pointed to enrollment growth, degrees awarded, strong accreditation reviews, survey and anecdotal evidence of the effectiveness of faculty and staff, a positive campus atmosphere, construction projects, success of students, the natural beauty of the campus, and unique programs as evidence of SIUE's success.
"In summary," he said, "budget difficulties notwithstanding, the state of the university is good. But, we must have a strategy to move forward over the coming years."
The chancellor said the "first and foremost" task in moving forward is to integrate the vision and long-term goals into the university's planning process. He said the University Planning and Budget Council (UPBC) is in the process of integrating its budget recommendations with the university's seven long-term goals to "complete the strategic plan."
He added, "But, the integration of the vision and goals into the life of the university must go beyond the work of the UPBC. By the end of this year, each unit needs to have measures of how it is doing on each of the long-term goals that apply to it. And, based on what the (initial) data shows, each unit needs plans to move forward."
Werner named "serious discussion" of the meaning of student engagement data, making the School of Pharmacy a reality, enhancing campus communication, securing funding for renovations to the Science Building, and continuing to enhance SIUE's reputation as being among the actions that should be priorities in short- and long-term planning.
He concluded his presentation by encouraging everyone affiliated with the campus to continue the steady progress of the university.
"Over the last year, we have made steps, some large, others small, in moving SIUE to achieve its vision, in making Edwardsville synonymous with academic excellence, in making this a great place for students to live and learn," Werner said. "We will continue to move in steps, not giant leaps, just as those who came before us moved the university forward a day, a week, a month at a time.
"Let us resolve to continue our progress this academic year, continuing into 2003 proud of our accomplishments, confident of our future, and knowing that the fruit of our labor will be our ability to say again next fall 'Now is the best time ever to be a student at SIUE.'"
Take a vacation, Change Your Life At Adlerian Institute
(EDWARDSVILLE) A journey into Adlerian Psychology may not sound like an interesting family vacation, but if you're looking to learn some new approaches to communication and cooperation and would enjoy a few high-summer days in the cool climate of Canada, listen up.
"Our summer institute really is a transforming experience for professionals and families interested in developing a system of real cooperation and teamwork," said Eva Dreikurs Ferguson, professor of psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. "We have experts come from around the world to teach about organizational, social, self-improvement and relationship issues."
The International Committee for Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes (ICASSI) was founded by Ferguson's father, Rudolf Dreikurs. The annual conference is held for two weeks in July and August in a different country every year. This year, it will be held July 27 through August 8 at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
ICASSI is dedicated to the teachings of Adler and Dreikurs. Adler, according to the institute that bears his name, "developed the first holistic theory of personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy that was intimately connected to humanistic philosophy of living."
That's another way of saying that Adler taught an approach to psychology and emotional health centered on the concept that the human being is also a part of larger wholes or systems, such as the family, or community. He taught that a feeling of "human connectedness," and a willingness to develop oneself fully and contribute to the welfare of others, are the main criteria of mental health.
"We stress these concepts in all our teachings (at ICASSI)," Ferguson said. "We draw a wide range of students…families, business leaders, attorneys, employee relations professionals. It's a very exciting, interdisciplinary environment. We have participants from all over the world, helping make this an exciting and enriching experience."
Course topics include "Psychology in the workplace," "Sexuality and Couples Relationships," "Families in Crisis," and "Constructive Communication." There also are children and youth programs led by expert staff members.
"This program presents life-changing strategies," Ferguson said. "It is a unique opportunity to gain a new perspective on yourself and your family, your workplace, your community."
For more information, go to the ICASSI website: www.icassi.org.
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SIUE Jazz Studies Director To Present Concert At Sheldon Hall
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Music Professor Brett Stamps—a jazz trombonist, conductor, composer, arranger and noted jazz educator—will present a concert of his big band jazz arrangements at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, as part of the Sheldon's Notes From Home Concert Series.
