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February 2011

SIUE Friends Group To Give Spirituality/Sustainability Awards March 5

24 February 2011, 4:56 pm

The Friends of the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability (CSS) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will present the group's Sustainability Leadership Award posthumously to John and Kay Kendall, who were both instrumental in creating the Watershed Nature Preserve in Edwardsville, and the group's Spiritual Leadership Award to Roy Lanham, director of campus ministries for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, for his coordination of Eastern Illinois University student service projects.

The Friends of the CSS established the Spiritual Leadership Award in 2003 to recognize persons of faith who provide leadership and service to humanity. The Sustainability Leadership Award was established in 2009 with the first award going posthumously to R. Buckminster Fuller. The CSS was named an Edwardsville Local Landmark in 2008.

The March 5 awards dinner will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the LeClaire Room on the N.O. Nelson Campus of Lewis and Clark Community College, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville. Lanham will be on hand to accept the spiritual leadership award, while Stephen Kendall will accept the sustainability leadership award in memory of his parents.

SIUE Music Professor Emeritus John Kendall, founder of the internationally known Suzuki String Program at SIUE and one of the earliest proponents of the Suzuki String Teaching Method in the United States, died Jan. 6 at the age of 93. His wife, Kay, preceded him in death in 1998. After leaving SIUE in 1994, the Kendalls relocated to Takoma Park, Md., to be closer to their three children. The couple often returned to Edwardsville because of their interest in the Watershed Nature Center and Preserve they helped create.

The Watershed Nature Preserve was founded to preserve and restore local ecosystems. As part of the Cahokia Creek watershed, the preserve is comprised of more than 40 acres of wetlands, prairies and upland and lowland forests.

Lanham, a graduate of Edwardsville High School, has been with the Springfield Diocese since 1987 and, since 1986, has served as director and campus minister of the Newman Catholic Center at EIU in Charleston. For the past nine years, Lanham has served on the University Religious Council at the CSS.

His model of ministry can best be described as a servant model, the hallmark of which has been the outreach efforts in serving those in need internationally, particularly in Haiti, throughout the United States, and through various local efforts. The ministry in Haiti has been ongoing for the past 21 years, which includes providing clean water, housing, school sponsorships, youth development, reforestation, micro-credit financing and adult literacy training. Twice annually, Lanham accompanies college students to Haiti for immersion trips.

Tickets for the March 5 awards dinner are $50 per plate. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 7. For more information, visit the Web site: and download the reservation form. For more information please call the CSS, (618) 650-3246, or email:

Noted Alumnus And Prominent Higher Education Advocate To Be Honored

24 February 2011, 3:15 pm

During its May 6 and 7 commencement ceremonies, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will honor an alumnus who has become nationally known as an FBI profiler and hostage negotiator, and a local businesswoman who has been one of the strongest supporters of SIUE from the start.

At the 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, ceremonies, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be given to Clinton "Clint" R. Van Zandt, an author and public speaker who has achieved prominence as an FBI profiler, hostage negotiator and expert analyst. Dolores Rohrkaste will receive the Distinguished Service Award for her work over the years as an avid supporter of SIUE since its inception. That award will be given at the 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, and the 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, ceremonies.

The SIU Board of Trustees, through its executive committee, recently approved the awards. The SIUE Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Service Awards Committee actively solicits nominations from members of the University community to obtain a diverse pool of qualified candidates for these awards. A candidate for an honorary humane letters degree may be any person who has made significant contributions to cultural, educational, scientific, economic, social, humanitarian or other worthy fields of endeavor. Distinguished Service Awards may be presented to any person who has given outstanding or unusual service to the University, the region or the state.

According to the Premiere Speakers Bureau, Van Zandt began his career with the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps, serving during the Vietnam War. In 1971, he graduated from SIUE with a bachelor's in sociology and joined the FBI as a special agent.

During his 25 years with the FBI, he served as chief hostage negotiator and as supervisor in the Behavioral Science unit, or "Silence of the Lambs Unit," assisting in criminal investigations and hostage situations throughout the world. In addition to coordinating psychological threat assessment for the FBI with the U.S. Government's Nuclear Emergency Search Team for terrorist and criminally related nuclear, chemical and biological incidents globally, Van Zandt has lectured, taught and trained national and international counterterrorism teams, such as the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, U.S. Navy Seals, U.S. Army Delta Force and others.

