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January 2009

·SIUE, SLU Join With Missouri Foundation For Health In Research Project
·SIUE School of Dental Medicine Cancelling Give Kids a Smile Day
·SIUE School of Nursing Set To Host Annual Gala On April 25
·SIUE Hosts Spring 2009 Open Houses, Highlights Programs
·SIUE Music Faculty Continue 31st Coffee Concert Season
·R. Buckminster Fuller To Be Honored With Religious Center's Sustainability Award
·MLK Award Winners Announced At SIU Edwardsville
·Diabetes Education Program Offered On SIUE Campus
·Environmental Resources Training Center at SIUE Now Offers Degree
·Midwest Regional Summit Hosted By SIUE & Area Universities
·Works of Two Artists With SIUE Ties Are Part Of Presidential History
·Delta Dental Of Illinois Pledges $500K To SIU Dental School
·J. Furey Named Employee Of The Month For January
·Jan. 20 Inaugurations To Be Featured On TV In Goshen Lounge
·Poet Stacey Lynn Brown To Read From Her Work Jan. 29 At SIUE
·SIUE's Arts & Issues To Present Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Feb. 5
·New Biology Lab And GIS Lab Open House Draws Several Visitors
·Madison County Judge To Speak Feb. 3 At MLK Jr. Luncheon
·SIUE Workshop To Focus On Promoting Classroom Civility
·SIUE International Trade Center To Jointly Conduct S.A. Trade Mission
·Original Works Sought By SIUE School Of Nursing For Research Day
·Space Still Available For FOTAD Trivia Night Jan. 17 At SIUE


SIUE, SLU Join With Missouri Foundation For Health In Research Project

Wai Hsien Cheah, an assistant professor of speech communication at SIUE, is a co-investigator with researchers from Saint Louis University and the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) at the University of Missouri Columbia in a study to examine substance abuse and mental health issues in the metropolitan St. Louis Bosnian community.

The study is funded by a $49,000 one-year grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) and is part of a multi-year effort supporting both broad-based and targeted projects addressing mental health and substance abuse issues. The research project began in December and is headed by principal investigator Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic, research assistant professor at MIMH, and another co-investigator, Hisako Matsuo, associate professor of research methodology at SLU.

The study is aimed at identifying the mental health and substance abuse needs of the Bosnian community. Researchers hope the study will collect information that can be used by health care providers and agencies to create culturally appropriate responses targeting community needs.

Karamehic-Muratovic said the ultimate goal of the project is to improve the health of Bosnian refugees in the St. Louis area and that can be achieved through getting past barriers that prevent making a connection to needed and available services. "Language and cultural differences in attitudes about mental health and substance abuse may have been one of the major obstacles to meeting the needs of this community," Karamehic-Muratovic.said. "By involving the community throughout the various stages, the project will make a difference and empower them."

The project has received widespread support from local Bosnian agencies and businesses as well as the Islamic Community Center, the Bosnian Media Group and the Association of the Survivors of the Srebrenica Genocide.

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SIUE School of Dental Medicine Cancelling Give Kids a Smile Day

(ALTON, Ill.) Give Kids a Smile Day, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, has been canceled due to the breakdown of a critical component that powers the dental units in the main patient clinic. The component cannot be repaired, and while a replacement has been ordered, it will not arrive in time for the event.

The School of Dental Medicine sincerely regrets the cancellation of this wonderful opportunity to provide care for low-income children and apologizes for any inconvenience that the cancellation of this event may cause. If the event can be rescheduled, the School of Dental Medicine will make every effort to notify the public accordingly.

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SIUE School of Nursing Set To Host Annual Gala On April 25

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of nursing again will honor its graduates, faculty members and health care partners from the community, while raising money for student scholarships at the 5th Annual Jewels of Nursing Excellence Gala, which will take place Saturday, April 25 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Fairview Heights (Ill.)

This year's event, marking the school's 45th anniversary, will feature a different format from past years, with the addition of a fashion show and live music. A dinner and silent and live auctions also will take place, and a cash bar will be available. Activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $60 per person, or $600 for sponsorship of a table of 10. Tickets only will be sold in advance of the event.

All proceeds will be used for student scholarships in the SIUE School of Nursing. "These funds have become even more critical to our nursing students, as they, too, have been facing challenges brought on by the current economy," said Angie Peters, the School of Nursing's director of development.

For more information about the event, to ask about room reservations at the hotel, or to purchase tickets, contact Kris Heather, (618) 650-2551, or,

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SIUE Hosts Spring 2009 Open Houses, Highlights Programs

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Spring 2009 Open House Programs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are a great way to learn about exciting, rewarding degree programs. Open house events slated for February, March and April will offer prospective students the chance to explore academic programs, tour the SIUE campus, visit residence halls and talk to representatives from the offices of Admissions and Student Financial Aid.

