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January 29, 2004

SIUE Spring Enrollment Reaches 12,597

(EDWARDSVILLE) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's spring 2004 enrollment jumped to 12,597, compared to last spring's 12,161, about a 3.6 percent increase. Compared to spring 2002, spring enrollment is up by almost 1,000 students

Boyd Bradshaw, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management, said he was pleased with spring enrollment. "We've seen consistent strong increases in our fall enrollment," he said. "Now what we're starting to see is a spring growth pattern that mirrors the fall increases."

SIUE's fall (2003) enrollment was 13,295, continuing a nine-year trend of enrollment growth. Fall enrollment was up about 4.5 percent over fall 2002.

Todd Burrell, Director of Admissions, said early projections for Fall '04 point to a slight growth in enrollment. "We believe that maintaining enrollment at a certain level best serves our students in terms of size of classes, access to professors, available resources and student services," Burrell said.

The admission application deadline for freshmen entering Fall '04 is May 31; for all other undergraduate students, the deadline is Aug. 2. Graduate students should submit applications no later than July 23. Additional information about applying for admission to SIUE is available online at

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January 29, 2004

Exhibition at SIUE Offers Some Valentines Day Snooker

(EDWARDSVILLE) You might not think of an appearance by the "Duchess of Doom" as a great place for a Valentine's Day date, but look at it this way: Do you want the standard box of chocolates, or the world's best snooker?

Snooker, nine ball and trick shots will be the order of the day as Allison Fisher, one of the world's best pool players, with a host of national and world titles, will put on an exhibition from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Morris Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Fisher began playing pool when she was 12 years old, won her first World Snooker Championship at 17. Since then, she has made a name for herself playing snooker and nine-ball, and lately can be seen frequently in pool tournaments on ESPN.

Fisher's appearance coincides with the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region 9 Recreation Tournament being held Feb. 13-15 at SIUE. Several hundred college students from across the region will compete in bowling, pool and table tennis with the winners going on to national finals.

Fisher was born in England and now resides in Charlotte, N.C. She once held the top ranking on the women's tour for five consecutive years, and returned to the top spot in 2003.

She's not the first world champion pool player to play at the Morris Center. In 1967, when the center opened, 14-time world champion Willie Musconi played at exhibition.

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January 29, 2004

U Of I Library School Dean To Speak Feb. 12 At SIU Edwardsville

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) John M. Unsworth, new dean of the Library School at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will speak at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the John C. Abbott Auditorium of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Lovejoy Library.

Unsworth, a specialist in digital scholarly communication and computing in the Humanities, will speak about "Open Access, Open Archives, and Open Source in Higher Education." His visit is sponsored by SIUE's Library and Information Services.

Co-founder of Postmodern Culture, the oldest peer-reviewed journal in the Humanities on the Internet, Unsworth was appointed dean in March of last year of one of the nation's premier graduate programs in library and information science. He served as director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., before joining the U of I faculty.

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January 29, 2004

UCM To Sponsor Annual 'Death By Chocolate Affair' At Religious Center

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The United Campus Ministry (UCM), with offices in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Religious Center, will sponsor its Fourth Annual "A Death by Chocolate Affair" from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the center.

The Rev. Cherie Hambleton, UCM director, said the event is an important UCM fund-raiser. "Members of the surrounding communities are invited to tempt their taste buds with the pure enjoyment of 'sinfully' delicious desserts from some favorite establishments," Hambleton said.

"Local restaurants and establishments-Houlihan's, Neruda, Franks' on Main, Rusty's, Mrs. Seibold's Bakery, My Just Desserts, Sacred Grounds, to name a few-will be donating chocolate desserts and, for the cost of admission, folks can sample as much chocolate as they wish.

"We anticipate more than 20 establishments will be supporting this event," Hambleton said, "but we'll also have chocolate treats from local kitchens." Admission is $10; children under 12 and students, $5. A "to-go" plate is $8; students and children, $5. For more information, call (618) 650-3248.