The primary hostage negotiator in the 1987 Cuban prison riots and during other similar sieges, Van Zandt also personally negotiated with Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh, as well as many national and international terrorists holding U.S. citizens hostage. Van Zandt retired in 1995 and founded Van Zandt Associates, Inc. (VZA), a company specializing in corporate emergency management, threat assessment and forensic consulting services. The VZA team was responsible for identifying the "Unabomber" and correctly profiling the Oklahoma City bomber on the day of the tragedy.

During the early 1950s, Rohrkaste was a founding member of the Southwestern Illinois Council for Higher Education (SWICHE), an organization formed to establish an institution of higher learning in the region. After completing studies in art and architecture at the Chicago Art Institute and the University of Illinois, Rohrkaste operated a studio in downtown Edwardsville and also taught. She and her husband, William, were in the dairy business and joined the Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce.

For a decade, Rohrkaste was the group's only female member. In 1953, she became the local chamber's first female president and, according to a New York Times article, was the only female chamber president in the country. Rohrkaste also has served in the community with the Edwardsville Business and Professional Women's Club; the Edwardsville Junior Service Club; the League of Women Voters, and the Edwardsville Hospital Association Board. She is a sustaining member of the Greater Edwardsville Area Community Foundation and was president of a local organization to provide school lunches for children.

For her contributions to the community, she was voted the Outstanding Citizen of Edwardsville Award in 1959.

Alumni Association To Play Host To Networking Breakfast In O'Fallon

24 February 2011, 11:23 am

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association will play host to an Alumni Networking Breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Regency Conference Center, 400 Regency Park, O'Fallon. The hour-long event will include an appearance and presentation by SIUE Alumnus Alonzo Byrd. The event will be an excellent opportunity to network with fellow SIUE alumni and enjoy a free breakfast of pastries, fruit and coffee. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards for networking.

Byrd, a 1981 graduate of SIUE's College of Arts and Sciences, currently is assistant vice president of public affairs for Enterprise Holdings. He is an active member of many organizations such as the Executive Advisory Committee for the National Urban League's Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) and of Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois.

He also is chair of the Nominating Committee for the St. Louis Red Cross Board of Directors, advisor to the St. Louis Black Rep. and a foundation board member for the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.

Parking is free; to register for this free event, visit the website: For other information, call Katie Bennett, assistant director of SIUE Alumni Affairs, (618) 650-2762, or e-mail:

Feb. 24 Temple Grandin Arts & Issues Event Sold Out

18 February 2011, 6:01 pm

The Feb. 24 appearance of author and speaker Temple Grandin, part of the 2010-11 Arts & Issues series at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is sold out. The evening is sponsored by the SIUE Meridian Society and the Madison County Regional Office of Education.

"We are happy with the response to Temple Grandin's appearance and we're sorry not everyone will have the opportunity to see this remarkable woman," said Grant Andree, director of the Arts & Issues series for the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences. "We're providing this information about the sold out concert so that other patrons will not make an unnecessary trip to campus for tickets."

Tickets still are available for the March 24 appearance of "The Langston Hughes Project," a performance of Hughes' Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz. Tickets are available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-5774, or through the Arts & Issues website:

SIUE Student is Recipient of Fall 2010 Enterprise Leadership Award

17 February 2011, 4:34 pm

Katie Holm of Quincy, a junior in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business, recently was honored with the Enterprise Foundation Rent-A-Car Student Leader of the Semester Award.

The award recognizes students who are nominated by the faculty for outstanding participation and responsibility in a student organization. Holm's award recognizes her work as a member of SIUE's American Marketing Association (AMA). The organization strives to foster relationships with fellow marketing majors as well as faculty and future employers, and exposes students to the marketing and sales profession. Each year, collegiate chapters have the opportunity to develop a fully integrated marketing plan for a client and then compete against other student chapters in the AMA Case Competition.

The Enterprise Foundation award recognized Holm for her hard work and dedication to the AMA. "Katie has been the driving force behind this year's AMA Case Competition, and as the competition nears its end, I can honestly say that Katie has done a remarkable job in leading her team through a challenging competition," said Edmund Hershberger, assistant professor of management and marketing and faculty advisor to the SIUE chapter of AMA.