The Schools of Nursing, Business, Education and Engineering will host open houses for students interested in undergraduate and graduate programs. The School of Pharmacy will host an open house for students interested in a Pharm.D. degree. Open houses are taking place the following days, times and locations:

  • School of Nursing, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 14, Alumni Hall;
  • School of Business, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 21, Founders Hall;
  • School of Education, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 21, Founders Hall;
  • School of Engineering, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, March 21, Engineering Building;
  • School of Pharmacy, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, April 18, University Park.

For more information, call (618) 650-3705, or visit and register on the Web site.

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SIUE Music Faculty Continue 31st Coffee Concert Season

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music continues its 31st season of the Coffee Concerts Chamber Music Series with "And Now There Are Five! Quintets Plus Opera" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. The series provides guests with the sweet sounds of music, with performances by music faculty and guest musicians, as well as some coffee and conversation.

The Jan. 26 event will include performances of Franz Schubert's Quintet in A Major, Op. 114 ("Trout") for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass; Carl Nielsen's Serenata Invana for Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Cello and Bass; and scenes from Giuseppi Verdi's, La Traviata, with SIUE Assistant Music Professor Marc Schapman and guest artist John Packard.

The final Coffee Concert of the season will be March 30-"Trios large and small: an unlikely concerto combination"-performances of Felix Mendelssohn's T rio in D Minor, Op. 49 for Piano, Violin and Cello; Frank Bridge's Miniatures for Violin, Cello and Piano; and Gordon Jacob's Double Concerto for Clarinet and Trumpet.

Tickets per concert are $10; senior citizens, $9; and students, $5. For more information or for tickets, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900, or contact the Fine Arts box office in Rm. 1042 of SIUE's Dunham Hall, or call (618) 650-2774.

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R. Buckminster Fuller To Be Honored With Religious Center's Sustainability Awards At Jan. 31 Banquet

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Friends of the Religious Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will honor Fr. Paul Coutinho S.J. with the Spiritual Leadership Award at the annual SIUE Friends of the Religious Center Spiritual Leadership Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. The event will take place in the Hoffman Center on the campus of the N.O. Nelson Center Complex of Lewis & Clark Community College in Edwardsville. This year's banquet also includes a special program honoring legendary innovator R. Buckminster Fuller and several major announcements about the Center, including the new annual Sustainability Award.

The FRC also will present its first annual Sustainability Award posthumously to R. Buckminster Fuller. Accepting the award on behalf of the Fuller Family-which includes Fuller's daughter Allegra Fuller Snyder and Fuller's grandson Jaime Snyder-will be Fuller's niece, Lucilla Fuller Marvel. Following dinner, a special program will honor Fuller, with remarks by Marvel and Coutinho, and major announcements about the Religious Center.

Coutinho is author of How Big is Your God? and is an internationally recognized Ignatian scholar, author and speaker. A native of India and a Jesuit, he holds a master's in clinical psychology and religious studies as well as a doctorate in historical theology from Saint Louis University, where he is a visiting theology professor. Coutinho currently creates and runs Ignatian mission programs for SLU's Mission and Ministry office; serves as the editor of Ignis, the South Asian Ignatian spirituality journal; and directs Ignatian Spirituality Programs for South Asia. He currently resides in St. Louis and divides his time between India and the United States.

Buckminster Fuller-a designer, philosopher, innovator, and futurist-was inventor and designer of the geodesic dome. Fuller, who died in 1983, and architect Shoji Sadao, who visited the Religious Center last year, produced the design and plans for the SIUE structure, which was completed in 1971. Other well-known Fuller designs include the Montreal Expo '67 dome and the Dymaxion House. During the 1960s and 1970s, Fuller served as professor at both the Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses of SIU. His work emphasized environmentally sound practices to sustain the well-being of human life and the planet, and the SIUE Religious Center supports Fuller's vision of ecological innovation and stewardship.

Marvel has more than 30 years experience in urban and social planning, housing and community development in Puerto Rico. She is a leader in sustainable design, has authored publications on community development, and co-founded the Puerto Rico Housing Network in 1996. She holds a bachelor's in Architectural Sciences and a master's in Planning. Marvel served as professor of Social and Urban Planning at the University of Puerto Rico from 1973 to 1984 and is currently a member of the Board of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

Dinner/donation tickets for the Jan. 31 banquet will help to support the Friends' exciting new plans for the Center. For information or dinner reservations, please call the Religious Center, (618) 650-3246, or e-mail For driving directions and dinner menu, visit the Web site: Tickets are $50 each. For more information about the Friends group, contact SIUE Philosophy Prof. Greg Fields, (618) 650-2461, or by e-mail:

The SIUE Friends of the Religious Center established the Spiritual Leadership Award in 2003 to recognize persons of faith who provide leadership and service to humanity. Last year's Awards Banquet theme, "A Fuller Future: Historic Preservation for the Religious Center Dome," supported the Center's historic preservation efforts and also honored St. Louis-based architect, designer and artist Gary Karasek. The SIUE Religious Center is now an Edwardsville Local Landmark.