The evening of music will feature the SIUE Concert Jazz Band, as well as SIUE Music Professor Rick Haydon (guitar), SIUE Associate Music Professor Reggie Thomas (piano), and SIUE adjunct faculty members Tom Kennedy, Andy Tichenor, Jason Swagler, Jim Martin, and Miles Vandiver, all with the SIUE Jazz Studies Program.
Stamps, who is head of the SIUE jazz program, will conduct his arrangements of jazz standards such as Sugar, My One and Only Love, Giant Steps, Emily, Oleo, Yes Or No, and I Mean You, as well as compositions by Thomas, Haydon, and Ray Kennedy.
Admission is $5. For more information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900.
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'Auntie Anne's Pretzels' To Come To SIUE Morris University Center
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) – It won't be long before students, faculty, staff and visitors of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville find there's a new twist to the food offerings in the campus' Morris University Center (MUC). Auntie Anne's Pretzels is on its way!
"We've just signed a contract with Auntie Anne's, Inc., to bring their pretzel store to SIUE," said Mary Robinson, director of the Morris University Center. "When we asked students what they wanted to see in the renovation of the center, new food retail outlets were at the top of the list. That's why Starbucks is here, that's why Auntie Anne's Pretzels is coming."
Robinson said that if everything goes according to plans, the new pretzel store will open in mid-summer with a grand opening celebration to follow in the fall. Auntie Anne's will offer hand-rolled soft pretzels and Dutch ices from its location across from Union Station and Starbucks on the first floor of the MUC.
Anne Beiler, founder of Auntie Anne's Pretzels, got her first taste of entrepreneurship at the age of 12 when she baked cakes and pies for her family to sell at a farmer's market in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County. As an adult, Beiler ran a concession booth at a farmer's market selling everything from pizza to pretzels to help support her family. Eventually her hand-rolled pretzels became her most popular item, and soon Auntie Anne's Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels was born. The company now has stores nationwide in more than 600 locations in 42 states.
"In looking at potential food outlets, we wanted to be sure to offer a variety of options," said Robinson. "Auntie Anne's seemed to fit well into the mix of our expanded menu in the new Center Court, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Chik-Fil-A, the University Restaurant, and the new Casa Ortega Cantina that is scheduled to open by the spring of 2004 in Cougar Den." The Cantina will offer a variety of Mexican and Southwestern dishes.
The ongoing renovation of the Morris University Center is supported by a student fee increase that students approved through a referendum in 2000. Among the completed projects are new and brighter lighting throughout the building's main hallways, an expanded Union Station convenience store, new administrative offices, new offices for the Kimmel Leadership Center, a renovated and improved Meridian Ballroom, a new recreation center, a new copy center, and the aforementioned Starbucks and new Center Court. Work continues on the infrastructure of the building, as well as the creation of a computer lab, an improved conference center, and a renovated University Restaurant with outdoor dining.
The anticipated completion date for the Morris University Center renovations is Summer 2004.
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ICTM Mathematics Regional Contest At SIUE Feb. 22
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Some 300 students from 13 schools will compete at the regional level of the High School Mathematics Contest to be conducted at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Saturday, Feb. 22, according to coordinator Marilyn Hasty, an SIUE associate professor of Mathematics and Statistics.
Regionals will be conducted the same day throughout the state. Organized by the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) with financial support from CNA Insurance Companies, the statewide event will involve 250 schools at 21 regional sites.
Winners of the SIUE regional will advance to the state finals at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana on April 26. Skills to be tested include factoring logarithms, inequalities, logical reasoning, and creative analysis used in algebra through calculus.
Plaques and ribbons will be presented to individuals and schools with the best scores; an awards ceremony will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. at SIUE on the day of the competition.
The ICTM competition is open to any high school math teacher interested in observing, Hasty said. For more information, call (618) 650-2382.