Holm has been the organizing force behind her team of business and non-business students. She is credited for the leadership she demonstrated by proactively recruiting students from the SIUE Department of Mass Communications to help with creative work for the Case Competition. The award carries with it a $100 stipend and certificate. In addition, she will be recognized at a reception later this month.

The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 10 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious seal of approval from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The School has been AACSB International accredited since 1975. This assures that students receive the highest quality in strategic resource management, interaction with faculty and achievement of learning goals. In addition, the SIUE Accounting Program also is accredited through AACSB International. Less than 33 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools hold an accounting accreditation.

In the photo at right, Katie Holm is flanked by SIUE School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino ( at left) and Associate Professor of Management and Marketing Edmund Herschberger. (SIUE Photo)

SIUE To Offer 'The Colored Museum' Feb. 23-27 At Dunham Theater

15 February 2011, 9:05 pm

George C. Wolfe is a talented Broadway director and obviously a very talented and funny playwright as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville audiences will see later this month when Wolfe's The Colored Museum comes to the University's mainstage. The Colored Museum opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, and continues at the same time Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 24-26, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, all in the theater at SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall.

Wolfe's play features 11 vignettes that satirize elements of the African-American culture, some of which might make some audience members a bit uncomfortable. But, Director Kathryn Bentley, an assistant professor of theater and dance at SIUE and a black woman, said Wolfe is masterful in presenting the satire so over-the-top that the audiences should have no problem finding the humor.

"The playwright has created a piece of theater that challenges us all to look at ourselves as Americans and to love ourselves, appreciate ourselves and laugh at ourselves," Bentley said. "This is a play about self-definition, contradiction and honoring all that we are. The content is so layered and so contemporary that I don't think it will ever go out of style."

Wolfe's premise for the play puts the audience among passengers on an airplane that travels through time. The passengers visit various museum exhibits which display African-American culture and history from the beginnings of slavery in America all the way to fairly recent times.

Bentley said the satire and the humor dare us to laugh. "We realize that Wolfe is saying it's OK to laugh in order to grow," she said. "We have to admit there was some ugliness in America's history but we have to face it if we are to move forward. We have to embrace all the complexities and the contradictions in American society. It's an excellent play that could lead to meaningful discussion of societal issues that face all of us."

However, for all of its layers, Bentley said, it's still a very funny comedy. "We have to embrace the diversity and the inclusiveness."

Tickets for The Colored Museum are $10; senior citizens, $8; non-SIUE students with valid ID, as well as SIUE employees, retirees and alumni, $8; SIUE students with valid Cougar ID, no charge, courtesy of the Arts for All program funded through the SIUE Campus Activities Board.

For information or for tickets, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. The photo at right features (from left to right): Olivia Neal as Admonia; Sharaina Turnage as The Model; and Ashley Bland as LaLa LaMazing Grace. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

A Musical Trip Embarks Feb. 25 In East St. Louis

15 February 2011, 8:52 pm

Get ready to climb into a melodious, rhythmic and captivating time capsule and tap, bop and boogie through musical expressions by People of Color. The "time capsule" will be provided by the SIUE East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts and the SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School as the evening spotlights Journey Through Music at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the Multipurpose Theater on the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., East St. Louis.

Journey through Music traces the history of dance from the 1940s to the present. Some of the celebrated artists to be remembered will include singer, actress and activist Lena Horne, known for her song Stormy Weather and her role in Cabin in the Sky; Nina Simone, recognized as a singer, pianist and activist, whose noted songs include: Four Women, Little Girl Blue, I Loves You, Porgy and To Be Young Gifted and Black.

Other artists to be remembered on the East St. Louis stage include the New Edition, Donna Summer, The Impressions, Marvin Gaye, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Yolanda Adams and Van McCoy. The performance also will contain a special tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Tickets are $10; senior citizens and students,$5. For ticket information, call (618) 482-6993.

In the photo, students from the SIUE East St. Louis Center for Performing Arts present the ballet number, Gone Too Soon, commemorating legendary pop icon Michael Jackson. The dance performance was choreographed by Performing Arts staff member Jack Williams. Pictured from left to right are : A'Nya McCaleb, Keandria Payne, Ariel Maggitt and Raven Eastern.