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MLK Award Winners Announced At SIU Edwardsville

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian and Scholarship Awards have been announced by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The awards will be presented at the university's 27th annual celebration of the birthday of the Rev. King at SIUE on Tuesday, Feb. 3. The awards are given each year to recognize those who exemplify the philosophy of nonviolent social change as demonstrated by Rev. King.

This year's guest speaker will be Third Illinois Judicial Circuit Associate Judge Duane L. Bailey, who for three years was director of SIUE Student Legal Services. The luncheon program will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Meridian Ballroom of SIUE's Delyte W. Morris University Center, followed by a reception in the Goshen Lounge for the winners of the Scholarship and Humanitarian awards. Winners of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. High School Essay, Poetry, and Visual Arts Awards also will be honored.

Winners of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards include (Click on the names in bold face to find photos suitable for print):

  • Dometi Agbleze Pongo of Calumet City-A 19-year-old undergraduate pursuing a bachelor's in economics and finance from the SIUE School of Business, who is a co-recipient of the MLK Scholarship and Humanitarian Award;
  • Bianca Trejo of Troy-A 23-year-old undergraduate studying psychology in the SIUE School of Education, who is a co-recipient of the MLK Scholarship and Humanitarian Award.
  • Argean "Gene" Sanlin of East St. Louis-For many years was the scoutmaster of the district award-winning Troop 75 (later Troop 275) in East St. Louis, who will receive the Community Humanitarian Award;
  • Kathryn Bentley of North St. Louis-assistant professor in the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance, who will receive the Faculty/Staff Humanitarian Award. As an undergraduate at SIUE herself, she won the MLK Scholarship and Humanitarian Award in 1989.

Winners of the MLK high school competition awards are:

  • Kathy Renee Jackson of East St. Louis, a senior at the SIUE East St. Louis Charter School-visual arts award;
  • John S. R. Dennis, of Belleville and a junior at Freeburg (IL) Consolidated High School-poetry award; and
  • Rosemary C. Howell of Creve Coeur, a junior at St. Joseph's Academy in Frontenac, Mo.-essay award.

Sanlin, who was involved in Scouting for nearly 60 years, won several awards and honors for his work with area youth in helping some 4,000 boys become productive citizens who have made positive contributions to society. In addition, he has been a longtime volunteer for the American Red Cross, helping establish a Red Cross lifeguard training program at the Jones Park Pool and at Lincoln Pool, both in East St. Louis.

Earlier in his life, Gene was active in the civil rights movement, at one point helping the Jones Park Pool become integrated. In fact, Troop 75 was the first black troop to go to the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM, and produced the first African American scouts to make Eagle rank or the Order of the Arrow, the honorary Scout fraternity. A member of Bray Temple CME since childhood, Sanlin served for many years as Sunday School superintendent until early 2008 when he retired for health reasons. He also has been an employee of the Swift and Company's meat packing house.

Colleagues have referred to Bentley as a role model who has earned the respect of students while nurturing and encouraging them in their studies of the theater. Bentley initiated and now teaches the Multicultural Theater Workshop class at SIUE. The class explores racial prejudices and diversity issues, and has created a touring group that has performed at Cahokia High School and at a diversity conference in Collinsville. Plans are to continue the touring company as a vehicle for students to express their differences and performances as they embrace tolerance and understanding. She also has continued to guide SIUE's Annual Black Theater Workshop. Under her mentoring, Bentley has molded the workshop to become a student-created project each year, encouraging students of all backgrounds to be part of the annual event.

In addition, Bentley implemented and now serves as program manager for CHIPS IN MOTION, a community outreach health arm of the Community Health in Partnership Clinic (CHIPS). CHIPS IN MOTION, an initiative she began with funding from grants she wrote, is now in its fifth year of operation helping residents find low cost or free health care.

Pongo has maintained high academic standards during his tenure at SIUE and has been very active in educational and service-oriented extracurricular programs. He currently serves as chair of events for the Retention of African-American Men (RAM) Program at SIUE and is a campus tour guide in the Students Assisting in Recruiting (STARS) Program. He also is a letter writer for the African-American Poetry Correspondence Program and a project affiliate for the African-American Health Initiative. He has been a Johnetta Haley Scholar and a James R. Anderson Housing Scholar, both at SIUE. Pongo also is a counselor for students in the Upward Bound Math and Science program at SIUE's East St. Louis Center and was president of the Peer Mediation Program at his high school in Calumet City.