The UCM on campus represents the United Methodist Church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, and the Church of the Brethren. UCM integrates fellowship, service, study, and worship for students, faculty, and staff, to provide a place to grow and to be challenged, with acceptance and love.

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January 29, 2004

International Festival To Feature Music, Food, Dancing, And Fun

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) "Toward Global Unity" is the theme of the upcoming International Fest scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 4-5, in the Goshen Lounge of the Morris University Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

International student organization booths will feature clothing, cultural artifacts, books, music, and demonstrations representing many countries. The Poor People of Paris and other bands will provide international music and entertainment.

International Night is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Meridian Ballroom, adjacent to Goshen Lounge on the first floor of the Morris Center. An international cuisine buffet will be served at 6 p.m. in the newly renovated Center Court on the lower level of the Morris Center.

The event will continue at 7 p.m. with international dance, music, and cultural presentations by student organizations in the ballroom, and conclude with a fashion show of traditional garments from countries around the world.

The Campus Activities Board and the International Student Council are co-sponsors of both events.

Also featured during the Feb. 4-5 International Fest-which is open and free to the public-will be martial arts demonstrations from around the globe, belly dancers, and a variety of other entertainment. Local elementary school students will visit the campus during the two-day Fest to enjoy the entertainment and learn about SIUE's international students and their countries.

Ticket prices for International Night are: $14; SIUE faculty and staff, $12; SIUE students with valid ID and children ages six to 12, $10. Children ages five and under are free. Tickets are on sale at the Information Desk on the first floor of the Morris Center, (618) 650-5555. Tickets also will be available at the door if the event is not sold out.

For more information, please contact Diana Peters, (618) 650-2686 or or Ali Soltanshahi, (618) 650-3785 or

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January 29, 2004

International Travel With Experts Also Offers Part In Video Documentary

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University students, their families, alumni, senior citizens, and other community members have another chance to travel to ancient Greece or Egypt this spring with the university's Expeditions in the Ancient World programs.

But this year there's a chance to be a "star."

SIU Carbondale has added funding to produce a video documentary of the expedition to Greece, utilizing faculty who are professional documentary producers. "This is an exciting step for our program, which is entering its 22nd year of providing expertly organized sojourns led by teams of professors in various fields of ancient culture," says SIUC Philosophy Professor Robert Hahn

"This will be unique from other documentaries in that we will not only talk about the places and ideas that came out of Greek civilization, but we also will demonstrate the activities that fostered the ancient Greek's ideas of self-knowledge and self-investigation, such as the theater and the Olympics," Hahn said.

The Greece program (May 27-June 10) takes in Athens, Delphi, and the Greek Islands of Samos and Kos, Troy, and the west coast of Turkey. Activities include performing in an ancient play in an ancient theater on Kos, with costumes and masks made by participants. Travelers also will re-enact the trial of Socrates, run an Olympic race in the stadium at Delphi, build ancient sundials on the beach, create pottery in a shop on Samos, and build an architectural model of an ancient Greek temple.

The Egypt program (May 15-28) will take up to 35 participants to Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, Egypt, as well as a luxury cruise on the River Nile. The trip includes site visits to ancient Egypt's wonders, temples and tombs, a re-enactment of the ancient mummification rituals, carving and painting hieroglyphic tablets, model-making reconstruction of the Great Pyramids, and erecting an obelisk.

Hahn says he hopes the documentary can be marketed to Public Television or to one of the cable learning channels. "We not only want the documentary to highlight our travel programs but to also attract benefactors who want to support us so that we can offer scholarships and more expanded programs,"

Hahn said. "We would also like to attract more participants who not only want to learn but also do."

