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Minnesota Dance Theatre To Perform For SIUE's Arts & Issues Series

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Minnesota Dance Theatre (MDT), with some of the world's best classically trained dancers, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as part of SIUE's Arts & Issues series. The concert will take place in Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

Critics have described the MDT as a "tour de force that (leaves) some onlookers cheering and … others spellbound." Under the direction of Lise Houlton, an acclaimed dancer and former member of the American Ballet Theatre and the Stuttgart Ballet, MDT performs with breathtaking versatility that shines through in the company's dynamic repertoire of classic ballet and contemporary works.

"The excitement generated at a performance by the Minnesota Dance Theatre is a pleasure to behold," says John Peecher, coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. "The company's repertoire is a tapestry of work that expresses the very spirit of dance and choreographic adventures.

"The MDT is an excellent finish to a highly successful Arts & Issues season."

SIUE's Arts & Issues program is in its 21st season of presenting world-class performers and noted speakers to Southwestern Illinois audiences.

Founded in 1962, Minnesota Dance Theatre celebrates a deep and personal connection to its past and is presently flourishing by creating and commissioning new dance repertoire. MDT is renowned as one of Minnesota's cultural treasures with an eclectic international voice that builds upon a 40-year tradition.

In addition to a full professional performance series, the MDT's mission is to foster talent by providing a comprehensive classical and contemporary training curriculum, focused on the technical and artistic demands of a professional dance career. Toward that goal, the MDT provides students with performing opportunities that encourage and further their skills and talents.

Tickets for the March 17 concert are $24; students, $12, and are available by contacting the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or at the Web site:

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I. Kang dies; was emeritus professor of Physics

Ik-Ju Kang of Glen Carbon, professor emeritus of Physics, died Friday, Feb. 24, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He was 77. His wife, Hee Yong Kang, survives.

Joining SIUE in 1969 in what was then known as the division of Science and Engineering, Kang became a full professor in 1970 in the division of Science and Technology, which later became the School of Sciences and then the College of Arts and Sciences. Kang had been a faculty member in the department of Physics at SIU Carbondale before coming to the Edwardsville campus. He retired from SIUE in 1998.

Before coming to SIU, Kang had been a research associate at Brandeis University and an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts.

A native of Korea, Kang began his career as a meteorologist, earning three degrees at Yonsei University and, later, a doctorate in physics at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

A former department chair at SIUE, Kang was named an Outstanding Educator of America in 1971 and also served as president of the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the state chapter of the national association for physics teachers in high schools, colleges, junior college, and universities.

During his career at SIUE, Kang received numerous research grants, including three from the National Science Foundation. After he retired, Kang continued his research and in 2004 patented a mathematical formula for calculating the direction of hurricanes, making the formula part of a software package he hoped to market to meteorologists.

Memorials may be made to the Kavlico Endowment which funds the Ik-Ju Kang Student Scholarship, Attn: Marilyn Marsho, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1608.

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Pharmacy, NCERC Join Forces To Improve Fermentation Processing

A $600,000 National Science Foundation grant to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy will breathe life into a three-year research study, addressing microbial growth and monitoring during bioprocessing.

"Sensitive and specific detection of microbial competition during processing has significant economic potential," said Ron Worthington, an assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy and the project's principal investigator. "Careful monitoring should improve efficiency in the bioprocessing industries and lower costs, while increasing yields."

Co-principal investigators are Rodney Bothast, director of research at the National Corn-to-Ethanol Center (NCERC) in SIUE's University Park, and SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs, who represents SIUE in the NSF Partnerships for Innovation Program.

"The hope is that developing real-time microbial monitors will provide the opportunity for improved efficiencies in all biomanufacturing processes" Worthington said. "Scientists will focus on ways to reduce microbial competition in biological production systems."

Timothy Leathers and Kenneth Bischoff of the National Center for Agriculture Utilization Research, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are collaborators in the project.

"The overall objective is to develop a biosensor device that detects competition automatically," Worthington added.

Philip Medon, dean of the SIUE School of Pharmacy, applauded this "unique interdisciplinary collaboration" at the University. "It combines a new academic venture at SIUE in concert with the NCERC and the USDA, and has enormous commercial potential."

The SIUE School of Pharmacy, which offers a professional program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy, values excellence in teaching, pharmacy practice, research/scholarship and service, and adds a new research discipline in the region.

NCERC is a non-profit research center that investigates new technologies and provides services to clients inside and outside the University market. Professionals at the center participate in grant-funded research projects involving renewable fuels, and offer training programs for people interested in research-oriented careers.

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SIUE International Trade Center To Conduct Roundtable

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, as well as Polster, Lieder, Woodruff & Lucchesi L.C. and FedEx will conduct a roundtable from 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, for exchanging ideas and experiences on international trade through discussion.

Guest panel members include Jennifer Boger, of the Department of Commerce, and Jonathan Soifer and Nelson Nolte, both of Polster, Lieder, et al.

The International Roundtable Series provides a forum for regional firms and foreign market experts to conduct in-depth discussions about specific international marketing opportunities. The session is scheduled in the Technology and Management Center, on South Research Drive in SIUE's University Park. The topic will be "Intellectual Property Rights Protection (IPR) In Global Markets And Trade Agreements".

"IPR protection by national governments costs companies billions in lost revenue every year, according to Silvia Bowman, director of the SIUE International Trade Center. "IPR issues expose many small companies to significant business risk. This panel will provide ideas to help minimize such risk by arming businesses with practical guidance on what to do to protect intellectual property rights in the global market."