Trejo has completed more than 330 hours volunteer hours with SIUE's Student Leadership Development Program and has attended the University alternative spring break trip to Oklahoma to help members of the Cherokee Nation. She is a member of SIUE's Raise Your Voice organization that promotes social justice and campus awareness. In addition to her campus efforts, Trejo also has been active in the community. She has presented workshops for the Illinois Compact Engage: Civic Education and Action Training, has devoted more than 600 hours of volunteer service to the M3C Fellows Americorps Program and has volunteered for the Breakfast With Santa Program and at the Children's Museum in Edwardsville, to name a few.

Tickets for the MLK luncheon are $15; students, $8. For reservations, call (618) 650-2660.

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Diabetes Education Program Offered On SIUE Campus

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association, is hosting a diabetes education program from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 in SIUE's Morris University Center.

The event will feature vendors and professional speakers, including Phyllis Shulman, a nationally recognized comedian with numerous television and movie credits. Shulman travels the country, presenting Laugh it Off, a comical take on weight management and diabetes.

Free screenings, foot exams, blood pressure checks, testing and a vendor fair will be offered during a diabetes education program, with free lunch provided to attendees.

From SIUE, Guim Kwon, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, will present Future Treatments for Diabetes; Kate Petkewicz, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, will present Heart Disease Risk Reduction; Kelly Gable, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, will present Depression and Diabetes; and Dwight McLeod, chair of the department of applied dental medicine will present Oral Health and Diabetes.

"A diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming, but successful management of the disease is achievable," said Chris Lynch, associate professor of pharmacy practice. "The diabetes education program is for anyone with diabetes who wants to learn from, and interact with, experts in the field and get down-to-earth, easy-to-use advice to clear the many hurdles of diabetes.

"We'll cover everything from testing your A1c levels and blood sugar, to risk factors for various disease complications and medical nutrition therapy. It's truly an all-encompassing program in a relaxed environment."

The A1c test, which is offered at no charge to attendees with diabetes, measures blood sugar averages over the last three months.

Space is limited, so advanced registration is recommended. For more information, or to register, call (888) 342-2383 ext. 6835 or email Amy at

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Environmental Resources Training Center at SIUE Now Offers Degree

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Environmental Resources Training Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is working with Lewis and Clark Community College to offer an associate's in applied science degree in environmental treatment technologist-water treatment.

The new program will train and educate water treatment plant operators, supervisors and managers, by combining classroom and hands-on training, with business and management classes at Lewis and Clark. The goal is to produce graduates who will possess the skills needed for further career advancement, with individuals moving into roles such as treatment plant manager and public works director.

"Students will receive a combination of classroom, laboratory and hands-on experience at the training-scale water treatment plants at ERTC, along with classes in biology, English, economics, accounting and business management at Lewis and Clark," said Paul Shetley, director of the ERTC.

The program will begin in fall 2009, with the first half consisting of two semesters of water and wastewater operations, water quality laboratory procedures, mechanical and electrical maintenance, water quality math and science and a 10-week internship at a water and wastewater treatment plant. Upon completion of the first year from the ERTC, students will begin working at LCCC to complete the associate's.

"These two new programs, the A.A.S. and the certificate, represent a long history of cooperation between Lewis and Clark and ERTC on several other programs," L&C Dean of Math, Science and Technology George Banziger said. "We are very excited about initiating this program and about the opportunity to offer college credit to those pursuing training in this growing field of water treatment and waste-water treatment technology."

For a photo suitable for print, please click here. Cutline: Students make adjustments to the flow from a tank and perform maintenance on a motor gearbox in ERTC's training-scale treatment plant at SIUE. The students are in the Water Quality Control Operations program that starts each August. The program provides technical training for students that range from those just out of high school to displaced worker from the coal mines and the auto industry.

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Midwest Regional Summit Hosted By SIUE & Area Universities

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, along with Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will host the second biennial Midwest Regional Outreach, Science and Scholarship Summit: Leadership in Interdisciplinarity, Networking and Collaboration (LINC) Feb. 2-4.

The first day of activities will take place in the Morris University Center on the SIUE campus from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2. Washington University will host the second day of activities in the Danforth University Center from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3. The final day of events, hosted by SLU and UMSL, will take place from 1:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Cortex Building, 4320 Forest Park Ave. in St. Louis.

The purpose of the three research days is to support junior faculty, encourage sponsored collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarship and shape the research agenda. Keynote speakers, panelists and break-out sessions will take place each of the three days, with representatives from the National Science Foundation, United States Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, the Illinois Humanities Council and other foundations and institutions present.