A slide presentation about the programs will be conducted in Edwardsville, St. Louis, and Carbondale:

• 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, both at Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas St., Community Room, on the lower level
• 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, Wild Oats Community Market, Ladue Rd. & Interstate 170, St. Louis
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, Rm. 3117, Peck Hall, SIUE
• 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, Illinois Room, SIU Carbondale's Student Center

Students may earn hours of credit in a variety of subjects for participating, and may apply for financial aid through the university. Both programs offer a blend of archaeological site visits each morning, with free afternoons for relaxing, swimming and shopping, and a lecture series in the evening before dinner, Hahn said. "These travel programs provide five-star accommodations all the way."

The programs' Web site is: Those interested also may contact SIUE Professor Nancy Ruff by e-mail: , or by calling: (618) 650-3649 for more information.

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January 29, 2004

Postponed Coffee Concert Rescheduled For Feb. 9 At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Coffee Concert postponed Jan. 26 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville because of inclement weather has been re-scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, in the John C. Abbott Auditorium on the ground level of SIUE's Lovejoy Library.

The Feb. 9 concert, part of the Annual Coffee Concerts Chamber Music Series now in its 28th season at SIUE, will feature works by Goetz, Piazzola, William Kraft, and Paul Bowles. SIUE music faculty will be featured performers.

Tickets are $10; senior citizens, $9; students, $5. For information, call the Department of Music, (618) 650-3900.

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January 29, 2004

Professor To Participate In German Language Leadership Program

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Belinda Carstens-Wickham, a professor of Foreign Languages and Literature and chair of that department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been selected to participate in a leadership program in the field of German language education.

The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut established a program, Transatlantisches interkulturelles Nachwuchsfoerderungsprogramm Deutsch als Fremdsprache or "TrainDaF" (Transatlantic Intercultural Program To Support Faculty Teaching German as a Foreign Language"), designed to build future leaders in the field of teaching German. This program, now in its fourth year, is funded through the German government.

Carstens-Wickham, who has taught German at the university since 1989, will take part in the program with other participants who will strengthen their leadership skills, develop strategies for advocating German at all levels of instruction, and deepen their understanding of Germany and the European Union. Participants will also learn more about the activities of the AATG and the broader field of world languages.

Program participants will attend an orientation meeting in Washington D.C. from April 22-25. This summer, they will take part in seminars in Germany, and they also will attend the AATG Annual Meeting in Chicago in November.

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January 27, 2004

Media advisory

SIU Dental School to be Host of Give Kids a Smile Day

  • What: About 200 Children will receive free dental care
  • When: From 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 (Brief press conference at 10 a.m.)
  • Where: Alton, on the campus of the SIU School of Dental Medicine

(ALTON, Ill.) More than 200 area children will participate in the national Give Kids a Smile Day between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton.

The SDM will serve as the host site for the Metro East region, which will bring together members of the Madison and St. Clair District dental societies, as well as faculty, students and staff from both the SDM and the Lewis & Clark Community College dental hygiene and dental assisting programs. These professionals will provide free dental care, including examinations, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions for children who may not otherwise receive dental care.

Give Kids a Smile Day is a national event sponsored by the American Dental Association to provide free dental treatment for underserved children.

All children ages three to 13 who are eligible for public aid and/or the free lunch program are invited to participate. Due to the need for signed parental permission and other documentation, Give Kids A Smile will serve only pre-registered children and children accompanied by a parent or guardian. While the event will continue until 3 p.m., parents wishing to ensure that their child will receive dental care on Give Kids A Smile Day should arrive no later than 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Debra Schwenk, a faculty member at the SIU dental school and the event chairwoman, will host an informal press conference during the event at 10 a.m. Members of the volunteer team and children treated earlier in the morning, as well as their respective parents, have also been invited to participate.

Give Kids A Smile is meant to focus attention on the epidemic of untreated oral disease among disadvantaged children and deliver the message that dentists alone can not solve this problem without a real commitment from government and society.