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SIUE Small Business Development Center To Conduct Workshop
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Potential small-business owners can learn what it takes to become an entrepreneur by attending a Feb. 19 workshop sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Small Business Development Center.
The workshop, How To Start a Small Business, will be conducted twice at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., as a brief overview of start-up basics. It is a required course for all "micro-loan" applicants and is highly recommended for any prospective new business owner. Participants will be able to ask questions about start-up concerns and learn how to develop a cash-management plan.
For more information, call the SIUE Small Business Development Center, (618) 650-2929 or (618) 650-2669.
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'Linkages' Program Celebrates Black History, Heritage Feb. 18
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club will offer its annual Black Heritage Symposium from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Room 0003 of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center, 411 E. Broadway, East St. Louis.
The free, family event—with its theme of Linkages: Black History & Black Literature—will feature a cross-gender, intergenerational cast of poets and writers-also known as the Soular Systems Ensemble-which includes Darlene Roy, John Haynes Jr., Evon Udoh, Sherman Fowler, Patricia Merritt, K. Curtis Lyle, Sheryl Johnson, Roscoe Crenshaw, Christienne Hinz, Bala Baptiste, Sandra English, Bruce Petty, Charlois Lumpkin, and Eugene B. Redmond, a professor of English Language and Literature at SIU Edwardsville.
The program is co-produced by the National Black Writers Conference (Center for Black Literature) of Medgar Evers College at City University of New York, in Brooklyn, NY. MEC is named for the civil rights leader who was murdered in the 1960s.
Many of the tributes will take the form of a kwansaba, a seven-line poem of seven words per-line, invented by the writers club in the mid-1990s. For information about Linkages, call (618) 650-3991.
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Board Approves Awarding Two Honorary Degrees At May 10 Commencement
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A jazz legend and a world-renowned genetic biotechnologist will receive honorary degrees at the May 10 commencement at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, according to action taken today by the SIU Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting.
Recording artist John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, master of the seven-string guitar, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Music, and Roy Curtiss III, a professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science.
Pizzarelli, who has conducted workshops at SIUE for the university's Jazz Studies Program, has been an integral part of the music world for more than half a century. His career dates from 1943 when he was 17 and was asked to play guitar with the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra. During his career he has performed with the NBC Orchestra, toured with Benny Goodman, and performed with Goodman and Frank Sinatra at the White House. He also was featured on the late Charles Kuralt's CBS-TV Sunday Morning program in 1992.
In 1998, he played at the Carmichael Auditorium in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian Museum of American History exhibit, "Blue Guitars," with his son, John Pizzarelli Jr., a jazz recording artist in his own right.
Since the 1970s, Professor Curtiss and his research group have sought to define the biochemical bases and genetic controls by which bacterial pathogens cause tooth decay, gastroenteritis, typhoid fever, leprosy, pneumonia, and septicemia (blood-poisoning). Some of their groundbreaking research has been patented to develop commercial products that will prevent disease in animals and humans.
Curtiss discovered the development of plant-edible vaccines and holds three patents in this area. In 1997 he was named Missouri Inventor of the Year. Before joining the Washington University faculty, Curtiss was the Charles McCauley Professor of Microbiology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, where he established the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center.
In 1956, Curtiss earned a bachelor of science in agriculture from Cornell University and a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Chicago six years later. In 2001 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
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SIU Board Awards Bids For Outdoor Recreational Complex At SIUE
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has awarded bids totaling more than $500,000 to four Southwestern Illinois contractors for construction of the first phase of an outdoor recreational complex at SIU Edwardsville. The action was taken at the board's regular monthly meeting.
The four contractors are: Hart Contracting Inc., Alton, $308,497 for general work; Electrico Inc., Columbia, $119,734.00 for electrical; France Mechanical, Edwardsville, $64,000 for plumbing; and GRP Mechanical Co., Bethalto, $12,404 for ventilation.