Tom Cooley, CFO from the NSF, Sally Rockey, acting director for extramural research from the NIH and Ryan Lewis from the Illinois Humanities Council will be among the featured speakers.

The LINC summit will include updates on federal agency funding trends, informative sessions on research funding opportunities in science and the humanities, interdisciplinary mechanisms, proposed development, policies, practices and networking opportunities. The summit will provide faculty members with access to research tools, information and resources available on campus, regional and global scales.

Registration for events is free and open to faculty, staff and students. For more information, or to register, visit

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Works of Two Artists With SIUE Ties Are Part Of Presidential History

The works of two artists with academic ties to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville artists are part of presidential history with the celebration of the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama.

Master of Fine Arts Graduate Student Andy Magee created "Change," a portrait of Obama made of coins. The work was featured in an article in the Dec. 29, 2008 "Person of the Year" issue of Time magazine. The portrait can be viewed by clicking here.

Two-time SIUE Graduate Edna Patterson-Petty was chosen as one of 44 artists to craft a quilt, which will be on display at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. The exhibit will honor the President Elect, who will become the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

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Delta Dental Of Illinois Pledges $500K To SIU Dental School

(ALTON, Ill.) A $500,000 pledge from Delta Dental of Illinois will allow the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine to double the capacity of its Oral Surgery Clinic. The pledge will be used to increase the number of oral surgery operating spaces from three to six and pay for a specially-equipped Oral Surgery Suite with conscious-sedation capability. The money will be distributed in $100,000 donations each year for five years.

"Through this generous gift, we will be able to significantly enhance the dental education we provide our students and increase the care we provide our patients," said School of Dental Medicine Dean Ann Boyle.

Dr. Boyle cited the overwhelming demand for oral surgery services as a critical reason to advance the expansion and renovation project. She noted that on any day of the week, more than 25 patients call the SIU dental school's main patient clinic, requesting oral surgery services, and more than 50 additional patients call each day requesting emergency dental care. These requests are in addition to routinely scheduled surgical services provided for patients at the dental school.

"Due to our present physical limitations and the increased demand for emergency care, we have been unable to manage the volume of patients needing treatment in the Oral Surgery Clinic," said Dr. Boyle.

"We are grateful to the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation for providing the resources necessary to allow us to better serve our oral surgery patients."

"In addition to dental emergencies, some surgical procedures are referred to our clinic by private practitioners because patients otherwise cannot afford care," Dr. Boyle said. "We are optimistic that the added capacity will allow us to schedule treatment before the condition of these patients creates considerable pain and results in a need to obtain emergency care."

Delta Dental of Illinois already has fulfilled an initial promise made in 2005 to award $250,000 to help the dental school expand its Main Clinic. The Main Clinic expansion included 24 new operatories and a new classroom. The gift from DDIL primarily served to equip the new facilities.

"The increasing demand for oral surgery services and emergency care clearly warrants the expansion of the SIU School of Dental Medicine Oral Surgery Clinic," said Dr. Robert E. Dennison, president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Illinois. "Our grant will not only help the Oral Surgery Clinic to treat more patients, but also provide SIU dental students greater clinical education opportunities. We are proud to support SIU and its good work by doing what we can to advance this unique surgery clinic."

The gift and pledge were made through the DDIL Foundation. As a not-for-profit organization, Delta Dental of Illinois' mission includes improving the oral health of the communities we serve. For over 40 years, Delta Dental of Illinois has been helping to provide oral health education and to expand access to oral health care for the people of Illinois.

"Access to oral health care and oral health education help improve overall oral health. The SIU School of Dental Medicine does important work on both fronts. Supporting the expansion of the Oral Surgery Clinic is a wonderful opportunity for Delta Dental of Illinois to help improve access to oral health programs in Illinois and provide better education for SIU dental students," added Dr. Frank Maggio, D.D.S, a member of the Delta Dental of Illinois Board of Directors and a practicing periodontist in Elgin. "We're delighted to support the school."

Based in Lisle, DDIL offers an array of extensive network-based dental programs to more than 1.4 million enrollees nationwide.

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J. Furey Named Employee Of The Month For January

Joy Furey, office manager for the Office of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, is the January recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. In the photo Furey is flanked by Associate Provost Sue Thomas, who nominated her, and Provost Paul Ferguson. At far left is Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher, who presented the award. In addition to the plaque Furey is holding, she was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant and a parking space close to her office for 30 days. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

Click here for the photo.

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Jan. 20 Inaugurations To Be Featured On TV In Goshen Lounge

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The public is invited to attend a showing of the Presidential and Vice Presidential inaugurations and attendant news coverage on a large-screen television at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Goshen Lounge, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.