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January 26, 2004

Science tour: Illinois State Rep. Tom Holbrook (D-Belleville), recently toured the Science Building to see firsthand the problems that have beset the 37-year-old structure. The university has been granted funding to plan for the needed renovations. Here, Physics graduate student Nathan Anterhaus (at far left) explains some of the problems to Holbrook.With Holbrook on the tour were SIUE Budget Director Dan Corbett (in background), SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs; and Associate Professor Kim Shaw, chair of the Department of Physics. SIUE Photo)

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January 26, 2004

David Perry: Violinist David Perry, an Edwardsville native who is a member of the renowned Aspen Ensemble, recently conducted a master class on campus as part of the ensemble's appearance here as part of the Arts & Issues series. (SIUE Photo)

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January 23, 2004

MAYOR GARY: Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur, along with SIUE students and administrators, helped kick off SIUE's annual Book In Every Home literacy campaign recently by reading to children from the SIUE Early Childhood Center and the Riverbend Head Start in Alton. The event took place in the Goshen Lounge, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris Center. Niebur also was joined by Paul Pitts, assistant to the SIUE Chancellor. For specific addresses and locations of book donation drop off points, visit the Web site: or call (618) 650-2020 for more information. Age-appropriate books are requested for children ages six weeks to five years old. Cash donations also will be accepted. Checks for "A Book in Every Home" should be written to the SIUE Foundation, and mailed to: A Book in Every Home, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1058 (In the memo part of the check, please write "A Book in Every Home."). (SIUE Photo)

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January 22, 2004

SIUE To Present Black Heritage Month Activities During February

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will present its Seventh Annual Black Heritage Month Program during February, with its theme of Black History is American History. Below is a calendar of events:

• Panel Discussion-Affirmative Action in Higher Education After the Michigan Decision: Local Perspectives, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center.
•Fundisha Dance Ensemble performs African dance, 12:45-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, Goshen Lounge.
•Lecture-KRS-ONE, rapper, hip-hop artist and motivational speaker, will address the lack of common sense and awareness in respect for one another, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, Meridian Ballroom, first floor of Morris Center.
• "Indigo Dyers in Western Nigeria," 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, Maple-Dogwood Room, second floor of Morris Center. Author Judith Byfield, associate professor of African History at Dartmouth, will discuss her book, The Bluest Hands (James Currey Publishers, 2002).
• Soul Food Monday-Members of SIUE's Black Student Association will sell soul food dinners from 5-10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at the Cougar Village Commons Building.
• Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Meridian Ballroom; admission, $12.50; students, $8.
• Annual Cultural Bazaar-10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 10-11, in Goshen Lounge, offering Afro-centric books, clothing, crafts, jewelry, and other wares, as well as entertainment and prize drawings.
• SIUE East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts Dance Co. performs African dance at12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, Goshen Lounge.
• Lyrics Lounge, 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11-students will read poetry, sing, rap, and perform other types of expression, John C. Abbott Auditorium, ground floor of Lovejoy Library.
• Forum Discussion-"Blacks in America"-7-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Mississippi Room, second floor of the Morris Center
• Annual Cultural Bazaar-10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 13-14, in Building D of the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Blvd., offering Afro-centric books, clothing, crafts, jewelry, and other wares, as well as entertainment and prize drawings.
• Poetry Reading featuring Professor Eugene B. Redmond, East St. Louis Poet Laureate, will read from his works 12:30-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Goshen.
• Black Heritage Month Networking Fair, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, Goshen Lounge; student organizations to present information about their activities.
• Panel Discussion-Contemporary Struggles for Social Justice, 1-3 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 18-19, in the Missouri Room, Morris Center. Examines both the historical and continuing vitality of social movements as agents for achieving social justice.
• Lecture-Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Movement, will speak on a variety of topics, with the main focus on higher education in American society, from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, Meridian Ballroom.
• Sixth Annual Black Heritage Month Talent Show, 7-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, Meridian Ballroom. Tickets are $3; students, $2.
• Black Film Series: A Historic Perspective-6-10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 23-24, presents screening of films directed by Oscar Micheaux (Lying Lips, 1939), Gordon Parks (The Learning Tree, 1969), Reginald and Warrington Hudlin of East St. Louis (The Great White Hype, 1996), and a fourth film to be announced. Elza Ibroscheva and Bala Baptiste, members of the SIUE Mass Communications faculty, will present a conceptualization of African-American films and filmmakers. .
• Panel Discussion: Blacks, Radio and History, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Goshen Lounge. Local radio talk show hosts and on-air personalities will participate in the discussion.
• Lecture-Are We Still Living Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream?-7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, Maple-Dogwood Room, Morris Center. Former Washington Post reporter Leon Dash will lead the discussion..
• Black Heritage Month Quiz Bowl, 11:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Goshen.
• Gospel Explosion-6:30-10 p.m., Meridian Ballroom. This event features poetry, rap, praise dance, and gospel music.