The complex will be located across Northwest Road from the SIUE Early Childhood Center on what is now referred to as the Intramural Fields. The first phase of the two-phase project will include re-grading of the property, and construction of a lighted softball field and an 1,800-square-foot support building. It will be funded through a combination of Campus Recreation and Student Welfare and Activity Fees (SWAF), as well as operating funds.
The complex would provide enhanced multi-purpose use for Campus Recreation's intramural, recreational, and club sports programs to accommodate needs expressed by a growing population of residential students at the university. The second phase of the project will include a second lighted field.
According to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Narbeth Emmanuel, the complex will provide a quality environment for intramural sports. "There is a continuing demand for expanded outdoor intramural activities," Emmanuel said. "Since building the residence halls, we have seen a significant growth in the number of teams wanting to participate in intramural sports.
"The new outdoor complex addresses those needs, thereby enhancing the quality of campus life we provide our students."
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'Rutledge Memorial Electrical Engineering Scholarship' Established By Late Professor's Daughters
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) – As they grew up, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was a familiar place for Kathy Bretsch and her sister Carolyn Willmann. Their father, Robert Rutledge, joined the faculty of SIUE in 1962 as an instructor in the mathematics department, and the two sisters would often visit their father's office on campus.
Rutledge would go on to become a professor in the University's School of Engineering's electrical engineering department – becoming chair of that program in 1985 – and the two sisters themselves would become graduates of SIUE. The Rutledge family association with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville would be a long and happy one.
The association will continue now that Bretsch and Willmann have established the Dr. Robert B. Rutledge Memorial Electrical Engineering Scholarship Fund in memory of their late father.
"The Rutledge sisters have chosen a fitting tribute to their father, an instructor whose work was instrumental in creating one of the area's finest Schools of Engineering," said Sarah Hunt MacDougal, director of development for SIUE's School of Engineering. "We're most appreciative of their gift to establish this scholarship fund. While the school has many scholarship opportunities for its students, this is the first endowed scholarship intended to cover the full amount of a student's tuition."
With memorial gifts from friends, colleagues of their father, and family members, Bretsch and Willmann created the endowed scholarship, specifying that the award be given to a junior, senior or graduate student majoring in electrical engineering who has demonstrated academic merit in his or her chosen field of study. The sisters hope to increase the level of the endowment over time so that it will be able to cover housing costs in addition to tuition.
"In addition to the tribute to their father, this is a wonderful sign of support from our alumni," said MacDougal. Bretsch graduated from SIUE with a B.S. in mass communications, returning later to complete an MBA. Willmann also holds an MBA in addition to her undergraduate degree in accountancy, both from SIUE.
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The SIUE Black Theater Workshop Presents Joy And Pain
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Take a journey through the highs and lows, the ups and downs of relationships, all from an African-American perspective, as the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Black Theater Workshop, with its theme of Joy and Pain, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb.27-28 and March 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, all at the James F. Metcalf Theater.
The workshop features performances of scenes from August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Seven Guitars and Two Trains Running; Ron Milner's Checkmates; and Love Interrupted by SIUE student Joel P.E. King. The production also will feature poetry from the Harlem Renaissance, "fresh choregraphy," and music from the Urban Contemporary scene.
Admission is free; for more information, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.
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SIUE Indian Student Association Offers India Night On March 8
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Indian Student Association (ISA) of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will present India Night 2003, the "premier event" on the ISA's annual calendar, at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in Meridian Ballroom on the first floor of the Morris University Center.
The evening features a traditional Indian dinner, a classical dance by the Asha Prem Group, south Indian dance numbers, and the latest Hindi music and dance sequences from the Josh Group and Planet Josh. A traditional fashion show concludes the festivities by showcasing the clothing diversity of India.