Brown Bag Lunches Showcase SIUE Faculty Research Initiatives

14 February 2011, 12:41 pm

A series of educational programs sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Institute for Urban Research (IUR) showcase faculty commitment to learning and education.

"Life Course Trajectory of African American Men" is a Brown Bag Lunch topic that will be held from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 in Rendleman Hall on the SIUE campus, room 2214. Lori Campbell, SIUE assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice studies, and Carl Bentelspacher, SIUE associate professor of social work, will lead the discussion and present their research findings on the issue.

Campbell, who holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Ohio State University, teaches in the areas of race and ethnicity, statistics and others, and conducts research in wealth inequity, child development and stratification. Bentelspacher, who earned his Ph.D. in social work from the University of Southern California, teaches human behavior in the social environment and group practice. He practices scholarship in the areas of family care giving, cross-cultural practice and life course development of African-American men.

Graduate student Michael Leber, who is majoring in sociology, assisted with conducting research for the project.

Anthony Cheeseboro, SIUE associate professor of historical studies, will present "African American Oriented Entertainment in the Metro East" from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 in the same location. Cheeseboro has a Ph.D. in historical studies from Michigan State University.

Future events are being organized through the IUR. Seating to the event is limited for the event. With inquiries, contact the IUR, (618) 650-5262.

Higher Learning Commission, IBHE Approve SIUE Ed.D. Program

9 February 2011, 4:24 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission and the Illinois Board of Higher Education to offer a program of study leading to the education doctorate (Ed.D.) in educational leadership.

The program is designed for practicing P-12 school administrators who want to pursue careers as superintendents or school district leaders.

"Through doctoral study, candidates develop expertise in using research to make system-wide changes that benefit all students within the school district," said Mary Weishaar, associate dean and professor of education at SIUE.

Weishaar said the program is part-time for working adults. Those pursuing the doctorate will typically take two courses per semester. The program can be completed in 54 semester hours.

There are three entry points, Weishaar said, including:

• Upon completion of a master's degree and certification as a building level administrator;

• While working toward Superintendent certification and the education specialist (Ed.S.) in educational administration;

• Within 10 years of completion of the Superintendent certification and the Ed.S.

"Acceptance is competitive and exceptional candidates are selected annually," Weishaar said.

Applications are being accepted until April. 1. Classes will begin in June. Information on the program is available at

40th Annual Friends of Lovejoy Library Antiques Show and Sale Set For March 11-12

9 February 2011, 3:49 pm

Some 70 local and national dealers in antiques will display and sell a variety of rare and unique items Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, at the 40 th Annual Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Lovejoy Library Antiques Show and Sale.

Since 1970, the show and sale has been conducted by the Friends to help raise funds for the purchase of books and materials for SIUE's Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial Library. According to Kyle Moore, development director for Lovejoy, the event has grown dramatically and now raises more than $40,000 annually. "For 40 years, the Antiques Show and Sale has provided a great service to our students, the dealers and the general public who attend," Moore said.

The event will take place in the Student Fitness Center, adjacent to the SIUE Vadalabene Center that weekend. "Shopping for items from the past will help to inform our future leaders," said Carol Nativi, co-chair of the Antiques Show and Sale.

"The Antiques Show and Sale provides a great service to our students, the dealers and the general public," Moore added. "Every year, approximately 3,000 attendees take advantage of this event to price their antiques and shop for rare and unique items."

Tickets are $6 at the door; children under 13 years of age will be admitted free. The event is co-sponsored by the Belleville News-Democrat. For information about show times and directions, visit the website: or call Kyle Moore, (618) 650-2714.

NRHH Big Red Volleyball Tourney Postponed

9 February 2011, 3:03 pm

The NRHH Big Red Volleyball tournament scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 13, (see above) has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled for sometime in March. For updates and additional information on NRHH and Big Red Volleyball, please visit

NRHH Red Storm Chapter Hosts First Ever Big Red Volleyball Event

8 February 2011, 5:39 pm

On Sunday, Feb. 13, the SIUE National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Red Storm Chapter will host the First Big Red Volleyball event to raise financial support and awareness for the American Heart Association. Big Red Volleyball is unique, it is not your typical volleyball game-the ball is approximately 40" wide and all levels of skill are welcome.