The panel will discuss strategies for safeguarding interests abroad and guide business owners to U.S. Government resources and tools in this area. The program also will address important issues related to international trade agreements, including enforcement, foreign trade barriers and American firms' rights.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Are standards and certifications keeping you out of a market?
  • Are you unable to register a patent, trademark, or copyright with a foreign government?
  • What can you do to protect yourself against IPR infringement?
  • Learn what the Department of Commerce is doing to ensure that U.S. industry benefits from trade agreements.
  • Learn about programs available to protect companies' intellectual property rights, how to fight back against IP theft and how to keep fakes out of global supply chains.
  • Protecting and enforcing IP rights in China

The fee is $35 per person; space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the SIUE International Trade Center by telephone: (618) 650-3851 or (618) 650-2452, or by e-mail: Also visit the Web site:

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SIUE Professor Gets Funding for Alzheimer's Care Research

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Virginia Cruz hopes the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing can make a difference when it comes to providing care to patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Using money provided by Mallinckrodt Inc., a global health-care company based in Hazelwood, Mo., Cruz will study how to manage problem behavior associated with Alzheimer's among patients in four area long-term care facilities. An associate professor, Cruz received $3,845 in grant money.

Two nursing facilities in Illinois and two in Missouri are participating in the study, which will continue through June, Cruz said. She noted a dementia-care coordinator is selected in each facility to serve as a support and resource person for the staff.

The study will find ways to improve the quality of nursing care that patients receive in long-term settings. A portion of the grant money will be used to purchase books on dementia care for the nursing staff in each of the four facilities, Cruz said.

Through the research initiative, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nurse assistants will receive training tailored to address the needs of Alzheimer's patients.

"My goal is to apply research to practice," Cruz said. "The positive response of the staff members to the theory-based educational program exceeds my personal expectations. The program provides staff with insight to the dementia residents' behavior and interventions appropriate to the causative factors."

Cruz said she will create a manual as a resource for future employee training initiatives. Following training, Cruz said she will immediately determine the trained nursing staff's degree of knowledge about Alzheimer's and any changes in residents' behaviors. Afterwards, she will again assess both factors at three months and six months.

Denise Nolte, director of Adult Day Services for St. Anthony's Health Center in Alton, said she supports the program, which has influenced the attitudes of the nursing staff at her facility. "The research study is stimulating the nursing staff's thinking to re-evaluate the nursing care of the dementia residents," Nolte said.

"It is introducing new ways to improve nursing care using research."

SIUE Graduate Student Sabeena Faiz, a registered nurse who earned a BSN from SIUE and is now in the Family Nurse Practitioner program, will assist Cruz.

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A Season For The Child Ends The '05-06 Season With The Box Wars

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A Season for the Child series-co-sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) and TheBANK of Edwardsville-ends its 17th annual season with the Imaginary Theatre Company's (ITC) production of The Box Wars at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18, in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

Audiences from 4-7 years of age will enjoy this great ITC presentation from Kim Esop Wylie, who asks the musical question: Can a box actually be more than just a box? As the youngest among us still know, we can journey through the real and imagined, using only the power of our creativity to guide us.

The Box Wars is set in a very familiar space for most of us, the backyard-or specifically, Milly and Ben's backyard. Playwright Wylie shows us the importance of friendships and sharing.

Individual tickets for each show are $5-children and adults. For more information, call the Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774.

A Season for the Child is in its 17th year of presenting family-oriented theater to Southwestern Illinois audiences. The series features professional theater troupes from St. Louis that stage adaptations of various children's stories, using interactive techniques that not only delight children and parents, but also provide a learning experience.

The ITC, which is the traveling arm of the Repertory Theatre Company of St. Louis, has been working with FOTAD for nearly two decades, continuing to produce fine family-oriented theater.

Tickets for The Box Wars are $5 per person and may be obtained through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

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SIUE Jazz Studies Director To Present Concert At Sheldon Hall

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music will present the Fifth Annual SIUE Jazz-at-the-Sheldon Concert featuring big band jazz arrangements at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis.

The evening of music will feature the SIUE Concert Jazz Band, with SIUE Music Professors Rick Haydon (guitar) and Reggie Thomas (piano), as well as SIUE faculty members Jason Swagler, Andy Tichenor, and Miles Vandiver. They will be joined by special guest artists Clay Jenkins (trumpet) and Jeff Campbell (bass) from the Eastman School.

Musical selections will include jazz standards such as Stella, Dolphin Dance, East of the Sun, Serpent's Tooth, Polka Dots & Moonbeams, and Triste in addition to selections from the recently released Eastern Central Pacific Standard Time CD from Rick Haydon, Reggie Thomas, Jeff Campbell, and Harold Jones. The concert will conclude with a special tribute to Duke Ellington.

Admission is $5. For more information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900.

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Edwardsville Couple Makes Largest Cash Donation In SIUE History

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An Edwardsville couple has announced today a $2 million gift to help build a 56,000-square-foot Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wrestling complex.

Mark Mestemacher, a partner in Ceres Consulting LLC in Fairmont City, and his wife, Carol, said the new complex would serve as a world-class facility for wrestling but also would contain "smart" classrooms to enhance academic facilities for student-athletes.

The couple also pointed out that the building would be used for other youth wrestling events. Mestemacher is very active with youth wrestling in the Edwardsville area and is one of the founders of the SIUE Friends of Wrestling.