Tickets are $12; SIUE students with a valid ID, $10, and may be purchased through Thursday, Feb. 27, at the SIUE Information Center on the first floor of the Morris Center. Tickets also are available on-line: www.sulekha.com/stlouis for $15. For more information, call Praveen Minumula, (618) 531-8579, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Women With A-'Peel' – The Guerrilla Girls Come to SIUE
'Masked Avengers' of Feminism Go Bananas Presenting A Theatrical History of Their Humorous Protests
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) – Audiences will be going "ape" as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's women's studies program celebrates Women's History Month with the outrageous 'masked avengers' of feminism, the Guerrilla Girls, on Tuesday, March 18, in the University's Dunham Hall theater.
"The Guerrilla Girls will present what they bill as a 'theatrical romp' through their history when they visit SIUE," said Martha Bailey, associate professor of political science and coordinator of the University's women's studies program. "They'll be arriving dressed in gorilla masks and throwing bananas to their audience before presenting a history of the group. The 'girls' will demonstrate how they get their ideas for using humor as a weapon to combat discrimination."
The Guerrilla Girls – a group of female artists, writers and performers – originated in 1985 as a response to an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The exhibit was a summary of the most significant contemporary art in the world featuring 169 artists. Only 13 of the artists in the exhibit were women.
The original protests were staged by women visual artists, but by the mid-90s the Guerrilla Girls had expanded to include not only visual artists, but also actors, playwrights, performance artists, costume designers and filmmakers. In 1996, some of the performing artists in the group formed a committee to discuss how they could address the lack of opportunities for women in film and theater. Because creating and displaying their infamous posters had become increasingly difficult for the Girls, and because plays and films were shown inside of theaters, the group decided to create satirical stickers they could paste inside toilet stalls to amuse and provoke an audience.
When the Guerrilla Girls voted in 2001 to split into three wings, the film and theater committee became "Guerrilla Girls on Tour," dedicated to bringing the spirit of feminism, activism and performance around the world. They packed their bags and went on tour with the piece they will be presenting at SIUE – "The Guerrilla Girls' Gig." The performance combines the didacticism of a slide lecture with the rhythms of vaudeville.
The Guerrilla Girls On Tour has 13 active members: Aphra Behn, Fanny Brice, Coco Chanel, Alice Childress, Hallie Flanagan, Lorraine Hansberry, Edith Head, Louisa Honor de Medina, Julia Philips, Diana Sands, Gertrude Stein, Sophie Treadwell and Anna May Wong. (The members eschew real names in favor of those of pioneering female artists.)
"The Guerrilla Girls Gig" at SIUE is free and open to the public; however seating is limited.
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SIUE 'Arts & Issues' to Present Gloria Steinem
Feminist to Speak Wednesday, March 19
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) – As a feminist, writer, and co-founder of Ms. magazine, Gloria Steinem has embodied the idea of equal rights for women. Her voice and her ideas have shaped the direction women are moving today. She will speak about "What You've Always Wanted to Know About Feminism and Been Afraid to Ask" as part of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Arts & Issues series at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, in the Meridian Ballroom of the Morris University Center.
"SIUE is celebrating 'Women's History Month' in March, and it seemed logical for Arts & Issues to present a prominent figure from the women's movement," said John Peecher, assistant director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences and coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. "When I spoke with women on campus, the name that always topped their list of who they would like to hear speak was Gloria Steinem. It is exciting to have one of America's leading feminist voices in the late 20th century – and today – coming to SIUE to speak."
Gloria Steinem was born on March 25, 1934, in Toledo, Ohio. After her parents' divorce, the young Steinem was left to care for both herself and her mother who suffered from chronic depression. Steinem won a scholarship to Smith College, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in 1956. Upon her graduation, she won a fellowship for two years of study in India at the Universities of Delhi and Calcutta.
While in India, Steinem became involved with the nonviolent protest movement, joining a group called the Radical Humanists to protest governmental policy in the bitterly divided southern region of India. She returned to the United States with a new awareness of social and political issues, especially those of wealth and poverty.