In addition, discussion and commentary will be offered by a panel of three SIUE faculty members between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day. The panelists are three department chairs: David Kauzlarich, professor of sociology and criminal justice studies; Lynn Maurer, professor of political science; and Kathleen Tunney, associate professor of Social Work.

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

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Poet Stacey Lynn Brown To Read From Her Work Jan. 29 At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Stacey Lynn Brown of Edwardsville, author of the poetry collection Cradle Song (C&R Press, 2009), will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Maple-Dogwood Room, on the second floor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Morris University Center. The reading is free and open to the public and copies of Ms. Brown's new poetry collection will be available for purchase.

Brown, who recently joined the SIUE English Language and Literature faculty as a lecturer in creative writing, has been lauded for her new work: "The complicated inheritances of race relations, Southern identity, white superiority, and unheralded bonds between black and white folk are explored in this brutally candid sequence of poems that unflinchingly elevates and portrays Gaither's humanity, pain and struggle into the realm of folklore."

Major Jackson, author of Hoops (W.W. Norton & Co., 2006), wrote about Cradle Song: "Here's a cycle of poems that feels perfectly timed for our current American moment, as conversations and memories grow more interesting again and we imagine rising up into a better shared story."

A native of Atlanta, Brown studied at Emory University, Oxford University, and The University of Oregon, where she received an MFA in Poetry. A poet, playwright, and essayist, her work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. Poems from Cradle Song were recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. For more information about the Jan. 29 event, contact Valerie Vogrin by phone, (618) 650-2063, or by e-mail:

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SIUE's Arts & Issues To Present Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Feb. 5

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Arts & Issues series is presenting the preeminent historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, speaking about "Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln." This is the A&I series' 24th season of bringing provocative speakers and exciting entertainment to the SIUE stage. The official media sponsor for the series is the Edwardsville Intelligencer, while its official hotel sponsor is Hampton Inn and Suites.

Goodwin, whose appearance here is sponsored by the SIUE Graduate School, is a renowned historian who has been writing and reporting on presidential politics for more than two decades. Her most recent book has been called a "monumental history" of America's 16th president: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Simon and Schuster, 2005), which recently came out in paperback.

According to Steve Hansen, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School, who is a Civil War and Lincoln historian himself, Lincoln is central to understanding the American experience. "His actions as President changed the nature of our democracy," Hansen pointed out. "Even beyond those accomplishments, he symbolizes the aspirations and hopes of our nation. He appeals to the 'better angels of our nature.' Goodwin brilliantly explains how Lincoln changed America and why he has come to represent our most cherished values while capturing his foibles as well as his genius."

Grant Andree, coordinator of the A&I series said it is fitting that Ms. Goodwin will be speaking about President Lincoln near the 200th anniversary of his birth. "It's also interesting to note that President-Elect Barack Obama has been quoted as saying he enjoyed Team of Rivals in light of Lincoln's practice of relying on advice from those who may not have publicly agreed with him, a notion that Obama apparently aspires to," Andree said. "It's notable that of the eight Democrats who ran against Obama, four have now agreed to join his administration." According to Taegan Goddard's Political Wire, "Lincoln assembled many of the Republicans who ran against him in his war cabinet, some of whom disagreed with him vehemently and persistently."

Goodwin, who is often seen on network television as a political pundit, served as an assistant to then-President Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House. She also assisted Johnson in the preparation of his memoirs. She later wrote Lyndon Johnson & the American Dream (Harper & Row, 1976), The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga (Simon & Schuster, 1986), and No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II (Simon & Schuster, 1994), for which she won the Pulitzer.

She received a baccalaureate from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, graduating magna cum laude, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Goodwin went on to earn a doctorate in government at Harvard, where she taught a course on the American presidency. She also is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Goodwin is winner of the Charles Frankel Prize given by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Sara Josepha Hale medal.

Goodwin also has been interviewed about her love of baseball and is the first woman journalist to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room. One of her books, Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir (Reed Business Information Inc., 1997), about growing up in the 1950s as a fan of the old Brooklyn Dodgers, won the Book-of-the-Month Club and was a New York Times bestseller. Currently an NBC News analyst, Goodwin has been consulted and interviewed extensively for PBS documentaries on LBJ, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and for Ken Burns' documentary, The History of Baseball.

She is married to the writer Richard Goodwin, who worked in the White House under both Kennedy and Johnson, and who uncovered the quiz show scandals of the 1950s; they have three sons, Richard, Michael and Joseph.