"We want to create a top-notch center for wrestling at the University level and at the community level," Mestemacher said. "We also want the complex to include facilities that provide a high-tech learning environment for SIUE student-athletes to help them succeed academically."

Mestemacher last year endowed the Danny McGinnis Memorial Scholarship to provide monetary assistance for SIUE wrestlers. The couple's gift today is the largest single cash donation in the University's history.

SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift said the Mestemachers share the SIUE vision to be nationally known for its quality programs. "A state-of-the-art wrestling complex will allow us to attract national competitions, training camps, and tournaments," Vandegrift said. "The Mestemachers have made a lead gift to build one of the premier facilities in the country."

The new complex would house a wrestling-training site of Olympic caliber, Mestemacher said, including a 10-mat competition area, one of only a few in the country, as well as seating for 3,000 spectators. The facility also would contain locker rooms, training areas, and practice space for the University's volleyball program.

Intercollegiate Athletics Director Bradley L. Hewitt said he hoped the Mestemacher's lead gift will spark others to supply the needed resources to complete the project. "This is an exciting plan that ultimately will continue to further our wrestling program, while also serving the region" Hewitt said.

"Mark and Carol's generous gift and those that will follow will allow us to build this facility which in turn will help us build a premiere wrestling program at SIUE." Hewitt said the complex also would be an excellent venue for regional and national wrestling tournaments for all age groups. "We're planning this as a world-class facility," he said. "There are very few 10-mat facilities in the country built specifically for wrestling," he said.

Hewitt said the complex could be built near the softball fields along Stadium Road, although no location plans have been finalized at this time.

Referring to the $2 million gift as the largest single cash donation SIUE has ever received, Vice Chancellor for University Relations G. Patrick Williams said the Mestemachers' commitment to the Intercollegiate Athletics program at SIUE is much appreciated. "Mark and Carol are great supporters of this University and its Athletics program," Williams said, "and we are extremely thankful for their commitment.

"Mark's love of wrestling has been shown through his tireless efforts with the Edwardsville Wrestling Club and the Friends of Wrestling," Williams said. "We look forward to working together to enhance the program."

Vandegrift added that the Mestemachers' gift is part of the ongoing positive momentum of the University. "Great things are happening all around us at SIUE," he said. "This gift will help to drive excitement for this and other campus projects.

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SIUE School Of Business To Mark International Business Week

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Stephan König, of the Fachhochschule in Hannover, Germany, and area professionals will visit Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to discuss the implications of international business Feb. 20-24. The visits are part of the Third Annual International Business Week presented by the SIUE School of Business.

SIUE exchange students will have an opportunity to meet Dr. König at a reception at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Room 3307 of SIUE's Founders Hall. König will speak on the topic of Can You Compete? at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Room 2401 of SIUE's Alumni Hall.

Gary Giamartino, dean of the School of Business, said the business environment has become increasingly global, and students want experience and education in international business. "Our International Business Week activities will provide opportunities to bring a better understanding of international issues to students, while exposing them to regional business leaders in the community."

Throughout the week, König and visitors from the local business community, as well as exchange students and students who have recently studied abroad, will be speaking to business, social science, language, and literature classes. They will offer insights into the differences in cultural practices and ethical bases, and what SIUE students can do to make themselves more attractive and useful in a global firm.

Visitors from the local business community will include Terry Arndt, president of Success Consulting; Tom Borcherding, senior vice president of Global Medical Sales at the ROHO Group; George Hibbard, former director of the Industrial Offset Group at Boeing; Larry Kirschner, senior vice president of Foreign Exchange at Wells Fargo; and Eric Herrera, manager of Midwest Language Specialists, to name a few.

The SIUE School of Business is an active participant in international exchange programs, sending SIUE faculty and students each year to its exchange partners in France, Germany, England, Hungary, Mexico, The Netherlands, and China. For more information, visit the International Programs Web site:

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36th Annual Antiques Show Set For March 18-19 At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Nearly 70 dealers in antiques from the Midwest will display and sell a variety of items including furniture, fine glass, porcelain, china, tools, toys, and books Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19, at the 36th Annual Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Antiques Show and Sale at SIUE's Vadalabene Center.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of Lovejoy Library, will take place in the center's gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free informal appraisals with paid admission (2 item limit) will be offered Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-3 p.m.

Tickets are $6 and are available at the door; tickets are good for both days. For a $10 fee, "early bird" patrons may enter the show between 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday. Children under 13 years of age are admitted free. For more information, call the Friends of Lovejoy Library, (618) 650-2730.

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SIUE Is Calling All Young Entrepreneurs

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Calling all students-grades 6 through 12-the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business wants to put you on the track to success.

inventors The first Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase, hosted by the Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center at SIUE will take place April 8. Those who hope to participate need to start thinking of creative and innovative contributions, said Kristine Polo, director of the SIUE Entrepreneurship Center.

Children will present products, services or ideas during a convention-type show in SIUE's Vadalabene Center. Categories such as best booth design, best business idea, and best business card design are being organized to feature work. The program hopefully will spark interest in business among young people, and introduce them to the University, Polo said.

A line of handbags or specialty T-shirts, or marketing materials for a lawn or landscaping service might be a few of the ideas for students to present at the event. The Center is working as a partner with the SIUE Small Business Development Center. Both centers are part of the SIUE School of Business.

Throughout the day, there will be seminars for children and adults, featuring how to write a business plan and how to start a business. Individuals who might be interested in purchasing children's products will be on hand to peruse booths.