For more information, call the SIUE Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686.

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January 22, 2004

SIUE Offers Financial Aid Workshop For Area Students, Parents

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Students enrolling for the 2004-05 academic year are now closing in on their selection of a college and will soon be embroiled in the financial aid process. Their first step will be completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is offering assistance in that process.

The SIUE Office for Student Financial Aid, with co-sponsorship from Edwardsville High School, will conduct a FAFSA Completion Workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 in the Media Room at EHS, 6161 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. A financial aid advisor from SIUE will be on hand to talk with students and parents about how to successfully complete the FAFSA, and to answer questions about financial aid.

"We're encouraging students to file their FAFSA application in February," said Sharon Berry, director of Student Financial Aid at SIUE. "Applications should be in by March 1 at the very latest. Completing the FAFSA accurately and on time are the first and most important steps to obtaining state and federal financial aid, so we're pleased to be able to offer this all-important workshop to everyone beginning this process."

For more information about the Feb. 7 workshop, call the SIUE financial aid office, (618) 650-3880.

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January 16, 2004

Scottish Author John Burnside To Read From His Work At SIUE Jan. 27

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Scotsman John Burnside, author of four novels and several books of poetry and short stories, will read from his works at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the Community Room at B. Barnard Birger Hall on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The reading is free and open to the public.

Burnside was called "one of the most outstandingly gifted poets in Britain," in The Scotsman, and a writer whose "prose is exquisite" in the Sunday Times of London. His book of poems, The Asylum Dance, won Britain's prestigious Whitbread Poetry Prize in 2000. The judges noted: "Burnside's poems have the rare power to alter one's perception of the world and of language … a sensory delight with an epiphany on every page."

At SIUE, Burnside will read from his latest novel, Living Nowhere, the story of two young men growing up in the sometimes violent industrial town of Corby, England. He also will read from his eighth volume of poems, The Light Trap, published in 2002.

Burnside teaches writing at St. Andrews University in Scotland, where he lives with his wife and son. The event is jointly sponsored by the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature, the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of Human Resources, and Student Government.

For more information, contact Professor Allison Funk, of the SIUE English faculty, (618) 650-2176.

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January 16, 2004

A Season For The Child Continues With Appearance By The Black Rep

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The St. Louis Black Repertory Company will present Telling, Singing, Beating the Drum-a collection of African and African-American folktales for children-as the next offering in A Season for the Child, the children's theater series at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Telling, Singing, Beating the Drum lovingly chronicles the legacy of African and African-American folktales as they have been passed down through three generations. Music, song, and dance help make these tales a treat for the entire family. The production will be staged at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

Telling, Singing, Beating the Drum is co-sponsored by the SIUE Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) and TheBANK of Edwardsville.

A Season for the Child is in its 15th season 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.

Tickets are $5 per person and may be obtained through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. Proceeds from the series benefit FOTAD's scholarship fund for theater and dance majors at the university.