In 1960, Steinem began a career as a freelance writer and journalist in New York City. She earned both popular and critical notice with her 1963 article "I Was a Playboy Bunny," published in Show magazine. In that piece, Steinem recounted (often ironically) her three-week experience working undercover as a waitress in a New York Playboy Club and exposed the low wages and poor working conditions to which she and her fellow "bunnies" were subjected. By the mid-1960s, Steinem had published a number of pieces in some of the country's leading publications and garnered a good deal of respect from her colleagues and readers for her incisive and witty reporting about celebrities and political figures alike.
Steinem joined the founding staff of New York magazine as a contributing editor in 1968. She began writing a column for the magazine, "City Politic," in which she voiced her support for a number of liberal causes. Soon, Steinem had become much more overtly political in her writing, especially after she attended a 1968 meeting of the Redstockings, a New York-based feminist group. At that time, the rise in female participation in both the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam War movement had spurred a rebirth of the women's liberation movement, which had been dormant for some time. Steinem embraced the new wave of feminists in the late 1960s, and became arguably the most articulate and outspoken leader of their cause.
With Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, and Betty Friedan, Steinem formed the National Women's Political Caucus in 1971 to encourage active female participation in the 1972 presidential election. Steinem herself was extremely active in the election that year, arguing for an abortion plank to be included in the Democratic platform and protesting the lack of non-white and female delegates at the party's national convention in Miami.
Ms. magazine, of which Steinem was the founding editor, first appeared as an insert in the December 1971 issue of New York. Its premiere issue in January 1972 sold out, and circulation soon reached 500,000. Steinem served as editor for the next 15 years, then as a columnist, and from 1988 she has been a consulting editor.
In 1983, Steinem published her first book, a collection of her articles and essays entitled Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions. Three years later, she published Marilyn, a biography of the screen icon Marilyn Monroe from a feminist perspective, which many saw as an appropriately sympathetic and feminist counterpoint to Norman Mailer's somewhat sensationalist 1973 biography of Monroe. Steinem's next book, Revolution from Within (1992), was a highly personal look at the way an individual's self-esteem affects and is impacted by society, and in 1994 she released a collection of essays, Moving Beyond Words.
In September 2000, Steinem was married for the first time, at the age of 66, to David Bale, a South African-born entrepreneur. The couple divides their time between New York and Bale's home base of Los Angeles.
Following Steinem's appearance on the 2002-2003 Arts & Issues series is the world-renowned 2003 Grammy Award-winning Takacs Quartet on March 27, for an evening of Hayden and Beethoven, and Helen Thomas – a fixture of the White House pressroom for more than 40 years – concludes the season on April 8, offering her "Wit and Wisdom From the Front Row at the White House."
Tickets for Gloria Steinem's appearance are $8. For ticket information, call 618/650-2626, or, from St. Louis toll-free, 888/328-5168, ext. 2626; visit the series' Web site at www.siue.edu/ARTS_ISSUES; or e-mail email@example.com. Admission includes free parking in the lots behind the Morris University Center or Katherine Dunham Hall.
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SIUE Master Of Social Work Program Receives Accreditation
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Master of Social Work Program has been awarded accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Council is the national accrediting organization for social work educational programs in the United States.
Achievement of accreditation affirms the quality of SIUE's MSW program, said Professor Thomas Regulus, chair of the SIUE Department of Social Work. "The accreditation standards set by the CSWE indicates a level of quality program performance that is recognized nationwide by the higher education community."
Regulus pointed out that graduation from an accredited social work program is a requirement for licensing to practice social work in many states including Illinois and Missouri. "The university's MSW program, implemented in 1997, serves students in both states," Regulus said, "but primarily in the St. Louis and Southwestern Illinois region.
"The Department of Social Work's MSW program sees its active presence in the Southwestern Illinois region as a force for social change and for the development of greater social and economic justice among the region's diverse population," Regulus said. "Within this vision, the MSW program's mission is to preserve, promote, and achieve the social well being of all individuals, families, groups, and communities through the education of competent and ethical advanced social work practitioners.