Along with participants, the

Members of the Collegiate Entrepreneur's Organization (CEO) will sell food at the event, and judge participants' idEntrepreneurship Center is hoping to attract sponsors for advertising, booth fees, and participant prizes.

Those interested in receiving a form to register for the program are encouraged to call (618) 650-2166. The Entrepreneurship Center serves a 10-county region, including Madison, Bond, Macoupin, Jersey, Calhoun, Randolph, Clinton, Monroe, St. Clair, and Washington counties.

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Congratulations: Linda Ellis (second from right), a secretary for University Housing, is the Employee of the Month for February. She was nominated for the recognition by Matt Crouse (far right), hall director at Bluff Hall. With Ellis and Crouse in the photo, from left, are Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Narbeth Emmanuel; Mike Schultz, director of Housing;.and Karen Ash, supervisor of departmental information for Housing. In addition to the framed certificate Ellis received, she was awarded a $25 gift certificate from the University Bookstore, lunch coupons from the University Restaurant, and parking privileges near her office for a month.(SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

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The Dispute features cast members (R to L) Jordon Villines, of Morris City, as the bride, Stephen "Mayo" Ploch, of Decatur, as the groom, and Vanessa Sotomayor, of Mattoon; David Mitchell, of Chicago (60634), Rachel Hanks, of Arnold, Mo.; Philip Leveling, of Glen Carbon; Amanda K. Oefelein, of Woodstock; and David Whitacre, of Lindenhurst. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

Marivaux Comedy To Be Presented At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) What do you have when you mix an 18th century French comedy with modern technology and a shade of MTV chic? If you're at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, you can bet you'll get a play directed by Assistant Theater and Dance Professor Chuck Harper.

Harper is known for his unusual stagings at the University but even he admits this upcoming production of Marivaux's The Dispute is a stretch even for him. "I've been known to direct odd scripts and playing up the weirdness on stage," Harper said. "But this is the first time I've taken a 'normal' play and made it weird."

The Dispute opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, and continues at the same curtain time through Saturday, and then at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, all in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

The Dispute has been called a fable that contemplates the genesis of love, desire, passion and infidelity, while chronicling a fanciful experiment. Four children-two boys and two girls-are reared in isolation, under the premise that each will fall in love with the first attractive person of the opposite sex. They presumably answer the age-old riddle: "Who is more unfaithful in love-men or women?"

The action of this production will be contained within a gigantic, open-ended box onstage that also will serve as a projection screen for computer-generated visuals.

Harper said he chose to set the play, which was written in 1744, in two time periods-the "experiment" portion of the play will be done in "a kind of contemporary LA" style, while the children will be costumed in a "modernized French Baroque" style, Harper said. He explained Marivaux's work went largely unnoticed in the world outside of France until about two decades ago. "Marivaux's work is as important in France as the plays of Molière," Harper pointed out. "Once there was some interest in the United States in the French playwright's work, he began to gain a larger stage."

The Triumph of Love, also by Marivaux, has been produced on U.S. campuses quite a few times over the years. "The problem with The Dispute," Harper said, "is its length. It's actually a one-act play that runs about 40 minutes," he said. "I've shied away from it because of that, but I then saw a production that was lengthened by adding a prologue," Harper said. "And, then I realized what could be done."

He approached Mikey Thomas, an instructor in the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance, to come up with a prologue. Thomas proceeded to create one, which consists of a 13-minute dance that combines concepts "of youthful love and narcissism "

In addition to Thomas, the director enlisted two other colleagues-Jim Dorethy, head of the technical theater area in the department; and Laura Hanson, department costume designer. "I brought them together and said I want this to be fun and weird," Harper said. "I said let's push the envelope."

According to Harper, audiences will find some interesting aspects of the human condition in this play, what Harper refers to as revelations about youthful love. "We have subtitled this play 'A Baroque Multi-Media Reality Tale.' It's sort of like the world's first reality show with fairytale aspects," he said with a grin.

"You know what I always say: Post-Modernism doesn't have to be boring."

For tickets, call SIUE's Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

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20th Anniversary Celebration Of Writer's Club Founding Kicks Off In February

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A photo exhibit, a poetry reading, and a new issue of Drumvoices Revue will help launch the year-long 20th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club in East St. Lous.

The Black Arts Movement Exhibit, "B. A. M.'s ARKITECTS & HEIRS," runs through Feb. 28 in the Morris University Center Gallery. The exhibition contains photos and memorabilia from the Eugene B. Redmond Collection-photographs, album covers, posters, fliers, and artwork from the SIUE English Language and Literature professor's extensive collection. Curator Howard Rambsy II, assistant professor of English Language and Literature, said the materials relate or correspond to the "spirit of the '60s. Along with his extensive, ever-expanding collection of photographs," Rambsy said, "Eugene Redmond's assortment of memorabilia focusing on African-American artistic productions is the result of his larger mission of creatively documenting the vibrant rhythms and brilliant hues of black expressive culture."

Images in the exhibit include those of Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Fontella Bass, Gwendolyn Brooks, Stokely Carmichael, John Coltrane, Jayne Cortez, Angela Davis, Katherine Dunham, James Farmer, Louis Farrakhan, Aretha Franklin, Langston Hughes, William Keorapetse Kgositsile, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Sylvester Sunshine Lee ( and children dancers), Shirley LeFlore, Haki R. Madhubuti, Mariam Makeba, Babatunde Olatunji, Sonia Sanchez, Alice Walker, August Wilson, Howlin' Wolf, and Malcolm X. Also included is a painting by the late Jeff Donaldson (of Chicago's "Afri-Cobra" school) and two works by East St. Louisan Edna Patterson-Petty.