Two Edwardsville Residents Win SIUE's MLK Humanitarian Awards

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two Edwardsville men, one a sales representative and philanthropist and the other a counselor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's East St. Louis Center, are this year's recipients of SIUE's Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Awards.

The awards are given each year by the university to recognize those who exemplify the philosophy of nonviolent social change as demonstrated by Rev. King. This year's guest speaker will be Roland Burris, former Comptroller and Attorney General of the state of Illinois.

Rev. Larry Hogg, a counselor of high school students for SIUE's Upward Bound/Science Awareness program in East St. Louis and also an ordained minister in the Church of God in Christ, and Calvin D. Brown, a sales representative in the Neuroscience Division of Eli Lilly & Co. and active in several community organizations including the NAACP, will receive recognition plaques during the university's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration luncheon on Tuesday, Feb 10.

One of 11 children raised on a farm in rural Georgia, Brown learned from his father the values of Rev. King. "I was two when Dr. King was killed but I developed his principles through the eyes of my father, who taught me about giving back to the community," Brown said. "I've tried to live my life by those values."

Brown and his wife, Wanda, give scholarships each year to deserving students at Edwardsville High School, as well as to students at his own high school in Quitman, Ga. "When you're blessed, you should bless others. It wasn't about Dr. King when he did for others and it's not about me. For my wife and I, our first and foremost aim is to put God first in our lives," Brown said. "As long as I put Him first, everything else will fall into place."

In addition to his work as executive board member of the Edwardsville NAACP and as board member for the Edwardsville Kiwanis Club, Brown is chair of the trustee board and co-chair of the Finance Committee at Mt. Joy Missionary Baptist Church in Edwardsville. He also assists families in need and has provided financial and retirement counseling to many young couples.

Brown and his wife also donate funds to the Edwardsville School District for computer equipment and give generously to local and national charities. "I am a vessel that God uses to help others in this world," Brown said. "What my family and I do is not about receiving awards, but I was very humbled to hear that I will receive the Martin Luther King Award at SIUE. I've tried to live by the values he held sacred, as did my father."

In a letter of support from Carl Jason Sr., a previous MLK Award winner at SIUE, Brown was praised as a man of integrity who promotes racial harmony and understanding. "Mr. Brown is concerned that everyone is treated fairly and that everyone has an equal opportunity," Jason wrote. "You can be sure he will always assist in some way."

In another letter of nomination, Donald Wallace wrote: "Calvin Brown is a shining example of the humanitarian values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King. He is a devoted member of his church, a devoted family man, and a man devoted to uplifting minority groups."

Larry Hogg also believes in the dream that Dr. King espoused-equality for all humanity-and tries to further those values through education.

As a high school graduate in the early 1960s, Hogg learned quickly that minority studentsi in East St. Louis didn't have many career choices. "There were kids who went to college and there were kids who went to work in the factories," Hogg said. "Not that there's anything wrong with factory work-I worked for Granite City Steel for several years before I joined the university staff nearly 30 years ago."

What Hogg tries to change is the belief among minority students that factory work is the only option they have. "Showing them another side is what we're trying to do here," he said, "to prepare these kids for college, maybe going on to careers as doctors or engineers. I let them know that education is the key to choices in their lives." Hogg is credited with helping more than 800 students go on to colleges and universities, as well as graduate programs, throughout the country during his 27 years with SIUE.

Hogg said he admired Dr. King for bringing about change in the world. "Martin Luther King was able to bring races together in order to deal with important issues in society," Hogg said. "It took a special person to do that, to bring people together to solve problems. In my own way, I'm trying to help society by preparing the youth of today to become leaders. We need good leaders."

Hogg said he was surprised but pleased to learn someone had nominated him for the Humanitarian Award. "It's humbling and I appreciate that someone would take the time to nominate me, but I would do what I do without receiving any awards."