Remaining events in the Arts & Issues series (all appearing in SIUE's Meridian Ballroom) include: a National Geographic Society presentation, along with NPR's Neal Conan as narrator, "First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20; Nashville singer-songwriter Peter Mayer and Company, "Beyond Abbey Road," 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20; and drummer, bandleader and composer T.S. Monk with his jazz sextet, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

For additional information about the series, call Grant Andree, (618) 650-2626; tickets are available through the Web site: or by calling the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

The 2008-09 Arts & Issues photos suitable for print are available at

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New Biology Lab And GIS Lab Open House Draws Several Visitors

Several visitors took tours of the new biology lab and the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab in the lab annex facility, 420 University Park Drive, today during an open house. In addition, CAS Dean John Danley and SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift were on hand to welcome visitors and thank those who helped make the new labs a reality. They were joined by architects and construction company representatives who also contributed to the building.

Over the past nine months the University has committed resources to outfit additional space in University Park for increased Biology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratory needs.

The new space for Biology includes:

  • laboratories to meet the increased needs of our students;
  • a lab to prepare materials for use in the teaching labs;
  • an expanded lounge (shared with the current Chemistry lounge) with desks, a campus computer, and a campus phone;
  • an office for the laboratory manager; and
  • storage and restroom facilities

Space for the GIS facilities includes:

  • offices for SIUE staff/faculty as well as project consultants and visiting scientists;
  • map storage, preparation area;
  • conference room;
  • area for GIS technicians and graduate assistants;
  • a break room; and
  • storage and restroom facilities

Click here for a photo of CAS Dean John Danley addressing questions from the media about the new facilities. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)


Madison County Judge To Speak Feb. 3 At MLK Jr. Luncheon

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Third Illinois Judicial Circuit Associate Judge Duane L. Bailey, who for three years was director of Student Legal Services at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will speak at SIUE's 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Luncheon on Feb. 3.

The luncheon-with its theme of "Equalizing Opportunity: A Clarion Call for the 21st Century"-is set for 11:30 a.m. that Tuesday in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. Winners of the MLK Jr. Scholarship and the SIUE faculty-staff and Community Humanitarian Awards will be announced. In addition, winners of the MLK Jr. Essay, Poetry and Visual Arts High School Competition will be announced. The awards are given each year to recognize those who exemplify the philosophy of nonviolent social change as demonstrated by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Bailey, who spent some 20 years as an assistant state's attorney in Madison County-handling felony, juvenile, misdemeanor and child support cases-was appointed to the bench in 2007. He currently hears cases concerning juvenile offenders and family law. A product of Alton Public Schools, Bailey earned an undergraduate degree at Illinois State University and a juris doctor at Northwestern University Law School. Bailey has served under four Madison County state's attorneys, including William A. Mudge who is currently in that office.

As an official who takes pride in his community service work, Bailey is currently serving his second stint as chair of the Madison County Urban League board of directors. He also is past chairman of the United Way Southwest Illinois Division (SWID) board and past campaign chairman for SWID. Bailey is a member of the St. Louis United Way board, a life member of the Alton Branch of the NAACP and a member of the 100 Black Men of Alton, Illinois Inc.

In addition, Bailey is past president of the Metro East Bar Association, comprised of African American lawyers in St. Clair and Madison counties. He also is past president of the Affordable Housing Corp., which helps develop low-cost housing throughout Madison County. Earlier this year, the judge was inducted into the first class of the Alton YWCA's "Men of Distinction." Bailey also is a dedicated member of the Unity Fellowship Church in Godfrey.

For more information or to make reservations for the MLK Luncheon, call SIUE's Office of Conferences and Institutes, (618) 650-2660. Space is limited and fills quickly. Luncheon reservations will only be confirmed by receipt of payment by Jan. 26. Admission, which includes lunch, is $15; students, $10.

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SIUE Workshop To Focus On Promoting Classroom Civility

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An event co-hosted by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity will focus on enhancing the classroom environment and, when necessary, diffusing incivility in the classroom.

Cynthia Clark, professor of nursing at Boise State University, will present strategies for dealing with uncivil students and faculty during the half-day interactive program from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in the Multipurpose Room, Building B, at the SIUE East St. Louis Center. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

"We will welcome Dr. Clark, nationally noted researcher, who will provide background materials and a wealth of knowledge and lead SIUE faculty in tabletop exercises on the emerging issue of incivility in the classroom," said SIUE School of Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer.

Clark, an award winning professor, has published several works including "Student Perspectives on Incivility in Nursing Education: An Application of the Concept of Rankism" in Nursing Outlook and "The Dance of Civility and Incivility in Nursing Education," a published abstract from the 2008 Western Institute of Nursing Conference, Garden Grove, CA.

This topic emerged from a recent School of Nursing administrative retreat. In their observations of recent classroom behavior, both faculty and administrators have observed a trend towards new provocative behaviors from some students who might require additional strategies of classroom management.

Clark currently is researching the development of policy to address disruptive students in higher education, as well as conducting an international student incivility study on nursing education in Hangzhou China.