The University Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and at other times by special request. For more information call (618) 650-2300, or the SIUE English Department/EBR Writers Club, (618) 650-3991.

Members of the EBR Writers Club will present "Black History Through Branches of its Poetry!" from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Room 2074 in Building B at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Dr.

Members of the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club-including Roscoe Crenshaw, Janice Haskins, Charlois Lumpkin, Dahveed Nelson, Patricia Merritt, Darlene Roy, and Redmond-will present works by Ancestor-Poets (with commentaries) and original poems "growing out of their examination of Ancestors." Among "Ancestor-Poets" to be invoked are Melvin B. Tolson, Gwendolyn Brooks, Henry Dumas, Langston Hughes, Margaret Walker, Phillis Wheatley, and Paul Laurence Dunbar.

The Spring/Summer/Fall 2006 edition of Drumvoices Revue: A Confluence of Literary, Cultural & Visions Arts will be available in April. The issue will feature Kwansabas for Jayne Cortez + A Cortez Poetic Mosaic; interviews with Amiri Baraka & Magdalena Gomez; Ten Nigerian poets, selected by Remi Raji; Literary Arts & Activism in Sacramento/Northern Calif., selected by Odessa Bethea; Narrative Exchanges: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville & University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Gems from the EBR Writers Club Trustees, "Patron Saints and Friends."

More than 120 contributors to this issue include Opal Palmer Adisa, Maya Angelou, Genoa Barrow, Charles Curtis Blackwell, Melba Boyd, Olivia Castellano, Michael Castro, L. Theresa Church, David Diai, Henry Dumas, Senna Heyatwin, Warrington Hudlin, Akeem Lasisi, Shirley Bradley LeFlore, and Reginald Lockett, to name a few. To order, send check or money order for $10 to: Drumvoices Revue, Dept. of English Language and Literature, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL, 62026-1431. For more information, contact the department by telephone, (618) 650-3991; by FAX, (618)-650-3509; or by e-mail:

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SIUE Police Chief Named President of Police Chief's Association

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's first female police chief is first again-this time as the first woman to be named president of the Southern Illinois Police Chief's Association (SIPCA).

Chief Gina Hays is one of five female members of the organization. She has been named its president for 2006, and promises to help build partnerships, provide leadership, and visible and vocal advocacy, while supporting networking and community service initiatives.

Of the 150-member group, which is predominately male, Hays said, "I think they've been exceptionally supportive (of the presidency.) The five women who are members include an assistant state's attorney, a retired law enforcement agent, a special agent, a captain of another law enforcement agency, and the former executive director of SIPCA.

"I pledged to continue the mission of the Southern Illinois Police Chief's Association, following what my predecessors have committed to in the past," Hays said after her January installation. "I challenged all members to be responsive to their agencies, to our communities, and to each other."

She also was the association's first female office holder, appointed in 2003 for consecutive one-year terms as secretary, then treasurer and vice president before taking the reigns as president. Hays, who earned a bachelor's in administration of justice at SIU-Carbondale in 1976, served as a police officer for the City of Edwardsville from 1978 to 1980, before taking eight years off to be with her children. She joined the SIUE Police Department in 1988 and became its chief in February 2004.

"It's' a great field, but you have to be able and willing to make sacrifices," she said. "It's obviously a male-dominated field. On the flip-side, it's exceptionally rewarding."

A native of Troy, Hays and her family now reside in Glen Carbon.

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SIUE Officer, Belleville Officer Honored For Quick Action

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) It was about 3 p.m. on a Tuesday in October when Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Officer Adam Severit answered the call of a fellow officer on the Metro East Auto Theft Task Force. Belleville Policeman Rob Thomason, also a task force member, heard what sounded like a woman screaming.

Nearing a wooded area just off a road in East St. Louis with his window down, Thomason stopped his vehicle and called Severit to assist him in checking out the scene. Both officers got out of their vehicles and listened closely. Thomason and SIUE's Severit, both on patrol that day as members of the Theft Task Force, are part of the service rotation along with officers from other Metro East departments.

As members of the task force, Severit and Thomason investigate auto thefts in Madison and St. Clair counties. The duo and their counterparts recover vehicles in both counties, but the vehicles could be stolen from anywhere in the nation.

That October afternoon, a perilous situation awaited the officers. More screams led them out of their car and into the wooded area. They saw a woman struggling on the ground with a man. She screamed and scrambled to get away, as Severit and Thomason moved closer. The two men identified themselves as police, grabbed their service revolvers and chased the suspect, taking him into custody not far from the site. "We were looking for a stolen car that was down in the area of Marybelle," Severit said, recalling what he could share of the details of the ongoing case.

The officers' actions that day resulted in the arrest of the suspect who was charged with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault and resisting arrest. Thomason and Severit, an Edwardsville native who now resides in St. Jacob, each received the Life Saving Award, presented on behalf of the Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission and the Southern Illinois Police Chief's Association.

"This is the first time I've dealt with something like that," said Severit, who has been a police officer since his 2001 graduation from SIU Carbondale with a bachelor's in the administration of justice. He joined the SIUE force in the same year. "It's not every day that you feel you can do something good like that," he said of his work with Thomason to thwart the suspect. Both men cared for the victim and secured the crime scene and the suspect until East St. Louis police officers arrived.