"Our mission includes strengthening the profession of social work and supporting the social and economic development of Southwestern Illinois through scholarship and public service."
Regulus said approximately 150 social workers have graduated from the program over the past five years. The Metro-East Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and many social work practitioners and agencies in the Metro East and St. Louis area have been supporters of and instrumental in the development and growth of the program."
The program currently prepares students for practice with children and families, and in health, mental health, and disability services. A school social work certification program is expected to be added to the curriculum in the next academic year. For more information about enrollment in the MSW program, call the SIUE Department of Social Work, (618) 650-5758.
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SIUE Choir Director Is "Renaissance Man" To His Students
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) If someone suggested that Joel Knapp is a Renaissance man, he would politely brush the comment aside, but he might point out he's the conductor who has taken the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Concert Choir twice to the Renaissance Fair in Kansas City.
He's also the SIUE choir director who started the university's Madrigal Dinner, featuring choir students singing madrigals during the holidays. The annual dinner has caught the attention of Edwardsville-Glen Carbon residents who have flocked to the event two years in a row.
"When I took over the choral program at SIUE four years ago, I had three men in the choir," Knapp said. "Now, there are 45, which provides a much better balance in the sound."
Knapp acknowledges the work of his predecessor, now-Emeritus Music Professor Leonard Van Camp, who built the program into a powerhouse over three decades. Knapp said he has been working to continue that tradition. Van Camp started the program at SIUE in the early 1960s and during his tenure took the choirs around the world, performing in concerts and competitions.
But, in the years before Van Camp's retirement, recruiting became a problem. "It's been tough, but I've tried to turn that around, but with tight budgets, it's not easy to offer many scholarships," Knapp said. "I'd like to see us build another strong tradition such as Leonard created in the 1980s."
Knapp must be doing something right. The Concert Choir recently won a statewide competition among high school and college choirs to sing at the annual Illinois Music Educators Association Conference in Peoria, a prestigious achievement. "It was a blind audition," Knapp said, "in that participants sent a recording and the judges decided who would perform without knowing who was auditioning.
"Four choirs were selected from more than 50 and we were the only college choir chosen. I was proud of the choir's achievement and it was a thrill to stand in front of them at the concert. They were singing for many important music teachers in the state. It was intimidating but they did a great job."
But the choirs aren't all about competitions. "In addition to the Madrigal Dinner, we also sing an early fall concert, a Christmas concert, a major works concert with the SIUE orchestra in late spring, and a Broadway concert in late winter. "And, recently we had a chance to sing before an Eventide service at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. We sang with that incredible pipe organ at the cathedral and it was very exciting for the students."
As an educator, Knapp must balance the music curriculum with the performance time. "It's part of my educational plan to perform major works from all the musical eras in a two-year rotation. "And, I have to plan programs that are appealing to audiences in addition to being educational for the students."
Knapp continues to conduct the Community Choral Society, a group of about 100 singers from the surrounding communities that was begun by Van Camp. "It's an outreach group and it also allows the Concert Choir and the University Singers to perform with a larger group.
"And, we provide a creative outlet for the community," Knapp pointed out, "because once you've sung in a mixed choir, it gets in your blood. If you don't have opportunities to sing later, it takes away a big chunk of your spirit."
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SIUE International Trade Center To Conduct Roundtable Series
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Illinois Trade Office, and United Parcel Service will begin a forum in March for exchanging ideas and experiences on international trade through roundtable discussion.
The Business Roundtable Series will provide a forum for regional firms and foreign market experts to conduct in-depth discussions about specific market opportunities. Attendees will also participate in videoconferencing sessions. The first program is set from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, in Room 3307 of SIUE's Founders Hall. The topic will be "Business Opportunities in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean Region".
This discussion will include a live videoconference with trade specialists from the U.S. Commercial Service in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, followed by a roundtable discussion with representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Illinois Trade Office to address important issues regarding the region.