She has presented nationally on topics, including incivility, impaired nurses and adolescent mental health issues. She promotes student learning and contributions locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

To register for the event, contact Kris Heather in the School of Nursing, 618-650-2551, or Advance registration is strongly recommended, as only 150 seats are available.

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SIUE International Trade Center To Jointly Conduct S.A. Trade Mission

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Illinois Small Business Development Center's (SBDC) International Trade Center (ITC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is inviting interested regional businesses to join the ITC's 12-day trade mission in March to four South American cities.

Registration deadline is Jan. 27 for the trip that offers a limit of four Southern Illinois companies opportunities to find or expand distribution channels for their products/services in these emerging overseas markets.

There are no registration fees for the trade mission, which leaves March 16 and returns March 27. Owners or representatives of the four companies may visit any or all of the countries and pay only their own travel related expenses.

The trade mission-to be conducted jointly by the SIUE Center and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's (DCEO) Office of Trade and Investment (OTI)-has the support of U.S. embassies in the target cities: Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago and Lima, and also the support of the local Chambers of Commerce. The four companies will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

During 2007, the Illinois SBDC-ITC at SIUE assisted in $41.7 million export sales from the region, the creation of nearly 60 jobs, retention of more than 430 jobs, and the counseling and training of nearly 400 clients. The SBDC-ITC, a not-for-profit export information center, is funded through DCEO and the University to serve exporters in the 45 southernmost counties of the state.

The SBDC-ITC provides:

  • Free individualized export counseling and evaluation of a company's export readiness;
  • Customized international market research;
  • Identification of foreign buyers, agents, distributors and partners;
  • Export finance assistance;
  • Participation in trade missions and trade shows worldwide;
  • Offers an extensive library of international trade publications and databases.

    What to expect:
  • Matchmaking-two days of customized, one-on-one business appointments with
    prospective agents, distributors and representatives who have expressed interest
    in Illinois company products or services;
    -Interpreter service during all appointments
    -Local transportation
  • Export counseling-in-depth briefings by the U.S. ambassadors to the host country
    -Export counseling and pre-trip briefing sessions to be provided by the SIUE
    SBDC-ITC before making matchmaking appointments;
    -Networking event in each country with the local business community
  • Travel and Logistical Assistance-preferential rates in hotels;
    -Logistical and on-site support
    -Illinois companies will receive continuous follow-up assistance to ensure
    marketing objectives are met in the targeted markets

For more information or to register, contact the SBDC-ITC, (618) 650-2452, by e-mail: or via Web site: .

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Original Works Sought By SIUE School Of Nursing For Research Day

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing and the Epsilon Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International are looking for original works, including oral presentations, poster and evidence based projects for the Annual Martha Welch Nursing Research Day this spring.

Abstracts for original works that demonstrate the development of nursing partnerships in research, practice and education must be submitted for consideration by Jan. 12. Oral presentations, poster displays and evidence based practice projects submitted electronically will be considered for inclusion in the day's events.

Partnerships: Weaving the Threads of Collaboration into Today's Nursing Research, Practice and Education will be the topic for the day, which will take place April 10, 2009 in the Morris University Center. Educators, clinicians, administrators and students are encouraged to submit abstracts that demonstrate collaborative efforts on the part of nurses and other health care providers in a variety of settings. Submissions will be reviewed and presenters will be chosen by a review committee.

The research day is named for Welch, a former SIUE nursing professor who died in 1993. As a clinical psychologist, she was one of the University's first graduate faculty members.

"Martha Welch was very involved in research," said Angie Peters, director of development for the SIUE School of Nursing. "The day was introduced in her honor out of regard for her and her research efforts, as well as our deep commitment to continue her legacy."

For submission guidelines or more information visit

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Space Still Available For FOTAD Trivia Night Jan. 17 At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Space is still available for the Ninth Annual Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) Trivia Night set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the James F. Metcalf Theater on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. FOTAD is a support organization for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the game scheduled to begin promptly at 7. Proceeds from the event benefit FOTAD's student merit award fund for qualified SIUE students majoring in theater and dance at the University. Winners of the competition will receive 1st ($160), 2nd ($80), or 3rd prize ($40) for scoring the most points per table. Reservations may be made for tables of eight.

The evening will offer challenging trivia, during the regular question-and-answer sessions and during survivor trivia. Free popcorn and pretzels will be offered; also, candy bars and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 per person; a table of eight, $80. A $40 deposit must be received by Jan. 16 to guarantee a table will be held. Make checks payable to the SIUE Foundation and send it to Greg Conroy, 217 N. Buchanan St., Edwardsville, IL 62025-1740. To make reservations, call 618.692.0874; participants must arrive by 6:50 p.m. or their reservation may be given away, unless a 50 percent deposit has been received.

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