"We both feel that it was just part of our job and we were just in the right place at the right time to help this individual," Severit said of the joint effort. "It's the feeling that you can give something back to your community and your country,"

According to SIUE Police Chief Gina Hays, Severit was tailor-made for the task force duty. "Something that Adam brings to the table-something that we looked at when we selected him for the task force-is that he has strong communication skills," Hays said.. "He's a good report writer. He's detail oriented, good at follow-up and we knew that he would represent the SIUE Police Department well. He has good interviewing skills. He was recommended by several of his supervisors for that position."

Task Force Director Gary Brewer said both Severit and Thomason are "excellent police officers," noting, "they're both fine officers and we're very proud of them. Their primary duty is to combat auto theft, but they're out there, willing to work and respond to any and all situations."

Statistics supplied by the Task Force indicate that in 2005, 445 stolen vehicles worth about $3.1 million were recovered, 341 arrests were made and 703 investigations were initiated.

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SIUE, Agency Team To Provide Info For Medicare Decisions

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) In what is being called a unique collaborative project, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, the SIUE Kimmel Leadership Center, and the Area Agency on Aging of Southwestern Illinois have joined forces to assist eligible persons in making decisions about Medicare Part D.

From Feb. 23 through March 8, more than 80 SIUE Pharmacy students will be available throughout St. Clair and Madison counties to provide one-on-one decision support to find the most appropriate pharmaceutical assistance program meeting each individual's needs.

Personnel from the Area Agency on Aging will be training the students in Medicare Basics, Medicare Part D, Illinois Cares Rx, internet resources, and strategies that would be helpful for older adults. Students will receive additional instruction in the program from Pharmacy faculty.

Students will be divided into a team of two and will be assigned to a variety of venues. Students also will be making a special effort to reach home-bound individuals by making numerous in-home visits accompanied by a state-funded, community-based services homemaker.

"This experience will benefit the students, giving them firsthand experience to see clients in their surroundings," said Bill Wuller, director of Experiential Education in the School of Pharmacy. "Most pharmacists do not have that opportunity," he said.

Philip Medon, dean of the School, added: "Participation in this collaborative project is an exciting and important opportunity for our students. SIUE and the School of Pharmacy are committed to community engagement and service as part of our core values.

"Our faculty and students are confident that this service will be useful in reducing some of the concerns and confusion related to Part D."

The two-week program will culminate in a three-day event at the SIUE East St. Louis Center on March 6, 7, and 8. Appointments will be taken between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for local citizens to meet with pharmacy students, ask questions, and receive information about Medicare Part D and Illinois Cares Rx. If a participant decides on a prescription drug plan, he or she will be able to enroll in the plan at the SIUE East St. Louis event. To make an appointment, call (618) 222-2561.

"This is an ideal way for persons with Medicare to receive good information one-on-one, allowing time to discuss their individual needs," said Joy Paeth, CEO for the Area Agency on Aging of Southwestern Illinois, "We are grateful to SIUE for providing the students in this unique community service."

Each year, SIUE students volunteer in a variety of ways through the Kimmel Leadership Center to serve the community. "Learning beyond the classroom and helping the community at the same time benefits everyone," said Suzanne Kutterer-Siburt, assistant director for Leadership Development, in the Kimmel Center. "At SIUE, we are committed to providing our students with opportunities to use their skills in the community."

Events Schedule:

  • Feb. 23 - March 8-home visits by Pharmacy students and Southwestern Illinois Visiting Nurses
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  • Feb. 23 - March 3-St. John's Community Haven, 222 Goethe, Collinsville
    • Feb. 23-8 a.m.-4 p.m. Adult Day Care
    • Feb. 24 - March 3-3-6 p.m.-Caregivers of the Adult day care clients
    • March 1-8 a.m.-4 p.m.-Home visits with St. John's staff
  • Feb. 23-24-8 a.m.-4 p.m.- Senior Services Plus Inc., 2603 N. Rodgers Ave., Alton
    • Feb. 23-27-Home visits with Pharmacy students and Senior Services Plus Inc., Alton
  • Feb. 23-10 a.m.-2 p.m. -St. Paul's Baptist Church, 1500 Bond Ave., East St. Louis
  • Feb. 24-8 a.m.-4 p.m. -Alhambra Care Center, Illinois Rte. 140, Alhambra
  • Feb. 27-8 a.m.-2 p.m.-Cahokia Senior Center, 190 Cahokia Park Dr., Cahokia
  • Feb. 28-8 a..m.-3 p.m.-Millstadt Senior Center, 102 S. Jefferson, Millstadt
  • Feb. 28-8 a.m.-4 p.m.-LINC Inc., 120 East A St., Belleville
  • March 1-8 a.m.-4 p.m.-Mt. Sinai Family Life Center, 1200 St. Louis Ave., East St. Louis
  • March 2-8 a.m.-4 p.m.-Clyde C. Jordan Senior Center, 6755 State St., East St. Louis
  • March 3-8 a.m.-6 p.m.-St. Anthony's Hospital Wellness Center, Alton Square
  • March 7-8-8 a.m.-4 p.m.-Faith in Action (Eden UCC), 903 N. Second St., Edwardsville
  • March 8-10 a.m.-2 p.m.-Touchette Elderly Apartments, 5880 Bond Ave., Centreville
  • March 6, 7, 8-9 a.m.-3 p.m.-SIUE East St. Louis Center, 601 J. R. Thompson Blvd., East St. Louis.

For more information, call Joy Paeth or Courtney Tierney, (618) 222-2561.