In her letter of nomination, Barbara Sams, assistant program director at the East St. Louis Center and Hogg's supervisor, wrote that Hogg has faith in the work he is doing with students. "Like Dr. King, (Larry) has faith that moves mountains," Sams wrote. "He has courage to speak the truth, he has family to keep him focused, and he has compassion for all … (he) meets."

As a minister, Hogg also has received accolades. In another nomination letter from a colleague at the East St. Louis Center, George Smith wrote: "Through his ministry, (the Rev. Hogg) has inspired and helped many people in their time of need. Spiritual guidance, financial assistance, and family counseling are just a few of the many accomplishments he has achieved in his effort to serve his community. Larry believes that a life of service to others is a life well spent."

Burris, who served as state Comptroller from 1979-1991 and Attorney General from 1991-95, currently is manager/CEO of Burris and Lebed Consulting LLC, a strategic consulting firm in the areas of public relations, governmental representation, political strategies, and corporate strategies.

Tickets for the Feb. 10 luncheon celebration are $12.50; students, $8. Reservations are being accepted at (618) 650-2660.

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January 15, 2004

SIUE Student From Ohio Wins MLK Scholarship, Humanitarian Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Scott Thomas Herbert, of Columbus, Ohio, is the winner of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and Humanitarian Award for 2004.

The Scholarship and Humanitarian Award is given each year by the university to recognize a student for academic excellence and who exemplifies the philosophy of nonviolent social change as demonstrated by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year's guest speaker will be Roland Burris, former Comptroller and Attorney General of the state of Illinois.

Herbert, who has maintained a 4.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), will receive the award and special recognition during the university's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration luncheon on Tuesday, Feb 10. The award includes a $100 cash stipend and a scholarship that provides tuition and fees, or housing, for one academic year of study at SIUE.

A 35-year-old SIUE freshman pursuing a bachelor of science in Economics and Finance toward a career in investment banking, Herbert has volunteered as executive director of Rigorous Educational Assistance for Deserving Youth and has been involved with the Organization for Minority Business Students at SIUE, the SIUE School of Business Dean's Advisory Committee, and the Johnetta Haley Scholars Academy at SIUE. He also was on the SIUE Dean's List last year.

Considered a "non-traditional" student, Herbert brings a wealth of experience to the university. An Ohio native, Herbert had been an investment broker for Dublin Securities, an investment executive with Paine Webber, and was general manager/owner of Wetworks Building Contractors Ltd. before deciding to come to Edwardsville and pursue an education at SIUE. He also was an investment columnist for the Columbus (OH) Call and Post newspaper.

"Scott's intelligence, love of ideas and human beings, determination and belief in a better world, and commitment to use his gifts to help us reach that better world are certainly qualities he shares with Dr. King," wrote Nancy Ruff, an associate professor of English Language and Literature at SIUE, in her letter of nomination. "(Scott) has a way of helping people believe in themselves that opens a comfortable space for learning."

The letter of nomination went on to note, "Scott is determined to grow personally and to use his gifts to help others. He, Like Dr. King, keeps his vision of a better world … in sight each day. His determination and talent brighten the vision for me and, I imagine, for all who know him."

Herbert said his early life was a struggle against poverty and racism, two experiences he hopes to see eradicated. "I hear the faint, distant ring of freedom, and long for all people to be free," Herbert wrote in his personal statement in applying for the award. "I strongly believe I can use my experience with poverty and my knowledge of financial planning to accomplish the goals I share with (Rev.) King. I believe I can work to protect those rights first by completing my own education."

After earning a bachelor's, Herbert plans to work toward a master's in Public Administration to help him enter the non-profit sector to raise funds for municipalities. "In this way, I will arm myself to undertake my non-violent protest of poverty in our nation. Like King, I will never be satisfied until 'justice rolls down like waters.'"