Michelle Farney, NRHH co-advisor and Woodland Hall assistant community director, said the chapter has been working diligently this year to become more well-known in the campus community. "The members of NRHH would like to see Big Red Volleyball become a tradition for their chapter here at SIUE," she said. "This program will provide an excellent opportunity for the members of the SIUE community to give back to a worthy cause, while being active and having a good time with friends and colleagues."

The single-elimination tournament will take place noon-5 p.m. rgar Sunday in the Student Fitness Center Gymnasium. The first 30 teams to register will compete. Teams will consist of five-10 players; cost of participation is $5 per player. Registration includes a complimentary hot dog and soft drink at the event. Teams may consist of students, faculty and staff, or to anyone in the community who would care to participate.

The championship team will receive celebratory CHAMPION T-shirts; awards will be given to the teams with the most team spirit and best overall team theme. Spectators are welcome and donations will be accepted at the event. For more information, contact Michelle Farney, (618) 650-4625, or Cathy Passananti, (618) 650-4652.

Minority Summer Camp Offered Through SIUE School Of Pharmacy

8 February 2011, 11:11 am

A competitive minority summer camp opportunity is being offered through the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy.

The purpose of the camp is to attract more minority student applicants to schools of pharmacy. A total of 30 participants will be chosen among high school students from Madison and St. Clair counties.

The summer program runs from June 5-8 for high school seniors with an interest in pursuing a pharmacy degree. Students will spend their time on campus in the School of Pharmacy and within local pharmacy practice sites.

"The aim of the summer camp is to expose students to careers in pharmacy and work with students to prepare them for pharmacy school," said J. Christopher Lynch, acting associate dean and professor in the SIUE School of Pharmacy.

Recognizing the value of increasing diversity among the student body, Lynch said the program will raise awareness of the opportunities available to students on the Edwardsville campus, specifically through the school.

Participants will stay overnight in SIUE Student Housing during the program. They will have the opportunity to interact with other participants, pharmacy students and pharmacy faculty members.

The camp is free for those selected to participate. More information is available through high school guidance counselors. Completed applications are due by April 1 to the SIUE School of Pharmacy, Campus Box 2000, Edwardsville, Ill. 62026-2000. With questions, contact the SIUE School of Pharmacy, Office of Student Affairs: (618) 650-5150, or email: with the term "Minority Summer Camp" in the subject line.

Engineering, Imaging, and Saving Lives: SIUE School of Engineering's Umbaugh Releases Second Edition Textbook

4 February 2011, 6:00 pm

Scott Umbaugh, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering, is expecting even more success with the second edition of Digital Image Processing and Analysis: Human and Computer Vision Applications with CVIPtools (CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011)

While the world of image processing may attract engineers initially, Umbaugh understands just how important this work and advancements in the field are to all mankind, particularly in the medical field. Many of the imaging tools and applications covered in this text aid medical doctors in the early detection of skin cancer, brain tumors, diabetes and various other medical pathologies. Umbaugh's new and improved text is not only guiding students and practitioners on a deeper level but it is serving as the basis for discovering traces of a life-threatening disease early enough to quite possibly save a life, one image at a time.

Umbaugh uses the text book at SIUE in two courses: Image Analysis and Computer Vision (ECE 438) and Digital Image Processing (ECE 439). Despite the fact that the first version of the book has been adopted by many reputable engineering schools here in the United States and abroad, Umbaugh hopes that this second edition book with full-color images throughout will captivate even larger national and international interest than before. The book's first edition software produced more than 15,000 downloads in 50 countries since 2006.

SIUE Club Grappler Wins Two Gold Medals In Dallas Tourney

3 February 2011, 12:16 pm

Joseph "Joey" Walters of Pawnee, a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville junior majoring in education, recently brought back two gold medals from the North American Grappling Association's World Tournament in Dallas. He earned the berth by winning a qualifying tournament in St. Louis. A complete listing of results can be found on the website: Walters won first in the Men's Intermediate Fly Weight category and first in the Men's Blue Belt Fly Weight category at the national competition.

The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling tournaments and is the largest submission grappling association in North America, with more than 46,600 participants world-wide. The SIUE Jiu-Jitsu Club was officially recognized in 2010 and founded by Walters, who is president. The SIUE club currently has more than 25 student members.

For more information on the more than 30 active student organizations within the SIUE Club Sports program, visit the website:

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