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Click below for photos taken at the Give Kids A Smile Event-cut lines also appear below

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Mike Wurbel, a Year IV student, and Jill Kinsella, a Year III student, show a young patient X-rays of his teeth. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

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Nicolas Kravanya, a Year IV student, examines a young patient's teeth. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson).

SIU Dental Students, Volunteers Helped 'Give Kids A Smile'

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) More than 110 children were helped by dental students, along with hundreds of volunteers, at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton recently during the Third Annual Give Kids A Smile Day.

The SIU/SDM-in cooperation with the Madison District Dental Society, the St. Clair District Dental Society and the Lewis and Clark Community College Dental Hygiene and Assisting programs-hosted the 2006 Give Kids A Smile Day locally. The event is sponsored nationally by the American Dental Association to provide free dental treatment for undeserved children.

It was estimated that the children received nearly $31,000 in dental treatment at no charge from 550 dentists, dental professionals and dental students, as well as community volunteers, who shared their time and energy to make the event a success.

Free dental care, including examinations, X-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions, were offered in the interest of providing better oral health care for children who may not otherwise receive it.

Illinois Sen. William Haine and Illinois Rep. Dan Beiser, both of Alton, attended the event to show their support.

Dr. Debra Schwenk, who heads the dental school's community dentistry program, was grateful for the volunteer support the school received. "Our third Give Kids A Smile event was a remarkable success," Schwenk said. "It would not have been possible without the enthusiastic help of all our dedicated volunteers, including many who have made it three years in a row."

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Freshman Applications Continue To Rise At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The number of freshmen applying to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for fall semester is at an all-time high, according to Boyd Bradshaw, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management at SIUE.

Bradshaw also pointed out that the number of students applying for scholarships at SIUE has doubled over the past few years, which has resulted in inviting 50 more students this year to interview for scholarships on Scholars Interview Day, Feb. 10.

"We had a total of 4,300 freshman applications at this time last year," Bradshaw said. "This year, we have more than 4,800." He pointed out that the University will continue to enroll a freshman class of 1,700, an amount that ensures SIUE can continue to provide a quality education with current resources.

As for scholarship applicants, Bradshaw said the number of quality applicants is impressive. "For fall 2006, the University has had 324 students apply for our top academic scholarships," he said. "Of these, 239 met the minimum criteria and were forwarded to the Scholarship Selection Committee, which in turn selected 100 for interviews.

"This is an exceptionally high number of candidates," Bradshaw said. "In fact, it is nearly double what we had a couple of years ago."

Of the 100 applicants chosen to interview on campus, their average ACT score is 30, with an average high school GPA of 3.98. "In addition, we're anticipating a rise in the average ACT score among all freshmen applying for fall 2006," he said. Bradshaw pointed out that freshmen who enrolled during fall 2005 had an average ACT of 22.5, well above state and national averages.

"The admission 'bar' at SIUE has been raised," Bradshaw said. "Admission to the University has become more competitive as we continue to attract more and more students from around the state and the St. Louis Metropolitan Area."

He also pointed out that student retention continues to rise at SIUE, an indication that more and more students are continuing toward a degree. "We've seen an increase in full-time, degree-seeking students because we've become more and more of a residential campus," Bradshaw said. Since 1993, the University has constructed three residence halls and is planning a fourth residence hall to open in fall 2007.

"Other attributes that contribute to retention include the quality of the experience at SIUE, the activities available on campus, the spirit, and the excitement as we move toward our 50th birthday celebration."

The admission application deadline for freshmen entering Fall '06 is May 1; for all other undergraduate students, including transfer students, the deadline is July 21. Graduate students also should submit applications no later than July 21. Additional information about applying for admission to SIUE is available online at

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SIUE Admitted Freshmen Invited To Multicultural Reception

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Newly admitted freshmen and transfer students have been invited to the first SIUE Multicultural Student Reception from noon-3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the Conference Center, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.

The reception is an opportunity for admitted students to become better acquainted with the programs, student organizations, and activities that SIUE offers to serve many students including those who are part of various ethnic groups.

"Our current students will be on hand to speak to newly admitted students about their own experiences at SIUE," said Terri Montgomery, associate director of Admissions. "In addition, faculty and staff will answer any questions new students have about our academic programs, financing college, and housing at SIUE."

Students are encouraged to bring parents and guests; lunch will be provided.

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Black Heritage Month Begins At SIUE

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville kicked off its Ninth Annual Black Heritage Month Program during February, with a theme of Creating Community Through Diversity.

The month-long commemoration, created by the 2006 Black Heritage Month Planning Committee, was launched Wednesday with a proclamation from Chancellor Vandegrift; a reading by East St. Louis Poet Laureate and SIUE English Language and Literature Professor Eugene B. Redmond; a performance by the praise dance troupe, Young Men of God; and the SIUE Gospel Choir singing the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.

Wednesday evening featured an Educational Forum and Discussion: Marcus Garvey, the Man and the Legend in the John C. Abbott Auditorium, on the lower level of Lovejoy Library. This creative and educational forum about Garvey, an important historical figure in Black History, included a presentation and discussion led by Stefan Bradley, an assistant professor of Historical Studies at SIUE. This forum and discussion was sponsored by Iota Phi Theta Fraternity.

Below is a calendar of events for the remaining activities:

Friday, Feb. 3 Third Annual Gospel Explosion-6-10 p.m. Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center. An inspirational evening "to spread the gospel of healing, reconciliation, and unity to the campus and community." This event will feature poetry, rap, praise dance, and gospel music.