Burris, who served as state Comptroller from 1979-1991 and Attorney General from 1991-95, currently is manager/CEO of Burris and Lebed Consulting LLC, a strategic consulting firm in the areas of public relations, governmental representation, political strategies, and corporate strategies.

Tickets for the Feb. 10 luncheon celebration are $12.50; students, $8. Reservations are being accepted at (618) 650-2660.

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January 7, 2004

Feb. 6 Blind Boys Arts & Issues Event Sold Out

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Feb. 6 performance of the The Blind Boys of Alabama, part of the 2003-04 Arts & Issues series at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is sold out.

"We are happy with the response to the Blind Boys' concert and we're sorry not everyone will have the opportunity to see this wonderful group of musicians," said John Peecher, assistant director of development for the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences and coordinator of the Arts & Issues series.

"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 remaining Arts & Issues dates: The exciting Grammy Award-winning Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (2:00 p.m. Feb. 29); National Geographic photographer Sam Abell (March 16); the explosive and creative movement of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago (April 2); and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Norman Mailer (April 20).

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January 5, 2004

Arts & Issues Series Continues Jan. 22 With The Aspen Ensemble

(EDWARDSVILLE, ILL.) The Aspen Ensemble, an internationally acclaimed chamber music group that includes an Edwardsville native, comes to the Arts & Issues stage Jan. 22 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Each year, Arts & Issues brings some of the best and brightest performers and speakers from around the world to Southwestern Illinois audiences for entertaining and thought-provoking presentations on the SIUE campus. The prestigious Aspen Ensemble will present an evening of breathtaking virtuosity at 7:30 p.m. in Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

United in their love of chamber music and their desire to bring unique, exciting programs to audiences around the world, members of the Aspen Ensemble will perform the music of J.S. Bach, Mozart, David Schiff, and Gabriel Fauré.

In the 50-year history of the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival, the Aspen Ensemble is the first ensemble formed from resident artists of the festival to bear the Aspen name. These five musicians have performed chamber music together in Aspen for several years and, for the first time, are available for touring during the winter months.

Violinist for the ensemble is David Perry, son of violinist R. Kent Perry of St. Louis, emeritus music professor at SIUE, and Linda Perry of Edwardsville, a professor of music at the university who is well known to regional audiences as an accomplished pianist. Ms. Perry has performed for more than 30 years during the perennial favorite-The SIUE Coffee Concerts Chamber Music Series-currently performing there with the LeClaire Trio.

"Not only are we presenting a world class chamber music ensemble but with an added bonus of welcoming back one of our own-David Perry," says John Peecher, assistant director of development for the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences and coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. "Of course, all the members of this ensemble have been thrilling audiences throughout the world in their respective careers, performing a wide repertoire that includes music from Bach to Kodaly, from Bartok to Durufle, and from Beethoven to Mercadante," Peecher said.

In the past two years, the ensemble-made up of pianist Rita Sloan, flutist Nadine Asin, violinist Perry, violist Victoria Chiang, and cellist Michael Mermagen-has brought a standard and unusual repertoire to audiences nationwide. All members of the group serve on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival, with extensive experience in other ensembles and at other venues including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, and the Emerson Quartet.

In addition, several of the members have held high-level orchestral positions. Asin was a first-desk player in James Levine's Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Perry was among the rotating concertmasters of the renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Information about the Jan. 22 Aspen Ensemble appearance and how to order tickets may be found on the Arts & Issues Web site: and in a printed brochure available through John Peecher, (618) 650-2626, or, by e-mail: Tickets for the Jan. 22 event are $18; students, $9. Tickets also are available at the Morris Center Information Desk, (618) 650-5555.

The remaining Arts & Issues season includes: (The Blind Boys of Alabama-Feb. 6-are SOLD OUT); the exciting Grammy Award-winning Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (2:00 p.m. Feb. 29); National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, who will speak about the Lewis and Clark Expedition (March 16); the explosive and creative movement of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago (April 2); and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Norman Mailer (April 20).

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