Space is limited; early registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call the SIUE International Trade Center, (618) 650-2452.
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SIUE Hockey Club Team Wins MACHA Division II Championship
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougar Hockey Club won the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) Division II Silver Tier Championship after defeating powerhouse Robert Morris College recently at the East Alton Ice Arena.
It was the same matchup that left the Cougars in defeat during the 2001-02 championships, which led many to worry about "déjà vu all over again" this year, said Coach Larry Thatcher. "From 'worst to first' in a period of six years is quite a feat from any organization," Thatcher said. "This accomplishment is testament to the character and dedication of the players involved."
Thatcher praised the student-athletes who worked hard to build the club since its inception at SIUE in 1996 and then moved on after graduation. He also praised later members for believing in the program even after it had languished for a season, working to re-establish the team for the 1998-99 season.
"These were some character guys who had a tremendous impact on the formation and the success of this club," he said. "I'm happy that the freshmen players were able to get to know the seniors who were leaving, because they were able to experience the veteran presence in the locker room."
Although the team had a losing return season in 2000-01, the players battled back to go to the championships the following season. "The 2001-02 season was a turn around year for the club," Thatcher said. "Building on the foundation set in place the two previous seasons, new players began to arrive and the team got back on track and went 18-9-1 for the year. They finished first but came up short in the championships against Robert Morse College. Beating them to win the championship this year made it that much sweeter."
A ceremony to recognize the hockey Cougars is set for 12:15 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Goshen Lounge of the Morris University Center.
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SIUE & St. Louis Blues to Score Books for Kids
Fans to Have Chance To Win Team Signed Jersey
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the St. Louis Blues Hockey team have joined forces to promote literacy throughout the Metro East. On Saturday, March 22, SIUE's "Book In Every Home" early childhood literacy campaign will collect new book donations and cash for the purchase of new books at the Savvis Center during the Blues hockey game.
"We're absolutely thrilled to embark upon this partnership with the St. Louis Blues hockey team," said Kay Werner, SIUE "Book In Every Home" chairperson. "Rather than 'bleeding blue,' as the Blues' slogan suggests, we hope that many six-week to five-year-olds in the Metro-East will be 'reading blue' after our campaign!"
About 60 "Book In Every Home" volunteers will collect new books and cash donations beginning at 1 p.m. at the Savvis Center entrances as the Blues face their rivals, the Detroit Red Wings, on March 22. The game will begin at 2 p.m. and collections for the books will end after the first period. Each person who donates a new book or cash will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win an official team-signed St. Louis Blues jersey. The winner will be announced that day during the final period of the game.
"Our ultimate goal is to generate excitement about literacy and reading to young children," added Werner. "This partnership with the St. Louis Blues and others in the community reinforces the importance of helping young children develop a passion for reading that will last a lifetime. Think back and remember the pure excitement surrounding a moment in your childhood when you received a new book. We are recreating this feeling for thousands of children in Illinois, many of whom are at-risk."
In addition to the effort with the St. Louis Blues, SIUE's "Book In Every Home" campaign works hand-in-hand with the St. Louis Rams Foundation to promote literacy in the Metro-East. Jackie Joyner-Kersee is the honorary chairperson for the 2003 campaign.
The "Book In Every Home" campaign officially kicked-off in January and will run through March. Book collection points for the campaign include the SIUE Bookstore, the centers of SIUE Early Childhood, SIUE Head Start and Riverbend Head Start & Family Services, and more. A complete listing of book drop-off points and additional information is available at the campaign's website, www.siue.edu/BOOKS.
SIUE's "Book In Every Home" campaign began in 1998, and now distributes more than 3,000 books each year to local Head Start and early childhood programs in the Illinois counties of Madison and St. Clair, including SIUE Head Start, SIUE Early Childhood and Riverbend Head Start & Family Services.
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