Tuesday, Feb. 7 Dr. King Jr. Birthday Celebration-11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center-SIUE's annual birthday celebration to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King Jr. Admission, which includes lunch, $15; Students, $8. To purchase tickets, call the SIUE Office of Conferences and Institutes, (618) 650-2660.

Wednesday, Feb. 8 Importance of the African-American Woman in History-6:30-8:30 p.m. Abbott Auditorium, Lovejoy Library. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity pays tribute to the African-American woman with a presentation showing "the rise of the strong African- American woman and her many contributions." This presentation will be led by Shirley Portwood, a professor of Historical Studies at SIUE.

Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 8-11-7:30 p.m. Black Theater Workshop at SIUE's James F. Metcalf Theater; Sunday, Feb. 12-2 p.m. Fabulation.

Thursday, Feb. 9 Cultural Bazaar-10 a.m.-4 p.m. Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center. African and African-American vendors will sell books, clothing, crafts, jewelry and other wares, during this annual event. In addition, there will be entertainment and prize drawings.

12:30-1:30 p.m. SIUE Concert Jazz Band- Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center. Come hear the smooth sounds of the award-winning SIUE Concert Jazz Band and visit African-American vendors offering their wares for sale during the Cultural Bazaar.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 Panel: "'George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People'-11 a.m.-1 p.m. Racism, Inequality, and the Response to Hurricane Katrina"-Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center. Maruice Mangum, assistant professor of Political Science at SIUE, will lead a "dynamic, interactive discussion that aims to delve deep into the issues that allowed for such a disaster to occur and the efforts to rescue victims." In addition to many factors, discussion will center on the influences of conservatism, capitalism, and racism.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 Educational Forum: "W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T.-6:30-8:30 p.m. Washington, a Comparison"- Abbott Auditorium, Lovejoy Library. This forum will focus on a comparison and contrast of these two leaders, their philosophies and ideologies, and their contributions to the lives of African Americans. The presentation will be led by Assistant Professor Stefan Bradley, Associate Professor Dallas Browne, and Associate Professor Anthony Cheeseboro. This forum is sponsored by Iota Phi Theta Fraternity.

7-9 p.m. Lecture-Dennis Biddle Hickory-Hackberry Room, Morris University Center-. Biddle is one of the last surviving members of the Negro Baseball League. The players who were a part of the League received little pay-their opportunity to play the game of baseball was their only reward.

Thursday, Feb. 16 Dance Performance 015111:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center 0151 Dancers from the East St. Louis Center for Performing Arts will present the program.

7-10 p.m. Black Heritage Month "Open Mic Night"-Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center. Students will showcase their singing, dancing, poetic, and musical talents.

Saturday, Feb. 18 "Voyage Through Africa"-10 a.m.-noon Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center. Participants will have "an interactive and memorable experience with stories, songs, dances, instruments and characters while learning about African cultures and traditions" from Mama Katambwa.

Tuesday, February 21 -Panel-First in Flight and First to Fight:-11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuskegee Airmen- Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center. The Tuskegee Airmen were renowned in the U.S. Armed Forces for accepting the challenge to be the best of the best. Two surviving airmen will tell their story.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 Storytelling with Rudy Wilson, assistant provost for Cultural and 10:30-11:45 a.m. Social Diversity at SIUE- Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center. Using myth, history, emotion, and grace, Wilson promises to weave tales about faith, hope, survival, and courage to illustrate African and African-American contributions to American history.

7-9 p.m. Lecture- Diversity and Democracy in American Education: Making Multiculturalism Work, presented by Manning Marable- Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center- Marable, a professor of Public Affairs, Political Science, and History at Columbia University is considered a prolific author and one of America's most influential and widely read scholars. His latest book, Living Black History, connects today's social issues "with the tribulations and triumphs of yesterday" and interweaves history with tales from his own teaching life. This lecture is co-sponsored by Iota Phi Theta, the Blaq Poets Society, and the National Society of Black Engineers.

Thursday, Feb. 23 Celebrating the Black Arts Movement (BAM)-11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center. Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the Black Arts Movement-a continuation of SIUE's "Drumvoices Festival of Black Arts"-with performances of short poetic works by faculty and students. Anecdotal and researched commentary, coupled with audience responses, will be integrated into "an interactive audio-photo-poetic mosaic" to achieve both a live and multimedia demonstration of the impact of BAM on the 1960s and 70s-and on the present day.

Saturday, Feb. 25 African Night-6-10 p.m. Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center. An evening of African culture with food, dance, and entertainment. Admission, $13.50; SIUE Students: $11.50. Sponsored by the African Student Association.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 Film - Hotel Rwanda

7-9 p.m. Mississippi-Illinois Room, Morris University Center. Set during one of the worst atrocities in African history, this film depicts the attempted genocide of the Rwandan people in 1994 by the Hutu militia. Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager in Kigali who took in more than 1,000 refugees at his elegant hotel, saving their lives at great risk to himself and his family.

Wednesday, March 1 Film - Bamboozled

6:30-8:30 p.m. Abbott Auditorium, Lovejoy Library. Bamboozled is a dark controversial, biting satire of the television industry, focusing on an Ivy-League educated black writer at a major network, a network television's pitfalls and prejudices, a humorous look at how race, ratings, and the pursuit of power lead to a television writer's stunning rise and tragic downfall. Sponsored by Iota Phi Theta Fraternity.

All events are free unless otherwise noted. Contact the Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686 for a detailed schedule of events, or visit the Campus Activities Board Web site: All event schedules and content are subject to change, and are funded in whole or in part by student activity fees. Black Heritage Month is presented by the Campus Activities Board.

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